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World leaders condemn deadly explosions in Egypt

World leaders condemn deadly explosions in Egypt

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President Bush condemned the deadly explosions in the Egyptian resort city of Dahab Monday and pledged to bring terrorists to justice. He commented at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino where he was speaking to raise money for Republican Rep. Jon Porter. “I strongly condemn the killings that took place, the innocent life lost in Egypt,” Bush said. “This is a heinous act against innocent civilians.”

“The United States sends our condolences to the families of those who were killed,” Bush said. “We keep those were injured in our thoughts and prayers and I assure the enemy this — we will stay on the offense, we will not waver, we will not tire, we will bring you to justice for the sake of peace and humanity.”

Egyptian president

President Hosni Mubarak, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, called the blasts a “a wicked terrorist attack.”

The Egyptian government has said the militants who carried out the bombings were locals without international connections, but other security agencies have said they suspect al-Qaida.

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Tennis player Rafael Nadal crowned \”King of Clay\”

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Tennis player Rafael Nadal crowned “King of Clay”

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At the start of the tournament, 19-year-old Rafael Nadal of Spain was seeded as the second favourite to take the Monte Carlo Masters clay court title, ranked only behind the current world number one, 25-year-old Roger Federer of Switzerland. The finals match-up in question, the first where the number 1 and 2 seeds faced each other since 1985, was won in four sets; 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, ending in just eleven minutes short of four hours.

As the lengthy matchtime suggests, the action on the court was a see-saw battle with both players looking as though they would go on to win at different points of the match. At times, it was difficult to see who was the more experienced. Nadal, the more successful of the two on a clay tennis surface, played to Roger Federer’s weakness. Roger Federer didn’t give up without a fight, but his best, which is capable of beating anybody on his day, seemed to remain in the locker room as Roger Federer’s aggression came a rare second to Nadal’s accurate baseline style.

Nadal wins the Monte Carlo Masters for a second consecutive time. Nadal can celebrate his unexpected but much welcomed victory in Monaco, if only for a little while ahead of the next tournament in the clay court series.

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Oil prices drive new investment in clean technology

Oil prices drive new investment in clean technology

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Investors are rushing to fund new ventures in renewable energy as Americans continue to see rising gasoline prices at the pump. The price for crude oil continues to rise to new record highs ($75 per barrel of crude oil on NYMEX as of Friday’s close). According to the results of a survey reported by the San Francisco Gate, in the 1st Quarter of 2006 investments in the clean technology sector has increased by 13% to $3.36 Billion in the US. In addition to attracting venture capital, clean technology companies are receiving a buzz from high profile investors.

Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft, announced last week that his venture group (Cascade Investments) initiated the purchase of 25.5% ownership in Pacific Ethanol Inc. Pacific Ethanol is an ethanol production company that plans to expand operations by opening a new facility in California. Gates is not alone in high profile investments into the clean energy market, Bob Metcalfe (Founder of 3COM and Inventor of Ethernet), who acts as the managing partner of Polaris Ventures, announced the VC’s first investment into the energy market. Polaris, which manages over $3 Billion in funds, invested $6.8 million into GreenFuel Technologies Corporation of Cambridge, MA. GreenFuel Technologies is an emissions to biofuels company, that utilizes natural algae in their patented bioreactors to turn greenhouse gas emissions from power plants into rich bio fuel. Polaris’s investment into GreenFuel was part of the company’s $18 Million Series B financing round that also included a high profile venture capital investor: Draper Fisher Jurvetson. When asked about the new industry venture, Bob Metcalfe said, “Energy has got to be one of the top five problems the world faces, and it’s been frustrating to watch activists and politicians fail to solve the problem,…Now it’s time for the entrepreneurs and scientists to give it a try.”

According to the International Energy Association, demand for renewable energy fuels will more than quadruple in the next decade. The current jump in oil prices is fueling investment into this relatively new market as investors view clean technology as an emerging opportunity rather than a public relations campaign. As gasoline prices continue to rise, alternative fuels become respectively cheaper and more attractive. In his latest State of the Union Address, President Bush outlined a plan to direct new investment into ethanol production and other clean technologies. According to a poll conducted by CBS News, Americans now see gas prices as one of their top three main concerns. With pressure coming from constituents, politicians are beginning to exert pressure on new spending on renewable technology to promote energy independence. Yet another front in this debate is that of environmental concern. With global warming on the rise, and many European governments eagerly searching for a Carbon Dioxide solution, the promise of reducing these emissions by 46% (as claimed by GreenFuel’s bio reactor system) begins to resonate as a promising environmental and business opportunity.

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Explosions rock Egyptian resort town of Dahab

Explosions rock Egyptian resort town of Dahab

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Location of Dahab, Egypt

Three explosions rocked the Egyptian resort city of Dahab and killed at least 24 people. Between 60 and 150 people were injured in the attack.

The blasts came at the height of the tourist season, officials said. The three time bombs exploded in a busy restaurant and in a market area in the Red Sea resort city within a span of five minutes.

