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Thousands rally in Karachi in support of blasphemy law

Thousands rally in Karachi in support of blasphemy law

KARACHI – Various religious groups organised a massive rally on Sunday to protest against any attempt by the government to amend the blasphemy law. The leaders of these parties demanded the prime minister announce in the National Assembly that the government will not make any changes in the controversial law.
They also announced that a public meeting would be held in Lahore on January 30. Thousands of activists of religious organisations gathered at Purani Numaish Chowrangi and

‘Biblical’ floods threaten thousands of Australian homes

BUNDABERG – Flood waters swept through vast areas of northeastern Australia Saturday, threatening to inundate thousands more homes in a disaster one official said was of “biblical proportions”.
As Queen Elizabeth II sent her “sincere sympathies” to Queenslanders who rang in a damp new year, helicopters were being used to deliver food and other supplies to isolated towns. Up to 200,000 people have been affected by the floods, which have hurt the nation’s lucrative mining industry

Fights start as thousands stuck in Moscow airports

MOSCOW – Irate holidaymakers beat up Aeroflot staff at a Moscow airport on Tuesday as thousands were stranded with little food or information, after icy rain and blackouts disrupted traffic for a third straight day.
At Sheremetyevo where Russia’s flagship carrier is based, Aeroflot personnel were now scared of dealing with agitated passengers, saying the airport did not have enough security guards, state-run RIA quoted an airline employee as saying.
Police told Reuters

Thousands of women deprived of BISP allowance

MIRPURKHAS: Thousands of poor women from Sindh province, who were listed to get Rs 1000 as monthly allowance under Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), were not paid the amount for the last six months.
Sources told Pakistan Today on Saturday that about 6,17,000 registered families from 23 districts of Sindh were deprived of the monthly allowance owing to stoppage of funds from the federal government. Recently, the Sindh government had started another programme for the welfare

Thousands battle Israel’s worst fire as toll hits 41

HAIFA: Thousands of Israeli firemen and rescuers fought Friday to control a massive forest fire that has killed 41 people, as global help poured in to battle the biggest inferno in the country’s history.
As high winds drove the blaze towards the northern port city of Haifa, police and medical officials said rescuers had recovered another body, taking the toll to 41, and warned the number of dead could still rise.
“As of this morning, we have recovered 41 bodies, and there

Indian gay pride parade draws thousands

NEW DELHI: Thousands of people danced, sang and cheered through the streets of Delhi on Sunday in a colourful and vibrant celebration for the first gay pride parade since gay sex was made legal in India.
Under a huge rainbow flag, to the sound of drums, whistles and horns, 2,000 gay activists and supporters clad in feather face masks shouted slogans and waved placards as they marched through the capital of this still sexually conservative country.
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Thousands protest against new Ukrainian tax code

KIEV: About 4,000 Ukrainian street traders and other small business owners renewed protests in Kiev on Monday, urging President Viktor Yanukovich to veto a proposed new tax code which they say will destroy their livelihood.
Plans to reform the ex-Soviet republic’s notoriously weak tax system have triggered the biggest public protests against Yanukovich’s government since his election in February and revitalised a fractured political opposition. The new tax code was passed by

Thousands deprived of shrine visits

25 main shrines of the city closed to visitors
Sealing of shrines disappoints many devotees
Homeless people and stall owners quarrel with security officials
Following the twin blasts, security authorities have sealed all the major 25 shrines in the city, leaving over 30,000 homeless people stranded and many visitors disgruntled and frustrated.
Sindh is known for being the land of Sufis. There are hundreds of shrines of Sufi saints throughout the