December 12

Thugs beat up Los Angeles Sikh
Even a turban did not help when Surinder Singh Sidhu was attacked in his shop by two men, who accused of being Osama bin Laden.

Bio strike on US soon: American Talib
The Ramzan attack will be the 'third phase' of Al Qaeda's war on the US and will destroy the entire country, John Walker Lindh said.

B-1 bomber goes down in Indian Ocean: US
The plane crashed 30 miles northeast of the base of Diego Garcia. The crew was rescued.

Bush all set to dump ABM Treaty
Secretary of State Colin Powell has informed Russia that Bush would soon give a six months' notice to get out of the treaty.

India, US aligned on many issues: Bush
The US president said that the new threat to civilisation from terrorism was erasing old lines of rivalry and resentment between nations.

India test fires another version of Prithvi
The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile, developed for the Indian Air Force, has a range of 250 km.

US cracks down on software pirates
In the biggest-ever crackdown on software pirates, US sleuths have seized computers and software from leading university campuses, houses and businesses.

J P Morgan sues Enron for $2.1 billion
J P Morgan Chase & Co, one of Enron Corp's biggest creditors, filed a $2.1 billion lawsuit against the energy trader in a move to protect money it loaned.

Indian TV tie-up could bring AOL to Zee
Zee Telefilms' plan to form a JV with AOL Time Warner's Indian unit could be a prelude to AOL taking a stake in Zee, even as the media firm's directors meet on Thursday to decide on the issue.

'Bt cotton will kill farmers, literally'
'Short-sighted government policies on genetically modified crops will result in destroying the Indian cotton farmer,' says Dr Devinder Sharma.

The war in Nepal
'It is a pity the generals in Nepal, many of whom are honorary generals of the Indian Army, have failed to learn any lessons from the Indian experience. They have made the classical Indian mistake of doing too little too late,' says Major General (retd) Ashok K Mehta.

My name is Herb Hardigree
She was Veena N till the other day. Now she is Mr Hardigree.

Surrender deadline over; US targets Al Qaeda
Earlier, the Afghan Islamic Press had reported that the men loyal to Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden, holed up in Tora Bora region, have set certain conditions for their surrender.

Laden cornered in Tora Bora, believes US
A senior official indicated that the terrorist mastermind and some other Al Qaeda leaders have been detected.

Taliban leaders taken to another country: Rumsfeld
The US defence secretary did not name either the leader or the country they were supposedly taken to.

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They had the advantage...
... and they dropped it, says Rahul Bhattacharya, in the Wisden Verdict on India.

Spin twins remain apart
Daniel Laidlaw compares Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill.

Nice one, Nasser
The Wisden Verdict on England: Tim de Lisle, on faith repaid.

England finally come to the party
India's butter fingers saw England take the upper hand on day 2 of the second Test. Prem Panicker reports.

Pollock lays past ghosts to rest
Shaun Pollock has dismissed claims that Aussies have a mental edge over the Proteas ahead of the first Test.

Worthington Cup
Blackburn Rovers Vs Arsenal.

Anand looking to wrap it up
After a day's rest, the defending champion will play with white in game four of the second men's semi-final in the World chess championship.

Bakre shares top spot; Humpy wins
The former defeated Hungarian GM Zoltan Varga in the tenth round at the First Saturday GM tournament in Budapest.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
A guide to this film on the Net

Indian classical dance
Seven sites.

Even being an Arab may be a crime
A Lebanese art student has been held in solitary confinement for six weeks after airport security found an artist's knife in his case.

What is GATE?
Bubbles answers.

'Thavasi' has Vijaykanth repeating his act
The review.

December 11

US dumps Pak proposal of all-Muslim force
Media reports said the peacekeeping force for Afghanistan would comprise soldiers from Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Bangladesh, Jordan and other countries.

1,000 bodies litter Kandahar airport: Report
The area around Kandahar airport had witnessed heavy US bombing and fierce fighting between Taliban and Afghan opposition forces.

