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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Self-immolation of Tibetan monk sparks mass protest in China

Sunday - Mar 18, 2012, 07:19pm (GMT+5.5)
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Beijing -  Several hundred Tibetans gathered for the funeral of a farmer who self immolated in China, sparking a stand-off with police.

Sonam Thargyal, 44, was the second person to set himself alight this week in Qinghai province.

According to rights groups, truckloads of armed police arrived in Rebkong County, but withdrew after a confrontation with mourners.

The UK-based Free Tibet group said it was one of the largest protests by Tibetans since 2008.

"This is the biggest gathering of people I have ever seen in this place. People are pouring in from the villages," The BBC quoted an eyewitness, as saying.

According to US-based Radio Free Asia, a source said that 7,000 people had come to Rebkong for Thargyal's funeral.

Activists said that Thargyal was a close friend of a monk who set himself on fire in the same town earlier this week.

The monk is believed to be alive but critically ill.

The farmer apparently shouted slogans in support of the Dalai Lama before setting fire to himself, the report said.

Activist groups circulated images of the man's funeral, showing a badly burnt corpse draped in funeral robes, surrounding by crowds of mourners.


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