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‘Egypt needs transition towards democracy’: Hillary Clinton

Helicopters hover as protesters gather in heart of Cairo

As chaos reigns, foreigners advised to leave Egypt

Forces kill 22 terrorists in Mohmand Agency

Pakistan not Tunisia or Egypt: Gilani

Thousands of Shia Muslims observe Arbaeen of Imam Hussein in Delhi

Narendra Modi’s Gujarat is not developing, Maulana Vastanwi

Dar- ul Uloom Deoband turns volatile as students split on regional lines

What does Muslim reaction to Vastanwi’s controversial statements mean?

34 Muslim brotherhood members released amid unrest in Egypt

India brings home 300 from Egypt

El Baradei Tells Mubarak To Step Down

Face of Arab unrest: Young and hungry for jobs

On Day 6, Mubarak unleashes F-16 s over Cairo

 ‘Pharaoh’ and his half-British wife worth £25 billion

Gagged Al Jazeera a powerful counter to Mideast regimes

Change is coming to Egypt: El-Baradei

Over 100 Ulema join BSP singing paean to Mayawati

'It was an RSS man who killed Gandhiji; it is pursuing terror'

Hindutva terror: Aseemanand says no to ‘saffron’ lawyers

Seminar on “Islam and the Shia in Spain” To Be Held

Pakistan has 110 N-weapons, edges ahead of India: US Report

‘N- Attack on India will finish Pakistan’

Southern Sudan chooses to secede

Six Taliban militants killed in northwest Pakistan

Senior police official among six killed in Peshawar blasts

'ATS informer used contacts to threaten people'

Rally against change in blasphemy laws in Lahore

US wants ‘orderly transition’ in Egypt

Shoura approves real estate ownership by expats

Protesters say army must choose Egypt or Mubarak

Centre should stop playing politics over AMU Campuses: Taslimuddin

Muslims are with Telangana Movement

Protest registered against demolition of mosques in Indore

First-cousin marriages blamed for sex crimes

Around 26/11, IM scouts for boat

Three killed in Mogadishu

Anti-Israeli movie "Valley of the Wolves: Palestine" bans by Germany

Islamic Victory’s Anniversary Festival to Be Held in Ghana

Bangladesh may arrest top Islamist leader for war crimes

Islamists silent on Russia's blame for airport blast

Pak rejects US demand to release diplomat

Advani attacks 'distorted' Congress view on Kashmir

J&K Congress divided? Soz, Azad hold separate rallies on Martyr's day

Little genius, Abdul Kalam

Muslims deprived of benefits of education: NCMEI

IAMC pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary

No let-up in bloody revolt against Hosni Mubarak

Three NATO trucks attacked in Balochistan

New Year’s first month witnesses over 70 target killings

Senior police official among three killed in Peshawar blast

Islamic banking gaining foothold in Nigeria

Nahda leader returns to Tunisia from exile

Advanced drainage system needed to prevent recurring floods: Naseef

Arab-Israeli gets 9 years in prison for spying

Iraq’s security at risk without aid

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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‘Egypt needs transition towards democracy’: Hillary Clinton

January 31, 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday made a strong pitch for an "orderly transition" towards a democratic Government in Egypt, but did not directly call for long-term American ally Hosni Mubarak to step down in the face of an unprecedented mass uprising.

Clinton said though a move towards a participatory Government has to be initiated but cautioned that the Egyptian establishment should make sure there is no political vacuum in the process of transition.

"We want to see an orderly transition so that no one fills a void, that there not be a void, that there be a well thought-out plan that will bring about a democratic, participatory Government," she was quoted as saying by Fox News.

She said Washington is sending "a very clear message" that quick movement in the direction of an orderly transition is needed to avoid "some takeover that would lead not to democracy, but to oppression and the end of aspirations of the Egyptian people."

President Barack Obama had on Saturday asked America's embattled ally Mubarak to make sure force is not used against peaceful protesters, tens of thousands of whom have been flocking the streets for the past six days to seek the ouster of Mubarak, who has been at the helm in Egypt for 30 years.

The mass protests has so far claimed as many as 150 lives and at many places protesters have clashed with security forces.

Clinton said it would be in the long-term interest of Egypt as well as the US-Egypt partnership that sweeping reforms are undertaken in the political system. While stopping short of clearly asking a defiant Mubarak to step down, Clinton said the response to the street protests has been unsatisfactory.

"... But now is the time to pursue greater political freedom, economic opportunity and a path to democracy," she said.

"For 30 years, the United States, Republican and Democratic administrations, have been urging Mubarak to take certain steps. In fact, we have been urging that a vice president be appointed for decades, and that finally has happened, but there's a long way to go," Clinton said.

Scrambling to find ways out of the crisis, the 82-year-old Mubarak appointed his intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as his first ever vice president after sacking his cabinet.

On Sunday, Mubarak visited the military headquarters and met Suleiman and top commanders after which more troops and armoured vehicles moved on to the streets.

Clinton acknowledged Mubarak's role in securing peace regionally over the past 30 years, but said the time has come for him to respond to the Egyptian people's "legitimate grievances."

Mubarak has been one of the staunchest allies of the US and Israel in the Middle east for decades.

"We see a dialogue opening that reflects the full diversity of Egyptian civil society that has the concrete steps for democratic and economic reform that Mubarak himself said that he was going to pursue," she said.

The US on Sunday asked its citizens to avoid travelling to Egypt and authorised voluntary departure of dependents and non-emergency employees of its mission in the country as anti-Government protests entered their sixth day.

Clinton said an estimated 50,000 Americans are currently stationed in Egypt and none of them have been harmed.

Amidst signs of some of these protest turning into anti-American too, Clinton appearing on various Sunday talk shows called for restraint acknowledging that the situation in Egypt is volatile.

"There are many steps that can be taken by reaching out to those who have advocated a peaceful, orderly transition to greater democracy where the Egyptian people themselves get to express their views. That's what we wish to see," Clinton told the CNN and said the US is willing to help in transition that leads to greater political and economic freedom.

"This is a complex, very difficult situation. Egypt has been a partner of the US over the last 30 years, has been instrumental in keeping the peace in the Middle East between Egypt and Israel, which is a critical accomplishment that has meant so much to so many people," she said.

"What we're trying to do is to help clear the air so that those who remain in power, starting with President Mubarak, his new vice president, the new Prime Minister, will begin a process of reaching out, of creating a dialogue that will bring in peaceful activists and representatives of civil society to, plan a way forward that will meet the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people," she said.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/314252/%E2%80%98Egypt-needs-transition-towards-

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Helicopters hover as protesters gather in heart of Cairo

Jan 31, 2011

Cairo, Egypt -- Helicopters hovered over Cairo's Tahrir Square Monday morning as anti-government demonstrations continued for a seventh day and showed no signs of waning.

At least 1,000 people were gathered in the area, a focal point of the protests that started Tuesday. Some of them said they had spent the night, and the smell of smoke from campfires lingered in the air.

