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      FRENCH COMPANY WINS CONTRACT
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ French telecommunications equipment provider Alcatel said yesterday it had won a Dh'17.5 million ($250 million) contract to equip the Dubai Metro.

It said the contract marked the first time it could offer its systems for urban rail transport in the Middle East, Reuters reported >>>


      GULF FINANCE HOUSE POSTS STRONG RESULTS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ Gulf Finance House, a leading Islamic investment bank, yesterday announced a 115 per cent rise in net profit to $62.4 million (Dh22'.1' million) in the first half of 2005.

Dr Fuad Al Omar, chairman, said÷ "The bank has had a very busy second quarter, which includ >>>


      HOK WINS DUBAI STUDIO CITYS MASTER PLAN DESIGN CONTRACT
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai÷ The master plan design contract for the Dh400 million Dubai Studio City (DSC) has been awarded to a leading American company.

St. Louis based HOK (Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc), is a global provider of planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities, said >>>


      INTERNET BUSINESSES WISH HAPPY E–BIRTHDAYS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      The Economist July 16 was a big day in Amazon‘s history. Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince, the sixth in the series on schoolboy wizardry, was released with all–time record advance orders from the online store of 1.5 million. On the same day, Amazon broadcast a live concert on its website to mark >>>


      INVESTMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA SKYROCKETS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Mariam Al Hakeem, Correspondent Riyadh ÷ Saudi Arabia attracted more than 65 billion riyals (Dh63.66 billion) in investment during the first half of 2005, an increase of 1,670 per cent from 3.7 billion riyals in the same period last year, the Saudi General Investment Authority said.

A report released >>>


      KFH BAHRAIN EARNINGS SOAR TO 10M DINARS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Manama ÷ Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain) yesterday said its first–half net profit rose to 10 million dinars from 2 million dinars in the same period last year.

Total assets increased 65 per cent to 2'0 million dinars from 175 million dinars. Total operating income also grew 165 per >>>


      LANDS DEPARTMENT SEES DEALS WORTH DH412.8M
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ The Lands and Properties Department in Dubai concluded seven deals worth Dh412.8 million yesterday.

The biggest deal was in Al Barsha–1, where a plot changed hands for Dh12.5 million. The next two were in Mirdiff, where the first plot changed hands for Dh8 million and the seco >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S AFGHAN ECONOMY CONNECTION
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Farhan Bokhari, Special to Gulf News The latest announcement by Pakistan and Afghanistan following the weekend visit to Kabul by Pakistani prime minister Shaukat Aziz, promising to enhance and trade relations, at the outset hardly appears impressive.

Such statements during visibly cordial visits have been m >>>


      PAKISTANI GROUP TO INVEST DH4OOM IN DUBAI SPORTS CITY
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ Pakistan–based Memon Group of Companies is investing Dh400 million in four diverse projects in Dubai Sports City, the first of which is a Dh80 million luxury residential tower.

Champions Tower is being built in partnership with IPB Eigenheim, a Frankfurt–based German com >>>


      QATARI COMPANY WILL FINANCE TOURIST RESORT IN OMAN
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Doha ÷ Diar Real Estate Investment Co will finance the construction of a tourist resort in the Omani district of Sur, Qatar News Agency has reported.

The company and Oman‘s Ministry of Tour–ism signed a preliminary memorandum of understanding for the financing and construction o >>>


      SPONSORS ARRANGE FUNDS FOR ATLANTIS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ Istithmar, a Dubai–based investment holding company, and Kerzner International Ltd, a developer and operator of resorts, have signed a $700 million (Dh2.58 billion) agreement with a group of banks to raise funds for the Atlantis, The Palm project.

The sponsors‘ joint ven >>>


      THE CROSSOVER QUEEN
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      The Economist To sing in Spanish or in English? That was the tricky choice facing Shakira and her record company, Sony BMG, as they pondered how to follow the Colombian pop star‘s 2001 global chart–topping, 13 million–selling album, "Laundry Service". That album, Shakira‘s first (mostl >>>


      WIN–WIN SITUATION FOR ALL PARTIES
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Sohail Zubairi, Special to Gulf News Till last weeks article we have covered almost all imaginable risks emanating from an Islamic financial leasing transaction undertaken by an Islamic Financial Institution (IFI) and their by–default respective mitigation from within the structure.

