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Sunday, May 30, 1999
|Democracy restored in Nigeria
ABUJA, May 29 Nigeria marked its historic handover to civilian rule today, a turning point which visiting South African President Nelson Mandela called the most important development in the countrys history.
Enact law on peoples rights: Pak SC
ISLAMABAD, May 29 The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the government to enact legislation for providing fundamental rights to the people of northern areas as envisaged in the Constitution.
Outgoing Nigerian President General Abdulsalami Abubakar gives the government's seals to elected President Olusegun Obasanjo (L) in front of judges during a swearing- in ceremony on Saturday in Abuja. Obasanjo promised Nigerians to lead a crusade against corruption and offer better, more open government to the country at its "new dawn", after he was sworn in here as the first civilian head of state in more than 15 years.
day observed in Baluchistan
sheep may age faster
Democracy restored in Nigeria
ABUJA, May 29 (DPA, AFP) Nigeria marked its historic handover to civilian rule today, a turning point which visiting South African President Nelson Mandela called the most important development in the countrys history.
Mr Obasanjo was sworn in as president later ending more than 15 years of military rule in Africas most populous country.
The 62-year-old retired General was sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Nigerian Federation, Mr Muhammadu Uwais, placing his hand on a copy of the Bible and swearing allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Promising to protect the interests of the constitution and the sovereignty of the country, he was dressed in a resplendent white and green agbada, the traditional costume of the Yoruba tribe.
A flurry of balloons in Nigerias green and white colours was released into the sky as singing broke out in the crowd.
Mr Mandela was among a host of dignitaries attending the handover ceremonies.
I am going to witness the most important development in the history of that country, he told reporters.
Other African Heads of State attending the inauguration were Presidents Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania.
Nigerias outgoing military ruler, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, said in Abuja it was time for the military to return to its constitutional role of defending the countrys territorial integrity and sovereignty.
We must forever resist and renounce the seduction and temptation of political power and office, he said in a valedictory speech on the eve of the handover of power today to the new democratically-elected government.
Enact law on peoples rights: Pak SC
ISLAMABAD, May 29 (ANI) The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the Federal Government to enact legislation for providing fundamental rights to the people of northern areas as envisaged in the Constitution.
We direct the Federal Government to initiate appropriate administrative/legislative measures within six months from today to make necessary amendments in the Constitution, relevant statutes and notifications to ensure that the people of northern areas enjoy their Fundamental Rights, namely to be governed through their chosen representatives and have access to justice through an independent judiciary, inter alia, for enforcement of their fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution, the apex court ruled on Friday.
The recommendations were given by a Bench comprising Chief Justice Ajmal Mian, Mr Justice Muhammad Bashir Jahangiri, Mr Justice Mamoon Qazi, Mr Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Arif and Mr Justice Munir A. Sheikh while disposing of 17 identical petitions/appeals filed by different persons.
The petitioners were seeking enforcement of their fundamental rights in northern areas. The court observed it was evident the people of northern areas had been agitating for their rights, and there seemed to be no factual controversy.
The court observed that since the geographical location of northern areas was very sensitive as it borders India, China, Tibet and Russia and as the above areas in the past have also been treated differently, this court cannot decide what type of government should be provided to ensure compliance with the mandate of the Constitution.
Nor can be direct that the people of northern areas should be given representation in Parliament as, at this stage, it may not be in the larger interest of the country because of the fact that a plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations is to be held.
The court observed the
relevant questions are to be decided by Parliament and
the Executive. At the most it can direct that the proper
administrative and legislative steps should be taken to
ensure that the people of northern areas enjoy their
rights under the Constitution.
Sophie pardons ex-colleague
LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) Britains royal bride-to-be Sophie Rhys-Jones has forgiven a one-time colleague who betrayed her by selling a topless picture of her to British tabloid The Sun, rival newspaper The Mirror said today.
Ms Rhys-Jones, who received an apology from The Sun earlier this week after the newspaper ignited royal outrage told a friend she has forgiven radio DJ Kara Noble for selling the 10-year-old snap.
I forgive her, Prince Edwards fiancée was quoted as telling a friend.
Mr Brian McLaurin, who introduced Ms Rhys-Jones to Queen Elizabeths youngest son, seventh in line to the throne, told the paper: They are both very upset that she (Noble) did it but they both want to move on and look to the future. Sophie doesnt want to spend the next year harbouring a grudge. They have forgiven her but not forgotten what she did.
Kara was silly and misguided but she is not a traitor, Mr McLaurin added in the report.
Noble was sacked from her job as a DJ on heart FM radio after selling the picture to The Sun which showed British television star and rival DJ Chris Tarrant playing the fool and yanking Rhys-Jones bikini top to reveal a bare breast.