One group held signs as they chanted, "The Egyptian people want the government to fall."

Troops and tanks remained a visible presence on the city's streets. State-run Nile TV reported that police forces were scheduled to start deploying and resume their duties throughout Egypt on Monday.

Police have been virtually absent from the streets since Saturday, after a brutal crackdown a day earlier when thousands of riot and plainclothes police clashed violently with protesters.

As the threat of further unrest loomed, the U.S. planned to begin charter flights to help Americans leave the country Monday.

Gunfire heard after curfew Looting, chaos in Egypt Protesters balk at flyover ElBaradei addresses demonstrators

"There are thousands of potential evacuees out of Egypt, and so we are paying a lot of attention to that," Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Janice Jacobs told reporters Sunday.

Officials are looking at Istanbul; Nicosia, Cyprus; and Athens, Greece, as possible destinations, although the list was not finalized Sunday afternoon, she said.

On Sunday, low-flying fighter jets overhead did nothing to deter thousands of Egyptians from continuing their protests into the night.

The arrival of Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei in Tahrir Square fueled their fervor. Throngs cheered as the leading opposition figure entered.

"Today I look into the eyes of each one of you, and everyone is different today," he told protesters. "Today, you are an Egyptian demanding your rights and freedom, and what we started can never be pushed back. As we said, we have one main demand: the end of the regime and to start a new phase."

ElBaradei, a former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is one of several opposition figures whose name surfaces when protesters talk about possible future leaders of Egypt. Among other names is Amr Moussa, head of the Arab League.

But Mubarak has given no indications of giving up his 30-year rule.

On Sunday, he urged the leaders of his new Cabinet to undertake "dialogue with all the (political) parties," according to a transcript of his remarks read on state-run Nile TV.

He also called on new government leaders to "stand against anyone committing any forms of corruption" and stressed "the necessity to continue with fair, serious and effective new steps for more political, constitutional and legislative reforms."

The president charged the new Cabinet, to be shaped by newly appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, to restore security in the country, along with Egyptians' faith in their country's economy. Mubarak also appeared to criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition bloc.

"The citizens and the young people of Egypt have gone out to the streets in peaceful demonstration asking for their right for the freedom of speech," Mubarak said. "However, their demonstrations have been infiltrated by a group of people who use the name of religion who don't take into consideration the constitution rights and citizenship values."

A government-imposed curfew was scheduled to begin an hour earlier Monday -- at 3 p.m. (8 a.m. ET), Nile TV reported. But such restrictions have been largely ignored by protesters over the past few days.

The Egyptian stock exchange and banks also were closed Monday.

The unrest has paralyzed daily life in Egypt, with many grocers closing shop and spotty food shipments. Nile TV has set up a hotline for citizens to call in and report bread shortages.

"Everything is running out. I have three children, and I only have enough to feed them for maybe two more days. After that I do not know what we will do." school administrator Gamalat Gadalla told CNN Sunday.

One of the biggest concerns of many Egyptians in the wake of the chaos -- that prisoners could escape -- proved true over the weekend.

Nile TV reported that roughly 1,000 inmates escaped from Prison Demu in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo. Inmates also broke out of Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo and the Ataa prison in Al Badrashin, a town in Giza, Nile TV said.

A military representative appeared on Nile TV Sunday and called on Egyptians to obey the curfew "to make it possible for us to capture the outlaws," according to a translation of the comments.

The station reported Monday that more than 2,000 escaped prisoners had been arrested.

Still, fear of anarchy and looting lingered. Shops and businesses were looted and abandoned police stations were stripped clean of their arsenals. Men with makeshift weapons patrolled neighborhoods, creating checkpoints to fill the void left when police stopped patrolling the streets.

Whether the 450,000-strong armed forces -- deployed to the streets for the first time since the mid-1980s -- will remain loyal to Mubarak is a key question for the nation's future.

Ali Regal, a student activist leader in Alexandria, said Sunday that the military was working closely with "the masses" -- including demonstrators -- to coordinate security. He said that organizers were mapping out a plan to set up checkpoints around the port city.

"The army is very helpful and working with us," Regal said. "There is a strong cooperation between the masses and the army, that's what I can tell so far."

The protests in Egypt come weeks after similar disturbances sparked a revolution in Tunisia, forcing then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country.

Both Egypt and Tunisia have seen dramatic rises in the cost of living in recent years and accusations of corruption among the ruling elite. Tunisia-inspired demonstrations have also taken place in Algeria, Yemen and Jordan.

The aging Mubarak has ruled Egypt with an iron fist for three decades, and it was widely believed he was grooming his son, Gamal, as his successor -- a plan now complicated by demands for democracy.

Mubarak appointed his trusted and powerful intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, as his vice president on Saturday, the first time the authoritarian regime has had such a post. Suleiman is well respected by the military and is credited with crushing an Islamic insurgency in the 1990s, for which he earned the ear of Western intelligence officials thirsting for vital information about regional terrorist groups.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/01/31/egypt.protests/?hpt=T2

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As chaos reigns, foreigners advised to leave Egypt

Jan 31, 2011

CAIRO: Foreign governments stepped up their warnings Sunday about travel to Egypt, with several urging their citizens to evacuate as soon as possible amid uncertainty over where the Arab nation is headed after nearly a week of mass protests.

The fears of foreign tourists mirrored those of many Egyptians. Dozens with the means to do so rented jets or hopped aboard their own planes in a mad dash that did little to boost confidence in the future of a country long viewed as a pillar of stability in a restive region. Those leaving included businessmen and celebrities.

The United States, Canada, Switzerland, Turkey and the Netherlands issued advisories encouraging nationals already in Egypt to leave and telling those who planned trips there to reconsider. The US embassy in Cairo said it was making arrangements to transport Americans who want to leave to "safehaven locations in Europe." Flights would begin Monday.

Assistant US secretary of state Janice Jacobs said it will take several flights in the coming days to accommodate all Americans who want to leave.

Jacobs, who is in charge of consular affairs, said the US may also send planes to other cities in Egypt, such as Luxor, if there are a number of Americans stranded there. Americans taking the charter will be billed for the flight and must make their own travel arrangements home from Europe.

Canadian foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon said its charter flights will begin as early as Monday to fly Canadians who wish to leave to locations in Europe.

A growing number of countries _ including China, Australia, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Poland _ warned against travel to most, if not all, of Egypt. Arab nations, including Iraq, either sent in jets or offered to do so.

"If I had a visa to anywhere, I'd join them. But that's not going to happen," said Mohammed Khaled, a 28-year-old Egyptian doctor. "Right now, I'd settle for a gun, but I can't even find one of those."

Surging lawlessness on the streets after the much-reviled police essentially melted away prompted neighbors to form armed patrols. But crowds of men armed with shovels, sticks, clubs, chains, guns and even whips did little to project an image of stability.

