U.S., Britain attack Afghanistan
Washington, Oct. 7. The United States and Britain have launched
major military strikes against ``carefully selected'' targets in
Bush speaks to PM, promises ban on JeM
New Delhi, Oct. 7. Four hours before the American strikes against
Afghanistan began, President George W. Bush of the U.S. spoke to
Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, to inform him that
military operations were imminent.
Taliban ready to take on U.S.
Islamabad, Oct. 7. Representatives of the Taliban embassy here
and other consulate offices in Pakistan, tonight confirmed the
strikes by the U.S. and its allies, but appeared to be determined
to take on the super power. ``It is jehad'', an unidentified
representative in the Islamabad embassy of the Taliban remarked.
A terrorist act: Taliban
Islamabad, Oct. 7. Afghanistan's Taliban militia today condemned
the U.S.-led attacks against Afghanistan as a ``terrorist act''
and said it would not deliver the Saudi dissident, Osama bin
Laden, to the U.S., the Afghan Islamic Press reported.
Scribe `freed' in Afghanistan
Kabul, Oct. 7. Ms. Yvonne Ridley (43), a British journalist, was
freed by the Taliban Government today, nine days after she was
arrested for illegally entering Afghanistan. She had been trying
to report on conditions here following the U.S. demand to turn
over the terrorist mastermind, Osama bin laden.
Tension in Saswad
Pune, Oct. 7. Tension prevailed in Saswad town, about 40 km from
here, today when a crowd allegedly pelted stones and set afire
some houses and shops belonging to a particular community after a
religious programme organised by the VHP and the Bajrang Dal.
Srinagar, Oct. 7. After reconstruction over six years and four
months the 600-year-old shrine of the Sufi saint, Sheikh
Nooruddin Noorani, has a new look, though the architecture
remains the same.
Sikhs stage protest
New Delhi, Oct. 7. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee
(DSGMC) observed Sunday as ``black day'' to protest against the
objectionable references in class XI history textbook even as the
Human Resource Development Minister, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi,
directed the NCERT to delete them.