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      HUNDREDS OF BANGLADESHI PASSENGERS STRANDED AT AIRPORT
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Hundreds of Bangla–desh–bound passengers were stranded for nearly 10 hours at Dubai International Airport yesterday.

Bangladesh Biman flight BG047 that was scheduled to arrive at Dubai at 1.45pm was delayed by a bomb scare followed by technical problems >>>


      HUNT ON FOR WOMAN TO ACT IN HOLLYWOOD FILM
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A young woman will get the chance to become a film star after studio bosses announced they would be holding a Pop Idol–style casting later this year.

Nickelson Entertainment Group is searching for a woman who looks around 30 years old to star alongside Sir >>>


      MORE CAMERAS ARE NEEDED ‘AS ARE FINES FOR RUBBERNECKERS‘
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley Dubai÷ The death toll on Dubai‘s roads can seem horrifying. Just a few days ago, Gulf News reported that 127 people were killed on the city‘s roads in the first seven months of this year.

That represents dozens of wasted lives and a heartache for the fathers, mothers, brot >>>


      PLAN TO EXTEND QUICK RESPONSE STATIONS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi ÷ The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters is mulling over extension of the civil defence‘s rapid intervention stations as part of an integrated plan to upgrade their performance through the introduction of most advanced systems in fire fighting and rescue operations.

"The unit >>>


      POLICE HOTLINE FOR ANONYMOUS TIP–OFFS KEEPS GETTING BUSIER
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A toll free police hotline for anonymous tip–offs and reports is receiving more calls from the public than ever imagined, as it approaches its second birthday.

Al Ameen, was launched in September 2003 by Dubai police to create a better relationship with >>>


      POLICE PROGRAMME TO DEVELOP SKILLS BEGINS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ Dubai police have launched a practical training programme to develop the skills of their employees and personnel, a police officer said yesterday.

Brigadier Abdul Rahman Mohammad Rafea, Director of the Dubai Police Society Service Department, said the programme is in line with the po >>>


      RAW RIFT AMONG DEMOCRATS OVER IRAQ
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Peter Baker and Shailagh Murray Democrats say a long–standing rift in the party over the Iraq war has grown increasingly raw in recent days, as stay–the–course elected leaders who voted for the war three years ago confront rising impatience from activists and strategists who want to challenge Presi >>>


      REHAB PLAN FOR ERRANT DRIVERS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Alia Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Driving tests will be altered to make them more comprehensive next year, a senior police official said yesterday.

The move is a part of the Dubai Police Traffic Department‘s strategies for 2006 to improve the traffic situation, Brigadier Mohammad Saif Al Zaf >>>


      REHABILITATION CENTRE LAUNCHES WEB PAGE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ The Training and Rehabilitation Centre at the Dubai Police Punitive Establishment Department has launched its web page via Dubai Police‘s website–www.dubaipolice.gov.ae Major Ahmad Mohammad Rashid Al Saadi, Director of the centre, said the launch of the web page is in line with th >>>


      RISING COSTS HIT PARENTS AS SCHOOLS SET TO REOPEN
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Mahmood Saberi, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Schools are set to open in a few days after the summer vacations and parents are once again aware that to give their children a fighting chance in this competitive world, they should be provided a decent education and a nurturing atmosphere at home.

Rising costs >>>


      SHARJAH SLASHER‘S MOTHER APPEALS TO AUTHORITIES TO GRANT MERCY
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ The mother of the Sharjah slasher has appealed to the authorities to have mercy on her son.

Jude Perera, 28, a Sri Lankan, was sentenced on Monday to six months for every offence and fined Dh500 for each of the four offences by the Sharjah Sharia court.

In >>>


      SULTAN AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 16 STUDENTS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      WAM Sharjah÷ Sixteen students from the Sharjah Establishment for Social Empowerment have been awarded scholarships to study at the University of Sharjah from the 2005/2006 academic year.

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who is also the un >>>


      TIME FOR POSITIVE ACTION BY THE POLICE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Adding more radar traps to the roads will do little to reduce accidents Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai police have decided to introduce more radar traps on specific roads, in an attempt to lower the number of traffic accidents.

