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Triumphant Shireen steps into University without veil

Foreign troops deaths in Afghanistan pass 2,000

India national day clouded by Kashmir turmoil

U-turn? Obama says doesn't endorse 9/11-site mosque

British troops to use 'Dirty Harry' bullet to kill Taliban

PM hopes Valley will move on, Omar gets a shoe bite

Qureshi wants result-oriented agenda for his India visit

Ten million victims may be shifted to Karachi, Hyderabad

Drive-by shooting, bombings kill 9 in Iraq

Petraeus Opposes a Rapid Pullout in Afghanistan

Ban urges world to help Pakistan

Islamic gold dinar move sparks debate about legitimacy of dollar

13 Taliban militants killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

16 settlers shot dead in Balochistan

Policemen, FC soldier killed in Balochistan

Two killed as sectarian groups clash

We are not affected by sanctions, says Iran

Bangladesh: National Mourning Day today

Nine killed in Iraq attacks: officials

Gunmen kill 5 in Baghdad checkpoint shooting spree

'Five of most dangerous bad guy groups based in Pak'

Local Qaeda leader surrenders in Yemen

India should help rebuild flood-ravaged Pakistan: Aziz Memon

Pak officials misused foreign aid: Report

Pakistan: No colourful ceremonies as nation marks Independence Day

Clinton telephones President Zardari, mourns flood losses

Gilani accepts Nawaz proposal on relief panel

US to lobby for Pakistan aid

Qureshi wants result-oriented agenda for his India visit

Pakistan may accept India's assistance for flood victims if routed through U.N.

Kerala police to help execute warrant against Maudany

2 more deaths; firing at Hazratbal

President's Medal for 2 J&K policemen

Kabul hero gets Ashok Chakra

Violence won't benefit anyone: PM to Kashmiris

Refrain from violence during Ramzan: Omar to separatists

Police officer flings shoe at Omar Abdullah

Omar: we will engage 50,000 youths in public service

Amid conflict, Kashmir man tries suicide 13 times

India, Pak Should Resolve Kashmir Issue Through Talks: Gilani

10 Killed In Terror Attack On Passenger Bus In Pak

Bihar Muslim youth face bank prejudice

Don't Back Terror, Then We Will Talk: PM Tells Pakistan

Last batch of papers to be out soon: WikiLeaks ignores Pentagon advice

Karzai asks Obama for review of Afghanistan war

Kasab may be produced before HC through video link

Islamist group leader killed

Message from Bangladesh High Commissioner to India

Kurdish rebels in Iraq declare Ramzan ceasefire

DU withdraws Mujib’s expulsion

Afghan, NATO troops pursue Haqqani fighters

Gunmen kill south Yemen intelligence chief

UAE ‘concerned’ at German release of Israeli murder suspect

UN pleads for humanitarian access to Darfur camp

King approves education programs

Saudi Labour Minister Al-Gosaibi dies

Women no ‘aliens’ for machines

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Triumphant Shireen steps into University without veil

Aug 15 2010

Shireen Madiha has finally stepped into the university on her conditions. She had refused to bow down to the union's diktat that every woman teacher will have to wear a burqa on campus.

Now she has succeeded and the union is forced to accept its defeat. Shireen [her name wrongly appeared as Sirin Middya in some newspapers] had  invited the ire of the students' union in Kolkata's Aliah University, where she taught Bangla literature, for not wearing the veil.

The union members had asked her to comply just like other Muslim women in the institution. However, the lecturer refused. She took a strong stand against this irrational 'order'. Aliah University is the first Muslim university in West Bengal.

Firstly. it is unlawful to force a woman to wear a particular dress. Anyone has a right to not wear a burqa, just like it is a woman's right to go for hijab if she wills. Secondly, a 'student' union has no business to issue a diktat, and threaten a teacher, more so in a democratic country.

Unfortunately, certain individuals and groups commit acts send a wrong message. Media reports and a bit of intervention from the State government made the university authorities act. In fact, she shouldn't have faced this situation and university authorities must have reined in the union earlier.

She took a stand that she will not wear the burqa though some other women teachers started going to the university in veil. Initially she was shifted to the Salt Lake campus of the university, but was brought back and now goes back to teach, on her terms.

Banning veil, forcing veil equally absurd

For a lone teacher who was singled out and hounded on the campus, it was not easy. Shireen must be congratulated for taking a stand and fighting for her rights. It is absurd to force burqa in the same manner just like it is undemocratic to ban it.

Civil rights and individual choice have to be respected. There will always be narrow-minded fundamentalist persons and institutes but they must be fought. In the last couple of years, such incidents are getting reported more often.

Earlier, teenaged Ayesha had fought the ban on headscarf in a Mangalore college and got her right to keep her head covered.Sironj's Mohammed Salim went up to the Apex court against the school that had expelled him for keeping beard, and he had also won the case.

http://www.anindianmuslim.com/2010/08/triumphant-shireen-steps-into.html

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Foreign troops deaths in Afghanistan pass 2,000

15 August 2010

By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL (Reuters) - Total foreign military deaths in Afghanistan have passed 2,000 since the war began in late 2001, unofficial tallies showed on Sunday, more than 60 percent of them Americans but still far behind ever-growing civilian casualties.

The deaths of at least one more U.S. service member, an Australian and a Briton announced in the past two days have pushed the total to 2,002 since the Taliban were ousted in late 2001 by U.S.-backed Afghan forces.

The total is less than half that suffered during the seven years of the Iraq war but is a significant milestone nonetheless, with NATO allies like the Netherlands pulling out of the alliance and others reviewing their future roles.

It will also likely be an unwelcome figure for U.S. President Barack Obama, who has promised a strategy review in December after mid-term elections a month earlier in which his Democrats face a backlash from an increasingly skeptical public.

Disputes over the Afghan war have already brought down a Dutch government in February and a German president in May and, facing growing public doubts about the war at home, U.S. leaders have sought to lower expectations of what can be achieved.

According to www.iCasualties.org, an independent website that monitors foreign troop deaths, 2002 troops have been killed since 2001, 1,226 of them Americans. British losses total 331, with the remaining 445 shared among the other 44 NATO partners in the International Security Assistance Force.

Many more foreign soldiers have been wounded in a conflict Obama has described as a war of "necessity."

FIGHT TO GET TOUGHER

U.S., British and other NATO commanders have warned the battle will only get tougher this year as foreign troops push ahead with plans to take control of Taliban strongholds in the south and confront other insurgents such as the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in the east.

June 2010 was the bloodiest month of the war with 102 killed as foreign forces pushed ahead with operations in southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

Another 88 were killed in July, with total for the year so far standing at 434, according to iCasualties, fast approaching 2009's 521. The increasing death toll comes as the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan grows toward 150,000 after Obama committed another 30,000 to the fight this year.

The losses in Afghanistan are less than half of those in the Iraq war, where at least 4,723 foreign troops have been killed since 2003, 4,405 of them American.

But, with Washington dramatically cutting troop numbers in Iraq before the formal end of combat operations on August 31, attention is certain to be focused back on the Afghan conflict.

Just as was the case in Iraq, civilians are bearing the brunt of the conflict in Afghanistan.

A report released by the United Nations last week showed civilian casualties had risen by 31 percent over the first six months of 2010, compared with the same period last year. That figure included 1,271 killed.

