Pervez MusharrafFormer President Pervez Musharraf, of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, has vacated the presidential home of Aiwan-e-Sadr after stepping down from the office of President. On Monday Fahmida Mirza, Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, signed and accepted the resignation of President Musharraf.

Pakistan's President Musharraf resigns; new elections to be held
For 44 years I have safeguarded the country and will continue to do so.
Pakistan's President Musharraf resigns; new elections to be held

—Pervez Musharraf

He was accorded a guard of honour before leaving the President’s House. President Musharraf resigned after remaining in power for nine years.

He had been facing impeachment on charges of violating the constitution and gross misconduct. The movement to impeach Pervez Musharraf was an August 2008 attempt by the Pakistan Peoples Party, the Pakistan Muslim League, Awami National Party, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam to force Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf out of office.

Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation at 13:00 Local time (07:00 UTC) in a televised address to avoid impeachment. In it, Pervez Musharraf explained in Urdu language his reasons for resigning.

“If I was doing this just for myself, I might have chosen a different course,” Musharraf said, early in the speech. “But I put Pakistan first, as always,” he continued. “Whether I win or lose the impeachment, the dignity of the nation would be damaged, the office of the president harmed.”

Just three days ago, the chief spokesperson for Pervez Musharraf denied reports that came out 14 August, 2008 indicating that the president would step down within days.

Before departing, President Pervez Musharraf met with many important figures including General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the Chief of the Army Staff, and Air Marshal Tanvir Mehmoodand, Chief of Air Staff. President Musharraf says he has no plans to leave the country and will remain with his family in Islamabad.

Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Mian Soomro, took over as Acting President of Pakistan after the departure of President Pervez Musharraf’s.

The Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan, Kanwar Dilshad, announced on August 22, 2008 that the presidential election will be held on September 06, 2008. The Central Executive Committee of Pakistan People’s Party has nominated the Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari for the post of president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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Bikas RauniarColombo, ( Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist), was elected as the first Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on August 15 by a huge majority.

In the election in the Constituent Assembly (CA), he won 464 votes against his rival, Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress, who got only 113 out of the 577 votes cast.

Though the CA comprises 601 members, 594 are valid voters. The seats of six members, who had won from two constituencies in the CA elections, were reduced to one each. One member is still to be sworn in. The remaining 17 did not take part in the prime ministerial election.

On August 14, the two major parties, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified-Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF) had reached an agreement to support Prachanda’s candidacy, which was later backed by the smaller parties.

– Asian Tribune –


A New York City resident is dead after she was run over by a bus.

33-year-old Donnette Sanz, a traffic agent for the city police department was crossing a Bronx intersection at East 188th Street and Webster Avenue when a van pushed her into the path of an oncoming school bus that then pinned the seven-month pregnant woman.

“We was riding along, coming down the hill,” John Dargan, a passenger in the van, told the Daily News. “He said, ‘Oh, my Lord, I don’t have no brakes.’ It happened so quick.”

Approximately 30 people helped lift the bus off of the woman. “I ran out of my house to join 10 people trying to lift up the bus,” said Cheryl Brown, 47. “At first, we couldn’t get it up, so then another 10 people ran over to help, and we got the bus up and the lady out.” After being freed from beneath the bus, Sanz was then transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where her baby was delivered by caesarean section.

Sanz survived the birth, but died an hour later. The 1.5 kg boy, named Sean Michael, was initially classified as being in critical condition, but later showed signs of improvement.

The van’s driver, 72-year-old Walter Walker, was arrested on charges of criminally negligent homicide and driving without a license. He pleaded not guilty.

“The light turned red, and I couldn’t stop. I tried to miss her.” said Walker to the New York Post. Police said the brakes on Walter’s van were in such poor condition that the vehicle was unsafe. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that Walker already had 20 suspensions on his driver’s license.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered condolences to Sanz’s husband, Rafael. “It’s a terrible poignancy that Donnette’s son’s birthday will now coincide with the day his mother died,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

Sanz’s colleagues have set up a memorial at the intersection where she was killed.

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Phil McElhinney.

The Jamaican Usain Bolt set a new world record in the final of the 100m sprint, which is often considered a very important event in the Olympic games, with his time of 9.69 seconds.

BBC Sport reported that Bolt set the new world record even though “he didn’t even try all of the way.”

Bolt passed through the semi-final with a time of 9.85, only 0.13 seconds behind his own world record time of 9.72. this is despite the fact that, according to the BBC, Bolt jogged the last twenty metres.

The American Tyson Gay failed to qualify for the 100 metre final. “I don’t have any excuses. I’m pretty upset,” said Gay after realizing he had failed to finish in the top three of the semi-finals, which took place approximately two hours before the final.

The World record for the 100 metres has dropped significantly since the record of 10.6 seconds was set by Donald Lippincott on July 6, 1912.

The ten second barrier was first crossed by Jim Hines of the United

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