Friday, December 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Kandahar crumbling
Mullah Omar agrees to surrender
Islamabad, December 6
Cornered Taliban today appeared to be losing their last stronghold with their supremo Mullah Mohammad Omar reportedly deciding to surrender the southern Afghan city of Kandahar to local Mujahideen even as ground and air attacks were under way in Tora Bora mountain range to flush out Osama bin Laden’s fighters.

In video: Pashtun tribal leader Hamid Karzai was never involved in factional fighting, according to his brother Ahmed. (28k, 56k)

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Govt bows to Opposition demand on POTO
New Delhi, December 6
The government today finally bowed to the Opposition demand of bringing changes in the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance by including reduction of operational period of the proposed law from five to three years, official sources said.

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England crash to defeat
Kumble, Harbhajan weave a magic spell
Chandigarh, December 6
Spin has always been India’s strength, specially in home Test matches. What better sight can there be than spinners, operating from both ends, mesmerising the batsmen, pulling them forward or pushing them on the back foot with their flight, turn and the bounce.

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UNP surges ahead in Lanka poll
Colombo, December 6
After seven years in the wilderness, Sri Lanka’s leading Opposition party surged towards a position of power, inflicting defeat on President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s People’s Alliance in most electoral districts.

Maoists blast MP’s house
Kathmandu, December 6
Maoists in Nepal attacked the residence of a ruling party MP at Birendranagar in Surkhet district, completely destroying the house.

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Six militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, December 6
Five persons, including four militants, were killed and 12 others injured in Jammu and Kashmir overnight. An official spokesman said security forces gunned down two militants each at Mohra Bachai and Manjakote.

Laloo appears in CBI court
Patna, December 6
Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav was today produced before the court of designated CBI judge S.K. Mishra in connection with examination of a witness in a disproportionate assets case, an offshoot of the multi-crore fodder scam.

Al-Qaida men sneak into Bikaner?
5 BSF officials suspended
Sriganganagar, December 6
Have two top operatives of the Al - Qaida, the terrorist outfit targeted by the USA in the ongoing war against terror, crossed over into India for activating their cells, recruit members and carry out sabotage activities? The answer may be in the affirmative going by the red faces in the higher echelons of the security agencies operating on the border following a successful infiltration.

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