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 Check countries sponsoring terrorism, says Vajpayee
New Delhi, Oct. 6. Citing the suicide bomb attack in Srinagar, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today urged the world community to restrain individual countries from pursuing their own terrorist agenda in the name of counter-terrorism campaign, even as the visiting British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, stressed that Afghanistan was the immediate focus of the coalition of nations battling extremism.

Address Kashmir, Palestine issues: Pak.
Islamabad, Oct. 6. Pakistan today categorised Kashmir and Palestine as problems that bred an environment of injustice, humiliation and desperation and expressed the hope that in the long run the international community would address them as part of the campaign against terrorism.

Stop targeting us, we will free aid workers: Taliban
Islamabad, Oct. 6. Amidst reports that the Taliban has attempted to shoot down an unidentified spy plane over Kabul, the militia has offered to free the eight foreign aid workers who are under detention since August this year on charges of preaching Christianity.

U.S. military aid to Pak. worries Delhi
New Delhi, Oct. 6. The likely resumption of U.S. military aid to Pakistan as a result of the waiver of all sanctions on Islamabad has evoked a sharp response here.

Joshi's fiat to NCERT
New Delhi, Oct. 6. Unwilling to wait for the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to ``free history of objectionable attributes'', the Human Resource Development Minister, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, today stepped in and instructed the NCERT to delete all references from history textbooks that hurt the religious sentiments of people.

Removed from flight duties
New Delhi, Oct. 6. Three days after the hijack drama involving an Alliance Air flight from Mumbai to New Delhi, Alliance Air has decided to act against the entire crew of the flight by opting for ``not utilising'' their services.

Hockey player fatally hit
Bangalore, Oct. 6. A teenaged hockey player, Kuldip Horo, a sepoy of the Pioneer Corps Training Centre here, died after receiving a fatal hit from a hockey stick in a goal mouth melee during a practice match here.


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