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 Crucial NC meet begins in Srinagar
The crucial working committee meeting of the ruling National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir began here today to decide on its continuance in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Though no indications were available on the future course of action, the members were not in an upbeat mood.

NHRC concern over attacks on Christians
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today granted two more weeks to the Centre and State Governments to inform it about the steps taken by them to meet the situation arising out of attacks on Christians and their institutions.

MTNL strike deferred
In response to an appeal by the Union Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited employees today put off their proposed indefinite strike from tomorrow.

 We can play catalyst to reforms: Goh
Singapore, India and China could explore ways of fostering and retaining their talent within Asia so as to face the challenges being posed by the emergence of the New Economy. Proposing this, the Singapore Prime Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, said, in an exclusive interview to The Hindu last week, that if both India and China ``see the value of South East Asia,'' they could ``cooperate'' and play a role in this region.

Dalit case: Bihar Minister gets the sack
The Bihar Minister of State for Cooperation, Mr. Lalit Kumar Yadav, has been dismissed from the Council of Ministers and expelled from the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal as well, for his alleged complicity in the wrongful confinement and torture of two Dalits.

Old Fiji capital burns
Fiji's old capital, Levuka, was set alight today as the country slipped into increasing lawlessness following the signing of an accord between the coup leaders and martial law authorities yesterday.

 Thailand backs India's bid for U.N. seat
The visiting Foreign Minister of Thailand, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, today discussed reforms in the United Nations with his Indian counterpart, Mr. Jaswant Singh, as part of the attempt by developing countries to make the multilateral body more relevant and responsive in the contemporary context. Thailand is also understood to have agreed in principle with India's attempt to obtain a seat in the UN Security Council.

 Delhi, Canberra review Fiji situation
India and Australia today reviewed the current political situation in Fiji and agreed to stay in close touch in finding ways to promote a return to constitutional rule there.


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