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Truce in Nagaland extended by a year
Putting aside the irritants which had bogged down the Naga peace talks less than a month ago, the Centre and the NSCN (I-M) today formally agreed to extend the four-year-old ceasefire by one more year and enlarge it to cover all Naga inhabited areas in the entire North-East.

 Dipendra did it: report
The official probe into Nepal's palace massacre tonight held the late King Dipendra `solely' responsible for the killing of his father Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and seven other royals and said he spoke to his girlfriend, Ms. Devyani Rana thrice on mobile phone shortly before the shooting spree.

Nambiar arrives in Delhi
Preparations for the visit of Gen. Pervez Musharraf picked up some bureaucratic momentum today with the arrival of the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. Vijay Nambiar.

Militants warned
The Unified Headquarters (UH) in Jammu and Kashmir today warned of military action against militants taking shelter in places of worship.

U.S. House slams Taliban edict
By a vote of 420 to 0, the House of Representatives of the United States has rejected the Taliban order forcing Hindus in Afghanistan to wear yellow cloth badges by way of religious identification.

Monsoon session from July 23
The monsoon session of Parliament will start on July 23 and go on for 40 days, up to August 31, depending on exigencies of Government business. This was decided at a meeting of the Union Cabinet this evening.

PM may be discharged by Tuesday
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, recovering steadily at the Breach Candy Hospital here after the right knee joint replacement surgery, is likely to be discharged by June 19, a PMO spokesperson said tonight.

We will highlight cause of Kashmiris, says Musharraf
The military ruler of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, said this evening that any solution to the Kashmir problem which did not reflect the aspirations of Kashmiris would not be acceptable, even as he invited the chief of the Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (ARD) for a discussion on his proposed summit with the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee.

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