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Ranjishne killed in Qazi Mandi

Ranjishne killed in Qazi Mandi

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

Jalandhar,(GGS NEWS) 30 Sept 2010 :: Rama Mandi police station in the area late Wednesday evening Ranjishne controversy comes Qazi Mandi some people killed a man. After the incident the accused ran a motorcycle up on the spot. Raging fire people handed over to the bike. See event information, the police force reached the spot.
Kazi Mandi area resident Dharma master’s son living in parish dispute was with a man. Lalita daughter of the deceased alleged that the said person came riding on bikes with their peers. During this coming Tejdhaar he been heavily attacked his father. He then made a noise the accused fled. Meanwhile, the accused left his motorcycle on the spot, turned himself in to the raging fire people.Dharma injured people by understanding the civil hospital where doctors declared him dead was. See event information division of the station no. 8 and Rama Mandi police reached the spot. Arrived at the scene with ACP Dharma Bahadur Singh said the accused was on old Ranjish. According to the second law of Dharma Lalita past were missing. The controversy was well Ghhraaya during action in the area I was also pelted stones at police. Dharma in this case on behalf of such person was charged. This is why it is considered that murder. Police raids to arrest the accused is.

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Atmosphere Checked, One Mars Year Before a Landing

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

PASADENA, Calif. (GGS NEWS ) 30 Sept 2010– What will the Martian atmosphere be like when the next Mars rover descends through it for landing in August of 2012?

An instrument studying the Martian atmosphere from orbit has begun a four-week campaign to characterize daily atmosphere changes, one Mars year before the arrival of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. A Mars year equals 687 Earth days.

The planet’s thin atmosphere of carbon dioxide is highly repeatable from year to year at the same time of day and seasonal date during northern spring and summer on Mars.

The Mars Climate Sounder instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter maps the distribution of temperature, dust, and water ice in the atmosphere. Temperature variations with height indicate how fast air density changes and thus the rates at which the incoming spacecraft slows down and heats up during its descent.

“It is currently one Mars year before the Mars Science Laboratory arrival season,” said atmospheric scientist David Kass of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. “This campaign will provide a set of observations to support the Mars Science Laboratory engineering team and Mars atmospheric modelers. The information will constrain the expected climate at their landing season. It will also help define the range of possible weather conditions on landing day.”

During the four years the Mars Climate Sounder has been studying the Martian atmosphere, its observations have seen conditions only at about three in the afternoon and three in the morning. For the new campaign, the instrument team is inaugurating a new observation mode, looking to both sides as well as forward. This provides views of the atmosphere earlier and later in the day by more than an hour, covering the range of possible times of day that the rover will pass through the atmosphere before landing.

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, provided the Mars Climate Sounder instrument and manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Science Laboratory projects for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. For more about NASA’s Mars exploration program, see.

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Pakistan halts NATO supplies to Afghanistan

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

Peshawar,(GGS NEWS) 30 Sept 2010 ::  Pakistan shut down the main land route for NATO supplies into Afghanistan on Thursday after officials accused NATO of killing three Pakistani troops in the fourth cross-border attack this week.

NATO and the Pakistani government said they were investigating the reported incident in the Kurram district of Pakistan’s tribal belt, which Washington has branded an al Qaeda headquarters and hub of militants fighting in Afghanistan.

“We have suspended NATO supply trucks for the time being due to security reasons,” an official in Pakistan’s Frontier Corps paramilitary unit said in the northwestern city of Peshawar on condition of anonymity.

Two officials at the Torkham border crossing in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber district and a US diplomat confirmed that NATO convoys were not being allowed to cross.

Khyber is on the main NATO supply route through Pakistan into Afghanistan, where more than 152,000 US and NATO forces are fighting a nine-year Taliban insurgency.

Pakistan has condemned cross-border air strikes by NATO helicopters pursuing militants into its territory. NATO said it was investigating Thursday’s incident, but has said previously it has the right to self-defence.

Washington considers Pakistan’s border areas with Afghanistan the most dangerous place on Earth and has this month significantly stepped up a covert drone war on Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants holed up in the area.

Although Pakistan is a key US ally, its powerful military has been accused in the West of playing a double game in supporting Afghan Taliban.

Pakistani security officials said that NATO helicopters had entered Pakistani airspace and bombed a paramilitary checkpoint in an “unprovoked attack” in Mandati Kandaw village.

“NATO helicopters entered our airspace and targeted a paramilitary checkpost killing three soldiers and wounding three others,” one official said.

