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Radical Killed, 3 Hostages Released in US

Police killed the radical environmentalist who took three men hostage in a dramatic siege at the headquarters of Discovery Channel and rescued the three men, ending a four-hour long standoff between them.
Police said SWAT teams had fired on the suspect, who was under video surveillance during hours of tense negotiations, when he pointed his gun at one of the hostages.
“At that point our tactical units moved in. They shot the suspect. The suspect is deceased,” police chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters.

US Warns Citizen of Terror Threat at CWG

The United States has warned its citizens travelling to India or residing here during the ensuing Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held from 3rd October to 14th October, of a threat of terrorist action and violence and urged them to take care while travelling within Delhi.
However, the US State Department clarified that it has not received any specific threat of attack nor identified any specific individual or group planning to launch the attack.

Abducted Minor Girl Rescued, Booty Recovered

Acting swiftly on Wednesday afternoon Margao Police rescued a minor girl kidnapped for ransom and while arresting the abductor, also recovered the ransom paid to him.
A minor girl of a petrol pump owner from Margao was kidnapped and the girl’s mother was called from the child’s mobile phone with a demand of Rs. 20,000 ransom. Rape and death were the threats given to the frantic mother for failure to deliver the money.
Police came to know about the incident as the mother ran helter skelter to arrange the money. She however did not lodge a complaint with the police fearing the safety of her child.

Drug Dealer-Police Nexus Further Established

The belief that there was a drug dealer-police nexus if further confirmed with revelations that the person who stood surety for missing drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, was a regular panch witness for Goa Police.
According to reports in the media, Prakash Metri who stood surety for Atala, the alleged Israeli drug lord who went missing after he was released on conditional bail, was a panch witness for different cases registered by the police at different police stations.
In May 2001 Metric was a panch witness for an attempt to murder case registered at the Panjim Police tation. Two months later, in July 2001, he was a panch witness in a car

Tar Balls Continue to Tarnish Beaches

Tar balls continued to wash ashore on the beaches in Goa even as efforts to clean the beaches were intensified. School children from Colva joined the clean up operations on Wednesday morning.
However, there appears to be no respite as the tar balls continue to be washed ashore. It is reported that four pick-up full of tar balls were taken away from Arossim beach alone.

Blast Kills 28 in Pakistan

Lahore was rocked by suicide bombers who triggered off three blasts killing at least 28 people and injuring another 150 on Wednesday evening as Shia Muslims had gathered to observe the Yaum e Ali.
The first blast was triggered at 6:45 pm and the second at around 7:15 pm in busy locales of Lahore city. Both the blasts occurred close to Data Darbar that was recently a target of suicide attackers.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Over: Obama

“Operation Iraqi Freedom is over and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country,” said Barack Obama on Wednesday in a live televised address from the Oval office, White House.
Accepting that USA had paid a very high price for the mission in Iraq, he said he had fulfilled the promise he had made to fellow Americans to end the country’s presence in Iraq.

Chidambaram Stands by ‘Saffron’ Comment, Digvijay Has Objections

Even as Home Minister P Chidambaram stood by his use of “saffron terror’ phrase, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said he had objection to usage of that term.
Chidambaram stood by his statement arguing that it had brought home the message of right-wing terrorism. However, he said the party was supreme and pointed out that prior to him, many others had used the term.
He recalled that in 2001 ‘saffronisation of education’ was a term used even in the Parliament and added that many UPA members too had used the word earlier.

Amethi Can Be Rechristened: SC

It was a sweet political victory for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati as the Supreme Court ruled that Amethi can be renamed Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar district while vacating the earlier order of the Allahabad High Court.
The decision in favour of the Mayawati government came in view of the fact that High Court had dismissed a similar petition earlier.

A bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and H L Gokhale said that the high court bench which passed the interim order on August 18 should have taken into account the order of August 11 of its own bench.

Legalise Sports Betting In India Suggests Court

While observing that police have not been able to stop illegal betting, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma of Delhi Court suggested that the government should consider legalizing sports betting so that not only transfer of funds would be monitored but revenue could be generated for the welfare of public.
“It does not need divine eyes to see that ‘satta’ in cricket and other games is reaching an alarming situation. The extent of money that it generated is diverted to clandestine and sinister objectives like drug trafficking and terrorist activities,” said Dharmesh.