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      RENT–A–WORKER SCHEME COMES INTO PLAY
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Construction companies can now "lend" workers to other companies, in a move intended to speed up labour requests and employ workers already here.

The law was approved earlier this month, but the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will begin its implement >>>


      SHOPKEEPERS SHOULD REPORT YOUNGSTERS‘ ANTI–SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, SAY DUBAI POLICE
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Dubai Police have asked shopkeepers to report any anti–social behaviour by groups of children on Diyafa Street to the police.

Brigadier Khamis Mattar Bin Mazeina, head of the Dubai Police Criminal Investigation Division (CID), told Gulf News any anti–soci >>>


      ‘SUDAN HAS CREDIBILITY PROBLEM ON DARFUR‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Abu Shouk÷ US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday told Sudan‘s president his government had a "credibility problem" on the issue of Darfur and she wanted to see "actions not words".

In a meeting marred by scuffles involving Rice‘s aides and Sudanese sec >>>


      11 KILLED IN BAGHDAD ATTACKS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Baghdad÷ Two suicide car bombings, along with a string of other attacks, in and around Baghdad yesterday have left 11 people dead, police and army officials said.

A suicide car bomber rammed into an Iraqi army checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing five soldiers in Mahmoudiyah, about 30 kilometers sout >>>


      AOUN FOR NORMALISING RELATIONS WITH SYRIA
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Beirut÷ Lebanon‘s opposition leader Michel Aoun, a long–time critic of Syria, on Wednesday called for "normal and balanced" relations between the two countries after Damascus withdrew its troops in April.

AP The majority of the political parties now in the government are in >>>


      ARAB PERSPECTIVE÷ PALESTINIANS MUST PRESENT A UNITED STAND
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Compiled by the Gulf News Research Centre The recent clashes between Hamas and security forces in Gaza were the main issue covered in the Arab press this week. Khitam Al Amir reviews what was said Palestinians should not slip into internal strife because Palestinian blood is holy and shedding it is a big crime, says an >>>


      CAUTIOUS HOPE FOR PEACE IN SUDAN
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Abraham McLaughlin Since US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice‘s predecessor, Colin Powell, visited Sudan 13 months ago, the country has elected a national unity government, penned a peace agreement with rebels in its troubled Darfur region, increased its flow of oil and reinforced its status as a valuable pa >>>


      FORMER MILITIA BOSS BACK IN NEWS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Manal Alafrangi, Staff Writer The decision by Lebanon‘s parliament to grant an unconditional amnesty to Christian militia leader Samir Geagea was not totally unexpected.

Following the February assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a campaign to free the anti–Syrian Geagea had gath >>>


      FUEL PRICE RIOTS ROCK YEMEN FOR SECOND DAY
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Nasser Arrabyee, Gulf News Report Sanaa÷ Twelve people were killed in clashes between security forces and armed demonstrators in Yemen on the second day of protests against a government decision to raise fuel prices.

At least 50 people were injured during the protests in the capital Sanaa and six oth >>>


      GAZA PULLOUT ‘IS A MOMENT PREGNANT WITH HOPE BUT ALSO FRAUGHT WITH PERIL‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP United Nations÷ The top UN envoy for the Middle East peace process said the planned Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip could help re–energise talks toward a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

"It is a moment pregnant with hope but also fraught with peril," Alvaro de S >>>


      GAZA WITHDRAWAL ‘MAY START EARLY‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Jerusalem÷ Israel is considering moving up its mid–August withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, senior government officials said on Thursday.

The decision came after a three–day mass protest against the pullout caused the deployment of 20,0000 soldiers to block protesters from marching to >>>


      GEAGEA CALLS FOR NEW BEGINNING IN LEBANON
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Beirut÷ Speaking in his first press interview from jail since his arrest 11 years ago, former Christian militia leader Samir Geagea called for a new beginning in Lebanon and an "independent, modern state" based on democracy.