“NATO helicopters intruded up to five kilometres (three miles) into Pakistan’s airspace,” the Pakistani official said.

ISAF said it was investigating the Pakistani claims, saying that an air strike had targeted insurgents “believed” to have been on the Afghan side of the border and denying that its troops crossed into Pakistan airspace.

“Early this morning, a coalition force observed what they believed was a group of insurgents attempting to fire mortars at a coalition base in the border area of Dand Patan district, Paktiya province,” it said. “A coalition air weapons team was called for fire support and engaged the insurgents.”

After being informed by Pakistanis that their border forces had been hit, ISAF said it was working with the Pakistanis “to ascertain if the two events are linked”.

“The matter remains under investigation,” it said.

Pakistan’s civilian government also said it was investigating and stopped short of confirming what it called “reports”.

“Let the investigation complete first, then we will formulate our response,” foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told reporters.

It was the fourth such attack reported in a week.

The US’ presence in Afghanistan and US drone strikes in the tribal belt are the subject of fierce criticism and suspicion in Pakistan.

On Monday, the government in Islamabad denounced cross-border NATO air strikes as a violation of its sovereignty.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday the recent strikes were marked by “communication breakdowns” as allied officers were not able to contact their Pakistani counterparts about the operation until afterwards.

ISAF said helicopters pursued insurgents in Pakistan on Friday after an Afghan security force outpost in Khost province came under attack.

It said 30 rebels were killed and that two helicopters returned to the border area on Saturday, killing several more.

Pakistani security officials then said that five people were killed by NATO cross-border fire on Matta Sanga town on Monday.

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AYODHYA VERDICT: Sunni plea rejected, Site belongs to Lord Ram

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

Lucknow,(GGS NEWS) 30 Sept 2010 :: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has dismissed the petition of the Sunni Waqf Board and said that the disputed site was the birth of Lord Ram and holds immense importance for Hindus.

Bringing to an end the suspense over the 60-year-old Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case, the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday pronounced its verdict.

The 2.7 acre area in Ayodhya has been divided into three parts. One area would go to the Nirmohi Akhara, one to Hindus and third to Muslims’ Waqf Board.

But the three-judge Bench comprising Justice SU Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice DV Sharma unanimously agreed that the particular area where the idols are installed is the birthplace of Lord Ram and would remain with the Hindus.

This means that the idols will not be removed from the site and the Hindus are free to build a temple there.

The parties have three months to appeal against the verdict.

Today’s judgment came after the last hurdle in its pronouncement was cleared by the Supreme Court Tuesday when it dismissed the petition by a retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi for deferment of the keenly-awaited verdict.

The Ayodhya dispute, which has been an emotive issue for decades and mired in a slew of legal suits involving Hindu and Muslim religious groups, dates back to the year 1528 when a mosque was built on the site by Mughal emperor Babar, which Hindus claim to be a birth place of Lord Ram and believe to be the spot where a Hindu temple existed since 11th Century.

The 2.7 acre area in Ayodhya has been divided into three parts. One area would go to the Nirmohi Akhara, one to Hindus and third to Muslims’ Waqf Board.

But the three-judge Bench comprising Justice SU Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice DV Sharma unanimously agreed that the particular area where the idols are installed is the birthplace of Lord Ram and would remain with the Hindus.

This means that the idols will not be removed from the site and the Hindus are free to build a temple there.

The parties have three months to appeal against the verdict.

Today’s judgment came after the last hurdle in its pronouncement was cleared by the Supreme Court Tuesday when it dismissed the petition by a retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi for deferment of the keenly-awaited verdict.

The Ayodhya dispute, which has been an emotive issue for decades and mired in a slew of legal suits involving Hindu and Muslim religious groups, dates back to the year 1528 when a mosque was built on the site by Mughal emperor Babar, which Hindus claim to be a birth place of Lord Ram and believe to be the spot where a Hindu temple existed since 11th Century.

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Times Square plotter ‘planned second bomb attack’

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

U.S,(GGS NEWS)  30 Sept 2010 :: A man convicted of an attempted bomb attack in New York’s Times Square said he planned to detonate a second bomb two weeks later, prosecutors say.

Faisal Shahzad also said he thought the first bomb, which failed to go off, would kill at least 40 people, prosecutors say in new court documents.

They argue Shahzad, a Pakistani-born US citizen, should be given a life term when he is sentenced, due on 5 October.

Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to 10 weapons and terrorism charges.

In the court documents, prosecutors say Shahzad left the US in 2009 to learn how to build bombs and attack targets in the US.

“I have been trying to join my brothers in jihad since 9/11 happened. I am planning to wage an attack inside America,” Shahzad said in a 40-minute video released by prosecutors on Wednesday.

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‘Space hotel’ plan unveiled in Russia

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

Russia,(GGS NEWS) 30 Sept 2010 :: A Russian company has unveiled an ambitious plan to launch a “cosmic hotel” for wealthy space tourists.

Orbital Technologies says its “comfortable” four-room guest house could be in orbit by 2016, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reports.

Guests would be ferried to the hotel on a Soyuz shuttle of the type used to transport cosmonauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Moscow-based firm did not reveal how the hotel would be built or funded.

Up until now space tourists, such as American businessman Dennis Tito, have squeezed into the cramped ISS, alongside astronauts and their experiments.

The new hotel would offer greater comforts, according to Sergei Kostenko, chief executive of Orbital Technologies.

“Our planned module inside will not remind you of the ISS. A hotel should be comfortable inside, and it will be possible to look at the Earth through large portholes,” he told RIA Novosti.

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French budget aims to cut deficit

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

French,(GGS NEWS) 30 Sept 2010 :: The French government plans to cut civil service staff levels and do away with some tax breaks to try to close its budget deficit.

But its latest Budget also relies on economic growth of 2% for 2011, above the 1.3% consensus forecast, to close the gap.

The government forecasts a record deficit of 7.7% of GDP this year, 6% in 2011, and hopes to hit 3% by 2013.

That would bring it within the European Commission’s economic rules.

Part of its civil service cuts include allowing more than 30,000 staff to retire without replacing them, in the continuation of an existing policy of replacing only 50% of retiring bureaucrats.

Tax breaks worth 10bn euros (£8.6bn; $13.6bn) will also be withdrawn, but no new taxes will be introduced.

“The strategy excludes any notion of a generalised tax rise, as this would penalise economic growth,” said a presidential statement.

Although the growth forecast for next year is above the consensus forecast by economists, Dominique Barbet, of BNP Paribas, welcomed the budget and said it would allow France to reduce its deficit to 6% of GDP by 2011.

He said: “I think it is quite smart. The government has taken a cautious approach in its estimate on fiscal income.”

However, the former Socialist presidential candidate, Segolene Royal, said earlier on Wednesday that the budget would introduce “the highest tax hike since 1995 except for the very rich”.

She told France 2 television that “public debt has doubled in five years… the government is today borrowing a billion euros a day and the government is going to get back only 10 billion” by closing tax loopholes in the budget.

France is also taking steps to reduce its borrowing by containing total spending at 286.4bn euros (£246.8bn, $390bn), 714m euros higher than in 2010.

France has already seen demonstrations over a plan to cut state spending by raising the pension age to 62 years from the present 60 years.

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PM and Mongolian Prime Minister Sükhbaatar Batbold strengthen Canada-Mongolia relations

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

Ottawa, Ontario: (PMO) 30 Sept 2010 :: Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Canada and Mongolia have reached new agreements to improve trade and market access, as well as strengthen both agricultural cooperation and Mongolia’s democratic governance and institutions. The Prime Minister made the announcement following a bilateral meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Sükhbaatar Batbold, who is visiting Canada from September 27 to October 1.

“The agreements signed today show that our countries are committed to developing our relationship,” said Prime Minister Harper. “We look forward to further strengthening our ties, including cooperating on institutional reform and peace and security.”

Canada and Mongolia agreed to three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen trade cooperation and development between the two countries.

Prime Minister Harper also announced that a study comparing Canada’s Public Service Commission and the Civil Service Council of Mongolia will be completed shortly.

The two leaders also issued a Joint Statement highlighting the results of their meeting and setting forth steps for the future development of the Canada-Mongolia bilateral relationship.

Canada and Mongolia enjoy excellent and growing bilateral relations. The two countries have much in common, including vast landscapes, abundant mineral resources and a shared commitment to democracy. Canada and Mongolia also have a strong interest in expanding trade, which was valued at $164 million in 2009.

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Scientists find planet suitable for life

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

Washington:,(GGS NEWS) 30 Sept 2010 :: Astronomers say they have for the first time spotted a planet beyond our own in what is sometimes called the Goldilocks zone for life: Not too hot, not too cold. Juuuust right.