Black day observed in Baluchistan
ISLAMABAD, May 29 (ANI) While the Nawaz Sharif Government and Pakistan missions abroad celebrated the first anniversary of nuclear tests by Islamabad as an event of national pride, in Baluchistan, where the tests were conducted, hundreds of activists of the Baluchistan National Party (BNP) and Pukhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) took to the streets observing a black day yesterday.
Wearing black arm bands and carrying placards and banners reading slogans like: Baluchistan needs development not nuclear experiments, the BNP activists held rallies and meetings in various parts of Baluchistan.
Strongly condemning the nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan (and India) and the celebrations by the government, protesters in the provincial capital, Quetta, marched through streets, raising anti-government slogans.
Zardari contests trial
KARACHI, May 29 (AFP) Former Pakistan Premier Benazir Bhuttos jailed husband Asif Ali Zardari today challenged his trial in a double murder case by an anti-terrorism court, court sources said.
His counsel Farook Naik, in a petition, said Zardari could not be tried in an anti-terrorism court on charges of killing Sindh High Court Judge Nizam Ahmed and his son in June 1996.
The double murder case has already been heard in a special court on suppression of terrorist activities, he said.
Now the police is trying to start the case in new anti-terrorism court. But you cannot try somebody for the same case in two courts..., Naik said.
Anti-terrorism court Judge Rehmat Hussain Jafri fixed Monday for the hearing of the application.
Last week, the police submitted an initial report of its investigation before the anti-terrorism court and named Zardari and another man Babar Sindhu as the accused in the case.
Cloned sheep may age faster
Dolly looks like any other sheep. To those who know her best, she looks remarkably like a long-dead six-year-old Finn Dorset ewe from a cell of which Dolly was made.
So the first question scientists asked in 1996, when Dolly was cloned from a cell taken from the mammary gland of her mother and twin was - how old was Dolly? Months old, or six years old?
Three years on, scientists at Roslin in Scotland have their first clue. Dolly might look like a three-year-old, but her chromosomes tell a slightly different story. And her natural life might be shorter because of them.
Scientists from PPL Therapeutics examined structures at the end of the chromosomes called telomeres. These seem to be linked to the number of times cells might divide in the life of an animal. Researchers have suspected for years that they could act as a clock, ticking off animal lifespans. Dollys telomeres, they reported in Nature, were slightly shorter than would be expected in a sheep of her age born normally.
She shows no sign of ageing except that she keeps asking about her pension, said Alan Colman, director of research for PPL Therapeutics, the company set up to exploit research at Roslin.
Its clear that the telomeres do go down as you age. But your hair falls out as you age. Hair falling out doesnt cause ageing, it is a reflection of ageing, so it is not clear that the telomere reduction has any effect at all on natural processes of ageing.
Dolly the only success out of 277 eggs will be watched all her life for signs of premature ageing. Most sheep are slaughtered at about six years: the Roslin scientists had to ask among the farming community for their best guesses at the natural lifespan of farmed sheep. But the discovery raises questions about the value of the technology for humans.
Human cloning is illegal
in Britain, and Roslin scientists have repeatedly
condemned it. But researchers at Roslin have gone into
partnership with the Geron Corporation in the USA, which
last year advanced both telomere research and the
culturing of human embryo stem cells. The plan is to
combine Scottish and US knowledge to develop new ways of
providing organ tissues for transplant.
Proposal on ending sanctions dropped
WASHINGTON, May 29 (UNI) Republican Senator Sam Brownback has withdrawn his proposal, seeking to ease nuclear-related sanctions against India and Pakistan because of a resurgence of fighting in Kashmir.
I was planning to
offer an amendment to lift the economic sanctions of
India and Pakistan. I did so in the belief that bilateral
relations between India and Pakistan had improved.
Unfortunately, I was wrong, he said in a statement
Tunnel at N. Korean N. site found
WASHINGTON, May 29 (OANA-Yonhap) A US team that visited a suspected nuclear underground site in North Korea has recently discovered an unfinished installation with a vast empty tunnel complex, the US State Department has said.
The team, which was
extended unlimited access and full cooperation by the
Korean authorities, has finished its preliminary
inspection and the findings would now undergo careful
analysis, State Department spokesman James Rubin said in
a statement yesterday.
Awami League MP sent to jail
DHAKA, May 29 (PTI) Ruling Awami League MP Mohibur Rahman Manik has been sent to jail in connection with bomb explosions at his house in north-eastern Bangladesh that left two persons dead, the police said today.
A Sunamjung Magistrate in Sylhet district last night sent Manik to jail for his alleged involvement in the March 15 bomb blasts after he was arrested and produced before the Judge by a team of CID officials, the police said.
|ANC wins court case
JOHANNESBURG: The ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa has won a case in the high court to stop a white opposition party from distributing pamphlets and posters claiming the ANC did not need Indians. The ANC won two rulings from the Durban High Court against the former National Party, which distributed the pamphlets and posters in the mainly Indian suburbs of Chatsworth and Phoenix in Durban recently, asking the party to immediately stop their distribution as they were not true. PTI
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