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he Office of the President today launched their Annual Corporate Plan for this year. His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau while launching the annual corporate plan reminded the staff on the importance of achieving the targets set out for 2014. “The Annual Corporate Plan should provide a direction for everyone, we should know where we were positioned last year before beginning this year,” the President said. His Excellency encouraged the staff to work towards achieving capital projects to be implemented by his office and reminded the staff to work together during this year. The President office recognised the hardworking staff from last year with a special awards ceremony.
Government poverty proGramme assists lami resident
peli Jiloko, of Lami Village on the outskirts of Suva is a happy man after the Commissioner Central’s Office assisted him with the extension of his house and a walkway under its Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP). The 53-year old man who had an accident more than 10 years ago and is using a wheel chair to move around was very emotional when the Divisional Commissioner Central, Lt Col Laisenia Tuitubou visited him at his home. Mr Jiloko who is being looked after by his children expressed his gratitude to Government for the assistance. “I take this opportunity to thank Government for the assistance. Since I got sick more than ten years ago, it has been very difficult for me to move around the house. I had to rely onto someone to take me.” “With the construction of this porch and the walkway, I was able to move around freely without relying on my children to take me around,” an emotional Jiloko said. A sum of $3,100.00 was provided by Government for the construction of Mr Jiloko’s porch and walkway.
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axalites on Monday carried out multiple IED blasts in Jharkhand's Giridih district, injuring 12 security personnel who were on a search operation to trace four persons abducted by Maoists. Preliminary information coming to the base headquarters here said close to seven Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts were carried out in Dolkata area of the district when troops were out for the search operation. "Four security personnel of the state police and eight of the paramilitary CRPF have been injured. The forces are now trying to send reinforcements," a senior official said. The team that came under the attack comprise a joint squad of state polices' Jaguar team and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Government allows foreiGn airlines to fly a-380 to india
ir travelers can now board a flight on the world's largest commercial airliner- Airbus A-380from India. Aviation minister Ajit Singh on Monday allowed foreign airlines to fly this aircraft to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, subject to their meeting the existing bilateral agreements India has with their parent countries. The nod for the super Jumbo has come after a wait of almost four years. Delhi's IGI airport got a codeF runway (wide enough to handle this large plane) and a terminal that could do twin level boarding of passengers on this double storey plane in 2010. Dubai's Emirates in fact wanted to fly the plane to Delhi the day T3 was inaugurated but fearing that it might take attention away from the new terminal, the plane was allowed here a week after the opening for a one-off flight. Apart from Emirates, German carrier Lufthansa was also keen to fly the plane to Delhi. Singapore Airlines was the other airline that wanted to operate it on India routes. However, fearing that Indian carriers might lose traffic to the wow factor of the A-380, the government did not allow this plane to fly here.
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PRIME MINISTER REMINDS FIJI STUDENTS ON VALUE OF EDUCATION
rime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama this week urged students of VeisaruSanatan Primary School in the interior of Ba to take advantage of the free education provided by Government. “Study hard, make sure you make your parents and us proud with your dedication and hard work,” he told the students.
“I know that many of you are very hard working and Government also wants to help in any little way we can to make your dreams come true.” While in the Western Division, the Prime Minister assessed the construction works taking place for the new Black Rock Army Camp in Nadi. Government has allocated $1.7 million for the relocation of the
4FIR base camp from Namaka to Black Rock in Votualevu Nadi. Black Rock Camp is earmarked as a centre for peacekeeping training for Fijian soldiers. “This will assist greatly in ensuring that our personnel have everything they need in Black Rock and we need to speed up work,” he told senior officers at Black Rock.
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ASY access to transportation through proper road network is a conduit to economic wellbeing and Government is determined to ensure people living in rural areas benefit. This is the mainstay of the development of noncane access roads by the Commissioner Central Division’s office in rural communities in the division. One such assistance has brought a sigh of relief from 40 farmers living along Nakaditauli farm road in Muaniweni, Naitasiri. Farmers in the community have applauded the move to carry out works to improve the previously inaccessible roads that resulted in the community using the river to travel to Baulevu for schooling and to sell their produce. The Government funded project will cost around $30,000 with the Fiji Military Force’s engineering unit carrying out the
actual works. Commissioner, Mr Laisenia Tuitubou said, “During the profiling, if we see the road costs more than the economic returns so that’s not viable but when we reach this stage it means there is a lot of potential here”. Mrs Sushila Kumari, 46, who runs a root crop farm together with her husband, said the poor road conditions in the past compelled them to use the river to travel and this caused a lot of difficulties. “Children had to travel across the river to reach school and as for my husband and myself we had to wake up at 3am because if there is any delay then our produce does not reach the market on time,” she said. District Advisory Councillor Jaywant Pratap said for 38 years authorities were turning a deaf ear to their pleas for assistance and it took the will of the current Government to make a
difference. “The only way people could travel was through the boat and during the floods or adverse weather they had to struggle a lot. Sometimes somebody pushes the boat away or the boat disappears so these people had a lot of hardship,” he said. Mr Pratap said the community was determined to continue maintenance of the road so that it never reaches that level of deterioration again. “We will have a meeting soon about that as the farmers have said they are willing to set aside funding and they will give a certain amount on a monthly basis which will be used to fix potholes and other things,” he said Naitasiri provincial administrator, Mr Semi Kuru said the two kilometre road will not only greatly benefit farmers and school children but also the people employed in urban centre like Suva and Nausori.
hanks to Hajji Moidin Ahmad for proving a copy of a magazine which features some of the pioneer Muslims in Fiji and my family members as well. Here on this page, a few members deserve a special mention. The first is picture of Mohammed Kutty elder brother Saidu Kutty (pic 13) who was married to my cousin who baby sat us. Saidu and wife were one of our favorite relatives who were equally fond of us. The third picture is my fuppajaan Hajji Gafoor, an extremely nice and humble gentleman who was famous as “CSR engine driver.” During Eid celebrations, he used to keep a bagful of quarters that he would give to al his children and nieces and nephews who visited his home. He also had a good knowledge of homeopathy that he used to help cure many. As a kid once I had urinating issue. My sent me to him. He quickly prepared a glass of drink with zeera mixed sugar that gave me immediate relief. His hallmark was an ever smiling face and friendly attitude towards children. We are welcome send me notes on others if you know them.(Editor).
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he Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission in Asia Pacific (ESCAP) officially opened the Stakeholders meeting on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection today. “Well designed social protection schemes promote opportunities for individuals and societies to build resilience against economic shocks and natural disasters,” Dr Luveni said. “By
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37,000 BENEFIT FROM GOVERNMENT’S BUS FARE SUBSIDY More than 37,000 Fijians including senior citizens and persons with disabilities are benefiting from the government’s bus fare subsidy. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said that 36,280 elderly Fijians who are 60 years and above, and 1331 persons living with disability who are the beneficiaries of the bus fare subsidy. In 2011, an agreement was signed between the Fijian government and Fiji Bus
Operators Association (FBOA) that allows elderly persons with age of 60 years and above to pay half the fare while persons living with disabilities are eligible for free bus fares. “The Social Welfare Department processes all the applications for the bus fare subsidy, those applying for this assistance must provide two passport photos with their birth certificate and we will process the Identification Card (ID) cards. For the elderly they carry a yellow ID card and
2 NEW SITE IDENTIFIED FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT OFFICE Government has identified a site for the relocation of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO). The NDMO in partnership with the Public Service Commission (PSC) have identified the former Ministry of Education headquarters building at Selbourne Street, Suva serve as the dedicated Office for National Disaster Management. The Director NDMO, Manasa Tagicakibau said they are at the initial stages having just identified the property and that there will need to be renovation works done to the building so as to config-
ure the space to be conducive to a national disaster management centre. PSC Permanent Secretary, Parmesh Chand said that the appropriate provision exists in this year’s budget to effect the required repairs and fit-outs to this strategically located building. It is the Prime Minister’s vision to set up a dedicated Office for the National Disaster Management given Fiji’s resolve to deal decisively in preparing and tackling disasters and also in effectively dealing with all matters pertaining to after effects.
for permanently disabled they are given a red ID card. He said that the recently established National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) is looking at programs that promote an inclusive and enabling society for the senior citizens in Fiji. The NCOP is spearheaded by the Ministry of Social Welfare and has received a budgetary allocation of $200,000 to carry out its plans within the framework of Fiji’s Ageing Policy (2011 to 2015).
EU pleased with MSG Fiji observer announcement The European Union's Ambassador to the Pacific has welcomed the appointment of the Melanesian Spearhead Group as observers for upcoming elections in Fiji. Andrew Jacobs says he still hasn't heard about whether the EU will be invited to send a delegation of observers, but he would be happy if it was to be invited back. Mr Jacobs says the announcement of elections observers, and the work experts from the EU, Australia and New Zealand have been doing with the elections office, are very positive signs of progress. "Certainly there are going to be lots of logistic challenges to get the elections organised and so on but we're confident that things are certainly moving very well in the right direction."
1 EDUCATION MINISTER CHECKS IN ON STUDENTS The Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture, Arts and Library Services, Filipe Bole today continued his visit to six schools in the Central Division.Minister Bole said the purpose of his visit was to check on how classes had started for the first school term.“I will be making visits during the first month of school.” Minister Bole also urged teachers at the schools he visited to make education a worthwhile experience for students. Commending the Minister’s visit, head teacher at Pundit Shreeder Maharaj College.
HIGH DEMAND FOR FIJI PINE RESIN TO BOOST EXPORTS There is high demand for pine resin globally and Fiji Pine Limited is hoping to take advantage of this by increasing quality of resin it exports overseas.Fiji Pine Limited has entered into a joint venture with US based company Callison Pacific Pine Chemicals to achieve this.The venture has not only brought about a new Fijian product for the global market but also provided 600 new jobs.Fiji Pine board chairman Faiz Khan says the projections for the country’s pine products such as resin, is likely to fetch the national coffers in access of US$2 million
from 2015.“Pine resin is a very highly demanding commodity and there is always a spike for this product globally which we are hoping to take advantage off,” he said.“The venture between Fiji Pine and Callison Pacific has been successful and if all goes according to plan from this venture, Fiji Pine will receive an expected revenue of $US2 million ($F3.81m) per year from 2015 onwards.”Mr Khan said the venture had seen the creation employment opportunities for 600 Fijians and more money for land owning units.
Fijian PM to resign as military commander in March SUVA : Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said he would resign as Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) commander in March to prepare for the upcoming general election, local media reported Thursday.According to news website Fijivillage, Bainimarama has confirmed this during a session on his tour to the South Pacific island country's Northern Division, saying he will resign from the commander's post in March to concentrate on his new political party for the general election to be held later this year. The country's Political Parties Registration Decree states that a public
officer shall not be eligible to be an applicant, an official or a member of a proposed political party or a political party registered
under the decree. Members of the military forces are classified as public officers.Under Fiji's 2013 Constitution, which came into effect in September last year, the RFMF commander is appointed by the president after advice from the Constitutional Offices Commission In the transitional period, the prime minister will recommend the name of the commander to the president for appointment, said the report. Bainimarama, a naval officer who came to power after the 2006 coup, has said he would form a political party and run for the upcoming general election, which will be held by Sept. 30 this year.
RESPECT MORATARIUM AND STUDIES ON SEA TURTLES 5 AUTHORITY PROVIDES UPDATE ON WAILA CITY The ‘No Take’ policy on harvesting of vulnerable and endangered species of sea turtles will be strongly enforced by the Department of Fisheries. Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry permanent secretary, Mr Inoke Wainiqolo, said they were also calling on the public not to tamper with two green sea turtles with satellite tags that were released from the University of the South Pacific last month. “We strongly advise any member of the public, who may come across these two sea turtles with odd looking device and anten-
nae to be mindful of these tracking devices and not to tamper with these special expensive equipment, as they are being monitored,” he said.From September until February every year, these sea turtles have their nesting period and Mr Wainiqolo has asked the public to “be mindful of these current policy to protect sea turtles across Fiji waters”. Coastal communities have been asked to be vigilant as the turtles may come on their beach to nest.“The 10 year turtle moratorium has been established and has been in effect from 2009 till
December 31st 2018, and is also currently enforced by the Department and relevant stakeholders,” the permanent secretary said. The moratorium, he said, prohibits any form of capturing, killing, handling or molesting of turtles. In its last reading, the two satellite tagged turtles were around the Vatu-i-ra waters and were heading towards the Northern Islands Mr Wainiqolo said the high-tech equipments were useful in gathering data on travel paths and areas for sea turtle migrations both within Fiji and outside Fiji waters.
