Breaking News – Weekly Newsletter for February 21-28, 2011Monday, February 28, 2011
WASHINGTON – A leaked manuscript by one of Sarah Palin’s closest former aides has revealed that Palin had broken the state election law in her 2006 gubernatorial campaign, and added that the former Alaska Governor had sent him a message saying “I hate this damn job” before resigning.
Frank Bailey’s unpublished book titled “In … Read more >>>.
NEVADA – “Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior”, said to be the first major museum exhibition to focus on the Hindu deity Vishnu, opened at Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville (Tennessee, USA) today.
Hindus have applauded Frist Center for developing this Hinduism focused exhibition. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) …. Original article : World’s 1st major exhibition on Hindu Lord Vishnu premiered at Nashville in USA.
LAHORE – A Pakistani doctor has alleged that the killing of two men by American citizen Raymond Davis in Lahore was staged to force him to withdraw a case he filed against the US government.
Dr. Adnan Bhutta said that Blackwater members had been keeping vigil on him, and the killing took place just …. Original article : Pak doctor claims Raymond Davis was chasing him in Lahore.
MELBOURNE – A Labor lawmaker has told the Australian Parliament that most of the people in Melbourne are in favour of axing the Australian Grand Prix because it’s too expensive.
Labor Member of Parliament Michael Danby, whose Melbourne Ports electorate hosts the Grand Prix circuit, said he had polled 600 local residents about the Formula One …. Read the original article : here.
NEW DELHI – Welcoming the dawn of democracy elsewhere, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said Egypt has recently seen momentous developments.
“Egypt has recently seen momentous developments. As a democracy ourselves, we welcome the dawn of democracy elsewhere,” President Patil said in her joint address to both houses of Parliament.
“We have an abiding interest in … Read more >>>.
Niki Tawi (J-K) – India and Pakistan officials attended a high-level meeting of the Indus Water Treaty Commission in Jammu to discuss a proposal by India to erect a dam on the river Indus.
A three-member delegation from Pakistan led by Sheraj Jameel, Commissioner, Indus Water Treaty, visited the Nikki Tawi area to examine the … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : India and Pakistan officials discuss bilateral water treaty.
NEW DELHI – President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said the private sector will have to join the government in the mammoth funding of US dollar one trillion (over Rs 40 lakh crore) for infrastructure development in the 12th Plan staring next fiscal.
” This huge quantum of investment cannot be funded by government alone. … Read more »».
KULLU – Thousands attended the traditional eight-day-long Fagli Fair or demon fair on Sunday in Himachal Pradesh.
The fair started with the beginning of the Phagun month of the Hindu calendar and ended in Kullu with Kotlu, a ritual where local youth put on demon masks and perform traditional dances.
“This is a very old tradition and … Original source on Gaea Times at : Thousands celebrate traditional demon fair in Kullu.
LONDON – Under increasing pressure after Chelsea’s miserable FA Cup exit against Everton, boss Carlo Ancelotti has said that he will not quit as doubts have been raised over his future.
The Champions League is now Ancelotti’s only hope of saving his job.
“I have never quit, resigned or walked out and I’m not in the …. Original article on Gaea Times at : I’m not in mood to quit now: Ancelotti.
LONDON – A married teacher and his classroom assistant in Britain have been suspended after a colleague discovered an alleged sex-romp film of theirs on a school computer.
The video featured a man sitting on a chair in what looks like an office, grinning and looking at the camera while a woman performs a sex act … Original article on : Two Brit teachers suspended over alleged sex-romp film on school PC.
JERUSALEM – The Northern Command of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) believes Iran may initiate an attack against Tel Aviv if it feels under pressure due to anti-government protests.
It said that Tehran could activate Hezbollah forces to attack Israel along the northern border in an effort to stave off domestic pressures within Iran.
According to …. Read the original article : here.
NEW DELHI – President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said that the Government is deeply concerned over the adverse impact of inflation on the aam aadmi.
“My government is deeply concerned over the adverse impact of inflation on the aam aadmi and the threat it poses to the growth momentum. It has taken a number of …. Source article on Gaea Times at : President Patil says Govt. deeply concerned about inflation.
LAHORE – Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza has warned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of “consequences” if the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is expelled from the Punjab government.
Mirza also said that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif should stop giving deadlines to the PPP.
“If any undemocratic mean was used against the PPP, not a single office of … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Sindh Home Minister warns PML-N against anti-PPP move.
NEW DELHI – Inaugurating the budget session of Parliament, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday, said that the Government of India committed to tackling the menace of black money.
“My government stands committed to tackling the menace frontally. It requires diligent, sustained effort by all law enforcement agencies, including those of state governments,” President Patil said …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Govt. committed to tackling menace of black money.
BARWADIH – Maoists have targeted an under construction bridge and thrashed up the labourers near Barwadih in Latehar District of Jharkhand.
Ten rebels attacked Paira village and disrupted the construction of a small culvert.
According to locals, armed Maoists forced labourers to stop construction work and attacked. They injured a couple of them at the site.
Police officials …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LUCKNOW – Sanjay Arora, Lucknow restaurant owner is promoting this Year’s World Cup with enthusiasm.
“We have converted this restaurant into a crickets stadium. We have introduced new international fare for our guests and special beverage combinations. This menu has been especially designed in cricket theme for World Cup,” said Arora.
“I think it is a good …. Read the original article : Lucknow restaurateur promotes World Cup themed eatery.
LONDON – Chinese telecom firm Huawei has offered to install a mobile phone network worth 50 million pounds on the London Underground train system for free.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has backed the idea, but security chiefs fear that this could increase the risk of terrorism.
“In the event of a terrorist attack, putting a mobile network … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Chinese telecom giant offers to install free mobile phone network on London Tube.
LONAVALA – Narayan Krishna Mahajan, a 91-year-old rappelled across a 1200 feet long deep valley in Maharashtra.
