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      COMPLAINTS LEAD TO CLOSURE OF UNIVERSITY
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Anupa Kurian, Notes Editor Dubai ÷ The University of Southern Queensland Dubai campus has closed following complaints from students, Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) said yesterday.

USQD campus is based in DKV. De–licensing by DKV after investigation means the branch campus will shut next month ju >>>


      FIVE QUESTIONED IN MURDER OF ELDERLY NATIONAL
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ The Dubai Criminal Court is questioning five suspects who were charged with strangling a 73–year–old national and stealing Dh500 from his safe.

The five suspects, all from Bangladesh, charged with murdering the man in his bed in May, had a >>>


      INTERNET SERVICES BACK TO NORMAL ‘TOMORROW‘
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Computer users have seen a major improvement in internet services and officials at Etisalat have said they should be back to normal tomorrow.

The step forward has come because one of the two cables broken during monsoon weather at the start of August has been r >>>


      POTTERS‘ TALE÷ MOULDING LIFE THEIR OWN WAY
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Traditional Indian potters in the UAE are bringing in clay from India and neighbouring Pakistan to keep their art of pottery making alive.

In pictures÷ Potters‘ tale Most pots on sale in the UAE have a good chance of having been made by Indian h >>>


      RESPONSE TO OPEN HOUSE ‘IS ENCOURAGING‘
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ The Indian community‘s response to the open house conducted by the Indian consulate has been very encouraging, said Yash Sinha, the consul–general.

He was speaking at the open house held on the last Thursday of each month at the consulate auditorium fr >>>


      SAFETY FIRST AS PUPILS GET BACK TO SCHOOL
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Manal Alafrangi, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Dubai Police participated in the school bus transportation week organised by Emirates Transport under the banner ‘Back to School Back to Safety‘.

Lieutenant Juma Bilal Al Suwaidi of the Traffic Awareness Section gave a lecture on safety and addresse >>>


      STUDENTS URGED TO BROADEN HORIZONS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ The Zayed University (ZU) provides academic programmes to meet society‘s needs, said Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Education Minister and ZU President.

In an address to students in the university‘s handbook, Shaikh Nahyan assured the University‘s efforts >>>


      WEATHERING THE WINDS OF CHANGE AND MODERNISM
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Al Bastakia, the once residential quarter of Bur Dubai is being renovated to attract tourists, but less than 20 years ago UAE nationals and some expatriates were still living there.

In pictures÷ Al Bastakia heritage Having had to move away to allow the >>>


      ABSENCE OF AN UNBIASED VOICE
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Middle East needs a news agency to project its true image For some time intellectuals and media experts have been calling for a news agency, with roots in the Middle East. The idea behind such a call is for Middle East news to be disseminated without the bias perceived in other agencies. There are Arab media organisati >>>


      AL SADR APPEALS FOR CALM AMID VIOLENCE
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Najaf ÷ Iraq‘s radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr on Thursday appealed for calm after deadly clashes between his supporters and a rival Shiite group.

Al Sadr, who launched two uprisings last year against US forces which left hundreds of US soldiers and his militants dead and is now a c >>>


      ARAB PERSPECTIVE÷ SAME ISSUES, DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Manal Alafrangi , Staff Writer Is a Jew coming from Bulgaria or Yemen (or other places) and granted a home at a colony in Khan Yunis neighbourhoods or Al Mawasi or other areas in Gaza convinced he has a divine right to reside there? To the point where he disputes his eviction from that region, even after being compe >>>


      BODIES OF EXECUTED 36 FOUND IN IRAQ
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ The bodies of 36 men, each with a bullet to the head, were found dumped in a shallow river south of Baghdad, Iraqi police said on Thursday.

The incident came as gunmen shot dead two bodyguards of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in a convoy attack north of Baghdad.Police said the execute >>>


      COLONIES TO BE NAMED AFTER HEROES OF RESISTANCE
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters Gaza ÷ The Palestinian National Authority plans to rename some of Israel‘s evacuated Gaza colonies after dead militants and leaders, possibly including Yasser Arafat and Hamas founder Shaikh Ahmad Yassin.

