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Pakistan’s ‘idolatrous’ SAARC monument Set Ablaze by Protesters

Women get better treatment in courts: Jeddah

“India will be at your side”: Indian PM addresses Maldives parliament

Syria's Assad urged to go as isolation deepens

Breivik admits killing 77, but denies guilt

2 Chadians, Saudi beheaded for rape

Pakistan Air Force jet crashes, killing pilot

Pakistani pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest in Jeddah

Death for 10 drug smugglers Salah Al Deberky

‘Suicide bomber’ shot dead near Afghan jirga site

70 killed in Syria violence: activists

16 militants killed in Upper Orakzai operation

Four FC personnel shot dead, four injured in Bara

Drone kills six suspected militants in North Waziristan

India-Pak trust deficit has shrunk to zero, says Hina

22-member delegation of Indian journalists arrives In Pakistan

Abu Dhabi President, Khalifa amends Law on Human Resources

British police arrest four men in counter-terror probe

Libyan factions in deadly clashes near Zawiya

Forerunner of Libyan army deployed in militia feud

Obama doesn’t rule out military option in Iran

'I resigned because I was being forced to give immunity to Raymond Davis'

PPP aware of Shah Mehmood Qureshi conspiracies: Pak I B Minister

Australia says no plans to sell uranium to Pakistan

War on terror has hurt economic uplift: Kausar

Five, including activists of MQM and SSP, killed in metropolis

Turkmenistan agrees on gas price with Pakistan: sources

Court orders dismissal of corruption case against Nawaz

Pakistan eyeing China's new 1,000-MW reactor

US raises issue of safety of journalists with Pak

Middle path’ on AFSPA for now

Iran mourns death of missile expert

Egypt lifts election ban on Mubarak-era party members

Jeddah: Pilgrim smugglers punished

Lawn chair balloonists to take flight in Iraq

Cracks show as Arab League to meet again on Syria

Bangladesh MP charged with war crimes

Sultan to open Sharjah book fair tomorrow Afkar Abdullah

Crackdown on salons yields banned products

Two stand trial over gambling in the open

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan’s ‘idolatrous’ SAARC monument set ablaze by protesters

By Ahmed Naish

November 14th, 2011

A group of people in Hithadhoo, Addu City, have set fire to the allegedly “idolatrous” Pakistani monument erected for the SAARC summit in the early hours of the morning.

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed that the incident occurred before dawn today, and the perpetrators escaped before police arrived at the scene.

It is believed that the group threw objects lit with petrol and burnt one side of the monument, Shiyam explained, adding that no arrests have been made yet and police are investigating the act of arson.

According to an eyewitness in the Hithadhoo Power Park restaurant last night, which is located next to the monument, a group of people first attempted to torch the monument using petrol around 11pm.

However, their attempts were unsuccessful and the fires were quickly put out by Hithadhoo residents at the area.

Photo from Dhiislam website

Meanwhile, two young men who toppled the monument during an earlier protest led by members of opposition parties last Wednesday remain in custody, facing charges of damage to private property.

The protesters contended that the monument featured “idols and objects of worship” and demanded it be taken down.

The monument, which features engraved symbols of ancient civilisation of Pakistan and a bust of the country’s founder Mohamed Ali Jinah, had been removed by the Addu City Council last Tuesday night but was replace back on its plinth with a cover ahead of Thursday’s unveiling ceremony.

Monuments representing the eight SAARC nations were erected across Addu City and unveiled by heads of state and government during the summit.

A large crowd of Hithadhoo residents gathered for the official unveiling by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, after which they took photographs in front of the monument.

A member of the Pakistani delegation at the unveiling ceremony explained to Minivan News that the monument represented artifacts of the ancient Indus Valley civilisation and were not specifically religious symbols.

Following the first attempt to vandalise the monument, a second member of the Pakistani delegation told Minivan News that they approached the Foreign Ministry over the incident but was informed by an official that it had not occurred, and was a rumour spread by the opposition.

Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem said yesterday that the delegation had not expressed concern to the Foreign Ministry, and noted that besides prosecuting those responsible for the damage, there was “little we can do.”

The attacks on the monument, said Naseem, had been instigated by people with “strange ideas”. He observed that there were statues of Buddhas in the National Museum in Male’. “Some people are not happy, but I’m not too excited about it,” he said.

“Illegal”

Hithadhoo Councillor Hussein Hilmy explained that the monument was “designed and built by Pakistan”, and that the City Council had helped erect the monument.

Islamic Minister Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari was not responding at time of press and officials at the ministry did not respond to inquiries today. Bari however told local media last week that the monument was “illegal” as it “represented objects of worship of other religions.”

Bari said he had discussed the matter with the Pakistani High Commission and requested it be taken down at the end of the summit.

Meanwhile, Adhaalath Party President Sheikh Imran Abdulla told Minivan News today that the monument “should not be kept on Maldivian soil for a single day” and “should be removed immediately.”

“We believe it conflicts with the constitution of the Maldives, the Religious Unity Act of 1994 and the regulations under the Act,” he said.

The monument was “illegal” because it depicted “objects of worship” that “denied the oneness of God,” he explained.

Imran contended that the engravings on the monument represented objects of worship for “a lot of other religions.”

The religious conservative party has asked the Prosecutor General’s Office today to take legal action, he revealed.

