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 Respect LoC, says U.S.
Moving closer to each other on finding a framework to reduce Indo-Pak tensions and finessing their nuclear differences, India and the United States today resolved to build a dynamic political partnership in the 21st century.

 35 Sikhs gunned down in Kashmir village
Unidentified militants gunned down 35 Sikhs in this south Kashmir village on Monday night, in one of the worst incidents of violence in the State in the last decade. Later, two State Ministers were attacked by the villagers when they visited the area and police had to fire in the air to disperse the mob.

Clinton outraged
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, today joined his Indian counterpart, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, and other leaders in expressing outrage over the massacre of 35 Sikhs in south Kashmir last night, saying the violence must end.

'Talks must go beyond non-proliferation'
The visit to India of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, has not changed ``in any way'' the fashion in which the United States saw the non-proliferation issue, but in the context of the ``huge and varied'' relationship Washington and New Delhi ought to be talking about issues that are ``beyond and around'' the non-proliferation issue, the Secretary of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright, has said.

Pak shelling continues
Pakistani troops fired on Indian installations and civilian targets for the fifth consecutive day today along the Line of Control and international border in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said here.

Clinton's line on LoC leaves Hurriyat cold
The All-Party Hurriyat Conference leadership is not impressed with the call given by the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, for the sanctity of Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

'A premeditated act of barbarism'
The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee has called the killing of Sikhs in Kashmir a ``premeditated act of barbarism'', and declared that India has the "means and the will to eliminate the menace''.

Insat-3B blast off today
India's new-generation communications satellite, Insat-3B, is ready for take-off aboard the European Ariane-5 rocket from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guyana early tomorrow.

 Win Chadha gets bail
The Special Court today granted bail to Mr. Win chadha, a key accused in the Rs. 64- crore Bofors payoff case, on condition that he should surrender his passport to the CBI and not leave the country without the court's permission.

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