We won’t pay blood money, say Indians on UAE death row

Sharjah/Chandigarh, Dec 31 (IANS) Claiming innocence, 17 Indians sentenced to death for killing a Pakistani man in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have refused to settle the case by paying blood money to the victim’s family as recompense for the murder. Their families in India agree and say they will not take up the new offer by the victim’s family.

Mumbai can party till 5 am for New Year: Govt

Mumbai: The government has permitted bars and restaurants to remain open all through the night on December 31 for new year celebrations in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai but boat parties along the coast have been banned for the third time in a row due to the terror threat. "The state excise department has allowed bars, hotels and restaurants to remain open till 5 am on January 1, 2011. Usually, these establishments are shut by 1:30 hours but due to the New Year celebrations, the norms have been relaxed," Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order) Rajnish Seth said. "Boat parties along the coastline have been banned as a precautionary measure in the wake of intelligence inputs. Earlier also, for two years, the boat parties were not allowed due to security reasons," Seth added. Loudspeakers will be allowed to play till midnight in an open ground, instead of the usual 10 pm deadline.

Flooding causes havoc in Saudi region

MECCA - Flash flooding killed a man and three children in the Mecca region of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, as waist-high water snarled traffic in the nearby Red Sea port of Jeddah, where 123 people died in flooding last year. The governor of Mecca, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, reported the deaths and added that another 200 people had been rescued from flood waters, many by helicopter.

Snow falls on Oman’s Al Hajar Mountain range

Muscat: Oman’s Al Hajar Mountain range has received snow as temperature drastically dipped in the country following winter rains in the last couple of days. Mountains in both Jabal Akhdar and Jabal Shams were covered with snow as campers woke up on Tuesday morning. "We were camping at Upper Sayq Plateau and woke up to see snow all around our tent at around 6.30am," Briton Mandy Hendry told Gulf News on her return to Muscat.

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.


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