In a statement condemning the “idolatrous” monument, the Adhaalath Party’s Hithadhoo branch claimed that “no Maldivian of sound mind” would allow idols or iconography of other religions to be erected in the country.

The Pakistani monument was “part of efforts by adversaries of Islam to turn the faith that Maldivians embraced 900 years ago upside down,” the statement reads.

The party noted that under section six of the religious unity regulations, public displays of “symbols or slogans belonging to a religion other than Islam” were illegal, and called on those responsible for erecting the monuments to be “brought before the law protecting religious unity.”

http://minivannews.com/society/pakistans-idolatrous-saarc-monument-set-ablaze-by-protesters-28172

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Women get better treatment in courts: Jeddah

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS

Nov 15, 2011

JEDDAH: The Justice Ministry on Monday reiterated its efforts to protect the rights of women, saying they receive support and care from judicial authorities in the Kingdom such as courts and notaries public.

Replying to comments made by Shoura Council members, the department’s spokesman Fahd Al-Bakran said the ministry would not ask women to show their faces during judicial procedures but would take their fingerprints, which has been found to be a better alternative.

“We have requested approval for a number of jobs for women in order to implement the Cabinet decision for opening women sections at all government departments,” Al-Bakran said.

He said the ministry would open women sections soon after receiving approval from the government, adding that women would be appointed in counseling and guidance sections.

“Like men, women can also use lawyers to defend their cases as they are considered a legal tool all over the world,” Al-Bakran said.

He said the issue of increasing the number of judges did not fall under the ministry’s jurisdiction. “We understand that the Supreme Judiciary Council wishes to increase the number of judges and in fact their number has increased considerably.”

With regard to notaries, Al-Bakran said their number has doubled during the past two years. “The ministry wants to train notaries for two years before they assume their duties,” he added.

Al-Bakran highlighted the remarkable progress achieved within the judicial system in the wake of reforms introduced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, adding that the ministry has won international recognition and applause.

“We are first in the world in terms of quick transfer of real estate property ownership for two consecutive years,” the spokesman said citing a World Bank report.

While discussing the ministry’s annual report, Shoura members raised the issue of problems faced by women at courts.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article533778.ece?service=print

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“India will be at your side”: Indian PM addresses Maldives parliament

By Ahmed Naish |

November 13th, 2011

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh pledged support at parliament yesterday for the Maldives’ democratic transition through financial assistance and bilateral initiatives for development, becoming the first foreign head of state or government to address the legislative body in its 78-year history.

The Indian Prime Minister was greeted with a ceremonial welcome in Male’ for his first official state visit after the conclusion of the 17th SAARC summit in Addu City on Friday.

“India will be at your side in your transition to a fully functioning democracy,” Singh declared at the special sitting of the People’s Majlis. “We will assist the Majlis by way of training, formulation of rules and regulations and any other assistance that you may desire.”

The Speaker of the Lob Shaba, the lower house of the Indian parliament, is due to visit the Maldives, Singh noted, while the formation of India-Maldives parliamentary friendship groups “augur well for the development of relations between our two parliaments.”

Prior to his historic address before parliament, the Indian Prime Minister signed five agreements under a ‘Framework for Cooperation in Development’ with President Mohamed Nasheed after official bilateral talks at the President’s Office.

“This is a blueprint for cooperation in areas such as trade and investment, food security, fisheries development, tourism, transportation, information technology, new and renewable energy, communications and enhancing connectivity by air and sea,” Singh said in his address.

In addition to a US$40 million line of credit to construct housing units, India extended a credit facility of US$100 million to help the Maldives “meet its short-term budgetary needs” and import essential commodities.

India extended similar financial assistance in December 2008 to plug the fiscal deficit and in the following year subscribed to US$100 million in treasury bonds. The new loan is to be used to settle Rf4.76 billion in T-bill sales sold through the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) by April 30, 2012.

US$30 million of the credit facility was issued on October 31 by the Indian government.

As part of the aid programme, said Singh, India will undertake “a major renovation” to be completed by 2013 of the India Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male’, the main referral hospital in the Maldives.

The Prime Minister noted that Indian companies were engaged in infrastructure projects in the Maldives and wished to “forge closer economic links through banking and financial institutions” and “cooperate in the modernisation of your fishing and food processing industry.”

Among the agreements signed yesterday was the inception of a regular passenger cum cargo ferry service between Cochin and Male’ and the development of a regional port in Kulhudhufushi, the main population hub of the north.

Interlinked security interests

On global warming and climate change, Singh said India understood the threat Maldives faced from rising sea levels and shared its concerns.

“I wish to state in no uncertain terms that India will stand as one with Maldives in combating global warming. Maldives’ views must be heard with respect in global councils,” he said.

“We will help Maldives to achieve its aim of becoming carbon neutral. We will help build your capacities through sharing of energy efficiency technologies and provide scholarships for students from Maldives in areas such as coastal zone adaptation and management.”

On the “extended neighbourhood” of the Indian Ocean and shared security concerns, Singh noted that “over 97 percent of India’s international trade by volume and 75 percent by value passes through the Indian Ocean.”

“The challenges we face are well known – extremism and religious fundamentalism, piracy, smuggling and drug trafficking to name a few. Maldives is additionally concerned about poaching in the coral reefs and illegal commercial fishing by foreign trawlers. We have together experienced the devastation caused by the tsunami in 2004,” Singh observed.

