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 Onus is on Pak., says PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today said the onus of creating a conducive atmosphere for talks clearly rested on the Pakistan leadership of Pakistan and that India was ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan even at the highest level.

Social justice is priority: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, said on Thursday that it was important to establish and implement social justice in the country so that every person would be known by his deeds rather than by his caste or religion.

Agni may be inducted in arsenal soon: Fernandes
The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, today hinted at the induction of the Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), Agni-II, which was test-fired yesterday, in the defence arsenal soon.

Australia regrets missile test
Australia, which led the charge against India for the May 1998 nuclear tests, said today that the Agni-II missile test would not have an impact on the restoration of bilateral defence relations.

Peace will not be hampered: Musharraf
The Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has said that the testing of the Agni-II missile by India would not hamper the peace process in Kashmir.

 BSF officer, jawans killed in J&K blasts
Seven persons, including a Border Security Force officer and three jawans, were killed and 16 others, 12 of them Army personnel, injured in two explosions and other militancy- related incidents in the State since Wednesday morning.

VHP will 'coerce' Govt. on temple
Indicating its strategy over the Ayodhya issue, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today said it would convince or even ``coerce'' the Vajpayee Government to give away the disputed land acquired by the Centre in Ayodhya for construction of the Ram temple.

Hindujas arrive
The Bofors case is set to take yet another crucial turn with the three Hinduja brothers slated to appear before the CBI Special Court here tomorrow. For the first time, the three Hinduja brothers - Mr. S.P. Hinduja, Mr. G.P. Hinduja, and Mr. P.P. Hinduja - who were chargesheeted in the Rs. 64-crore Bofors payoffs case in October last, will appear before the Special Court.

 Farooq 'sceptical' of ceasefire
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, is believed to have voiced his scepticism to central leaders about extending the ceasefire in the State beyond January 26.

New Delhi, Riyadh looking at productive political partnership
The first-ever visit by an Indian Foreign Minister to the desert kingdom, beginning tomorrow when Mr. Jaswant Singh arrives here, is expected to lay the basis for a new strategic relationship between the two nations.

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