Mahajan climbed a mountain located 3,500 feet above sea level without any help or assistance. He used a walking stick as an occasional aid.
He tied himself with ropes to undertake the task of rappelling from the top of the …. Original article : 91 year old beats all odds, rappels across 1200 feet deep valley.
BEIJING – A Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has called for improved and innovative social management to ensure long-term peace and stability in the country.
Zhou Yongkang’s call came after Chinese President Hu Jintao emphasized the need to maximize factors that are favorable for harmony and … Original source on Gaea Times at : Senior Chinese Official for better social management to ensure long-term peace.
PESHAWAR – At least five militants were killed in a suspected US drone strike in northwest Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal district, officials have said.
According to reports, an unmanned US Predator drone fired three missiles at a house in Kaza Panga village, situated about 15 kilometres from Wana, the main town in South Waziristan.
“Five militants were …. Source article : Five militants killed in US drone attack in South Waziristan.
CAIRO/JERUSALEM – Authorities in Egypt Tuesday allowed two Iranian warships to pass through the Suez Canal in the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, security sources in Cairo said.
The Iranian naval vessels, the first to enter the canal in some three decades, were reportedly bound for Syria.
Egypt granted permission days earlier for the …. Source : Gaea News Network.
BHUBANESWAR – The Orissa government on Tuesday brought a top Maoist leader Ganti Prasadam to speed up the negotiation process for the safe release of a Malkangiri District Collector R. Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi.
Soon after Prasadam was brought here from Koraput jail, mediators Prof G Hargopal and Dandapani Mohanty met him at …. Original source : Malkangiri Collector abduction: Mediators hold talks with Maoist leader in jail.
BHOPAL – Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh may soon be renamed as ‘Bhojpal’.
The city is set to get a new name, after the famous Indian king Raja Bhoj known for his wisdom.
Local leaders told reporters that this proposal would be tabled before the State’s legislature for endorsement and enactment.
“We believe that if Bhopal is … Read more »»».
LAHORE – The front organization of the hardcore banned terror group Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD), is organizing countrywide strikes and pressurizing families of the two people allegedly murdered by American Raymond Davis not to strike any deals that would allow for Davis’ release.
Hundreds of people led by JuD leaders marched from Chauburji to the Qurtaba …. Original source : JuD comes out in open, pressurizing victims’ family in Raymond Davis case.
AHMEDABAD – A special court in Ahmedabad on Tuesday given verdict in the 2002 Godhra train burning case, convicting 31 under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and acquitting 63 of those accused.
The quantum of judgment will be announced on February 25.
Special Public Prosecutor JM Panchal said that the court upheld the … Original article on : Godhra verdict: 31 convicted, 63 acquitted.
AURANGBAD – Medical students in Aurangabad vandalized their college and hostel property while protesting against the lack of facilities in campus.he students of the government run institution complained that college provided no security to students and lacked basic facilities such as clean drinking water, sanitation, electricity and proper food.
“As you can see, this place is … Read more >>.
LONDON – Research has shown that when immigration was at its peak before 2009, one immigrant legally moved to the UK every minute.
According to the Daily Express, net migration quadrupled as a result and soared to 3.2 million foreigners under the previous Labour regime.
About 697,000 migrants came from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh over the last …. Source article on Gaea Times at : One migrant a minute landed in the UK under Labour regime.
LONDON – A woman in the US has set a new 60m-sprint record at the age of 95.
Pensioner Ida Keeling, from New York, set a new world best for her age group with a time of 29.86 seconds on the track, and she did it while running alongside girls a quarter of her age.
“I feel …. Source : US woman, 95, sets new 60m-sprint record after training in her hallway.
LONDON – Four Muslim men had brutally attacked a school teacher, slashing his face and leaving him with a fractured skull, in London for giving lessons to Muslim girls about other religions, a court here has heard.
Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, attacked Gary Smith with …. Read the original article : here.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has made it clear that the case of Raymond Davis, an American national who murdered two Pakistani citizens in Lahore, will be decided by the judiciary and applicability of international and national laws will be taken into account.
Delivering a policy statement on the Davis’ issue in the National Assembly, Prime Minister …. Read the original article : Pak, US differ on applicability of international laws in Davis case.
LONDON – A guide on the “art of shoplifting” produced by a university newspaper in Britain has angered retailers who feel it could cost them financially.
The document encourages cash-strapped students to do away with moral concerns and use its step-by-step techniques for stealing.
The guide, which has been produced by student activists from Queen Mary College, …. Original source : Guide on how to shoplift by Brit university newspaper angers retailers.
WASHINGTON – Texas lawmakers are considering passing a bill allowing students and academicians in the universities to carry guns on campus, in an attempt to ensure their safety following last month’s Arizona shootings.
If passed, the law would permit half a million students attending the city’s 38 public colleges to carry handguns, The Telegraph reports. … Original source on Gaea Times at : Proposed bill may allow students to carry guns in Texas universities.
LONDON – British Intelligence outfit MI5 missed an opportunity to identify the ringleader of the July 7 bombers as terrorists because a surveilance photograph of him that could have been shown to an overseas al-Qaeda supergrass was poorly edited, the inquest into the 2005 attacks on London’s transport system has heard.
Mohamed Sidique Khan was secretly … Read : MI5 missed opportunity to identify 7/7-terror ringleader over poorly edited picture.
LONDON – Mark Collins, the Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, has been sacked from his post over claims that he oversaw an environment of racist bullying at the organisation.
The decision was taken unanimously by the board of the 47-country group, the Daily Mail reports.
Two investigations are already being carried out against him after …. Original article : UK Commonwealth Director sacked over racist bullying allegations.
LONDON – Pakistan is all set to overtake Britain as the world’s fifth largest nuclear power as it has increased its nuclear weapons stockpile by nearly 40 percent in last two years, having more than 100 deployed weapons.
