We, leaders of Indian Muslim organisations representing the large Indian Muslim community, are deeply pained and alarmed at the steadily growing Indo-Israeli relations. The latest episode comes in the shape of the visit of the Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs to Israel during which he has talked of cooperation against “international terrorism”, raising Indo-Israeli trade to $ 15 billion from the current $ 5 billion, allowing Israel to open a consulate in Bangalore, signing Extradition Treaty and announcing that soon a Free Trade Agreement too will be signed between the two countries. Reports say that a number of other Indian union ministers are in the wings to visit Israel.
We wish to say that while our External Affairs Minister seeks Israel’s cooperation to fight terrorism, Israel has become the biggest symbol of terrorism in the world. They have continuously executed countless terrorist operations in all parts of the world including killing Iranian, Iraqi and Egyptian scientists. Israel has been responsible for large-scale massacres in Sabra, Shatila, Jenin, Gaza, and many places of occupied Palestine.
We find it difficult to understand how India can ask Israel to cooperate in security while Israel is the fountainhead of terrorism in the Middle East? It is the Zionists who introduced terrorism to the Middle East with acts like blowing up Jerusalem’s King David Hotel which housed the British Government in Palestine (1946), murdering the British minister Lord Moyne in Cairo (1944) and the UN mediator Count Bernadotte in Jerusalem in 1948, or attacking American diplomatic offices in Egypt in 1954 with a view to blame the Egyptians for the same. Today it is the cause of terrorism by occupying Palestinian lands and homes, turning the Palestinians into a nation of refugees and continuously nibbling away even at the small chunks left of Palestine and building illegal settlements there while treating its Palestinian residents as caged animals and keeping the other part (Gaza Strip) under a most cruel siege since June 2007.
Around 300 Chinese workers who manufacture XBox consoles took to a factory roof and threatened bosses with mass suicide over a dispute about pay, unconfirmed reports have claimed.
The workers were employed at the Foxconn Technology Park in Wuhan in Hubei province. Foxconn is an independent, global manufacturing partner to companies including Apple, Microsoft and Sony.
Microsoft said that it is investigating the incident.
According to unverified reports emerging from anti-government Chinese news websites, about 300 workers took to the roof of the Taiwanese-owned factory to protest against their employers.
According to the reports the employees had asked bosses for a raise but in response were told to either quit with compensation or keep their jobs at their usual salary.
Most workers apparently decided to leave, but the company did not hand over the money as promised.
According to the China Jasmine Revolution website, the workers were only dissuaded a day later when the mayor of Wuhan talked them out of committing suicide.
Foxconn factories in China have been the scene of several suicides by workers in the past, including 14 in 2010 alone at its Shenzhen plant, after complaints of low pay and poor conditions.
A University of Connecticut researcher who studied the link between aging and a substance found in red wine has committed more than 100 acts of data fabrication and falsification, the university said on Wednesday, throwing much of his work into doubt.
Dipak K. Das, who directed the university’s Cardiovascular Research Center, studied resveratrol, touted by a number of scientists and companies as a way to slow aging or remain healthy as people get older. Among his findings, according to a work promoted by the University of Connecticut in 2007, was that "the pulp of grapes is as heart-healthy as the skin, even though the antioxidant properties differ."
"We have a responsibility to correct the scientific record and inform peer researchers across the country," Philip Austin, the university’s interim vice president for health affairs, said in a statement.
The university said an anonymous tip led to an investigation that began in 2008. A 60,000-page report — the summary of which is available at bit.ly/xkyS4A — resulted, outlining 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data. Other members of Das’ laboratory may have been involved, and are being investigated, the report said.
The university has "declined to accept $890,000 in federal grants awarded to" Das, according to the statement, and has begun dismissal proceedings. The university has alerted 11 journals that published Das’ work.
The university said it has been working on the matter with the Office of Research Integrity, a part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health that investigates alleged misconduct by federal grant recipients.
The journals include Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, where Das was one of the editors in chief, and the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
Although many scientists have been skeptical of various claims made about resveratrol, it has garnered significant commercial interest. British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline bought Sirtris, a company that worked on the compound, in 2008 for $720 million but later discontinued work on one version of a drug that mimics its activity because of disappointing results.
A Las Vegas resveratrol maker called Longevinex has promoted Das’ research, and he appears in a lengthy video touting the nutrient as the next aspirin.
Das also shared a 2002 patent on the use of another compound in grape skins called proanthocyanidin to prevent and treat heart conditions.
Other scientists have taken notice of Das’ work, citing 30 of his papers more than 100 times each, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge. Last year, he won an award from the International Association of Cardiologists.
Still, one aging researcher said the impact of the fraud on the field will be minimal.
"There are many investigators who are working on resveratrol," said Dr. Nir Barzilai, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "That doesn’t mean we know the whole truth. But Rome wasn’t built on Dr. Das."
Das, who could not be reached for comment, said in a 2010 letter to university officials that the investigation was a "conspiracy" against him. The work was "repeated by many scientists all over the world," he wrote.
"As you know, because of the development of a tremendous amount of stress in my work environment in recent months, I became a victim of stroke for which I am undergoing treatment," he wrote in a separate letter.
Brisbane Attorney-General Paul Lucas says he won’t block a neo-Nazi music festival, set to be held in April.
He has also dismissed calls by parliamentarians for legislative action to ensure the Hammered Music Festival cannot take place.
Independent Burnett MP Rob Messenger is planning to propose a private member’s bill that would force the state government to ban the festival.
The measure, he said, will mandate jail time and up to $300,000 in fines for anyone who organizes neo-Nazi events. He has launched an online petition to pressure both sides of parliament to support the bill.
"We are not in the business of banning people who express moronic, stupid and wrong points of view," Lucas told the Courier-Mail newspaper in an interview published Wednesday.
"If they want to make total fools of themselves and demonstrate their mentality, then that’s for them. But if they incite people to violence or breach the anti-discrimination provisions… then we will refer the matter for investigation and prosecution. You can’t ban something on the basis of what people might do," he commented.
This is not the first time the event has been held.
Organized by the Southern Cross Hammerskins and the "white resistance" group Blood and Honour Australia, the white supremacist festival is entering its third year as an annual event. Held for the first two years on the Gold Coast of Australia, this year it moved its venue to Brisbane, the third most populous city in Australia, located in the state of Queensland.
Children are being abandoned on Greece’s streets by their poverty-stricken families who cannot afford to look after them any more.
Youngsters are being dumped by their parents who are struggling to make ends meet in what is fast becoming the most tragic human consequence of the Euro crisis.
It comes as pharmacists revealed the country had almost run out of aspirin, as multi-billion euro austerity measures filter their way through society.
Abandoned: Children are being dumped on Greece’s streets by their poverty-stricken families who cannot afford to look after them any more (file picture)
Athens’ Ark of the World youth centre said four children, including a newborn baby, had been left on its doorstep in recent months.
One mother, it said, ran away after handing over her two-year-old daughter Natasha.
Four-year-old Anna was found by a teacher clutching a note