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  • Gaza toll reaches 800

    Gaza, July 25 (IANS) The toll in the coastal enclave of the Gaza Strip in the ongoing Israeli offensive has escalated to 800, with no signs of a ceasefire to halt the violence. According to officials, an Israeli airstrike Thursday hit three houses in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, killing 10 Palestinians, including an infant, and injuring 15, Xinhua reported. Also Thursday, four Israeli tanks shelled a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun which killed 16 civilians and injured dozens who had taken refuge there. Witnesses said that the four shells directly hit the school where dozens of civilians were sitting in classrooms and children playing in the yard. Beit Hanoun's mayor said that the targeted school had hosted some 1,200 displaced local residents who had fled from Israeli bombardment. A Hamas spokesman in Gaza later said that targeting a UNRWA school was "a big war crime". Israel will pay a very heavy price for committing all these crimes against women and children. An official with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) also said that attacking the school was "a big shame for humanity and for this fascist Israeli government". But the Israeli military Thursday night said that the strike on the school was in retaliation to the shooting at them from the vicinity of the school. Initial inquiries into the incident showed that militants opened fire from the school area at Israeli soldiers who later responded with heavy fire, the Israeli military added. The military Spokesperson's Unit said the army had warned civilians to evacuate from the area and even authorized a humanitarian time window for evacuation, but "Hamas prevented the civilians from leaving it and once again used their infrastructure and international symbols as human shields". UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "appalled" by the attack which "underscores the imperative for the killing to stop". He said among the dead were "women and children, as well as UN staff". The health ministry in Gaza Thursday said that the ongoing Israeli offensive on the strip, which started in July 8, has already killed at least 800 Palestinians, two thirds being civilians including women and children, and injured more than 5,000 others. Earlier Wednesday the UN human rights agency decided to form a committee to look into possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Israel Thursday arrested some 150 alleged Hamas members in Gaza's Rafah area near the border with Egypt. Though Israel has also lost four civilians and 28 troops since its military operation in Gaza started over two weeks ago, its Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said he instructed the troops Wednesday to prepare for a wider ground offensive. Despite the mass civilian casualties in Gaza, the ongoing international efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas-led militants still seemed to have not yielded any substantial progress. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan Thursday to discuss the latest developments in Gaza. Both sides of the meeting voiced their support to Egypt in brokering a ceasefire and underlined the need for continued coordination in the progress. Kerry was earlier in Egypt and Israel to push for a truce in Gaza. ...

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  • Sudanese christian woman escapes gallows leaves with Italian Govt.

    Rome/Khartoum, July 25, 2014: Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed. She flew into Rome on an Italian government plane July 24 and hours later met the Pope. The woman, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. “The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. The meeting, which lasted around half an hour, was intended as a „sign of closeness and solidarity for all those who suffer for their faith,“ he added. There were no details on what led up to the 27-yearold’s departure after a month in limbo in Khartoum, but a senior Sudanese official said it had been cleared by the government. “The authorities did not prevent her departure that was known and approved in advance,“ the official said. Ibrahim was accompanied on the plane by Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. He told journalists at Ciampino airport that Italy had been in “constant dialogue” with Sudan but did not give any more details on Rome’s role in securing her exit. Recap : Ibrahim was sentenced to death in May on charges of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian South SudaneseAmerican. Her conviction was quashed last month, but Sudans government accused her of trying to leave the country with falsified papers, preventing her departure for the United States with her husband and two children. She was initially detained, then released and moved into the US embassy in Khartoum. Ibrahim says she was born and raised as a Christian by an Ethiopian family in Sudan and later abducted by a Sudanese Muslim family. The Muslim family denies that and filed a lawsuit to have her marriage annulled last week in a new attempt to stop her leaving the country. That case was later dropped. ...

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  • Uttarakhand By-Polls: Congress clean-sweeps BJP, wins all 3 seats

    Dehradun :The ruling Congress Friday won all the three assembly seats in Uttarakhand for which by polls were held. Chief Minister Harish Rawat won from Dharchula. The senior Congress leader won by over 20,000 votes and defeated his nearest Bharatiya Janata Party rival B.D. Joshi, election officials said. Rawat was an MP from Uttarakhand before taking over as the chief minister of the hill state and had to become a lawmaker within the stipulated period of six months. The Dharchula seat was vacated by legislator Harish Dhami to facilitate election of the chief minister as a legislator. The other two seats - Doiwala and Someshwar - were also held by BJP leaders Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank and Ajay Tamta who are now party MPs from Haridwar and Almora. Congress candidates won on both these seats. Rekha Arya won by over 10,000 votes over her BJP rival in Someshwar, while Hera Singh Bisht won from Doiwala, making it a clean sweep for the Congress. This comes as a setback for the BJP which made a clean sweep in the Lok Sabha elections held in May, winning all five seats of Almora, Garhwal, Hardwar, Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar and Tehri Garhwal from Uttarakhand. ...

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  • 26/11 attacks: Indian summons Pakistan Dy High Commissioner over M

    New Delhi, July 25, 2014: India on Friday summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest against the adjournment of the ongoing Mumbai terror attack case trial in Pakistan. While the Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs here, the Indian Deputy High Commissioner went to the Pakistan foreign office in Islamabad and lodged a similar protest. According to informed sources, Indian officials in their meetings with Pakistani officials both in New Delhi and Islamabad have sought regular briefing on the progress of the trial and the investigation being conducted by Pakistani authorities It is understood that Indian officials during the meetings reiterated the high importance India attaches to bring to justice all those responsible in Pakistan for the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 in which 166 people were killed and hundred others injured. For the seventh time in a row, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court trying the seven accused in the Mumbai attacks case adjourned the hearing on Wednesday. The last hearing in the case and the one on June 25 could not be held because the judge was on leave. The case proceedings have not been held on a regular basis following the absence of the prosecution lawyers. In the May 28, June 4, June 18 and July 2 hearings, the prosecution lawyers had not appeared in the ATC Rawalpindi primarily owing to security concerns. Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Anjum have been charged with planning, financing and executing the attacks in India’s financial capital. ...

