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Pak. wants revival of peace process
Pakistan today proposed to India a relaunch of the derailed peace process and urged New Delhi to implement commitments Islamabad says it made a year ago. The Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar, in an interview with Reuters television on the eve of the first anniversary of the Lahore summit, said the Pakistani military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf's Government would join the process ``honestly and sincerely''. ``On the first anniversary we can look back upon the last year as a lost opportunity, as an opportunity that has been missed, perhaps wilfully,'' he said.

'No talks till return of PoK'
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today reiterated that India would not hold any dialogue with Pakistan ``until and unless'' the latter vacated Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK).

 18 burnt alive in train mishap
At least 18 passengers were charred to death and 23 others, including three women, were injured when the Ferozepur-bound 2137-down Punjab Mail caught fire early this morning between Duskheda and Savada stations near Bhusaval, about 433 km from here. The train had departed from Mumbai at 7.10 p.m. on Friday.

Persuading India, Pak. to sign CTBT 'not easy'
The U.S. has said it was ``not easy'' to convince India and Pakistan to give up the right to conduct nuclear tests when Washington retained it, but said it would continue its efforts in the interests of the international community.

PM writes to President on RSS membership issue
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, is understood to have replied to the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan in response to a Rashtrapati Bhavan query on allowing the Government employees to participate in the activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh.

Historians ask ICHR to apologise
Prominent historians of the country today demanded an unconditional public apology from the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) for its attack on the academic integrity of the late Prof. Partha Sarathi Gupta, editor of a couple of volumes of the Council's `Towards Freedom' project. They dubbed it as part of the ongoing effort to doctor history to suit the Hindutva agenda.

UNCTAD calls for true partnership'
The tenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which concluded in Bangkok this evening, called for a ``true partnership'' among the countries on both sides of the development divide as a prerequisite for global peace and security. A commitment to a ``fair, equitable and rules-based multilateral trading system'' was also outlined.

Pak. Rangers, BSF trade fire
Tension mounted along the international border in the Bikaner district of Rajasthan as the Pakistani Rangers and Border Security Force traded gunfire today.

Minister hints at 'harsh Budget'
The country is faced with a huge fiscal deficit and the ``expenditure has seeped out of the hands of Government'', Mr. V. Dhananjaya Kumar, Union Minister of State for Finance, said here today.

'Bajrang Dal convention a success'
The VHP leader, Acharya Giriraj Kishore, today claimed that the Bajrang Dal had succeeded in holding its convention in Bhopal yesterday despite the State Government's efforts to prevent them from doing so.

DD signs pact with TWI
Doordarshan's money-spinning spree over international cricket coverage in India came to a climax today with the public broadcaster signing $43.75 million (about Rs. 190 crore) pact with Transworld International-Stracon combine for global marketing rights covering four-and-a-half years.

BJP, allies set to win in three States: survey
The BJP and its allies are set to sweep to power in Bihar, Orissa and Haryana where Assembly elections are being held now, India Today newsweekly said in a survey published today.


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