Not too far from its star, not too close. So it could contain liquid water. The planet itself is neither too big nor too small for the proper surface, gravity and atmosphere.

It’s just right. Just like Earth.

“This really is the first Goldilocks planet,” said co-discoverer R Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

The new planet sits smack in the middle of what astronomers refer to as the habitable zone, unlike any of the nearly 500 other planets astronomers have found outside our solar system. And it is in our galactic neighbourhood, suggesting that plenty of Earth-like planets circle other stars.

Finding a planet that could potentially support life is a major step toward answering the timeless question: Are we alone?

Scientists have jumped the gun before on proclaiming that planets outside our solar system were habitable only to have them turn out to be not quite so conducive to life. But this one is so clearly in the right zone that five outside astronomers told a news agency it seems to be the real thing.

“This is the first one I’m truly excited about,” said Penn State University’s Jim Kasting. He said this planet is a “pretty prime candidate” for harbouring life.

Life on other planets doesn’t mean ET Even a simple single-cell bacteria or the equivalent of shower mold would shake perceptions about the uniqueness of life on Earth.

But there are still many unanswered questions about this strange planet. It is about three times the mass of Earth, slightly larger in width and much closer to its star — 14 million miles away versus 93 million. It’s so close to its version of the sun that it orbits every 37 days. And it doesn’t rotate much, so one side is almost always bright, the other dark.

Temperatures can be as hot as 160 degrees or as frigid as 25 degrees below zero, but in between — in the land of constant sunrise — it would be “shirt-sleeve weather,” said co-discoverer Steven Vogt of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

It’s unknown whether water actually exists on the planet, and what kind of atmosphere it has. But because conditions are ideal for liquid water, and because there always seems to be life on Earth where there is water, Vogt believes “that chances for life on this planet are 100 percent.”

The astronomers’ findings are being published in Astrophysical Journal and were announced by the National Science Foundation on Wednesday.

The planet circles a star called Gliese 581. It’s about 120 trillion miles away, so it would take several generations for a spaceship to get there. It may seem like a long distance, but in the scheme of the vast universe, this planet is “like right in our face, right next door to us,” Vogt said in an interview.

That close proximity and the way it was found so early in astronomers’ search for habitable planets hints to scientists that planets like Earth are probably not that rare.

Vogt and Butler ran some calculations, with giant fudge factors built in, and figured that as much as one out of five to 10 stars in the universe have planets that are Earth-sized and in the habitable zone.

With an estimated 200 billion stars in the universe, that means maybe 40 billion planets that have the potential for life, Vogt said. However, Ohio State University’s Scott Gaudi cautioned that is too speculative about how common these planets are.

Vogt and Butler used ground-based telescopes to track the star’s precise movements over 11 years and watch for wobbles that indicate planets are circling it. The newly discovered planet is actually the sixth found circling Gliese 581. Two looked promising for habitability for a while, another turned out to be too hot and the fifth is likely too cold. This sixth one bracketed right in the sweet spot in between, Vogt said.

With the star designated “a,” its sixth planet is called Gliese 581g.

“It’s not a very interesting name and it’s a beautiful planet,” Vogt said. Unofficially, he’s named it after his wife: “I call it Zarmina’s World.”

The star Gliese 581 is a dwarf, about one-third the strength of our sun. Because of that, it can’t be seen without a telescope from Earth, although it is in the Libra constellation, Vogt said.

But if you were standing on this new planet, you could easily see our sun, Butler said.

The low-energy dwarf star will live on for billions of years, much longer than our sun, he said. And that just increases the likelihood of life developing on the planet, the discoverers said.

“It’s pretty hard to stop life once you give it the right conditions,” Vogt said

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Ayodhya verdict at 3.30pm, high alert across the nation

Posted on 30 September 2010 by GGS News

Lucknow,(GGS NEWS)  30 Sept 2010 : Will the Allahabad High Court succeed in settling the dispute over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid, which has remained unresolved for decades?

This is the question on top of several minds as the nation awaits with bated breath the verdict in the six-decade- old legal dispute over the ownership of the land where the 1528-built Babri Masjid once stood.

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, comprising Justices DV Sharma, Sudhir Agarwal and SU Khan, is slated to pronounce the verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit at 3:30 pm.

The High Court here has been turned into a virtually impregnable fortress and only the parties to the legal dispute and their lawyers will be allowed entry to Court Number 21 where the three judges will pronounce their verdict.

