SRINAGAR - An ex-army major, wanted for the 1996 disappearance and murder of a lawyer and rights activist, has surfaced in California and reportedly said the Al Qaeda is present in Jammu and Kashmir - a claim strongly denied by the authorities here who are now planning to seek his extradition.

JALANDHAR - Army authorities at the 11 Corps have put a former top general under formal arrest after he was convicted of professional misconduct and sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by a general court martial (GCM) in a multi-million ration scam in this cantonment city Friday.

NEW DELHI - Thirteen tourists, among them two women, stranded at a remote location in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh due to heavy snowfall, were rescued by the army.

KOLKATA - Two Maoist cadres were arrested and a huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered form their hideout in West Bengal's West Midnapore district, police said Friday.

NEW DELHI - A mock drill was conducted at Parliament House Thursday morning to check the preparedness of various agencies in the event of an emergency in the heavily-guarded complex.
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