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Compromise on Palestine, slavery reached at Durban
DURBAN, SEPT. 8. The World Conference against Racism (WCAR) adopted a declaration on Saturday recognising the injustice of slavery and colonialism and the ``plight'' of Palestinians, after nine days of contentious debate and brinkmanship that repeatedly threatened to unravel the gathering.

Caste finds no mention
DURBAN, SEPT. 8. The issue of casteism, opposed by India, found no mention in the final document at the U.N.-sponsored meet on racism as there was no consensus on it. Indian official sources said the controversial paragraph clubbing ``work and descent'' was not included .

 6 BSF men, schoolgirl killed in J&K blasts
SRINAGAR, SEPT. 8. Militants struck in a big way in Jammu and Kashmir today, detonating landmines in three separate places, in which six BSF personnel and a schoolgirl were killed and a dozen others injured.

 Disgruntled Delhi MPs explain stand
NEW DELHI, SEPT. 8. The three disgruntled Delhi BJP MPs - Mr. Madan Lal Khurana, Mr. Sahib Singh Verma and Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra - met the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today to express their ``deep sense of anguish'' over reports that they were responsible for Mr. Jagmohan's ouster from the Union Ministry of Urban Development in the latest round of Cabinet reshuffle.

Now, a 'diktat' to non-Muslim women
SRINAGAR SEPT. 8. The campaign aimed at ``Talibanisation'' of Kashmir took a new turn today, when the militant outfit, Lashkar- e-Jabbar (LeJ), asked non-Muslim women to adopt a new dress code so that they are spared from the ``action'' to be initiated against Muslim women after September 10.

CBI raid on train
JAIPUR, SEPT. 8. CBI sleuths today held a surprise raid on the luxurious `Palace on Wheels' tourist train near Jodhpur to locate ticketless travellers. The train was intercepted near Mandore.

New CJ for Madras HC
HYDERABAD, SEPT. 8. Mr. Justice B. Subhashan Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh High Court has been appointed the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. Sources said the President signed the papers on Saturday and formal orders were expected by Monday.

Geelani's Saudi visit grounded
NEW DELHI, SEPT. 8. The Centre has declined to grant permission to the All-Party Hurriyat Conference leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to attend the fourth general Islamic Conference in Saudi Arabia beginning today, sources in the Hurriyat said.

All-Williams Open final
NEW YORK, SEPT. 8. Venus and Serena Williams both overpowered their semifinal opponents to set up an historic family final in the U.S. Open women's singles.

Mira Nair film bags award
VENICE, SEPT. 8. Mira Nair's ``Monsoon Wedding'' was today awarded the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival. The film is a light-hearted account of a wedding in a wealthy family in contemporary India.


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