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Tourists suffer hardship due to separatists’ shutdown call

Tourists suffer hardship due to separatists’ shutdown callSrinagar, April 29: Separatists’ shut down call in Kashmir has caused a lot of hardship to tourists visiting the valley from across the county and abroad here.

Apprehending trouble and ire of the separatist groups, almost all the shops and other commercial establishments in the market including restaurants have downed their shutters.

Tourists, in absence of proper and affordable modes of transport, have been deprived of visiting famous tourist spots in the city and other places in the valley.

Army, Navy on alert to foil LTTE entry: Vice Army Chief

Army, Navy on alert to foil LTTE entry: Vice Army ChiefNew Delhi, Apr 29 : The Indian Army and Navy have stepped up their vigil to prevent an infiltration bid by LTTE cadres.

Disclosing this, Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Noble Thamburaj, who was attending a seminar on ''Combating Climate Change by Management of Ozone Depleting Substance'', said the Indian Army and Navy have foiled a number of infiltration bids.

As for the LTTE entering India, Lt. General Thamburaj said both the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard are on high alert along the Coast.

Indian markets rise more than 3 per cent

India Stock MarketsNew Delhi - Indian equities rose more than 3 per cent Wednesday, riding a good performance by information-technology stocks and positive global cues. The Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-share sensitive index Sensex closed at 11,403, 3.65 per cent above its previous close.

The broader 50-share Nifty index of the National Stock Exchange ended 3.32 per cent up at 3,473.95.

Strong quarterly results from mobile telephone giant Bharti Airtel helped boost market sentiment.

Accused Mumbai attacker requests newspaper, toothpaste, perfume

Ajmal Amir Kasab, PakistanNew Delhi - The lone suspect captured during the November terrorist attacks on Mumbai has requested newspapers, toothpaste, perfume and permission to walk in the verandah outside his prison cell, news reports said Thursday. Ajmal Amir Kasab's request addressed to his jailor was read out by his attorney, SG Abbas Kazmi, in the special court in Mumbai hearing the Mumbai terrorist attack trial, the NDTV news channel reported.

Kasab is the main accused in the November 26-29 attacks, in which more than 170 people were killed.

Kasab forwards four fresh requests to court

Ajmal Amir KasabMumbai, Apr. 29 : The lawyer representing Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the November 2008 terror strikes in Mumbai, on Wednesday told a Special Court that is hearing his case, that his client has made four fresh requests.

Abbas Kazmi told reporters outside the court that Kasab’s four demands include (1) Urdu language newspaper (2) His money should be placed in the jail account (3) He should be allowed to stroll in the verandah outside his jail cell and (4) He should be provided with flavored toothpaste.

He needs to possess a very clean and pure heart – Shweta Keswani

Shweta KeswaniQ. Her kind of guy would be… A. Definitely not from the (film) industry. I don’t like men out here.

Q. Any particular reason… A. It’s too vain (laughs). Maybe I have always found them running behind me, so they don’t interest me any more.

Q. Would he be a metro-sexual man? A. Yup. He has to be someone who would care to groom himself unlike those Jaat types who keep themselves very dirty and think they look cool.

Q. Good-looking or rugged and macho? A. Doesn’t matter much. He needs to possess a very clean and pure heart. Looks would be a bonus.

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