Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hundreds of Cricket Fans Reached Jinnah Airport to Welcome Pakistan Cricket Team

KARACHI – Proud Pakistan cricket team reached Pakistan on Friday morning. They are not proud only being the semi-finalists of the mega event but because of the support they get from the nation even they loss to India in the semi-final.

A large crowd of cricket lovers swelled at Jinnah airport to welcome and to extend congratulations over a great performance displayed by Pakistan cricket team in World Cup.

Some of the cricket fans on the Jinnah Airport talking to media representatives said that they were pleased to see Pakistan cricket team playing like a one unit.

Shahid Afridi, Skipper national cricket team, talking to Geo News said that he was pleased to whole nation from the core of his heart for the tremendous support extended to team during the tournament and even after the loss to India.

Afridi mentioned that their bowling was up to the mark throughout the tournament while Pakistan’s batting failed to click when needed the most.

“We were the only team that forced India to get out at that low total,” he said.

Four Earthquakes in Different Part of Philippines Within Less Than 24 Hours: Phivolcs Reports

MANILA, Philippines - According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reports, within last 24 hours four earthquakes of mild intensity ranging from 3.6-magnitude to 4.6-magnitude struck different parts of archipelago early Friday morning.

Phivolcs reports the timing and intensity as follows:

1.      At around 12:37 a.m.; first 4.6-magnitude earthquake of the series hit 228 km southeast of Gerneral Santos City. 

2.      At around 2:26 a.m.; second 4.3-magnitude earthquake hit 84 km southeast of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

3.      Just after four minutes at around 2:30 a.m.; third 3.6-magnitude earthquake hit 6 km northwest of Catanduanes.

4.      The most recent on the four hit at around 6:01 a.m. with 4.2-magnitude 11 km southeast of Sta. Cruz, Zambales.

There are no reports of immediate loss of lives or damages; while no aftershocks are expected.

Six Million Euros (£5.3m) Fake Coins Scam Hit Bundesbank in Germany

BERLIN – In a unique kind of fraud; Bundesbank sustained a loss of six million euros (£5.3m), reportedly due to fake euro coins of denomination of one- and two-euro exchanged for banknotes at the Bundesbank - the central bank.

Coins were damaged due for melting down in Germany and reportedly have been sold to buyers in China as scrap material, then welded back together, flown back to Germany and put back into circulation ultimately.  

Police carried out raids in Frankfurt and three other central German towns to detain six people, four of them ethnic Chinese, suspected to be involved in this first of its kind scam. Police also recovered three tonnes of broken coins, a coin-welding machine and computers.

 A statement from the Hessen state prosecutor's office on Thursday said Bundesbank employees were not under suspicion.

According to police investigation; the culprits were assisted by four flight attendants who were involved to bring fake coins into Germany because they were not subject to baggage weight restrictions.

Reportedly this operation of transferring the fake coins, involving 29 tonnes of coins, supposedly took place from 2007 to November 2010.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

4-year-old Killed due to aerial firing in Faisalabad several injured; while 8 bookies were arrested

FAISALABAD - - Pakistan lost the match by 29 runs in Mohali yesterday; but the match between police and bookies are still going on in Faisalabad.

Reportedly, police arrested at least eight bookies from different areas of Faisalabad and their head, named as Imran, was detained in Nisar Colony area. Different devices, mobile phones and telephones are also recovered from the culprits. 

Police sources told that this group of bookies have almost Rs. 5.3 million bets.

During the match people was reflecting a festive mood across the city of Faisalabad. Big screens, collective match watching, drum beating, chanting of slogans, aerial firing and dance on the sixes and boundaries were the part of festive moods.

But it is reported on the different news channel early in the morning that aerial firing claimed quite a bit precious lives of people in different areas of Pakistan while number of people was injured during this malicious aerial firing activity. 

In Faisalabad, a small 4-year-girl was fell prey to this aerial firing on Sityana Road; while a nurse of Lady Reading Hospital was reported dead due to the same menace.

Wahab Riaz Picked up Three Wickets as India Lost 4 for 168 in 30 overs

MOHALI – In first 30 overs India made 168 for the loss of 4 wickets. 

Sachin Tendulkar completed his 95th half century in 22nd over of the innings. 