Two companies are being considered to prepare a performance specification for Waila City. This follows a tender that was advertised late last year. Housing Authority chief executive officer, Alipate Naiorosui said, “We would like to engage suitably qualified companies that will guide our building contractor which is Top Symphony on the exact specifications of the what and how to build affordable homes in Waila City.” “Therefore, as a result of Housing Authority calling for tender last year, we have shortlisted two com-
panies.” The Authority is in the process of finalising the contract. It should be noted that the project (Waila City) will proceed as planned, however it will be delayed due to the technical concerns that need to be addressed first and foremost. “It must be appreciated that a project of this magnitude will need meticulous planning and while Waila City was supposed to take off the ground last year, we just cannot ignore the technical issues that must be addressed first with our contractors. Once we are able to sort out
these pertinent matters, then and only then can the actual development take place,” Mr Naiorosui said. This painstaking process will ensure that Housing Authority will ‘get it right the first time’ therefore minimising any risks that may arise later. The development of Waila City at its completion will be home to approximately 5,000 families and will be complemented with a complete central business district serviced with commercial, industrial, recreational, health, educational and religious facilities.
POVERTY PROGRAMME SHELTERS WAINADOI ELDER Jone Ramumu of Wainadoi village in Navua is now a happy and relieved man as government’s Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) has helped provide a roof over his head. The 76-year old villager, who is being looked after by his youngest son, is also a Social Welfare recipient. He was iden-
tified for the program last year through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation and work was undertaken in conjunction with the Commissioner Central’s Office to assist him. Mr Ramumu said he was so grateful to government for the assistance rendered that he did not have
words to express himself. “I asked for government assistance to build my house about a year ago and I am glad that my plea was heard. It shows that there are people who care about old people like us in desperate need of help,” Mr Ramumu said. “I am really appreciative of what
Government and the Commissioner Central’s office have done for me. I needed an improvement to my house since it was in a bad condition. Now that my house has been built and I am here to witness it, is a big relief to me.” Government provided a sum of $11,321 to buy materials to construct Mr
Ramumu’s rural house inclusive of bathroom facilities. “I did not pay a single cent from my pocket to construct the house. One of my four sons, who is a carpenter, constructed the house without pay to help me. The villagers of Wainadoi gave me a piece of land and also helped in the construction works.
Visa issue between Chief Justice Ward and Fiji Government says Tuvalu PM FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu The visa issue involving Tuvalu’s Chief Justice, Sir Gordon Ward is between the Government of Fiji and Sir Ward according to Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga. Sir Gordon Ward was banned from travelling through Fiji in May last year. The reason is unclear but the Government of Tuvalu through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been trying to uplift the ban on Sir Ward so he can come and hear cases in
Tuvalu’s High Court, reported Tuvalu’s Fenui News. Prime Minister Sopoaga revealed that the Chief Justice needs to in Funafuti to preside over cases pending in the High Court. Fenui News reports that since Justice Ward is unable to travel to Tuvalu next month for the year’s first High Court session, an alternative Justice has been engaged by the Government to carry out his duties. PM Sopoaga believes
Telecom Fiji lay-offs ABOUT 94 staff members of Telecom Fiji Limited may face redundancy as part of the company's major restructure. And the company began the redundancies on Wednesday. This was confirmed by the chairman of the Bargain Representatives Unions of TFL, Uday Raju, after meeting with company representatives early this week. Mr Raju said he met the company representatives on Monday and the company made a proposal to make 94 workers redundant. "We requested the names of these workers but the company decided to keep that information confidential," Mr Raju said Wednesday. He said it would be a difficult time for workers who were made redundant and their families. "Our hearts go out to them because there's not much we can do."
Kamlesh Reddy who worked for TFL for the past 13 years said he received his redundancy letter yesterday and was still trying to accept the news. "I have two daughters and I am renting in Lautoka. Life will be very difficult for us now," Mr Reddy said. He said his redundancy letter stated he would receive a severance package of one month's pay and one week's pay for each year of his service. TFL is a limited liability company and 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH). When contacted last night, ATH chairman Ajith Kodagoda, said he would comment today. "Because ATH is a public listed company, it is required by law to get any media release approved by the Stock Exchange before it's released," Mr Kodagoda said.
the matter is between Sir Gordon Ward and the Government of Fiji. His government will try and work with the Fiji Government to remove the ban on its Chief Justice. Efforts to date have not been responded to by the Fiji Government. Assistant Secretary for Foreign Affairs Pasuna Tuaga said they are waiting for a formal response from Suva. Prime Minister Sopoaga hopes to discuss the matter with Fiji’s President when he visits next month.
Naivalurua takes up posting of Ambassador at Large for Fiji Former Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua has taken up the posting of Ambassador at Large for Fiji. Foreign A f f a i r s Minister, Ratu I n o k e Kubuabola has confirmed to Fijivillage that Brigadier General Naivalurua started work last Tuesday. He said the new Ambassador at Large will be commissioned by President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau tomorrow. An Ambassador at Large is a diplomat of the highest rank who is accredited to represent his or her country internationally. Unlike an Ambassador in Residence who is usually limited to a country or embassy, the Ambassador at Large is entrusted to operate in several neighboring countries or a region.
SPC DIRECTOR GENERAL HOLDS TALKS WITH FOREIGN MINISTER Dr Colin Tukuitonga, the newly appointed Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), paid a courtesy call visit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, on the first day at work. Dr. Tukuitonga expressed his deep appreciation for the Pacific region and looks forward to working with the members of the SPC including Fiji. He has held a longstanding career of 27 years and has worked on a range of development related issues. Minister Kubuabola has welcomed Dr. Tukuitonga’s appointment and has also provided the support of the Fijian Government.
Dengue statistics in Fiji high but no deaths reported A total of 904 cases have tested positive for the Dengue 3 strain between 30th October last year and yesterday. Fiji Village reports the Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health Dr Metuisela Tuicakau says no severe dengue cases or deaths were reported. The Central Division is still reporting the highest number of cases with 766, the Western Division 101 with the Northern Division now reporting 37 cases. To try and combat the Dengue-carrying mosquitoes the Health Unit
Fiji's CCF queries constitution's application
The Chief Executive of Fiji's NGO, the Citizens Constitutional Forum, says the country's constitutional process is still flawed, despite the appointment of a new sevenmember election commission. The Reverend Akuila Yabaki says his Forum has worked with many of the election commission's new members and they now hold an important position in protecting the integrity of the upcoming elections. But he says the Forum still does not have the confidence that the elections
promised for September will be free and fair. "I've already referred to the flawed constitution. The Prime Minister chairs the Constitutional Offices Commission and the composition of that commission has the leader of the opposition in it, but how can you have a leader of the opposition when there's no parliament? So, you can run rings around that." However, the Reverend Yabaki says he is encouraged by the commissioners' appointments, calling it a good chance for the electoral process to gain some integrity.
says it has a monitoring team on the ground to assess mosquito breeding places and carry out larvae sampling. Similar clean up campaigns are also being organised for the West and the North. The Health Ministry is continuing to warn the public to remove mosquito-breeding sources as much as possible.
FIJIAN TEACHERS BOUND FOR VANUATU FAREWELLED Retired school teachers bound for Vanuatu for a two year assignment under the Fiji Volunteer Scheme (FVS) were today farewelled at the Public Service Commission (PSC) headquarters at Berkeley Crescent, Suva. Chairman of the Public Service Mr Josefa Seruilagilagi presented these teachers with air tickets and other necessary documents. The 11 school teachers leave for Vanuatu on February 1.
PRIME MINISTER APPROVES NEW DORMITORY FOR BA SCHOOL Students of Balevuto Primary School in Ba will soon boast new dormitory facilities after their request for these facilities was approved by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama today. Commodore Bainimarama made the announcement during his brief meeting with residents of the rural
Ba district during his tour there. “The RFMF engineers will soon be deployed to Balevuto Primary to construct two dormitories for the students there,” he said for the school which caters for more than 100 students from the larger Moto areas. The Prime Minister heard that primary school students were currently staying with
teachers while attending school there. “Education is a very important cornerstone of development; not only my government but also the nation.” Education has already been made free from this year after government announced in November last year to pay for all fees of students in primary and secondary schools.
British skydiver survives crash from 12,000 feet Ben Cornick, 31, crashed into a van at 40 mph when he lost control on the steering on his parachute. But many in the skyfiving community have pitched in to help pay his medical bills.
Daredevil Ben Cornick survived a fall from 12,000 feet. But he needs some help to recover from his last death-defying plunge. The Welsh resident suffered several broken bones after his parachute failed to open during a skydiving trip in Fiji last week, according to Wales Online. Among his injuries included a fractured hip, arm and a damaged kneecap, the website reported. Cornick, 31, lost control of the steering on his parachute and crash-landed into a van traveling 40 mph in the South Pacific nation. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors said he needed emergency surgery in New Zealand. The hospital wanted £20,000 - about $27,000 - to pay
for the emergency flight because Cornick, a professional skydiver who has done 1,000 jumps, did not have insurance. Cornick’s family immediately launched a “Ben Cornick Donation Page” on Facebook. The skydiver has had seven procedures and should make a recovery from the accident. On the page, Cornick wrote that a donor paid the initial £20,000. His family now reports they have raised an additional £10,000 and are close to their goal of £50,000 - roughly $67,700 - for the total cost of his medical bills. “A big shoutout to the guy who stumped up the full 20k to get me out a day early and possibly saved my life,” he wrote. “You know who you are.” Suzann Lord, Cornick’s
stepmother, said this was his first serious accident, but they are in total disbelief at how many people have helped. People who have posted on the Facebook page note that many fellow skydivers have contributed - even those that never met him. “There has been a tremendous amount of people who don't know,” Lord told the British newspaper Metro. “Ben but have donated money. It is hard to put into words how grateful we are.”He is expected to be in the hospital for a few more weeks. “Hip Surgery complete. No blood transfusion today. Eating and drinking. Morphine reduced. Leg has been moved more than 1cm without him screaming. Happy days!!!" read the lastest update on the page.
Experienced diver Ben Cornick, 31, attempted a 12,000ft jump from a plane over Fiji last week when he lost control of the steering on his parachute and crash-landed on a road.
Kejriwal says Constitution does not stop CM from protesting NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who faced flak for his protest in the heart of the capital, today said the Constitution does not prevent the chief minister from holding a dharna."I read the Constitution, couldn't find anywhere that a chief minister cannot hold 'dharna'," he said on criticism to his twoday dharna outside Rail Bhavan. He also charged that "the media was aligned with one party or the other and was doing negative stories on AAP." Kejriwal's role in leading a protest while holding constitutional office has come under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court which yes-
Congress may drop Rahul ad after BJP raises copycat charge AN advertisement released by the Congress on Friday starring Rahul Gandhi — its lead campaigner for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections — left the party flustered after the BJP accused it of copying its tagline from none other than Narendra Modi. The BJP said the tagline was coined and used by Modi in February 2011. Left redfaced, sources in the party said the particular advertisement is likely to be dropped. The advertisement, which appeared in all the major English and vernacular newspapers, has the phrase “main nahin, hum (Not I, We)” emblazoned behind Rahul and takes veiled potshots at the BJP’s prime ministerial face, saying no one has the magic wand to bring development. The BJP said the same tagline was used by Modi during his Chintan Shibir in 2011 in Mehsana. The advertisement, sources in the Congress said, was created by Dentsu India and vetted by the party’s publicity panel. “It (the slogan) was coined by Modi to inspire government officials at the shibir,” a BJP leader from Gujarat said. “Nakal ke liye akal chahiye (even for imitating one needs brains).
terday slammed law enforcing agencies for allowing unlawful assembly of supporters of the chief minister in the heart of national capital. In his Republic Day address at Chhatrasal Stadium here, the Delhi chief minister said the Jan Lokpal Bill is almost ready and will be passed at a special session in Ramlila Maidan in February. Holding that security of women in the national capital is "highly compromised", he said the government has formed a committee under the chief secretary for the formation of 'Mahila Suraksha Dal' in the city. "Security of women in the national capital is highly compromised.
