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 Car bomb kills 13 in Srinagar
At least 13 people, including a photo- journalist, two Armymen and a civilian, were killed and over 30 injured in a powerful bomb blast in Srinagar today. The condition of many of the injured, mostly security personnel, is stated to be critical.

Blast executed at Pak's behest: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, said tonight that the car bomb explosion in Srinagar was executed "at the behest of Pakistan".

 I am safe, says Rajkumar
As doubts continued to linger about the emissary-journalist, Mr. R.R. Gopal, directly meeting the forest brigand Veerappan yet, what brought cheer on the 12th day of the kidnap episode was yet another recorded message from the Kannada thespian, Mr. Rajkumar, that he was ``comfortable, happy and has no problem at all''.

Hizbul's new condition not helpful: U.S.
In faulting the Hizbul Mujahideen for insisting on a new condition - inclusion of Pakistan in the talks - after the ceasefire and offer of dialogue was announced and accepted by India, the Clinton administration has reminded New Delhi that a solution to the Kashmir issue cannot come about without direct discussions between India and Pakistan taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Door open for Hurriyat: Govt.
Notwithstanding the collapse of the dialogue with the Hizbul Mujahideen, the Vajpayee government feels that the ``peace process'' has acquired a certain momentum and that the idiom of dialogue would continue to find favour with the people and groups in Kashmir.

Clinton expresses consternation over Kashmir killings
The Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar, disclosed here today that the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, had written to the Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, last week expressing his ``consternation'' over the killings in Kashmir on August 1 and 2.

 Sirimavo Bandaranaike resigns
The President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today appointed a hardline member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) as the new Prime Minister in an attempt to placate sections of the majority Sinhala-Buddhist community who are angry with her for attempting to change the Constitution.

 Women's Bill only after consensus: Govt.
The Government today virtually washed its hands of the contentious Women's Reservation Bill leaving it to the political parties to sort it out among themselves.

Pak. calls for 'impartial probe'
Pakistan tonight demanded an `impartial investigation' into the bomb blast that rocked Srinagar in which 13 people were killed.

Union Government says no to Sahara Cup
The Union Government on Thursday announced its decision not to clear the Indian team's participation in the Sahara Cup at Toronto against Pakistan. The tournament was to be held from September 9 to 17.


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