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World News Headlines of February 28

Anti-regime forces take west Libyan towns

NALUT, Libya (AFP) – Forces opposed to Moamer Kadhafi took control of several western Libyan towns, an official said as the strongman played down rebel gains after world leaders called on him to quit. Protest leaders established a transitional “national council” in several eastern and western cities seized from the Kadhafi regime…

Chile marks earthquake anniversary amid disputes

Continue reading the main story Related Stories Chile quake recovery: ‘Job half done’ ‘Risks remain’ after Chile quake Chile’s long experience of quakes Chileans have been marking the anniversary of last year’s earthquake, which killed more than 500 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Commemorations were led by President Sebastian…

Tunisia gets new premier amid violence

TUNISIAN Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi resigned Sunday and was replaced by Beji Caid Essebsi, a former minister, after anti-government protests left five people dead over the weekend. Security forces again clashed with protesters in Tunis demanding the removal of some ministers of Ghannouchi’s interim government before the premier announced…

Floods and landslides hit Bolivia

House falls in river in flooded Bolivia Country profile: Bolivia A landslide caused by intense rains has destroyed more than 150 homes in the Bolivian city of La Paz. The authorities managed to evacuate the poor Kupini II area before it was smashed by a collapsing hillside. Elsewhere in La Paz, at…

Scandal-hit French foreign minister resigns

Paris: Beleaguered French foreign minister Michele Alliot-Marie announced her resignation Sunday after weeks of criticism over her contacts with the former Tunisian regime, stressing she had committed no wrongdoing. “While I do not feel that I have committed any wrongdoing, I have… decided to leave my job as foreign minister,” Alliot-Marie wrote…

100,000 flee to Libya neighbours in past week: UNHCR

GENEVA: The UN refugee agency today said that “close to 100,000 people”, mainly foreign migrants, have fled Libya to neighbouring countries during the past week of turmoil in the North African nation. “UNHCR emergency teams are working with Tunisian and Egyptian authorities and NGOs (non governmental organisations) to support close to 100,000…

Ireland’s opposition wins majority

Ireland’s opposition parties have made big gains in a general election focused on the country’s economic woes as angry voters ended the 80-year dominance of Fianna Fail. The Fine Gael party was leading the pack, but the shape of the next government is hanging in the balance as counting continues for a second day. By Sunday morning, 57 seats had…

Iraq PM gives gov’t 100 days to improve – or else

BAGHDAD — Gunmen stormed Iraq’s largest oil refinery and bombed the facility Saturday, forcing operations to shut down at a time when Iraqis are already suffering through electricity shortages and lines at the gas pump. The attack north of Baghdad casts doubt on the Iraqi government’s ability to protect its vital infrastructure and could…

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Important Events on February 28

February 28: Peace Memorial Day in Taiwan (1947); Kalevala Day in Finland; Teachers’ Day in Arab countries

USS Indiana (BB-1)

  • 1893 – The USS Indiana (pictured), the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, was launched.
  • 1914 – In the aftermath of the Balkan Wars, Greeks living in southern Albania proclaimed the Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus.
  • 1972 – Japanese police stormed a mountain lodge near Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture, to end a ten-day siege by members of the paramilitary group United Red Army.
  • 1997 – Two heavily armed bank robbers exchange gunfire with officers of the Los Angeles Police Department in North Hollywood, California, the longest and bloodiest shootout in United States police history.
  • 1997 – GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, struck the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.

World News Headlines of February 27

UN council slaps sanctions on Libya’s Qaddafi

The council also agreed to refer the Kadafi regime’s deadly crackdown on protesters to a permanent war crimes tribunal for an investigation of possible crimes against humanity. Share Related Photos Multimedia Stories See more stories » X From the Associated Press…

North Korea threatens to attack South Korea, US

SEOUL, South Korea-North Korea threatened Sunday to attack South Korea and the United States, as the allies prepared to start annual joint military drills — maneuvers Pyongyang says are a rehearsal for an invasion. The North has routinely issued such war rhetoric against South Korea and the U.S. The latest warning, however, came nearly three weeks…

Security Council Meets To Consider Libya Sanctions

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council met in an urgent session Saturday to consider sanctions to punish Libya for violent attacks against anti-government protesters as the international community pressured leader Moammar Gadhafi to halt the crackdown on his people. The sanctions under consideration at Saturday’s session include an arms…

Philippines marks 25 years since ‘People Power’

Bullit Marquez Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, center, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, left, and former President Fidel Ramos, right, link arms as they sing a patriotic song to celebrate the 25th People Power Anniversary Friday Feb. 25, 2011, at the People Power Monument along EDSA highway at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila,..