Civilian casualties caused by U.S. and other foreign forces have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and its Western backers and led to a major falling-out between the two sides last year.

It also resulted in two tightenings of tactical directives by the commanders of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan in the past year, limiting the use of aerial strikes and house searches.

The U.N. report said Taliban and other insurgents were responsible for 76 percent of casualties.

Deaths caused by "pro-government forces" fell to 12 percent of the total from 30 percent last year, due mainly to a 64 percent fall in deaths caused by aerial attacks.

On Friday, Karzai, during a conference call with Obama, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, asked for a review of how the war is being conducted to further limit civilian casualties.

Losses among foreign troops since 2001 however are small compared with those during the Soviet occupation of the 1980s, when more than 14,000 were estimated to have been killed.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67E0EN20100815

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India national day clouded by Kashmir turmoil

16 August 2010

NEW DELHI - India celebrates the anniversary of its independence from British rule on Sunday, but turmoil in Kashmir and threats of attacks by Islamist militants are casting a shadow over the annual event.

New Delhi has been turned into a virtual fortress for the traditional address by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with nearly 80,000 police and troops guarding the national capital.

“Elaborate security arrangements have been made,” joint police Commissioner Satyendra Garg told AFP.

Police shut down public parking lots, closed markets and declared New Delhi a temporary no-fly zone to prevent aerial attacks on the main venue of the celebrations.

The Independence Day address marks the end of British colonial rule in 1947 and partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan, a split that has caused endless tension.

The security clampdown also comes after the United States warned in an advisory last week of a risk of attacks by Islamic militants in Indian cities.

“There is a continuing threat of terrorism,” the US State Department said on August 10, noting that previous attacks had “randomly targeted public places frequented by Westerners, including luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques and restaurants”.

Security measures are most intense in Kashmir, which has been engulfed in street protests that have left 57 people dead in the past two months, six of them killed at the hands of security forces just in the last two days.

A curfew was in place in parts of Kashmir and troops were patrolling the streets in a show of strength in the Indian-administered region.

“We have reinforced security to ensure incident-free Independence Day celebrations,” senior Kashmir police officer Farooq Ahmed said in Srinagar.

India’s prime minister last week appealed to Kashmiris to “give peace a chance” and offered “dialogue and reconciliation” in an attempt to end the violence in the Himalayan region.

Kashmir has been a running sore between Pakistan and India since partition. It is claimed in full, but ruled in part, by both countries and has been the cause of two of the three wars between the nuclear armed neighbours.

Muslim militant groups spearheading an armed campaign since 1989 against Indian rule in Kashmir have labeled the annual celebrations a “Black Day”.

Authorities in the 20 out of 29 Indian states troubled by a lethal Maoist insurgency also reinforced security to prevent attacks by the well-armed left-wing guerrillas, who oppose the annual event.

Residents in the central state of Chhattisgarh said Maoists had put up posters ordering people to boycott Independence Day celebrations, calling them a “sham”.

“We have deployed additional forces in all sensitive areas and have put our police stations on high security alert,” said Chhattisgarh’s anti-Maoist security operations chief Ramniwas, who uses one name.

Maoists have killed scores of policemen this year in Chhattisgarh.

India’s restive northeast, where various insurgent groups are battling for separate homelands, also braced for trouble during the annual celebrations, deploying some 100,000 police and troops, officials said.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/August/international_August746.xml&section=international

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U-turn? Obama says doesn't endorse 9/11-site mosque

Aug 16, 2010

WASHINGTON: USpresident Barack Obama, who strongly backed the building of a proposed Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, has defended his decision to wade into the controversy the night before, but backed off from his previous stance.

"In this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion," Obama said when questioned about his remarks at a White House dinner on Friday marking the start of Ramadan.

He did, however, insist that his defense of the organizers’ right to build the mosque did not mean he endorsed the project, Politico reports. "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there," Obama said on Sunday.

"I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about. And I think it’s very important as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about," he said.

Families of victims of September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have criticized Obama for saying that he supports building a mosque near Ground Zero, Politico reports.

Planners say the multi-story "Cordoba House" will include a mosque, sports facilities, theater, restaurant and possibly a day care, and would be open to all visitors.

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/U-turn-Obama-says-doesnt-endorse-9/11-site-mosque/articleshow/6316621.cms#ixzz0wjiTAdZa

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British troops to use 'Dirty Harry' bullet to kill Taliban

Aug 15, 2010

LONDON: British troops fighting the wily Taliban in Afghanistan will soon get the powerful long-range bullet 'Dirty Harry round' to outsmart the insurgents who were effectively using their Russian AK-47s against them.

The new 5.56 mm bullet can be fired with enough punch from a distance of more than 1,300ft.

A total of 331 British forces personnel have died while serving in Afghanistan since the start of operations in October 2001. Of these, 291 were killed as a result of hostile action.

Developed by scientists at at Qinetiq and British Aerospace, it will be inducted into the forces in the war-ravaged country as early as 2011, the Sunday Express reported.

According to the report, British troops in Afghanistan have been complaining that their bullets had little impact at a distance of more than 1,300ft, while using heavier 7.62mm ammunition and Russian AK-47 assault rifles, the Taliban have been able to attack British patrols at much greater distances.

Full report at:

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/British-troops-to-use-Dirty-Harry-bullet-to-kill-Taliban/articleshow/6315466.cms#ixzz0wjiWmovP

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PM hopes Valley will move on, Omar gets a shoe bite

Aug 16 2010

New Delhi : With the situation in Kashmir showing no signs of a resolution despite an intervention by him last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today again offered talks and appealed for peace, in his Independence Day speech.

Calling Kashmir an integral part of India, Singh said that “within this framework”, the government was ready to hold any talks that would “increase the partnership of the common man in governance and also enhance their welfare”.

Addressing the nation on the 64th Independence Day from the Red Fort, from inside a glass enclosure due to the forecast of rain, the Prime Minister said: “In Jammu and Kashmir, we are ready to talk to every person or group which abjures violence. Recently, some young men have lost their lives in violence. We deeply regret this. The years of violence should now end. I believe that India’s democracy has the generosity and flexibility to be able to address the concerns of any area or group in the country.”

Singh also reiterated that Naxalism was a “serious challenge to our internal security”, and renewed his appeal to Maoists “to abjure violence, come for talks and join hands with us to accelerate social and economic development”. He promised to end the neglect that most Naxal-affected areas suffered from.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pm-hopes-valley-will-move-on-omar-gets-a-shoe-bite/660781/

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Qureshi wants result-oriented agenda for his India visit

Aug 15 2010

New Delhi : Responding to External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's invitation to visit India, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has made it clear that he would accept it if the talks are to be "result-oriented", covering all issues of importance, including Kashmir.

He stressed the need for "positive and constructive approach" after his July 15 talks with Krishna ended on a bitter note, particularly on Kashmir and terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

"I am grateful to Mr Krishna for inviting me to visit New Delhi. The visit has to be purposeful and result oriented during which all issues of mutual concern should be discussed," Qureshi said in an email interview.

He was responding when asked about Krishna's invitation to visit India for talks which is still under consideration of Pakistan.