Geagea, who is preparing to leave prison after being granted amnes >>>


      GULF AIR FLIGHT IN EMERGENCY LANDING
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Tehran÷ A Gulf Air Boeing–332 made an emergency landing in northwestern Iran on Wednesday morning after its cockpit reported a passenger‘s heart failure, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The plane was en route from London to Muscat, Oman when the pilot asked permission >>>


      GUNMEN ABDUCT ALGERIAN DIPLOMATS IN BAGHDAD
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ Two Algerian diplomats were abducted on Thursday in a western Baghdad neighbourhood, police and embassy employees said.

The afternoon abductions came as efforts to finish the new Iraqi constitution by an August 15 deadline suffered a setback when Sunni members announced they would not >>>


      HAMAD WANTS WEST TO IMPOSE CONDITIONS FOR AID
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘, Correspondent Doha÷ The West must continue to put pressure on Arab governments and help them only in exchange of democratic reforms, the Emir of Qatar has said.

The Emir rebuked the Arab governments for hindering democratic reforms and failing to address the real problems of the >>>


      I DON‘T HAVE SUFFICIENT ACCESS TO LAWYER÷ SADDAM
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Baghdad÷ Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain complained that he has not been allowed sufficient access to his lawyer in a new tape aired yesterday by an Arabic satellite television station.

The footage, broadcast by Dubai–based Al Arabiya, showed the former Iraqi leader complaining to Judge Mu >>>


      IRAN TO FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST FORMER MILITIA LEADER
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Tehran÷ Iran plans to file a lawsuit against former anti–Syrian militia leader Samir Geagea over the kidnapping of four Iranian diplomats in Beirut in 1'82, state–run television reported yesterday.

Iran had been watching the developments in Lebanon since Lebanese president Emile Lahou >>>


      IRAQ WAR AND DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Albadr S.S. Alshateri, Special to Gulf News Votaries of regime change are in ballyhooed mood these days. The protestation from the beltway is that they‘re vindicated, the Iraq invasion has had its ripple effects.

With much aplomb, they point to the recent events in the region from the Iraqi and the Pa >>>


      JORDAN CABINET WINS CONFIDENCE VOTE
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Amman÷ Parliament gave a majority vote of confidence on Thursday to the 28–member Cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Adnan Badran.

Badrans Cabinet received 66–37 votes in the 110–seat parliament. One lawmaker was absent and six abstained.

The vote followed Badrans ple >>>


      KUWAITI PANEL TO PROMOTE EXCELLENCE IN ADVERTISING
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Nermeen Alireza, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Countries in the Arab region invest around $4billion each year in advertising, which was the main drive behind the creation of the Kuwait Award for Arab Excellence in Advertisement, said an official from the Consulate General of Kuwait.

"The award is to enc >>>


      QOREI UNVEILS PLAN TO UTILISE GAZA COLONIES
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Ramallah÷ Palestinians will celebrate "over every single metre of land" that Israel withdraws from after its planned Gaza pullout in mid–August, Prime Minister Ahmad Qorei said yesterday.

"We will organise celebrations for the day they complete their withdrawal from the Gaz >>>


      STAGE IS BEING SET TO HOST DIALOGUE OF CIVILISATIONS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘, Correspondent Doha÷ Qatar and Italy are working on an international conference on the dialogue between civilisations, scheduled to start in October, the Italian ambassador to Qatar announced here on Wednesday.

"Both countries believe in the dialogue between civilisations an >>>


      STRONG CONCERNS, WRONG ANSWERS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Marwan Al Kabalan, Special to Gulf News Syrian–Lebanese relations have deteriorated markedly over the past months and the peoples in the two countries are getting polarised in their views.

In Lebanon, opinion polls show a significant shift away from Syria since the assassination of former Lebanese pri >>>


      SUDAN APOLOGISES TO RICE OVER STAFF MANHANDLING
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Abu Shouk÷ US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanded and received an apology from Sudan on Thursday after officials and press were manhandled in Khartoum, a US official said.

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Sudan Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail had apologised to Ri >>>


      VETERAN SAUDI ENVOY TO US HAD DIRECT ACCESS TO PRESIDENTS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Los Angeles Times–Washington Post Washington÷ Riyadh‘s Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the confidant of presidents both Republican and Democratic over 22 years, is a former air force pilot who came to the job with limited diplomatic experience and ended up as a central playe >>>


      VIETNAM IS RE–ENACTED IN IRAQ
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Gordon Adams While conditions in Iraq might seem different from Vietnam, the differences are misleading. More important, how the United States has interpreted these differences and created an illusion about Iraq is critical.

