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A HAPPY AYUDHA POOJA

As today is a holiday for our office on account of 'Ayudha Pooja', there will be no edition dated 26th October.

Hot pursuit option still open: Advani
New Delhi, Oct. 24. Asserting that hot pursuit was now acceptable to the international community as a legitimate way of attacking terrorist camps outside a country, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, said once again today that ``as of now we do not propose to avail ourselves of this option.''

It's for India to decide: Pak.
Islamabad, Oct. 24. Responding to observations made by the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, in New Delhi on Tuesday, Pakistan today said it desired a meaningful dialogue for peace, but maintained that ``you cannot clap with one hand.''

 Taliban stays put despite bombardment
New York, Oct. 24. American jets are continuing to pound the frontlines of the Taliban, even as there are indications that the fundamentalist militia appears to be holding its positions in the face of heavy bombardment.

Pak. embarrassed over killing of Harkat cadre
Islamabad, Oct. 24. Pakistan is embarrassed over reports of death of many Harkat-ul-Mujahideen activists in the U.S.-led air raids on Kabul on Tuesday even as hundreds of Afghan tribal chiefs and clerics began a two-day conclave at Peshawar, capital of the North West Frontier Province, to debate on the `post- Taliban' scenario.

 Odyssey enters orbit around mars
Pasadena (Calif.), Oct 24. NASA's Odyssey spacecraft slipped into orbit around mars yesterday, 200 days after it left earth at a speed of more than 20,920 kph to find signs of water on the red planet.

 Win Chadha passes away
New Delhi, Oct. 24. One of the key accused in the multi-crore Bofors case, Mr. W.N. Chadha, died last night following a heart attack at his Bijwasan farmhouse in South-West Delhi. He was 77. Mr. Chadha had been admitted to hospital on September 30 following a brain stroke. He was discharged on October 5.

Abu Salem arrested?
Mumbai, Oct. 24. Abu Salem, prime accused in the Gulshan Kumar murder case and close associate of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, has been arrested in a Gulf country today, according to reports received here.

SAARC drops statement
Colombo, Oct. 24. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation has abandoned an attempt to put out a joint statement on the September 11 attacks in the U.S. after failing to sew together the conflicting viewpoints of India and Pakistan on terrorism, officials here said.


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