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Centre wary of debate on autonomy demand
The Centre is keeping its fingers crossed as it tries to discern the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah's motives in cranking up ``the autonomy'' debate in the State Assembly.

BJP opposes package
The Bharatiya Janata Party is unmistakably opposed to any autonomy package for Jammu and Kashmir that would take the State back to the pre-1953 status. It will oppose any attempt by the State Government to adopt through its Assembly the recommendations of the State Autonomy Committee report.

58 bodies found at British port
In one of the worst cases of death through human trafficking seen in recent times, the bodies of 58 illegal immigrants were discovered by British customs in the back of a lorry at the port of Dover today.

Govt. to seek Cronje's extradition
The Indian Government and its investigating agencies are in ``close touch'' with South African authorities for the extradition of disgraced captain Hansie Cronje to India where he faces charges on match-fixing, the Sports Minister, Mr. S. S. Dhindsa, said today.

Cronje to be grilled today
Disgraced South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje takes the witness stand for cross-examination tomorrow at the government inquiry into alleged match-fixing with the ground well-prepared for an easy ride.

France, India see eye to eye on terrorism
France today expressed support to an India- sponsored global convention of international terrorism and to consider setting up a joint working group with New Delhi to counter the menace.

Tamil parties want LTTE in council
Sri Lanka's main Opposition United National Party (UNP) and the moderate Tamil parties today expressed reservations over the Government decision not to include the LTTE in the proposed interim council for the northern and eastern provinces unless the rebel outfit gave up violence and joined the mainstream.

Rabri calls meeting ahead of Nitish
In a game of one-upmanship, the ruling RJD and the principal Opposition combine, NDA, have both convened separate all-party meetings in a bid to contain caste-related killings which have rocked the State in recent days.

Speight relents?
Prospects brightened marginally today for a possible participation by ethnic Indians and other minorities in Fiji's proposed transitional civil administration.

CID probe into cook's death
The Uttar Pradesh Government has ordered a CID enquiry into the death of the cook of the slain priest of Mathura, Brother George. The cook, Vijay Ekka, had died in police custody on Sunday.

Dara outfit activists held
Mr. Mukesh Jain, general secretary of the Delhi- based outfit, Delhi Sri Dara Singh Bachao Samiti, was arrested from a hotel in Keonjhar today along with two others on charges of spreading communal hatred in the region.


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