American intelligence agencies believe that Pakistan now has more than 100 deployed nuclear weapons, an increase of nearly … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Pakistan all set to overtake Britain as world’s fifth largest nuke power.
LONDON – A US man, whose leather wallet was stolen at his office, has amazingly been reunited with it 40 years later.
Rudolph Resta, now 77, was working for the New York Times as an art director when his wallet disappeared after he left his jacket in an unguarded coat closet, reports the Daily Mail.
The thief …. Source : Gaea News Network.
DHAKA – Nobel peace laureate and micro credit pioneer Muhammad Yunus is facing calls to quit as Grameen Bank Managing Director.
His supporters believe that the attempt to remove the 70-year old is politically motivated by the Bangladesh government as they want to bring Grameen under government control, reports The Guardian
Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul [..] Read the original article: here.
KARNATAKA – Hundreds of Christians in Bangalore gathered for a candle light vigil on Monday to protest against a probe report on church attacks.
The group criticized the findings of the Justice Somashekar Commission that gave a clean chit to the prime suspects.
The Archbishop of Bangalore, Rev. Bernard Moras said: Hindu groups such as the Bajrang … Original source on Gaea Times at : Bangalore Christians staged rally against probe reports on church attacks.
PATNA – Best selling author Chetan Bhagat, who is on his maiden trip to Bihar, says he is impressed with the fact that the state is no more in the news for its negative stories and people are talking about its growth and changing face.
“I am impressed with stories of changing face of Bihar … Read more : Bihar scripting growth story: Chetan Bhagat.
TEHRAN – Two Iranian battleships, headed towards Syria for a training mission, have crossed the Suez Canal – controlled by Egypt – for the first time since 1979, media reports said.
The ships are the Kharg, a 33,000-tonne refuelling and support vessel, and the Alvand, a 1,500-tonne light patrol frigate, Mehr news quoted … Read : Two Iranian warships cross Suez Canal.
WASHINGTON – It may be the height of paradox, but being part of a crowd is what gives you individuality, according to life scientists.
Biologists Kimberly Pollard and Daniel Blumstein from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), examined the evolution of individuality by recording alarm-call vocalizations in eight species of rodents in social groups of …. Source article : Even in a crowd, you remain unique.
WASHINGTON – Stresses of an unemployed spouse can hurt the job performance of the partner but ignoring the stresses of a spouse’s job search does not bode well for the employed counterpart’s job productivity or home life, a new research says.
The research examined daily stresses felt by married couples in which one of them …. Original article : Jobless spouse can affect partner’s performance.
BHUBANESHWAR – Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Mohan Majhi are likely to be released by Maoists in the next 48 hours, after Orissa Government conceded to the 14 demands put forward by the rebels.
The Maoists had kidnapped the two government officials on February 16 near Jantapi village in Malkangiri, … Read more : Maoists likely to release abducted Malkangiri collector, engineer in next 48 hours.
NEW DELHI – A senior journalist from Kashmir has said that the power of non- violence and modern technologies such as the Internet can be used efficiently to change systems.
Ifthikhar Gilani said that the correct use of these powers (non- violence and Internet) was most visible during the period 2008 to 2010, when unrest in … Original article on : Non-violence, proper Internet use key to Kashmir peace: Experts.
NEW DELHI – Automobile major Maruti Suzuki, launched the much awaited diesel model of its mid-sized sedan SX4 in New Delhi on Tuesday .
With an average of 21.5 kilometers per litre, the car costs Rupees 7.74 lakh.
Mayank Prateek, Executive Director of Maruti Suzuki India Limited highlighted various plus points of the car and termed … Read more »».
BEIJING – A Chinese man, in his thirties, has died after a three-day online gaming session in which he did not sleep and barely ate.
He slipped into coma and was rushed to a nearby clinic, but he was pronounced dead.
The man had spent more than 1500 US dollars on Internet gaming over the past … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Chinese man dies after three days of continuous Internet gaming.
HYDERABAD – Normal life remained disrupted in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on the second day of a 48-hour shutdown called by Telangana groups to demand the introduction of a bill in Parliament for the creation of a separate state.
Schools, colleges, shops and commercial establishments remained closed and public transport largely remained off the [..] Read the original article: here.
WASHINGTON – British Intelligence outfit MI5 had dismissed the July 7 ringleader as a Jihadi ‘tourist’ when he had travelled to Pakistan in 2003 to attend a terrorist training camp, the inquest into the 2005 attacks on London’s transport system has heard.
Mohammed Sidique Khan was a part of a ’social’ breakfast gathering at Islamabad Airport, …. Source : MI5 dismissed 7/7 ringleader as Jihadi ‘tourist’, inquest hears.
LONDON – A previously unseen novel by Enid Blyton has been discovered in a children’s book centre.
‘Mr Tumpy’s Caravan’, an 180-page fantasy story about a caravan with a mind of its own, was located among a collection of manuscripts auctioned by the Blyton family in September last year, reports the Telegraph.
The collection was bought by …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Enid Blyton’s unseen novel ‘Mr Tumpy’s Caravan’ discovered.
NEW DELHI – Legendary kathak dancer Birju Maharaj, who is also a musician, choreographer and lyricist, says kathak as a genre is finally receiving the encouragement it should from the government. He also says he never retired and is dancing away even at 74.
“It is slow, but support is finally coming. Young dancers are …. Original article : Never retired, never stopped dancing, says Birju Maharaj at 74 (Interview).
LONDON – Veteran Osasuna striker Walter Pandiani has suggested Cristiano Ronaldo would have to see a dentist if the Real Madrid star visited Uruguay.
Pandiani and Ronaldo were involved in a highly publicized altercation earlier this month when the Portugal international allegedly mocked Pandiani’s salary in comparison with his own.
In an interview with a Spanish radio …. Source : Gaea News Network.
NEW DELHI – The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) has granted minority institution status to Jamia Millia Islamia University.