As part of a “multi-pronged approach” to dealing with the problems, India has pledged to support the construction of a police academy in the Maldives while agreements were signed for cooperation in combating terrorism, drug trafficking, disaster management, coastal security, and transfer of sentenced prisoners.

The Indian Prime Minister also congratulated President Nasheed and his administration for “the outstanding manner in which the [SAARC] Summit was organised,” a conference that has helped “further consolidate the process of regional integration in South Asia.”

Singh praised the “impressive strides in nation-building” the Maldives has made since independence in 1965, with the highest socio-economic indicators and progress on Millennium Development Goals in the South Asia region.

“You have chosen the path of democracy, freedom and respect for human rights. You have shown how even a small nation can stand up and be counted in the affairs of the world,” he said.

“I am confident that the people of Maldives will continue to consolidate their achievements. As an abiding friend, India will always stand by you in these efforts. Our relations are time-tested and I wish to reaffirm that they shall remain so in the future.”

http://minivannews.com/politics/india-will-be-at-your-side-dr-manmohan-singh-addresses-parliament-28143

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Syria's Assad urged to go as isolation deepens

Nov 15, 2011,

Jordan's King Abdullah II urged President Bashar al-Assad to step down as the Syrian regime stood defiant in the face of growing international pressure and activists said dozens more were killed.

Damascus stood increasingly isolated as the European Union and United States showered praise on the Arab League for its weekend decision to suspend Syria's membership over its lethal crackdown on protests.

And in the first call by an Arab leader for Assad to quit, King Abdullah said in remarks aired on the BBC: "I believe, if I were in his shoes, I would step down."

"I would step down and make sure whoever comes behind me has the ability to change the status quo that we're seeing."

But Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem told a packed news conference Damascus would not budge despite the "dangerous" and "shameful" Arab League move.

"The decision of the Arab League to suspend Syria represents a dangerous step," Muallem said.

"Today there is a crisis in Syria which pays the price of its strong positions. Syria will not budge and will emerge stronger... and plots against Syria will fail."

On the ground, Syrian security forces shot dead at least 16 civilians in the flashpoint southern province of Daraa while 19 regime forces were killed in clashes with suspected army deserters, a rights group said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were killed by gunfire from checkpoints manned by security forces in Daraa, the cradle of eight months of anti-regime protests.

Security forces also killed two people in the central city of Homs, it said.

The EU said it "salutes and fully supports" the Arab League's suspension of Syria for failing to implement a plan to end a violent clampdown on pro-democracy protests that has killed 3,500 since mid-March, according to the United Nations.

It "shows the increasing isolation of the Syrian regime," the EU said, adding the bloc "stands ready to engage with representative members of the opposition... such as the Syrian National Council."

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she had been in touch with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on how to protect civilians. "We will keep in touch and see what can be done."

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States would "continue to consult not only with the Arab League, but also with the EU and our other partners as we move forward in trying to find ways to increase the pressure on Assad."

Dismissing US military intervention for now, Toner said the focus was on "trying to increase the economic noose, if you will, around the Assad regime, to choke them off financially so that they feel the effects of this in growing isolation and that they cease the violence".

He added: "We never take any options off the table, certainly, but, you know, we're going to try to find ways to increase the political and economic isolation on Syria."

In new sanctions, EU ministers agreed to stop Syria accessing funds from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

They also blacklisted a further 18 Syrians, mostly members of the military, bringing to 74 the members of Assad's inner circle hit in past months by an EU assets freeze and travel ban.

In Damascus, Muallem slammed international interference, blaming Washington for "encouraging acts of violence" and said there was a spike in operations by "armed groups" in Syria.

He blamed this violence for delays in withdrawing troops from the streets, as the Arab League had demanded.

EU foreign ministers said in a statement the continuing bloodshed called for international action, and "urges all members of the Security Council to assume their responsibilities".

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said the UN should explore sending observers or a UN humanitarian mission.

The Arab League announced plans to send a 500-strong delegation to Syria, including human rights activists, media and military experts, to assess the situation and study measures to protect civilians.

Arab foreign ministers are due to set a date for the mission on Wednesday, on the sidelines of a meeting in Rabat, according to an official of the Cairo-based Arab League.

The ministers had met on November 2, when they drew up a plan under which Syria would pull troops back from protest hubs and free arrested demonstrators.

That meeting gave Syria 15 days to comply.

On Saturday, the Arab bloc decided that Damascus had failed to keep its side of the bargain and 18 of its 22 members voted in favour of Syria's suspension, which will come into effect on Wednesday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syrias-Assad-urged-to-go-as-isolation-deepens/articleshow/10737339.cms?prtpage=1

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Breivik admits killing 77, but denies guilt

Nov 15, 2011,

OSLO: Norwegian anti-immigration militant Anders Behring Breivik spoke in open court for the first time on Monday and admitted killing 77 people at a July youth camp, but he denied any guilt, saying he was a military commander in a far-right resistance movement.

Wearing a black suit, white shirt and silvery tie, a tense Breivik sat with his eyes mostly downcast and occasionally bit his lip in a packed hearing to extend his custody before trial.

At one point Breivik attempted to address survivors of Norway's biggest modern-day massacre, but the judge cut him off.

