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 J&K Assembly passes autonomy resolution amid protest
In a historic move, the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today adopted by voice vote a resolution accepting the report of the State Autonomy Committee (SAC), recommending greater autonomy to the State. The entire Opposition staged a walkout.

Invest in 'click' and 'brick' economy: PM
There was substantial economic content to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee's visit to Italy, which though billed as a two-day visit, had all official engagement packed in one day. India and Italy today signed an agreement for cooperation in the field of tourism which the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, inked on India's behalf.

 Pope takes up Christians issue with Vajpayee
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, called on Pope John Paul II at Vatican city in what was described as a ``private audience''. The meeting lasted 15 minutes and the discussion revolved round the attack on Christians in India. The issue was raised by the Pope.

Cross-border terrorism figures in Vajpayee, Amato talks
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, in his interactions with the Italian political leadership here reiterated that India remained open to a composite dialogue process with Pakistan. However, the only essential ingredient was Pakistan's abjuring of violence and cross-border terrorism - principles that are integral to the peace process.

 Rough draft of human genetic code completed
Scientists confirmed today that a working draft of the human genetic code had been completed, marking a scientific milestone that will transform the understanding, treatment and prevention of diseases. British researchers working on the publicly-funded Human Genome Project announced the achievement at a news conference in London.

Biological equivalent of moon landing
Rival teams of scientists have completed the first rough map of the human genetic code after a 10-year race that cost millions of dollars and went down to the wire.

Primer on human genes
Competing private and public projects to sequence and assemble the human genome are essentially complete, researchers announced on Monday.

 We should 'move on': Howard
The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Howard, will seek to exchange views with his Indian counterpart, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, in a conscious endeavour to identify the ``extent'' of ``a common ground'' in their ``strategic outlook'' on world affairs.

Differences must not affect new dialogue: John Howard
Calling for an ``injection of activity and vigour'' into Australia's relationship with India ``at the political leadership level,'' the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Howard, told The Hindu in an exclusive interview in Canberra late last week that he would not like the lingering bilateral differences over New Delhi's 1998 nuclear arms testing to ``contaminate'' a new dialogue between the two countries.

'Phone largesse unjustified'
The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Union Ministers of Communications and Finance (respondents) on a public interest litigation (PIL) writ petition.

Security for businessman
The Supreme Court today ordered the DGP of Bihar to provide special security to an industrialist from Siwan who had alleged that he faced death threats from the RJD MP, Mr. Mohd Shahabuddin.

Haribhaskar gets bail in TV case
The Supreme Court today ordered the release of Mr. N. Haribhaskar, former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary (petitioner), on bail during the pendency of his appeal in the Madras High Court against his conviction and sentence of five years R.I. imposed by a Chennai Special Court (Trial Court) in the `Rs.10.16 crore colour TV scam case'.

Cronje, father seek forgiveness
Hansie Cronje, disgraced South African cricket captain, today begged for forgiveness for his involvement in illicit gambling deals.


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