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                                                                                                                                                                                                  New Delhi ● Friday ● 28 August 2009            10
Brown in trouble over
                                                                                                                                                       tradition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TODAY in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HISTORY

ministers’ Libya visits
AGE CORRESPONDENT                                                 The then health secretary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Today is Friday,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    August 28, the 240th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     day of 2009. There
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      are 125 days left
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in the year.
                     LONDON
                                 Megrahi release                Alan Johnson, who is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HIGHLIGHTS IN
                                                                home secretary now, also
Aug. 27: British Prime                                          met Libyan health ministers                                                                                                                                         HISTORY ON THIS DATE
Minister Gordon Brown is                                        at the World Health                                                                                                                                                 1619 Ferdinand II was
facing increasing pressure                                      Assembly in Geneva last                                                                                                                                                  elected Holy
over the release of convicted                                   year. Former deputy prime                                                                                                                                                Roman Emperor.
Lockerbie            bomber                                     minister John Prescott is the                                                                                                                                            During his reign
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al                                        first senior Labour Party                                                                                                                                                the Thirty Year’s
Megrahi on compassionate                                        leader to support the deci-                                                                                                                                              War started as a
grounds last week as details                                    sion to free the Lockerbie                                                                                                                                               result of his atte-
of UK ministerial visits to                                     bomber. “If the man is                                                                                                                                                   mpts to eradicate
Libya were revealed on                                          dying, if compassion is                                                                                                                                                  Protestantism.
Thursday.                                                       passed as it is in the Scottish                                                                                                                                     1811 Poet Percy Bysshe
  Mr Brown is struggling to                                     administration, and the                                                                                                                                                  Shelley eloped
                                      Gordon Brown
escape claims that the                                          medical authorities then                                                                                                                                                 with Harriet
release of Al Megrahi was         Lord Jones, the then trade    gave proof to that effect as                                                                                                                                             Westbrook.
linked to a lucrative trade     minister, travelled to Libya    they did, then it’s a decision                                                                                                                                      1830 In Baltimore,
deals between Britain and       in May last year to speak to    for their legal authority,” he                                                                                                                                           Maryland, Tom
Libya. Details about meet-      business representatives, the   told Sky News.                                                                                                                                                           Thumb the pas-
ings between British minis-     Cabinet Office said.              In contrast, justice secre-                                                                                                                                            senger-carrying
ters and their Libyan coun-       Former health minister        tary Jack Straw said he had                                                                                                                                              train locomotive,
terparts will not help quell    Dawn Primarolo held talks       never visited a prisoner in                                                                                                                                              was demonstrated
the claims. Three ministers     with the Libyan Prime           jail who was seeking com-                                                                                                                                                for the first time.
visited Libya in the 15         Minister in November and        passionate release. Scottish                                                                                                                                             In the United
months leading up to the        Bill Rammell, the then for-     justice secretary Kenny                                                                                                                                                  States, it was the
release of the Lockerbie        eign office minister, held      MacAskill had visited Al                                                                                                                                                 first locomotive of
bomber, according to the        discussions with his Libyan     Megrahi in prison before            A sarcophagus resembling a buffalo burns at Gianyar, on Indonesia’s Bali island, on Thursday during                                  its kind built.
Cabinet office papers quot-     counterparts in February,       releasing the cancer patient        “ngaben”, a cremation ceremony to send the deceased to the next life.                  PHOTO: AFP                               1879 Cetewayo, last of
ed in the British media.        the reports said.               on compassionate grounds.                                                                                                                                                the great Zulu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         kings, was cap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tured by the
                                ● ALGAE-COATED AND REFLECTIVE BUILDINGS ARE OTHER POSSIBLE OPTIONS                                                                                                   UK hunts                            British at the end
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the Zulu Wars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1883 Slavery was

                                Artificial trees to cut carbon emissions                                                                                                                             for ‘burqa                          banned by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         British Parliament

