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 Massacres rattle Kashmir
A series of massacres by militants across Jammu and Kashmir since Tuesday evening, left 91 people, including 26 labourers and eight members of a village defence committee, dead and injured several others.

Clinton calls up PM, expresses support
The United States has expressed its sympathies and support to India in the aftermath of the series of massacres in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours, which have resulted in over 90 deaths.

Bid to scuttle peace talks: Govt
Confronted with the Opposition charge of failure of intelligence and security apparatus, the Government today said Tuesday's attack by militants on Amarnath pilgrims at Pahalgam was an attempt to sabotage the peace initiative in Kashmir following the Hizbul Mujahideen's offer of talks.

Govt. shaken but peace efforts to continue
The Vajpayee establishment is shaken by the worst-ever killings in the decade-long militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, but as of now the inclination is to stick to the path of ``peace'' and persevere - though with greater caution - in the strategy of negotiating with groups such as the Hizbul Mujahideen.

 Karunanidhi optimistic as Gopal enters forest
Even as the journalist-emissary, Mr. R.R.Gopal, entered the Sathyamangalam-Thalavadi forests bordering Tamil Nadu this morning, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi counselled courage to the abducted film star Mr. Rajkumar's son, Mr. Shivraj Kumar, who called on him here this evening.

Delhi team, J&K Cabinet review situation
Jammu and other major towns of the region continued to remain under curfew today. While the Governor, Mr. G.C. Saxena, cut short his Delhi visit, a two-member team from New Delhi headed by the Special Secretary (Home), Mr. T.R. Kakkar, as also the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet reviewed the situation arising out of the series of massacres, reported since last night.

Bloodbath at dinner time
With three more pilgrims dying of injuries in hospital, the toll in the shootout at the base camp here has shot up to 32. The dead include 22 pilgrims, six locals, two policemen and two militants. Three CRPF personnel are among 53 injured, many of whom are battling for life.

Statute reforms Bill to be tabled today
In an event that will go down in history as a bold attempt to resolve Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict, the country's President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, is expected to table in Parliament tomorrow the Constitutional Reforms Bill which seeks to devolve power to the Tamil and Muslim minorities.

Citizenship for Tamils
If Sri Lanka's proposed new Constitution is adopted, it will resolve one of the more tragic aspects of the country's ethnic crisis but one that has no connection with the conflict in the north-east of the Island nation.

Pak. blames Indian forces
Pakistan today sought to condemn the massacre of civilians on Tuesday night near Pahalgam, but claimed that initial reports do not rule out the possibility of killings on account of firing by Indian forces.

Jharkhand Bill passed
The Lok Sabha tonight performed a ``hat- trick'' by setting off the process for creation of three new States by passing a Bill for formation of Jharkhand amid walkout by the members of the BJD, an NDA partner, protesting against ``injustice'' meted out to Orissa in the matter.

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