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Nitish's house attacked
PATNA, Sept 19 PTI — The police fired several rounds in the air to quell a violent mob which attacked the Bakhtiyarpur residence of former Union Minister Nitish Kumar during a protest demonstration against the killing of a ruling RJD activist. Around 250 RJD workers protesting against the killing of Om Singh attacked Mr Nitish Kumar's house at Bakhtiyarpur, about 50 km from here, and even made an abortive attempt to set his home on fire. The irate mob, alleged that Om Singh's killers had taken shelter in the house, the police said, adding the minister was in Patna when the attack took place.

22 die in Thai factory blast
CHIANG MAI, Sept 19 (AFP) — At least 22 persons were killed and around 100 injured today when an explosion destroyed a Taiwanese-owned fruit factory in northern Thailand, the police said. The blast ripped through a longan processing plant in San Pa Tong, northern Chiang Mai province, 700 km north of Bangkok today morning as 30 persons were working in the factory, the police said. Bodies covered with sheets and charred equipment lay in the devastated ruins of the factory which collapsed under the force of the blast, witnesses said.

Sunni cleric shot
KARACHI, Sept 19 (AP) — Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a Sunni Muslim cleric outside a mosque in the southern city of Hyderabad early today, the police said. Hafiz Mohmmad Idreess (50) a leader of the Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadis, was shot dead by two gunmen as he left a mosque in central Srayghat neighbourhood of Hyderabad, 120 km from here, a police official said on condition of anonymity.

Satara murder case
PUNE, Sept 19 (PTI) — Two more persons were arrested yesterday by the CID in Satara in connection with the murder of NCP corporator Sharad Lewe, the police said today. The two accused, Amar Bhande (25), from Guruwar Peth and Moreshwar Chowkwale from Shaniwar Peth, were produced in a court along with Vyankappa Hayyal (19), from Sangam Mahuli and Bharat Sangade (23), from Godoli, who were arrested on September 17, and were remanded to police custody till tomorrow.

Pak national held
MOSCOW, Sept 19 (PTI) — Russian security police FSB has arrested a Pakistani national on charges of enrolling youth for training in Islamic extremist centres in Pakistan. His arrest follows suspected involvement of two graduates of an Islamic religious school "Iyulduz" (star) in terrorist bombings of apartment buildings in Moscow. The two had reportedly undergone military training in the camp of Jordan-born Chechen warlord Khattab allegedly financed by Saudi terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

Falungong followers
BEIJING, Sept 19 (DPA) — The Chinese police has rounded up over 300 adherents of the banned Falungong Meditation Sect in the past week in nine cities, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said today. The police detained sect members for practising the blend of Buddhist,Taoist philosophy and martial arts exercise in public areas in Dalian, Shenzang, Changsha, Nanachang, Chongqing, Tianjin, Beijing, Wuhan and Shijiazhuang. A woman adherent, who was among 10 persons detained in Dalian, said the police bound her wrists and ankles with a rusty chain and taped her mouth shut to prevent her from practising Falungong while in detention.

Suspects acquitted
KARACHI, Sept 19 (AFP) — An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has acquitted three suspects in the 1995 murder of two US diplomats and dismissed the case for lack of evidence, court sources said today. Judge Javed Alam said yesterday that the accused Saulat Mirza, Arif Tutu and Pervez Salman Haider, were liable to be cleared, prosecutor Haq Nawaz Baloch said. The trio, belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), have not been released as they are wanted in other criminal cases, he added. They were implicated in the killing of Jackie Van Landingham and Gary Durrel of the US consulate in Karachi on March 8, 1995.

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Patkar stages dharna
MUMBAI, Sept 19 (PTI) — Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar and 125 NBA activists, who were detained by the Maharashtra Police at Dhadgaon for agitating against the Narmada dam, today launched a dharna demanding that they be released and taken back to Domkhedi village to continue their "satyagraha". NBA sources said Ms Patkar and the activists were detained by the police during their "jalsamadhi" agitation when they were two to three feet in water, facing submergence following the rising level of water.

Suicide by farmer
BANGALORE, Sept 19 (PTI) — A cotton farmer allegedly committed suicide at Sanganakal village in Karnataka’s Bellary district as he was unable to repay loans he had borrowed, following loss of crops, the police said here today. The police said 38-year-old Uppara Thimmappa consumed pesticide on Friday to end his life. He had taken a loan of Rs 30,000 from a Gramin Bank three years ago as well as from other sources but was unable to repay it.

20 pensioners killed
MADRID, Sept 19 (Reuters) — A bus packed with Spanish pensioners crashed in heavy rain in northeastern Spain today, killing at least 20 persons and injuring about 24, state radio reported. The bus skidded off a slippery highway and overturned in a water-filled ditch near the town of La Muela in Zaragoza province, the radio said.

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