U.S. brands Lashkar, Jaish as terrorist outfits?
Washington, Nov. 3. The United States has formally designated the
Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad as foreign terrorist
organisations. Washington does not use the word ``ban'' but a
designation in the books amounts to it in legal terms and for all
India has a role: PM
Amritsar, Nov. 3. The Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee,
today said India has a role in the resolution of Afghan tangle
even as he acknowledged growing anti-U.S. sentiments among Indian
A right step, Advani
New Delhi, Nov. 3. India today welcomed the ban on the Lashkar-e-
Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad describing it as yet another
display of determination by the U.S. in fighting global
'Vajpayee trip will not be Pakistan-centric'
New Delhi, Nov. 3. During his extended travel abroad beginning
tomorrow, the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, will re-
emphasise the Indian commitment to combat international terrorism
and focus on deepening bilateral relations with the great powers.
Jaswant rules out meeting with Sattar in New York
New Delhi, Nov. 3. Ending all speculation about the revival of
the Indo-Pakistan political contacts on the sidelines of the
coming United Nations General Assembly session, the External
Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today ruled out the
possibility of a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Mr.
Abdul Sattar, in New York.
Don't rule out hot pursuit: BJP
Amritsar, Nov. 3. Hot pursuit may not be the current Government
policy to fight terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, but the BJP made
it clear today in its political resolution that ``if the
situation demands and circumstances compel,'' the country should
not hesitate to go all out to ``eliminate terrorism from both
inside and outside the country.''
Britain freezes assets of Lashkar, Babbar Khalsa
London, Nov 3. The British Government today froze the assets of
25 more terrorist organisations, including the Pakistan-based
Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Babbar Khalsa and the International Sikh
Youth Federation. These groups were banned under the Anti-
Terrorism Act earlier this year.
U.S. copter crashes, crew rescued
Washington, Nov. 3. There were no casualties in the helicopter
crash inside Afghanistan, the Pentagon said today, even as the
Defence Department said the incident occurred due to bad weather.
Zahir Shah envoy escapes
Islamabad, Nov. 3. An envoy of Afghanistan's ousted monarch has
been ferried out of the country by U.S. helicopters after
surviving a battle with the Taliban militia, a Taliban official
Major booty recovered
Madurai, Nov. 3.A gang overpowered bank officials and looted Rs.
1 crore at gun-point near Bodimettu in Tamil Nadu's Theni
district today. But the police arrested three of the seven-member
gang and recovered Rs. 93.15 lakhs within hours.
Crackers: SC ruling
New Delhi, Nov. 3. The Supreme Court bench - which today
permitted the firing of crackers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during
Diwali - has passed the order on an application moved by Mr.
Keshav Vaishya, a social worker of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh
during `mention' time after hearing Mr. S. Ravishankar, counsel
for the petitioner.
Ban on arms agents goes
New Delhi, Nov. 3. Lifting a 13-year-old ban, the Centre today
allowed foreign armament companies to have authorised agents, but
with a stricter regulatory mechanism that includes giving legal
undertakings against making illegal payments for securing arms