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Jailed Indian worker freed in Saudi Arabia - 2/10/2014

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Riyadh: An Indian worker, who was jailed for causing the death of a co-worker four years ago in Saudi Arabia, was released on the direction of a provincial governor.

Governor of Saudi Arabias Asir province, Prince Faisal Bin Khaled, ordered the release of Mohammad Zaheer, hailing from the Indian state of Bihar, on humanitarian grounds after taking into consideration other aspects of the case, the Arab News reported Saturday.

Zaheer was operating a road-roller near the Yemeni border in the province four years ago when a Bangladeshi co-worker came under the roller and was killed.

He has been in prison since then.

The report, however, did not mention how long Zaheers jail sentence was.

Zaheer argued in court that he did not see anyone coming in front of the road-roller while he was operating it.

The court also ordered him to pay SR300,000 (Dh293,000) as blood money to the victim’s family.

Several Saudis living in the area were moved by Zaheers ordeal, and came forward to help him out with the blood money.

Saudi citizens in the surrounding villages collected SR150,000 but the legal representative of the deceased worker refused to accept any amount less than the court stipulated amount, the report said.

A forensic report later, however, indicated the presence of poisonous substance in the victims body.

Based on the forensic report, it was concluded that the substance could have led to the death or made him fall unconscious on the path of the road-roller.

Ashraf Kutichal, an Indian social worker in Abha, the capital of the province, said that based on the forensic report, jail official Mohammad Hassan Amri drew the attention of the governor and requested him to consider the case.

I want to return home at the earliest, Zaheer was quoted as saying.

He refused to reveal any further details about the case.

Woman's stomach explodes after eating too much - 2/10/2014

TOI BEIJING: In a bizarre incident, the stomach of a Chinese woman who ate and drank too much, exploded while she was being operated on.

The 58-year-old woman was hospitalised after she developed severe abdominal swelling due to excessive eating and drinking, state-run China News Service reported.

During the operation, fire broke out when the gas burst out of her abdomen.

The surgeons had to remove her entire stomach, the report quoted Wang Hao, a doctor at the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital in Jiangsu province as saying.

Wang said the incident occurred when the ethyl alcohol in the patient's stomach came in contact with the electric surgical knife.

"Normally, people will stop eating when they feel full. However, drinking alcohol during a rich meal can make people ignore their body's signals, and they eat too much," he said.

Chinese celebrated their week-long New Year also known as the Spring Festival this week during which people eat and drink heavily at the family get-togethers.

End of the road for the iconic Maruti Suzuki 800 - 2/8/2014

NDTV End of the road for the iconic Maruti Suzuki 800

It was three decades ago that a small car was introduced to the Indian market and it instantly connected with families and kids who had just turned 18. The Maruti 800, undoubtedly, was always the first choice, back then, for a first car. Bringing the 800 to India was a bold move because before it hit the scene, most of the cars in India were sedans with a lot of space, the Premier Padmini and even the HM Ambassador for example.

Maruti went ahead with the plan and they have been reaping the benefits till date. But, owing to the rise in competition and lack of sales volumes, Maruti Suzuki India has pulled the curtains on the 800. The company rolled out the last 800 out of its Gurgaon factory on the 18th of last month.

First introduced in 1983, the 800 was all about how well the driver can maneuver it . There was no power steering and one might agree even now that the brakes weren't of much help either but it still waved through every inch of traffic like a rabbit on steroids. The Maruti 800 was as compact as a car could be and with the 796cc, 2 cylinder petrol engine under its bonnet, it could punch out 37bhp, which was more than enough for a top-speed of 130km/h.

That kind of power was enough for Indian roads and the mileage that the 800 managed was unparalled across the industry. But, as Tennyson said, "Ring out the Old and Ring in the New" and that is what Maruti has done.

After having sold close to 2.5 million units in a span of three decades, the Maruti 800 has become a thing of the past. One thing's for sure though, it still remains a car that is very close to our hearts.

Dubai: Grand SFX-KUTAM Picnic 2014 at Zabeel Park - 2/8/2014

Report by : Canute Mathias & Pics by : Alban Fernades / Santhosh Mathias

Dubai: 07th Feb2014: It was the exciting day for the St Francis Xavier Association, Mudarangady Parishioners (SFX KUTAM) residing in the UAE. A fun day family picnic was held at Zaabeel Park Dubai with around 60 members happily gathering in this blissful full day picnic. The picnic was organized by the association with the aim of getting to know each other a little better, have fun and to renew the commitment to build harmony and peaceful community.  Though it was cold and windy day in Dubai all came out with great enthusiasm.

