[Dawn] ISLAMABAD: A complicated love-triangle, gone out of control, has spilled into the public domain.
A woman, a government servant by profession, fell in love with the taxi driver that used to regularly pick and drop her from the office. The driver himself is married.
The psychological dynamics of the case are equally intriguing. The government servant is a single mom, mother of two, whose husband left her, sometime back, and is presently settled in the US.
The case came into public view after a brawl took place between the wife of the taxi driver and the government servant. As awful as it sounds but it happened: two women fought over a man. It seems outdated in today's world but strange things happen, as life is sometimes stranger than fiction.
After the cat fight (two women fighting) the government servant used her influence and lodged a complaint against the taxi driver's wife, who was incarcerated Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! as a result.
The arrest was confirmed by the woman cop shoppe, who said that the arrest was made after the complaint was lodged by the government servant. Later she pardoned the woman and settled the issue privately.
According to the official version, the woman had gone to the taxi driver's house in Bhara Kahu to deliver internet accessories, which he had demanded. There was some level of blackmail that was also involved, whether internet accessories were part of the blackmail or not, is not clear. But once inside the house, the two women started fighting.
According to the woman (involved with the taxi driver), all is fair in love and war: "I am in love with the taxi driver and he took advantage of my weakness."
There was also abuse involved in the relationship, as the woman indicated: "He (taxi driver) used to beat me and refused to marry me but we are in love and ready to cross all limits."
She also adds: "He also blackmails me and comes to my official residence under the influence of alcohol and creates a scene."
Even the taxi driver, when contacted admitted that they were in love and said some vile things, better left unmentioned.
But the sad part of the story is that the woman is a single mother, whose husband has left her and she is living all alone by herself. She seems to have no family support mechanism to protect her and could be easy prey for male predators. And the fracas might affect her career. Even though everything is fair in love and war, but the abuse and blackmail involved in the relationship is an indication that the relationship might have crossed the limit of 'fairness'.
There was also abuse involved in the relationship, as the woman indicated: "He (taxi driver) used to beat me and refused to marry me but we are in love and ready to cross all limits." She also adds: "He also blackmails me and comes to my official residence under the influence of alcohol and creates a scene."
Is this woman nutzo? Is her husband and the cabdriver, by any chance, from Pakistain?
Ahead of December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year "Long Count" Mayan calendar, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. In France believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe aliens will rescue them.
The precise manner of Armageddon remains vague, ranging from a catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X, a disastrous crash with a comet, or the annihilation of civilisation by a giant solar storm.
In America Ron Hubbard, a manufacturer of hi-tech underground survival shelters, has seen his business explode.
"We've gone from one a month to one a day," he said. "I don't have an opinion on the Mayan calendar but, when astrophysicists come to me, buy my shelters and tell me to be prepared for solar flares, radiation, EMPs (electromagnetic pulses) ... I'm going underground on the 19th and coming out on the 23rd. It's just in case anybody's right."
In the French Pyrenees the mayor of Bugarach, population 179, has attempted to prevent pandemonium by banning UFO watchers and light aircraft from the flat topped mount Pic de Bugarach.
According to New Age lore it as an "alien garage" where extraterrestrials are waiting to abandon Earth, taking a lucky few humans with them.
Russia saw people in Omutninsk, in Kirov region, rushing to buy kerosene and supplies after a newspaper article, supposedly written by a Tibetan monk, confirmed the end of the world.
The city of Novokuznetsk faced a run on salt. In Barnaul, close to the Altai Mountains, panic-buyers snapped up all the torches and Thermos flasks.
Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, even addressed the situation.
"I don't believe in the end of the world," before adding somewhat disconcertingly: "At least, not this year."
[Ynet] Bird captured in Darfur has Khartoum atwitter, as it was found tagged with Israeli Park Services GPS chip. Sudan says bird was on espionage mission; Israel: Chip a standard migration tracker
Three Days of the Condor, Sudan style: Sudanese media was a buzz Thursday, with news saying that Darfur authorities had captured a vulture carrying Israeli spy gear.
The suspect bird was found to be tagged with an Israeli GPS chip and a leg band labeled "Israel Nature Service" and "Hebrew University, Jerusalem."
Turkey suspects bird of being Israeli spy
Iran exposes pigeon espionage ring
Tehran: 14 squirrels suspected of spying
Khartoum's media claimed that the device was capable of taking photos and sending them back to Israel; but Israel's National Parks Service dismissed the allegation, saying that both the band and the GPS chip were nothing more than standard migration trackers.
Tensions between Israel and Sudan have been high since a mysterious Arclight airstrike leveled a major weapons manufacturing compound in Khartoum in October. Sudan blamed Israel for the raid. Jerusalem has remained mum on the subject.
The Opposition in Sudan was quick to mock the "spy bird" find: The country's Justice and Equality Movement featured the news on its website, asking: "How is it possible that the regime was able to detect one vulture, but was unable to detect the jets that bombed the arms facility?"
The website further ridiculed the authorities' report of the case, which lauded it as an "unprecedented achievement," saying that all state reports about the bird's seizure failed to mention whether the vulture was captured because the military's radar picked up on its GPS signal, or whether the bird just happened to be flying by.
Ohad Hazofe, an ecologist with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, confirmed that the bird was carrying Israeli tags, but said the vulture came to Israel from the Balkans, from which it migrates every year.
Wild birds that visit Israel as part of their migration paths are often tagged with various bands and sometimes GPS chips, to assist ornithologists in their studies.
The bird in question can fly a distance of 600km a day, Hazofe explained. "This is a young vulture that was tagged, along with 100 others, in October. He has two wing bands and a German-made GPS chip."
