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Court orders Mubarak”s release

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Press Trust of India
CAIRO, 19 AUG: Ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak could be freed this week after a court today ordered his release pending a probe into a graft case, a development that could further inflame passions in the conflict-ridden and deeply polarised Arab nation.
Eighty-five-year-old Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal are charged with squandering 1.1 billion Egyptian pounds in public funds for renovation of their own private residences instead of official presidential palaces.
Judicial officials said there were no longer any grounds to hold Mubarak because of the expiration of a two-year legal limit for holding an individual in custody pending a final verdict.
The criminal court in Cairo ordered that Mubarak’s sons would stay in custody, unlike their father.
Mubarak also faces charges connected to the killing of over 800 protesters during the 18-day uprising in 2011 against his rule.
Former Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah had referred Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, to trial over charges of seizing general budget allocations devoted for the renovation of presidential palaces.
The Administrative Control Authority said that Mubarak abused his power as president for profiteering and acquiring huge sums from the state budget to perform fake construction at the presidential palaces.
The money was instead alleged to have been directed to his private villas, Ahram Online reported.
Once disclosed, media referred to the case as the biggest instance of corruption under the former leader who was ousted after three decades in power in 2011 over massive popular protests during the Arab Spring.
The criminal court today returned the case to prosecution services in order to add new defendants.
Mubarak had been released pending investigations over other charges but has remained in custody as he is still facing trials over multiple other charges of murder and corruption, including this case.
Mubarak has been held since his guilty verdict last year. After months spent in a military hospital, a public prosecutor sent him back to prison in April.
Mubarak’s health has been a bone of contention during his trial and incarceration. He suffered a heart attack after relinquishing power and had maintained that he was physically unfit to stand trial.
 

Remove sirens from vehicles of VIPs: SC

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Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI, 19 AUG: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the states to remove sirens from vehicles of VIPs as it is in violation of law and indicated that it would pass a direction for preventing misuse of red beacon also,observing that their use was a “reflection of British Raj”.
A Bench of Mr Justice G S Singhvi and Mr Justice V Gopala Gowda questioned why these facilities are given to ministers, bureaucrats and politicians when P Chidambaram had refused to have them when he was the home minister.
“It is so paradoxical. P Chidambram who was the home minister said that he did not need escort and siren for his vehicle. It was the functional requirement of home minister but he said he did not need anything,” it said.
The court refused the plea of the governments seeking four weeks’ more time to put in place rules for preventing their misuse and said that it would pass direction. “You are mocking at court’s proceedings. We have given you enough time. Why did you not strike down notification in violation of Rule 108 of Central Motor Vehicles Act. The miffed court went on to say, “People are the masters. They pay taxes and elect their representatives. Why they should not be given red beacon and siren.”
“We are intending to strike down notifications. You have to ensure that all sirens are removed… It is a reflection of the British Raj,” the Bench said indicating that all notification of the Centre and states would be quashed as they are in violation of the Act.
“Why should we not strike down notification of the state governments for allowing red beacon on vehicles carrying high dignitaries,” the Bench observed while pointing out that there are states which have put all Ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats under the category of high dignitaries.
It said that only people holding constitutional posts be given red beacon and questioned the Centre for giving siren facilities to Supreme Court judges.
“We have noticed thousand times that vehicles cross the red light when the vehicle is fitted with beacon and siren,” the Bench said. The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by a Uttar Pradesh resident on misuse of red beacon.
Earlier, the Bench had said that misuse of red beacon and siren, granted by government to VIPs, is a menace to society and it must be stopped. It had said the red light has become a status symbol and had said that police personnel, who are put on duty for giving security cover to VIPs, should be deployed for better purposes like making the roads safe for women.

TENDERS

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E-TENDER NOTICE INVITING
Following e-Tender are
being invited by the
 undersigned from
bona fide contractors
1. e-NIT No. 1/2013-14 of S.E. (A.I.)/IPDC for 4 (four) No. works of installation of PHS in the District of South 24 Parganas & Kolkata (Tender ID: 2013 SWID-9925-1, 2013-SWID 9925-2 & 2013-SWID-9925-3, 2013-SWID-9925-4).
2. e-NIT No. 2/2013-14 of S.E. (A.I.)/IPDC for 3 (three) No. works of roof top rainwater recharge in the District of Hooghly (Tender ID: 2013 SWID-9955-1, 2013-SWID 9955-2 & 2013-SWID-9955-3).
3. e-NIT No. 3/2013-14 of S.E. (A.I.)/IPDC for 3 (three) No. works of roof top rainwater recharge in the District of Nadia (Tender ID: 2013 SWID-9980-1, 2013-SWID 9980-2 & 2013-SWID-9980-3).
Bid proposal submission end date (online 26-08-2013 up to 6 p.m.). Details will be available on the website at www.wbtenders.gov.in & from the Notice Board of the undersigned.
Sd/-
H. Dey
Superintending Engineer (A-I)
Investigation
Planning & Design Circle
SWID
(B0002)  C21025

