Prominent Shia Activist being Target Killed By terrorist


JNN 29 Nov 2010 Karachi : Again in the Broad Day light Prominent Shia Leader , and Office Bearer of  Religious Party Pasban E Aza , S.Liaqat Hussain Nayyar s/o S.Ammanat Hussain Zaidi , was Target Killed , near the Railway crossing of Chanesar Halt .

He was going towards his office with his Nephew , in his personal car , when about six assilants , circled his car on three motorcylces , 2 assilants on each motorcycle came on his both sides of his car , while one pair came in front of his car to slow him down , firstly the Assilants riding on the Motorcylce  infront of his car fired a shot , which came through the windscreen towards his nephew , but from which his nephew escaped luckily unhurt, at the same moment the assilants  riding on the right side of his car fired multiple shots , with a close range , which were fatal for his life , and he could not resist to the bullet injuries , later he was taken to the Jinnah Hospital , where he was pronounced dead.

The deceased was involved in  construction business, and was very active in Matters relating Shia Community , He has left behind A Widow and a 8 years Old Son .

His Namaz e Janaza was offered near his house on the Main Road of  Mehmoodabad # 5. As due to Huge number of Participants of his funeral which includes the name of Prominent Shia Leader Allama Abbas Kumaili , Furqan Haider Abidi ,Molana Ali Mohd Naqvi , Mirza Yousuf Hussain.After offering the Namaz e Janaza dead Body was taken to Wadi e Hussain Graveyard for burial. Where Molana Shenshah Hussain Naqvi & Molana Hassan Zafar Naqvi was already present . And His Talqeen was offered by Shenshah Hussain Naqvi.

This Target Killing is an alarming sign before the sacred & Most sensitive Month of Muharram, And shows the incompetence of the Intelligence Agencies , to nab the Terrorists , as they are performing there terror activities undettered , and Killing Innocent people in Broad Day light on Busy roads.

As even our correspondent have interviewed one of the Intelligence agency personal , who on conditions of annonymity told that the terrorists have planned , two major terror activities in the Metropolis in the coming days which are still not being checked , and till now they have carried out all there missions successfully unchecked , which is a matter of great concern for all the citizens of Karachi and Pakistan , but especially for the Shia Community as in just a couple of days , Muharram is coming , in which the activities of Public gatherings like  Processions , Majalis will be at all time high.

God Bless Pakistan ,

God Save Shian e Haider e Karar from all the evils of this World.

Silent coup underway in Riyadh?


 

JNN 29 Nov 2010 : Arab experts have discussed the possibility of a silent coup in Saudi Arabia as the power struggle hikes in the kingdom after ailing King Abdullah’s trip to the US.

A seminar recently held in Cairo focused on the political future of Saudi Arabia in the absence of King Abdullah’s trip to the US for treatment and the prospects of his possible death.

The meeting, “The Future of Political Conflict among the Heirs in Saudi Arabia,” attended by Arab experts and politicians, including Saudi academics and Egypt’s al-Azhar scholars concluded that there was a fight over the throne among Al Saud heirs.

The conflict they said was being covertly fueled and steered by the US and Israel who see the oil-rich Arab kingdom an issue of mutual concern and consider it to be the primary strategic ally in the Middle East against the forces of resistance.

The experts noted that documents and information available indicate that the conflict is going in two directions: First among the sons of King Abdul Aziz and the second among his grandchildren.

In the first group are the remainder of the Al Sudairy Clan — seven sons of King Ibn Saud and Princess Hassa bint Ahmad Al Sudairy — most notably Defense Minister Prince Sultan, Riyadh’s Governor Prince Salman and Interior Minister Prince Nayef, who is largely backed by hardline Wahhabis.

The second the experts said is among the grandchildren of Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, and most notably Khaled bin Sultan, who effectively runs the defense ministry and Mutaib bin Abdullah who is in charge of the Saudi National Guard.

Among the second group is Bandar bin Sultan, widely seen as closely tied with US intelligence services and his return to the kingdom after a one-year absence is not deemed much of a coincidence.

Given the old age and diminishing health of King Abdullah and his brothers, the conflict between Bandar and Mutaib is the only serious power struggle which might amount to war, the meeting concluded. They noted that Washington is seeking to arrange a peaceful power transition, although Bandar’s rule would better serve its interests.

The participants in the seminar cautioned against changes in the Saudi government that might further reinforce Wahhabi extremists in the kingdom, bring closer cooperation between Riyadh and Washington and even lead to normalization of ties Tel Aviv.

They also demanded the independence of the holy Muslim sites from the dominance of the Al Saud royal family and Wahhabis, and called for the supervision of independent Muslim nations and scholars instead.

 

'Firm sold Israel torture instruments'


 

JNN 28 Nov 2010 : A Danish-British security company has sold torture instruments to the Israeli prisons, holding Palestinians inmates, a Danish newspaper has written.

The firm, named G4s, sells the devices to the detention facilities in the occupied West Bank, which provide the necessary means for torture of the Palestinian prisoners, Berlingske Tidende reported

Merav Amir, from Who Profits?, an Israeli organization which is dedicated to expose those who stand to benefit from the occupation, said it knew that the firm did not directly engage itself in torture, has created the circumstances required for the abuse.

There are around 9,000 Palestinians in Israeli detention. The families have for long been calling on human rights organizations and groups to intervene in order to secure the release of their loved ones, many of whom have been incarcerated without charge, trial and sentence.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, nearly 200 Palestinian inmates have so far died in Israeli confinement, either due to medical negligence or under torture.

The daily also exposed that the company also cooperates with armed Jewish settlers in Israel and sells tools and devices to the Israeli checkpoints.

The revelation came despite the human rights organizations’ insistence that the checkpoints — which dot the occupied lands — breach the Palestinians freedom of movement. It also defied the firm’s 2002 announcement that it would leave the West Bank in order not to cooperate with armed Israeli guards.

 

‘Firm sold Israel torture instruments’


 

JNN 28 Nov 2010 : A Danish-British security company has sold torture instruments to the Israeli prisons, holding Palestinians inmates, a Danish newspaper has written.

The firm, named G4s, sells the devices to the detention facilities in the occupied West Bank, which provide the necessary means for torture of the Palestinian prisoners, Berlingske Tidende reported

Merav Amir, from Who Profits?, an Israeli organization which is dedicated to expose those who stand to benefit from the occupation, said it knew that the firm did not directly engage itself in torture, has created the circumstances required for the abuse.

There are around 9,000 Palestinians in Israeli detention. The families have for long been calling on human rights organizations and groups to intervene in order to secure the release of their loved ones, many of whom have been incarcerated without charge, trial and sentence.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, nearly 200 Palestinian inmates have so far died in Israeli confinement, either due to medical negligence or under torture.

The daily also exposed that the company also cooperates with armed Jewish settlers in Israel and sells tools and devices to the Israeli checkpoints.

The revelation came despite the human rights organizations’ insistence that the checkpoints — which dot the occupied lands — breach the Palestinians freedom of movement. It also defied the firm’s 2002 announcement that it would leave the West Bank in order not to cooperate with armed Israeli guards.

 

African top Shia clerics speeches on the occasion of Eid e Ghadeer in Negeria


JNN 28 Nov 2010 The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Sayyid Ibraheem Zakzaky delivered a lengthy speech on the significance of Eid Ghadeer at the Movement’s proposed Center on the 18th dhul hajj 1431 (24/11/10).

He  started by congratulating the gathering on the occasion of ghadeer. He recounted the history of Ghadeer event; he said that many books were written by Scholars about it. The book popularly known as Al-ghadeer by Allamah Amini contains much detail and in it it was reported that  there were  over110 companions who reported the Sayings of the prophet (SAWA)  on Ghadeer, of course,  there are reports from other sources.

The Sheikh further says that Ghadeer khum is named after a pool or swamp which formed a shallow lake, located along Madina-Sham route. The place is well known amongst Arabs as it was the crossroads of trade and pilgrimage caravans coming from Medina, Egypt, Iraq and Syria on their way to Makkah.

After performing Hajjj rites, the Prophet ordered that all pilgrims should wait at ghadeer and even those who already passed the area should be called back. A pulpit was erected using saddles and the Prophet delivered a lengthy speech to the companions.

Sheikh Zakzaky stressed that the revisiting the history of Ghadeer is important for the fact that the event still remains unknown to many or it has been forgotten.

He highlighted on how the holy Prophet  taught the Ummah Islamic tenets , he said the Quran was revealed to the prophet  during his  life time in Makkah and Madinat- Makkan Surahs are basically on Tawheed (oneness of God) and the Madinites surahs explain rites and rulings. Two things were left until  towards the end of Prophet’s life; they are the annual pilgrimage to Makkah and the successor after him ( Imamate of the Twelve Infallible Imams). Though the hajj was known since the time of Prophet Ibraheem (AS) and was practiced by jahiliyyah Arabs in their own distorted way, the prophet  had to teach the Ummah how to perform Hajj. So, he ordered all Muslims with means to accompany him for hajj.

The Prophet himself with some members of his family members and companions proceeded for hajj, and Imam Ali too who was on a mission in Yemen, was informed to go for hajj through a messenger, and proceeded to Hajj with Muslims too.

Upon arrival in Makkah, one important event  occurred-  a beggar asked for a help inside the Ka’aba while imam Ali was bowed  for Ruku’ in prayer. Every one noticed when Imam Ali (AS) streached out his hand indicating the beggar to take the ring on one of the Imam’s  fingers. The beggar took the ring. Whereupon a verse was revealed “ Your Master is Allah and His Messenger and those who believe, those who keep up prayers and pay zakat even as they bow down” (Qur’an, 5:55),” qualifying Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (AS)

Meanwhile the holy  prophet supplicated to God to have a successor similar to the supplication of Musa(AS) at which God answered Musa and appointed Harun as his Successor. Similar request was made by the holy Prophet to God and Allah granted the request by appointing Imam Ali as his successor just as revealed in verse.

