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PM may visit Pak. to continue talks: Advani
The Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, today said the Government was collecting all available evidence against the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to make a `foolproof case' against the organisation. However, the Government was carefully examining the legal aspects before taking any action to ban the SIMI.

PM, Musharraf meet likely in New York
There is a reasonable prospect that the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, will meet Pakistan's military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in New York during the last week of September.

 An RSS evening at PM's house
After a gap of 13 months the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mr. K.S. Sudarshan, shared the dais and the limelight, and both of them sang songs of praise to the spirit of the Hindu organisation.

Conciliation proceedings on Enron begin
Conciliation proceedings began here today between the Centre and the Enron-promoted Dabhol Power Company (DPC) to resolve the dispute over the outstanding dues owed by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) to the $ 2.9- billion project which has since shut down operations.

India reassures Nepal of continued cooperation
Reassuring the new dispensation in Nepal that India continued to attach importance to strengthening relations with Kathmandu, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today sought lasting relations between the two countries.

Bail for Malik
The senior Hurriyat Conference leader, Mr. Yaseen Malik, was today granted bail by a Delhi court in a TADA case. The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr. V.K. Jain, had sent him to judicial custody on August 13 when he appeared before the court following an arrest warrant.

75 killed in hotel fire
At least 75 people were killed in a pre-dawn fire at a Manila hotel today. The victims were mostly participants at a weekend gathering organised by Christian evangelists.

'No amount of money can compensate the parents'
Twelve years after a devastating fire turned the birthday celebrations of Jamshedji Tata at Jamshedpur into a gruesome tragedy claiming 60 lives, the Supreme Court has upheld the Rs. four crore compensation awarded to the victims by the Chandrachud Committee.

Idol desecration sparks tension
The communal tension prevailing in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan took a serious turn today with the reported dismantling of an idol of a folk deity of the Mali community at a ``chabutra'' - platform - in Subhash Nagar on the outskirts of Bhilwara city. The idol was found broken this morning while the platform was intact.

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