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      US STATE DEPARTMENT HAILS SAUDI PARDON
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      AP Riyadh÷ The US State Department has welcomed the pardon of reform activists in Saudi Arabia, calling the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia a forward– looking leader.

"We applaud this decision," spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters on Tuesday >>>


      AFGHAN WOMEN SPY SHOT DEAD BY TALIBAN
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Agencies Kandahar÷ An Afghan woman was shot dead by Taliban guerrillas who accused her of spying for US forces.

The woman who remains unidentified was dragged out of her house and shot on Tuesday in the Mizan district of Zabul and her brother and father were kidnapped district chief Haji Mohammad Younus >>>


      ALERT ON AVIAN FLU AS MIGRATING BIRDS ARRIVE
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      AP Bangalore÷ India‘s government warned health and wildlife officials throughout the country to watch for symptoms of avian influenza among migratory birds that have begun arriving from China and other regions affected by the disease.

Avian flu can spread to humans through poultry that come into c >>>


      ARROYO CONTINUES HECTIC SCHEDULE AT START OF TRIAL
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief Manila ÷ President Gloria Arroyo attended four out–of–town events yesterday, following a heavy gym session and a facial treatment on the eve of a committee hearing of the impeachment complaint that was filed against her by the opposition at the House of Representa >>>


      BIRD FLU STRAIN SPREADING
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Reuters Astana/Moscow÷ A bird flu outbreak extended its reach in Russian Siberia and spread to Mongolia yesterday, and neighbouring Kazakhstan confirmed a fowl virus found in the Central Asian state could kill humans.

Officials said no people had been infected so far, but the highly potent H5N1 strain h >>>


      BOMBS WOUND 26 IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Agencies Manila÷ Two bombs exploded in the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga on Wednesday, wounding 26 people, in attacks which security forces blamed on Muslim militants.

The bombs went off as officials were counting votes from Monday‘s election in five Muslim provinces for governor of an aut >>>


      BRITAIN DETAINS 10 FOREIGNERS
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Agencies London÷ Britain detained 10 people on Thursday who it said were a threat to national security and said it planned to deport them.

In a statement, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said the presence of the 10 unnamed foreign nationals was "not conducive to the public good".

" >>>


      CASE FILED AGAINST ‘GOVERNMENT INACTION‘
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Pamela Raghunath Correspondent Mumbai ÷ Former MP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya yesterday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Mumbai High Court against the Maharashtra government‘s total inaction in taking measures to improve the condition of the Mithi river.

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      ERSHAD PROPOSES NEW ELECTORAL FORMULA
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter Dubai÷ Bangladesh‘s former military ruler Lt Gen Hossain Mohammad Ershad has proposed a new electoral formula based on proportional representation of parties in the parliament, to solve the growing disagreement between major political parties on reforming the caretaker gove >>>


      FAMILIES RUN FROM PILLAR TO POST TO RETRIEVE FUNDS FROM SMALL FINANCIERS
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Akhel Mathew Correspondent Thiruvananthapuram ÷ A series of cases with money apparently having mysteriously vanished has wrecked the finances of hundreds of families in Kerala, while simultaneously sending shock waves among philanthropists who have donated to relief funds.

While clients of two chit f >>>


      INDIA‘S LEFTIST PARTIES FALTER DUE TO THE LACK OF A VISION
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By C. Raja Mohan The utterly predictable reaction of the Left parties against the Indo–US defence and nuclear pacts confirms that the Communist Party of India–Marxist (CPI–M) and Communist Party of India (CPI) are very clear about what India should not do. But do they know what India ought to be doing >>>


      JAPANESE VICTIMS OF DEPRESSION FACE NATIONAL STIGMA
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Tom Clifford, Assistant Editor, International Tokyo ÷ Japan is a country where the healthy sea–based diet and an innate sense of politeness to ease the stresses of the day help its citizens to reasonably consider living full lives with Japan enjoying the world‘s highest life expectancy but this is >>>


      LALU PARTY ASKS POLL PANEL TO SIMPLIFY VOTING PROCESS
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent New Delhi ÷ The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) wants the Election Commission (EC) to take it easy during the upcoming Bihar legislative assembly elections.