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  • Wait not long to get black money back: Jaitley

    New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi government was moving fast on bringing back the ill-gotten money stashed away by Indians in tax havens abroad. "I can assure that you don't have to wait for long to see that we have brought back the black money," the finance minister said in the Lok Sabha during his reply to the debate on the national budget, which was later passed by a voice vote. "Our government has formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT)," he said, adding: "If the SIT wants to take steps, the government will give full cooperation. Whatever information we are getting, we are giving that to Supreme Court as well." He said the issue of black money - for which there is no official estimate, but only independent studies that value it at between $462 billion and $1.4 trillion - was a concern for the whole country and all agencies must do their bit to get it back. "There is no need for getting into jurisdiction battle whether it is a court matter or our matter," he said. In an answer to a query in the house earlier this week, Jaitley said evidence on black money will come only with the cooperation of countries where the accounts are kept and that the Indian government was alerted about them by the French government. "They had got a list of names of people who have accounts in the Swiss bank. This data didn't reach the French government through any official route. This data was taken by someone from the HSBC Bank and handed over to the French government," he said. ...

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  • PM, Modi Will Develop India into a Hindu Nation: Goa Minister

    Panaji, July 24: Goa minister Deepak Dhavalikar has courted controversy with his comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help develop India into a Hindu nation. "If we all support it and we stand by Narendra Modi systematically, then I feel a Hindu Rashtra will be established," Mr Dhavalikar said in the state assembly today on a motion congratulating Mr Modi on BJP’s victory in the national election. He repeated it to the media later. Deepak Dhavalikar, 56, is the State Cooperation Minister and a member of BJP’s ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. The BJP distanced itself from the comment. "Might be his personal view, BJP blvs in Constitution, it doesnt give imp to 1 religion over other," the party’s spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in a tweet. Days ago, Mr Dhavalikar’s brother Sudin Dhavalikar, the state’s public works department minister, had sparked a row when he said bikinis should be banned on beaches and girls going to pubs in short dresses is against Indian culture. "Young girls going to pubs in short dresses does not fit in our culture. What will happen to our Goan culture if we allow this? Scantily-dressed girls visiting pubs project a wrong culture and this should be stopped," he had said. Sudin Dhavalikar later backtracked after anger and condemnation across the country. Deepak Dhavalikar’s comment jabs the BJP at a time it has been embarrassed by another ally, the Shiv Sena. The party has not apologized for its parliamentarian Rajan Vichare, who was caught on camera forcing a roti into the mouth of a Maharashtra Sadan catering staffer on a Ramzan fast. ...

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  • No survivors in Algerian plane crash: France president

    Paris :French President François Hollande confirmed Friday that none of the 116 people on board has survived the Air Algerie passenger plane crash in the desert of Mali Thursday during a flight between Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and Algiers. French troops Friday reached the site of the wreckage of the MD-83 aircraft and found one of the black boxes of the jetliner, and sent it to Gao, in the north of Mali, Hollande said. "There are no survivors," said Hollande in a brief statement, adding that "it is still too soon to reach conclusions" on the cause of the crash, in which 51 French citizens were believed to have perished. Although bad weather was cited as the most plausible explanation fr teh crash, Hollande said he did not rule out any hypothesis. The plane was spotted in the Malian region of Gossi near the border with Burkina Faso, where French troops were dispatched to gather evidence and secure the area. In a statement, the Elysee Palace said the aircraft had been "clearly identified" even though it had "disintegrated". The aircraft, chartered by Air Algerie from Spanish airline Swiftair, went missing early Thursday in bad weather 40 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou on a flight to Algiers with 116 people on board, including 51 French passengers and six Spanish crew members. France Thursday dispatched two Mirage fighter jets, a military C-130 aircraft and two helicopters to search for the aircraft. Hollande said contact with the plane was lost shortly after the pilot asked to change his route due to bad weather conditions. "The only certainty we have is the weather alert," said French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius. He added, however, that "no hypothesis can be ruled out" when he was asked about the possibility of a terrorist attack in the area, where jihadis are active. Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said Friday that armed insurgents in northern Mali were helping rescue efforts and were the first to spot the wreckage and inform authorities. The insurgents, opposed to the central Malian government in Bamako, "have pledged to deploy all rescue efforts and maintain security on the site", Lamamra said. The minister also ruled out a technical failure and said the aircraft had recently passed an inspection in France. The latest airline tragedy comes after a Malaysia Airlines jetliner was downed over eastern Ukraine last week killing all 298 people on board, and a TransAsia Airways plane crash landed in Taiwan Wednesday in bad weather killing 48. ...

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  • Commonwealth Games 2014: Lifters Sukhen, Sanjita Win Gold as India

    Glasgow, July 25, 2014:  Sukhen Dey and K Sanjita Chanu stole the limelight by clinching a gold each in weightlifting, as India launched their campaign in the 20th Commonwealth Games with a flourish, winning seven medals in all on the opening day of the competitions in glasgow.Judokas Navjot Chana and Shushila Likmabam had to be contend with a silver medal each after they failed to clear the final hurdle in the men’s 60kg and women’s 48kg events, respectively. There was a bronze for for another judoka, Kalpana Thoudam. In weightlifting, there was a silver medal for S Mirabai Chanu, while Ganaesh Mali bagged a bronzThe paddlers, shuttlers and squash players had easy outings on the first day, with both badminton and table teams posting convincing wins.It was a display of overwhelming domination in 48kg women’s weightlifting by the Indians as apart from Sanjita’s gold, S Mirabai Chanu bagged the silver medal to make it a one-two for last edition’s hosts. In the men’s 56kg contest, the 25-year-old Dey lifted a total of 248kg (109139) after trailing at the halfway snatch stage, but came back strongly in clean and jerk to win the gold and cap a remarkable day for the Indians at the Clyde Auditorium. In women’s 48kg weightlifting, Sanjita won with a total lift of 173kg (7796), while Mirabai grabbed the silver with a cumulative effort of 170 (7595) in the absence of other strong competitors. 21-year-old Mali was leading after snatch but slipped behind in clean and jerk to settle for bronze with a total lift of 244kg (111133).Malaysia’s Mohd Pisol Zulheimi was at fourth after snatch but recovered in fine fashion to bag the silver with a total lift of 245kg (108137).Meanwhile, Australia’s female swimmers set a new 4x100m freestyle relay world record of 3min 30:98sec as they retained their Commonwealth Games title in style. Lifter Sanjita’s total of 173kg missed the Games record, held in the name of 2010 CWG gold winner Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo (175kg effort), by two kilograms. Sanjita’s 77kg effort in snatch, however, equalled Nwaokolo’s CWG record.The contest was all but over at the halfway snatch stage with 20-year-old Sanjita and 19-year-old Mirabai lifting 77kg and 75kg. ...