Compounding the problem was a continued Internet outage after the government cut off service Friday to undercut protesters' ability to organize demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak.

US embassy officials said they were unable to send text message alerts _ which have been blocked nationwide since late Thursday _ complicating efforts to distribute advisories.

The unrest is sure to affect Egypt's vital tourism sector, at least in the short-run. Tourism accounts for about 5 percent to 6 percent of GDP, making it one of the top four sources of foreign revenue.

But the unrest also threatens to unravel an economy that officials had proudly pointed to one of the few to withstand the global financial meltdown.

International oil companies and other Western firms began to weigh evacuating their employees' families _ a move that may be mirrored by international schools catering to those workers.

BP PLC spokesman Robert Wine said the company, which has operated in Egypt for 40 years, is "working on what we need to do, and whether we need to bring the families out."

Others weren't waiting for formal orders. "We left behind a country with no order or security whatsoever," Mehmet Buyukocak, who worked in Egypt for six years, told Turkish news channel NTV upon arriving in Istanbul. "People do as they wish. ... The army does not interfere _ they are just watching."

"Even if Mubarak resigns, it will be chaos taking his place," he said, adding that there are other Turks who said they will remain in Egypt. "I pray God helps them all."

Even before the images of lawlessness, tourists were thronging to Cairo's airport as Mubarak faced the gravest challenge in his 30-year rule.

Many came without reservations, only to find a growing number of flights canceled, delayed or suspended. National carrier EgyptAir canceled or delayed 25 flights Sunday because of crew shortages.

The crowds swelled as passengers landed in Cairo after a 4 pm curfew began.

The airport took on the appearance of a marble-floored refugee camp. Airport officials said some travelers who had been there for several days came down with diarrhea, and were treated by doctors.

A growing number of Arab countries arranged for additional flights on larger jets to evacuate their citizens, as did a few other nations, including Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Iraq, which has endured more than seven years of its own chaos, offered to fly out any of its citizens who wanted to go. "It will be free of charge," transportation ministry spokesman Aqeel Hadi Kawthar said.

Egyptian pop star Amr Diab, whose hits include "Rag'een" or "Returning," jetted off to London with his family aboard his private plane, said an airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to brief the media.

Several other celebrities and businessmen also left, raising to at least 64 the number of private planes to take off in the past two days.

The impact on the Red Sea resorts, favored by Europeans, was still negligible. Some travel companies said those destinations remained unaffected, even though some governments, such as Poland, expanded their travel advisories to include those areas.

For some prospective visitors, it wasn't worth the risk. Tulin Sezer, a 39-year-old math teacher from Berlin, said she and her two friends had just decided to cancel their trip to the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

"It just doesn't feel right to go on vacation in Egypt if the people who live there are not happy," Sezer said. "If people are dying, it is weird to go there as a tourist."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/As-chaos-reigns-foreigners-

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Forces kill 22 terrorists in Mohmand Agency

Jan 31, 2011

GHALANAI: At least 22 terrorists were killed in separate incidents during an action of security forces in Pandiali, Safi, Banizai and Ambar tehsils of Mohmand Agency on Sunday.

Official sources said that the security forces, backed by gunship helicopters and artillery, pounded terrorists’ suspected positions in these restive areas and inflicted heavy losses on them.

Reportedly, 16 terrorists were killed and several others were wounded while their four hideouts were dismantled.

The security forces conducted a search operation on receiving information about the presence of terrorists and miscreants in the areas. The troops retaliated and repulsed an attack of miscreants and destroyed a vehicle.

In another incident, a person was arrested while planting a landmine in Jhanda Masood. Two children died when one of the victims stepped on a landmine.

Separately, security forces killed six terrorists as they repulsed an attack on a checkpost near the Afghan border on Sunday, a security forces official said. The terrorists fired six missiles at a security checkpost in Dabori area of Upper Orakzai Agency. a

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\01\31\story_31-1-2011_pg7_11

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Pakistan not Tunisia or Egypt: Gilani

Jan 31, 2011

MULTAN: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Sunday that the situation in Egypt and Tunisia cannot be compared with that of Pakistan as “our institutions are working and democracy is functional”.

The prime minister made this remark while responding to a question about a recent statement of United States Vice President Joe Biden.

The government had been confidently moving forward with reconciliation process, Gilani told reporters after inspecting the work on new terminal of Multan airport.

“Pakistan’s economy is under pressure, not in crisis,” he said and counted terrorism, extremism, global recession, floods and energy shortage as the factors responsible for it.

“Our foreign exchange reserves are at an unprecedented high level of $17 billion. The stock exchange index that was oscillating between 5,000 to 6,500 points when we took over is now touching 12,500 points. Our exports have reached $11 billion and may double by the end of this fiscal year, and foreign remittances are over $10 billion,” the prime minister said while talking of his government’s achievements.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\01\31\story_31-1-2011_pg1_1

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Thousands of Shia Muslims observe Arbaeen of Imam Hussein in Delhi

Jan 31, 2011

Thousands of Shia Muslims on Sunday observed Chehlum (marking the end of a 40-day mourning period) of Imam Hussein (AS), the mankind’s greatest martyr, and other martyrs of Karbala, with solemnity and religious reverence, in national capital, Delhi.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - To mark the occasion a mourning procession of Alam-e-Mubarak (Islamic Flag which is a symbol of victory of truth over injustice and barbarism), organized by the residents of Okhla led by Syed Mohammad Mohsin Naqvi, was taken out. Thousands of people from other parts of Delhi and adjoining areas took part in mourning processions.

Dressed in black clothes, bare footed and holding Alams (symbols) and banners written “Ya Hussein”, “Ya Abbas” on them, thousands of men, women and children belonging to the Shi'a sect of Islam, went in processions, crying “Ya Hussein” – “Ya Abbas” and beating their chests in the ceremonial ‘matam’ or mourning to observe 'Chehlum of Imam Hussain (A.S.).

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=223396

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Narendra Modi’s Gujarat is not developing, Maulana Vastanwi

Jan 31, 2011

With due acknowledgement of Ghulam Mohammad Vastanwi’s contribution in the field of education in Gujarat and Maharashtra, one needs to remind him, that no country in the 20th century developed as fast in the six years period, between 1933 and 1939, as Adolf Hitler’s Germany. And in the next six years––between 1939 and 1945––all what he did was destroyed because of the senseless war in the world, for which he too was largely responsible. About five crore people perished and his country, and many others, were thrown back to the Stone Age.

So, before opening one’s mouth on development, one needs to understand, what development actually means––who are the beneficiaries and who the victims. One should also be cautious of the pitfalls of development and be aware of the policies which may, in the long-run prove counter-productive.

Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanwi at a Madarsa in Bihar last year [Photo by Jamiatulqasim.com]

Full report at:

http://www.twocircles.net/node/237126?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&

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Dar- ul Uloom turns volatile as students split on regional lines

By Piyush Srivastava

THE SITUATION at Deoband’s Dar- ul Uloom is gradually turning volatile with its students split over the ouster of the controversial vice chancellor ( rector) Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi.