Palestinians want to erase any vestige of Israel‘s 38 years of occupation in Ga >>>


      DEMOCRACY AND TERRORISM DO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Marwan Al Kabalan, Special to Gulf News In previous articles, we argued that Washington‘s sudden concern for democracy in the Arab Middle East is interest–driven and at the moment when a clash arises between democracy promotion and US interests, the United States won‘t hesitate to choose the latter >>>


      EXPLOSION KILLS TWO POLICEMEN
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters Cairo÷ An explosion in Egypt‘s Sinai Peninsula killed two policemen yesterday, the second such blast in two days during a hunt for suspects behind attacks on Sharm Al Shaikh last month, the Interior Ministry said.

"The forces were exposed to an explosion of two landmines ... which led >>>


      FILIPINO KILLED IN AMBUSH
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief Manila ÷ A Filipino employed by a US company in Iraq was killed in an ambush in Kirkuk on Wednesday, Manila‘s foreign affairs department said yesterday.

The contract worker, identified as Federico Samson, was working with Lucent Technologies. He was the third F >>>


      HEAVY FINES FOR THOSE LITTERING PUBLIC PLACES
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘, Correspondent Doha ÷ Motorists and residents tossing garbage from their vehicles and on to the streets will face heavy fines, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture has announced.

Residents found littering the streets and throwing cigarette butts, tissues, soft cans o >>>


      HOLD ELECTIONS IN GAZA
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Sami Moubayed, Special to Gulf News US President George W. Bush asked his Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, in early 2004, what the single obstacle was to peace in the Middle East.

Without hesitation, she replied÷ "Yasser Arafat!" I often repeat this story to show that Bush and Rice hav >>>


      INDEPENDENT BLOC TO SUBMIT PROPOSAL FOR SOCIAL REFORM TO THE COUNCIL
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief Manama ÷ A proposal to introduce comprehensive social reform will be submitted to the Council of Representatives when it reconvenes after the summer recess, an Independent Bloc official said yesterday.

The proposal, which is still in its draft stage, will help secure better >>>


      IRAN APPOINTS NEW COMMANDER OF GUARD‘S AIR FORCES
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Tehran÷ General Alireza Zahedi, a veteran of the 1'80–88 war with Iraq, has been named commander of the Guards‘ air forces, Iran‘s state–run radio said on Thursday.

Zahedi replaced Gen. Ahmad Kazemi, who was given command of the Guards‘ ground forces two weeks >>>


      IRAN CABINET BEGINS WORK AFTER SHOCK VOTE
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Tehran÷ Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad convened his team of ministers for their first meeting on Thursday after suffering a parliament rejection of four of his cabinet picks on Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad took the 17 new ministers to the northeastern city of Mashhad for their first cabinet meeti >>>


      IRAN QUESTIONS ROLE OF EU NATIONS IN TALKS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Tehran/Brussels/Moscow÷ Iran‘s new hardline nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani yesterday challenged the role of Britain, France and Germany as the leaders of diplomatic efforts over the Islamic republic‘s nuclear programme.

"Based on what logic and agreement with the International >>>


      ISRAEL‘S KILLING OF FIVE PALESTINIANS RATTLES CEASEFIRE
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Tulkarem ÷ Israeli troops killed five Palestinians in a West Bank raid and Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel yesterday, rattling a ceasefire and hopes raised by a removal of colonists from occupied land.

The flare–up, which included the fatal stabbing of a British Jew by a >>>


      LAWYER CLAIMS HE IS STILL PART OF SADDAM DEFENCE
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      AP Paris ÷ Paris (AP) A French attorney for Saddam Hussain yesterday dismissed an Iraqi court‘s statement that the former dictator fired an international defence team, but conceded the team could only help the official Iraqi lawyer.

"It‘s President Saddam Hussain‘s desire to have >>>


      MEDIA GROUPS DEMAND RELEASE OF JOURNALIST
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters London ÷ Media rights groups yesterday demanded that US forces immediately release a Reuters journalist held in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq unless they could explain why he is being held without charge.

Reporters Without Borders, a Paris–based organisation that campaigns to protect journalis >>>


      QATARI AUTHORITIES ANNOUNCE START OF HUNTING SEASON
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘, Correspondent Doha ÷ The authorities announced the opening of the hunting season starting from September 1, but warned the public against the hunting of endangered species.

The Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves (SCENR) said in a press conference here on Tu >>>


      REBELS TREATED TO SECURE RELEASE OF ITALIAN HOSTAGES
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters Rome ÷ The Italian Red Cross treated "four presumed Iraqi terrorists" at its Baghdad hospital in order to secure last year‘s release of two kidnapped Italian aid workers, a senior Red Cross official was quoted as saying yesterday.

Maurizio Scelli, the outgoing commissioner of the >>>


      REMEMBERING DHOFAR‘S LUCRATIVE FRANKINCENSE TRADE
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief Muscat ÷ Times have changed. No longer do people depend on camel caravans to enjoy the mist, rain and greenery of Oman‘s southern region.

Now, all routes air, sea as well as land, lead to Dhofar, known as the Land of Frankincense.

The lure of frankincense >>>


      SPECIAL ACADEMIES SOON FOR GIFTED STUDENTS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent Riyadh ÷ The King Abdullah Foundation for the Gifted will establish special academies for free education of gifted students in Saudi Arabia, Education Minister Dr Abdullah Al Obaid announced here yesterday.

"Studies on the academies are in progress and once they a >>>


      STATUTE DEADLOCK CONTINUES
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad ÷ Negotiations on the wording of a draft constitution for Iraq did not conclude yesterday as planned and will continue, the parliamentary speaker Hajim Al Hassani said.

As a midnight deadline for approving the charter passed, the parliament failed to meet last night and set no date for >>>


      UN REFUGEE CHIEF VISITS SUDANESE CAMP
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      AP Geneina, Sudan÷ Frustrated leaders of a camp for displaced people in western Sudan told the UN refugee chief that security in the camp was a greater concern than even food, which was scarce.

Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was welcomed by a group of singing children at Riad, a ca >>>


      ‘RISK OF BIRD FLU VIRUS SPREADINGIN EU LOW‘
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters London/Brussels ÷ There is no need for a Europe–wide ban on keeping poultry outdoors to stop them getting bird flu because there is a little risk of the virus spreading from Russia, European Union officials said yesterday.

"The experts concluded that it would not be proportionate for >>>


      200 NABBED IN SWEEPING RAIDS ON DANCE BARS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent Mumbai ÷ Police arrested 7' bar girls and 121 staff and customers at former dance bars in major raids conducted on Wednesday night in the suburbs.

This was the first major raid since a ban on dance bars came into force on August 14. Acting on a tip off, police team >>>


      A PIVOTAL MOMENT FOR IRAN AND NORTH KOREA
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Peter Grier US relations with North Korea and Iran the remaining members of President Bush‘s "axis of evil" may be fast approaching crucial times.

This week, top diplomats from nations involved in the North Korean nuclear talks are huddling in Washington for strategy sessions. Full six&ndash >>>


      BRITISH AUTHOR TO HELP GATES STORM HOLLYWOOD
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      The Telegraph Group Limited, London ÷ The British novelist Alex Garland is earning a 560 million (Dh3.7 billion) script writer‘s fee from Microsoft founder Bill Gates in an attempt to ensure that the world‘s richest man attains his next goal the conquest of Hollywood.

The 34–year&ndash >>>


      BUSH VOWS TO KEEP AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      AP Nampa, Idaho÷ President George W. Bush vowed anew that there would be no retreat from the war in Iraq as he addressed an enthusiastic crowd of military families, a supportive contrast to the anti–war demonstrators who have been shadowing him wherever he goes.

"So long as I‘m the pres >>>


      CHIEF POLL ORGANISER SAYS SECURITY SITUATION IS STABLE BUT FRAGILE
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters Kabul ÷ The chief organiser of Afghanistan‘s September 18 elections said yesterday the state of security for the vote was acceptable but the situation was fragile and could deteriorate very quickly.

Afghans will elect a lower house of parliament and councils in all 34 provinces but a tide >>>


      CITIZENS SUFFER AS TRANSPORT VANISHES FROM STREETS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Abdullah Iqbal, Correspondent Lahore ÷ While reports suggested turn–out for local government polls remained high in the city, many citizens were more focused on other woes.