Indian doc bags Kellogg's World of Children Award
Four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Sharadkumar Dicksheet has been awarded in recognition of his dedication to provide free corrective surgery to the poorest of poor children in India.

Paswan, Yadav attend Sonia's Iftar party
The presence of disgruntled central ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Sharad Yadav at Congress chief's party has triggered murmurs of a radical political realignment.

Soldiers make sacrifices, officials money
A CAG report, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday amidst demand of Defence Minister George Fernandes's resignation, says that greedy defence officials made money even in the purchase of coffins for Kargil war heroes.

Uproar over coffin scam stalls Parliament
An angry opposition took the government to task on Tuesday over a CAG report in which strictures have been passed against the Ministry of Defence for purchasing caskets of poor quality for Kargil martyrs.

SC summons health secretaries of 11 states
They were summoned after the court found out that its orders for registration of ultrasound clinics and prosecution of those resorting to illegal sex-determination have not been complied with.

Oppn blocks introduction of anti-terror bill
Tearing and throwing papers, slogan-shouting Opposition members stormed the well of the House protesting the government's move to bring a bill to replace the POTO, promulgated in October, before the House.

Don't put hurdles in J&K polls: PM to Pak
To a question whether Japan wanted India to resume talks with Pakistan to resolve outstanding disputes, he said that every friendly nation wanted New Delhi to do so.

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What is the chosen path?
'How long must India wait patiently as an unfriendly neighbour chooses to bleed it slowly? What is the Government of India proposing to do? Actually, very little,' says T V R Shenoy.

Mission Madras
Besides the Supreme Court, Subramanian Swamy plans to move heaven and earth against Jayalalithaa. Capital Buzz. Gossip from the Delhi durbar.

Japan to send economic mission to India
This assurance was given by Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Tokyo on Monday.

A deadly duo: Kumble and Robinson
The Wisden Verdict: A good performance by India, says Rahul Bhattacharya, but flattered by the umpiring.

England struggle against Kumble -- and umpire
Umpire Ian Robinson continued to set new standards in incompetence as England closed day 1 of the second Test on 277 for 6.

Anand draws third game in a row
The second men's semi-final of the World chess championship took a decisive turn when Ruslan Ponmariov beat Peter Svidler in the third game.

Bakre wins; Humpy draws
The former registered a shock win over Hungarian IM Attila Czebe in the ninth round at the First Saturday GM tournament in Budapest.

Bollywood bereaved
Ashok Kumar will be missed.

Who is Dilip Kumar?
An attempt to find out as the actor turns 80.

Amitabh wears make-up; Jaya comes colour coordinated
The K3G book launch was one snazzy affair.

Good Morning, India!
Big B launches Star FM radio station in Lucknow.

Beyond the grave
The internet lets up keep in touch with family and friends even after you die.

Exclusive: An interview with Bill Gates
The world's richest man talks to 15-year-old Sarah and tells her that his computer crashes too.

Could you name some of the latest viruses?
Bubbles has some answers.

December 10

US drops 'daisy cutter' on Tora Bora
The 15,000lb bomb was dropped on the cave complex following reports that senior Al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden, were holed up there.

Laden wants death to provoke new strikes: Reports/PTI
His estranged wife Sabiha told a Russian television station that the Saudi extremist wanted his death to be aired on the Al Jazeera television channel.

US may place forces in several countries
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is reported to be eager to go after Al Qaeda cells outside Afghanistan.

Riyadh wants custody of Saudis held in Afghanistan
'Those who are criminally involved will be punished. But they are our responsibility,' Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said.

Northern Alliance wants to police Kabul
The alliance indicated that its troops would be in charge of the city while the UN-mandated multinational peacekeeping force would protect only government offices and important installations.

Pak soldiers in Afghanistan to be hauled up
'We have arrested foreigners in the country and action will be taken against them,' Afghan Interior Minister Younous Qanooni said.