Queried whether he had any expectations from India before deciding on coming to India, Qureshi said, "the discussions during the visit have to cover all issues of importance and should be meaningful and result-oriented."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/qureshi-wants-resultoriented-agenda-for-his-india-visit/660566/

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Ten million victims may be shifted to Karachi, Hyderabad

By Habib Khan Ghori

16 Aug, 2010

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has said that if needed, 10 million flood victims would be shifted to Karachi and Hyderabad.

The home minister was talking to a group of journalists on Sunday during his visit to a relief camp in Razzaqabad.

He met flood survivors who complained to him of non-availability of essential relief items.

The minister said full relief arrangements could not be made immediately for such a large number of people. However, he assured them that the government would provide relief to all flood survivors.

Answering a question, he said that the Sindh government had made arrangements for 2.5 million people from Swat who had been displaced during a military operation there. And this time the flood victims were the natives and owners of Sindh and if needed, the government would make arrangements for 10 million flood victims’ stay in Karachi and Hyderabad.

Replying to another question, he said some dishonest people, projecting themselves as flood victims, had also taken shelter in the relief camps, but they would be shunted off and punished.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/19-10m-flood-victims-may-be-shifted-to-karachi,-hyderabad-680-hh-03

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Drive-by shooting, bombings kill 9 in Iraq

16 August 2010

 A drive-by shooting outside a mosque and a series of bombings Sunday killed nine Iraqis and injured 30 more in and around Baghdad, police and health officials said.

It was another day of persistent violence in Iraq, especially its capital. Even though attacks have dropped sharply from several years ago, low level violence and chronic instability continues.

Gunmen opened fire on worshippers as they were leaving dawn prayers in town of Jurf Al Sakhr just south of the capital, killing three and wounding one, said Maj. Muthana Khalid, the spokesman for Babil province police.

The 4 a.m. shooting comes in the first week of Ramadan, a holy month of daylight fasting for Muslims.

Hours later, rush-hour bombings across Baghdad hit commuters on their way to work, killing four and injuring at least 16.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/August/middleeast_August263.xml&section=middleeast

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Petraeus Opposes a Rapid Pullout in Afghanistan

By DEXTER FILKINS

16 August 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of American and NATO forces, began a campaign on Sunday to convince an increasingly skeptical public that the American-led coalition can still succeed here despite months of setbacks, saying he had not come to Afghanistan to preside over a “graceful exit.”

In an hourlong interview with The New York Times, the general argued against any precipitous withdrawal of forces in July 2011, the date set by President Obama to begin at least a gradual reduction of the 100,000 troops on the ground. General Petraeus said that it was only in the last few weeks that the war plan had been fine-tuned and given the resources that it required. “For the first time,” he said, “we will have what we have been working to put in place for the last year and a half.”

In another in a series of interviews, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” General Petraeus even appeared to leave open the possibility that he would recommend against any withdrawal of American forces next summer.

“Certainly, yes,” he said when the show’s host, David Gregory, asked him if, depending on how the war was proceeding, he might tell the president that a drawdown should be delayed. “The president and I sat down in the Oval Office, and he expressed very clearly that what he wants from me is my best professional military advice.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/world/asia/16petraeus.html?_r=1&hp

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Ban urges world to help Pakistan

16 August 2010

ISLAMABAD: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday the flooding in Pakistan was the worst disaster he had ever seen, and urged foreign donors to speed up assistance to the 20 million people affected.

“This has been a heart-wrenching day for me,” Ban said after flying over the hard-hit areas with President Asif Ali Zardari. “I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.”

The floods began more than two weeks ago in the mountainous northwest and have now hit about one-quarter of the country, especially its agricultural heartland. While the death toll of 1,500 is relatively small, the scale of the flooding and number of people whose lives have been disrupted is staggering.

The world body has appealed for an initial $460 million to provide relief, but only 20 percent has been given.

Once the floods recede, billions more will be needed for reconstruction and getting people back to work in the already-poor nation of 170 million people. The International Monetary Fund has warned the floods could dent economic growth and fuel inflation.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article103379.ece

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Islamic gold dinar move sparks debate about legitimacy of dollar

By MUSHTAK PARKER

16 August 2010

The announcement last week by the Kelantan state government in Malaysia that it is introducing gold dinars and silver dirhams as legal tender alongside the Malaysian ringgit, is a damp squib of a failed attempt at financial UDI (unilateral declaration of independence).

Perhaps more importantly, it betrays the financial and monetary policy illiteracy which has been symptomatic of the ruling PAS administration since it won power at the state level in 1990. PAS is the Islamic Party of Malaysia which has a running battle with UMNO (United Malays National Organization), over who really represents the Muslims in the southeast Asian country. UMNO is the dominant party in Barisan Nasional, the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence.

The fact that PAS announced the introduction of the coins at the onset of the Muslim holy month of fasting, Ramadan, smacks of cheap political opportunism trying to ride on the emotional and religious sympathies of Muslims. Talk about a "Shariah currency" is as misinformed as it is inaccurate.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/economy/islamicfinance/article103426.ece

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13 Taliban militants killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

Aug 15, 2010

PESHAWAR: At least 13 Taliban militants, including a key commander, were killed and six others injured when a US drone struck a compound in Pakistan's volatile North Waziristan tribal region, officials said on Monday.

The drone fired two missiles at the 'hujra' or guesthouse of a tribesman's compound in Eisori village near Mirali, a town in North Waziristan tribal agency, late last night, they said.

Taliban commanderAmir Moaviya was among the 13 militants killed in the attack, sources told.

This was the first US drone attack in the month of August.

Recent reports had suggested that the US had halted drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt following the unprecedented floods across the country as it feared the attacks could increase anti-American feelings.

The US has carried out scores of drone attacks in the tribal belt since a suicide bomber linked to the Pakistani Taliban killed seven CIA operatives at a forward base in Khost province of Afghanistan in December last year.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/13-Taliban-militants-killed-in-US-drone-strike-in-Pakistan/articleshow/6314628.cms#ixzz0wfeoxBkG

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16 settlers shot dead in Balochistan

15 Aug, 2010

QUETTA, Aug 14: At least 16 people were gunned down in two incidents of target killing in Quetta and Bolan district on Saturday, police said. All those killed belonged to Punjab.

Gunmen intercepted a Quetta-bound coach coming from Lahore in Aab-i-Gum area of Bolan district in the early hours of Saturday and forced 11 passengers to leave the vehicle and accompany them.

They took the 11 men to an open place and sprayed them with bullets.

“Ten passengers were killed on the spot as bullets hit their heads,” said Ismail Kurd, a senior official of the Mach town administration in district Bolan.

He said that one passenger, though injured in the shooting, escaped death as some bodies fell over him.

The sources said the gunmen also injured the cleaner of the passenger coach and driver of a tractor carrying some flood-affected people to Quetta before fleeing the scene.

The bodies and injured people were taken to Bolan Medical College hospital by police and Frontier Corps personnel.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/16-settlers-shot-dead-in-balochistan-580

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Policemen, FC soldier killed in Balochistan

By Saleem Shahid

15 August 2010

QUETTA, Aug 13: Three policemen, one Frontier Corps soldier and three civilians were killed on Friday.

Sources said that four policemen were on duty near the Shambani Stadium on Sariab Road when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire, killing three of them on the spot. The fourth, Assistant Sub-Inspector Siraj, was arrested for being negligent and not acting against the assailants.