Virat Kohli caught by Umar Akmal in covers off Wahab Riaz on 2nd ball of 26th over after adding just 9 runs off 21 balls. He was not looking easy either against spin. On the very next ball inform Yuvraj Singh couldn’t stop in-swinging yorker from hitting the stumps. 

Wahab Riaz on the roll here is getting reverse swing in the half way mark of Indian innings. Hat-trick ball was also awesome but missed just the outer edge of the bat of Indian skipper MS Dhoni.  

Again Tendulkar dropped by Kamran Akmal in 30th over off Shahid Afridi. What a day little master is having! Three drop catches and two reviews favoured Sachin Tendulkar. 

After 30 overs Tendulkar is batting on 75 while MS Dhoni has made just 11 runs.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Breaking News: 7 Killed in Suicide Blast in Sawabi Interchange at JUI Rally, Fazlur Rehman Safe

PESHAWAR - -  Breaking News: A huge blast near Sawabi interchange reportedly killed seven, including Assistant Sub-inspector Sardar Ali, while five others are wounded, as per initial reports. 

It is reported it was a try to hit the rally of JUI (Jamiat Ulmai Islam); as the party’s convoy, led by Molana Fazlur Rehan, was planned to pass thorough the interchange.

Police sources suspect that it was a suicide blast in which a motorcycle was used. 

Reportedly, the JUI rally has been postponed and party sources confirmed that Molana Fazlur Rehman and his companions are safe.

Nawaz Sharif, PML (N) leader, has condemned the blast.

Rescue operations are underway and police has already started investigations.

Pak-India Semi-final - - Torch Rally in Clock-tower Faisalabad to Wish Pakistan Cricket Team 'Best of Luck'

FAISALABAD – As no single person in Pakistan is unaware of the importance of the semi-final match between Pakistan and India; a torch rally was arranged in Faisalabad Tuesday night. The rally started from Ketchehry Bazaar and ended in clock-tower square (Ghanta Ghar Chowk) after travelling through all the eight bazaars of city. 

Hundreds of Cricket fans were chanting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ (Long live Pakistan), Jeetay ga bhai jeetay ga Pakistan jeetay ga (the ultimate winner will be Pakistan). They were doing ‘Bhangrra’ (traditional dancing) on the beat of drums. 

In the end a collective prayer ceremony was held and all the participants wished Pakistan ‘Good Luck’.

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March 30: WC Semi-final - - Will Pakistan v India match be disturbed with bad weather...??

MOHALI – The second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 will be played today (Wed/Mar 30) between co-host India and rampant Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.

WEATHER REPORT: Toss gets more importance with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms on late Tuesday at Mohali (Chandigarh); which threatened a big India-Pakistan semi-final clash, being termed as ‘final before final’.

On the other hand; weather forecast for Wednesday remains clear and sunny, while the rainfall continued for hours Tuesday night,  but the match is likely to go ahead as per schedule.

The last match on this venue was played between West Indies and Ireland on March 11 and was not disturbed by weather. 

Read full report HERE.

Jackie Chan's Online Death - - The Latest Twitter Celebrity Death Hoax

Jackie Chan died online today as the actor met his untimely demise via death rumour. Chan, the Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour star becomes the latest victim of nasty Twitter death hoax.

Despite still trending on Twitter as “RIP Jackie Chan,” the action star is NOT dead, his reps confirm.

Jackie Chan is as healthy and is active arranging a charity programme for Japan.

Previously we’ve seen the false demise of everyone from from Tracey Morgan (I would be devastated) to Bill Cosby (Cosby was, in fact, pretty darn pissed about the situation. I mean, he is in his mid 70’s, so people tend to believe that type of biz!)

Chan is as healthy as an ox, and is even busy preparing a charity initiative for Japan. So no worries “Rush Hour” fans (all 5 of you). Jackie Chan for  will live on to create more drunken scenes like that time he demanded to sing a duet onstage at a Jonathan Lee concert. That was special.

Iman al-Obeidi Updates - 'the accuser has now become the accused': Libyan Government Official Ibrahim Mousa

TRIPOLI – In the latest advancement in Iman al-Obeidi case; it is reported that 'the accuser has now become the accused.' 

Reportedly, in a press conference on Tuesday spokesman of Libyan government Mousa Ibrahim, said the men charged of raping Iman al-Obeidi, including a son of a high ranking Libyan official, are now suing her for defamation and libel.  

