Saturday, November 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Final assault on Kunduz
Mullah Omar flees Kandahar
Kabul, November 23
The Northern Alliance today launched a three-pronged final assault on Taliban fighters trapped in the northern enclave of Kunduz, the hardline militia’s last post outside its spiritual heartland in the south.

An Afghan Dervish cries as others pray in their house in Kabul Edit: Pakistan’s growing ills

An Afghan Dervish cries as others pray in their house in Kabul during the Friday gathering. Swaying gently at first, chanting in monotones, the room full of Dervishes slowly builds up to a frenzy of prayers forbidden to them for the past five years of the strict Taliban rule. — Reuters photo

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Cong forces RS adjournment
Alleges ‘Talibanisation’ of education
New Delhi, November 23
A defiant Congress today forced the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha in the pre-lunch session after heated exchanges were witnessed between the Opposition and the Treasury Benches over the charges of “Talibanisation” of the country’s education system.

No consensus on POTO
Meeting again on November 26
New Delhi, November 23
The meeting of Home Ministry’s Consultative Committee on the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance remained inconclusive today even as the government indicated that it could consider dropping certain controversial provisions contained in it before presenting it before Parliament.

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Agreement on science, technology signed
New Delhi, November 23
Stating that Pakistan had still not given up its sponsorship of cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today expressed the hope it would happen "soon".

3 children die in Pak shelling
Srinagar, November 23
Four persons, including three children, were killed and eight others injured when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Uri and Karnah sectors along the LoC in north Kashmir yesterday. Eight houses were damaged while over 12 head of cattle were also killed in these incidents, reports reaching here said.

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Ministers stay away from Games!
Ludhiana, November 23
The 31st National Games have failed to enthuse politicians in general and members of the Punjab Council of Ministers in particular as hardly any one of them could spare some time to visit any of the venues here after the opening ceremony four days ago.


Sutlej waters turn toxic, kill fish
Ropar, November 23
In a major ecological disaster, thousands of fish and now even birds have perished in and around the Sutlej near Nangal, allegedly due to the release of toxic wastes in the river. The fish perished in the river stretch from Nangal to Dher village near, Anandpur Sahib, reportedly because of an abrupt change in the alkalinity of the river waters.
Dead fish float in the Sutlej
Dead fish float in the Sutlej near Naya Nangal. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

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