The striking similarities between the two are in US policy–making, not in Ira >>>


      WARM WELCOME FOR TOP US DIPLOMAT AT CAMP
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Abu Shouk÷ Children displaced by Darfur‘s violence had a warm welcome yesterday for US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who had just pressed the Sudanese president on the humanitarian situation in the troubled western region.

After a bumpy and dusty ride from the airport to the region >>>


      WE HAVE DOCUMENTS TO PROVE KILLINGS OF SYRIANS IN LEBANON, SAYS MINISTER
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Damascus÷ Syria‘s social affairs and labour minister said yesterday that 37 Syrian workers were killed in Lebanon during a wave of anti–Syrian sentiment following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and reiterated her country‘s demand for compensation to their f >>>


      YEMEN WARNS AGAINST ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Nasser Arrabyee, Gulf News Report Sanaa÷ As the deadly protests against the fuel price increases continued a second day yesterday, Yemen‘s Prime Minister Abdul Qader Bajammal warned that the national economy would collapse if the subsidy was continued.

Bajammal said the country was passing thro >>>


      A ‘NO‘ FROM US CONGRESS MAY SCUTTLE AGREEMENT
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Washington ÷ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sees "enormous possibilities" for US–Indian cooperation based on the fistful of agreements he concluded during his visit.

Still, a big question remains, according to analysts÷ Will Congress go along with the most contentious pact, whic >>>


      ANTI–MUSLIM MAN FOUND GUILTY OF HARASSMENT
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Wellington, New Zealand÷ A man who sent mail that likened Muslims to pigs and called for burning Islam‘s holy book, the Quran, to Muslim women in New Zealand has been found guilty of harassment, news reports said yesterday.

The 53–year–old man, whose name has been withheld, was foun >>>


      ARROYO REMOVAL ‘WILL ONLY DEEPEN POLITICAL CRISIS‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Rizal Raoul Reyes, Correspondent Manila ÷ A political think–tank said yesterday that removing President Gloria Arroyo from power is not a guarantee there would be genuine and substantial changes in the country‘s socio–political system.

In an interview with Gulf News, Strategic Base >>>


      ATOMIC CHIEF SUPPORTS DEAL
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Vienna ÷ The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Mohammad Al Baradei, said on Wednesday he supported a US plan to help India obtain atomic technology, despite fears the deal could damage global nuclear security.

In a statement, Al Baradei said he welcomed the agreement, under which President George >>>


      BLAIR CALLS FOR CALM AFTER ATTACKS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies London÷ British Prime Minister Tony Blair is calling for London to bounce back quickly after another attack on the transport system.

Speaking at a press conference, he said÷ "We know why these things are done. They are done to scare people.

"Fortunately in this instanc >>>


      CONFUSION OVER AL NASHAR‘S ‘RELEASE‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Financial Times Cairo ÷ There was confusion over the whereabouts of the Egyptian–born scientist Magdy Al Nashar, detained in Cairo last week for questioning over the London attacks, after a spokesman for the country‘s interior minister said he had been released.

"Nothing more was needed >>>


      DON‘T GIVE NORTH KOREA ANY EXCUSES
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Comment on nuclear talks does not augur well for inter–regional relations North Korea has said it does not expect much progress to occur when the resumed nuclear talks take place. It is an unsurprising comment really, considering the negative attitude North Korea has to the whole issue of nuclear talks and inter& >>>


      DROUGHT WILL KILL 150,000 CHILDREN
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Financial Times Geneva ÷ The United Nations‘ top humanitarian official has said Niger‘s acute food crisis could have been avoided if the UN had a reserve fund to finance immediate emergency relief.

Failure of the international community to respond to UN appeals for Niger, first made last Nov >>>


      FRANCE CHARTS A DIFFERENT ROUTE
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Luc Debieuvre France is currently passing through a bad phase. Household confidence is low and the rate of unemployment is still high.

