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Flexible talks wise, says Pervez
Pervez Musharraf Islamabad, July 26
Pakistan President Gen-Pervez Musharraf has said “endless” dialogue with India without any “concrete” indicators of flexibility and sincerity is neither “wise nor desirable” to resolve the Kashmir issue.

India, Pak figure in Democrats’ manifesto
Washington, July 26
The Democratic Party’s election manifesto calls for the USA to take steps to reduce tension between India and Pakistan. The manifesto also calls for guard against the possibility of their nuclear weapons falling into “wrong hands”.

John Kennedy ‘was done in by Israel’
John F. Kennedy
Jerusalem, July 26
In a startling accusation, nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has alleged that Israel was behind the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, who was exerting pressure on the then Israeli head of the state to shed light on the Dimona nuclear plant.

2 Indians facing fraud charges turn phone agents
London, July 26
Two suspected Indian scamsters, at the centre of the investigations into a $ 400-million fraud, are now working as mobile phone salesmen, a news report said today. The two, Viren Rastogi and Anand Jain, are negotiating deals to market and supply phones to the UK users on behalf of the Hutchinson 3G, T-Mobile and O2

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry speaks to former Senator and astronaut John Glenn at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (right) speaks to former Senator and astronaut John Glenn at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday. Kerry and running mate John Edwards will be formally anointed next week at the Democratic convention in Boston as the party’s challengers to President George W Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney in the November 2 election. — Reuters

Saddam Hussein Saddam on American diet
London, July 26
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein spends his time in prison gardening, writing poetry and snacking on American muffins and cookies, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today.





A flooded residential area in Narayanganj, near Dhaka
A woman wades through a flooded residential area in Narayanganj, near Dhaka, on Monday. Thousands of people in Dhaka took boats to work on Monday after floods inundated large parts of the Bangladeshi capital. About one-third of the city was under water and boats replaced rickshaws as primary transport.
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Flexible talks wise, says Pervez

Islamabad, July 26
Pakistan President Gen-Pervez Musharraf has said “endless” dialogue with India without any “concrete” indicators of flexibility and sincerity is neither “wise nor desirable” to resolve the Kashmir issue.

English daily ‘Dawn’ quoting unnamed insiders reported that during his meeting with External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh last week, General Musharraf pointed out that endless dialogue without any concrete indicators of flexibility and sincerity, which could include, for instance controlling Line of Control infiltration by Pakistan and ending of alleged human rights abuses and “draw-down” of Indian troops in Kashmir, was neither wise nor desirable.

The President also stressed that he had repeatedly invited India to respond to the “flexibility, sincerity, and courage” that Pakistan had “shown” on the Kashmir issue with New Delhi.

During the meeting he also underscored the point that unless both sides give up their ‘maximalist’ positions on Kashmir, an early and just solution to the dispute “acceptable to all three parties” would not be possible, the report said.

According to the report, General Musharraf was responding to Mr Natwar Singh’s contention that a solution to Kashmir could not be sought in a hurry.

He maintained that “unilateral” giving up of maximalist position was neither possible nor could contribute to taking forward the process of resolving the Kashmir issue.

Stressing that time and bilateral atmosphere now were conducive to an early resolution of the Kashmir issue, General Musharraf said if sincerity and courage could be demonstrated by the political leadership on both sides, an early resolution could become a reality. — PTI
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India, Pak figure in Democrats’ manifesto
T.V. Parasuram

Washington, July 26
The Democratic Party’s election manifesto calls for the USA to take steps to reduce tension between India and Pakistan. The manifesto also calls for guard against the possibility of their nuclear weapons falling into “wrong hands”.

The manifesto says under the heading of “Keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists,” that “we must take steps to reduce tension between India and Pakistan and guard against the possibility of their nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands.” The manifesto would be formally adopted by the party convention that would open today in Boston.

“We must work with every country to tighten export controls, stiffen penalties, and beef up law enforcement and intelligence-sharing. That way we can make absolutely sure that a disaster like the A Q Khan black market network, which grew out of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, can never happen again,” it says.

India and Pakistan also figure under a separate reference to Asia where it says “we must also work with our friends, India and Pakistan, in their efforts to resolve long-standing differences”.

The 37-page manifesto of the party avoids reference to outsourcing of jobs as such but focuses on offshoring to tax havens and is against “shipping jobs overseas.” The party is led by Mr John Kerry, who is challenging President George W Bush — PTI

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John Kennedy ‘was done in by Israel’

Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu awaits a decision by the High Court of Justice in Jerusalem on Monday
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu awaits a decision by the High Court of Justice in Jerusalem on Monday. The High Court upheld a government ban on Vanunu leaving the country arguing that he could threaten national security once abroad. Vanunu, a former technician at the atomic reactor in Dimona, who described Israel's nuclear capabilities in a 1986 interview with a British newspaper, insists he has no more secrets to tell. — Reuters photo

Jerusalem, July 26
In a startling accusation, nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has alleged that Israel was behind the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, who was exerting pressure on the then Israeli head of the state to shed light on the Dimona nuclear plant.