“Accusing someone of a sex crime in a conservative society like ours is a very serious matter,” Mousa Ibrahim said. “She gave the names of the people she accused of raping her and they have lodged a complaint for defamation and calumny against her,” he added further. 

Amnesty International asked Libyan authorities to conduct a detailed probe into Obeidi's claims. 

Iman Al-Obeidi was taken into custody after raging into the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli in a messed up and distressed condition. (See video here

The woman was bundled into a car before she could talk to journalists, and later Ibrahim said she was taken to hospital for checks on her mental health. 

Next day it was announced by the Libya government that five of the culprits, named by Iman al-Obeidi, have been detained for further investigation.

Spin Wizard Muttiah Muralitharan Calls His Day as Sri Lanka Qualifies for the World Cup Final

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka sailed through to final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 after beating New Zealand by 5 wickets. 

Semi-final stage is proved to be the last stage for New Zealand yet again on sixth time in the world cup history. The Black Caps appeared in their sixth World Cup semi-final since losing to eventual winners the West Indies in the inaugural edition held in England in 1975. Since then New Zealand lost to England (1979), Pakistan (1992 and 1999) and Sri Lanka (2007) and today in 2011 they lost to Sri Lanka.

New Zealand fought hard but just managed to delay the inevitable as Sri Lanka reached the target of 218 runs in 48th over. Sri Lanka was 160/1 at one stage and but quick three wickets fall with addition of just nine runs made them feel some heat of the semi-final. New Zealand got their hopes back to qualify fro dream final; but sensible innings by Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews led Sri Lanka through with 13 balls to spare. 

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7-year-old Found Big Boa Constrictor inside Toilet Seat in Germany (Must See Video)

HANOVER, Germany – How would you feel if you get into your toilet and found a big reptile inside your toilet seat? 

Reportedly, a 7-year-old girl was sacred to find a big boa constrictor staring back at her when she opened the toilet seat.

The girl rushed back to her mother after she saw this scary scene on Saturday at their home in Hanover, northern Germany. 

Her mother, 39, called the police who took the photographs of the uninvited guest and also informed animal rescue department of the fire brigade.

But according to final police report; snake vanished mysteriously back to the sewage pipe before it could be captured even after a thorough hunt. The reptile might be a stranded pet, police added. 

Heavy Battle Between Rebels and Gaddafi Forces Outside Sirte; While International Community Set to Meet on Tuesday

TRIPOLI - Libyan rebels are battling it out against the pro-Gaddafi forces outside Sirte, Muammar Gadhafi's hometown and stronghold.

Muammar Gaddafi's forces fired heavy weapons at rebels overnight and retook a small town east of the Libyan leader's home city, rebels and witnesses said.

The irregular bang of heavy weapons could be heard on Tuesday morning outside Nawfaliyah, which lies about 150 km (90 miles) from Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace and a military base. But it is now clarified that Sirte is sill under Gaddafi’s control and the claim made by rebel sources is yet to materialize. 

In the mean while Western and Arab nations are scheduled to meet in London Tuesday to sort out an exit for Col. Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s long time leader.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Arab League, the African Union and around 40 foreign ministers were scheduled to join the talks, seeking to increase the pressure on Gaddafi to quit for the best interest of Libya.

No representative from Libya’s opposition was expected to attend the conference.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Obama Speech: He Defends Libyan Military Operations; but Left Few Important Questions Unanswered

WASHINGTON, March 28 -- President Barack Obama, in his address to nation to clarify position of United States in Libyan war, said on Monday that the U. S. cannot afford the repeat of " sacrifices" in the Iraq war in Libya.

President Barack Obama has tendered a moral validation for the coalition military operation in Libya, saying it had prevented a massacre of Col. Gaddafi's opponents.

President Obama has been questioned thoroughly by critics about the reasons and goals of the Libyan war. First, he was accused of hesitant for not acting sooner, and when he did, U.S. lawmakers felt the air strikes had begun without a proper explanation of the Libyan mission's goals or how its success could be judged and how long it would take to end the crisis.

Obama, in his address trying to answer to rest those questions, gave a thorough defense of why he launched the Libyan mission.

He said it was a justifiable humanitarian mission, limited in scope, to prevent a massacre by Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi against his people who oppose his 41-year rule.