Todays discussion >>>


      YUAN MOVE MAY FUEL INFLATION IN UAE
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By David Westley, Features Editor Dubai ÷ The revaluation of the Chinese yuan marks a coming of age of the Chinese economy, senior economists in the region told Gulf News yesterday.

Inevitably, it has implications for the UAE economy. While the short–term effects will be limited, the longer– >>>


      BARBER VANISHES AFTER COLLECTING DH1.5M FROM 23 CUSTOMERS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Police plan to launch an international manhunt for a barber accused of defrauding at least 23 people of more than Dh1.5 million.

The barber, an Indian, is alleged to have solicited contributions from his customers to build a shopping centre in his hometown of Patt >>>


      HUSBAND BEATS WIFE TO DEATH FOR DEFYING ‘ORDERS‘
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Samir Salama, Bureau Chief Abu Dhabi ÷ A man beat his wife to death because he says she "disobeyed his orders and looked out of the balcony", a police source said.

The incident occurred at midnight on Friday. The Syrian man has been arrested and charged with the 20–year–old woma >>>


      JOURNALISTS FOUND GUILTY OF DEFAMING MINISTRY
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Samir Salama, Bureau Chief Abu Dhabi ÷ Two journalists were each fined Dh20,000 for libel following a ruling by the Abu Dhabi Misdemeanours Court yesterday.

Ali Abu Al Reesh, managing editor of Al Ittihad, an Arabic daily, and Abdullah Rasheed, editor of the local section of the newspaper, were charg >>>


      JUMA AL MAJID HONOURED FOR HELPING NEEDY
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Staff Report Dubai ÷ Philanthropist and businessman Juma Al Majid has been praised for helping to draw a smile on the faces of the needy.

A delegation representing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday honoured Juma Al Majid with the Medal of Jerusalem for his work in Palestine.

This wa >>>


      KHALIFA AND HOWARD EXPLORE WAYS TO BOOST BILATERAL TIES
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      WAM Abu Dhabi ÷ President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday received at his palace in Al Bateen John Howard, Australian Prime Minister.

During the meeting, Shaikh Khalifa warmly welcomed the Australian premier and his entourage. He expressed the hope that the visit would contribu >>>


      MOORE AND DOWNEY JR TO STAR IN MOVIE TO BE FILMED IN ABU DHABI
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ James Bond legend Sir Roger Moore will be starring in a $50 million movie to be filmed in Abu Dhabi, studio chiefs have announced.

Hollywood wild boy Robert Downey Jr is also set to appear in The Sangraal, an archaeological thriller.

It is the first fi >>>


      MUSIC LOVERS SHRUG OFF MP3 ‘HALLUCINATION‘
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Music lovers have pledged to keep hold of their iPods despite fears that the high–tech devices pose a danger to mental health.

Owners of iPods or other computer–based MP3 musical players are universally upbeat about their usefulness.

The ea >>>


      POLICE ORGANISE TRAINING SCHEME FOR YOUNGSTERS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Aliya Al Theeb, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Hatta police organised this year‘s summer training programme for Hatta boys in cooperation with the General Department of Community Services of Dubai police.

This year‘s programme highlighted traffic awareness for the first time. The issue was introd >>>


      RESIDENTS GET A BIGGER VOICE IN CIVIC SERVICES
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Ashfaq Ahmed, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Following the success of its Have Your Say scheme, Dubai Municipality yesterday launched its new electronic suggestions and complaints scheme.

The remodelled suggestion scheme enables the public to interact with municipality officials regarding the improvement of >>>


      SCHEME SHOULD NOT INCLUDE ARAB WOMEN, SAY GCC NATIONALS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Diaa Hadid, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ The proposal aimed at extending the waiting period for foreign women to apply for UAE citizenship after marrying UAE nationals should not be applied to Arab women, UAE and Gulf national women said yesterday.

Latifa Khadem, a UAE national who is a psychologist, said >>>


      SHOPS TO GIVE WAY TO ROADS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ Shopkeepers on Jumeirah Beach Road are facing eviction as the municipality plans to tear down old buildings under a road widening and beautification scheme.

It is not clear how many shopkeepers will be affected, but Dubai Municipality has said the renovation >>>


      WOMEN SPLIT OVER PROPOSAL ON WIVES‘ CITIZENSHIP
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Daniel Bardsley, Staff Reporter Dubai ÷ The proposal to make a wife wait 10 years before she is eligible for UAE citizenship has drawn mixed reactions from expatriate women.