This will allow Jamia Millia to reserve up to 50 per cent seats for Muslims. It will also be exempted from the quotas for aspirants from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other … Read more >>>.
WASHINGTON – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has not received a single vote in a recent Republican presidential straw poll conducted in Minnesota’s Beltrami County.
Her performance was said to be weaker than American real estate mogul Donald Trump, who got two votes from the 46 delegates voting in the poll, Politico reports.
Two former governors Mike …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Palin gets no vote in recent GOP straw poll.
WASHINGTON – Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, has been elected as the Mayor of Chicago, winning over 50 percent of votes.
With 87 percent of the vote in the Chicago Mayor’s race counted on Tuesday, 51-year-old Emanuel had won 54 percent of votes, avoiding a runoff in April, ABC News reports. …. Read the original article : Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago Mayor bid with over 50 percent votes.
LONDON – The Brit-Indian millionaire charged with masterminding his wife’s murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year has reportedly become too “fragile” to stand trial in South Africa after a failed suicide attempt in London.
Thirty-one-year-old Dewani was released from hospital yesterday after a failed suicide bid from a pills overdose, The Sun [..] Read the original article: here.
LAHORE – U.S. officials believe that Raymond Davis, an American national who murdered two Pakistani citizens in Lahore, is in serious danger – even from the guards at the prison where he now awaits his next court date on February 25.
Davis has confessed to shooting dead Mohammed Fahim and Faizan Haider on January 25, allegedly …. Source article on Gaea Times at : US fears for double murder-accused Raymond Davis’ life in Pak prison.
ISLAMABAD – Raymond Davis, who is facing double murder charges in Pakistan, has gone on a hunger strike in a Lahore prison to protest against “substandard food” being given to him and to press for removing security cameras.
An official said that Davis refused to eat in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail when food was given … Read more »».
KARACHI – Pakistani police have reportedly arrested five militants, including a close aide of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mehsud and a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi member, in Karachi.
According to the Daily Times, an Anti Extremists Cell (AEC) of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) arrested the alleged TTP member and recovered a TT pistol from his possession.
Sindh Police …. Source article : Pak Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud’s aide arrested in Karachi.
LONDON – A survey by Wall Street has revealed that becoming the American President means joining an exclusive club – of the rich.
Of the 43 holders of the office, 34 have been millionaires or better, and while some made their fortunes after leaving political office, but others were born into vast wealth.
The analysis also revealed …. Read the original article : How becoming the President of America is the gateway to a fortune.
CHHINDWARA – Ranjana Soni, a teacher and a resident of Tamia, knows that census is about collecting information and data which will help in making development programmes for people.
She knows her enumerator and says “Sahu sahib aaye te and forms mein janakari le kar gaye teh.” (”Mr. Sahu had come and collected the information … Read more : From plains to Patalkot, census reaches out to interiors.
NEW DELHI – A new study has found that Chinese tourists have outspend the Russians to become the top tax-free shoppers in Europe.
Statistics from Global Blue, a Switzerland-based tax-refund and shopping services provider, also showed that the average spending of Chinese for each transaction doubled that of the Russians.
“On average, Chinese tourists spent 107 percent …. Original source : Chinese tourists emerge as top tax-free shoppers in Europe.
ISLAMABAD – As Pakistan was busy watching the Raymond Davis saga unfold, President Asif Ali Zardari quietly took an unannounced trip to Dubai to explore options to solve the country’s economic crunch.
A few days ago, Zardari visited the Gulf state for a couple of hours to seek the intervention of the UAE leadership for getting …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Zardari’s quiet UAE visit to find solution to Pak’s economic woes.
GAZA CITY/TEL AVIV – Israeli jets bombed targets across the Gaza Strip overnight, after a missile struck the southern Israeli city of Beersheba for the first time in two years.
A military spokeswoman in Tel Aviv did not specify the number of sorties that began around midnight and ended at 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) Thursday.
… Read : Israel bombs Gaza targets, after missile hits Israeli city.
WELLINGTON – Nearly 238 people are reported missing and 78 are dead in Christchurch earthquake.
The 6.3 magnitude quake hit New Zealand’s second largest city on Tuesday and the death toll is likely to rise in the region.
According to police nearly 22 bodies are inside the Christchurch’s Cathedral Square, the stuff.co.nz website reports.
The death toll can … Read more : 238 missing and 78 dead in New Zealand earthquake.
LONDON – Romanian women went through over 22 million abortions as a result of policies introduced by former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, health statistics have revealed.
According to the Daily Mail, official government records show that between 1958 and 2008 state clinics carried out 22.1 million terminations in a country with a population of just 21.5 … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Romanian women endured 22 million abortions after ex-dictator’s ban on contraception.
COOCH BEHAR – Two wild bisons strayed into three villages in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district and injured around half a dozen inhabitants.
The bisons attacked the villagers in Marichbari, Amtuli Hat Gopalpara and Kankanpuri.
The villagers informed the Range Forest Officer, who immediately deputed a veterinarian to tranquillise the bisons.
Veterinarian, Dr. Manas Kundu said : … Original source on Gaea Times at : Wild bisons injure six villagers in West Bengal district.
LONDON – The more alcohol Brits drink, the more turned on they become.
That’s the conclusion of a new study, which also found that the sexy side-effect can wear off if fellas drink too much.
Researchers asked men and women to watch a mix of erotic and “neutral” films while necking booze.
Genital responses were measured to find …. Read the original article : Booze puts Brits in the mood for sex: Study.
LONDON – The wife of a man, who fathered eight kids with his stepdaughter, has refused to testify at his trial.
Detlef S, dubbed the German Josef Fritzl, allegedly abused his stepdaughter, his natural daughter and his stepson for over 20 years, reports Sky News.
The 48-year-old is also accused of selling the two girls to friends …. Read the original article : here.
