December 6

US to hunt foreigners with expired visas
The names of the foreigners who disappeared after being ordered deported will be entered in a crime database so that the police can track them.

Omar to surrender Kandahar: Reports
US spokesman Kenton Keith also said there were reports that some senior Taliban commanders were negotiating their surrender.

US rules out surrender deal for Kandahar
Washington ruled out any deal which would allow Taliban leader Mullah Omar to live in dignity and said that its goal remained to bring Osama bin Laden and the militia chief to justice.

Foreign fighters must face justice: Karzai
The head of the Afghan interim administration said they had 'brutalised' the Afghan society.

US wants 6 more Pak scientists probed
Reports said the issue figured in the discussions between President Musharraf and CIA Director John Tenet, during the latter's visit to Islamabad.

'NA handed over J&K terrorists to India'
Saudi newspaper 'Ar-Riyadh' said the terrorists were handed over to the Indian authorities in Bagram airbase on November 28.

Hamid Karzai has an Indian connection
He obtained his masters degree in political science from the Himachal University in Shimla in the early 1980s.

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The Resurrection of Ayodhya
On the ninth anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, Vivek Fernandes reports on the BJP's plan to breathe life into the issue.

The Dancing Girl
Rubertina Uttanwalla met her late one night on a suburban train in Bombay.

All action!
The day in pictures.

Sehwag, Srinath back for Ahmedabad Test
Baroda batsman Jacob Martin and Railways all-rounder Sanjay Bangar have been dropped from the team which did duty in the first Test.

India Seal 10-wicket Win in Mohali
England on tour resembles India on tour - can't bat, can't bowl, can't field. Prem Panicker reports on the fourth day's play in the first Test.

Kiwis complain to ICC about umpiring
NZC's Chief Executive Martin Snedden said the team has serious concerns about Ian Robinson's competence.

Enron collapse will cost insurers over $3.5 billion: S&P
The major part of the losses would accrue from investments made in Enron bonds and other securities, Standard & Poor's said.

Dabhol Power Co to sack all employees
The power utility said that the services of the 200 employees at its Bombay office and the Dabhol plant will be terminated this week, and a small team - engaged on a contract basis - will look after the essential activities.

May the better team win
While India's defeat in SA was mainly due to temperamental problems, England suffer from lack of ability, says Amit Verma.

Anand beats Shirov in first game
The defending champion needs just a draw in the reverse quarter-final game on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the World chess championship.

New partnerships fail for Paes, Bhupathi
Both players played the doubles of the King's Cup Thailand Open with new partners but lost in the first round itself.

Humpy splits points
The World junior champion drew her fourth round match against GM Jozsef Horvath in the First Saturday GM tournament in Budapest.

Nine years later
Seven sites on the Ayodhya dispute.

Meet the experimental plants that do not die
Plants growing in the experimental fields at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines have been growing for two years and harvested four times, without dying.

Strangely familiar
'Nandha' goes the 'Abhay' way.

Left, or left out?
'The Left, moribund from its own cancerous failings, must be retrieved from the abyss in which it has sunk. Absent as a political platform, the stewardship of this responsibility has fallen upon the shoulders of the little people -- as witnessed by repeated street-level opposition to nearly every government initiative,' says Ashwin Mahesh.

December 5

Israel suspends strikes against Palestine
The move is to give Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat a chance to rein in militants of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Hamid Karzai a royalist by clan
The nominated head of the new Afghan interim administration is by far the most westernised tribal leader to have taken over the reigns of the country.

Woman to be deputy Afghan PM
Sima Samar would also hold the portfolio of the public health ministry.

Al Qaeda planned to attack Parliament: Advani
The home minister said that an arrested militant had confessed that the Al Qaeda had plans to attack Britain, Australia and 'our Parliament'.

'Financial jugglery hid Enron troubles'
Enron used financing vehicles which permit companies to increase leverage without having to report debt on their balance sheet, said Joe Berardino, CEO of Andersen.

England face uphill task
Images of day 3 in the first Test between India and England at Mohali.

