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 Suicide bomber targets J&K Assembly
Srinagar, Oct. 1. Twenty-two persons, mostly civilians, were killed and 60 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly here today.

Rein in Lashkar, Jaish too, India tells Pak.
New Delhi, Oct.1. India today said that it expected Pakistan to curb recognised terrorist groups including the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Both these outfits belonged to the elaborate network of terrorist organisations which are freely operating from Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Stern warning to Pak.
New Delhi, Oct.1. India today issued a virtual ultimatum to Pakistan to stop aiding and abetting terrorism after militants led by a suicide bomber attacked the Jammu and Kashmir assembly today.

Musharraf: Taliban's days are numbered
Islamabad, Oct. 1. The first signs of an imminent attack on Afghanistan were visible today when the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, told an international television channel that the days of the Taliban militia appeared "numbered."

 Cabinet expresses grief over Scindia's death
New Delhi, Oct. 1. In an unusual gesture, the Union Cabinet placed on record its condolences over the sudden demise of the senior Congress(I) leader, Mr. Madhavrao Scindia, in an aircrash in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

Narendra Modi emerges front-runner for CM post
New Delhi, Oct. 1. As the search for the successor of the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr. Keshubhai Patel, began in right earnest today, Mr. Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary, emerged a front-runner. However, the matter has yet to be clinched for there is considerable opposition to him from the Keshubhai camp.

BNP leading in Bangla polls
Dhaka, Oct. 1. Begum Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led four-party alliance is leading in the parliamentary elections held in Bangladesh today, reports said. According to preliminary results announced by the Election Commission in 66 of the 299 seats, the BNP was leading in 26 and its ally, the Jamaat-e-Islami, in four. And the former Prime Minister, Ms. Sheikh Hasina's Awami League was leading in 15 constituencies.

 Pankaj Joshi is new CIDS
New Delhi, Oct. 1. Lt. Gen. Pankaj Joshi today took over as the country's firstChief of Integrated Defence Staff (CIDS) and Lt. Gen. N.C. Vij as the new Vice-Chief of Army Staff.

Plane forcelands
New Delhi, Oct. 1. Forty passengers aboard a Bishkek-bound plane of Kyrgyztan Airlines had a providential escape this evening when it made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi international airport here immediately after take-off following failure of one of its engines, airport sources told PTI.


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