"I need to see my sister who is sick, but there is simply no transport available" said Khadija Aslam, in Samnaba >>>


      DANGEROUS FRIEND TO HAVE AROUND
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Bushs name is likely to be associated with war, aggression, assertiveness and naivete There can be no doubting the desire of US President George W Bush to leave a mark in the history books. What he is hoping for, though, may never be achieved. For he has on more than one occasion indicated that he wants to be a major c >>>


      DEATH TOLL IN EUROPE STORMS CLIMBS TO 42
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Bern/Vienna/Bucharest÷ The death toll from this week‘s storms in Europe has risen as floodwaters washed up the missing.

Hardest hit in the disaster was Romania, with 31 dead since the rains began nine days ago, authorities said yesterday. Some of the victims there had become trapped insid >>>


      FRANCE TO NAME AND SHAME UNSAFE AIRLINES
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters Paris ÷ France will publish its own blacklist of airlines and countries with poor air safety records next week, after a spate of crashes raised concerns that passengers were being kept in the dark over air safety.

Transport Minister Dominique Perben, who indicated last week that Paris supported >>>


      GOVERNMENT WANTS CEASEFIRE TALKS TO BE HELD IN COLOMBO
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Sinha Ratnatunga, Correspondent Colombo ÷ The Sri Lankan Government is insisting that talks with the Tamil guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to review the existing cease–fire agreement should be held in Colombo and ruled out Norway as a venue.

Chief government spokesman and Hea >>>


      HAPPY 1,000TH BIRTHDAY
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Agencies Kazan, Russia÷ The streets are scrubbed. The buildings are painted. The stage in front of the majestic Qol Sharif mosque awaits thousands of spectators and, most importantly, President Vladimir Putin and the attention of the country.

Deep in the Russian heartland, along the Volga river that is >>>


      HURRICANE KATRINA HITS FLORIDA
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters Miami ÷ Katrina strengthened into a hurricane from a tropical storm yesterday and deluged Flo–rida‘s southeast coast with rain, heightening fears of flooding.

The core of the storm is expected to hit the Fort Lauderdale area early today, dumping up to 25cm of rain on southern Florida >>>


      LARGE VOTER TURNOUT
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Mujahid Ali, Correspondent Karachi ÷ A large number of voters turned up to cast votes in 12 districts of Sindh province yesterday in the second phase of local body elections which were held more or less peacefully amid opposition‘s allegations of rigging.

Hyderabad, the second largest city of S >>>


      MARCOSES EXTEND HAND OF RECONCILIATION
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief Manila ÷ Extending a hand of reconciliation, former first lady Imelda Marcos invited beleaguered President Gloria Arroyo to attend the 88th birth anniversary of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos on September 11 in Ilocos Norte, northern Luzon, a family member said.

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      OPPOSITION LEADER BATTLES SLIPPING SUPPORT
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters Tokyo ÷ Support for Japan‘s main opposition party is slipping ahead of a September 11 election, but Democratic Party leader Katsuya Okada said yesterday he was confident the good sense of voters would propel his party to power.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called the election for Parli >>>


      PARIS APARTMENT FIRE KILLS 17
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Reuters Paris÷ A fire tore through a seven–storey Paris apartment block early Friday, killing 17 people and injuring as many as 30 others, French officials said.

They said the blaze broke out in the stairwell of the traditional Parisian apartment building just after midnight on Friday when most re >>>


      PARTIES GET READY FOR POLLS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Sinha Ratnatunga, Correspondent Colombo ÷ Ahead of a Supreme Court decision expected today on whether the presidential election will be held this year or next, the two main parties have begun preparations for their campaigns.

The ruling United People‘s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has named Prime Mi >>>


      PARTS OF FLOODED SWISS CAPITAL EVACUATED
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      AP Bern, Switzerland÷ Rescue workers raced to evacuate residents trapped inside houses in danger of collapsing in flooded sections of the Swiss capital yesterday.

