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BJP wants Cabinet to reject autonomy demand
The BJP has plans to counter the `Erode effect' of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's `Tamil Awakening' rally yesterday, even as it continues to favour rejection of ``autonomy'' for Jammu and Kashmir as defined by the National Conference. Senior BJP leaders also believe that the ``autonomy'' demand by Kashmir will be rejected by the Cabinet itself, and will therefore not be placed before Parliament.

India cool to OIC's Kashmir rhetoric
Unfazed by the rhetoric on Kashmir from the conclave of Islamic nations last week in Malaysia, India is closely monitoring the new struggle for relevance and modernity within the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).

PMK not to pressure NDA on Tamils issue
The Pattali Makkal Katchi founder, Dr. S. Ramadoss, met the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, here today and reiterated his party's stand that only an independent ``Eelam'' would bring about a lasting solution to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.

India seeks Israel's help to fight terrorism
India and Israel should cooperate in the battle against terrorism, the visiting External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh was quoted as telling his Israeli hosts in Jerusalem.

PM convenes Cauvery meet on July 14
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, has convened a meeting of the Cauvery Water Authority on July 14 in which the Chief Ministers of the three southern States and the Union Territory of Pondicherry are expected to take part.

 Indians don't figure in new Fiji Cabinet
Fiji's military government today announced the formation of a civilian advisory council in the name and style of a Cabinet without any place in it for the large minority of ethnic Indians.

Initiate debate on autonomy: Farooq
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, demanded here on Monday that a national debate should be initiated on granting autonomy to the State, and added that a solution had to be found within the framework of the Constitution.

No-war pact not being discussed, says Sattar
The Pakistani Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar, has said that the question of a ``no-war pact'' was not under discussion between India and Pakistan, after The News reported today that the Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, had offered India such a pact last night.


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