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Pakistan govt, ISI still supporting Taliban: Report

Kyrgyzstan orders deadly force to quell ethnic clashes

Karzai doubts West can defeat Taliban

US fears Pak's elite will siphon-off aid

Saudis May Allow Israeli Jets To Overfly To Strike Tehran

Afghan women swap burqas for police uniforms

Sindi encourages women to pursue sciences

5 Afghan police, 2 NATO officials killed in blasts

Arab League chief Amr Mussa condemns Gaza siege on landmark visit

US, Iraqi forces kill 2 in raid south of Baghdad

Woman jailed for plotting attacks against husband       

Balochistan doctors boycott duties to protest killings

‘Violence hurdle in way of Afghan development’

UN set to review Taliban blacklist

Pakistan court bars PM's daughter from sending son abroad

Pak Forces Kill 14 Militants

A.Q. Khan in rare walkabout

Jirga labels underage boy, minor girl karo-kari

Al Qaeda wing earns millions from hostage business: experts

Diplomat-spy in custody till June 26

Under Siege: 20 yrs of AFSPA in J&K

35 injured in clashes in Srinagar

Stop death by hanging, go for lethal injection: most states to Centre

Kidnapped minor found dead on Jammu outskirts

Madani accused in Bangalore blasts

Anniversary celebrations for Tagore held in Dhaka

Gujjar Children In J&K Are Subject To Child Labour

Dukhtaran: Boycott Local Police

Taliban List Is Outdated: UN

 ‘Defence Allocation Of Pak Is Rs 675 Bn’

‘Kingdom will be a major IT player in region’

Family says Egypt police brutally killed their son

Iran to build new nuclear plant soon

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan govt, ISI still supporting Taliban: Report

Jun 13, 2010

KABUL: Pakistani military intelligence not only funds and trains Taliban fighters in Afghanistan but is officially represented on the movement's leadership council, giving in significant influence over operations, a report said.

The report, published by the London School of Economics, a leading British institution, on Sunday, said research strongly suggested support for the Taliban was the "official policy" of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

Although links between the ISI and Islamist militants have been widely suspected for a long time, the report's findings, which it said were corroborated by two senior Western security officials, could raise more concerns in the West over Pakistan's commitment to help end the war in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-govt-ISI-still-supporting-Taliban-Report/articleshow/6042880.cms

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Kyrgyzstan orders deadly force to quell ethnic clashes

Jun 13, 2010

MARKHAMAT, KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyzstan's interim government on Saturday gave the the military and police shoot-to-kill powers to quell ethnic unrest in the country's south as it partially mobilised the army.

Lethal force will be authorised to repel attacks against the authorities, stop the destruction of government and private property and protect civilians, the government's decree said.

"The violence, the number of pillages and massacres are growing... If we do not take opportune and effective measures the unrest could become much more serious and descend into a regional conflict," it said in a statement announcing the mobilisation.

Interim President Roza Otunbayeva earlier appealed to Moscow to intervene militarily after at least 75 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded, according to the health ministry, in nearly three days of unrest.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Kyrgyzstan-orders-deadly-force-to-quell-ethnic-clashes/articleshow/6042864.cms

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Karzai doubts West can defeat Taliban

Dexter Filkins

Jun 13, 2010

KABUL: Two senior Afghan officials were showing President Hamid Karzai the evidence of the spectacular rocket attack on a nationwide peace conference earlier this month when Karzai told them that he believed the Taliban were not responsible.

"The president did not show any interest in the evidence — none — he treated it like a piece of dirt," said Amrullah Saleh, then the director of the Afghan intelligence service. Saleh declined to discuss Karzai's reasoning in more detail. But a prominent Afghan with knowledge of the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Karzai suggested in the meeting that it might have been the Americans who carried it out.

Minutes after the exchange, Saleh and the interior minister, Hanif Atmar, resigned. But underlying the tensions, according to Saleh and Afghan and Western officials, was something more profound: That Karzai had lost faith in the Americans and Nato to prevail in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Karzai-doubts-West-can-defeat-Taliban/articleshow/6042588.cms

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US fears Pak's elite will siphon-off aid

Jun 13, 2010

WASHINGTON: While the Obama administration prepares to start the flow of billions of dollars to Pakistan promised under the Kerry Lugar bill, a top US official has raised several concerns warning over misuse of a significant portion of the aid.

Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, fears that a much larger portion of the fund could end up in accounts of the corrupt elite of Pakistan.

In a letter to Richard Holbrooke, President Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Kerry expressed fear that the aid, 50% of which would go directly to the Pakistan government or local partners, would be spent poorly.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-fears-Paks-elite-will-siphon-off-aid/articleshow/6042594.cms

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Saudis May Allow Israeli Jets To Overfly To Strike Tehran

Jun 13th, 2010

Saudi Arabia has carried out tests to stand down its air defences to allow Israeli fighters to make bombing runs on Iran’s nuclear sites.

“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” the Times reported quoting US sources in the West Asia.

“They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has been done with the agreement of the (US) state department,” the paper said.

Quoting defence sources in the Gulf, Times said, in the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, Riyadh agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow air corridor in the North to reach Iran. The tests to stand down air defences, sources said, was to ensure that Israeli bombers pass unmolested, and for this Riyadh carried out exercises to make certain that its own jets were not scrambled and missile defence system not activated.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/saudis-may-allow-israeli-jets-overfly-strike-tehran-390

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Afghan women swap burqas for police uniforms

By Daphne Benoit

13 Jun, 2010

KANDAHAR: In the heart of the violent birthplace of the Taliban movement, defying Afghan convention and family advice, mothers Magola and Faranaze decided to take up arms.

From the southern province of Kandahar, they are among a handful women who have swapped burqas for life in uniform as members of Afghanistan’s under-strength police force.

“My parents don’t like me to work for the police but I am happy to serve my country,” said Magola, proudly wearing her blue uniform at the camp where she has been trained by US-led Nato forces.

Magola and Faranaze are not their real names. Afghanistan is a country where strict Islamic beliefs and conservative convention prohibit most women from working. Out of a thousand recruits, police in Kandahar have only 20 women.

Widowed during the 1996-2001 Taliban regime, Magola confided that she needed her police salary to feed her family. She has 12 children and six are still dependent on her.

Like most Kandahari women, female officers wear burqas off duty. But at work, wearing scarves or hoods with their uniforms, women perform essential roles in areas that remain off limits to men.

Female officers are responsible for knocking on doors, and ushering women away from homes before police swoop in for operations against suspects.

“When the police are searching a compound, they can’t go first. We have to knock on doors, explain why we are here, take the women aside so they can go inside,” said Faranaze.

“Once I went to a compound, we were looking for a pistol. The man had asked the woman to hide it. I went to her and said: ‘I am going to slap you if you don’t tell me where it is’. She had put it in a cooking pot.” But they also encounter considerable risks in the war-torn country, where police are regularly targeted by insurgents.

In Kandahar, “the Taliban assassinate people, there are one or two murders every day”, said Magola.

Nato forces are focused on training more police as part of one of their most ambitious counter-insurgency operations in the nine-year Afghan war.

Operations to beat back the Taliban in Kandahar, heartland of a bitter insurgency against the Western-backed Afghan government, are due to escalate in coming months as thousands more troops deploy.

Afghan police and security forces are frequently on the frontline. Three bombers attacked a police training centre in Kandahar this week, damaging the outer wall of the compound before they were killed.

Among several other women on the force, one survived a bombing at their headquarters in downtown Kandahar city. Another tells of having been followed several times in the street recently.

Besides the risks to their lives, Magola and Faranaze face disapproval from families who object that they work or simply fear for their safety.

“One of my brothers works at the Saraposa prison. He told me to stop working for the police. I shook his hand and told him I would work with him hand in hand until I die,” Faranaze said.

During the Taliban regime, she said, “it was very hard, the Taliban didn’t like women to leave the house. They were beating women with sticks.” “We want God to take them away from the province. But without God’s will we won’t be able to do anything,” Faranaze said.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/afghan-women-swap-burqas-for-police-uniforms-360

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Sindi encourages women to pursue sciences

By SIRAJ WAHAB

Jun 13, 2010

ALKHOBAR: One of the Kingdom’s most accomplished scientists said women have an important role to play in the nation’s development, and their success will be determined by the support of men within society.

