By *Abdus Sattar Ghazali China has become the world’s fifth-largest arms exporter, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). China replaces Britain in the top five arms-dealing countries between 2008 and 2012, a group dominated by the United States and Russia, which accounted for 30 percent and 26 percent of weapons exports, SIPRI said Monday, March 13. Germany and France ranked third and fourth on the arms exporter list. “China is establishing itself as a significant arms supplier to a growing number of important recipient states,” Paul Holtom, director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Program, said in a statement. Commenting on the SIPRI report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China was a responsible arms exporter which strictly adhered t
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Patients who suffer common infections have a much greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the years to come, a major study has found. The findings suggest hundreds of thousands should be given statins or other heart pills if they suffer a chest infection or bladder problem. A project tracking 1.2million patients found those admitted to hospital for pneumonia or urinary tract infections were 40 % more likely to have a heart attack within eight years. They were also 150 % more likely to suffer a stroke, Daily Mail reported. This suggests infections have an even greater impact on heart health than obesity, which raises the risk of strokes and heart attacks by about 25 %. The research team, from Aston Medical School in Birmingham and the University of...
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected all the interim applications filed by the individuals and groups for seeking permission to intervene in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute case. A total of 18 applications wishing to intervene in the land dispute case as a party, were dismissed by the apex court. The three-judge bench of Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sajjad A Nazeer pronounced this decision. The Bench accepted the plea that only original litigants of the land dispute case should be allowed to argue in the case. The Bench said that all petitions filed for the intervention of persons unrelated to this case should be rejected. The Supreme Court also rejected BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea for intervention in this dispute.
Indian fast bowler Muhammed Shami is in deep trouble these days. If sources are to be believed, the BCCI's anti-corruption unit may start an investigation into the alleged matter of match-fixing against him very soon. His wife Hasin Jahan has leveled the allegation of match-fixing against him. According to his wife, Muhammad Shami is involved in the match-fixing. In her statement, Hasin said that Shami had taken money from a Pakistani girl named Alisa in Dubai. Hasin also spoke about the involvement of a person named Muhammed Bhai in this case of match-fixing. After that, the BCCI Administrator Committee COA asked the anti-corruption unit to investigate the allegations of Hasin Jahan.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Angela Merkel on Wednesday was elected German chancellor by the German Parliament, Bundestag, for the fourth time. "Angela Merkel received the necessary majority, she was elected chancellor," President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schaeuble said. On Tuesday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier nominated Merkel for re-election as a chancellor after the day before Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Merkel, chairman of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer and acting co-chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Olaf Scholz signed a coalition agreement and the government was finally formed in Germany. Earlier in March, German Social-Democrats already voted for coalition with Merkel, which made it clear that Germany will finally get a coalition government...
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, his family said Wednesday. Hawking, whose 1988 book "A Brief History of Time" became an unlikely worldwide bestseller and cemented his superstar status, dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe. His genius and wit won over fans from far beyond the rarified world of astrophysics. He died peacefully at his home in the British university city of Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," Professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency.
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New Delhi--- Syed Shahabuddin an outstanding Indian Muslim’s voice took his last breath today morning at a hospital in Noida. The diplomat-turned-politician Syed Shahabuddin died at the age of 82. He was the leader of the Babri Masjid Action Committee and a vociferous voice of Babri Masjid demolition and Shah Bano case. He was born in 1935 at Ranchi and received his education at Gaya, Ranchi and Patna. He had a brilliant academic career. He received gold medals from Matriculation examination in 1950 to M.Sc. 1956 and Bachelor of Law. He started his professional career as a teacher of Physics in 1956 at Patna University. He joined Indian Foreign Service in 1958 and served in various capacities from vice-consul to the Ambassador. He took voluntary retirement from the IFS in the year 197
By Jared Ferrie YANGON (IRIN)--- The UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN’s rights envoy will tell the Human Rights Council next month. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, told IRIN that she will urge member states to sponsor a resolution for a commission of inquiry when she presents her report to the Council in Geneva on 13 March. “I never said in the past to a reporter what I plan to put in my report,” she said in a phone interview. “This time I am making this point: I will certainly be pushing for an inquiry, definitely, on the Rohingya situation.” Rights groups have, over the past few years, been urging the UN to investig
New Delhi--- With a view to providing affordable housing, the finance minister has proposed to provide some concessions in the scheme of Income Tax exemption. The definition of affordable housing has been changed. Now the area of 30 Square Metre in four metropolitan cities and 30 Square Metre for the rest of country will be counted as carpet area instead of built-up area. The completion period has also been extended to 5 years from 3 years. The tax on Notional rental income for builders has been proposed to calculate only after 1 year from the end of the year in which completion certificate is received. Some changes in Capital Gain taxation for immovable properties have also been proposed to take effect, as holding period reduced for computation of long-term capital gain from three years