In what can be termed as an application to allow it to rig the Bihar polls, the RJD yesterday petitioned the commission >>>


      MINISTER ACCUSED OF ROLE IN RIOTS RESIGNS
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Ajay Jha, Chief Correspondent New Delhi÷ Federal Minister Jagdish Tytler yesterday resigned on Wednesday following Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s announcement to investigate his alleged role in the 1'84 anti–Sikh riots.

Jagdish Tytler A judicial commission constituted to inves >>>


      MISSION IN VAIN
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Mark Sappenfield When the wheels of the space shuttle Discovery at last rolled to a safe stop at the end of a dusty runway before dawn in the California desert, the rest of America‘s human–spaceflight programme began to accelerate into an unknown future.

After more than two years of research and >>>


      MUSHARRAF RENEWS PLEDGE TO ROOT OUT EXTREMISM
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      By Shahid Hussain, Correspondent Islamabad÷ President General Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday reiterated his resolve to root out extremism but said it would be done in a prudent way without using force.

"We are not dragging our feet, nor do we lack in determination to deal with the complex problem wh >>>


      NIGER NEEDS HELP, NOT DENIAL
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      President of the famine–hit African nation should be realistic about the crisis The people of Niger "look well–fed, as you can see." This appalling statement was made by the country‘s president Mamadou Tandja, in an interview with the BBC on Tuesday. Appalling because what we can actually se >>>


      OLD FACES IN NEW CABINET
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Reuters Nouakchott÷ Mauritania‘s military rulers named a new civilian government yesterday a week after staging a bloodless coup, although many of its members hailed from the ousted president‘s party.

The military junta, which ended two decades of authoritarian rule by President Maaouya Ould >>>


      PAKISTAN TEST FIRES FIRST CRUISE MISSILE
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Agencies Islamabad ÷ Pakistan on Thursday test fired its first cruise missile, capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, and did not give advance warning to its archrival India, officials said.

The missile, named Babur, has a range of 500 kilometers (310 miles), and was fired early Thursday >>>


      POTTERMANIA GRIPS GUANTANAMO BAY
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      The Telegraph Group Limited Washington ÷ The Harry Potter craze has reached the cells of Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay.

The ripping tales of the boy wizard are said to be top of the request list for the prisons 520 Al Qaida and Taliban suspects.

Lori, a contractor who runs the prison library, sa >>>


      SALMAN RUSHDIE CALLS FOR ISLAMIC REFORM
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Agencies London÷ Salmon Rushdie has called for a broader interpretation of the Quran in an opinion piece published by The Times newspaper in London.

The Indian born Muslim novelist called for the Quran to be treated as historical document, rather than as infallible.

If, however, the Koran were >>>


      SECURITY EXPERTS STUDY ‘AUSTRALIAN‘ TERROR VIDEO
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      AP Canberra÷ Australian and British security experts were studying a video of a masked man with an accent that sounds Australian threatening more terrorist attacks in the West in the name of Islam, Australia‘s foreign minister announced.

The two–hour tape, showing a man wearing combat gear a >>>


      SMOG CAUSES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MALAYSIA
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Agencies Kuala Lumpur÷ Malaysia has sought crisis talks with Indonesia as a smoke caused by Sumatran forest fires covered the capital in thick smog.

"We are now in a state of emergency," a National Security Council official told reporters as the air pollution index soared to extremely hazardou >>>


      SUPPORT FOR KOIZUMI SWELLS
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Reuters Tokyo ÷ In a sign his political gamble may pay off, public opinion polls showed yesterday that Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi‘s support rating had risen since he called an election to seek a new mandate for reforms.

AP Japans Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako wave >>>


      US WARNS AGAINST TRAVEL TO HILL RESORT
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      AP Islamabad÷ American citizens have been warned not to travel to a hill resort north of the Pakistani capital due to fears of sectarian violence, a US Embassy official said on Wednesday.

The warning, issued on Tuesday, advised Americans against travelling to Murree, a hill town about 55 kilometres nort >>>


      WATER BORNE DISEASES KILLED 46 IN FLOOD HIT MUMBAI THIS WEEK
      Gulf News, 11-08-2005
      Agencies Mumbai÷ As waters recede from the flood ravaged Indian state of Maharashtra, death tolls continue to rise. Over the past week 46 people have lost their lives to water borne diseases.