                                AGE CORRESPONDENT               dioxide from atmosphere                                          dioxide is the use of            group, Dr Tim Fox, said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     bandits’                            throughout the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         British Empire.
                                                                                                  The most cost-effec-                                                                                                              1910 Montenegro pro-
                                                                include artificial trees,                                        machines, or carbon dioxide        Recommending use of              AGE CORRESPONDENT
                                                      LONDON
                                                                algae-coated buildings, and       tive way of reducing           filters, which can remove        algae to reduce carbon diox-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         claimed its inde-
                                                                                                  carbon dioxide is                                                                                                    LONDON            pendence from the
  Benjamin Netanyahu            Aug. 27: Climate change is      reflective buildings and                                         carbon dioxide from the          ide, the institute said that                                           Ottoman Empire,
                                a big issue for all the gov-    roofs, a report on climate        the use of machines,           atmosphere. The machines,        algae naturally absorb car-        Aug. 27: The British                with Nicholas I as
                                ernments the world over and     change and geo-engineering        or carbon dioxide              like trees, capture carbon       bon dioxide through photo-         police is trying to
Car slams                       now a British engineers’
                                lobby group has suggested
                                                                by the Institution of
                                                                Mechanical Engineers said
                                                                                                  filters, which can             dioxide from the air which
                                                                                                                                 is passed through it. These
                                                                                                                                                                  synthesis. Strips of algae
                                                                                                                                                                  can be fitted to the outside
                                                                                                                                                                                                     unmask the identity of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     burqa-clad bandit, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ruler.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1914 In World War I
                                                                                                  remove carbon                                                                                                                          the Battle of
into Israel                     that geo-engineering could
                                be used to remove carbon
                                                                on Thursday. “Geo-engi-
                                                                neering could be another          dioxide from the
                                                                                                                                 machines are so effective
                                                                                                                                 that 100,000 such trees
                                                                                                                                                                  of buildings and then peri-
                                                                                                                                                                  odically harvested from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     bandits, who have
                                                                                                                                                                                                     struck three times in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Heligoland Bight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         took place betw-
                                dioxide from the atmos-         potential component in our        atmosphere                     would be able to remove all      surfaces and used as biofuel.      the last two months.
PM convoy                       phere.
                                  A range of potential geo-
                                                                approach to climate change
                                                                that could provide the world      the institute said.
                                                                                                                                 carbon from transport-relat-
                                                                                                                                 ed emissions in the UK, the
                                                                                                                                                                  Reducing the amount of
                                                                                                                                                                  solar radiation absorbed by
                                                                                                                                                                                                       In the latest incident
                                                                                                                                                                                                     on Monday, three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         een British and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         German ships in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the North Sea.
Jerusalem, Aug. 27: A car       engineering options avail-      with extra time to decar-           The most cost-effective      head of the institute’s envi-    the earth’s climate has the        armed men, one wear-           1916 Germany declared
in Israeli PM Benjamin          able for reducing carbon        bonise the global economy,”       way of reducing carbon         ronment and climate change       potential to cool the planet.      ing a full veil worn by             war against
Netanyahu’s convoy was                                                                                                                                                                               Muslim women, robbed                Romania, and
severely damaged after a                                                                                                                                                                             a jewellery store in                Italy declared war
woman driver slammed
into it.
  The woman apparently
                                                         practice makes perfect                                                  Malay bans Muslims                                                  Banbury, Oxfordshire.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     They escaped with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                     haul worth £279,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         against Germany.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1963 Martin Luther
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         King delivered his
lost control of her car when
she emerged from a side
street as Mr Netanyahu’s
                                                                                                                                 from BEP concert                                                      The trio were armed
                                                                                                                                                                                                     with a silver revolver
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and a sledge hammer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “I have a dream”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         speech to over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         200,000 civil
convoy was driving through                                                                                                        SEAN YOONG                                                         the Thames Valley pol-              rights demonstra-
a London intersection and                                                                                                                        KUALA LUMPUR                                        ice said. The robbery               tors in
crashed into one of the cars.                                                                                                                                                                        follows two robberies in            Washington D.C.
  There were no human                                                                                                             Aug. 27: Malaysia’s gov-                                           two separate travel            1973 Princess Anne
injuries. However, the con-                                                                                                       ernment       has      barred                                      agents in Luton and                 became the first
voy vehicle carrying securi-                                                                                                      Muslims from a concert by                                          Dunstable in the past               member of the
ty personnel and the                                                                                                              US hip-hop stars the Black                                         two months and these                British royal fami-
woman’s car were badly                                                                                                            Eyed Peas in September                                             two incidents are being             ly to visit the
damaged.                                                                                                                          because the event is organ-                                        investigated by the                 Soviet Union
  The     London       police                                                                                                     ised by Irish beer giant                                           Bedfordshire police.                when she arrived
believes that the woman                                                                                                           Guinness, an official said on        Black Eyed Peas
                                                                                                                                                                                                     The first robbery hap-              in Kiev for an
was drunk, the daily                                                                                                              Thursday.                                                          pened at First Choice               equestrian event.
Ha’aretz reported.                                                                                                                  The prohibition comes         and personal matters,              Travel in the Broad-           1982 The first Gay
  Mr Netanyahu and his                                                                                                            amid a clampdown on alco-       Muslims in Malaysia are            way, Dunstable, on                  Games opened in
wife were on their way                                                                                                            hol consumption among           governed by sharia law,            July 7, at around 10.15             San Francisco
back to a London hotel                                                                                                            Malaysia’s Muslim majori-       which forbids the consump-         am. A man dressed in a              with 10 countries
after attending a dinner on                                                                                                       ty. A Muslim woman who          tion of alcohol. The Black         black burqa entered the             taking part in 17
Monday night when the                                                                                                             drank beer in public was        Eyed Peas will perform at a        store and threatened                athletic events.
accident took place.                                                                                                              sentenced to caning by an       theme park near Kuala              two female members of          1983 Menachem Begin
  The convoy did not stop         Students rehearse in Beijing on Thursday for China’s 60th anniversary cele-                     Islamic court in August,        Lumpur on September 25 as          staff with a knife before           announced his
and continued driving, in         brations on October 1. This fall’s celebration, to be held in Tiananmen                         though authorities this week    part of worldwide celebra-         taking a substantial                resignation as the
line with the security regu-      Square, will begin with a keynote address from Chinese President Hu Jintao                      agreed to review the penal-     tions marking the 250th            amount of cash and                  Prime Minister of
lations. The Israeli PM is        followed by a military parade and performances involving 200,000 people, 60                     ty. Officials also recently     anniversary of Guinness’           escaping through the                Israel.
on a trip to London and           floats, and fireworks.                                          PHOTO: AP                       curbed retail sales of liquor   flagship brewery in Dublin.        back door.
Berlin.                —PTI                                                                                                       in a central state. In family                         —AP                                         1988 Seventy people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         were killed when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         planes of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Italian Air Force