The issue has also divided the student community on regional lines, with those from Gujarat and Maharashtra backing the newlyappointed rector.

Vastanvi’s supporters on Sunday accused the students from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar of turning violent and sought the help of former students to start a parallel movement against the Jamat- e- Talba, which is protesting against him.

Full report at: Mail Today

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What does Muslim reaction to Vastanwi’s controversial statements mean?

By Syed Zeeshan Ahmed

Common Muslims’ strong reactions from across the country, to the clean chit given to the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi by Maulana Ghulam Muhammed Vastanwi, the newly appointed Darul Uloom Deoband’s vice chancellor, have multi layered implications.

Firstly, it has indicated that the collective conscience of the community is very much alive and not dead. An individual might succumb to the pressure of the rulers for his/her vested interests but the community members collectively will not allow him/her to sacrifice the interest of the community.

The reactions- ranging from students of Darul Uloom Deoband gathering courage to force Maulana Vastanwi to stop his speech mid-way within the seminary's campus to the intellectuals and Muslim activists in Gujarat-indicate that they can compel one towards right direction in case one conducts in a way intended to cause harm to the collective interests of the community.

Full report at:

http://www.twocircles.net/node/237165?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&

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34 Muslim brotherhood members released amid unrest in Egypt

Jan 31, 2011

Thirty-four Muslim brotherhood members have been released from a Cairo prison during the rioting in Egypt, Al-Jazeera reported on Sunday.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Thirty-four Muslim brotherhood members have been released from a Cairo prison during the rioting in Egypt, Al-Jazeera reported on Sunday.

Those members were arreasted on Thursday either at home or during the anti-government protests, the report said.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=223401

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India brings home 300 from Egypt

Jan 31, 2011

MUMBAI: A special flight bringing back nearly 300 Indians from Egypt, which is in the midst of a political upheaval, is expected to reach here by Monday afternoon, an Air India official said.

"A Boeing-747 took off from Mumbai Saturday and will be reaching back here this afternoon," the Air India spokesperson said.

The nearly 300 Indians, mostly women and children, were earlier expected to return to India early Monday morning.

Flight schedules in and out of Egypt have been disrupted in the past few days after anti-government protests broke out in country to press for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak , who has been in power for more than three decades.

Over 100 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the clashes. Around 1,000 people have been arrested across the country since the protests broke out seven days ago against the Mubarak government .

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/flight-from-egypt-to-reach-

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El Baradei Tells Mubarak To Step Down

Jan 31, 2011

Cairo: Calling for a general strike, tens of thousands of protesters today stepped up their campaign for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, even as the focus shifted on the influential army for a smooth transition of power.

Pro-democracy activist and Nobel Laureate Mohammad ElBaradei, who defied house arrest to join the protesters at the Tahrir Square last night, asked the embattled president to 'step down today itself'.

"It is loud and clear from everybody in Egypt that Mubarak has to leave today," ElBaradei said in an interview aired on CNN. "He needs to leave today... to be followed by a smooth transition (to) a national unity government to be followed by all the measures set in place for a free and fair election."

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/elbaradei-tells-mubarak-step-down-963

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Face of Arab unrest: Young and hungry for jobs

Jan 31, 2011

Dubai: Just days before fleeing Tunisia,the countrys embattled leader went on national television to promise 300,000 new jobs over two years.

Egypts stunned President Hosni Mubarak did much the same on Saturday as riots gripped Cairo and other cities: offering more economic opportunities in a country where half the people live on less than $2 a day.

The pledges have something else in common: an acknowledgment that the unprecedented anger on Arab streets is at its core a long-brewing rage against decades of economic imbalances.

The protests underscore the wobbly condition of the systems used by some Arab regimes to hold power.The once formidable mix of economic cronyism and hard-line policing now appears under serious strain from societies pushing back against the old matrix.

Full report at: Times of India

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On Day 6, Mubarak unleashes F-16 s over Cairo

Jan 31, 2011

Cairo: Egypts powerful military stepped up its presence across the anarchic capital on Sunday,closing roads with tanks and sending F-16 fighter jets streaking over downtown in a show of force after a day of looting,armed robbery and anti-government protests.

Minutes before the start of a 4pm curfew,at least two jets appeared and made multiple passes over downtown,including a central square where thousands of protesters were calling for the departure of President Hosni Mubarak.

It was latest show of military might in an apparent effort to send protesters back to their homes before a curfew.Mubarak held talks with top military commanders earlier in the day,state media said.

Full report at: Times of India

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‘Pharaoh’ and his half-British wife worth £25 billion

Jan 31, 2011

DUBBED ‘the Pharaoh’ for his 30-year iron rule, Egypt President Hosni Mubarak is said to have amassed a fortune of £25 billion for his family.

Mubarak, 82, his half-Welsh wife Suzanne and sons Gamal and Alaa are seen in Egypt as symbols of nepotism and corruption with properties and business interests worldwide, including London.

The First Lady keeps a firm grip on Egypt’s leading social circles and is often pictured at diplomatic and charity events in stylish outfits alongside dignitaries’ wives, including Carla Bruni.

Her charity donations total millions of pounds a year, though rumours have swirled that some of this money has found its way into her bank accounts.

As her profile in the state-controlled media has soared, critics have likened her to French Queen Marie-Antoinette.

Critics say the closest their sons have got to ordinary Egyptians was when they were driven past them in limousines. Both sons have been linked to arms-dealing.

Mubarak has survived at least six assassination attempts and fears have also been growing that he plans to groom the more political Gamal to inherit the throne.

Mail Today

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Gagged Al Jazeera a powerful counter to Mideast regimes

Jan 31, 2011

DUBAI: Al Jazeera television, banned in Egypt on Sunday, has often angered Arab governments with its coverage of dissent and served as a counterweight to regimes which accuse it of stirring dissent.

Egypt’s official MENA news agency said the outgoing information minister, Anas al-Fikki, ordered Al Jazeera’s closure in Cairo after its blanket coverage of anti-government protests sweeping the country.

The Doha-based Al Jazeera slammed the move as an attempt at “censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people.”

In this time of deep turmoil and unrest in Egyptian society it is imperative that voices from all sides be heard,” the Arab satellite news channel said.

On Saturday, it broadcast an appeal from Yusef al-Qaradawi, a popular Egyptian-born television preacher and mentor of Egypt’s officially banned Muslim Brotherhood, urging President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/30/%E2%80%9Csilenced%E2%80%9D-al-jazeera-a-

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Change is coming to Egypt: El-Baradei

Jan 31, 2011

CAIRO: Top dissident Mohamed El-Baradei told a sea of angry protesters in Cairo on Sunday that they were beginning a new era after six days of a deadly revolt against President Hosni Mubarak.

