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 We don't want to join arms race: PM
The Prime Minister, Mr, Atal Behari Vajpayee, today asserted that India did not want to be part of the arms race. If other countries who had nuclear arms agreed to stop further manufacture and to destroy their arsenal, India would be willing to do the same.

 Retrial of case against Benazir ordered
The Pakistan Supreme Court today set aside the verdict of a lower court against the former Prime Minister, Ms. Benazir Bhutto, in a corruption case, and ordered a retrial.

Cong. (I) wants majority of seats in Pondy
The Congress(I) today reiterated that it would not share power with the PMK in Pondicherry and indicated that the Congress(I)-TMC combine would keep 20 seats and give the remaining 10 to the AIADMK.

Cong. must finalise stand in 2 days: PMK
The PMK founder, Dr. S. Ramadoss, today said he would talk to the AIADMK general secretary, Ms. Jayalalitha, on the need for setting a time-frame of two days for the Congress to finalise its strategy.

Bush meets Jaswant, accepts invitation to visit India
In an indication of the importance the new administration bestows on relations with India, the U.S. President, Mr. George Bush, dropped by during a meeting between the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, and the U.S. National Security Adviser, Ms. Condoleeza Rice, this morning.

BJP code of ethics not to cover MPs, MLAs
A week after the Bharatiya Janata Party president, Mr. Jana Krishnamurthi, had announced that a code of ethics would soon be formulated for all party ``MPs, MLAs, and elected representatives of the people at all levels'' the party has changed its mind.

Ready to salute Vajpayee: Musharraf
Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, today said he would have no inhibitions in saluting the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, if he came to Pakistan, and described the Indian leader as a person whom he would like to ``trust''.

 Devi Lal passes away
The former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Devi Lal, died at the Apollo hospital following cardiac arrest today. He was 87.

 Aussies win
Beaten in the test series, the world champions, Australia, salvaged some pride by winning the closely fought one- day series to end a gruelling tour of India on a positive note.

Alleged plot to kill Ranil
An alleged plot to assassinate the Opposition leader, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, was revealed after a woman LTTE cadre told the police that she had been asked to meet a certain ``Ranil'' at a public meeting in central Anuradhapura.

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