More than 300 people have already been ferried out of the Matte district of Bern, a low–lying area next to the river Aare that has been >>>


      SHEEHAN RESUMES CRAWFORD VIGIL
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      AP Texas÷ A woman whose son was killed in Iraq returned to Texas to resume her anti–war protest near President George W. Bush‘s ranch after a week–long absence to care for her ailing mother.

About a dozen protesters who have continued the peace vigil picked up Cindy Sheehan at the Waco >>>


      SONIA TO BROKER PEACE BETWEEN ALLIANCE LEADERS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent New Delhi ÷ Frantic efforts are on to persuade federal minister Ram Vilas Paswan to join the proposed secular front for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.

Paswan‘s unrelenting stand of keeping away from fellow minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has put the proposed front i >>>


      SWATHES OF EUROPE REMAIN SUBMERGED AS TOLL MOUNTS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      AP Bern, Switzerland ÷ Rescue workers airlifted residents from a submerged riverside district of the Swiss capital yesterday as large swathes of central and southern Europe remained under water and the death toll from flooding rose to 42.

Hardest hit was Romania with 31 victims many of whom drowned as t >>>


      THAI PM SOUNDS THE BUZZER ON REPORTERS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      AP Bangkok÷ Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has long complained of press criticism.

But he sought to turn the tables yesterday with a new tactic sounding a buzzer every time reporters ask questions he deems "not constructive".

To the surprise of journalists and colleagues alike >>>


      TOO HASTY TO RAISE OBJECTIONS
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      Some Muslim organisations fear the proposed law in Britain is aimed at them The British government is proposing new laws which will allow it to deport those who they deem to be subversives. The UK already has laws allowing prosecution where there is evidence of racial discrimination, lack of equal opportunity and, rece >>>


      WHAT WAS ON ROBERTSON‘S MIND?
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By Kenneth D. MacHarg Pat Robertson‘s image has been all over local TV news in Latin America.

The Virginia–based TV evangelist was shown telling his "700 Club" audience that controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ought to be assassinated because he‘s making Venezuela "a >>>


      WOMEN‘S VOICES GO UNHEARD
      Gulf News, 26-08-2005
      By James Rupert In 2000, when President Pervez Musharraf ordered localities to reserve a third of seats on their councils for women, it felt to Shad Begum like progress for women‘s rights in the remote Dir Valley of northwest Pakistan.

Shad, a social worker for women, won a seat in her district and prepa >>>


      ‘DON‘T WORRY ABOUT TALIBAN, INDIA‘S HERE‘
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1637 hours IST New Delhi, August 26÷ Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs visit to Kabul on Sunday, India on Friday offered full support to Afghanistan, including strengthening its security capabilities, to effectively deal with the newly–emerging threat fro >>>


      NOTICEABLE PROGRESS IN DIALOGUE WITH PAK÷ INDIA
      , 26-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 26÷ Ahead of the Indo–Pak Foreign Secretary–level talks, India today said there has been noticeable progress in the Composite Dialogue process and it will need to be carried forward to address specific important issues.

Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, who will be undertaki >>>


      1' HOSPITALISED IN GAS LEAK IN KARNAL
      , 26-08-2005
      Karnal, August 26÷ Nineteen people were taken ill following leakage of a chemical gas from a tanker on the outskirt of this town in Haryana this evening.

The affected people were brought to a local hospital hereafter they complained of nausea and breathlessness, a hospital spokesman told PTI.

W >>>


      '5TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MOTHER TERESA CELEBRATED
      , 26-08-2005
      Kolkata, August 26÷ The '5th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa is being celebrated today in the Missionaries of Charity centres the world over even as the order‘s superior general Sister Nirmala said search was on for another miracle to declare Mother as saint.

"We are still looking for >>>


      ALL SAID & DONE, GUJARAT IS ON TOP÷ MODI
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1411 hours IST Rajkot, August 26÷ When the country is struggling to achieve 8 per cent economic growth, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said his state had already crossed 10 per cent growth––a momentum unmatched by other states.

Even the Planni >>>


      ASIAN CITIES HIGH ON AL–QAEDA‘S TERROR RADAR
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 2043 hours IST London, August 26÷ Al–Qaeda is planning an attack on a big financial centre in Asia, such as Tokyo, Sydney or Singapore to undermine investor confidence in the region, a top French investigator has said.

