Sharia verdicts cannot be challenged in Supreme Court: cleric

Islamabad, April 16: Verdicts handed down under the newly-imposed Sharia laws in parts of Pakistan’s restive northwest cannot be challenged in the Supreme Court but only before special appeal courts, says a Taliban-linked radical cleric.
“The judicial system here (Malakand division of the North West Frontier Province) will be different from the rest of the country. Here, all the cases will be settled in the Qazi courts in accordance with Sharia,” The News Thursday quoted Sufi Muhammad as saying.

Iraq air raids hit mostly women and children

Baghdad, April 16: Air strikes and artillery barrages have taken a heavy toll among the most vulnerable of the Iraqi people, with children and women forming a disproportionate number of the dead.

Analysis carried out for the research group Iraq Body Count (IBC) found that 39 per cent of those killed in air raids by the US-led coalition were children and 46 per cent were women. Fatalities caused by mortars, used by American and Iraqi government forces as well as insurgents, were 42 per cent children and 44 per cent women.

Now slipper thrown at Advani

Bhopal, April 16: A former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office-bearer Thursday created a sensation by throwing a wooden slipper at senior party leader L.K. Advani when Advani was going up on stage to address a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh.
The man, identified as Pawas Agarwal, threw a ‘khadaun’ or slipper made of wood at Advani, saying he was “a fake iron man” and did not deserve to be the BJP’s prime ministerial aspirant. The incident took place in Katni district, 350 km from here.

World’s biggest democracy heads to the polls

Hyderabad, April 16: First came the sound of film music, muffled by the ridge of the hill. Then a convoy appeared around a bend in the road. At once, thousands of people erupted in a frenzy – waving banners, screaming, shouting, rushing towards the vehicles in a crush.
Heading the cavalcade, at the front of an open-topped bus, stood a man in a white shirt, raising his hand and smiling. Chiranjeevi had come to town.

Nirmal Bang Resarch Is Bullish on SBI

New Delhi, April 15: Nirmal Bang Research is bullish on State Bank of India (SBI) and maintained ‘Buy’ rating on the stock to achieve a target of Rs 1265.

Traders can buy the stock on dips with a stop loss of Rs 1240.

Shares of the company, on Monday (April 13), closed at Rs 1217.90 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Current EPS & P/E ratio stood at 130.14 and 9.51 respectively. The share price has seen a 52-week high of Rs 1840 and a low of Rs 894 on BSE.

Renuka Chowdhury, Purandareswari face tough test

Hyderabad, April 15: While union minister S. Jaipal Reddy has a strong chance of being re-elected to the Lok Sabha, his colleagues Renuka Chowdhury and D. Purandareswari are facing tough fights. All three are in the fray for the first phase of parliamentary polls in Andhra Pradesh Thursday.

The first phase covers 22 Lok Sabha and 154 assembly constituencies in 10 districts in Telangana and north coastal Andhra.

US, Israel To Test 3 Missile Defence Systems

Jerusalem, April 15: Israel and its closest ally US will test three different ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems in an unprecedented joint exercise later this year to thwart any danger emanating from Iran’s pursuit for nuclear capability, a media report said.

The exercise named “Juniper Cobra”, which is to be held in Israel, is set to include the newly developed indigenous Arrow 2, America’s THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) and the ship-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence systems, the ‘Jerusalem Post’ said, without mentioning the exact dates for the exercise.

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Make this city shine again, Moradabadis tell Azhar

Lucknow, April 16: The people of this town are still star-struck with Mohammed Azharuddin turning Congress candidate and campaigning here. They have huge expectations from India’s former cricket skipper. They want him to put the sheen back on the city known for its brassware.

It is called the ‘Brass City’ , but Moradabad’s famous brass industry is going through a bad time thanks to the global economic downturn. Hundreds of small units have closed down due to lack of orders from abroad. And everyone here wants their MP to articulate their problems in New Delhi and to find solutions.

Saddam’s room to host honeymooners

Baghdad, April 14: Iraq has invited honeymooners to stay in Saddam’s luxurious bedroom in a presidential palace located in the war-torn town of Hillah.

The Iraqi cultural heritage officials have offered the former dictator’s bedroom for £150 per night as a part of efforts made to revive the country’s tourism industry.

The presidential palace, which used to stun visitors with its numerous Roman columns, chandeliers and gargantuan bathrooms, has been built on top of a manmade hill overlooking the Euphrates.

Now, five DSPs get marching orders from EC

Hyderabad, April 13: The Election Commission on Sunday shunted out five DSPs in the state for dereliction of duty. Those given the marching orders were G Malla Reddy of Tadipatri, N Sai Nath of Kadiri, T Janardhan of Nagarkurnool, T S Krishnamurthy of Adoni and V R N Tagore of Guntur rural.

Mohanty cracks the whip

Hyderabad, April 05: Placed on the hot seat barely few days before polling by the Election Commission, DGP A K Mohanty has begun cracking the whip.

He has recommended the transfer of East Godavari SP Y Nagi Reddy to the Election Commission for not fulfilling the poll-related responsibilities. Sources said the axe is likely to fall on at least two other SPs and some DSPs.

North Korea launches rocket

Tokyo, April 05: North Korea launched a rocket Sunday, a South Korean foreign ministry official told Yonhap news agency.

Pyongyang said it was putting a communications satellite into orbit, but Japan, South Korea and Washington believe the launch was a screen to test a long-range ballistic missile.

The launch occurred around 11.30 a.m. (0230 GMT) from North Korea’s base on its east coast, the official said.


Ponting hails Aussie match-winner Hussey

Durban, April 04: Captain Ricky Ponting hailed the return to form of Mike Hussey as Australia gained a crushing 141-run win over South Africa in the first One-Day International at Kingsmead on Friday.

Hussey hit 83 not out as Australia piled up 286 for seven. South Africa were bowled out for 145 in the opening encounter of a five-match series.

“It’s been a difficult few months for him,” Ponting said of Hussey, who scored only 132 runs at an average of 22 in a three-match Test series and was out for a duck in a Twenty20 international.