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Farooq confers with PM
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today called on the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee and presumably learnt for himself the kind of dialogue that was proposed to be undertaken with the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), the militant outfit that had only a few days ago announced a three-month unilateral ceasefire.

No role in Hizbul offer: Pak.
Pakistan today maintained that it will be to the benefit and advantage of the entire region and the world if India responded positively to the ceasefire announcement made by the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Talks with Albright, Talbott fruitful, says Jaswant
A song figured in the bilateral meeting between the U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright, and her Indian counterpart, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today.

PM to address U.S. Congress
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, has been formally invited by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Dennis Hastert, to address a Joint Session of Congress on September 14. Mr. Vajpayee, who will be on an official visit to the United States, is scheduled to meet the President, Mr. Bill Clinton, on September 15.

Security forces part of J&K peace effort: Advani
Noting that incidents of violence by militants in Jammu and Kashmir have come down since the ceasefire offer by the Hizbul Mujahideen, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today said Indian security forces were giving a ``corresponding response'' by way of facilitating the peace process.

Positive development: Hizbul
Following the offer of talks by the India, the Hizbul Mujahideen leaders here were engaged in informal consultations throughout the day on their next step.

 One more white tiger dies in Nandankanan Park
In yet another tragic incident, a 12-year- old white tiger was found dead in its enclosure in Nandankanan Zoological Park here this morning.

Church dispute behind murder of A.P. Bishop?
The Bishop of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC), Dr. Gangavarapu Emmanuel (64), was hacked to death by three persons around 3.30 pm on Saturday in the church compound, a few yards away from the Arundelpet police station, in the heart of Guntur town.

Jyoti Basu discharged
The West Bengal Chief Minister, Mr. Jyoti Basu, who was admitted to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences here after complaining of `uneasiness', was discharged this evening. He was in a `good condition' when he left the hospital for Banga Bhawan.


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