'Britain to lead Afghan stabilisation force'
'The Daily Telegraph' said Britain would contribute 3,000 troops to the force.

Afghan warlords strike deal on Kandahar
Gul Agha, former governor of the province, will return to that position pending the approval of Afghanistan's new interim government.

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Dadamoni is no more
Veteran actor Ashok Kumar died at his Mumbai home of heart failure. He was 90.

'He never let the child in him die'
Precious few from the film industry pay their respects to thespian Ashok Kumar.

'Who were they to tell me when to die!'
An excerpt from one of Ashok Kumar's last interviews.

Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali is dead
He died at home surrounded by friends and family following a long battle against brain cancer.

Out in the cold
'Aandaan Adimai' has an interesting premise, but it fails to move you.

Oceans apart
As far as heists go, 'Ocean's Eleven' is tops.

Prabhu Deva in a dilemma
'Manathai Thirudi Vittai' does not jell well.

Sensational or subtle?
Deepa Gahlot's reality check on sex and violence in films.

Happiness is...
'Not only does the Indian government NOT protect its civilians from being mowed down by Paki bullets -- which is a *daily* occurrence -- but it also demands that other countries join the ranks of the Lashkar-e-Hijada,' says Varsha Bhosle.

It's just not Wright
Sujata Prakash and Prem Panicker continue their series of conversations.

Not that easy
If it's fast and convenient, why hasn't everyone taken to Netbanking?

Hollywood this December
Six sites on the blockbusters all set to storm theatres.

Sperm donor must pay child support
A Swedish court has ruled that a man who donated sperm for artificial insemination, enabling a lesbian couple to have three children, must pay child support after the two women separated.

December 9

Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar in Afghanistan: Cheney
United States Vice President Dick Cheney speaking to NBC TV said Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, if captured, would be tried before US military tribunals.

Afghan factions jostle for power in Kandahar
Afghanistan prime minister-designate Hamid Karzai is Kandahar attempting to hammer out an agreement between former Kandahar governor Gul Agha and former mujahideen commander Mullah Naqibullah.

December 8

Vajpayee, NSCN swear by peaceful solution to Naga dispute
It was also agreed that further talks between the Indian government and the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN would take place `shortly'.

Pak reinforces troops along Afghanistan border
Troops were rushed specially to the Kurram Agency in North West Frontier Province, home to a large number of pro-Taliban Pushtoon tribals.

10 Killed as Militants Ambush Army Convoy near Baramulla
Police said that at least 30 others, including seven soldiers and several civilians, were injured in the gun battle that ensued.

Senate vetoes US participation in new international court
Senators opposed to the US participation said the new court could be used to foist 'politically motivated' cases against US government officials and soldiers.

US puts a spanner in global ban on bio-weapons
United States opposed the 210-page draft declaration at the 144-nation conference on germ warfare saying the inspection system proposed would compromise US biological weapons secrets.

Devastating Vaas crushes Zimbabwe
The medium-pacer took a record 8 for 19 as the Africans were bowled out for 38 runs. The entire match lasted just 20 overs.

A Floating Museum
A photographic tour of INS Vikrant, India's first aircraft carrier turned naval museum, which remains open to the public until December 17.

Honda masters
Images from the veteran's tennis tournament.

Ivanchuk, Anand draw game 1 in semis
In the other World chess championship semi-final, Ruslan Ponmariov and Peter Svidler also drew their first game.

South Africa hold India 2-2
Twice in arrears, the South Africans rallied to take a point from their second match in the Champions Challenge.

Sipaeya wins Asian jr tennis
The Chandigarh lad staged a grand rally to get the beter of Liu Wan Tai of Chinese Taipei in the final.

Mullah Omar being held by warlord, say reports
Omar is near Kandahar in the custody of warlord Khalid Pushtoon, who is sympathetic to the Taliban, in a 'friendly environment', sections of the British media reported.