"We suspect that many deaths were due to leptospirosis," said Johnny Joseph, Bombay‘s civic comm >>>


      ‘HE GOADED THE MOB TO KILL MORE‘
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 0'41 hours IST New Delhi, August 11÷ Two people Surinder Singh and Jasbir Singh had testified against Jagdish Tytler over his role in the 1'84 anti–Sikh riots.

Surinder, head granthi of the Karol Bagh gurdwara, has been elusive since the Nan >>>


      ‘RAJIV TOOK JUST 30 SECONDS TO CALL UP ARMY‘
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1832 hours IST New Delhi, August 11÷ Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had taken only half–a–minute to clear the deployment of army to control widespread anti–Sikh riots in 1'84 in Delhi, P.C. Alexander, his former principal secretary, said in Raj >>>


      26 DIE, FEARS OF EPIDEMIC LOOM MUMBAI
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1241 hours IST Mumbai, August 11÷ Altogether 26 persons have died due to high fever and about 250 others have contracted similar symptoms in the city in the last two days in the wake of the recent deluge as Maharashtra chief secretary summoned a high–level meeti >>>


      50 PER CENT OF ISD CALLS IN INDIA MADE FROM NET
      , 11-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 11÷ Ever since the government deregulated Internet telephony three years back, more and more Indians are turning to this new technology to keep in touch with their loved ones abroad as it is far cheaper than the normal telephone calls.

Despite tight regulations, bandwith problems and t >>>


      ALL CONGRESS PMS CHIPS OF SAME BLOCK÷ SGPC
      , 11-08-2005
      Phagwara, Punjab, August 11÷ Expressing resentment over the Nanavati Commission Action Taken Report (ATR), SGPC general secretary Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur today said all Congress Prime ministers were "chips of the same block" and the community was highly disillusioned with the Sikh PM.

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      ANGELINA JOLIE IS NOW CAMBODIAN
      , 11-08-2005
      Phnom Penh, August 11÷ King Norodom Sihamoni has signed a special decree giving movie star Angelina Jolie Cambodian citizenship in recognition of her environmental work in the country, a senior official said on Thursday.

"The King signed the legal papers and that means she now has Cambodian citizen >>>


      ANJU FAILS TO WIN MEDAL IN LONG JUMP
      , 11-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 11÷ Failing to repeat her last years performance, Anju Bobby George finished outside the podium in the long jump event even though she came up with her best effort of the season in the World Athletics Championship in Helsinki on Wednesday.

Anju improved on her best of the season, 6.54 >>>


      ANOTHER GIRL GANGRAPED IN DELHI
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1151 hours IST New Delhi, August 11÷ In yet another incident of gangrape in the capital, a minor girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by six men in a private bus in southwest Delhi in the wee hours today.

All six accused have been arrested, police said. The >>>


      ASH OR KAJOL÷ WHOLL IT BE?
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1226 hours IST Mumbai, August 11÷ The men in white –– Abbas–Mustan –– may be busy filming Subhash Ghais 36 China Town (after Bangkok, theyre proceeding to Mauritius on August 11), but theyve already started casting for their next proje >>>


      BIDDING ADIEU TO MUMBAIS DANCE BARS
      , 11-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 11÷ Monday, 10.30 pm÷ Its a few hours before the Act banning dance bars across Maharashtra finally gets the green signal. But the girls at Babas Galaxy Bar and Restaurant, Vile Parle (East), dont suspect a thing.

A green–room bonhomie of sorts is evident as the girls get d >>>


      BRITONS BACK MULTICULTURALISM÷ POLL
      , 11-08-2005
      London, August 11÷ Multiculturalism is backed by 62 per cent of the population in Britain, who say it makes the country a better place to live, a new poll indicated today.

The Mori poll for the BBC found fewer Muslims than other groups think Britain is becoming less racially tolerant. A total of 31 per >>>


      CONG LEADER SAJJAN KUMAR TO RESIGN
      , 11-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 11÷ Senior Congress MP Sajjan Kumar, who was indicted by the Nanavati Commission report on the 1'84 anti–Sikh riots, today decided to resign as chairman of Delhi Rural Development Board.

Kumar, who represents the outer Delhi Lok Sabha constituency is going to meet Chief Minsi >>>


      DAY IN PIX÷ INDIA, WORLD, SPORT, SHOWBIZ
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1625 hours IST 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ' 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17Next New Delhi August 11÷ View the day‘s events in picture format÷ Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan talks about his forthcoming film Dil Jo Bhi Kahey (whatever the heart says) in Mumbai Augu >>>


      DELHI COWS TO NOW HAVE MICROCHIPS ON THEM
      , 11-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 11÷ Authorities in New Delhi have started inserting microchips into cows to tackle the decades–old problem of cattle roaming freely in the streets of the Indian capital, officials said on Thursday.

