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 President's concern over cult of violence
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today called upon the Governors to become a source of ``moral influence'' and act as agents of harmony and tolerance in these troubled times of religious intolerance and sectarian violence.

Existing law can deal with terrorism: NHRC
Even as the Government is keen on enacting a new law to tackle cross-border terrorism and insurgency, the National Human Rights Commission is totally against any such ``draconian'' legislation.

'Brain behind' church blasts held
The Bangalore police today arrested S. M. Ibrahim (40), said to be the brain behind all explosions at churches in Karnataka, Goa and Andhra Pradesh, except the one in Hubli.

Attack on nun in Gujarat
Some Sangh Parivar activists allegedly assaulted a nun and looted a godown of Christian missionaries stacked with wheat bags for distribution among the drought-hit people in Limbdi taluka of Surendranagar district in Gujarat.

Sanctions must go before Vajpayee's visit: U.S. lawmakers
Senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called for the removal of existing sanctions against India with one suggestion being that the punitive measures should be got rid of before the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, to the United States this September.

Pallone seeks sanctions against China
Citing the threat of missile cooperation between China and Pakistan to the overall stability of Asia, the Democratic Congressman from New Jersey, Mr. Frank Pallone, has announced that he would introduce a piece of legislation in the House of Representatives to impose sanctions against China for providing ballistic missile technology to Pakistan.

Fiji faces sanctions
Fiji faces diplomatic, military and trade sanctions should the rebel leader, Mr. George Speight, be included in a new Government, Australia and New Zealand warned today.

 Rain throws Mumbai out of gear
Mumbai came to a halt once again today, with rains inundating roads and rail track, and crippling all movements, all because of poor drainage. Irked citizens blame the civic management which refuses to learn its lesson.

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