Iran offers unchangeable support for Syria
DUBAI: Iran said on Thursday it would stand by its ally Syria despite mounting international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to step down to defuse a 16-month uprising against his rule. Irans Press TV quoted first Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi as saying Tehran’s support for Syria was unchangeable.
6.7 magnitude quake hits off Mauritius
JOHANNESBURG: Seismologists said a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck north of the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius. The US Geological Service said the earthquake early on Thursday was centered about 250 miles north of the small Rodrigues island at a depth of about 6 miles. There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries. The Mauritian weather department said no tsunami warning had been issued.
Book links six murders in Nepal to India
Kathmandu: A book written by journalist K P Dhungana here has linked six murders and attempts on lives in Nepal from 1999 to 2011 with India directly or indirectly. Indian criminals were involved in the killings of six people,from controversial politician Mirza Dilsad Beg in 1999 to media tycoon Jamim Shah in 2011 as well as an attempt on the life of another controversial television entrepreneur Yunus Ansari,currently serving jail term in connection with fake Indian currency racket.
Indian-origin solicitor accused of UK tax fraud
London: A London-based solicitor of Indian-origin,who was made a Queen’s Counsel in March 2011,is facing criminal charges for failing to pay £600,000 in VAT,the Crown Prosecution Service on Thursday said. Rohan Anthony Pershad,QC,is to be prosecuted for not paying Value Added Tax between June 1999 and September 2011.
7 nations face sanctions over animal smuggling
Geneva: Delegates to a UN conservation meeting are threatening sanctions against seven countries unless they approve legislation to fight illegal animal trade. The multibillion-dollar illegal trade in wildlife is a growing problem,and environmentalists say a big reason is nations failure to enact stiff penalties for traffickers or enforce wildlife laws. The seven countries are Nepal,Comoros,Guinea-Bissau,Syria,Paraguay,Rwanda,and the Solomon Islands.