The bodies were taken to the Civil Hospital and later handed over to relatives. They were identified as head constable Nooruddin and constables Ghulam Sarwar and Abdul Saleem.

The FC soldier was killed when armed men attacked the Darakhshan checkpost in Panjgur area of Makran division. Officials said the soldier had been hit in head and died on the spot.

Armed men opened fire at a hairdresser shop in Quetta’s Ghousabad area, killing its owner. He was identified as Mohammad Rafiq, hailing from Multan. Police called it an incident of target killing.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/policemen,-fc-soldier-killed-in-balochistan-480

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Two killed as sectarian groups clash

15 Aug, 2010

MIRPURKHAS, Aug 14: A woman and a boy were killed and eight other people were injured in a clash between two sectarian groups in Hirabad here on Friday night.

The two groups have been fighting for the past few months over a house in which one of them wants to establish a madressah.

On Friday, one group tried to occupy the house. The other resisted the attempt. This led to an exchange of fire despite deployment of a heavy contingent of police. The warring sides also hurled stones at each other.

As a result Ms Sabra, Haq Nawaz, Dilshad, Mohammad Iqbal, Nadeem, Ms Salma, Mohammad Hassan, ASI Imran, SHO of the Town Shabbir Sehto and SPO of Mirpurkhas city Mohammad Ayoub Dars were injured.

They were taken to a hospital, but Ms Sabra died. ASI Imran, 12-year-old Dilshad and Haq Nawaz were referred to the Liaquat Medical University Hospital, Hyderabad, due to their critical condition. However, Dilshad died before reaching Hyderabad.

The other injured were admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Police arrested 24 people of the two groups, sealed the house and set up a picket in Hirabad.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/two-killed-as-sectarian-groups-clash-580

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We are not affected by sanctions, says Iran

Atul Aneja

Aug 15 2010

DUBAI: Iran asserted on Saturday that it remained unaffected by Western attempts to deny it refined petroleum products.

“Iran imports gasoline whenever need arises and there is no problem in this regard,” Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Alireza Zeighami told the Mehr news agency.

Iran is the world's fifth largest oil exporter. However, on account of its low refining capacity, it meets nearly 40 per cent of its requirements of petrol through imports. The U.S. and the EU have enforced stringent unilateral sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector following the passage of relatively milder sanctions on June 9 in the United Nations Security Council, which mainly targeted Tehran's financial sector.

Analysts say Turkey, China and Russia appear to be effectively breaching unilateral attempts by the United States and the European Union to deny gasoline to Iran. Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday that Ankara was not obliged to halt sales of petroleum products to Iran. “If the preference of the private sector is to sell these [petroleum] products to Iran, we will help them. There is no demand for Turkey to halt the trade of these products with Iran,” said Mr. Yildiz.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/15/stories/2010081562822400.htm

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Bangladesh Mourns Its Founder's Killing

Aug 15th, 2010

Bangladesh on Sunday observed the National Mourning Day to mark the death anniversary of its founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was killed in a military-led putsch on this day in 1975.

Twenty-eight people, including his wife and three sons, were killed. The survivors included his two daughters who were abroad.

Sunday was a public holiday with prayer meetings being held in mosques, churches and temples.

Rahman's elder daughter and Prime Minister, Ms Sheikh Hasina, visited the ancestral home at Tungipara to place wreaths at his grave.

She said in a message: "Let us march forward with bold steps in the struggle to build a Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) by turning the grief of the eternal loss of the Father of the Nation into strength."

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/bangladesh-mourns-its-founders-killing-000

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Nine killed in Iraq attacks: officials

15 August 2010

BAGHDAD - A series of roadside bombs and shootings killed nine people, including two policemen and three worshippers, in and around Baghdad on Sunday, security officials said.

Twenty people were also wounded in the violence, the latest in a surge of killings in August and as Muslims observe the holy fasting month of Ramadan, when insurgents typically step up their attacks, fuelling security concerns as the United States continues to withdraw its troops.

In a pre-dawn attack, three Sunni Muslims were gunned down as they exited the Abid Wais mosque in Jurf al-Sakhr, 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the capital in Babil province, police said.

The drive-by shooting, which also left one person wounded, took place at 4:00 am (0100 GMT), after worshippers completed Ramadan prayers which followed a communal meal ahead of a day-long fast.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/August/middleeast_August258.xml&section=middleeast

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Gunmen kill 5 in Baghdad checkpoint shooting spree

Aug 15 2010

BAGHDAD: Authorities say gunmen have killed five Iraqi security officials in a half-hour shooting spree targeting checkpoints in Shiite-dominated neighbourhoods around Baghdad.

By targeting Iraqi security forces and Shiite areas, insurgents aim to weaken confidence in the government and aggravate sectarian tension as thousands of American troops leave the country by the end of this month.

Two police officials say the gunmen killed four policemen and a member of a government-backed group of Sunni fighters on Saturday.

Officials at two hospitals and the Baghdad morgue confirmed the deaths.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gunmen-kill-5-in-Baghdad-checkpoint-shooting-spree-/articleshow/6310434.cms

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'Five of most dangerous bad guy groups based in Pak'

Aug 15 2010

Washington : Al-Qaeda, Taliban's Haqqani network and LeT are among five of the "most dangerous bad guy groups" based in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt and have been targeting countries like the US, Britain and India, America's special envoy for Af-Pak region Richard Holbrooke has said.

"Our enemy is Al-Qaeda. They lurk across the border in the tribal areas of Pakistan, the very areas that have been just hit by the floods. The point I want to make is there are about five of our most dangerous bad guy groups all grouped in this area in Pakistan where the floods are going on now," Holbrooke told the popular Charlie Rose show.

He said al-Qaeda is targeting the US, Britain and other countries as well. "You have the Afghan-Taliban, their expeditionary force in Afghanistan closely allied. You have the Pakistani-Taliban. Now the Pakistani-Taliban targets the Pakistanis, but the Times Square bomber (Faisal Shahzad) went and got trained, luckily badly trained, by the Pakistani Taliban. That's three," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/five-of-most-dangerous-bad-guy-groups-based-in-pak/660333/

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Local Qaeda leader surrenders in Yemen

15 August 2010

SANAA— A local Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen who sheltered foreign militants has surrendered to authorities, a Yemeni security official said on Sunday.

Jamaan Safian was responsible for the organisation’s activities in the Al-Jawf province, northeast of the capital Sanaa, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The source did not provide details on how the surrender was negotiated, or when it took place.

Sufian’s name does not appear on the Yemeni government list of most wanted Al-Qaeda militants.

In the past, Yemeni tribal leaders have negotiated agreements for the surrender of Al-Qaeda members.

The local branch of Osama bin Laden’s organisation is especially active in Yemen’s east.

The Sanaa government has intensified its operations against Al-Qaeda, under pressure from Washington, since the network’s local affiliate claimed the attempted bombing of a US-bound airliner on 25 December 2009.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/August/middleeast_August257.xml&section=middleeast

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India should help rebuild flood-ravaged Pakistan: Aziz Memon

Aug 15 2010

“How long will India and Pakistan avoid dealing directly with each other and go through illegal channels or trade via Dubai and Singapore?”

