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Barak suspends peace process, Arafat defiant
Israeli helicopter gunships and tanks did the talking for Israel after the Prime Minister, Mr. Ehud Barak, announced the suspension of the moribund peace process and the Palestinian leader, Mr. Yasser Arafat, told him to ``go to hell''.

LTTE destroys naval craft
Explosive-packed boats of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam breached the high-security Trincomalee harbour early today and destroyed at least one naval craft, while rebel units on the ground shot down an Air Force helicopter in the fierce land battle that followed.

PM attends to work from home
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, is back at work, though operating from his residence. Returning from Mumbai after a knee-joint surgery, he was reported to be attending to the backlog of files needing his attention. ``The Prime Minister is attending to file work and also taking telephone calls,'' according to one of his aides.

Govt. refutes Jethmalani's charges
The Vajpayee Government lost no time debunking the former law minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani's insinuation that the Chief Justice of India, Dr. Justice A.S. Anand, had probably misreported his age.

Jethmalani lambasts Chief Justice, AG
The former Law Minister, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, who has raised a controversy about the age of the Chief Justice of India, Dr. Justice A.S. Anand, in his book Big Egos, Small Men said today that the CJI should have retired in 1999, if his original year of birth was taken as 1934.

 Infiltration continues: Fernandes
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today said infiltration from across the border was on the increase in Jammu and Kashmir but ruled out a repetition of the Kargil conflict.

Goa trust vote today
The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Francisco Sardinha, had a series of meetings with his party legislators and all Ministers today and remained in touch with ``like-minded parties'' to work out the strategy for tomorrow's crucial trial of strength in the Assembly, Goa People's Congress sources said.

16 killed by ultras
Sixteen persons, including a three year old boy, were killed and seven injured by unknown gunmen in two separate incidents in the Tinsukia district of upper Assam last evening.

Attack on church
Two persons were injured when they were attacked by a group of armed miscreants in a church at Dighore, in the city outskirts, yesterday.

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