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Pak. formally offers to resume talks
In what could prove to be an ice-breaking initiative, the Pakistani Foreign Secretary, Mr. Inam-ul-Haq, formally offered to resume the suspended bilateral dialogue during a meeting with the Indian High Commissioner, Mr. G. Parthasarathy, on Wednesday.

End terrorism first, says India
The Government will resume talks with Pakistan only when the Mushrraf regime unconditionally ends its campaign of terror against India.

 President presents Padma awards
Luminaries from all walks of life including science, literature, music, dance, cinema and Information Technology were honoured by the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, in the stately Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.

Cong.(I), BJP rattled by cross-voting
Even after the just-concluded biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha, the ruling BJP and its National Democratic Alliance partners are still short of a majority in the Upper House. The bottomline is that the Vajpayee Government remains dependent on cooperation from the Opposition in carrying out any radical programme of its own, including the proposed review of the Constitution.

Inquiry into 'disappearance' of civilians
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today said in the Assembly that he had directed the DGP and the ADGP (CID) to inquire into the alleged disappearance of five civilians in Anantnag.

Rollback of LPG prices ruled out
The Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ram Naik, today said that the reduction in the international oil prices following the OPEC decision to raise output would not affect domestic prices of petroleum products.

40 killed in air crash
36 Sri Lankan soldiers and four crew of an AN- 26 military aircraft were feared killed when the plane crashed near Anuradhapura town this morning due to a `technical failure'. The plane was ferrying the troops to the town from Palaly in the Jaffna Peninsula.

18 prisoners injured
Eighteen prisoners and three policemen were injured in a clash between two groups of prisoners in the district jail in Pilibhit last night. An argument among the 289 new and old inmates in barrack number three during dinner turned into a clash which lasted about an hour.

Youngest Mayor
Ms. Panchamarthi Anuradha (26) of the Telugu Desam Party today assumed office as Mayor of the Vijayawada Corporation. An electronics graduate, she is the youngest Mayor in the country.

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