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 We welcome India's thinking differently: U.S.
The U.S. President, Mr. George Bush, and his advisers are clearly pleased with the Indian Government's apparent willingness to listen with an open mind to his proposals on a new strategic framework for international security, a response that contrasts with the scepticism and uncertainty that marks a good part of the European reaction.

Summit in Agra: Musharraf coming on July 14
Even as it announced a very generous welcome to the Chief Executive of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, India today reaffirmed the determination to defend its traditional position on Jammu and Kashmir.

 PoK will figure in summit: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said the issue of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) would figure during his coming summit talks with Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. ``A third of Kashmir is with them and it is an indivisible part of our country,'' he told a press conference before leaving for New Delhi after a knee surgery here. ``Other related issues'' too would figure at the meeting.

Sanctions must go: Sattar
Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Mr. Abdul Sattar, has warned that if the United States did not get rid of sanctions, it would not only risk the erosion of conventional capability leading to an increase in reliance on strategic deterrence but also prolong poverty and hardship leading to several undesirable trends including extremism.

Russia warns U.S.
The Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, has said Moscow would upgrade its strategic nuclear arsenal with multiple warheads if the U.S. went ahead with its planned nuclear missile shield, sparking a nuclear arms race, New York Times said today.

Pak. in dilemma over Vajpayee's assertion
The military Government in Pakistan appears to be in a dilemma over the categorical assertion made by the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, on Kashmir.

 'Centre watching situation'
The Centre today continued to keep a close ``watch'' on the situation in Manipur where large-scale violence has engulfed Imphal in protest against the extension of ceasefire with the NSCN(I-M) to all Naga-inhabited areas in the North-East.

Fresh violence in Manipur
Fresh violent protests against extension of Nagaland truce today rocked interior areas of Manipur Valley district as Army and para-military personnel staged flag march in the State capital and its outskirts.

Sachin's brother attacked
Cricketer Mr. Sachin Tendulkar's elder brother, Mr. Ajit Tendulkar, a former club cricketer, was attacked by three youths at his residence in suburban Bandra today, police said.


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