Arsenal vs Juventus
The story in pictures.

Anand beats Dreev to enter quarters
The defending champion won the second game of the World championship pre-quarter-final in 42 moves.

Paes crashes, Bhupathi advances
Paes lost to qualifier Lior Dahan, while Bhupathi defeated Suwandi Suwandi in the first round of the King's Cup Thailand Open.

Humpy tastes success
After two defeats, the Indian World junior champion scored her first victory in the First Saturday GM tournament in Budapest.

New Zealand zooms ahead... rediff cricket ratings.

India dominate on day 3
At close of play in the first Test, England were 34 without loss, still 197 runs behind. Prem Panicker reports.

Lindsay ignores Ganguly-Flintoff face-off
The match referee said the exchange of words between the two players on the third day of the first Test was just an 'odd chirp'.

ICC appoints in-house lawyer
Urvasi Naidoo, currently working as part of the Salt Lake Organising Committee for 2002 Olympic Winter Games, will join the ICC in April next year.

Let's talk about sex!
Does the internet answer questions most parents won't?

100 years of Walt Disney
Eight sites on the master cartoonist.

New virus outbreak may kill your PC
What is the Goner virus? Dr Know gives you all the information that you need.

In search of the loose nukes
Enough nuclear material is missing worldwide to make a 'dirty' bomb. Where is it? What is being done to prevent its use by terrorists?

December 4

Karzai to head Afghan interim govt: Report
The faction loyal to former king Mohammed Zahir Shah has changed its initial nomination -- - ethnic Uzbek Abdul Sattar Sirat.

Oppn forces retreat from Kandahar airport
The anti-Taliban forces claimed to have captured half of the airport on the outskirts of Kandahar city on Monday night but then encountered fierce resistance from the militia.

Afghan official claims to have located Laden
However, Haji Mohammad Zaman, a military official in Nangarhar province, would not say whether Laden was still in the Tora Bora area in eastern Afghanistan.

Taliban cracking up, dissidents flee to Pakistan: Report
They hope to negotiate a place for themselves in the new dispensation being put in place in Afghanistan, Britain's The Times  daily reported on Tuesday.

Boundary control
'Do people in Bombay and Karachi perpetually want to remain under the threat of a submarine-launched nuclear missile? It may not be long before this scenario becomes a reality. The time to prevent it is now,' says Admiral (retd) J G Nadkarni.

The accidental opener
Dasgupta embodies the qualities Indian cricket lacks, says Amit Varma, in the Wisden verdict on India.

Dasgupta's ton helps India consolidate
India were 262 for 3 at close of day 2 in the first Test against England. Prem Panicker reports.

'England must learn to tackle Harbhajan'
England opener Marcus Trescothick said that is the only way to stay alive in the series.

India Vs England: Day two
Deep Dasgupta shines

Australia Vs New Zealand: Day five
The story in pictures

Humpy loses second match
The Indian World junior champion lost to Antal Gergely of Hungary in the First Saturday GM tournament in Budapest.

Gebrselassie rehearses for London
The little Ethiopian has targeted London's ancient streets for his first race over 42.195 kms.

Missing investor activism
'The world over, powerful investor groups prop up the efforts of regulators by tracking corporate decisions and filing class action suits against anti-investor activities. Their actions compel firms to follow good business practices,' says Sucheta Dalal.

Shell's Indian arm eyes Enron LNG unit
The development comes at a time when Enron, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States on Sunday, needs cash desperately to meet mounting debt repayments and to continue skeleton operations.

Untangling the Bodo tangle
The fate of the Bodos must be decided with the Bodos first -- only then should come the question of adjusting other interests, writes Urkhao Gwra Brahma.

Wizard on top
Harry Potter... continues to be a favourite.

Dancer in the dark
Ace choreographer Raju Sundaram likes to lie low.

What gamers love
The most popular games today: Ten sites

Dial a joke
Tuhina Misra talk to those who use their cell phones to spread a smile.

The net guide to education
A complete resource on where and how to study.

