British royal police lose fortune in betting: Report
Shahbaz Sharif Case
Indian doctors complain of racism
Prince Harry’s love life on rocks?
Tackling Global Warming
Media projected Sobhraj in bad light: Lover
Karzai orders probe into civilian deaths
69 pc Americans ‘disappointed’ by US
London, July 6
The Sunday Times reported that the Scotland Yard has been investigating an officer at the centre of the syndicate, which gambled millions of pounds of officers’ money on the currency and commodity markets.
The syndicate lost “more than 1.1 million pounds in just one of the spread-betting firms they used,” the British daily said.
MPs are calling for an inquiry into how senior managers allowed the syndicate to flourish for six years and its impact on royal security.
The syndicate, according to the report, was run from within Buckingham Palace and St James Palace by royalty protection officers who guard the Queen and her family.
A key member of the syndicate claimed that armed officers used police cars to courier tens of thousands of pounds in cash winnings between
the palaces while
The syndicate, known as the Currency Club, involved more than 130 police officers of all ranks across the country, the report stated. However, the scheme collapsed last year, leaving many officers with substantial losses.
Patrick Mercer, MP, former shadow minister for homeland security, has called on the home affairs select committee to investigate the affair.
“This sort of activity leaves individuals like this open to blackmail and corruption, yet they are engaged in some of the most sensitive duties. This indicates a gross lack of oversight,” he said. — PTI
Shahbaz Sharif Case
The federal government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking annulment of the Lahore High Court (LHC) referral of a challenge to the candidature of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to an election tribunal.
"The appeal is likely to be fixed before one of two available benches in Islamabad next week," Deputy Attorney-General Raja Abdur Rehman told reporters here.
Shahbaz Sharif was elected unopposed as member of the Punjab Assembly from PP-48 Bhakkar and became the chief minister last month.
The DAG maintained that the LHC ruling was beyond mandate of the court under the Representation of People Act, 1976.
It added the LHC had no authority to order the reconstitution of the appellate tribunal after the result of an election is notified.
Through a separate application, the government requested the apex court to restrain Chief Election Commissioner Qazi Mohammad Farooq from referring the petition challenging the nomination of Shahbaz Sharif to the tribunal till the disposal of the instant appeal.
This is the second appeal by the government, the earlier being against the HC order of disqualifying Nawaz Sharif from contesting the byelection from NA-123 constituency in Lahore.
The detailed judgment on the indemnification of Musharraf’s imposition of emergency on November 3, written by Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed Dogar, has also indicted the Pakistani media for indulging in yellow journalism preceding and following the emergency.
Justice Dogar also claimed that while the media continued to enjoy full freedom, “yellow journalism” had touched new heights before and after the imposition of the state of emergency.
He authored the detailed judgment of the 13-member Bench on a review petition challenging the state of emergency. The judgment was released here on Saturday.
Musharraf closed all TV channels for nearly three weeks in wake of the emergency. Draconian laws were promulgated severely curbing press freedom and print media was also put under stringent restrictions.
The detailed judgment in its paragraph 64 reads: As to the alleged restrictions on the media, or the alleged detention of certain lawyers-cum-political workers, suffice it to observe that the matter involved individual grievances of the concerned TV channels and the alleged detainees, which could not be properly adjudicated upon in these proceedings.
The owners of those TV channels, as also the alleged detainees, were at liberty to seek remedy at appropriate forums in accordance with the law.
The judgment says that all through the emergency, there were no restrictions on the print media and the viewpoint of the citizens got full coverage.
The critics of the actions of November 3, 2007, move even got extra coverage, rather undue projection.
“During this period yellow journalism touched new heights and attempts to
The apex court judgment says that the ordinances passed during the emergency period would not become non-existent like the other ordinances, which expire after a mandatory 120 days unless reissued or enacted.