Although the holy prophet did not declare Imam Ali publicly at Ka’aba but he intended to do so at Arafat and upon understanding  his intention some companions were not happy as their looks showed. This is because they knew what he was going to say- appointment of Imam Ali as his successor. Even at Arafat the prophet did not declare his successor for the fear of fitnah. He even explained that he was facing a serious opposition stiffer that the opposition he encountered from Quraish at the beginning of his mission.

Lastly a verse was revealed telling the Prophet to declare his heir and was assured God’s protection. O Messenger! Convey what has been revealed to you, and if you do not do so, you will not have conveyed His Message at all, and Allah shall protect you from (evil) people. (Qur’an, 5:67)

So at the pool of Ghadeer where the holy prophet ordered all Muslims to wait, the holy Prophet climbed the pulpit erected and delivered a lengthy sermon where in it he outlined the many virtues of Imam Ali and Ahlul bayt(AS) and  raised Imam Ali’s hand up while declaring  ‘Whoever among Im his master, this, Ali is his master …………” the Prophet further  explained all  his successors , all from the progeny of Ali(AS), one after upto the last one- Imam Mahdi(AJ).

All the companions swore oath of  allegiance to Imam Ali and congratulated him while the holy Propeht was a witness to it. It took over two days for the almost 120,000 companions, including women, to pay allegiance to Imam Ali(AS).

The Prophet recited the following verse  “Whoever reneges (from his oath), he reneges only to the harm of his own soul, and whoever fulfills what he has covenanted with Allah, He will grant him a mighty reward” (Qur’an, 48:10).

The 18th of dhul hajj is known to all Prophets and messengers (AS) for its merits: it was the day Adam’s repentance was accepted by God; it was the day Musa(AS) won over the magicians, it was also the day Musa appointed his successor after him; the day Prophet Isa(AS) appointed Sham’un; the day Sulaiman(AS) appointed Asiba as his heir and it was on the day Nuhu’s ark settled on Judi Mountain.

Sheikh further expressed that Islam becomes complete with wilayah of holy Imams without which it becomes incomplete.

Another merit is that it was on the day the holy Prophet (AS) made tie of brotherhood between Ansar and Muhajirin upon arrival in Medina. on the same 18th of Dhul Hajj, 35 years After Hijrah, the Muslims rallied around behind Imam Ali to  pay  him allegiance after the death of Uthman bn Affan. Imam agreed to accept the allegiance but in the Mosque which he did.

The Leader of the Islamic Movement explained further that there are many issues to be said but due to limited time, they could not be discussed. He however explained that in due course and at appropriate time he would discuss the issues.

He recited Ziyara of Imam Ali after the sunset prayers and gave closing prayers. The programme was attended by thousands of Muslims

Sex-tainted Canadian commander quits


 

JNN 28 Nov 2010 : A Canadian Army general facing court martial over an alleged sexual affair with a female subordinate has tendered his resignation.

The 26-year veteran voluntarily gave his notice on November 17, Canadian Forces spokesman Commander Hubert Genest said about Brigadier General Daniel Menard who is accused of having had a sexual affair with Master Corporal Bianka Langlois.

“He now wishes to focus on his family,” the National Post quoted Cmdr. Genest as saying on Friday.

Menard was relieved of his duties as project leader for the Military Personnel Management Capability Transformation Project shortly after, he added.

In May, Menard, a former commander in Afghanistan, was abruptly pulled from Kandahar where he served as task force commander.

Langlois was convicted in summary trial on September 28 on one count of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline and was reprimanded and fined 693 US dollars.

No date has yet been set for Menard’s trial. He will be leaving the Canadian Army on December 17.

According to Canadian officials, the decision will not affect his court martial on two counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline and four counts of obstructing justice offences punishable by up to 10 years in prison and disgraceful dismissal from the military.

Ghadeer Celebrations at Zainabia Imambargah , Bombay


JNN 28 Nov 2010 Mumbai : There was a Grand Celebration of Ghadeer Anniversary last night at Zainabia Imambargah.

The local and outsation poets were at their best. Javed Gopalpuri from Bihar earned tremendous appreciation from the audience and was forced to repeat his magical style of recitation and high quality of poetry.

Sarwar Nawab from Lucknow, Razi Biswani from Jaunpur, Khursheed Muzaffar Nagri, Nayab Balyawi and others uplifted the sensational atmosphere of this poetic feat. Dr. Shaoor Aazmi was conferred an Award in memory of late S.Ghulam Hasnain Kararvi for his contribution to Urdu literature.

Mashhood Danapuri, Khurshid Hallauri, Mahdi Aazmi and others were the darling of the crowd. Compering of the function by Naseer Aazmi was at its best. Maulana Hasnain Kararvi  set the tone of the programme by his electrifying speech on Ghadeer, highlighting the final Hajj of the Holy Prophet of Islam (s.a.).

This grand function opened up with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Tusi Rizvi.
The occasion was right enough to  launch Urdu weekly “Hamara Waqt” by the hands of Maulana Hasnain Kararvi. Mr. Ali Abbas is the editor of this weekly.

The Wilayati crowd enjoyed the evening so much that  It all ended at 6.00 AM.

Below are some of the photographs of the Ghadeer function.

Sarajevo Muslims Celebrated Eid-al-Ghadeer


JNN 28 Nov 2010 According to the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, Hojat-ol-Islam Eidi, head of the center, congratulated the attendants on the two great Eids of Al-Adha and Ghadir.

Next, Gholam Reza Yusofi, Iranian ambassador to Bosnia, gave a speech on the importance of Ghadir as a complement to prophethood noting that continuity is essential for man’s perfection in human and social spheres.

The educational and research programs of Molla-Sadra Center were then announced by Mr. Kamali, deputy of the center.

A documentary film was also screened featuring the center’s educational and cultural programs such as holding the first special program on Ashura in Sarajevo with the cooperation of Iran Cultural Center in the city, educational contests and activities as well as research and scientific gatherings which were held by the center last year.

The program continued with reciting some literary poems on the occasion of Eid-al-Ghadir as well as the views of the world’s great figures about the lofty status of Imam Ali (AS) which were read out by a teacher of Iranian school in Sarajevo.

Religious tributes to Imam Ali (AS) and Hazrat-e Zahra (SA) were also recited in Persian by a young man from Bosnia.

Pakistani Govt. Increases the head Money for Anti State Anti Shia Groups


27 Nov 2010 : Pakistan has announced a reward of around USD 120,000 to anyone providing information about pro-Taliban militants involved in the killing of Shia Muslims.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik says that most militants belonged to the banned Laskhar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba, AFP reported.

These groups are accused of killing hundreds of Shia Muslims in different parts of the country over the past years.

These groups inspired by Wahhabi ideology also orchestrated the assassination of Iranian diplomat Sadiq Ganji in Lahore and were involved in the killing of Iranian Air Force cadets visiting Pakistan in the early 1990s. The extremist outfits were banned by former president Pervez Musharraf in 1999.

The Interior Ministry earlier said that the bomber involved in the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto along with the death of 20 others in Rawalpindi also belonged to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

The extremist groups have also recently targeted key security and civilians centers in major cities in Pakistan.

“The government will make arrangements to settle the informers and their families anywhere in the country, even abroad, if they fear that Taliban might hurt them,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters in Islamabad on Saturday.

Pro-Taliban groups have launched a violent campaign against Shia Muslims over the past years.

Shia Muslims in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency have been facing a humanitarian crisis since November 2007 when pro-Taliban militants cut off the area from the rest of the country.

According to local sources, more than 2,000 Shia Muslims have been killed in the region since the start of the campaign by pro-Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The extremist groups have launched a violent campaign against Shia Muslims, and are stretching their campaign southwards.

Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s restive Balochistan Province has witnessed several instances of violence against the Hazara Shia community in recent months.

Several Shia religious gatherings have been targeted in the central province of Punjab over the past few months. Shia sources say they make up one-third of Pakistan’s population of nearly 160 million. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have been killed in sectarian-related incidents in Pakistan.

Pakistan is also plagued with violence as it is struggling with non-UN-sanctioned US aerial strikes as well as attacks by militants on NATO trucks carrying supplies to the US-led forces in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Militant attacks, unsanctioned drone s

Iranian President prays in the main Baku mosque


JNN 26 Nov 2010 Baku :The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Teze-Pir Mosque during his official visit to Baku.

During the visit, he met with the head of the Muslims of Azerbaijan and the Caucuses, Sheikh ul-Islam Allahshukur Pasha-zade, who highly appreciated the state of relations between Azerbaijan and Iran and recalled the long-term historic relations of religious figures with Iran Muslim leaders in the time of the Soviet Union.

Pasha-zade expressed his gratitude to Iran for supporting Azerbaijan’s position with the international institutions.

The President spoke at a meeting of Muslim scientists and officials of Iran and Azerbaijan and addressed the students of Baku Islamic University.

President Ahmadinejad also visited the mosque library to see ancient religious manuscripts and conducted the common prayer together with other believers.

Chechen Leader Calls for Decisive Struggle Against Wahhabism


JNN 26 Nov 2010 Grozny : Chechnya “needs neither good, nor bad Wahabis,” Kadyrov said. “Such an approach must be applied everywhere. Otherwise, they will again start moving at the slightest relaxation on the part of the authorities. But, I give my word, not in Chechnya,” the Chechen leader said

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said that Wahhabism cannot be eradicated with half-measures.

