Live: Video games kicked out of Pak for showing country in poor light

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 11:12 hrs

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Video games kicked out of Pak for showing country in poor light

Two hugely popular video games, including "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II", have been ordered off store shelves in Pakistan for portraying Pakistanis as terrorists.

According to gameinformer, the world's largest video game magazine, the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association has directed that "Call of Duty: Black Ops II' and "Medal of Honour: Warfighter" be taken off the shelves as they "show Pakistan in very poor light".

"Call of Duty: Black Ops II", a first-person shooter game by Activision Blizzard, has an episode where the player is in Lahore and brutally kills Pakistanis while "Medal of Honour: Warfighter", another first-person shooter by Electronic Arts, shows Pakistan as a hotbed of terrorists. Both games were released late last year and have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Gameinformer quotes Saleem Memon, president of the All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association, as saying: "The problem is that there are things that are against Pakistan and they have included criticism of our army. They show the country in a very poor light."

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Japan's ANA cancels hundreds of Dreamliner flights until Feb 18

All Nippon Airways Co, which has the biggest fleet of Boeing Co's troubled Dreamliner jets today cancelled hundreds of flights until February 18, signalling a quick fix to the plane's safety problems was unlikely.

ANA, Asia's biggest airline by revenue and an important launch customer for Boeing's newest plane, said another 379 flights scheduled for February 1-18 had been scrapped, bringing to 838 the number of cancellations since one of its Dreamliners made an emergency landing in western Japan on January 16.

The announcement underscores the widening pain the Dreamliner problem is inflicting on the industry, with safety regulators and experts warning that investigations into the cause of a series of small fires on the plane could take months or even a year. All Dreamliners have been grounded since January 17, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations worldwide, including in the United States, India and South America.

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More violence following Egyptian football verdict; 2 cops dead

Egyptian security officials say a senior police officer and a policeman were shot dead in the Mediterranean city of Port Said after a judge sentenced 21 people to death in connection to one of the world's deadliest incidents of soccer violence.

Officials say that the police were killed when relatives tried to break into the Port Said prison to free the 73 defendants in the case held there.

At least 75 people were wounded in Saturday's violence outside the prison. Port Said residents also cut off the main road leading to the city.

Officials spoke anonymously in line with regulations.

The violence comes after a judge sentenced fans of Port Said's Al-Masry team to death for taking part in the Feb. 1, 2012, soccer violence, which killed 74 fans of Cairo's Al-Ahly club.

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Vishwaroopam running in theatres despite protests in Kerala

Actor-director Kamal Haasan's "Vishwaroopam" continues to run in theatres in Kerala despite protests from a section of Muslim organisations, police sources said here today.

Adequate protection was being given for the screening of the movie which has been cleared by the Censor Board, the sources said.

However, movie shows were disrupted in some parts of Ernakulam, Idukki and Palakkad districts.

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Nandy's comments on SC, STs creates furore at Jaipur Festival

The Jaipur Literature Festival today witnessed fireworks after political critic Ashis Nandy made a controversial comment on corruption and people belonging to OBC, SC and ST communities which drew a strong response from the audience.

At a panel discussion at the Festival, Nandy said, "Most corrupt people come from OBC, SC and ST communities".

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10 Chinese officials sacked over 'sex scandal'

Chinese authorities have sacked ten officials as a part of a widening investigation into a sex tape extortion scandal in Chongqing.

China's Xinhua news agency said the men were all allegedly filmed by a 'criminal ring', which then blackmailed them.

Senior Chongqing official Lei Zhengfu was fired last year after he featured in a sex video.

According to the BBC, he was said to have been entrapped by a construction firm.

The 10 sacked officials include party and government officials in the southwestern city as well as executives in state-owned companies.

The state-run media report said that an investigation into the allegations of extortion had uncovered a "criminal ring" which had "hired women to seduce local officials, covertly filmed their sexual acts and used the videos as tools of extortion".

The investigation is part of a wide-ranging anti-corruption drive in Chongqing and across China, in response to rising public anger at official impropriety

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No threat to Shettar govt: Governor

Karnataka governor HR Bhardwaj today said that the Jagadish Shettar goverment is not in danger and he "won't seek a confidence vote for now". Bhardwaj had accepted the resignations of two ministers on Friday.

Minister for public works CM Udasi and minister for energy Shobha Karandlaje, who quit the Shettar government, are expected to join the new party founded by BS Yeddyurappa, who exited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December after 40 years.

Staring at a possible threat to his government in the wake of 13 rebel BJP MLAs announcing their decision to quit the assembly membership, Karnataka chief minister Shettar on Friday said he still commanded a majority.

Shettar said Bhardwaj, whom he met in the afternoon, had not asked him to prove his majority.

He did not comment on the threat posed by the rebel MLAs — all loyalists of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

"I told the governor there is no threat to my government because I enjoy majority," Shettar said.

