Friday, December 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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India cuts strength of missions by half
Bans overflights by Pakistani planes
New Delhi, December 27
India today again sent out strong signals to Pakistan to act decisively against various terrorist organisations operating from within its territory before New Delhi’s patience runs out by banning the use of Indian airspace by the Pakistani planes and giving an ultimatum for reduction of its High Commission staff by 50 per cent within the next 48 hours. Jaswant Singh
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Government to keep up diplomatic offensive
New Delhi, December 27
In gearing up for the decisive battle against the menace of cross-border terrorism, the Atal Behari Vajpayee government is determined to keep up the diplomatic offensive against Pakistan without lowering its guard on the border.

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Tape deepens Laden mystery
Cairo, December 27
A Qatar-based television station aired excerpts of a videotape of Osama bin Laden, adding a new twist to the guessing game about the alleged terror mastermind’s whereabouts and whether he even is still alive.
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In this image made from video broadcast by the Qatar-based television station Al-Jazeera on Wednesday, Osama bin Laden speaks from an undisclosed location at an undisclosed time.
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Special court acquits Jaya
Way cleared for contesting Andipatti seat
Chennai, December 27
It was celebration time once again for the AIADMK leader, Ms J. Jayalalitha, as she successfully crossed yet another court hurdle today with a special court acquitting her and 10 others in the Rs 6.5 crore coal import case.
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Heavy shelling on border
Pak deploys another division
Jammu, December 27
Pakistani Rangers opened heavy unprovoked firing on frontier Indian positions in the Samba, Akhnoor and Ranbir Singh Pura sectors along the international border this morning.
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Soldiers retaliate against Pakistani firing in the Naushera sector of Jammu on Thursday. — PTI photo
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Pakistan rules out nuclear war
Islamabad, December 27
Toning down rhetoric, Pakistan today firmly ruled out a nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan despite the build-up of troops along the borders.

25 Al-Qaida men in valley?
Srinagar, December 27
A group of about 25 Al-Qaida members led by Mullah Abrar, a close associate of Osama bin Laden, is believed to have sneaked into the Kashmir valley in the past two weeks.

3 top Lashkar men shot
30 hurt in grenade attack
Srinagar, December 27
Three top LeT militants, including a self-styled “divisional commander” of the outfit and a member of the suicide squad that attacked the Jammu railway station, and three Army men were killed in a fierce encounter in Anantnag district of south Kashmir today.






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10 more officials face action
Irregularities in Punjab electoral rolls
New Delhi, December 27
As a sequel to the action initiated against poll officials in Punjab for gross irregularities in the preparation of electoral rolls last week, the Election Commission today ordered the suspension/transfer of 10 officials in Amritsar and Kapurthala districts.

Exodus: plea to put off poll
Army takes over border fields
Khalra (Amritsar), December 27
The announcement of the election date in Punjab yesterday by the Election Commission refused to create excitement in the border belt of this area, where a majority of people have moved to safer places as the Army has laid mines and moved to the front in view of the military build-up by Pakistan.

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