It is our utmost duty and priority to provide security to women. We have formed a committee under the chief secretary for formation of Mahila Suraksha Dal," he said. He said that it may not have powers like the police but the force will work like security guards stationed outside buildings and housing societies. "They will provide security to women. We will have retired army personnel, police and home guards as members of suraksha dal," he said. Kejriwal also said the committee under the chief secretary will make provisions to ensure that rapists are sent to jail within 3 to 6 months.
Shocked over gangrape of woman Stating it was “deeply disturbed,” the Supreme Court on Friday took suo motu cognisance of an alleged gangrape of a girl in West Bengal on orders of a kangaroo court. A bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam directed the district judge of Birbhum to inquire into the alleged incident and submit a preliminary report by Monday. The court will take up the matter next on January 28.The woman was allegedly gangraped at Labhpur in Birbhum district by the 13 persons on Tuesday night after the panchayat head gave orders for the rape since she was in love with a man from another community.
Andaman: 21 killed as boat carrying tourists capsizes Twenty-one people were killed after a tourist boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday, official sources said. The boat called Aqua Marine was carrying around 45 people comprising tourists from Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu and Mumbai as well as crew members. It sank on its way from Ross Island to North Bay. The South Andaman district administration confirmed 21 deaths and said 13 people were rescued. The civil administration and defence establishments such as the Coast Guard conducted rescue operations, the sources said. "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed shock over the boat tragedy in the Andamans and
has condoled the loss of lives," a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said. Rescue operations are on to track the missing people. It is as suspected that some might have been trapped in the cabin of the boat. Though the boat had the capacity to carry only 25 passengers, it was overcrowded and this led to the accident, the sources added. Boat capsize incidents take a big toll on India every year, raising questions over security measures while bringing to fore non-compliance with guidelines. A group of tourists from Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu who were staying in a resort at Prothrapur in South Andaman district, and another small group of tourists from Mumbai were on the boat.
Muzaffarnagar riots: Another Sikh rights group wants Sonia to depose before US court baby dies due to cold MUZAFFARNAGAR: A four-month-old girl, whose family was displaced during the Muzaffarnagar riots, has died due to cold at Kandhla town in Shamli district, police said on Saturday. Ahsan, the infant's mother had been displaced from her native Bahawdi village during Muzaffarnagar riots and was living in a relief camp till last month when she along with her family vacated the relief camp, police said. After vacating the relief camp recently, Ahsan was living with her family in a cottage in Kandhal, where her infant daughter, Surrya died of cold on Friday, said police. An enquiry has been ordered into the death of the child, superintendent of government health centre,
Kandhla, Ramesh Chandra said. A fivemonth-old baby girl had yesterday succumbed to pneumonia in a relief camp at Malakpur village in Shamli district here. So far, 34 children living in relief camps have died in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts between September 7 and December 20 when the winter chill increased. While 12 children had died in the camps, the remaining 22 had died in hospitals or nursing homes where they were taken for medical care. Over 60 persons were killed and more than 40,000 displaced in communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in September last.
NEW YORK: A Sikh rights group wants Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi to depose before a federal court here in a human rights violation lawsuit filed against her after she informed the court that she had not visited the US in September last year and was not served summons in the case. Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) has been given time till February 6 by a federal court to "investigate" whether Gandhi was in the city
Gujarat thermal power plant accident kills two, injures two others Two workers were killed while two others were seriously injured in an accident while they were cleaning a boiler in Essar Power’s Salaya thermal power plant in Devbhoomi Dwarka district on Friday morning. Akhilesh Singh Sahai (24) and Ramesh Gorai (23) were killed after a metal object fell on them while they were cleaning boiler no. 1 in the 1,200 Megawatt (MW) power plant, police sources said. Arpan Mathai (32) and Radheshyam Kumar (26), the other two workers who were also carrying out the maintenance work, were seriously injured in the accident.
Developed cancer drug for 'western patients' who could afford, not 'for Indians' NEW DELHI: Global medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres slammed on Friday a statement by Bayer's chief executive that the giant German firm only developed its cancer drug Nexavar for people who could afford the medicine, not "for Indians".India's controller general of patents angered Bayer in March 2012 when he authorized a local drugmaker to produce a generic copy of Nexavar, saying the German company charged a price that was too costly for most Indians. "We did not develop this medicine (Nexavar)
for Indians," Marijn Dekkers said at a little reported pharmaceutical forum last month, according to the January 21st edition of Businessweek.We developed it for western patients who can afford it," Dekkers said, and called the Indian regulator's action "essentially theft".Bayer said the statements attributed to Dekkers were accurate and forwarded written comments made later by the German chief executive seeking to explain his remarks.Dekkers said the comment had been a "quick response" at the industry forum to
the Nexavar issue and added Bayer wants "all people to share the fruits of medical progress regardless of their origins or income".But Dekkers added in the written comments he had been "particularly frustrated" by the Indian regulator's decision, which marked the first time a socalled compulsory licence of a patented drug had been awarded in India.Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday that the Bayer chief's remarks summed up "everything that is wrong" with the multinational pharmaceutical industry.
between September 2 and September 9, 2013 and file its opposition to Gandhi's motion to dismiss the human rights violation lawsuit due to insufficient service of summons. SFJ legal attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said the plaintiffs will request the US federal court to make the Congress President depose regarding her presence in the US in September 2013 and on the service of summons on
her. Gandhi had submitted a new declaration on January 13 to the US court in support of her motion to dismiss the lawsuit. In the declaration, Gandhi stated that she was "not in New York or in the US during the period of September 3, 2013 through September 9, 2013." SFJ has claimed that Gandhi was in the city for medical treatment at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre during September.
Delhi again: Danish woman ‘gangraped’, beaten up, robbed
A 51-year-old Danish woman was allegedly gangraped, robbed and beaten up at knife point by eight men inside the premises of the Railway Officers’ Club, barely 50 metres from the VIP entrance to Platform No. 1 of the New Delhi railway station in central Delhi’s Paharganj area, on Tuesday evening. While the woman mentioned in her complaint that she was raped for “approximately five hours”, police sources said she was held captive from 4 pm to 8 pm. Several persons have been detained and are being questioned. The police claimed to have identified the accused and said arrests were likely to be made by Wednesday evening. According to the woman’s statement, she was walking to her hotel in Paharganj when she lost her way and reached the State Entry Road leading to the railway station. She said the road led to a dead end, so she asked some youths if she could take another deserted road
on the left. When they replied in the affirmative, she turned towards that road.Her complaint further said that when she took that road, eight men jumped out from behind some bushes and cornered her. She was reportedly dragged to an isolated spot inside the premises of the Railway Officers’ Club, adjacent to the officers’ resthouse building, and held hostage at knife point. She alleged that she was beaten up by the men who also robbed her of her belongings. “They snatched my iPod, watch, book, glasses, 750 Euros and Rs 3,000 in cash. When I tried to resist, they placed a sharp knife to my throat and said that they would kill me.
Cold wave continues in Kashmir, Kargil coldest at -19.2 degrees C SRINAGAR: Cold wave continued in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region as the minimum temperature in most parts settled below the freezing point, with the frontier town of Kargil being the coldest place in the state at over minus 19 degrees Celsius. Kargil was the coldest recorded place in the state with the mercury settling at minus 19.2 degrees Celsius on Friday night as against the previous night's minus 18.4 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capi-
tal of Jammu and Kashmir, continued to settle above the freezing point for the fourth day today as the city recorded a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius as against 0.9 degrees Celsius the previous night, an official of the MeT Department here said. Mercury in Qazigund the gateway town to Kashmir valley - settled at minus 0.4 degrees Celsius as against minus 1.0 degrees Celsius the previous night. Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius as compared to the
previous night's minus 1.3 degrees Celsius. Mercury in the tourist resort of Pahalgam, also in south Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius - almost same as the previous night's low of minus 5.5 deg C. The famous skiresort of Gulmarg registered a low of minus 8.2 degrees Celsius as compared to minus 8.4 degrees Celsius the previous night. Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius, he said. Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh.
Indian Republic turns 65, celebrates unity in diversity Multi-hued images of India's rich cultural heritage, its achievements in diverse fields and military prowess were on majestic display at the magnificent Rajpath, the ceremonial boulevard, in New Delhi on Sunday as the nation celebrated its 65th Republic Day amid tight security. There were apprehensions that the uncertain weather might force the cancellation or curtailment of the flypast that concludes the event but the mist lifted almost at the last minute. Marching down from the seat of power at Raisina Hills to Red Fort, the parade showcased India's 'unity in diversity' and defence capability as thousands of spectators along the 8-kmlong route cheered the contingents and the mechanised columns. The well-turned out and synchronised military and police contingents led by General Officer Commanding (Delhi), Lt General Subroto Mitra, marched proudly to the lilting tunes of bands through Rajpath where President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Pranab Mukherjee took the salute. The march past was watched by Japanese Prime Minister
Imphal: Bomb explodes as R-Day parade begins
Shinzo Abe, the chief guest of the Republic Day celebration, vice-president Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the country's top political and military brass, besides the diplomatic community. It was the coldest Republic Day in a decade at a minimum of 9.9 degrees Celsius, forcing spectators - commoners and dignitaries alike - to swathe themselves in layers of protective clothing. Braving the winter chill, a large number of enthusiastic people came to witness the parade that culminated at the historic Mughal monument of Red Fort. Minutes before the parade began, the Prime Minister, defence minister AK
Tata Motors MD Karl dies after fall in Bangkok hotel In what may potentially be a major setback to its restructuring process, homegrown automobile major Tata Motors on Sunday announced the untimely death of its managing director Karl Slym in Bangkok. Slym, 51, was in Thailand to attend a meeting of the board of directors of Tata's subsidiary in the country. He had joined the company in October 2012, as part of a major management overhaul that also saw two other toplevel appointments, and was the brainchild in the company's strategy to regain its position in the domestic market. His demise is likely to be a speed breaker in that process. “I am deeply saddened to inform you about the untimely and tragic
demise of our company’s Managing Director, Karl Slym. Karl was visiting Bangkok for a meeting of the Board of Directors of Tata Motors Thailand and passed away earlier today,” said Cyrus Mistry, chairman, Tata Group in a statement. “Karl joined us in October 2012, and was a valued colleague who was providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry. In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl’s wife and family.” Though the exact cause of his death will only be clear after post-mortem on Monday, company officials said Slym fell from a higher floor in the hotel he was staying in and that may have caused fatal injuries.
Antony and chiefs of army, navy and air force laid wreaths at 'Amar Jawan Jyoti', the war memorial at the India Gate where an eternal flame burns in memory of those who laid down their lives defending the frontiers of the nation. A massive ground-to-air security apparatus was put in place in the national capital to ensure an incident-free Republic Day celebrations. Snipers of National Security Guard were deployed at all high-rises along the parade route. Around 25,000 security personnel were deployed across the city while the commandos of the IndoTibetan Border Police and Delhi Police kept vigil at important locations.
A powerful bomb exploded in Imphal city on Sunday morning as Republic Day celebrations began in the state capital amidst tight security clamped in the wake of the boycott of the event announced by militant outfits in Manipur. No casualty was reported in the explosion, official sources said. They said that the explosion was reported at around 8am as the march past began at Kangla in the heart of the capital complex. Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh had on Saturday said that violence would not solve any problem in a democratic country like India and appealed to the militant outfits to join the national mainstream and participate in development programmes.