The move came after the Delhi High Court slammed civic authorities this month for >>>


      FLY ME TO THE MOON? THAT‘LL BE $100 MILLION
      , 11-08-2005
      New York, August 11÷ Want to send someone over the moon? All it takes is $100 million.

A US company said on Wednesday it wants to send two tourists on a trip around the moon at a cost of $100 million per ticket.

Space Adventures Ltd, which has already sent two civilians on separate trips into s >>>


      FOOTBALL TRAINING CENTRE OPENED IN KOLKATA
      , 11-08-2005
      Kolkata, August 11÷ The Sports Authority of India has joined hands with the Indian Football Association to start a Centre Of Excellence (COE) for men‘s football and a round–the–year women soccer training camp at its Eastern Centre here.

The COE would start next month with 16 footballer >>>


      GANGULY IS BEST AMONG CAPTAINS÷ RANATUNGA
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1316 hours IST Somehow, I also feel drawn into the captaincy debate currently on in India.

Should it be Sourav Ganguly or Rahul Dravid? One is proven, the other has promise. One is charismatic, the other low–profile but all substance. Who is the one we are loo >>>


      GANGULY NOT ‘WORRIED‘ OVER CAPTAINCY
      , 11-08-2005
      Kolkata, August 10÷ Even as speculation continued over the choice of captain for the Indian cricket team‘s upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said he was ‘not worried‘ about the outcome of Friday‘s Selection Committee meeting on the issue.

"Whatever happe >>>


      GAZA PULLOUT WILL BE GOOD FOR ISRAEL÷ BUSH
      , 11-08-2005
      Jerusalem, August 11÷ US President George W. Bush says a planned pullout of Jewish settlers from occupied Gaza ‘will be good for Israel‘.

Bush‘s remarks, in an interview given to Israel‘s Channel One television and aired on Thursday, appeared to be an attempt to boost Prime Minis >>>


      GOVT BUCKLES UNDER MADARSA–SANSKRIT COMBINE
      , 11-08-2005
      Patna, August 11÷ The three–month–old strike by thousands of teachers of the Madarsa–Sanskrit teachers Joint Morcha (Bihar) was on Thursday called off after the state government conceded their basic demands, including enhanced salary and perks at par with teachers of government schools.
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      GROWING INDIAN ECONOMY SPURS HEDGE FUNDS
      , 11-08-2005
      London, August 11÷ Tempted by strong economic growth and the promise of high returns, hedge funds are flocking to equity markets in both China and India, but analysts say India is likely to be a better bet for the foreseeable future.

India is favoured because equity markets there are becoming easier for >>>


      GRUESOME TOP 10 @ IRAQI WEBSITE
      , 11-08-2005
      Dubai, August 11÷ A video showing a so–called "top ten" of bloody attacks against US forces in Iraq that were claimed by al–Qaeda–linked groups appeared on an Islamist web site today.

The 17–minute video is aimed at "those who like to see American crusader blood fl >>>


      I BOW MY HEAD IN SHAME÷ PM
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1415 hours IST New Delhi, August 11÷ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said in the Rajya Sabha that it was time for introspection so that ghastly incidents like the 1'84 anti–Sikh riots never took place in the country.

Intervening in a dis >>>


      INDIAN WOMEN CLINCH MAIDEN ASIAN BOXING TITLE
      , 11-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 11÷ Indian women created history by winning their maiden title at the third Asian Boxing Championships at Taiwan on Thursday.

Indian team bagged seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals to finish ahead of North Korea, who were the champions in the last two editions.

India >>>


      INDIANS JAILED FOR POSSESSING ALCOHOL IN DUBAI
      , 11-08-2005
      Dubai, August 11÷ A court here has sentenced two Indians to two months imprisonment for possessing alcohol.

The Dubai court of appeal ordered that the two be deported after they end the prison term.

The two, Maroof and Abdul Razeq were arrested in June for possession of 48 bottles of alcohol. M >>>


      INDIANS STRANDED WITHOUT WAGES AND TICKETS IN DUBAI
      , 11-08-2005
      Dubai, August 11÷ A group of Indian labourers have approached the Indian Embassy here for assistance to return home after a construction company failed to pay their wages for almost a year.

