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Alliance Air plane hijacked
New Delhi, oct. 3. An Alliance Air plane, on flight from Mumbai to Delhi, was hijacked late tonight. There are 46 passengers and six crew members aboard. The plane has landed at the Indira Gandhi Airport and has been allowed to park itself in the isolation bay No. 27. The National Security Guard commandos have surrounded the plane, and were expected to storm the aircraft if the negotiations fail.

 Farooq breaks down, calls for war against Pak.
Srinagar, Oct. 3. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today urged the Centre to wage a war against Pakistan to dismantle the training camps there and root out terrorism.

'Hand over Masood Azhar'
Srinagar, Oct. 3. The Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, today asked Pakistan to hand over the leader of the Jaish-e- Mohammad, Maulana Masood Azhar, to India, and said New Delhi expected the United States to include the outfit in the list of banned terrorist organisations. At the end of his one-day visit to Srinagar, Mr. Advani told mediapersons that the JeM had owned responsibility for the attack on the Jammu & Kashmir Legislature on Monday and that Pakistan had disassociated itself from the outfit.

 J&K too on agenda: Powell
Washington, Oct. 3. The Bush administration has once again assured India that its global campaign against terrorism will eventually include the goings on in Jammu and Kashmir.

Keshubhai quits as CM
Gandhinagar, Oct. 3. In a swift turn of events today, the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr. Keshubhai Patel, submitted his resignation to the Governor, paving the way for Mr. Narendra Modi to take over.

Blair backs India's stand
New Delhi, Oct. 3. Expressing solidarity with India's stand on tackling terrorism on a global scale, the British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, today told his counterpart, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, that terrorism could not be dealt with in compartments and had to be ``viewed globally and tackled globally.''

Enron out of oil project
New Delhi, Oct. 3. Enron Corporation, which is planning to pull out of its power and oil projects in India following controversies involving its joint ventures, today concluded a tentative agreement with the British Gas India for sale of its stake in Enron Oil and Gas India Limited (EOGIL).

PM greets Khaleda
New Delhi, Oct. 3. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, has congratulated the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) leader, Ms. Khaleda Zia, for her party's landslide victory in the national elections and expressed India's desire to promote relations with Dhaka.

Cauvery meet on Oct. 10
Chennai, Oct. 3. The Cauvery River Authority, chaired by the Prime Minister, Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, will meet on October 10 to discuss the quantum of water that Karnataka should release, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. O. Panneerselvam, said today.

Tremors rattle Kutch
New Delhi, Oct. 3. Two low intensity earthquakes rattled Kutch region of Gujarat today. Meteorological department sources said here that an earthquake of 4.1 intensity on the Richter Scale was experienced at 2.31 p.m. Its epicenter was 23.5 degrees north latitude and 70.1 degrees east longitude.

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