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  • Mangalorean Businessman buys Rajesh Khanna’s bungalow ‘Aashirwad’

    MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna’s Carter Road bungalow, popularly known as ‘Aashirwad’, is being sold to a city industrialist.

    The landmark sea-facing property, a major tourist attraction for legions of his fans, is believed to have been purchased by Shashi Kiran Shetty, executive chairman of Allcargo Logistics.

    Market sources said the 603sq m property could fetch the late superstar’s family around Rs 90 crore. The sole beneficiaries are his two daughters, Twinkle and Rinke.

    Shetty refused comment when TOI contacted him. His solicitor firm, Maneksha & Sethna, too, declined to name the buyer. According to sources, the deal is expected to be concluded once the mandatory 14-day notice about any ownership claim by a third party is over, said sources.

    TOI has learned that Shetty has been scouting for a bungalow in the city with a budget of around Rs 100 crore for the past couple of years. He had booked a sprawling apartment in the under-construction Palais Royale skyscraper at Worli for about Rs 40 crore. But the highrise, touted as the tallest residential tower in India, has been embroiled in a legal battle since 2012 and the BMC has halted work. “When Palais Royale got into legal trouble, Shetty started hunting for a bungalow,” the sources said.

    Khanna’s bungalow falls under the stringent coastal regulation zone and, hence, the property is entitled to a limited floor space index in case it is redeveloped. But the sources said Shetty plans to live in it.


    The tinsel town heartthrob, whose real name was Jatin Chunnilal Khanna, died of cancer in July 2012. Some years before his death, the actor, adulated as ‘Kaka’, wanted his house to be converted into a museum. In an interview to Bombay Times in 2009, Khanna had talked about plans to open India’s first star museum here. “By the grace of the Almighty, my daughters Twinkle and Rinke are married, settled and have huge houses themselves. They don’t need my property… Aashirwad is the home of the first superstar of Bollywood, and I would like it to remain that way. Of course, my daughters will take the final decision because it will be their inheritance in the future,” he had said.

    The actor bought the bungalow from another Bollywood legend, Rajendra Kumar, sometime in the late 1960s and had it rebuilt in the 80s. It was once attached by the income tax authorities after Khanna defaulted on payments, but he managed to clear his dues and reclaim it. After his death, it was bequeathed to his daughters. It is now named Vardaan Aashirwad.

    Anita Advani, who claimed to have been the actor’s live-in partner, had staked a claim on his legacy and moved court against his family soon after his death. “I am not interested in Aashirwad. I just want it to be converted into a museum. I want to ask them (his family) where were they when he needed them. I looked after him all these years. I lived in that house, took care of him and all his needs. The reason I am asking for compensation is because they stripped me of everything,” she had told TOI. The actor’s family refuted her claims.


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  • Bangalore bundh on July 31 against rise in rape cases

    Bangalore : Various organisations have given a call for a Bangalore bundh on July 31 in protest against the rising sexual crimes against women in the state. Informing this to reporters here, Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Party leader Vatal Nagaraj said a protest march will also be taken out on July 31 from Town Hall to the CM’s residence via Mysore Bank Circle Road. The 12 hour bundh will begin at 6 am and will end at6 pm, he said adding the bundh call has been supported by the government employees and Bar Association. Milk supply, ambulance and medical shops have been exempted from the bundh, he said. Anantha Subbarao, President of KSRTC, BMTC Employees Association, Sa.Ra. Govindu, film producer, Shivaramegowda, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike President, Subba Reddy, President of Bangalore Bar Association and others were present at the press meet. ...

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  • Pope Francis appoints Bishop for Syro-Malabar diocese based in US

    New Delhi, July 25, 2014: Pope Francis has appointed Father Joy Alappat as auxiliary bishop for the Syro-Malabar diocese based in Chicago. The diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle of Chicago, the only diocese meant for the migrant Catholics from Kerala, has some 87,000 Catholics, 53 priests, some 30 religious. The new bishop was born in Parappukara, in Kerala in 1956 and was ordained a priest in 1981. He holds a master’s degree in theology from the St. Joseph’s Pontifical Institute, Aluva, and the Adheva University, Wattair, and completed the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Georgetown University, U.S.A. He has held a number of pastoral roles both in India – in the eparchial cathedral in Chalakudy and as chaplain of the Syro-Malabar community in Chennai – and in the U.S.A. He was also chaplain of Georgetown University and parish priest in New Milford, Newark and Garfield. He is currently rector of the eparchial Cathedral in Bellwood, Illinois. ...