Initial public reaction will be positive, based on the assumption that anything to reduce >>>


      VENDORS OF PIRATED MATERIAL FACE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Although intensive efforts are being exerted to combat illegal vendors selling pirated CDs and DVDs, many individuals are still violating the laws and facing the full force of justice.

With law enforcement officers and inspectors from the concerned min >>>


      WOMEN FINED DH1,000 EACH FOR DRUNKEN ROW
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Bassam Za‘za‘, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ A couple of hours‘ dancing in a pub may cost Dh1,000 per person.

This is what happened to two drunk women, who were fined Dh1,000 each for drinking alcohol.

It was heard in court that the two Moroccan women both in their mid–20s he >>>


      WORKERS UNHAPPY OVER THE LIFTING OF FOUR–HOUR BREAK IN SEPTEMBER
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Dismayed construction workers told Gulf News that it would be tough going back to work after the four–hour break is lifted in September.

As per a ministerial decision, labourers working in the open during July and August are given a break from 12.30 to 4.30pm >>>


      62 YOUNG NATIONALS HELP TO ENHANCE E–GOVERNMENT SERVICES
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘, Correspondent Doha÷ The ideas and inputs of 62 young Qatari nationals will be incorporated into key projects for the development of e–government services, an official said.

The management of the e–government project an ambitious plan which aims to turn the country&ls >>>


      COMMITTEE IS FORMED TO PROTECT FREEDOM OF PRESS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Nasser Arrabyee, Gulf News Report Sanaa÷ A 15–member committee of Yemeni journalists will start functioning today.

The panel, in coordination with government and non–governmental organisations, will work towards protecting the freedom of press, following recent harassment of journalists.< >>>


      IRAN HOPES TO PRESENT NEW NUCLEAR PLAN IN A MONTH
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Vienna÷ Iran said on Friday it hopes to present within a month a new nuclear plan after the European Union said it is preparing to refer Iran to the UN for possible sanctions.The EU says Iran broke its pledge to suspend nuclear work while talks were in progress.

Iran‘s top nuclear negotia >>>


      IRAQ REBEL ATTACKS ESCALATE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ As Iraqi leaders battled to finalise a constitution, insurgents have stepped up attacks, leaving eleven people dead in attacks across Iraq on Friday.

Two policemen were shot dead by unidentified men as they were travelling in their car in Baquba, north of Baghdad.

A US militar >>>


      IRAQ SHIITES SAY CHARTER OFFER FINAL
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ Iraq‘s Shiite leaders have made their final proposals on the text of a new constitution and would not seek further compromise for Sunni endorsement, a negotiator said on Friday.

"Today we reached the final limit beyond which we can‘t move any further," said Jawad >>>


      IRAQI LEADERS AWAIT SUNNI RESPONSE TO CHARTER AMENDMENTS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ Iraqs parliament speaker announced on Saturday that Iraqi leaders have reached a deal in principle on a draft constitution.

Reuters Al Hassani and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani talks to the media in Baghdad.

Shiite negotiators had proposed changes to the already existing draf >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEFS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Compiled from agencies 22 killed and 38 injured as 3 buses crashTehran – Three coaches crashed in northwestern Iran yesterday, killing 22 people and injuring 38, state television reported. A coach from Istanbul to Tehran tried to overtake a bus travelling from Syria but smashed head–on into an oncoming bus, >>>


      RAPID GROWTH IN WEST BANK POPULATION
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP Occupied Jerusalem÷ While Israel has emptied its Jewish colonies in the Gaza Strip, the population in its West Bank colonies has quickly grown over the past year, a government official said yesterday.

The population in the West Bank colonies grew by 12,800 in the year ended in June, to about 246,000 >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA THWARTS ‘TERROR STRIKES‘
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Riyadh÷ Saudi security forces have arrested 41 suspected militants in a series of raids, thwarting imminent attacks, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Saudi Arabia launched a relentless crackdown on Al Qaida suspects since the wave of unrest began more than two years ago. Al Qaida– i >>>


      STUCK ON A LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Ramadan Al Sherbini, Gulf News Report Cairo÷ His innocence is proven in his homeland.

But Majdi Al Nashar an Egyptian chemist previously suspected of being involved in the July bombings in London believes it will take him long to recover from the "devastating psychological and academic fallout&q >>>


      SYRIA READY TO COOPERATE WITH UN ON HARIRI PROBE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Geneva÷ Syria said on Friday it was ready to cooperate with a United Nations envoy probing the killing of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik Al Hariri.