Brigadier Saeed Bin Bleilah, Director of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), announced on Sunday a propos >>>


      ‘PALESTINIAN SECURITY FORCES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FILL VACUUM AFTER PULLOUT‘
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Reuters Occupied Jerusalem÷ The Palestinian security forces are in such disarray that they may not be able to fill the vacuum left by Israel after it withdraws from the Gaza Strip this year, an independent report released yesterday found.

The survey by a Washington–based think tank advising US sec >>>


      ‘TWO SEAS CANAL COULD CAUSE QUAKES‘
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Reuters Ismailia ÷ The chairman of Egypt‘s Suez Canal Authority yesterday objected to a project to link the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, saying it would increase the risk of earthquakes in the Middle East.

"The two seas canal would lead to strong seismic activity in the region because of the rus >>>


      AL QAIDA TO EXECUTE KIDNAPPED DIPLOMATS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Reuters Baghdad ÷ Iraq‘s Al Qaida group posted a video of two kidnapped Algerian diplomats yesterday, after it vowed to kill them, according to an internet posting.

The video showed two blindfolded men. One of them identified himself as Ali Belaroussi, the chief of the Algerian mission. "I li >>>


      BUSH PICKS ISRAEL AND EGYPT ENVOYS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Reuters Reuters÷ US President George W. Bush has chosen two key Iraq policy advisers to serve as America‘s envoys to Israel and Egypt, the White House announced.

Richard Jones, who currently serves as the Secretary of State‘s senior advisor and policy coordinator on Iraq, will be nominated a >>>


      DOGS BIT ‘TWO IRAQI DETAINEES AT ABU GHRAIB‘
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      AP Fort Meade, Maryland ÷ Two Iraqis at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison were bitten by dogs as they were being handled by sergeants who were competing to see who could scare the most detainees, a witness testified Tuesday.

Private Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick II himself convicted of abusing inmate >>>


      EGYPT NAMES SUSPECTED SHARM AL SHAIKH BOMBER
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Agencies Sharm Al Shaikh/Islamabad ÷ Investigators identified a possible suicide bomber in the weekend terror attacks at this Red Sea resort and are looking for his suspected militant cohorts, security officials said yesterday the first break in the investigation.

Two security officials revealed that po >>>


      FOUR OMANI BOYS DROWN IN BOAT TRAGEDY
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Sunil Vaidya, Bureau Chief Muscat÷ A fun boat ride proved fatal for four Omani youth on the eastern coast, according to the Royal Oman Police here on Tuesday.

The boys Galib Al Araimi, Ammar Al Ja‘ami, Ahmad Al Farsi and Ahmad Al Madjali had taken off on a joy boat ride from Masirah, about 300 >>>


      GEAGEA SET FREE AFTER 11 YEARS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Reuters Beirut÷ Samir Geagea, the only Lebanese militia leader punished for his role in the civil war, left jail after 11 years yesterday in a step toward reconciliation.

Welcomed by supporters throwing rice and roses, the leader of the Lebanese Forces, the most powerful Christian wartime militia, was f >>>


      GUNMEN KILL 17 WORKERS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Agencies Baghdad÷ Gunmen opened fire yesterday on a pair of buses carrying workers home from a government–owned company, killing 17 and wounding 12, police and a company official said.

The attack took place in the Abu Ghraib area on the western outskirts of Baghdad shortly after the employees left >>>


      IRAN GIVES EU DEADLINE OVER NUCLEAR FUEL PROPOSAL
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Reuters Tehran ÷ Iran yesterday said the European Union had until August 1 to present a proposal that would enable the country to produce nuclear fuel or Tehran will go its own way, according to a senior Iranian official.

Ali Aghamohammadi, spokesman for Iran‘s Supreme National Security Council, t >>>


      NOW IS THE TIME TO REALISE A DREAM
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Iraqs draft permanent constitution should aim for a democratic and secular nation Amid the carnage and the daily bombings, determined Iraqis continue to work on the draft permanent constitution, due to be presented to the National Assembly by mid–August. For the majority of Iraqis, the new constitution represents >>>


      QATAR BUSINESSMEN CONTEST PROPOSALS OF RIGHTS WATCHDOG
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Barbara Bibbo‘ Correspondent Doha÷ Businessmen have spoken out against proposals by the national human rights watchdog to change sponsorship rules accusing the body of ignoring businessmen‘s rights.

The Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry said here yesterday that ‘Qatar‘s e >>>


      RESIDENTS DESPAIR OVER INCREASING TRAFFIC SNARLS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Reuters Baghdad÷ Beyond the bombs, the shortages of power and water, and threat of crime, there is another seemingly mundane affair that drives Baghdad residents closer to despair each day the traffic.

A combination of more cars on the roads, concrete blast barriers that seem to block half the streets a >>>


      RUMSFELD ON SUPRISE VISIT TO BAGHDAD
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Agecnies Baghdad÷ US Defence Secretary Donald H.Rumsfeld arrived on an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Wednesday.

Rumsfeld issues a stern message to Iraqs leaders urging them to do more to stop Syria and Iran interfering in Iraqi affairs.

He said he would be pushing for more Iraqis to be traine >>>


      SHARI ARISON‘S HUSBAND CONVICTED
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      AP Occupied Jerusalem ÷ The husband of Israel‘s richest woman, Shari Arison, was convicted yesterday on two counts of indecent acts and sexual harassment, the Justice Ministry said.

The court found that Ofer Glazer, married to the billionaire heiress of late Carnival Corporation cruise lines found >>>


      SHARON‘S SON TO BE INDICTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Agencies Occupied Jerusalem÷ An online report by the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported on Wednesday that Omri Sharon, a Member of Parliament and the son of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, has been indicted on allegations of violating campaign finance laws, forging corporate documents, breach of trust and lyi >>>


      YEMEN REDUCES FUEL PRICES
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Reuters Sana‘a ÷ Yemen‘s cabinet decided yesterday to cut fuel prices less than a week after 22 Yemenis were killed in riots sparked by price rises for petrol, diesel and kerosene.

A Yemeni official said the new, lower prices would come into effect today. Analysts had expected the government >>>


      YOUTHS CELEBRATE LEADER‘S FREEDOM
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Beirut Reuters÷ Too young to remember the civil war, Christian teenagers in Lebanese Forces t–shirts celebrated the release of former militia leader Samir Geagea yesterday with an impromptu carnival in a Beirut square.

"He is our leader, he represents the principles we follow÷ preservi >>>


      ARROYO IS READY TO FACE IMPEACHMENT CHARGES, SAYS BUNYE
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Gilbert Felongco, Correspondent Manila ÷ The Malacanang Palace yesterday welcomed the filing of impeachment charges against President Gloria Arroyo.

It said the Philippine leader is ready to face the charges levelled against her.

Forty–two MPs from the Opposition filed an amended impea >>>


      DISCOVERY IS LAUNCHED INTO ORBIT
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      AP Cape Canaveral÷ Discovery and seven astronauts blasted into orbit on Tuesday on America‘s first manned space shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful two and a half year shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and Nasa more safety–conscious.

At stake were not only >>>


      ENLARGE THE VISION
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Mike Moore, Special to Gulf News Twelve days ago, more than 30 ministers of trade met in Dalian in North China to seek an agreement on the Doha development round, which is already behind schedule. The informal ministerial meeting was planned to get the countries positions closer before the December meeting of the Wo >>>


      GOING BACK TO GRASSROOT POLITICS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Farhan Bokhari, Special to Gulf News The decision of Pakistans government to oversee a fresh round of elections to the countrys local elected bodies hardly promises to consolidate the countrys uncertain politics.

Notwithstanding promises from Pakistani leaders of overseeing clean, free and fair elections, t >>>


      GUNMEN SHOOT TRIBAL ELDER WHO HELPED ARMY
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      AP Ladha÷ Gunmen on Tuesday wounded a prominent tribal elder who had assisted Pakistan‘s army in its hunt for Al Qaida–linked militants along the rugged Afghan border, an intelligence official said.

It was the third time in recent months that assailants targeted Ahmad Shah Mehsud on a road n >>>


      MYANMAR SIDESTEPS A MÊLÉE
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Chairing Asean might have been too much for some members A diplomatic confrontation has been avoided by Myanmar deciding not to chair the Asean meeting in 2006. Although it was the turn, by rotation, of Myanmar to take the chair, several members had expressed disquiet, while others were loyal supporters of Myanmar, thu >>>


      NASA REVIEWING SHUTTLE FOOTAGE
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Agencies Cape Carnaveral÷ NASA experts are anxiously reviewing video footage of the launch of the space shuttle Discovery after debris was spotted falling from the craft during blast off.

