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 Hurriyat offer 'same old line', says Centre
The Centre has shown ``no interest'' in the Hurriyat Conference's latest proposal for two-track talks with India and Pakistan. In the Centre's judgment, this is the ``same old line'' that the Hurriyat has been hawking around for some time, and which the Vajpayee Government has found unacceptable all along.

Hizb to wait for Hurriyat decision
The Hizbul Mujahideen would like to wait for the decision of the Hurriyat's Executive Committee on Prof. Bhatt's suggestion before making any comment on the proposal.

 Gibbs, Williams plead guilty
South African cricketers Herschelle Gibbs and Henry Williams today pleaded guilty to accepting cash to under- perform in a one-day international match in India.

Panel to probe Kumaramangalam treatment
While there was no change in the condition of the Union Power Minister, Mr. Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, who continued to be critical today, the Union Health Ministry began the process of putting together a high-level committee to probe the alleged lapses on the part of Apollo Hospitals, where he had undergone treatment earlier.

Deadline ends, Gopal receives signal
After a two-day wait in the forests, the journalist-emissary, Mr. R.R. Gopal, received signals from the fugitive-bandit Veerappan this evening. He is likely to meet Veerappan late Saturday night or early Sunday and resume negotiations for the release of the abducted actor, Mr. Rajkumar, and three others.

Another oil price hike imminent
An increase in oil product prices is imminent unless the Finance Ministry agrees to cut customs duty on oil imports. The soaring international oil prices will lead to an upsurge in revenue collections but the Petroleum Ministry has urged that this bonanza be given up to save the consumer from a painful price hike.

'Survival time for submarine crew over'
The sailors trapped inside a crippled Russian submarine may all be dead by now, a top naval official said after seven days of futile efforts to rescue the 118 crew members. ``Our worst fears appear to have come true,'' Admiral Mikhail Motsak, chief of staff of the Northern Fleet told Russian television. ``Absence of any information from the submarine leads us to conclude that the critical survival time for the crew is over.''

35 bodies fished out
The bodies of 35 persons, including those of seven women and a child, were fished out today from the river Banas, in which a private bus carrying more than 60 passengers was swept away yesterday.

Fodder scam: houses raided
The CBI has detected assets worth over Rs. 2 crores during simultaneous searches conducted by its sleuths yesterday at residential and business premises of the former Bihar Animal Husbandry Department officials, Dr. Ramraj Ram and Mr. Birsa Oraon, at Patna, Aurangabad and Ranchi.

Plan panel member
Mr. Kamaluddin Ahmed, a former member of the P. V. Narasimha Rao Council of Ministers, has been appointed Member of the Planning Commission.


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