To make matters worse, the vote against the EU constitution has weakened domestic dynamism and the country‘s international aura. But the final blow was dealt when Pari >>>


      GUANTANAMO DETAINEES ON HUNGER STRIKE
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Cuba÷ Detainees at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are on hunger strike to highlight inhuman conditions at the camp, US military officials say.

The US military said in a statement that 52 men have refused to eat for over three days, but are being monitored by health professionals d >>>


      HEWITT AND SOAP STAR BEC MAKE A MATCH OF IT
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Sydney÷ Tennis bad boy Lleyton Hewitt and TV soap star Bec Cart–wright, Australia‘s version of Becks and Posh, were married yesterday in a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House.

With tabloids and magazines trumpeting the union as a love match, dozens of paparazzi and journalists staked >>>


      HOW WELL ARE AMERICAN MUSLIMS FITTING IN?
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Howard LaFranchi It‘s called the "Virginia Jihad" case÷ Iraqi–American medical researcher Ali Al Yimimi, who preached in northern Virginia mosques and disseminated his radical thinking on the Web, was sentenced to life imprisonment last week.

His crime÷ inciting followers >>>


      HUMANS ‘CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      AP Washington ÷ Global warming is caused primarily by humans, and "nearly all climate scientists today" agree with that viewpoint, the new head of the National Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

Ralph Cicerone‘s views contrast starkly with those of Bush administration policy, which emph >>>


      INDONESIA GETS READY TO TACKLE BIRD FLU SCARE
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Jakarta ÷ Indonesia is preparing 44 hospitals across the sprawling archipelago for treatment and detection of bird flu after recording its first deaths from the virus, the health minister said yesterday.

Siti Fadillah Supari also told reporters authorities were yet to determine how a government >>>


      IRAQ ABUSE CASE NOT ‘POLITICALLY MOTIVATED‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      The Telegraph Group Limited London ÷ Attorney–General Lord Goldsmith has denied that he was making a political scapegoat of a senior Army officer accused of failing to prevent abuses of Iraqi prisoners by his men.

Friends and colleagues of Colonel Jorge Mendonca expressed dismay that he should hav >>>


      JANATA DAL(U) MAY PULL OUT FROM OPPOSITION ALLIANCE
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent New Delhi ÷ The Janata Dal (United) is contemplating pulling out of the National Democratic Alliance.

Bickering between its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has made a section of the JD (U) leadership wary about the NDA winning >>>


      JIHAD CALL AGAINST PREACHERS OF HATE
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Islamabad ÷ President Pervez Musharraf called on Pakistanis yesterday to join a jihad, or holy war, against preachers of hatred and violence.

He also announced steps to rein in militant schools and organisations. In a televised address to the nation after security forces detained nearly 300 mili >>>


      LONDON HIT BY BLASTS AGAIN
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies London÷ Four small coordinated explosions hit London‘s bus and underground train network on Thursday, injuring one person, exactly two weeks after bombers killed more than 50 people in the city.

The attacks took place at around 1pm (1200 GMT), briefly terrifying passengers fearing a repea >>>


      MAN JAILED FOR AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY BLAST
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Jakarta ÷ An Indonesian court jailed a man for 3 1/2 years yesterday over a suicide bombing at the Australian embassy in Jakarta last year, the first defendant convicted for the attack.

Irun Hidayat, 33, was found guilty of lending one million rupiah ($102; Dh375) to key suspect Iwan Dharmawan M >>>


      MANILA COOL TO RESUMING TALKS WITH COMMUNISTS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Gilbert Felongco, Correspondent Manila ÷ The government will not press for the resumption of peace negotiations with the communists after the National Democratic Front announced on Wednesday that it would rather wait for a new administration.

"If they want to wait for a new administration to hav >>>


      MILITARY OFFICERS BEING INVESTIGATED
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Raffy Jimenez, Correspondent Manila ÷ The military has finally started investigating its officers mentioned in the controversial tape pertaining to alleged fraud committed by the Arroyo administration in the May 2004 polls, officials said yesterday.

In an interview, Armed Forces deputy chief Lieutena >>>


      NO LONDON BLAST SUSPECT ARRESTED IN PAKISTAN ENVOYS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Islamabad ÷ A blitz of detentions of suspected militants in Pakistan has not resulted in the arrest of anyone linked to the July 7 bombings in London, British diplomats said yesterday.

