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India seeks high-profile role in Afghanistan
Moscow, Nov. 7. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, today sought a high- profile role for India in regard to Afghanistan and ruled out a meeting with the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, during his visit to New York later this week.

India, Russia to build super-fighter
Moscow, Nov. 7. India and Russia have agreed to jointly develop a fifth-generation strike aircraft, a senior Russian Government official announced here at the end of the four-day visit to Russia by the Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee.

Pak. asks Indian embassy employee to leave
Islamabad, Nov. 7. In a retaliatory action, Pakistan today asked an employee in the Indian High Commission Government to pack up and leave the country for his alleged activities ``incompatible with his official status'' (euphemism for spying).

Global crackdown on Al-Qaeda finances
Washington, Nov. 7. In a fresh crackdown on the flow of funds to terrorist organisations, especially the Al-Qaeda, law enforcement agencies today raided several establishments all over the United States as Washington put pressure on foreign governments to tighten the financial squeeze.

Lashkar, Jaish not yet on ban list
Washington, Nov. 7. The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Ms. Christina Rocca, said on Tuesday that to the best of her knowledge the State Department had not yet put the Laskhar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad on the list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTOs).

Pak. firm on 'pause' during Ramadan
Islamabad, Nov. 7. Pakistan has not given up its demand that the United States and its allies should halt the military campaign in Afghanistan during the holy month of Ramadan beginning on November 17.

Qatari gunman killed
Doha, Nov. 7. A Qatari gunman today opened fire on a Qatari air base being used by the U.S. and was killed by guards returning fire, Qatar and the Pentagon said. No other casualties were reported. The gunman's motive was Unknown.

Ban sought on 'Asoka'
Bhubaneswar, Nov. 7. Activists of the Kalinga Sena organised a demonstration outside a cinema hall here today demanding a ban on the screening of the Bollywood film `Asoka' in Orissa.

English from Standard III
Patna, Nov. 7. The Bihar Government has decided to introduce teaching of English language in government schools from Standard III.

Next Govt. by Feb.: Rajnath
New Delhi, Nov. 7. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh, today indicated that elections to the Assembly would be held by February next, saying the next government would be in place by that time.

Held for graft
New Delhi, Nov. 7. Acting on a tip-off, the CBI today arrested the Chief Commissioner of Central Excise, Delhi, Mr. Someshwar Mishra, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 10 lakh from an industrialist. The CBI also arrested the alleged bribe giver, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, proprietor of the Flex Industries, and one of his employee for offering the bribe.


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