In defiance of a ban on talking to media and meeting with foreigners, Vanunu is said to have made the accusation in an interview to London-based Al-Hayat newspaper.

As per the interview published in newspaper’s Arabic supplement Al-Wassat yesterday, Vanun said according to “near-certain indications”, Kennedy was assassinated due to “pressure he exerted on then head of government, David Ben-Gurion, to shed light on Dimona’s nuclear reactor”.

The whistleblower, who was released in April after 18 years of imprisonment on charges of treason for divulging state secrets, also said that the reactor in Dimona, could become a second “Chernobyl”, local media reported. — PTI, AFP
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2 Indians facing fraud charges turn phone agents

London, July 26
Two suspected Indian scamsters, at the centre of the investigations into a $ 400-million fraud, are now working as mobile phone salesmen, a news report said today.

The two, Viren Rastogi and Anand Jain, are negotiating deals to market and supply phones to the UK users on behalf of the Hutchinson 3G, T-Mobile and O2.

According to The Guardian, senior sales managers from one of the networks have been regularly dealing with Rastogi and Jain at an individual level, without being aware of their background.

A court has ordered the two to repay creditors £ 164 million, following the fraud at RBG Resources, a London-based international metals trading firm they controlled until it went bust two years ago. A serious Fraud Office investigation is ongoing.

Reseller licences have been given to Tulip (UK) Ltd, by the mobile networks. Mr Rastogi works in Tulip (UK) Ltd, and his wife Sarika Rastogi and mother Shakuntala Gupta are its major shareholders.

Tulip uses hundreds of telephone sales staff in and around Delhi in India to cold call potential UK customers. It reportedly sells several thousand phones every month. The company is believed to be one of the fastest growing cold call telecom marketing firms operating in Britain.

All kinds of assets controlled by Mr Rastogi and Mr Jain have been frozen at the request of RBG liquidators and the courts have further ordered the two to disclose the assets controlled by their relatives. — UNI
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Saddam on American diet

London, July 26
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein spends his time in prison gardening, writing poetry and snacking on American muffins and cookies, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today.

The paper said the “intriguing glimpse of the former dictator’s daily routine as he awaits trial on charges of war crimes and genocide was given by Iraq’s human rights minister, Bakhtiar Amin, who visited Saddam in detention on Saturday”.

“Like the other high-value detainees, Saddam’s day begins with a substantial breakfast, an MRE (meal ready to eat), which provides 1,300 calories. He also gets hot food twice a day, which could consist of rice or potato and broccoli, along with either fish, beef or chicken.

“For dessert, there might be oranges, apples, pears or plums, but the former leader has developed a penchant for American snacks such as muffins and cookies,” he said.

Amin said that Saddam “works out in his cell and then uses the daily exercise period to tend a small garden in an outside yard.” — AFP
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Devotees visit the Swaminarayan Temple after its inauguration in Houston, USA, on Sunday
Devotees visit the Swaminarayan Temple after its inauguration in Houston, USA, on Sunday.
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Indian stowaway found
HELSINKI:
Some 15 stowaways from India and Vietnam were found onboard a Finnish freighter that docked at Finland’s eastern port of Hamina today, the police said. The would-be immigrants, 11 Indians and four Vietnamese citizens, hoped to go to Britain when they hid last week in a container on the M/S Serenaden in Antwerp, Belgium, but got on the wrong vessel, senior detective Taisto Hiltonen said. — AFP

6 Iraqis killed in attacks
BAGHDAD:
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car on Monday at the gates of a US base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing up to four Iraqi employees and injuring others, the base employees said. Employees leaving the base, located at an airport converted into a US military facility, said the bomber drove a car 3 metres through the gates to the base. Two Iraqi women working at the British-operated airport in the main southern city of Basra were shot dead by gunmen, medics said. — Agencies

Ultras kill 2 Pakistanis
Peshawar:
Militants linked to Al- Qaida killed two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers in a remote tribal region close to the Afghan border, officials said today. An official in the Orakzai tribal agency, 90 km south of Peshawar, said one of the suspected attackers had been caught, but his foreign accomplice was still hiding. The two men carried out the attack on a security post in the Ghuzdarra area of Orakzai on Sunday afternoon. — Reuters
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