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Indian troops shell Pak. posts
Srinagar, Oct. 15. The Army today shelled Pakistani posts in the Mendhar and Akhnoor sectors, destroying at least 11. Twelve militants had infiltrated from Mendhar on Sunday and some others had damaged two transformers and electric poles in the Akhnoor sector.

 Fernandes gets back Defence
New Delhi, Oct. 15. Brushing aside widespread indignation over the Tehelka-tainted Mr. George Fernandes' return to the Union Government, the Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today inducted the National Democratic Alliance convener into his Cabinet as Minister of Defence. In a mini-expansion, another former Minister, Mr. Harin Pathak, was also inducted as Minister of State for Defence.

I have returned on PM's request
New Delhi, Oct. 15. Hours after he was reinducted as Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes today said he had come back to the Government on the specific request of the Prime Minister but felt there was no ``moral question'' involved in his being in the Cabinet and Defence Ministry.

 Shameful, says Sonia
Lucknow, Oct. 15. The Congress president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi, today termed as ``shameful'' the reinduction of Mr. George Fernandes into the Union Cabinet as Defence Minister.

U.S. runs out of fixed targets
Washington, Oct. 15. In what appears to be the serious start of a second phase in the air operations against Afghanistan, United States' war planes targeted underground bunkers in key areas of the country in an effort to ferret out the Taliban militia and members of the Al-Qaeda network.

Pak. to apprise Powell of concerns
Islamabad, Oct. 15. Amid unprecedented security measures, the U.S. Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell, arrived here tonight in a bid to shore up the Musharraf Government confronted with stiff resistance from the pro-Taliban religious parties and groups.

 A chance for India, Pak.: Farooq
Srinagar, Oct. 15. The international campaign against terrorism presents a large window of opportunity for both India and Pakistan to get rid of the scourge, said the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah.

Bush asks India, Pak. to 'stand down'
Washington, Oct. 15. The U.S. President, Mr. George W. Bush, today called on Pakistan and India to ``stand down'' after they traded fire across the Kashmir border.

Anthrax panic
Kottayam, Oct. 15. Panic prevails at Vizhickathode, near Kanjirappally in Kottayam district, Kerala, over a letter from Cyprus which allegedly contained a ``powder-like object''.

Daschle gets 'anthrax' letter
Washington, Oct. 15. A letter opened on Monday in the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Daschle ``had anthrax in it,'' President George W. Bush said.


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