Stung into action by Pakistani connections with the attacks on London that killed 56 people, security forces ha >>>


      NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR FAULT FINDING
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      London Mayor should concentrate on greater issues than on scoring brownie points That Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, attributes the July 7 bomb blasts on the UK‘s foreign policy, must have been music to the ears of terrorists.

Livingstone‘s remark could also have inspired the similar "i >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S NUCLEAR SECURITY WORRIES DELHI
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Washington ÷ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned yesterday of serious consequences if militants grabbed power in Pakistan and took control of its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Singh, wrapping up a four–day visit to the United States, said the Al Qaida terror network led by Osama Bin Laden had >>>


      PAKISTANI MUSLIMS TO PROTEST RAIDS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies Lahore÷ Pakistani Muslim groups have called for nationwide protests against the government‘s crackdown following the London bombings.

The call comes as comes as President Pervez Musharraf appealed on Thursday for Pakistanis to fight extremists, just hours after a fresh wave of bombings hi >>>


      RACE TENSIONS MOUNT IN BOMBERS‘ TOWNS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Los Angeles Times–Washington Post Beeston ÷ It‘s barely noon on a recent day in this blighted Leeds suburb, but Gareth McCourt, a construction worker with the words "100 per cent white" tattooed across his belly, is already thirsting for blood.

"There‘s going to be a lot >>>


      RELATIVE RECALLS TANWEER‘S JIHAD DREAMS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Village Chak No. 477 ÷ Friends thought Shehzad Tanweer‘s passion was for cricket, but Mohammad Saleem knew his cousin dreamt of giving his life to avenge what he saw as injustices to the world‘s Muslims.

Tanweer was one of three British Muslims of Pakistani descent who are suspected >>>


      TERROR EXPERTS÷ LATEST LONDON BLASTS AMATEURISH
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Agencies London÷ The bombings of London underground trains and a bus on Thursday appeared less sophisticated than the deadly attacks in London two weeks ago, terrorism experts said.

Jeremy Binnie, an analyst with the London–based Jane‘s Terrorism and Insurgency Center, said the latest blasts >>>


      TIGERS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGES
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Sinha Ratnatunga, Correspondent Colombo ÷ Tamil guerrillas have launched a fresh campaign in the north and eastern provinces against increasing child marriages, a move which has deprived them of conscripting children to the military wing.

The campaign has been launched from the north eastern port cit >>>


      TOP OFFICIAL REJECTS SURGEON‘S DEFENCE IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF PATIENT
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Abdullah Iqbal, Correspondent Lahore ÷ A top Punjab official looking into allegations of sexual harassment of a female patient by a surgeon has rejected the evidence presented in defence, sources have said.

The case against the Nishtar Medical College (NMC) and Hospital surgeon Dr Ashiq Pervez, who i >>>


      VANDALISED RAIL STATIONS ‘UNFIT FOR 21ST CENTURY‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Evening Standard London ÷ Railway stations in London have been branded unsafe and obsolete.

Many suffer from vandalism, litter, inadequate security, poor lighting and a "threatening feel" which makes them "unfit for the 21st century", according to a study by the National Audit Office >>>


      VILLAGE ELDER SHOT DEAD
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Colombo AP÷ Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a village counsellor in eastern Sri Lanka, where growing violence threatens a delicate ceasefire between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the government, police said yesterday.

In a separate incident in the region, two men hurled a grenade at a tsunami aid centr >>>


      VOLKSWAGEN PAYS ANDHRA PRADESH2M EUROS
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      Reuters Frankfurt ÷ Volkswagen paid nearly 2 million euros (Dh' million) to the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh as compensation for misdealings linked to a bribery scandal, Europe‘s largest carmaker said yesterday.

"Volkswagen ... will hold those responsible accountable for the financial d >>>


      WE SHOULD ‘FIGHT THIS MENACE JOINTLY‘
      Gulf News, 22-07-2005
      By Shahid Hussain, Correspondent Islamabad ÷ President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that Pakistan and Britain should stand together to defeat terrorism and abstain from talking against each other as that would weaken the overall cause.

