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 Early solution to nuclear issues will help: Talbott
An early resolution of the nuclear differences between India and the United States will lead to a ``qualitatively different and better relationship'' between the two and end the ``unnatural'' antipathy of the last five decades, according to a top official of the Clinton administration. At the heart of the proposed reconciliation is an American acknowledgement that India's May 1998 nuclear tests cannot be undone and that India's security interests go beyond the Subcontinent.

'Future destination' of Karmapa under study
With reports pouring in of a serious threat to the life of the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorje, by some people said to be of Chinese agents who have infiltrated the ranks of the Tibetan community here, Tibetan officials and security agencies are exploring the possibility of shifting the Karmapa to an isolated abode till a final decision is taken on his status in India.

 Major, three militants killed in shoot-out
An Army Major, three militants and a 10-year- old girl were killed in the night-long operation at Rashtriya Rifles (RR) sector headquarters in Anantnag, which was stormed by militants on Wednesday evening. Two Army personnel were also injured. The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has owned responsibility for the attack.

Jayalalitha discharged in TANSI cases
The Madras High Court today discharged the former Chief Minister and AIADMK leader, Ms. Jayalalitha from two cases pertaining to the ``TANSI land deal''.

Tibetan officials yet to come to terms with 'crisis'
Even as several renowned monks flock to McLeodganj - headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile - for an audience with the 17th Karmapa, Tibetan officials are finding it extremely difficult to handle the ``crisis'' which has confronted them since the arrival of Ugyen Trinley Dorjee from China on January 5.

 Identity crisis dogs BJP
The tension between the BJP's desire to assert its separate identity and its equally pressing need to submerge this in the larger interest of the coalition it is leading, is palpable in the final version of the declaration adopted at the party's National Council session on December 29 in Chennai and released here today.

Included by mistake?
Curiously, but some say significantly, the one sentence in the first draft of the Chennai Declaration - ``each and every activist of the party must fully understand that the BJP has no agenda other than the common agenda of the NDA'' - that virtually caused a revolt in the BJP before it was thrown out of the document by the National Council, has once again surfaced in the six-page ``glow lines'' of the document released to the press here today.

Relief yet to reach us, cyclone victims tell Sonia
The Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, who visited the Astarang block of Puri district on Thursday afternoon to find out if the situation had improved and help had reached the homes of the October super-cyclone survivors, had to hear a series of stories of distress and despair.

Panel to foil PWG's `Nepal corridor' plan
The efforts of the banned People's War Group (PWG) naxalites to establish a ``revolutionary corridor'' from Andhra Pradesh to Nepal came up for discussion at the meeting of the Coordination Centre on Left-wing extremism here on Wednesday.

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