Sunanda Pushkar case: Advanced forensic tests to determine cause of injuries The Crime Branch probing the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar will go for advanced forensic tests to determine cause of injuries on her body as it tries to unravel whether it was a case of suicide, homicide or accident.Investigators said autopsy report had mentioned more than a dozen injury marks on Sunanda’s body besides a “deep teeth bite” on the edge of her left palm and they were trying to ascertain whether the injuries were “inflicted” on her.They said doctors who conducted autopsy on her body had preserved Sunanda’s skin samples where the injuries were found and the advanced forensic tests like histopathology would be carried out to determine how old the injuries were and its causes.Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda, 52, was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on Friday night, a day after her twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair
with Tharoor.The probe into the high-profile case was transfered to the Crime Branch on Thursday considering its “sensitive nature” and “complexities” involved.The autopsy report had mentioned use of blunt force for the injury marks on both her hands and left cheek. Forensic experts are of the view that whether the injuries were self inflicted or otherwise can only be ascertained by detailed histopathology tests.On Tuesday, a subdivisional magistrate had directed Delhi Police to investigate the murder or suicide angles in the case that the nature of those injuries and how old they were, would help them in the case.
Paresh Rawal, Ashok Chakradhar and Justice Verma to get Padma awards Renowned scientist R A Mashelkar is among the 126 prominent personalities who will be conferred with Padma awards this year. The list of all the awardees is likely to be announced by Saturday evening. Mashelkar will get the highest Padma Vibhusan award for his contribution in shaping India’s science and technology policies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and also of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet set up by successive governments. Besides Mashelkar, others who are being rewarded for their exemplary work include Bollywood actor Paresh
Rawal and poet Ashok Chakradhar. Late Justice J S Verma, who headed the committee that recommended landmark changes to India’s antirape law following the Delhi bus gangrape and murder, is also being given the award posthumously along with rationalist and author Narendra Achyut Dabholkar, who was shot dead in Pune in August 2013.The Home Ministry has given a list of nearly 140 “probables” for the awards which, after security clearance, is sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for approval and, finally, to Rashtrapati Bhawan. Praveen Talha, former member UPSC is also
among the famous personality who is being given the highest honour. Sources said that the women this year getting the award is highest and presently stands at 27 among the 126 awardees.The others in the list include personalities from the legal fraterni-
ty, the bureaucracy, the film industry, sport, medicine and civil society. The names were shortlisted by a committee headed by the home secretary from recommendations sent by state governments and prominent personalities. The awards, India’s highest civilian honours, are given in three categories — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri — and announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.Among the names which were considered was that of 22-yearold Dipika Pallikal, the first Indian woman to enter the top 10 in the WSA rankings, the official women’s squash world rankings.
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Many dead as Pakistani air force pounds militant hide-outs The Pakistani air force pounded militant hide-outs near the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing dozens of people following deadly bombings against security forces in recent days.Elsewhere, a roadside bomb killed 20 Shiite pilgrims in a separatist province, and gunmen opened fire on workers administering polio vaccinations, killing three people.The Pakistani government has come under heavy pressure to aggressively tackle a surge in militant violence instead of solely relying on efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban-led insurgents. The airstrikes in North Waziristan came after the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a bomb that killed 26 soldiers Sunday when it tore through a military convoy inside an army compound in the nearby Bannu area. A suicide bomber also killed 13 people, including eight
security personnel, Monday in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital of Islamabad. The Pakistani military in recent years has carried out several offensives against the Pakistani Taliban in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, but North Waziristan has largely been spared. The U.S. has repeatedly struck the area with drone strikes targeting militant commanders.There were conflicting claims about who was killed in the airstrikes, which began late Monday and continued into early Tuesday. A military official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media said they killed 40 insurgents, but two residents said civilians were among the dead.Habib Dawar, who lives in Mir Ali, one of the towns that was struck, said many residents sleep in the open out of fear their homes might be hit.“How would the
People look at the wreckage of a passenger bus destroyed in a bomb blast in the Mastong district, near Quetta. jet fighters know who is living where and who is a militant and who is a civilian in the dark of the night,” he said.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has long supported a policy of negotiating with militants instead of using military force to subdue them, but so far the Pakistani Taliban have shown little desire to negoti-
Musharraf wants to leave Pakistan for treatment FORMER dictator Pervez Musharraf has refused to undergo an angiography in Pakistan and wants to go abroad for treatment, media reports Friday quoted a medical board as saying in a report submitted to a special court. Though the board’s report was presented to the court in a sealed cover, details of it were leaked and reported by several news channels. Express News, which said it obtained the report, quoted it as saying Musharraf’s health is such that a heart attack could be “life-threatening”. The medical board was set up by the special court, which is conducting Musharraf’s treason trial, to assess the 70-year-old former military ruler’s health condition after he was admitted to hospital on January 2 with heart
problems. The court said the medical board’s report will be subjected to crossexamination on January 29, following which it will announce its decision on Musharraf’s appearance for hearings. The report stated Musharraf was unwilling to get an angiography done in Pakistan as the cardiac support system in the country is “not up to standard”, Express News reported. The government’s prosecutor, Akram Sheikh, objected to the findings in the report, which was submitted by the four-member medical
board headed by Maj General Syed Imran Majeed. Musharraf’s lawyer Anwar Mansoor requested the court to keep the report secret. However, the prosecutor said Musharraf is a public figure and the report should be made public. He said the Constitution includes a provision for a free press. Sheikh demanded that another medical board, comprising cardiologists of Aga Khan Hospital, PIMS Hospital and Shifa International Hospital, be formed to review the report. He further said the report’s findings seemed to imply that all heart patients should be sent abroad for treatment. The three-judge special court subsequently adjourned proceedings till January 29.
ate with his government. Most of the discussion about whether to hold peace talks or not has been centered around groups like the Pakistani Taliban that operate in the northwest. Little mention has been made of whether to talk with sectarian groups who operate in areas like Baluchistan. The govern-
Six policemen, child killed in Pak blast
At least six policemen and a child were killed in a bomb blast that targeted a security van on its way to guard a polio immunisation team in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday.According to police, the blast occurred in Sardheri Bazar area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district, killing seven persons.Deputy Inspector General of Police Mardan Range Saeed Wazir said that the bomb, weighing four to five kilogrammes, was planted on a cycle.Nine others, including two policemen, were also injured in the explosion. The injured have been shifted to the district hospital for treatment. Today’s attack came a day after the immunisation drive in Karachi was suspended following an attack on a vaccination team in the city’s Qayyumabad area.
ment also has not outlined areas where it would be willing to compromise. “The government does not have any strategy at all whether to talk or to fight,” said Zahid Hussain, a Pakistani security analyst. “The army is very, very frustrated at this point. They are under attack and the government has basically no clear strat-
egy.”Amid the criticism, Sharif cancelled a planned trip to Davos, Switzerland, this week to attend the World Economic Forum, and the prime minister visited a military hospital to talk to those wounded in the Bannu and Rawalpindi explosions.Sharif also chaired a meeting Monday to discuss the government’s draft Internal Security Policy, a much-discussed proposal that is meant to address the security problems but has not been made public. The Pakistani Taliban said earlier this week that they would be interested in peace talks but only if the government proved it was sincere and had enough “power,” a reference to the perception that the army wields the real power in Pakistan. Critics contend this is just another attempt at obfuscation by a group with a track record of using negotiations as a way to gather their strength.
India, Pak army officials to meet on LoC on Friday to address ceasefire violations Senior military officials of India and Pakistan will meet in Pooch sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to discuss ways to strengthen the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) against the backdrop of violations in the recent past. Brigade commanders of the two countries will meet in Chakan da Bagh area as part of a decision taken during the meeting of the DGMOs last month at the Wagah border. Ways to strengthen the ceasefire will be the focus of the meeting, Army officials said at New Delhi. In the DGMOs meeting on December 24, it was decided that two flag meetings between brigade commanders will be held on the LoC to ensure peace and tranquility and
the hotline mechanism between them would be made ‘more effective and result-oriented’. A few months back, the LoC was witness to major violations from the Pakistani side and the issue had to be taken up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York. Army chief Gen Bikram Singh on Monday warned Pakistan against any breaking any rules on the LoC saying India will respond with equal measure. Soon after the Army chief made these remarks, the Pakistani military said such “provocative” statements were counter productive and claimed that his statement was “contrary to the facts on ground”.
Pakistan’s breast cancer challenge In Pakistan, a country where breast cancer kills more women than terrorist attacks, an awareness group couldn’t even say the word “breast” while talking at a university about mammograms and how to check for lumps. They had to use the euphemism “cancer of women” to discuss a disease often shrouded in social stigma in this majority Muslim nation.One in nine women in Pakistan will face breast cancer during their life, with the country having the highest rate of the disease across Asia, according to the breast cancer awareness group PinkRibbon, oncologists and other aid groups.Yet discussing it remains taboo in a conservative, Islamic cul-
ture where the word breast is associated with sexuality instead of health and many view it as immoral for women to go to the hospital for screenings or discuss it with their family.Now, women like breast cancer survivor and prominent Pakistani politician Fehmida Mirza and groups are trying to draw attention to the disease and break the silence surrounding it.“There’s nothing to be shy about it,” Mirza told The Associated Press in an interview. “No woman, no woman should die of ignorance and negligence.”No national database tracks breast cancer statistics but people who combat the disease say it kills nearly 40,000 women every year in Pakistan.
That’s about the same rate as in the US, though Pakistan only has 180 million residents to the US’ 313 million. With a health care system in shambles and more young women getting the disease, breast cancer rates only are expected to get worse. World Health Organization official Shahzad Aalam in Pakistan said it was difficult to determine the exact magnitude, but that the disease is rampant. “It is the leading cancer killer among women,” Aalam said. Among Pakistani women there is very little knowledge about the disease. A study done at Rawalpindi General Hospital about breast cancer awareness among 600 women found 70 per cent totally ignorant of
the disease, while 88 per cent did not know about breast self-exams and 68 per cent did not understand the significance of finding a lump in the breast. “If women are being diagnosed with breast cancer, they don’t even share the news with their family members,” said Omar Aftab, who heads PinkRibbon in Pakistan, which put on the varsity presentation where organisers couldn’t even say “breast”. “We’re trying to break these taboos,” he said.Those cultural taboos have been one of the biggest issues preventing women from seeking treatment or even knowing about the disease. During an awareness event in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, female students attend-
ing a breast cancer lecture demanded the men leave. “It will take very long for us to discuss these issues openly,” said one female student who requested anonymity because she feared her family wouldn’t like her speaking about the issue. Another challenge is Pakistan’s abysmal health care sector that is starved for money, the latest technology and drugs. Oncologist Saira Hasan at Shifa International Hospital in Islamabad said most major hospitals lack a screening centre or mammogram facility. Many patients first go to a traditional healer and by the time they visit a reputable doctor, the disease is often too far advanced to treat, Hasan said.
