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'We will not go down the past road'
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today informed Parliament that the Indian Government had received ``some requests from the Government of Sri Lanka in the context of the present situation''. While stating that all requests were under the urgent consideration of the Government, Mr. Singh, however, did not elaborate on their nature.

No arms supply: Vajpayee
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has no plan for supplying or selling arms to Sri Lanka to help the island nation tackle the situation in the Jaffna Peninsula in the wake of the on-going conflict with the Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam.

 Reject request for arms: Karunanidhi
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, while welcoming the decision not to send the Army to Sri Lanka today urged the Centre to turn down any Sri Lankan request for arms.

Sinha rules out rollback
Despite intense pressure from the alliance partners and the Opposition parties, the Vajpayee Government today stuck to its guns and refused to relent on the fertilizer and food price increases.

Sri Lanka resumes ties with Israel
Sri Lanka today decided to resume diplomatic relations with Israel with ``immediate effect''. Ties with Israel were severed in the 1990s during the Premadasa regime with the closing down of an Israeli interest section in the U.S. Embassy.

 Ex-PMs meeting Basu to discuss Third Front
The former Prime Minister, Mr. V. P. Singh, today said there had been no discussion till now on the formation of a third front as an alternative to the BJP-led Government at the Centre.

Yaseen Malik released
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman and Hurriyat leader, Mohammed Yaseen Malik, was produced before a Delhi court in a TADA case before his release from Tihar jail here.

Colour TV case: list of defence witnesses sought
The prosecution in the `colour TV scam case' today told the Supreme Court that it would inform the Special Judge, Chennai (trial court), not to proceed further with the hearing tomorrow as the apex court was to take up a plea by the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. J. Jayalalitha (petitioner), to examine her `defence witnesses'.

Probe into depot fire
An inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the fire near the Defence Ammunition Depot in Dehu on Wednesday, Maj.Gen. B.K Boppanna, in-charge Administrator of Southern Command, said today.

BSP leader shot dead
A local Bahujan Samaj Party leader, Mr. Deoratna Kumar, has been shot dead by unidentified assailants at a bus stand under the Delha police station in Gaya district, police said today.

India will not abdicate regional role
In categorically ruling out a military intervention in Sri Lanka, the Government is not ducking its responsibility maintaining regional peace and security, officials here say.

11 killed in Mathura fire
Eleven persons were killed and 130 injured when a fire swept through the shop of a diesel dealer at a village in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night, police and official sources said today.


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