Dr. Hayat Sindi, one of the world’s most celebrated researchers in the field of biotechnology, made the comments on Saturday night while addressing the Society of Petroleum Engineers at Le Meridien.

Sindi said women needed to make life-changing decisions for the betterment of society. “They have the capability and they have the capacity to overcome the hurdles that come their way, but they need to be encouraged by their fathers, brothers, husbands and other members of society.”

She credits her success to her father’s unwavering support. “When I was leaving for Britain to pursue my higher studies, my father told me, ‘Don’t let me down’. He died four months ago, and I hope I made him proud,” she said.

Sindi recalled her 17-year international journey pursuing her dream of becoming a scientist.

“I came from Makkah from a family of eight children who have had traditional upbringing. Since childhood I had a dream of serving humanity,” she said. “Becoming a scientist wasn’t easy. My pursuit of education led me on a journey through King’s College University, Cambridge University, Oxford University, Harvard and MIT.”

Her trailblazing career can serve as a model for Arab women interested in the sciences. She is the first Arab woman to obtain a Ph.D. in biotechnology. “This achievement, as well as many others, was the result of my continuous pursuit of knowledge and the participation in many research projects undertaken in numerous countries. All my achievements are due to my spirit of commitment, my desire to enrich humanity and the transparency of my intentions.”

Three years ago, Sindi went to Harvard to work in a special scientific lab that led to the creation of Diagnostics For All, a project to create point-of-care diagnostic devices.

“Our mission is to provide very low-cost health care solutions to improve health worldwide. Millions of people are dying around the world because they can’t afford access to diagnostic tools.”

She said scientific inquiry is very rewarding and urged other Saudi women to follow her example. “You are strong; you are smart; you are intelligent, and you can also make breakthroughs,” she said. “Society and science can be hand in hand. I had a dream as a child to make a difference, and it has all happened.”

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article65150.ece

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5 Afghan police, 2 NATO officials killed in blasts

Jun 13, 2010

KABUL: At least five Afghan policemen and two NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) servicemen died on Saturday in separate roadside bomb blasts in Kandahar and Ghazni provinces of Afghanistan.

Kandahar police chief General Sardar Mohammad Zazay said that the policemen were riding in a vehicle that struck a bomb in Khakrez district of Kandahar province. The international forces are ramping up security to bolster the government and curb criminal and insurgent activity in the province.

The NATO said an American serviceman died in a roadside bomb attack in northern Afghanistan, and another coalition soldier was killed in an explosion in the east. The Defence Ministry of Poland confirmed that one Polish soldier was killed and eight other soldiers were wounded in the incident, about 12 kilometres from their base in Ghazni.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\13\story_13-6-2010_pg7_10

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Arab League chief Amr Mussa condemns Gaza siege on landmark visit

Jun 13, 2010

GAZA CITY: Arab League chief Amr Mussa called on Sunday for Israel's four-year siege on the Gaza Strip to be broken as he made a landmark visit to the impoverished Palestinian enclave.

The visit, Mussa's first to Gaza as Arab League secretary general, comes as calls mount for the opening of Gaza's borders after Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists when they raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31.

"This blockade, which we are all here to confront, must be broken and the position of the Arab League is clear," Mussa said after being welcomed at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt by officials from many Palestinian factions.

"Not only the Arabs, but the entire world should stand with the Palestinian people against the siege of Gaza and what is happening in the occupied territories, especially east Jerusalem," he said, referring to Jewish settlement growth in the annexed Arab half of the city.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Arab-League-chief-Amr-Mussa-condemns-Gaza-siege-on-landmark-visit/articleshow/6043639.cms

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US, Iraqi forces kill 2 in raid south of Baghdad

Jun 13, 2010

BAGHDAD: The US military says American-backed Iraqi security forces killed two suspected insurgents and arrested seven others south of Baghdad.

Iraqi officials say the two killed were civilians and complained that the local government had not been notified before Saturday's raid.

The US military has frequently been criticized for civilian deaths but the issue has surfaced less frequently since American forces turned over security responsibility to the Iraqi government.

The military says troops searched buildings in two areas for an Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader blamed for car bomb attacks on US and Iraqi security forces.