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  • School bus tragedy: Case of mistaken identity, 'dead' boy comes al

    Hyderabad: It is like "rebirth" for six-year-old Darshan Goud, who was mistakenly believed to have been killed in the terrible train-school bus collision at an unmanned railway crossing that left 16 persons, including 14 children, dead in Telangana's Medak district. In a case of mistaken identity, the boy's father, Swmay Goud, was handed over a "body" as his son on Thursday, and the sorrowful parents performed last rites subsequently. As Darshan gained consciousness on Friday in a hospital, where he was rushed after the mishap, he revealed his father's name. The grieving parents were informed that their son is still undergoing treatment at a private hospital. After reaching the hospital, Swamy Goud was greeted by his son whose birthday falls today, said Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, while clarifying that there was "some confusion" in handing over the body. "Under confusion, a parent (Swamy Goud) took away body of another child thinking that it was his son. Swamy Goud (father of Darshan Goud) could not make out his son's body and took another instead. The mistake has been rectified now. Swamy Goud, who was in a state of shock yesterday, after signing the papers took away the body of one Dattu who had actually died in the mishap," the minister told reporters. Both Dattu and his elder sister had died in the accident and their father Veera Babu took away the body of his daughter, presuming that his son was alive and was being treated in a hospital. "Later in the night, Veera Babu came to the hospital and verified. He realised that his son was no more and his body was also not there. Both the fathers were asked to contact the district administration and set right the records...Today is birthday of Darshan. It is like rebirth for him," Rao said. Swamy Goud said "My son's name is Darshan Goud and we fondly call him Dhanush. I had sent him to school yesterday at 8.30 am. Later, I received a phone call about the accident. I was told my son had died and after that I went to different hospitals searching for my son. I reached a private hospital and saw some bodies of school children." "I fainted and could not recognise a body that was shown to me as the face of the body was disfigured. Assuming that it was my son's body, I took it and performed the last rites. As I was in a state of shock, I got confused between Dhanush and Dattu. I regret for what has happened," he said. However, the parents of Dattu are in a state of shock and crest-fallen. Dattu belonged to Islampur village, while Darshan is from Kishtapur village in Medak district. In one of the biggest tragedies involving school children, 16 persons, including 14 children, were killed at an unmanned level-crossing near Masaipet of Veldurthi mandal of Medak district in Telangana when a speeding train hit a school bus on Thursday morning. Witnesses told the police that the driver of the bus was wearing ear phones probably listening to music or talking on his mobile phone — and tried to cross the track while a train was coming, resulting in a side on-collision. Among the 14 children who died, eight are boys and six are girls, all aged below 12 years. Most of them were Nursery, Lower KG and Upper KG students. ...

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  • UPSC aspirants' protest: Delhi Metro shuts 2 stations

    New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Delhi Metro Friday shut two stations due to a protest by UPSC aspirants, inconveniencing commuters. The two stations are Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan -- both on Delhi Metro's yellow line. "As advised by Delhi Police, the Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan stations are closed for the public from 12.45 p.m. until further advice," a Delhi Metro official said. "However, interchange facilities are available at the Central Secretariat station," the official added. Delhi Police said they had instructed the Delhi Metro to keep a tab on the situation. "They (Delhi Metro) are taking action as per their discretion," a police official said. More than 500 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants have been protesting in central and north Delhi, demanding the scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), calling it discriminatory against those with Hindi background. The CSAT is a compulsory part of the civil services examination acting as a screening test before the main examination. UPSC protest: Commuters hassled by shut Metro stations New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Thousands of commuters Friday faced a harrowing time as the Delhi Metro shut two of its busy stations for more than two hours following a protest by UPSC aspirants. The Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhavan Metro stations, both on the yellow line, were closed from 12.45 p.m. till 3 p.m. "As advised by Delhi Police, the Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhavan stations remained closed. However, these reopened at 3 p.m.," a Delhi Metro official said. More than 500 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants have been protesting in central and north Delhi, demanding the scrapping of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), calling it discriminatory against those with Hindi background. The CSAT is a compulsory part of the civil services examination, acting as a screening test before the main examination. ...

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  • Woman ‘gangraped’ in moving car in Dwarka

    Dwarka, July 25, 2014: A 23-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by four men in a moving car in Dwarka on Wednesday night, police said. Police have registered a case after the woman lodged a complaint. The woman, who hails from Mathura, told police that on Wednesday night, she was waiting for transport outside a mall in Gurgaon when the accused, who were in a car, offered her a lift. The woman alleged she was held at gunpoint by the accused, who threatened to kill her if she raised her voice, police said. The accused then took turns to rape her, police said. The woman told police that the accused took away Rs 5,000 she had in her wallet and dropped her at Uttam Nagar, threatening her against going to police. After reaching her residence in Nihal Vihar, she called police. She was taken for a medical examination, which confirmed rape. Police said they were trying to trace the registration number of the vehicle. Dwarka police have formed two teams and are scanning CCTV footage along the route the accused are suspected to have taken. “We have registered a case. Investigation is on,” DCP (Southwest) Suman Goel said. ...

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  • Govt filling vacancies in essential services departments: CM

    Bangalore :Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has informed that the government has taken all possible measures to fill vacancies in the essential services departments like the Police, Health and Education Departments. Responding to a query from MLC E Krishna in the Legislative Council,the Chief Minister said the problem has cropped up as the previous governments have failed to fill the vacancies. The MLC had questioned if the government can function in a transparent manner when there were so many vacancies, The Chief Minister said the vacancies are being filled considering the demands and the availability of resources in the respective Departments. The government has already approved appointment to 9000 posts in Police Department and 16000 posts in the Education Department, he said. There are a total of 55,6247 government employees in the state and 194080 posts are lying vacant, Siddaramaiah said and informed that a sum of Rs 34000 has been provided towards salary and other perks for government staff. The CM at the same time clarified that the vacant posts have not hit hard the functioning of the departments and added unnecessary posts will be cancelled. A total of 7000 out of the 10,000 vacancies in Department of Agriculture have been cancelled, he said. Siddaramaiah also said the vacancies are being filled as per the recommendations of the Haranahalli Ramaswamy panel report on administrative reforms. ...

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  • Chandigarh cop kills wife, attempts suicide

    Chandigarh, July 25 (IANS) A Chandigarh Police constable Friday shot his wife dead with his service pistol at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 here following an altercation. He later attempted to shoot himself but was overpowered, police said. The victim, Dimple, worked in the hospital. Eyewitnesses told police that Constable Anand Kumar had an argument with his wife for 15 minutes outside the new OPD block after which he pulled out his 9 mm pistol and fired four shots at her from close range. Anand Kumar then fired two more shots, one of which hit him in the shoulder and the other hit a passer-by. He was subsequently overpowered by another Chandigarh Police constable present there. Dimple was pronounced dead on the spot. Both Anand Kumar and the passer-by have been admitted to hospital and have been declared to be out of danger, police said. ...