"I am a military commander in the Norwegian resistance movement and Knights Templar Norway," Breivik told the court. It was the 32-year-old's first public utterance. "I acknowledge the acts, but I do not plead guilty," Breivik said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Breivik-admits-killing-77-but-denies-guilt/articleshow/10735153.cms?prtpage=1

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2 Chadians, Saudi beheaded for rape

By MUHAMMAD AL-SULAMI | ARAB NEWS

Nov 15, 2011

JEDDAH: Three men, a Saudi and two Chadians, were executed in Jeddah on Monday.

Badr bin Sami Al-Sudani (Saudi), Ahmad Zain Ishaq and Muhammad Bashir Hasan (both Chadians) were sentenced to death after being convicted of raping a maid and two men in a house in the Al-Mushrefah district of north Jeddah two years ago.

According to the court verdict, the men attacked the maid after  she started screaming when she saw strangers scaling the outside wall of the house. The criminals overpowered two men who came out of their rooms hearing the woman's screams. They tied and gagged the men before sodomizing them. Police started investigations and arrested the culprits shortly afterward.

"The trio broke into the house late in the night. The first and third defendants, Al-Sudani and Hasan, raped the housemaid repeatedly after threatening to kill her. They also attacked three other people in the house and raped two of them. Their crimes also included robbing the house," an Interior Ministry statement said.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article533708.ece?service=print

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Pakistan Air Force jet crashes, killing pilot

November 15, 2011

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet crashed during a training flight on Monday, killing the pilot, the air force said. The crash took place near the garrison town of Attock, 65 kilometres northwest of Islamabad. “The jet crashed due to technical malfunction near Attock. The pilot was fatally injured,” an air force statement said.

According to PAF spokesman, the plane was on a routine operational training mission when it crashed at Mullah Mansoor hilltop and the pilot, Squadron Leader Muhammad Hussain, died. “No loss of civilian life or property was reported on the ground,” it said, adding that an inquiry had been ordered to determine the cause of the crash.

PAF has a fleet of Chinese aircraft, including F-7PGs and A-5s, plus US-built F-16s and French Mirages. It recently acquired medium-tech JF-17 or Thunder jets, manufactured jointly by China and Pakistan. agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\15\story_15-11-2011_pg7_2

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Pakistani pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest in Jeddah

November 15, 2011

JEDDAH: A Pakistani pilgrim died of cardiac arrest at Jeddah airport on Monday. The deceased was identified as Haji Abdul Rehman Gull, resident of Karachi, passenger of PIA’s flight number PK-2010. Abdul Rehman suffered a heart attack at Jeddah airport and died on the spot. The Saudi officials took the dead body into their custody and contacted Pakistan embassy. According to sources, the deceased was alone and had been waiting for his delayed flight for twelve hours. online

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\15\story_15-11-2011_pg7_8

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Death for 10 drug smugglers Salah Al Deberky

15 November 2011

FUJAIRAH - In a landmark verdict by the Khorfakan Criminal Court on Monday, eight Iranians and two Pakistanis were sentenced to death for smuggling 2.5 tonnes of hashish.

Another Iranian accused was served with 10 years in jail followed by deportation. Three others, aged 11, 14 and 17, also Iranians, were ordered to be deported. They are the sons of the kingpin of the gang and owner of the boat. The verdict is open to appeal in 15 days, a source at the court told Khaleej Times.

Presiding judge of the three-bench court Ahmed Saeed Al Naqabi ordered the confiscation of the seized contraband and the boat the suspects had used to transport the hashish, which was hidden in bags of flour kept under fishing nets.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/November/theuae_November400.xml&section=theuae&col=

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‘Suicide bomber’ shot dead near Afghan jirga site

14 NOVEMBER

A suspected suicide bomber carrying a bag of explosives was shot dead in Afghanistan on Monday near the site of a major elders’ meeting set to discuss relations with the US, officials said.

The man was gunned down in Kabul hours after the Taliban claimed to have published a top-secret security plan for the loya jirga, which starts Wednesday and will bring together over 2,000 elders from around the country.

Afghan officials and the NATO-led foreign military in Afghanistan said the document was fake, but the leak and the killing highlight tight security around the jirga as the Taliban threatens to target those taking part.

Security forces shot the would-be bomber as he carried explosives, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/20390-suicide-bomber-shot-dead-near-afghan-jirga-site.html

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70 killed in Syria violence: activists

15 November 2011,

NICOSIA — More than 70 people were killed in violence across Syria on Monday, one of the bloodiest days since an anti-regime uprising began eight months ago, according to a new toll by activists on Tuesday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 27 civilians were shot dead by security forces while 34 soldiers and 12 suspected army deserters were killed in clashes.

Most of the victims were killed in the southern flashpoint province of Daraa, the Observatory said in a statement received in Nicosia.

‘Twenty-three people were shot dead by security forces posted along the road between the towns of Kherbet Ghazale and Hirak,’ the statement said.

In the same area, ‘34 soldiers died in clashes with armed men, apparently army defectors, 12 of whom also died.’

Four other civilians were killed by security force fire in the city of Homs, a protest hub in central Syria, the Observatory said.

According to UN estimates more than 3,500 people have been killed in the violence that has swept Syria since March 15, when protests against the regime first erupted in Daraa.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November362.xml&section=middleeast

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16 militants killed in Upper Orakzai operation

By Umer Farooq

November 15, 2011

PESHAWAR: Security forces launched an operation against militant hideouts and killed 16 militants while 12 sustained injuries in Upper Orakzai Agency of the tribal belt.