NaqaTube ‘clean’
                 Cambridge to archive dying cultures
                  Saudi Arabia

                                                                London, Aug. 27: Experts          Mustang, Nepal.                                                 There might be a communi-        nent archive. There are a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         aerobatics squad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         collided in mid-air
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and one crashed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         into the crowd
                                                                                                                                   Project managers                                                                                      during an air show
                                                                at the University of                Four weeks of fieldwork                                       ty in south India that has a     number of benefits to glob-           at Ramstein, West
YouTube version                                                 Cambridge have launched
                                                                an ambitious project to cre-
                                                                ate a digital archive of lan-
                                                                                                  were conducted with Tashi
                                                                                                  Tsering
                                                                                                  Wangyal
                                                                                                                and
                                                                                                                 Gurung
                                                                                                                        Karma
                                                                                                                            in
                                                                                                                                   say some Indian
                                                                                                                                   languages also
                                                                                                                                   need to be docu-
                                                                                                                                                                  series of songs once taught
                                                                                                                                                                  by their grandfathers which
                                                                                                                                                                  the youngsters no longer
                                                                                                                                                                                                   alisation...But there is also
                                                                                                                                                                                                   an urgent need to document
                                                                                                                                                                                                   their forms of cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Germany.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1990 Iraq declared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         occupied Kuwait
Dubai, Aug. 27: Sick and                                        guages and cultures that are      Mustang, during which 51                                        learn,” Dr Mark Turin, a         expression before they are            the 19th province
tired of profanities and                                        fast becoming extinct in this     songs from the orally trans-     mented and pre-                research      associate    at    eroded,” he added.                    of Iraq, renamed
explicit nature of some                                         age of globalisation.             mitted Kha Lu repertoire         served in the digi-            Cambridge and the project          The project led by the uni-         Kuwait City
video clips on YouTube, a                                         Titled the “World Oral          were recorded, transcribed       tal archive                    director, said.                  versity’s     Museum       of         Kadhima, and cre-
group of Saudis have devel-                                     Literature Project”, among        and translated. Project man-                                      “We can start by providing     Archaeology              and          ated a new district
oped a “clean” alternative                                      the first activities is to        agers say some Indian lan-                                      some equipment and train-        Anthropology, has handed              named after
called NaqaTube (Naqa                                           archive the vocal repertoire      guages also need to be doc-     “You cannot protect these       ing so that communities can      out around 10 grants to               President Saddam
being the Arabic word for                                       of Tashi Tsering, the royal       umented and preserved in       cultures unless they have        document the songs, at the       tribes from Mongolia to               Hussein.
‘pure’).                                                        singer of Lo Monthang,            the digital archive.           been documented first.           same time creating a perma-      Nigeria.               —PTI
  The aim, as they put it, is                                                                                                                                                                                                       1994 Father Jean-Marie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vincent, a promi-
to prevent the youth from
watching sexually explicit      censors clips that are
                                                                                         Dead Sea shrinks                                                                                                                                nent Haitian Rom-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         an Catholic priest

