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Indian court confirms death for Kasab

Indian court confirms death for Kasab

MUMBAI – Two Indian judges on Monday confirmed the death sentence for the sole surviving gunman of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in which 10 Islamist militants laid siege to the city, killing 166 people. The Bombay High Court dismissed the claim by Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab that he was wrongfully convicted of taking part in the attacks.
The judges also threw out the state’s appeal against a lower court’s decision to acquit two Indian nationals accused of providing

Indian Christians gather in support of Aasia at Attari

LAHORE – Hundreds of Indian Christians held a demonstration at the Pak-India border against the death sentence given to Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman, on the charges of committing blasphemy, The Times of India reported on Saturday. The activists of Christian Front Punjab (CFP), who gathered at Attari, demanded the Pakistani government to revoke the orders of capital punishment.
They also urged the world community to pressure Pakistan to scrap the controversial blasphemy law. The

Indian general gets 3 years in ration scam

ISLAMABAD – The Indian General Court Martial (GCM) – trying former director general for supplies and transport Lt Gen SK Sahni – cashiered him from service and sentenced him to three years rigorous imprisonment for irregularities in the procurement of dry rations.
The court, presided over by Lt Gen Jatinder Singh, held Sahni guilty on six of the nine charges of professional impropriety levelled against him. He had been under arrest since July 31 last year when his trial commenced

Sialkot-born Indian actor Hangal battling illness

SIALKOT – Sialkot-born actor, AK Hangal who belonged to the Kashmiri Pandit community, is suffering from serious old-age problems these days. Hangal was born in Sialkot in 1917. He spent his childhood in Peshawar where he performed in theatre and also played some major roles. His primary occupation in the early part of his life was tailoring.
He actively participated in the freedom struggle as well. After his father’s retirement, his family moved from Peshawar to Karachi and then

Indian media creates a lot of pressure: Imran

MUMBAI – Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan feels that pressure could have a huge effect on Indian players as they embark on their journey to regain the cricket World Cup after 28 years.
“I must say that the Indian media puts huge pressure on the Indian players. It’s difficult for them to play freely. I can understand the kind of pressure that Sachin Tendulkar goes through, it’s unimaginable. Every time I watch something on television, I feel that Sachin must be needing

Former Indian minister ‘earns’ $600 million in telecom scam

NEW DELHI: India’s premier civilian investigation agency has estimated that the country’s former Telecom minister A Raja could have received as much as 30 billion rupees ($600 million) as bribe in the 2G spectrum scam, local media reported Friday.
According to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), he caused loss to the national exchequer by selling the spectrum at undervalued rates at 400 to 500 billion rupees, ‘The Times of India’ said.
The former minister is currently

Indian delegation arrives to honour Faiz Ahmed Faiz

LAHORE – A 17-member delegation including a renowned singer Ila Arun, arrived from India at the Wagah Border on Thursday, in connection with Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s birth anniversary’s festivities and seminars held in Lahore. They were received by Faiz’s daughters; Moneeza and Salima Hashmi.
While talking to the press, Arun said Faiz was a hard hitting poet, who was associated with some beautiful verses and was known all over the sub continent. “He is a renowned and well respected

Cricket greats feature in new Indian film

MUMBAI – As teams prepare for the cricket World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, some of the game’s greatest players are gearing up for an appearance of a different kind — in a new Bollywood film.
Former Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram, ex-England captains Nasser Hussain and Graham Gooch, South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds all feature in ‘Patiala House’, which is to be released on Friday.
The film stars Akshay Kumar, an actor

Kashmiris protest student’s killing by Indian army

SRINAGAR – Thousands of protesters poured into the streets in restive Indian occupied Kashmir on Saturday after a student was shot dead by the army. The new unrest raised memories of massive anti-India protests that rocked the Muslim-majority region last summer in which at least 114 people were killed, most of them shot by security forces.
Manzoor Ahmad Magray, 21, a student, was killed by Indian troops late Friday in Handwara, 80 kms (50 miles) north of the region’s summer

PCB wants Indian visas for team before World Cup

LAHORE – As Pakistan’s cricket team gets back to winning ways, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has applied for their visas to Indian High Commission for this month’s ICC Cricket World Cup.
The PCB doesn’t want any hassles therefore it has applied for the visas in advance.
Pakistan are not scheduled to play any of their group stages matches in India but in case of qualifying for quarter-finals and semi-finals, they will have to travel to India.
Acting wisely, the top

APTMA vexed by ‘default’ of Indian cotton exporters

LAHORE – All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Chairman Gohar Ejaz has complained of the ‘engineered default’ on the part of Indian cotton traders working hand in glove with government policymakers, meddling in the cotton trade and repeatedly delaying shipments of contracted cotton deals to Pakistan.
He said despite producing 32.5 million cotton bales this year, a growth of 10 percent comparing with the previous fiscal year, the Indian government has made amendments in

Cowell to judge Indian X Factor

It might appear a little too far-fetched, but one of the most infamous reality show judge, Simon Cowell, is being pursued to judge the Indian version of ‘The X Factor’. The UK based reality show is stated to be Cowell’s brain child and hence the Indian channel that is launching the show’s local version is keen on having Simon as one of its celebrity judges.
The channel that will air the music-based reality show in the coming months, is keen to have the internationally known name

Indian navy investigates warship collision

MUMBAI – Indian defence officials began a probe on Monday into a collision between a warship and a merchant vessel near Mumbai, in the latest incident in the busy waters outside the city, an officer said. The INS Vindhyagiri suffered damage and a fire broke out near the engine room as she returned to the city’s naval dockyard on Sunday with the families of navy personnel on board.
“The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. That will only happen subsequent to the naval

Bryan twins derail Indian Express

MELBOURNE – American twins Bob and Mike Bryan derailed the Grand Slam comeback of reunited Indian stars Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes to win the Australian Open final on Saturday. The veteran Indians, seeded third and making their Grand Slam return after splitting in 2002, were hoping to add the Australian Open to their three previous major titles and take a step towards a career Grand Slam.
But the “Indian Express” was derailed by the Bryans, who claimed their 10th Grand Slam

Indian pair storm into final

MELBOURNE – Reunited Indian stars Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes came through a tight Australian Open semi Thursday to set up a final with hattrick-chasing American twins Bob and Mike Bryan. The Indians, seeded third and making their Grand Slam comeback after splitting in 2002, beat Belarusian Max Mirnyi and Canadian Daniel Nestor 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3 to reach their second Australian Open final.
Bhupathi and Paes’s previous final appearance was way back in 1999, when they lost

Indian RD marred by chaos in Kashmir

NEW DELHI – Indian Republic Day was celebrated Wednesday under heavy security, with tensions running high in Kashmir over efforts by Hindu nationalists to hold a rally in the troubled region’s state capital.
Security was especially tight in New Delhi where large sections of the capital were sealed off for the annual parade of military hardware. Around 35,000 police personnel, including 15,000 members of the paramilitary forces, were deployed across the city for the event, which

Akram bats for Indian coach Kirsten

LAHORE – Gary Kirsten’s low-profile coaching approach has been instrumental in Indian team’s success in recent years and it will be a big loss for the team when he quits after the World Cup, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said.
Akram rated Kirsten as one of the best coaches in the world and said his three-year association with India has done wonders for the team. “Gary has done wonders for Team India. He is one of the best coaches that I have seen in international cricket.