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 Terrorism, dialogue do not go together: Vajpayee
While renewing India's claim to a seat on a potentially expanded UN Security Council, the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, used his turn to speak at the Millennium Summit today to strongly urge the international community to focus sharply on the dangers of cross-border terrorism. By implication, the Prime Minister's remarks were intended to offer a perception sharply different from that presented by Pakistan's General Musharraf to the Summit on Wednesday.

 Put more pressure on India: Musharraf
The Pakistani Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has urged the United States President, Mr. Bill Clinton, to use stronger methods to press India to resolve the Kashmir problem. Arguing that he was not disappointed by the U.S. response to his pronouncements on Kashmir, and that Mr. Clinton is indeed trying to resolve the dispute, Gen. Musharraf said, ``Maybe a stronger method of persuasion is required to really get things moving.''

New strategy depends on SC verdict: CMs
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka today agreed to consider a new strategy to secure the release of the Kannada film star, Mr. Rajkumar, and three others from the clutches of the forest brigand Veerappan, depending on the verdict of the Supreme Court in a connected special leave petition (SLP).

Telecom strike called off
Telecom employees tonight called off their strike after the Government agreed to their major demands on retirement benefits and job security in the wake of corporatisation of the Department of Telecom Services.

India, U.S. natural allies: Vajpayee
Describing India and the United States as ``natural allies'', the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, set the context and tenor of his forthcoming parleys with the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, next week, asserting that an Indo- U.S. partnership was ``important, above all, for Asia''.

U.N. declaration pledges to fight war, poverty
The largest gathering of world leaders in history is due to end today with a commitment to modernise the 55-year- old United Nations to fight new scourges of global warming and AIDS, as well as the traditional ills of poverty and war.

 25 houses damaged in Pak. shelling
More than 25 houses, two mosques and a few shops were damaged in Karnah and Teetwal sectors of Jammu and Kashmir due to continuous shelling by Pakistan troops from across the border .

 'Democratic system has collapsed in Bengal'
The NDA convenor and Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today alleged democratic system had broken down in West Bengal and charged the ruling Left front with ``making a mockery of the democratic apparatus''.

More queries, little rest for Vajpayee
Despite his fragile health - a matter of animated discussion in political circles - the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, gave himself only four hours of rest during his 13,327 km journey from New Delhi to New York.

Indian shares World Food Prize
An Indian maize breeder, Dr. Surinder K. Vasal, and the Mexican cereal chemist, Dr. Evangelina Villegas, have been jointly awarded the prestigious World Food Prize for 2000.

LTTE threatens to kill poll candidates
The Sri Lankan police has revealed that operatives of the LTTE had visited residences of some Cabinet Ministers and politicians and warned them of possible attempts on their lives during the run-up to the October 10 parliamentary elections.

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