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14 Northern Territory News, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 4 C O L O R : C M Y K MASSIVE WEEKEND SALE DARWIN CITY Are you a city trader who wants to be part of the Annual Darwin City wipeout Sale? If the answer is yes... LET EVERYBODY KNOW ABOUT IT! Call Christian 8944 9807 before Mon 18th Be Quick, limited time only ER280201 STARTS FRIDAY 29TH JAN NATION 13,000 scouts pitch tents SYDNEY:More than 13,000 scouts have put their camper badges to good use, pitching tents south of Sydney as the annual Australian Jamboree officially kicked off yesterday. Scouts, leaders and volunteers from all around Australia and 26 other countries will spend the next 10 days at a bush reserve camp in Cataract Scout Park at Appin. Last nights opening ceremony featured performances from scouts andmusicians. Robbers assault pub worker SYDNEY: A hotel worker was held captive, assaulted, and left with a broken leg by armed robbers who stormed a pub in northernNSW, police say. About 1am (AEDT) yesterday fourmen broke through the rear door of a licensed premises on River St at Yamba. Two employees escaped but a third worker, a 41-yearoldmanwas detained and assaulted by the fourmen, police said. The group, who werewearing hooded jumpers, long pants and gloves stole a number of the mans personal items before leaving the premises. Investigations continue. Boats keep coming CANBERRA: Another boatload of suspected asylum seekers has been intercepted off Australias northwest coast. The boat was intercepted on Sunday at 6.20pm (AEDT) by HMAS Albany, about 29 nautical miles (53.7km) south of Cartier Island, off Western Australia. The 30 passengers and two crew have been taken to Christmas Island. Deadmanmystery SYDNEY: A man found dead on a footpath in Sydneys northern suburbs has been identified as a 31-year-old who died in suspicious circumstances but was not murdered, police believe. A motorist discovered the mans body on the footpath on King St, Manly Vale, about 7am (AEDT) Saturday. Fatal ski collision CANBERRA: One man is dead and another is injured after their jet-ski and a boat collided on Canberras Molonglo River. Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash, which occurred at about 12.25pm (AEDT) yesterday. Fire threat to homes MELBOURNE: Residents in Victorias north have been warned a fast moving, out-ofcontrol bushfire could affect their homes. The Country Fire Authority (CFA) issued a warning for residents in the Winton North and Lake Mokoan area, near Benalla, at about 4.30pm (AEDT) yesterday. Husband arrested MELBOURNE: The husband of a woman found dead with her throat cut in her western Sydney home will be extradited from Melbourne to face a NSW court. Chamanjot Singh, 22, was arrested by Victorian police on Wednesday as he got off a bus at Melbournes Southern Cross station. Armed teen in carjack rampage SYDNEY: An armed teenage boy allegedly carjacked and crashed two vehicles and when finally caught assaulted some detectives. Police say the 17-year-old from Penrith, in Sydneys west, first carjacked a taxi in Wellington, in the NSW central west, about 5.30pm (AEDT) on Sunday, threatening the driver with a knife. The cabbie jumped from the car and the teen drove off down the Mitchell Highway towards Orange, but a short time later the taxi veered off the road and rolled a number of times. The boy, who was unlicensed, then allegedly used the knife to threaten a carload of tourists and drove off in their hired Hyundai Getz, which he later crashed into a tree. He was refused bail, to appear at Orange Childrens Court later. DRASTIC MEASURE: Some farmers paid NSW farmer Peter Spencer (inset) a visit after protesting in Canberra. Spencer remains up a pole in protest against government vegetation laws Supporters rally for grazier CANBERRA: Federal politicians have called on a protesting grazier to end his hunger strike atop a 20-metre-high wind tower, as hundreds of supporters rallied in Canberra. Peter Spencer says he hasnt eaten since November 23. He remains perched on a 3m by 1.5m platform on top of the tower at his Shannons Flat property near Cooma. The grazier is demanding the Rudd government hold a Royal Commission into land-clearing laws that prevent him from felling native vegetation on his property. Mr Spencer also wants to be compensated for the loss of potential farming land. Federal Opposition finance spokesman Barnaby Joyce yesterday addressed about 300 supporters of Mr Spencer who gathered in Canberra outside Parliament House. Cricketers urged to speak Call for stars to condemn race attacks on students By JEFF TURNBULL inMelbourne CRICKETING legends Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting have been urged to speak out against violence perpetrated on Indian students. Gautam Gupta, a spokesman for the Federation of Indian Students in Australia, says the two cricket stars have huge followings in India and it is about time they voiced some concern. Australias bilateral relationship with the emerging economic power is taking a further buffeting after the murder of 21-year-old account ing graduate Nitin Garg (pictured), who was on his way to his job at a Hungry Jacks fast food outlet in West Footscray on Saturday night when he was attacked. The Indian government has condemned the senseless killing, the latest in a series of attacks on Indians in Melbourne, and warned that it could affect bilateral ties. Mr Gupta said there is a lot of frustration within the Indian community about the way the the Garg case is being handled. People are losing confidence with every passing day, Mr Gupta told AAP. He said it was time cricket stars Ponting and Warne spoke up because they have millions of fans in India. They should jump in and defend Indian students in Australia, Mr Gupta said. Shane Warne is an icon in India he has millions of fans. Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said the murder was a heinous crime on humanity carried out on an innocent Indian who had gone to study in Australia. He said the Australian government should take note of the deep anger the latest attack on an Indian national has caused. It certainly will have some bearing on the bilateral ties between our two coun tries, Mr Krishna told the ABC. Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard condemned the attack. People in Melbournes west, people around the nation, I think they will be joining together to say we unreservedly condemn this violence, she said. This is a nation that welcomes international students. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott described the killing as tragic, but said it did not mean Australia was a racist nation. I reject any suggestion Australia is an intolerant society, he said. I think that we are about as welcoming a place as any on Earth. Roasting chooks saved MELBOURNE: Hundreds of chickenswere saved by firefighters battling a blaze that badly damaged a chicken shed on a farm southeast ofMelbourne. Country Fire Authority crewswere called to the farm in Bullarto Rd, Cranbourne South, about 9.45pm (AEDT) on Sunday. Quick efforts by the firefighters confined the fire to a section, CFA spokesmanCraigMusselwhite said. Cops shocked by holiday road toll MELBOURNE: Police around the country are shocked by the number of road deaths over the Christmas and New Year period as the holiday toll soared to its highest in four years. Across the nation, 70 people were killed on the roads over the holiday period, with NSW leading the states with 23 deaths between December 18 and January 3. Victoria followed with 17 deaths. The national figure was the highest in four years and compared to 56 in 2008-09, 46 in 2007-08 and 62 in 2006-07. NSW police blamed risk-taking drivers for the high toll, with the states top traffic officer describing it as shocking. It disgusts me, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley told reporters in Sydney yesterday. The ACT was the only state or territory to remain fatality-free.
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