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19 Jun 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com
Kuwaiti prince shot dead, reportedly by uncle

Turkish jets raid northern Iraq, clashes kill 20

Egypt bars activists from delivering aid to Gaza

Saudi may enrich uranium for N-plants: Report

Obama fails to improve US image in Muslim World

Indian Lover, In Jail Over Love For Pak Model, Freed

Holbrooke pledges transparency in US aid to Pakistan

Jamaat chief warns of anti- Ahmadi movement

School melds studies of faiths

Iranian clerics lash out on veiling

Ajmer is home away from home for Pak delegation

One million caught up in Kyrgyz violence, UN says

China's positive ratings dip 9% in India, remain high in Pakistan

Gunmen attack security service HQ in south Yemen

'Alarming' rise in Afghan violence, says UN

Pakistan to examine Indian dossier before foreign secretaries level talks

US missile strike kills 12 in Pakistan

Headley input on LeT chief added to fresh 26/11 dossier

MNS stops Pak comedian from shooting

Threat to Indian assets in Kabul

Alagiri presses for holistic approach to rehabilitation

Al-qaida asks Yemeni tribes not to hand over its fighters

Kashmir teen died after firearm injury, says autopsy report

Press Pak to bring Mumbai accused to book, Hillary told

Seven Iraq troops killed near Syria border in new ties blow

UN curbs show double standards: Iran

Nirupama Rao to hold talks in Islamabad

Yasin Malik, supporters held

Russian Troops To Guard Strategic Kyrgyz Sites

Retention Of N-Capability Compulsion: Pak

Faisal charged with New York bomb bid

UN launches $71 million Kyrgyzstan emergency aid appeal

Recruiters mount campaign to hire Thai domestic helpers

27 killed, including translator, in Iraq

Iraq refugee problem unresolved despite resettlement

Al-Sistani tipping political balance?

Sarkozy, Cameron mark de Gaulle war broadcast

5 NATO troops including 3 Americans killed in Afghanistan

Alert issued for Afghans gone AWOL from Texas base

Napolitano: US must balance liberties, security

Turkey: May air raid killed 100 Kurdish rebels

8 Turkish soldiers, 12 rebels killed in clashes near Iraq border

UN probing Britain over beating of Iraqis

Thirsty Pakistan gasps for water solutions

Saudi philanthropists making a difference

Prince Naif encourages Haia to be prudent and gentle

Rabbani asked to resolve Sindh-Balochistan water row

14 soldiers airlifted from Afghanistan

 Child labour linked to poverty

Working women still to benefit from protection act

Hizbullah denies ties to Gaza-bound women aid ship Lift Gaza blockade: Abbas

Bomb kills one, wounds eight in Dera Ismail Khan

‘Democracy should flourish, deliver’

PIA women accuse pilots of harassment

Corruption in Lebanon: ‘Aspirin’ helps in many ways 

‘Pakistan has enormous potential to cope with crises’

Najamuddin hopes Afghan Refugees to return in 3 yrs

UN launches $71 million Kyrgyzstan emergency aid appeal

Ishrat case: Victim's father files application in Guj HC

Pak to examine Indian dossier before FS level talks

U.N. Rights Council Backs 'Censorship' Watchdog, Elevates U.S. Foes

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Photo: Slain Kuwaiti prince Shaikh Basel Salem Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamIslamicWorldNews_1.aspx?ArticleID=3019

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Kuwaiti prince shot dead, reportedly by uncle

June 19, 2010

Dubai: A Kuwaiti prince has been fatally shot allegedly by his uncle, reports reaching here have said.

In a brief statement, the Kuwaiti ruler's court has said the country was "mourning the demise of Shaikh Basel Salem Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, who passed away at the age of 52," without giving details of what caused his death.

The court said Shaikh Basel will be buried today. However, Arabic media reports said Shaikh Basel was allegedly shot several times by an uncle on Thursday evening at his weekly meeting place while the two had an argument over cars. He was rushed to a local hospital, but died on the way.

Reports also said the prince had been shot several times from a close range and that the alleged killer has been taken into custody.

An investigation has been launched into the incident. Shaikh Basel was the grandson of Kuwait's 12th Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah.

http://www.zeenews.com/news635078.html

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Egypt bars activists from delivering aid to Gaza

June 19, 2010

Cairo: Egyptian authorities have barred activists from delivering aid to Gaza through Rafah crossing despite opening it for an indefinite period to allow humanitarian aid into the Palestinian territory, an opposition MP has claimed.

Egypt on June 1 decided to open the order after a raid by Israeli commandos on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, in which nine peace activists were killed.

"Three convoys were recently barred entry into the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing and the relief aid including the foodstuffs were seized," Muhsin Radi, Member of the Muslim Brotherhood Parliamentary Bloc at the Egyptian People's Assembly, said.

Radi and one of the participants in the convoy dispatched by the professional associations loaded with relief aid from the al-Qalyubiyah Governorate said that the decision to open of the Rafah crossing was a pure media show which is meaningless in practical terms.

Radi noted that they faced many problems as they were heading with the convoy. They were stopped more than once and as soon as they arrived in al-Arish, their convoys were seized. The trucks were carrying 50 tons of relief aid and three tons of medicines.

He said that the Egyptian authorities asked them to go to the al-Awjah crossing, and this request made the organisers more furious and they rejected to admit the relief aid via a Israeli crossing.

He said that he refused to hand over the convoy to the Zionist entity and declared a strike in front of the Rafah crossing along with the delegations that were supportive of the Gaza cause.

Radi pointed out that the Egyptian authorities threatened them but they continued their strike and insisted on breaking the siege that was clamped on the destroyed Gaza Strip.

Opposition groups have accused Egyptian authorities of complicity in the Israeli blockade and have demanded a full, unrestricted opening of the border.

