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 Hurriyat team for Pak. notified
In a move forward in the peace process begun by the Centre in November, the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) today announced the team for its Pakistan visit scheduled for January 15. Significantly, the APHC chairman, Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, and the JKLF chief, Mr. Mohammad Yaseen Malik, will not be part of the team.

 Wahid supports Vajpayee position on Kashmir
The Indonesian President, Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid, today said he supported the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee's stand on Kashmir as five agreements, including the formation of a Joint Commission and defence cooperation, were signed in the presence of the two leaders.

Defer announcement on temple, VHP told
The BJP president, Mr. Bangaru Laxman, today appealed to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and its ``Dharma Sansad'' to defer announcing the dates for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya to help settle the dispute outside the court.

Hurriyat rejects jehad
The Centre is likely to give passports to all five Hurriyat leaders who have been selected by the APHC chairman, Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat. The Centre's decision will be made after the Prime Minister's return, but the crucial consideration will be that the Hurriyat executive is seen as having rejected the `jehadis' in Pakistan and has, instead, opted for the `peace process'.

Bail petition rejected
The British Columbia Supreme Court has rejected the bail pleas of two Sikhs charged with the 1985 bombing of an Air India Boeing-747 in which 329 people on board died.

Azhar to challenge ban
Mohammad Azharuddin will soon challenge in the Andhra Pradesh High Court the life-ban imposed on him by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal.

Dawood's property has no takers
When the Income Tax Department today put up as many as 11 properties owned by Dawood Ibrahim, the underworld don now holed up in Karachi, here for auction, there were no takers.

Red Fort closed again
The Red Fort was once again closed to the public today. However, it was not the fear of terrorists but a war of words between the Delhi police, the Archaeological Survey of India, and the Army over security of the complex that resulted in its closure.


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