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Court rules against Cops

Yet another case of police acting without proper application of mind has come to light with the Sessions Court, Margao ordering the deletion of Section 153-A IPC against the accused in the Curchorem riots case.

The court upheld accused Prasanna Paauskar’s Advocate Alban Viegas’ contention that the police did not seek the mandatory sanction required from the government to persecute anybody under this Section.

Suicide bomber kills 60 in Baghdad

In one of the bloodiest bombings in the Iraqi capital in recent times, a suicide bomber blew himself up as he mingled amongst hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters.

According to officials, the blast killed 60 and injured 125 people who had gathered outside the former Iraqi Ministry of Defence building that has now been converted into the army’s 11th division headquarters.

Militants main threat: ISI

Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s spy agency has finally dropped its Indiacentric stand and for the fist time acknowledged that Islamist militants and not India, is the main threat to the country. The disclosure came at an internal assessment of security.

According to ISI, there is a two third likelihood of threats to Pakistan coming from militants rather than from countries across its border including India.

WORLD GOA DAY – 10 not out

The celebration of World Goa Day on 20th August will be ten years old this year. Since its inception 10 years ago, the movement has grown and at present there are around 60 Goan organisations all over the world observing this event.

In fact, the movement has been so successful that this year even the Government of Goa is participating as the Goa Tourism Development Corporation is organising a concert at Campal in collaboration with Heritage Jazz on 20th August. Incidentally, while 20th August is the official date, some Goan organisations have it on a day close to this date due to their personal difficulties.

Identifying Alcohol Induced Dementia

Alcohol dementia refers to an impairment of cognitive ability and personality changes as a result of alcohol misuse or chronic alcohol abuse and is referred to as alcohol-related psychosis or commonly as alcoholic psychosis. The presentation may also be due to Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome which is a consequence of thiamine deficiency as a result of a mal-absorption syndrome associated with long term alcohol use.

A Gastroenteritis Diet

Most cases of gastroenteritis (gastric flu, stomach flu, tummy bug) are due to infectious causes – viral, bacterial or protozoan. It is often self limiting and will resolve spontaneously with no need for treatment although proper oral rehydration is essential for the duration of the infection. The focus on gastroenteritis should be on management and the appropriate nutrition during this period is therefore essential.

Scientists create RBCs

In a major breakthrough a team of scientists led by Prof Marc Turner, Director of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service in Edinburg, have created human red blood cells containing the oxygen carrying haemoglobin.

According to reports in The Independent, the scientists created the blood by using more than 100 spare embryos left over from treatment at fertility clinics. The embryos were used to establish several embryonic stem cell “lines” and subsequently transformed into blood stem cells before converting into RBCs.

Micky threatens to file PIL over bad roads

Former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco while reiterating his charge that the roads in his constituency are in a bad shape due to the machinations of PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, demanded a CBI probe into the tendering process of PWD and threatened to file a Public Interest Litigation if the government fails to act on his demand.

Cutbona Land acquisition for what?

For what is the government acquiring 30,000 square metres of land at Cutbona, Velim, Salcete; is the question not only the villagers but many Goans are asking as the purpose...

California gay marriages on hold

Gay marriages in California were put on hold following a ruling from the US Appeals Court which is scheduled to take up the hearings in the second week of December this year.
California banned gay marriages in what is known as Proposition 8 passed in November 2008 triggering strong reaction amongst its supporters as well as opponents.

Opponents wondered how the trend-setting California state could trod on the same path as 40 others States that have banned same sex marriages.