He noted that Egypt is duty-bound by history and geography to help the 1.5 million encircled Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Radi said he would table a question at the People's Assembly condemning the violations that have been committed against the relief convoys dispatched to support the Gaza people and against the lack of Egyptian sovereignty concerning the continued opening of the crossing on permanent basis.

http://www.zeenews.com/news635147.html

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Turkish jets raid northern Iraq, clashes kill 20

June 19, 2010

Ankara: Turkish warplanes launched air raids at suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq Saturday after a rebel attack on a military outpost in Turkey touched off clashes in which eight soldiers and 12 rebel fighters died, Turkey's military said.

Special Forces were also immediately sent to reinforce the border area where the clashes occurred and Turkish warplanes bombed detected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq the military said, without providing any further details.

Fourteen other soldiers were wounded in the fighting, it said.

Kurdish rebels have dramatically stepped up attacks in Turkey in recent months, threatening a government attempt to end one of the world's longest guerrilla wars. The military said yesterday more than 40 soldiers had been killed since March, including six who died in a rocket attack on a vehicle near a naval base in southern Turkey, and warned it anticipated more attacks.

Turkey's military has responded by sending warplanes across the border for raids on suspected rebel bases while elite commandos crossed the border in pursuit of the rebels in a day-long incursion earlier this week.

http://www.zeenews.com/news635196.html

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Saudi may enrich uranium for N-plants: Report

Jun 19, 2010

Saudi Arabia may mine and enrich uranium to fuel power plants if it embarks on a civilian nuclear energy programme, a newspaper report citing a draft nuclear strategy for the Kingdom has said.

According to the report, Saudi Arabia would want to play a role in as many of the stages of generating nuclear power as possible eventually.

“Enrichment could happen there and the same with mining uranium. But outsourcing will happen initially,” David Cox, president for energy at the UK branch of Finnish management consultancy Poyry was quoted by Arab News as saying.

Saudi Arabia instructed Poyry to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of its involvement in all stages of the nuclear power generation cycle.

“They want to be involved in as many aspects as possible and our study is to evaluate what part of it is possible at a reasonable economic cost,” Cox said adding that the study will be completed in a couple of months and includes an overall strategy from technical, economical and institutional dimensions for starting the development of nuclear plants.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263578/Saudi-may-enrich-uranium-for-N-plants-Report.html

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Indian Lover, In Jail Over Love For Pak Model, Freed

Jun 19th, 2010

Love for a Pakistani woman — stated to be a model — drove an Indian youth to try illegally go across the border before he ended up in a jail.

The youth, 24, was nabbed by Indian customs department at Attari railway station on Thursday when he was attempting to board in Samjautha Express train to Pakistan without passport and visa.

Assistant customs commissioner custom V.K. Mahajan said the young man, a post graduate in MCA and a resident of M M M Engineering College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, was apprehended when he had attempted to cross over to Pakistan by the Samjautha Express.

Mr Mahajan said the youth, during a long interrogation session here on Friday, claimed he fell in love with a Pakistani model during an Internet chat. When she said that if he loves her he must try to reach Pakistan at any cost, the youth, without applying his mind, attempted to cross into Pakistan by train.

A court here set the youth free on Friday evening after slapping a Rs 1,000 fine on him. His lawyer D.K. Sharma said the court took a lenient view as he is a student.   

http://www.asianage.com/india/indian-lover-jail-over-love-pak-model-freed-159

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Holbrooke pledges transparency in US aid to Pakistan

Jun 19, 2010

US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has promised “accountability” and “transparency” in America’s civilian aid to Pakistan, a fortnight after a top Senator had expressed serious concern that the funds might end up in bank accounts of corrupt politicians and officials of the country.

In a letter to Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator John Kerry, Holbrooke said the State Department and the USAID are taking several measures to improve accountability, including requiring separate bank accounts for US assistance and placing US-hired accountants inside ministries.

Pledging more transparency as the money starts to flow, Holbrooke in his letter dated June 14 said: “We are beginning to communicate our plans to the [Government of Pakistan] and the Pakistani people.

“Your suggestion of providing more information about our efforts on the Internet is a good one, and we plan on putting more information on the USAID and embassy websites as our plans become more concrete.”

Holbrook’s letter to Kerry is in response to the strong-worded letter written by the Senator last month in which he apprehended that the massive civilian aid flowing into Pakistan would be squandered or stolen and argues that the high level of corruption in Pakistan would make effective aid distribution a challenge.

“Among the Pakistani population there is already a fear that the funds will merely enrich the corrupt elite. Channeling so much of the money through untested institutions so quickly could serve to confirm these suspicions,” Kerry wrote. “If significant portion of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman funds are, for example, siphoned off to private bank accounts, political support for continued appropriation of the money could evaporate in Washington and Pakistan,” he said.

“We agree completely,” Holbrooke said in his response to Kerry’s letter.

In his four-page letter, Holbrooke, confirms that half of the US $1.45 billion in aid to Pakistan in 2010 will be channeled through Pakistani federal and provincial agencies, 13 per cent of which will go to direct budget support.

“We also have established USAID and State Inspector General Offices in Islamabad, and are asking them to lend their expertise in the project design phase to help develop better mechanisms to guard against waste and fraud,” Holbrooke said.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263564/Holbrooke-pledges-transparency-in-US-aid-to-Pakistan.html

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Jamaat chief warns of anti- Ahmadi movement

19 Jun, 2010

LAHORE, June 18: Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawwar Hasan on Friday warned of a fresh Khatm-i-Nubuwwat movement if the “Qadiyanis did not accept their minority status” in Pakistan and the government kept silent about “their blasphemous and unconstitutional activities”.

Addressing a Friday congregation, he said the killings at the Ahmadi worship places in the city were condemned by all sections of society. These attacks, he said, had been carried out not by Muslims but by the enemies of Islam. However, after these attacks, the Ahmadis projected themselves as an oppressed community and were not prepared to accept their minority status, he added.

According to the Jamaat chief, all this was being done at the behest of foreign powers and a section of the press was also supporting them. He warned that people would be forced to launch a fresh movement against the Qadiyanis if the present situation persisted.