The debris did not appear to hit the shuttle but tensions are high as it was falling debris which caused the fatal C >>>


      PARLIAMENT ERUPTS IN ANGER OVER VIOLENCE AT HONDA FACTORY
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent New Delhi ÷ Angry members of Parliament, cutting across ideological differences, joined hands in a rare gesture to condemn police brutality in Gurgaon and staged a walkout after Federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil‘s reply to a debate failed to satisfy them.

While t >>>


      PHILIPPINES STUCK IN A POLITICAL JAM
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      What matters most is alleviation of poverty and not the type of political system It seems to be an unwritten rule of international politics that those countries who can least afford instability are plagued by it. The Philippines is a case in point. The countrys President Gloria Arroyo, who came to office initially thro >>>


      RICES NO–SHOW IRKS SOUTHEAST ASIA
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Simon Montlake As Asian foreign ministers gather this week in Laos to discuss regional security issues, the main sideline topic is likely to be US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rices no–show.

Citing a scheduling clash, Rice is sending deputy Robert Zoellick to the annual forum, which runs from July 2 >>>


      ROVE ROW PROMPTS CONGRESS HEARINGS
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Washington Reuters÷ Congress will conduct a series of hearings on national security and espionage issues raised by the CIA–leak controversy surrounding senior Bush adviser Karl Rove, officials said on Monday.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence plans hearings on potential national >>>


      S. AFRICAN DONATES BLOOD FOR 35OTH TIME
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Agencies Johannesburg ÷ An elderly South African broke his own Guinness world record yesterday when he donated blood for the 350th time, inspired by the enduring memory of a terrible accident he witnessed as a child.

The South African National Blood Service said in a statement that 7'–year&nda >>>


      SHARON VISITS FRANCE
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Agencies Paris÷ Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived in Paris on Wednesday – a visit hailed to be a symbolic end to a period of sharp tension between Israel and France – for talks about the Middle East.

"Our relations with France are strengthening at every level, notably commerci >>>


      SIX ARRESTS IN LONDON BOMBER HUNT
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      Agencies London÷ British police have arrested six more as the hunt for the suspected bombers in last Thursday‘s failed attacks in London intensified.

Four men were arrested in early morning raids in the city of Birmingham, although police were refusing to comment on media reports that one of the b >>>


      SUCCESSION MAY FOLLOW FEMALE LINE
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      AP Tokyo÷ An advisory panel on Japan‘s monarchy said yesterday that allowing a female to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne should be considered as an option to avoid an eventual succession crisis.

The 10–member government–appointed panel, which has been studying succession rules since Ja >>>


      TORRENTIAL RAINS BRING LIFE TO A HALT IN MUMBAI
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent Mumbai ÷ More than 100 people were feared killed in landslides in the Konkan region hit by torrential rains which also brought life to a standstill in Mumbai, Thane and Ratnagiri districts.

The Maharashtra Government has sounded a high alert in the affected areas and h >>>


      US CAN SEIZE THE MOMENT
      Gulf News, 27-07-2005
      By Flynt Leverett Last weeks announcement that Prince Turki Al Faisal, former chief of Saudi intelligence and the current Saudi ambassador in London, will replace the long–serving Prince Bandar Bin Sultan as ambassador in Washington provides the United States with an opening to restore its strategic partnership w >>>


      NIGHT OPS TO BE REDEFINED AFTER FIRING AT BANGERGUND
      , 27-07-2005
      Srinagar, July 26÷ The Army today called the killing of three students in Kupwara districts Bangergund village regrettable and unfortunate, while announcing a proposed redefinition of night–time ambush procedures to avoid further civilian casualties.

RELATED STORIES Open house with Omar, Yas >>>


      OPEN HOUSE WITH OMAR, YASIN
      , 27-07-2005
      Srinagar, July 26÷ For the first time in 15 years of conflict, two senior Kashmiri leaders from either side of the divide will debate Kashmir and answer questions from a group of 300 local youths thanks to an initiative of the J–K Coalition of Civil Society a voluntary group of lawyers, doctors, teache >>>


      POLICE INTERCEPT EXPLOSIVES–LADEN CAR NEAR GULMARG
      , 27-07-2005
      Srinagar, July 26÷ Police today intercepted a car on the Srinagar–Gulmarg road with 100 kg of explosives hidden in its boot.

