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 Karnataka to release 6 tmcft of Cauvery water to T.N.
Karnataka has committed itself to releasing six tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu within the next 30 days to make good the deficit in the inflow of water into the Mettur reservoir from June 1 this year.

 Hope as PM, Farooq set to discuss autonomy
The ``autonomy dialogue'' is likely to begin on July 17 when Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, is scheduled to visit here and take up the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee's offer of talks with the central leaders.

 Speight gives up arms, not 'cause'
Fiji's coup plotters who laid siege to Parliament and held several lawmakers hostage for nearly two months, surrendered weapons today, vowing to halt civil unrest if indigenous Fijians dominate a new Government. Some 200 traditional chiefs filled the Parliament chambers to witness the return of the arms, most of them stolen from Fiji's military forces.

G-8 backs India on terrorism
In an important gain for Indian diplomacy, the leading Western nations and Russia have agreed to collectively support the Government's efforts at the United Nations to counter international terrorism.

India, China are our ideological allies, says Russia
Russia, India and China have shared interests which make them ``ideological allies'', a top Russian defence official said.

'Effective Indian lobby' forces Burton to back out
Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have hailed the manner in which the Burton Amendment went down. Finding no support for his move, the Republican from Indiana, Mr. Dan Burton, withdrew his amendment to the Foreign Operations Bill which would have slashed developmental assistance to India by 25 per cent. ``The Indian lobby has been very effective and I congratulate them,'' Mr. Burton remarked before backing out.

Sanctions stare Fiji in the face
Fiji faced sanctions and slashed aid today as executive power was handed to allies of coup leader, Mr. George Speight. As the newly-appointed President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, and his deputy, Ratu Jope Seniloli, took over from the martial law authorities, Australia and New Zealand threatened sanctions.

India wants Fiji statute restored
India wants a democratically elected government based on multi-racial affinity restored in Fiji, now that the hostages have been released. ``We would like the Fijian Constitution to be restored and if that is not possible a Constitution that is similar to it,'' the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, told reporters here today soon after the Government had briefed Opposition leaders on the situation in Sierra Leone and Fiji.

Missionary shot dead
Police today said Christian missionary Father Remis Kerketta, whose body was found lying in the middle of the road near here, was shot dead by some unidentified persons after robbing him of his motorcycle and Rs. 10,000 cash.

Youngest campaigner against AIDS
An 11-year-old Mumbai girl has impressed the international AIDS conference here with her zealous promotion of awareness about the disease.

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