He condemned target killings in Karachi and Balochistan and asked the interior minister to name the foreign powers involved in that.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/jamaat-chief-warns-of-anti-ahmadi-movement-960

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Obama fails to improve US image in Muslim World

June 19, 2010

WASHINGTON—Struggling at home, President Obama continues to have the most difficulty in improving United States image in Muslim countries. In Egypt, where Mr. Obama gave a much-heralded address in Cairo in June 2009, only 17 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable view of the United States, the lowest rating in the five years Egyptians had been polled. Last year, 27 percent of those polled said they had a favorable view.

According to a survey of nearly 25,000 people in 22 countries published Thursday by the Pew Research Center, the popularity of the United States in Muslim countries has declined. Not only the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but also the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have reined in some of the enthusiasm generated by Obama’s election in November 2008.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/19/FrontPage/FrontPage5.php

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School melds studies of faiths

By NARDINE SAAD

June 19, 2010

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- A rabbi, a minister and an imam walk into a classroom, and it's no joke.

The Claremont School of Theology has taught Methodist ministers for more than a century. This fall it will try an unorthodox approach: cross-training the nation's future Muslim, Jewish and Christian religious leaders as they work toward their respective degrees.

The experimental approach launched this month aims to create religious leaders who not only preach tolerance in a time of religious strife, but who have lived it with those in other Abrahamic faiths.

The idea has met resistance from conservative elements in some faith communities; its architects say that only underscores the need for such an approach. Topics will include inter-religious conflict resolution, Scripture and ethics.

Full report at:

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=942778&category=REGION

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Iranian clerics lash out on veiling

By Meris Lutz

June 19, 2010

One top leader criticizes Ahmadinejad for suggesting a cultural campaign would better address the issue of 'badly-veiled women,' not morality police.

Hard-line Iranian clerics determined to reverse the trend of what they regard as "badly veiled women" took aim Friday at an unlikely target: conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In a televised interview last week, Ahmadinejad suggested a "cultural campaign" against interpretations of Islamic dress that have been deemed improper by authorities rather than the humiliating high-profile police crackdown already underway.

His comments came weeks after law enforcement agencies stepped up efforts to curb what many within the regime see as a threat to the ruling ideology. Morality police have been stopping cars carrying women and shutting down stores that sell clothing considered immodest.

Full report at:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran-veil-20100619,0,4985399.story

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Ajmer is home away from home for Pak delegation

Akhilesh Kumar Singh

Jun 19, 2010

Ajmer: Two lahariya Rajasthani saris top the wishlist of Rawalpindi resident Aamir Sattar Qureshis family.Then,sohan halwa,bangles made of lac,the holy thread of dargah sharif,cotton lungis and Ajmers special namazi topis complete the list. These are things I had budgeted for,but there is always scope for more, says 40-year-old Qureshi.

This visitor from Pakistan is part of a 454-member delegation that arrived in Ajmer on a special train to participate in the ongoing 789th urs (death anniversary) of the 12th century Sufi saint,Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

Lunching at the residence of their khadim (priest) Haji Syed Mohammad Ehsaan on Thursday,these delegates,who had started their journey in Rawalpindi last Sunday,talk about the cultural ethos that they share with people in India.

Full report at: Times of India

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One million caught up in Kyrgyz violence, UN says

Jun 19 2010

Kyrgyzstan : More than one million people have been affected by the violent conflict in Kyrgyzstan and need food and other aid supplies, UN officials said on Friday.

They include some 400,000 people left homeless after fleeing ethnic clashes in the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad that erupted a week ago. Some 300,000 are displaced within Kyrgyzstan while another 100,000 people have crossed over into Uzbekistan.

"For the moment, we estimate that we will probably need to respond to the needs of more than one million people, displaced people, refugees and people in host families who have been affected by the conflict," Christiane Berthiaume, spokeswoman of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), told a news briefing.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/one-million-caught-up-in-kyrgyz-violence-un-says/635903/

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China's positive ratings dip 9% in India, remain high in Pakistan

Jun 19, 2010

BEIJING: China's positive ratings in India have dipped with a new opinion poll showing 34 per cent of Indians view it favourably compared to 43 per cent in an earlier survey, but 85 per cent of Pakistanis rated it as a friendly nation.

The survey, conducted by US-based Pew Research Centre to gauge the world wide perspectives about China, showed that 52 per cent Indians viewed China unfavourably while 34 per cent gave it a favourable rating.

The new polls showed a nine per cent dip in the favourable rating enjoyed by China in India as an earlier survey conducted by Chinese firm Horizan research consultancy group between 2000 and 2009 showed that 43 per cent Indians considered China as a partner and 23 per cent regarded it as hostile.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/China/Chinas-positive-ratings-dip-9-in-India-remain-high-in-Pakistan/articleshow/6066808.cms

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Gunmen attack security service HQ in south Yemen

19 June 2010

Gunmen have attacked the headquarters of Yemen's Political Security Service in the southern city of Aden.

At least two members of the security forces have been killed. Unconfirmed reports said up to 11 people, including six security personnel, were dead.

Heavy exchanges of gunfire continue and smoke is rising from the area.

Local officials blamed the raid on al-Qaeda, which has urged supporters to take up arms against the government in response to a crackdown in the east.

During Saturday's attack several suspected militants were set free from the intelligence service's building, which is situated in the al-Tawahi district near the city's port, the officials added.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/10356975.stm

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'Alarming' rise in Afghan violence, says UN

19 June 2010

Violence in Afghanistan increased dramatically in the first four months of this year, the UN says.

In a quarterly report to the UN Security Council, it said roadside bomb attacks rose by 94%, compared with the same period in 2009.

On average, the report said, there were three suicide bombings a week, half of them in the country's volatile south.

The findings come amid a major Nato-led operation in Helmand and a surge of US reinforcements.

US President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan in December.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10356741.stm

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Pakistan to examine Indian dossier before foreign secretaries level talks

Jun 19, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's interior ministry will examine the eleventh dossier handed over to Islamabad by India on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks ahead of a crucial meeting of the foreign secretaries to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said in a brief statement that arrangements were being made for "receipt of the material from New Delhi".

He said: "The material will be forwarded to the interior ministry for examination when received."