A UN investigator met Syrian diplomats in Geneva on Friday, and an official Syrian source in Damascus said they had given him a letter that a >>>


      THE IRANIAN–WESTERN POLITICAL CALCULUS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By As‘ad Abdul Rahman, Special to Gulf News The ultra–conservative president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was sworn in at a ceremony in the Iranian parliament on August 6.

He succeeded the pro–reform Mohammad Khatami, who held the office for eight years. The surprise election of the little&n >>>


      THOUSANDS OF CENSUS WORKERS TO UNDERGO TRAINING
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent Riyadh÷ Saudi Arabia is to train 42,000 workers to carry out its third population and housing census next month. Of the workers, 4,000 will be women.

Dr Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Qusaibi, Minister of Economy and Planning, said in a statement to Gulf News that the project >>>


      US MILITARY RELEASES 1,000 FROM ABU GHRAIB
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ The US military has released 1000 detainees from the Iraqs Abu Ghraib prison over the past three days.

In a statement released on Saturday, the US military said that the prisoners were released between August 24th and 27th and represented different Iraqi communities.

"Tho >>>


      US STRIKES AGAINST AL QAIDA HIDEOUT IN IRAQ BORDER TOWN
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Baghdad ÷ US forces launched air strikes against a suspected Al Qaida hideout in Al Anbar province near the Syrian border about 320 kilometres west of Baghdad on Friday.

Around 50 terrorists associated with Al Qaida frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, were in a safe house in the town of Hus >>>


      WANTED HAMAS LEADER RELEASES VIDEO MESSAGE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Ramallah÷ A video message from a man who is widely believed to be Israels most wanted was released by the militant group Hamas on Saturday.

AP In the video Deif was shrouded by shadows and spoke in a deep voice. He praised militants who have died in attacks against Israel, and said the violence >>>


      AFRICA DECLARES TUBERCULOSIS EMERGENCY
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Reuters Maputo ÷ African health ministers have declared a tuberculosis emergency to muster greater political commitment to stop one of the continent‘s top killers, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.

"The declaration is a response to an epidemic that has quadrupled the annual number >>>


      ASIA PREPARED TO COUNTER ‘TERROR THREAT‘
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Tokyo & Singapore÷ Al Qaida could be planning an attack on Asian financial centres to try to undermine investor confidence in the region, a senior French anti–terrorism judge said in an interview on Thursday.

The Financial Times quoted French anti–terrorist supremo Jean–Lo >>>


      BOMB KILLS ONE US SOLDIER AND LEAVES FOUR INJURED
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Kabul÷ A roadside bomb in Afghanistan killed one US soldier and wounded four others when it exploded on Saturday.

"There were five wounded and one died," said US military spokeswoman, Lieutenant Cindy Moore said in a statement released on Saturday.

"The IED (improvised e >>>


      BOMB THREAT DELAYS DUBAI–BOUND FLIGHT
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Dhaka ÷ A Bangladesh Biman flight bound for Dubai was delayed yesterday at Chittagong airport due to a bomb scare followed by technical problems, an official said.

"The Dubai–bound Biman flight was delayed for three hours as we got a phone call that there was a bomb in the aircraft,& >>>


      CHRISTIE‘S PROPOSES AUCTION OF MARCOS‘S JEWELLERY
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief Manila ÷ London–based Christie‘s has proposed to a government agency to auction the $10–million (Dh36.7 million) worth jewellery of former first lady Imelda Marcos which the state had seized after the ouster of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1'86.

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      CIA REPORT CALLS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR '/11 FAILURE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP Washington ÷ The CIA‘s independent watchdog has recommended disciplinary reviews for current and former officials who were involved in failed intelligence efforts before the attacks of September 11, 2001.

CIA Director Porter Goss now must decide whether the disciplinary proceedings should go fo >>>


      COMPUTER WORM MENACES ARRESTED
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies San Francisco÷ Two men have been arrested in connection with the computer worm that caused network havoc across Europe America last week.