LONDON – Julian Assange, founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, is expected to lose his battle against extradition to Sweden today.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Magistrates Court will grant the European arrest warrant forcing Assange to face accusations of sex crimes in Stockholm.
However, it could take nine months to a year before a final …. Read the original article : Assange’s ‘final’ extradition fate could take a year to be decided.
MANAMA – The balance of power appears to be shifting towards Iran as the Arab World continues to remain politically unstable and shaken.
Regional experts say this week Iran sent two warships through the Suez Canal for the first time since its revolution in 1979, and Egypt’s new military leaders allowed them to pass.
Saudi Arabia, an … Read more : Iran bolstering its position as political balance shifts and shakes in Arab world.
LONDON – Russia is for the first time set to legally classify beer as an alcoholic drink, and the move comes as the Kremlin carries out its toughest anti-alcohol campaign.
Beer had technically been classified as a foodstuff, and the category it was put in allowed producers to avoid a sweeping new crackdown on alcohol advertising … Read more »».
BEIJING – Criminals convicted for organ trafficking will be given the death penalty, says an amendment submitted to the National People’s Congress (NCP) Standing Committee of China.
The amendment was submitted on Wednesday to the Committee for a third reading. It specifies that criminals convicted of “forced organ removal, forced organ donation or organ removal from …. Source : Gaea News Network.
NEW YORK – After Lifetime, the Hallmark Channel is planning to make a TV film about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s romance.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Hallmark Channel is fast-tracking production on its own royal-romance biopic in order to premiere the TV movie on Aug. 13.
Barbara Fisher, Hallmark’s senior vice president of original programming, …. Source article : Hallmark Channel’s TV film about Wills-Kate romance set for August.
LONDON – A slew of new words, including ‘bloggable’ and ’scareware’, have been added to the Oxford Dictionaries for the first time, thanks to the Internet.
Experts from Oxford Dictionaries Online said the web’s influence on the English language was increasing.
New entries include the words “scareware”, which means malicious computer programmes, “trackpad” (touchpad) and “buttload” (a … Read this article on Gaea Times at : Internet words ‘bloggable’ and ’scareware’ enter Oxford Dictionary.
MOHALI – Having learnt a few drama tricks by acting in a Bollywood flick did not come in handy for a 10-year-old boy as his dramatic kidnapping turned out to be fake. He has written an apology to police and his parents.
Sahibjit Singh, a resident of Phase VI of this Punjab town, sent a … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Punjab child actor fakes kidnapping, writes apology.
PARIS – An anonymous group of French diplomats known only by the name “Marly” has hit out at President Nicolas Sarkozy for pursuing a foreign policy that is impulsive, amateurish and preoccupied with the nation’s image in the media.
The group, named after the Paris caf??? where the diplomats first met, published the broadside in yesterday’s …. Read the original article : Diplomats attack Sarkozy for pursuing ‘amateurish’ French foreign policy.
FAISALABAD – A relative of Shumaila Kanwal, who had committed suicide after the murder of her husband Fahim by US official Raymond Davis, is battling for his life after three armed men forcibly fed him poisonous pills.
The three men gave poison to Shumaila’s uncle Muhammad Sarwar on Wednesday night after barging into his house in …. Original source : Murder attempt on Shumaila’s uncle for refusing to patch-up with Davis.
LONDON – Chelsea Clinton’s husband Marc Mezvinsky is on the verge of a breakdown, according to friends.
Since rumours of a split rocked their marriage earlier this month, the couple has made a huge show of togetherness.
But it seems their efforts have been in vain, as friends claim the former investment banker needs …. Original source : Is Chelsea Clinton’s husband on the verge of a breakdown?.
LONDON – One of the seven sons of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has revealed that the tyrant wants to stay on as the “Big Father” of Libya in spite of the unrest that is spreading across the country.
According to Sky News, Saadi Gaddafi has told the Financial Times that his father expects to be the “big …. Source : Gaea News Network.
WASHINGTON – The United States and India have agreed to convene a Joint Task Force (JTF) that will examine effective approaches to reduce the use of climate-damaging hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
The task force is being established in recognition of the challenges faced by the current phaseout of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – A turbine blade engineer in Britain has been lauded for his honesty after he repaid 2 million pounds that had been given to him by mistake by his employer.
The engineer, who earns 2,000 pounds making turbine blades at Alcoa Howmet in Exeter, was stunned when the massive amount appeared in his monthly … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Brit engineer returns ???2m paid by mistake to him by employer.
ISLAMABAD – In the backdrop of Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s detention in New Delhi for violating India’s customs laws, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has announced that the country’s artistes will need to take permission from the Culture Ministry before visiting any other country.
Responding a point of order in the National Assembly, Interior Minister Rehman … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Pak artistes will need Culture Ministry’s NOC for foreign shows following Rahat fiasco.
NEW DELHI – : Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday tabled Economic survey 2010-11 in Lok Sabha, and said India’s cumulative export growth in April- Dec 2010 stands at 29.5 per cent with exports reaching US $ 164.7 billion during the period.
He said the exports have continued to rise with exports rising at the rate … Read more : India’s cumulative export growth in April- Dec stands at 29.5 per cent.
NEW YORK – A clothing firm in the US has courted controversy after it released an ad for its latest swimwear collection with a model exposing her breasts.
American Apparel, based in Los Angeles, has made headlines for questionable behaviour in the past, and its latest controversial ad is for a nylon-tricot suspender one-piece for 36 …. Read the original article : here.
New Delhi (ANI) :The Ministry of External Affairs stated here today that ‘no payment will be levied by the government for the evacuation of Indian nationals from Libya”
The statement said the Ministry has noticed that some unscrupulous elements are asking for payments or fee for arranging evacuation through the Indian Embassy in Libya.
“These activities are …. Read the original article : Indian citizens will not have to pay for evacuation from Libya.