                                                                  Teacher burns students a metre per year
video clips online, an Arab     against the government,                                                                                                                                                                                  loyal to deposed
News report quoted a mod-       individuals and scholars, or                                                                                                                                                                             President Jean-
erator of the website as say-   which mock people in gen-                                                                                                                                                                                Bertrand Aristide,
ing. With millions of youth     eral, the report said.                                                                                                                                                                                   was shot dead by
logging into YouTube each
day, the group launched
NaqaTube, which is simply
an amalgamation of “clean”
                                Women’s images are totally
                                forbidden, along with
                                music.
                                  “Our dream is to decline
                                                                  during lesson on ‘hell’                                                                         Washington, Aug. 27:
                                                                                                                                                                  Reports indicate that the
                                                                                                                                                                  Dead Sea is still shrinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         suspected para-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         military gunmen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1996 The marriage of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Britain’s Prince
clips from YouTube.             the number of visitors to         Jakarta, Aug. 27: An            The teacher want-              The teacher pressed the          fast, with water levels con-                                           Charles and
  Abu Ibraheem, one of the      YouTube. Our website has          Indonesian teacher has                                         matchstick on the cheek          tinuing to drop at the rate of
moderators of the website,      received from 5,000 to            been suspended after she        ed to make the                 of one of the students who       about one metre per year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Princess Diana,
                                                                                                  point that hell is                                                                                                                     which took place
said that clips on NaqaTube     6,000 visitors since its          allegedly burned her stu-                                      blew the flame out                 Praised far and wide for                                             with pomp and
are safe and often edited       launch two months ago,”           dents with matches to           much hotter than               because she was scared,          the reputed healing powers                                             pageantry in the
prior to being uploaded.        Mr Ibraheem said.                 make a point that hell is       match fire. She has            the student reportedly           of its minerals and waters,         Today, the Dead Sea con-           year 1981, ended
The website’s logo is “Parti-     Much of the material on         much hotter than match                                         said.                            the Dead Sea has been lur-        tinues to drop at the rate of
cipate with us in a clean       the site is religiously           fire, a media report said       been suspended                   School principal Erik          ing visitors for thousands of     about one meter per year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with a rubber-
                                                                                                  pending an inter-                                                                                                                      stamp divorce.
website.” The website also      inclined and the site’s front     on Thursday.                                                   Sudeni said the teacher          years. But these days,            This dramatic shortage is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1999 A space capsule
                                page displays links and             The teacher at a junior       nal investigation.             had been suspended               tourists see a very different     particularly evident at              bearing the last
The aim behind                  screenshots to over 10 chan-      high school in the West                                        pending an internal              lake from the one that oth-       Israel’s Ein Gedi Spa on the         full-time crew to
                                nels mainly featuring schol-      Java city of Bandung lit        said.                          investigation.                   ers would have witnessed a        southern shores of the Dead
developing                      ars, preachers, children and      matchsticks and placed            “She said hell was most-       Indonesia is the world’s       few decades ago. According        Sea.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         inhabit Russia’s
NaqaTube is to pre-                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ageing Mir space
                                other Islam material.             the flames close to her         ly occupied by women.          most populous Muslim             to a report in National             “The beach was here, and           station landed
vent the youth                    The website also hosts          students’ hands during an       That’s why we were tar-        country with more than           Geographic News, the sea          now (it’s) far away. In 30           safely on the
from watching sex-              clips of scholars from the        Islamic religious lesson        geted,” Detik.Com quot-        85 per cent of its 230 mil-      sits in the lowest place on       years, the beach (will have)         Kazakh steppe.
                                Arab world delivering lec-        on      Tuesday,      the       ed one of the students,        lion people following            earth. However, in the last       disappeared,” said Alon
ually explicit video            tures and Islamic discourse.      Detik.Com news portal           Siti Nurjanah, as saying.      Islam.              —DPA         40 years, it’s dropped more       Shachal, Ein Gedi Spa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   —Reuters
clips online                                           —PTI                                                                                                       than 80 feet.                     Manager.              —ANI

								
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