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 Srinagar tense as Sikhs violate curfew
Violating the curfew imposed in Srinagar, hundreds of Sikhs today cremated the bodies of six members of their community, killed by unidentified gunmen on Saturday evening, amid chanting of religious slogans.

PM sends team to Kashmir
Even as the massacre of six Sikhs in Srinagar yesterday evoked a sharp reaction from political parties and there were reports of growing tension in the Valley, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today asked a four-member team to rush to Srinagar.

Controversy over 'who called whom'
Even the expression of just a little goodwill by Pakistan amid the Gujarat disaster has not been without the usual bit of depressing diplomatic posturing.

Musharraf talks tough
Barely 48 hours after the feel-good factor generated in India and Pakistan thanks to the brief telephonic conversation between their heads of the state on the Gujarat earthquake, the Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today demanded a positive response from India to the recent peace initiatives by his country.

Contact with miners established
Navy divers today established contact with the miners trapped in the flooded Bagdihi Colliery since Friday noon and were said to be safe, according to sources in Coal India. ``Hum sub thik hai (all of us are fine),'' shouted the miners to the divers, the sources said.

400 Kutch villages need relocation
About 400 villages in Kutch district badly affected by the January 26 earthquake may have to be shifted from their original sites and reestablished elsewhere.

Sharjah series called off
The Asian Cricket Foundation today called off the proposed Sharjah series involving India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in aid of Gujarat quake victims.

Inflation shoots up
The annual inflation rate shot up by 0.13 percentage points to 8.29 per cent in the week ended January 20, due to costlier primary and manufactured items.

Pankaj Roy is dead
Former Indian skipper Pankaj Roy, who held the world record for the highest first wicket partnership along with Vinoo Mankad in test cricket, died at a city nursing home today after brief illness, his family said.

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