Officials said security forces proceeded towards Dabori, Gokamar and Shadala area and targeted six hideouts after which militants started to escape from the area.

Officials added that the operation will be continued until peace is restored in the area.

“We have been chasing militants and continue it until we eliminate them and bring back peace to the once peaceful area,” officials said.

Earlier, security forces captured a Swat Taliban commander Hazrat Bilal and his accomplice from Mardan who had earlier escaped a military offensive in 2009.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/292125/16-militants-killed-in-operation-in-upper-orakzai-agency/?print=true

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Four FC personnel shot dead, four injured in Bara

November 15, 2011

BARA: Four personnel of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) were shot dead and four others, including a colonel, were injured in an ambush by terrorists in Nala Malik Deen Khel area of Bara on Monday. The security forces cordoned off the area after the tragic incident to trace out the criminals, sources added. The injured personnel, including the colonel, have been admitted to a hospital. In another incident, a mortar shell landed in the house of Khyber Khan Afridi, which reportedly wounded a minor child and two women inside the house at Meri Khel area of Aka Khel on Monday evening. The situation has been very tense in various areas of Bara for the last one month, which has caused huge human loss to both security forces and terrorists, local people said. sudhir ahmad afridi

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\15\story_15-11-2011_pg7_9

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Drone kills six suspected militants in North Waziristan

November 15, 2011

The strike took place in Miramshah Bazaar, part of the town of Miramshah, in the troubled North Waziristan region, known as a strong bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants.

“At least six militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles on a rebel compound in the bazaar,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He said thick smoke was seen coming out of the compound after the strike, adding the identities of those killed could not be immediately verified.

Another security official also confirmed the strike and rise in the death toll, given as three earlier.

Three militants were also wounded in the pre-dawn attack. Officials said all those killed were “Punjabi” militants, a term used for insurgents from the country’s central Punjab province.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/15/drone-kills-six-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan.html

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India-Pak trust deficit has shrunk to zero, says Hina

Nov 15, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that trust deficit between India and Pakistan "does not exist or has been reduced and shrunk to a large extent" after the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Yousaf Raza Gilani, in Maldives last week.

"... I would very confidently say that we have been successful in reducing the trust deficit... Addu (Maldives) onwards, we are in the zone where trust deficit is negative; we are in the zero zone...'' Khar told reporters after her arrival from Maldives on Sunday evening.

She said the Thimphu spirit - following the meeting between the two in April 2010 - has been converted into the Addu resolve to start an "uninterrupted, uninterruptible (and) result-oriented dialogue process'' . She said the Kashmir issue is recognized as a festering problem between the two countries and that it is part of what Islamabad calls a result-oriented dialogue process.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/India-Pak-trust-deficit-has-shrunk-to-zero-says-Hina/articleshow/10735063.cms?prtpage=1

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22-member delegation of Indian journalists arrives In Pakistan

November 15, 2011

KARACHI: A 22-member delegation of Indian journalists, comprising members of Mumbai Press Club, arrived here on Monday. The delegation, led by Jatin Desai, was extended a warm welcome by the members of Karachi Press Club and activists representing different NGOs at the Quaid e Azam International Airport. Karachi Press Club has arranged a reception in their honour on Tuesday (today) during which a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed by the office-bearers of the two press clubs. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\15\story_15-11-2011_pg12_9

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Abu Dhabi President, Khalifa amends Law on Human Resources

15 November 2011

 The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a decree amending the Federal Law on Human Resources

ABU DHABI — The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a decree amending the Federal Law on Human Resources.

The amendments aim at creating more job opportunities for citizens and help them to gain experience and skills for accepting new jobs according to their career ambitions.

The decree containing federal law No. 9/Year 2011 amends a number of articles in the existing law (Law No. 11/2008) pertaining to types of employment and contracts.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/November/theuae_November403.xml&section=theuae&col=

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British police arrest four men in counter-terror probe

November 15, 2011

The men, three aged 19 and one 24, were detained under counter-terror laws in the Sparkhill area on suspicion of fundraising for terrorist purposes and of travelling to Pakistan to undertake terrorist training.

“Today’s arrests were pre-planned and not made in response to any immediate threat to public safety. Officers were unarmed,” said a statement from West Midlands Police.

They are the latest arrests in a counter-terror investigation in Britain’s second biggest city which was launched in September.

Police say eight people have so far been charged as part of the probe, with seven remanded in custody after appearing in court in London.

Three men were charged with “planning a bombing campaign” and “stating an intention to be a suicide bomber”.

Other charges the suspects faced included collecting money for terrorism, travelling to Pakistan for training in bomb making and making a “martyrdom”film.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/15/british-police-arrest-four-men-in-counter-terror-probe.html

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Libyan factions in deadly clashes near Zawiya

14 November 2011

Several days of fighting between rival factions near the Libyan coastal city of Zawiya have left at least seven people dead, reports say.

The BBC's Karen Allen in Libya says rival communities have been fighting for an area previously controlled by Gaddafi loyalists.

The interim government said the fighting had been resolved.

However analysts say the violence raises questions about stability in post-Gaddafi Libya.

The country is still awash with weapons and armed groups following the rebellion that led to the collapse of Col Muammar Gaddafi's rule.