NEW DELHI – Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, while presenting the Rail Budget 2011-12 in the Parliament, on Friday said the railways is planning to invest Rs 57630 crore in the 2011-12 fiscal.
Regretting over the two incidents of sabotage that led to a large number of deaths last year, Banerjee said: “Anti-collision devices will be commissioned …. Source : Railways planning to invest Rs 57630 crore in 2011-12.
NEW DELHI – Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that the railways will give concession to women over 58 years.
Presenting the Rail Budget 2011-12 in the Parliament, Banerjee said: “Railways will give relief for senior citizens: to decrease the age for senior citizen (Women) to 58 years from 60 years and concession on rail … Read more >>>.
NEW DELHI – The Economic Survey 2010-11, presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament today, states that the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) based cumulative industrial output growth during April-December 2010 was 8.6 per cent being at a par with the growth rate of the corresponding months of the previous year.
According to …. Source : Industrial output grows by 8.6 percent.
COLOMBO – The cremation ground of late Tamil Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran’s mother has been desecrated by the leaving of the dead bodies of three shot dogs at the site, relatives have claimed.
The bodies were left at the site on Tuesday night, in a major insult to the deceased woman, after 81-year-old Parvati Pillai …. Source : Gaea News Network.
LONDON – The head of Britain’s exams watchdog has called for usage of pen and paper in written exams to be brought to an end.
Isabel Nisbet, chief executive of Ofqual, said that if school exams did not go online soon, exam preparation “will become a separate thing to learning” for candidates brought up …. Original article on Gaea Times at : UK’s exams watchdog calls for end of pen, paper usage in written exams.
CHANDIGARH – If you want to be a ‘rose prince’ or a ‘rose princess’, come to the Rose Festival in Chandigarh that began Friday and which boasts of not only flowers but also music, dance and a host of competitions.
In the backdrop of drum beats and music, Chandigarh administrator and Punjab Governor Shivraj … Read more »».
WASHINGTON – Fringe sexual groups like gays, lesbians and bisexuals are more likely to be victimised, a new study says.
The correlation is prevalent among gays, lesbians and bisexuals, more so than in heterosexuals, says Tonda Hughes, professor of health systems science at the University of Illinois College of Nursing in Chicago, who led … Read more >>>.
TRIPOLI – Libya’s revolutionaries used a dating website to organize their revolt against dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, and to avoid detection by the country’s secret police, former opposition leader Omar Shibliy Mahmoudi has revealed.
Mahmoudi said that he used dating site ‘Mawada’ to rally people together while staying out of the gaze of the Libyan secret … Read : Libyan revolutionaries used dating website to organize anti-Gaddafi protests.
UNITED NATIONS – To effectively maintain international peace and security, China will perform its duty as the rotating president of the UN Security Council in March in a fair, neutral way.
Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, made the statement in an interview with the UN-based Chinese media after he exchanged views …. Original article : China to fulfill duty as rotating Security Council president in fair way: Envoy.
NEW DELHI – Seventy percent of 43 selected city governments of China failed to pass an administrative transparency evaluation, according to a blue book report.
Fifty-one out of 59 government administrations under the State Council also failed the transparency evaluation on Thursday.
The blue book, an annual report on China’s rule of law that was released …. Original article : 70 percent city governments in China fail administrative transparency evaluation.
NEW DELHI – Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday presented the railway budget in the Parliament.
The highlights of the Railway budget 2011-12 are as follows:
Restructuring of all the railway cadres to ensure promotion of employees
Larger scheme for railway employees introduced, Scholarship schemes for children of railway employees raised to Rs 1200
Charges for ticket … Read more : Highlights of Railway budget 2011-12 (Part-II).
NEW DELHI – The Economic Survey tabled by the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha today states that there is a need for better convergence of schemes related to unemployment and poverty alleviation, to avoid duplication and leakages and to ensure that the fruits of the schemes reach the targeted beneficiaries. …. Read the original article : here.
NEW DELHI – Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that a sharp price in food price inflation has been a major cause of concern of economy during 2010-11
Presenting the economic survey in Lok Sabha, Mukherjee said: “A sharp price in food price inflation has been a major cause of concern of our economy during …. Original article : Sharp rise in food prices cause of concern: Mukherjee.
NEW DELHI – Recognizing the fact that inflation continues to be high even though it has come down markedly from where it was at the start of the fiscal year, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today underlined the need to monitor emerging trends in inflation on a sequential monthly basis.
Presenting the economic survey in …. Read the original article : Mukherjee underlines need to monitor emerging trends in inflation.
SHIMLA – A portrait of Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh made by celebrated artist Sobha Singh will go under hammer in the US in March, an official of Singh’s art gallery said Friday.
The painting has been listed for auction at the renowned New York-based auction house Sotheby’s March 24.
“We received a communication from … Read more »»».
SRINAGAR – Yasin Malik, who heads the pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), began a day-long fast in Srinagar Saturday morning to protest the arrest of youths by police. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, however, has denied that minors were being detained.
As Malik began his fast in the uptown Maisuma locality of the …. Original source : Yasin Malik begins fast against detention of youths.
JAIPUR – She has not given birth to them, but she proudly calls herself the mother of 66 children. Manan Chaturvedi, 35, would probably have become a top fashion designer earning fabulously and living in style. But she chose not to and dumped midway her promising career in fashion designing.
Chaturvedi, who has three children …. Source : Gaea News Network.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence is enraged by the inclination of the Obama administration to go through Pakistan’s civilian government for getting visas issued.
The Central Intelligence Agency ’s relations with the ISI had come under strain before the arrest of double murder-accused …. Source : ISI angered by “desire of Obama administration to go through civilian govt” for visas.
LONDON – Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s ‘voluptuous blonde’ personal nurse is on his side even when power is slipping through his fingers, it has emerged.
Galyna Kolotnytska is said to be at his side despite his vow to ‘martyr’ himself in a bloody final stand, reports the Sun.