It all started with a prayer followed by warm welcome by President Leslie DSouza. All attendees, men, women, youth and children from all walks of life participated in various games .There were many games and activities to all the age-group persons. Participants were divided into two teams Dada Team (Green) and Mama Team (Orange). 

A number of warm up games were conducted by Anil Prakash. He conducted the whole activities systematically and in a very professional way with a good preparation and in a well-organized plan. Mama team came out emergent winner and all had a good fun and were relaxed.

President Leslie DSouza thanked all the participants and it became a memorable day for all the participants.

Chilly weather to persist over the weekend in UAE - 2/7/2014

GN Residents enjoy the cold weather at Jumeirah beach
The weather bureau has warned that Gulf waters will be choppy over the weekend as strong, cold north-westerly winds blow in from the upper Arabian Gulf.

People are advised not go boating and the bureau warns of waves as high as 14 feet offshore.

The winds have also helped drop temperatures across the emirates and residents will continue to enjoy the cooler weather over the weekend, according to National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

“We hope people enjoy the pleasant and partly cloudy weather during the daytime,” said a duty forecaster.

He, however, warned residents to wear warm clothes in the evening and night as conditions would be very cold and windy, especially in the mountainous and desert areas.

The UAE has been experiencing unstable weather for the past several days. Some parts of the country, particularly in the northern emirates, have seen scattered showers. Forecasters said the unstable weather system has also hit several other countries in the region with the mercury falling below zero in Kuwait and north-eastern Saudi Arabia.According to the forecast for the next 48 hours, the weather will continue to be partly cloudy with cold and strong winds at times, especially in the northern emirates and over the Arabian Gulf waters. Humidity will increase leading to fog late at night and early on Friday.

Boy rapes eight-year-old sister - 2/7/2014


London: A boy of 13 raped his eight-year-old sister after watching hardcore pornography on an Xbox at his home.

The boy watched the material with a friend on the games console while his parents were out of the room.

He told police that after watching porn he had decided to try it out and copied some of the sex acts he had seen online.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted raping the girl, indecently assaulting her and inciting her to perform a sexual act on him.

His mother found out about the attack after taking her daughter to the doctor. The boy was bailed by Blackburn magistrates for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.

The shocking case highlights the ease with which young children can get access to hardcore pornography through games consoles.

Service providers offer new customers the chance to block porn from computers automatically.

However the filters are often not applied at the wider network level, meaning that indecent material can be downloaded on other devices in the house such as Xboxes, PlayStations, iPads and mobile phones.

Luxury car dealer who sent 400 cars to India using fake papers from UAE arrested in Delhi - 2/5/2014


An Indian car dealer, allegedly operating from the UAE under a fictitious name and passport, has been arrested in India in connection with a Dh30 million luxury car import scam.

The man was arrested by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at a New Delhi hotel on February 1 while he was on a visit, Kanchan Prasad, Chief Information Officer of the investigating authority, told XPRESS.

The Keralite has been identified as Alex C. Joseph, 52, alias Abey John.

Prasad said: The allegation in the FIR of the CBI case is that the said private person in connivance with officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and unknown others had imported luxury vehicles (cars) through Indian seaports violating pre- and post-import provisions and in this process, cheated and caused loss to the tune of Rs484 million (Dh28.5 million) to the Government of India in the matter of import duty.


A case had been earlier registered against the person at Palarivattom Police Station for using a fake passport. The case is under investigation. It is alleged that the fake passport, in another name, has gone missing and only photo copies of the initial pages are available, she said.

Joseph is alleged to have ordered about 400 high-end cars for influential clients from used car dealers in the region and sent them through repatriated Indian workers. Under the Indian Customs Act, imports of cars are permitted during transfer of residence. CBI has seized 33 cars, including Rolls-Royce, Range Rover, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

According to Indian press reports, Joseph travelled from Sharjah on a passport allegedly issued in Dubai on October 17, 2004 in the name of Abey John and was detained in Hyderabad in November 2011. But the passport was lost in March 2012, following which his detention was annulled. A comment was not available from the Indian Consulate.

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a February 24 MWC launch date - 2/4/2014

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Samsung Electronics Co will unveil a new version of its flagship Galaxy S smartphone this month, but expectations are low that features such as a bigger screen will lead to a sharp jump in sales given intensifying competition.

Samsung sent out invitations on Tuesday for "Samsung unPacked 5" event on February 24 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The launch has been brought forward by around three weeks after sales of Samsung's Galaxy S4 came in weaker than expected, analysts said.

The world's biggest smartphone maker is bracing for its weakest mobile annual profit growth in seven years amid fierce competition from Apple Inc and Chinese vendors, and as growth for high-end smartphones eases due to near saturation in many markets.

