100 dead as gunmen target Mumbai
Teams of gunmen have stormed hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a train station in co-ordinated attacks across Mumbai, killing at least 101 people, taking Westerners hostage and leaving parts of the city under siege. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility.
At least six of the militants had been killed, while the total number of injured people was 287.
The gunmen holding dozens of hostages in two of Bombay’s luxury hotels are demanding the release of ‘Muhajideens’ held in Indian jails before they free their prisoners. Several of Bombay’s keenest anti-terrorist strategists had perished in stand-offs with the terrorist gunmen, several of whom are thought to have escaped. Hemant Karka, the head of the city’s anti- terror squad was among the dead, together with two of his most senior officers.
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In Mumbai attacks, at least 183 have been killed, including 14 policemen and 13 foreigners and 327 people have been injured. Eight terrorists have been killed in the mission – four in Taj, two in Oberoi and two in Nariman House. One has been caught alive. Five hostages and two terrorists were found dead inside the building. A Jewish rabbi and his wife were among the dead at Nariman House. 24 dead bodies were found at Oberoi hotel on Friday, taking the total toll to 30. NSG commandos found bodies of 22 guests at Taj at the end of the operation.
Terror attacks in Mumbai; 80 dead, over 300 injured
Terror struck the country’s financial capital late on Wednesday night as coordinate serial explosions and indiscriminate firing rocked in Mumbai.
At least 80 people were dead and over 300 injured in the terror attacks, hospital sources said.
ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed during attacks in the financial city. Additional Commissioner Ashok Tampte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar died at attack in Metro Cinema.
An unknown outfit, Deccan Mujahideen, has sent an email to news organizations claiming that it carried out the Mumbai attacks.
Husain Film Pulled From Indian Festival
A 1967 film by Indian artist M.F.Husain has been withdrawn from the International Film Festival of India at the request of two Hindu nationalist groups. The removal of the movie, Through the Eyes of a Painter, was requested by the Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Jananagruti movements, which claimed that showing Husain’s work is inappropriate. Digamber Kamat, chief minister of the resort state of Goa, where the festival is held, reportedly asked organizers to defer the screening “as it might create law and order problems.”
Husain, 93, a popular artist, has been living in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai for two years after Hindus, angered by his paintings of nude Hindu goddesses, sued him, attacked galleries where his work was shown, and issued death threats.
In September, the Supreme Court of India dismissed the obscenity cases brought against Husain. But he will remain in Dubai for the foreseeable future because of the government’s failure to provide him adequate protection.
Leaders of a Muslim charity convicted
Leaders of a Muslim charity the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, shut down by the federal government had been convicted in a retrial of money laundering, tax fraud and supporting terrorism. The federal government declared Hamas to be a terrorist group in 1995. When the government shuttered Holy Land, which was based in a suburb of Dallas, and seized its assets in 2001, it was said to be the largest Muslim charity in the United States.
The jury has convicted five Holy Land leaders on all 108 criminal counts. The government publicly named more than 300 individuals and American Muslim organizations as “unindicted co-conspirators,” without allowing them to hear the evidence against them or defend themselves in court.
The verdict would further confuse donors to Islamic charities, many of whom have been wary of giving to Islamic groups. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, the government designated dozens of Muslim charities, mostly international relief agencies, as financiers of terrorism. Since the indictment of the Holy Land leaders, Muslim organizations have been working with the government to create mechanisms to ensure that humanitarian aid to Palestinians is not diverted to terrorism.
Nearly 60 per cent polling in J&K
A large number of people turned up for the second phase of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. The overall polling percentage in Rajouri and Ganderbal districts was put at 59.09 per cent. It was much higher than the turnout in the 2002 elections which recorded 52 per cent and 35 per cent in Kangan and Ganderbal respectively. Rajouri district recorded a poll percentage of 70.50 per cent. The atmosphere in Ganderbal and Kangan constituencies was far more relaxed than it was in the 2002 elections.
Several places witnessed anti-election and pro-freedom protests. Police dispersed the protesters. The polling was low key in the morning but picked up later. Duderhama and Beehama areas in the main Ganderbal town, however, did not witness much rush. Groups pelted stones at the vehicles of contesting candidates. Scores of youths tried to take out pro-freedom processions at Kirhama, Badergund, Beehama, Duderhama, Barusa and Yangoora. Many raising anti-election slogans marched through the streets and tried to attack the polling booths but police foiled their attempts.
Pure insulin-producing cells produced in mouse
Cells effective in treating diabetes in lab model Singapore researchers have developed an unlimited number of pure insulin-producing cells from mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs). These pure insulin-producing cells, which according to electron microscopy studies, have the same sub-cellular structures as the insulin-producing cells naturally found in the pancreas, were highly effective in treating diabetes in the mouse model.
The transplants of pure insulin-producing cells reduced the blood glucose levels of diabetic mice with high blood glucose levels. The experiments also showed that the subsequent removal of the transplanted cells from the diabetic mice restored the blood glucose to its original high level.
New strain of deadly Ebola virus discovered
An outbreak of Ebola that killed 37 people in Uganda last year was sparked by a hitherto unknown species of one of the world’s most notorious viruses. The strain provisionally named Bundibugyo ebolavirus after the district where the outbreak occurred joins four other known species of the pathogen.
More than one in three of patients infected with Bundibugyo died. Ebola and the Marburg virus are the two main categories of so-called filovirus which causes haemorrhagic fever (VHF), a disease dubbed a “slate-wiper” for its extreme lethality.