Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Woman wearing burqa denied bus trip in Sweden

Stockholm, Apr 25 - A burqa-clad woman in Sweden was refused passage on a city bus in the town of Malmoe, allegedly because the driver said he could not identify the woman, media reported today. "I have never had to identify myself on a public bus before. Wearing a burqa is my personal choice and it doesn't make me more threatening than anyone else," the woman, whose name was not disclosed, told Swedish free daily Metro. The burqa is an Islamic veil covering the entire face and body, with a small mesh screen across the eyes to see through. The woman boarded the bus despite the driver's attempt to refuse her access, but said she still had to endure mockery from him. She has reported the incident to police. The bus driver's "version of events is not the same as the woman's," a spokesman for the bus company Arriva, Daniel Stjernfeldt, told AFP, adding that the driver had been suspended pending an investigation. "If what the woman says happened proves to be true this is unacceptable behaviour. Everyone should be able to take the bus," he said. There are no rules saying passengers have to identify themselves on public buses.

US military lies to public to fan war

Truth about Abu Ghraib prison scandal is coming out 25/04/2007 A pair of high-profile American army figures revealed the military was spreading outright lies and manipulating their stories for a hero-starved public, during testimony before Congress Tuesday. One was Kevin Tillman, the brother of a football star killed by "friendly fire" in occupied Afghanistan three years ago, who said the military lied about the circumstances of his death to avoid a public relations fiasco and to draw attention from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The other was Jessica Lynch, a female soldier who decried her inaccurate portrayal as a "little girl rambo," firing her weapon down to the last bullet before being captured by Iraqis in early 2003, and then daringly saved by American forces nine days later. "It was not true ... I'm still confused as to why they choose to lie and try to make me a legend," she told the house government reform committee hearing on "misleading information from the battlefield." Lynch was 19 when her convoy was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Nasiriyah. Eleven of the occupation soldiers with her died in the attack. Lynch told of Iraqi doctors' attempts to care for her while she lay partially paralyzed from her injuries. Lynch had not been firing a weapon at the time of the ambush, just riding in a truck. She said her testimony was not politically motivated, but that she felt the real story of what happened should get out. Kevin Tillman told the congressional hearing that family members initially believed the American military's accounts that his brother, Pat Tillman, fought valiantly to the death during a firefight in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. "Our family was told that he was shot in the head by the enemy in a fierce fire fight outside a narrow canyon," Kevin said. But he said they felt shock and betrayal upon learning several weeks later that the national football league star was apparently killed by over-zealous members of his own platoon. "Pat's death was clearly the result of fratricide. It was due to a series of careless actions by several individuals in our own platoon after a small harassing ambush," said Kevin. In the hours immediately after his brother's death, "crucial evidence was destroyed - including Pat's uniform, equipment and notebook," he said. "The autopsy was not done according to regulation and the field hospital report was falsified." The Pentagon last month called for action against a three-star general and eight other army officers for their handling of Tillman's death. House Democrat and panel member Henry Waxman accused the government of making up sensational details and stories and said he hoped the hearing could begin to right those wrongs.

एक पैग़ाम अहलेबैत वालों के नाम

इमाम हुसैन के चाहने वालों के नाम बहुत दिनों से तमाम शिया दोस्त इस बात का दबाव बनाए हुए हैं कि एक शिया ब्लॉग हिंदी में शुरू किया जाए। क्योंकि अंग्रेजी और उरदू में तो बहुत सारे ब्लॉग और वेबसाइटें बनीं हुई हैं और लोग माशाल्लाह से कौम की खिदमत भी कर रहे हैं लेकिन हिंदी में इस तरह की कोशिश अभी नहीं की गई है। मैं आप लोगों से सवाल पूछ रहा हूं कि क्या इस तरह की पहल हिंदी में की जानी चाहिए? क्योकि हिंदी सिरफ भारत में ही चलती है या फिर इंडिया के जो लोग बाहर रहते हैं, वो लोग इसे लिखते-पढ़ते हैं। अगर आप लोगों की राय इसके हक में है तो इसकी शुरुआत की जा सकती है। अगर हिंदी ब्लॉग शुरू की जा सकती है। लेकिन अंग्रेजी का यह ब्लॉग इसी तरह चलता रहेगा। आप लोग मुझे ई-मेल के जरिए अपनी बात लिखकर भेज सकते हैं। मेरा ईमेल है- अगर हिंदी में कोई इस ब्लॉग के लिए या आगे शुरू होने वाले हिंदी ब्लॉग के लिए लिखना चाहे तो उसके लिए मैं एक लिंक दे रहा हूं जिसे डाउनलोड करके आप हिंदी में लिख सकते हैं। फिर भी कोई दिक्कत हो तो ईमेल करके पूछ सकते हैं। ---------हिंदी के लिए डाउनलोड लिंक---------------- अंग्रेजी में इस मौजूदा ब्लॉग के बारे में भी राय भेज सकते हैं। शुक्रिया।

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Car bomb explodes in Iraq's Karbala, 56 killed

Baghdad, Apr 14 - A car bomb exploded today in a bus station in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, killing at least 56 people, police and hospital officials said. More than 70 people were also wounded in the attack, according to an official at Al-Hussein Hospital. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information. "The explosion was a huge one. It took place in a crowded area," said Khalid al-Daami, head of the city's security committee. Among the dead were several women and children, he said. State television aired footage from the scene, in which rescue workers could be seen evacuating casualties. The charred body of a child laid motionless on a stretcher. Hundreds of people swarmed around ambulances, crying out and pounding their chests in grief. The attack occurred about 200 meters from the Imam Hussein shrine, where the grandson of Islam's Prophet Muhammad is buried - one of the most important sites for Shiites. Witnesses said as many as 15 ambulances rushed to the area, and police were firing into the air to disperse crowds and clear roads for emergency vehicles. Karbala lies 80 kilometers south of Baghdad, and is the destination of an annual Shiite pilgrimage. Hundreds of Shiite faithful were killed traveling back and forth to the city during this year's pilgrimage, which took place last month.