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Cabinet to discuss talks with militants
The Union Cabinet is likely to discuss on Tuesday the proposed dialogue with the militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir. It is only after this discussion that the incipient Kashmir diplomacy can be presumed to have the collective endorsement of the Vajpayee Government.

Talk with us, says Pak.
Pakistan tonight urged India to heed the call of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) for a ``complete halt to the brutal repression of the Kashmiri people'' and enter into a ``meaningful and result-oriented talks with Islamabad for resolution of the Kashmir dispute.''

Indian peacekeepers take position along Lebanon border
After showing valour in Sierra Leone, 50 Indian peacekeepers today took positions along the Lebanese- Israeli border in a zone formerly occupied by Israel.

Jethmalani's conduct warranted CBI probe: AG
The unfolding Ram Jethmalani controversy has centred round the relationship between the executive and the judiciary.

 Militants blow up goods train, snap rail links
Railway connection between Assam and the rest of the country was snapped as suspected NDFB militants blew up a goods train between Ghograpar and Rangiya railway staions in Nalbari district, about 50 kms from here, around 5 a.m. this morning.

Hurdles ahead in Indo-Nepal ties
As the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala, arrives here tomorrow to revive engagement at the highest level, India is ready to signal its political commitment for a solid cooperative relationship with a very important neighbour.

Hizbul threatens to call off ceasefire
The Hizbul Mujahideen today threatened to review its decision on ceasefire in Kashmir if the Indian Government does not clarify the statement made by the National Security Advisor, Mr. Brajesh Mishra.

Swamy opposes talks
The Janata Party president, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, today opposed ``unconditional talks'' with the Hizbul Mujahideen saying such a course would be detrimental to national integrity and communal harmony.

Probe into plane crash
The Civil Aviation Ministry has ordered a probe into the plane crash in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday in which five people, including the crew, were killed.

Mahendra Chaudhry may visit India soon
The ousted Fijian Prime Minister, Mr. Mahendra Chaudhry, who will hold talks with the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. John Howard, tomorrow, is expected to visit India soon.

Fiji rebels take more Indians hostage
Fijian nationalist supporters of the jailed coup leader, Mr. George Speight, took about 20 ethnic Indian families hostage today and were terrorising people in a rice and sugar farming district, witnesses said.

28 immigrants smuggled into Britain
A lorry driver was today charged with smuggling 28 immigrants, believed to be from the Indian sub- continent, into Britain only a month after 58 Chinese immigrants were found suffocated in the back of a lorry here.

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