Posted: 18 Apr 2009 06:12 AM PDT
RAMALLAH: Palestinian officials say a Palestinian teen was killed by Israeli army fire near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
The youth was killed late Friday near the Beit El settlement. The Israeli military says soldiers guarding the settlement spotted a group of Palestinians who threw firebombs toward the gate of Beit El. The military says troops fired warning shots and then toward the group.
Palestinian security officials said Saturday that a16-year-old was killed and a 19-year-old was wounded in the leg. Also Saturday, the Gaza-Egypt border opened to allow Gazans seeking medical treatment to leave the blockaded territory. Gaza’s borders have been virtually sealed since the Islamic militant Hamas seized control two years ago.
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 06:05 AM PDT
WASHINGTON: Buffeted by millions of digital scans and attacks each day, federal authorities are looking for hackers _ not to prosecute them, but to pay them to secure the nation’s networks.
General Dynamics Information Technology put out an ad last month on behalf of the Homeland Security Department seeking someone who could “think like the bad guy.” Applicants, it said, must understand hackers’ tools and tactics and be able to analyze Internet traffic and identify vulnerabilities in the federal systems.
And in the Pentagon’s budget request submitted last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates hung out his own help-wanted sign, saying the Pentagon will increase the number of cyber experts it can train each year from 80 to 250 by 2011.
Amid dire warnings that the U.S. is ill-prepared for a cyber attack, the White House conducted a 60-day study of how the government can better manage and use technology to protect everything from the nation’s electrical grid and stock markets to tax data, airline flight systems, and nuclear launch codes.
President Barack Obama appointed former Bush administration aide Melissa Hathaway to head the effort, and her report was delivered Friday, the White House said.
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 06:47 AM PDT
KANDAHAR: Thirteen people including two civilians were killed in violence across insurgency-hit Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.
Two civilians, one of them a woman, were killed when a bomb placed on an abandoned bicycle was detonated remotely in the southern city of Kandahar Saturday, a local health official told French news agency.
Four other civilians were wounded in the incident near a hospital, Abdul Qayoum Pukhla, provincial health director said.
In Parwan, a province north of the capital Kabul, five bank security guards were killed and five were wounded in a shootout involving unknown gunmen, the province’s governor Abdul Jabar Taqwa said.
The guards came under attack late Friday night as they returned from delivering money in the central province of Bamiyan, Taqwa said. Parwan has been spared much of the insurgent violence affecting southern and eastern Afghanistan.
Elsewhere, Afghan and international security forces killed six militants in operations across Afghanistan, according to military statements Saturday.
Three militants were killed Saturday in a joint raid by Afghan and ISAF soldiers on a village in Logar province, south of the capital Kabul, to detain insurgent commanders hiding there, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.
In Khost province, near the Pakistan border, ISAF troops killed one militant and detained two others after they were spotted by a unmanned surveillance aircraft placing an improvised explosive device (IED), ISAF said in a separate statement.
In western Farah province, Afghan soldiers assisted by coalition troops killed two militants after coming under fire on a combat reconnaissance patrol in Khaki Safed district, the US-led coalition said.
ISAF commands more than 58,000 troops from 42 countries, and operates alongside a US-led coalition that is estimated to number around 10,000 although the figure has not been made public.
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 05:51 AM PDT
NEW YORK: New Yorkers looking for a quick beauty fix risk death from unlicensed practitioners offering oil injections to enhance prized body parts, health authorities warned today.
The city health department said silicone, petroleum jelly, castor oil, mineral oil or cod liver oil were among substances injected by unscrupulous practitioners.
“People who undergo these unsafe procedures hope to enhance their appearance, but the reality can be lifelong deformity and even death,” said Doctor Nathan Graber, director of city’s environmental and occupational disease program.
The health department said in a statement that side effects include “serious infections, nerve damage, respiratory and kidney failure, irreversible disabilities, disfigurement and death.”
The department said it was aware of five cases in the last two years in which oil injections had been given to the hips, thighs, breasts and buttocks.
The department warned New Yorkers to avoid treatments done at home, in hotels or anywhere other than a licensed clinic.
“The use of oils to enhance body parts is risky under any circumstances,” the department advised.
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 05:46 AM PDT
TEHRAN: An Iranian revolutionary court has sentenced US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi to eight years in jail on charges of spying for the United States, a relative told on Saturday.
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 05:44 AM PDT
Cape Town: He might have made rooms for the younger generations to play for the country in T20 format of the game but one thing is for sure, Sachin is still the best in any form of cricket. The millions of Indians who are watching the IPL proceeding taste of his batting skills as he crossed 50 with ease.
The middle order of Mumbai Indians seemed to squander the opportunity of scoring big runs as three batsmen threw away their wickets in quick succession. Dwayne Bravo was the last man to fall as he pulled a Joginder Sharma delivery straight to mid-wicket for just 5. Abhishek Nayar was the new man to join Tendulkar at the crease. After 15 overs, Indians were 105 for 4. Tendulkar was playing on 39.
MS Goly's dream run in IPL continued as he kept on impressing with the ball in the first game of the IPL 2. He sent the new man Jean-Paul Duminy packing with a short ball that the batsman tried to pull only to give a straight catch to the bowler. Duminy made only 8.
Shikhar Dhawan's tryst with Mumbai Indians did not start too well as he departed after scoring 22 off 21 balls. He tried to pull a short delivery from MS Gony, but gave an easy catch to MS Dhoni who was standing at short mid wicket.
The wicket brought new batting sensation of world cricket Jean-Paul Duminy into the crease to give comapny to Sachin Tendulkar who is playing on 35.