Farid Essebar, 18, of Morocco, and Atilla Ekici, 21, of Turkey, are believed to have written and unleashed the Zotob and Rbot worms that caused outages at mo >>>


      DOCUMENT COVERS ‘OLD GROUND‘
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP Washington ÷ Beth Marple, spokeswoman for National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, said, "As expected, there has been discussion between Director Negroponte and Director Goss about this report. But there were no efforts to kill it." Accountability boards are normally made up of top CIA offici >>>


      EUROPE SLOWLY RECOVERS FROM FLOODS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP Bern ÷ Floodwaters of the River Aare lapped through gardens and houses in an evacuated quarter of the Swiss capital yesterday and authorities moved residents out of their homes in the small, flood–hit Alpine town of Brienz.

The death toll from flooding in Switzerland and other parts of central >>>


      FIVE GET DEATH FOR PLOT TO KILL MUSHARRAF
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Reuters Islamabad ÷ Pakistan sentenced five men, including a soldier, to hang for their role in an Al Qaida–inspired assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf in late 2003, a military spokesman said yesterday.

Musharraf, one of the West‘s main allies in a global war on terror, narr >>>


      FORMER REBEL LEADER SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP Bujumbura, Burundi÷ A former rebel leader took the presidential oath yesterday, with Burundians looking to him to seal peace after 12 years of civil war and lead the country toward prosperity and ethnic harmony.

Pierre Nkurunziza, 40, whose father was killed in a surge of Hutu–Tutsi violence in >>>


      HUNDREDS LANGUISHING IN JAILS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP Islamabad ÷ He was a young father when he left his coastal fishing town for a few nights‘ work in the Arabian Sea. His daughter was three years old. His wife was waiting for his return.

Thirteen years later Sakina Hussain is still waiting. Her husband, Mohammad, is stuck in an Indian jail, alon >>>


      HURRICANE KATRINA RECHARGES FOR SECOND ASSAULT
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Miami÷ Hurricane Katrina recharged on Friday for a second and potentially more powerful assault on the US coast after killing six people on a rampage across densely populated southeast Florida.

Scenes of Katrina‘s impact were everywhere Friday – work crews sawing trees crippled by t >>>


      INDIAN AIRLINES PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies New Dehli÷ An Indian Airlines plane with 87 people on board made an emergency landing at New Delhis airport soon after it took off on Saturday.

The plane was on a domestic flight to the southern city of Hyderabad, the Press Trust of India reported, quoting unidentified police sources.

>>>


      ISLAMABAD TO GIVE DELHI ACCESS TO ‘SPY‘
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Reuters New Delhi ÷ Pakistan yesterday agreed to allow Indian diplomats to meet an Indian man sentenced to death for spying, officials of the two countries said, a first step to confirm his identity after a public outcry over his fate.

Islamabad‘s decision came as New Delhi said it would urge Paki >>>


      LANKA COURT RULES PRESIDENTIAL POLLS BE HELD THIS YEAR
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Sinha Ratnatunga, Correspondent Colombo ÷ Sri Lanka‘s Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the presidential election should be held before year–end, putting at rest a controversy between the main opposition and the government whether the election should be held this year or in 2006.

The rul >>>


      LOCAL OFFICIALS ASKED TO REPORT ON SEMINARIES
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Abdullah Iqbal, Correspondent Lahore ÷ Concerned over its failure to check activities of seminaries, the federal government has sought closer checks by local administrations.

For this, the Religious Affairs Ministry has directed the provinces and the federal capital to submit weekly reports regarding >>>


      MAYOR WARNS AGAINST EXTREME REACTION TO TERROR
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP London ÷ London Mayor Ken Livingstone has joined with several community leaders and civil libertarians in a letter published yesterday, warning against an excessive reaction to the threat of terrorism.

The letter signed by Livingstone and others did not specify what measures were opposed, but the may >>>


      MUCH DEPENDS ON NORTH KOREA
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Both China and the US believe Pyongyangs moves will directly affect regional stability The North Korean nuclear talks are scheduled to resume within a week following a tactical break. Envoys called a three–week recess after failing to reach agreement over North Korea‘s demand for a nuclear power plant.
>>>


      MUNDA PUT ON NOTICE OVER STYLE OF WORKING
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent New Delhi ÷ Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, facing dissidence in his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies, has got a reprieve.

