China escalates response to avian flu outbreak
BEIJING: With confirmation that a sixth person has died from a mysterious avian-borne virus,Chinese officials escalated their response Friday,advising people to avoid live poultry,dispatching virologists to chicken farms across the country and slaughtering more than 20,000 birds at a wholesale market in Shanghai where the virus,known as H7N9,was detected in a pigeon. NYT
2 men killed at Quebec daycare centre,kids safe
GATINEAU: Police evacuated children from a daycare centre just outside Canadas capital Friday after two men,including the attacker,died in a shooting. Gatineau Police Chief Mario Haren said all 53 children were safe and unharmed. AP
US issues fresh waiver to Pakistan
Washington: For the second time in six months,the US has issued a waiver for sale of major defence equipment to Pakistan likely to be worth over $2 billion,citing national security interests. PTI
Islamists start long march to Dhaka,1 killed
Dhaka: Thousands of Islamists in Bangladesh Friday began a long march towards the capital demanding death penalty for atheist bloggers amid clashes that left a ruling party activist dead. The activist of Awami Leagues student front was killed in the clash with newly-emerged Hefazat-e-Islam supporters as the extreme right-wing group began the march from Chitagong. PTI
Pak court acquits Christian man over blasphemy case
Lahore: A Pakistani court has acquitted a Christian man who was sentenced to death for blasphemy five years ago,his lawyer has said. Police in Lahore,the countrys second largest city,arrested Younas Masih,34,and registered a case against him
under the controversial blasphemy law on November 9,2005. PTI
US judge strikes down age limits on morning-after pill
new york: A federal judge ruled Friday that the government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages,instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger. In his ruling,he also accused the government of bad faith in dealing with the requests to make the pill universally available,and said its actions had been politically motivated. NYT
Malala announces first donation from fund
MALALA Yousafzai,the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban,announced the first grant of $45,000 from Malala Fund for girls education to an unnamed organisation in Pakistans Swat Valley.
The grant has been given to support the education of 40 girls,aged five to 12,who would otherwise be forced into domestic labour.
Announcing the first grant of the Malala Fund is the happiest moment in my life. I invite all of you to support the Malala Fund and let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls, the 15-year-old said in a video message for the Women in the World summit in New York.
The video was introduced by Hollywood star and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie,who also pledged a donation of $200,000 for the fund.
Anti-graft body objects to Sharif brothers candidature
Islamabad: The anti-corruption watchdog has objected to the candidature of former premier Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif in the forthcoming general election,saying they had defaulted on a bank loan worth Rs 3.48 billion. The National Accountability Bureau Thursday said three graft cases against the Sharifs and their relatives are currently pending in an anti-corruption court in Rawalpindi. The Sharif brothers have been accused of defaulting on a loan that was taken for the Hudaibiya Paper Mills. A spokesman for PML-N rejected the allegations,saying the accusations made by the NAB were misleading. PTI
None of the above option not being introduced
ISLAMABAD: Pakistans Election Commission Friday did a flip-flop on a move to give people the choice of not voting for any of the candidates in the fray for the general election,saying its proposal for a none of the
above option in ballots had been put off. PTI