 Aziz Memon

As a large country “that is doing so well economically,” India should “look at the misery of Pakistan during the unprecedented floods, put aside our differences and help Pakistan,” says Aziz Memon, chairman of the $100-million Kings group of Pakistan, which deals in textiles, water and medical services. In Chennai to participate in a Rotary meet on ‘Initiatives towards promoting Peace in South Asia,' in an interview to The Hindu Group, he reiterated his plea to accelerate trade and business ties, cultural and sporting exchanges, and people's movement between the two countries.

Excerpts from the interview:

How is the flood situation in Pakistan?

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/15/stories/2010081556181400.htm

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Pak officials misused foreign aid: Report

Aug 15 2010

London : More than £300 million of aid for victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake has been diverted by President Asif Ali Zardari’s government, raising fears that this will deter donors coming to the aid of flood devastated people in the country.

“As the money was not forthcoming, schools, hospitals, buses and roads planned to come up with money given by foreign governments and international aid groups remain unbuilt almost five years after the earthquake which killed 80,000 and left four million people homeless,” The Daily Telegraph reported on saturday quoting senior Pakistani officials.

The damning report comes as Pakistan is clamouring for millions of dollars in international aid to cope with the country’s worst ever calamity in which 20 million people are affected.

The paper said international donors gave £3.5 billion to rebuild vast swaths of PoK and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces after the earthquake. However, senior Pakistani officials said more than £300 million given in aid has yet to be handed over to the country’s Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA).

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-officials-misused-foreign-aid-report/660479/

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No colourful ceremonies as nation marks Independence Day

15 August 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan toned down its usually festive Independence Day celebrations on Saturday amid a flooding disaster that has displaced millions of its citizens, damaged its economy and undermined its political stability at a time when the US needs its steadfast cooperation against terrorism.

Officials cancelled the colorful, fireworks-heavy ceremony normally held at midnight August 14. But Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani participated in a flag-raising ceremony in the morning, and TV channels broadcast stories about the country’s early years.

Government leaders were expected to spend much of the day visiting flood victims amid warnings that more surges may be on the way, threatening cities and towns along main rivers. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also expected to visit sometime soon, possibly over the weekend.

Full report at:

http://www.paktribune.com/news/print.php?id=230596

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Clinton telephones President Zardari, mourns flood losses

15 August 2010

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday and expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and huge destruction of infrastructure and property in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan.

During the conversation, the US secretary of state said that the people and government of the United States were with the people of Pakistan in these difficult times.

The US secretary of state said that the US would continue to extend all possible help to mitigate the sufferings of the victims of floods and take part in the rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations.

The secretary of state praised the courage with which the people of Pakistan had braved the adversity. She also offered condolences to the people who had lost dear ones and suffered other losses in the floods. The president thanked the US secretary of state for her concern and assurances of support.

Zardari said that the floods were the worst the country had ever witnessed and called for greater international support in meeting the challenges of relief and rehabilitation.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\08\15\story_15-8-2010_pg7_15

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Gilani accepts Nawaz proposal on relief panel

By Ahmad Hassan

15 Aug, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Aug 14: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif agreed on Saturday to set up a ‘credible national body comprising men of integrity’ to ensure transparency in the collection, management and distribution of relief funds among the flood-affected.

Mr Sharif said it was gratifying for him that Mr Gilani had accepted his proposal regarding the commission.

Mr Gilani hinted at the names of the likes of retired justices Rana Bhagwandas, Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim and Nasir Aslam Zahid to be nominated after getting their acceptance.

In their two-hour discussion, the prime minister was assisted by Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Food and Agriculture Minister Nazar Mohammad Gondal and Water and Power Minister Raja Parvaiz Ashraf, while Mr Sharif was accompanied by Senator Ishaq Dar.

Addressing a joint press conference at the PM House auditorium after the meeting, the two leaders said they would appeal to the rich to come forward to help the millions of their compatriots in distress.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/gilani-accepts-nawaz-proposal-on-relief-panel-580

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US to lobby for Pakistan aid

15 Aug, 2010

WASHINGTON, Aug 14: US President Barack Obama has assured Pakistan that the United States will not only help the country recover from the disaster caused by floods but will also engage the international community.

In an Aug 14 message to the Pakistani nation, Mr Obama noted that this Independence Day anniversary came at a time of great challenge for the people of Pakistan as they bravely respond to widespread and unprecedented flooding.

“We will remain committed to helping Pakistan and will work side by side with you and the international community towards a recovery that brings back the dynamic vitality of your nation,” he said.

Mr Obama said that he had already directed his administration to continue to work closely with the government of Pakistan and provide assistance in their response to this crisis. The US, he noted, had rushed financial assistance.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/us-to-lobby-for-pakistan-aid-580

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Qureshi wants result-oriented agenda for his India visit

Aug 15 2010

New Delhi : Responding to External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's invitation to visit India, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has made it clear that he would accept it if the talks are to be "result-oriented", covering all issues of importance, including Kashmir.

He stressed the need for "positive and constructive approach" after his July 15 talks with Krishna ended on a bitter note, particularly on Kashmir and terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

"I am grateful to Mr Krishna for inviting me to visit New Delhi. The visit has to be purposeful and result oriented during which all issues of mutual concern should be discussed," Qureshi said in an email interview.

He was responding when asked about Krishna's invitation to visit India for talks which is still under consideration of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/qureshi-wants-resultoriented-agenda-for-his-india-visit/660566/

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Pakistan may accept India's assistance for flood victims if it is routed through U.N.

Anita Joshua

Aug 15 2010

 In DIRE STRAITS:A flood victim wades through mud to salvage his belongings at Azakhel, near Nowshera, in northwest Pakistan on Saturday. (Right) People reaching for biscuit packets distributed by volunteers at Muzaffargarh.

ISLAMABAD: Still undecided on how to respond to India's offer of assistance of $5 million in relief material, for the victims of the massive floods, Pakistan on Saturday was toying with the option of accepting the proposal, provided it was routed through the United Nations system.

That Pakistan was in two minds about the offer was evident on Friday itself, when the Foreign Office statement on Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's telephone call to his counterpart, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, made no mention of the assistance offered by India. All it said was that Mr. Krishna had extended India's sympathies for Pakistan in its hour of trial.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/15/stories/2010081563741000.htm

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Kerala police to help execute warrant against Maudany

Aug 15 2010

KOLLAM: A high-level police meeting here on Saturday decided to help the Karnataka police execute the arrest warrant against People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, after Sunday afternoon.

An accused in the Bangalore serial blasts case, he has moved the Supreme Court seeking anticipatory bail.

The police have already brought the entire Anwarssery area here under their control. An uneasy calm prevails in the Anwarssery camp of Mr. Maudany.

The meeting, which lasted more than 90 minutes, was called to work out a strategy for enabling the Karnataka police to execute the warrant without posing much of a law and order problem for the Kerala police. The police want Independence Day parades to pass off unhindered.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/15/stories/2010081563290300.htm

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2 more deaths; firing at Hazratbal

Bashaarat Masood

Aug 15 2010

Srinagar : Two people were killed in firing by the police and CRPF and over 40 injured after thousands defied curfew across Kashmir Saturday. The civilian toll in the protests since June 11 is now 57.