He has, however, been put on one month‘s notice before a review is done to decide his future.

A decision to this eff >>>


      NATWAR‘S PRIDE, NEIGHBOURS‘ AGONY
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Kuldip Nayar An obsession, magnificent or otherwise, is an obsession. It is an impulse that a person cannot escape.

Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh is overpowered by the idea that India must be on the United Nations Security Council. To him the membership represents the country‘s foreign policy.< >>>


      PARIS APARTMENT BLAZE KILLS 14 CHILDREN
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Agencies Paris÷ Fire raced through a crowded Paris apartment building that was home to African immigrants early yesterday, killing 14 children and three adults, the prosecutor said.

It was the second deadly blaze in four months at buildings housing immigrants. In April, a fire at a budget hotel killed 2 >>>


      POLL÷ CRITICS OF IRAQ WAR SHOULD BE FREE TO SPEAK
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP Washington ÷ An overwhelming number of Americans say critics of the Iraq war should be free to voice their objections, a rare example of agreement about a conflict that has divided the nation along partisan lines.

Nearly three weeks after a grieving California mother named Cindy Sheehan started her a >>>


      RIGGING ALLEGATIONS SURFACE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Abdullah Iqbal, Correspondent Lahore ÷ Allegations of poll rigging and large–scale mismanagement were reported yesterday, a day after the second phase of the local government election.

Independent observers, including the Aurat Foundation and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), foun >>>


      RULING PARTY CLAIMS IT WON LARGEST SHARE OF SEATS IN POLLS
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Shahid Hussain, Correspondent Islamabad ÷ The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and its allies claimed they have won the largest share of seats in Thursday‘s second phase of local government elections.

Pakistan‘s Pervez Musharraf yesterday hailed the outcome of local elections seen as a >>>


      SCAVENGERS ‘MAY BE TAKING PERU CRASH CLUES‘
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      AP Pucallpa, Peru ÷ Hundreds of scavengers have been combing through the wreckage of a Peruvian airliner, carrying away material that could offer clues into what caused the crash that killed at least 37.

Aeronautical engineer Hernan Vargas likened removal of parts from the crash site to contaminating a >>>


      SONIA TO ADDRESS RALLY MARKING END OF CAMPAIGN MARCH
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Akhel Mathew, Correspondent Thiruvananthapuram ÷ Congress party president Sonia Gandhi will address a rally here today to mark the conclusion of a 22–day–long march led by party state president Ramesh Chennithala.

Party general secretary Ahamad Patel, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and form >>>


      THE MAIN ISSUE AT HAND FOR EUROPE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Despite the floods, the environment is the largest single issue not tackled by politicians The last days of August and Europe, at least its central section, is dealing with flood havoc. Sandbags have become part of the streetscape, like over–priced cafes, in medieval cities that have survived plague, famine and s >>>


      TWO CONGRESSMEN SIGN IMPEACHMENT PLEA
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief Manila ÷ Two more congressmen have endorsed the impeachment complaint against President Gloria Arroyo, raising to 4' the number of votes with the opposition.

However, it is still 30 votes short of those necessary to send the complaint to the Senate for a full tri >>>


      US TO BRIEF INDIA ON MISSILE DEFENCE
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Reuters Washington÷ The Pentagon‘s top arms salesman will brief India next month on advanced US weapons, including the combat–tested Patriot PAC–3 air missile defence system plus two multirole fighter aircraft, a spokesman said.

The presentation of the Patriot Advanced Capability, or P >>>


      WEDDING‘S OPULENCE GETS NOTICED
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      The Asian Age Bangalore ÷ Karnataka Chief Minister Dharam Singh‘s political opponents are yet to react to an opulent ceremony at which his younger son got married.

The marriage of Dr Ajay Singh to Shweta, granddaughter of a former chief justice of the state, took place on Wednesday in Gulbarga.
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      WRECKAGE RECOVERED 37 YEARS AFTER HIMALAYAN AIR CRASH
      Gulf News, 27-08-2005
      Asian Age Chandigarh ÷ An Indian Army expedition has recovered the wreckage of an Indian Air Force troop carrier 37 years after it went "missing" in the Himalayas.