SEALED Bid No. 03 of 2013-2014 of the E.E.I., Alipore Division, PWD.
Sealed bids are invited by the Executive Engineer-I, Alipore Division, PWD from PWD enlisted Class-I (R & B) contractors, bona fide outsider firm & other eligible contractors as per G.O. for renovation at DIB office 24 Pgs. (S), Bhabani Bhawan. Last date of application: 20-08-2013 upto 4-00 p.m. All others details available in  website: www.pwdwb.in as well as in the office notice board.
Sd/-
Executive Engineer-I
Alipore Division (P.W.D.)
(B0008)         C21035

WEST Bengal State Warehousing Corporation
(A Government Undertaking)
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 4th Floor, Kolkata-700013
E-mail: [email protected]
No. D(I)-3/Fire/2013-14/751/SWC, dated: 19-08-2013
Quotation Notice
Sealed Quotations are invited for taking insurance coverage of stocks on declaration basis from General Insurance Companies in Public Sector for fresh Insurance Policies w.e.f. 17-10-2013 on the stocks stored in 29 warehouses all over the State, on structure, money and computers against various risks & perils.
Last date of submission of quotation is 20-09-2013 up to 2-00 p.m. and the same will be opened at 3-00 p.m. on the same date. For detailed information please visit out office website: www.warehousingwb.com and also Govt. website: www.banglarmukh.com If any addition/alteration/ corrigendum is made in future regarding this notice that will be displayed in our office website only.
Sd/-
Secretary
(B0007)         C21032
 

COMPANY NOTICES

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EAST INDIA
PHARMACEUTICAL
WORKS LTD.
Regd. Office:
6, Nandalal Bose Sarani
Kolkata-700071
NOTICE OF THE MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Seventy-sixth Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, 20th September, 2013 at 2-00 p.m. at the Convention Centre (Mini Theatre Hall), Science City, J.B.S. Halden Avenue, Kolkata-700046 to transact the business as specified in the notice, which together with the annual report and accounts and the explanatory statement under Section 173(2) of the Companies Act, 1956 are being posted to the shareholders individually.
By Order of the Board
Sd/- N. Mukhopadhyay
Manager – Project Finance
& Company Secretary
Dated: 19-08-2013
Place: Kolkata
(B0001)         C21029

SITUATION VACANT

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GOVERNMENT OF
WEST BENGAL
Office of the District
Magistrate & Collector
Birbhum
Establishment Section
NOTICE
Applications are invited from eligible retired West Bengal Govt. employees attained the age of 60+ on 01-08-2013 but not exceeding the age of 65 as on 30-08-2013 for 1(one) Clerk & 1(one) Bench Clerk at J.J. Board under Birbhum Collectorate in the prescribed format.
Detailed information and application form can be obtained from the office of the D.M. & Collector, Birbhum, Establishment Section of Prashasan Bhavan between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any working day or can be downloaded from the District Website: www.birbhum.gov.in Filled up form to be dropped in the letter box available in the Establishment Section of Birbhum Collectorate up to 04-09-2013 till 3-30 p.m.
Sd/-
District Magistrate
&
Collector, Birbhum
(B0004)         C21030

TEACHER WANTED
Applications are invited for the General Posts of Teaching & non-Teaching Staff of Dayanand Vidyalaya (H.S.) (a Govt. recognized & aided purely Hindi-medium School for Boys), D.A.V. School Road, Budha, P.O.: Asansol, Dist.: Burdwan (W.B.), Pin-713301.
Teaching post:
i) One B.Sc. (Hons.) / M.Sc. in Mathematics preferably trained.
Non-Teaching post:
i) One Group-”D” (Peon) with VIII pass.
The applications, in triplicate, on plain paper with full biodata along with duly attested copies of all certificates / marksheet and valid Employment Exchange Card issued from West Bengal, must reach the Secretary of the School, within 15 days from the date of publication of this advertisement. Age limit as per WBSSC Rule, Pay Scale and allowances as per Ropa’09 of Govt. of West Bengal. No T.A. for interview. Candidate must mention their posts applied for on the envelope.         C21026

