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U.S. lifts sanctions against India, Pak.
Washington, Sept. 23. The Bush administration has lifted sanctions against India and Pakistan, imposed in the aftermath of the 1998 nuclear tests. In a memorandum to the Secretary of State from Camp David, the U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush, said the continuation of the punitive measures ``would not be in the national security interests of the United States.''

Impetus to LCA programme?
New Delhi, Sept. 23. The U.S. decision to lift sanctions today gave rise to the hope that the long-delayed project to manufacture the light combat aircraft (LCA) could gather momentum.

 No trace of Osama, says Taliban
Islamabad, Sept. 23. Adding a new dimension to the ongoing confrontation between the United States and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan over the issue of handing over of the Saudi dissident, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban today maintained that it could not trace him.

We don't believe it, says Rice
Washington, Sept. 23. The Bush administration has warned the Taliban again that it has a very clear choice between handing over Osama bin Laden or face the ``wrath'' of the international coalition; Washington has brushed aside the contention of Kabul that Osama is ``missing''; and has dismissed the Taliban calls for proof for the actions of Osama as ``somewhat misplaced.''

U.S. lost spy plane: Rumsfeld
Washington, Sept. 23. The U.S. Defence Secretary, Mr. Donald Rumsfeld, has confirmed that the United States has lost ``contact'' with an unmanned spy plane and has argued that Washington has no reason to believe that it has been shot down.

SAF games put off
Islamabad, sept. 23. Pakistan today postponed indefinitely the 9th South Asian Federation games, scheduled to be held here from October 6 to 15, due to uncertain security situation prevailing in the country following terrorist attacks on the U.S.

LTTE not in U.S. list
Colombo, Sept. 23. The United States has excluded the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from its global war against terrorism and reiterated that it has not altered its stance towards Sri Lanka's protracted separatist conflict.

12 CRPF jawans killed
Ranchi, Sept. 23. At least 12 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and nine others injured in a series of landmine explosions triggered by the MCC ultras in Auriya jungle areas under Churchur police station of extremism- racked Hazaribagh district this evening.

Bomb hoax at South Block
New Delhi, Sept. 23. The New Delhi police went into a tizzy here tonight following a call from the Prime Minister's residence that a bomb had been planted in the South Block area housing the Defence Ministry and the PMO, a stone's throw from Rashtrapati Bhavan. But no bomb was found till late tonight.


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