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 5 BSF men killed as Hizb triggers blasts
Ahead of the Independence Day, militants struck in a major way today by triggering two blasts in Udhampur district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway killing five Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and injuring 51 others. One CRPF jawan was killed when militants attacked a patrol party in Baramulla.

HM division causing violence: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today said the violence in the Kashmir Valley was because of the division in the ranks of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and said India was ready to resolve the Kashmir problem through negotiations.

Security blanket in place
NEW DELHI, AUG. 13. A nationwide ``red alert'' has been declared on the eve of the millennium's first Independence Day in the wake of threats by Pakistan-backed militants to increase strikes vagainst security forces.

Musharraf call to India
The Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, urged India to reciprocate the offer of ``meaningful dialogue''. At the same time, he asserted that Pakistan would continue to provide ``all moral, diplomatic and political'' support to those engaged in fighting the Indian Government in Kashmir.

STD sector 'thrown open'
The Government today announced the opening up of the national long distance communications segment with no restriction on the number of players. The announcement thus beats the August 15 deadline set by the Prime Minister for throwing open this sector to competition. The first licence will, however, be issued only after a month as several technicalities have to be completed by the companies.

Karnataka reply today
Karnataka will send its reply on Monday to the clarifications sought by the forest brigand, Veerappan, on his demands for the release of the Kannada matinee idol, Mr. Rajkumar, and three others.

Fans plan rescue
Five thousand fans of Mr. Rajkumar will set out on Monday to rescue their hero.

India wants U.S. to declare Pak. terrorist state
India tonight demanded that Pakistan be declared a terrorist state by the United States and said New Delhi had provided cogent evidence to Washington for the purpose.

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