“Wahabis did not come along today or yesterday. They have been around for a long time. And prominent Islamic religious figures noted that they bring woes, sufferings, destruction and shed blood,” Kadyrov said after a prayer service at a mosque, according to the Chechen government’s website.

“There are people who are trying to present this movement as an innocent phenomenon, as some doctrine, and who characterize Wahabis as almost the most gentle people,” he said.

“This is self-deception. This is deception of thousands of people who might think that this is how things are. In reality, their [Wahabis’] key goal is to cause chaos, to kill primarily those are really Muslim, who truly believe in Allah and revere the Prophet,” Kadyrov said.

He cited multiple examples of “atrocities” by Wahabis, having recalled how “they shot dead a well-known North Caucasus religious figure in the Vedeno District, how they broke into a house in Geldagan and killed a 72-year-old imam when he was reading Quran, although all he asked for was not mercy but to let him finish reading the Surah,” Kadyrov said.

“There is nothing saint for them. A son can kill his father if he criticizes him. He can kill his brother. By acting like this they are seeking to denigrate Muslims, to set them against millions of people who do not understand the difference between Wahabis and true believers,” the Chechen leader said.

As a Chechen mufti and later the first Chechen president, Ahmad Kadyrov “emphasized the need to wage against Wahabis, while admitting that this evil can spread across many regions if it is not nipped in the bud,” he said.

“However, in the 1990s and even in the early years of this decade the majority of regional leaders did not see the whole depth of the problem and denied the existence of such a threat. Wahhabism was brought to Chechnya by Bagautdin Kizilyurtovsky. There (in Dagestan) he was not dealt with on time, so the ‘infection’ spread, and today we are harvesting the consequences of irresponsibility shown by the authorities and public in those years,” Kadyrov added.

Chechnya “needs neither good, nor bad Wahabis,” he said. “Such an approach must be applied everywhere. Otherwise, they will again start moving at the slightest relaxation on the part of the authorities. But, I give my word, not in Chechnya,” the Chechen leader said.

“No criminal will remain unpunished for attempting on the life of law enforcement officers or ordinary citizens or organizing such crimes,” Kadyrov said.

17 Shia Huthi Killed By Car Bomb in Northern Yemen


JNN 26 Nov 2010 : At least 17 Huthi fighters have lost their lives and 30 others sustained injuries when a car bomb targeted a religious procession in northern Yemen.

The exact location of the attack is still not known.

The incident took place only one day after an army soldier was killed and two others were injured when a roadside bomb targeted their military vehicle south of the country.

The Yemeni government launched Operation Scorched Earth on August 11, 2007 to uproot the Shia Houthi fighters, whom Sana’a accuses of seeking a return to the Zaydi imamate overthrown in a 1962 coup.

The northern Houthi fighters have on occasions complained about widespread religious discrimination against them by Sunni fundamentalists who hold sway because of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s cordial relations with staunchly Wahabi Saudi Arabia.

Saada and neighboring Amran province, the strongholds of the Shia Houthi fighters, were frequently pounded by fighter jets and helicopter gunships.

The conflict zones in northern Yemen remained cut off from the rest of the country and the locals were grappling with a pressing shortage of food and other basic supplies.

The United Nations puts the number of displaced people at around 150,000 civilians.

Kabul blames UK for Taliban imposter


 

JNN 26 Nov 2010 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff says British diplomats brought a fake Taliban commander to sensitive government meetings.

Mohammad Umer Daudzai made remarks in an interview with The Washington Post on Thursday.

“The last lesson we draw from this: International partners should not get excited so quickly with those kind of things.”

The imposter tried to impersonate Taliban commander Mullah Mansour. He disappeared after an employee who knew the real Mansour raised the alarm.

The imposter is said to have met with Afghan officials three times and flown on a NATO aircraft to Kabul.

It appears that he was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to take on the role. British officials say the money came from the Afghan government not the UK.

But the British newspaper The Times says the imposter was planted by the UK’s MI6 overseas spying agency.

An unnamed US official has also told Washington post that the Mansour impersonator was the Brit’s Guy.

Karzai recently formed a peace council to lead talks with the Taliban, electing Afghanistan’s former President Burhanuddin Rabbani as chairman of the council.

The newly-established peace council has been making efforts to initiate dialogue with discontented Afghans and militants who have engaged in warfare with the government.

The council has expressed willingness to listen to legitimate demands by the militants.

The development comes after senior officials in the UK floated the idea of making peace with the Taliban whose uprooting was one of the main objectives of the 2001 US-led invasion.

The US-led invasion was launched with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the war-ravaged country.

Anti-war groups have highlighted the fact that Afghanistan remains unstable nine years after the invasion.

The Taliban have repeatedly rejected peace talks, calling for the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces from Afghanistan.

 

Bahrain resumes trial of 23 activists


 

JNN 26 Nov 2010 Bahrain has resumed the third trial session of the 23 opposition activists detained on charges of forming an illegal organization and plotting to overthrow the government.

The third session had been adjourned to investigate fresh allegations of torture made by some of the detainees. They also claimed they had been forced to sign confessions at the prosecutor’s office.

The defendants had complained about being beaten in prison, deprived of sleep and forced to remain standing for long periods of time following the first session of their trial on October 28.

A member of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Maryam al-Khawaja, told Press TV on Friday that Thursday’s trial lasted for about 45 minutes. The lawyers requested that the trial be halted until torture allegations are looked into.

“One of the detainees, Sheikh Muhammad Habib al-Moqdad, spoke about torture, electric shocks that he and Dr. Abdel-Jalil al-Singace – a leading member of the opposition political group al-Haq – were both subjected to. He even exposed the name of the police officer who carried out the tortures,” she added.

“The judge basically did not respond to the request of the lawyers and he adjourned the trial until December 9,” Khawaja said.

Meanwhile, the Amnesty International has called on the Bahraini authorities to inspect new claims of mistreatment made by some of the detained opposition activists.

“The Bahraini authorities must conduct a prompt and independent investigation into both these allegations of torture,” said Malcolm Smart, director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program.

“They must also now take steps to protect the 23 defendants from possible further retaliation, following their new allegations.”

All the 23 men are charged with “forming an illegal organization” aiming to “overthrow the government and dissolve the constitution”, inciting people to “overthrow and change the political system of the country”, fundraising and planning terrorist acts, and other offences under Bahrain’s 2006 anti-terrorism law. They all deny the charges.

The detained opposition activists have had very little access to their lawyers. They were only allowed to see the defendants when they were brought before the Public Prosecutor about two weeks after their arrest and again during the first trial session.

Some of the defendants alleged that they were subjected to further torture or other ill-treatment after the court’s first session, their attorney said after the second session of the court on November 11

 

'Israel aided US-backed Hariri tribunal'


JNN 26 Nov 2010 Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Tel Aviv has contributed to a US-sponsored tribunal probing the murder of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri, a report says.

Lieberman has recently acknowledged Israel’s “cooperation” with Hariri’s tribunal, also known as the US-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), and said that Tel Aviv has been transparent and open to the investigation, Lebanon’s al-Akhbar newspaper reported Friday.

Hariri was killed alongside more than 20 other people in a massive car bombing in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on February 14, 2005.

The US-sponsored STL was subsequently set up by the UN and the Lebanese government in May 2007 to investigate the murder. The court is expected to announce its findings by the end of 2010.

Meanwhile, the Israeli foreign minister accused Lebanon’s resistance movement of Hezbollah of trying to undermine the tribunal.

The accusation has been made despite Secretary General of Hezbollah Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah’s repeated rejection of the allegations and warnings against Isreali plots.

In an August speech, the resistance leader presented evidence proving that Israel masterminded the assassination. In his televised address Nasrallah presented footage captured by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as well as recorded confessions by Israeli fifth columnists, substantiating that Tel Aviv had been behind the killing.

Nasrallah also pointed out that the investigators had been infiltrating deep into Lebanon and channeling date outwards even before the tribunal took its current form.

‘Israel aided US-backed Hariri tribunal’


JNN 26 Nov 2010 Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Tel Aviv has contributed to a US-sponsored tribunal probing the murder of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri, a report says.

Lieberman has recently acknowledged Israel’s “cooperation” with Hariri’s tribunal, also known as the US-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), and said that Tel Aviv has been transparent and open to the investigation, Lebanon’s al-Akhbar newspaper reported Friday.

Hariri was killed alongside more than 20 other people in a massive car bombing in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on February 14, 2005.

The US-sponsored STL was subsequently set up by the UN and the Lebanese government in May 2007 to investigate the murder. The court is expected to announce its findings by the end of 2010.

Meanwhile, the Israeli foreign minister accused Lebanon’s resistance movement of Hezbollah of trying to undermine the tribunal.

The accusation has been made despite Secretary General of Hezbollah Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah’s repeated rejection of the allegations and warnings against Isreali plots.

In an August speech, the resistance leader presented evidence proving that Israel masterminded the assassination. In his televised address Nasrallah presented footage captured by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as well as recorded confessions by Israeli fifth columnists, substantiating that Tel Aviv had been behind the killing.

Nasrallah also pointed out that the investigators had been infiltrating deep into Lebanon and channeling date outwards even before the tribunal took its current form.

Californians keeps on losing jobs even before holidays also


JNN 24 Nov 2010 : California companies continue to lay off workers, with the majority being low tier workers like janitors and maintenance staff, as the holiday season starts.

For the past 15 months, California’s unemployment rate has stood at 12 percent or more.

