Sunday, October 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 11.30 pm (IST)

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USA, Britain attack Afghan military, guerrilla bases
Washington, October 7
US and British forces on Sunday launched heavy night strikes, beginning with cruise missiles against a broad range of Taliban military targets and guerrilla training camps in Afghanistan, US defence officials said.

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India does some hard talk with Blair
New Delhi, October 6
India did some rare hard talk with Britain today as the Vajpayee government strongly conveyed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the global struggle against terrorism could not be kept confined to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban alone.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair met with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in New Delhi today.
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British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) gestures as he looks towards his Indian counterpart Atal Behari Vajpayee (R) during a news conference, as Indian External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh looks on in New Delhi on Friday.
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Time running out, Bush tells Taliban

Washington, October 6
US President George W. Bush warned Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers today that “time is running out” for them.

Taliban soften stance
Kabul/Islamabad, October 6
Afghans worried today about the rising price of pomegranates, almost oblivious to the US military and diplomatic net closing ever more tightly about their Taliban rulers and their guest, Osama bin Laden.

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An Afghan boy plays with a tyre in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Quetta on Saturday. 
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US fighter planes ‘begin’ sorties in Pak airspace
Islamabad, October 6
US F-18 fighter aircraft have begun sorties in the air corridors over Pakistan airspace, media reports said today. US air force jets carried out surprise sorties on October 4 using the air corridor provided by Pakistan, Pakistan Observer said.

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Assaults on Sikhs on the rise in Britain
London, October 6
Assaults on Sikhs and Muslims in Britain are on the rise, according to community leaders, despite condemnation and assurances from Prime Minister Tony Blair. Most of the cases of assault are not being reported to the police for fear of reprisals, community leaders say.

Four RR jawans killed in IED blast in valley
Jammu, October 6
While four security personnel were killed and 20 persons, including six police and Rashtriya Rifles men, were wounded in Kashmir today, the elite in the summer capital, including senior bureaucrats, Army and police officers remained engaged in the first Sher-e-Kashmir Open 2001.

Joshi tries to set book row at rest
Asks NCERT to delete objectionable portions
New Delhi, October 6
Bowing to pressure from the Sikh community, the Centre today asked the NCERT to delete the chapter denigrating the community from the class XI history textbook.

Bandh hits life as protesters block traffic
Baba Bhaniara’s effigies burnt
Amritsar, October 6
The city observed a complete bandh today in response to a call given by various Sikh organisations in protest against the torching of “birs” of Guru Granth Sahib at different places in Punjab in the past few days.
Activists of the Panthic Morcha raise slogans during a bandh against incidents of sacrilege at Amritsar on Saturday.
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