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 Only political process can bring peace: Jaswant
The Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Jaswant Singh, reiterated India's commitment to the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and support for a political solution in line with the aspirations of the country's Tamil minority in talks with the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today.

 Tearful farewell to Pilot
In a remarkable show of dignity and grief, the Congress(I) today bid an emotional farewell to its senior leader and CWC(I) member, Rajesh Pilot, who died in a road accident yesterday.

Commandos on alert for ship
The naval marine commandos, helicopters and frigates were put on `stand-by' today to deal with any emergency on board the hijacked Italian cargo vessel M V Medstar, highly placed naval sources said here.

100 p.c. foreign equity allowed in power, oil sectors
The Government today took a series of decisons aimed at promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in both the infrastructure and consumer goods sectors. These include allowing 100 per cent foreign equity in petroleum refineries and e- commerce business-to-business ventures and removal of ceiling on FDI inflows in the power sector.

Minorities safe : PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today endorsed the suggestion of the United Christian Forum for Human Rights (UCFHR) for an end to negative propaganda against all religions. He assured a UCFHR delegation at his official residence here that all minorities in the country were secure.

Loan to ease Sri Lanka's war burden?
India will indirectly contribute to Sri Lanka's war effort through a $100-million loan that was extended by the External Affairs Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, during his two-day visit here.

Take up role, Tamil parties tell Jaswant
Representatives of Tamil parties who met the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, here today said they had urged India to play a definitive role towards resolving Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict.

12 shot dead in Bihar
Twelve upper caste people, including eight of a family related to an Independent MLA, were gunned down and three seriously injured by unidentified assailants in Bihar's Nawada district last night, police said today.Sources said that the killing could be the fallout of the gang war between the Ashok Mahato and Akhilesh Singh groups in central Bihar.

 Indo-Pak. World Cup match fixed: Bacher
The managing director of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, Dr. Ali Bacher, today said that, in his view, at least two matches during last year's cricket World Cup in England - the India-Pakistan match which India won and the Bangladesh-Pakistan match which Bangladesh won, were fixed. He said he had been told of this by Majid Khan, former Pakistani batsman.

Klusener, Boucher throw bombshell
South African all-rounder Lance Klusener and wicket-keeper Mark Boucher said today that they were approached by Hansie Cronje with an offer to play below par during their tour of India earlier this year.


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