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 Vajpayee justifies peace efforts
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today reasserted that notwithstanding his Government's efforts to explore peace in Jammu and Kashmir, there would be no let-up in the fight against cross-border terrorism.

Give peace a chance: Hizbul
The Hizbul Mujahideen chief, Syed Salahuddin, has said his outfit wants to give peace a try in Jammu and Kashmir and denied that it declared the ceasefire under any pressure.

Rs. 50 crores among 11 demands
On the seventh day of the Rajkumar kidnap crisis, the second cassette sent across by the forest brigand, Veerappan, has 11 demands although his voice could be authenticated only with one particular demand, sources told The Hindu here on Saturday.

Second round fails to take off
A meeting between Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commanders and Army officers at an undisclosed destination to work out ceasefire modalities failed to take place today as two of the four commanders who represented the HM in the first round of talks were not available.

Govt. wants Hizbul to withdraw deadline
The Indian Government expects the Hizbul Mujahideen leadership to withdraw the August 8 deadline set by Syed Salahuddin if there has to be further progress in the incipient peace process in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sri Lankan MPs lodged in hotels, safe houses
As the numbers game intensified for the parliamentary vote on Sri Lanka's controversial Constitution Bill, the ruling People's Alliance (PA) tried to secure its strength in the House by sequestering its MPs in five-star hotels and other safe houses in and around the capital.

Pak. parties to seek end to military rule
A meeting of all political parties in Pakistan is scheduled for tomorrow in Lahore for evolving a common action programme to pressure the military government into restoring the democratic process.

Pakistan for tripartite talks
Pakistan has once again asserted that the Kashmir problem could be resolved only through tripartite talks involving India, Pakistan and the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) , the Radio Pakistan reported tonight.

 Lala Amarnath passes away
Lala Amarnath is no more. He passed away in sleep early Saturday morning after having been bed-ridden for more than a month. The world of cricket has lost one of its colourful characters. He was 88.

 Speight denied bail
The Fijian coup leader, Mr. George Speight, pleaded ``not guilty'' to charges of unlawful assembly, unlawful burial and carrying weapons in public, when he, along with 12 associates, was produced in a Suva magisterial court today.


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