Data from the state employment department shows California is losing on average 50,000 jobs per month.

Labor expert Mike Chavez believes the job market has never been worse in California.

He told JNN  that some of the larger companies are compounding the situation by letting more workers go before the end of the year.

“We’ve got banks, we’ve got big corporations that are starting to recover for themselves and make more money, and yet they’re cutting people at the bottom, the lowest paid people,” Chavez said.

Companies like JP Morgan Chase say the layoffs announced before the holidays give employees time to find new jobs.

Analysts say holiday layoffs occur when a company wants to boost its bottom line to appease its share holders. They also say bad publicity from the firings is usually outweighed the increased prices and stock.

A woman, who worked as a janitor in a Los Angeles high rise before she and dozens of her co-workers were let go, told JNN that they are fighting to get their jobs back as finding a job in California has become practically impossible.

“It’s a very hard thing because I’m a single mom and I have two kids that I have to support by myself. It has hit me really bad,” she said.

Chavez said the US would not fully recover from this recession unless it adopts a labor system that focuses more on the workers and less on what happens on Wall Street.

If you are a poor Shia Muslim, pray you don’t die in Lucknow


JNN 23 Nov 2010 Lucknow : Skyrocketing land prices have not only made dwelling for the living difficult but even the dead ones are facing the pinch of spiraling rates in Lucknow. Prices for a grave in any Shia graveyard may ranges anywhere between Rs one thousand to one lakh.

A group of Shia Muslims raised the issue during a dharna at Shaheed Smarak in Lucknow on Monday. The protestors demanded that prices of graves should be reduced and the poor should be provided land for grave free of cost. “It is pathetic that graves are beyond the approach of common man in Lucknow. Getting land in any karbala or qabristan in Lucknow will cost around Rs 50,000-60,000,” said Syed Naseer Hussain Rizvi, whose organisation Idara-e-Sakina staged dharna against the practice on Monday.

Shia Muslims have nine graveyards and Karbalas in Lucknow where they bury their dead. The major ones are Ghuframaab Ka Imambara, Imambara Agha Baqar, Talkatora Karbala, Malka Jahan Ka Karbala, Abbas Bagh Ka Karbala, Imdad Hussain Ka Karabala and three others. All these are under the control of Shia Central Board of Waqfs which appoints mutawalli for managing the daily affairs. Among them Ghuframaab Ka Imambara situated at Chowk crossing is the most sought one among Shias for burying their dead ones. The scramble thus has also resulted in high prices of graves in the Imambara. “It is hard to get a grave there in Ghuframmab Imambara. One has to shell more than Rs 50,000 for the land. It is thus beyond the reach of common Shias,” said Naseer.

The spiralling prices also have given rise to another custom of advance booking of graves. Known as Hayati Qabr these graves are reserved for the persons who have purchased them. The space remains vacant waiting for his death and to be buried.

The organisation Idara-e-Sakina, which has waged a battle against the high prices of graves in Lucknow, began their movement in 2009. A demonstration was held on December 28, 2009 in Lucknow. However, things cooled down after the District Magistrate (DM) assured that suitable action will be taken in this regard. Even the prominent Shia clerics also came forward and denounced the black marketing of graves. They also demanded that there should be a nominal charge for the graves and the poor ones should be given the facility free for a decent burial.

“A year has passed but nothing has materialised. This issue is of great importance and we will not hesitate to stage violent protest for this cause,” said Naseer.

Meanwhile, commenting on the issue, general secretary, All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) Maulana Yasoob Abbas termed the development as unfortunate and against the values of religion. “It is against Islam to sell land for graves at such a high prices. The poor has nowhere to go as he cannot afford such an exorbitant price for the grave. We have enough graveyards to meet the population’s demand but they have been turned into business venture which is pathetic,” said Abbas

 

Lucknow : Shia Waqf Board Chairman resigns, crisis deepens


JNN 23 Nov 2010  Lucknow : Chairman of Shia Central Board of Waqf (SCBW), Kamaluddin Akbar, along with a member of the board, resigned on Monday. Officials of the board confirmed that they have received the resignation letters.

As per reports, Akbar, who was perturbed over mudslinging by some members of the board, submitted his papers through courier to the state government. Another member former Principal Secretary (Law) Mazhar Abbas Abedi too has resigned from his post. After having received the resignation, officials in the state government called up Akbar to confirm his decision. It is reported that he admitted that he has resigned from his post. However, the state government is yet to take a final decision over his resignation. “We have received the resignation but it has not been accepted. Decision in this regard will be taken by state government,” said Administrative Officer of the board, Ghulam Sayyedain.

The SCBW since its reconstitution has been in a state of turmoil. Two members of the board, Kunwar Iqbal Haider and Imran Rizvi launched scathing attack on the newly appointed chairman Akbar accusing him of misuse of waqf land. Several demonstrations were held in the city over the construction of a nursing home on a waqf land belonging to Ghuframaab Imambara in Chowk, Lucknow. Akbar, who is reported to be related to prominent Shia cleric and Imam-e-Juma, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad failed to pacify the members who were up in arms against him.

Meanwhile, it is reported that Akbar will be meeting senior Indian government cabinet minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui over the fate of his resignation.

'US held talks with fake Taliban head'


 

JNN 23 Nov 2010 Senior Afghan and US officials have confirmed reports of a series of secret peace talks with a fake Taliban leader in Kabul over the past months, a media report says.

According to the New York Times, secret talks between officials and a senior Taliban commander collapsed after Washington concluded they were dealing with an impostor.

The secret high profile talks with Mulla Akhtar Muhammad Mansour — a senior commander of the Taliban — were intended to end the nine-year long war.

However, the man was apparently not Mansour at all.

Western officials intimately involved in the discussions say the negotiator was not even a member of the Taliban leadership.

“It’s not him,” a Western diplomat in Kabul said. “And we gave him a lot of money.”

NATO and Afghan officials say they held three meetings with the man, who had traveled to Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan.

Based on the report, the fake Taliban leader even met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul.

The report comes as a US delegation has reportedly arrived in Pakistan to hold a secret meeting with pro-Taliban figures.

The meetings are said to be aimed at pushing for talks between Taliban militants and the Afghan government.

The developments come after Karzai called on tribal elders and civic representatives to get together and discuss measures for a national reconciliation.

Karzai recently formed a peace council to lead talks with the Taliban, electing Afghanistan’s former president Burhanuddin Rabbani as chairman of the council.

The newly-established peace council has been making efforts to initiate dialogue with discontented Afghans and militants who have engaged in warfare with the government.

The council has expressed willingness to listen to legitimate demands by the militants.

The development comes after senior officials in the UK floated the idea of making peace with the Taliban whose uprooting was one of the main objectives of the 2001 Us-led invasion.

The US-led invasion was launched with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the war-ravaged country.

Anti-war groups have highlighted the fact that Afghanistan remains unstable nine years after the invasion.

The Taliban have repeatedly rejected peace talks, calling for the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces from Afghanistan

 

‘US held talks with fake Taliban head’


 

JNN 23 Nov 2010 Senior Afghan and US officials have confirmed reports of a series of secret peace talks with a fake Taliban leader in Kabul over the past months, a media report says.

According to the New York Times, secret talks between officials and a senior Taliban commander collapsed after Washington concluded they were dealing with an impostor.

The secret high profile talks with Mulla Akhtar Muhammad Mansour — a senior commander of the Taliban — were intended to end the nine-year long war.

However, the man was apparently not Mansour at all.

Western officials intimately involved in the discussions say the negotiator was not even a member of the Taliban leadership.

“It’s not him,” a Western diplomat in Kabul said. “And we gave him a lot of money.”

NATO and Afghan officials say they held three meetings with the man, who had traveled to Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan.

Based on the report, the fake Taliban leader even met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul.

The report comes as a US delegation has reportedly arrived in Pakistan to hold a secret meeting with pro-Taliban figures.

The meetings are said to be aimed at pushing for talks between Taliban militants and the Afghan government.

The developments come after Karzai called on tribal elders and civic representatives to get together and discuss measures for a national reconciliation.

Karzai recently formed a peace council to lead talks with the Taliban, electing Afghanistan’s former president Burhanuddin Rabbani as chairman of the council.

The newly-established peace council has been making efforts to initiate dialogue with discontented Afghans and militants who have engaged in warfare with the government.

The council has expressed willingness to listen to legitimate demands by the militants.

The development comes after senior officials in the UK floated the idea of making peace with the Taliban whose uprooting was one of the main objectives of the 2001 Us-led invasion.

The US-led invasion was launched with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the war-ravaged country.

Anti-war groups have highlighted the fact that Afghanistan remains unstable nine years after the invasion.

The Taliban have repeatedly rejected peace talks, calling for the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces from Afghanistan

 

'Bahraini children tortured by govt.'


BJNN 23 Nov 2010 The Bahrain Center for Human Rights says that children were among the victims of the latest crackdown on pro-democracy activists in the Persian Gulf state.

The rights body said in a report on Tuesday that there were 76 children among the detainees from the latest crackdown, accounting for one fifth of the total number of 355.

According to the report, children have been subjected to arbitrary arrests, continuous kidnappings as well as physical, psychological and sexual torture.

The report raises concerns about the future of the children prisoners who will be deprived of their education.

In Bahrain, people over 21 years are eligible to participate in the election, but the authorities hold children, who have reached the age of 15, fully responsible for committing crimes like adults.

The Bahraini government has begun a crackdown on Shia people, which dominate the country’s demographic map.

The Shias have long complained about being discriminated against by the Sunni-dominated government when it comes to employment opportunities and the right to services.

