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When I came to office in 2004, I had said that our government is committed to having unconditional dialogue with whoever abjures violence. We had discussions with different groups. We had a number of round table conferences. All issues were discussed. We tried to give voice to the demands of all sections of the people. We have implemented a number of initiatives as a result of this process.

Robert Fisk: Obama, man of peace? No, just a Nobel prize of a mistake

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Badminton team withdraws after terror threat

England have withdrawn from the World Badminton Championships in the Indian city of Hyderabad because of "a specific terrorist threat" against the championships.

Sean Langan: Held hostage and waiting for rescue

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Indian police arrested over rape-murder

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