All in all Obama could get a political boost from the Libyan operation as no American lives have been lost in it. After handing over mission’s command to NATO the United States is no longer in the lead, meaning the mission's costs may be limited in these days of tight budgets.

Butt still few questions may haunt in near future; like U.S. exit strategy from Libyan war, Gaddafi’s future if he quits, future relations with Libyan rebel forces, and the treatment of similar situation emerging out in Syria and Yemen.

Fukushima Nuclear Battle Prolonged as TEPCO to be Nationalized: Japan’s Yomiuri Reports

TOKYO – According to Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper on Tuesday citing anonymous government sources; Japan government is seriously thinking of temporary nationalizing TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), the operator of Fukushima nuclear plant, to help manage it and help it pay compensation for damage caused by the nuclear power plant.

Plutonium detected in soil at the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex raised alarm on Tuesday over Japan's prolonged battle to contain the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. 

TEPCO is struggling to control its nuclear power plant in Fukushima after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, due to which ultimate evacuation have to be made around the plant including farmers in the surrounding areas.

TEPCO shares have already lost 70% in the stock market since twin-disaster hit Japan and on Tuesday its share were un-traded due to a surplus of sell orders at 626 yen, down 10 percent from Monday's close.

“Syria won't turn into another Libya.” - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

DAMASCUS – Syrian political unrest is getting serious; but for the time being President Bashar al-Assad is enjoying support from neighbours and also from United States.

Reportedly, Syrian President received a phone call on Monday from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz showing the Saudi Arabia's support to Syria in the face of conspiracy which targets its security and stability. 

If Syrian President will be relieved a bit to get a supportive gesture from Saudi Arabian King; he must be fully rejoiced as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “Syria won't turn into another Libya.”

As the Syrian government is breaking down on anti-regime protesters, Ms Clinton says it's an unlike situation from Libya, where Col. Muammar Gaddafi was "calling out aircraft and chaotically attacking and bombing" his own cities.

Clinton added that action against Libya was taken with the support of entire international community under the U.N resolution and disapproval of Col. Muammar Gaddafi by the Arab League, to ultimately get sanction for military action to establish a no-fly zone over Libya.

Doing the same to deal with Syria would be nearly impossible, she suggested.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan Not happy with the Rehman Malik Statement about Pakistan Cricket Team

FAISALABAD – Legendary all-rounder and captain of the 1992-wold cup victorious Pakistan team Imran Khan slammed the statement made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in which he warned Pakistan team to be away from any kind of match-fixing scandal during their crucial World Cup semi-final against India in Mohali.

The cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who heads Tehreek-e-Insaaf party, hit out at the minister’s statement and extracted some fun out of it saying that the Rehman Malik is not very good in English and his comments might have been misinterpreted.

He told that he knows the minister; who doesn’t have good command on English language. So he might have said something else which was interpreted as the warning to Pakistan Team. He said Pakistan team should not even bother such statements.

Earlier, Rehman Malik told media-persons, "I gave a warning that there should be no match-fixing. I am keeping a close watch. If any such thing happens, we are going to take action."

Death toll in Yemen explosion rises to at least 78 -- Al-Qaeda Militants Involved: Security Sources

SANAA - Security sources claimed that al-Qaeda militants were responsible for a deadly explosion in southern Yemen on Monday which killed at least 78, as per the latest reports. 

Yemen officials said 78 people were killed in a blast at an ammunition factory after it was temporarily taken over by militants and then looted by civilians.
About 30 armed and hooded gunmen mounted the raid and made off in four vehicles with cases of weapons, witnesses said.

Witnesses said the blast took place after Jaar residents seized the factory to steal ammunition a day after clashes broke out in the town between Islamist militants and the army.

Medical and security officials in the southern Abyan province where the blast took place Monday said many women and children from surrounding villages were killed and wounded in the attack.

Chinese Students in UK Stealing Technology Secrets: James Dyson Told UK's Sunday Times Newspaper

LONDON – Sir James Dyson, British industrial designer best known for his invention of bagless vacuum cleaner, has claimed that Chinese students studying in the UK universities are stealing scientific and technological secrets and ultimately passing the same to China. 

Talking to UK's Sunday Times newspaper; he told that Chinese competing them after their student take the science and technology knowledge with them. Dyson said many Chinese students continue to do so even after leaving UK.
"Bugs are left in PCs so that data continues to be transmitted after the students return home'', he told further. 