Nobel peace laureate El-Baradei, mandated by Egyptian opposition groups including the banned Muslim Brotherhood to negotiate with Mubarak's government, hailed "a new Egypt in which every Egyptian lives in freedom and dignity."

"We are on the right path, our strength is in our numbers," El-Baradei said in his first address to the protest epicenter on Cairo's Tahrir Square. "I ask you to be patient, change is coming."

Six days of nationwide protests have shaken Egypt and left at least 125 people dead. The president has sacked the government, appointed a vice president and a new prime minister. But that has failed to quell the protests.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article247084.ece

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Over 100 Ulema join BSP singing paean to Mayawati

Jan 31, 2011

Lucknow: With the state assembly elections round the corner, the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh (UP) managed a show of over 100 ulema who joined the party singing paean to BSP supremo and Chief Minister Mayawati here on Sunday.

An official press release stated that 130 Muslim ulema associated with organisation named Muslim Convention had joined BSP with their president Maulana Mohd Iqbal Qadri at the residence of senior state cabinet minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui on Sunday. Qadri is also mohtamim of Darul Uloom Warsiya in Gomti Nagar area and is reported to have been a sympathiser of Mulayam Singh led Samajwadi Party (SP) in the past.

Welcoming them Siddiqui in his address claimed that Maywati’s rule believed in fair means and there had been no communal clash in the state. “It has been strictly conveyed to the district officials that any communal flare up will put them in tight spot and they will be personally held responsible,” he said. Siddiqui also highlighted the establishment of upcoming Urdu Arbi and Farsi University in Lucknow.

Full report at:

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'It was an RSS man who killed Gandhiji; it is pursuing terror'

Jan 31, 2011

Jammu: Hitting out at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the saffron outfit of pursuing terror tactics.

"It was an RSS man who killed Gandhiji. RSS is pursuing terror. It was involved in terror plots," Azad alleged.

Addressing a function here in connection with Mahatma Gandhi's 63rd death anniversary, the senior Congress leader said that the RSS' name has surfaced repeatedly in the communal riots across the country in the past few decades.

"Be it Malegaon or Mecca Masjid blasts, Sangh activists have accepted that it was involved," the former J-K chief Minister said.

Azad said it took the security agencies 10 years to track the involvement of Sangh in the various terror attacks which created a communal divide.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/it-was-an-rss-man-who-killed-gandhiji;-it-is-

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Hindutva terror: Aseemanand says no to ‘saffron’ lawyers

Jan 31, 2011

Jaipur: In a surprising turn of event which has left Hindutva groups stunned, Swami Aseemanand, an accused in Samjhauta Express, Ajmer, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts, has rejected offers of legal help from lawyers who are allegedly associated with saffron groups. Instead he has asked for a government counsel.

According to S.S. Ranawat, the Additional Superintendent of police, Rajasthan ATS, some lawyers had contacted Aseemanand and offered their services but he categorically refused to entertain their offer. In fact, according to reports, after this refusal on the Swami’s behalf, several lawyers representing other accused in Ajmer blast case, expressed apprehensions whether he has turned approver for the state.

But few lawyers in the state capital also believe that at this stage it would be far fetched to believe that Aseemanand has agreed to become an approver. Instead, they think that Aseemanand refused to take services of private lawyers, just because he claims to have little or no money, which is why he wants a government lawyer.

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Seminar on “Islam and the Shia in Spain” To Be Held

January 31, 2011

A scientific forum on “Islam and the Shia in Spain” is slated to be held tomorrow, January 31, in Tehran.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A scientific forum on “Islam and the Shia in Spain” is slated to be held tomorrow, January 31, in Tehran.

The event will be organized by the Relations, Art and Culture Research Center.

According to the public relations office of the center, Dr. Seyyed Ahmadreza Khezri, Tehran University's member of academic board and former Iranian cultural attaché in Spain will address the meeting.

The forum will start at 10:00 a.m. at the center's conference hall.

“Emergence of Islam and Shia sect in Spain; ups and downs”, “the current cultural condition of Spain's Muslims”, and “the cultural interaction of Iran and Spain in future” will form the main themes of the event.

University professors, researchers and university students are welcome to attend the seminar.

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Pakistan has 110 N-weapons, edges ahead of India: US Report

Jan 31, 2011

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has doubled its nuclear arms stockpile to 110 warheads, developing new weapons to deliver them and significantly accelerating production of uranium and plutonium for bombs to edge ahead of India.

Islamabad's nuclear weapons stockpile now totals more than 110 deployed weapons in a sharp jump from an estimated 30-80 weapons fours years ago, 'Washington Post' has reported.

"Pakistan has expanded its nuclear weapons production capability rapidly", the Post quoted David Albright president of the Institute for Science and International Security as saying.

Albright said that based on accelerated production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, Pakistan may now have an arsenal of up to 110 weapons.

The non-government US analyst said that while continuing to produce weapons-grade uranium at two sites, Islamabad has sharply increased its production of plutonium, enabling it to make lighter warheads for more mobile delivery system.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pakistan-has-110-N-weapons-edges-ahead-

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‘N- Attack on India will finish Pakistan’

Jan 31, 2011

IF Pakistan ever uses nuclear weapons against India, it will be finished, says former national security adviser Brajesh Mishra, who has held the office under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Mishra, awarded Padma Vibhushan last week, was talking to M. J. Akbar, editorial director, India Today on Aaj Tak’s Seedhi Baat . He said Pakistan’s army, which plays a central role in formulating the country’s policies on issues such as Afghanistan, nuclear weapons and India, will never permit peaceful coexistence with India.

On the Pakistan- China relationship, Mishra said the two countries are strategic partners.

“ As China changed its stance on Kashmir, I said in next two- three years, we have to be careful on both the fronts. While China, like India, will adhere to the policy of no- first use of nuclear weapons, this cannot be said of Pakistan, but they will be finished if they use weapons against India,” he said.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Southern Sudan chooses to secede

Jan 31, 2011

JUBA (SUDAN): Southern Sudan's referendum commission said on Sunday that more than 99% of voters in the south had opted to secede from the country's north in a vote held earlier this month. The announcement drew cheers from a crowd of thousands that gathered in Juba, the dusty capital of what may become the world's newest country.

The weeklong vote held in early January was a condition of a 2005 peace agreement that ended a two-decade-long bloody civil war between the black Christian-dominated south and the mainly Arab Muslim north in which two million were killed.

"This is what we voted for, so that people can be free in their own country... I say congratulations a million times," south Sudan's president Salva Kiir told the crowd. Kiir, the head of the former southern rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement, praised his former civil war foe, Sudan's overall president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, for agreeing to the 2005 accord. "Omar al-Bashir took the bold decision to bring peace. Bashir is a champion and we must stand with him," said Kiir. "The project has not finished... We can not declare independence today. Let us respect the agreement. We must go slowly so we can reach safely to where we are going," he added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Southern-Sudan-chooses-to-

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Six Taliban militants killed in northwest Pakistan

Rajesh Ahuja

The troops returned fire, killing six militants, officials said.

