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With ‘sattu’ in bag Lalu arrives in London
London, June 24
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad is here on a two-week visit to the UK and Europe to study railway systems.

40 jehadis held in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, June 24
Saudi Arabia has arrested 40 suspected Islamist militants, including 13 ''involved in terrorism'' in raids across the kingdom, the state television said today.

Iraqi Sunni leader detained
Baghdad, June 4
Sunni groups today complained that the US troops detained a top Sunni religious leader in Tikrit, while a US soldier was killed in a bomb blast during a foot patrol in Baghdad at the end of a particularly deadly week for the US forces in Iraq.

NWFP House prays for Zarqawi
New Delhi, June 24
Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) Assembly offered fateha (prayers) on June 21 for Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Al Qaida’s top leader in Iraq, who had been killed recently. The National Assembly had earlier refused fateha for him.


 

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Monroe’s dress sold for $66,000
Marilyn Monroe New York, June 24
Even all these years after her death, Marilyn Monroe still holds an aura about herself, which was clearly visible when a black cocktail dress worn by her in the film 'The Misfits' sold at an auction on June 22 for 66,000 dollars. The oranisers were taken in by surprise when the dress was finally sold at more than three times its presale estimate. 

 
People pay their respects at a plaque honouring the victims of the Air India bombing, in Ottawa on Friday.
People pay their respects at a plaque honouring the victims of the Air India bombing, in Ottawa on Friday. The day 21 years ago to the day after the bombing, a cremoney marked the beginning of construction on a memorial to honour the 329 victims, including 280 Canadians, who died when the flight 182 was downed by a terrorist bomb on June 23, 1985 near the Irish coast. — AP/PTI 

Novelist pens soaps 
New York, June 24
Sudan's novelist Kola Boof, the ex- concubine of Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, reportedly has a new show writing for "Days of Our Lives," but the NBC soap opera doesn't seem to be interested in the new project, and is already trying to distance itself from its controversial new hire. "Yes, Kola Boof has had writing assignments from 'Days' since May. 

Lance corporal goat demoted
Nicosia, June 24
William (Billy) Windsor, regimental goat of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, has been demoted for refusing to keep in step at a parade for Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday, officers said today. The 1st Battalion lance corporal’s lack of decorum landed him in hot water during the bash at Episkopi British military base outside the southern resort of Limassol in Cyprus.

 



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With ‘sattu’ in bag Lalu arrives in London

London, June 24
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad is here on a two-week visit to the UK and Europe to study railway systems.

Accompanied by Union Company Affairs Minister Prem Chand Gupta and Minister of State for Railways R Velu, Mr Prasad met NRIs and journalists at the Indian High Commission last evening, and asked them to invest in the sector.

Mr Prasad said he had heard stations were very clean in Britain and trains ran fast. ''We will study this,'' he added.

He also informed that from October 2 ,this year, four fully air-conditioned trains the 'Garib Raths', will start running.

He said, 'khadi' pillow covers and sheets are being introduced in trains, which will in turn provide employment to small industries.

Maintaining ''safety is our priority and no compromise will be made on that,'' Mr Prasad said there are 35,000 unmanned gates.''We have decided to man them. We are introducing anti-collision devices too,'' he added.

On Monday, the minister will leave for Paris by Eurostar, whichhe described as ''the train that travels under water.''

He will also travel to Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria, mostly by train.

Mr Prasad who is travelling with his son, has reportedly carried enough packed food like 'sattu' to suffice for the fortnight. His cook is also travelling with him, as he does not like hotel food.— UNI

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40 jehadis held in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, June 24
Saudi Arabia has arrested 40 suspected Islamist militants, including 13 ''involved in terrorism'' in raids across the kingdom, the state television said today.

It said four suspected terrorists, including an Iraqi, were arrested in a raid at their hideout in the north-eastern town of Hafr al-Baten. The raid led to the arrest of "9 Saudis involved in terrorism,'' it added quoting an Interior Ministry statement.

It said another 27 men were arrested across the vast desert kingdom, in Mecca, the eastern province and the northern border region, including 24 Saudis, two Somalis and an Ethiopian.

The Ministry of Interior said these 27 men were involved in "suspicious activities'' connected to radical Islamist groups.

A security source told Reuters the arrests formed part of a wider cell of some 50 persons which had been broken up, involving a shoot-out yesterday.

It said weapons and documents were seized in the raid on the desert hideout.

Six suspected Al-Qaida-linked militants and a policeman were killed in the shootout in Riyadh after the police said they surrounded their house to prevent an imminent attack.

Islamist activists allied to the Al- Qaida group have been waging a violent campaign aimed at toppling the US-backed monarchy, which is also the world's biggest oil exporter, and expelling Westerners from the birthplace of Islam.