Karbala provincial council member Sattar Al-Ardawi denounced the raids, which he said were not authorized by local authorities.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article65063.ece

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Woman jailed for plotting attacks against husband

By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA

Jun 13, 2010

MAKKAH: The General Court in Makkah sentenced on Saturday a Saudi woman of Malaysian origin to nine years and six months in prison on various counts of criminal charges, including attempting to maim her Saudi husband.

The charges also included inciting her purported lovers to burn her father-in-law’s house and four cars, said Badar Al-Rouqi, the lawyer representing the husband.

“Her two accomplices, one a Saudi and other a South Asian expatriate, were handed 20 years jail time,” he pointed out. “The third accomplice, an Arab expatriate, has been given 10 months in jail for illegal seclusion with the woman.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article65103.ece

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Balochistan doctors boycott duties to protest killings

Jun 13, 2010

QUETTA: Doctors boycotted the outdoor patients’ wards in all the major hospitals in Balochistan to protest the abduction and killing of doctors in the province. The doctors stayed away from their duties from 9am to 12pm, demanding the immediate recovery of abducted doctors.

However, government hospitals in calamity-hit areas along the Balochistan coast, including Gwadar, were exempted from the protest. The Baloch Doctors’ Forum held a meeting on Saturday under the chairmanship of Dr Naseer Baloch and decided to extend their protest for another week, as the government had remained insensitive to the killing and abduction of doctors.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\13\story_13-6-2010_pg7_21

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‘Violence hurdle in way of Afghan development’

By Zeeshan Javaid

Jun 13, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Canadian policymakers have admitted that insurgency-plagued Afghanistan still remains one of the most impoverished and dangerous places in the world despite the civilian and military efforts undertaken by Western countries in the past decade.

According to a Canadian government report about the security and social situation in Afghanistan, continued violence still undermines the establishment of formal governance institutions and development in the war-torn country.

For 2011, Canada has set the objective for the Afghan National Army to demonstrate its effectiveness by controlling the key district of Kandahar with the help of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\13\story_13-6-2010_pg7_26

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UN set to review Taliban blacklist

Jun 13, 2010

KABUL—The United Nations is reviewing the names of the Taliban and al Qaeda figures on its sanctions list following a call by last week’s peace conference in Afghanistan, the top U.N. envoy said on Saturday. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1267 freezes the assets and limits the movements of senior Afghan-based militants, but recent efforts to include some Taliban in diplomacy have raised questions in Kabul about the blacklist’s appropriateness.

Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative, said a Security Council team had come in to discuss “updating” the 137-name list, and was expected to submit recommendations to the council by month’s end. “Updating means taking on or taking off based on additional new information. Some of the people in the list may not be alive any more. The list may be completely outdated ... Now it’s the right time,” de Mistura, speaking in English, told reporters.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/13/FrontPage/FrontPage1.php

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Pakistan court bars PM's daughter from sending son abroad

Jun 13, 2010

LAHORE: Acting on a petition filed by her estranged husband, a Pakistani court has barred the daughter of Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani from sending her nine-year-old son out of the country.

Khurram Khan, the estranged husband of Gilani's daughter Fizza Batool, filed a petition in a guardian court in Lahore in which he sought custody of his son Asfandyar.

He said in the petition that he feared Fizza, who belongs to an influential family, could send the minor boy to a place where he would be out of the jurisdiction of Pakistani courts.

Responding to the petition, the guardian court on Saturday restrained Fizza from taking the boy out of Pakistan. The court's order will be valid till June 24.

Khan also demanded custody of his son. He said that his wife had been living with her parents for the past four years and that he was not allowed to meet his son during this period.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-court-bars-PMs-daughter-from-sending-son-abroad/articleshow/6043418.cms

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Pak Forces Kill 14 Militants

Jun 13th, 2010

The Pakistan forces on Saturday killed at least 14 militants in an ongoing operation in the tribal Orakzai agency, officials said.

“At least 14 militants have been killed during forces operation in Orakzai agency,” a security official said, adding that several have been injured.

The Pakistan Army jets pounded several militants’ hideouts in Upper Orakzai agency in the operation.

Four hideouts were also destroyed during the clashes. The military operation is continuing in Orakzai agency since last nine weeks while more than 1250 militants have been killed during the clashes, reports our Pakistan correspondent.

On Friday, fifteen suspected militants were killed in a US drone attack in Miran Shah area of Pakistan’s tribal North Waziristan Agency.

