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Pervez rakes up Kashmir issue
Beijing, February 21
Raking up the Kashmir issue in China, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf today said not much progress had been made on “conflict resolution” with India although confidence building measures were going ahead.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Beijing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (right) shakes hands with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Beijing on Tuesday.
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Indian sugar for Pak market
Islamabad, February 21
Under attack for spiralling sugar prices in domestic market, Pakistan Government has rushed 8,000 tonnes of the sweetener imported from India to retail outlets soon after its arrival in the country.



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16 Al-Qaida men sentenced to death in Pak
Karachi, February 21
A Pakistani court today sentenced 16 members of an Al-Qaida-linked militant group to death for a 2004 attack on a top General’s car in Karachi that killed 11 persons. Eleven of the militants were present in the court and another five who absconded earlier were also handed death sentences in their absence by the anti-terrorism court in the restive southern port city.

40 fowls die due to bird flu
Kuala Lumpur, February 21
Malaysia has reported the death of 40 chickens in an area near the capital due to the virulent H5NI bird flu strain. The case, the first since the country had declared itself free of the virus in January 2005, was an isolated one and there was no need for panic as there were no deaths reported among humans of the virus, Agriculture Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement yesterday.

BBC chastised over Live 8 concert
London, February 21
The BBC has been chastised by the UK madia regulator for broadcasting profanity and offensive language from artistes, including Madonna, Green Day and Snoop Dogg, during last summer’s Live 8 concert.
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Pervez rakes up Kashmir issue

Beijing, February 21
Raking up the Kashmir issue in China, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf today said not much progress had been made on “conflict resolution” with India although confidence building measures (CBMs) were going ahead.

The Pakistani leader also urged for “flexibility” and “courage” by New Delhi, Islamabad and the Kashmiri people to resolve the lingering problem, which spawned terrorism and extremism.

General Musharraf, on the third day of his five-day state visit to China, said India and Pakistan were following a dual track of CBMs and “conflict resolution” to address all outstanding issues.

At the same time, while the CBMs were going ahead, there was no desired progress on the front of “conflict resolution”, he said while speaking at the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), a leading Chinese government think-tank here.

In “conflict resolution,” General Musharraf emphasised the centrality of the Kashmir problem that had been at the heart of Indo-Pak tension and said it led to wars between the two South Asian neighbours.

Musharraf said showing of flexibility and courage by all the three paerties — Pakistan, India and the Kashmiri people — was required to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Everyone would have to move back from their stated positions as stickinig to old stances would lead nowhere, he said and referred to his proposals of demilitarisation and self-governance in Kashmir as the way forward to resolve the issue in an acceptable manner for all the three parties. — PTI

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Indian sugar for Pak market

Islamabad, February 21
Under attack for spiralling sugar prices in domestic market, Pakistan Government has rushed 8,000 tonnes of the sweetener imported from India to retail outlets soon after its arrival in the country.

As soon as the ship carrying the Indian sugar arrived yesterday about 4,625 tonnes of it were immediately released to improve the supply in the domestic market.

The ship brought refined sugar of small grain in 235 containers, local daily Dawn reported.

Pakistan Government has recently faced a lot of criticism due to sky rocketing sugar prices. As sugar merchants cashed on the demand by selling it around Rs 45 to 50, the Indian sugar was imported to meet the crisis at home.

Pakistan Commodity Importers Association (PCIA) Chairman Raees Ashraf Tarmohammad said Indian sugar was being sold in the local market at Rs 33.50 per kg (about Rs 30 Indian rupees) and hoped that as the arrival of imported sugar gains momentum, the prices would further come down.

He said last month, the price of Indian sugar was being quoted at around $ 400 to 430 per ton where as the Brazilian was sold around $ 430 to 460 per ton in London market. As per this the sugar should have been sold at around Rs 29.50 per kg in the local market. — PTI

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16 Al-Qaida men sentenced to death in Pak

Karachi, February 21
A Pakistani court today sentenced 16 members of an Al-Qaida-linked militant group to death for a 2004 attack on a top General’s car in Karachi that killed 11 persons.

Eleven of the militants were present in the court and another five who absconded earlier were also handed death sentences in their absence by the anti-terrorism court in the restive southern port city.

“The prosecution has produced witnesses, the charges against you have been proven and you are hereby sentenced to death,” Judge Feroz Muhammad Bhatti said as he announced the verdict.

The extremists allegedly opened fire on the car of General Ahsan Saleem Hayat, the then corps commander of Karachi, as he drove through the city in his motorcade on June 10, 2004.

The attackers belonged to members of a group called ‘Jund Allah’, or Army of God, officials said. — AFP

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40 fowls die due to bird flu

Kuala Lumpur, February 21
Malaysia has reported the death of 40 chickens in an area near the capital due to the virulent H5NI bird flu strain.

The case, the first since the country had declared itself free of the virus in January 2005, was an isolated one and there was no need for panic as there were no deaths reported among humans of the virus, Agriculture Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement yesterday.

“Tests conducted at the Veterinary Laboratory in Petaling Jaya and at the Livestock Research Institute in Ipoh confirmed the death of the ... chickens was caused by H5N1 avian influenza virus,” Bernama news agency quoted the minister as saying in a statement.

Following the report of bird flu, all 110 chickens in the four hamlets of the area had been culled and agencies were monitoring movements to ensure the fowls were not taken out of the place, Yassin said.

“Immediate action had been taken by the Veterinary Services Department, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Health Ministry to contain the disease and prevent it from spreading,” Muhyiddin said in the statement.

BUDAPEST: A British laboratory detected the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain in three dead swans found to Hungary last week, confirming the first cases of the virus in the country, the government said on Tuesday.

“According to the official British tests, the three dead swans found in Hungary last week had the H5N1 bird flu strain,” spokesman Andras Batiz said in a statement. — Agencies

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BBC chastised over Live 8 concert

London, February 21
The BBC has been chastised by the UK madia regulator for broadcasting profanity and offensive language from artistes, including Madonna, Green Day and Snoop Dogg, during last summer’s Live 8 concert.

Ofcom criticised the BBC’s failure to filter out offensive language during the event, which had gathered more than a billion people in cities across the world to pressure rich nation to do more for the poor.

It said the broadcaster “should have anticipated an audience for this event which would include a significant number of children.” — Reuters

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