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India Declines Foreign Assistance

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says Sunday's tsunami was a "national calamity" but added his country does not need foreign assistance.

Mr. Singh toured hard-hit parts of southern India Thursday and pledged to do everything possible to help survivors. He says India has received offers of aid and assistance from the United States and other Western nations. But Mr. Singh says India has enough resources to meet its needs. Also Thursday, Indian authorities caused panic when they issued an alert for high waves that they later said was based on bad information. Meanwhile, Indian troops, ships and aircraft continue to bring aid to the affected regions, and are evacuating survivors from the Andaman islands, where thousands of island inhabitants are missing and feared dead.

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