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 Fighting stops, stalemate persists in Jaffna
After the bloodletting in the Jaffna peninsula over two days in which over 300 combatants were killed and more than 1,000 wounded, the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam today got down to the business of counting the dead and exchanging bodies through the International Committee of the Red Cross. The fighting ceased today.

Bid to molest Indian children in Pak.
Pakistan has regretted an ugly attempt by an intruder to molest the children of the Indian High Commission staff in Islamabad and promised to carry out a full investigation.

We cannot change course now: Krishna
The Karnataka Government has decided that there will be no change in its strategy to obtain the release of the veteran Kannada film actor, Mr. Rajkumar, who has spent 36 days in the captivity of the forest brigand, Veerappan, in the forests of Sathyamangalam.

Maharashtra's norm angers Muslims
The Maharashtra Government has decided to take harsh steps - including denial of rationed foodgrains for the third child - to control the growing population but not without attracting wrath of a section of Muslims, including a Minister of State, Mr. Mohammad Naseem Khan.

 National awards for 284 teachers
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, gave away national awards to 284 teachers from across the country on the Teachers' Day today. The awardees include 74 women teachers, seven from Sanskrit and three teachers from Arabic and Persian schools.

Flexible itinerary for Vajpayee
The final touches are being given to the visit of the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, who is arriving here on Thursday. While the focus of the visit is on official programmes in Washington, his stay in New York also has substance.

 Hurriyat leader released
The senior separatist leader and member of the Hurriyat Conference executive member, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, was released today on the direction of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, after eight years of detention.

 Phalke award for Hrishikesh
Noted film director, Mr. Hrishikesh Mukherjee, renowned for both his sensitive and light-hearted movies, was today named as the recipient of the 1999 Dada Saheb Phalke award for his contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.

BJP has links with 'Hindu extremist groups', says U.S.
In a discordant note on the eve of the Prime Minister, Mr.Atal Behari Vajpayee's visit to the U.S., the State Department today said the BJP has links with ``Hindu extremist groups'', implicated in alleged acts of violence against Christians and Muslims but held that the Government does not favour any particular group.

Spin doctors building reformer image for Musharraf
The Chief Executive of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, left for New York on Tuesday to take part in the United Nations millennium summit. Scheduled to address the summit on Wednesday, he hopes to make the most of the five-minute speech, focussing on the `negative attitude' of India to finding a `peaceful solution' to the Kashmir conflict.

 Putin 'on the mat'
Reuters photo shows the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, being flipped over by 10-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, Natsumi Goomi, during a demonstration of the judo martial art at the Kodokan Judo Hall in Tokyo on Tuesday.

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