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Enron chiefs sued for $25 billion
The New York-based Amalgamated Bank has accused 29 current and former top executives and board members of selling millions of shares when they knew the plight of the company.

Sinha admits growth rate will slip; aims at 5%
The finance minister asserted that India's performance of over 4.5 per cent growth rate at a time of worldwide recession was being appreciated in the internationally.

Vajpayee seeks more Japanese investment
The prime minister pledged continued political stability and economic reforms and said India offers better opportunities now than ever before.

IT firms keep away, but IIM students still bag jobs
Despite many IT firms having halted recruitment, first-year IIM students have already picked up jobs in other sectors that will pay Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 a month for the summer of 2002.

Snowboarder to compete in lingerie
Never-seen before photographs of the Beatles when they came to Rishikesh in 1968.

How can I promote my personal site?
Dr Know answers.

Pitaah is pitiful; Raaz has no secrets
The music reviews.

Blonde to be wild!
Legally Blonde is a cool chick flick.

Death of a chicken
'The deadliest drug trafficker in the world is not the heroin smuggler -- it is the poultry farmer,' says Maneka Gandhi.

December 7

Taliban surrenders Kandahar; Omar gone
The capitulation of the Taliban came exactly two months after the United States launched military operations against Afghanistan.

NA captures Tora Bora; Osama escapes
'Bin Laden was not in Tora Bora during the past days of fighting. He has probably slipped into Pakistan,' an Alliance spokesman said.

Surrender deal splits NA commanders
Gul Agha, a former governor of Kandahar province, was upset with the decision to give control of Kandahar to Mullah Naqibullah, who has had ties with the Taliban in the past.

Gandhi peace prize for John Hume
The Irish civil rights leader was selected for his contribution to social, economic and political transformation through non-violence methods.

US places Jaish, LeT on new visa blacklist
The blacklist is aimed at excluding supporters of terrorism from entering America or deporting them if they are found within the country's borders.

Suspect reveals IC 814 hijackers' Al Qaeda links
Mohammed Afroz told his interrogators in the Bombay police that two of the IC 814 hijackers trained with him in Australia and the US.

In early December every year
'Indeed it is one great Indian shame that we remain profoundly unable or unwilling to punish those who commit crimes.'

The problems of finding a market regulator!
'SEBI at present is so directionless that a clean-up will have to start at the very bottom and go all the way up to the top job,' says Sucheta Dalal.

IMF approves $1.309bn soft loan for Pak
Islamabad can draw $109 million of the loan immediately, IMF spokesman William Murray said.

Few good men
Top class English cricketers who have thrived in India.

South Africans at Perth
The Proteas warm up for the battle with the Aussies.

England still in a spin
On the positive side of their spinning woes, says Daniel Laidlaw, England may have unearthed a promising tweaker in Richard Dawson.

Govt backed Dalmiya on Denness issue
The decision to that effect came after Australian PM John Howard described the sacking of Mike Denness as unfortunate.

Cards would add consistency to discipline
A card system for code of conduct breaches would help cricket's disciplinary system, said Australian players' spokesman Tim May.

Anand reaches semi-finals
He settled for a swift draw against GM Alexei Shirov of Spain in the second game of the World chess championship quarter-finals.

India labour to down Belgium
Dhanraj Pillay scored the match-winner in a 1-0 win in India's opening match of the Champions Challenge.

Bhupathi goes down
He went down to seventh seed Martin Verkerk in the second round of the King's Cup Thailand Open tennis tournament.

Boxing: Indian woman wins silver at world meet
C Merykom Hmangte won two bouts before losing to her Turkish rival in the light-flyweight category.

When the Beatles were in India
Never-seen before photographs of the Beatles when they came to Rishikesh in 1968.

The warrior within
Irfan Khan lets loose.

Ritwik Ghatak returns
The name of a River pays fitting tribute to legendary filmmaker.

Love's labour lost
Shahjahan is an implausible effort.