As has been said earlier by several experts the contest between bat and ball in IPL II will be even because of the South African tracks which are not entirely biased to the batsmen only. The prediction has turned into truth as Mumbai Indians could manage only 64 in first 10 overs of the match. The struggle of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was also in evidence as he was unbeaten on 21 off 24 balls.
Sri Lankan veteran Sanath Jayasuriya became the first man to be dismissed in the IPL 2 as he flicked a Tushara ball straight to short mid-wicket. Jayasuriya made 26 off just 20 balls. Hayden, who earlier dropped Tendulkat at slip, made no mistake this time as he latched on to a low catch.
Sri Lankan left-arm pacer Thilan Thushara, playing his debut IPL match, bowled really well in his fisrt few overs, maintaining a strict line.
Jayasuriya`s wicket brought Shikhar Dhawan into the crease.
After the powerplay of 6 overs, Mumbai Indians scored 42 runs with Shikhar Dhawan giving company to Sachin Tendulkar (14*).
The evidence of the IPL not taking place in India was there for all to see as there is little support for the teams despite having a near capacity crowd. Unlike the IPL 1 that took place on Indian flat tracks, the number of fours and sixes was not in abundance, as far as first 8 overs are concerned. The Mumbai Indians' explosive opening pair of Tendulkar and Jayasuriya could hardly rake up 34 runs.
The much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) has finally got off in South Africa after the cash-rich league had to be shifted out of India due to the security reasons as it was coinciding with another gala event of India, the General elections.
In the first mouthwatering contest of the event, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain M S Dhoni won the toss and decided to put Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians into bat first on a pitch which may help the faster bowlers after a little bit of rains in Cape Towns.
The experts suggested that the pitch may be sticky and the moisture would help the pacers to move the ball in the air and off the strip.
Chennai Super Kings (From): Matthew Hayden, Parthiv Patel, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Mahendra Singh Dhoni(w/c), Andrew Flintoff, Albie Morkel, Laxmipathy Balaji, Joginder Sharma, Manpreet Gony, Muttiah Muralitharan, Makhaya Ntini, Abhinav Mukund, Mike Hussey(s), Arun Karthik, George Bailey, Jacob Oram, Murali Vijay, Napoleon Einstein, Palani Amarnath, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, Srikkanth Anirudha, Stephen Fleming, Sudeep Tyagi, Suresh Kumar, Thilan Thushara, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Viraj Kadbe
Mumbai Indians (From): Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwayne Bravo, Abhishek Nayar, Yogesh Takawale(w), Kyle Mills, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ajinkya Rahane, Chetanya Nanda, Dilhara Fernando, Graham Napier, Jaydev Shah, Lasith Malinga, Luke Ronchi, Mohammad Ashraful, Pinal Shah, Rahil Shaikh, Rohan Raje, Ryan McLaren, Saurabh Tiwary
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 05:15 AM PDT
KARACHI: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation (NAR-2009) promulgated by the NWFP government will remain effective if there is peace and stability in Swat.
Addressing a joint press conference with Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah here on Saturday, Gilani said Pakistan wants amicable ties with all its neighbours. He said Pakistan wants resumption of composite dialogue process with India which was stalled after the Mumbai mayhem.
The prime minister said that the demands and proposals presented by Sindh cabinet would be reviewed once President Asif Ali Zardari returns home. Gilani said that the salaries of Sindh police would soon be increased.
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 05:13 AM PDT
MOGADISHU: Somalia’s parliament unanimously approved Saturday a government proposal to introduce Islamic sharia law in the country, parliamentary deputy speaker Osman Elmi Bogore told.
“There were 340 members at the session and they voted unanimously for the implementation of Islamic sharia in Somalia,” said Bogore, who presided over the debates in the absence of speaker Aden Mohamed Nur. “The bill… is approved by the Parliament…. We have an Islamic government,” he added.
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 05:07 AM PDT
Bollywood hottie Lara Dutta turned 31 on April 16. The actress spent her birthday in her hometown with her loving parents. Born on April 16, 1978 in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, Lara is a Bolywood actress, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and the former Miss Universe (2000).
Lara’s father is a Wing Commander L. K. Dutta (retired) and her mother is Jennifer Dutta, and she has two older sisters.
In 1981, her family members shifted to Bangalore where the actress finished her high school from St. Francis Xavier Girl’s High School. Lara did her graduation in economics with a minor in communications from Mumbai University.
She became Miss Universe in 2000 that resulted in her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
Dutta won the annual Gladsrags modelling competition in her native India, thus winning the right to be the first Indian delegate at the 1997 Miss Intercontinental pageant, in which she stood first. Afterward, she was declared Femina Miss India Universe and Miss Universe in 2000.
At first, Dutta signed up to work in the Tamil movie, Arasatchi in 2002, but owing to financial troubles, it only released in mid-2004.
The actress made her Bollywood debut in the year 2003 with the film ‘Andaaz’ that did well on the BO, and she won Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for her charter in the film.
Till now, Lara has worked in ‘Andaaz’, ‘Khakee’, ‘Masti’, ‘Kaal’, ‘No Entry’, ‘Partner’ and many others.
From the starting of her film career, Lara worked with the likes of Akshay Kumar, Big B, Abhishek Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. She is currently dating actor Dino Morea.We wish her a very happy birthday and a successful year
Posted: 18 Apr 2009 04:55 AM PDT
HANGU: Eighteen policemen among 20 people have been killed in a deadly suicide attack at a security check-post here.
Eyewitnesses that a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden pickup into a police check-post at Doaba area of Hangu when a convoy of security forces was passing by.
At least 20 people, including 18 policemen, were killed in the incident while ten others were injured who were rushed to the local hospital.
SHO of local police station was also among deceased, police officials told the newsmen.
The explosion was as powerful as it severely damaged nearby shops. Heavy contingent of the law enforcement agencies have been arrived at the scene and the area has been cordoned off.
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