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 U.S. planes pound Kabul, Herat
Kabul, Oct. 9. Striking the Taliban on home ground, the U.S. warplanes pounded the area around the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday night for the second time in 12 hours. The remote northwestern city of Herat was also hard hit.

First daylight attacks
Washington. Oct. 9. In continuing its air raids over Afghanistan for the third day in a row, the U.S. jets took to the skies in the morning itself on Tuesday. It was the first daylight raid on Afghanistan and the targets were military facilities that included airfields, airplanes, anti-aircraft and missile sites.

India not averse to talks with Pak.
New Delhi, Oct. 9. A day after the telephone call by the Pakistani President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, to the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the debate within the Government to re-engage Islamabad in a dialogue is beginning to acquire momentum.

'Tackling J&K terrorism is our job'
New Delhi, Oct. 9. The primary responsibility of fighting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is India's. This, despite recent events such as the suicide bomb attack in front of the State Assembly which have led to a greater understanding of India's concern by other countries, the Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, said here today.

 Khaleda takes oath as MP
Dhaka, Oct. 9. Begum Khaleda Zia, whose four-party alliance swept last week's parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, took oath of office as MP, a day before she is to be sworn in Prime Minister.

PM seeks Sonia's cooperation
New Delhi, Oct. 9. In an unusual development, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Leader of the Opposition and Congress President, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, had a meeting late this evening. It could not be confirmed who took the initiative, but the interaction is being described as an attempt by Mr. Vajpayee to evolve a consensus on India's response to the fast-changing geostrategic environment.

SC order on contempt
New Delhi, Oct. 9. In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court has held that an advocate punished for contempt of court cannot appear thereafter as a counsel in the courts, unless he purges himself of such contempt.

Nobel Physics
Stockholm, Oct. 9. Mr. Eric Cornell and Mr. Carl Wieman of the U.S. alongwith Mr. Wolfgang Ketterle of Germany today won the Nobel physics prize for 2001 for discoveries of principles governing the behaviour of matter.


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