Bahrain to appoint first Christian woman ambassador

Bahrain is set to nominate a Christian woman as its ambassador in a European capital Manama: Bahrain is set to nominate a Christian woman as its ambassador in a European capital, diplomats told Gulf News. Alice Samaan, a former Member of Parliament, will be the first Christian ambassador to represent the overwhelmingly Muslim country.

Citibank manager behind Rs.200 crore fraud arrested

Citibank manager Shivraj Puri, accused of cheating investors of over Rs.200 crore, surrendered before police and was taken into custody Thursday, almost two days after one of India’s biggest banking frauds came to light, officials said.

Jet Airways advises passengers to check-in early

Private carrier Jet Airways today advised its passengers to check-in two hours prior to their flight departure due to an enhanced security and holiday rush at airports.

721 polling booths in Udupi

With curtains down on all sorts of campaigning in the district for the Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayat polls, elaborate security arrangements have been made by district administration for smooth conduct of polls.

Lawyer warns liquor licensing laws ’apply to all’

Those ringing in 2011 with a glass of champagne and no alcohol licence will be breaking the law - even tourists. And so are those throwing a party and sharing their alcohol and those drinking in an emirate for which their licence is not valid. Federal law makes it illegal to consume alcohol in the UAE without a licence - whether at home or in a hotel, and this applies to both residents and tourists, according to the Abu Dhabi-based lawyer Khalid Mustafa.

Carrefour opens first cash and carry store in India

French retail giant Carrefour today announced its entry into the Indian market by opening its first cash and carry store for wholesale distribution. The new store -- Carrefour Wholesale Cash&Carry -- in New Delhi will house over 10,000 stock keeping units and cater to professional businesses, institutions, restaurants and local retailers.

17 Indians’ case: Victim’s family agrees to accept compensation

In a development that could save the 17 Indians who have been awarded death penalty for killing a Pakistani man over a bootlegging turf war in Sharjah, the victim’s family on Thursday told the Appellate Court that they are ready to accept compensation.

Mother fed son vinegar, olive oil until he died, hid body

Court documents show that Latisha Lawson of Fort Wayne faces felony counts of battery and neglect of a dependent. Fort Wayne: An Indiana woman who told investigators she fed her young son olive oil and vinegar until he stopped breathing and died, then hid his body more than a year has been formally charged.

Citibank manager who duped investors of Rs.100 crore untraced

A Citibank manager accused of cheating investors of Rs.100 crore after promising to double their deposits continues to be on the run, police said on Wednesday, a day after one of India’s biggest banking frauds came to light. Haryana Police has issued a lookout circular for Shivraj Puri, the bank’s relationship manager here, after failing to track him down.

Nine vehicles worth ’43 lakh recovered

In a major haul, N R Police claim to have busted a gang of three inter-state thieves adept at vehicle theft. Nine vehicles-eight cars and a goods van worth ’ 43 lakh have been recovered from them. This was disclosed to the media on Wednesday here by Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal. The accused are identified as Viji alias Patrick, aged 38 years, car mechanic, resident of Dr Rajkumar Road, Syed Ali alias Syed, 31, mechanic, A J Block, N R Mohalla and Nandan N R, 27, K C Layout, sales executive manager with a private cellular service provider, of the city.

Nityananda greeted with black flags

Controversial godman Swami Nithyananda was on Wednesday greeted with fierce black-flag protests at his home-turf, Tiruvannamalai, in Tamil Nadu. Nithyananda, out on conditional bail and against whom the Karnataka Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had recently filed a massive 430-page charge-sheet in the Ramnagaram Judicial Magistrate court, was visiting his “Dhyana Peetam” ashram at Tirunvannamalai on the occasion of his birthday.

Gulf Air plane makes u-turn to offload unruly passengers

Manama: A Gulf Air plane flying from Bahrain to Paris was forced to make a u-turn to offload unruly passengers, the company has said. "Three passengers of a group of five on Gulf Air flight GF 019 from Bahrain to Paris on December 28 behaved in an unruly and disruptive manner onboard after the flight took off from Bahrain airport," Katherine Genowefa Kaczynska, senior manager of corporate communication, told Gulf News.

Online fraud: Recharge rip-off

Dubai: A city businessman woke up to the shock of his life when a chilling barrage of SMSes informed him that Dh10,000 had been deducted overnight from his Mashreq bank account recently.

UAE to reserve one-fifth of jobs for nationals -paper

DUBAI - Companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be required to have at least one-fifth of their staff made up of local citizens, Dubai-based website Emirates 24/7 reported on Wednesday, citing the country’s Labour Ministry.

Gift-wrapped bomb kills woman in Philippines

Manila: A woman was killed Wednesday as she unwrapped a Christmas present with a bomb hidden inside, police in the Philippine capital said. "The victim was killed on the spot. The bomb exploded in her face when she opened the gift," said police district head Chief Superintendent Arne delos Santos.

Egypt Air plane makes emergency landing at Mumbai

Mumbai: An Egypt Air aircraft made an emergency landing at Mumbai airport on Wednesday morning. The Cairo-Mumbai flight (MS 968) landed after a suspected fire was reported from its cargo hold. All the passengers on board were reported safe.

Vested interests behind stone pelting incident: Minister

Housing and District-In-Charge Minister V Somanna on Tuesday said that vested interests who were unable to witness the growing popularity of BJP in the stronghold of Janata Dal (Secular) pelted stone at him during a public meeting held in Arsikere on Monday.

Rs 400 crore fraud uncovered at Citibank’s Gurgaon branch

A big banking fraud was uncovered at the Gurgaon branch of Citibank that saw a bank employee fraudulently diverting an estimated Rs 400 crore from 20 accounts of high-networth clients. Citibank has already lodged an FIR and commenced internal investigation into the fraud. "We recently initiated an investigation into a certain set of suspicious transactions based on documents forged by an employee involving a few accounts in our Gurgaon branch," a Citi India spokesperson said in a statement.

Somali pirates seize ship carring oil to UAE

The hijacked cargo ship has a crew of one Romanian and seven Filipinos Nairobi: The European Union Naval Force said on Tuesday that Somali pirates have seized a ship with eight crew onboard.

Now a chip that makes computers 20 times faster

An ultra-fast computer chip that is 20 times faster than the ones found in the current desktop computers has been created by scientists. Modern PCs have a processor with two, four or sometimes 16 cores to carry out tasks. But the central processing unit (CPU) developed by the researchers effectively had 1,000 cores on a single chip, Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

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