Musharraf, who focused on the ongoing campaign in Pakistan agains >>>


      J–K COP OPENS FIRE, KILLS BOSS
      , 22-07-2005
      Srinagar, July 21÷ A head constable fired «accidentally» killing an SHO of his police station and seriously injuring a DSP at Lal Chowk here. A civilian standing nearby was also killed.

RELATED STORIES Centre rushes experts to J–K What have I done to deserve this? He was too young t >>>


      ‘INDIA NOW PART OF NON–PROLIFERATION ESTABLISHMENT‘
      , 22-07-2005
      Islamabad, July 22÷ India is now effectively a part of the non–proliferation establishment following the nuclear bargain achieved by it during Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs visit to Washington, Pakistans Ambassador to US, Gen (retd) Jehangir Karamat, said.

While Pakistan Foreign Office was >>>


      NEWSPAPER TRIED A BAR GIRL STING ON ME
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1052 hours IST Mumbai, July 22÷ Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday night unanimously passed the controversial bill banning dance bars across the state after deputy Chief Minister R R Patil caused a flutter in the house by saying political leaders and government officials ha >>>


      3 HIZBUL MILITANTS KILLED IN J&K
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1'26 hours IST Srinagar, July 22÷ Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants and three Village Defence Committee members were among seven persons killed and 13 kg of RDX recovered in militancy–related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, a police spokesman said on Friday.
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      ANOTHER TERROR ATTACK WILL HIT LONDON÷ CLERIC
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1606 hours IST New York, July 22÷ On the eve of four attempted bombings in London on Thursday, Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammad, one of Britain‘s most outspoken militant clerics, predicted that another terrorist attack would hit London, a media report said on Friday.
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      AYODHYA ATTACK÷ DELHI DOCTOR ARRESTED
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1838 hours IST Lucknow, July 22÷ In the first arrest in UP in connection with the terrorist attack in Ayodhya, police on Friday picked up a doctor practising in Delhi from Saharanpur.

Police also located a hideout of the terrorist in Akbarpur where they were susp >>>


      BACHCHANS HAVE BOLLYWOOD IN THEIR HANDS!
      , 22-07-2005
      Mumbai, July 22÷ We were very amused by what we saw at a multiplex the other day when we went to catch a flick. Armed with popcorn and coke, as we sauntered in the theatre campus, we noticed the movies running in the adjacent screens and this is what we see...

The first plex was screening the Abhishek s >>>


      BJP NOT TO BOYCOTT MONSOON SESSION÷ SOMNATH
      , 22-07-2005
      Noida, July 22÷ The BJP has given an assurance that the party will not boycott the coming monsoon session, Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said on Friday.

«Why should there be boycott? I requested BJP to attend the monsoon session. They have agreed to it,» he said on the sidelines of a >>>


      BRAZILIANS USED ORKUT AS DRUG DISTRIBUTION NETWORK
      , 22-07-2005
      Rio De Janeiro, July 22÷ Brazilian police arrested 10 people on Thursday accused of selling drugs using Google‘s international social networking site Orkut, which is hugely popular in the Latin American country.

"We discovered the drug ring first via authorised phone tapping, and later the in >>>


      CBI FILES CHARGESHEET AGAINST AMIT JOGI, 30 OTHERS
      , 22-07-2005
      Raipur, July 22÷ Three weeks after his arrest, CBI on Friday filed a chargesheet against Amit Jogi, son of former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, and 30 others in connection with the murder of NCP leader Ram Avtar Jaggi on June 4, 2003.

Amit, who was arrested by CBI on July one, has been accused >>>


      CHANGE HINDUTVA INTO BHARTIATVA÷ JAMAT TO RSS
      , 22-07-2005
      Nagpur, July 22÷ A delegation of Jamat–E–Islami and leaders of other minority groups led by Abdul Haq Ansari, today met RSS General Secretary Mohan Bhagwat at RSS headquarters in Mahal here to apprise the Sangh of their activities and viewpoint‘ on Hindutva.

The other prominent me >>>


      CHINA‘S NETIZENS NOW WORLD‘S SECOND LARGEST
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1335 hours IST Beijing, July 22÷ China is now home to the second largest population of Internet users with 103 million netizens, according to a latest survey.