Interim Libyan leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said the ruling ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) had brought together elders from the feuding areas - Zawiya and the nearby tribal lands of Warshefana - and that the dispute has been resolved over the weekend.

"I want to assure the Libyan people that everything is under control," he said on Sunday.

However, witnesses said some fighting was still taking place as he spoke.

For Full Report :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15726099?print=true

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Forerunner of Libyan army deployed in militia feud

By RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI | AP

Nov 15, 2011

TRIPOLI: Hundreds of uniformed men described as members of a new Libyan army have been deployed for the first time to settle a bloody feud between rival militias, officials say.

The soldiers, wearing beige camouflage uniforms and ID badges, were sent to serve as a buffer between gunmen from the city of Zawiya and the nearby tribal area of Warshefana.

Four days of fighting, the most sustained since the capture and killing of Muammar Qaddafi last month, had claimed at least 13 lives. The violence raised questions about the ability of Libya’s interim leaders to restore order after eight months of civil war.

Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, a senior official in Libya’s National Transitional Council, said Monday that the feud has been settled. He said members of the national army took up positions between Zawiya and the Warshefana lands, a few miles apart, and both less than an hour’s drive west of the capital of Tripoli.

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http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article533951.ece?service=print

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Obama doesn’t rule out military option in Iran

14 NOVEMBER

S RAJAGOPALAN

President Barack Obama has stated that the United States will not take any options, including military intervention, off the table in order to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons pursuit, but took the stand that economic sanctions would have an “enormous bite”.

“I have said repeatedly and I will say it today, we are not taking any options off the table, because it’s my firm belief that an Iran with a nuclear weapon would pose a security threat not only to the region but also to the United States,” Obama told a news conference in Honolulu at the conclusion of APEC summit.

As he put it, the US’s “strong preference is to have Iran meet its international obligations, negotiate diplomatically, to allow them to have peaceful use of nuclear energy in accordance with international law, but at the same time, forswear the weaponization of nuclear power”.

Obama, who took up the Iran issue with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese President Hu Jintao during bilateral meetings on Saturday, said all three of them were united on the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, thereby triggering a nuclear arms race in the region.

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http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/20392-obama-doesnt-rule-out-military-option-in-iran.html

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'I resigned because I was being forced to give immunity to Raymond Davis'

By Web Desk

November 15, 2011

MULTAN: Former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) stalwart Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that he had resigned from the position of foreign minister because he was being forced to give diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis and not because of the ministry.

Speaking to the media in Multan, Qureshi said that the Raymond Davis incident had taken place on January 27 and he had resigned on January 30 in the presence of President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

On reports of him joining Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Qureshi said that he would announce his political plans at the rally in Ghotki on November 27.

Qureshi, responding to criticism from the PPP, said his father did have associations with General Ziaul Haq and he did not deny it.

He said that some PPP leaders got emotional and spoke about him and Ziaul Haq, and that they should not forget that it was under the military dictator that Gilani had taken an oath as a minister.

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http://tribune.com.pk/story/292152/i-resigned-because-i-was-being-forced-to-give-immunity-to-raymond-davis/?print=true

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PPP aware of Shah Mehmood Qureshi conspiracies: Pak I B Minister

November 15, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Tuesday that the government was “aware of the conspiracies” that former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Shah Mehmood Qureshi was hatching.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Awan said that the PPP wanted to bring Qureshi’s “real face” to the forefront but never did that because it would have given an impression that a party loyalist who was brought to the PPP by Benazir Bhutto was removed from his post.

(Read: Tribune Take: Shah Mehmood Qureshi up for grabs)

She added that Qureshi had “unveiled” his face and now party members knew that he was an “opportunist”, and that he did not quit the ministry over governance issues but due to his political portfolio.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/292140/ppp-aware-of-shah-mahmood-qureshis-conspiracies-awan/?print=true

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Australia says no plans to sell uranium to Pakistan

November 15, 2011

Gillard said she wants the ruling Labor party’s national conference in December to overturn a ban on uranium sales to countries which have not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, to allow sales to India.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/15/australia-says-no-plans-to-sell-uranium-to-pakistan.html

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War on terror has hurt economic uplift: Kausar

November 15, 2011

Staff Report

PESHAWAR: A two-day annual international conference on “Dynamics of Change in Conflict Societies with Pakhtun Region in Perspective” got underway here on Monday.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Barrister Masood Kausar inaugurated the conference. Kausar said that Pakhtuns in the country had a rich and distinct cultural history known for the extraordinary literary skills and they were contributing in a positive manner to the development of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan in general, while KP and FATA in particular were at the forefront of war against terror and in this process had suffered big time which resultantly disrupted economy and socio-political structure of people living here. “Peace is, however, returning back to this soils and institutions are getting functional to its optimum level,” he added.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\15\story_15-11-2011_pg7_19

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Five, including activists of MQM and SSP, killed in metropolis

November 15, 2011

KARACHI: Five people, including activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), were gunned down in separate incidents of violence, which occurred in the metropolis on Monday.

A senior activist of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, was gunned down and another wounded near NIPA Chowrangi Block 11 within the precincts of Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station. According to initial reports, the victims were having tea at a hotel when two armed motorcyclists reached and sprayed bullets. They easily managed to escape after conducting their swift operation.

