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 Hizbul Mujahideen revokes ceasefire
In conformity with the build-up in the last few days, the Hizbul Mujahideen today announced the withdrawal of the July 24 ceasefire declaration saying India had failed to reciprocate its gesture and demonstrated ``traditional intransigence''.

Govt. blames Pak., open for talks
The Government of India has noted with ``deep regret'' the withdrawal of the ceasefire by Syed Salahuddin, and has blamed Pakistan for torpedoing the peace process.

U.S. regrets decision, wants talks continued
The Clinton administration has expressed regret at the decision of the Hizbul Mujahideen calling off the ceasefire and is urging all parties to continue with the peace process. ``We urge all sides to nurture and continue a process of peace in Kashmir,''a State Department official told The Hindu.

Vote on Sri Lankan statute put off
The Sri Lankan Government's ambitious plan to introduce a new Constitution aimed at resolving the ethnic conflict suffered a setback today when it decided to adjourn the debate and put off the vote on the controversial Bill, an admission of its failure to muster the necessary two-thirds parliamentary support.

PM unlikely to meet Musharraf in U.S.
While formal preparations for the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to the United States are being worked out and the political, economic and social agenda is being fine-tuned, the one thing being said with a degree of ``certainty'' is that he will not meet General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's military ruler.

Pak.-based organisations hail Hizbul decision
Pakistan-based militant organisations engaged in fighting in Kashmir have welcomed the Hizbul Mujahideen's decision to end its 15-day old ceasefire and said the move would give a further fillip to the ongoing ``freedom struggle.''

Hizbul commanders go underground
The `commanders' of Pakistan based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen went underground in Jammu and Kashmir after the outfit today withdrew its unilateral ceasefire. The Hizbul commanders, who represented the outfit in the first round of talks with the Government representatives on August three, went underground in the State immediately after the news of withdrawal of the ceasefire became known here, sources close to Hizbul said.

 Bangaru Laxman elected BJP president
Mr. Bangaru Laxman was today declared elected unopposed the new Bharatiya Janata Party president. The formal announcement was made today by the returning officer for the party elections, Mr O.P.Kohli, after scrutiny of nominations. All the nomination papers filed were in favour of Mr Laxman.

 Lack of boldness in handling Veerappan issue?
The reaction of the Chief Minister, Mr. S.M. Krishna, and his Government to the abduction of the Kannada superstar, Mr. Rajkumar, is considered to be one of panic. It is being pointed out that they should have responded with a fair degree of circumspection and boldness.

 Govt. dragging its feet on Women's Bill: Sonia
The Congress(I) today launched a scathing attack on the Government for delaying enactment of the Women's Reservation Bill. Addressing a rally organised by the All-India Mahila Congress to mark the 58th anniversary of Quit India Movement, the party president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, said the non- inclusion of the Bill for discussion in the current session of Parliament was an indication of the Government's lack of commitment to the cause of women's empowerment.

 Anwar faces political wilderness
The former Malaysian Finance Minister, Mr. Anwar Ibrahim, was today sentenced to a nine-year jail term on charges of sodomy by a High Court in Kuala Lumpur.

 Lieberman may help shed 'Clinton baggage'
Calling it a miracle and that he would be both honoured to accept the offer, the Democratic Senator from Connecticut, Mr. Joseph Lieberman, has accepted the party ticket for Vice-Presidency.

 Nijalingappa dead
Elder Statesman and former Chief Minister, Mr. S. Nijalingappa, died at 10.35 p.m. at his residence ``Vinaya'' in Chitradurga today. He was admitted to the Bowring Hospital here on July 15 following a fracture sustained at his home in Chitradurga. He was shifted back to Chitradurga on July 27 after he expressed a wish to return there.

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