GOVERNMENT OF
WEST BENGAL
Office of the District Magistrate & Collector Birbhum
Establishment Section
NOTICE
Applications are invited from eligible retired West Bengal Govt. Employees attained the age of 60+ on 01-08-2013 but not exceeding the age of 64 as on 30-08-2013 for clerical post under Birbhum Collectorate in the prescribed format.
Detailed information and application form can be obtained from the office of the D.M. & Collector, Birbhum, Establishment Section of Prashasan Bhavan between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any working day or can be downloaded from the District Website: www.birbhum.gov.in Filled-up Form to be dropped in the letter box available in the Establishment Section of Birbhum Collectorate up to 04-09-2013 till 3-30 p.m.
Sd/-
District Magistrate
&
Collector, Birbhum
(B0005)         C21031
 

EDUCATIONAL

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UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA
Notification of Admission to Ph.D. Programme in Statistics and Electrical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering.
Please see website: www.caluniv.ac.in for details.
Registrar
(B0006)  C21027
 

LEGAL NOTICES

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LEGAL NOTICE
District:
South 24-Parganas
In the First Court of the Civil Judge (Junior Division) at Alipore
TITLE SUIT
NO. 65 OF 2012
Sm. Sashi Prasad alias Sashikala Prasad, Wife of Sri Arvind Kumar, Residing at 147/1, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road, P.S.: Regent Park, District: South 24-Parganas.
…. Plaintiff
-Vs-
1) Pritam Kaur Chopra, Wife of Col. Gurubakash Singh Chopra.
2) Col. Gurubakash Singh Chopra, son of late Amar Singh Chopra, residing at Beriyan Street Nabha Punjab, both of them are presently residing at 6/1, Commissariat Street, Kolkata-700022.
….Defendants
Take notice that the plaintiff has instituted this suit for Specific Performance of Contract declaration and injunction relating to land and structures containing an area of 5 cottahs 13 chittaks be the same a little more or less lying at and being a portion of Premises No. 147A, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road, P.S.: Regent Park, Kolkata-700040.
If you do not appear within 30 days from the date of publication the suit would be heard ex parte.
Prasanta Kumar Pramanick
Sheristadar

PUBLIC NOTIFICATIONS

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I, JUSTINE Mao, R/o. 39, Lenin Sarani, P.O.: Kanchrapara, P.S.: Bizpur, Dist.: North 24 Pgs., Pin-743145, shall henceforth be known as Justin Mao, vide affidavit sworn before Notary Public at Barrackpore on
16-08-2013.    
    C21024

I, SUMEET Bajoria, R/o. Shrachi Greenwood Sonata Hig-3, Flat No. 12K, New Town, Kolkata-700157, shall henceforth be known as Areyan Bajoria, vide affidavit sworn before the Notary Public at Kolkata on 23-8-2013.        C21034

MY CLIENT M/s. Real Time Engineering Pvt. Ltd. of A-2/2, Diamond Park, Joka, Kolkata-700104 intends to purchase land being Plot Nos. 25, 26 and 27 of total land area 7 cottahs 8 chittacks from Smt. Pratibha Gupta, wife of Sri Naresh Chandra Gupta all under Mouza: Chakrajumolla, JL No. 18, R.S. Dag No. 441, R.S. Khatian No. 250, P.S.: Bishnupur, Pailan Down, 24 Pgs. (South) within Metro Garden City Project. If any person / firm has any claim, objection or demand against those aforesaid plots, please contact within 10 days from the date of publication of this notice with evidences; otherwise no claims will be entertained in future.
Debabrata Chattopadhyay
Advocate
A-2/2, Diamond Park, Joka
Kolkata-700104
Mobile: 09331017263
(B0003)         C21028

