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Prime Minister David Cameron
has ordered an investigation into
o cial papers which suggest the
British government of Margaret
atcher helped India plan an
attack against Sikh separatists in
the Golden Temple at Amritsar
e attack on Sikhism's holiest
shrine angered Sikhs around the
world who accused the Indian
army of desecration.
e death toll remains
disputed, with the Indian
authorities putting it in the
hundreds and Sikh groups in the
e assault triggered the
assassination of Indian Prime
Minister Indira Gandhi, who
ordered the attack, when two
Sikh bodyguards killed her in
revenge several months later.
government papers from the
time, publicised by Tom Watson,
an opposition Labour Party
MP, suggest that atcher
responded positively to an Indian
government request for advice on
planning the attack and sent an
o cer from the elite Special Air
Service (SAS) to help draw up a
A spokesman for Cameron's
o ce said overnight the British
prime minister had ordered an
investigation as a result.
" ese events led to a tragic
loss of life and we understand
the very legitimate concerns
that these papers will raise," the
" e Prime Minister has
asked the Cabinet Secretary to
look into this case urgently and
establish the facts."
Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet
secretary, is Britain's top civil
servant. Cameron and Foreign
Secretary William Hague had
been unaware of the papers
prior to their publication, the
Syed Akbaruddin, a spokes-
man for India's foreign ministry,
said his government was aware
of the story only from the
"We will take it up with our
UK counterparts and seek more
information," he told Reuters
TV. --- Reuters
atcher linked to Golden Temple assault
Coro St star Roache in rape trial
PICTURE: Getty Images
Coronation Street Star William Roache, centre, leaves Preston Crown Court with his son
Linus Roache and daughter Verity Roache, after the rst day of his rape trial.
British television actor William Roache, the
world's longest-serving soap opera star, has
gone on trial facing counts of rape and sexual
assault on young girls.
Roache, 81, who has played Ken Barlow in
Coronation Street since the rst episode in
1960, used his fame to carry out the assaults
and silence his victims, the prosecution
Roache denies ve counts of indecent
assault and two counts of rape involving
ve girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16. e
o ences are said to have occurred between
1965 and 1971.
Prosecutor Anne White opened the case
against him at Preston Crown Court in
She said the jury members were "bound to
know" the defendant was a household name.
"You may well conclude by the end of
this trial that William Roache's fame and
popularity provided not only the opportunity
for his o ending but that it is one of the
predominant reasons for his victims' decades
of silence," she told them.
"Favour or condemn him on the evidence,
not because he plays Ken Barlow."
Two of the alleged victims are sisters, but
otherwise women who do not know each
other were complaining about his behaviour
from the same time period, she said.
One alleged victim, a 15-year-old virgin at
the time in 1967, was raped in a bedroom.
"He did not attempt to kiss her or sweet-
talk her in any way," the prosecutor said.
"She describes it being uncomfortable and
She was allegedly raped a second time against
a wall in the same house, the court heard.
He gave one alleged victim a lift in his car
and made her commit a sex act on him, before
giving her half a crown for a bus fare home.
e trial is scheduled to last up to four
Guinness World Records lists Roache as
the longest serving soap actor in the world.
Monkeys at a British zoo have been
banned from eating bananas --- because
they are too unhealthy.
Animal nutritionists have likened
giving bananas to the primates at
Paignton Zoo in Devon to humans
eating too much cake and chocolate.
e monkeys have been on a health
kick and have been avoiding food that
is too sweet and sugary --- including
Amy Plowman, head of conservation
and advocacy, said: "People usually try
to improve their diet by eating more
fruit --- but fruit cultivated for humans
is much higher in sugar and much lower
in protein and bre than most wild fruit
because we like our fruit to be so sweet
"Giving this fruit to animals is
equivalent to giving them cake and
"Compared to the food they would
eat in the wild, bananas are much
more energy-dense --- they have lots of
calories --- and contain much more sugar
that's bad for their teeth and can lead to
diabetes and similar conditions.
