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 Russia opposes militarisation of outer space
Leaders from several continents took to the podium on Wednesday after the inaugural of the Millennium Summit, speaking on a range of challenges before the United Nations in the 21st Century and in the process reminding the world body itself that there would have to be internal changes as well if its role was to be defined in realistic and meaningful fashion.

 Strike hits telecom networks
Even as the pro-RSS trade union opted out, telecom services suffered further with cellular operators complaining about the crippling of their services as a majority of the workers belonging to other unions remained on strike for the second day today.

 Act swiftly, T.N., Karnataka told
The Union Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Dhananjaya Kumar, today called upon the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Governments to ``act swiftly'' to bring an early end to the hostage crisis involving the Kannada film actor, Mr. Rajkumar.

 CBI quizzes Kapil Dev
The Indian cricket team coach, Kapil Dev, was today questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is in the process of finalising its report on the cricket match-fixing scandal.

PM arrives in New York
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, arrived here today after a long journey, dismissing recent speculation about his health. ``I am feeling fine,'' he responded, laughing away questions from accompanying presspersons as the special Air India aircraft touched down at the JFK international airport here.

Musharraf urges U.N. to 'act' on Kashmir
The Pakistani Chief Executive, General Pervez Musharraf, touched and harped on the expected theme of Kashmir in his address to the United Nations Millennium summit. Arguing that the world body had resolved many disputes and conflicts and its intervention had arrested human tragedies in Bosnia and Kosovo, Gen. Musharraf said that while the world body and the international community were seriously engaged in finding a solution to the Palestinian issue, ``Kashmir cries for justice even after 52 years.''

India returns 14 Pak. nationals
India today handed over to Pakistan 14 of its nationals who had been in prison for entering the country without valid documents. The Pakistani rangers accepted only 14 out of 28 persons at the Wagah border after verifying their identity, a BSF spokesman said here.

Battle in BJP surfaces
An ideological battle within the Bharatiya Janata Party is now out in the open with an increasingly assertive Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, insisting that the new party president, Mr. Bangaru Laxman, drop a key organisation man and an important party ideologue, Mr. K.N. Govindacharya, from the post of party general secretary.

India urges OPEC to cut oil prices
With world oil prices soaring to a 10-year high, India has appealed to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to raise output and bring prices down to around $ 26 per barrel. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, is expected to raise the issue with world leaders at the United Nations millennium summit as well as with the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton.

Nothing new in Musharraf's suggestions: Jaswant
By stating that he did not have anything to make out of the statement of the Pakistani military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, at the United Nations Millennium Summit on Wednesday, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, has asserted that the United Nations is not the forum to settle bilateral issues.

'India to make 300 Prithvi missiles'
India will go ahead with full production of about 300 short-range surface-to-surface Prithvi missiles for all three branches of the defence forces, the Defence News reported quoting Indian Government sources.

Who will be the `Big Five' in BJP?
As the names in the list of the new team of office-bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party get written and re- written delaying the official announcement, it has become clear that the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, is taking more than a keen interest, as never before.

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