In a separate incident in Saafi area of Mohmand Agency, two children were killed when they stepped on a landmine.

In yet another development, security forces apprehended militant commander Payo Shah in Orakzai Agency, officials said.

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Senior police official among six killed in Peshawar blasts

Jan 31, 2011

PESHAWAR: Six people including four police officers were killed and 14 people wounded in two bomb blasts in Pakistan’s northwest on Monday, the first detonated by a teenage suicide bomber.

The suicide attack, which killed five people and left 11 injured, was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, saying it targeted the police in Peshawar.

The police van was on a routine patrol on the outskirts of the city when it came under attack, senior administration official Siraj Ahmed told AFP.

“The bomber was a teenager, he came on foot and blew himself up near the police van,” Ahmed said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/31/blast-in-peshawar.html

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'ATS informer used contacts to threaten people'

Nitasha Natu

Jan 31, 2011

MUMBAI: The arrest of ATS informant Sajid Shaikh in the Malad explosives case shows how informants can misuse their contacts in the police force. The police had rewarded Sajid and provided him with police protection after he helped them seize a large quantity of explosives in 2006 .

According to the police, Sajid started using his status to extort money from residents of his hometown in Malegaon by threatening to frame them in terrorism cases. "Sajid would warn his targets that he could implicate them in cases filed with the CBI or the ATS. The residents were too scared to protest. Finally, in 2007, one of his targets lodged a complaint with the local police claiming that Sajid had demanded Rs 1 lakh from him. The police arrested Sajid, but he was later released on bail," inspector Deepak Phatangare said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/ATS-informer-used-contacts-to-

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Rally against change in blasphemy laws in Lahore

Jan 31, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Despite repeated assurances including by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani that the blasphemy laws would not be changed, the ‘religious' right wing parties took out yet another rally in Lahore on Sunday protesting against reforming the provisions.

The rally was one in a series of such protest actions that the ‘religious' right wing parties have been organising across the country over the past couple of months after the blasphemy law issue was prised open with the award of death sentence to a Christian woman, Asia Bibi.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/01/31/stories/2011013163211900.htm

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US wants ‘orderly transition’ in Egypt

Jan 30, 2011

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to hold free and fair elections and said Washington was not considering a cutoff of aid to Cairo for now.

Appearing on a slew of US news programs, Clinton pressed Mubarak for sweeping reforms in response to unprecedented mass protests but urged an orderly democratic transition to avoid a result like that of Iran which she called a "faux democracy."

Clinton kept up the Obama administration's delicate balancing act. It is trying to avoid abandoning Mubarak — a key US strategic ally of 30 years — while supporting protesters who seek broader rights and demand his ouster. But Washington has limited options to influence the situation.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article247087.ece

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Shoura approves real estate ownership by expats

By MD RASOOLDEEN

Jan 30, 2011

RIYADH: The Shoura Council on Sunday agreed to add a new article to the real estate and investment law to allow foreign residents to own properties in the Kingdom.

The decision was taken at the council's 77th session presided over by Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Muhammad Al-Ghamdi, the council’s secretary-general, said after the meeting that a proposal by the Shoura's Economic Affairs and Energy Committee to allow non-Saudis living in the Kingdom to purchase real estate in the country was unanimously approved.

Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's biggest economy, needs 1.2 million new homes by 2015, according to Deutsche Bank AG research.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article246950.ece

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Protesters say army must choose Egypt or Mubarak

January 31, 2011

Egyptian protesters on Monday called for an indefinite strike in Egypt and a "million man march" on Tuesday in Cairo, upping the stakes in their bid to topple President Hosni Mubarak's regime. "It was decided overnight that there will be a million man march on Tuesday," Eid Mohammed, one of the

protesters and organisers, told AFP. "We have also decided to begin an open ended general strike," he said. The strike was first called by workers in the canal city of Suez late on Sunday.

"We will be joining the Suez workers and begin a general strike until our demands are met," Mohammed Waked, another protest organiser, told AFP. In Cairo's Tahrir square, hundreds of protesters camped out overnight, in a bid to keep up the biggest anti government protests in three decades.

Embattled President Hosni Mubarak appointed the first vice president in his 30 year rule, and a new Prime Minister in a desperate attempt to hold on to power. The protesters insisted they will not leave until Mubarak does, chanting "We will stay in the square, until the coward leaves."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Million-man-march-planned-to-bring-Mubarak-

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Protest registered against demolition of mosques in Indore

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: As a protest against demolition of mosques in Indore, which are coming in the way of widening of roads, Advocate Mohammad Haroon, president Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind, (JUH), Madhya Pradesh unit, has submitted a memorandum to the state Governor Rameshwar Thakur.

Mr. Haroon, who is also president of MP, Congress Committee's minority cell, urged the Governor to prevail over the concerned authorities, and prevent the demolition of mosques by using alternative means of widening of roads; otherwise it might disturb the communal harmony of the city. The memorandum has also been sent to Government of India and chairman of the state Waqf Board.

Full report at:

http://www.twocircles.net/2011jan30/protest_registered_against_demolition_mosques_

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First-cousin marriages blamed for sex crimes

Jan 31, 2011

A senior Muslim politician in UK believes that there is a link between first-cousin marriages and sex crimes by Pakistani men. Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, Britain’s first Muslim peer, has blamed unhappy arranged marriages to cousins for leading some Pakistani men to prey on vulnerable white girls to fulfill their sexual needs. He has spoken out after a spate of court cases where groups of Asian men have been sentenced for grooming white girls as young as 12.

Hindustan Times

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Around 26/11, IM scouts for boat

Rajesh Ahuja

Top Indian Mujahideen operatives had tried to procure a fishing boat in India around the same time in 2008 when the Lashkar-e-Taiba was scouting for a similar boat for the attack on Mumbai on November 26. >

MYSTERY AROUND TIMING OF SEARCH AS LASHKAR TOO WAS LOOKING FOR A BOAT AT THE SAME TIME

Top Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhtakal had tried to procure a fishing boat in India around the same time in 2008 when the Lashkar-eTayyeba (LeT) was scouting for a similar boat for the 10-member fidayeen team that struck Mumbai on November 26.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Three killed in Mogadishu

Jan 30, 2011

MOGADISHU: A medical official says at least three civilians were killed after being caught in clashes between insurgents and the army in Somalia's chaotic capital.

Mogadishu ambulance service chief Ali Muse said Saturday another 12 people were wounded by stray bullets, including four women.

Mogadishu residents live through frequent barrages of mortars and rockets during fighting between insurgents — such as fighters from al-Shabab, the country's most powerful militant group — and government forces.

Militants have been waging an insurgency for more than a three years to topple the fragile, UN-backed government that controls a small slice of the capital.