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  • Tiger attacks youth at H.D. Kote

    H.D.Kote : A youth was seriously wounded in a tiger attack on him at Kalasur village on the edge of the N. Begur forest area in Bandipur National Park limits on  Thursday July 24.

    The injured youth Ramu (23), son of Gopala Gowda of Kalasur village has been hospitalised. The tiger pounced on Ramu from behind while he was grazing sheep in the land adjacent to the forest at around 3 pm.

    People nearby rushed to the spot on hearing his screams and drove away the wild animal. Ramu who sustained injuries on his mouth, back, hands and legs   was rushed to the  government hospital in an ambulance and provided treatment.

    Villagers say they have often spotted a tiger in the village since the past one year and that it had already devoured several domestic animals. The latest incident wherein it attacked a man during broad daylight has panicked villagers.

    Begur Range Forest Officer Chikkarajendra met the victim at the hospital. Ramu has now been shifted to KR Hospital in Mysore for higher treatment.

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  • Bangalore: Sowjanya Murder Case - PIL to be Filed in Supreme Court

    Bangalore: Addressing a media meet, Mahesh Shetty Timarody, president of Prajaprabhutva Vedike based in Beltangady in Dakshina Kannada, said that a public interest litigation (PIL) would be filed in the supreme court to seek a comprehensive probe into all unnatural deaths that had taken place in the district during the past years.That would include the sexual assault on and murder of Sowjanya, a college student from Ujire near Dharmasthala in 2012. The PIL would demand the apex court's supervision and monitoring of the probe, esp., in the light of the fact that the crime had taken place a year and ten months ago. Even after the state government had ordered a CBI probe, no interim report had been received. On the other hand, the members of the deceased student's family were being looked at with suspicion and being questioned, while those being named by the family were not being quizzed. All those fighting for justice for Sowjanya had lost faith in CBI probe being impartial. Hence the PIL would seek the apex court's direct monitoring of the probe into all unnatural deaths, prominently among them being Sowjanya's, that had taken place in the district through the past years. 'A ploy to mislead people and devotees' - Dharmasthala spokesperson In a rejoinder to Mahesh Shetty Timarody's statement, N R Udupa, manager of the office of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, has issued a statement saying that Timarody had been consistently levelling baseless charges against Dharmadhikari Dr Veerendra Heggade and his family over the past year. By repeating the accusations now, he has said, Timarody was misleading the public as well as the devotees of the Shri Kshetra. Udupa has pointed out that the CBI had been probing the case over the past four months. During this period Timarody has issued various misleading statements which were likely to prejudice the impartial probe. This way, he has been interfering with the CBI inquiry. He further states that if at all Timarody had any reliable information, he could have shared it with the CBI officials and cooperated with them. Instead of that, flinging accusations while the case was being heard in the court and while CBI probe was in progress amounted to violation of law, he adds. ...

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  • Chinese delegation meets energy minister DKS

    Bangalore :A Chinese delegation led by their Consul General Liu Youfa on Wednesday met Energy Minister D?K?Shivakumar to discuss possible investment opportunities in Karnataka in the power sector. In a 30-minute meeting, Youfa is said to have conveyed to the minister that China was seriously interested in investing in Karnataka. Shivakumar reciprocated by stating that Karnataka was open to Chinese investments in the sector, wherein the State is expecting to generate 12,000 MW of power each year. The avenues open to investment also exist in wind and solar energy, the minister suggested to Youfa. The meeting was a preliminary enquiry made by China in the backdrop of the Chinese Premier Xi Jinping visiting Bangalore sometime during mid-September as part of his likely visit to India. ...

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  • Mayor says MCC has launched Green Mangalore project

    Mangalore, July 25, 2014 : Mangalore Mayor Mahabala Maarla has said that the Green Mangalore initiative has been launched by the City Corporation with the co-operation of the Departments of Horticulture and Forest and like-minded organisations.

    Speaking as a chief guest at the Vanamahotsava programme under the aegis of the DK Working Journalists’ Union, Mangalore Press Club and Forest Department at Ladyhill here on July 25, Friday, he said funds have also been earmarked to develop parks and playgrounds. Dr Sanjay Bijoor, Chief Conservator of Forests, Palaiah, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Abbas, ACF, Clifford Lobo, Mangalore Zonal Forest Officer, V Madhu, Environmental Engineer of MCC and others were present as chief guests. P.B. Harish Rai, President of DK District Working Journalists Union, Srinivas Indaje, General Secretary, Jagannath Shetty Bala, Vice President, Ravindra Shetty and others were present on the occasion. ...

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  • Mangalore: Bajrang Dal Activists Assault Muslim Youth Roaming with

    Mangalore: Two Bajrang Dal activists assaulted a Muslim Boy near Ganapati High School, opposite Sharavu Temple, here on July 25. According to police, On July 25, Naveen and Nitin followed Ummer Farooq from Uppala, kasargod. Ummer was traveling with a girl belongoing to the Hindu community from Uppala. Nitin and Naveen followed them in the bus and later when they went near Sharavu Temple, the duo assaulted Ummer. The girl escaped from the spot. A case has been registered in the Bunder police station under IPC section 307. Naveen and Nitin have been arrested by the Bunder police and produced before the court. ...

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  • Meet chaired by DC fixes uniform sand prices in DK

    Mangalore, July 25, 2014: The sand rates in Dakshina Kannada district have been fixed at a meeting held in the city on July 24, Thursday under the presidentship of Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim.

    As per the decision every lorry load of ordinary sand (2 unit) will cost Rs 3000 for transportation upto a distance of 10 kms, while an additional Rs 500 can be collected for every five kilometre distance covered after the first stage of 10 kms. The price has been fixed at Rs 3500 per load of fine sand (2 unit) for the first 10 kms and Rs 500 for additional five kms travelled. Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim presided over the meeting. He said only limited quantities of sand would be allowed to be transported across districts. The DC also made it clear that there was no shortage of sand in the district. ...