The group of labourers working for a construction company in Saleh want tickets to fly back home after the firm re >>>


      INFOSYS LOOKS TO CHINA TO DIVERSIFY
      , 11-08-2005
      Shanghai, August 11÷ Infosys Technologies Ltd, India‘s second biggest software exporter, has begun a rapid build–up in China, developing a market that could someday account for up to 10 per cent of its global revenue.

The company entered China in its last fiscal year, generating a modest $1. >>>


      INVESTOR FRIENDLY CLIMATE IN UP÷ AMAR SINGH TELLS NRIS
      , 11-08-2005
      Dubai, August 11÷ Samajwadi Party leader and chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Development Council Amar Singh tried to sell the state as an attractive investment destination to NRI investors at an exhibition of Indian products and services here, saying that an investor–friendly climate existed in the state.
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      ISLAM NEEDS REFORM TO COMBAT JIHADIS÷ RUSHDIE
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1113 hours IST London, August 11÷ Controversial Indian–born novelist Salman Rushdie has advocated reforms in Islam to help bring the concepts of the religion into the modern age and "combat" jihadi ideologues.

"What is needed is a move be >>>


      LALOO SAYS SORRY TO LOK SABHA SPEAKER
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1501 hours IST New Delhi, August 11÷ Union Railway Minister Laloo Prasad today apologised to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee who took strong exception to RJD members complaining that they were being deliberately ignored and not allowed to raise issues.

W >>>


      LEFT, NDA UNRELENTING, WANT MORE HEADS TO ROLL
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1420 hours IST New Delhi, August 11÷ The BJP–led NDA today kept up pressure on the Manmohan Singh government to take immediate action against all those indicted by the Nanavati Commission despite resignation of Jagdish Tytler as Union Minister.

The NDA >>>


      MADAM, I‘M THE VICTIM OF A CONSPIRACY÷ TYTLER
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1027 hours IST New Delhi, August 11÷ NRI Affairs Minister Jagdish Tytler today said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had forced him to resign from the Council of Ministers.

And in his letter to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhithis was different from the letter >>>


      MAGIC AIR‘S FLIGHT PLANS GROUNDED
      , 11-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 11÷ Magic Air, a start–up airline proposed to be launched from November by a person of Indian origin, has already run into turbulent weather, with the government today saying it cannot permit PIOs to operate an airline.

The existing civil aviation requirements stipulate that a sc >>>


      NARAIN SEEKS JAYALALITHAA‘S HELP TO REV UP F1
      , 11-08-2005
      Coimbatore, August 11÷ Ace driver Narain Karthikeyan on Thursday said he would soon meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa to request her to provide necessary assistance to set up a Formula 1 track in the state.

"I have already met and discussed the issue with Jayalalithaa sometime in April >>>


      NASA TO LAUNCH MARS ORBITER
      , 11-08-2005
      Cape Canaveral, Us, August 11÷ NASA said it would go ahead with the launch of a Mars Orbiter today after inspecting equipment on the rocket that will send it on its way.

The planned launch yesterday was postponed because of problems with the Atlas V rocket.

"They‘re good to go," >>>


      NEW GUIDE SHOWS HOW TO CUT THE COST OF DIVORCE
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1724 hours IST London, August 11÷ A new guide to divorce, launched by consumer body Which?

on Thursday, aims to help couples minimise the "crippling" costs of divorce to free up as much money as possible for the family.

Resolution –&n >>>


      OKLAHOMA MAN HELD BEFORE BOARDING PLANE WITH BOMB
      , 11-08-2005
      Oklahoma City, August 11÷ An Oklahoma man was taken into custody after he tried to carry a bomb on board an airplane on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, an FBI spokesman said.

Charles Alfred Dreyling Jr., 24, was detained on Wednesday morning after a security screener using an X–ray machine saw the dev >>>


      PAK TO JAPAN÷ WANT OUR SUPPORT? DROP INDIA
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1427 hours IST Islamabad, August 11÷ In an apparent attempt to break the unity of the G–4 countries seeking permanent membership of the UNSC, Pakistan has said it would "step back" and consider supporting Japan‘s bid if Tokyo disassociates itself >>>


      PAKISTAN TEST FIRES NUCLEAR CAPABLE CRUISE MISSILE
      , 11-08-2005
      Islamabad, August 11÷ Pakistan today test–fired its first ever ground–launched nuclear capable cruise missile HATF VII Babur, which could reach targets upto 500 kms.

