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Pickering pitches for Lahore process revival
Hoping for a revival of the stalled Indo-Pak dialogue, the United States has asked Pakistan to reduce cross- border violence and India to consider seriously the offer from Islamabad for talks.

 A deep-rooted conspiracy, says Kapil
The former Indian captain, Mr. Kapil Dev, today termed the accusations against him as ``a deep-rooted conspiracy that was turning out to be much bigger than it had seemed initially,'' but promised not to take things lying down.

U.S. moving warships towards Sri Lanka
In an apparent show of solidarity with Sri Lanka, the United States has reportedly moved an element of its naval task force from the Gulf towards the southern Arabian sea, highly-placed sources in the Government have said. The assessment here is that the U.S. warships were being moved towards southern Arabian sea. The warships were possibly being re-located so that they could be moved towards Sri Lanka, if required.

Vajpayee plans to expand Cabinet
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today indicated that he would expand his ministry and probably reshuffle the portfolios, and that this exercise could take place before the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, leaves for Beijing on May 28. Mr. Vajpayee gave this indication during an online chat.

Fiji's chiefs leave it to Mara
The political exit of Mr. Mahendra Chaudhry, Fiji's democratically elected Prime Minister belonging to the minority ethnic Indian community, and the formulation of a new Constitution, designed to reserve the highest executive positions for the majority indigenous population, became distinct possibilities, as the country's Great Council of Chiefs today sought ways to defuse the ongoing crisis.

 'Give Norway a chance'
The United Kingdom believes that the Norwegian initiative to settle the Sri Lankan crisis should be given a chance, in view of Norway's record of neutrality and negotiating skills, the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Rob Young, said here today.

Civilians killed in Batticaloa shelling
Six civilians, including two children, were killed and three wounded in an exchange of mortars between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka late last night.

Musharraf gives pep talk to nation
The Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, at a press conference today, sought to dispel the impression that his Government was rudderless and could take tough decisions if required.

Musharraf feeler comes with Kashmir rider
The Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, said today that he was prepared to meet the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September, but would not ``beg'' for a meeting. ``If he wants to meet me, I will meet him,'' the General told a press conference.

Pak. warned of consequences of 'another n-test'
The Clinton administration has maintained that while it did not consider Pakistani press reports on the government there preparing for another nuclear test ``highly credible'', it did take the occasion to ``remind the government of Pakistan of the serious consequences of another test for our bilateral relations''.

Indian envoy meets Tarar
The outgoing Indian High Commissioner, Mr. G. Parthasarathy, today paid a courtesy call on the President, Mr. Rafiq Tarar, at the Aiwan-e-Sadar today. The meeting lasted 30 minutes.

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