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Some Punjab militants may be released: Advani
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today indicated that the Government was actively considering the release of Punjab militants, who were not facing any serious charges but were imprisoned under the National Security Act (NSA) for their pro- Khalistan views during militancy in the State.

Waiting for Delhi's word: Kadirgamar
As Sri Lankan soldiers continue to battle rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula, creating the setting for a possible Indian role in resolving the conflict, the Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, has said they would wait for an ``official intimation'' from the Government of India while continuing to keep the recently-commenced Norwegian initiative on board.

Air force strikes rebel targets
With ``sporadic mortar and artillery fire'' by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) marking the fighting in Sri Lanka's northern region, the island's air force ``engaged identified'' rebel targets at positions east and south of Jaffna town.

Fernandes warns Pak. against any more Kargils
A year after Pakistan's misadventure, the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today warned Islamabad against attempting any more Kargils.

Heavy agenda for Parliament
A crowded agenda awaits the last three days of the current Parliament session, with important legislation such as the Information Technology Bill, Right to Information Bill and the three Statehood Bills for Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal and Jharkhand scheduled for introduction.

Trishul test-fired
The Trishul missile was testfired here on Sunday in the presence of the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes. This was the sixth of a series of testfires of the surface-to- air quick-reaction missile.

 Obuchi's death may lead to early poll
The ailing former Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Keizo Obuchi, died late this afternoon at a hospital in Tokyo, of a stroke suffered on April 1, when he effectively ceased to be Prime Minister.

40 killed in bus accident
Forty persons, including women and children, were feared drowned after a crowded State-run bus plunged into a canal today, police said.

Inflation falls to 5.94 p.c.
Breaking a nine-week upward rise, the inflation rate eased a bit for the week ended April 29, moving down to 5.94 per cent from 6.10 a week ago. The annual rate of inflation, calculated on the basis of the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), fell by 0.16 percentage points to 5.94 (provisional) during the week compared to 6.10 per cent (P) a week ago and 3.55 per cent a year ago.


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