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Sikh traffic cop wins turban tussle
New York, July 4
A Sikh traffic official, who quit his job after the New York Police Department objected to his wearing turban saying it made him ‘’unrecognisable’’, will shortly rejoin his duties following the city’s Human Rights Commission’s intervention. Mr Jasjit Singh Jaggi had quit his job in April 2002.

Memorial to slain Indian policeman unveiled
Slatina (Serbia-Montenegro), July 4
The U.N. police officers threw rose petals and laid floral bouquets at a memorial unveiled today in memory of a slain Indian policeman ambushed and killed in Kosovo 11 months ago.

Indians warned against doing business in Cape Town
Durban, July 4
In an apparent case of racial discrimination against Indians in South Africa, two Indian businessmen have been warned by their Black African counterparts to close their retail shop or face consequences.

Kerry’s manifesto attacks Bush’s security policy
John Kerry and George W BushWashington, July 4
As the US Presidential elections draw near, front runner John Kerry’s Democratic Party has come out with a manifesto discouraging companies from outsourcing jobs.

Cassini unveils Saturn’s largest moon
Pasadena (California), July 4
The Cassini spacecraft pierced the haze enveloping Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, to reveal surface details that already have shattered theories about its composition, scientists said.

Contaminated milk leaves 200 ill in Karachi
Karachi, July 4
About 200 persons were stricken by food poisoning, causing vomiting and stomach cramps, after drinking contaminated milk in a slum in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi, officials said today. A dairy farm owner gave residents the milk for free yesterday night in the poor district of Malir after he milked a new water buffalo, said police official Aleem Jaffri.



A kayaker paddles on Beagle Gulf, north of Darwin, Australia, as the sun sets on Sunday
A kayaker paddles on Beagle Gulf, north of Darwin, Australia, as the sun sets on Sunday. Darwin, Australia's primary northern city and maritime centre, has become a major stopping point on the Australian tourist route for budget and luxury traveler alike.
— Reuters

EARLIER STORIES

 
A Palestinian youth watches through the legs of a man
A Palestinian youth watches through the legs of a man as the body of nine-year old Palestinian boy Ehab Shattat is lowered into the grave during his funeral in Gaza City on Saturday. Shattat was allegedly shot and killed by Israeli forces while walking near his house on Saturday. — AP/PTI

Women plough naked to please
rain god
Kathmandu, July 4
Female rice farmers are ploughing their fields at night in the nude to please the rain god during a dry spell in south-western Nepal, a news report said today. A 35-year-old farmer, Ambika Tharu, said she and other women were daring to bare all for the rain god because of a delay in the annual monsoon season and the need for precipitation for their rice crops.

Osama’s soul ‘corroded’, says Bush
Washington, July 4
In a magazine interview, US President George W Bush said evil people could become good, but as for Al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden, “This guy’s soul is so corroded, there’s just no way.”

Corruption charge against Hasina
Dhaka, July 4
The Khaleeda Zia government in Bangladesh has filed a corruption case against former Prime Minister and opposition Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina in connection with the construction of a memorial for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
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Sikh traffic cop wins turban tussle

New York, July 4
A Sikh traffic official, who quit his job after the New York Police Department objected to his wearing turban saying it made him ‘’unrecognisable’’, will shortly rejoin his duties following the city’s Human Rights Commission’s intervention.

Mr Jasjit Singh Jaggi had quit his job in April 2002. Last year, he filed a discrimination complaint with the commission.

The commission in its ruling said the department did not prove its chief argument that failure to wear the officially regulated white, eight-point cap would make Mr Jaggi unrecognisable as a traffic agent and might subject him to racist remarks.

The city government, which supervises the department, is likely to appeal against the order, according to Mr Eamonn Foley, Assistant Corporation Counsel.

‘’We’re disappointed that the city commission did not recognise that the police department’s enforcement of its uniform requirements for its traffic enforcement agents is necessary to maintain the safety of the public and encourage the neutrality, recognisability, morale and safety of the traffic agents,’’ he said in a statement.

Mr Jaggi must be put back to work immediately or the department may have to fork over $ 100 for each day it violates the commission’s decree. The department could also be fined $ 50,000 in accordance with the city’s Administrative Code.

Mr Pritam Singh Bindra, a spokesman for Mr Jaggi, said the traffic cop was looking forward to resuming his duties.