David Willetts, British universities minister, said he will investigate vigilantly the statement and evidences provided by Dyson. 

Reportedly, electronic engineering and computer sciences are thought to be among the two sectors where technology is being stolen.

Exclusive Video: Showing how badly Iman al-Obeidi was treated in Rexos Hotel

TRIPOLI – Exclusive Video: Showing how badly Iman al-Obeidi was treated in Rexos Hotel by Col. Gaddafi loyalists; when she approached the international press and was trying to tell her story. 

Yesterday, it was reported here that Iman al-Obeidi, claimed that she was rapped by pro-Gaddafi forces.  

Earlier in the morning, Libya's deputy foreign minister Khalid Kaim, talking to media, told the five men were being arrested on account of a criminal investigation into the rape charges made by Iman al-Obeidi. (See full report here.)

Sri Lanka and New Zealand Ready for the Semi-final Clash - - Pre-Match Analysis

COLOMBO – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is heading towards it end. Last three matches are still to be played that will decide the new champion of the world of cricket. 

In the first of the two semi-finals co-host Sri Lanka will take on confident Black Caps. New Zealand team came to the World Cup when cricket pundits were grading them as maximum-quarterfinal team; but the way they fought back from no where it’s quite impressive. 

The Black Caps will appear in their sixth World Cup semi-final since losing to eventual winners the West Indies in the inaugural edition held in England in 1975.

Since then New Zealand lost to England (1979), Pakistan (1992 and 1999) and Sri Lanka (2007) but ace batsman Ross Taylor believes New Zealand can make history by qualifying for a first World Cup final by beating co-hosts Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Can ICC Stop Bookies and Match Fixers ..?? - Pradeep Chawla was Spotted in Indian Dressing Room

MOHALI – Bookies are in action far before even the start if ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, as it was reported here last month; but as the semi-final clash of India and Pakistan is getting closer the activities of these bookies are even more noticeable. 

As per claims by an Indian news channel; Pradeep Chawla, one of the most notorious bookies from New Delhi, was seen in the dressing room of Indian team during their Group B match against Netherlands. The scenario clearly shows that all efforts of ICC to hold a controversy-free world cup are going in vain. These bookies and match fixers are too influential to keep them away from the cricket fields. 

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Libyan Military Operation Completely Taken Over by NATO on Sunday

BRUSSELS – Military operations in Libya were taken over completely by NATO from U.S.-led coalition on Sunday; authorizing coalition forces to plan ground attacks to defend the civilian population of Libya from the Gaddafi regime.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told that NATO’s goal was just to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under risk of attack from the pro-Gaddafi forces.

Rasmussen further stressed, "NATO will implement all aspects of the UN Resolution. Nothing more, nothing less."

He told after been asked the future strategy; Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard of Canada, commander for Operation Unified Protector was being instructed to "begin executing this operation with immediate effect."

Thai Government Announced a Donation of TBH 3 million for Myanmar

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand announced a donation of TBH 3 million (Thai Baht) to the government of Myanmar to help the rescue and rehabilitation process of quake hit victims.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had already sent a letter to Myanmar government to show their support and solidarity with the people of Myanmar and express his concerns for the loss of lives and properties in their country. 

Foreign Minister had sent a letter with the initial aid of 3 million THB, while mentioning that more support would be made to facilitate Myanmar people who had been affected by the earthquake.

Philippines also hit by trivial 4.3-magnitude quake early on Monday

MANILA, Philippines – According to Radyo Inquirer report; the municipality of Naval in Biliran province has hit by an earthquake of 4.3-magnitude on Monday morning.

Radyo Inquirer further stated that there have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage to infrastructure. 

Reportedly, the trivial earthquake struck at 6:29 a.m. which was 18 km deep under the earth and which happened six kilometres southwest of Naval, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reports.

6.5-magnitude Earthquake Struck Japan Monday Prompted Small Tsunami

TOKYO – As Japan can’t come out of the crisis after the March 11 earthquake an tsunami yet and the curse of nuclear crisis is still haunting the people of Japan; another earthquake off the north-east coast of Japan has jolted the already ravaged region.

According to the US Geological Survey, an earthquake of 6.5-magnitude was struck Japan at 0723 on Monday (2223 GMT Sunday).