Isro calls off GSLV D-5 launch after fuel leakage

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Press Trust of India
SRIHARIKOTA (AP), 19 AUG: The launch of a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) was called off by Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) at the eleventh hour today due to fuel leak in its second stage in a setback to the mission to test its homegrown cryogenic engine after its failure three years ago.
The first mission of the rocket (GSLV D-5) in three years today was crucial for testing the cryogenic engine to give the country the capability for launch of big telecommunication satellites and 3,000 kg plus payloads after failures of the earlier GSLV twice in 2010 ~ one with indigenous cryogenic engine and another Russian made.
The much-awaited launch process from here, for which Isro had commenced a 29-hour countdown yesterday, was suspended some 74 minutes ahead of the scheduled launch time of 4.50 p.m. after officials noticed fuel leak in the second stage of the rocket.
“The countdown progressed well and a few minutes ago, we observed a leak in the fuel system of the second stage of the vehicle. And because of this we are calling off the launch,” Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan announced at a press conference at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. A new date will be announced later, he said.
An Isro scientist said there was no problem with the cryogenic engine of the rocket which was to have carried the 1,982-kg GSAT-14 satellite.
“Immediately, our teams have been put on action to drain out the liquid propellents from the second stage, before L40 strap-ons and the cryogenic stage,” Dr Radhakrishnan said.
He said the vehicle would be moved to the Vehicle Assembly building soon to assess the cause of the leak. “We need to make an assessment of the cause of the leak and the actions we need to take before further preparations of the launch. A new date will be announced later.”
This was the second attempt by Isro to flight test the indigenous crygonic stage after the unsuccessful launch of the previous mission GSLV-D3 on 15 April 2010.
The next GLSV flight with a Russian cryogenic stage also failed in December 2010.
Four of GSAT-14s predecessors were successfully launched by GSLV during 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007 respectively.
The main objective of today’s GSAT-14 mission was to augment in-orbit capacity of Extended C and Ku-band transponders and provide a platform for new experiments.
The GSLV is a three stage/engine rocket. The first stage is fired with solid fuel, the second is the liquid fuel and the third stage is the cryogenic engine. Geosynchronous satellites are placed in orbits 36,000 km above th earth.
Meanwhile, an Isro statement said that the launch was called off as a leak was observed in the UH25 fuel system of the liquid second stage during the pre-launch pressurisation phase on the vehicle just two hours before the scheduled lift-off.
It said that the propellants were being drained from the cryogenic stage, liquid second stage and the four liquid strap-ons of GSLV-D5 and added that the vehicle would be moved back to the vehicle assembly building for further actions.
“The revised launch date will be announced after a detailed assessment,” it said. Hundreds of scientists and top Isro officials who were eagerly awaiting the mission were left highly disappointed when authorities at the launch pad put the countdown process on hold and later called it off.

Chargesheeted person be barred from contesting polls: EC to SC

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Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI, 19 AUG: A person against whom charges have been framed in a criminal case should be barred from contesting polls, the Election Commission (EC) today told the Supreme Court which directed the Centre to file its response on the issue.
The Commission said framing of a charge is done after judicial scrutiny of the evidence and the accused person should not be allowed to contest election as he ceases to have requisite excellence and integrity for public office.
“It is stated that where a person has been accused of serious criminal charges and where the court is prima facie satisfied about his involvement in the crime and consequently charges have been framed against such person, then in such cases, keeping such person out of the electoral arena would constitute a reasonable restriction for serving the larger public interest,” the commission said in its affidavit.
“At this juncture, the integrity and character of the accused is under scrutiny and he ceases to have requisite excellence and integrity to be considered as a candidate for a high public office involved in the administration of the country,” it said.
Appearing before a Bench headed by Mr Justice R M Lodha, advocate Meenaxhi Arora, appearing for the Commission, said the doctrine that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty should not be applied to right of a person to contest election.
“It is pertinent to note that the framing of a charge against an accused is done after the allegations and evidence have undergone judicial scrutiny and application of judicial mind by a competent court. Thus only after judicial notice has been taken of the charges against the accused and the court finds that a prima facie case exist against the accused, charge is framed,” she said.