Hindu girl raped, killed in Pak Punjab A nine-year-old Hindu girl was raped and killed in Punjab province of Pakistan, officials said Sunday. Basti Kata, a resident of Mauza Ghunia in Rahim Yar Khan district, located 400 km from provincial capital Lahore, said his daughter went missing while playing outside his home on Thursday. Kata registered a missing person’s report. On Saturday, some of Kata’s relatives found the girl’s body in an open field. Police took the body to a state-run hospital in Khanpur, where the doctor on duty refused to perform an autopsy. The aggrieved family staged a protest outside the hospital. Following the intervention of the local administration, the doctor conducted an autopsy that confirmed rape. “It appears the girl died while being raped,
13 killed in blast near Pak army HQ A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near the Pakistan Army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi Monday, killing 13 people, including six soldiers, a day after a blast inside a cantonment killed 20 troops.The bomber, who was riding a cycle, detonated his explosives after being intercepted by soldiers in Royal Artillery Bazar, which is very close to the army’s General Headquarters and other important military buildings. Twenty-four others were wounded in the attack. Witnesses said two students wearing uniforms were among the dead.The market, a short walk from the army headquarters, is located in one of the most secure areas of Rawalpindi, said city police chief Akhtar Hayat Lalika.The blast came on a day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had convened a special cabinet meeting to approve a draft National Security Policy with measures to tackle terrorism. On Sunday, a blast within the cantonment
of Bannu city in KhyberPakhtunkhwa province killed 20 troops and injured 30, prompting Sharif to cancel his visit to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.Soon after Monday’s blast, army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and the premier spoke on the phone. The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
claimed responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Shahidullah Shahid saying it was carried out in response to military operations in the tribal areas and the killing of the group’s deputy chief, Waliur Rehman, in a US drone strike last year. All the injured were taken to various hospitals, includ-
ing the Combined Military Hospital. According to police, the suicide bomber was aged between 18 and 20 years and his vest was packed with an estimated 10 kg of explosives.The blast shattered windows of buildings in the area. Security was put on high alert as the area has key installations like the army-
Suicide bomber in Karachi cop attack identified as imam’s son A suicide bomber who killed Chaudhry Aslam, one of Pakistan’s most daring counter-terror officials, has been identified as the son of an imam, a media report said Saturday.According to initial investigations and evidence, police in Karachi believe that young Naeemullah, who was identified through fingerprints, carried out the deadly attack on Thursday, SP Niaz Khosa said.Naeemullah was a seminary student and son of Rafiullah, the imam of Masjid Jamia Sidiqia and administrator of a madrassa in Karachi’s restive Orangi Town, The Express Tribune reported.Rafiullah and around half a dozen
Saeed warns against ‘secret deal’ on Kashmir
The blast killed Aslam, who had fearlessly hunted members of the banned group in Karachi despite at least three attacks on him.
family members and comrades have been detained by the CID. Some body parts found at the site, allegedly of the bomber, were sent to the National Database and Registration Authority for identification. “(We are) 98 per cent sure
that a suicide bomber hit the explosives-laden Suzuki cargo van with Aslam’s (car),” Crime Investigation Department (CID) chief Zafar Bukhari said.However, police officials insist that the investigation is only in its initial
Lahore: Jamaat-udDawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed Saturday warned the Pakistan government against striking a “secret deal” with India on the Kashmir issue. “We cannot leave the Kashmiri people at the mercy of India. Kashmiris have not sacrificed lives to divide Kashmir,” he said during a meeting with supporters here. Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris.” The founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba further claimed India can “no longer rule Kashmir by force”.
21, including 19 children, killed in road accident At least 21 people, including 19 children, were killed and about 20 others injured on Wednesday when a school van collided head-on with a heavy truck in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province. The school van smashed into the loaded dump-truck on a road near Nawabshah, about 270 kilometres north of Karachi. The students, all of whom were from the Bright Future School of Daulatpur, were going to give their examinations. “The accident took place on the Qazi Ahmed link road which is outside
HEARTBREAKING: The dump-truck and a school van are being removed from a crash site after an accident near the town of Nawabshah, some 270 km north of Karachi on Wednesday.
Nawabshah and connects to Daulatpur,” a police official said. At least 21 people were killed out of which 19
were children, officials said. The school children were aged between 12 and 16, Geo News reported. The driver of
the school van was killed in the accident. About 20 others, including teachers and students, were injured and taken to People’s Medical College in Nawabshah for treatment. Six of the injured persons were reported as critical and were subsequently shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Police reached the site of accident and started investigation. The driver of the truck was arrested after the accident. Pakistan has a dubious record of fatal traffic accidents which can be blamed on poor roads and reckless driving.
stages and things could change.According to police officials, Rafiullah and Naeemullah are reportedly members of Zikria Mehsud group, the Te h r i k - e - Ta l i b a n Pakistan’s Karachi chapter. Police raided the suspect’s house and detained family members in the past.The Pakistani Taliban used around 200 kg of explosives for the suicide attack on Aslam, known for his crackdown on the outlawed militant group. The blast killed Aslam, who had fearlessly hunted members of the banned group in Karachi despite at least three attacks on him. Shortly after Thursday’s suicide bombing.
run National Logistics Cell and Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, where former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was admitted with heart problems earlier this month. President Mamnoon Hussain and Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain condemned the blast.
Indian woman travels to Pak with fake passport to meet ‘lover
An Indian woman was deported from the airport here when she flew in from Doha using a fake Pakistani passport to meet a man she had fallen in love with after meeting on a social networking website. Nagita Ramesh, who is in her twenties and hails from Gujarat, arrived at Lahore international airport from Doha Thursday to meet Azhar, a resident of Multan city. “She had come in an early morning flight. We detained her after checking her documents and eventually deported her back to Doha,” an immigration official told PTI. She told investigation officers she “fell in love” with Azharand also said she had converted to Islam.
Two on death row in Pak jail charged with Sarabjit’s murder Two death row prisoners have been indicted in Pakistan for the murder of Indian national Sarabjit Singh at a jail here. An additional district and sessions judge held trial at Central Jail in Kot Lakhpat Friday and formally charged the two inmates — Amer Sarfraz alias Tamba and Muddassar Bashir. During the proceedings, copies of the chargesheet were handed over to both the accused. Judge Syed Anjum Raza Syed adjourned the hearing till January 20 and directed
the prosecution to produce witnesses. The two accused had brutally attacked 49-yearold Sarabjit at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in April last year. Sarabjit, who had sustained severe injuries, including a fractured skull, died on May 2.
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Anushka Sharma personally thanks 'NH10' crew Aditya to throw a grand bash A I nushka, who has turned producer with the film NH10, made it a point to send out a personal note and a box of chocolates to all unit members of the film thanking them for being part of her new journey. The letter reads, “This is a new beginning for us and we are so happy to be sharing this expe-
This is a new beginning for us and we are so happy to be sharing this experience with a fantastic team
rience with a fantastic team.” It may be recalled that Anushka was bowled over by the film’s script and then offered to come on board as a producer. The film is being co-produced by Phantom Films and will be directed by Navdeep Singh, whose last outing was the film, Manorama Six Feet Under. -
n what is being called a first of sorts, Aditya Chopra will throw a grand bash tonight to mark the success of the latest YRF film, Dhoom 3. A source close to the production house confirms this news, “Dhoom 3 has broken all records in Indian cinema and has set new benchmarks. Aditya Chopra plans to celebrate this milestone by hosting a party at the YRF terrace lounge,” says the source, adding that this is the first time the production house is hosting a ‘success party’ for its film. Apart from the film’s cast and crew toplined by Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif, the party will be attended by Aditya’s family and close friends. “Aditya has personally invited all the guests and Aamir has reached out to his friends as well,” says another source.
ahashivratri is an auspicious and important festival of Hindus, especially for the devotees of Lord Shiva who celebrate the religious festival with great enthusiasm. The Mahashivratri festival, also much popular as 'Shivratri' or 'Great Night of Lord Shiva', is observed on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha every year on the month of Phalguna or Maagh according to the Hindu calendar. Devotees on Mahashivratri throng to temples and holy shrines to offer prayers and please Lord Shiva. Like each year, Mahashivratri 2014 will be celebrated on Thursday, February 27 by decorating the Shiv temples in colourful ways. According to Hindu mythology, Mahashivratri is Lord Shiva's favourite day. Devotees on this day remain on fast or perform hour long spiritual meditation by following rituals to commemorate Mahashivratri and be blessed with grace. In the early morning, they visit temples to offer cold water, milk and bael leaves on the Lingam, a symbol for the worship of Lord Shiva, after properly cleaning it. Many sadhus on Maha Shivratri visit shrines and offer marijuana to worshipers to spread the significance of the festival. Wearing a garland made from rudraksha and applying turmeric vermilion or holy ash on forehead symbolizes a holy ritual on this religious festival. Holy mantras are also recited and special puja ceremonies are held throughout the night to celebrate Shivratri. Numerous interesting and intriguing mythological stories are believed pertaining to the celebration to Mahashivratri. In a version, devotees believe that Shivratri is auspicious because it marks the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva
For women, Mahashivratri is an auspicious festival. They observe fast and offer prayers both to Lord Shiva and Parvati to shower their grace with a peaceful and blissful married life.
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and Parvati. However, many believe that Mahashivratri signifies the auspicious night when Lord Shiva performed the dance 'Tandava' that led to the creation, conservation and devastation of the universe. Mahashivratri is not only one of the magnificent festivals in India but also in Nepal and other regions where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Among the various popular shrines, Amarnath temple pilgrimage or Mount Amarnath (about 140 km from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) is believed to be the holiest in Hinduism. Surrounded by fascinating mountainous terrains and picturesque snowy mountains this shrine remains crowded by pilgrims throughout the year especially on Mahashivratri. For women,
n the day of Shivratri, a three-tiered platform is built around a fire. The topmost plank represents 'swargaloka' (heaven), the middle one 'antarikshaloka' (space) and the bottom one 'bhuloka' (earth). Eleven 'kalash' or urns, are kept on the 'swargaloka' plank symbolizing the 11 manifestations of the 'Rudra' or destructive Shiva. These are decorated with the leaves of 'bilva' or 'bael' (Aegle marmelos) and mango atop a coconut representing the head of Shiva. The uncut shank of the coconut symbolizes his tangled hair and the three spots on the fruit Shiva's three eyes.
he phallus symbol representing Shiva is called the lingam. It is usually made of granite, soapstone, quartz, marble or metal, and has a 'yoni' or vagina as its base representing the union of organs. Devotees circumambulate the lingam and worship it throughout the night. It is bathed every three hours with the 5 sacred offerings of a cow, called the 'panchagavya' - milk, sour milk, urine, butter and dung. Then the 5 foods of immortality - milk, clarified butter, curd, honey and sugar are placed before the lingam. Datura fruit and flower, though poisonous, are believed to be sacred to Shiva and thus offered to him.
Mahashivratri is an auspicious festival. They observe fast and offer prayers both to Lord Shiva and Parvati to shower their grace with a peaceful and blissful married life. Amid celebrations, to share the excitement and spread the essence of the Mahashivratri festival people send inspirational Mahashivratri SMS and lovely Mahashivratri messages to their dear ones. The collection of Mahashivratri SMS gives individuals the privilege just to say 'Happy Shivratri' or to mark Shivratri 2013 as a special occasion.
ll through the day the devotees keep severe fast, chant the sacred Panchakshara mantra "Om Namah Shivaya", make offerings of flowers and incense to the Lord amidst ringing of temple bells. They maintain long vigils during the night, keeping awake to listen to stories, hymns and songs. The fast is broken only the next morning, after the nightlong worship. In Kashmir, the festival is held for 15 days. The 13th day is observed as a day of fast followed by a family feast.
Minor boy killed in Rajhshahi road crash
bANGlADeSH NewS isters. Prominent among those who were dropped from the previous government were Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and minister without a portfolio and minority leader Suranjit Sengupta. Attired in an off-white sari, 66-year-old Hasina looked confident at the jam-packed Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban. She took oath pledging to preserve, protect and defend the national constitution and state sovereignty. “I am, Sheikh Hasina, taking oath…that I will discharge my duties faithfully as the prime minister of the govern-
ment as per the law,” Hasina said amid claps from the audience. This is the third term for Hasina as prime minister. She had also served as prime
Ex-Bangladesh dictator ‘detained’,taken to military hospital
Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah executed in Bangladesh for 1971 war crimes
Grand Urs at Bishwa Zaker Manjil begins today
Bangladesh’s ex-military ruler H M Ershad was whisked away from his home by security forces early today and admitted to a military hospital here,days after the 83year-old former dictator’s dramatic decision to boycott next month’s general elections. The former president was only being taken for a check-up,said a top official of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). Speculation was rife that Ershad,whose Jatiya Party is a key ally of the Awami League-led grand alliance,was “detained” as part of the government’s efforts to force him to participate in the January 5 polls. However,RAB media wing Director Habibur Rahman told Bdnews24 that Ershad was at home when he fell sick. “The personnel guarding his residence took him to the hospital after they were told of his feeling sick.”Witnesses said a joint team of police and RAB entered the pri-
vate “President’s Park” residence and virtually whisked him to an SUV,fuelling speculation that Ershad was arrested. Activists of Jatiya Party scuffled with security personnel who took Ershad to the Combined Military Hospital where he was admitted.TV footages showed a grim-faced Ershad was sitting on the backseat of the SUV wearing a red sweater as the convoy of police and RAB vans drove off.“It is mysterious,I was with him (Ershad) until the evening…he was in good health and also took part in his routine physical exercise,” Ershad’s press secretary Sunil Subho Roy told reporters.The former military ruler,who was ousted in a mass upsurge in 1990 after nine years of rule,returned to limelight earlier this month when he announced his party would stay way from the polls due to lack of a proper atmosphere.