For the first time ever, police fired at protesters on the premises of the Hazratbal shrine that houses the sacred relic of Prophet Muhammad. Also for the first time, a camp of the Army came under attack, triggering cane charges and retaliation with teargas.

The CRPF D-G has rushed to the Valley.

Irshad Ahmad Lattoo (30) died after police fired to scatter stone-throwing protesters in Anantnag, south Kashmir. Three others were injured, one of whom took a bullet in the chest and is fighting for life in Srinagar. A 15-year-old student called Mohammad Umar was killed after police and CRPF fired at protesters on the Srinagar-Baramulla national highway.

There were protests at over 20 places in the Valley. Eyewitnesses in Shopian said police fired after a

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/2-more-deaths;-firing-at-hazratbal/660533/

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President's Medal for 2 J&K policemen

Aug 15 2010

New Delhi: Two Jammu and Kashmir policemen and a CRPF constable have been awarded the President's Police Medal for Gallantry posthumously for their exemplary show of courage during operations.

Constable Mushtaq Hussain Shah and SPO Nissar Hussain of Jammu and Kashmir Police were part of a team which was assigned to engage dreaded terrorists of the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Taiba hiding in the Kalyar and Pinga Gall forests of Rajouri district.

The police team surrounded the terrorists and asked them to surrender but they opened fire.The two policemen fought bravely without caring for their lives. They received injuries and died later. But due to their efforts, two dreaded terrorists were killed. It was found that the two terrorists were active in the area for long and were involved in a number of killings.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Farooq Qesor, who led the operation, was selected for Police Medal for Gallantry.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/15/stories/2010081563791000.htm

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Kabul hero gets Ashok Chakra

By RK Lakhi Kant

Aug 15 2010

MAJOR Laishram Jyotin Singh, who fought barehanded with a heavily- armed terrorist and saved 10 colleagues during an attack on Indians in Kabul in February, has been posthumously given the Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award.

Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award, has been given to Captain Devinder Singh Jass ( posthumously) and Chhattisgarh superintendent of police ( SP) Vinod Kumar Choubey.

Major Laishram Jyotin Singh, from the Army Medical Corps, engaged the terrorist who struck on February 26 at a hotel that housed members of the Indian Medical Mission in Afghanistan.

The 37- year- old officer from Manipur showed exemplary courage when the terrorist, after detonating an explosives- laden vehicle and killing three guards, entered the hotel building to kill any survivors.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Violence won't benefit anyone: PM to Kashmiris

Aug 15 2010

New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told agitating youth in Kashmir that violence will not benefit anyone and that the government, within the framework of the state being an integral part of India, was willing to move forward in any talks with those who abjure violence.

Addressing the nation on the 64th Independence Day from the ramparts of historic Red Fort here, he promised to carry on the recently initiated dialogue process with an emphasis that the Indian democracy has the "generosity and flexibility" to address concerns of any group.

While expressing deep regret for loss of lives on the streets of Kashmir in the last two months, Singh left no one in doubt that the state is an integral part of India.

"Within this framework, we are ready to move forward in any talks which would increase the partnership of the common man in governance and also enhance their welfare," he said as he unfurled the national tricolour for the seventh consecutive Independence Day.

"We are ready to talk to every person or group which abjures violence," Singh said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/violence-wont-benefit-anyone-pm-to-kashmiris/660538/

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Refrain from violence during Ramzan: Omar to separatists

Aug 15 2010

Srinagar : Asking separatists to refrain from violence during the holy month of Ramzan, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday asked them to take advantage of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that he was ready to consider autonomy if there was a consensus.

At the same time, Omar said the "trust deficit" between the Centre and people of the state can be bridged by "restoring autonomy".

"This is a historic opportunity for us (PM's announcement regarding granting of autonomy) and we must take advantage of it. I appeal to separatist leaders to come to the table for talks and play their role in solving the Kashmir issue," he said, addressing the Independence Day celebrations here.

During a meeting with an all-party delegation from Jammu and Kashmir, Singh had last week said he was ready to consider autonomy for the state if there was consensus among all political parties.

Full report at: The Indian Express

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Police officer flings shoe at Omar Abdullah

Aug 15 2010

A junior-level police officer flung a shoe at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during the Independence Day function in the high-security Bakshi Stadium here Sunday even as a separatist-called shutdown yet again paralyzed life across the Valley.

An assistant sub-inspector of police, who was sitting in the stadium along with other VIPs in the enclosure behind the podium where Abdullah unfurled the national flag, flung a brown shoe at the chief minister.

Security personnel immediately whisked away the officer, who was in civvies. He also tried to display a black flag as he was being taken away by the security men.

The chief minister ignored the incident, saying: "It is better people throw shoes instead of stones as this will not injure anybody."

The main parade, however, continued as Abdullah took the salute.

Contingents of local police, paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and auxiliary police marched passed the podium as the chief minister took the salute.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/276294/Police-officer-flings-shoe-at-Omar-Abdullah.html

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Omar: we will engage 50,000 youths in public service

Aug 15 2010

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday that his government would soon take steps to engage 50,000 youth in public service. He asked separatists to come to the dialogue table for resolving political issues.

In his Independence Day message, to be telecast on the State-run television, Mr. Abdullah expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the recent violence in the Valley. “My heart bleeds and in their hour of grief; I am with the bereaved families whose dear ones have lost their lives. The victims of the unfortunate events are my own brothers and sons and I am in gloom and bereavement.” He said nobody could be so hard-hearted as not to be touched by such happenings and no eye could be without tears over the loss of lives.

The Chief Minister expressed grief over the loss of lives in the cloudburst in Leh and said the government would take all steps for rehabilitating the affected families and restoring infrastructure.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/15/stories/2010081563230300.htm

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Amid conflict, Kashmir man tries suicide 13 times

By RAVI NESSMAN

15 August 2010

SRINAGAR, India — The wounds of Kashmir's never-ending war are reflected in Arshid Malik's red, downcast eyes, in the tremble of the cigarette in his hand, in the self-inflicted knife scars gouged into his left forearm.

Tormented by unrelenting memories of death and violence, he tried 13 times to end his pain with suicide, sometimes slicing open his wrists, other times swallowing fistfuls of pills, he said.

"I was crying inside, but there was nobody I could talk to because everyone was grieving," the 36-year-old said.

More than two decades of brutal warfare between largely Muslim separatist insurgents and largely Hindu Indian troops in this Himalayan region have left Kashmiris exhausted, traumatized and broken.

The rate of suicide, once unthinkable in this Islamic society, has gone up 26-fold, from .5 per 100,000 before the insurgency to 13 per 100,000 now, according to Dr. Arshad Hussain, a Kashmiri psychiatrist. Drug abuse is epidemic. Depression, stress and mental illness are rampant.

Full report at:

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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India, Pak Should Resolve Kashmir Issue Through Talks: Gilani

Aug 15 2010

India should "seriously" take forward the dialogue process with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue which is the "biggest problem" between the two countries, the Prime Minister, Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani, said on Saturday.

"We want to resolve all problems with India through talks. The biggest problem between Pakistan and India is the problem of Jammu and Kashmir," Mr Gilani said in a televised address to the nation on the occasion of Pakistan's Independence Day.

Mr Gilani said dialogue is the "only way forward" for Pakistan and India to resolve their outstanding problems and to usher in peace and stability in South Asia.

