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'We must start from Shimla, Lahore'
India today declared that the draft Agra declaration could not be the basis for further engagement with Pakistan. New Delhi is prepared to continue the engagement with Islamabad on the basis of the Shimla accord and the Lahore declaration.

Pak. dumb-struck
The military establishment in Islamabad is `dumb-struck' at the `u-turn' by New Delhi on the Agra summit and believes that the latest stance adopted by India is a serious setback to the process of reconciliation and dialogue set in motion during the three-day official visit of the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

 PM to make statement in Parliament
There were no surprises at the meeting of National Democratic Alliance leaders here this evening. About 20 leaders of the ruling coalition got a detailed briefing on the summit talks, they were told that the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, refused to yield ground on issues of paramount national interest, and in gratitude they congratulated him for his boldness.

Pak. apologises for heckling of official
The Pakistan Government spokesman has apologised to the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Ms. Nirupama Rao, who was heckled by a group of Pakistani journalists soon after a short midnight briefing on the outcome of the Vajpayee-Musharraf summit in Agra on Monday, official sources said today.

India goes ahead with CBMs
Unmindful of the `cold response' from the military establishment in Pakistan, India is going ahead with enforcement of the confidence-building measures (CBMs) announced days ahead of the Agra summit.

Sondhi removed as ICSSR chairman
The Government today decided to remove Prof. M.L. Sondhi from the chairmanship of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) on the ground that he had lost the confidence of the council members.

DMK to implead itself in PIL against Jayalalithaa
Raising its level of action on the legal front against the AIADMK Government in the wake of the Karunanidhi arrest episode, the DMK will implead itself in the public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court challenging Ms. Jayalalithaa's appointment as Chief Minister despite her conviction in the TANSI land deal case.

Rs. 100 cr. for Orissa
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has sanctioned Rs. 100 crores for flood relief in Orissa, the Crisis Management Group (CMG) was informed here today. Orissa had sought Rs. 200 crores.

 Blackwill the man for the job: Bush
The President, Mr. George W. Bush, has again stressed his aim of transforming United States-India relations and that this will be a pre-eminent priority of his administration. The President made these remarks when the new U.S. Ambassador to India, Mr. Robert Blackwill, called on him on Monday.

Two girl students killed
Two girl students were killed and 19 others injured in a stampede in a primary school in the heart of the city today, police said.


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