Sunday, December 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Vajpayee favours strong trade ties with Japan
Osaka (Japan), December 8
The Indian delegation led by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, today made a strong sales pitch before top Japanese trade and industry leaders pointing out that it was surprising that economic and business relations between the two countries do not adequately match the depth of cultural and spiritual ties between the two nations.

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Union Minister for Disinvestment Arun Shourie are greeted at a reception at Osaka on Saturday.

Naga issue: PM holds talks with rebel group





Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Union Minister for Disinvestment Arun Shourie are greeted at a reception at Osaka on Saturday. — PTI photo

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Forces climb mountains to hunt Laden, target caves
Mullah Omar ‘disappears’

Kabul/Chaman (Pakistan), December 8
Anti-Taliban and overseas forces were climbing the foothills of eastern Afghan mountains in their search for Osama bin Laden today and hunting Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in the south.

Afghan women wait at a World Food Programme ( WFP) distribution point near Eidgah mosque in Kabul on Saturday. Afghan women wait at a World Food Programme ( WFP) distribution point near Eidgah mosque in Kabul on Saturday. The WFP started its biggest ever food distribution in the Afghan capital on Saturday, handing out sacks of wheat to more than three-quarters of the war-ravaged city’s population. 
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Pak rejects charges of interference
Islamabad, December 8
Pakistan today rejected Afghan Interior Minister Younous Qanooni’s allegations that it interfered in the affairs of Kabul and denied reports that it had sent a huge consignment of weapons to the Taliban at the height of the US war in Afghanistan.

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Abolish pension, Advani tells states
New Delhi, December 8
Union Home Minister, L.K. Advani today said the lack of a political consensus would not stop the government from introducing an anti-terrorism law to counter the menace of militancy in the country.

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Ranil to take oath as Lanka PM today
Colombo, December 8
The United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will be sworn in tomorrow as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, his party sources said here today.


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Khonglam sworn in CM of Meghalaya
Shillong, December 8
Dr Flinder Anderson Khonglam was sworn in the new Meghalaya Chief Minister, the third since 1998 elections, at a function at Raj Bhavan here tonight.

Badungar tries to pacify Talwandi
Cancels transfer of his relatives
Amritsar, December 8
In a move apparently aimed at reconciliation, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, the SGPC chief, today cancelled the transfer of Mr Jawahar Singh, in charge of the Chandigarh sub-office to Amritsar, had widened the differences between Mr Talwandi and Prof Badungar.

Army convoy attacked, 9 killed
Srinagar, December 8
At least nine persons, including six civilians and an Army jawan, were killed and over 24 injured when militants attacked an Army convoy at Baramulla this morning. Two militants suspected to be involved in the attack were among those killed while the injured included six Army men.

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