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  • Udupi: First in state - Police take Initiative by Installing Sugge

    Udupi: As there are raising issues on atrocities on women the District Police have installed a complaint and suggestion box in 9 colleges and 2 engineering colleges across the district. This experimental measure was initiated by the Udupi District Police to probe into complaints by students through complaint boxes. Udupi is the only district among the other districts in Karnataka to install the complaint cum suggestion box facility in the district.

    This experimental move by the police has restored faith in the girl students. The students who find it difficult to consult the police station can file their complaints in this complaint box. Annamalai IPS, has initiated this action plan to tackle with the crimes on students, specially the girl students. The Udupi District to tackle with the crime on students has initiated this measure and the student community has appreciated this move. Privacy will be maintained in the complaints filed by the students and essential probe will be initiated. Students can also file complaints pertaining to other departments apart from police department and the same will be forwarded to the concerned department. The installation of complaint boxes in schools has completed and the student community will be benefited. The girl students can share their problems on the atrocities on them in the colleges and schools. Probe will be held on the complaints received. It is an experimental initiative and in the coming days the complaint boxes will be installed in all colleges and schools of Udupi, said Dr Boralingaiah MB IPS, District Superintendent of Police to The privacy will be maintained in the complaints received and the complaint box key will be present in the police station. The police officials will check in the box and will review the complaints periodically. The complaints pertaining to other departments will be forwarded to the respective heads of those departments, said Annamalai IPS, ASP Karkala. ...

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  • Udupi DC asks farmers to permit survey for Nandikur-Padoor power l

    Manipal, July 25, 2014: A special meeting was held at the DC office at Manipal on July 24, Thursday to discuss the issue of land acquisition for drawing a 110 kv power transmission line between Nandikur and Padoor. Deputy Commissioner Dr Muddu Mohan who presided over the meeting requested the local farmers to permit the authorities to conduct a survey. However participant villagers, farmers as well as representatives of Jana Jagrithi Samithi pleaded that survey should not be allowed until October when agricultural activities are undertaken. Participants also demanded that they should be kept well informed about the route map, compensation etc as 80 per cent of the land through the power line would pass is agricultural land. They also demanded higher compensation as the land above which the lines would pass may not be able to be cultivated. Kumar, Additional DC, Guruprasad, Tahsildar, Manjunathayya, Taluk Panchayat Executive Officer and others were present. ...

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  • Proposed Puttige hydel plant: Villagers fear the worst

    Moodbidri : Even as confusion persists over the setting up of the Niddodi ultra mega thermal power plant, the moves made by a private company of Bangalore to go in for a mini hydel project in Puttige village, has been a matter of concern for villagers who do not want this project which they feel would destroy farm lands.

    As many as 60 houses in Kanchibailu area as well a nearly 200 acres of land in the vicinity are facing fears of submersion if the project comes up at Naagundi in Puttige GP limits. The villagers who are hell bent against letting land for the project, are now planning to take a delegation to the Chief Minister to request him against permitting the project. The project : A private company of Bangalore has applied for a NoC for the mini hydel unit and water reservoir in Puttige village. As per the project plans the power generation unit will be set up at Naagundi in Shambhavi river, while the dam would be built at Kanchibailu. The project proposes to generate 7.00 mw of electricity. The government has given approval for the project and the issue was also discussed in the Gram Sabha in the presence of the company’s MD. The fear : However, villagers fear that the setting up of the project as well as construction of a dam may cause inundation of nearly 200 acres at Kodipady, Kongur, Matta, Karumugeru, Siriyara, Pelatadka, Madimal Gundi, Mookamar Anadka and other places. The river across which the dam would be constructed joins Shambhavi river generally overflows during monsoon even submerging the Puttige temple. This being the case, the construction of a dam would make matters worse and would also affect the Naga Falls at Kallamundkur and Arbikatte of Moodbidri which are favourites of nature lovers. A villager Vasudeva Nayak feels in case of any technical snag in the plant then it may lead to a major fire, while another villager Dhruva Bhat says there is no question of letting land for the project. Meanwhile, local ward member Shashidhar Bhat said the panchayat will not grant NoC to the project if villagers do not want the project. ...

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  • Manipal: Uday S Kotian Miyar takes Charge as Temporary President o

    Manipal: Uday S Kotian president of Social and Justice Standing committee and also the member of Miyar Zilla panchayat constituency took charge as the temporary president of Udupi zilla panchayat (ZP) from outgoing president Upendra Nayak at the panchayat office on Friday July 25. The president for the first term was Katpadi Shanker Poojary. When elections for the second term were announced, Kundapur MLA Haladi Shrinivas Shetty’s supporters had created problems. The congress ZP members appealed to the court to intervene and came out with a verdict enabling the administration to hold elections. The court trails had continued for 3 months.

    Upendra Nayak who is the ZP president for second term had appealed to the High Court on May 25 for a stay on the President and Vice-President elections for the third term. In his appeal he said that he has not completed the 20 months term. He has completed only 17 months where the three months of court trails have been added to it. Nayak had written to the authorities to consider his plea before announcing the elections. As per the appeal of Upendra Nayak the Karnataka High court ordered a stay on the President and Vice-President elections for the third term of the Zilla Panchayat. After the trials the High Court of Karnataka on Monday July 21 gave the green signal to the State government to hold elections to the posts of president and vice-president in zilla panchayat. Uday S Kotian who was the chairman of Social and Justice Standing committee will handle the president post of zilla panchayat until the official announcement will be made to hold election to the posts of president and vice-president. ZP members Babu Devadiga, Ganapathi T Shriyan, Savitha Kotian, Githanjali Suvarna, Arun Kumar Shetty Padoor, ZP CEO Kanagavalli, project officer Vijayakumar Shetty, Chief Secretary Pranesh Rao and others were present on the occasion. ...

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  • Kasargod: SI injured in bike-car collision

    Kasargod, July 25, 2014: An SI of Kasargod Police Control Room sustained critical injuries when the bike he was riding collided head on with a car at Mailati Battattar here on July 24, Thursday morning. The SI Krishnan (40) was on his way to his office when the car knocked him down. He was immediately admitted by locals to a private hospital. Later he was shifted to a hospital in Mangalore for higher treatment. ...