37 dead as Bihar train runs over pilgrims

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Press Trust of India
KHAGARIA, 19 AUG: Thirty seven pilgrims including women and children standing on rail tracks were killed when a speeding Express train ploughed into them today in Bihar’s Khagaria district, triggering angry protests by locals who attacked train drivers, set ablaze a coach and vandalised the station.
The ‘kanwarias’ or devotees of Lord Shiva were walking along the tracks at Dhamara Ghat station after alighting from the Samastipur-Saharsa passenger when the Saharsa-Patna Rajyarani Express travelling at 80 kmph, ran over them, a senior railway official said. Khagaria is about 160 km from Patna.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that 37 persons, including women and children, were killed. Among them were 13 women, four children and 20 men. The victims hailed from Khagaria, Sahrsa, Munger and Naughachia. Twenty four others who sustained injuries were admitted to the hospital here.
Soon after the incident at 8.40 a.m, a violent mob assaulted the train driver, set on fire an AC compartment and engine of another train, vandalized the station and even held a few rail staff hostage.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the chief minister appealed for calm.
Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said that the express was not supposed to halt at Dhamara Ghat and was given clearance to pass through, but the pilgrims on the tracks thought they could stop the train.
Though the driver applied the emergency brakes, it was too late by then, he said, adding an internal inquiry has been ordered into the accident.
The pilgrims were going to nearby Katyani Sthan temple to offer ‘jalabhishek’ to Lord Shiva on the fourth and final Monday of the holy month of Shrawan.
Superintendent of Police S K Jha told PTI over phone that the engine of the Samastipur-Saharsa passenger train and an AC coach of Saharsa-Patna Rajyarani Express were set on fire by enraged local people.
The two drivers of the express train, Rajaram Paswan and Sushil Kumar Suman, fled from the spot after being attacked. They later contacted railway officials to informing them that they were safe, ECR CPRO Amitabh Prabhakar said. The Prime Minister “appealed for calm in the area so that the relief and rescue operations can be carried out without any hindrance,” a statement by PMO said.
The Prime Minister directed the railway ministry to deploy all available resources for rescue and relief operations, it said.
Minister of state for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the Express was travelling at a speed of 80 km per hour when the accident occurred.
He said although relief trains carrying doctors and nurses were sent from Saharsha and Barauni, they could not reach the spot as the law and order situation there was not conducive because of protests by angry people.

Partner of NSA leaks reporter held, MP seeks explanation

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Press Trust of India
LONDON, 19 AUG: British police have detained the live-in partner of a Guardian journalist responsible for leaking reports on US surveillance programme for nine hours under terror laws, prompting Indian-origin lawmaker Keith Vaz to seek an explanation from Scotland Yard on the issue.
Mr Vaz, the chairman of the influential parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee, will write to the police seeking full facts of the nine-hour questioning of David Miranda, who is the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald behind US whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s worldwide spying revelations.
“It is an extraordinary twist to a very complicated story,” Mr Vaz told BBC today. “I will write to the police to ask for the justification of the use of terrorism legislation they may have a perfectly reasonable explanation.”
Greenwald has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US National Security Agency.
His live-in partner, Miranda, was held as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport on his way from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian national reportedly had his mobile phone, laptop, DVDs and other items seized before he was released. “This measure is without justification since it involves an individual against whom there are no charges that can legitimate the use of that legislation. The Brazilian government expects that incidents such as the one that happened to the Brazilian citizen today are not repeated,” a Brazilian government statement said.
Under the Terrorism Act 2000, British police can hold someone at an airport for up to nine hours, but the power must be used appropriately and proportionately and is subject to independent scrutiny.
According to the Home Office, more than 97 per cent of examinations last less than an hour. “Of course, it is right that the police and security services should question people if they have concerns or the basis of any concerns about what they are doing in the UK. What needs to happen pretty rapidly is we need to establish the full facts: now you have a complaint from Mr Greenwald and the Brazilian government.
They indeed have said they are concerned at the use of terrorism legislation for something that does not appear to relate to terrorism, so it needs to be clarified, and clarified quickly,” Mr Vaz, a Labour MP from Leicester, stressed.  The Home Office refused to comment on the detention of Miranda, stating that it was a matter for the police.
In a brief statement, a Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “At 08:05 on Sunday, 18 August, a 28-year-old man was detained at Heathrow airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He was not arrested. He was subsequently released at 17:00.”
Since 5 June, Greenwald has been writing about the NSA’s electronic surveillance programmes, detailed in thousands of files passed to him by Mr Snowden.
‘The Guardian’ has also published a number of stories about blanket electronic surveillance by Britain’s GCHQ, also based on the documents.
While in Berlin, Miranda visited Laura Poitras, the US filmmaker who has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and the newspaper, which had paid for Miranda’s flights.
“This is a profound attack on Press freedoms and the news gathering process… The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere. But the last thing it will do is intimidate or deter us in any way from doing our job as journalists. Quite the contrary: it will only embolden us more to continue to report aggressively,” Greenwald said.
 