Talking to a TV news channel, Basit said the Pakistan government is of the firm opinion that whosoever was involved in the Mumbai attacks should be punished.

"Pakistan is conducting the trial of the accused on its soil in a transparent and professional way and the recently extended evidence by Indian authorities would be analysed appropriately," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Pakistan-to-examine-Indian-dossier-before-foreign-secretaries-level-talks/articleshow/6067515.cms

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US missile strike kills 12 in Pakistan

Jun 19, 2010

MIRANSHAH: A US drone aircraft fired two missiles in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Saturday, killing 12 militants, intelligence officials said.

The missile attack took place hours after the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, landed in Islamabad for talks as part of the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue initiated in March.

The drone targeted a suspected militant compound in Sokhel village, about 25 km (16 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town of the region and known as a hotbed of Taliban and al-Qaida militants, the intelligence officials said.

"Twelve militants have been killed and three wounded in the attack on a compound which is linked to Taliban and al- Qaida," one intelligence official said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-missile-strike-kills-12-in-Pakistan/articleshow/6067255.cms

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Headley input on LeT chief added to fresh 26/11 dossier

Jun 19, 2010

New Delhi: In the 11th dossier handed over to Pakistan since the 26/11 attack,India has provided details on the 34 terrorists,including fugitives who have been recruited by the ISILashkar combine to launch terror attacks as part of the Karachi Project,in the form suggested by Pakistan.

India gave Pakistan the full copy of the Mumbai trial,a copy of the verdict,the chargesheets,evidence presented and used,and confessional statements.Pakistan had asked India for all of these in its last dossier.The Hafiz Saeed evidence,Indian officials feel,is crucial.Although nobody was willing to confirm it,its believed the Indians have got this from the David Headley interrogations.

Full report at: Times of India

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MNS stops Pak comedian from shooting

Bharti Dubey

Jun 19, 2010

Mumbai: A day after Maharashtra Navnirman Senas film cell issued a letter to Sony Television warning it of dire consequences if it didnt remove Pakistani artiste Shakeel Siddiqui from its laughter show immediately,both the channel and the comedian seem to be defiant.Siddiqui is in Mumbai and will return to Pakistan only after completing shooting for the show.He did not shoot on Friday.

At the set,there was heavy police bandobast on Friday. Anticipating disruption of shooting by MNS men,there was a large police deployment.The producers dont want to take any chances.So,Siddiqui did not shoot on Friday, said a source.

Full report at: Times of India

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Threat to Indian assets in Kabul

Jun 19, 2010

Indian Embassy in Kabul and other assets in Afghanistan may face terror attacks in the near future,according to intelligence inputs which warn of heightened threat from elements based in Pakistan.Security personnel guarding the Embassy,which has already been targeted twice since 2008,and Indian nationals working on developmental projects have been alerted to the possibility of attacks,sources said.PTI

Times of India

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Alagiri presses for holistic approach to rehabilitation

Jun 19, 2010

New Delhi: Besides exploring the feasibility to extradite former CEO of Union Carbide Warren Anderson,the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Bhopal gas leak on Friday also took note of the medias focus on the case,stressing that there was little room to reinforce the perception of leniency.

A discussion is at hand on calculating the quantum of the hike in compensation at current prices.There is difference of opinion on the issue but the possibility of a significant hike is strong.Sources said chemicals minister M K Alagiri,who framed the agenda,argued for a switch from individual claims to a better relief and rehabilitation scheme.He pointed out that Rs 3,000 crore had already been disbursed in 574,000 cases,and that even the NGOs who presented the case before the GoM in its last meeting have not pressed for a hike in individual compensations.

Full report at: Times of India

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Al-qaida asks Yemeni tribes not to hand over its fighters

Jun 19, 2010

Sana'a: Militant outfit al-qaida has called on tribes in oil-rich Yemen not to hand over its fighters to the government, saying such an act would put the tribes to shame.

"The (al-qaida) fighters are your sons, and you (tribal leaders) would put yourself to shame if you hand over them to the government or cut off ties with them," Xinhua quoted the al-qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) statement as saying Friday.

al-qaida has directed its statement to powerful tribes in Marib province, where a tribal leader and the province's deputy governor, Jabir Ali al-Shabwany, was killed by mistake by an unmanned drone that was targeting al-qaida hideouts.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Rest-of-World/Al-qaida-asks-Yemeni-tribes-not-to-hand-over-its-fighters/articleshow/6066292.cms

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Kashmir teen died after firearm injury, says autopsy report

Muzamil Jaleel

Jun 19 2010

Srinagar : The post mortem examination of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo has concluded that the teenager died of a firearm injury to his head — not, as the government has claimed, after being accidentally hit by a teargas shell.

The 17-year-old student was killed while on his way back from tuition on June 11. The four-member team of doctors that carried out the autopsy has said he died as a result of “fire arm injury” caused by an “Intermediate Range Rifled Weapon”. The Indian Express has a copy of the autopsy report.

Eyewitnesses to the incident had said Mattoo, who had taken shelter in the Gani Memorial Stadium as the police battled some stone-throwers, collapsed after a policeman “fired” at him. Area residents had lifted the unconscious teen from the pool of his blood and requested two men driving by in a Maruti to take him to hospital. Mattoo had died on the way.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kashmir-teen-died-after-firearm-injury-says-autopsy-report/635848/

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Press Pak to bring Mumbai accused to book, Hillary told

Jun 19, 2010

A delegation of Indian lawmakers have asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press Pakistan to bring Mumbai attack accused, including Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, to book and ensure that Islamabad does not divert US aid for anti-India activities.

The delegation led by Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi met Clinton here and also expressed concern over the proposed China-Pakistan nuclear deal.

The visiting MPs also raised these issues during a series of meetings with Congressmen, policy makers and officials of the Obama Administration.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263569/Press-Pak-to-bring-Mumbai-accused-to-book-Hillary-told.html

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Seven Iraq troops killed near Syria border in new ties blow

June 19, 2010

RAMADI: Unidentified gunmen killed seven Iraqi troops near the Syrian border on Friday, the provincial security spokesman said, in an action that could inflame security tensions between the two states. 

