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April 29, 2012

Tibetans need autonomy, not outright independence from China: Dalai Lama

Toronto : The Tibetans are not seeking outright independence from China but "enough autonomy" for the survival of their culture, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said."Tibetans are seeking enough autonomy for Tibet to allow its culture to survive, rather than outright independence,"Dalai Lama said at a news conference in Ottawa that followed his public talk attended by over 7,000 people on Saturday.The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader praised Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for balancing the human rights of…

Security scare during Brics meet as police wireless sets fell silent

New Delhi : It was the worst possible time for a system breakdown. In March, when the Capital was hosting five heads of state for the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, the Delhi Police’s communication system collapsed. Though they averted a major security lapse by switching to a backup facility to track the VVIP movement, the incident has raised questions about the Rs. 100-crore Tetra system — brought in to replace the old wireless sets.Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) — a professional mobile…

KFC ordered to pay $8.3 million to Australian girl

Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken was on Friday ordered to pay Aus$ 8 million (US $8.3 million) to an Australian girl who suffered severe brain damage and was paralysed after eating a Twister wrap.Monika Samaan was seven when she suffered salmonella encephalopathy -- a brain injury linked to food poisoning that also left her with a blood infection and septic shock -- in October 2005.Several other family members also fell ill and they claimed Samaan's injuries, which include severe cognitive, motor and speech impairment…

Sehwag’s knock helps Delhi beat Mumbai

New Delhi : Delhi Daredevils consolidated their position at the top with a convincing 37-run win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here.Mumbai Indians, chasing a stiff target of 208, were restricted to 170 for nine in 20 overs after Ambati Rayudu top scored with 62 and Dinesh Karthik made 40.It was an all-round show by Daredevils. A century-run stand between openers Virender Sehwag (73) and Mahela Jayawardene (55) took Delhi Daredevils to a formidable total of 207 for five in 20…

Fake arms scam: Bangaru gets 4-year term

New Delhi : A Delhi Court on Saturday awarded four years' rigorous imprisonment to former Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman for accepting a bribe from a fake arms dealer in a 10-year-old graft case. The court also slapped him with a fine of Rs.1 lakh.Additional Sessions Judge Kanwaljeet Arora handed down the sentences after holding him guilty Friday an d sending him to judicial custody.Arora, who is also special CBI judge, pronouncing the sentence, said: "Balancing the twin interest of the society and…
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