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Colombians vote for 'safe pair of hands' as president
In the end, it seems Colombians were more comfortable with continuity than change when they cast their votes in Sunday's presidential election. Juan Manuel Santos, the former defence minister who helped to implement President Alvaro Uribe's hard-line, US-backed security policies, scored a decisive win with nearly 47% of the vote. "I must confess that I am very excited and I receive these results with humility," said Mr Santos. "Today Colombia won, today democracy won."
Kim Jong-il's Palaces as Seen on Google Earth
The Daily Telegraph has published satellite images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's houses and of jails in the Stalinist country. The daily carried the images under the title "A bird's eye view of the prisons and palaces of Kim Jong-il's North Korea." Images show Kim's Sinuiju palace complete with a private train station as well as a residence with a large swimming pool near Pyongyang. Other images show Pyongyang Golf Links, the North's only 18-hole golf course in Mt. Taesong; Kim's yacht moored at nearby Lake Taesong; and an ostrich farm and a chewing gum factory in Pyongyang.
Buzz Up BCCI slaps notices on six players for pub brawl
Buzz Up BCCI slaps notices on six players for pub brawl Yahoonews, IANS, 18 May 2010 Mumbai: The Indian cricket board on Tuesday asked Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja to explain why action should not be taken against them for their alleged pub brawl during the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean. A top source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that the show cause notice was served by secretary N Srinivasan at the behest of president Shashank Manohar. The source said the six players have been given seven days to respond to the notice. The players were involved in a brawl at a pub in St Lucia, May 11, hours after India crashed out of the ICC World Twenty20. According to reports, the brawl started after the Indian cricketers were taunted by the fans for their failure to reach the semi-final and the cricketers reacted strongly. Both Yuvraj and Nehra denied the brawl took place but team manager Ranjib Biswal played down the incident, saying there was only an altercation at the pub. But after Biswal submitted his report, BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said that the board had conducted its own inquiry into the incident. "We conducted an inquiry over the incident in the West Indies that was widely reported in the media. After considering all the information that we have gathered, the president took the decision that the board secretary will issue show cause notices to those players," Shetty said.
Caste councils told to 'mind their own business'
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dealt a huge blow to caste (khap) panchayats, warning the self-styled guardians of patriarchal morality to ''mind their own business''. This came after these panchayats failed to nurture support from the government for their campaign against same-gotra (lineage) weddings. Hearing a petition filed by three persons-a former village chief, an advocate and a retired government employee, a division bench, comprising chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Justice Jasbir Singh, directed the caste councils to stop behaving like ''paternal figures''. The petition sought court directions for a fresh law or amending the existing Hindu Marriage Act for prohibiting weddings between girls and boys of same gotra . Doubting the motive for filing the petition, the chief justice asked the petitioners how they were bothered if couples did not follow custom but taken legal recourse to get married.

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