The government has been accused of coming down hard on the Shia opposition and human rights activists.

‘Bahraini children tortured by govt.’


BJNN 23 Nov 2010 The Bahrain Center for Human Rights says that children were among the victims of the latest crackdown on pro-democracy activists in the Persian Gulf state.

The rights body said in a report on Tuesday that there were 76 children among the detainees from the latest crackdown, accounting for one fifth of the total number of 355.

According to the report, children have been subjected to arbitrary arrests, continuous kidnappings as well as physical, psychological and sexual torture.

The report raises concerns about the future of the children prisoners who will be deprived of their education.

In Bahrain, people over 21 years are eligible to participate in the election, but the authorities hold children, who have reached the age of 15, fully responsible for committing crimes like adults.

The Bahraini government has begun a crackdown on Shia people, which dominate the country’s demographic map.

The Shias have long complained about being discriminated against by the Sunni-dominated government when it comes to employment opportunities and the right to services.

The government has been accused of coming down hard on the Shia opposition and human rights activists.

Euro 'at stake' over Irish bailout


JNN 23 Nov 2010 : Germany says the shared European currency is now “at stake” after Ireland accepted an international bailout package to support its debt-ridden economy.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the euro is in danger of falling after Ireland asked for help from the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cope with its growing budget deficit and troubled banking system.

Schaeuble added that Berlin should take more responsibility to avoid untold economic and social consequences for its country, the biggest economy in Europe.

He also announced the German government’s plan to cut more than EUR 80 billion (USD 107.5 billion) from its budget over the next four years.

“We have every reason to continue decisively on this path,” he told the Parliament.

According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Chancellor Angela Merkel will face a “tough sell” to the Germans to finance the bailout package for Ireland soon after the Greek bailout.

The German government continues to insist that private investors should contribute to future bailouts after the emergency fund expires in 2013.

Unconfirmed reports say the Irish bailout package could reach more than EUR 90 billion.

Dublin has already infused some EUR 50 billion, which is more than 10 times the EU limit, into its banks to push its deficit to 32 percent, AFP reported.

Violence has erupted in Dublin as police clashed with protesters demonstrating against the bailout measures.

People in Ireland are accusing the government of mishandling the country’s financial crisis.

Dublin is poised to unveil a four-year economic plan that will most likely include harsh austerity measures in exchange for the EU-IMF bailout package.

Euro ‘at stake’ over Irish bailout


JNN 23 Nov 2010 : Germany says the shared European currency is now “at stake” after Ireland accepted an international bailout package to support its debt-ridden economy.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the euro is in danger of falling after Ireland asked for help from the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cope with its growing budget deficit and troubled banking system.

Schaeuble added that Berlin should take more responsibility to avoid untold economic and social consequences for its country, the biggest economy in Europe.

He also announced the German government’s plan to cut more than EUR 80 billion (USD 107.5 billion) from its budget over the next four years.

“We have every reason to continue decisively on this path,” he told the Parliament.

According to German magazine Der Spiegel, Chancellor Angela Merkel will face a “tough sell” to the Germans to finance the bailout package for Ireland soon after the Greek bailout.

The German government continues to insist that private investors should contribute to future bailouts after the emergency fund expires in 2013.

Unconfirmed reports say the Irish bailout package could reach more than EUR 90 billion.

Dublin has already infused some EUR 50 billion, which is more than 10 times the EU limit, into its banks to push its deficit to 32 percent, AFP reported.

Violence has erupted in Dublin as police clashed with protesters demonstrating against the bailout measures.

People in Ireland are accusing the government of mishandling the country’s financial crisis.

Dublin is poised to unveil a four-year economic plan that will most likely include harsh austerity measures in exchange for the EU-IMF bailout package.

Dutch film maker : Israeli Minister Aerial Sharon Shot Dead Two Young Palestinian Kids in 1982


JNN 21 Nov 2010 : Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer declared that in 1982 he saw then Israeli war minister Ariel Sharon shooting Palestinian children from near the Sabra-Shatilla refugee camp, Beirut, while he was filming a documentary.

The accusation was first made in Volkskrant, a Dutch newspaper, during an interview to George Sluizer, who was promoting the screening of his most recent film about Israel in the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam.

According to Sluizer, who has made several documentaries about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he saw Sharon killing two Palestinian children with a pistol in 1982, near the refugee camp Sabra-Shatilla in Lebanon. Sharon was an Israeli minister of defense at that time.

“Sharon shot two children like you shoot rabbits, in front of my eyes,” he added.

Sluizer gave more details and reported hat the children were two or three years old and that Sharon shot them from a distance of 10 meters with a pistol. However, he could not specify in which month the event occurred, but he thought it was in November

Iran-Khodro produces 800,000 vehicles


JNN 21 Nov 2010 The managing director of Iran-Khodro Company (IKCO) says the Iranian carmaker has manufactured 800,000 vehicles so far this Iranian calendar year (started March 21).

“More than 800,000 vehicles have been produced in Iran-Khodro Company in the current year,” Mehr news agency quoted Javad Najmeddin as saying on Sunday.

Najmeddin also noted that IKCO also exported more than 55,000 vehicles — some 7 percent of total sales — to other countries.

He said the company, the Middle-East’s largest automaker, has an annual turnover of some 90 trillion rials (around $9 billion).

The company also boosted its production capacity by 28 percent in the first half of this year.

IKCO was founded in 1962 and is currently regarded as the biggest carmaker in the Middle East. The automaker made 688,000 passenger cars in 2009.

Iran’s largest carmaker manufactures vehicles including sedans, trucks, minibuses and buses.

The company plans to increase its annual exports to more than 600,000 cars by 2016.

Iran demands UN reply on secret US jails


JNN 20 Nov 2010 : Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has demanded that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon file a response to his letter concerning the existence of secret American prisons in Europe.

Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi on Saturday, Mottaki called on the UN chief to inform Iranians as well as other nations of the response to the letter he had written to him several years ago.

In the letter to Ban, Mottaki had raised concerns over secret US prison camps in Europe. The secretary general had then forwarded the letter to the former director of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva for follow-up measures.

“What actions has he (the UN chief) taken regarding the official letter? What is the view of the secretary general and the UN regarding these secret US prisons?” Mottaki asked.

The top Iranian diplomat expressed optimism that the United Nations would finally offer a “convincing response” to the letter.

Mottaki went on to emphasize his regret that countries which have no justification for their [aggressive] actions commonly engage in political moves against other nations and countries to distract world opinion.

He expressed confidence that within a rational framework, such quarrels would certainly conclude in favor of independent states.

The comments of the Iranian foreign minister came days after a non-binding Western-backed resolution on human rights was pushed through the UN against Iran. The resolution passed despite the fact that a majority of nations refused to vote for it.

Iran’s Secretary General of High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani described the measure at the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee as “illegal” and a “US plot to derail Iran’s constructive interaction with the United Nations.”

In a meeting with the UN chief, Larijani pointed out that the unjustified move would certainly undermine the credibility of the UN Human Rights Council.

The anti-Iran resolution, widely criticized as a US-led publicity stunt to counter Iran’s rising power and influence in the Middle East and other regions in the world, was pushed through the UN as Iran and the P5+1 group are preparing for reengaging in multifaceted talks.

Senior Iranian officials have insisted that the comprehensive talks must be objective and based on mutual respect and equity or they will not succeed.

Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif ordered release of Ulema which includes Member of banned Organisations


JNN 19 Nov 2010 Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Last week instructed the provincial administration to withdraw all cases registered in former president Gen (r) Pervaiz Musharraf era against Ulema , which includes people who were wanted in anti state activities.

The Punjab CM said the ulema and mashaikh, who faced oppression and torture during the Musharraf dictatorship for upholding truth deserved credit, and their services would be written in golden letters in nation’s history.

People should remember that former President Pervaiz Musharaf launched an Operation against the terrorist of many Banned Terrorist Organisation, which included the Terrorist hiding in Lal Masjid of Islamabad , which were not only working against the Islam , but are still active against the National Interest of Pakistan  , and Pakistan Itself. As it is a known fact that the terrorist which were pardoned under one or the other pretext , or managed to runaway from Lal Masjid , have again gathered now , and are actively working under the names of Ghazi force , and other names who are being searched by federal  intelligence agencies to apprehend , as they are actively involved in terrorist activities against the Muslim Citizens of Pakistan , and Pakistan itself, who are heavily funded by the enemies of Pakistan.

Releasing such terrorist of fundamentalist banned terrorist organisation , at a time when Muharram ul Haram is just a corner away , and the security situation of the country is already fragile , should be regarded as patronizing terrorists and anti state activities .

While there previous record and allegations directly convicts PML -N hierchy in connections with Al Qaeda’ s Osama bin Ladin and even  funding from Osama Bin Laden , and terrorist organisation like Sipah e Sahaba and other similar Organisations .

On the other hand At the same time the terrorist of Yom Ali Blasts ( 21st Ramzan  ) and there master minds  still roaming free ,and no conviction has still been made .

Chinese Built Light Rails whisks One Million Hajis to Mecca from Mina, Arafat & Muzdalifah


JNN 19 Nov 2010 Mecca : The Mecca Metro in Saudi Arabia has carried more than one million pilgrims during the Hajj pilgrimage, builder of the line China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) said Saturday.

During the five-days of activity, the metro ran more than 700 times, said CRCC, which will also run the line for three years.

The Mecca Metro, the first dual-track light railway in Saudi Arabia, began operating on Nov 13, 2010 to ease congestion during pilgrims’ visits to Mecca.