Unprecedented security measures have been put in place across the state and particularly in the capital here to ensure that no untoward incident takes place in the aftermath of the verdict.

The state government has clamped a ban on any overt display of victory or defeat after the pronouncement of the verdict which may run into several thousand pages. “Any such attempts will be firmly dealt with,” Deputy Inspector General Rajeev Krishna said.

Around 1.90 lakh security personnel have been deployed across the state which Home Minister P Chidambaram said was “more than enough” to maintain law and order. At least 2,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the city in addition to regular police force to maintain peace.

People went about their daily routines and schools and offices functioned normally in the state capital amid heavy police presence to check any untoward incident.

The only hurdle in the pronouncement of the verdict was cleared by the Supreme Court Tuesday when it dismissed the petition by a retired bureaucrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi for deferment of the keenly-awaited judgement.

The High Court verdict assumes significance as an amicable solution to the dispute over a piece of land has not been achieved through negotiations between the two religious groups.

Repeated attempts were made by former Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao, VP Singh and Chandra Shekhar to persuade the two sides to reach a compromise but with little success.

The Ayodhya dispute has been an emotive issue for decades and mired in a slew of legal suits involving Hindu and Muslim religious groups.

The first title suit in the case was filed in 1950 by one Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking an injunction for permitting ‘pooja’ (worship) of Lord Ram at the disputed site while the second suit was filed by Paramhans Ramchandra Das also in 1950 seeking the same injunction but this was later withdrawn.

The third suit was filed in 1959 by the Nirmohi Akhara, seeking direction to hand over the charge of the disputed site from the receiver and the fourth one came in 1961 by UP Sunni Central Board of Waqfs for declaration and possession of the site.

The fifth suit was moved on July one, 1989 in the name of Bhagwan Shri Ram Lalla Virajman also for declaration and possession.

Through an application moved by then Advocate General of UP, all the four suits were transferred to the High Court in 1989.

As many as 94 witnesses have appeared before the Court — 58 from Hindu side and 36 from Muslim side — during regular hearings of the case which began on January 10, 2010.

The High Court, while adjudicating the case, also asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to carry out excavation in the area surrounding the disputed site to find out whether temple was there before mosque was built.

The excavation, which was done in the presence of representatives from Hindus and Muslims, went on for more than five months between March and August in 2003.

Hearing in the case taken up on a day-to-day basis from January this year was completed on July 26 and the special bench had reserved its verdict asking the parties concerned to approach the OSD in case there was any scope of resolution to the case through reconciliation.

Since none of the parties made any attempt in this direction, the court had on September 8 fixed September 24 as the date for pronouncement of the verdict. It was fixed for September 30 after the apex court dismissed a plea for deferment of the High Court verdict.

In its verdict, the High Court is expected to decide whether the 2.7 acres of disputed land on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, 1992, belongs to the Sunni Central Waqf Board or to the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha.

The three main issues before the High Court are whether there was a temple at the disputed site prior to 1528, whether the suit filed by the Sunni Central Waqf board in 1961 is barred by limitation and whether Muslims perfected their title through adverse possession.

The history of the dispute goes back to the year 1528 when a mosque was built on the site by Mughal emperor Babar which Hindus claim to be a birth place of Lord Ram and where a temple was there earlier.

In order to settle the dispute, the British officials in 1859 erected a fence to separate the places of worship, allowing the inner court to be used by Muslims and the outer court by Hindus and this system went on till 1949 when an idol of Lord Ram surfaced inside the mosque.

The authorities then declared the premises a disputed area and locked the gates which were unlocked after 37 years by a District Judge in 1986 to allow ‘darshan’.

With the passage of time, the dispute took political colour. The Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992 in the presence of senior leaders of VHP, Shiv Sena and BJP.

The demolition of the mosque triggered communal riots in several parts of the country in which more than 2,000 lives were lost.

Earlier this month, RC Tripathi, one of the parties to the suit, moved a plea in the High Court seeking deferment of the verdict to make fresh attempts for an out-of-court settlement through negotiations.

On September 17, the High Court refused to defer pronouncement of the verdict following which the matter reached the Supreme Court.

An apex court bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and AK Patnaik refused to take up the case and referred it to another bench.

Difference of opinion between two Justices RV Raveendran and HL Gokhale, before whom the matter came up for hearing on September 23, surfaced on entertaining the petition. However, the court issued notices to the parties.

The matter was finally head by a special three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia on Tuesday and it dismissed the plea for deferment of the verdict by the High Court.

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