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Pak. invites Hurriyat leaders for tea
On a day of fast changing developments that cast a shadow on the coming India-Pakistan summit meeting, the military Government on Friday confirmed its decision to invite the Hurriyat leaders for the tea-party in New Delhi before issuing a sharply-worded statement accusing the Indian forces of stepping up acts of ``repression and oppression'' in the Kashmir Valley.

Delhi keeps its cool
The Vajpayee Government wants to wait and watch as to what steps Pakistan takes to carry further Gen. Pervez Musharraf's expressed keenness to meet the leaders of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference.

PM asks DGMO to visit Pakistan
In yet another initiative to set the tone of the India-Pakistan summit, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has instructed the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) to make an unprecedented visit to Pakistan to come out with a road map for a durable peace along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Siachen area.

 Ganguly, Tendulkar face Lashkar threat
The cricket captain, Saurav Ganguly, and star batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, are among those who have been threatened by the militant outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Tata-SIA sole bidder for AI
The Government today disqualified both the bidders - the Hindujas and Videocon - for Indian Airlines disinvestment, leaving Tata-Singapore Airlines as the sole bidder for Air India.

Jayalalithaa meets Governor
The Tamil Nadu Governor, Dr. C. Rangarajan, today called the Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa, for a discussion on the recent developments in the State. According to official sources, the Governor reviewed the status on the implementation of the orders received from the Centre a couple of days ago.

 Interpol helps nab defaulter in Indian Bank scam
In a significant breakthrough in the Indian Bank scam, the CBI today announced that it had got a fugitive, Mr. M. Vardarajalu alias M.V. Raja alias MVR, detained in France. He was alleged to be involved in a fraud to the tune of Rs. 468 crores caused by his companies to Indian Bank.

US-64: SBI to provide loans
Despite the freeze on UTI's flagship scheme US- 64, the State Bank of India will continue to advance loans against the face value of the units, the bank announced today.

8 hacked to death
Eight persons, said to be supporters of the outlawed Maoist Communist Centre, were hacked to death by armed ultras of Sangharsh Jana Mukti Morcha near Nawadih village of Jharkhand's Hazaribagh district last night, police said today.


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