Global Report - 10-December-2008

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*******www.instablogs****/ India seeks ban on Pakistani group Pakistan has been a terrorist hub for more t...
*******www.instablogs****/ India seeks ban on Pakistani group Pakistan has been a terrorist hub for more than two decades. The problem only gets aggravated as the time passes by. All this time India has arranged proofs of Pakistani involvement in several terrorist attacks on its soil. Right from the 1993 Mumbai blasts to the most recent 26/11 Mumbai strikes. Post such attacks Pakistan has always acted hurriedly to arrest the suspects under intense international pressure. At the same time it fell badly short of arranging the extradition of criminals such as Dawood Ibrahim, Masood Azhar to India so that such criminal elements always remained at large. India must build up pressure on Pakistan with the help of international community to handover the arrested commander of Lashkar-I-Toiba for further trial this time. Remembering Virgin of Guadalupe More than a million Mexicans and international visitors are headed to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City this week as part of the annual pilgrimage to celebrate the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Friday. The annual trek is not taken lightly, as devotion to this Marian image continues to expand in both good and bad economic times. According to the story, the Virgin Mary appears four times to a humble Indian, Juan Diego, and leaves an imprint of her image on his cloak. She has always been a sign of hope, especially to those who are being persecuted, And more so this year, when the economy is down, they feel the assurance that Guadalupe will protect them and guide them through these difficult times. Pakistan to reduce transport fares Reducing the local and long route transport fares are welcomed by the general public but benefits will only come if the authorities monitor the transport services providers for whether or not they actually follow the government policies. Traffic police serving in Peshawar and different cities is very famous for ignoring the excesses of transport service providers and many of them are even known for receiving small bribes on a daily basis. The public must also play its role in reporting all problems or lodging complaints in time to make their journey a fair and comfortable experience. Year 2008 extended by an extra second Along with the economy, the Earth itself is slowing down, requiring timekeepers to add an extra second to their atomic clocks to keep in sync with Earth's slightly slowing rotation. So an extra second will be tacked on to Dec. 31 after 6:59:59 p.m. and before 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. That extra second will make 2008 -- already long, with an extra day on Feb. 29 -- the longest year since 1992. The decision to add an extra second was made by an international consortium of timekeepers. World commerce and digital technology depend on accurate to-the-second timekeeping responsible for one-third of the world’s digital technology. *******www.instablogs****/