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Decks cleared for APHC leaders' travel to Pak.
In a move intended to lift the ``peace initiative'' to a higher level of engagement, the Vajpayee Government is believed to have decided to let the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders travel to Pakistan, where they are likely to have a dialogue with the ``boys'' on how to sustain the peace process.

Onus is on Pakistan: Advani
The Centre has indicated in reasonably clear terms that though it is no longer insisting on a complete end to ``cross-border'' terrorism before it can talk to Pakistan, it believes the onus is on Islamabad to rein in foreign militant outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba, operating out of Pakistani soil.

 Nepal protests snowball into no-trust motion
Anti-Hrithik Roshan protests took a serious political turn today with half of 113 ruling Nepalese Congress MPs revolting against the Prime Minister, Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala, filing a no-confidence motion against him in the party.

PM calls up Koirala
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today called up his Nepali counterpart, Mr. G.P. Koirala, to convey serious concern at the outbreak of violence directed particularly at Indians and their establishments in Nepal, and has urged him to take firm steps to put an end to it.

India, Russia sign SU-30 deal
India and Russia today signed their biggest yet defence deal for licensed production of the SU-30MKI fighter jets, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

 Id festivities calm anxieties
``Some images stay with you for years. Just as some voices keep coming back.'' That is how a resident of Batla House in Jamia Nagar here today summed up the after-effects of this past Tuesday's police action in which one suspected militant was shot dead.


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