Thursday, May 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

J&K ceasefire off, PM invites Musharraf for talks
*Farooq calls it logical step * Exercise in futility: VHP 
*Cong backs initiative

New Delhi, May 23
The BJP-led NDA government today extended a formal invitation to the Pakistan Chief Executive Officer General Pervez Musharraf to visit India at his “early convenience” while calling off the six-month-long unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.


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Decision on CDS left to Vajpayee
New Delhi, May 23
Putting to rest the controversy over the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff, the Centre today said that a final decision on this sensitive issue would be taken only after the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee holds wider consultations with various political parties.



Union Home Minister L.K. Advani with Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha addressing a Press conference on reforming the national security system in New Delhi on Wednesday Brajesh Mishra to continue
New Delhi, May 23
The Centre today put to rest the speculation over Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Brajesh Mishra being divested of the charge of National Security Adviser.

Union Home Minister L.K. Advani with Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha addressing a Press conference on reforming the national security system in New Delhi on Wednesday. — PTI photo

GoM for single force on border
New Delhi, May 23
The report of the Group of Ministers on “reforming the national security system” has recommended creation of a separate Department of Border Management within the Ministry of Home Affairs and points out that multiplicity of forces on the same border has led to lack of accountability on the part of the forces.



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US sanctions on India to go
Washington, May 23
The USA would lift the remaining sanctions imposed on India before this year-end but not those against Pakistan, a senior US administration official has said.

Bush on a literal witch-hunt?
US President George W. Bush made a public statement two years ago in which he said, “I don’t think witchcraft is a religion”. He escaped coming under the curse of an angry witch then.

‘Taliban must rescind edict’
New Delhi, May 23
India today termed as “reprehensible” attempts by the Taliban to justify on religious grounds its decree imposing separate dress code for Hindus in Afghanistan and said international pressure must be brought on it to rescind such discriminatory orders.


Amisha Patel gets her act together

“The future of film-making lies in digital technology”

Blind man directs film

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Kenyan High Commission writes to varsity
Amritsar, May 23
The Kenyan High Commission has written to Guru Nanak Dev University for securing en masse admissions in professional courses (undergraduate level) in various colleges affiliated to it.

Case registered against Bhattal
Bathinda, May 23
A case under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 409, was registered against former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at vigilance bureau police station, Ferozepore, last night, allegedly for bungling in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.


Pak plans new infiltration routes
Deploys ISI detachments at LoC
Jammu, May 23
As the tenth biggest arms purchaser among the developing nations in the world, Pakistan has deployed ISI detachments on the LoC and on the International Border for carving out new and safe infiltration routes for militants and arms smugglers. Reports from across the border say that the ISI detachments have been directed to ensure smuggling of heavy weapons and high grade explosives into Jammu and Kashmir.


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