Monday, July 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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16 massacred in Kishtwar
4 VDC members kidnapped
Jammu, July 22
Shock waves were sent across the state when Pakistan-aided militants massacred 16 members of one community at Cheerji village, 20 km from Kishtwar, in Doda district today. It is the second massacre since yesterday’s killing of 13 persons, including six pilgrims, at Seshnag.


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Unmindful of the militant strike at Seshnag that left 13 persons, including six yatris, dead on Saturday, a group of pilgrims leaves Pahalgam for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir on Sunday.
 — PTI photo

Vajpayee blames Musharraf
Rigid stand led to failure of talks
New Delhi, July 22
Breaking his silence for the first time since the Agra summit, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today squarely blamed the Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for “inflexibile and hard stance” on Kashmir resulting in the breakdown of talks.



It will be lunch speech by PM
Delayed summit salvo from Parliament
New Delhi, July 22
With the Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, stealing the strobe lights on the deadlocked Agra summit, Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee’s media managers plan to make good the lost opportunity during the monsoon session of Parliament beginning tomorrow.

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Ajit in Cabinet, gets Agriculture
New Delhi, July 22
A day ahead of Monsoon session of Parliament, Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh was today inducted into the Vajpayee Cabinet with an eye on the forthcoming assembly poll in UP. President K.R. Narayanan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Ajit Singh at a brief function at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening.

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BJP pins hopes on Ajit Singh
New Delhi, July 22
Bowing to growing pressure from the Uttar Pradesh unit of the BJP, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee inducted Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh in his cabinet here this evening.

Sher Bahadur DeubaDeuba elected Nepal PM
Kathmandu, July 22
Sher Bahadur Deuba, who once led a shaky coalition government, was today elected Nepal’s new Prime Minister by a majority of lawmakers from the ruling Nepali Congress.

30,000 defy curfew in Manipur
Imphal, July 22
At least 30,000 anti-ceasefire protesters today defied indefinite curfew and marched in a procession as security posts remained alert in view of the 24-hour general strike, called by the United Committee Manipur, starting from midnight tonight.

Kin refuse to give up on missing PoW
Chak Sarwan Nath (Ludhiana), July 22
Notwithstanding the denials of the Pakistan Government that there was any Indian prisoner of war (PoW) in their country, the relatives of Flt Lt Gurdev Singh Rai, missing in action since the 1971 Indo-Pak war, are still confident about his return one day.


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