Ex-Minister Youseff Boutros Ghali Jailed over Corruption Charges in Egypt

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Youssef Boutros-Ghali

Youssef Boutros-Ghali

Former Finance Minister of Egypt has been given a 30-year jail sentence over corruption charges. Youseff Boutros Ghali has been asked by judges to pay back 60m Egyptian pounds (about $10m, $1=5.942 Egyptian Pound)). Ghali was Egypt’s Minister of Finance between 2004 and 2011 and is the nephew of former UN secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali. The court found him guilty of using cars waiting in customs fwhich include sex luxury cars. He used all these for personal purpose.  He was also found guilty of using finance ministry resources for personal electoral campaign. Boutros-Ghali is the minister of Mubarak-era.  Another minister, Habib al-Adly, has also been sentenced to 12 years for corruption and is facing a second trial over the killing of protesters. Mubarak is to face trial on August 3, along with his two sons Alaa and Gamal, accused of ordering the shooting of anti-government protesters during the January-February uprising and for fraud.

Yoga Guru Ramdev Baba fasts against corruption in India

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World renowned Yoga Guru, Ramdev Baba,  from India has started an indefinite fast to force Indian Government to take action against corruption. He took this action after cabinet ministers failed to convince him to call it off. Ramdev Baba wants to recover “black money” which are kept in foreign banks by Indians. He is also asking for death penalty for corrupt government officials. He started his fast with saying that “no one will be hungry, uneducated, unemployed”. He also has supports from his international followers and his yoga channel is viewed by millions of people all over the world.

E. coli infections kill 6 and sicken hundreds in Germany

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A recent E. coli outbreak originated from raw vegetables has killed about six people and sickened hundreds in Germany. This announcement is made by National and global health authorities on Monday and the first investigation results is released by Robert Koch Institute, the German federal unit responsible for disease control and prevention under Germany’s Ministry of Health. Report suggests that the infections is originated from consuming raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. The agency has advised consumers (specially from northern Germany) to avoid consumption of these vegetables.

The reason of six deaths has been studied thoroughly and a statement is released by World Health Organization. Three of the deaths were caused by hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS, from E. coli. The other three were caused by an infection linked to HUS and E. coli.

According to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 329 cases of HUS have been reported since May 2. Though HUS is generally seen in children younger than 5 but in the recent outbreak majority are  adults and more than two-third are women.

The European Food Safety Alert Network has identified Spain as the possible origin of the problem because EHEC, or enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, a strain of E. coli that causes hemorrhage in the intestines, was found in organic cucumbers originating from Spain and packaged in Germany before distributing it to various countries. Russia has suspended all imports of vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers and salad leaves, produced in Germany and Spain.

Soon divorce will be allowed in Malta

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Malta is the only EU country where divorce is not allowed. Malta has voted “Yes” in a non-binding referendum on legalizing divorce. About three-quarters of the electorate took part in the voting to legalize divorce. Dr Gonzi said in a televised speech that “Even though the result is not what I wished for, now it is our duty to see that the will of the majority is respected”. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando who was the leader of “Yes for Divorce” is very happy and said the result is significant. He said that “it brings Malta into a new era where the state and the Church are separate”. At present Divorce is banned only in three countries in the world – Malta, Philippines and Vatican. The other county Chile legalize divorce in 2004 after huge public pressure. Voting was done to introduce a new law that would allow couples to obtain a divorce after four years of separation. Earlier the legal separation was possible through courts or Church (which was a complex process that can take up to nine years). Divorce taken abroad was also legally valid in Malta.

French minister Georges Tron quits after sexual harassment accusation

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Georges Tron

French Minister, Georges Tron, is accused of sexually harassing a staff of a town hall where he is mayor. Mr. Tron is married and has 3 children. In spite of denying the allegation, he resigned from post. Accusation is made by two women who have worked for him on several occasions between 2007 and 2010. They accuse Mr Tron of molesting them on the pretext of giving them foot massages. One of the women, Laura, told newspaper that she was inspired by recent Strauss-Kahn case which promoted her to take action.

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