Reportedly the earthquake hit, 109km (67 miles) east of the severely-ravaged port city of Sendai, prompted a short warning of a possible small tsunami.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries but the Japan Meteorological Agency alarmed that a tsunami of 50cm (18 inches) could strike Miyagi prefecture but later took back the tsunami alert.

Racist Abuse Hit Friendly Football Match Between Brazil and Scotland in London

LONDON – In an international friendly tie between Brazil and Scotland in London; Brazil striker Neymar was racially abused by the crowd on Sunday.

Neymar, talking to Brazilian television channel Sportv, told that he was abused while he was going to take a penalty in 77th minute of the match. In Brazil’s 2-0 victory against Scotland, Neymar scored both the goals.  

The Sportv reported further that a banana was thrown at Neymar toward the end of the second half from a segment of the Emirates Stadium crowd mostly occupied by Brazil fans.
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Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi Likely to Appear in Court on Monday: Piero Longo, Berlusconi's Lawyer

ROME, March 27, 2011 – Italian media reports citing Piero Longo, lawyer of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, suggest that Mr Berlusconi is set to appear in a court on Monday on account of breach of trust in his business interests.

"The plan is for the prime minister to attend the hearing on Monday but if he has institutional duties it’s obvious that he will not be able to come," said his lawyer Piero Longo, the reports said Sunday.

The hearing in Milan is set to decide whether Berlusconi, a billionaire tycoon-turned-politician whose family now runs his media empire, should stand trial for the case involving his company Mediatrade.

Piersilvio Cipolotti, a member of the law office representing Berlusconi, told media that Berlusconi "could make a spontaneous declaration" at the hearing.

The 74-year-old Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is already a defendant in two trials in progress and is also likely to stand trial starting on April 6 on allegations of having sex with an underage prostitute and then using his position to try and obscure the alleged crime.

The abuse of office charge carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison.

Iman al-Obeidi Rape Case: Five Were Held Including Son of High-ranking Libyan Police Officer -

TRIPOLI – Five culprits have been reportedly detained, including the son of high-ranking Libyan police officer; after a Libyan woman yesterday, Iman al-Obeidi, claimed that she was rapped by pro-Gaddafi forces (reported here). 
Libya's deputy foreign minister Khalid Kaim, talking to media, told the men were being arrested on account of a criminal investigation into the rape charges made by Iman al-Obeidi.

The alleged sexual assault took place when Iman al-Obeidi went to a pre-arranged meeting with at least one of the culprits, Khalid Kaim added further, denying the claim by Iman al-Obeidi that she was picked-up at a checkpoint because her identification showed she was from the rebel-stronghold of Benghazi.

However in context to the incident took place inside the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli; Khalid Kaim accepted that the situation was mishandled by the security staff and that no weapons should have been drawn.

How Shoaib Akhtar can make a difference in the semi-final against India..??

MOHALI - The question about the inclusion of Shoaib Akhtar, very well known as Rawalpindi Express, in the high-voltage semi-final clash against India is the most-discussed topic in the cricketing world.    

Many of the legendary Pakistan cricketers, including Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, are in favour of playing with Shoaib Akhtar in the March 30 Semi-final at Mohali.

Keeping in view the previous record of Shoaib Akhtar against India; every irrational cricket guru is in support of his presence in the team; that will not only strengthen Pakistan fast bowling department, that currently depends completely on Umar Gul as Wahab Riaz couldn’t threat his opponents, but it will haunt the strong Indian batting line-up wary of bouncing deliveries coming to them with a rocketing speed.

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After Ajdabiya, Libyan Rebels Claimed to Regain Control of Brega

TRIPOLI – Rebel forces are advancing in Libya swiftly after the coalition strikes hurt the Gaddafi forces severely. Yesterday, it was reported that Anti-Gaddafi forces regained the control of Ajdabiya on Saturday.

Libyan rebel sources today claimed that they've captured the coastal town of Brega in eastern Libya from forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The rebel sources further told that their recent military success is due to British and French air attacks on government armoured vehicles.

Encouraged by the coalition airstrikes, the rebels are now targeting Al-Bisher, a town another 30 kilometres west along the road to Colonel Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte.

