Saturday, August 16, 2003, Chandigarh, India
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PM invites Pak for walk on peace road
*Offers sops to farmers
*Assures return of J&K Pandits

Atal Bihari VajpayeeNew Delhi, August 15
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today invited Pakistan to walk with India on the road to peace, stressing that New Delhi’s frequent peace initiatives were not a sign of weakness but a test of Islamabad’s sincerity.
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PM’s speech fails to impress Opposition
New Delhi, August 15
With an eye on the forthcoming elections, the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, said the Opposition parties cutting across partylines.


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Kashmiris occupy every vantage point at the Bakshi Stadium to watch a marchpast by schoolchildren during the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar J&K page: Give up gun, Mufti tells militants

Kashmiris occupy every vantage point at the Bakshi Stadium to watch a marchpast by schoolchildren during the Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar on Friday. — Reuters photo

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USA, Canada plunge into darkness
New York, August 15
Some 13 hours after the major electricity failure in the northeastern USA, New York, and southeastern Canada, power was slowly being restored to some areas in the early hours today.

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Most buildings in Manhattan are veiled in darkness on Thursday night, during a major power failure in New York.
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Most buildings in Manhattan are veiled in darkness on Thursday night, during a major power failure in New York

Army alerted in Tripura
Agartala, August 15
The Army has been alerted in Tripura even as the toll in the attacks by insurgents on Independence Day eve rose to 30 with two more succumbing to their injuries. Non-tribesmen in a retaliatory action attacked a tribal group today injuring five, four of them seriously.

No compromise on merit: SC
Admission to private professional colleges
New Delhi, August 15
Emphasising on maintaining professional excellence, the Supreme Court has made it clear that merit cannot be substituted by any other consideration for admission to private medical, engineering and technical institutions whether run by minorities or non-minorities.

Opinion poll predicts 242-252 seats for NDA
New Delhi, August 15
The BJP-led NDA is on a slide, an India Today-ORG MARG opinion poll has said, predicting between 242 and 252 seats, short of a simple majority, for the ruling combine in the Lok Sabha, down from 304 in 1999.

Candlelight vigil preaches peace
Wagah (Amritsar), August 15
Singing ‘Sanu nahin chahide ailan nit jang de, asi dowan passian di khair ni mangde’ (we don’t need declarations of war everyday, we pray for the well-being of both sides all the time) by folk singers, candles were lit at Hind-Pak Dosti Memorial at Wagah joint check-post on the eve of independence of India by a delegation of 12 MPs from Pakistan and India and journalists.
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Friendship function turns sour
PGPC co-chairman refuses to light candles at Zero Line
Bathinda, August 15
The very purpose of organising a candlelight show at the Zero Line at the Hussainiwala joint checkpost in Ferozepore district by the Indo-Pak Friendship Society this evening was defeated when Mr Sham Singh, co-chairman, Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee refused to light the candles and instead, started using derogatory remarks against the Indian Government.

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