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Vajpayee announces ceasefire in J&K
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today announced unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of `Ramadan' which begins towards the month-end.

Pak. refuses comment
Pakistan tonight declined to comment on the announcement of ceasefire in Kashmir against militant groups made by the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, on the ground that it would like to wait for the exact details of the announcement.

STF operations will begin at once: Kharge
The Karnataka Home Minister, Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge, today declared that the Special Task Force, which had suspended operations immediately after the abduction of the Kannada thespian, Mr. Rajkumar, would resume operations in the MM Hill areas immediately in an attempt to nab the brigand Veerappan.

Krishna to meet Opposition
The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S. M. Krishna, today said he would discuss with Opposition leaders issues relating to the forest brigand Veerappan, here tomorrow.

 Kerosene, LPG to cost less in partial rollback
The Government today announced a partial rollback in the price of kerosene by one rupee a litre and LPG (cooking gas) by Rs. 10 a cylinder in deference to the demands by the allies led by the Trinamool Congress.

Slanging match as Bush, Gore await verdict
With the Florida Supreme Court scheduled to hear oral arguments tomorrow, the Bush and Gore campaign rhetoric has risen to new levels and the two sides are bracing for the next stage of the U.S. Presidential election counting process.

Maruti: no decision yet
The Government has not yet taken any decision to disinvest its holding in the auto joint venture Maruti Udyog Limited and the issue will come up for discussion at the December meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Disinvestment, the Heavy Industries Minister, Mr. Manohar Joshi, said here today.

 Peace prize for scientist
The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, today conferred the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 1999, on the eminent agriculture scientist, Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, for his outstanding contribution in the field of plant genetics and ensuring food security to millions of people in the developing world.

 Opposition to focus on economic issues
With the Opposition planning to launch a coordinated attack on the NDA Government's policies especially in the economic sector, the month-long winter session of Parliament which opens here tomorrow can be expected to be stormy.

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