The device, he stressed, has no photography capabilities. "This equipment that can give out distance and altitude readings only. That's the only way we knew something had happened to the bird -- all of a sudden it stopped flying and started traveling on the ground."
"We had horrid visions it had turned into the Road Runner," he added, "so someone googled Acme just in case."
I think that's pretty clever scheme by the Israelis - use roadkill from Sudanese terrorists to feed their vultures. Pretty interesting. Now if they could just train the birds to eat live terrorists :-)
[Al Ahram] Four volatile regions of Tunisia -- including the part of the country where the Arab Spring began -- went on strike on Thursday, amid rising tensions with the country's ruling Islamist party.
As well as Sidi Bouzid, where the uprising started two years ago that unseated former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and was emulated in other Arab countries, the strike was followed in the regions of Kasserine, Gafsa and Sfax, whose eponymous capital is Tunisia's second city.
The closure of the main private and public companies in those areas was called by regional branches of the country's main labour group, the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT). Demonstrations were expected later in the day.
Only small shops and cafes were open for business.
Thursday's strike was seen as a prelude to the nationwide general strike called for December 13 by the UGTT to denounce an attack on its headquarters earlier this week that it says was carried out by Islamist Islamic fascisticlose to the Ennada ruling party.
[An Nahar] Rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... will start talks with Kinshasa's government in Kampala on Friday, to "resolve the conflict" in the volatile and mineral-rich east, a Ugandan official said.
"Delegations from the DRC government and M23 (rebels) shall begin preliminary meetings tomorrow," Ugandan government front man Fred Opolot told news hounds Thursday.
The rebels' lightning capture of the mining hub of Goma on November 20, eight months after the army mutineers launched an uprising against the government, had sparked fears of a wider war and a major humanitarian crisis.
M23 fighters, largely from the ethnic Tutsi community, pulled out of Goma at the weekend. They are expected to have a raft of potential demands, including major political reform for the war-weary region.
Initial meetings will work focus on fixing the "ground rules and working framework" for the subsequent main body of talks, with negotiations on which observers would attend those talks, Opolot added.
Gov to sign next week, unless the thugs have their way.
Michigan's GOP-dominated statehouse voted Thursday in lame-duck session in favor of right-to-work laws that critics say would limit workers' unlimited rights and weaken all-powerful unions.
The Senate passed two bills, one affecting private workers and the other public workers. The Evil, Rovian, Bushitler Republicans control both chambers.
After Senate Bill 116 passed by a vote of 22-16, the chamber's 12 Democrats decided not to participate further and left the building; the remaining senators then passed House Bill 4003 by 22-4, McCann said.
Union drones People in the gallery could be heard chanting, "Shame on you!"
Under the bills, the right to strike and picket would be limited; membership and paying dues into the union could not be a condition of employment.
Sen. John Gleason, (D), said the laws were referendum-proof - voters could not overturn them - because they were put in a million-dollar appropriations bill. Voters with courage could overturn them. Complainers say they are bullet-proof.
He accused the Republicans of having rushed it through "so that the public has no opportunity to look at it or debate the issue." Took a lesson from the Obama playbook, did they?
Good move on the part of Michigan. Maybe some industry will return.
Read yesterday somewhere that a judge may yet have something to say about the GM bailout. GM trustees are suing GM over the bailout. I know the bond holders got screwed but the unions made out. The article said GM is in worse shape than it was before the bailout. Well, at least Osama Bin Laden is still dead--we hope.
Never underestimate the devotion of Michiganders to unions, especially their public ones. Maybe after Detroit dissolves in a major financial disaster, the Michigan electorate will see their error of their evil ways. But I doubt it.
[Dawn] The Lahore High Court chief justice on Wednesday took notice of an incident in which a man ordered gang-rape of his daughter and ex-wife at a village in Chakwal.
The chief justice directed the Chakwal sessions judge to submit a detailed report about the incident within a week.
The CJ took notice on a news item and subsequent editorial published in two English dailies about the brutal incident. It was reported that a man, Dilbar Khan along with his accomplices stormed the house of his former wife, Durdana Jan, and daughter Parwana Bibi.
They tortured both women and later Dilbar asked his accomplices to rape them.
Parwana Bibi in her statement to the police alleged that her father also raped her. The girl had rejected a marriage proposal of her father's nephew and married man of her mother's choice.
The police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against Dilbar Khan and 24 others.
[Dawn] Police allegedly baton-charged the protesting paramedics on Wednesday and jugged Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! big shots and scores of other activists of the Punjab Paramedical Alliance (PPA).
The lower-cadre employees of the state-run hospitals were protesting outside the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for service structure and regularisation of daily wagers and contract colleagues.
Condemning the police action, the paramedics went on a complete strike all over the province and locked diagnostic services including laboratories at sate-run hospitals.
Witnesses said protesters wanted to march towards the CM's House at GOR from the PIC when the police used force.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had promised last year to evolve a service structure for all paramedics. Later, the CM had been holding out assurances to paramedics whenever they launched protest. Wednesday's was another major but 'peaceful' protest for the same purpose.
Several paramedics suffered injuries as the police allegedly thrashed and tortured them to foil their attempt to reach CM's House. Seeing they were injured, somebody called for the... ummm... paramedics.
I guess they aren't entertaining alternative explanations and theories of CC. What kind of open, questioning, scientific, inquisitive minds are embracing climate change (rhetorical question)? O.K. what kind of buck-hustling, money-grubbing, self-aggrandizing minds are behind this snake oil scam?