Monday, June 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Divide J&K into 4: VHP
Seeks separate state for Hindus
Hardwar, June 23
The VHP today demanded that Jammu and Kashmir be divided into four and demanded a public debate on the activities of madarsaas, Tableiq movement and Darul-Uloom-Islam of Deoband.

Akharas boycott sammelan
Hardwar, June 23
The plans of the VHP regarding the Ram Janambhoomi Temple construction got a jolt when it failed to get its stand endorsed by sadhu akharas here. The opening session of the Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal of the VHP, which started yesterday, was boycotted by all leading organisations of the sadhus.


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Omar rules out division
Srinagar, June 23
Describing Jammu and Kashmir as “mini-India,’’ Minister of State for External Affairs and National Conference (NC) President Omar Abdullah said nobody would be allowed to divide the state on communal lines.
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The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and former President of the National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah (left), gives a cap to his son, Mr Omar Abdullah, after he was appointed party chief during a ceremony in Srinagar on Sunday. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and former President of the National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah (left), gives a cap to his son, Mr Omar Abdullah, after he was appointed party chief during a ceremony in Srinagar on Sunday. — Reuters photo

Son rises in National Conference
Srinagar, June 23
As Mr Omar Abdullah was unanimously elected President of the ruling National Conference here today, the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, clarified that his son would be the chief ministerial candidate in the forthcoming Assembly elections.


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Grenade attack at NC session
Hizbul, Al-Madina claim responsibility
Srinagar, June 23
Two powerful blasts rocked the Sonawar area, where the National Conference delegate session is being held, while Union Minister of State for External Affairs Omar Abdullah was addressing the party delegates after taking over as party President here this afternoon.

Lakshmi Sahgal swears by social justice
Lakshmi SahgalNew Delhi, June 23
Padma Vibhushan Lakshmi Sahgal, Kanpur-based social activist fielded by the Left for the 12th presidential elections in mid July opposite NDA nominee and scientist, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, likes to perceive a glass half full and not half empty. Here are excerpts from an interview.

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In his exclusive article, “The high cost of rigidity: India must move with the times,” appearing on the Editorial page, former Prime Minister I. K. Gujral cautions the government against showing any kind of rigidity while handling the Kashmir crisis. He wants India to learn from other countries’ experiences, particularly China, for safeguarding our national interests. 
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Vajpayee, Musharraf reject autonomy for Kashmir
he latest issue of US news magazine Newsweek has carried the interviews of Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and President Pervez Musharraf. Here are the highlights.

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Pervez’s remarks irrational: India
New Delhi, June 23
India today termed Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s remarks in an interview to BBC “as irrational anger born of frustration.”

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Convict hoodwinks cops, judiciary
Pathankot, June 23
A unique case of how a criminal could hoodwink the police and judicial system came to light when the police lodged a fresh FIR against an ‘uncrowned king’ of anti-social elements, Satish Kumar, alias Mama, who has been leading a normal life even as he was sentenced to life imprisonment two decades ago.

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