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  • Over-speeding car falls off Thokottu Bridge

    Mangalore : An over-speeding car lost control and fell off the Thokottu Bridge, here on Friday July 25.

    According to the sources, three people were travelling in the Innova car. It is said that the vehicle was coming towards Mangalore from Kerala when the accident took place. Reportedly the occupants in the car were hurt and taken to the nearest hospital. The traffic has been disrupted in the area as people have gathered. ...

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  • School boy slashes another with blade over some enmity

    Mumbai, July 24, 2014: Reports have come of a Class VIII boy arrested on July 21, on charges of attacking a Class X student in a Malad (E) school during recess with a blade. Both are aged about 15 yrs. The victim was slashed from the right cheek to the neck and is recuperating in hospital after receiving 25-30 stitches. The police registered an attempt to murder case against the aggressor and sent him to a children’s remand home. The victim, a student of Fatima Devi English High School, was attacked as he was on his way to the toilet next to his classroom on the ground floor around 9.40am. The motive goes back to last week it is stated, there was a fight. Police have learned it was over a girl. "My friends and another group of boys were fighting after school hours, when I intervened and asked them to stop. The other group threatened me to stay out of this or get beaten up. However, I did not take it seriously," said the injured boy. On July 21, the accused confronted him from among the group that had threatened him. "He called out to me and began to argue. He held a blade close to my eyes. I tried to protect myself and had a scuffle with him. He suddenly slashed my neck with the blade," said the victim, lying in a hospital bed. "The cut ran quite deep. Around 25-30 stitches have been administered in three layers. The boy had a narrow escape; if the cut had been a bit deeper it would have been dangerous. He is expected to be discharged in a couple of days," said Dr Anil Suchak who treated the victim. School teachers rushed the boy to the nearby hospital. "Since it was recess time, a lot of students were around. When the children saw him bleeding, they brought him to the staff room. We rushed to the hospital, which informed the police about the incident," said a teacher from the school. The accused has also allegedly misbehaved with a teacher in the past. "Time and again the school has sent remarks to notify parents about his behaviour. However, there has never been any response from their end," said the teacher. School principal, Kenneth Marchon remained unavailable for comment despite several attempts. Investigations are progressing. ...

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  • Disgruntled Rane quits Maharashtra cabinet

    Mumbai: For the second time in two months, senior Congress leader Narayan Rane Monday resigned as Maharashtra's industry minister. But he said he would remain in the Congress "as an ordinary worker". Rane, who had announced his desire to step down last week, submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. "I have resigned as minister but I shall continue to remain in the Congress," Rane said, scotching speculation that he might join some other party or float his own outfit. The resignation came after he toured the Konkan region, his bastion, the past three days and discussed his future plans with his supporters. On Saturday, the Congress received another shock when seven of its municipal corporators -- all staunch Rane supporters -- joined the Shiv Sena. All attempts by the party's central and state leadership to mollify Rane and dissuade him from quitting failed, even as the assembly elections are due after a couple of months. On May 16, Rane quit as minister after his son and outgoing MP from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg lost to the Shiv Sena in the Lok Sabha polls after a revolt by a section of the Nationalist Congress Party there. At that time, the party, reeling under the resounding defeat in the Lok Sabha election, had rejected his resignation and asked him to continue in his post. Rane, who was chief minister for nearly a year at the fag end of the Shiv Sena-BJP regime of 1995-99, quit the Shiv Sena to join the Congress in 2005. After joining the Congress, Rane never hid his ambitions to become the chief minister again and made several attempts to bag the post. ...

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  • Imagica: Mumbai's gateway to a magical world

    Khopoli (Maharashtra): The Haunted Castle of Salimgarh, Wrath of the Gods, Wild West, Deep Space, Prince of the Dark Waters, Alibaba Aur Chalis Chor, Scream Machine, Gold Rush Express, Mr. India-The Ride and D2-Dare Drop - there are all these and more at Adlabs Imagica - arguably India's first and only world-class theme park some 90 km from Mumbai in Raigad district. Some 15 months ago, at one shot, all of Maharashtra's top-notch amusement, glamour and tourism destinations took a back seat to these attractions with exciting names, and many more, coupled with top-class cuisine, entertainment and fun for all age groups. All these have now catapulted Adlabs Imagica to the Must Visit destination category of the state in such a short time.

    "Yooooooey! Whooooaaaaa! Aaaaahhh!" are the screams of delirious joy that daily echo around the area, off the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, where Imagica has come up over 110 acres with an investment of around Rs.1,600 crore ($266 million). Last week, even the Imagica management let out shouts of joy as the One Millionth Visitor stepped inside the colourful, enchanting, magical world of entertainment. "This is India's first and only international-standard Theme Park, spelling a world of infinite fun, excitement, entertainment, dining, shopping and incredible memories - all at one location," said a pleased Adlabs Imagica CEO Kapil Bagla. According to Bagla, there is nothing of this huge scale in India and its immediate neighbourhood which has attracted over 15,000-plus visitors daily from all over India and even abroad, since it opened in April 2013. "Imagica is not just rides and thrills but a whole world of fantastical themes never seen or experienced before by Indian families. No expense has been spared in bringing the best architectural elements, world-class international designers, exciting and novel attractions to rival any international in the world," Bagla told IANS. All rides and attractions here are designed by experts who have worked in renowned international theme parks like Disneyland, Universal (both USA), Tokyo DisneySea (Japan) and Fantawild (China). At Imagica, the same international experience comes at a fraction of the cost. A day's outing for a family of four would cost around Rs.6,000 depending on the package chosen. Bagla explained that unlike other amusement parks - there are around 150 in India, mostly in the south and the west - which offer thrills or hair-raising experiences, Imagica launches the visitors to a magical world of joy and relaxation, making them briefly forget the real world - in a unique form of family outing. There is something for every age group with new experiences at every step, 25 themed rides, non-stop live entertainment by over 100 artistes topped off with a Grand Imagica Parade, interspersed with five themed restaurants offering global cuisine, including one which serves Jain food! A walk through the streets of Imagica takes visitors on many memorable journeys - Viva Europa, Arabia, Jambo Africa, Americana, India and Asiana. "At every touch-point, you will be immersed in a new theme, themed attractions, area design, landscaping, dining and retail, ambient music, character design, building facades, props, interactive installations, and merchandise, which instill a feeling of escapism in the park. This 'escapism' is what makes Imagica different from all other parks in India, and at par with the best theme parks around the world," Bagla said. Little wonder Imagica hosted in just one year over a million visitors from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Punjab and West Bengal among others, including around 250,000 students from over 500 schools around the country. It is also a hot favourite with corporates and social groups as their break-out destination with fabulous returns by way of word-of-mouth publicity. After a hectic superhit first year, Adlabs Imagica is now expanding with a new attraction in August - Aquamagica, an international standard water park with unique rides and a promise of unprecedented experience among water parks in the country. Adjacent to the venue is a new four-star hotel coming up which will be operational by the year-end with alluring packages to visit Imagica and Aquamagica, Bagla said. "With this hotel, people will be able to enjoy a three-four day funfilled getaway holiday in this part of the world, in the lap of greenery but easily accessible by road, rail and air, with close proximity to the country's commercial capital," Bagla added. In tune with its philosophy of growing with the community, Bagla said that since its inception, Imagica has provided 98 percent of jobs to local youths from villages and towns around the theme park in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Pune districts. It has created over 2,000 jobs for the locals, including 40 percent freshers. Imagica has trained them as per their competencies/roles. At the end of an exciting and tiring day, it's time to pick up some memories at the merchandise outlets - cuddly soft toys, funky t-shirts, coffee mugs, et al - to show off to friends and neighbours who have not yet "been there." ...