Judge Jean–Louis Bruguiere sai >>>


      BIPASHA ON A STROLL ALONG THE SEXY LANE
      , 26-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 26÷ You can‘t take ‘sexy‘ away from Bipasha Basu; it‘s like serving cheesecake without cheese. Thankfully, she too seems to have realized that. So book your ticket for a hormone ride in Boney Kapoor‘s ‘laugh–a–minute‘ flick, No Entry. The tempt >>>


      BJP DEMANDS CHIDAMBARAM‘S RESIGNATION
      , 26-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 26÷ The BJP on Friday demanded the resignation of Finance Minister P. Chidambaram over the Central Board of Direct Taxes engaging his wife Nalini as special counsel in a tax case in Chennai.

"It is a serious issue. It is not only a case of impropriety but also corruption, favourit >>>


      DAWOOD–RAJAN GANGSTERS CLASH IN CENTRAL JAIL
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 111' hours IST Mumbai, August 26÷ An assistant sub–inspector of police was injured in a scuffle between Vicky Malhotra of Chhota Rajan gang and Ejaz Pathan affiliated to Dawood Ibrahim gang, inside the central prison here, police said today.

ASI Shahb >>>


      DAY IN PIX÷ INDIA, WORLD, SPORT, SHOWBIZ
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1655 hours IST 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ' 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1' 20 21Next New Delhi, August 26÷ View the day‘s events in picture format÷ Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu smiles during a promotional event of her new film No Entry in Mumbai, previousl >>>


      DEATH FOR 5 PAKISTANIS IN MUSH ASSASSINATION BID
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1624 hours IST Islamabad, August 26÷ Pakistan sentenced five men to death for their involvement in an assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf in December 2003, a military spokesman said on Friday.

Major–General Shaukat Sultan declined to say w >>>


      DODA DIST TO GET 100 PC ELECTRIFICATION BY 2007÷ NIAZ
      , 26-08-2005
      Doda, August 25÷ MINISTER for Power Mohammad Sharief Niaz, who was on an extensive tour of the district, has said that coalition government is committed to develop all the areas of the state equally.

Among other accompanied the Minister included District Development Commissioner, Chief Engineer PDD, Ass >>>


      ENSURE SARABJIT‘S RELEASE÷ BASU TO CENTRE
      , 26-08-2005
      Kolkata, August 26÷ Veteran CPM leader Jyoti Basu on Friday said the Centre should step up diplomatic efforts with Pakistan to secure the release of Sarabjit Singh, who has been awarded the death penalty for involvement in bomb blasts there.

«The government should step up the matter with Pakistan >>>


      GUJARAT REBELS LOSE STEAM AS BJP GETS TOUGH
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1041 hours IST New Delhi, August 26÷ While the BJP leadership was busy containing the Jharkhand upheaval, Gujarat dissidence seems to have lost steam, with speculation floating of the party taking stern action against the rebels.

Party general secretary and Guj >>>


      GURMURTHY FOR MERGER OF FOUR PUBLIC SECTOR INSURANCE COMPANIES
      , 26-08-2005
      Jammu, August 25÷ THE All India Insurance Employees Association has demanded merger of four public sector general insurance companies into a single corporation like the Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Secretary of All Indian Insurance Employees Association J.Gurmurthy demanded this here today. Gurm >>>


      HOMEOPATHY DOES NOT WORK÷ UK STUDY
      , 26-08-2005
      London, Augyust 26÷ The world may be beating a path to the doors of homeopathic practitioners as an alternative to conventional medicines, but according to a new study they may just as well be taking nothing.

The study, published in Friday‘s edition of the respected Lancet medical journal, is like >>>


      I AM VERY FOND OF FARDEEN÷ CELINA
      , 26-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 26÷ The cast of No Entry thinks Celina is the clown amongst them. Who knew that the lovely face could raise laughs too! But Celina happens to be the funniest among the girl band and the actresses give away some of the madcap stuff that Celina did...

Says Lara÷ Celina is a complete >>>


      IBM TO SELL DATA RECOVERY SOFTWARE TO SMALL COS
      , 26-08-2005
      San Francisco, August 26÷ IBM is set to announce plans on Friday to sell software that helps small businesses recover from computer crashes, expanding a technology it first developed for large companies.

