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Proxy war in J&K will be defeated: Advani
The Vajpayee government has decided to embark on an `offensive strategy' to meet the challenge of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. This was decided after a high-level review, presided over by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, of the security situation in the state.

 Indian High Commission staffer freed after strong protest
Mr. P. Moses, the Indian High Commission official abducted in Islamabad yesterday, was released in the early hours of Monday by Pakistani authorities after a strong protest was lodged by the High Commission with the Foreign Office.

Despicable acts, says New Delhi
India today lodged a strong protest with Pakistan on the intimidation and abduction of Mr. P. Moses, a staff member of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and condemned the ``despicable acts of the Pakistani authorities'' as beyond the realm of civilised behaviour.

'Musharraf remarks not encouraging'
India today said that it was not ``encouraged'' by the remarks of the Pakistani military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf about resuming the stalled dialogue with India.

First phase of Assembly polls notified
The notification for the first of the three- phase elections scheduled in February for four State Assemblies and byelections in 11 States was issued today.

China's support to Pak. regime
China today offered the much-needed backing to Pakistan's military government declaring that it would continue to foster its ``comprehensive partnership'' with Islamabad, irrespective of changes taking place internationally or domestically.

U.S. likely to press Pak. on terrorism
The Clinton Administration is sending two senior officials this week to Islamabad to assess the broad political direction of the three month-old regime of Gen. Pervez Musharraf and its readiness to crack down on terrorist groups operating inside Pakistan.

U.S. Senator for separate ties with India, Pak.
leading American Senator, Mr. Sam Brownback, said today that a ``more detailed route map back to democracy'' and ``work done dealing with terrorism'' would help encourage the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, to visit Pakistan.

Palpung monastery all set to receive Karmapa
The outer walls are being decorated by artisans of Tibet, the interiors are being decked up, the entrance has been embellished colourfully and the gold-plated throne is in place. The monks peep out of their rooms on the arrival of any vehicle, eagerly awaiting the 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee, at the Shera Biling Palpung monastery, about 8 km from here.

Tense moments for Chandrika's security
A suspected letter-bomb, addressed to the Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, was defused by the bomb disposal squad here this morning, just a day short of a month after a failed assassination attempt on Ms. Kumaratunga by a suicide bomber.

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