RELATED STORIES Open house with Omar, Yasin Night ops to be redefined after firing at Bangergund Army regrets shooting, orders court of inquiry «We have recovered t >>>


      ‘LEFT OPPOSES RS 4000 CR BONANZA FOR ORISSA‘
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1300 hours IST Bhubaneswar, July 27÷ The ruling BJD hit out at the Left parties, who called for an agitation against certain provisions in the MOU signed with South Korean steel giant POSCO, alleging that these forces had hatched a conspiracy against Orissa‘s int >>>


      ‘WITH BACHCHAN, I TASTED BLOOD‘
      , 27-07-2005
      Mumbai, July 27÷ Ramgopal Varma is in a jubilant mood, what with Sarkar proving a success at the box–office. The maverick film–maker has every reason to celebrate and celebrate he did by throwing a lavish party at J.W. Marriott, Juhu on Monday, July 25.

RGV always speaks with conviction and >>>


      2' PAK WOMEN RECOMMENDED FOR NOBEL PRIZE
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1456 hours IST Islamabad, July 27÷ Twenty–nine Pakistani women from different walks of life have been recommended for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

They are among the 1,000 selected on the basis of their work in their respective fields.

South Asia >>>


      AFRICAN UNION, G–4 REACH AGREEMENT
      , 27-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 26÷ The prospect of G–4 framework resolution on expansion of UN Security Council being put for vote by month–end have brightened with the African Union agreeing to drop the demand for veto power for new permanent members. On its part, the G–4 has agreed to add a non–perman >>>


      ANJU FINISHES FOURTH AGAIN
      , 27-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 27÷ Long jumper Anju Bobby George once again missed a podium finish, ending up fourth in the DN Galan Super Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Indian, who had also finished fourth in the IAAF Grand Prix in London last week, managed a best effort of 6.47m in the event yes >>>


      ARAB SUMMIT COULD BE IN BOMBED RED SEA RESORT
      , 27-07-2005
      Cairo, July 27÷ An Arab summit expected in August could take place in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el–Sheikh, where bombs killed at least 64 people last week, Arab League chief Amr Moussa said on Wednesday.

Speaking at Cairo airport on his return from New York, Moussa said that Sharm el&nd >>>


      BAR DENY OFFERING WILLIAMS A DEAL FOR BUTTON
      , 27-07-2005
      London, July 27÷ BAR have not offered Williams any ‘driver–plus–cash‘ deal in a bid to keep Briton Jenson Button, team boss Nick Fry said on Tuesday.

"No offer has been made and there have been no discussions, "he told Reuters. "I‘ve read a number of stories >>>


      BAR SEEK URGENT GUIDANCE ON TOBACCO SPONSORSHIP
      , 27-07-2005
      London, July 27÷ BAR have urged the British government to clarify a new law on tobacco sponsorship before it comes into force at Sunday‘s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The British–based Formula One team fear British legislation enforcing a European Union (EU) directive against tobacco advertising co >>>


      BUSH LOOKS FORWARD TO VISIT INDIA NEXT YEAR
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1305 hours IST Washington, July 27÷ US President George W Bush is looking forward to his proposed visit to India next year, White House press secretary Scott McClellan has said.

"I know the President looks forward to visiting India next year," he sai >>>


      CABLE TV CONNECTION FOR JAILED DARA SINGH
      , 27-07-2005
      Bhubaneswar, July 27÷ Dara Singh, who is serving a life sentence in the Graham Staines murder case, will now be able to watch cable television in his cell at the Baripada jail, official sources said.

The state government had allowed the prison authorities to give him a cable TV connection though the cos >>>


      DEBRIS FALLS OFF DISCOVERY DURING LIFT–OFF
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1110 hours IST Houston, July 27÷ NASA has reported sighting two pieces of debris falling off the space shuttle Discovery as it took off on Tuesday, on its first flight after Columbia tragedy.

