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Veerappan case: 'Complete pleadings in 10 days for early hearing'
The Supreme Court today directed Karnataka and the parties concerned to complete their pleadings and file additional documents, if any, in connection with the Veerappan associates' release case within 10 days.

Karnataka to persist with talks
The Karnataka Government today decided to persist with the strategy of securing the release of the film star, Mr. Rajkumar, and three others through negotiations with the forest brigand Veerappan, and said the hostages' release was a matter of time.

 Britain beckons Indian businessmen
The visiting British Secretary of State for Home Department, Mr. Jack Straw, says his Government would be willing to ease the visa requirements for Indian businessmen and entrepreneurs so as to enable them ``settle'' in the United Kingdom.

Pak. may figure in talks with U.S.
India expects its strained ties with Pakistan to come up in the talks with the U.S. leadership later this month, but believes that the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to the U.S., will be focused on the consolidation of bilateral relations with Washington.

Ex-AMU students held for U.P. blasts
In a major breakthrough, the Uttar Pradesh police on Sunday arrested two dreaded terrorists belonging to the Hizb-ul- Mujahideen, who had surfaced after the recent series of bomb explosions in the State on the eve of Independence Day.

Over 300 killed in Sri Lanka
Ferocious fighting in the Jaffna peninsula between Government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam over two days has killed more than 300 combatants on both sides and left over 1000 wounded. In response to an Army offensive, mounted on Sunday, ahead of the October 10th general elections, the LTTE launched a counter-attack this morning on Government lines at Colombothurai in the Thenmarathchi division.

Indo-U.S. understanding will not affect others: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, has said that India and the U.S. have the potential for being ``natural allies'' but maintained that the ``new understanding'' between the two countries is not at the cost of relations with other countries, including China.

India, U.K to set up JWG
India and Britain today agreed to set up a Joint Working Group to counter terrorism, drug trafficking and other related crimes. At a joint press conference here, the visiting British Home Secretary, Mr. Jack Straw, and the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, said the modalities of the proposed JWG would be worked out by the officials of the two countries next month.

Musharraf address to focus on Kashmir
The military ruler of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, is leaving tomorrow for New York to participate in the millennium session of the United Nations Assembly and Kashmir is bound to be the focus of his visit. He is to address the U.N. Assembly on September 6 and the Pakistani Foreign Office has made it known that he would raise the Kashmir issue in his presentation.

Decision on petroleum price revision only after PM's return
The Union Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, today made it clear that there would be no revision of prices of petroleum products before the Prime Minister's return from U.S. on September 19.

U.K. eases visa rules for Indian entrepreneurs
Britain today said it has relaxed visa rules to allow Indian entrepreneurs in Hi-tech areas of Information Technology and E-commerce to do business in the United Kingdom.

World community must press for tripartite talks: Hizb
The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen supremo, Syed Salahuddin, claiming that ``Kashmiris'' were in no position to co-exist with India , today said the international community should pressure it to hold tripartite talks for a resolution of the five-decade-long conflict.


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