The military said that with the "successful test, Pakistan has joined a select group of countries which have the capabili >>>


      RITEISH DESHMUKH HURT ON SETS
      , 11-08-2005
      Mumbai, August 11÷ Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukhs elder son and actor Riteish Deshmukh was injured during a film shoot on Tuesday evening.

Riteish was shooting for Rohan Sippys Bluff Master. On location at Juhu, during a bar fight sequence, a character artiste holding a revolver missed his timing a >>>


      RS SUSPENDS QUESTION HOUR TO DISCUSS NANAVATI
      , 11-08-2005
      New Delhi, August 11÷ The Rajya Sabha today suspended the Question Hour and took up for discussion an Opposition–sponsored motion on Nanavati Commission report.

As soon as the House met for the day, chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat informed the House that he had received requests to suspended the >>>


      RSS LEADER SESHADRI SERIOUS, HOSPITALISED
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1244 hours IST Bangalore, August 11÷ Veteran RSS leader H V Seshadri is in a serious condition in a private hospital here, sources at the hospital said.

The octogenarian leader was admitted to the hospital with ‘multiple problems‘ and is now on a >>>


      RURAL JOBS PLAN THREATENS INDIAN BUDGET DEFICIT
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 2150 hours IST New Delhi, August 10÷ The government‘s plan to offer 100 days of employment a year to every rural household would increase the fiscal deficit sharply, push up interest rates and hurt the bond market if it became law, analysts said.

The C >>>


      SALAAM NAMASTE
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1837 hours IST Mumbai, August 11÷ Character Sketch Saif Ali Khan as Nick Nikhil Arora, sorry, Nick, hates being called Nikhil Arora. He also hates waking up in the morning, the sight of blood and architecturehis chosen line of study. Which is why he moved from Ludh >>>


      SOFTWARE MAKERS TO GAIN FROM NEW GADGETS
      , 11-08-2005
      New York, August 11÷ Software companies are poised to benefit the most among suppliers as computers, telephones, televisions and music players converge, by helping glue these various systems together, analysts and executives say.

"Having an operating system to cross multiple devices is the next fro >>>


      SOPRANOS
      , 11-08-2005
      Los Angeles, August 11÷ The upcoming season of The Sopranos might well be a whopper, at least in terms of the number of episodes.

Sources said series creator/executive producer David Chase is close to finalizing a pact with HBO to produce as many as 10 additional episodes for the upcoming sixth season, >>>


      TYTLER GONE, PARTIES BICKER OVER IMAGE
      , 11-08-2005
      Updated÷ Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 1026 hours IST New Delhi, August 11÷ In wake of the resignation of Union Minister Jagdish Tytler political parties of all hues unleashed a blitzkrieg of damage–control and even image–making in an attempt to wrest the high moral ground from the others.
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      US TRIGGERS OIL TO RECORD $65 A BARREL
      , 11-08-2005
      New York, August 11÷ Oil prices surged nearly two dollars on Wednesday after a US government report rekindled fears that resilient demand from summer drivers and a spate of refinery outages could trigger a gasoline supply crunch.

The gains came against the backdrop of rising tensions in the Middle East >>>


      YAHOO GIVES $1 BN, CHINA OPS FOR ALIBABA STAKE
      , 11-08-2005
      Beijing, August 11÷ Yahoo Inc said on Thursday it will pay $1 billion in cash and swap its China operations for a 40 per cent interest in China‘s second–largest Internet auctioneer, Alibaba.com.

Under the deal, the largest to date for an online asset in China, Yahoo would fold its Chinese se >>>


      BA CANCELS OVER 30 HEATHROW FLIGHTS DUE TO DISPUTE
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways cancelled at least 30 flights on Thursday due to a dispute between workers and management at an airline catering firm, a spokesman for the airline said.

Thirty short–haul flights were cancelled with 14 aircraft due to land at Heathrow diverted to other UK ai >>>


      BRIGHTER BOE OUTLOOK DAMPENS RATE CUT EXPECTATIONS
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS UK Growth Subdued By Fiona Shaikh and Katie Allen LONDON (Reuters) – The economy will remain subdued for now but then growth and inflation will pick up faster than previously thought, the Bank of England said on Wednesday, dousing expectations for more interest rate cuts.

