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India, Pak lock horns on Kashmir
DHAKA, Aug 7 (PTI) — Indian and Pakistani High Commission representatives were locked in a verbal duel on the Kashmir issue during a round-table discussion on South Asian security here today. Defence Adviser in the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh Brig D. Lahiri said India had never violated the sanctity of the Line of Control following the Shimla Agreement in 1972. Brig Lahiri was replying to Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner Irfan-ur-Rehman Raja’s accusation that India "violated the LoC four times."

Hearing of Bhagwat’s plea next week
MUMBAI, Aug 7 (PTI) — A Division Bench of the Mumbai High Court would hear next week a petition filed by dismissed Naval chief Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat challenging his removal and quashing the appointment of Admiral Sushil Kumar in his place. The petition is likely to come up for admission on Monday before Mr Justice M. B. Ghodeswar and Mr Justice B.N. Srikrishna. The dismissed Naval chief has cited the Kargil crisis and compilation of documents as the two main reasons for delay in filing the petition.

4 killed in mishap
SOLAN, Aug 7 — Four persons were killed on the spot and three others injured when a truck carrying vegetables from Rajgarh to Chandigarh rolled into a 300 feet Khud near Datyar on the Kalka-Shimla national highway, 30 km from here today. The dead were identified as driver Prem Singh of Cheog in Theog tehsil, Shimla district. Durga, Daleep Singh and Pappu, all of Deothi Majhgaon in Rajgarh tehsil, Sirmour district.

N. Korean rockets
SEOUL, Aug 7 (DPA) — North Korea insisted today on its right as a "sovereign state" to test rockets that can reach into space. The South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted an editorial in the organ of the North Korean Communist Party, Rodong Shinmum, saying: "We will launch a satellite anytime we feel necessary and will feel proud of it." The editorial said it was absurd to think that Pyongyang wanted to threaten the USA with such a rocket.

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Singapore President
SINGAPORE, Aug 7 (AP) — A little-known diplomat of Indian origin, endorsed by the country's powerful patriarch Lee Kuan Yew, is very likely to become Singapore's sixth President later this month, the leading Straits Times daily said today. Mr S.R. Nathan, told the newspaper he was approached by a senior minister to consider running as presidential candidate in the elections originally scheduled for August 28.

Child labour treaty
WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (AP) — The Clinton administration has sent to the US Senate an international treaty intended to protect children from jobs that expose them to danger or exploitation. "I urge the Senate to support this convention to demonstrate our commitment and enhance our ability to help lead the world in eliminating the worst forms of child labour", President Bill Clinton said in a statement yesterday.

Smoking banned
KOCHI, Aug 7 (PTI) — Smoking of tobacco in any form has been banned in the premises of all courts in Kerala. An order issued by acting Chief Justice Lekshamanan today said that smoking had been banned on the premises of the high court and all lower courts in the state. Those who violated the order would be prosecuted

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