Monday, October 3, 2011


Three dead as twin blasts hit Kandhar city

Two suicide bombers struck Afghanistan's biggest southern city Kandahar on Monday, killing three people, officials said. First blast, Assadullah Khalid, minister of border and tribal affairs and chief security coordinator for the south, claimed he was the target as two civilians were killed. Insurgents have recently stepped up a campaign of political assassinations, killing President Hamid Karzai's younger brother Ahmed Wali Karzai in Kandahar in July and his peace envoy Barhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul last month. But the interior ministry said there was no evidence the blast was aimed at Khalid and he himself admitted he was five kilometres (three miles) away when it happened. "There was an explosion - a suicide bomber wearing explosives on his body detonated in an area where there was not an obvious target," interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqui told the news agency. The Kandahar provincial media office said one person was killed and 19 injured, including six children. >But Siddiqui and local police chief Abdul Raziq put the death toll at two.Shortly afterwards in a different part of the city, a suicide bomber wearing army uniform struck inside an army garrison."It was a suicide attack that killed one guard and the attacker, two army soldiers were wounded," said General Abdul Hamid, commander of the army unit whose garrison was struck. It is relatively easy to buy army uniforms from Afghan markets and there have been a string of attacks this year committed by attackers wearing them.Kandahar is seen as the birthplace of the Taliban. Karzai's brother, a key figure in the south and head of Kandahar's provincial council, was killed at his home in the city on July 12

Light and Sound Programme at Udaigiri Caves

Light and Sound Programme at Udaigiri Caves Government of India has sanctioned `125.00 lakh to India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (ITDC) to organize sound & light show programme at Udaigiri caves in Orissa. ITDC implemented the project and the trial run was held in April, 2008. However, due to conservation issues raised by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the show was not commissioned. ITDC has now submitted a concept paper for an alternative sound & light show at Udaigiri.

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