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 Norway begins peace effort in Sri Lanka
As fierce fighting continued in the Jaffna peninsula, a three-member delegation from Norway including the special envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, met the Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, today.

 Fiji PM threatened at gun-point
The political future of the Fijian Prime Minister of Indian origin, Mr. Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, today hung in the balance in the capital, Suva, ahead of tomorrow's planned crisis breaking summit of the Great Council of Chiefs, the supreme moral-political conscience-keeper of the majority community of indigenous people.

Navy put on 72-hour alert
Apprehending a possible call for evacuating Sri Lankan soldiers stranded in Jaffna, the Indian Navy has been put on a 72-hour alert, highly-placed sources in the Government have said.

More Pak. militants sneaking in
With snow melting in the higher reaches of Pir Panjal range, opening up routes for infiltration in the Kashmir Valley, security forces have come across sophisticated weaponry, including universal machine guns. Air surveillance, over higher reaches and thick forests, is likely to be introduced soon with the Centre giving a go-ahead for the procurement of MI-17 helicopters. In militancy-infested sectors of Baramulla-Kupwara belt alone, three major encounters between security forces and infiltrators have taken place over the past one month.

Gill's Colombo visit raises little hope
The arrival here of the former chief of the Punjab police, Mr. K. P. S. Gill, has generated some interest but little hope that he can substantively change the course of events in this strife-torn and demoralised country.

 India, Iran look for bigger role in Kabul
Building on their growing convergence of interests in Afghanistan, India and Iran have begun to consider substantive political cooperation on regional security issues. This could possibly include greater coordination in their diplomatic efforts for peace in Afghanistan and more military interaction.

'Destination India' fails to draw top names
`Destination India', a one-day seminar on investment promotion in India, organised jointly by the MEDEF, the French employer's association, and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), failed to attract top level French participation here today.

More forces for Tripura
The Centre is rushing 10 additional companies of para-military forces to Tripura. The decision was taken at a meeting between the Union Home Secretary, Mr. Kamal Pande, and the Tripura Chief Secretary, Mr. V. Thulsidas, here today.

Bjork wins Golden Palm
Danish director Lars Von Trier's harrowing melodrama ``Dancer in the dark'', starring Icelandic pop singer Bjork, won the Golden Palm for best movie at the film festival awards ceremony yesterday.

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