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 Steps taken to curb attacks on Christians: PM
The much-awaited meeting between the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, and Kerala Church leaders, which was hanging fire till Saturday night, took place today. However, the meeting was a low- key affair, with many of the Catholic bishops failing to join the delegation.

'Ready to lay down my life'
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today accused Pakistan of direct involvement in the recent militant attacks. Addressing a meeting of the BJP's State unit delegates at Kumarakom, where he is vacationing, the Prime Minister said the militant organisation involved in the incidents was helped by the Government of Pakistan and this points to Pakistan's direct involvement in the incidents.

2 die in police firing, bomb attack in Nepal
Two people were killed today in police firing in southeastern Nepal while the homes of three leaders of the ruling party became the target of bomb attacks, officials said.

Malkani's line on Nepal sparks row
Even before the Hrithik Roshan controversy, which led to anti-India rioting in Nepal, has died down, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader has exploded a bombshell prompting the party and the Ministry of External Affairs to rush in with statements denying that they have anything to do with those views.

I'm sorry, says Malkani
In a damage control exercise, the BJP leader, Mr. K.R. Malkani, tonight withdrew his controversial remarks on Nepal that upset the Nepalese Government.

'Pak. agencies masterminded Chattisinghpora massacre'
Residents of Chattisinghpora village in Jammu and Kashmir, the scene of massacre of 35 sikhs in March this year, are convinced that the attack was part of a conspiracy by the Pakistani intelligence agencies, but are forced to adopt a tactical ambivalence for fear of another attack, a report published in the New York Times said today.

Hizb wants a full Hurriyat team
The pro-Pakistan militant outfit, Hizb-ul- Mujahideen, has insisted that if all the seven executive council members of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference did not travel to Pakistan it would be an ``exercise in futility''.

LTTE man deported
A Sri Lankan-born LTTE member, found guilty of manufacturing a submarine for the Tamil rebels in Thailand, has been deported by Thai authorities to Norway, the country of his residence.

2 killed in bomb attack
Two Trinamool congress supporters were killed and three others injured in a bomb attack by miscreants in the South 24 Parganas district early this morning, police said.


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