Both victims were taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where Maulana Abdul Hafeez succumbed to his injuries during treatment while his companion Qari Hafeez-ur-Rehman was admitted with critical injuries. Both men were associated with SSP and residents of Green Town, Shah Faisal Colony.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\15\story_15-11-2011_pg12_7

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Turkmenistan agrees on gas price with Pakistan: sources

November 15, 2011

The Turkmen government sources, requesting anonymity, declined to give details of the price and did not comment on whether volumes had also been agreed.

One of the sources said that the two countries had yet to agree with Afghanistan on a transit price for the gas.

Turkmenistan, which sits on the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves, wants to build the trans-Afghan pipeline as part of its plans to diversify sales from Soviet-era master Russia to energy-hungry markets in Asia and Europe.

It aims to supply natural gas from its South Iolotan field, the world’s second-largest, to Pakistan and India. The idea of the pipeline, known as Tapi, was first raised in the mid-1990s, but construction has yet to begin.

The proposed 1,700 kilometres pipeline could carry one trillion cubic metres of Turkmen gas over a 30-year period, Turkmen Oil and Gas Minister Bayramgeldy Nedirov said this month, which would work out at 33 billion cubic metres a year.

But the route, particularly the 735 kilometres Afghan leg, presents significant security challenges and will require Pakistan and India to agree on volumes and price.

Participants must also secure funding for the project.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/15/turkmenistan-agrees-on-gas-price-with-pakistan-sources.html

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Court orders dismissal of corruption case against Nawaz

November 15, 2011

General (retd) K M Arif had filed an application in 1990 in which he had stated that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief had distributed plots to his friends.

Following which, the anti-corruption department had registered a corruption case against Mr Sharif.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/15/court-orders-dismissal-of-corruption-case-against-nawaz.html

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Pakistan eyeing China's new 1,000-MW reactor

Ananth Krishnan

November 15, 2011

Islamabad is the biggest overseas reactor market

China's state-run nuclear energy company, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), said this week its recently-unveiled 1,000-MW reactor, first of its kind in China, had passed safety inspections and was ready for use, even as officials said on Monday they had “not heard about” reports that the CNNC was planning to export two of these reactors to Pakistan.

For Full Report :

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2627607.ece?css=print

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US raises issue of safety of journalists with Pak

Nov 15 2011,

Washington : The United States has conveyed its concerns to the Pakistani government about the safety of journalists in the country, the State Department said.

"If you're speaking more broadly about the safety of journalists in Pakistan, that's an issue we have raised with the Pakistani government regarding the troubles that some

Pakistani journalists have faced when they're reporting on sensitive topics," the State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, told reporters at his daily news conference here yesterday.

The US official was responding to a question about the safety of journalists in Pakistan and about a Pakistani journalist who recently sought asylum in the United States.

"We believe that Pakistan is continuing to build democratic institutions, including a free and independent media, but there are concerns which we've been very frank in conveying to the Pakistani government," Toner said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/876063/

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Middle path’ on AFSPA for now

By Aman Sharma and

Gautam Dutt in New Delhi

November 15, 2011

OMAR Abdullah’s lobbying notwithstanding, Jammu and Kashmir may have to wait till the end of 2012 summer before a partial withdrawal of the Armed Forces ( Special Powers) Act ( AFSPA) is considered.

The Centre is instead veering towards the idea of pulling out the army from several towns of the state without revoking the AFSPA, so that the troops can be redeployed, if need be.

Top sources in the government said it could adopt the middle path to mollify both the army and the Omar government over the issue.

More consultations will be carried out on AFSPA withdrawal in the meantime and at the end of the 2012 summer, a re- assessment of the ground situation would be done, a source suggested.

The army’s case is that once the AFSPA is withdrawn from an area, it would be “ politically” difficult to re- impose the Act if trouble on the terror front arose again. There will be a massive public outburst against any such move and the state government would not be able to handle it.

For Full Report :

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=15112011

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Iran mourns death of missile expert

November 15, 2011

Afp, Tehran

Iran held solemn funerals for 17 Revolutionary Guards killed in a munitions blast yesterday, including a key figure in its ballistic missiles programme, as a US magazine pointed a finger at Israel.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attended one ceremony held in Tehran, in honour of Major General Hassan Moqaddam and seven other Guards members, according to footage aired by state television.

Moqaddam, responsible for industrial research to ensure the Guards' self-sufficiency in armaments, specialised in artillery during the 1980s Iraq-Iran war before founding the force's ballistic programme.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=210234

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Egypt lifts election ban on Mubarak-era party members

14 November 2011

An Egyptian court has said members of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's now-dissolved ruling party can run in upcoming parliamentary elections.

The ruling overturns that of a lower court which had banned former members of the National Democratic Party (NDP).

Many have joined other parties or registered to run as independents.

Beginning in late November, Egypt is holding its free election in decades after Mr Mubarak was overthrown in February in a popular uprising.

The decision by Egypt's Higher Administrative Court in Cairo to overturn Friday's ruling by a court in the northern Nile Delta city of Mansoura was expected.

But Friday's ruling set off a number of similar lawsuits across Egypt aimed at preventing former NDP members from standing in the elections.

For Full Report :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15727106?print=true

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Jeddah: Pilgrim smugglers punished

By ARAB NEWS

Nov 15, 2011

JEDDAH: The administrative committee set up by the Expatriates Administration of the Passport Department announced Saturday punishment for 23 Saudis who smuggled pilgrims without permits to Makkah and the holy sites.

