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 Sino-Indian JWG to meet often
Signalling a political upswing in their relations, India and China today agreed to intensify bilateral engagement and inject some life into the long-stalled talks on the boundary dispute.

Maharashtra garners forces and resolve
The Maharashtra Government has begun to rope in security personnel from other States, including the BJP-governed Gujarat, to contain the fallout of the impending action against the Shiv Sena chief, Mr. Bal Thackeray, likely to materialise on or after Tuesday.

Five Russian pilots freed
After nearly five years behind bars, the five pilots of Russian origin, sentenced to life for their involvement in the Purulia arms drop case, will now fly home, free.

 Life term for Sharif in copter case
The former Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, was today sentenced by a special court to life imprisonment of 14 years in a case of ``corruption'' filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), constituted by the military government in November last year.

Special fund for population projects
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today announced the setting up of a special fund exclusively for financing projects aimed at curbing the population growth.

India, Pak. urged to talk
Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States today urged India and Pakistan to resume their stalled dialogue as soon as possible in the spirit of the Lahore Declaration.

Amarnath pilgrims stranded
Even as the yatra to the Amarnath cave from Jammu was resumed in the morning, authorities suspended it from Chandanwari today in the wake of heavy rain in the entire route.

Wireless sets seized
The Delhi Police have seized 43 hi-tech smuggled 50-km range U.S.- made wireless sets from Mohammed Salim, a resident of Nand Nagri area here.

Serial blasts kingpin held
The alleged kingpin behind the serial blasts in Andhra Pradesh, Kaliq-uz-Zaman, has been detained along with three others, according to reliable sources.

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