The Soviet–built Antonov–12 carrying 112 military personnel were on a flight from Air Force Station Chandigarh to the >>>


      HURRIYAT ONE VOICE ON WAQF SPEECH BAN
      , 27-08-2005
      Srinagar, August 26÷ At a time when the split among separatists is etched in stone, Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani and moderate Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have found an issue on which they seem to be in total agreement.

RELATED STORIES Panchayat polls for J–K in November Time not ripe for ce >>>


      ‘BIPS–STARRER IS NO ENTRY
      , 27-08-2005
      Ludhiana, August 27÷ Huge crowd, cars, scooters, etc around Aarti cinema said it all about the initial response to No Entry which was screened today in the city – it did manage to draw in a good response on the first day of its release.

Another comedy, after the box office success of Kya Kool Hain >>>


      ‘INDIANS, PAKISTANIS FORM 36% QATARI POPULATION‘
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 1351 hours IST Dubai, August 27÷ Indians and Pakistanis constitute 36 per cent of the total population of 7.43 lakh of the oil–rich Qatar.

While 40 per cent of the population is ethnic, the figure is by no means made up exclusively of Qataris, The Penin >>>


      ABOLISH H–1B VISA LIMIT÷ WSJ
      , 27-08-2005
      Washington, August 26÷ The cap on H–1B visas, which have benefitted Indian and other skilled foreign workers to find employment in the United States, should be abolished altogether, a leading US financial daily said today.

"Political pressure for an immigration crackdown seems to be building, >>>


      AS BLOGGING GROWS, COMPANIES EYE LEGAL PITFALLS
      , 27-08-2005
      New York, August 27÷ As Corporate America wades into the burgeoning world of Internet Web logs, companies are being warned they could face legal hazards when employees are let loose in the free–wheeling blogosphere.

Blogs, online journals that are proliferating on the Web, are attracting attention >>>


      AUSTRALIA MAY TOUGHEN CITIZENSHIP RULES
      , 27-08-2005
      Sydney, August 27÷ The Australian government is considering toughening citizenship rules as part of its anti–terrorism campaign in light of the British Muslim suicide bombings in London, a government minister said on Saturday.

The key measures being considered are doubling the number of years of p >>>


      BHAGGMATI – THE QUEEN OF FORTUNES
      , 27-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 27÷ Hollywood has merged live characters with animation with amazing results.

In India, first Rajshris (Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon) and then Yash Raj (Hum Tum) experimented with this novel concept and the results, technically speaking, were quite impressive. Now, Ashok Kaul weaves an entire >>>


      BJP FACES MURMURS OF LEADERSHIP CHANGE IN ALLY
      , 27-08-2005
      Ranchi, August 26÷ Even as Jharkhands ruling BJP appeared to have managed to tide over the storm following seven non–BJP ministers‘ demand for leadership change in the state, there are murmurs of the same demand in a section of saffron ally Janata Dal (United).

However, the only hope for BJ >>>


      BUSH‘S POPULARITY HITS ALL TIME LOW
      , 27-08-2005
      Washington, August 27÷ US President George W Bush‘s popularity rating has plunged to an all time low since he assumed office four and a half years ago, a survey has found.

Continuing its downward slide, the President‘s approval rating in the month of August dipped by four per cent to touch t >>>


      CISSE LEADS LIVERPOOL TO SUPER CUP WIN
      , 27-08-2005
      Monaco, August 27÷ Substitute Djibril Cisse scored two goals and made another to lead Liverpool to a 3–1 extra–time win over CSKA Moscow in an end–to–end European Super Cup match on Friday.

European champions Liverpool only took control of the match when coach Rafael Benitez brou >>>


      CONG EFFORTS TO GET PASWAN MAKE NO HEADWAY
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 1320 hours IST New Delhi, August 27÷ Congress on Friday night continued its efforts to rope in LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan in a RJD–led alliance of UPA partners for the Bihar Assembly elections, but appeared to have failed to make any headway.