The authorities had earlier announced that transporting pilgrims without Haj permits was a punishable crime.

Most of the violators have been identified as university or college students or unemployed youths, Al-Madinah daily reported on Sunday.

The punishments ranged from prison time to fine of up to SR10,000 per smuggled pilgrim.

The committee also recommended the confiscation of vehicles used by seven smugglers who repeated the violation several times.

The committee is examining the cases against the remaining violators, who were arrested at various entry points to the Haj locations during the season.

For Full Report :

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article533731.ece?service=print

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Lawn chair balloonists to take flight in Iraq

November 15, 2011

“In the spring of 2012, US citizen Kent Couch and Iraqi pilot Captain Fareed Abdul-Zahra al-Saadi will launch a cluster balloon craft to raise awareness of the plight of Iraqi orphans as well as attempt to break multiple cluster balloon flying records,” an emailed statement from Couch’s spokesman said.

“Cluster ballooning is an unique type of ballooning where the pilot is attached to a cluster of large helium-inflated party balloons.”

Couch, who owns a gas station in Oregon, has already flown hundreds of miles in balloon-borne lawn chairs in the United States.

The Iraq flight was initially scheduled for November 15, but it has been postponed to March 2012, “to accommodate the many organisations that have expressed desire to take part in the project,” the statement said.

The flight will take off “from the Baghdad Stadium before thousands of Iraqi youth and orphans,” it said.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/15/lawn-chair-balloonists-to-take-flight-in-iraq.html

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Cracks show as Arab League to meet again on Syria

November 15, 2011

Sunday’s announcement of a new meeting came just a day after the League announced Syria’s imminent suspension, drawing international praise but sparking mob attacks on foreign embassies in Damascus.

“We have decided on a meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League on November 16 at Rabat (Morocco), on Syria,” Algerian foreign ministry spokesman Amar Belani told AFP.

In Rabat, a Moroccan official confirmed the meeting would take place.

Belani said that at a meeting in Cairo on November 2, the Arab League’s foreign ministers had decided to give Syria 15 days to implement a peace plan.

Saturday’s vote to suspend Syria from the League was not consistent with that earlier decision, he added.

Earlier Sunday, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said the suspension of Syria was “temporary and we will be able to lift it as quickly as possible.”The League’s foreign ministers at a meeting in Cairo on Saturday voted 18-22 to suspend Syria from November 16 over its failure to comply with an agreement to end its crackdown on protests, which the United Nations says has left at 3,500 people dead since mid-March.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/14/cracks-show-as-arab-league-to-meet-again-on-syria.html

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Bangladesh MP charged with war crimes

November 15, 2011

Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, a senior lawmaker with the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, has also been accused of looting and facilitating rape, prosecutor Syed Haider Ali said.

“Investigators have found compelling evidence of war crimes against him. We filed charges against him late Monday and the International Crimes Tribunal will now decide whether to accept the charges,” he told AFP.

The tribunal, created last year to try people suspected of atrocities during the independence campaign from Pakistan, is a domestic set-up and is not endorsed by the United Nations. Opposition parties have dismissed it as a sham.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/15/bangladesh-mp-charged-with-war-crimes.html

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Sultan to open Sharjah book fair tomorrow Afkar Abdullah

15 November 2011

 SHARJAH - The 30th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair will be opened tomorrow by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

The fair being organised at the Sharjah Expo Centre by the Department of Culture and Information, Sharjah, under the patronage of Dr Shaikh Sultan will conclude on November 26.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the event, the organisers have increased the number of lectures, symposiums and discussion sessions. The cookery books pavilion has been expanded with 750 participants from 42 countries, as it attracted a large number of visitors last year. The fair will provide opportunities to visitors to meet with popular authors and publishers from Arab countries and around the world.

Symposium sessions as part of the cultural activities will host international writers, who will discuss various topics during the fair. 17 authors from various countries will deliver presentations on intellectual topics to open of discussion during the three-day symposium sessions.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/November/theuae_November399.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Crackdown on salons yields banned products

15 November 2011

 ABU DHABI - The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, during a recent crackdown on beauty parlours, seized a variety of products that could cause severe skin diseases and other health problems.

According to the municipality, the inspection of beauty salons was part of the department’s routine health safety campaign. “The crackdown on beauty parlours and salons in Abu Dhabi city was to verify their compliance with the hygiene and sanitation conditions in place as part of the strategy to maintain public health and safety, and combat any risks undermining the safety or public health of the community,” the department said in a statement.

The seizures during the crackdown included four packs of flammable petroleum materials used in the preparation of henna, 535 packets of unidentified herbal oils and creams not bearing product labels or production and expiry dates, 32 packs of expired cosmetics and 46 packs of medicines prescribed for the treatment of kidney stones and rheumatism.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/November/theuae_November395.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Two stand trial over gambling in the open

15 November 2011

 DUBAI - A 34-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker, identified as D.Y., stood trial in Court of First Instance on Monday on the charge of organising a gambling game in the open and inviting the public to join it. He allegedly did it with the help of a runaway suspect.

A 28-year-old Bangladeshi farmer, identified as S.A., and the worker were charged with gambling in which the loser would have to pay money to the winner. They allegedly did it in the open.

The duo is believed to have used a table, a belt and a screwdriver for the game and invited passersby in Naif area.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2011/November/theuae_November391.xml&section=theuae&col=

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