"Two minibuses loaded with gunmen ambushed an army humvee in the main street in Akashat and killed seven troops and wounded one," a military spokesman for the western province of Al-Anbar told media.

Witnesses said the assailants mutilated the corpses of the dead.

The desert in the far west of Iraq along the Syrian border has seen frequent attacks by insurgents against US or government targets.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=106931

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UN curbs show double standards: Iran

Jun 19, 2010

Iran’s top security body on Friday rallied against the latest UN sanctions imposed over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme, saying they show world powers are applying a double standard.

The Supreme National Security Council said that US and other nuclear-armed powers have punished Iran with the sanctions even though it doesn’t have nuclear weapons, while at the same time they support Israel, which is widely believed to have a sizable nuclear arsenal.

The Jewish state, which unlike Iran has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear programme, neither confirming nor denying that it has nuclear weapons.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/263560/UN-curbs-show-double-standards-Iran.html

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Nirupama Rao to hold talks in Islamabad

Jun 19, 2010

NEW DELHI: Aimed at reducing the “trust deficit'' between them, India and Pakistan will embark on a set of meetings, beginning with the Foreign Secretary-level talks in Islamabad on June 24.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, besides meeting her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir, will also call on Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, External Affairs Ministry said in a release.

Manmohan-Gilani talks

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousaf Gilani met recently in Bhutan capital Thimpu and decided to bridge the “trust deficit” between the two nations.

The Foreign Secretary-level talks are expected to set the agenda for a meeting between External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Mr. Qureshi in Islamabad on July 15.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/19/stories/2010061960890100.htm

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Yasin Malik, supporters held

Shujaat Bukhari

Jun 19, 2010

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik courted arrest along with 30 of his supporters as part of his party's weeklong ‘jail baro' agitation that began on Friday to protest against the killing of Kashmiri youth in the recent past.

Accompanied by Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chairman Moulana Showkat Shah, senior lawyer Zaffar Shah, Kashmiri Pandit leader Kumar Ji Wanchoo, Sikh leader Amarjeet Singh and chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons Parveena Ahangar, Mr. Malik appeared at Maisuma.

Nearly 25 of his supporters joined him and raised slogans. All of them were arrested and taken to the Kothibagh police station. They were being shifted to the Central Jail in Srinagar, the police said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/19/stories/2010061963460900.htm

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Russian Troops To Guard Strategic Kyrgyz Sites

Jun 19th, 2010

Russian troops will be deployed to guard some strategic sites in Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian country’s interim leader Roza Otunbayeva said on national radio on Friday.

“Russian troops will guard some strategic sites in Kyrgyzstan,” Ms Otunbayeva said. “This decision has been taken to ensure security for these sites.”

Ms Otunbayeva had earlier asked Russia to send military forces to help quell ethnic clashes that exploded in the Central Asian state a week ago.

The Kremlin dispatched humanitarian aid but rejected Ms Otunbayeva’s request for military help, saying the violence was an internal affair that had to be brought under control by the government of Kyrgyzstan.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/russian-troops-guard-strategic-kyrgyz-sites-222

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Retention Of N-Capability Compulsion: Pak

Jun 19th, 2010

The retention of an essential nuclear capability is a “compulsion” for Pakistan because of the growing imbalance created by India’s massive military build-up and “assertive posturing”, a top Pakistani military commander has said.

General Tariq Majid, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, made the remarks while addressing a convocation ceremony at the National Defence University on Thursday night.

Though Gen. Majid did not name India in his speech, it was obvious he was referring to the neighbouring country as he referred to Indian military doctrines and the India-US nuclear deal.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/retention-n-capability-compulsion-pak-221

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Faisal charged with New York bomb bid

Jun 19, 2010

The 30- year- old was held while trying to catch aflight to Dubai

THE Pakistani- American arrested over last month’s botched car bombing in New York’s Times Square was formally charged on Thursday with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and terrorism.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, has been in custody since his arrest at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on May 3 as he was pulled off a flight to Dubai two days after allegedly leaving a Nissan Pathfinder packed with a homemade explosive device parked in the city’s busy theatre district.

The 10- count indictment handed down on Thursday by a federal grand jury linked Shahzad to the Pakistani Taliban, saying he had received explosives training in Waziristan, a Taliban and al- Qaeda stronghold on the Afghan border.

Full report at: Mail Today

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UN launches $71 million Kyrgyzstan emergency aid appeal

Jun 19, 2010

UNITED NATIONS: The UN is launching a $71 million emergency appeal for humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan, where about 400,000 people are displaced due to ethnic violence, the UN secretary-general said on Friday.

"At this very moment OCHA is launching a $71 million flash appeal for Kyrgyzstan," Ban Ki-moon told reporters. He was referring to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, headed by John Holmes.

Holmes "is now meeting with donor member states," he said. He also added that an appeal for Uzbekistan will be issued early next week.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/UN-launches-71-million-Kyrgyzstan-emergency-aid-appeal/articleshow/6066499.cms

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Recruiters mount campaign to hire Thai domestic helpers

Jun 19, 2010

RIYADH: A campaign to hire domestic workers from Thailand instead of Indonesia has gathered steam in the wake of the steady increase in recruitment costs for Indonesian manpower.

While slamming the “unreasonable and unjustifiable” hike in recruitment fees for workers from Indonesia, especially commissions for agents, a number of Saudi recruiters have called on the authorities to begin procedures to hire domestic workers from Thailand, Al-Riyadh newspaper reported.

“Indonesian agents are engaged in types of blackmailing and have been putting pressure on Saudi recruitment offices by increasing their commission to $800 per visa this month from the $200 that was charged six months ago. We are the victims of the greed of these unscrupulous agents,” said one Saudi recruiter. His views were echoed by many others.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article68491.ece

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27 killed, including translator, in Iraq

Jun 19, 2010

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi interpreter for the US military was gunned down on Friday by his son and nephew north of the capital after he refused their demands to quit his job, a police official said.