Earlier in June, Al Qaeda’s reputed No. 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, was killed in a similar strike in the North Waziristan region.

http://www.asianage.com/international/pak-forces-kill-14-militants-377

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A.Q. Khan in rare walkabout

By Iftikhar A. Khan

13 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD, June 12: Renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan made a rare public appearance on Saturday as he drove to a market to have a cup of coffee.

Dr Khan, who went to the Kohsar market, also bought fruit. The security personnel escorting the well-known nuclear scientist largely stopped the people from approaching him. However, many of them did manage to shake hands with him.

Talking to Dawn, Dr Khan said the security personnel shadowed him wherever he went in clear violation of court orders on the matter.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/a.q.-khan-in-rare-walkabout-360

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Jirga labels underage boy, minor girl karo-kari

By M. B. Kalhoro

13 Jun, 2010

LARKANA, June 12: It is not only adults who suffer due to harsh verdicts of jirgas (private courts held by feudal elements) but the medieval justice also forces underage boys and minor girls to pay a heavy price for sins not committed by them.

A jirga has convicted a 12-year-old school going boy of having illicit relations with an 8-year-old girl, imposed Rs250,000 fine on him and restricted his movement to his house for six months, thus depriving him of his right to education.

The jirga was held in Gaji Khuhawar, Qambar-Shahdadkot district, on Friday evening and presided over by a landlord, Gul Mohammad Khuhawar, according to Sikandar Channa, an elder of the Channa community.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/jirga-labels-underage-boy,-minor-girl-karokari-360

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Al Qaeda wing earns millions from hostage business: experts

By Michel Moutot

13 Jun, 2010

NOUAKCHOTT: An Al Qaeda branch has raked in millions of dollars from ransoms, funding a tiny but well-oiled army whose influence spans large parts of west Africa now too dangerous for tourists, allege experts.

There may be only around 300 of them, but Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is highly mobile, well-equipped and omnipresent.

They are involved in drug trafficking and are ready to pay good money to local criminals who bring them western hostages.

The kidnapping of tourists, which began in 2003 when 32 German and Swiss travellers were seized in southern Algeria, has become big business for local thugs.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/al-qaeda-wing-earns-millions-from-hostage-business-experts-360

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Diplomat-spy in custody till June 26

Jun 13, 2010

A Delhi court Saturday extended the judicial custody of Madhuri Gupta, arrested for allegedly passing classified information to Pakistani intelligence officials, by another fortnight.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao remanded Gupta, 53, to judicial custody till June 26. She was brought to the Tis Hazari lock-up where the duty Metropolitan Magistrate extended her judicial remand.

She was produced before the court on May 31 through video-conferencing.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Diplomat-spy-in-custody-till-June-26/articleshow/6042606.cms

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Under Siege: 20 yrs of AFSPA in J&K

Rajat Pandit

Jun 13, 2010

No Army likes to wage war against its own people. Worse, if the fight drags on 20 years. The 1.13-million strong Indian Army is no exception. It would jump at the chance to leave the Valley and return to barracks, but only if policy-makers delivered their end of the bargain. Is the time right for this? Militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is at its lowest ebb since it erupted in 1989-1990. But there are two hurdles. First, will Pakistan’s real power centre, its army, turn off the terror tap? Second, can the paramilitary forces and J&K police take over from the Army? On both counts, the answer seems to be ‘no’.

“We are trapped in the ‘hold’ part of the ‘shape, clear, hold and build’ strategy,” says a lieutenant-general, with extensive experience in J&K, speaking on condition of anonymity. He adds gloomily, “We will be stuck there for the foreseeable future. With so much money being pumped in, vested interests have developed all around. A political solution, with economic development, is needed.”

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-toi/special-report/Under-Siege-20-yrs-of-AFSPA-in-JK/articleshow/6042421.cms

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35 injured in clashes in Srinagar

Jun 13 2010

Srinagar: Defying prohibitory orders on Saturday, hundreds of people took part in the funeral of a 17-year-old youth who was killed during Friday's clash between demonstrators and the police, even as skirmishes between protesters and the police left 35 persons, including 15 policemen, injured across the city.

