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India calls for composite dialogue with Pak.
For the first time since the Kargil hostilities in May/June 1999, India today formally conveyed its desire to Pakistan for early resumption of a ``composite dialogue'', but not without pointing out the sore points that continued to be a matter of concern.

Musharraf regrets Lashkar 'threat'
The Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today expressed regret over the reported threat made by the Lashkar-e-Taiba to target the office of the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee.

 PM, Li happy with LAC delineation process
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the visiting Chinese leader, Mr. Li Peng, today expressed satisfaction at the progress made on the clarification of the Line of Actual Control on the disputed border and hoped the process would be completed at the earliest.

PM reviews J&K security situation
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee reviewed tonight the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the attack yesterday on the Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah. He summoned his senior colleagues - Mr. L. K. Advani, Mr. Jaswant Singh, Mr. George Fernandes, and Mr. Brajesh Mishra - for an assessment of the situation in the troubled State.

Bid to disrupt R-Day foiled
The Jammu and Kashmir police claim to have foiled three major plans of militants to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations. A spokesman said the plans were hatched in Baramulla, Srinagar and Pulwama districts.

BJP leaders not for making temple a poll issue in U.P.
The Bharatiya Janata Party does not seem to be in favour of taking up the Ram temple issue for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections which can be held anytime between October this year and March 2002.

 Stephen Hawking meets President
The 45-minute-long meeting of the celebrated physicist, Prof. Stephen Hawking, and the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, at Rashtrapati Bhavan here this evening was marked by mutual appreciation that saw both lavishing praise on each other. In fact, the First Citizen described the meeting as ``an unforgettable experience''.

An important step forward
The meeting between the Chief Executive of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, takes the peace process in the Subcontinent an important step forward--from an indirect to a direct communication between the two countries.

PM hopeful of solution to border row with China
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, on Sunday said he was hopeful that a ``satisfactory solution'' would emerge in the boundary dispute with China. ``Talks are going and maps are now being exchanged,'' he said at a press conference here.

Visit if only Pak. stops hostile stance: Jaswant
The External Affairs Minister, Mr.Jaswant Singh, has not ruled out a visit by him to Pakistan during the year but said that could only be possible if Islamabad halted its support to cross-border terrorism and ended hostile propaganda against India.

7 killed in NDA meeting
Seven persons, including two NDA leaders, were shot dead and 15 others injured when a group of anti-socials attacked an alliance meeting at Rosera, in Samastipur district today, police sources said.


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