Dahab is located on the Gulf of Aqaba on the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsula.

Statement on casualties

An early written statement, attributed to the Egyptian Interior Ministry, gave the death toll as 23 people: 20 Egyptians, a German child, and two victims of unknown nationality.

The statement also listed the 20 foreigners who were wounded as three Danes, three Britons, two Italians, two Germans and one each from the United States, France, Korea, Lebanon, Israel and Australia. The nationalities of the other victims were not specified.

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By-elections fail to provide way out of Thai political crisis

By-elections fail to provide way out of Thai political crisis

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With the Bangkok Post reporting indications that 14 unopposed candidates failed to meet the requirement of receiving votes from 20% of eligible citizens, Thailand’s Constitutional court may be asked to consider breaching the constitution and convening the new parliamentary session without quorum.

The April 2 general election saw caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s populist Thai Rak Thai (lit: Thais love Thais, or Thai Unity) party win the controversial election, but a significant boycott and use of the abstention option on ballot forms forced Thaksin to announce he will not assume the post of PM in the parliament’s next session. The three main opposition parties had refused to participate in the snap election leading to a significant number of constituencies where TRT stood unopposed. Over 40 candidates failed to meet the 20%-of-eligible-voters requirement forcing yesterday’s by-elections.

Thailand’s snap election was the PM’s response to ongoing demonstrations and accusations of malfeasance, particularly in relation to his family’s sale of their interest in Shin Corp, a major Thai company, to Temasek Holdings which is described by Wikipedia as “the investment arm of the Singapore government.” The mass rallies that ensued, organised by the self-styled People’s Alliance for Democracy, and the mainstream opposition boycott damaged the PM’s attempt to use an election to renew his mandate.

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Linux distributors agree on standard for desktop software

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Linux distributors agree on standard for desktop software

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Major distributors of the operating system Linux have agreed on a new standard that includes common elements for desktop software, in a move to make Linux a more effective competitor to Microsoft Windows.

The Free Standards Group (FSG) will unveil the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.1 on Tuesday at the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego. The first distribution to include LSB 3.1 support, Xandros, is expected to be released on May 1, followed shortly by versions by Red Hat, Novell, and others. The status of Ubuntu’s upcoming version is still unclear [1].

The standards aim to resolve difficulties that programmers face in developing software for Linux. Because Linux, developed by Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds, defines the kernel or core of the operating system, there is a wide variety of graphical interfaces for it and differing software libraries. LSB 3.1 standardizes core pieces of Linux to make development easier.

“One of the big things that’s difficult is consistency, and that’s Windows’ biggest strength,” Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group, told the Associated Press. “If you buy a Windows program, you know it will run on a Windows computer, and Linux needs to work the same way. […] If you really want to become a broadly adopted and used technology, you have to have that degree of standardization,” he said.

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Indian Supreme Court verdict:AMU to remain a minority institution

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Indian Supreme Court verdict:AMU to remain a minority institution

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The Supreme Court of India has said that the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will remain a minority institution and that its character will not change, but refused to stay, till the pendency of the matter, the Allahabad High Court’s verdict striking down the 50% quota for students belonging to the minority community. Justice K.G Balakrishnan headed the bench. The next hearing will be on May 10, 2006.

The court referred the matter to the chief justice for allocating it to a larger bench.The Aligarh Muslim University hailed the SC’s interim order on the institution’s minority character as a ‘major victory’ and said the issue of granting 50% reservation to Muslims would be held in abeyance till a final verdict.

Earlier this month, AMU had moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s verdict, which had put down the minority status of the institution. The appeal to Supreme Court challenging the High Court verdict that AMU was not a minority institution entitled to protection under Article 30 (1) of the Constitution.

The Allahabad High Court on January 5 had struck down the provision of the Aligarh Muslim University Amendment Act, 1981, by which the status of a minority institution was accorded to AMU. It had also quashed the 50 per cent quotas for Muslim students. By doing so, it had upheld its last year’s judgement, terming as unconstitutional the minority status of the university and 50 per cent reservation for the Muslim students . The division bench referred to the SC judgement in the Ajeez Basha case of 1968, which had already taken the view that AMU was not a minority institution and any enactment of a law by Parliament could not overrule the judgement.

History of the A.M.U

  • In 1875 Sir Syed Ahemd Khan, a modern liberal Muslim, established the Anglo Oriental College in Aligarh.
  • In 1920 the college was granted a legal status of a university.
  • In 1968 the Supreme Court in its judgement had quashed the minority status of the university saying AMU has been established by an Act of Parliament.
  • The decision was overruled by the Indira Gandhi government in 1981 by bringing about an amendment in the Act.
  • In 2006 the Allahabad High Court on January 5 had struck down the provision of the Aligarh Muslim University Amendment Act, 1981 .
  • In 2006 the Supreme Court of India has said that the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will remain a minority institution .
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