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Important Events on February 27

February 27: Independence Day in the Dominican Republic (1844)

Manuel Belgrano

  • 1560 – The Treaty of Berwick was signed, which set the terms under which an English fleet and army could come to Scotland to expel the French troops who were defending the Regency of Mary of Guise.
  • 1812 – Manuel Belgrano (pictured) raised the Flag of Argentina, which he designed, for the first time in the city of Rosario, during the Argentine War of Independence.
  • 1962 – Two dissident Republic of Vietnam Air Force pilots bombed the Independence Palace in Saigon in a failed assassination attempt of President of South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem.
  • 1982 – The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, known for its performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Savoy operas, gave its last performance.
  • 1989 – A wave of protests, riots and looting known as the Caracazo resulted in a death toll of anywhere between 275 and 3000 people in the Venezuelan capital Caracas and its surrounding towns.

Khan Samad Khan Achakzai – Khan I Azam

In 1907 in south Balochistan a bloom star was born,showing signs for liberty and sovereignty, Khan Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai, born in the pious priest family of Maulana Noor Mohammad Khan and Begum Noor Mohammad Khan at Inayatullah Karez near Gulistan, close to Quetta. Maulana Noor Mohammad Achakzai imparted to his son Samad best of religious and academic education to meet the challenges of the closing 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Samad Achakzai proved worthy of trust reposed in him, by his parents. Samad acquired Knowledge of religious education at home and then modern education available at Govt School Gulistan. Samad excelled in both which broadened his sphere to handle hazardous personal and political life.

Career: KHAN SAMAD KHAN ACHAKZAI was a Pashtun nationalist political leader from Quetta, Pakistan. Samad Khan was the founder and head of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. Samad Khan, known as “Khan-I-Azam” was an active Pashtun nationalist. He was repeatedly imprisoned both during the British Raj and the Pakistani government for ‘secessionist activities’.

Khan I Azam & Baluch Gandhi – During the Indian Independence Movement, he was a member of the Congress party in the Baluchistan area of British India, and campaigned for Pashtun autonomy in a united secular India, along with Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in the North-West Frontier Province. A follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he was known by many as the “Baluch Gandhi”. He was a member of the NAP (National Awami Party), before forming a breakaway Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. He was assassinated by Nawab Akber Khan Bugti. Bugti Tribes men who were located near by in the house of their Nawab, threw a hand grenade in his house. He was member of the Baluchistan Provincial Assembly at the time of his assassination in December 1973. After Samad Khan’s death, his son Mahmood Khan Achakzai became the chairman of the party. Pashtoon pioneers and freedom fighters like Bayazeed Roshan, Khushal Khan Khattak, Sher Sha Suri, Mirwais Neka, Ghazi Amanullah Khan, Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan Bacha Khan and Baba e Pashtoon Khan e Shaheed Khan Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai fought for the freedom of Afghan Pashtoon nation and lived their lives for one cause that was to keep the nation independent and live like an honorable human being on their home land.

Though after Independence our brothers & sisters were divided & families torn apart by the political greed but one should not forget the contribution which the ancestors of ours like these gave & sacrifices which they came across. Its our duty to carry forward the legacy of these Great Heroes & the best way is to keep it alive in our minds & heart so that we can pass on it to our generations to come.

Calories & Malnuitrition – Hand in Hand World Hunger

Numbers show that in 2010, there were around 1 billion people starving in the world making it 14% of the world’s population. Despite this it is produced enough food for everybody to eat as the world’s agriculture is producing 17% more calories each person today than they did 30 years ago even if the world’s population has increased with 60%. This is enough to feed every single person with 2500 calories daily. Unfortunately, many people don’t have the income to buy food or access to cultivated soil. Other factors that play in is natural disasters, wars and poverty.

