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 PM announces excise duty holiday for Kutch
Amid bandhs and black flag demonstrations, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today announced a five-year excise duty holiday for industries in the earthquake- ravaged Kutch district in Gujarat and asked the State Government to cut red-tape to expedite the rehabilitation and reconstruction activities.

'Ready to discuss Kashmir with Musharraf'
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today expressed the hope that his talks with the Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, would help bring about a solution to the Kashmir tangle.

Accidental shooting: Regent
Who did it? This was the million dollar question uppermost in the minds of people of shell-shocked Nepal as the circumstances behind the assassination of King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and six other royal family members suddenly became a mystery.

Tie-up with Pak. normal, says China
China has reacted sharply to India's charge of a Chinese military build-up and termed as ``irresponsible'' New Delhi's objection to the ``normal'' military cooperation between Beijing and Islamabad.

Lone's guests couldn't make it this time too
Both India and Pakistan played an equal role this time to abort the senior Hurriyat leader, Mr. Abdul Gani Lone's efforts to make the wedding reception of his son a gala event.

Protestors burn Indian newspapers
Nepalese protestors burned Indian newspapers here today for carrying reports holding the Crown Prince responsible for the deaths of the King, Queen and six other royals.

Pak. frees 157 fishermen
Pakistan has released 157 fishermen who have been in detention for two years. Those released include two children.

Trough off T.N. coast
A trough off South Andhra Pradesh-north Tamil Nadu Coast, extending to east central Bay of Bengal, is expected to bring isolated to heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry on Monday and Tuesday.

Jaswant Singh arrives in Moscow
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, arrived here today on a four-day visit to discuss closer military cooperation with Moscow.

Krishan Kant arrives in Phnom Penh
Cambodia's goodwill towards India was evident all the way as the Vice-President, Mr. Krishan Kant, touched down at the Pochentong international airport, 11 km from here, to a warm welcome this evening.


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