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It's time to restrain Pak., PM tells Bush
New Delhi, Oct. 2. Citing Monday's suicide attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has written to the United States President, Mr. George Bush, bringing to his attention the need to urgently restrain Pakistan from backing international terrorists in Kashmir.

Campaign global: Bush
Washington, Oct. 2. The U.S. President, Mr. George Bush, has personally assured India that the U.S. campaign against terrorism is global and not uni-dimensional as seen through the prism of Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda terror network.

Time running out for Taliban: Blair
London, Oct. 2. Even as Washington continued to tread cautiously, there was feverish speculation here that military action against Afghanistan was imminent after the British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, said today that the deadline for the Taliban Government to hand over Osama bin Laden, wanted for his role in the September 11 attacks in the U.S., was fast approaching and it should now brace itself for the consequences.

Share proof, Pak. tells U.S.
Islamabad, Oct. 2. The U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Ms. Wendy J. Chamberlin, today called on the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and discussed a whole range of issues, including evidence against Osama in the September 11 incidents.

Advani to visit Srinagar today
New Delhi, Oct. 2. The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, is slated to visit Srinagar tomorrow to review the law and order situation, following Monday's terrorist attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. His day-long interaction with senior officials is expected to take into account the recent escalation in attacks on security agencies after a comparative lull in the wake of the September 11 bombings in the U.S.

 Big win for Khaleda Zia
Dhaka, Oct. 2. The four-party alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief, Begum Khaleda Zia, is heading for a landslide victory in the general elections, crushing the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League's hopes of retaining control over the government.

WTO drops labour issues
New Delhi, Oct. 2. Developing countries have scored a major point at the international trade forum - the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has `dropped' all labour-related issues from its agenda.

No final decision yet: Keshubai
Ahmedabad, Oct. 2. The Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr. Keshubhai Patel, indicated here today that he still enjoyed the majority support of the BJP legislature party. He dropped enough hints to drive home the point that he still has a fair chance to continue in office.


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