The attack occurred as at least 27 people were killed nationwide, a grim reminder of the dangers facing Iraqis despite a sharp drop in violence over the past few years.

In the deadliest attack, insurgents ambushed a checkpoint near the Syrian border, killing seven Iraqi soldiers and wounding an eighth.

Hameed Al-Daraji, who had worked as a translator for the US military since 2003 against the wishes of his family, was shot in the chest in his house in Samarra, 60 miles (95 km) north of Baghdad, police Lt. Emad Muhsin said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article68461.ece

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Iraq refugee problem unresolved despite resettlement

Jun 19, 2010

HASAKEH, Syria: More refugees from violence-racked Iraq are being resettled but the country's displacement problem is not going away, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Friday.

"Many have been living in limbo for years. This will increasingly be the case if states don't continue to welcome Iraqi refugees for resettlement," said Antonio Guterres, who is in Syria to mark World Refugee Day on June 20.

Guterres said around 52,000 Iraqis have been resettled, mostly in the United States, since 2007. The refugee agency has recommended another 48,000 should be accepted by host countries.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article68503.ece

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Al-Sistani tipping political balance?

Jun 19, 2010

NAJAF: Iraqis hoping for a secular, nonsectarian government are worried about signs that the country's most revered Shiite cleric has stepped into the postelection fray with moves that appear aligned with Iran's own ambitions in Iraq.

The March 7 election gave a narrow victory to a bloc led by Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite with Sunni backing. But Allawi's chances of heading the next government were dampened when two major Shiite blocs, one of them overtly religious, struck an alliance after the votes were in.

Now Allawi faces a fresh challenge in the shape of Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the 83-year-old sage who was revered by Sunnis and Shiites alike as a uniter standing above politics, but who is now seen by many as the man who shut out Allawi and brokered the alliance that put the Shiites on top.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article68456.ece

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Sarkozy, Cameron mark de Gaulle war broadcast

By DAVID STRINGER

Jun 18, 2010

LONDON: French President Nicolas Sarkozy marked the 70th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s defiant World War II broadcast from London on Friday, visiting the studio where the leader urged his compatriots to resist the German occupation.

Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, traveled to Britain and toured Broadcasting House, the British Broadcasting Corp. complex in central London where UK officials initially refused de Gaulle’s request to air his appeal, but relented after the intervention of British wartime leader Winston Churchill.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article68471.ece

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5 NATO troops including 3 Americans killed in Afghanistan

Jun 19, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan: Five NATO troops including three Americans died in fighting Friday in Afghanistan, raising to 34 the number of US troops killed in the war so far this month.

NATO said Friday that the two Americans died in an insurgent attack and another died in a roadside bomb explosion, but did not provide further details. The US

command confirmed their nationalities but did not specify where they died.

In London, the British Defense Ministry said one of its soldiers was killed by in an explosion in Helmand province.

NATO said a fifth soldier was killed in eastern Afghanistan but did not give the nationality.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article68648.ece

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Alert issued for Afghans gone AWOL from Texas base

By MICHELLE ROBERTS

Jun 19, 2010

SAN ANTONIO: US military investigators are asking US law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for Afghan military members who went AWOL while training in Texas, though none is believed to be a national security threat, officials said Friday.

Air Force spokesman Gary Emery said 17 Afghans disappeared from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio one-by-one over the last 18 months, but a federal law enforcement official says seven have been accounted for. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because privacy rules prevent disclosure of details about individual cases.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article68645.ece

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Napolitano: US must balance liberties, security

By LOLITA C. BALDOR

Jun 19, 2010

WASHINGTON: Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the US government must make to beef up national security, the US homeland security chief said Friday.

As terrorists increasingly recruit US citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans' civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

But finding that balance has become more complex as homegrown terrorists have used the Internet to reach out to extremists abroad for inspiration and training. Those contacts have spurred a recent rash of US-based terror plots and incidents.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article68646.ece

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Turkey: May air raid killed 100 Kurdish rebels

Jun 19, 2010

ANKARA: Turkey's military said Friday it killed as many as 120 Kurdish rebels in an air raid on rebel hideouts in northern Iraq last month and a daylong incursion by elite commandos into Iraq this week.

Kurdish rebels have dramatically stepped up attacks in Turkey in recent months in an escalation that poses a dire threat to a remarkable attempt at ending one of the world's longest guerrilla wars. The Turkish military responded to the rebels by sending its warplanes across the Iraqi border to bomb Kurdish rebel positions after acquiring intelligence, apparently from the United States and recently purchased drones from Israel.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article68513.ece

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8 Turkish soldiers, 12 rebels killed in clashes near Iraq border

Jun 19, 2010

ANKARA: Kurdish rebels attacked a military outpost near the Iraqi border early on Saturday, sparking clashes in which at least eight soldiers and 12 Kurdish rebel fighters were killed, the military said. Fourteen other soldiers were wounded in the fighting.

The military immediately sent special forces as reinforcements to the area as helicopter gunships and artillery fire targeted rebel positions, the military said in a statement.

Separately, Turkish warplanes attacked rebel positions across the border in northern Iraq, it said.

On Friday, Turkey's military said it had killed as many as 120 Kurdish rebels in an air raid on rebel hideouts in northern Iraq last month and in a daylong incursion by elite commandos into Iraq this week.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/8-Turkish-soldiers-12-rebels-killed-in-clashes-near-Iraq-border/articleshow/6067230.cms

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UN probing Britain over beating of Iraqis

Jun 18, 2010

GENEVA: The UN refugee agency said Friday it is investigating claims by Iraqi asylum seekers that they were mistreated by British officials before being deported back to Iraq.

Fourteen failed asylum seekers told lawyers of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Baghdad that they were beaten by staff from the UK Border Agency in a London airport before being forced onto the plane to Iraq late Wednesday, said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic.

