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 Talks only on return of PoK, says Vajpayee
Assuring the people that the Government would not succumb to international pressures to resolve any dispute with Pakistan, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has laid down the condition that talks regarding the Kashmir issue could only be held to chalk out the modalities of the return of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), which, he reiterated, was an integral part of India, under illegal control of the hostile neighbour.

Hijacked Afghan plane headed for Moscow?
A hijacked Afghan Ariana airliner with over 170 people on board continued its odyssey across Central Asia today, landing in Kazakhstan after being first taken from Kabul to Tashkent.

'Taliban unaware of hijackers' demands'
The Taliban Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Mr. Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor said that his Government had made no contact with the hijackers and his priority was the safety of passengers.

 'Water' shooting stopped again, Mehta `asked to leave Varanasi'
The district administration at Varanasi today hurriedly ordered the stopping of the shooting of Ms. Deepa Mehta's film, Water, following a suicide bid by a Shiv Sena activist which created large-scale tension in the city.

'No move to cancel train from Pak.'
The Government had no proposal to cancel the Samjhauta Express train running between Lahore and Amritsar, according to the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Ajit Kumar Panja.

Man murdered in temple tank
In a bizarre incident, the caretaker of the Padmatheertham tank in front of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Sasikumaran Nair (49), was drowned to death by a youth today in full view of a large gathering, including police and Fire Service personnel.

Take decisive stand against Pak., Vajpayee urged
The Chief Ministers of two States and two Union Ministers today urged the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to take a decisive stand against Pakistan. They appealed to him to settle the issues ``once for all'' warning that the people and personnel of the armed forces would not take the pressure for long.

Parties courting candidates with 'criminal background'
It may sound ironical but the fact remains that the NDA has just made mockery of its crusade against the alleged `jungle rule' of the RJD Government in Bihar and empowerment of women in general if its strategy for the Assembly election is any indication.

RV in favour of two-party system
The former President, Mr. R. Venkataraman, today said the country should have a two-party system if its Constitution was to function satisfactorily.

Pawar welcomes probe into defence deals
The Nationalist Congress Party president and former Defence Minister, Mr. Sharad Pawar, today welcomed the Centre's decision to get all major defence purchases since 1985- 86 investigated by the Central Vigilance Commission.


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