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Centre mounts pressure on Farooq not to quit NDA
Alarmed over the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah's stance ever since the Union Cabinet rejected the autonomy resolution passed by the J&K Assembly, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is trying hard to persuade him not to take a decision against his party's continuance in the alliance. But so far, the Chief Minister has not responded positively.

'Delhi cannot dismiss me'
Feeling hurt and alienated over the manner in which the Central Government has responded to the autonomy resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, the J&K Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today finally broke his silence saying, ``Delhi cannot dismiss me''. He said the ruling National Conference working committee would meet tomorrow to discuss all issues.

 PM pleads case of small investors
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today called for spreading equity culture among more and more sections of society and in newer regions of the country.

 Fiji rebels, army sign deal to free hostages
Fiji rebels and military leaders signed an accord on Sunday aimed at ending the South Pacific nation's seven-week political crisis and paving the way for the release of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and 26 other political hostages.

India may discuss Fiji with Australia
The latest developments in Fiji are expected to figure in the talks here tomorrow between the Indian and Australian Prime Ministers. The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Howard, is arriving here tomorrow for consultations with the Government on a broad range of issues of bilateral interest.

Thackeray airs grievances to PM
The Shiv Sena Chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray, today had a one-to-one meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, at the Raj Bhavan here.

'U.S. missile test won't affect Indian n-plans'
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today said the United States' National Missile Defence (NMD) system will not affect India's nuclear programme and our delivery system is yet to reach the inter-continental level.

Some players are definitely involved, says Dalmiya
The former president of the International Cricket Council, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya, today said some players were definitely involved in the match-fixing scandal.

Howard set to rediscover nuclearised India
The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Howard's two-day visit to India beginning tomorrow, is being seen as a significant event in Canberra's current diplomatic calendar, despite the fact that the bilateral visit forms only part of his larger political itinerary of a foreign policy-related odyssey at this time.


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