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Written by fe Bureau | Paris | Updated: Jan 27 2010, 06:33am hrs
Call for veil ban in French public buildings

A French parliamentary panel will recommend a ban on face-covering Muslim veils in public areas from hospitals to schools but will stop short of pressing for the garb to be outlawed in the street, the panels president says. The 32-member panels report due tomorrow culminates a six-month inquiry into the wearing of all-encompassing veils that began after President Nicolas Sarkozy said in June that they are not welcome on French territory.

Dog meat could come off Chinese menus

Beijing: Dog and cat meatage-old delicacies in Chinacould be off the menu in the food-loving nation under its first law against animal abuse, state press said. People who eat either animal, both of which are viewed as promoting bodily warmth, would face fines of up to $730 and up to 15 days in jail if the law is passed, the Chongqing Evening News said.

Now, Houston has a Mahatma Gandhi district

Houston: A part of southwest Houston, Texas, home to a large number of South Asians, including Indians, has been officially renamed Mahatma Gandhi district to honour the leader on his 141st birth year. Hillcroft was renamed this month, fulfilling the seven-year long demand of over 100,000 strong Indian-American population. City Mayor Annise Parker announced the change of name along with Consul General of India in Houston, Sanjiv Arora.

Picasso to be repaired, shown in Met exhibit

New York: An important Picasso painting accidentally damaged by a visitor last week will be repaired in time for a large exhibition of the artists works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in April, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has said. The Actor, a painting from Picassos rose period, will be restored at the museums conservation laboratory.

Twitter to Chirp first developers conference

San Francisco: Twitter has announced plans to hold its first conference for developers interested in making applications to sync with the wildly popular microblogging service. Were happy to tell you that Chirp has now officially launched!, members of Twitters Chirp Team said.

Tim Burton to head Cannes film jury

Paris: American filmmaker Tim Burton will head the jury at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory director says heading up the nine-member jury in May is a great honour.

Doctors amputate wrong foot of Peruvian man

Lima: Doctors in Peru mistakenly amputated the wrong foot of an 86-year-old man, then had no choice but to cut off the other one as well to keep an infection from spreading, relatives and officials said. It was a terrible shock when I lifted up the sheets and saw they had amputated his left foot, the patients daughter said. She said doctors in the port city of Callao had been attending to an ulcer on Jorge Villanuevas right foot since Jan. 4. When the infection worsened on Saturday, they ordered the ill-fated emergency surgery. Realising their mistake, doctors performed a second operation the following day that left Villanueva footless.