Gaddafi … Read : Nurse ‘lover’ sticks by Gaddafi through thick and thin.
LONDON – A 57-year-old woman has given birth to her own grandson to become the oldest surrogate mother in Britain.
Pamela Butler carried her daughter Nichola’s baby in her womb because the latter was not medically fit.
Butler gave birth to healthy 5lb 12oz Josef by Caesarean section in August, at … Read : 57-yr-old becomes UK’s oldest surrogate mum by giving birth to own
NEW DELHI – With the highest adolescent population in India, the real challenge for the nation is to provide nutrition, health and education in this segment, especially for girls, according to a UNICEF report.
The report titled ‘Adolescence: Age of …. Original source : Adolescent Indian girls most vulnerable: UNICEF report.
WELLINGTON – An Australian seismologist has warned that Christchurch could face earthquake aftershocks for a year and added that Wellington is at risk of experiencing bigger earthquake.
“I think there will be lots of aftershocks around Christchurch for about a year, [..] Read the original article: here.
BAGHDAD – One of Osama Bin Laden’s close associates has revealed that the 9/11 terror leader is still alive and in touch with his organisation.
Ayman al-Zawahiri has claimed in an online video that Osama had ordered his al-Qaeda network to avoid “indiscriminate” attacks on Muslim civilians, The Sun reports. … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Osama Bin Laden still alive, in touch with al-Qaeda, claims al- Zawahiri.
LONDON – The Australian founder of the whistleblowing web site, WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has attacked a British judge’s attempts to extradite him to Sweden, terming it a “rubber-stamping process”.
The judge ruled that Assange should be extradited to Sweden to answer allegations of …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Assange attacks British judge’s extradition order.
LONDON – Matt Damon has revealed that his seven-second on- screen kiss with Emily Blunt was “very, very, very, very uncomfortable”.
The pair star alongside each other in the upcoming action thriller, The Adjustment Bureau, and were promoting the film on a …. Read the original article : Matt Damon says on-screen kiss with Emily Blunt was ‘very awkward’.
DUBAI – Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has urged Australians residing in Libya to get out of the country as soon as possible, as it effectively is in a state of civil war.
Speaking from Dubai en route to meetings with the new Egyptian government, Rudd … Read more >>.
WASHINGTON/TEHRAN – Iran has reportedly told atomic inspectors this week that it had run into a serious problem at a newly completed nuclear reactor in Bushehr.
The plant was supposed to start feeding electricity into the national grid this month, the New York Times reports.
According to the paper, the … Read more »».
WASHINGTON – Former US President George W. Bush had cancelled his scheduled speech on Friday after he came to know that the group that invited him, the Young Presidents Organization, had also asked the controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange … Read more : Bush cancels scheduled speech in Denver to avoid being seen together with Assange.
LAHORE – The family of US official Raymond Davis, who shot dead two men in Lahore, has arrived in Pakistan, a media report said Saturday.
Davis’ family reached the country Thursday morning, the daily Dawn reported.
The family comprises a woman, two men and three children. There was tight security when they arrived and [..] Read the original article: here.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence has demanded an accounting by the US’ Central Intelligence Agency of all its contractors working in the country as a fallout from the arrest of alleged CIA agent Raymond Davis, a senior Pakistani intelligence official has claimed.
Davis, who …. Read the original article : here.
WEST POINT – United States Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has bluntly told West Point cadets that any senior official advising the president to deploy huge land armies in conflict zones like Iraq and Afghanistan in the future, should have his or her head examined.
“In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the …. Read the original article : Anyone advising to have wars like Iraq, Afghanistan should have head examined: Gates.
KULLU – Landslides caused by snowfall and persistent rains have made road transportation difficult and dangerous in the Kullu- Manali region.
Landslides at Raison, Dobhi, Alu Ground, Rangri and Manali have disrupted vehicular traffic movement.
Sher Singh Bobh, a teacher, who had a narrow escape on Friday when a rock almost hit his car near Manali said: … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Landslides disrupting vehicular movement in Himachal Pradesh.
LONDON – Britain has warned senior Libyan regime officials to stop supporting Colonel Gaddafi or face trial along with the autocratic ruler for crimes against humanity.
British officials are personally contacting Gaddafi’s loyalists to turn against their leader, The Guardian reports.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has urged Britons, who are still …. Source article on Gaea Times at : UK asks Gaddafi loyalists to withdraw support of face war crimes trial.
KARACHI – German Consulate employee Martin, who had slammed his vehicle into a parked police van at a traffic signal in Karachi in the wee hours of Saturday, has been released five hours after his arrest.
Earlier, four police personnel were injured when their mobile van standing at a signal was hit by the German consulate’s … Read more >>.
LONDON – The White House is about to get its first ever male -and openly gay – social secretary.
Jeremy Bernard will serve as social secretary to President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
The job, traditionally filled by a woman, will put Bernard in ultimate charge of dispensing sumptuous White House hospitality at events from state … Original article on : Obamas name openly gay man as social secretary.
LONDON – An eight-year-old from York rings bells weighing up to 32 stone, despite only weighing four stone himself.
Ewan Hull, who took up the hobby when he was five, is part of a bell-ringing family and joins nine others at St Wilfrid’s Church, in York.
What’s more, he is celebrating ringing his first quarter peal on … Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Meet the eight-year-old boy who rings bells up to 8 times his body weight!.
SYDNEY – The sons of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi may have salted away millions of dollars in oil money in hidden Australian investments during a series of visits to Sydney, Perth and Queensland over the past nine years.
In a trip to Sydney in 2006, million-dollar apartments in “the Toaster” at Circular Quay and several …. Source article : Gaddafi’s sons may have salted away millions in secret Oz investments.
WELLINGTON – The death toll from the New Zealand earthquake has risen to 147, while 50 people remain “unaccounted for”.
Police say a previous figure of around 200 missing people had included confirmed fatalities.
