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 Antony unanimously elected CLP leader
Mr. A.K. Antony will be sworn in Chief Minister of Kerala on Thursday along with leaders of the seven United Democratic Front constituents. The decks for the swearing-in ceremony were cleared when Mr. Antony was unanimously elected leader of the Congress Legislature Party.

 India, Malaysia to intensify trade ties
As many as 15 agreements were signed between Malaysian and Indian companies today, laying the foundation for a more focussed trade and business relationship.

Pak. clarifies Musharraf remarks on NMD
In what could be construed as reversal of its position, Pakistan today said the remarks made by the Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, three days ago about fears of a new nuclear and missile race had nothing to do with the National Missile Defence programme of the United States.

Rao delayed HC verdict, Advani tells Liberhan
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today accused the Congress Government of P.V. Narasimha Rao of ``using judiciary as an instrument to thwart people's will'' and delaying an early verdict from the Allahabad High Court on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute which ultimately led to the demolition of the mosque at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

India, Israel to hold security dialogue
India and Israel are set to expand their defence ties beyond the existing buyer-seller relationship by evolving a new framework for interaction.

U.S. sees role insolving Kashmir row
The Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell, has said the progress in the last several years in the relations between the United States and India has given a new opportunity to encourage India and Pakistan ``to find a peaceful and just solution to the problem of Kashmir''.

BJP to rethink on alliance politics
A two-day meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party's State-level general secretaries in-charge of the party organisation will be held near here at Jhinjholi from tomorrow to take a comprehensive look at the health of the party organisation.

Help maintain balance in S.Asia Pak. tells China
Pakistan today appealed to China to play an `active role' in South Asia for maintaining a `regional strategic balance' on the plea that the region was a victim of `hegemony.'

 Malaysia happy with India as dialogue partner
The Malaysian Foreign Minister, Syed Hamid Albar, said today that his country was ``very happy'' with India's current status as dialogue partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Media distorting news: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, has said that sensational journalism seemed to be gaining in popularity.

Postmortem on poll debacle soon: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has said a ``postmortem would be done'' to ascertain what was behind the reverses the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) suffered in the just-concluded Assembly elections.


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