Archive | December, 2012

17 Pakistanis die after drinking cough syrup

17 Pakistanis die after drinking cough syrup

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

pb2GGS NEWS : At least 17 people have died in Pakistan after consuming toxic cough syrup, with two deaths reported from Punjab province’s Gujranwala district Saturday, Geo News reported.

As many as 21 people who had excessively consumed the alleged toxic cough syrup and drugs were brought to hospital from different areas. At least 17 of these people died, said a senior official at the Gujranwala district headquarter hospital.

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‘Iran uranium enrichment to continue’

‘Iran uranium enrichment to continue’

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

pb2Tehran,(GGS NEWS)  Dec 30 : Iran is determined to continue enriching uranium to the purity level of 20 percent, an Iranian lawmaker has said.

Mansour Haqiqatpour, a member of Majlis (parliament), said “Iran will never exchange this right”.

Irrespective of agreement or disagreement of the P5+1 (US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany), Iran will not give up its right to nuclear technology, Xinhua quoted the parliamentarian as saying.

The West has been accusing Iran of secretly developing atomic weapons under the disguise of a civilian nuclear programme, a charge that has been repeatedly denied by Tehran.

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Russian FM says Syrian President Assad won’t go

Russian FM says Syrian President Assad won’t go

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

 

pb2Syria,(GGS NEWS) 30 Dec 2012 : Russia’s foreign minister said Saturday that Syrian President Bashar Assad has no intention of stepping down and it would be impossible to try to persuade him otherwise.

After a meeting with Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.’s envoy for the Syrian crisis, Sergey Lavrov also said that the Syrian opposition risks sacrificing many more lives if it continues to insist on Assad leaving office as a precondition for holding talks on Syria’s future.

Assad “has repeatedly said publicly and privately, including in his meeting with Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus not long ago, that he does not intend to leave for anywhere, that he will stay to the end in his post, that he will, as he expressed it, defend the Syrian people, Syrian sovereignty and so forth,” Lavrov said. “There’s no possibility to change this position.”

Brahimi warned that the country’s civil war could plunge the entire region into chaos by sending hundreds of thousands of refugees into neighboring nations, but his talks in Moscow produced no sign of progress toward settling the crisis.

Brahimi and Lavrov both said after their meeting that the 21-month-old Syrian conflict can only be settled through talks, while admitting that the parties in the conflict have shown no desire for compromise. Neither official hinted at a possible solution that would persuade the Syrian government and the opposition to agree to a ceasefire and sit down for talks about a political transition.Brahimi, who arrived in Moscow on a one-day trip following his talks in Damascus with Assad this week, voiced concern about the escalation of the conflict, which he said is becoming “more and more sectarian.”

The envoy warned that “if you have a panic in Damascus and if you have 1 million people leaving Damascus in a panic, they can go to only two places — Lebanon and Jordan,” and those countries may not be able to endure half a million refugees each.

Brahimi said that “if the only alternative is really hell or a political process, then we have got all of us to work ceaselessly for a political process.”

Russia has been the main supporter of Assad’s regime since the uprising began in March 2011, using its veto at the U.N. Security Council along with China to shield its last Mideast ally from international sanctions.

Lavrov said Russia would continue to oppose any U.N. resolution that would call for international sanctions against Assad and open the way for a foreign intervention in Syria. And while he again emphasized that Russia “isn’t holding onto Bashar Assad,” he added that Moscow continues to believe the opposition demand for his resignation as a precondition for peace talks is “counterproductive.”

“The price for that precondition will be the loss of more Syrian lives,” Lavrov said.

Both Brahimi and Lavrov insisted that efforts to end the civil war must be based on a peace plan that was approved at an international conference in Geneva in June.

The Geneva plan calls for an open-ended cease-fire, a transitional government to run the country until elections, and the drafting of a new constitution. But it was a non-starter with the opposition because of Russia’s insistence that the plan leave the door open for Assad being part of the transition process and the fact that it didn’t mention possible U.N. sanctions.

Brahimi said that while some “little adjustments” could be made to the original plan, “it’s a valued basis for reasonable political process.”
With the opposition offensive gaining momentum in Syria, there is little hope that the initiative would have any more chance of success than it had when it was approved.

Lavrov has said that Moscow is ready to talk to the main Syrian opposition group, even though it had earlier criticized the United States and other Western nations for recognizing the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

On Friday, coalition leader Mouaz al-Khatib rejected the Russian invitation for talks and urged Moscow to support the opposition’s call for Assad’s ouster. Lavrov said Saturday that al-Khatib’s statement was surprising after his earlier contacts with Russian diplomats in Egypt during which the opposition tentatively agreed on a meeting in a third country.

Lavrov said the coalition leader should “realize it would be in his own interests to hear our analysis directly from us.”
Lavrov rejected the opposition claim that Russia’s continuing weapons supplies to Assad’s regime make it responsible for mass killings in Syria, saying that Moscow bears no responsibility for the Soviet-era weapons in Syrian arsenals. He said that defensive weapons such as anti-aircraft missiles that Russia has continued to supply to Damascus couldn’t be used in the civil war.