The 18-kilometer-long line with nine stations links Mecca and the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. It can carry up to 72,000 passengers in one hour.

The project is expected to operate at 35 percent capacity in the first phase and reach full capacity by May 2011. But it operated at over 50 percent capacity when it began operation.

The US$1.8 billion in line was the first cooperation project between China and Saudi Arabia after the two countries signed an agreement in June 2008 to enhance cooperation in infrastructure construction.

The line was the first light rail system built by Chinese companies in the Middle East.

Egypt slams US for meddling in its internal affairs


JNN 19 Nov 2010 Cairo : Egypt has slammed the US for interfering in its internal affairs after Washington called for international observers to monitor the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

In a surprisingly harsh tone, Cairo criticized Washington in a statement on Thursday for meddling in internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

“The latest positions taken by the administration towards internal Egyptian affairs is something that is absolutely unacceptable,” AFP quoted the statement released by the Egyptian foreign ministry on Friday.

“It is as if the United States has turned into a caretaker of how Egyptian society should conduct its own politics,” it argued.

“It seems that the US insists on not respecting the privacy of the Egyptian society and making statements that incense Egypt’s nationalism,” it further added. “Whoever thinks that this is possible is deluded.”

The statement explained that Egypt would continue reciprocal relationship with the United States as long as Washington showed mutual respect for Cairo.

On Monday, the US State Department called on Egypt to hold a free election and allow international monitors to observe the November 28 parliamentary poll.

In response to the Egyptian criticism, US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley announced that Washington is keeping a close eye on the elections to make sure it meets the international standards.

“This is not interfering in Egyptian affairs. This is encouraging a very close friend of the United States that its elections are vitally important and that its people want to see and have opportunities for greater participation in Egypt’s political system and have a government that is more representative of all segments of Egyptian society,” he added.

Militants set atleast 10 NATO Oil tankers on fire in Peshawar


JNN 10 Nov 2010 Peshawar : Unknown militants have set at least 10 NATO oil tankers on fire in the city of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan, security officials say.

Police officials told Press TV that several armed militants attacked an auto-mechanic workshop at Ring Road area in the city on Saturday and set the tankers ablaze.

Police and relief teams reached the spot after the incident and recovered a 2.5-kilogram bomb at the site of the attack. The attackers fled from the scene while opening fire.

The NATO oil tankers were parked at a workshop in Peshawar due to the closure of Pak-Afghan Highway.

Fire brigade teams managed to control the blaze within half an hour. No independent group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pro-Taliban militants have destroyed scores of NATO vehicles in northwestern and southwestern Pakistan over the past years.

The militants say the assaults are in retaliation for non-UN-sanctioned US drone strikes inside Pakistan’s tribal belt.

Eighty percent of NATO supplies are transported to war-ravaged Afghanistan through Pakistan.

The supply line has become increasingly vulnerable to militant attacks in recent months.

Indian Shia Muslims Asks clerics to Draw a Peace Plan to avert any Violence in the Upcoming Muharam


JNN 19 Nov 2010  Lucknow : Several Shia organisations in a meeting on Thursday appealed to Muslim clerics for maintaining peace during the upcoming Muharram. The organisations also denounced the pressure building tactics by some Muslim clerics for transfer of some officials.

“The clerics must think twice about their act of mounting pressure in the name of Muharram processions on the state government. Their move is nothing more than a face saving situation,” said Shia community leader Ghazanfar Agha on Thursday. The organizations decried the violent protest on November 13 by some Shia youths after the arrest of Maulana Kalbe Jawwad in an issue involving supremacy over Shia PG College. “Maulana Jawwad should distance himself from such elements who indulged in violence. This is not Lucknow’s tehzeeb. Tearing government hoardings, slogan shouting against Chief Minister, attacking petrol pump and poor vendors is not justified. One cannot also place any demand in the backdrop of such violence,” said Agha.

Decrying Jawwad’s supporter, he remarked that Shia community is already backward and it will lead to further alienation. “Instead of wasting their energy they should sit together and help in peaceful Muharram. There are other issues such as sprucing up civic amenities during Muharram should be taken up in right earnest,” he added. The major organisations which attended the meeting held at Katra Abu Turab Khan included Al Asr Foundation, All India Shia Unity Council, Tanzeem-e-Shianey Haiderey Karar, Shia Young Society, Abu Talib MIssion, Imam-e-Hasan Academy, Tanzeem-e-Millat, Taziyedar Sewak Sangh and Imam-e-Raza Committee.

Stuxnet virus made for Iranian Nuclear facilities ,could target many other industries also


JNN 18 Nov 2010 , WASHINGTON – A malicious computer attack that appears to target Iran’s nuclear plants can be modified to wreak havoc on industrial control systems around the world, and represents the most dire cyberthreat known to industry, government officials  and experts said Wednesday.

They warned that industries are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the so-called Stuxnet worm as they merge networks and computer systems to increase efficiency. The growing danger, said lawmakers, makes it imperative that Congress move on legislation that would expand government controls and set requirements to make systems safer.

The complex code is not only able to infiltrate and take over systems that control manufacturing and other critical operations, but it has even more sophisticated abilities to silently steal sensitive intellectual property data, experts said.

Dean Turner, director of the Global Intelligence Network at Symantec Corp., told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that the “real-world implications of Stuxnet are beyond any threat we have seen in the past.”

Analyst and Government Officials told the senators they remain unable to determine who launched the attack. But the design and performance of the code, and that the bulk of the attacks were in Iran, have fueled speculation that it targeted Iranian Nuclear facilities.

Turner said there were 44,000 unique Stuxnet computer infections worldwide through last week, and 1,600 in the United States. Sixty percent of the infections were in Iran, including several employees’ laptops at the Bushehr nuclear plant.

Iran has said it believes Stuxnet is part of a Western plot to sabotage its nuclear program, but experts see few signs of major damage at Iranian facilities.

A senior government official warned Wednesday that attackers can use information made public about the Stuxnet worm to develop variations targeting other industries, affecting the production of everything from chemicals to baby formula.

“This code can automatically enter a system, steal the formula for the product you are manufacturing, alter the ingredients being mixed in your product and indicate to the operator and your antivirus software that everything is functioning as expected,” said Sean McGurk, acting director of Homeland Security’s national cybersecurity operations center.

Stuxnet specifically targets businesses that use Windows operating software and a control system designed by Siemens AG. That combination, said McGurk, is used in many critical sectors, from automobile assembly to mixing products such as chemicals.

Turner added that the code’s highly sophisticated structure and techniques also could mean that it is a one-in-a-decade occurrence. The virus is so complex and costly to develop “that a select few attackers would be capable of producing a similar threat,” he said.

Experts said governments and industries can do much more to protect critical systems.

Michael Assante, who heads the newly created, not-for-profit National Board of Information Security Examiners, told lawmakers that control systems need to be walled off from other networks to make it harder for hackers to access them. And he encouraged senators to beef up government authorities and consider placing performance requirements and other standards on the industry to curtail unsafe practices and make systems more secure.

“We can no longer ignore known system weaknesses and simply accept current system limitations,” he said. “We must admit that our current security strategies are too disjointed and are often, in unintended ways, working against our efforts to address” cybersecurity challenges.

The panel chairman, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said legislation on the matter will be a top priority after lawmakers return in January.

Saudi Monarchy crushing Shia Muslim Citizens ,even violating International Human Rights code of Conduct


JNN 18 Nov 2010 : Human rights defender Mr Munir Baqir Ebrahim Al-Jassas, (aged 30), remains in detention at the Intelligence Service Headquarters in Dammam, eastern Saudi Arabia, and as yet has not been informed about whether he has been officially charged or convicted for committing an offence.

Further Information

To date, Munir Al-Jassas has not been informed about any official charges, however, on 28 August 2010, he was asked to sign a “confession”, which was a collection of statements he had made while being interrogated.

On 1 September 2010, he was taken to the lower court in Dammam were he was asked to read the same “confession” and sign it before a religious judge. In the written “confession” Munir Al-Jassas reportedly stated that:

1. I wrote on internet forums using my real name and I am a general instructor for “Tahera” Forums;

2. I wrote a comment on the article, To his Highness the Minister on Al-Awamia website which can be found at: http://awam30.homeip.net/index.php?act=artc&id=9629

3. I noticed an article written by my sister, commented on it, and did not remove it;

4. I read articles by Nemr Baqr Al-Nemr (Shi’a cleric) and commented on some of them;

5. I wrote a comment on an article related to the Emir (the Prince);

6. The Shi’a in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are oppressed;

7. I am seeking a job;

8. The telephone line connected to the internet is in my name;

9.My sister posted an article using my niece’s name. Initially I did not confess to this because I was concerned for the safety of my niece and my sister, who had recently married;

10. I posted a comment on an article related to the arrest of Mohammed the son of Nemr Al- Nemr”

Munir Al-Jassas has reportedly not been told whether this court appearance was part of an investigation or a “trial on camera”. He has not been informed of any trial procedures or any decision with regard to a sentence, nor has he been allowed access to a lawyer.

During his detention Munir Al-Jassas spent four months in solitary confinement. Thereafter, his wife and members of his family were allowed visit him. However, the family were recently informed that under new prison regulations family visitation rights will be subject to restrictions.

His wife and other family members will only be permitted one visit respectively per month. This will hinder his family’s ability to monitor what is happening to Munir. Although prison regulations permit prisoners to send one letter per month, Munir Al-Jassas was reportedly only permitted to send one letter every three or four months.

With regard to prison conditions, Munir Al-Jassas’s prison cell, as well as those of other detainees, are occasionally stormed by security agents wearing a disguise to conceal their identities. During these raids all the detainees are reportedly subjected to severe physical assaults.

