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 There was no draft agreement, says PM
Pakistan's refusal at the Agra summit to allow any reference to India's key concern on cross-border terrorism in Kashmir was a major reason for the breakdown of the talks, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, said today making his first public comments on the reasons why the summit failed to produce a joint declaration or statement.

15 gunned down in Doda
Barely 24 hours after the killing of 13 persons near the famous Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, a group of unidentified militants gunned down 15 persons, including three children and two women, in a remote village of Doda district last night.

Opposition ammunition ready for session
The Agra summit and the Unit Trust of India's US-64 scandal could ignite sparks during the five-week-long monsoon session of Parliament beginning tomorrow even as the Manipur crisis will demand immediate attention.

 Deuba is new Nepal PM
Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba, who once led a shaky coalition government, was today elected Nepal's Prime Minister by a majority of lawmakers from the ruling Nepali Congress.

Police fire to disperse protesters in Imphal
Police opened fire and burst teargas shells to disperse several thousands of people who gathered at various places tonight in apprehension that the Centre-NSCN (I-M) ceasefire would be extended for one year from August 1. No casualty was however reported, official sources said.

 More than 80 lakhs affected in Orissa floods
Although the danger of floods in Mahanadi and its branch rivers has subsided now, the water level in two other rivers in Orissa - the Brahmani and the Baitarani - was rising on Sunday making the situation pathetic in the flood-hit districts of Jajpur and Kendrapara.

Blasts rock Jakarta
Two churches were hit by bomb blasts in the Indonesian capital today, witnesses said. At least 59 persons were injured. Police blamed unidentified forces wanting to disrupt the impeachment proceedings launched on Saturday against the President, Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid.

Wahid declares emergency
Indonesia's embattled President, Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid, has declared a state of emergency, assuming wideranging powers just hours before an impeachment hearing that was expected to dump him.


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