New York, July 6 President George Bush, who was “eager for any foreign policy win” before the expiry of his term in January 2009, is pressing the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “hard to finally work this (nuclear deal) out,” The New York Times said. In an editorial headlined, ‘No Rush, Please’, the American daily argued, “There is no reason at all to rush. President Bush gave away far too much and got far too little for this deal.” Even as it praised Bush for building on the Clinton administration legacy to forge stronger ties with “a burgeoning power whose democratic values provide a unique basis for cooperation,” the daily said: “It was a mistake to let India and industry lobbyists persuade him to make the nuclear deal the centrepiece.” The Times underlined that now it would be “a mistake for the US to try and ram through the remaining approvals by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Congress just to meet the artificial deadline of Bush’s presidency.” “At a minimum, they must insist that international suppliers halt nuclear trade if India tests another nuclear weapon, as it last did in 1998. And they must insist that India accept the fullest possible monitoring of its civilian nuclear facilities by the IAEA inspectors,” the daily stressed.
New York, July 6
President George Bush, who was “eager for any foreign policy win” before the expiry of his term in January 2009, is pressing the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “hard to finally work this (nuclear deal) out,” The New York Times said.
In an editorial headlined, ‘No Rush, Please’, the American daily argued, “There is no reason at all to rush. President Bush gave away far too much and got far too little for this deal.”
Even as it praised Bush for building on the Clinton administration legacy to forge stronger ties with “a burgeoning power whose democratic values provide a unique basis for cooperation,” the daily said: “It was a mistake to let India and industry lobbyists persuade him to make the nuclear deal the centrepiece.”
The Times underlined that now it would be “a mistake for the US to try and ram through the remaining approvals by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Congress just to meet the artificial deadline of Bush’s presidency.”
“At a minimum, they must insist that international suppliers halt nuclear trade if India tests another nuclear weapon, as it last did in 1998. And they must insist that India accept the fullest possible monitoring of its civilian nuclear facilities by the IAEA inspectors,” the daily stressed. — PTI
London, July 6
But as Britain celebrates the 60th anniversary of the NHS this week, many of them find that their careers have been blighted by institutional racism.
Buddhdev Pandya, corporate adviser to the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), said: "Despite having ‘race relations legislation’ to tackle racial discrimination, most guidelines have remained as advice, while institutional racism has taken its toll on the migrant doctors working in the NHS."
Since its inauguration on July 5, 1948, the NHS has grown to be among the largest employers in the world, along with the Indian Railways and the Chinese People's Liberation Army. The NHS currently employs around 1.3 million people.
Over the years, the NHS has employed thousands of doctors and nurses from India and other countries to meet staff shortage. — PTI
London, July 6
The embarrassing incident took place at a charity polo match just as the third-in-line to the British throne was about to take the field at the exclusive Beaufort Polo Club near Tetbury.
“Chelsy sat there for about two minutes with a face like thunder and then she walked out. He grabbed his phone and started texting like mad but she didn't surface again and he left the club as soon as he could,” the ‘Daily Star’ quoted an unnamed source as saying.
The recent row followed days after the couple were said to be arguing again over his bachelor lifestyle as an Army officer.
While Davy sticks to her studies at Leeds University, Harry can’t resist going to clubs with his pals.
“Harry is incorrigible. He is at that age when he likes drinking with his mates and Chelsy will have to resign herself to that or it will be over,” a friend of Davy's was quoted by the British newspaper as saying.
However, sources close to the couple have said Davy is determined to maintain her relationship with Harry.
“She has told her parents Harry is the one and she plans to stick with him,” one of them said.
Chelsy and Harry are due to take a romantic break in Africa later this week ahead of a three-week posting with his Household Cavalry regiment in Lesotho. — PTI
Tackling Global Warming
Tokyo, July 6
"I'll be constructive," Bush said after talks with Japanese Premier Yasuo Fukuda, but "we're not going to solve the problem unless those two fast-growing economies take part in any long-term deal," Japanese media reported.
