Thursday, December 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 Updated at 3:30 pm (IST)

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11 killed in attack on Parliament
New Delhi, December 13
In the most daring attack ever launched against the Indian state, at least half a dozen armed men stormed into the Parliament House complex today and opened indiscriminate firing, injuring an unspecified number of persons. (Photos)

Adamant Oppn stalls proceedings again
New Delhi, December 12
A determined and united Opposition today continued to stall the proceedings of Parliament for the second consecutive day, forcing adjournments in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, demanding the resignation of Defence Minister George Fernandes over the coffin scam.

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PM has not sought resignation of George
New Delhi, December 12

Even as the Opposition resolved to stall the proceedings of Parliament till Union Defence Minister George Fernandes is “dismissed”, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee appears confident that the storm created by the CAG report will “blow over soon.”

UP minister sacked
Faces charges of harbouring criminals

Lucknow, December 12
In a swift move to project a clean image of his ministry, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Rajnath Singh today sacked Minister of State for Institutional Finance and Trade Taxes Amar Mani Tripathi following allegations that he was patronising criminals.



Tora Bora caves bombed

Tora Bora , December 12
US B-52 jets today staged a series of attacks on Al-Qaida caves in the Tora Bora mountains of eastern Afghanistan after Osama bin Laden’s fighters failed to surrender.

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An Afghan Sikh holds flowers and a portrait of the late military leader of the Northern Alliance Ahmed Shah Masood, as he waits for interim Interior Minister Younus Qanooni to return to Kabul on Wednesday. Hundreds of Afghans from all ethnic groups gathered in central Kabul to welcome Qanooni as he returns to the capital after the historic peace deal signed in Bonn last week. — Reuters

Pak scientists admit links with Al-Qaida
Washington, December 12
Two prominent Pakistani nuclear scientists, under detention for their alleged links with the Al-Qaida, have confessed to having discussions with Osama bin Laden on ‘‘nuclear, chemical and biological weapons’’ in Kabul.

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SC grants interim stay on Nagi’s removal orders
Chandigarh, December 12
Issuing notice on a Special Leave Petition filed by the Union of India and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, the Supreme Court of India today granted interim stay on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court vide which the appointment of Dr Onkar Nath Nagi as the Dean had been set aside.

Asha BhosleAsha receives Phalke Award
New Delhi, December 12
President K.R. Narayanan today presented the 48th National Film Awards at a colourful function here this evening. The recipients included leading playback singer Asha Bhosle.

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Rusticated, fined for dating
Amritsar, December 12
“Mr Singh”, a field officer, Punjab State Cooperative Development Bank of the district, entered the girls hostel of Guru Nanak Dev University on April 29 without permission and created a mess.

HP says no to Punjabi in schools
Shimla, December 12
The Himachal Pradesh government today rejected the recommendation of the National Commission for Minorities to introduce Punjabi as a subject from class VI in all government schools in the state. The decision was reportedly taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet held here under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal.

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