"In pursuance of our objective of a peaceful and stable neighbourhood and for resolving outstanding disputes with India, we firmly believe that dialogue is the only way forward," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/india-pak-should-resolve-kashmir-issue-through-talks-gilani-842

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10 Killed In Terror Attack On Passenger Bus In Pak

Aug 15 2010

At least 10 people were killed and eight others injured when terrorists attacked a passenger bus in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Saturday morning.

According to reports, the attack took place when some unknown gunmen opened fire at the bus near Mach city in Quetta.

The injured people were rushed to the Quetta Civil Hospital, where some are in critical condition, the Xinhua news agency reports.

Police have cordoned off the area where the attack occurred, and launched a search operation to nab the assailants.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet.

http://www.asianage.com/international/10-killed-terror-attack-passenger-bus-pak-847

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Bihar Muslim youth face bank prejudice

By Giridhar Jha

Aug 15 2010

IF YOU are a financially challenged Muslim student in Bihar, even government scholarships won’t help you get a better education — not until the banks in the state change their attitude.

Thousands of poor minority students in the state have been unable to avail the central government’s sponsorship scheme because banks allegedly refused to open zero- balance accounts in their names.

This was despite the fact that the Union minority affairs ministry recently wrote to chief secretaries of all states asking them to open “ no frills, zero balance” accounts for eligible candidates, citing a Reserve Bank of India ( RBI) circular dated 2005.

But the ministry letter had little effect on the banks and many Muslim students were forced to forego their scholarships, having been unable to open bank accounts before the July 31 deadline.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Don't Back Terror, Then We Will Talk: PM Tells Pakistan

Aug 15th, 2010

Peace talks with Pakistan can be taken forward only if it does not support terrorism directed against India, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, said on Sunday.

In his Independence Day speech, the prime minister said India expected Pakistan not to let its territory be used for acts of terrorism against India.

"We have been emphasising this in all our discussions with the Pakistan government. If this is not done, we cannot progress far in our dialogue with Pakistan," he said.

The Prime Minister added: "We want prosperity, peace and harmony in our neighbouring countries. Whatever differences we have with our neighbouring countries, we want to resolve them through discussions."

http://www.asianage.com/international/dont-back-terror-then-we-will-talk-pm-tells-pakistan-984

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Last batch of papers to be out soon: WikiLeaks ignores Pentagon advice

15 Aug, 2010

STOCKHOLM, Aug 14: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed on Saturday to publish the last batch of secret documents on the Afghan war in “a couple of weeks”, despite Pentagon pleas they would put further lives at risk.

Asked at a press conference in Stockholm when the final batch of 15,000 classified files on the Afghan war would be published, Assange said that “we’re about half way through, so a couple of weeks”.

The announcement at a seminar on the control of information came after the Pentagon on Friday renewed pressure on the whistleblower website not to release the documents, saying they posed greater risks than previously released files.

“We still are hopeful that WikiLeaks will not publish those documents and put further lives at risk,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan.

“We are concerned that the additional documents that they have may cause even greater risks than the ones they released previously,” he said, calling them “potentially more damaging”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/last-batch-of-papers-to-be-out-soon-wikileaks-ignores-pentagon-advice-580

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Karzai asks Obama for review of Afghanistan war

Aug 15, 2010

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked US President Barack Obama to review how the war in Afghanistan is being conducted as civilian deaths continue to rise, Karzai's office said on Saturday.

A statement issued by the presidential palace said Obama agreed in a video call to start talking about a review, which Karzai also proposed in a letter.

"The two presidents agreed that discussions regarding a strategic review of the more effective ways of fighting terrorism should begin," the statement, written in Dari, said.

"The war on terrorism should not be won in the villages of Afghanistan, there should be a strategic review of the method of fighting terrorism," it said, adding they also discussed the parliamentary election on Sept. 18 and efforts to combat corruption.

Civilian casualties caused by US and other foreign forces have been a source of friction between the Afghan government and its Western backers and led to a serious dispute between the two sides last year.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article102556.ece

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Kasab may be produced before HC through video link

Aug 15 2010

Mumbai : Maharashtra Government may seek permission of the Bombay High Court to produce convicted terrorist Ajmal Kasab through video link when confirmation of his death sentence in the 26/11 terror attack case comes up for hearing on a day-to-day basis next month.

The court proceedings are expected to last for three months and producing Kasab before the High Court every day amid tight security will be an uphill task for the administration, official sources said here on Sunday.

The authorities will have to take utmost precaution in bringing Kasab from Central prison at Arthur Road here to the High Court in south Mumbai every day by deploying several policemen enroute and also to escort him, they added.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kasab-may-be-produced-before-hc-through-video-link/660547/

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Islamist group leader killed

Aug 15 2010

BEIRUT: Lebanese troops on Saturday killed two Islamist militants, including a head of the Al-Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam which fought the Army three years ago, said a military spokesman.

“Abdel Rahman Awad, one of the key leaders of Fatah al-Islam,” was killed along with another militant known as Abu Bakr during clashes in the eastern Bekaa Valley region, the spokesman told AFP. A judicial source said Abu Bakr was Awad's key deputy who provided military training to members of the shadowy group.

In 2007, Fatah al-Islam fought a fierce battle against the Lebanese army at Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon that lasted more than three months and cost 400 lives, with 168 soldiers among the dead.

http://www.hindu.com/2010/08/15/stories/2010081562812400.htm

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Message from Bangladesh High Commissioner to India

Aug 15, 2010

The date August 15th, 1975 was the darkest hour for all Bangladeshis and a blot on the history of Bangladesh. On this day, a group of legally armed personnel accompanied by the forces of evil, brutally killed the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Even most of his family members and relatives were not spared in the dastardly act. The anti-liberation and anti-Bangladesh forces thereafter joined hands together and started their sinister efforts to destroy the democratic and secular fabric of Bangladesh. The state-sponsored distortion of history was institutionalized and led to the creation of political and religious mafia and militants.

The culture of impunity became the norm of the day. A group of people with malevolent agenda, who were brainwashed to derive their only element of identity from religion, and not from language, culture, history and ethnicity, launched their drive to inexorably take over the state through a process of creeping annexation. The killers of Bangabandhu, were not only protected by an Act of Parliament that effectively prostituted the sanctity of the Constitution, but also rewarded with plush diplomatic assignments abroad. Quite a few of those who were party to this heinous crime against the constitution remain free and have evaded the long arms of the law and justice even till today.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Message-from-Bangladesh-High-Commissioner-to-India/articleshow/6313498.cms

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Kurdish rebels in Iraq declare Ramzan ceasefire

Aug 15 2010

QANDIL MOUNTAINS: Kurdish rebels fighting Turkey from bases in northern Iraq declared on Friday a unilateral cease-fire for the Islamic holy month of Ramzan.

The rebels belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, have staged hit-and-run attacks on Turkish targets in their decades-long campaign for autonomy in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast. Similar announcements by rebels in the past have failed to open the way to a lasting peace.

One of the group's leaders, Bouzan Teken, told reporters that the PKK's fighters will ``cease all their military operations inside Turkey'' but will defend themselves if attacked.