Officials say about 150 foreigners and Saudis, including security forces, and 130 militants have died in attacks and clashes with the police since May 2003, when Al-Qaida suicide bombers hit three western housing compounds in Riyadh. 
— Reuters

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Iraqi Sunni leader detained

Baghdad, June 4
Sunni groups today complained that the US troops detained a top Sunni religious leader in Tikrit, while a US soldier was killed in a bomb blast during a foot patrol in Baghdad at the end of a particularly deadly week for the US forces in Iraq.

The influential Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars said Jamal al-Din Abdul Karim al-Dabban was taken into custody along with three of his sons in Tikrit. The Iraqi Islamic Party, the country's largest Sunni political group, also condemned the arrest.

The US military announced the deaths of three more soldiers from the Multi-National Division in Baghdad, raising to 15 the number of US service members who have died or have been found dead this week.

The slain soldier was “on a dismounted patrol in south of Baghdad” today, the military said.

It said two other soldiers of the same division died yesterday, one in a roadside bomb and one in a “non-combat incident” that was being investigated.

The military did not give more details about the deaths, but the US forces have been increasingly visible in Baghdad recently as they fan out in support of tens of thousands of the Iraqi troops trying to restore security in the capital.

Baghdad was relatively calm a day after clashes broke out in the centre of the city, forcing the Prime Minister to impose a curfew .

Three armed members of the Mahdi army militia of radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr were killed in a gunbattle with the US forces in eastern Baghdad, Dr Muhannad Jwad of Yarmouk Hospital said. — AP

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NWFP House prays for Zarqawi
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) Assembly offered fateha (prayers) on June 21 for Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Al Qaida’s top leader in Iraq, who had been killed recently. The National Assembly had earlier refused fateha for him.

Shagufta Naz of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) sought permission for Zarqawi’s fateha from Speaker Bakht Jehan, who allowed it, the Pakistani press reported.

NWFP Agriculture Minister Qari Mahmood recited verses from the Quran. The opposition did not object to it.

Most opposition members had left the House as the session was nearing its end.

The development was a cause for concern for Afghanistan and was seen as yet another demonstration of the increasing talibanisation of Pakistan’s provinces bordering Afghanistan — Baluchistan and the NWFP.

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Monroe’s dress sold for $66,000

New York, June 24
Even all these years after her death, Marilyn Monroe still holds an aura about herself, which was clearly visible when a black cocktail dress worn by her in the film 'The Misfits' sold at an auction on June 22 for 66,000 dollars. The oranisers were taken in by surprise when the dress was finally sold at more than three times its presale estimate.

Two other items belonging to Monroe , a white ermine coat and a handwritten personal address book fetched a combined 81,600 dollars at the sale held at Christie's auction house. Among the other items sold at the auction were numerous pieces of Andy Warhol memorabilia including one of his trademark white wigs, which went for 10,800 dollars.

A Polaroid photo of Muhammad Ali from 1977, signed by Warhol, pulled 19,200 dollars, while a Warhol Polaroid of Mick Jagger bought in 1975 went for 15,600 dollars, and a copy of the book 'Gone With the Wind' inscribed by Rhett Butler himself, Clark Gable, to the film's producer, David O. Selznick was sold for 10,200 dollars. — ANI

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Novelist pens soaps 

New York, June 24
Sudan's novelist Kola Boof, the ex- concubine of Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, reportedly has a new show writing for "Days of Our Lives," but the NBC soap opera doesn't seem to be interested in the new project, and is already trying to distance itself from its controversial new hire.

"Yes, Kola Boof has had writing assignments from 'Days' since May. However, she does not hold a staff position with our writing team," the New York Post quoted Stephen Wyman, the show's co- executive producer, as telling tvguide.com. —ANI

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Lance corporal goat demoted

Nicosia, June 24
William (Billy) Windsor, regimental goat of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, has been demoted for refusing to keep in step at a parade for Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday, officers said today.

The 1st Battalion lance corporal’s lack of decorum landed him in hot water during the bash at Episkopi British military base outside the southern resort of Limassol in Cyprus.

“He was charged with disobeying a direct order... the commanding officer had no other option but to reduce his rank to fusilier,” Captain Crispin Coates said.

The goat was marched before the CO after being reported for “unacceptable behaviour” by his handler, also known as the goat major.

Six-year-old Billy is on his first overseas tour since joining the regiment in 2001, and according to one parade onlooker is unlucky to be in the doghouse.

Goats are not mascots but very much members of the regiment. They have their own serial numbers, and march at the head of the battalion.

The origin of the custom is unknown but is thought to go back centuries. — AFP

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