Egyptian activist to meet new US president in December

Cairo - Egyptian Human Rights activist and long-term democracy advocate Saad Eddin Ibrahim said he would meet the new US president on December 6, with a delegation that represents several continents.

The sociology professor told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in a telephone interview that "it has been agreed with the teams of both Democratic presidential candidate Barak Obama and his Republican rival John McCain to hold a meeting with whoever wins the election."

Representatives from Europe, China, Africa, Latin America and the Arab world will meet the next president, with former US president Jimmy Carter and current incumbent George W Bush, to discuss US foreign policy and present the group's diversified points of view.

SRK upset with Rani

SRK upset with Rani   Things are not right for the Badshaah, with the King Khan loosing on its best of buddies, one can wonder close knit ties are being broken down amidst ego, hatred and jealousy. With the breaking up with his one of the closest buddies, Salman, on Katrina’s birthday, Rani Mukherjee seems to be next on the list. The ‘Queen of Hearts’ have quitted from the SRK’s 'Temptations Reloaded' tour reportedly as the latter was not happy from the former’s appearance on the last episode of Salman’s ‘Dus Ka Dum’.

European shares slump picking up on falls in Asia, New York

Frankfurt - European shares slumped more than 2 per cent in opening trading Wednesday, picking up on a downbeat end to Wall Street and steep falls in Asia.

As renewed concerns emerged about the outlook for the global economy and profits, Europe's blue-chip Stoxx 50 began the trading day down 2.5 per cent at 2,286 points.

The fall was mirrored across key national European markets with shares in London, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich all sliding by more than
2 per cent.

Fresh economic concerns resulted in the oil price dropping by 3.3 per cent below 70 dollars a barrel on expectations of falling demand for energy. In July energy prices were heading towards 150 dollars a barrel.

“Pak needs five bln dlrs to avert BoP crisis”

Islamabad, Oct 22: Shaukat Tareen, the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Financial Adviser, has said that his country needed five billion dollars from multilateral lenders and friendly countries to avert the impending balance of payments (BoP) crisis.

He said the PPP-led federal government had estimated that it would need an amount ranging between 3.4 and 4.5 billion dollars, but multilateral lenders had assessed the country would need five billion dollars to bridge the gap in the balance of payments.

“I never said that Pakistan is seeking 10-15 billion dollars assistance from multilateral lenders, including the IMF,” the Dawn quoted him as saying.

High Court annuls the coerced marriage of a Sikh woman

High Court gave its ruling where it cancelled the marriage of a 29 year old Sikh woman who was coerced to marry by her in-laws after the death of her husband. The jurisdiction was given pronounced by Justice Parker.  

The Sikh woman was kidnapped by the family of her husband when she went back to India to attend the funeral of her husband. Two and a half weeks after the demise of her husband, she was forced to marry her father-in-law’s nephew. Her husband was killed in a car accident in India where she went and was given sedative pills and injected with drug by her in laws as she refused to obey their demand to marry again.

Roadside Romeo narrates the story of Roadside Dogs

Roadside Romeo narrates the story of Roadside DogsThe upcoming animation film ‘Roadside Romeo’, a Jugal Hansraj’s venture is inspired from the stray dogs he encountered on Mumbai streets. It will be the first time that a mainstream three dimensional animation movie is made in Bollywood.

The movie which is due to hit the theatres this Friday is co-produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF) Studio and Hollywood studio Walt Disney Co while it has been visualized, executed and delivered by a 150-member team of Tata group's Tech arm Tata Elxsi.