"It can also cause gastrointestinal
problems as their stomachs are mostly
adapted to eating brous foods with very
Plowman said it had not been too hard
to wean the monkeys o bananas and
give them vegetables instead.
" ey didn't get a choice but --- unlike
children --- they couldn't complain."
A typical monkey diet now features
lots of green leafy vegetables, smaller
amounts of other vegetables and as much
browse --- leafy branches --- as possible,
especially for the leaf-eating monkeys.
A specialist pellet feed gives them the
correct balance of nutrients, while small
amounts of cooked brown rice can be
scattered around enclosures to encourage
Animals do still get bananas if they are
unwell and the keepers need to make
sure they take medication.
"Putting it in a piece of banana works
really well, as it's such a treat now,"
Plowman said. --- PA
It is so hot in south-east Australia that even
the bitumen in Tasmania is melting.
As the bottom end of the country withers
in the heat, South Australia's heatwave is
challenging records dating back more than 70
years and Melbourne is facing its longest run of
40degC days since 1908.
e South Australian town of Keith recorded
the highest temperature in the country yesterday
with 47.2degC as Adelaide sweltered through
45degC, one degree short of its historic record
high set on January 12, 1939.
e heatwave which ignited destructive res
in Perth over the weekend has moved across the
country and will give Adelaide ve consecutive
days above 40degC, its third-longest hot spell.
Today is expected to get to 45degC and
the record could be broken tomorrow with a
forecast of 46degC before a cool change to
40degC on Friday, plummeting to 20degC at
In Victoria, Charlton and Longerenong were
two towns to reach 46degC yesterday, while
Avalon hit 45.8degC and other towns sweltered
with no power and grass res burned as the
mercury hit 40degC in all nine of the Bureau of
Meteorology's forecast districts.
Melbourne, which reached 42.8degC, is now
set to endure four days in a row above 40degC
after the bureau upgraded today's forecast to
It will be the rst time the city has endured
such a heatwave since 1908, when there was
a ve-day streak above 40degC, Bureau of
Meteorology duty forecaster Stuart Coombs
"It would go down as the second longest run of
40s since records started in 1835 in Melbourne,"
" ere will be very little relief during the
overnight periods and that's going to make this
a very arduous spell of weather for people to get
Several res ared across South Australia
and Victoria yesterday but the run of heat is
expected to produce extreme re conditions by
the end of the week.
Paramedics dealt with 35 cases of heat
exhaustion or heat stroke across Victoria by late
In normally cool Tasmania, police had reports
of melting bitumen as temperatures were about
18degC above the average across the State,
hitting 40degC in Melton Mowbray and Bushy
Park, while Strahan reached its second equal
highest temperature of 38degC.
Hobart went over the 30degC mark and will
get up to 36degC on Friday.
Launceston reached 34.6degC yesterday and
is forecast to hit 38degC today, remaining in the
mid-30s for the rest of the working week.
While most of New South Wales escaped
the worst of the heat, Swan Hill and Mildura
both hit 45.2degC, while Deniliquin reached
44.3degC. --- AAP
at top job
Rahul Gandhi, the scion of a dynasty
that has led India for most of its history,
suggested in an interview published
overnight he was ready to be prime
minister if his party won forthcoming
elections, his rst indication that he
wants the job.
Gandhi's Congress party heads the
coalition that has governed India for a
decade. Bu eted by corruption scandals,
low economic growth and high in ation,
the party is facing strong opposition
challenges in the election due by May.
"I am a soldier of Congress. Whatever
order is given to me I will follow it.
Whatever Congress says, I will follow it,"
Gandhi, 43, said in a rare inter view with
the Hindi-language Dainik Bhaskar,
which describes itself as India's most
widely read daily.
Gandhi, whose father, grandmother
and great-grandfather were all prime
ministers in post-independence India,
made the remarks ahead of a party
meeting on Friday focusing on the
Current Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh this month ruled out serving
another term if his party won the election
and threw his support to Gandhi,
praising his "outstanding credentials".
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