Oscar Pistorius indicted on murder charge

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Associated Press
PRETORIA, 19 AUG: Oscar Pistorius was indicted today on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympian’s girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.
A Pretoria court set 3 March as the trial date for Pistorius, who has said he shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake, believing she was an intruder in his home. Prosecutors, who allege he killed her after an argument, submitted a list of more than 100 witnesses for a trial that will be followed around the world.
Pistorius, 26, appeared in court for the indictment, and was seen crying and holding hands with his siblings before proceedings started. Steenkamp would have celebrated her 30th birthday today.
The indictment papers served on Pistorius by the state mean the case will be sent to the High Court in Pretoria, the South African capital, where a judge will preside over the trial and ultimately pronounce the athlete innocent or guilty. South Africa does not have trial by jury.
The mandatory sentence for someone convicted of premeditated murder is life with a minimum of 25 years in prison, meaning if Pistorius is found guilty, he will be older than 50, at least, when he leaves prison. There is no death penalty in South Africa.
Police announced this month that they had completed their six-month investigation into Steenkamp’s killing at Pistorius’ upscale home in Pretoria in the pre-dawn hours of 14 February.
A statement, from the office of South Africa’s national police commissioner, said detectives, forensic experts, ballistics experts, psychologists and technology experts all worked on the case and are confident that they have the evidence to convict Pistorius.
The most telling evidence may be in records on cellphones found at Pistorius’ home and through examination of the toilet cubicle door through which Pistorius shot four bullets, hitting Steenkamp three times and killing her. The angle or trajectory of the bullets could show if Pistorius was standing on his stumps when he shot, as he says, or if he was on his prosthetics, as the prosecution maintains a marked difference in the two accounts.
Pistorius was seen just twice in public between the time he was granted bail on 22 February and a previous appearance in court on 4 June. His family had announced he would return to a “low-key” track routine and he was seen jogging on his regular practice facility, and sporting a short beard, in late June.
A week ago, a South African newspaper published photographs of Pistorius on a beach during a holiday with friends. In the rare public appearance, Pistorius was wearing a white T-shirt and a life-vest as he paddled with another man in a kayak. In another photo, he is standing on the beach in shorts, his pale prosthetic legs exposed to the sunshine.

Muslim Brotherhood accuses security forces of murder

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Press Trust of India
CAIRO, 19 AUG: The Muslim Brotherhood struggling for its existence in Egypt, today accused security forces of carrying out “cold-blooded” murder after at least 36 Islamists were killed while they tried to escape from a prison convoy.
Initially, the interior ministry said the detainees died in an exchange of fire after some of them took a military officer hostage and a convoy of prison vehicles, transporting a total of 612 detainees to Abu Zaabal prison in Qalyubia province, was attacked by unidentified gunmen.
But later the ministry said the prisoners died from the effects of inhaling tear gas, which was fired when the escaping detainees took a police officer hostage. He was freed, but was badly injured, the military’s statement added.
“Thirty-six of the prisoners died of suffocation and crowding after tear gas was used to stop their escape,” the Ministry said.
In a statement, the Anti-Coup Alliance said it had “obtained evidence of the assassination of anti-coup detainees in a truck transferring them to Abu Zaabal prison”.
“They were reportedly assassinated in their truck with live ammunition and tear gas fired from windows.”
“The murder of 35 detained anti-coup protesters affirms the intentional violence aimed at opponents of the coup, and the cold-blooded killing of which they are targets,” it said in a statement in English.
The group said it “puts full criminal responsibility on leaders of the 3 July coup, beginning with Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, (Egypt’s army chief), and Minister of Interior Muhammad Ibrahim Kamel”.
In the statement, the Anti-Coup Alliance demanded “an international investigation into this horrific crime, in addition to other crimes committed by leaders of the 3 July coup”.
General Sisi deposed Mursi on 3 July, saying that the army could not ignore the millions of protesters who had been demanding the resignation of Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
More than 866 people, including 70 police and soldiers, are reported to have been killed since Wednesday when security forces cleared two Cairo sit-in camps set up by supporters of former president Mohamed Mursi since his ouster on 3 July. They were demanding the return of ousted president.
More than 1,000 Brotherhood members have been detained in raids since Wednesday, with security sources saying about 300 were held in several cities on Sunday, including Cairo, Alexandria, Assiut and Suez.