In the meantime, France has reacted to rebel appeals from the city of Misrata where pro-Gaddafi forces have been reportedly terrorising the civilian population.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

4 Killed in Mont Velan Avalanche; While One Still Missing: Police Sources

According to the latest reports from Valais police; 4 were killed out of total 11 missing in a Mont Velan avalanche on Saturday, reported earlier here.

Jean-Marie Bornet, Local police spokesman, said earlier that at least three of the dead were buried by the avalanche. But lately he confirmed told that death toll reached to four after another victim passed away in hospital; while one is still missing. 

The rescue operations were discontinued due to severe weather yesterday; which will be continued today subject to weather conditions.

The gloomy incident took place on Mont Velan, a towering 3,730-metre peak that overlaps the Swiss-Italian border. 

Switzerland's National Avalanche Centre had warned of a “considerable” risk of snow-slides in the region on Saturday.

Breaking News!!! - Geraldine Ferraro, first vice presidency candidate in U.S. political history, died at 75

NEW YORK - Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman candidate for vice presidency in the political history of United States, has died at the age of 75 on Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital after 12-year battle with leukemia.

In 1984; Democratic Sen. Walter Mondale selected New York congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate; but they were defeated by the Republican ticket of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

She lost the elections in 1992 and 1998 for the U.S. Senate in New York. 

Ferraro worked for both Bill and Hillary Clinton. She served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights during 1993 and 1996 for President Clinton and worked on the presidential campaign for Mrs. Clinton in 2008.

Sri Lanka Set Semi-final Clash Against New Zealand ThrashIN England by 10 Wickets

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka set a semi-final clash against New Zealand beating England by huge margin of 10 wickets at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

Sri Lankan openers, Tillakaratne Dilshan (108*) and Upul Tharanga (102*), smashed blazing unbeaten centuries to lead Sri Lanka to an easy victory. 

England never looked like in the match from the beginning; while Sri Lanka seemed on the top in both of the innings, first with the ball and then with the bat.
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Mont Velan avalanche swept away 11 people in Swiss-Italian border: Swiss News Agency reports

According to Swiss police reports; eleven people, most probably of French origin, were swept away by avalanche on Saturday near Switzerland’s southern border with Italy.

Later on Swiss News Agency reports that three of the victims were rescued after one of them managed to raise the alarm that prompted rescue operation in the area. Rest of them are still missing and rescue operations are underway. There’s no immediate information about the medical condition of rescued.

The gloomy incident took place on Mont Velan, a towering 3,730-metre peak that overlaps the Swiss-Italian border.

Switzerland's National Avalanche Centre had warned of a “considerable” risk of snow-slides in the region on Saturday.

“Fukushima Warns- Pull the Plug on Nuclear Power” - Tens of Thousands Protests Across Germany Against Nuclear Energy

BERLIN – Drastically extreme consequences of Japan’s nuclear crisis has wakened up the nations worldwide and experts are re-analyzing the costs and benefits of nuclear energy. 

According to Berlin police; more than 50,000 have turned out in the capital on Saturday to pressurize Germany’s leaders to close down nuclear energy projects straightaway.

Jens Berger, spokesperson of Berlin police, said tens of thousands are protesting in the largest cities across Germany against the use of nuclear power in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima reactor disaster.

Same kind of protests was staged in Hamburg, where a rally was arranged dubbed as “Fukushima Warns- Pull the Plug on Nuclear Power.” 

Protests are also in progress in Munich and Cologne and demonstrators were set to hold a minute of silence later to remember the victims of Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

115 Killed by Gaddafi Forces as Rebels Regained the Control of Ajdabiyah

MISRATA, Libya – Forces and troops loyal to besieged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have shoot up their attacks on the civilian residents of strategic rebel-held towns. Residents and witnesses said on Saturday that severe fight was in progress near the north-western city of Misrata.

Several civilians including children were reportedly dead on Friday as a result of shelling from pro-Gaddafi troops. According to sources; at least 115 people, including many civilians, have been killed in aggressive fight between Gaddafi forces and rebel fighters in the region over the past weeks.

On the other hand, Libyan government sources claimed taht at least 114 civilians have been killed in US-led airstrikes in the country.

Meanwhile, rebel forces have regained the control of the strategic city of Ajdabiyah from pro-Gaddafi forces. Gaddafi's troops had captured the strategic city two weeks ago.


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