The commission’s order sets a precedent to other Sikhs fighting city agencies for their right to wear the turban on duty. — UNI
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Memorial to slain Indian policeman unveiled

Slatina (Serbia-Montenegro), July 4
The U.N. police officers threw rose petals and laid floral bouquets at a memorial unveiled today in memory of a slain Indian policeman ambushed and killed in Kosovo 11 months ago.

Satish Menon was gunned down near Slatina, a village some 60 km north of capital, Pristina. He had joined the 3,500-strong U.N. police mission less than three months before he was killed.

Menon was the first U.N. policeman to be murdered while on duty in Kosovo. — AP
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Indians warned against doing business in Cape Town

Durban, July 4
In an apparent case of racial discrimination against Indians in South Africa, two Indian businessmen have been warned by their Black African counterparts to close their retail shop or face consequences.

Salim Moosa and his brother-in-law Shaheem Kadwa, who have been running a shop in the Gugulethu township near Cape Town for the past three months, have been told by African businessmen that they must move out for their own good.

Moosa told reporters that they had been warned that “Indians had no business to be in the area” and they must move back to a former Indian residential area, Rylands, which was established during the Apartheid era.

“We’ve been told they don’t want Indians here because we sell things too cheap and we will put them out of business,” Moosa was quoted as saying by Durban-based Sunday Tribune.

“They also told us that Nelson Mandela is an old man who doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to tolerance and unity,” he added.

He said they had been given until Tuesday to move out or “face the consequences”.
The latest anti-Indian stance by some African businessmen follows an incident in Lindley town where an Indian business family was forced to flee after their shop was looted and damaged. — PTI

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Kerry’s manifesto attacks Bush’s security policy
T V Parasuram

Washington, July 4
As the US Presidential elections draw near, front runner John Kerry’s Democratic Party has come out with a manifesto discouraging companies from outsourcing jobs.

The draft policy statement also lambasts President George W Bush’s national security policies, accusing the administration of “walking away from more than 100 years of American leadership in the world” which left the country less safe.

Among the Democratic party’s chief goals are a tax plan to discourage companies from moving jobs overseas, to expand health care coverage and increased spending on elementary and secondary education.

The document calls for a new effort to rebuild alliances, saying the path to victory in the war on terror “will be found in the company of others, not walking alone.” Seeking to show that Democrats can be trusted to fight terrorism, the manifesto pledges a comprehensive and aggressive set of anti-terror policies.

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the party for the first time calls for the creation of a palestinian state even as it pledges strong support for the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The party also reproached the administration for its economic policies, arguing that Bush has ignored the needs of middle-class Americans in favour of the wealthy, failed to produce enough new jobs and squandered the budgetary surpluses he inherited.

On social issues, the document pledges to reverse Bush’s limit on stem cell research and criticises the president for proposing to amend the Constitution to bar gay marriages.

The draft will be presented to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) full platform committee for approval on July 9-10 in Miami, and will be adopted by the party at the national convention in Boston at the end of the month. — PTI
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Cassini unveils Saturn’s largest moon

Despite the views of the surface of Saturn's Titan moon provided by the Cassini spacecraft, the moon remains inscrutable to the human eye
Despite the views of the surface of Saturn's Titan moon provided by the Cassini spacecraft, the moon remains inscrutable to the human eye. Images taken with the narrow angle camera using red, green and blue colour filters were combined to create this view. In true-color images taken in visible wavelengths, Titan's photochemical smog, rich in organic material, gives the moon a smooth, featureless, orange glow. The Cassini orbiter carries specially designed spectral filters that can pierce Titan's veil. — Reuters photo

Pasadena (California), July 4
The Cassini spacecraft pierced the haze enveloping Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, to reveal surface details that already have shattered theories about its composition, scientists said.

Cassini, launched nearly seven years ago by an international team of scientists, became the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn and its rings and moons during an ‘’orbit insertion’’ manoeuvre on Wednesday.

The space probe performed so flawlessly during its 2.2-billion-mile (3.5-billion-km) journey to Saturn that scientists scrapped an orbit correction planned for Saturday.

On its first trip past Titan on Thursday, the robotic probe snapped infrared images that left scientists puzzled.