One was a piece of tile, about 3.8 cm long, which appeared to have c >>>


      DHONI SHINES IN INDIA‘S '3–RUN WIN
      , 27-07-2005
      Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, July 27÷ Wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni scored a stylish 88 to guide India to a '3–run victory over a Kurunegala District Invitation XI on Wednesday.

India, playing their last warm–up game before a triangular series with Sri Lanka and West Indies starts on Saturday, s >>>


      FIRE–HIT OIL PLATFORM OUTPUT WAS 100,00 BPD
      , 27-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 27÷ An oil platform hit by fire at India‘s Bombay High produced 100,000 barrels per day of crude, ONGC Chairman Subir Raha told reporters on Wednesday.

The fire broke out on the Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd platform after a rig collided with it.

More Business Headlines >>>


      GURGAON RAGES OVER CRUEL COPS
      , 27-07-2005
      Gurgaon, July 27÷ New protests erupted on streets outside the Indian capital and in Parliament on Tuesday, a day after dramatic TV images showed policemen beating hundreds of protesting Honda workers with bamboo sticks.

On Monday, policemen were seen hitting hundreds of workers with canes after surround >>>


      HONDA SUFFERS $27 MN LOSS OVER LABOUR UNREST
      , 27-07-2005
      Tokyo, July 27÷ Japan‘s Honda Motor has already incurred a loss of about three billion yen (27 million dollars) through lost output during a violent labour dispute at its Indian unit, a news report said today.

Average production at the factory on New Delhis outskirts dropped to 400 motorcycles a >>>


      HOT PEPPER FACE–WASH FOR ACNE, WRINKLES!
      , 27-07-2005
      Houston, July 27÷ Natural hot pepper face wash to clear acne? This may sound crazy, but regular application of hot pepper face–wash can wipe out acne completely, if American researchers are to be believed.

Researchers at Sicap, a US pharmaceutical company which specialises in pepper–based pr >>>


      IGNORE METHOD FOR RESULTS÷ CHAPPELL
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1143 hours IST Dambulla, Sri Lanka, July 27÷ The Indians are set for another practice match as the start of the triangular series draws near in this socially and agriculturally important region of Sri Lanka.

New coach Greg Chappell obviously believes that good >>>


      INCESSANT RAINS CLAIM NINE LIVES IN MUMBAI
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1447 hours IST Mumbai, July 27÷ The incessant downpour in the city has claimed nine lives, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sources said today.

Two boys drowned in an overflowing sewer in Marol–Maroshi suburbs while a person died in a wall collap >>>


      INDIA‘S TECH BOOM SPARKS RECRUITMENT RUSH
      , 27-07-2005
      Bangalore, July 27÷ On a hot summer weekend in India‘s technology capital,
28,000 young graduates converge on a suburban indoor stadium and create a stampede for jobs in the exploding software and business service industries.

A large board advertising Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp falls >>>


      LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, LET IT REMAIN SO
      , 27-07-2005
      Mumbai, July 27÷ The increasing rate of suicide in the youth calls for immediate attention and care 15–year–old commits suicide after failing in SSC × 17–year–old commits suicide in fear of failing HSC examination × Frustrated teenage lover commits suicide, blames lost love as >>>


      MAJOR FIRE BREAKS OUT ON BOMBAY HIGH OIL PLATFORM, 300 MAY BE TRAPPED
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 2027 hours IST New Delhi, July 27÷ A fire broke out at an oil platform off the west coast of India on Wednesday after an oil rig collided with it, officials said.

The oil platform in the Bombay High offshore oil field produces 100,000 barrels per day, the chai >>>


      MAMATA SERVES ULTIMATUM TO LEFT STATE GOVT
      , 27-07-2005
      Kolkata, July 27÷ Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee served a 48–hour ultimatum to the Left Front government to come out with an explanation on how the criminals who had committed dacoity in Salt Lake and raped a minor girl, came out of jail.

The TC supremo also demanded a CBI probe into the >>>


      MAN SUSPECTED IN GRENADE ATTACK AIMED TO KILL BUSH
      , 27-07-2005
      Georgia, July 27÷ The man who has confessed to throwing a live grenade at US President George W. Bush during a rally in Georgia‘s capital says he hoped to kill the US Leader, his lawyer said today.