“The number of deceased is now 147… we expect that all of those that we have confirmed have died will be on the … Read more >>>.
NEW YORK – A man in US reportedly raped a toddler at SeaWorld and saved pictures of the horrific crime on his cell phone, according to police.ichael Grzybowicz, of Cocoa Beach Fla., has been held without bail in the Brevard County Jail since Saturday, reports the New York Daily News.
The 26-year-old allegedly molested the 2-year-old …. Source : Gaea News Network.
NEVADA – Various events are being organized in Northern Ireland to celebrate Sister Nivedita’s (1867-1911) 100th death anniversary falling on October 13 this year, who was born as Margaret Elizabeth Noble in Northern Ireland but spent most of her adult years in India.
Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council in Northern Ireland, in partnership with the …. Original article : Celebrations planned in Sr. Nivedita’s birthtown in N. Ireland on 100th anniversary.
LONDON – Medical chiefs in Britain say pregnant women should be told that having an abortion is safer than having the baby.
The draft guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is for all doctors, nurses and counselors advising women contemplating terminations, reports the Telegraph.
Its first recommendation on “what women need to know” instructs … Read more »».
NEW YORK – A Voodoo sex ceremony meant to bring good luck triggered the Brooklyn blaze that killed one person and left dozens homeless, sources have revealed.
A man identified by friends and neighbors as Nelson (Pepe) Pierre took 300 dollars from a woman to perform a mystic ceremony that promised to change her life, reports …. Source article on Gaea Times at : ‘Voodoo sex ceremony’ sparked deadly Brooklyn blaze.
LONDON – The average time for completing a marathon is 4 hours 30 minutes for men and 5 hours 10 minutes for women.
However, the winner of the world’s first robot marathon, Robovie PC, took a slightly more leisurely time of 54 hours, 57 minutes and 50.26 seconds, reports the Daily Mail.
The event, which started …. Original article on Gaea Times at : Winner of world’s first robot marathon crosses the line after 55 hrs!.
WASHINGTON – Pregnant women in the UK are using NHS fruit and vegetable vouchers to obtain cigarettes and alcohol, reveals a Government report.he survey more than 2,000 retailers, health professionals and recipients has found that more than one in five knew of occasions when shops had swapped the tokens for products outside the scheme, reports … Read more »»».
PURI – Orissa Police has seized 18 tons of silver bricks in Puri from the ancient Emar Mutt located in front of the 12th century Sri Jagannath Temple.
The incident came to light when some of the masons employed by the Orissa State Archaeology Department were engaged in repairing and renovation work of the ancient Emar … Read more »»».
NEW DELHI – The legacy of 13th century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau will come alive in the capital at ‘Jahan-e-Khusrau’, the World Sufi Music Festival, to be held March 11-13.
Sufi musicians from India, Pakistan, Iran and Canada will congregate to revisit the music and poetry of the Sufi saint at the 14th century Arab …. Original article : Amir Khusrau’s legacy to come alive again.
LONDON – If you accidentally knock over your neighbours beer in a bar and he stares at you, would you buy him a new drink or would you try to outstare him? New research suggests the dominance behaviour exhibited by staring someone down can be reflexive.
Our primate relatives certainly get into dominance battles, they …. Original article : Engaging in gaze contest is a reflex.
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan People’s Party has termed the Pakistan Muslim League-N’s decision to expel its ministers from the Punjab government a ’sad day for democracy’, and declared that it would play the role of an effective opposition in the province.
“We would like to emerge as an effective opposition and hold the Punjab government accountable. … Read more »»».
NEW DELHI – Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has turned down accusations made by the Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma that the recent clashes between the Rabhas and the Garos in areas along the Assam-Meghalaya boundary could have been avoided had the government of both states taken prompt action.
LONDON – In a wide-ranging interview, former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev has said that the war against Islam as a conflict is partly of the US’s own making.
He also called on the David Cameron Government to withdraw British troops from Afghanistan.
“It’s called the historical and political boomerang,” The Independent quoted Gorbachev, as saying … Read : War against Islam in Afghanistan partly of US’s own making: Gorbachev.
MUSCAT – Social workers and parents have criticized the first elections of the Indian school board in Oman, calling it a farce.
“The whole process, right from the composition of the board to the procedure of the election is a farce and the process as announced by the Election Committee is unheard of in any democratic …. Read the original article : here.
CANBERRA – Australia has withdrawn its diplomats from Libya amid unrest in that country, which eventually prompted the United Nations to impose sanctions on Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said Australian Consul-General Tom Yates and two other officials had been evacuated to Malta as the Gaddafi’s regime intensified its crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators …. Source article on Gaea Times at : Australia withdraws diplomats from Libya amid unrest.
LONDON – The British Government is reported to have brokered a secret deal with the Colonel Muammar Gaddafi regime worth up to 10 billion pounds before Libya descended into chaos.
According to a report in the Sunday Telegraph, for the past 18 months a dedicated Foreign Office unit had been supporting lawyers fighting to win compensation …. Original article : UK brokered secret 10 billion pound deal to detoxify ‘Brand Libya’.
KUWAIT CITY – Visiting Indian Foreign Minister S.M.Krishna just about made it to a military parade that was organised to celebrate Kuwait’s 50th Independence Day here, after being delayed by a traffic snarl.
The 50th anniversary of independence celebrations lit up the skies of Kuwait with fireworks of joy. It was a spectacle that was both … Original source on Gaea Times at : Krishna makes it to Kuwait military parade despite being caught in traffic snarl.
NEW DELHI – Prominent social activists such as Anna Hazare and ex-cop Kiran Bedi have demanded that the government introduce an Ombudsman Bill at the earliest to curb the spread of corruption in Indian society.
Criticising the present draft of the proposed Bill, Hazare said it has many loopholes and would not be able to check …. Original source : Social activists demand fullproof Ombudsman Bill to curb corruption.