Bush, who is on a visit to Japan to attend G-8 Summit that begins tomorrow in Hokkaido, will meet world's top leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the summit.
Host Japan has made climate change a key topic at the meeting, and many hope the G-8 will give some indication of its commitment to cutting greenhouse gases to move forward UN-led talks aimed at replacing the Kyoto Protocol on climate change which expires in 2012.
The three-day summit also includes meetings between the G-8 and the G-5 that includes major developing nations - India, China, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.
The meeting between G-8 and G-5 in Japan will review the Heilegendamm
The multilateral meeting will focus on the agreed framework on climate change after starting from Rio, Kyoto and Bali summits and the long-term goals.
India's approach on climate change is that developed countries should limit their carbon emissions much below their present levels, which they are not doing, and developing countries would do their bit to mitigate the emissions.
India recently issued its national action plan for climate change, declaring that its greenhouse emissions will not be more than the developed countries. — PTI
Kathmandu, July 6
The love affair of the criminal mastermind and his "engagement" to the Nepali beauty has grabbed media attention in the Indian subcontinent.
Nihita, who met the international fugitive in Kathmandu’s central jail while he was looking for an interpreter, said she had been attracted to him because of humility.
The college girl turned celebrity, Nihita describes Sobhraj as a caring man. "Media always puts Sobhraj in a bad light," the confident young woman said.
"Of course, I believe that he is innocent," she says, alleging that the police has tried to involve him in a three-decade-old murder case by producing false documents.
Nicknamed the 'Bikini killer' and 'Serpent', Sobhraj has been accused of luring young women and killing many of them.
He has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a District Court in July 2004 on charges of murdering an American and a Canadian tourist in Kathmandu in 1975.
"I don't want to talk to the media now as I have been misquoted by many newspapers," she told journalists, a day after appearing on a number of national and international television channels.
After learning that their marriage to Sobhraj could land both of them into jail, the young heartthrob is planning to wed Sobhraj secretly.
"I will wait till he is released from jail," says Nihita, adding "In France, there will be no legal barrier on our marriage." — PTI
Kabul, July 6
The issue of civilian casualties is an emotive one in Afghanistan, feeding a common perception that international forces do not take enough care launching airstrikes.
Nearly 700 Afghan civilians were killed in the first six months this year, 255 of them were killed by the Afghan government and international troops and the rest by Taliban militants.
Coalition ground troops called in air support from attack helicopters after militants attacked an outpost in the north-eastern province of Nuristan on Friday, the US military said in a statement on Saturday.
"The helicopter crew coordinated with ground forces to positively identify the militant’s vehicles. The helicopters then destroyed the two vehicles, killing more than 12 militants," it said.
But the governor of Nuristan said 15 civilians were killed and seven wounded in the attack in the Waigal district of Nuristan and none of the victims were militants.
Karzai ordered the defence and interior ministries and a body that oversees local government to investigate, a statement from presidential palace said on Sunday.
"President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly emphasised on coordination of military operations and has been deeply disappointed about this incident," the statement said. — Reuters
Washington, July 6
Sixtynine per cent of the adult Americans who responded to a poll said the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed by the way the nation had turned out overall.
According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, only 29 per cent responded "pleased", the only other choice given to the 1,026 respondents. Americans "didn't always feel that way", said Keating Holland, CNN polling director.
"In 2001, 54 per cent thought that the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be pleased with the state of the country today," he said. Still, most who responded to last month's poll took great pride in their country, it said.
Sixtyone per cent said they were extremely proud to be Americans, another 28 per cent said they were very proud.
Seven per cent answered "moderately", two per cent said "only a little", and one per cent answered "not at all". The percentage saying "extremely proud" was virtually unchanged from 2005.
In 2003, 70 per cent said they were extremely proud, and 55 per cent said so in 2001. All polls were taken in the same time period, June 26-29, as 2008 poll. — PTI
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