“We aren’t providing the Syrian regime with any offensive weapons or weapons that could be used in a civil war,” Lavrov said. “And we have no leverage over what the regime has got since the Soviet times.”

Georgy Mirsky, a leading Mideast expert with the Institute for World Economy and International Relations, a top foreign policy think tank, said President Vladimir Putin’s stand on Syria is rooted in fear that joining international calls for Assad’s resignation would make him look weak at home.

“It would look like an inadmissible concession to America, a virtual surrender. The Kremlin would lose its face, look like a loser,” said Mirsky.

He wrote in his blog that Putin is resigned to Assad’s eventual collapse and the loss of any Russian influence in a future Syria, but firmly opposes international sanctions. That stand allows Putin to tell his domestic audience that Russia has defended its ally until the end against overwhelming odds, said Mirsky.

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Deadly attack on Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan, 20 killed

Deadly attack on Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan, 20 killed

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

pb2Pakistan (GGS NEWS) : – A car bomb exploded on Sunday near a convoy of buses taking Pakistani Shia pilgrims to Iran, killing 20 people and wounding 24, officials said, the latest attack on the minority sect.
Witnesses said the blast occurred as the three buses were overtaking a car about 60 km (35 miles) west of Quetta, capital of sparsely populated Baluchistan province, site of many sectarian attacks, near the Iranian border.
“The bus next to us caught on fire immediately,” said pilgrim Hussein Ali, 60. “We tried to save our companions but were driven back by the intensity of the heat.”
An official at Mastung district hospital, said 20 people had been killed and 24 wounded.
Akbar Durrani, Baluchistan’s home secretary, said rescue teams were trying to reach victims in the wreckage of the vehicles, one of which was still in flames some time after the attack. He said the death toll could rise.
A string of attacks on Shias underscores the government’s inability to crack down on groups promoting sectarian violence.
In August, militants made passengers disembark from a bus in a northern province and shot 19 Shias dead after determining from their identity cards whether they were Shias or majority Sunnis.
New York-based Human Rights Watch has noted more than 320 Shias killed this year in Pakistan and said attacks were on the rise. It said the government’s failure to catch or prosecute attackers suggested it was “indifferent” to the killings.
Pakistan has banned several militant groups that openly call for attacks on Shias. But their leaders move around openly, give interviews and often receive police protection. Rights groups say some groups have ties to Pakistani security agencies.
Pakistan is overwhelmingly Muslim, with most citizens Sunni, though about 20 percent of its 180 million population are Shia.

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India vs Pakistan 2012 Live Score : Chennai ODI

India vs Pakistan 2012 Live Score : Chennai ODI

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

pb2Chennai:(GGS NEWS) :  Dec 30, 2012 :
INDIA: Overs: 50 II Score: 227/6 (Dhoni: 113*, Ashwin: 31*)
Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will look to put on a decent score on a damp pitch after Pakistan won the toss and decided to let India have a go with the bat first.

The first of the three ODIs between the two teams will see the implementation of the new ICC rules for One-Day Internationals.

There will be only two blocks of Powerplay overs, instead of three – there will be no bowling powerplay. During non-Powerplay overs, a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle, a reduction from the earlier five. Also, five fielders will have to be in the ring at all times.

For bowlers, two bouncers have been allowed per over.

India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja,  Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Kamran Akmal (wk), Azhar Ali, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan

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Woman strangulated after rape attempt in Rajasthan

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

pb2Jaipur,(GGS NEWS) 30 Dec 2012 : A man was on Sunday arrested in Rajasthan for strangulating his 23-year-old sister-in-law after a failed rape bid on December 25, police said. The victim died in a hospital on Saturday.

Police said the accused escaped thinking the woman had died. However, she was rushed to SMS hospital in Jaipur in an unconscious state where she passed away on Saturday night four days after the rape attempt.

The incident took place at Govindpura village near Neem Ka Thana in Sikar district, around 150 km from Jaipur.

“The victim had married one Shankar Lal three years ago and was staying at her in-laws house in the village,” said a police officer.

She was alone at the house when her husband’s cousin Pintu alias Ajay came to visit her, the officer said.

On finding her alone, Pintu tried to rape her, the officer added.

“However, she resisted. When Ajay failed in his attempt, he tried to strangulate her using her stole. Ajay thought she had died when she fell unconscious and ran away from the house,” said the officer.

“We traced Ajay and have arrested him for attempted rape and murder,” he said.

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Student gang-raped in Bihar, two held

Student gang-raped in Bihar, two held

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

downloadPatna,(GGS NEWS) Dec 30 :  Two people have been arrested for allegedly abducting and gang-raping a student in a Bihar village, police said Sunday.
Police said the intermediate student was abducted at gunpoint Friday in Vasudevpur village in Samastipur district, around 100 km from here, when she was returning home on a bicycle from a coaching class.
“She said the accused threatened to kill her if she raised an alarm and gang-raped her first in a sugarcane field and later at a house,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said.
The girl fled from their clutches Saturday afternoon and reached the deputy superintendent of police’s office with her family members.
She has been sent for medical examination.
Police said the two accused — Surendra Mahto and Virendra Mahto — are the girl’s neighbours. Surendra is a father of two while Virendra’s wife has deserted him.
Last week, a 12-year-old was gang-raped in a village in Patna district. Police have arrested one of the three accused.