“We've met with six of them and saw fresh bruises that indicated mistreatment could have occurred,” he told reporters in Geneva.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article68479.ece

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Thirsty Pakistan gasps for water solutions

By SAHAR AHMED

Jun 18, 2010

KARACHI: Pakistan is facing a “raging” water crisis that if managed poorly could mean Pakistan would run out of water in several decades, experts say, leading to mass starvation and possibly war.

The reliance on a single river basin, one of the most inefficient agricultural systems in world, climate change and a lack of a coherent water policy means that as Pakistan's population expands, its ability to feed it is shrinking.

“Pakistan faces a raging water crisis,” said Michael Kugelman, program associate for South and Southeast Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article68462.ece

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Saudi philanthropists making a difference

By SAEED AL-BATATI

Jun 19, 2010

MUKALLA: Saudi philanthropists have significantly contributed to the development of Yemen through their donations.

Recently, the philanthropists started establishing their own charities which are used as channels for funding development projects like building hospitals, schools, roads, holding medical camps and sending students abroad for studies. In the past they used to send donations to their agents — mostly individuals — and the money was spent on building mosques or giving cash handouts to the poor.

There are three pioneer charities: The Charitable Fund for Supporting Outstanding Students (CFSOS), Hadramout Establishment for Human Development (HEHD) and Al-Awn Foundation for Development (AFD) founded by Saudi businessmen who are descendants of tribes in Hadramout.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article68444.ece

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Prince Naif encourages Haia to be prudent and gentle

Jun 19, 2010

JEDDAH: Second Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Prince Naif urged Haia members to be prudent and gentle in their dealings with people.

Prince Naif made the comments during a meeting at his Jeddah office with the head of the Haia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Humain, and members of the Prince Naif Chair for Studies on the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice at Madinah Islamic University.

“We hope the Haia members work in a manner befitting them. We hope the chair will help the Haia improve its activities and choose employees of good reputation, who are reasonable, sympathetic and capable of working under any circumstance with composure and gentleness,” the prince said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article68515.ece

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Rabbani asked to resolve Sindh-Balochistan water row

By Asim Yasin

June 19, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday referred the issue of the water row between Sindh and Balochistan to his adviser on inter-provincial coordination Mian Raza Rabbani to settle the issue.

He made a decision in this regard in a meeting with Senate deputy chairman Jan Muhammad Jamali, and senators SM Zafar and Senator Najma Hameed at the Prime Minister House. Jan Muhammad Jamali, in the meeting, complained that Balochistan was not getting its due share from Sukkur Barrage due to which his province was facing water shortage. On his complaint, Prime Minister Gilani talked to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on the telephone and referred this issue to Raza Rabbani, who is also chairman of the 18th Amendment Implementation Commission.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29547

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14 soldiers airlifted from Afghanistan

By Mushtaq Yusufzai

June 19, 2010

PESHAWAR: The 14 paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) men, who were caught by Afghan security forces in Kunar province, were brought home in a special military helicopter on Friday.

Also, Taliban militants, led by Maulvi Omar Khalid in Mohmand Agency, handed over six bodies of the slain soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) Janas Khan, to a tribal jirga and claimed that they were still holding 10 other soldiers.

Military authorities said 34 soldiers were still missing and they have no clue about their whereabouts. They said the 14 FC men, who had mistakenly crossed into Afghanistan’s Kunar province, were arrested by the Afghan security forces.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29550

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Child labour linked to poverty

June 19, 2010

MANSEHRA: Speakers at a seminar titled ‘Role of media to protect child rights’ said here Friday that the government must address poverty and unemployment to resolve the child labour issue.

The seminar, organised by Saiban Development Organisation, was attended representatives from non-government organisations and journalists. The speakers, including Akhtar Naeem, Nisar Ahmad Khan, Babu Fazlur Rehman, Basharat Ali, Shaukat Tanoli, Jamil Sadiq, Romail Qamar and Sultan Hameed, said despite tall claims by the government a large number of children were working in workshops, fields and steel mills in Mansehra district.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=245889

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Working women still to benefit from protection act

Riaz Khan Daudzai

June 19, 2010

PESHAWAR: Working women are yet to get remedy under the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act as the law could not be fully implemented so far despite the directives by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. Both the provincial and federal departments have not taken measures for awareness of the harassment victims.

President Asif Ali Zardari signed into law the Protection of Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Bill on March 9, 2010 to provide legal cover to the working women in both private and public sectors organisations, but none of the departments in all the provinces have taken the measures mentioned in the Act for its implementation so far.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=245886

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Hizbullah denies ties to Gaza-bound women aid ship Lift Gaza blockade: Abbas

June 19, 2010

RAMALLAH/BEIRUT: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday told US envoy George Mitchell that Washington must press Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip. “President Abbas insisted during the meeting on the need for a continuation of US efforts to achieve the complete end of the Gaza blockade,” his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP following talks in Ramallah, the political capital of the occupied West Bank. 

He stressed that lifting the blockade would favour a restart of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that were halted when Israel launched a devastating 22-day genocidal offensive in Gaza in December 2008.      

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=245972

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Bomb kills one, wounds eight in Dera Ismail Khan

June 19, 2010

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed a passer-by and wounded eight people in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, police said.

Senior police official Aslam Khatak said the attack happened as the patrol vehicle traveled through the town of Dera Ismail Khan.

Among the wounded was an area police official who played an important role in arresting militants, he said.

Six policemen and two civilians also were wounded.

Dera Ismail Khan lies near Pakistan's troubled South Waziristan tribal region.

A bomb that also targeted a police patrol in the city in May killed 13 people, including an area police officer who had received threats.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/14-five-injured-in-dear-ismail-khan-blast-zj-05

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‘Democracy should flourish, deliver’

By Nabeel Anwar Dhakku

19 Jun, 2010

CHAKWAL, June 18: Lahore High Court’s Chief Justice Khwaja Mohammad Sharif has said that democracy in the country is the result of historic defiance shown by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry before a dictator.

“We want to see democracy flourish. We want the stability of democracy. But at the same time it is the prime duty of democracy to deliver. Democracy should provide equal facilities to every citizen,” Justice Sharif said while inaugurating the Tehsil Judicial Complex in Choa Saiden Shah on Friday.

