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 India committed to signing CTBT after consensus: PM
India today utilised the first-ever summit with the European Union to convey its reasons for acquiring nuclear capability and reaffirmed its commitment to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) once a political consensus was achieved at home.

 I am India's best friend: Putin
The current visit of the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, to Russia will contribute to the further strengthening of bilateral relations, said the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin.

Advani sees 'anti-India' elements behind attacks
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today hinted at the possibility of involvement of ``anti-India'' elements in the attacks on Christians and places of worship of minorities, and exhorted State Governments to ``promptly get into the depth of these cases and punish the guilty whoever they are.''

Losses for BJP in U.P.
The Bharatiya Janata Party appears to have suffered heavy reverses in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections, with its nominees having been rejected wholesale in several districts. The final picture is not clear. However, reports from districts suggest that the party received a drubbing in almost every part of the State.

Trinamool scores in Bengal civic polls
The Trinamool Congress-BJP combine appears to be all set to form the Board in the Calcutta Corporation which elected a hung body. The Trinamool and the communists were locked in a close fight in the adjoining Salt Lake municipality where each secured 11 out of the 23 wards.

Elian set to go home
The United States Supreme Court today refused to hear the asylum case of Elian Gonzalez which means that the Cuban lad is finally set to go home later in the day. The Court refused any further extension of stay of Elian in this country.

Bill put in cold storage
The Centre has taken a major decision not to implement the controversial Christian Marriage Bill 2000 in view of criticism for the Bill from the Christian community.

Telecom stir evokes poor response
The one-day, nation-wide token strike by the telecom employees today failed to produce much of an impact with a large number of employees unions and associations backing out at the last minute in response to an appeal from the Communications Minister on Tuesday.

LTTE rejects truce offer
The LTTE has rejected the Sri Lankan Government's offer for ceasefire to be followed by peace talks, saying the cessation of hostilities would occur only if the 30,000 troops were withdrawn from northern Jaffna peninsula, official sources here said today.

End violence against Christians: Pope
Pope John Paul II today called on India and Indonesia to put an end to violence against Christian minorities in the two countries.


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