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Union Cabinet rejects J&K autonomy resolution
The Union Cabinet has rejected as ``unacceptable'' the June 26 resolution (the so-called autonomy resolution) of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, though at the same time committing itself to a greater ``devolution of powers'' to all States. The Cabinet found the June 26 resolution unacceptable because essentially it was ``a plea for restoration of the pre- 1953'' status to the State.

Unfortunate, says Farooq
Before the Union Cabinet rejected the June 26 resolution, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah met the Prime Minister this morning and heard from Mr. Vajpayee the impending decision, which he later termed ``unfortunate''.

BJP happy, Cong. finds Govt. 'guilty'
The autonomy resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly may have been rejected unanimously by the Union Cabinet today, but the issue, it seems, will not simply go away as political parties have reacted differently to the manner in which the Government has dealt with the tricky issue.

Ban MDMK, says Jayalalitha
The AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, today demanded a ban on the MDMK and the arrest of its leader, Mr. Vaiko, for holding an ``anti-national conference'' which she said, supported the outlawed LTTE.

 Telecom to be opened up further, says PM
The Centre will consider ``sympathetically'' the demand of information technology (IT) and Internet industries for ``de-monopolisation'' of under-sea optical fibre connectivity, the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, said here today.

Sri Lankan envoy arrives
The Sri Lankan special envoy, Mr. Lakshman Jayakody, who arrived here today on a three-day visit will call on the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, tomorrow.

 'T-90 deal won't affect Arjun production'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today said the purchase of T-90 tanks from Russia will not have any adverse affect on the indigenous production of Arjun main battle tanks.

Resolution has dangerous potential, says BJP
Although the Bharatiya Janata Party has welcomed the Cabinet rejection of the autonomy resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, the party has virtually acknowledged that the Government allowed a dangerous situation to come about.

Indo-Bangladeshi goods train service soon
The much-awaited goods train service between India and Bangladesh through the Benapole- Petrapole border points will resume in two or three days as the railway authorities of the two sides signed a ``working agreement'' here today reviving the historic rail route.


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