Just a week after it cut b >>>


      EU, ALLIES DEMAND IRAN RESUME NUCLEAR FREEZE
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS Related Articles UN leader urges Iran, Europeans to keep talking Iran Breaks U.N. Seals By Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) – The European Union and its allies will ask the U.N.

nuclear watchdog on Thursday to demand Iran halt sensitive atomic work it resumed this week while stopping short of ask >>>


      GOVERNMENT DEFENDS NEW DRINKING LAWS
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) – A government minister defended plans to relax drinking laws in England and Wales on Wednesday after judges warned violent assaults would rise.

Licensing minister James Purnell told the BBC the plans to extend drinking hours would stagger the time people left pubs, r >>>


      GOVERNMENT TO DEPORT 10 FOREIGNERS SEEN AS THREAT
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) – The government detained 10 people on Thursday deemed a threat to national security following last month‘s deadly bomb attacks on the capital and said it planned to deport them.

Human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce said she believed Jordanian national Abu Qata >>>


      HURNDALL SOLDIER TO BE SENTENCED
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures KASTINA, Israel (Reuters) – The Israeli ex–sergeant found guilty of manslaughter in the 2003 killing of British activist Tom Hurndall in Gaza will be sentenced on Thursday.

An Israeli military tribunal convicted Taysir Hayb of manslaughter in June over the death of Hurndall, >>>


      ISRAELI SOLDIER JAILED FOR 8 YEARS FOR KILLING BRITON
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS Related Pictures By Dan Williams CAMP BAR–LEV, Israel (Reuters) – An Israeli military tribunal sentenced an ex–sergeant to eight years in jail on Thursday for killing a British activist who was trying to protect Palestinian civilians during violence in Gaza in 2003.

Taysir Hayb was conv >>>


      LEBANON DETAINS MOSLEM CLERIC BAKRI
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese authorities detained radical Moslem cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed on Thursday, just days after he arrived in Beirut from London, a Lebanese security source said.

"Sheikh Bakri was picked up by security forces as he was on his way to a local television station for an in >>>


      LEBANON DETAINS MUSLIM CLERIC BAKRI
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese authorities detained radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed on Thursday, just days after he arrived in Beirut from London, Lebanese security officials said.

The officials said Bakri was detained by a force from the General Security Directorate (GSD) after he left the >>>


      POLICE CHARGE MAN OVER JULY 21 ATTACKS
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – Police charged a man under anti–terrorism laws on Wednesday in connection with the botched attempts to bomb London on July 21.

Abdul Sharif, 28, of south London, was charged with failing to give police information which could have led to the prosecution of a person "fo >>>


      TEN DUE IN COURT OVER FAILED LONDON BOMBINGS
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – Ten people will appear in court on Thursday accused under anti–terrorism laws over the botched July 21 attempts to bomb London.

On Wednesday, police charged a 10th suspect Abdul Sharif, 28, of south London, with failing to give police information which could have led to the >>>


      TEN FOREIGNERS DEEMED THREAT HELD FOR DEPORTATION
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS LONDON (Reuters) – Officers detained 10 people on Thursday who it said were a threat to national security and added that it planned to deport them.

In a statement, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said the presence of the 10 unnamed foreign nationals was "not conducive to the public good".>>>


      UN WATCHDOG TO URGE IRAN TO RESUME NUCLEAR FREEZE
      Reuters UK, 11-08-2005
      | RSS Related Articles UN leader urges Iran, Europeans to keep talking Iran Breaks U.N. Seals By Francois Murphy and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) – Top nations of the U.N. nuclear watchdog will call on Iran on Thursday to halt sensitive nuclear work it resumed this week but will stop short of calling on the >>>


      BUCHAREST CITY, INCREASINGLY MORE SIGNIFICANT EUROPEAN CAPITAL
      Rompres, 11-08-2005
      Bucharest, Aug 11 /Rompres/ – An accelerated increase of the significance of Bucharest City, the capital city of Romania, has been one of the main
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      GOVERNMENT ENJOYS MY ENTIRE SUPPORT WITH ONE CONDITION, TO FULFIL THE PLEDGES ASSUMED IN THE ELECTORAL CAMPAIGN, TRAIAN BASESCU SAID
      Rompres, 11-08-2005
      Bucharest, Aug 11 /Rompres/ – The Government enjoys all my support with one condition÷ to continue to fulfil the pledges assumed in the electoral campaign and to not pass laws meant to serve different political clients, Romania‘s President Traian Basescu stated on Thursday in a press conference >>>