The number of Internet users in China has reached 103 million, second only to the United States.

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      CHINA‘S SOLE TIGLON TWINS MEET PUBLIC FOR FIRST TIME
      , 22-07-2005
      Beijing, July 22÷ China‘s only live tiglons, a cross between a tiger and a lion, were shown to public for the first time in Shenzhen, a southern boom city in Guangdong province, media reports said today.

The twins have been thriving in intensive care since they were born on May 12 at a wild animal >>>


      CONG WARDS OFF LEFT‘S CRITICISM OF INDO–US PACT
      , 22-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 22÷ The Congress on Friday rejected criticism by Left parties of Indo–US nuclear agreement reached during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying India has gained considerably ‘without conceding anything‘ and has now been recognised as a nuclear state.

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      DON‘T BLAME PAK ALONE÷ MUSH TO UK
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 0026 hours IST Islamabad, July 21÷ Under mounting pressure after the London attacks and accused of not doing enough to tackle terrorism, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday said there were extremist organisations operating with impunity in Britain and it shoul >>>


      EXCLUSIVE RAILWAY LINES FOR GOODS TRAINS÷ LALOO
      , 22-07-2005
      Padrauna, Kushinagar, July 22÷ Claiming credit for running the Railways profitably without raising fares, Union Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav said new railway lines would be laid exclusively for goods trains.

"Today the Railways have Rs 26 thousand crores in its account which would be utilised for la >>>


      EXPELLED SENA LEADER RANE TO MEET SONIA
      , 22-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 22÷ With Congress and NCP wooing him, expelled Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane is expected to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar here today.

Rane‘s visit to the capital, third in the last fortnight, assumes significan >>>


      FORD MAY DUMP 30 PC OF NORTH AMERICAN JOBS
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 2051 hours IST Washington, July 22÷ The struggling Ford Motor Co may shed up to 30 per cent of its white–collar workforce in North America as part of a corporate recovery plan, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The business newspaper said some for >>>


      GOOGLE SEEKS TO STOP MICROSOFT FROM SUING NEW HIRE
      , 22-07-2005
      San Francisco, July 22÷ Google Inc. on Thursday asked a California judge to invalidate a non–compete agreement central to Microsoft Corp.‘s lawsuit against a former vice president hired to head Google‘s new research center in China.

In a filing to the California Superior Court in Santa >>>


      GOVINDACHARYA FLAYS ADVANI‘S JINNAH REMARKS
      , 22-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 22÷ Using the platform of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, RSS affiliate, former BJP ideologue K N Govindacharya today attacked party Chief L K Advani for his remarks on M A Jinnah and the Partition and suggested these utterances were reflective of a "myopic" vision.

"When Advaniji >>>


      GOVT TO REVIEW PETROL, DIESEL PRICES
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1216 hours IST New Delhi, July 22÷ Government will review petrol and diesel prices if oil companies continue to suffer cash losses even after last month‘s fuel price hike.

The Rs 2.50 per litre increase in petrol price and Rs 2 a litre hike in diesel price >>>


      HOW TO GRIEVE?÷ 7/7 BOMBER‘S MOTHER
      , 22-07-2005
      St. George‘s, Grenada, July 22÷ The mother of suspected London bomber Jermaine Lindsay tearfully described him as a good son and said she would not accept his guilt without proof.

Maryam McLeod, wearing a traditional Islamic robe and veil over her face during a news conference yesterday, called th >>>


      IAEA WELCOMES INDO–US NUCLEAR PACT
      , 22-07-2005
      New York, July 22÷ The United Nations nuclear agency, whose inspectors would have access to Indian civilian nuclear facilities following an Indo–US pact, has welcomed the agreement, saying it would enhance nuclear energy cooperation, non proliferation and security.

