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 PM for consensus on growth rate
The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today called for a revision of Government policies, procedures and institutions so that the economy could grow at the rate of eight per cent during the Tenth Plan period covering 2002 to 2007. He acknowledged the need for an all-party consensus and political unanimity on the issues involved in achieving that growth level.

Delhi not for Musharraf, Hurriyat meet, Pak. told
India has conveyed in polite but clear terms to Pakistan that it will not appreciate any meeting, formal or informal, between the Pakistani President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and the representatives of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference during his July 14-16 visit to India.

It is U.S. pressure: Musharraf
The Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, is believed to have said that India has invited him for talks to New Delhi following pressure mounted by the United States as well as attacks from the Kashmiri militant groups.

No, decision was ours: India
India today strongly refuted the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf's remarks that India was under tremendous pressure from the international community to invite him for the July summit.

J&K an integral part: Sonia
Asserting that Kashmir was an integral part of India, the Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, has asked Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism and ``vigorously'' curb forces of religious fundamentalism and obscurantism.

Chandrika appoints stand-in, goes abroad
The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, left on a private visit abroad early this morning, appointing the Prime Minister to her office till her return.

Chauhan arrives, arrest unlikely
After remaining in exile for nearly 21 years, the Khalistan protagonist, Dr. Jagjit Singh Chauhan, arrived here late on Tuesday.

One more year for Special Courts: Jayalalithaa
The term of the Special Courts, trying cases against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa, will be extended by another year.

Sanctions strategy has not worked: Blackwill
The United States Ambassador-designate to India, Mr. Robert Blackwill, has said the strategy of imposing sanctions against India following the nuclear tests of May, 1998 has not worked and the punitive measures ought to be removed ``briskly''.

Koodankulam contract soon
India and Russia will sign a contract for the construction of two nuclear reactors at the Koodankulam power station in September or October.

Key witness dies
Keki Balsara, a prime witness in the Gulshan Kumar murder case, died under mysterious circumstances at the police headquarters here on Tuesday.

Curfew reimposed
Indefinite curfew was reimposed in Manipur's Imphal West and East districts after relaxation for four hours from 5 a.m. today as widespread anti-ceasefire agitation was reported from different parts of the State.

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