Abdul Quader Mollah,a senior leader of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party,was executed on Thursday for genocide during Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war,hours after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition.The 65-yearold Mollah,infamous as the “Butcher of Mirpur”,was the first politician to be executed for massacre and rape during the war of independence from Pakistan.Mollah was hanged at 10.01 pm (local time) in Dhaka Central Jail,a prison official said.The apex court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for the assistant secretary-general of the right wing party,rejecting his review plea two days after his hanging was dramatically put on hold in a lastminute reprieve.Mollah sided with Pakistani troops during the war and gained notoriety for leading the infamous Al-Badr militia in the Dhaka suburb of Mirpur,where he had a role in slaughtering a large number of people.
FARIDPUR : The fourday Grand “Bishwa Urs Sharif” of Bishwawali Khwajababa Faridpuri will begin today at Bishwa Zaker Manjil at Atrashi under Sadarpur upazila of the district, reports BSS. A Bishwa Zaker Manjil press release said here on Friday that all preparations have been completed under the.
minister during 19962001. Awami League won over two-thirds of parliament’s 300 seats in the January 5 polls which were described as a farce by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 18-party opposition alliance. The opposition boycotted the polls demanding a neutral caretaker regime to oversee the polls. The opposition led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia tried to derail the polls by calling strikes and blockades. Over 160 people were killed in poll related violence since November. Jatiya Party, headed by former military
news that the Bangladesh government took assistance from the Indian Army and Border Security Force to contain violence in southwestern Satkhira district, which borders India. News editor Rabiulla Ulla Robi, deputy chief reporter Rafiq Mohammad and diplomatic correspondent Ahmmed Atiq were today produced in a magistrate’s court, which sent them to jail. The court fixed Monday for hearing the remand and bail petitions of the arrested, Dhaka Tribune reported. “It (the report) was a blatant lie and it was published with a clear aim to jeopardise Bangladesh’s relations
with India…it coud have triggered a riot,” Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu told reporters. He said the report also insulted security forces like the Border Guard
Bangladesh and Rapid Action Battalion, which were deployed to contain violence in Satkhira ahead of the January 5 polls. A senior Home Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told PTI that elements close to the
ruler H M Ershad, won 32 seats and likely to play the role of the main opposition in the parliament. BNP leaders were absent from the swearing-in ceremony. Many diplomats, including Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran, US Ambassador Dan Mozena and British envoy Robert Gibson, attended the ceremony. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated Awami League leader after she was sworn-in and said he hoped bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries would flourish.
Body found in Chittagong city The body of a person was found inside the shop of his brother-in-law from Kalurghat area of the port city of Chittagong on Saturday morning. The victim, Manzil, 18, from Barisal, an employee, was strangled to death, law enforcers said. However, police were not clear on the motive of the murder. Police recovered the body around 9:30am upon information from locals, Chittagong Metropolitan
Police (north) Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Shahidullah said. The shop was broken into on Friday night, he said. The murder could have been committed by robbers or motivated from previous enmity. Investigation is underway. The body was sent at the morgue of Chittagong Medical College Hospital for autopsy. Procedures were on to lodge a case regarding this matter.
Yemeni national dies at Ijtema A Yemeni citizen died of cardiac arrest at the grounds of Biswa Ijtema in Tongi on Saturday morning. The deceased was one Ahmed Abdullah, 70, son of Ahmed Abdullahu Abdullah. Gazipur Civil Surgeon Shah Alam Sharif confirmed of his death. The Yemeni died sometime around 8am at the foreign guests section of the Ijtema, Alam said. Three more devotees died on Ijtema ground because of
cardiac arrest in the early hours of Saturday. Two of the deceased were Shamsuddin, 60, from Mymensingh, and Zihad Ali, 55, of Kustia. Tongi police station OC Ismail Hossain confirmed of the deaths. Police arrested 14 people accused of various crimes including pick-pocketing and purse-snatching, earlier on Friday, added Hossain. The second day began with the delivery of sermons, prayer for
Bangladesh: 3 journalists jailed for ‘false’ report Three senior Bangladeshi journalists of a pro-opposition newspaper have been arrested for publishing a “false” report that Indian forces had helped the government contain violence during the recent controversial polls. Detectives raided the office of Inqilab, a Dhaka-based Banglalanguage daily were arrested on Thursday and picked up the three journalists. They also sealed the press, platemaking and server rooms and seized three computers. The raid was conducted hours after police filed a case against the newspaper for publishing “baseless”
Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh PM after violent elections Sheikh Hasina was on Sunday sworn in for her second straight term as prime minister, a week after her Awami League secured a landslide win in the violence-hit general election boycotted by the opposition as a farce. President Abdul Hamid administered oath of the office to the 48-member strong council of ministers at ‘Bangabhaban’ – the presidential house – here in a ceremony that was broadcast live. A total of 29 lawmakers took oath as Cabinet ministers. 17 MPs were appointed as state ministers while two as deputy min-
RAJSHAHI : A minor boy was killed when a tractor knocked down him in Kristaganj area under Boalia thana in the city, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Hasan Ali, 10, son of Abdur Rahsid of Kechua Tala in the city.Uttam Kumar, sub-inspector at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) police camp, said the accident took place in the area in the evening when a sugarcane-laden tractor hit Hasan when he tried to pick up a sugarcane from the vehicl.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) or its ally, the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami, could have masterminded the propaganda to defame the Awami League, which won the recent polls. Police officials said the journalists were arrested for publishing a “highly sensational” report that was “totally untrue”. “They were arrested under a specific law and will be exposed to justice,” a police spokesman said. The front-page report in the rightwing newspaper purportedly quoted matter from social media sites and incorporated alleged reactions from government officials and
analysts. The Foreign Ministry rubbished the report, saying a purported Dhaka-Delhi communication it cited was a “production of photoshop technique”. Several other websites carried the Inqilabs’ report while unidentified persons sent a “forged official communication” to the National Press Club for circulation among journalists. Authorities last year sealed the press of proopposition Amar Desh newspaper for carrying forged photos of police repressions of “pious Muslims”. The government also ordered the suspension of a proopposition TV channel. A
exaltation and welfare of the Muslim Ummah amid recitation from the holy Quran and Hadith. Maulana Abdul Wahab of Pakistan, Maulana Md Jamshed, of Delhi, Maulana Ahmad are scheduled to deliver the day's sermon on Saturday.Maulana Jobayerul Hassan of Delhi will conduct a dowry-free mass wedding after Asar prayers. The first phase of Ijtema will conclude with Akheri Monajat on Sunday.
17 houses, fuel shop gutted in Ctg CHITTAGONG : At least 17 houses and a petroleum oil shop were gutted in three separate fire incidents in Rangunia and Boalkhali upazilas of the district and Bakalia of the port city on Thursday, reports UNB.In Boalkhali, seven houses burnt down in a fire that broke out in Kanungopara area around 2:00 am.Affected Kamal Uddin said the fire originated from an electric short circuit.The blaze was estimated to have caused losses worth Tk8 lakh.Locals managed to douse the fire around 3:00 by the time a fire fighting unit from Patiya arrived. In another incident, 10 houses were gutted in Safarbhata area of Rangunia.
NGO official killed in Ctg road crash CHITTAGONG : An NGO official was crushed to death by a covered van in front of Faujdarhat Cadet College in Sitakunda upazila on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Babul Mollah, 40, an officer of Brac and son of Adud Mollah in Kusumdia area of Kashiani in Gopalganj district. Officer-in-charge Jakir Hossain of Baro Aulia Highway Police Station said the accident occurred when motorcyclist Babul fell onto the ground and slipped under the covered van around 10 am while overtaking the vehicle, leaving him dead on the spot.
Stern action would be taken against attackers: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today termed politics of BNP and JamaatShibir as militant activities and said that it will have to be stopped otherwise stern action would be taken against them. “It is not politics, but militant activities. It must be stopped, otherwise stern action would be taken against those involved in the terrorist and militant acts,” she said. We won’t let Bangladesh to become a terrorist and militant country again, Sheikh Hasina added. The Prime Minister said this while handing over cheques among the family
members of those killed and injured by the terrorists of BNP and JamaatShibir in recent times in the district at local Circuit
House this afternoon. A total of 10 persons were killed and 62 injured by the terrorists of BNP and Jamaat-Shibir since
the announcement of verdict of war criminal and Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedi on Feb 28 last year. Besides, 117 education institutions were torched and damaged by the terrorists during the period. At the function, Sheikh Hasina distributed cheques among family members of 75 victims. Among the victims, mother of SM Khalilur Rahman, a BCL leader of Rajshahi University, Kanti Bhushan Barman, a junior officer of Sonali Bank and assistant presiding officer of the recently held polls, narrated the attacks the BNP and Jamaat- Shibir made on them.
India sents 27 Bangladeshis back
They were handed over to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) by India’s Border Security Force on Friday night at the Benapole Land Port. Benapole Checkpost’s BGB Camp Commander Md Abdullah said the Bangladeshis had returned on special passes provided by India. He said the Bangladeshis were arrested from Kerala where they had been looking for jobs. They were sentenced to three years in prison.
BNP’s involvement in UZ elections Parliamentary polls in future to be held under constitution proves democracy wins: Amu BNP’s decision to join the upazila elections proves that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on the right path about the 10th parliamentary election, said the Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu. He also said, “BNP’s decision to participate in the upazila elections proves that the democracy wins in the country.” He was addressing to a inaugural session of twoday representative conference of Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) at the IDEB building. Amu also questioned that if BNP can participate in
upazila elections under the Sheikh Hasina’s government wat was their problem in the general election? He added, “Why kill innocent people in the name of boycott? They will have to answer for this.” He added, everyone who wants to participate in the election have to accept the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzman Khan Kamal and IDEB general secretary M Shamsur Rahman also spoke at the programe, chaired by IDEB president AKMA Hamid.
DHAKA : Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam on Friday said that the parliamentary election in future would be held under constitution, reports BSS. “It is not a matter of debate whether the January 5 polls was good or bad, but the election was held as per the constitution. If any election takes place in future, it would be held under the constitution”, said the Minister. The Food Minister said this at a discussion on “Violence and anarchy
Measles rubella vaccination campaign begins
The first ever biggest measles- rubella vaccination campaign began across the country today with a target of brining about 5.20 crore children aged between nine months and 15 years under the programme.Health and Family Welfare Ministry sources said the programme will continue till February 13. “The programme is being implemented at a cost of Taka 512.70 crore,” said Health and Family Welfare
Biswa Ijtema kicks off Amidst tight security and immense attendance the first phase of the Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims began on Friday. The congregation, otherwise known as the World Muslims Congregation began after the Fajr prayers with the sermons of the Maulana Ismail Godra of Pakistan. It is to end followed by the Akheri Munajat on Sunday.The second phase will begin by 31st January and end at 2nd of February. On the occasion of Biswa Ijtema Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President Abdul Hamid
and BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia issued separate messages. Eight pontoon bridges have been built by the members of Bangladesh Army across the Turag River in order to facilitate the movement of the arrived devotees. According to the organizers around 30 lakh devotees including 30,000 from 100 countries will be attending the Biswa Ijtema this year.On the other strict security measures have been adapted due to the past political unrest. Police Super of Gazipur, Abdul Baten said that around 10,000 law enforcers along
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with 1000 RAB men have been posted at the area. 14 observation towers have been erected to watch public movements, 60 surveillance cameras has been installed at the entrance of the venue.A special bus service has been arranged by the Bangladesh Road Transportation Corporation (BRTC) for this occasion. People from 32 districts will be attending the first phase of the Ijtema. These include Dhaka, Gazipur, Sirajganj, Narshingdi, Faridpur, Rajbari, Shariatpur, Kishoreganj, Rangpur, Natore, Sherpur, Rajshahi.
