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Contractor mafia targets engineers, docs in UP

The murder of Vinod Kumar Arya, chief medical officer of Uttar Pradesh’s family welfare department, on Wednesday has exposed the state government’s inability to protect senior technocrats from the contractor mafia.
 

Destination India gets UNSC high 5

With Wen Jiabao slated to touchdown in New Delhi in December, followed by presidents of France and Russia, India would have earned the rare distinction of hosting the top leaders of all the P-5 (permanent members of the United Nation Security Council) nations in a single year. HT reports.

Karzai condemns NATO for unauthorized DEA-Russian drug raid in Afghanistan

President Hamid Karzai was fuming on Saturday over a raid in eastern Afghanistan that netted over one ton of heroine and opium worth over $250 million after a joint-Russian and U.S. DEA operation destroyed four drug laboratories and disrupted a huge drug base in the mountains near the Pakistani border.

Clinton pressures China to settle island dispute

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi during the ASEAN summit Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Last-gasp election appeals flood voters' mailboxes

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is "an illegal alien's best friend." His opponent let insurance companies "refuse to cover colon cancer tests." In New Hampshire, the governor freed a man who "sexually molested a 7 year old."

Transport Minister orders probe into crash: 'I want no stone left unturned'

KUALA LUMPUR: Forty-year-old S. Muthumani, who was driving the bus when it crashed, had told police that he had lost his commercial driver’s license. But Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha revealed that Muthumani did not have a license. “There is no record of his license in the Road Transport Department database.

Clinton presses China on maritime disputes, North Korea, rare earth exports

HANOI, Vietnam - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday urged China to soothe rising regional maritime tensions, press North Korea's reclusive leadership to improve ties with the ...

Argentines bid goodbye to Kirchner before burial (AP)

AP - Former President Nestor Kirchner was buried Friday in the southern city where he was born, ending two days of mourning that saw tens of thousands of Argentines fill the streets to pay their respects to one of the nation's dominant political figures.

Hikes in Toll Fees, Mass Transit Fares A Consequence of Public-Private Partnerships

By MARYA SALAMAT President Benigno Aquino III boldly declared during his first State of the Nation Address that public-private partnerships would be the solution to the government's lack of funds and the need to develop the country's infrastructure. But at whose expense? Sidebar: Basis for Toll....

South Koreans cross border for family reunions

SEOUL - A convoy of buses carrying 435 South Koreans crossed into North Korea on Saturday for a brief reunion with relatives over the heavily fortified border, despite tensions after an exchange of fire.

US, Russia join Asian summit as regional spats simmer (AFP)

AFP - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday join 16 Asia-Pacific leaders at a summit in Vietnam dominated by China's territorial disputes.

Recent Ghanaian Movies: Signifiers of Surging Inferiority

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D. I. HOLLYWUDIZING LOCAL MOVIES Recent generic Ghanaian movies Happily pontificate Hollywood Non-African cultures Of celebrating violence Of brutalizing women Of prescribing gun-toting heroism Of depraved sex/sexuality Of dignifying drugs, alcohol Of promoting....

Wall Street's fat cats are about to get even fatter

Times are tough on America's main street, where jobs are hard to come by and destitute families are losing their homes. But over on Wall Street -- where the global financial crisis was incubated -- the fat cats are living it up, earning more than ever even as the rest of the country suffers.

"Lights Out" videogame puts players in street fighting scene

SAN FRANCISCO - Virtual fighters engaged in a bare-knuckle brawl as Sony introduced a world of street fighting played out with Move motion-sensing controls for PlayStation 3 videogame consoles.

U.S. rejects attempts to intimidate Lebanon special tribunal

The United States rejects any attempts to "politicize or intimidate" the Special Tribunal for Lebanon established to investigate the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said on Friday. He said that "efforts ...

It's a family business

Sibling rivalry gripped the country recently in the shape of the Miliband brothers. The extra twist of a personal family drama underpinning a political power struggle lent the Labour Party leadership ...

