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Al-Qaeda forces miss surrender deadline
TORA BORA (AFGHANISTAN), DEC. 12. A ceasefire collapsed today as U.S. warplanes repeatedly pounded Osama bin Laden's Tora Bora mountain bases after cornered Al-Qaeda forces missed a deadline to disarm and reportedly set new terms for their ... More
Al-Qaeda fighters slipped into Pak.?
ISLAMABAD, DEC. 12 The United States-led coalition today claimed that some members of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network could have slipped out of their Tora Bora stronghold and into Pakistan. The U.S. Coalition Information Service spokesman, ... More
U.P. Minister sacked
LUCKNOW, DEC. 12. The Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Trade Tax and Institutional Finance, Mr. Amarmani Tripathi, was dismissed today following disclosures of his alleged involvement in harbouring kidnappers who were arrested from a house ... More
PMO rejects Singhal's claim
NEW DELHI, DEC. 12. The Prime Minister's Office tonight rejected the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president, Mr. Ashok Singhal's claim that the Government had assured him that the acquired land in Ayodhya would be handed over to his organisation ... More
Coffin issue stalls Parliament again
NEW DELHI, DEC. 12. Parliament was adjourned for the second consecutive day today amid scenes of slogan-shouting and uproar as an unrelenting opposition continued to haul the BJP-led coalition Government over the CAG report on the ``Kargil coffin ... More
Prithvi test-fired
BALASORE (ORISSA), DEC. 12. The 250-km extended range version of the `Prithvi' missile, developed for the Air Force, was today successfully test-fired from the Interim Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea near here. The indigenous surface-to-surface ... More
3 shot dead by MCC ultras
RAIPUR, DEC. 12. The activists of the banned Maoist Communist Centre have shot dead three persons allegedly for looting people in the name of naxalites in Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh, bordering Jharkhand, police said today. The MCC had ... More
TN quota for 9-judge Bench
NEW DELHI, DEC. 12. The Supreme Court has referred to a nine-judge Constitution Bench the Tamil Nadu Reservation Act, providing 69 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to SCs, STs and backward classes. The Bench passed this ... More
New Sri Lankan Cabinet
COLOMBO, DEC. 12. A 25-member Cabinet was sworn in today in Sri Lanka without any portfolio for the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga. Ms. Kumaratunga had conveyed her decision to give up all Ministries under her control at a meeting with ... More
US bomber crashes
WASHINGTON, DEC. 12. A US B-1 bomber engaged in the air war over Afghanistan has crashed in the Indian Ocean, the Pentagon said today. There were no known casualties, the Pentagon spokeswoman, Ms. Victoria Clarke told a briefing. She said a US ... More
PM blasts Opposition
MUMBAI, DEC. 12. The Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee today blasted the Opposition for `opposing POTO in toto' simply because it wanted to score political points even though there was no difference of opinion amongst the various parties on the ... More
Indian copters for Nepal
KATHMANDU, DEC. 12. India has donated two Chetak helicopters and arms to Nepal to help it counter the Maoist insurgency, official sources here said. The five-seater helicopters, capable of striking targets in mountainous areas, have landed at ... More

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