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 Manipur Assembly, Govt. buildings set on fire
Manipur today went up in flames with 13 people killed and over 50 wounded in police firing as demonstrators protesting the Naga ceasefire extension set ablaze the Assembly and the Chief Minister's Secretariats and Government buildings, leading to imposition of an indefinite curfew in three districts on the last day of the 66-hour State bandh.

Centre finds itself in a bind
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, is believed to have apprised the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, of the worsening situation in Manipur in the wake of the Centre's decision to extend the ceasefire to all Naga- inhabited areas in the northeast. For now the Centre finds itself in a bind. The next step - perhaps a categorical and forceful rejection of the concept of a ``greater Nagaland'' - would be taken only after the Prime Minister returns to the capital on Tuesday.

Summit likely in Agra
The summit meeting between the Pakistani military ruler and Chief Executive, General Pervez Musharraf, and the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, is expected between July 14 and 16, according to the international news agency, AFP.

Ayodhya: CBI may file revision petition
The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to file a revision petition this week against the May 4 judgment of the Special Court in Lucknow, putting on hold the trial of 21 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, including the Union Ministers, Mr. L. K. Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, and Ms. Uma Bharti, several Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders.

Kashmir: hectic consultations on
As senior Indian an Pakistani officials are giving final touches to Gen. Pervez Musharraf's visit here in July, India's High Commissioner to Islamabad, Mr. Vijay Nambiar, met the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr. Brajesh Mishra, and other officials to brief them on various aspects of bilateral ties.

Kerala on the brink of bankruptcy
The Kerala Government virtually declared itself bankrupt and disclosed the options before it to tide over the situation in a White Paper released here on Monday.

Bomb blast in Indian mission
A bomb blast rocked the Indian consulate building in the Iranian city of Zahedan on Thursday last, causing damage to its outer wall.

13 electrocuted in Bihar
About 13 persons, most of them children, were electrocuted when they came in contact with a high-tension wire at Gopalpur village in this district early today, police said. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr. Sunil Kumar, told reporters that the wire had snapped after a truck hit a pole and overturned on Gaya-Patna road near Sampatchak last night.

Indian wheat rejected again
Yet another Indian wheat consignment, the fourth in succession, has been rejected by Iraq, not on the earlier ground of having inorganic matter, but for ``unsatisfactory fumigation'' resulting in the presence of weevils.

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