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'Autonomy, devolution separate issues'
Two days after the Union Cabinet rejected the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly resolution on autonomy while promising greater ``devolution of powers'' to the States, the Left parties today accused the Vajpayee Government of ``deliberately'' mixing up Srinagar's demand for autonomy with the larger question of devolving more powers to the States. They said it was an attempt to distract attention from the main issue.

Experts team for Nandankanan
A six-member specialist group formed by the Centre will reach Nandankanan Zoological Park tomorrow to help the Orissa Government in checking the spread of the tripanosomiasis parasitic infection among tigers in the zoo.

 Communists intolerant, says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today chided the ruling communists in West Bengal for staying away from the birth centenary function of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, an early architect of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh.

 Thackeray sore over portfolios
Though the Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray, and the Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, met today and later described the relationship between the two allies as ``cordial'' and ``friendly'', the fact remains that the Sena continues to be troubled about the treatment meted out to it by the BJP. Of course, this is not a new development since Mr. Thackeray has been voicing this grievance for quite some time.

Mohan Lal bags Best Actor Award
Performing a hat-trick for Malayalam films, Mohan Lal bagged the Best Actor Award for his sensitive portrayal of a Kathakali artiste in ``Vaanaprastham'', which also won the Best Feature Film and Best Editing Awards at the 47th National Film Festival-2000.

Sonia accepts Patel's resignation
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today accepted the resignation of Mr. Ahmed Patel as treasurer of the party. The former party general secretary, Mr. Moti Lal Vohra, has been asked to hold charge, till a replacement is found.

Pallone for tough measures against China
Arguing that Pakistan and China had teamed up to surround India and create an alarming potential for instability in Asia, the Democratic Congressman from New Jersey, Mr. Frank Pallone, has urged the Clinton administration to impose sanctions on Beijing for its assistance to the Pakistani missile development programme.

Britain resumes limited arms sale to Pak.
British defence sales to the military regime in Pakistan have resumed recently, the British government has revealed. Even though Britain had condemned the coup, it has maintained a policy of engaging with the Musharraf Government, and has now begun to clear licences for a selected range of defence equipment.

India, Nepal sign pact on terrorism
India and Nepal today signed an agreement to set up a specialist joint unit to counter terrorism and share information about criminals operating along their border.

PM will address U.S. Congress 'if appropriate'
Addressing both the Houses of the U.S. Congress requires a Congressional invitation and if the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate believe an address by the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, was appropriate, the White House would support it, the spokesman, Mr. Joe Lockhart, said.


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