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 'Parliament will decide on autonomy issue'
Whatever needs to be done on the autonomy resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly will be done by Parliament, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, told a press conference here today.

 Vajpayee seeks greater FDI flow from EU
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today initiated the process for faster inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India by proposing constitution of a joint Government-industry group to look into all aspects of project implementation.

Most telecom unions call off proposed strike
The Government today claimed that a majority of telecom employee unions had called off their proposed one-day strike tomorrow following an appeal by the Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan. However, some unions are planning to go ahead with the strike.

 India, Russia to upgrade defence ties
Russia and India have agreed to upgrade their military and technical cooperation and set up a joint commission at the Defence Ministry level, diplomatic sources said.

 U.S. to help free peacekeepers
The United States has assured India that it would take up with the concerned authorities the issue of securing the safety of Indian peacekeepers in strife-torn Sierra Leone even as New Delhi sought ``greater clarity'' and cooperation to ensure their well-being.

Defence file banning middlemen missing
The all-important file containing the Government Order of 1985-86 eliminating middlemen in defence deals is missing, hampering the probe by the Central Vigilance Commissioner into allegations of kickbacks in the multi-crore defence procurements.

Ultimatum rejected
Fiji coup plotters today said they would not accept the military authorities' 24-hour ultimatum to sign an accord.

'Extension for judicial officers only on HC advice'
The continuation in service of a judicial officer beyond 58 years (and up to 60 years) is permissible only when the State High Court concerned makes a positive recommendation in favour of that officer for such continuation, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Grenade attack
Even as the Norwegian special envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, is here, amid signs of an emerging consensus between the ruling People's Alliance coalition and the United National Party(UNP) on a political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic crisis, a hand grenade was hurled at the office of the U.K.- Norwegian aid agency ``Save the Children'' early today. Mr. Solheim arrived on Monday.

Centre for 'playing down' autonomy issue
Faced with a fait accompli in terms of the autonomy resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, the Government seems keen on playing down the whole issue. As of now, the Government's inclination seems to be to treat the resolution as a `proposal' for a dialogue between the Jammu and Kashmir Government and the Centre and nothing more.

EU welcomes India's voluntary n-moratorium
The agreed wording in the European Union- India Joint Declaration on sensitive nuclear-related issues is regarded significant, considering that the E.U. had sharply reacted to Indian nuclear tests two years ago (though there has since been an increasing recognition of the ground reality).

Temple damaged in Medak dt.
A temple on the outskirts of Rajampet village in Sangareddy mandal of Medak district was damaged by miscreants on Monday night.


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