As the body of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo was handed over to the next of kin by the police, people came out of their houses and marched towards the residence of the Mattoos in Saidkadal.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/13/stories/2010061356051400.htm

 

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Stop death by hanging, go for lethal injection: most states to Centre

Maneesh Chhibber

Jun 13 2010

New Delhi : At a time when the Centre and President are still to take a final call on the mercy petition of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and others like him who have appealed against death sentences, the Ministry of Affairs (MHA) is set to put in motion a plan to provide an alternate mode of death to those on death row.

Sources said the MHA move draws strength from the unequivocal support from state governments to a suggestion that death by hanging be replaced by execution through lethal injection.

According to data compiled by MHA and accessed by The Sunday Express, barring a few states that didn’t respond to the query on whether a “humane mode” of execution of death sentence such as lethal injection should be adopted in place of the existing system of hanging, almost all states have come out strongly in its favour.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/stop-death-by-hanging-go-for-lethal-injection-most-states-to-centre/633134/

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Kidnapped minor found dead on Jammu outskirts

Mohit Kandhari

Jun 13 2010

Shalin Gupta, a 10-year-old Class V student of Air Force school, Jammu, who was kidnapped on late Friday evening from near his residence in Nai Basti area, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on the outskirts of Jammu city in the wee hours of Saturday.

Barely hours after his kidnapping Shalin's parents had received a ransom call from unidentified callers on their land line.

The kidnappers had threatened to kill Shalin if his parents failed to deliver a sum of Rs 10 lakh by Saturday afternoon or informed the police.

On Saturday morning, when news of recovery of the dead body of a minor child from Beli Charana area of Jammu spread, the entire neighbourhood came out on the streets and blocked traffic on the national highway for several hours.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/262333/Kidnapped-minor-found-dead-on-Jammu-outskirts.html

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Madani accused in Bangalore blasts

VR Jayaraj

Jun 13 2010

Putting an end to speculation, Karnataka Police has confirmed that Islamist leader and PDP chairman Abdul Nasser Madani has been included as one of the accused in the case relating to the 2008 Bangalore blasts. However, Bangalore City Police Commissioner Shankar M Bidri refused to divulge details of the additional chargesheet the police submitted on Friday.

At the same time, Madani himself said on Saturday that his name had figured in the list of suspects the Bangalore Police had submitted in the court on April 12. The PDP alleged a conspiring to trap him. Its working chairman Poonthura Siraj said Madani was yet to receive any information about listing him as an accused in the additional chargesheet.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/262238/Madani-accused-in-Bangalore-blasts.html

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Anniversary celebrations for Tagore held in Dhaka

Jun 13 2010

Poetry recitation, singing and dancing marked a day-long event by Indian and Bangladeshi cultural organisations as part of global celebrations leading up to the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabind-ranath Tagore next year.

Cultural organisations Shurolok, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Nabopratisruti from Kolkata organised the celebration on Friday. Kabir Chowdhury, a professor, who inaugurated the event, said, “Bengalis have to fully embrace internationalism. We have to work together to present Rabindranath as a poet of the world.”

http://www.dailypioneer.com/262232/Anniversary-celebrations-for-Tagore--held-in-Dhaka.html

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Gujjar Children In J&K Are Subject To Child Labour

Jun 13th, 2010

Tens of thousands of nomadic Gujjar children in Jammu and Kashmir are subject to child labour, which is otherwise prohibited under law, says a survey released here on Saturday on the eve of World Day against Child Labour.

“Extreme poverty, rough and tough living, early marriage system and nomadic way of life is casting dark shadows over the future of lakhs of nomadic Gujjar children residing in the most backward, hilly and border areas of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said, adding the hostile conditions compel them for child labour.

The study, conducted by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF), which works on Indian tribes with special focus on Gujjars, also claims that the life of nomadic Gujjar children is worst than ten other tribal groups children residing in the state. The study says the children belonging to nomadic section of Gujjar tribe “are put to physical labour at a very early age and about 37 per cent children work without any wages. They were being provided only sub-standard food and clothing.”

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/gujjar-children-jk-are-subject-child-labour-361

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Dukhtaran: Boycott Local Police

Jun 13th, 2010

A radical Islamic women’s group in Jammu and Kashmir has called for social boycott of local policemen accusing them of working as a tool in effecting “genocide” of the state’s Muslim youth.