AICC Gener >>>


      DAY IN PIX÷ INDIA, WORLD, SPORT, SHOWBIZ
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 1845 hours IST 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ' 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1' 20 21 22Next New Delhi, August 27÷ View the day‘s events in picture format÷ Fireworks are seen in front of the Kul Sharif Mosque in the southern Russian city of Kazan August 26, 200 >>>


      DAY OF TOUGH DECISIONS
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 0'50 hours IST Mumbai, August 26÷ Although it took three committee recommendations and nearly a year more for the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to end discretionary allotment to institutional investors in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and to forc >>>


      ESHA‘S CRAZE FOR SALMAN!
      , 27-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 27÷ Her dialoguebaazi, nakhras and grooves, all look great on 70MM. But scraped knees, a pigtail and sporty tees with keds is what you take home.

Under the garb of a Bollywood star a tomboy is still alive. This Friday, Esha Deol charms you as the pativrta patni of Salman in Boneys No Ent >>>


      FM ASSURES÷ ECONOMY IN GOOD SHAPE
      , 27-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 27÷ India‘s economy should expand more than 7 per cent in the fiscal year to March 2006, the Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said on Saturday, but the Central Bank cautioned the country had not fully adjusted to high global oil prices.

"The economy is in good shape, al >>>


      IA FLIGHT MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 1016 hours IST New Delhi, August 27÷ An Indian Airlines flight to Hyderabad from Delhi returned here this morning following a technical snag.

However, "There was no emergency landing," an IA spokesperson said adding the pilot noted a technical snag >>>


      INDIAN THIEF GOES TO JAIL, REACHES A MILESTONE
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 1231 hours IST Hyderabad, August 27÷ A petty thief and illicit liquor pedlar has notched up a record of sorts, his 100th prison sentence.

A local court in Hyderabad, jailed 25–year–old Gopal Singh for one month, police said. "Gopal Singh has >>>


      KARISHMA‘S HUBBY GETS THREAT
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 1105 hours IST New Delhi, August 27÷ Industrialist Sunjay Kapur, embroiled in a legal battle with estranged wife Karishma Kapoor, has complained to Delhi police that he has received an extortion threat.

Kapur said he received an e–mail last evening dema >>>


      MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING HOME OF JENNIFER
      , 27-08-2005
      Los Angeles, August 27÷ A man who strolled into actress Jennifer Aniston‘s home in Malibu, telling an employee there he was "looking for Jennifer," has been arrested for trespassing, police said on Friday.

The intruder, identified by police as 48–year–old David Hesterbey of S >>>


      MAPPING MASHUPS FIND POTHOLES AND SEX OFFENDERS
      , 27-08-2005
      Washington, August 27÷ As Mark and Aaron Olsen combed the Utah mountains for a missing Boy Scout last June, they worried that he might have been abducted by a sex offender, following a spate of similar incidents in other US states.

As it turned out, 11–year–old Brennan Hawkins was simply los >>>


      MILITARY RELEASES NEARLY 1,000 DETAINEES FROM ABU GHRAIB
      , 27-08-2005
      Baghdad, August 27÷ The US military has released nearly 1,000 prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison after Iraqi authorities requested that they be set free, a military statement said today.

The move, the largest prisoner release to date, followed appeals by Sunni representatives to the government to start re >>>


      MUSLIM BANNED FROM US OFFERED POST AT OXFORD
      , 27-08-2005
      London, August 27÷ A Muslim scholar banned from the United States is to take up a post at Britain‘s prestigious University of Oxford, his college said today.

Tariq Ramadan has been elected to a visiting fellowship (general) at St Antony‘s College for the coming academic year and is expected >>>


      NARAIN LOSES TOSS, MONTEIRO TO DRIVE NEW CAR
      , 27-08-2005
      Monza, Italy, August 27÷ Narain Karthikeyans hopes of rounding off his debut Formula One season on a high note received a blow when he lost out on the chance to drive the new Jordan–Toyoto EJB15 car at the weekend‘s Italian Grand Prix to teammate Tiago Monteiro.

The existing model Jordan&nd >>>


      NEW PERFUME AD HITS WEB BEFORE TV
      , 27-08-2005
      New York, August 27÷ If a television commercial appears first on the Web, are people more likely to watch it?