The software, called IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files, automatically copies data as s >>>


      IQBAL
      , 26-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 26÷ Sports–based themes are rare in Bollywood. Although most Indians are obsessed with the game of cricket, only a handful of films, with cricket as the central theme, have been attempted here.

Nagesh Kukunoors Iqbal not only looks at the sport and the politics that come with it, t >>>


      JINNAH CHAPTER REOPENED, IN 24 PAGES
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 0'53 hours IST New Delhi, August 26÷ BJP president L K Advani has reopened the Jinnah chapter with a flourish through the publication of a glossy booklet on his Pakistan visit and his controversial observations on the founder of Pakistan.

The booklet, p >>>


      KIWI POLISH LOOKS SET TO TAKE SHINE OFF INDIA
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 131' hours IST By their awesome performance against Zimbabwe, New Zealand have told India to come here and smell the coffee.

Now largely free of injuries, New Zealand are at full strength and that gives their team a wonderful balance. They bat very deep and as a r >>>


      MAYAWATI SPEWS VENOM AGAINST CONGRESS, BJP
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 184' hours IST Patna, August 26÷ Unfazed by her possible prosecution in the Taj corridor case, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday said she would not buckle under pressure and fight the legal and political battle wi >>>


      NEHRA, PATHAN FIREWORKS KO‘S NZ @215
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1628 hours IST Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, August 26÷ New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming won the toss and elected to bat in the Videocon Cup cricket tri–series match against India here today.

This is the second match of the tournament after New Zealand defeated >>>


      NEW CHIPS, FLAT SCREENS TO SET SAMSUNG‘S FUTURE
      , 26-08-2005
      Seoul, August 26÷ Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is poised to develop a range of new memory chips and ever thinner LCD screens to keep its lead as Asia‘s technology powerhouse over the next decade.

Samsung, the largest maker of memory chips and liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, is likely to bet >>>


      NEW EXHIBIT AT LONDON ZOO – HUMANS
      , 26-08-2005
      London, August 26÷ London zoo has unveiled a new exhibition –– eight humans prowling around wearing little more than fig leaves to cover their modesty.

The "human zoo," that opened yesterday, is intended to show the basic nature of human beings as they frolic throughout the August >>>


      NO ENTRY, IQBAL
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1721 hours IST Mumbai, August 26÷ Lets clear the misconception at the very outset! No Entry is not even remotely similar to last years Masti or the Hollywood flick The Seven Year Itch, as being widely speculated.

The only similarity is that both Masti and No >>>


      NO PRISONERS‘ EXCHANGE FOR SARABJIT÷ INDIA
      , 26-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 26÷ India on Friday said there was no proposal for exchange of prisoners for the release of Sarabjit, sentenced to death in Pakistan for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in 1''0.

«We have not talked about exchange of prisoners in Sarabjits case,» Foreign Secr >>>


      NOVELL TO BUY OUT INDIAN PARTNER IN SALES ARM
      , 26-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 26÷ Novell Inc. said on Thursday it would buy the 50 per cent held by its Indian joint venture partner, Onward Network Technologies Ltd., in their sales and distribution joint venture.

Novell will integrate Onward Novell Software (I) Ltd. with its Research and Development (R&D) centre >>>


      PAK GRANTS CONSULAR ACCESS TO SARABJIT
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1206 hours IST Islamabad, August 26÷ Pakistan today granted consular access to Sarabjit Singh, sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in Lahore. Pakistan foreign office spokesman Naeem Khan told PTI here that Indian High Commission here is being i >>>


      PAK ISLAMISTS WANT INDIAN HANGED
      , 26-08-2005
      Karachi, August 26÷ Pakistan‘s main grouping of hardline Islamists on Thursday urged President Pervez Musharraf not to pardon an Indian spy awaiting execution, saying it would be a sign of weakness on the part of Pakistan.

The Supreme Court last week upheld a death sentence imposed on Manjit Singh >>>


      RIYA SEN‘S NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE
      , 26-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 26÷ Riya Sen is currently in Guwahati for a show and to think that she had a near death accident on the sets of Shaadi No. 1 merely about a month back is a little difficult.