Although prison regulations provide that each prisoner will be visited daily by a staff member who will look after individual daily needs, such visits only take place once a month and as such, there is an inadequate amount of time for prisoners to express their needs.

As a result, requests made by Munir Al-Jassas over the last five months, including a request to be transferred to another non-smoking cell, have not been dealt with. As such, Munir continues to suffer headaches because of the smoke. Religious books based on Shi’a beliefs have also been prohibited by prison authorities.

Media & Human Rights groups are  particularly concerned for the physical and psychological integrity of Mr Munir Al-Jassas who is allegedly subjected to frequent beatings and physical abuse while in detention.

Human Rights and Shia population is  seriously concerned that the Saudi Authorities have been holding Mr Munir Al-Jassas for over one year in arbitrary detention and as yet have failed to officially charge, try or convict him. Front Line also condemns the Saudi authorities for denying Mr Munir Al-Jassas access to a lawyer. Holding Mr Munir Al-Jassas in arbitrary detention and denying him legal representation amount to grave breaches of international human rights law.

Why the Irish Crisis is Going Global


JNN 18 Nov 2010 : You may not have to worry about Ireland in a week, or a month. But at the moment, the Emerald Isle is causing global investors a whole lot o’ anxiety.

On the surface, it’s reminiscent of the problem Greece had with its unmanageable federal debt early this year, which shook world markets, ended a global rally in stocks and ultimately led to a $146 billion bailout by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Greece spent more money than it took in for years, papered over the gap, and essentially became insolvent when it could no longer borrow the money needed to finance its debt.

Ireland is on the brink of insolvency too, which has helped drive down the S&P 500 stock index by nearly 4 percent over the last few days. But unlike Greece, Ireland is a relatively wealthy country, with per capita GDP of nearly $38,000. That’s 21 percent higher than per capita GDP in Greece, and in the top third for European countries. Low corporate tax rates and a skilled workforce have made Ireland a haven for some of the world’s biggest companies. And its public debt, about 65 percent of GDP, is far below Greece’s crushing load, which is 126 percent of GDP. Ireland’s debt levels are even lower than those in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

But Ireland has one huge problem that may soon make it a supplicant to its European brethren: A failed banking sector that Ireland’s government can no longer rescue on its own. Ireland is in the midst of a real estate bust that could trump even the ruinous downturns that turned parts of southern California and Nevada into suburban ghost towns, with home-grown banks stoking it all. Now, those banks are trying to manage catastrophic losses. The Irish government has effectively nationalized the nation’s biggest banks by guaranteeing their debt, which would be akin to the U.S. government taking over Citigroup, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

That means the Irish government is also on the hook for the losses those banks endure–which have risen far beyond initial estimates, and may have a lot farther to go. So far, the Irish government is obligated to cover losses amounting to 175 percent of Irish GDP, which is becoming an unsustainable burden. “If the Irish banks go down, the Irish government also goes down,” says economist Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

As estimates of Irish bank losses have gone up, pressure has mounted on Ireland to do something decisive–and panicky markets may now force a solution. Ireland wants the European Central Bank to continue lending money to Irish banks at low interest rates, but the ECB has different ideas. Inflation has been creeping up in Europe, and the central bank said recently that it wants to end its program of pumping liquidity into banks, not continue or expand it. Cutting off those loans to Irish banks could force defaults, which the Irish government would have to cover or essentially be in default itself. Germany, meanwhile, wants to hurry a bailout of Ireland, to prevent worries about sovereign bonds from spreading to Portugual or Spain, which would be a much bigger problem.

A European bailout of Ireland would be manageable, and probably cost less than the Greek rescue. But Ireland doesn’t want it, because the EU and IMF would force austerity measures onto the island nation that could effectively end its appeal as a business-friendly nation with a high standard of living. Since Ireland is wealthier than other European nations that would essentially be lending it money, social programs would end up gutted, and taxes would soar. And Ireland’s 12.5 percent corporate tax rate–one of the lowest in the developed world–would almost certainly go up, taking what’s left of the roar out of the Celtic Tiger. If multinational businesses abandon Ireland, it could fall quickly down the list of Europe’s most prosperous nations.

The standoff is what worries the markets, since a protracted bailout battle darkens the clouds over Europe’s other deeply indebted nations. Portugal and Spain aren’t in serious danger of default at the moment, but as Ireland’s cost of borrowing goes up, so does the cost of borrowing in similarly stressed nations. That gets passed through to businesses operating in those countries that do need to borrow money–and they could face more urgent funding needs than their own governments in the weeks ahead. That’s how Ireland’s problems ripple outward to other indebted governments, the real economy and ultimately to the global stock markets.

A bailout might seem tough to swallow in Ireland, but it would most likely calm global markets. Moody’s Analytics points out that there’s plenty of money available for a bailout, and also that the ramifications of a sovereign default are so severe that even nationalistic politicians would never let it happen. “We still believe the probability of default by a euro zone member state within the next two years is not significant,” Moody’s wrote in a recent analysis.

Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute sees three possible options. One is that a large bank, probably in Asia, could sweep in and buy up the Irish banks, if it got sufficient guarantees against losses by the Irish government. Prognosis: Unlikely. There’s also a tiny chance that the European Central Bank will change its policy to accommodate Ireland. But that’s even more unlikely.

What’s most likely is some kind of Irish bailout, with tough negotiations over when it happens and the conditions Ireland must agree to. Ireland will fight hard to put off a bailout–at least until parliamentary elections on Nov. 25–and to retain its right to make its own fiscal decisions. But Ireland’s luck may be about to run out, with other European nations likely to insist that Ireland face austerity measures at least as tough as those in Greece. Maybe tougher. “That would have very signficiant long-term growth implications for Ireland, and other euro zone countries know that,” says Kirkegarrd. “But given the politics of bailouts, that simply doesn’t matter.” After all, there may be other bailouts that need to be addressed.

Afghan Taliban's Cross border Terrorism Killed A shia woman 2 children while injuring 8 others


Taliban militants from Afghanistan side fired missile on sacred day of Eid ul Azha  on Pakistani Village Shalozan murdering a Shia women two children and injuring eight others.

The Taliban militants fired a series of missiles on Pakistani territory Pak Afghan border Kurram Agency village shalozan from mountainous area just three kilometers away from border.

Majority of missiles hit  on trees but two three different missiles hit the Shiite’s houses murdering a Shia women two children and injuring eight other people, some of the injured conditions are critical. Ironically when these injured were brought to hospitals the hospitals have lack of basic life saving medicines due to siege that is why they were sent back to their homes without Proper treatment .

The social political circles and tribal elders of Kurram Agency condemded this brutality of cross border terrorism from the  Talibans and especially on the sacared day of  Eid ul Azha .

MeanWhile in Parachinar the headquarter of Kurram Agency tribal elders(Shia Leaders) belonging to Turi & Bangash tribes protested after eid day against what they told as state terrorisim and step mother treatement.

Earlier the Eid congression prayers held in Central EidGah of Parachinar where more than fifty thousands people participated and prayed in open air eid ghah in the outskirts of city near airport.Ulema and tribal elders while addressing the Eid prayers congression and after that protest demonstrations told that Parachinar is under continous siege for last four years.

The People of Parachinar in different parts of country & abroad did not celebrated eid in their homeland for last four years while people with in Parachinar are celebrating eid for last four years under siege & economic blocade.

They told that a week ago when sugar prices with in country raised to more than Rs100/-per kg then all stake holders give continous coverage for the issue while the people of Parachinar for last four years are purchasing Sugar above  Rs 130/ -per kg due to imposed siege ,similarly other commodities in twice rates then rest of country but no one raised and addressed this issue is the proof of dual policy.

In the end of eid congression and protest demonstrations certain resolutions were passed demanding the govt to immediately open and secure the main thall parachinar road,resuming PIA Flights starting Cadtet College in Parachinar and termination plus court martialof commandant FC Col Tausef who supported the haqani group Taliban militants attack on village shalozan two months ago and still silent taking no action against the missiles attack of Taliban from Afghanistan side to village shalozan on today eid day.

Afghan Taliban’s Cross border Terrorism Killed A shia woman 2 children while injuring 8 others


Taliban militants from Afghanistan side fired missile on sacred day of Eid ul Azha  on Pakistani Village Shalozan murdering a Shia women two children and injuring eight others.

The Taliban militants fired a series of missiles on Pakistani territory Pak Afghan border Kurram Agency village shalozan from mountainous area just three kilometers away from border.

Majority of missiles hit  on trees but two three different missiles hit the Shiite’s houses murdering a Shia women two children and injuring eight other people, some of the injured conditions are critical. Ironically when these injured were brought to hospitals the hospitals have lack of basic life saving medicines due to siege that is why they were sent back to their homes without Proper treatment .

The social political circles and tribal elders of Kurram Agency condemded this brutality of cross border terrorism from the  Talibans and especially on the sacared day of  Eid ul Azha .

MeanWhile in Parachinar the headquarter of Kurram Agency tribal elders(Shia Leaders) belonging to Turi & Bangash tribes protested after eid day against what they told as state terrorisim and step mother treatement.

Earlier the Eid congression prayers held in Central EidGah of Parachinar where more than fifty thousands people participated and prayed in open air eid ghah in the outskirts of city near airport.Ulema and tribal elders while addressing the Eid prayers congression and after that protest demonstrations told that Parachinar is under continous siege for last four years.

The People of Parachinar in different parts of country & abroad did not celebrated eid in their homeland for last four years while people with in Parachinar are celebrating eid for last four years under siege & economic blocade.