In a new twist for Web advertising, cosmetics maker Coty Inc. is betting just that, launching the commercial for its new fragrance "Lovely" with actress Sarah Jessica Parker online.
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      OCTOBER ‘LAUNCH‘ FOR RAHUL?
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 100' hours IST New Delhi, August 27÷ Congress chief Sonia Gandhi set the stage for the formal launch of son Rahul Gandhi in a key party role by scheduling a party plenary session for the third week of October in Hyderabad. The focus of the session will be on Rahul >>>


      ONCE UPON A TIME IN BOLLYWOOD
      , 27-08-2005
      Manmohan Desai, maker of effervescent hits such as Amar Akbar Anthony was known to be scathing about critics. The story goes that he even threw a brick at his TV set during the screening of a highly critically acclaimed art film, so appalled was he by the slow pace of storytelling.

The point of this anecdote i >>>


      PLASTIC BAGS BANNED, BLAMED FOR MAHA FLOODS
      , 27-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 27÷ The Maharashtra government plans to ban most plastic bags, blaming them for choking drains and causing floods a month ago on Friday that left more than 1,000 people dead.

Businesses caught using them would be fined 5,000 rupees, while individuals would have to pay 1,000 rupees.
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      RUNAWAY ACTRESS SLEPT IN PARK NEAR HOME
      , 27-08-2005
      Los Angeles, August 27÷ A teen actress who ran away from home slept in a park until a concerned family took her in –– and was found only after a boy boasted to schoolmates a movie star was living in his house, police said on Friday.

Scout Taylor–Compton, 16–year–old star of >>>


      SANIA IN FOREST HILLS CLASSIC FINALS
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 1122 hours IST Forest Hills, New York, United States, August 27÷ Sania Mirza beat wild–card giant–killer Alexa Glatch (USA) in the semi–finals of the Forest Hills Classic to move into the finals.

Results from the Forest Hills Women‘s T >>>


      SUSPECTED COMPUTER WORM AUTHORS ARRESTED÷ FBI
      , 27-08-2005
      Washington, August 27÷ Authorities in Morocco and Turkey have arrested two men for unleashing computer worms that disrupted networks across the United States last week, the FBI said on Friday.

Farid Essebar, 18, of Morocco, and Atilla Ekici, 21, of Turkey, are believed to have been responsible for the Z >>>


      THE STRANGE COUNTRY THAT IS INDIA
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 1532 hours IST Other than doing the bidding of the Left parties and other such agencies, the government at the Centre pays no heed to any other protest, questioning or dissension.

The bureaucracy has never had it so good from any political master. Earlier dispensa >>>


      UMA SNUBBED, BJP SAYS NO QUOTA WITHIN QUOTA
      , 27-08-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, August 26, 2005 at 2131 hours IST New Delhi, August 26÷ In a snub to firebrand party leader Uma Bharti, the BJP on Friday said it did not favour quota for Dalits, OBCs and minorities within the proposed reservation of seats for women in Parliament and state legislatures.

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      WE DEMAND AN END TO TERROR, VIOLENCE÷ BUSH
      , 27-08-2005
      Crawford, Texas, August 27÷ President George W. Bush put pressure on the Palestinians on Saturday to respond to the Israeli pullout from Gaza and portions of the West Bank by cracking down on terrorism.

"Now that Israel has withdrawn, the way forward is clear. The Palestinians must show the world t >>>


      WE WON‘T CHANGE STANCE ON KASHMIR÷ PAK PM
      , 27-08-2005
      Islamabad, August 27÷ Ahead of the meeting between President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pakistan has assured PoK leaders that it would not change its stance on the Kashmir issue.

The Kashmir issue cannot be ignored for a longer period of time and it would be the focal point on t >>>


      BRITAIN TO EXTRADITE ALGERIAN FROM THAILAND
      Reuters UK, 27-08-2005
      | RSS BANGKOK (Reuters) – British authorities will seek the extradition of an Algerian man arrested in Bangkok this week who may be connected to the July 7‘s London bombs, officials said on Saturday.

Atamnia Yacine, 33, was detained in the Thai capital on Wednesday and faces charges of possessing 1 >>>


      BRITON ROSE BURSTS FOUR SHOTS CLEAR AT BUICK
      Reuters UK, 27-08-2005
      | RSS TORONTO (Reuters) – Britain‘s Justin Rose, hunting his first PGA Tour title, hit a seven–under–par 63 to charge four strokes clear of the field after the second round of the Buick Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut on Friday.

Without a bogey in the opening two days at the TPC a >>>



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