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India wants Pak. declared a terrorist state
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today openly accused Pakistan of having been behind the recent hijack of the Indian Airlines aircraft and said the Government would work systematically to ensure that major nations of the world declared Pakistan a terrorist state. India expected the U.S. to take the initiative in this direction.

16 killed in Srinagar blast
At least 16 people, including two security force personnel, were killed and 23 injured in a powerful mine blast in the Sabzimandi area here on Monday morning.

Released ultras likely to enter PoK
The three militants released by India to secure the freedom of hostages on board the hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft are expected to come to Muzaffarabad (Pakistan- Occupied Kashmir), a spokesman for the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen was quoted as telling the Dawn newspaper today.

Overstaying foreigners to be deported
The Centre has asked the State Governments and the Union Territories to detect and deport all foreign nationals, including Pakistanis, who have either stayed in the country unauthorisedly or remained untraced.

J&K told to go in for reforms
The Centre today asked the Jammu and Kashmir Government to go in for a major financial restructuring and reforms programme even though it assured to continue granting ``special considerations'' to the State.

Bofors papers: CBI allowed to retain final set
The Special court for CBI cases today permitted the investigating agency to retain the final set of Swiss Bank documents relating to the Rs. 64-crore Bofors payoffs case for conducting further investigation.

Sensex zooms to new high
The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark sensitive index (Sensex) zoomed sharply by over 369 points to scale an all- time peak at 5375 today in the wake of frenzied buying support by speculators and heavy purchases by foreign institutional investors.

Fog leads to train mishap
One person was killed and four injured when they were hit by the Agra-bound Taj Express at a level-crossing near Balabhgarh station, about 40 km from here, this morning.

 Arresting hijackers difficult: Pak.
Pakistan said today that in the absence of profiles of the hijackers it would be ``difficult'' to apprehend them if they entered the country through an ``unauthorised route''.

Pak. embassy official held in Nepal
The Nepalese police have nabbed a Pakistani Embassy official in Kathmandu for allegedly smuggling counterfeit currency into India.

 Hike in R&D allocation to boost S&T: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today assured that the Government was committed to removing bureaucratic hurdles to ensure that the country's success in the field of information technology was replicated in all areas of science, technology and enterprise.

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