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Abide by Lahore accord, Annan tells India, Pak.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, has counselled India and Pakistan to resume dialogue in the light of the `Lahore Declaration' for a resolution of all their differences, as the U.N. resolutions on the Kashmir dispute cannot be enforced in the absence of cooperation from them.

 Growth of poor nations can sustain rich economies: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, today told the rich countries, which were faced with recession, to realise that they could not sustain the buoyancy of their economies without the rapid all-round growth of the poor and populous countries.

 Gopi Chand wins All England tourney
P. Gopi Chand capped his spectacular run at the All England badminton championship with a straight games victory over Chinese Chen Hong in the final tonight to become only the second Indian to win the men's singles title.

U.N. cannot shirk commitment: Hurriyat
The All-Party Hurriyat Conference today reacted sharply to the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan's remarks on the resolution of the Kashmir issue, accusing the world body of being ``biased'' and ``shirking its commitments'' to the Kashmiris.

Reconsider alliance, says Chidambaram
The former Union Finance Minister and senior Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) leader, Mr. P. Chidambaram, has appealed to the party leadership to ``reconsider'' its decision to ally with the AIADMK, saying he was ``unable to accept this arrangement.''

Harbhajan claims hat-trick
Right-arm offie Harbhajan Singh today became the first Indian to claim a hat-trick in test cricket, achieving the historical feat on the opening day of the second test match against Australia at the Eden Gardens here today.

Narayanan's homage to labourers of Indian origin
Perhaps the most moving moment in the visit here by the President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, was when he stepped on to the Aapravasi Ghat this evening to pay homage to the memory of the Indian indentured labourers who were brought here from 1834 onwards.

Taliban adamant, Annan walks out
The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan's meeting with the Afghanistan Foreign Minister, Mr. Wakil Ahmed Mutawakkil, here proved a disaster forcing him to walk out on being informed that the Taliban had already destroyed all movable statues and caused immense damage to the two giant Buddha statues.

Attack on ethnic Indians in Malaysia
Tension was running high in a suburb of the Malaysian capital today when the number of persons killed in clashes between ethnic Indians and Malays rose to five. But, there was no plan to impose curfew in the largely residential petaling Java area, police said.

Satellites sighted
Two satellites orbiting the earth were sighted in the pre-dawn sky above Coimbatore within the span of one hour, by observers from the PSG Tech Astronomy Club, here on Saturday.

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