However, he warned that “those sitting in glass houses should not throw stones at us, otherwise, they should be reciprocated in the same way”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/democracy-should-flourish,-deliver-960

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PIA women accuse pilots of harassment

By Khawar Ghumman

19 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD, June 18: Female employees of Pakistan International Airlines have submitted five complaints to the ministry of women development in which they have accused their male colleagues of sexually harassing them at the workplace.

Adviser to the ministry Yasmin Rehman told Dawn on Friday the complaints had been forwarded to the defence secretary, who is the principal accounting officer for PIA.

The parliament recently passed Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2010 which carries a set of minor and major punishments for those involved in the wrongdoing.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/pia-women-accuse-pilots-of-harassment-960

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Corruption in Lebanon: ‘Aspirin’ helps in many ways

19 Jun, 2010

BEIRUT: Whenever Elie, a successful Lebanese architect, starts a new project, he loads up on “aspirin” or “Panadol” — the codeword in his entourage for bribe money doled out to officials.

“You need to hand out a lot of ‘Panadol’ to municipal officials, police, building inspectors and anyone involved in a project in Lebanon to be able to keep it moving,” said Elie, who asked that his last name not be used.

“Otherwise they can find any excuse to delay the project for months if not years,” he added.

“And the amount of Panadol given depends on the size of the project, its location and the rank of the official taking the bribe.” Transparency International, a Berlin-based watchdog, ranks Lebanon as one of the world’s most corrupt countries, placing it 130th — the same ranking as Nigeria and Libya — among 180 nations considered in a report it released this year.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/corruption-in-lebanon-aspirin-helps-in-many-ways-960

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‘Pakistan has enormous potential to cope with crises’

June 19, 2010

KARACHI: Pakistan has enormous potential to cope with any crisis and the state and nation has proved this capability in the past.

Javed Jabbar said this while speaking at the launch of his book titled “Criss-Cross Times –selected writings about conflict and confluence 2001-2009”, on Friday.

During the period of 2001 to 2009, from common to elite, our country and the international community has faced sudden and sharp changes in life, Javed pointed out.

He said that Pakistan possessed a great potential and the dynamic nation has proven itself in the past to be capable of coping with any situation, adding the nation currently was passing through a very crucial period of disappointment, grief and pain.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\19\story_19-6-2010_pg12_11

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Najamuddin hopes Afghan Refugees to return in 3 yrs

By Asad Shah

June 19, 2010

ISLAMABAD—Minister for States and Frontier Regions Najamuddin Khan has said that Pakistan will continue its efforts to ensure the safe and honourable repatriation of Afghan refugees within the next three years. Addressing a function in connection with World Refugee Day-2010 here Friday, Najamuddin Khan said Pakistan has adopted a comprehensive policy in line with the international laws for the safe return of the Afghan refugees to their homes.

He expressed the hope that the Afghan government will rehabilitate them permanently and provide them full opportunity so that they can live in their country in an honourable way. He also urged the Afghan refugees to return home and live in their country peacefully.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/19/CityPage/CityPages7.php

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UN launches $71 million Kyrgyzstan emergency aid appeal

Jun 19, 2010

UNITED NATIONS: The UN is launching a $71 million emergency appeal for humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan, where about 400,000 people are displaced due to ethnic violence, the UN secretary-general said on Friday.

"At this very moment OCHA is launching a $71 million flash appeal for Kyrgyzstan," Ban Ki-moon told reporters. He was referring to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, headed by John Holmes.

Holmes "is now meeting with donor member states," he said. He also added that an appeal for Uzbekistan will be issued early next week.

Ban said there were shortages of food, water and electricity in parts of Kyrgyzstan due to looting, lack of supplies and restrictions on movement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Rest-of-World/UN-launches-71-million-Kyrgyzstan-emergency-aid-appeal/articleshow/6066499.cms

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Ishrat case: Victim's father files application in Guj HC

Jun 19 2010

Ahmedabad : Father of one of the persons killed in a police encounter in 2004 along with college student Ishrat Jahan on Friday moved the Gujarat High Court demanding that hearing on his pending plea seeking CBI inquiry into the case begin at the earliest.

Gopinath Pillai, father of Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai who was one of the three persons killed along with Ishrat, in his application requested the court to expedite the implementation of Supreme Court order of April 19.

In its April 19 order, the apex court had asked the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court to constitute a division bench on the petitions filed by the deceased's kith for a CBI inquiry.

According to Rajesh Mankad who filed the application on behalf of Pillai, the matter would come up for hearing sometime next week.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ishrat-case-victims-father-files-application-in-guj-hc/635910/

 

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Pak to examine Indian dossier before FS level talks

Jun 19 2010

Islamabad : Pakistan's Interior Ministry will examine the eleventh dossier handed over to Islamabad by India on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks ahead of a crucial meeting of the Foreign Secretaries to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said in a brief statement that arrangements were being made for "receipt of the material from New Delhi".

He said: "The material will be forwarded to the Interior Ministry for examination when received."

Talking to a TV news channel, Basit said the Pakistan government is of the firm opinion that whosoever was involved in the Mumbai attacks should be punished.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-to-examine-indian-dossier-before-fs-level-talks/635929/

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U.N. Rights Council Backs 'Censorship' Watchdog, Elevates U.S. Foes

Jun 19 2010

The United States and its allies suffered a series of setbacks at the United Nations on Friday as the Human Rights Council flirted with media censorship and was poised to elevate an anti-American politician and a Cuban to key positions.

Concerns about censorship were raised after the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which has tremendous sway in the United Nations, successfully pushed through a resolution that creates a watchdog to monitor how religion is portrayed in the media.

The OIC says it will promote religious tolerance by ensuring that religion is not defamed, as it claims occurred when Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad provoked Muslim riots. But the United States and the European Union members on the council opposed the resolution, fearing that it will censor the press and muzzle freedom of expression.

Full report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/18/suffers-blow-united-nations-council-backs-censorship-watchdog/?test=latestnews

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