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 Vajpayee invites Farooq for 'further dialogue'
The autonomy issue was reopened today with the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, inviting the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, for ``further dialogue'', saying the rejection of autonomy was not ``outright''.

 Howard for new vigour in ties with India
The Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Howard, ended his fence-mending mission to India today with a promise to inaugurate a new phase of bilateral engagement.

 Positive signal to NC
The spontaneous decision of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to attend the funeral of Begum Akbar Jehan Abdullah, mother of Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was prompted by a desire to send a positive signal to the National Conference leaders and cadre, according to officials dealing with the affairs in the troubled State.

Wage options for PSU staff
The Union Cabinet today gave the five lakh- strong non-executive workforce of public sector undertakings the option of choosing the periodicity of wage revision.

Peacekeepers run out of rations
The United Nations has said it is making every effort to resupply rations to the surrounded Indian peacekeepers in Sierra Leone.

Economic Policy: Sinha to meet RSS, SJM leaders
The differences between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS and its offshoot, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, on the Centre's economic policies are to be ``discussed'' at a meeting called by the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, on or around July 17.

Fiji coup leader wants to be PM
The Fiji coup leader, Mr. George Speight, today declared he wants to be Prime Minister as a breakdown of law and order intensified ahead of the scheduled release of his political hostages.

Oil pipeline explosion kills 250 people in Nigeria
Fire burned out of control today at the scene of pipeline explosion in southern Nigeria that killed about 250 villagers who had been scooping up gasoline with buckets, witnesses said.

Musharraf peeved over Howard's 'India tilt'
At a time when the Australian Prime Minister is in New Delhi, the Chief Executive of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, said Canberra's tilt towards New Delhi could deepen tensions in South Asia and affect regional stability.

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