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 Pak. cannot wrest Kashmir through terrorism: PM
Firmly rejecting the contention that the militant violence in Kashmir was part of a `jehad'(holy war), the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today termed the killings of civilians unholy and un-Islamic. Delivering the customary Independence Day address from the Red Fort, he assured the nation that Islamabad's strategy of cross-border terrorism would be defeated, even though India would continue to engage Pakistan in a dialogue.

Milk and sugar
``If the Muslim is milk, Hindu is sugar,'' said poet Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, quoting the great Kashmiri Sufi poet Mehjoor while making an impassioned appeal to the two communities in Jammu and Kashmir to stay in harmony.

Centre considering J&K autonomy: Farooq
Reiterating his party's demand for the restoration of autonomy to the State, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, said here today that it was not secession, nor would it weaken ties with the Centre.

 Militants kill 7 in Udhampur
Militants killed seven villagers in a remote village of Udhampur district on Tuesday night, even as Jammu and Kashmir was under a security blanket in view of the Independence Day celebrations.

Ex-police chief remanded
The former Commissioner of Police, Mr. R.D. Tyagi, arrested on charges of murder of nine persons in the 1993 riots case, was today remanded to police custody till August 23 by a holiday Magistrate here.

Two injured in shoot-out
A 16- year-old boy and a police constable suffered bullet injuries in a shootout between Tamil Nadu police and a criminal in Nanjangud town today.

Four held for train blast
The Uttar Pradesh police today claimed to have achieved a breakthrough by nabbing four persons involved in yesterday's train blast at Murad Nagar station in Ghaziabad district, in which three persons were killed and 17 injured.

Gunbattle in Shillong
Gun shots rang out in the Meghalaya capital on Independence Day tonight as security forces fought underground rebels in various parts of the city.

16 killed in floods, landslips
Sixteen people were killed in landslips and floods, triggered by incessant rain in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh since last evening, official reports said.


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