Minister Mohammad Nasim following inauguration of the programme at the ministry’s conference room on Wednesday.This is the biggest immunisation programme for the children in the country, said the minister.Earlier, only 3.50 crore minor boys and girls having the age ranging from nine months to 10 years were brought under the catch-up campaign programme since 2006. Around 1.80 crore children were vaccinated in 2010.
Muktijudder Santan at the Jatiya Press Club here. State Minister for Finance
MA Mannan, Liberation War Affairs Secretary of the Awami League Captain (retd) AB Tazul Islam, Awami League central committee member Amirul Islam Amin, among others, spoke on the occasion. President of the organization Huamyun Kabir presided. Criticizing the movements organized by the BNP, the Food Minister said the movement is being organized is not only against the government, but also the whole state.
Train accident kills two in Jamalpur JAMALPUR : Two persons were killed and another was injured as a train rammed a pick-up van on a level crossing in Sharifpur area under Jamalpur sadar upazila of the district on Friday morning, reports BSS. The deceased were identified as Dulal Hossain, 38, son of Muslim Uddin and Sames Uddin, 36, son of Badsha Miah hailed
from College Para of Dhanbari upazila in Tangail district. Zahirul Haque, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Railway Police, said the accident occurred when Chittagong-bound mail train from Sarishabari station hit the pick-up van on the level crossing, leaving two vegetable traders dead on the spot. In the accident.
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ou’re an Aquarian, so nobody can really put you on the spot or undermine your confidence unless you allow them to. However, judicious concessions made now will prevent them even making the attempt. Your judgement and timing are crucial, and I suspect that you’ll be walking.
ou may imagine that everything at home is just fine and hunky-dory. However, it’s just at times like these that you must take extra precautions. Do your very best to see that family members are happy and contented – even if they’re not! I have a feeling you’ll soon have some making up to do!
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ou are now going through a rather peculiar phase, perhaps because you’re not really sure what you want. Try to be a bit more at ease and relaxed with the world in general, without swinging to the other extreme and becoming disorganised and chaotic
s long as you keep your eye on the ball, you’ll have a good start to the week, so no fears on that score. As the days pass, just keep an eye on those secret worries and frustrated hopes that tend to erupt at moments of irritation or pressure. Talk to friends and those who know.
t’s time to say another word to all Librans who are in the throes of domestic change – that there is only another fortnight of confusion. In fact, all of you will find it easier to straighten out family complications next month, which has to be good news.
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ou may not be sure why you should feel so confident about the future. Just appreciate the sense of growing optimism that is due to lift your spirits over the coming few days, under the Sun’s intriguing relationship with Jupiter, planet of wisdom and wide open spaces.
n many respects you fare better than most at the moment because you have the wit to see a personal situation for what it really is. I doubt if anyone will be able to pull the wool over your eyes. You may even realise that cast-iron practical arrangements might not work out after all.
CAPRICORN artners, loved ones and close colleagues are about to start moving back to an optimistic high after a few weeks of uncertainty. You may both help them develop their good feelings, and share in their success. You should also help them face up to the truth
SAGITTARIUS ou will soon share with your fellow fire signs, Leo and Aries, a superb, if challenging, planetary line-up. However, your optimism may be tempered by the knowledge that in some senses even you may now be out of your depth. It’s time to rely on your past experience.
e have not yet come to the point where governments can be dissolved. Prince Kropotkin was against the government, the law. He wished to dissolve them. I am also an anarchist, but in a totally opposite way. I want to raise our consciousness to the point where government becomes futile, courts remain empty, and nobody is murdered raped, tortured or harassed. Do you see the difference? Prince Kropotkin’s emphasis is: dissolve governments. My emphasis is: raise our consciousness to the point where governments become, of their own accord, useless; to the point that courts start closing, that police start disappearing because there is no work, judges are told, "Find some other job." I am an anarchist from a very different dimension. First let people be ready -and governments will disappear on their own account. I am not in favour of destroying governments; they are fulfilling a certain need. Man is so barbarous, so ugly, that if he is not prevented by force, society will be in chaos. Prince Kropotkin is not an anarchist; he is in favour of chaos. I want human society to become a harmonious whole, a vast commune all around the world: People meditating, without guilt, with great serenity, silence; people rejoicing, dancing, singing; people who have no desire to compete with anybody; who have dropped the very idea that they are special and have to prove it by becoming the president of America; people who are no longer suffering from any inferiority complex, so nobody wants to be superior, nobody brags about his greatness. Governments will evaporate like dewdrops in the early morning sun. But till that moment comes, governments
n your own sweet, quiet way you have built up a considerable fund of wisdom and experience over the years. Now you may come to the aid of various people whose collective ventures are floundering for want of a voice like yours. Speak.
ou may not be sure why you should feel so confident about the future. Just appreciate the sense of growing optimism that is due to lift your spirits over the coming few days, under the Sun’s intriguing relationship with Jupiter, planet of wisdom and wide open spaces.
he week’s stars begin on a high note, but as the days pass, argumentative influences will creep in. You must therefore be aware that what seems like a golden opportunity now could turn into quite the opposite by next weekend. Also, harsh words today could rebound on you later.
I’m A Different Kind Of Anarchist Yes, I am an anarchist, my anarchism is totally different. The words remain the same, they just acquire new meanings. I want one world, one language, one religiousness, one humanity, and when humanity is really grown-up in consciousness, one government. are needed. It’s simple, if you are sick, medicines are needed. Prince Kropotkin wants to destroy medicines. I want you to be healthy so you don't need medicines. Automatically you will throw them -- what will you do with all those medicines? I am not against medicines; I am against sickness which makes medicines necessary. I would like a healthier humanity – and therefore there will be no need for medicines. Yes, I am an anarchist, my
anarchism is totally different. The words remain the same, they just acquire new meanings. I want one world, one language, one religiousness, one humanity, and when humanity is really grown-up in consciousness, one government.Government is not something to brag about. It is an insult. Its existence says to you that you are still barbarous, civilisation has not happened; otherwise what is the need of a government to rule you? If all crimes disappear, if all
fears that others can exploit you, murder you, disappear, what will you do with this whole bureaucracy of government? You cannot continue it, because it is a burden on the economy, a big burden, and it goes on becoming bigger and bigger. Hierarchies have a tendency to become bigger and bigger, for the simple reason that everybody wants not to work, everybody hates work. So everybody needs more assistance; the work is growing.
I am a category in myself, because my approach is totally different. I am not against government; I am against the need for government. I am not against courts; I am against the need for the courts. Someday, some time, I see the possibility that we will be able to live without any control -- religious or political -- because we will be a discipline unto ourselves. With Thanks from Hindustantimes
Indian-origin UK leader among foreigners killed in Kabul cafe blast A British politician of Indian origin was among 21 people killed in a Taliban suicide attack on a popular restaurant in the Afghan capital.Britain’s Foreign Office Saturday confirmed the death of Dharmender Singh Phangurha, also known as Del Singh. He was a Labour Party candidate from the South East for the European Parliament, BBC reported. The attack occurred Friday evening when a bomber blew himself up outside Taverna du Liban restaurant in the upmarket neighbourhood of Wazir Akbar Khan. Two gunmen then entered the restaurant and started “indiscriminately killing” people inside. Two Americans, two Britons, two Canadians, a senior International Monetary Fund representative from Lebanon and four UN staff were also killed in the attack.
More than 60 workers clearing mines kidnapped in Afghanistan’s Herat province
Unknown gunmen on Tuesday seized more than 60 Afghan workers clearing Soviet-era anti-tank mines in western Herat province, the largest mass kidnapping undertaken in an economically important area now beset by security problems.Herat, which borders Iran, has long been plagued by kidnappings. But a sharp downturn in security in the traditionally safe province is a worrying sign ahead of the departure of most foreign forces by the end of this year.More than 60 Afghans working for the British demining group The Halo Trust had arrived at a village in Pashtun Zarghun district before 8 AM to begin clearing anti-tank mines let over from the 10-year Soviet occupation of the 1980s.“When they arrived,
The emerging situation resulting from the downgrading of security is a worrying sign for the traditionally rich and stable province of Herat.
armed people on motorbikes came and forced them to get into their vehicles and made them drive to a nearby village,” The Halo Trust’s country director, Farid Homayoun, told
West must remain a partner to Afghanistan, says Gen McChrystal Afghanistan should accept the West's help after the withdrawl of troops in order to avoid a return to its civil war days, the American general who led Nato troops there has said.Gen Stanley McChrystal said the US and the Britian should continue to have some role in the country beyond the end of the year."They must know we are reliable longterm partners," he said. "They must now they won't be on their own".The retired general told the BBC that while he did not think that the Taliban had the strength to take over all of country, however a civil war could erupt as different groups vying for power.When asked about whether the country's security situation had improved over the last decade he said: "The ability of a nation to defend
itself is partly in the number of the security forces it has but it is also in the fabric and sinew of its society and the confidence of its people," he said. "I think that would be the part that I would worry most about - that eroding confidence would cause people not to join the army, not to join the police, not to support local government that would be the most dangerous scenario."
He also said of that the US should continue its drone programme and increase the number of strikes. However, while the general said that while they were "effective tools", they can also "create a tremendous amount of resentment" - with a perception of helpless people being shot at by thunderbolts from an omniscient and omnipotent entity.
Reuters. The kidnappers forced the deminers out of the cars and marched them towards nearby mountains. They have not been seen since. “Some deminers
UN 'strongly condemns' Kabul restaurant attack Afghan police said on Saturday the death toll in a Taliban attack on a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners and affluent Afghans had risen to 21 - the deadliest violence against foreign civilians in the country since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Lebanese restaurant, while two gunmen snuck in through the back door and opened fire on Friday in a brazen dinnertime attack. Kabul police chief spokesman, Hashmat Stanikzai, said 13 foreigners and eight Afghans were killed in the attack. A United Nations spokesman confirmed the dead included the head of the International Monetary Fund in Afghanistan and three UN staff. "In terms of nationalities, there was one Russian, the IMF has confirmed there was a Lebanese national of theirs who was killed and for the remaining two I have to confirm at this stage, but I believe one Pakistani and one Somali American," the UN's Ari Gaitanis said.
were able to escape but over 60 staff are still with those people and at the moment the local shura are in negotiation for their release,” Homayoun said, using the Afghan word for
council. Provincial police have been sent to the village. No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. A small group of deminers was held for a week by Taliban fighters in more volatile southern Kandahar district in April last year before being released.In Herat, a commercial hub, kidnappers have generally targeted rich business people or their families, with residents staging strikes and protests to draw attention to the issue. Bombings and insurgent attacks had been infrequent in Herat until recently, but security has deteriorated sharply in recent months. Residents told Reuters it had become dangerous to travel through districts bordering the provinces of Farah and Baghdis.
Afghan government probes TV adverts backing American security deal The Afghan government has launched an investigation into television adverts promoting a contentious security agreement with the US.President Hamid Karzai has come under intense pressure to sign the deal, which would allow several thousand American forces to remain in the country after Natoled troops end combat missions at the end of this year. He has so far refused.His office ordered the attorney general to probe a series of ads that urged him to accept the Bilateral Security Afgeements after they appeared on Afghan television earlier this month.The order accuses broadcasters of misinterpreting the outcome of a loya jirga – or grand council of elders - and demands an inquiry to find out who is paying for the
rely on quotes and views from a number of unidentified individuals mentioning that BSA be signed by President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” it said. “These views can never represent the legitimate demands of the people of Afghanistan and can be described as propaganda aiming to reach unilateral goals.” A loya jirga held in November urged the president to sign the document by the end of the year.
