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NDA meet to discuss West Bengal situation
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, called on the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today and held talks for 45 minutes. It is understood that he briefed the President on his 15-day visit to the United States.

Advani hits out at Basu
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, gave a hard-hitting response to the West Bengal, Mr. Jyoti Basu's letter saying he did not expect a State Government to justify violence by marxist cadres under the plea that it was retaliatory.

 India misses chances, loses to S. Korea
A disjointed India squandered away chances and suffered their first defeat going down to South Korea 0-2 in a Pool B league encounter of the Olympic hockey competition today. With this defeat, India's chances of making the last four grade suffered a jolt.

Telecom services partially restored
21. Telecom services, specially STD links, which were badly affected across the country, were partially restored today after telecom officers decided to put aside their grievances and put in ``extra work'' following wide-spread complaints from the businesses and common people alike.

Gopal waiting for word from Veerappan
The emissary of the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Governments, Mr. R. R. Gopal, has started his fourth mission to rescue Mr. Rajkumar, Kannada filmstar, abducted by the forest brigand Veerappan, by entering the Thalamalai forests in Sathy taluk early this morning.

'Parvathamma in good health'
Ms. Parvathamma Rajkumar, wife of the abducted Kannada film star, Mr. Rajkumar, who was admitted to a private hospital here last night with chest pain, is in good health.

'All support for democracy but not for prescriptive approach'
India will actively shape the recent political initiative to build a worldwide Community of Democracies, but is reluctant to adopt a prescriptive approach in promoting political freedom worldwide.

Rajkumar issue: TN deposition irks Karnataka
The S.M. Krishna Government is clearly unhappy over the Tamil Nadu Government's latest affidavit before the Supreme Court, complaining that it did not inform the latter of the visit of Mr. Rajkumar to his farmhouse at Gajanur, in Erode district, on July 30.

India to pull out forces
India has decided to pull out its forces from Sierra Leone. The pull-out would be in phases and full withdrawal may be over by the year end, highly placed sources said.

Shaheen-I production
Pakistan has undertaken serial production of Shaheen-I missile with its induction into the army.

$300 million ADB loan
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today approved a $ 300 million loan to help some 1.3 million ``low income'' Indians gain access to housing finance.


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