"Out of the box thinking an >>>


      IAF MAY GET COMBAT PLANES FROM BOEING
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1553 hours IST New Delhi, July 22÷ Two days after India and the US deciding to strengthen cooperation in nuclear, defence and security issues, American aircraft firm Boeing on Friday said it was in talks with the Indian Air Force and Navy for offering the Super Hornet air >>>


      INDIA‘S FIVE WHO MADE MISSION POSSIBLE
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1016 hours IST Geneva, July 22÷ As he prepared to leave Washington on Thursday night after a visit that exceeded all expectations, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called in his delegation to commend all those who had worked behind the nuclear pact with the United States.
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      INDIA‘S RICHEST MAN OPTS FOR HOME LOAN
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 101' hours IST Pune, July 22÷ When someone whos worth around Rs 40,000 crore wants to build a house, what does he do? Indias richest man and software major Wipros chairman Azim Premji has opted for the common mans routego for a loan.

A small one–li >>>


      INDIAN FILM LOOKS AT GRIM WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN
      , 22-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 22÷ What happens to a woman who is born in a country where females are almost extinct?

She becomes a valuable commodity who is sold off to five brothers and their father, and then gang–raped by villagers who take turns under cover of a caste war since that‘s the only way to h >>>


      ISLAMISTS UP IN ARMS AGAINST PAK CRACKDOWN
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1636 hours IST Islamabad, July 22÷ Pakistan‘s main Islamist parties planned nationwide rallies on Friday to protest against a sweeping government crackdown on suspected militants and Islamists following the July 7 London bombings.

Nearly 300 people have bee >>>


      LALOO ESCAPES PATNA BLASTS
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1228 hours IST New Delhi, July 22÷ Three powerful bombs exploded just a few metres away from the civil court campus here, barely 30 minutes before RJD president and Railway Minister Laloo Prasad was to appear in connection with the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case agains >>>


      MILITANTS WARN KASHMIRI PANDITS÷ DON‘T RETURN TO THE VALLEY
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1347 hours IST Srinagar, July 22÷ Trying to put a dampener on the Hurriyats efforts to bring Kashmiri Pandits back to the Valley, four Pakistan–based militant groups today warned the migrants against returning as they had "deserted" the majority community >>>


      MUSH CALLS JIHAD ON PAKISTAN‘S HATE PREACHERS
      , 22-07-2005
      Islamabad, July 21÷ President Pervez Musharraf called on Pakistanis on Thursday to join a jihad, or holy war, against preachers of hatred and violence and announced steps to rein in militant Islamic schools and organisations.

In a televised address to the nation after security forces detained nearly 300 >>>


      NAIDU CLAIMS 1156 MALARIA DEATHS IN VISHAKHAPATNAM
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1616 hours IST Visakhapatnam, July 22÷ TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu has claimed that 1156 people have died due to malaria following lack of medical facilities in agency area here, a charge denied by the government.

Due to lack of medical facilities and non&nda >>>


      NARAYAN RANE TO JOIN CONGRESS PARTY
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 2114 hours IST New Delhi, July 22÷ Expelled Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane on Friday gave enough indications after a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi that he will join her party.

«You people can draw your own >>>


      NY RESUMES CELL PHONE SERVICE IN COMMUTER TUNNELS
      , 22-07-2005
      New York, July 22÷ Cell phone service was restored in two major New York commuter tunnels late on Tuesday after being shut down due to security concerns following the deadly bomb blasts earlier this month in London.

Cell phone service in the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, which go under the Hudson River t >>>


      OSAMA HAS STRONG BASE IN PAK÷ MANMOHAN
      , 22-07-2005
      Washington, Jul 21÷ Osama bin Laden, high on the global wanted list, and the al–Qaeda have a strong base in Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has indicated.

"I think there is no doubt about that," Singh said in an interview to CNN on being asked whether in his opinion Osama bin Lad >>>


      PAK FAKING ANTI–TERROR FIGHT÷ INDIA IN UN
      , 22-07-2005
      Updated÷ Friday, July 22, 2005 at 1310 hours IST United Nations, July 22÷ Rejecting the argument that the rise in terrorism was due to clash of civilisations, India has asked the international community not to tolerate "double standards" and allow countries supporting the war on terror but maint >>>


      PAKISTAN IS GREAT ALLY AGAINST TERROR÷ US
      , 22-07-2005
      Washington, July 22÷ Absolving Pakistan for any responsibility for the renewed London bombings, the US has said that Pakistan is a "great ally" in the war on terrorism.

"Pakistan is a great ally in the war on terrorism. And Pakistan recognizes the threat from terrorists. They have seen th >>>



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