Afghan government probes TV adverts backing American security deal Kabul restaurant attack 'was warning from Taliban for the West to leave Afghanistan'The Kabul restaurant attack that killed two Britons including a Labour MEP candidate was a Taliban warning that it will not allow foreign forces to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, one of the US government's leading advisers said on S u n d a y. A f g h a n i s t a n ' s National Security Council, which is chaired by President Hamid Karzai, accused "foreign intelligence services" of being behind the suicide bomb and gun attack that killed 22 people on Friday night. Del Singh, a Labour candidate for May's
European elections, was among 13 foreigners killed in the attack on the Lebanese restaurant Taverna du Liban, a popular drinking and dining oasis for Kabul's international community.The victims also included a representative of the International Monetary Fund and two United Nations advisers, including one working on reconciliation with the Taliban. According to Barnett Rubin, who until two months ago was senior adviser to the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the attack was a warning to the international community and the Afghan government
that it would not allow Western forces to remain in the country beyond 2014.The United States and the Afghan government
were discussing a Bilateral Security Agreement to secure the country after the withdrawal and the "message of this attack is that
there won't be an international presence because we won't allow it," he said. Washington hopes the Afghan government will sign a Bi-lateral Security Agreement to allow 15,000 troops to remain at nine military bases throughout the country to ensure the country does not descend into anarchy when combat troops withdraw at the end of the this year. Mr Karzai however has said he will not sign the deal until the United States stops controversial night raids and reduces the number of civilian casualties. Supporters of the deal believe it will secure the main cities and highways and maintain levels of international aid
essential to fund government services and pay army salaries. Without an agreement there could be a "catastrophe" in the country, Mr Rubin warned at the Jaipur Literature Festival.Mr Rubin rejected Taliban claims that the attack had been in retaliation for an American air strike last week in which eight civilians were killed. A statement for the presidential palace released on Sunday said: "The NSC said such sophisticated and complex attacks are not the work of the ordinary Taliban, and said without doubt foreign intelligence services beyond the border are behind such bloody attacks."
American watchdog says Afghanistan risks becoming 'narco-state' Afghan suicide bomb girl 'must be reunited with family' says Karzai A 10-year-old girl allegedly given a bomb vest and ordered to carry out a suicide attack by an older brother should be returned to live with her family, Hamid Karzai said.The Afghan president told his officials to get assurances from local leaders that the girl, called Spogmai, would not be harmed by her relatives.Police officials said the girl was arrested when she turned herself in on the way to detonating at a border police checkpoint in southern Helmand province.She had been ordered to attack police in Khan Neshin district by her brother, a local Taliban commander called Zahir, they said.Mr Karzai told interior ministry officials to reunite Spogmai with her family after getting assurances in front of local leaders about her safety, according to the Pajhwok news agency.Mr Karzai, who is approaching the end of his second and final term as president, condemned the use of children in suicide attacks.“Coercing children into suicide attacks is against the instructions of holy Islam and the values of Afghan culture,” he said.Taliban militants have long been accused of using young boys for suicide attacks, but reports of using girls are much rarer. The insurgent movement has previously claimed its bombers are always adult volunteers.
The expanding cultivation of opium poppies in Afghanistan threatens to destroy all of the progress made in rebuilding the country during the past 12 years and instead turn it into a “narco-state”, according to an American federal watchdog.Nato-led forces will end combat operations this year leaving a fragile government in Kabul and its security forces with the task of keeping Taliban insurgents at bay.In a sobering assessment, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has warned senators that the narcotics trade is stoking corruption and providing support to militant groups, threatening the entire mission to leave behind a stable country.Britain has led costly international efforts to stamp out the trade for much of the past decade, but the inspector warned Afghanistan was now at risk of becoming a “narcostate”.“In sum, the expanding cultivation and trafficking of drugs is one of the
most significant factors putting the entire US and international donor investment in the reconstruction of Afghanistan at risk,” said John Sopko, in evidence presented to the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control on Wednesday.“All of the fragile gains we have made over the last twelve years
on women’s issues, health, education, rule of law, and governance are now, more than ever, in jeopardy of being wiped out by the narcotics trade which not only supports the insurgency, but also feeds organised crime and corruption.”The warning makes uncomfortable reading for the British Government as troops
Afghanistan to free prisoners viewed by US as a threat Afghanistan has enough evidence to try only 16 of 88 prisoners that the United States considers a threat to security and plans to free the remaining detainees, the president's spokesman said on Thursday.The move will further strain relations between the two countries that are already near breaking point over President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a security deal to shape the U.S. military presence after most foreign troops leave this year.Without a deal, Washington could pull most of its troops out after 2014.The United States is strongly opposed to their release because it says the prisoners, being held in Afghanistan, have been involved in the wounding or killing of U.S. and coali-
tion troops. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday the United States considers 72 of those detainees dangerous. "These 72 detainees are dangerous criminals against whom there is strong evidence linking them to terror-related crimes, including the use of improvised explosive devices, the largest killer of Afghan civilians," Psaki
said at a news briefing. She said "time will tell" whether the release of the detainees will affect the signing of the agreement. Psaki said it was in the interest of the Afghan people and its government to sign it.The Afghan government says, however, there is no evidence against 45 of the 88 prisoners, while the evidence against a further 27 detainees is not sufficient to put them on trial."We cannot allow innocent Afghan citizens to be kept in detention for months and years without a trial for no reason at all," Karzai's spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told Reuters."We know that unfortunately this has been happening at Bagram, but it is illegal and a violation of Afghan sovereignty and we cannot allow this anymore.
Four-year-old boy 'accidentally shot dead' by US forces in Afghanistan
US forces in Afghanistan have accidentally shot dead a four-year-old boy, Afghan officials said on Friday, the latest violence to strain ties between the uneasy allies.The AfghanUS relationship has been damaged by President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a bilateral security deal that would pave the way for a US military presence after the withdrawal of most foreign troops this year.The United States has said its troops cannot remain without a deal. The complete departure of US troops would leave Afghan security forces on their own to battle the Taliban. Mr Karzai is demanding
that the United States end all unilateral military operations on Afghan territory among other things before the pact is signed, because they cause avoidable civilian deaths."We have called ... for an absolute end to ISAF/NATO military operations on homes and villages in order to avoid such killings where innocent children or civilians are the victims," the president's spokesman, Aimal Faizi, said when commenting on the death of the boy. The International Security Assistance force (ISAF) is Afghanistan's NATO-led force. It is dominated by US troops. A
spokesman for the governor of the southern province of Helmand told Reuters that US Marines based in the violenceplagued province mistakenly shot the boy on Wednesday because visibility was poor."As the
weather was dusty, the Marine forces based there thought he was an enemy and opened fire. As result of mistaken fire, he was killed," the spokesman, Omar Zwak, said by telephone.A spokesman for the NATO-led force said the matter would be investigated and all possible measures were taken to avoid civilian casualties.Separately, two US service members and a civilian were killed in an aircraft crash in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, the NATO-led force said."At this time, there are no indications of enemy involvement in the cause of the aircraft mishap,
withdraw after a bloody and increasingly unpopular 12 year military campaign.According to an assessment last year by a former Government adviser, the Afghan war has cost Britain at least £37 billion, or the equivalent of more than £2,000 per household. Nearly 450 British troops have died in the
campaign against the Taliban. The Government is keen to highlight improvements in the strength of the Afghan forces and gains in education and freedoms for the people, but the inspector said all these were now at risk from the opium trade.Poppy cultivation has long been an important cash crop for Afghanistan’s rural areas. Today, it remains a key indicator of insecurity.The United Nations’ most recent survey recorded a 36 per cent rise in opium poppy cultivation, reaching a record 209,000 hectares – higher than the previous peak of 193,000 hectares in 2007. As a result, Afghanistan remains responsible for producing as much as 90 per cent of the world’s heroin despite millions of dollars spent on eradicating the crop.The industry is centred on Helmand province, which accounts for more than half the country’s opium and where the area under cultivation grew by a third last year.
Afghanistan picks woman for senior police role
Afghanistan has its first female police chief after appointing an officer with 25 years experience to head a district of the capital Kabul.Officials said Colonel Jamila Bayaz would run one of the city’s most important police stations in a move that they hope will pave the way for more women to rise through the ranks. The role of women in society is frequently cited as an example of progress made in Afghanistan since the Taliban were driven from Kabul in 2001, but human rights campaigners fear the gains are being eroded as Nato forces withdraw. Colonel Jamila previously served at the Ministry of Interior’s offices in Kabul but will now take over the capital’s 1st police district, making her the most senior female police officer in the country. “I think my assignment to this post will persuade others to join the police force,” she told Tolo News.The
appointment puts her in the firing line. High profile women have become targets for militants – and even conservative relatives.Last year the most senior female police in Helmand was shot dead as she left her home to go to work. Lieutenant Islam Bibi had ignored death threats from her own brother over pursuing a career in the police force.One of the country’s best known female politicians has also been forced to flee the country after suffering abuse at the hands of her husband. Noor Zia Atmar had once been a symbol of a new country, pushing through reforms after the 2005 elections, before losing her seat and going into hiding.In the meantime, international donors are funding programmes to recruit female police officers. A UN project hopes to recruit 5,000 women by June this year, pushing up the proportion of women in the force beyond one per cent.
Jamaat Ahmadiyya Lahore of Bay Area observes Holy Prophet Day
Love for all Hatred for None : seminar at
Baitul Basir Mosque hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Silino Valley Chapter.
MILPITAS, CA – An interactive session was condcuted by visitng Maulana Hammad Ahmad who graduated in 2008 from Ahmadiyya islamic Missionary College of Canada. More than 60 members of the Jamaat participated in a two hour interactive session that focused on how they can put this slogon into practice. “The slogon in essence is a summary of the teachings of Islam,” submitted the Fiji Sun editor who also took part. The slogan was also added at the end of a letter to editor to San Francisco Chronical last year that Fiji Sun editor wrote appealing to Muslims around world not to create disorder on earth. ALLAh LoveS The PeACefuL Based what Quran says, “ Allah loves not
Notorious and nefarious view
t is a notorious and despicable view that Ahmadi Muslims do not believe in the Holy Prophet of Islam or somehow give less respect to the best of mankind – the Mercy unto the World. Every Ahmadi has a most profound
belief in the Holy of Islam who brought the final divine law the Holy Quran for the guidance of the entire world. Pakistan – in the creation of which thousands of Ahmadi Muslims dedicated their lives and served the nation like any
real Muslims on many occasions excelled many others in their services and sacrifice. But Pakistan has been most unkind and just to them declaring them as non-Muslims despite their unconditional love for the Holy Prophet.
Admiration and love for the Holy Prophet by founder of JamaatHazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad A
those who create disorder on earth,” the editor derive the message that
its second reading is ALLAh LoveS oNLY PeAefuL.
s I anticipated, the immense love for the Holy Prophet and admiration came out manifestly in the recital of the poems of the founder read by Dr. Hamid Jahangiri: “Us Noor Par FidaHoonUska He Main
HuwaHoon.” His prose and poems are matchless and in particular there is no in the Arab world who come close to Mirza Sahib such a grandeur exposé of love and dedication for the Holy Prophet. Anyone who takes a few min-
utes to read Hazrat Mirza sahib on the Prophet of Islam will have an mistakable impression that Mirza Sahib was a most loyal servant of his master, the Holy Prophet Muhammad. (Editor).
Muzaffarnagar riots: Another baby dies due to cold MUZAFFARNAGAR: A fourmonth-old girl, whose family was displaced during the Muzaffarnagar riots, has died due to cold at Kandhla town in Shamli district, police said on Saturday. Ahsan, the infant's mother had been displaced from her native Bahawdi village during Muzaffarnagar riots and was living in a relief camp till last month when she along with her family vacated the relief camp, police said. After vacating the relief camp recently, Ahsan was living with her family in a cottage in Kandhal, where her infant daughter, Surrya died of cold on Friday, said police. An enquiry has been ordered into the death of the child, superintendent of gov-
ernment health centre, Kandhla, Ramesh Chandra said. A five-month-old baby girl had yesterday succumbed to pneumonia in a relief camp at Malakpur village in Shamli district here. So far, 34 children living in relief camps have died in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts between September 7 and December 20 when the winter chill increased. While 12 children had died in the camps, the remaining 22 had died in hospitals or nursing homes where they were taken for medical care. Over 60 persons were killed and more than 40,000 displaced in communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in September last.
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