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Talks only if Pakistan stops violence: Vajpayee
Amid indications that the Government is ready to review, and possibly extend, the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir after the current ceasefire ends with Ramzan, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said that India was ready to hold talks with Pakistan, but the violence and killings by militants must stop.

PM statement soon
The Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today said the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, would soon make a statement in Parliament on whether the Government would extend the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir beyond Ramzan.

Pak. monitoring statements
Pakistan is closely monitoring statements emanating from various quarters in India on the possibility of resumption of dialogue between the two countries following recent initiatives from both sides.

 Ready to join the road to peace: Hurriyat
The All Party Hurriyat Conference, reiterating its stand on ceasefire, today swore by unity and said it would join any of the comprehensive, meaningful and result-oriented political process aimed at finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue.

 Cong. committed to economic reforms, says Sonia
The Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today utilised the FICCI platform to categorically state her party's economic stance - and the message she gave out was that the ``Congress needs no certificate of its commitment to economic reforms from anybody.''

Postal unions call off strike
The 13-day nationwide postal strike was called off tonight after an agreement was reached following the latest round of negotiations between the leaders of the three federations of postal employees and the Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan.

Kashmiri leaders to meet in Saudi Arabia
Kashmiri leaders from both sides of the Line of Control are expected to meet in Saudi Arabia in the next few days, the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen spokesman, Mr. Saleem Hashmi, said here today. The Hizb commander, Syed Salahuddin, had already reached Saudi Arabia for the meeting.

 We can't be hustled into globalisation: Sinha
The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, under pressure from practically all shades of investors, domestic and foreign, to hasten economic reforms and globalisation, today advocated patience. ``India cannot be hustled into globalisation,'' he said at a meeting organised by FICCI as part of its annual general meeting.

Bush and Powell proclaim 'uniquely American internationalism'
As India gets ready to engage the new Republican administration and begins to assess the direction of American foreign policy in the next four years, it had the first signals from the President- elect, Mr. George W. Bush, yesterday, to chew on.


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