The ceasefire will last from Friday until Sept. 20 to coincide with the period in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, he said, speaking alongside two other prominent PKK leaders at a news conference in the Qandil Mountains.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Kurdish-rebels-in-Iraq-declare-Ramzan-ceasefire/articleshow/6308163.cms

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DU withdraws Mujib’s expulsion

15 August 2010

The Dhaka University syndicate at a special meeting on Saturday withdrew expulsion of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding president of Bangladesh, from the university after 61 years.

The syndicate, presided over by vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, took the decision unanimously, in attendance of 14 out of 17 members.

 ‘The order of expulsion was a violation of the rule of law, and thus unjust and unacceptable, as the authorities did not leave any scope of self-defence,’ said vice-chancellor Siddique at a news briefing after the meeting.

The decision would have no impact on Mujib’s stature, observed the VC, adding that it is the Dhaka University which has been freed of the responsibility of a wrong and unlawful decision.

Full report at:

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Afghan, NATO troops pursue Haqqani fighters

15 August 2010

KABUL: More than 20 insurgents including Arab, Chechen and Pakistani fighters have been killed by NATO and Afghan forces, who are ramping up operations in the east against a Taliban faction linked to al Qaeda, the international coalition said on Saturday.

Separately, three more NATO troops – an American, a Briton and an Australian – died in separate insurgent attacks in the volatile south, officials of the three countries said on Saturday.

The joint force operation began on Wednesday against dozens of insurgents holed up in a mountainous area of Zadran district of Paktia province. The operation focused on disrupting the Haqqani network’s movement in an area used to stage attacks in the capital, Kabul, and along a highway that links Khost province and Gardez, the provincial capital of Paktia, NATO said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\08\15\story_15-8-2010_pg7_10

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Gunmen kill south Yemen intelligence chief

15 August 2010

ADEN: Gunmen killed a Yemeni intelligence officer in the flashpoint southern province of Lahij, a security official said on Saturday.

“Armed men ambushed the chief of the Lahij intelligence service’s investigations department, Colonel Ali Abdul Kareem al-Ban, who was killed in a hail of bullets,” the official told AFP.

The attack took place on Friday evening in the town of Hutah where security forces were swiftly deployed, witnesses said.

On August 5, three members of Yemen’s security forces were killed in an attack in the southern town of Zinjibar, the Defence Ministry’s news website 26Sep.net reported.

South Yemen, where many residents complain of discrimination by the Sanaa government over the allocation of resources, is the site of frequent protests and periodic unrest. The south was independent from 1967 until 1990 when it united with the north. It seceded in 1994, sparking a short-lived conflict, which ended with the south, bring overrun by northern troops.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\08\15\story_15-8-2010_pg4_3

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UAE ‘concerned’ at German release of Israeli murder suspect

15 August 2010

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is concerned over Germany’s release of an alleged Israeli agent suspected of links to the January killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Abdurahim al-Awadhi, assistant to the foreign minister for legal affairs, expressed “concern that (Uri) Brodsky has been released on bail and granted the freedom to return to Israel while the case against him continues,” in a statement carried by the official WAM news agency. A German court on Friday released on bail the alleged Israeli agent suspected of links to the killing of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a leader of the military wing of the Hamas. The Gulf country’s Foreign Ministry “sought clarification today (Saturday) from the German government on the Brodsky case,” according to the statement. Awadhi said that his country “seeks assurances that Brodsky is in no way connected to the murder of Mahmud al-Mabhuh.” “As this may relate to a serious crime committed in Dubai, the UAE expects full and close cooperation from the German authorities and will continue to pursue the matter through diplomatic channels,” the Foreign Ministry said. Polish authorities arrested Brodsky in June at Warsaw airport before extraditing him to Germany on Thursday on suspicion of illegally obtaining a German passport under the name Michael Bodenheimer that was later found to have been used by a member of the hit squad, which killed Mabhuh. The squad, which Dubai police believe, was from Israel’s spy agency Mossad was found to have used 26 doctored foreign passports, sparking a diplomatic rumpus not only with Germany but also with Australia, Britain, France and Ireland. Israel has said there is no evidence linking it to the assassination.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\08\15\story_15-8-2010_pg4_6

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UN pleads for humanitarian access to Darfur camp

15 August 2010

UNITED NATIONS: The UN humanitarian chief late on Friday urged Sudanese authorities to allow humanitarian aid workers into a Darfur refugee camp that they have been prevented from entering for nearly two weeks.

Aid agencies have been barred from the Kalma Camp for internally displace persons (IDPs) in Sudan’s conflict-torn western Darfur region since August 2 due to a stand-off between international peacekeepers and Khartoum.

“I am extremely concerned about the welfare of the IDPs at Kalma camp, to whom we have not been able to deliver relief for 13 days,” UN humanitarian chief John Holmes said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\08\15\story_15-8-2010_pg4_7

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King approves education programs

Aug 15, 2010

JEDDAH:  Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved a number of recommendations made by the Higher Education Council including the by-law of distance education, Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari said Saturday.

"The approval of the bylaw reflects the scientific and technological progress achieved by Saudi Arabia," the minister told the Saudi Press Agency. He also noted the growing application of modern technology in electronic and distance education.

He emphasized the need for certain rules and regulations to ensure the quality and efficiency of distance education.

A number of Saudi universities including King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah currently offer distance education in different subjects. "The new bylaw sets out the criteria to assess the performance of institutions that provide distance education," he added.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article102459.ece

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Saudi Labor Minister Al-Gosaibi dies

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN

Aug 15, 2010

RIYADH: Saudi Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Gosaibi died at the age of 70 after prolonged illness in Riyadh on Sunday. A source at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital told Arab News that the death occurred at 10 a.m. He died of cancer.

Al-Gosaibi, who served as labor minister until his death, was known as both a technocrat who served four kings and an author of numerous novels and nonfiction works, in addition to his poetry.

Before becoming the minister of labor in 2004, Al-Gosaibi held portfolio of Water and Electricity and was Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland. He was also a famous poet and novelist. Some his works were controversial, including a collection of poetry called “A Battle Without a Flag” and a novel called “Shuqat Al-Hurriyyah (The Apartment of Freedom), which were banned until recently.

He was born in Hofuf on March 3, 1940 to a prominent and wealthy family of traders. Al-Gosaibi earned a law degree at the University of Cairo in 1961, a master at the University of Southern California in 1964, and a doctorate of law at the University of London in 1970.

He was Saudi Ambassador to Bahrain from 1984 to 1992, and then to Britain from 1992-2002. He was respected by Saudi progressives for his boldness in pointing out the problems of conservative Saudi society.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article102957.ece

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Women no ‘aliens’ for machines Afshan Ahmed

15 August 2010

DUBAI — As she assumes her new role as faculty member of the engineering department at the Emirates Aviation College this year, Rita Tareq recollects why she chose a road less traversed by Arab women.

Her thoughts take her back to her childhood when her father who, despite being from the medical profession, would take apart almost any electronic item he laid his hands on.

“My father is into anything that has to do with electronic,” she says. “He likes to open up all devices, and as a child I would stand and observe his work with intrigue. I’ve just inherited that,” she notes.

At the age of 24 she has done more than one can take on in his or her entire career. And her academic achievement landed her a job as professor in Avionics at the college.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/August/theuae_August406.xml&section=theuae&col=

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/triumphant-shireen-steps-into-university-without-veil/d/3293


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