They told that a week ago when sugar prices with in country raised to more than Rs100/-per kg then all stake holders give continous coverage for the issue while the people of Parachinar for last four years are purchasing Sugar above  Rs 130/ -per kg due to imposed siege ,similarly other commodities in twice rates then rest of country but no one raised and addressed this issue is the proof of dual policy.

In the end of eid congression and protest demonstrations certain resolutions were passed demanding the govt to immediately open and secure the main thall parachinar road,resuming PIA Flights starting Cadtet College in Parachinar and termination plus court martialof commandant FC Col Tausef who supported the haqani group Taliban militants attack on village shalozan two months ago and still silent taking no action against the missiles attack of Taliban from Afghanistan side to village shalozan on today eid day.

Volcano death toll hits 273 in Indonesia


JNN 18 Nov 2010 : The death toll from Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano eruption has risen to 273 as rescue workers recover more bodies from the vicinity in central Java.

Hundreds of people have been displaced after Mount Merapi started its volcanic activities late October.

According to the country’s officials, some 400,000 people are still living in temporary shelters.

Witnesses have reported that Merapi continues to shoot ashy, white smoke, causing hot ash rains in a region close to the volcano. Scientists said it could not be determined how long the volcano will continue its activity.

Merapi’s eruption killed around 1,300 people in 1930 but experts have declared the current eruptions as the biggest since 1872.

The rising death toll comes as Indonesia is still dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami, which claimed hundreds of lives in 2003.

Much of Indonesia lies in the Pacific ring of fire, a seismically active area known for frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions.

'Afghanistan trap for US-led forces'


JNN 18 Nov 2010 : New French Defense Minister Alain Juppe has described Afghanistan as a ‘trap’ for all countries that have deployed troops in the war-torn country.

“Afghanistan is, I would say, a trap for all the parties involved there,” Reuters quoted Juppe, a former prime minister who was appointed defense minister last Sunday, as saying.

He further added that France desires to begin pulling its forces out of war-ravaged Afghanistan by 2011 and will discuss the possibility at an upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

However, the newly appointed minister emphasized that France will not fully withdraw its forces until “Afghan authorities have the situation in hand.”

Earlier in the day, Mark Sedwill, the top civilian NATO representative in Afghanistan said, “We expect that the transition process will start in the first half of 2011,” noting that handing over security to Afghan forces could run way beyond the 2014 target date in certain areas.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has made 2014 the target year for Afghan forces to take back full security responsibilities from the US-led foreign forces.

The United States has announced plans to begin a gradual drawdown of its forces effective July 2011.

The withdrawal of the US-led forces from Afghanistan is reported to be among the priorities that will be discussed when NATO leaders meet in Lisbon this week.

France has about 3,500 troops in Afghanistan. At least 50 French soldiers have been killed in the war-torn country since 2001.

Afghan leaders are also expected to attend the two-day NATO summit in the Portuguese capital which begins on Friday

‘Afghanistan trap for US-led forces’


JNN 18 Nov 2010 : New French Defense Minister Alain Juppe has described Afghanistan as a ‘trap’ for all countries that have deployed troops in the war-torn country.

“Afghanistan is, I would say, a trap for all the parties involved there,” Reuters quoted Juppe, a former prime minister who was appointed defense minister last Sunday, as saying.

He further added that France desires to begin pulling its forces out of war-ravaged Afghanistan by 2011 and will discuss the possibility at an upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.

However, the newly appointed minister emphasized that France will not fully withdraw its forces until “Afghan authorities have the situation in hand.”

Earlier in the day, Mark Sedwill, the top civilian NATO representative in Afghanistan said, “We expect that the transition process will start in the first half of 2011,” noting that handing over security to Afghan forces could run way beyond the 2014 target date in certain areas.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has made 2014 the target year for Afghan forces to take back full security responsibilities from the US-led foreign forces.

The United States has announced plans to begin a gradual drawdown of its forces effective July 2011.

The withdrawal of the US-led forces from Afghanistan is reported to be among the priorities that will be discussed when NATO leaders meet in Lisbon this week.

France has about 3,500 troops in Afghanistan. At least 50 French soldiers have been killed in the war-torn country since 2001.

Afghan leaders are also expected to attend the two-day NATO summit in the Portuguese capital which begins on Friday

British minister reveals being Gay


JNN 17 Nov 2010 : Britain’s Conservative prisons minister Crispin Blunt has announced that he is homosexual and this is why he has separated from his wife.

He said that he is “coming to terms with his homosexuality,” the Guardian reported.

The timing of Blunt’s announcement about his sexuality, Friday afternoon, prompted speculation that a weekend paper had been given information and was planning to publish a story about his private life.

The 50-year old Tory MP, who has represented Reigate since 1997, announced his separation from his wife Victoria in a statement on the ConservativeHome website, saying he had “explained the position” to his family.

As prisons minister, Blunt is responsible for penal policy and finding savings in the prisons budget as part of this autumn’s departmental spending review.

UK sex infections at 'record high'


JNN 17 Nov 2010 : New figures show that around half a million people, mostly the youth, have contracted sexually transmitted infections (STI) over the past year in Britain.

According to the UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA), the most affected people were between 15 and 24 years old, British media published on Wednesday.

The latest HPA data on STI distribution in 2009 reveals that women were at a greater risk of developing sexually transmitted diseases.

The 482,696 new cases recorded in 2009 represent a three-percent rise since 2008, continuing an upward trend for the past decade.

Meanwhile, Chlamydia diagnoses increased by seven percent, from 203,773 in 2008 to 217,570 in 2009, while gonorrhea rose by six percent, from 16,451 cases in 2008 to 17,385 in 2009.

“These latest figures show that poor sexual health is a serious problem among the UK’s young adults and men who have sex with men,” AFP quoted Gwenda Hughes, head of the HPA’s STI section as saying.

She also explained that re-infection was also “a worrying issue”, with around one in ten 15- to 24-year-olds diagnosed with an STI likely to become re-infected within a year.

“The numbers (of re-infections) we’re seeing in teenagers are of particular concern as this suggests teenagers are repeatedly putting their own, as well as others, long-term health at risk from STIs,” Dr. Hughes pointed out.

Young adults under 25 had the highest rate of infections, particularly in large cities like London, and also those who engaged in homosexual sex.

UK sex infections at ‘record high’


JNN 17 Nov 2010 : New figures show that around half a million people, mostly the youth, have contracted sexually transmitted infections (STI) over the past year in Britain.

According to the UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA), the most affected people were between 15 and 24 years old, British media published on Wednesday.

The latest HPA data on STI distribution in 2009 reveals that women were at a greater risk of developing sexually transmitted diseases.

The 482,696 new cases recorded in 2009 represent a three-percent rise since 2008, continuing an upward trend for the past decade.

Meanwhile, Chlamydia diagnoses increased by seven percent, from 203,773 in 2008 to 217,570 in 2009, while gonorrhea rose by six percent, from 16,451 cases in 2008 to 17,385 in 2009.

“These latest figures show that poor sexual health is a serious problem among the UK’s young adults and men who have sex with men,” AFP quoted Gwenda Hughes, head of the HPA’s STI section as saying.

She also explained that re-infection was also “a worrying issue”, with around one in ten 15- to 24-year-olds diagnosed with an STI likely to become re-infected within a year.

“The numbers (of re-infections) we’re seeing in teenagers are of particular concern as this suggests teenagers are repeatedly putting their own, as well as others, long-term health at risk from STIs,” Dr. Hughes pointed out.

Young adults under 25 had the highest rate of infections, particularly in large cities like London, and also those who engaged in homosexual sex.

US unemployment on the rise


JNN 17 Nov 2010 : Unemployment in some US states is still on the rise, as the American labor market continues to struggle against the backdrop of a bleak economy.

In the state of Missouri, the jobless rate increased by 0.1 percent in October to stand at a depressing 9.4 percent.

That means that the state’s net payroll fell by 2,900 jobs, the Missouri Department of Economic Development said Tuesday.

This is while, according to the Missouri Office of Administration, individual income tax collections increased 7.7 percent in October compared to the same month last year.

The latest data shows that the US labor market remains sluggish, with some states reporting an unemployment rate as high as 10 percent.

Last month, Nevada, Michigan and California reported double-digit unemployment rates.

Meanwhile, the US Labor Department has announced a 20,000 increase in initial claims for unemployment benefits last month.

According to data released last week, almost 15 million Americans currently collect unemployment benefits.

However, even the jobless benefits are now faced with a crisis as concerns grow over reports that the Republican House majority may put an end to the aid.

US President Barack Obama is likely to discuss the matter with congressional leaders on Thursday.

Approximately 800,000 laid-off workers will be affected by the upcoming lapse in benefits.

The number is expected to increase to at least 2 million by next month.

Anti-India protesters rally in Kashmir


JNN 17.11.10 Fresh clashes with security forces have broken out in Indian-controlled Kashmir as pro-independence protesters hit the streets in the disputed Himalayan valley.

Police fired shots in the air and used teargas on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of anti-India protesters in Srinagar.

Protesters took to the streets of the valley’s main city after holding prayers to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha (the feast of sacrifice).

Similar anti-India demonstrations erupted in the southern district of Anan-tang, a Press TV correspondent in Srinagar said.

All major towns in Kashmir, which has been the scene of violent clashes on an almost daily basis, have been under a strict curfew over the past five months.

More than 100 Kashmiri protesters have lost their lives at the hands of Indian troops since the current unrest erupted back in June when police killed a teenage protester.

Several regional and international rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called on India to take immediate steps to protect and respect human rights in Kashmir.