Authorities formally charged Vladimir Arutyunian with terrorism today, Arutyunian‘s lawyer Gul >>>


      MUGABE TURNS TO CHINA AS UN PRESSURE BUILDS
      , 27-07-2005
      Harare, July 27÷ President Robert Mugabe won financial and diplomatic support from China on Tuesday as Zimbabwe came under increased pressure from the United Nations over slum demolitions.

Visiting Beijing on Tuesday, Mugabe and Chinese leader Hu Jintao signed a deal on economic and technical cooperatio >>>


      NATURE‘S FURY÷ MUMBAIKARS‘ NIGHTOUT!
      , 27-07-2005
      Mumbai, July 27÷ An ordinary Mumbaikar is used to a once–in–a–season virtual standstill but yesterday‘s rainfall, which broke a 30–year record, brought him face–to–face with nature‘s fury.

What were only scenes of flooded areas on his television screen til >>>


      NEW CHALLENGES FOR INDIAN IT
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1037 hours IST New Delhi, July 27÷ The Information Technology sector has made its money, hired millions, and netted controversy. The industrys problems are unique to India, being problems of success.

But its inadequacies are commonplace too÷ Inabil >>>


      NORMAL OUTPUT AT OIL PLATFORM MONTHS AWAY÷ AIYAR
      , 27-07-2005
      New Delhi, July 27÷ The oil platform destroyed by fire in Bombay High offshore field may take several months to resume normal production, but output at other platforms there was normal, Oil Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Wednesday.

Aiyar said he did not yet know the cause of the fire on the Oil and >>>


      ONGC CONFIRMS FIRE ON BOMBAY HIGH OIL PLATFORM
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 2024 hours IST Mumbai, July 27÷ An Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd official confirmed on Wednesday there was a fire on its Bombay High platform off the coast of Mumbai.

A government source had earlier told Reuters that the fire broke out after a rig collided with >>>


      ONGC Q1 PROFIT UP 44 PC, BELOW FORECAST
      , 27-07-2005
      Mumbai, July 27÷ India‘s most valuable company, Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd (ONGC), said quarterly profit rose 44 per cent on record oil prices, but it fell short of forecasts as ONGC bore the cost of its contribution to a state fuel subsidy.

The nation‘s top private sector producer of crud >>>


      OUR STANDOFF WITH RSS ON ADVANI OVER÷ BJP
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1454 hours IST Chennai, July 27÷ The BJP today claimed that its standoff with the RSS on the Advani issue was over.

Asserting that the RSS never wanted a change in the BJP leadership, party spokesperson Prakash Javedekar told reporters here that the organisati >>>


      PM SPEAKS TO MAHA CM, ASSURES ALL HELP
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1611 hours IST New Delhi, July 27÷ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and enquired about the situation in the state following incessant rains.

The Prime Minister assured him of all possible help by >>>


      RAIN CAUSES CHAOS IN MUMBAI
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1111 hours IST Mumbai, July 27÷ Heavy monsoon rains disrupted rail and air traffic in Mumbai and floods snarled up roads on Tuesday, and weather officials said the heavy rains and winds were likely to continue for another 24 hours.

Mumbai continued to remain c >>>


      RELIANCE LAUNCHES POWER RESTORATION IN MUMBAI
      , 27-07-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 1316 hours IST Mumbai, July 27÷ City power utility Reliance Energy today said it had restored electricity supply to several parts of the metropolis and efforts were on in remaining areas.

"Restoration of power supply has already started in areas which are >>>


      S. AFRICAN DONATES BLOOD FOR RECORD 350TH TIME
      , 27-07-2005
      Johannesburg, July 27÷ An elderly South African broke his own Guinness World Record on Tuesday when he donated blood for the 350th time, inspired by the enduring memory of a terrible accident he witnessed as a child.

The South African National Blood Service said in a statement that 7'–year&nda >>>


      SANIA ACES BIG SERVING ELENI AT STANFORD
      , 27-07-2005
      Stanford, California, July 26÷ India‘s Sania Mirza made the most of her lucky loser status with an upset victory over the big–serving Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 7–6 2–6 6–3 to move into the second round of the Stanford Classic on Tuesday.

In another surprise result, Russian >>>


      SC UPHOLDS CONVICTION OF KPS GILL
      , 27-07-2005
      New Delhi÷ The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of former Punjab Director General of Police and Indian Hockey Federation president KPS Gill on the charges of outraging the modesty of senior woman IAS officer Rupan Deol–Bajaj.

A bench comprising Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice >>>



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