The S5 is widely expected to feature a bigger screen, an improved rear camera and biometric functions such as iris recognition or a fingerprint scanner. It may also come with an improved Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
samsung_unpacked_5_invitation.jpgThe launch at the annual industry gathering is set to reflect a new emphasis on costs, marking a departure from the glitzy marketing Samsung has deployed in the past, including the use of actors and a full live orchestra to launch the S4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall last year.

A bigger screen for the S5 may not become much of a selling point as Apple is widely expected to introduce large-screen smartphones - Samsung's mainstay products - later this year. Apple is also expected to gain ground in China after it began selling iPhones through China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile carrier by subscribers, last month.

More challenges may come from China's PC maker Lenovo Group which announced last week it would buy Google Inc's Motorola Mobility handset unit for $2.9 billion.

Decision to honour Sachin Tendulkar with Bharat Ratna taken in 24 hours, reveals RTI - 2/4/2014

NDTV news New Delhi:  The process of conferring the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was initiated on the first day of his farewell 200th cricket Test on November 14, 2013 and the announcement made two days later, according to an RTI reply.

A message was sent to Sports Ministry by the Prime Minister's Office(PMO) signed by Director Rajeev Topno for sending a bio-data of Tendulkar in a faxed format at 1.35 pm on November 14, 2013, according to a document provided by the PMO to sports enthusiast Hemant Dube in response to a Right to Information(RTI) query.

Acting on it, the Sports Ministry sent the desired bio-data in the requested format to the PMO at 5.22 pm. The bio-data was sent by SPS Tomar, Under Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, with the approval of the Secretary, Sports.

Tendulkar was playing his historic 200th Test match that began on November 14 at his home ground in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Rahul Gandhi watched the match the next day.

On November 15, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after completing the necessary formalities had sent the proposal to confer Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval, the RTI document said.

A day later, the decision to confer Bharat Ratna on the master blaster was announced, Dube said quoting the document. The Prime Minister had informed Tendulkar about the decision on November 17, through a letter, he said. Dube, who is a cancer patient, sought the information through RTI on November 27 last year.

He was provided the relevant documents running into 14 pages under the RTI Act by the PMO through a letter, dated January 17 and signed by Deputy Secretary and Central Public Information Officer Sayyed Irkam Rizwi.

Citing the provisions of the RTI Act, the concerned official in the PMO said in his reply, "The communication between the Prime Minister and the President is a privileged communication under the provision of Article 74(2)of the Constitution of India and is not to be disclosed. "However, a copy of the relevant file noting and correspondence pertaining to the award of Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar excluding privileged communication running into 14 pages can be provided."

Nido Taniam's death: After Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal to join protesters today - 2/4/2014

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Nido Taniam's death: After Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal to join protesters today
New Delhi:  Rahul Gandhi did it yesterday. Today, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will join students from the North-East in a 'dharna' to protest against the death of  Nido Taniam, a 20-year-old from Arunachal Pradesh, who died after he was beaten up by a group of men last week in a market.

The students are on an indefinite protest to demand a fast-track investigation into Nido's death and action against the police for not doing enough to help him. They said Mr Kejriwal has promised to meet Delhi's Lieutenant Governor and press for immediate police action. Delhi's police reports to the L-G who is the Centre's representative in the capital. 

On Monday evening, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met the student protesters and promised that justice will be delivered for Nido.  Around him placards read, "We are not outsiders."
"What happened to Nido is totally unacceptable," said Mr Gandhi. "There is only one India. And that India belongs to all of us.  We are going to ensure you get respect in this country. Full stop." (Watch video here)

He has reportedly asked Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to order an investigation. "Rahulji has called up Shindeji in front of us and requested for the probe," PTI quoted a student as saying. Student union representatives will meet Mr Shinde this morning. (Nido Taniam's death: Rahul Gandhi asks Home Minister Shinde to act)
Mr Gandhi, who is leading the Congress party's campaign for the national election, spent nearly 30 minutes with the protesters. They said they expect Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi's new "activist" chief minister, to do more and actually sit on protest with them today. "If he can sit for a dharna for his Law Minister, then I think he should also sit for we Indians, why only for his Law Minister?" a student said.
Nido was studying in Jalandhar and was vacationing in Delhi when he was beaten up with rods and sticks, allegedly by a group of shopkeepers who ridiculed his appearance and his dyed hair. The police say it negotiated a settlement and that Nido then went to his sister's home where he was found dead in his bed the next day.
According to the Delhi Police, six people have been booked for assaulting Nido. Three of them have been arrested and two of the other three are juveniles.

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