They survived Nepal's quake but lost livelihood

By Vishal Gulati,

Ramkot (Nepal) : When 23-year-old Shalendar Lama of this village located in the western valley of Kathmandu found his way out of debris after the April 25 earthquake, little did he realize that his only source of livelihood had perished.

Much to his horror, the young dairy farmer lost all his four cows. Sitting on a pile of debris outside his house some 20 km from Kathmandu, another villager, Barkha Joshi, says it's now virtually impossible for him to raise her family with all her farm animals gone.


Seoul, Japan, US to discuss North Korea next week

Seoul : Chief nuclear envoys of South Korea, US and Japan will convene here next week on ways to dissuade North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, Seoul's foreign ministry said on Friday.

In the two-day session starting next Tuesday, the regional powers will "share assessments of recent situations in North Korea and its threats", Yonhap News Agency quoted a ministry statement as saying.


British bomb-maker found guilty of killing US soldier in Iraq

London: A British bomb-maker has been found guilty of using improvised explosive devices to kill US soldiers in Iraq, media reports said on Thursday quoting a ruling from London's Woolwich Crown Court.

Anis Abid Sadar, a 38-year-old black cab driver from Wembley in northwest London, made bombs as part of a "deadly" campaign to kill US soldiers in Iraq, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

'Osama was an avid reader, read accounts penned by American authors'

Washington : Documents declassified by the US have revealed that terror group Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden -- once the world's most wanted militant -- remained immersed in books and was a meticulous editor during his final years of hiding in Pakistan.


'Osama was dedicated to family, was concerned about welfare'

Washington: Declassified documents here about Osama bin Laden reveal that he was a dedicated family man who constantly worried about his four wives, 20 children and other relatives and who sometimes issued detailed instructions about how they should conduct themselves.

Bin Laden took minute interest in the marriage plans of his son Khalid to the daughter of a "martyred" Al Qaeda commander, and he exchanged a number of letters with the mother of the bride-to-be. Bin Laden excitedly talked about the impending nuptials "which our hearts have been looking forward to".

Israel bans Palestinians from buses, backs out after outcry

Jerusalem: A pilot programme launched by Israeli Defence Minister Mosehe Yaalon forbade Palestinians from riding the same bus as Israelis in the West Bank but the order was withdrawn after an outcry, media reports on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu and Yaalon suspended the controversial measure on Wednesday.

US envoy favours India-Pakistan trade enhancement

Amritsar: US Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma on Wednesday favoured enhancement of trade between India and Pakistan, and said he would certainly do whatever was possible to push both the governments to resolve the issues at the earliest.

"There is indeed immense potential to save huge transportation costs and time if more and more trade is done through land route via the Attari-Wagah border," he said.

Israeli police executed Jerusalem car driver in cold blood: Hamas

Gaza/Ramallah: The Islamist Hamas movement on Wednesday accused the Israeli police of executing a Palestinian car driver from east Jerusalem who ran over two Israelis and wounded them.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said in a statement that Hamas has accused the Israeli occupation for executing the young man, Omran Abu Idheim, in Jerusalem, Xinhua news agency reported.

Indian men apologise to British tourist for harassment

London: British tourist Lucy Hemmings received numerous apologies among 600 replies to her viral blog post describing sexual harassment she faced during a trip to India.

"If I'm honest, I was nervous to publish something that shows India in a negative light -- in no way did I want to suggest that India as a whole is like this. But I think that all of these messages just go to show what wonderful, humble and incredible people India has to be proud of," The Telegraph quoted her as saying.

Indian community doubts allocations in Malaysia budget

Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysia government's claim of allocating $800 million (RM2.89 billion) for the Indian community during 2012-2014, was under the scanner of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) leaders due to lack of substantial results.

DAP leader M. Kulasegaran has suggested that the federal treasury's claim of an allocation of RM 2.89 billion for the Indian community, which forms 7.1 percent of the population of Malaysia, could be an attempt to mislead or confuse them, Free Malaysia Today reported on Wednesday.