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Malay fans livid over Vishwaroopam being banned

Malaysian Home Ministry has banned Kamal Hassan's controversial Tamil movie, Vishwaroopam, and it has been withdrawn from the cinema halls, which has outraged the fans throughout the country.

The film's distributor Lotus Fivestar AV said they were told to stop screening the movie on Friday, the Star Online reports.

The film, which opened on Thursday, has run to packed houses, the paper said.

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26/11 US victim recounts heroic efforts of hotel staff

Recounting the deadly Mumbai terror attack during the trial of Pakistani-American LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley, an American survivor has lauded the heroic efforts of the Oberoi hotel staff to save her life.

Appearing in a Chicago court, before David Coleman Headley was sentenced to 35 years of imprisonment for his "unquestionable role" in the Mumbai terrorist attack that claimed 166 lives, Linda Ragsdale told the judge how two kitchen employees of the Oberoi hotel defied the bullets of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists to save her and other survivors.

Ragsdale, recounted that at least two of the hotel staffers died in front of her eyes.

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Vishwaroopam releases in Bangalore, Hyderabad

Kamal Haasan's latest film 'Vishwaroopam' was screened in Bangalore and Hyderabad today, a day after its scheduled release date, reports CNN IBN.

The film ran into trouble after a few Muslim groups protested against the film's content claiming that it hurt their sentiments.

The Madras High Court ordered a stay on its release after Kamal Haasan took the matter to court calling it cultural terrorism.

A judge of the HC will watch the film on Saturday and its verdict will be delivered on Monday.

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Chhattisgarh tribals defy Maoists, attend R-Day

Chhattisgarh's tribal population in the Maoist bastion Bastar on Saturday defied Maoist dictates and celebrated Republic Day although the rebels blocked dozens of roads in forested interiors.

Reports from Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanaker, Bastar and Kondagaon districts which together form the Bastar region said tribals came out in large numbers to attend Republic Day celebrations.

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Family demands body of Indian prisoner killed in Pak jail for last rites

Bereaved family members of Indian prisoner Chhamel Singh who was beaten to death in a Pakistan jail, have reportedly asked the neighbouring country to hand over his body for last rites.

"Whatever has happened, we just want the body to be returned back, this all I can request the government, my children do not have permanent jobs, and they work contractually. So we request the government to send us the body so that we can see his face for the last time," said Kamlesh Devi, wife of the deceased Indian prisoner.

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TN celebrates Republic Day

Tamil Nadu celebrated Republic Day with the usual patriotic fervourwith Governor K. Rosaiah unfurling the national flag at the Marina beach in Chennai.

Rosaiah also took the salute from the three wings of the armed forces and other security forces.

The governor, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, her ministers and a large number of people assembled at the beach enjoyed the floats and dances by school students.

District collectors across the state unfurled the national flag and took salute from police contingents.

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Singer S Janaki refuses to accept Padma Bhushan

Expressing dissatisfaction over the number of people from South India figuring in the Padma awards list for 2013, southern playback singer Sreeramamurthy Janaki on Friday refused to accept Padma Bhushan award announced for her on the eve of 64th Republic Day.

"I'm saddened by the fact that north India has been given more prominence than south India. I'm extremely disappointed and I refuse to accept the award," Janaki said. The 74-year old veteran made her singing debut in 1957 Tamil film 'Vidhiyin Vilayattu'. She has crooned over 15,000 songs in a career spanning five decades across all southern languages and in Hindi.

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On Egypt anniversary, protests leave 7 dead

Violence erupted across Egypt on Friday as tens of thousands took to the streets to deliver an angry backlash against President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, demanding regime change on the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak. At least seven people were killed.

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WikiLeaks film script leaked to WikiLeaks

Julian Assange says he has obtained a leaked copy of the script for The Fifth Estate, a DreamWorks film about the maverick computer expert and his famed secret-busting site. In a speech before the Oxford Union debating society earlier this week, Assange said his unauthorised sneak peek has left him convinced the film is a hit piece.

"It is a mass propaganda attack against WikiLeaks, the organisation (and) the character of my staff," he said, adding that the movie - the opening scenes of which Assange described as taking place in Tehran and Cairo - also hyped Western fears over the Islamic Republic's disputed atomic energy program.

"It is not just an attack against us, it is an attack against Iran. It fans the flames of an attack against Iran," he said.

A DreamWorks spokeswoman declined to comment on Assange's claims.

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Security has been tightened across the country as India gears up to celebrate the 64th Republic Day today.

In the national capital, security has been increased ahead of the celebrations with police searching vehicles coming to the city from national capital regions.

The police are also monitoring the Metro stations, Delhi airports, railway stations and bus depots.

The police have searched the area between Vijay Chowk and Red Fort where the Republic Day parade will be hosted.

According to reports, at least 160 CCTV cameras have been installed between Rajpath and Red Fort.

Apart from the capital city, security has been upped in several other parts of the country.

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