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Situation in Kashmir changing rapidly: PM
Reiterating that India wanted peace in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today blamed Pakistan for exercising its influence for withdrawal of the ceasefire that derailed the recent peace process.

Another Deendar activist held
Another Deendar Anjuman activist, Shaik Hashim Ali (24), was arrested by the CID sleuths from the Imliban bus stand here this morning.

IAF officer held in church blasts case
The investigation by the Corps of Detectives (CoD) into the series of explosions in churches has revealed that an Indian Air Force officer was part of the conspiracy and had also passed on sensitive information regarding defence establishments to Pakistan.

Kumaramangalam undergoes dialysis, still critical
The condition of the Union Power Minister, Mr. Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, who is battling for life at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), continues to be ``critical'' with no signs of improvement during the last 24 hours.

Sonia 'childish', says AIADMK
The AIADMK chairperson, Mr. K. Kalimuthu, today termed the Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, ``childish'' and ``infantile'', signalling the end of the bonhomie between the two parties.

Hizb firm on Pak. involvement
The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen tonight disowned the statement made by Mr. Fazal-ul-Haq that the militants could consider resumption of negotiations with the Indian Government without insisting on involvement of Pakistan in the first phase.

Rain delays Gopal's entry into forest
The journalist-emissary, Mr. R.R. Gopal, in his effort to rescue the Kannada film actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and three other hostages, is yet to enter the Satyamangalam forests due to heavy rain in the Thalawady, Thalamalai, Thimbam forest areas.

 61 crew feared dead
As rescue efforts intensified to salvage the crippled Russian submarine lying at the sea-bed for the last six days, reports suggested that its captain and 60 of the 116 seamen are feared dead.

Two suspected ISI agents held at Patna airport
Two suspected agents of the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan were arrested at Patna airport yesterday while trying to board a Kathmandu-bound private aircraft, police said.

Hike in prices of petroleum ruled out
The Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, today ruled out any immediate hike in the prices of petroleum products, but said it would be reviewed once the flare up of international crude prices stabilises.

Aircraft strays
An aircraft strayed into the Indian territory from the Nepal side and remained in the airspace for about 10 minutes, a Home Department spokesman said, adding that the six- seater aircraft strayed into the airspace about 50 km inside upto the Maharajganj and Kushinagar districts and later returned.

Patwa hospitalised
The Union Minister for Rural Development, Mr. Sunderlal Patwa, today complained of uneasiness in the Rajya Sabha and was rushed to the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS).


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