‘’This is the best view of the surface yet and we don’t know what to make of it,’’ scientist Elizabeth Turtle said at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Scientists had believed bright patches on Titan’s surface seen in earlier observations were pure water ice.

But the first infrared images taken by Cassini revealed water ice as dark patches because it is mixed with ‘’flotsam and jetsam’’ that may be organic material that rained onto the surface, scientist Kevin Baines said.

The infrared mapping of some 2 per cent of Titan’s surface did not reveal what scientists hope to see during the four-year principal mission, bright flashes denoting liquid on Titan’s otherwise frozen surface, Baines said.

The spacecraft also returned data that showed it has survived some 1,00,000 impacts with space dust particles the size of smoke as it flew through Saturn’s ring planes during the orbit insertion manoeuvre, scientist Don Gurnett said.

The $3 billion Cassini mission, a joint project of NASA, and the European and Italian space agencies, is hailed as a model of international cooperation, with scientists from 17 countries participating. — Reuters
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Contaminated milk leaves 200 ill in Karachi

Karachi, July 4
About 200 persons were stricken by food poisoning, causing vomiting and stomach cramps, after drinking contaminated milk in a slum in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi, officials said today.

A dairy farm owner gave residents the milk for free yesterday night in the poor district of Malir after he milked a new water buffalo, said police official Aleem Jaffri.

Most of the victims were minority Hindus who had used the milk in a dessert. They suffered vomiting and stomach pains, said Abdur Razzaq, a doctor at the state-run Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

The hospital treated about 200 persons and discharged most. About 40 patients, many of them children, remained hospitalised. — AP
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Women plough naked to please rain god

Kathmandu, July 4
Female rice farmers are ploughing their fields at night in the nude to please the rain god during a dry spell in south-western Nepal, a news report said today.

A 35-year-old farmer, Ambika Tharu, said she and other women were daring to bare all for the rain god because of a delay in the annual monsoon season and the need for precipitation for their rice crops.

“My mother-in-law said the god would be pleased and make rainfall if women tilled the land naked,” Tharu told the Himalayan Times newspaper.

The delay the rains, which usually begin in the first week of June in Nepal, have prevented farmers from planting rice.

Weather forecasters in Kathmandu, 500 Km north-east of Baijapur village, where the naked farmers are appealing for rain, said the situation was expected to improve in the next few days. — AP
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Osama’s soul ‘corroded’, says Bush

Washington, July 4
In a magazine interview, US President George W Bush said evil people could become good, but as for Al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden, “This guy’s soul is so corroded, there’s just no way.”

“As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing redeemable about him,” the President told Ladies’ Home Journal in an April interview at his Texas ranch and published in the magazine’s new issue, with the cover featuring photos of George and Laura Bush and John and Teresa Heinz Kerry. — AP
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Corruption charge against Hasina

Dhaka, July 4
The Khaleeda Zia government in Bangladesh has filed a corruption case against former Prime Minister and opposition Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina in connection with the construction of a memorial for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Hasina has been accused of “using her influence” in her capacity as Prime Minister in awarding the contract for the memorial of the founding father of Bangladesh in his ancestoral home of Mujib, to a firm even before the project was approved. — PTI
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BRIEFLY

TAYLOR ASKED TO RETURN PAINTING
LOS ANGELES:
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor is fighting a family’s claims that a Vincent Van Gogh painting she owns was taken from one of their ancestors by the Nazis. Descendants of Margarete Mauthner claim ‘View of the Asylum of Saint-Remy’ was taken from the German woman during World War II. They are demanding that Taylor return the painting,. Taylor has filed a lawsuit seeking a pre-emptive court declaration that she is the rightful owner of the painting. — AP

SUIT AGAINST ARNOLD DISMISSED
LOS ANGELES:
A judge dismissed a libel lawsuit filed against Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by a woman who accused him of groping her. She said the campaign falsely labelled her a convicted criminal. Rhonda Miller (53) charged that Schwarzenegger and his campaign intentionally defamed her. — AP

GAY PRIDE CELEBRATED
LONDON:
Dancing to the beat of samba music, tens of thousands of persons converged on central London to celebrate Gay Pride, while a similar number marched in the German city of Cologne. More than 30 floats were decked out in full colour for London’s festive parade on Saturday that set off under the bright skies from Hyde Park. — AFP
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