Feature : Christmas

I particularly find it valueless, a mere watery theological speculation the claims of many that the date 25 December is not found in the Bible, and that Jesus Christ never ever commanded any generation of His followers to celebrate His birthday in Scripture.

Argentines bid goodbye to Kirchner before burial

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA 2010-10-30T01:23:48Z BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Former President Nestor Kirchner was buried Friday in the southern city where he was born, ending two days of mourning that saw tens of thousands of Argentines fill the streets to pay their respects to one of the nation's dominant political figures.

Palin, US State Department in Twitter duel (AFP)

AFP - A tongue-in-cheek US birthday message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Twitter may not have reached the intended recipient, but triggered a rebuke from someone else -- Sarah Palin.

Biggest squeeze on family living standards since 1982

Millions are in for a utility bill shock after Britain’s second-biggest energy firm yesterday announced a price rise of almost 10 per cent on gas.

Memo of LHC CJ murder plot declared engineered

* Sources reveal memo was prepared to benefit particular group * Fact-finding report sent to chief justice of Pakistan By Asad Kharal LAHORE: The intelligence memo regarding alleged assassination plot of Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, which was sent to the....

Palin gives strong indication of presidential run

Sarah Palin has given the strongest indication yet that she is preparing a 2012 White House bid, saying she would run for president "if there is nobody else to do it".

Sealfons Returns to Summit for Holiday Season

SUMMIT, NJ -- 10/29/10 -- Springfield Avenue merchant Eric Model, owner of the Sealfons offspring Seal & Co., a popular children's boutique, is capitalizing on an opportunity to occupy prime downtown Summit space in his family-owned building due to an unexpected vacancy during the holiday season.

Govt committed to tackle energy issue; adds 2000 MW generation capacity: PM

The Prime Minister said Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto added the issue of energy in the PPP manifesto along with subjects of education, employment, empowerment and environment. “We all are well aware that the countries left behind in achieving Millennium Development Goals are those which have....

Christmas cruises: The joy of spending the festive season at

Whether you love Christmas and its trimmings, or would prefer to avoid it altogether, the cruise companies provide a huge choice of ships and facilities over the festive period. Destinations can be overtly Christmassy Europe's traditional Christmas markets, say or beautifully wintery: spotting polar bears from a quiet, adult-only ship, for example....

Christmas cruises: Essential advice and information on famil

Book early. Availability is already low on some voyages for this year, so if you are after a Christmas cruise in 2011, book now for next year. If you can be flexible with travel dates and destinations, it’s worth checking the websites of companies such as P&O Cruises, SeaDream Yachts and Compagnie....

Palin reiterates support for Miller

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Republican Joe Miller, his bid to become Alaska's U.S. senator imploding, called on Sarah Palin, an early supporter, to help juice his campaign.

BA, Iberia log profits as sector pilots recovery (AFP)

AFP - British Airways and Iberia of Spain posted healthy profits on Friday, mirroring European peers Alitalia and Lufthansa, as the global economic recovery drives growing demand for air travel.

U.K. Antitrust Watchdog Probes Ryanair

The U.K. Office of Fair Trading said it has launched an investigation into whether Ryanair's acquisition of a minority stake in Aer Lingus four years ago breaches antitrust rules.

Second edition of Ghana’s Most Beautiful, Holland set for November 6

After a successful debut in 2009, the Ghana’s Most Beautiful Holland (GHMBH) beauty pageant returns to Amsterdam with expected excitement and thrills on November 6. The event will be held at the Bijlmersporthal in Amsterdam, where eight ladies will compete for the title and mouthwatering prizes.

Dela Botri set for another trip to Finland to teach Ghanaian music

Dela Botri, known to be among a few who are still holding the torch of contemporary music and its instruments in Ghana, is set to travel to Finland for what has become a bi-annual teaching trip. This time around, he will be going in the company of two members of his Hewale Sounds and from November....
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