Somalia has not had an effective government since warlords toppled the last government in 1991.

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Anti-Israeli movie "Valley of the Wolves: Palestine" bans by Germany

Jan 31, 2011

Germany has banned the public screening of a movie, which depicts that atrocities Israel has committed against activists aboard an Ankara-backed Gaza-bound aid convoy.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Germany has banned the public screening of a movie, which depicts that atrocities Israel has committed against activists aboard an Ankara-backed Gaza-bound aid convoy.

The German Movie Control Association took issue with the content of 'The Valley of the Wolves - Palestine,' preventing its screening, which had been planned to open on Thursday, Israeli NGO Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reported on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=223536

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Islamic Victory’s Anniversary Festival to Be Held in Ghana

Jan 31, 2011

On the occasion of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution’s victory, a Fajr Festival will be held by Iran Cultural Center in Ghana.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - On the occasion of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution’s victory, a Fajr Festival will be held by Iran Cultural Center in Ghana.

Abbasali Afsari, Iran cultural attaché in Ghana has invited Alexander, Ghana's Minister of Culture to take presence at the opening ceremony of the festival.

In a meeting with the minister, He congratulated the New Year to the official and appreciated the cooperation of Ghana’s Ministry of Culture with the Iranian center.

He also announced that the educational center of the IRIB is ready to hold courses for those interested in technical fields regarding the media.

Ghana's minister of culture, for his part, announced the readiness of the ministry to cooperate in holding the festival and said that Ghana is in need of specialists to maintain its cultural and historical heritage and repair the works kept at the museums.

Iran's Islamic Revolution,which was led by the late Imam Khomeini (RA), achieved victory on February 11, 1979. Every year the anniversary of the revolution is celebrated in Iran as well as other countries.

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Bangladesh may arrest top Islamist leader for war crimes

January 31, 2011

Bangladesh's top Islamist leader Ghulam Azam, who chaired the formation of the militia that allegedly killed thousands of unarmed civilians four decades ago, may be arrested on charges of committing "war crimes", a media report said.

Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan, the senior-most member of the International War Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh, said "some progress" in investigation into the allegations against Azam had been conducted.

He, however, did not mention about any time-frame for Azam's arrest, The Daily Star reported on Sunday.

Azam, 88, was the Ameer (chief) of the Jamaat-e-Islami in then East Pakistan beginning 1969. He led the formation of the Shanti Committee, Al Shams, Al Badr and Razakars — various Islamist militia accused of acting on behalf of the then Pakistani Martial Law administration.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/314267/Bangladesh-may-arrest-top-Islamist-leader-for-

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Islamists silent on Russia's blame for airport blast

January 31, 2011

Russia's Caucasus rebels remained conspicuously silent on Sunday after investigators pinned the blame for a Moscow airport bombing that killed 35 people on a 20-year-old man from the restless region.

The Investigative Committee reported in Saturday’s findings that the suicide bomber was specifically targeting foreigners when he set off his charge on January 24 at the international arrivals hall of Russia's busiest airport.

The Domodedovo blast killed eight foreign citizens in an attack that appears to mark a fundamental shift in the strategy followed by Islamists in their bloody 15-year campaign against Russian rule.

"According to investigators, the act of terror was first and foremost aimed against foreign citizens," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in televised remarks.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/314265/Islamists-silent-on-Russias-blame-for-airport-

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Pak rejects US demand to release diplomat

Jan 31, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities have rejected the demand of the US to release an American diplomat who shot dead two youths in Lahore, saying the matter would be handled in court according to the country's laws.

Foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit told a TV news channel today that the matter was already in court and the Punjab police were investigating the shooting incident in Lahore on Thursday. "It would not be appropriate to publicly talk on this issue," he said.

US ambassador Cameron Munter raised the issue on Saturday with former premier Nawaz Sharif, whose PML-N party rules Punjab. Munter expressed regret over the death of Pakistani nationals in the incident and contended that the American should be handed over to US custody since he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

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Advani attacks 'distorted' Congress view on Kashmir

Jan 31, 2011

NEW DELHI: With BJP preparing to use Kashmir as one of the issues to attack the government when Parliament opens for the Budget session next month, senior party leader L K Advani on Sunday seemed to have prepared the opposition's argument in the House.

"The gross mishandling by government of the BJP's Tiranga Yatra reveals that the Congress party has still not abandoned the distorted thinking about J&K which made India commit those early follies. By undertaking this exercise now, the BJP has done a signal service to the cause of the country's unity and integrity, for which the party's founder sacrificed his life," Advani said.

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J&K Congress divided? Soz, Azad hold separate rallies on Martyr's day

M Saleem Pandi

JAMMU: The tension between Congress's J&K leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz surfaced here on Sunday when the two held separate rallies on Martyr's day in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

While Azad is Union health minister and former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister, Soz is J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president. There never has been any love lost between the two, with Azad's loyalists seeing Soz as an "outsider". Soz was with National Conference all his political life until he joined Congress in 2000.

The rally, meant to be a show of strength, revealed Azad as a more organized crowd-puller; while 50,000 people turned up for the former CM's public meeting at parade ground, those at Soz's rally at Roop Nagar did not cross 1,000.

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Little genius, Abdul Kalam

Jan 31, 2011

Lucknow: It is not the name only, which 14 year old Abdul Kalam, hailing from Siwan in Bihar, shares with the former president. He sports a similar hairstyle and a similar scientific temperament. His genius has already been awarded by the President Pratibha Patil in the form of national child award for exceptional achievement in 2010. The medal is one of the 30 recognition awards from various national organizations, nicely tucked on his blazer.

Student of ninth standard, Kalam was in Lucknow last Thursday, where he was awarded by the All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz (AIPMM). Belonging to a modest and humble family, Kalam shared his upcoming project with TCN. The project if successful will be a bane for water scarce regions, providing ample water to irrigate the fields.

Acknowledging Kalam’s efforts, the Ministry of HRD has decided to dispatch a team of experts for studying the feasibility of the project.

Full report at:

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Muslims deprived of benefits of education: NCMEI

Jan 31, 2011

New Delhi: In a damning indictment of the attitude of state towards education of Muslims, the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, (NCMEI) has severely criticized the state governments for, what it termed as, depriving Muslims of the “liberating capability” of education.

What prompted this salvo against state governments by a three-judge Bench, led by the commission’s chairman Justice M S A Siddiqui, was a petition filed by MIC Orphanage Upper Primary School at Kaipamangalam in Trichur district, a little-known Muslim orphanage school, against the orders of the Director, Public Instructions refusing upgradation of the Orphanage into a high school. This was going on since several months in spite of the fact that the state education department had given recommendations in favor of the school.

Full report at:

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IAMC pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary

Jan 31, 2011

Boston: The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death anniversary today, by calling on all Indians to come together as one nation, to rise above communal politics, and to discredit the hate-filled ideologies that claimed the Mahatma's life.