The “diktat” follows the death of 18-year-old Srinagar student Tufail Ahmed Mattoo blamed by residents on the police but termed “mysterious” by the authorities.

“India is indulging in target killings of the Kashmiri Muslim youth in their prime age exactly the way Pharaohs would do to the children of Israel. This was but expected from the occupation Indian armed forces and it would be silly to hope for good from them. What is, however, unfortunate is that the Jammu and Kashmir policemen too are indulging in target killing of our youth mainly in the 13-20 age group,” a statement from Sayeda Aasiya Andrabi, the chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat or daughters of the faith, issued here on Saturday alleged.

It added, “They should know that after all they are the inhabitants of this land.”

http://www.asianage.com/india/dukhtaran-boycott-local-police-358

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Taliban List Is Outdated: UN

Jun 13th, 2010

The United Nations is reviewing its sanctions roster targeting Taliban and Al Qaeda figures following a call by last week’s peace conference in Afghanistan, the top UN envoy said on Saturday.

UN Security Council Resolution 1267 freezes the assets and limits the movements of senior Afghan-based militants, but recent efforts to include some Taliban in diplomacy have raised questions in Kabul about the blacklist’s appropriateness. Staffan de Mistura, the UN secretary-general’s special representative to Afghanistan, said a Security Council team had come in to discuss “updating” the 137-name list. It was expected to submit recommendations to the council by month’s end, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/taliban-list-outdated-un-380

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 ‘Defence Allocation Of Pak Is Rs 675 Bn’

Jun 13th, 2010

Pakistan government’s total allocation for the military for fiscal 2010-11 is about Rs 675 billion and not Rs 442 billion as shown in the defence budget, a top finance official has said.

Saqib Sheerani, principal economic adviser to the finance ministry, said the allocation for defence was not reflected under one head in the budget but was distributed under three different heads. Mr Sheerani was explaining why the International Monetary Fund had given Rs 593 billion as Pakistan’s total defence spending for the last fiscal while the government had put the figure at Rs 378 billion in its budget documents.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/%E2%80%98defence-allocation-pak-rs-675-bn%E2%80%99-376

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 ‘Kingdom will be a major IT player in region’

By SIRAJ WAHAB

Jun 13, 2010

DAMMAM: In 1989 personal computers and the Internet were both in their infancy. At that time, a large computer hard drive might have 260 megabytes of memory available — about a 30th of what a memory stick contains today. The Internet transmitted about 300 bits of information per second — about 333 times slower than a commercial connection today.

It was also the time that Haitham Abu-Aisha and a colleague launched an Internet bulletin board service (BBS) in Saudi Arabia that would later become Sahara Net, now one of the Kingdom’s largest Internet service providers (ISPs). Between 1994 when it received its license as one of Saudi Arabia’s first ISPs and 2010, the company grew, energized by CEO Abu-Aisha and young Saudi talent who were granted the opportunity to acquire shares in the enterprise.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article65132.ece

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Family says Egypt police brutally killed their son

By SARAH EL DEEB

Jun 12, 2010

CAIRO: Egyptian police beat a young businessman to death on an Alexandria street after he posted a video on the Internet of officers sharing the spoils from a drug bust among themselves, his family said Friday.

The beating earlier this week — which police deny took place despite photos showing the man's face had been shattered — has become a rallying cry for Egypt's political opposition. Activists say it is an example of rampant abuses made possible by a three-decade-old emergency law they describe as a central tool of repression by President Hosni Mubarak's regime.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article64736.ece

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Iran to build new nuclear plant soon

Jun 13, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran’s nuclear chief says his country will begin construction of a new uranium enrichment plant by March of next year, a defiant announcement days after the UN approved tougher sanctions.

Ali Akbar Salehi is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying construction will start by the end of the Iranian calendar year in March.

Iran’s government has approved plans for 10 new enrichment facilities that can process uranium gas into fuel for nuclear power plants. The US and other nations fear Iran’s expansion of the technology because it can also be used to make material for nuclear warheads. Iran denies such an aim.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday passed a fourth sanctions resolution meant to curtail Iran’s nuclear activity.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article65113.ece

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/pakistan-govt,-isi-still-supporting-taliban--report/d/2990

 

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