EU holds emergency talks on Egypt crisis

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Agence France-Presse
BRUSSELS, 19 AUG: The European Union (EU) held a first round of emergency talks today on the spiralling bloodshed in Egypt amid warnings the bloc was ready to “urgently review” ties with the country.
Ambassadors on the bloc’s Political and Security Committee were called away from their summer break for talks in Brussels that kicked off today morning after the death toll from five days of violence in Egypt climbed to almost 800.
Warning that further escalation could have “unpredictable consequences” for Egypt and its neighbours, the presidents of the European Council and European Commission said in a rare joint foreign affairs statement issued on the eve of the talks that the 28-nation bloc will review its relations with Cairo.
“Recent developments in Egypt, and more particularly the violence of the last days, are extremely worrying,” Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso said in a joint statement. “It is crucial that violence ends immediately,” they added.
“The EU will urgently review in the coming days its relations with Egypt.”
At stake is nearly five billion euros ($6.7 billion) in loans and grants promised by the world’s top aid donor to Egypt for 2012-2013. It includes one billion euros from the EU with the rest from European banks the EIB and EBRD.
EU aid however has been made contingent on political and judicial progress so no new direct budget support has been approved for the Egyptian government since 2012 due to a lack of reform.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday suggested a freeze on arms supplies.
Despite talk in some European capitals of suspending aid or slapping sanctions on those responsible for the bloodshed, an EU diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity said Monday’s talks would be “less of a decision-making meeting, more a question of looking at the next steps”.
One concrete outcome is expected to be a snap meeting within days of the EU’s foreign ministers, who were not scheduled to meet until early September and have not met since 22 July, when they urged Egypt’s army to stand aside and allow a peaceful transition to civilian rule. In their statement, Van Rompuy and Mr Barroso urged an end to the violence, a resumption of political dialogue, and a return to democracy.
 

Railgate: Judicial custody of 6 accused extended till 31 Aug

Editorial Team |

Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI, 19 AUG: A Delhi court today extended till 31 August the judicial custody of six accused, including former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla, arrested in connection with the Rs 10-crore railway bribery case.
The six accused were produced before Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma after expiry of their judicial custody and the court extended it till 31n August.
Besides Mr Singla, then member (Staff) of railway board Mahesh Kumar, MD of Bangalore-based G G Tronics India Pvt Ltd Narayan Rao Manjunath, alleged middlemen Sandeep Goyal, M V Murali Krishan and C V Venugopal were produced before the court today.
Of the 10 accused who were chargesheeted by CBI in the case, four are at present out on bail.
Accused Rahul Yadav, Samir Sandhir and Sushil Daga were granted bail by the court on 12 August on a personal bond of Rs five lakh with two sureties each of the like amount even though CBI had opposed it.
Alleged middleman Ajay Garg, who has been accused of being instrumental in fixing the bribe amount for getting a lucrative post for Kumar, was granted bail by the court on 8 July.
CBI, in its charge sheet filed on 2 July, has alleged that Mr Singla had demanded Rs 10 crore from Mahesh Kumar for his appointment as Member (Electrical).
The probe agency has said it was decided between the accused that Rs five crore will be paid before the appointment and rest of the money will be paid after the job was done.
The first tranche of Rs 89.68 lakh was given to Mr Singla who was apprehended while accepting the money, it has said.
All the 10 accused have been chargesheeted for the offence of criminal conspiracy under the IPC and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Former minister Bansal, who resigned from the Union Cabinet in the wake of the scandal, has been named as one of the key witnesses in the case while his nephew Mr Singla has been termed as the “main person” whose influence was to be allegedly used for getting Mr Kumar appointed to the post.
 

9/11 lawyer to challenge secret Guantanamo camp

Statesman News Service |

Associated Press
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE (Cuba), 19 AUG: A lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay prisoner charged in the 11 September terror attacks plans to challenge conditions inside the top-secret prison-within-a-prison known as Camp 7.
James Connell says he was able to see the camp and meet there for the first time with his client, Ammar al-Baluchi.
Mr Connell says that he can’t yet reveal what he saw but that he does not believe conditions meet Geneva Conventions standards.
A judge granted Mr Connell and two experts 12 hours to view the camp and meet with al-Baluchi. The lawyer had never before seen the inside of Camp 7, which is so shrouded in secrecy that its location on the US base in Cuba is classified. A pre-trial hearing for al-Baluchi and four others charged in the attacks starts today.