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 Sri Lanka hopeful as Jaswant arrives
The Minister of External Affairs, Mr. Jaswant Singh, arrived here this afternoon amid anticipation that after a decade of disengagement, India was once again preparing to take the initiative in finding a solution to Sri Lanka's bloody ethnic conflict.

 Rajesh Pilot killed in road accident
Mr. Rajesh pilot, senior Congress(I) leader and former Union Minister, was tragically killed this afternoon in a road accident, 45 km from here.

India may want LTTE on board
As the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, engages the Sri Lankan authorities in a brainstorming exercise, it is against the backdrop that the LTTE has to be on board in any peace deal to end the ethnic crisis.

Speculation as PM, Gupta meet
Speculation of a likely change of guard in Uttar Pradesh heightened after the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, met senior Central and State BJP leaders, including the Chief Minister, Mr. Ram Prakash Gupta, here this evening, though officially the party maintained that no decision had been taken. Mr. Gupta said the issue did not even figure during the discussion.

'Immunity for Cronje only in S. Africa'
An offer of immunity by South African prosecutors to former cricket team captain, Hansie Cronje, does not extend to legal proceedings currently under way against him in India, an official said today.

27 armymen killed in mishap
At least 27 Army personnel were killed and 25 injured today when a bus plunged into a deep gorge near Chamalvas, about 80 km from here, on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

Advani to go on three-nation tour
Mr. L. K. Advani leaves here on Tuesday on a three-nation tour, his first after taking over as the Union Home Minister. The 12- day trip will take him to Israel, France and Britain.

Christian Preacher murdered
Construction workers found the body of a Christian preacher in his rented house in Kaniawali village located amid an upmarket urban estate residential locality.

Fiji stalemate continues
The political stalemate in Fiji showed little signs of easing today, while the chances brightened for a possible meeting between a Commonwealth team and the military rulers in the capital Suva, according to foreign diplomats there and observers.


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