      NEW BORDER CHECKPOINTS TO BE SET UP
      Rompres, 11-08-2005
      Bucharest, Aug 11 (Rompres) – Another three border checkpoints will be set up at Otopeni, Constanta Nord and Constanta Sud next year under the project for upgrading of the agriculture information system, the Government
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      PRESS REVIEW
      Rompres, 11-08-2005
      Bucharest, August 11 /Rompres/ – Potential obstacles to Romania‘s accession to the European Union, the developments in inflation in the first half of 2005, the stage of macroeconomic reforms, along with the latest developments on the local political stages, are the main topics making headlines in Roma >>>


      ROMANIAN DIPLOMATS GET IN TOUCH WITH GERMAN AUTHORITIES TO CLARIFY SCHROEDER‘S STATEMENTS ON ROMANIA‘S EU ACCESSION
      Rompres, 11-08-2005
      Bucharest, Aug 11 /Rompres/ – Romania‘s Foreign Ministry (MAE) on Wednesday initiated a series of contacts with German state officials in Berlin to clarify recent statements by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
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      RULING COALITION PARTIES SEEK TO AMEND CHAMBER OF PARLIAMENT RULES AND REMOVE THEIR SPEAKERS BY SEPT. 15
      Rompres, 11-08-2005
      Bucharest, Aug 11 (Rompres) – The ruling coalition parties decided at a meeting late Wednesday to amend the rules settling the operation of the Parliament‘s Chamber of Deputies and Senate by Sept. 15 and remove their speakers who are members of the opposition, Prime Minister Calin
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      A LESSON, THE ETHIOPIAN MINISTRY OF INFORMATION HATES TO LEARN
      Sudan Tribune, 11-08-2005
      By Abebe Gelaw Aug 10, 2005 It is a well–established fact that the ruling party goes to great lengths to create confusion by misinforming and disinforming the Ethiopian people as well as the foreign community. For the last fourteen years, cadre–run media outlets have been competing amongst themselves to chu >>>


      SUDAN TOTTERS, AGAIN
      Sudan Tribune, 11-08-2005
      Editorial, The washington Times August ', 2005 The death of Sudans vice president and former rebel leader John Garang could not be more unfortunate. His passing threatens the already vulnerable peace and power–sharing deal that has ended a two–decade long civil war between the government in the north an >>>


      ETHIOPIA OPPOSITION WARNS OF A RETURN TO DARK DAYS
      Sudan Tribune, 11-08-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Ethiopias opposition, which has rejected election results giving the ruling party victory, warned on Thursday of a return to the dark days of the Derg military dictatorship under Mengistu Haile Mariam.

The opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) has said it woul >>>


      ETHIOPIAN OPPOSITION LEADER&#8217;S DRIVER HARASSED BY SECURITY SERVICE – REPORT
      Sudan Tribune, 11-08-2005
      ADDIS ABABA, Aug 8, 2005 (Addis Zena) The driver of Hailu Shawel, chairman of opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), has been beaten and threatened at gun point by government security men.

Hailu Shawels driver was beaten and threatened at gun point by security personnel on Saturday 30 Hamle date i >>>


      GARANG&#8217;S SUCCESSOR IN KHARTOUM, VOWS TO UPHOLD PEACE
      Sudan Tribune, 11-08-2005
      KHARTOUM, Aug 10 (AFP) Salva Kiir, successor to the late southern Sudanese leader John Garang, vowed to carry on his peace legacy as he arrived in Khartoum ahead of being sworn in as the countrys vice president.

Salva Kiir, successor to the late southern Sudanese leader John Garang, talks to reporters upon his >>>


      INTERVIEW–SOUTH SUDAN MILITIA SAYS TO COOPERATE WITH KIIR
      Sudan Tribune, 11-08-2005
      By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM, Aug 11 (Reuters) – South Sudans second largest armed group will cooperate fully with the new First Vice President Salva Kiir and place its forces at his disposal, its political leader, Riak Gai, said on Thursday.

From the left, leaders of pro–governmental southern militi >>>



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