Saturday, January 19, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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India rules out early talks with Pak

Wants Dawood, Chhota Shakeel, Memon
New Delhi, January 18
The 21-hour-long India visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell concluded this afternoon with tangible progress in defusing tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad, but the mood in the Vajpayee government is of no immediate de-escalation or resumption of talks with Pakistan.

A villager passes by missiles facing the border with Pakistan at an undisclosed location Editorial: USA as shy mediator

A villager passes by missiles facing the border with Pakistan at an undisclosed location on Friday. — Reuters photo


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Pak needs to do more: Powell
New Delhi, January 18
US Secretary of State Colin Powell today wound up his whistle-stop tour of the Indian subcontinent amid indications that the Musharraf regime in Pakistan was likely to deliver on New Delhi’s concerns regarding cross-bordering terrorism.
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US Secretary of State Colin Powell makes a point during a news conference Tough choices before Pervez (World page)

US Secretary of State Colin Powell (L) makes a point during a news conference as Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh looks on in New Delhi on Friday. 
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India, USA sign defence pact
Indian bid to diffuse tension yielding results: George

Washington, January 18
Signalling a softening of war rhetoric, Defence Minister George Fernandes today said India’s intense diplomatic efforts to end the stand-off with Pakistan was yielding “substantial” results.
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Jehadi groups sneaking into PoK
Chandigarh, January 18
Are jehadis and members of other banned terrorist outfits sneaking into the Pakistan occupied Kashmir or gone into hiding? Reports from across the border monitored here indicate that though the Pakistan Government had launched a concerted campaign against Islamic extremists spreading disharmony and violence, yet some of the arrests were just an eyewash.

No revision of kerosene, LPG prices
New Delhi, January 18
Union Petroleum Minister, Ram Naik today clarified that there is no proposal under consideration to revise prices, either upward or downward of kerosene and cooking gas. Reacting to reports in a section of the press indicating possibilities of a price hike, the minister said: “Such reports are speculative and there is no truth in such reports”.

BJP confident as talks with allies progress
New Delhi January 18
With talks over seats adjustment with its allies, including the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the biggest state progressing smoothly, the BJP is confident of emerging as the single largest party in the forthcoming Assembly elections next month.

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Next, we have to discuss UP election candidates!

by Sandeep Joshi

BJP asks PM to spare six days for UP campaign
New Delhi, January 18
The BJP has asked Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to spare eight days for party’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Punjab.

Jagmeet supporters meet Vora
Seek review of party list
New Delhi, January 18
Even though the Congress highcommand has ruled out changing party candidates on any seat in Punjab, ticket aspirants from the state continue to come to the AICC to complain about “injustice” to them. Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Badal, who had sought ticket from Lambi and Mr Ripjeet Singh Brar, who was an aspirant from Muktsar, met AICC treasurer Motilal Vora today. They were accompanied by several other supporters of party MP Jagmeet Singh Brar, who is unhappy over distribution of ticket in his parliamentary constituency of Faridkot.


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