Karnataka Govt revoke prohibitory orders
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 22:05
  
Bangalore: With the Supreme Court staying pronouncement of the verdict on the Ayodhya title suit, the Karnataka government today rescinded its prohibitory orders across the state that would have come into effect from this midnight.

"In view of the Supreme Court order it has been decided to withdraw the decision to close down liquor shops and ban on SMSes, besides on promulgating 48-hour prohibitory orders from tomorrow in the state," state Home Minister R Ashok told reporters here.

Ashok, who was allocated Home Ministry in yesterday's reshuffle of portfolios, also held discussions with top police officials.

Police had announced deployment of more than 50,000 personnel to keep vigil on the situation from tomorrow.

The government had yesterday declared a two-day holiday for schools and colleges from tomorrow as part of preventive measures.

PTI

New York: A Pakistani scientist convicted of trying to kill US agents and military officers is set to be sentenced in New York City on Thursday.

Aafia Siddiqui will appear in federal court in Manhattan.

A jury convicted the US-trained scientist in February of trying to kill US agents and military officers after she was detained by police in Afghanistan in 2008.

During Siddiqui's three-week trial, FBI agents and US soldiers testified that when they went to interrogate Siddiqui, she snatched an unattended assault rifle and shot at them while yelling, "Death to Americans!" She was wounded by return fire but recovered and was brought to the United States to face trial.

Her conviction touched off protests in Pakistan. Today, there were more protests as hundreds chanted "Free Aafia!" at a rally in Karachi, Pakistan, while others demonstrated outside the Manhattan courthouse.

A jury convicted the US-trained scientist in February of trying to kill US agents and military officers after she was detained by police in Afghanistan in 2008.

During Siddiqui's three-week trial, FBI agents and US soldiers testified that when they went to interrogate Siddiqui, she snatched an unattended assault rifle and shot at them while yelling, "Death to Americans!" She was wounded by return fire but recovered and was brought to the United States to face trial.

Her conviction touched off protests in Pakistan. Today, there were more protests as hundreds chanted "Free Aafia!" at a rally in Karachi, Pakistan, while others demonstrated outside the Manhattan courthouse.


First Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 22:05


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