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 Govt. keen on peace despite 'difficult neighbour': PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today reiterated a commitment to the dialogue process without any preconditions - meaning that while the militants were free to raise issues outside the framework of the Constitution, the Government could respond only within its parameters.

Hope of alien life as new planets are found
Nine new planets have been discovered orbiting distant stars, bringing the number of known planets outside our solar system to 51 and raising prospects that alien life may be found to exist. (Other agencies said 10 planets were discovered.)

Hizbul threatens to resume fighting
Echoing the sentiments of Pakistan, the Hizbul Mujahideen today virtually announced resumption of fighting in Kashmir from 5 p.m. tomorrow on the plea that India has failed to respond to its demand for a tripartite dialogue outside the ambit of the Constitution.

Hizbul insistence on Pakistan involvement impeding talks
The Hizbul Mujahideen's insistence on involving Pakistan was obstructing its on-going dialogue with the Indian authorities, highly-placed sources in the Government said.

Govt. yet to hear from Veerappan: Krishna
The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S. M. Krishna, today said that the Government had not heard anything from the forest brigand, Veerappan, on the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and the three other hostages.

Did Advani offer to quit?
The Congress(I) today demanded a `clarification' from the Government on whether the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, had resigned or offered to resign following the Kashmir killings. Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress(I) Working Committee member, said the Prime Minister should clarify.


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