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Thakre warns of instability
The Bharatiya Janata Party president, Mr. Kushabhau Thakre, made it absolutely clear today to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, that the party was totally against the Kashmir autonomy demand which must be ``rejected outright.''

 'Pro-LTTE' overtones at MDMK meet
Strong ``pro-LTTE'' and ``pro-Eelam'' overtones were unmistakable as the MDMK's two-day ``Tamil Nadu Awakening Conference'' began here amid the party chief, Mr. Vaiko's assertions of maintaining a moderate stance.

Three former PMs against dividing J&K
Three former Prime Ministers today favoured devolution of power but strongly opposed any move to divide Jammu and Kashmir on the lines of religion, ethnicity or language.

Cooperation with Israel in top gear
As India's post-Kargil military modernisation gets into overdrive, military officials and senior bureaucrats involved in hardware purchases are arriving here in droves.

Musharraf rules out treason case
Pakistan's military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf today ruled out institution of a treason case against the former Premier, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, for his statement on the Kargil conflict saying it may expose many national secrets.

Morocco man chosen OIC chief
The Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM), which concluded its annual session here last night, chose a new Secretary-General for the umbrella Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in quite an amicable manner after grappling with a ``legal impasse'' in that regard.

Joshi's Moscow visit to boost scientific cooperation
The Minister for Human Resource Development, Science and Technology, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, is arriving in Moscow on Sunday to give a further boost to cooperation in science and technology between the two countries.

Pak. not to sign CTBT without consensus
The Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, said today that Islamabad would not sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) unilaterally and without obtaining a national consensus.

Palestine boom beckons India
As Palestine undergoes a volatile economic and political transition, India today positioned itself for a stronger economic partnership with the emerging nation.

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