The team was shooting in France where Riya‘s scene required some hooligan French bikers to circle around and >>>


      SANIA IN SEMIS OF US FOREST HILLS CLASSIC
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1220 hours IST Pune, August 26÷ The match finished at 1.15 a.m.

Third seeded Sania Mirza took another confidence boosting step en route Mission US Open‘ by storming into the semifinals of the $375,000 Forest Hills Women‘s Classic in New York.>>>


      SOLUTION TO DISSIDENCE BEING WORKED OUT÷ BJP
      , 26-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 26÷ Plagued by dissidence in its various state units, the BJP on Friday said solutions were being found to resolve them and the rebels would not have to take any drastic step.

«They (dissidents) wont have to take any drastic action. A solution is being found wherever problems >>>


      US TO BATTLE ISRAEL‘S ARROW WITH PATRIOT FOR INDIA
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1002 hours IST Washington, August 26÷ The Pentagon‘s top arms salesman will brief India next month on advanced U.S. weapons, including the combat–tested Patriot PAC–3 air missile defense system plus two multirole fighter aircraft, a spokesman said on T >>>


      ZAYED IN MIDST OF A CONTROVERSY
      , 26-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 1108 hours IST Mumbai, August 26÷ Bollywood stars are known for their fast and furious lifestyles! And the latest to join the rash driving brigade is none other than Zayed Khan. After Pooja Bhatt and her husband Munish Makhija, it is Zayed Khan whose car was involved wi >>>


      BURNOUT RISES AMONG HOSPITAL CONSULTANTS–STUDY
      Reuters UK, 26-08-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – Increasing numbers of hospital consultants in Britain are suffering from poor mental health and burnout due to stress at work, researchers said on Friday.

The proportion of consultants afflicted by psychiatric illness increased to 32 percent of those questioned in 2002 from 27 pe >>>


      BUSH URGES IRAQI SHI‘ITES NOT TO ALIENATE SUNNIS
      Reuters UK, 26-08-2005
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      FIRE KILLS 17 IN PARIS BUILDING HOUSING IMMIGRANTS
      Reuters UK, 26-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures Paris Apartment Block Fire Kills 17 By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) – A fire tore through a six–storey Paris apartment block housing African immigrants on Friday, killing 17 people, about half of them children, officials said.

They said the blaze broke out in the stairwel >>>


      IRAQIS DENOUNCE BRITISH PLANS TO SEND THEM HOME
      Reuters UK, 26-08-2005
      | RSS By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) – Failed Iraqi asylum seekers accused the British government of recklessness on Friday for threatening to send them back to their homeland despite its admission that the country is dangerous.

Around 40 Iraqis gathered outside the Home Office in London to protest agai >>>


      ITALY LAWYER APPEALS UK BOMB SUSPECT EXTRADITION
      Reuters UK, 26-08-2005
      | RSS ROME (Reuters) – Italian lawyers for a prime suspect in the failed July 21 bomb attacks in London were appealing on Friday a decision to extradite him to Britain, arguing that they still had not received proof a crime had been committed.

"I‘m on my way to the court to file the appeal,&qu >>>


      MENEZES SHOOTING INVESTIGATORS REJECT COMPLAINT
      Reuters UK, 26-08-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – The independent watchdog investigating the fatal police shooting of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes has rejected a complaint against it made by a London police officer.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said on Friday an officer from the Metropolitan Poli >>>


      PAY AWARDS STABLE IN 3 MONTHS TO JULY–REPORT
      Reuters UK, 26-08-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – Average wage rises held steady at 3 percent in the three months to July and look set to remain stable for some time to come, pay consultants Industrial Relations Services said on Friday.

That marked a run of four straight median 3 percent pay rises, echoing steady retail price in >>>


      THREE MEN HELD IN WALES UNDER ANTI–TERRORISM LAWS
      Reuters UK, 26-08-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – Police in South Wales were questioning three men on Friday detained under anti–terrorism laws, a police spokeswoman said.

"Three men were arrested in Newport by Gwent police yesterday under the Terrorism Act," she said, adding that the men, all from the southern W >>>



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