December 3

'I am only accountable to the children of this country.'
NCERT Director Jagmohan Singh Rajput denies the BJP's role in altering history in school textbooks.

Enron files for bankruptcy protection
The corporation has also filed a lawsuit against would-be suitor Dynegy Inc for wrongful termination of a $8.4 billion proposed merger and sought at least $10 billion in damages.

Harrison's ashes to be immersed in Ganga
The immersion of ashes would take place early Tuesday morning in Varanasi and on afternoon in Allahabad.

Vajpayee convenes all-party meet on POTO
Vajpayee agreed to an all-party meeting following tumultuous scenes in Lok Sabha when the Samata Party member Prabhunath Singh accused the opposition of being in league with the terrorist for opposing POTO.

Rohinton Mistry's book to figure in Oprah Winfrey's show
A Fine Balance  has become the first Canadian book to figure in Oprah Winfrey's Book Club and will figure on her television show in early January.

UN draft accord: Afghan factions want changes
However, in general, the draft accord for an interim government in Afghanistan found favour among the various Afghan factions.

Israel blasts Palestinian cities in retaliation
Israeli army helicopters on Monday launched missile attacks on Yasser Arafat's private heliport in Gaza City in what Tel Aviv termed as a clear signal to the Palestine Liberation Organisation chairman to rein in Islamic extremists.

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NCERT to avoid controversial issues
Union Human Resources Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi said in future, NCERT books will abstain from incorporating material objectionable to any religion, caste, language or area of the country.

Untangling the Bodo tangle
The fate of the Bodos must be decided with the Bodos first -- only then should come the question of adjusting other interests, writes Urkhao Gwra Brahma.

Back home, and it's business as usual
Green deck, green bowlers -- India started off on the wrong foot at Mohali. Prem Panicker on Day 1 of the first Test against England.

Windies lose despite Lara's heroics
Chaminda Vaas took seven wickets for the second innings in succession to lead Sri Lanka to victory.

Cronje is still my hero, says Rudolph
'His experience over the last couple of years has been brilliant, despite of what he's done," the uncapped SA batsman added.

Expecting the unexpected
Jonathan Dyson's tour diary.

Australia Vs New Zealand
Day 4 story in pictures

Quick draw for Anand in round 4
The defending champion drew first game his against Russian Alexey Dreev in 12 moves at the World championship.

Chopra fires five-under 67
The Indian-born Swede was tied-81st while Jeev Milkha Singh was tied-123 after the penultimate round of the USPGA Q-School.

Sing a song of six pence
Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya's music scores with the masses.

She's like that
Subhash K Jha on spice girl Kareena.

December 2

West Asia peace process in tatters; 28 Israelis killed
An Israeli spokesman said, 'We will certainly react ... when blood is running in the streets of Jerusalem, Israel will not remain inactive.'

US, Canada to ink deal on cross-border security
The deal will result in setting a joint border police patrols, expanded international security teams and co-ordinated immigration measures.

UN outlines draft accord for Afghan govt
The agreement provides for a 20 to 30 member interim government to rule the country for six months.

US jets bomb Kandahar; hunt for Osama continues
Reports said over 50 civilians were killed in US raids in Kandahar, Jalalabad and the road between Spin Boldak and Kandahar.

December 1

Rabbani accepts interim council for Afghanistan
'It would be better to have a four-month leadership council. This administration be shaped up of specialists and technocrats,' the Northern Alliance president said.

US plane shot down in Kandahar: Taleban
However, Pentagon officials in the United States denied the claim.

5 US soldiers killed in attack: Taleban
Eight militia fighters were also killed in the suicide attack on the Dolangi airstrip occupied by the Americans, a Pakistani newspaper quoting a Taleban commander said.

US intensifies search for Osama, Omar
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ruled out any deal with the Taleban for a safe passage to the militia's spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar.

US war puts rights groups on sticky wicket
They are muted in their criticism of the string of stringent laws proposed by the Bush administration to combat terrorism, lest they be branded as supporters of terror.