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Delhi gang-rape victim cremated away from public glare

Delhi gang-rape victim cremated away from public glare

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

pb2NEW DELHI,(GGS NEWS) 30 Dec 2012 : The mortal remains of the gangrape victim, who lost her brave battle for life in a Singapore hospital yesterday, were consigned to flames here early today away from public glare, hours after her body was received by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the small hours.

The funeral pyre was lit by her sobbing father at a crematorium in the subcity Dwarka after traumatised relatives and friends said their final prayers at a ritual at the house where the girl lived in southwest Delhi.

Singh and Gandhi waited at the Palam technical area of the IGI Airport where a special aircraft of Air India carrying the mortal remains of the girl as also her parents and family members taxied down the tarmac in heavy fog in a sombre atmosphere reflecting the national mood against the beastial attack on her two Sundays ago that ultimately claimed her life.

After the plane landed at IGI airport at around 3.30am, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi met the disconsolate parents and brothers of the paramedica student and commisserated in their grief.

Amidst heavy deployment of Delhi Police, BSF and Rapid Action Force personnel in riot gear, the body was then taken to the house, where the girl lived, and rituals were performed before being taken to the crematorium at Dwarka Sector 24.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, Minister of state for Home Affairs R P N Singh, West Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra, Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta were also present at the cremation from which the media was kept out.

It was only late last night that police had approached the officials of a crematorium for an early morning cremation of the 23-year-old gangrape victim.

The cremation plans were kept closely-guarded till the last moment as police apprehended a large gathering may cause law and order problems.

Authorities also wanted the last rites to be performed at 6.30 AM but their plan did not materialize as Hindu traditions did not allow cremation before sunrise.

At 7.30 AM, the father of the victim lit the funeral pyre in the presence of her brothers, relatives and others.

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Patiala gang rape case: SI held for suicide

Patiala gang rape case: SI held for suicide

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

pb2Patiala,(GGS NEWS) 30 December 2012 : The local police today arrested Sub-Inspector (SI) Nasib Singh, the dismissed police post in charge of Badshahpur who was the investigating officer in the rape case of a teenager.

The SI was yesterday booked under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment to suicide. “A total of five arrests have been made in the case so far. Besides the SI, the other are Chinder Kaur, Balwinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Sandeep Singh,” said Patiala IG Paramjit Singh Gill.

Daljit Kaur (name changed) was allegedly raped by two men in a small farm motor room at a village in Ghagga subdivision on Diwali evening (November 13). She later committed suicide following police “inaction” in the case.

Located some 15 km away from Badshahpur, the dingy motor room technically falls under the jurisdiction of the Sangrur police.

Villagers claim local resident Sandeep Singh, named in the FIR and arrested yesterday, has no role in the incident. However, the FIR lodged on the statement of the victim states that Sandeep was waiting for the two accused when they brought her to the crime spot.

“The police should verify the claims made by the victim’s family before taking any action,” said villagers gathered at the spot to meet the committee members investigating the case.

The Chief Minister had yesterday formed a three-member committee, headed by ADGP (Crime) Jaswinder Singh, IG (Crime) Shashi Prabha Diwedi and IG (Zonal) Patiala Paramjit Singh Gill, to probe the case.

Diwedi today inspected the scene of crime. She also met Sandeep’s wife who pleaded that her husband was innocent and did not step out of the house that evening.

CASE FILE

* Daljit Kaur (name changed) was allegedly raped by two men in a small farm motor room at Badshahpur village in Ghagga subdivision on November 13

* The victim later committed suicide following police “inaction” in the case

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Pak-bound bus breaks down near Mandi Gobidngarh

Pak-bound bus breaks down near Mandi Gobidngarh

Posted on 30 December 2012 by GGS News

pb2Mandi Gobindgarh,(GGS NEWS) 30  December 2012 : The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation Bus ‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ came to a grinding halt on the national highway near Lal Bhatti Chowk, Mandi Gobindgarh, around 10.30 am today after developing a technical fault in its engine. It had 35 passengers, including 2 foreigners, 6 Indians and 27 Pakistani citizens on board. The Mandi Gobindgarh and Sirhind Police immediately reached the spot and brought the passengers to the floating restaurant near here.

The bus was brought to a workshop near Red Light Chowk where it was being repaired. The bus driver Nasheer Shah and his assistant Gohar Rehman said, “The bus started from Delhi at 6 am and it was due to reach Lahore by 6 pm.”

“An alternative arrangement had been made wherein a Punjab Roadways Bus from Amritsar was to transport the passengers but no bus has arrived till yet,” an official said.

After the bus couldn’t be repaired in Mandi Gobindgarh, the bus was taken to a Tata agency in Khanna. The police had to remain on their toes for the whole day.

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