In a press release issued today, it has said that Mahatma Gandhi's leadership during India's freedom struggle and his steadfast espousal of the rights of the oppressed among the lower castes and minorities made him an enduring source of inspiration for millions across the world.

Full report at:

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No let-up in bloody revolt against Hosni Mubarak

Jan 31, 2011

CAIRO: Egypt’s military stepped up its presence across the anarchic capital, Cairo, on Sunday, closing roads with tanks and sending F-16 fighter jets streaking over downtown in a show of force after days of looting, armed robbery and anti-government protests.

Egypt’s air force fighter planes buzzed low over Cairo, helicopters hovered above and extra troop trucks appeared in a central square where protesters were demanding an end to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s rule. It was the latest show of military might on Sunday in an apparent effort to send protesters back to their homes before a curfew.

The army made no attempt, however, to disperse some 5,000 protesters gathered at Tahrir Square, a plaza in the heart of downtown that protesters have occupied since Friday afternoon. They have violated a curfew to call for the ouster of Mubarak’s regime, which they blame for poverty, unemployment, widespread corruption and police brutality.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\01\31\story_31-1-2011_pg1_4

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Three NATO trucks attacked in Balochistan

Jan 31, 2011

QUETTA: Three containers carrying military hardware and goods for ISAF and NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan were attacked by unidentified terrorists in Wadh tehsil of Khuzdar district, some 300-kilometres southeast of Quetta, on Sunday. The containers were heading towards Chaman town from Karachi when some unidentified armed men riding motorcycles opened fire at them. Two of the containers caught fire while the third one overturned and plunged into a ravine as the driver tried to bail out. The assailants managed to escape from the scene. “Two containers were completely gutted and the third one was damaged,” a senior local administration official confirmed. The traffic on the RCD Highway in Khuzdar district remained disrupted for several hours because of the incident and the highway was engulfed in thick smoke. Personnel of Balochistan Levies and other law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot soon after the incident and cordoned off the area. The fire was extinguished by private water tankers since there was no fire tender available in the area.

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New Year’s first month witnesses over 70 target killings

By Atif Raza

KARACHI: Over 70 target killing incidents took place in January, the first month of 2011, causing panic among citizens.

The people had celebrated the arrival of new year with zeal and fervour with lot of hopes of peace, but unfortunately the first month of the new year left marks on the face of law enforcement agencies in the shape of target killings and blast incidents in which over 70 people lost their lives.

The politically motivated killings and the surging crime rate in the country’s commercial hub, Karachi, is being carried out by anti-social elements while despite tall claims, the law enforcement agencies have failed to maintain law and order in the metropolis.

The reliable sources claimed that over 70 people had been killed in the first month of January 2011. They said out of these 70 victims, around 20 were workers and supporters of different political parties, and one was a policeman while the rest were common citizens, including a journalist, who was not part of any conflict or organised rivalry.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\01\31\story_31-1-2011_pg12_9

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Islamic banking gaining foothold in Nigeria

By MUSHTAK PARKER

Jan 31, 2011

The banking sector in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has hardly had time to digest the "Guidelines on Shariah Governance for Non-interest Financial Institutions in Nigeria" and the "Framework for the Regulation and Supervision of Institutions Offering Non-interest Financial Services in Nigeria" published by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Dec. 31, 2010 and Jan. 12 2011. The regulator has already been forced to defend its action of introducing Islamic banking into the country.

The objective of the framework, according to the Nigerian banking regulator, is to provide minimum standards for the operation of institutions offering non-interest banking and financial services in Nigeria.

It is no secret that Nigeria is highly sensitive to sectarian politics. Recent rumors, no doubt spread by people with certain political agendas, have alleged that the new Governor of the CBN Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has introduced Islamic or interest-free banking in the country as part of a “northern agenda”. This refers to the north of the country, which is predominantly Muslim and as such to an alleged Muslim agenda for the country.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/economy/islamicfinance/article247073.ece

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Nahda leader returns to Tunisia from exile

By BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA | AP

Jan 31, 2011

TUNIS: The leader of a long-outlawed Tunisian Islamic party was welcomed at the airport by thousands of cheering supporters on Sunday as he returned to his homeland after more than two decades in exile.

Rachid Ghanouchi and about 70 other exiled members of Nahda, or Renaissance, flew home from Britain two weeks after President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was forced from power by violent protests. Ghanouchi took up a megaphone to address the crowd outside the airport, but his voice was drowned out by shrill ululating cries and shouts of "Allah-o-Akbar."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article247089.ece

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Advanced drainage system needed to prevent recurring floods: Naseef

Dr. Abdullah omar Naseef

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR

Jan 30, 2011

JEDDAH: Abdullah Omar Naseef, former deputy chairman of the Shoura Council, has urged the government to establish a new state-of-the-art rainwater drainage system for Jeddah to prevent recurrent flooding in the city.

Speaking to Arab News, Naseef said the government should not allow construction in low-lying valleys. “Those who presently live in these valleys should be provided with housing facilities elsewhere,” he added.

“In the past, there were strict orders that no houses should be built in the valleys. But people have forgotten those rules and started giving permission to build houses in low-lying areas. This obstructs the flow of rainwater and causes flooding,” he said.

He said Jeddah was surrounded by canals. “Now we cannot see those canals because of massive development works. At present, the only way to solve flooding is to create a new drainage system solely to clear rainwater,” he explained.

Naseef, who holds a Ph.D. in geology from Leeds University in the UK, expects more Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article246964.ece

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Arab-Israeli gets 9 years in prison for spying

Jan 30, 2011

JERUSALEM: An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced an Arab-Israeli activist who confessed to spying for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militants to nine years in prison.

Amir Makhoul pleaded guilty in October to contacting a foreign agent, conspiring to aid an enemy in time of war and espionage. The top charge — of aiding an enemy — was dropped when Makhoul agreed to the plea bargain of between seven to 10 years. He faced a potentially much longer sentence had his case gone to trial.

Court documents said Makhoul used encryption software to send Hezbollah information about Israeli military facilities and defense capabilities. Hezbollah operatives also asked Makhoul to locate the residence of the head of Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, according to the documents.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article246983.ece

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Iraq’s security at risk without aid

Jan 30, 2011

BAGHDAD: Without more help — and quickly — Iraqi security forces may not be able to protect the fragile nation from insurgents and invaders after American troops leave at the end of the year, according to a US report released Sunday.

The semiannual report by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction also cites data by the US Embassy in Baghdad showing that the nation’s government, economy, legal systems and basic services like electricity and water remain unstable.

The 156-page report forecasts a dim outlook at best for Iraq’s near future as the United States steps back after nearly eight years of war and billions of dollars in aid.

It largely blames corruption in Iraq’s military and police forces for wasted resources and bad planning in running its bases and maintaining its equipment. Congress is still weighing how much money to give Iraqi forces this year.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article246982.ece

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