 

Much of these calories end up in the landfills in the western countries. USA as an example, supplies its population with almost 4000 calories each day, more than what an average person needs daily. Their focus on light/diet products instead of healthy food has contributed to more morbid obesity in the world rather than food shortages and malnutrition.

 

Half of what we eat is enough for us, the other half makes the doctors salary.

Benaras (Varanasi) – The Oldest City in the World

Varanasi (Kashi) or simply Benaras has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus & Buddhism for ages. Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. These few lines by Mark Twain say it all:

“Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”.

A vibrant city full of life with incredible colors & traditions beaded like multi-cultured pearls. Though badly maintained & filthy as it looks like but shows a true path of moksha. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the origins of Varanasi are yet unknown.The city is also famous for the its Aghori Sadhus known for their cannibalism habits. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. Varanasi is the cultural capital of India and the melting pot of Indian civilization. Varanasi or Benaras has a well-developed transport network and is well connected to all the major Indian cities and states by air, road and rail. Ganges is said to have its origins in the tresses of Lord Shiva and in Varanasi, it expands to the mighty river that we know of. The city is a center of learning and civilization for over 3000 years.

With Sarnath embedded in its roots, the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment, where Ashoka – Great King of Mauryan Empire of India had made his capital known as Lion Capital where the first national emblem pillar was put in place by him. Varanasi has been a symbol of Hindu renaissance. Knowledge, philosophy, culture, devotion to Gods, Indian arts and crafts have all flourished here for centuries. Also a pilgrimage place for Jains, Varanasi is believed to be the birthplace of Parsvanath, the twenty-third Tirthankar. Vaishnavism and Shaivism have co-existed in Varanasi harmoniously. With a number of temples, Mrs. Annie Besant chose Varanasi as the home for her ‘Theosophical Society’ and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, to institute ‘Benares Hindu University, the biggest Hindu University in the world. Ayurveda is said to be originated at Varanasi. Maharshi Patanjali, the preceptor of Ayurveda and Yoga, was also affiliated with this city. Varanasi is also famous for its trade and commerce, especially for the finest silks and gold and silver brocades, since the early days.

In 1781 Benaras had also witnessed a major rebellion known as Benaras Rebellion of 1781 – 1782 when In 1781, in response to the need for revenue to fight the war in Madras against Hyder Ali, Warren Hastings, the Governor-General of India, had pressed Chait Singh (d.1810), ruler of Benaras, to make additional revenue payments in 1778 and 1779 of five lakhs as a sort of war tax.

Art & Culture History: Varanasi has also been a great center of learning for ages. Varanasi is associated with promotion of spiritualism, mysticism, Sanskrit, yoga and Hindi language and honored authors such as the famous novelist Prem Chand and Tulsi Das. Being the cultural capital of India, Varanasi has provided the right platform for all cultural activities to flourish. Many exponents of dance and music have come from Varanasi. Ravi Shankar, renowned Sitar maestro and Ustad Bismillah Khan, (the famous Shehnai player) forms the soul of city’s culture. The art and culture of Varanasi is unique. It is the rich cultural tradition of Varanasi that makes it the cultural capital of India. A combination of archaeology, mythology, geography, art and history makes Varanasi a great center of Indian culture. Though Varanasi is associated mainly with Hinduism and Buddhism but one can find glimpse of many religious beliefs, types of worship and religious institutions at Varanasi. For centuries, Varanasi has produced master craftsmen and earned name and fame for its beautiful Sarees, handicrafts, textiles, toys, ornaments, metal work, clay and woodwork and other crafts such as handmade carpets from a nearby town Bhadoi. At Varanasi one gets to explore the city of affluence, intellectuals, oral traditions, castes and customs, personalities, professions and communal harmony. All these combine together to give a distinct look to the city of moksha, Varanasi.

City Facts: Languages Spoken: Hindi, Sanskrit,Urdu, Bhojpuri and English, STD Code: 0542, Population: About 1.4 million. During summers, weather can be as hot as 45° C and humid too as Varanasi lies at the Tropic of cancer. Torrential rains and high humidity accompanies the monsoons that usually come in late June or early July for about two months. In winters it is pleasant and temperature dips down to about 7°C.  October to April is the best time to visit Benaras.

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