Mumbai-born Parsi lawyer Sarosh Zaiwala Wednesday notched a remarkable success in a bank case in the British Supreme Court, with major ramifications on the international banking system, an official said. By the court verdict, the British government's sanctions on Iran's largest private bank, Bank Mellat, were lifted after the its security service's "Secret Court" failed to produce significant ...
There was plenty of talk about breathing easier and the end of a long fiscal storm among the eight mayors who joined state Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans Wednesday to hail the 2013 Legislature's big boost in state aid to cities, through a revamped Local Government Aid (LGA) program. The $80 million increase over three years is the first substantial boost cities have seen since the ...
It can be puzzling, and be deemed 'wrong' to some, that some traditions have, in the sanctuary of their shrines, a mirror. People pay obeisance to their God standing in front of this mirror that reflects them; its placement symbolising that God is inside oneself and it is of no use to seek God elsewhere. And with this realisation, since everyone else reflects God too, we are enjoined ...
Congress MLAs heightens the possibility of a future JD(U)-Congress alliance, which could even be in the shape of seat adjustments during the 2014 general elections. A second politically significant outcome of the trust vote was the resignation of six BJP legislators who now plan to join the JD(U), a development that may cause more MLAs to break ranks. The BJP, which had earlier issued a whip to ...
As South Sudan marks the Day of the African Child on Jun. 16 with the rest of the continent, it should take immediate and long-term steps to protect girls from this harmful practice and ensure the fulfillment of their human ...
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is a curio of early-80s international cinema: A story about a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Java set in the early years of World War II, it was produced by internationally minded British producer Jeremy Thomas (who has ... ...
By any yardstick, the resounding victory by moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani in the Iranian presidential election was a welcome surprise. It had been widely believed the poll would be won by a hard-line candidate who would be even more difficult to deal with than the outgoing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yet again, however, the Iranian people seized the opportunity to express their disapproval of their ...
It has been a long and eventful week in Istanbul. It will be hard for many who were there to forget the scenes reminiscent of war on the streets around Taksim Square and Gezi Park, the site of the protests, on Tuesday evening and into the night. After apparently conciliatory tweets from Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu to the young protesters occupying Gezi Park just a day earlier, and ...
A new report that says half of all status First Nations children in Canada live in poverty paints a dire picture but should also be a source of optimism. In a refreshing break from the usual handwringing, the report points out that injecting more money into First Nations reserves won't accomplish a thing until what it accurately describes as a "dysfunctional accountability system" ...
A cart with finished room-service orders at the New York Hilton Midtown, June 2, 2013. In August, the hotel will discontinue food and drink service to all 2,000 of its rooms; in its place will be a new cafeteria-style restaurant that will be stocked with grab-and-go ...
It had a bad smell about it from the get-go. We refer to the City of Regina's unsuccessful 11th hour bid to change the rules around the issue of holding a public vote on its public/private partnership (P3) plan to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.As the Regina Water Watch lobby group closed in last week on the required number of petition signatures to force a referendum on the ...
Our nuclear programmes are completely transparent. But we are ready to show greater transparency and make clear for the whole world that the steps of the Islamic Republic of Iran are completely within international frameworks. The sanctions are unfair, the Iranian people are suffering, and our (nuclear) activities are legal. These sanctions are illegal and only benefit Israel.
Iran's president-elect was speaking after his historic election victory.
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PHILADEPHIA - At least five women and a man have been killed in a Philadelphia building collapse even as a lucky 61-year-old woman was rescued from the rubble after 12 hours.
One of the biggest tragedies of the US city in living memory, the tragedy occurred Wednesday morning and by Thursday morning search-and-rescue workers had covered about 75 per cent of the site, Mayor Michael Nutter told reporters.
Search of the rest of the site was on till reports last came in.
The accident was caused as shoppers thronged the Salvation Army thrift store on a busy Wednesday morning.
The store crumbled under the weight of a next door building that was under demolition as an excavation crew ripped walls down allegedly jerking down a wrong beam with heavy machinery.
Bystanders rushed to help as blocks and bricks came crashing down.
Rescuers pulled out six bodies and packed them in bags.
As a pall of gloom engulfed the neighbourhood, there was a momentary joy when 61-year-old Myra Plekam was found alive under the rubble more than 12 hours after the collapse.
She was the 14th survivor of the accident who were all taken to three area hospitals.
Plekam was awake and talking to rescuers, before she was evacuated to a hospital in critical condition, said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Coyne. ...
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