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Govt drops federal agency plan
To consult parties on anti-terrorist law
NEW DELHI, Aug 5 — Bowing to opposition from states, the Centre tonight dropped its move to set up a federal agency to tackle crimes against the state but decided to hold consultations with major political parties on enactment of a new anti-terrorist law.

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The Chief Ministers of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, respectively, at the conference of Chief Ministers on internal security in New Delhi on Saturday. — PTI

Arun Shourie manhandled
MUMBAI, Aug 5 — In a shocking incident, Union Minister of State for Planning and Disinvestment Arun Shourie was manhandled and his shirt was torn-off by activists of the Republican Party of India in full public glare today.

Curfew in R.S. Pora
JAMMU, Aug 5 — An indefinite curfew was clamped in R.S. Pora town today and the Army was called out to quell violence triggered off by sacrilege committed by a section of people last night.

Hizb-Army meeting fails to take off
SRINAGAR, Aug 5 — A meeting between Hizbul Mujahideen commanders and Army officers at an undisclosed destination to work out ceasefire modalities failed to take place today as two of the four commanders, who represented the Hizbul Mujahideen in the first round of talks, were not available.

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Split Hizb, Lashkar told
JAMMU, Aug 5 — Pakistani agencies have assigned to Jash-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba outfits the task of causing a split in the Hizbul Mujahideen, which had announced a ceasefire and initiated talks with the Government, so that the pro-talks lobby gets weakened and isolated.

Talks a lame step: APHC
NEW DELHI, Aug 5 — Even as the Panthers Party today questioned the Centre for holding talks with the Hizbul Mujahideen alone, the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) made a turnabout on Hizbul’s offer of ceasefire, saying it was a “lame step”.

IAF takes relief to flood-hit areas
SHIMLA, Aug 5 — Relief measures in the flood-affected areas of Kinnaur and Shimla districts were speeded up today with the Indian Air Force helicopters making 11 sorties to airlift essential supplies.

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Performing to Perfection
Every action has a result, says Lord Krishna in the Bhagavadgita. The trick is, however, to limit the result-oriented nature of each action by performing it to the best of one’s ability, says Sai R. Vaidyanathan.

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Pilot dies in MiG crash
NEW DELHI, Aug 5 — A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed today while taking off from the Delhi airport, killing its pilot Flt Lt S.C. Shukla.

Karnataka, TN CMs to meet today
Veerappan sends tape listing demands

CHENNAI, Aug 5 —The Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are meeting here tomorrow to prepare the response to Veerappan’s demands for the release of Kannada filmstar Rajkumar and three more held hostage by him since July 30.

Lala Amarnath dead
NEW DELHI, Aug 5 — A gutsy allrounder and independent India’s first captain Lala Amarnath, who thrived on his aggressiveness both on and off the field, died in the early hours of today following protracted illness.

US Nagar issue: 50 hurt in lathi charge
RUDRAPUR, Aug 5 — In the first incident of violence in the ongoing agitation against the inclusion of Udham Singh Nagar district in the new state of Uttaranchal, as many as 50 persons were injured in two separate lathi charges at Rudrapur and Gadarpur towns in this district today.

Recruit “abused” officer
CHANDIGARH, Aug 5 — Maj Kuldeep Singh of 14 Gorkha Training Centre, Subathu (Shimla), today contradicted a news item published in The Tribune on August 5 under the heading “Army officers beat up recruit”.
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