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Let's take the strategic
high ground, says Wen

What is India News Service, Monday, 4 April 2005, 1700 hrs IST

Suggesting that India and China handle their relations from a ‘‘strategic high ground’’, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday said a solution to the boundary issue was possible if the two sides showed mutual accommodation ‘‘while taking the reality into account.’’

Relations between the two countries have entered a ‘‘new period of comprehensive cooperation’’ which far outweigh differences, Wen said in an interview to PTI ahead of his four-day visit to India starting April 9.

Asked whether he saw a breakthrough in resolving the boundary dispute in the near future, he said ‘‘China and India have reached important consensus. That is, both sides should view and handle the relations from a strategic high ground bearing in mind the larger picture, and refuse to let questions left over from history disrupt and impede the development of bilateral relations’’.

Wen, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the first time in Laos, said ‘‘we have every reason to believe that China-India relations are in the best shape in history’’

PM to persuade Pak to let politicians travel in bus: Soon after his return from a successful visit to Mauritius, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said his government would persuade Pakistan to allow political leaders to board the inaugural journey of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service. The historic bus service would unite divided families across the border after more than half a century.

Pervez, Man are new poster boys of peace: A psychological battle has triggered off in Kashmir over the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Bus issue. Think tanks have involved Pakistan President General Parvez Musharraf in the battle, by putting up a huge hoarding at a busy thoroughfare, depicting his picture along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with a bold message of friendship and peace.

UPA gives clean chit to George on military purchases: The UPA government, whose alliance partners, including the Congress, had severely attacked the NDA government over the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report pointing “delay” in procuring certain equipment during Operation Vijay in Kargil has virtually defended the action of the Defence Ministry in the Supreme Court, saying no rules were violated as the military equipment were not “available off the shelf”.

Bardhan re-elected CPI general secretary: A.B. Bardhan was today re-elected general secretary of the Communist Party of India at the election held in Chandigarh. Mr. Bardhan has been elected to the post for the fourth time at the 19th party congress that concluded in ...

Spotlight
Passing of the Pope

Over a hundred thousand people gathered at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican to attend a special mass on Sunday in memory of Pope John Paul II who died in his apartments at 9.37 p.m. on Saturday.

Catholic world loses its Shepherd: The world mourned the late Pope John Paul II today and thousands of grieving pilgrims converged on Rome to pay homage to the Pole who helped topple Communism in Europe but left a divided Roman Catholic Church. Streams of mourners began arriving in Rome in a spontaneous outpouring of affection for the Pontiff.

Mumbai Archbishop in line for papacy: With the death of Pope John Paul II, a chain of events laid down by centuries of papal tradition swung into action, but who will emerge as the next pontiff is a guess no one dares to hazard. A pope from Italy, reverting to habit? An African pontiff? How about Latin America, or India? Ivan Dias, the 69-year-old Archbishop of Mumbai, carries the best hopes of the Indian Subcontinent. 
 
Three Indian cardinals to attend funeral: Three out of the five cardinals from India will leave for the Vatican to participate in the papal election for a new Pope. They are also likely to attend the Pope's funeral.

3-day state mourning: The Government has declared a three-day state mourning from Sunday as a mark of respect to Pope John Paul II. Flags at all Government buildings throughout the country will fly at half-mast during the period.


States

Delhi mulls elevated road to bypass ITO traffic: The Delhi Government proposes to build an elevated road between Ring Road (near WHO building) and Sikandra Road to ease traffic congestion on the Indraprastha Marg and ITO intersection. The road would run parallel to the elevated Metro corridor which is already under construction.

Polling agent, 2 brothers shot: Large-scale violence was reported in various villages in the district during polling for the panchayat elections today. While three persons, including a polling agent, and two brothers were shot dead in Mandothi village of the district, clashes were witnessed in Naya Gaon and Orangpur villages.

3 Naxals killed in 'encounters': Police in Andhra Pradesh, recovering from the shock of the Naxalite attack on a police station, have killed three Maoist rebels in the last 24 hours. 


Neighbours

Gateway in Zhob for Afghan trade:  Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf said on Sunday that a gateway would be built in Qamardin Karez in the district of Zhob on the Pakistan-Afghan border to boost trade with Afghanistan.

MMA men disrupt women's marathon: Declaring girls' participation in public sports as an un-Islamic act, hundreds of activists of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, led by a member of the National Assembly, disrupted a mini-marathon here on Sunday.



 

Overall



Wen keen on solving border dispute:
 The Chinese premier said the border dispute could be settled if both countries showed mutual accommodation. 

Mumbai archbishop is a papal candidate: Ivan Dias carries the best hopes of the Indian sub-continent.

Pervez said he wanted to boost trade with Afghanistan: He promised to build a gateway to make trade easier. 

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