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  • Saudi Arabia : Saudi considers lifting ban on girls sports

    Saudi Arabia, April 10: Saudi Arabia is considering ending its controversial ban on sports in girls' state schools, after the country's consultative council recommended the ban be lifted over vociferous opposition from traditionalists.     Following a heated debate on Tuesday, the Shura Council recommended that the longstanding ban, already softened in private schools in May last year, be fully ended, the AFP news agency reported, citing state media.   The appointed body, whose 150 members are overwhelmingly male, can only pass on its recommendation to the education ministry and has no powers to impose it.   All education in Saudi Arabia is strictly single-sex, but sports in girls schools remains a sensitive issue in the conservative Muslim kingdom. Opponents argued that girls' state schools lacked sports facilities and rejected supporters' claims that sports provision would help combat rising childhood obesity, an aide to the Shura Council chairman said.   But the council finally approved the recommendation after agreeing that it did not run counter to the strict version of Islamic sharia law imposed in the kingdom, Fahad al-Ahmad told the official SPA news agency ...

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  • Jeddah : 100-year-old Saudi beggar dies leaving million-dollar fortune behind

    Jeddah, Mar 21: Over 50 years of panhandling on the streets of Jeddah had taken its toll on her and residents of the downtown al-Balad district never suspected that their blind, haggard centenarian neighbor had secretly amassed a fortune and real estate portfolio that rivaled those of the city’s millionaires.   Eisha’s life came to an end in the bathroom of her home when the 100-year-old woman, who had spent the majority of her adult life begging, suddenly died. Neighbors were saddened to see an ambulance pull up to her home and carry away her body on a stretcher, but they were left speechless when they learned that she left behind a fortune estimated at SR3 million, including four buildings in the same district, and an additional SR1 million in jewels and gold coins (a total of just over $1 million). Ahmed al-Saeedi grew up with Eisha in the same district since they were children and spent a considerable amount of time caring for her. He said Eisha did not have any relatives except her mother and sister, both of who were beggars, and alleged that the four women were able to build up a small fortune while scrounging on the streets of Jeddah. Al-Saeedi claimed that Eisha had given him her will, which stipulates that all her money and property should be distributed among the poor. Al-Saeedi said he had informed the authorities, but there was no response. He said Eisha's wealth had increased after her mother and sister died and she inherited their property. Several families that live in Eisha's properties claim the old woman never charged them rent. It is not known if they will now be evicted. ...

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  • UAE: 'Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education' Conferred on Thumbay Moideen

    UAE: Founder President Board of Governors Gulf Medical University was conferred with the prestigious “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education” at the World Chancellors Congress 2014 held in Mumbai. The award ceremony was attended by over 300 leaders including Chancellors, Vice Chancellors and eminent educationists, academicians and policy makers from various leading universities from all over the world, including UK, Ireland, Africa, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Chief Guest Professor Y K Bhushan, Chairman, Federation of Universities, India, conferred the awards.

    After receiving the award Moideen responded by saying “I am happy for being honoured with this award. It applies more responsibility on me and my team, to continue with the relentless efforts in providing world class education”. We are proud to be recognized for our initiatives, he said. The award recognizes the contributions of individuals whose unique efforts have impacted the higher education globally, and for providing dedicated service, consistent advocacy and outstanding leadership to the higher education community in a national and/ or international context. Later Thumbay Moideen spoke about the challenges of establishing a private medical university and teaching hospitals in UAE during the congress session which focused on “Internationalization of Higher Education in a 21st Century Global Environment: Drivers, Imperatives & prerequisites”. The session was held under the chairmanship of Prof. Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor of NMIMS Mumbai, India. The conference provided a forum for university leaders, policy makers, academics, development partners, international scientific and engineering networks and private sector to deliberate on why, what and how to forge ahead in providing solutions to incipient challenges and opportunities. The World Vice Chancellors Congress had a rendezvous in which participants discussed Evolving Trends in Education. The congress examined modern as well as traditional knowledge system. The Congress further explored how education can help developmental, emotional and physical skills to help facilitate personal excellence as well as psychological and Socio – economic wellbeing, in the challenging times the world faces today. Besides networking opportunities, the conference offered unique in-depth approaches to understanding important academic issues that affect an Institution's viability in today's fast-paced business environment. Deliberations at the highest level aimed to influence the evolving culture of education and educational pedagogy, with the objective of deep systemic change. ...

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