Pak soldier killed in Indian firing
Indian forces fired at Pakistan’s position in Tatta Pani sector on the Line of Control (LoC), killing a Pakistani soldier, ISPR said.
According to an ISPR statement, one Pakistani soldier, Havildar Mohyuddin, was killed as a result of India shelling. The ISPR adds the army is currently engaged in retaliatory fire.
This is the third time India has violated the ceasefire at the LoC during the last week. Pakistan had earlier offered India that it was willing to have an inquiry conducted by the UN over the incidents.
On January 6, Indian troops violated the LoC at Bagh area and crossed over to the Hajipir sector. Indian troops attacked a security checkpost. Two Pakistani soldiers were injured in the attack, one of whom succumbed to his wounds.
Cross LoC trade stops, Pakistan doesn't open gates for Indian trucks to cross LoC: reports
Mainstream Hindi cinema has regressed, says Pak film critic
The quality of mainstream Hindi cinema has deteriorated over the years, feels eminent Pakistani film critic Mira Hashmi.
"I don't think much has changed. In fact, if you look at just the broad mainstream Hindi cinema, it has regressed. And it has regressed to all sorts of low new levels," Hashmi said at the fourth Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival here Thursday.
Participating in a panel discussion on "Transgressions: Essaying the new in Indian cinema", Hashmi said she finds the concept of item numbers "very disturbing".
"Just the idea - it is called an item number! What is the 'item' that we are talking about? It is the women. In so many of these item numbers, the cinematography is just mind-boggling because a lot of the time the camera will chop the head off and all you'll see is the body.
"So you have kind of separated the mind and face from it. I find that very disturbing," he said.
Snubbing the idea that films based on women as protagonists do not make money, she suggested more such movies should be made.
"I think it is nonsense that films based on women as protagonists do not make money. Look at 'Kahaani', which was one of the most profitable films. Give women a break. Let us have some stories based on women," said Hashmi.
Rail fare hike is anti-people: Mayawati
Terming the hike in rail fares as "anti-people", former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday demanded its immediate rollback.
"Bahujan Samaj Party demands that the rise in railway fares, which have been increased in an arbitrary manner by the UPA government, be withdrawn immediately," she said.
"After hiking the price of petrol, diesel and LPG the UPA government has now raised the fare of railways making travel costlier for poor and middle-class people as they will be the worst effected... Centre has hiked the fare of all the classes which is not in interest of people and BSP demands it to be withdrawn," Mayawati said.Read more
Fire in Mumbai residential building
According to TV reports, there's been a fire at a building in Bhakti Park in central Mumbai. Eight fire engines, 5 water tankers rush to the spot. More details awaited.
Delhi rape accused beaten by cops, claims lawyer
Police badly beat the five suspects arrested in the Delhi gang rape, the lawyer for one of the men said, accusing authorities of tampering with evidence in the case that has transfixed India.
"They are innocent," Manohar Lal Sharma said of the five suspects ahead of a court hearing, which ended quickly after it turned out some of the official court paperwork listing the charges was illegible.
He said police have beaten the men and placed other prisoners into the suspects' cells to threaten them with knives, adding, "You can't believe the reality of Indian prisons."
Sharma also said that the woman's companion was ultimately responsible.
"The boyfriend betrayed" her, he said. "The boyfriend is responsible for the whole thing," he said, before backing away from the statement later in the day.Read more
Cops issue Dos and Don'ts for Delhi girls
According to TV reports, Delhi police has issued 'Dos and Don'ts' to girls in Delhi. One directive reads: Go home straight after school or college. If you are going somewhere else, then inform home.
Another directive reads: Keep your contact number and address on a chit in your bag.
'Pak attack planned for over a month'
The CNN-IBN news channel reported that a Pakistani attack on an Indian Army area domination patrol in Poonch could have been planned over a month if not more, say Indian Army sources.
The sources said that it's likely the movement of the patrol, its total numbers and the weapons it carried was closely monitored from Pakistani observation posts.
A day after the Poonch ceasefire violation, sources said that some lapses may have been noticed by Pakistan and the attack was planned accordingly. The sources suggested an internal inquiry could determine where the fault lies. But there's no doubt this will impact in a number of ways, they said.
India rejects UN probe into LoC killings
Finance minister P Chidambaram has turned down a UN probe into the killings of two jawans by Pakistani troops. Chidambaram said there were no ceasefire violations by the Indian army and India does not want to internationalise the issue.
Pakistan on Wednesday denied involvement of its troops in an attack in which two Indian soldiers were killed and said it was prepared to hold investigations through the UN Military Observer Group on the recent ceasefire violations on the Line of Control.
A bomb has been found inside the stomach of a dead CRPF Jawan indicate media reports. The doctors in Jharkhand while conducting the autopsy had called the bomb disposal squad. The bomb has now been diffused.
An encounter had taken place between the Maoists and the CRPF on Monday in Jharkhand's Latehar district . A search operation was conducted when 5 soldiers were reported missing. 2 bodies of Jawans with explosives attached to them were found on Tuesday. 2 civilians were killed when the bodies were being airlifted.
Three more bodies were found on Wednesday, one of which had a bomb inside it.
Sweden seeks 2 Britons for smuggling garlic
Swedish prosecutors have issued international arrest warrants for two Britons suspected of masterminding a smuggling ring involving Chinese garlic.
The men first shipped the garlic to Norway by boat, where it entered the country duty-free since it was considered to be in transit, prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand said Wednesday. They then drove large shipments of garlic across the Norwegian-Swedish border, avoiding customs checks and thus Swedish import duties.
The Madhya Pradesh government has announced a compensation for the family of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh who lost his life during the recent ceasefire violation by Pakistan. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 15 lakhs and a house for his family and a job for his wife.
Florida man says Sandy Hook shooting staged by Obama
A Florida professor, known for his obsession with conspiracy theories, has said the massacre at Sandy Hook school did not happen as reported and suggested it was a set-up by the Obama administration to promote gun control.
Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy spoke about massacre on his blog and in interviews.
The 47-year-old professor on his blog, memoryholeblog.com wrote that regardless of where one stands on the Second Amendment and gun control, it is not unreasonable to suggest the Obama administration was involved in an incident that has sparked a national debate on the very topic, and not coincidentally remains a key piece of Obama's political platform, the New York Daily News reports.Read more
Teenanger raped in MP
A teenaged girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Chheemka village of Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh, police said today.
The accused, identified as Shyam Veer Tomar, took the girl forcibly to an isolated place and sexually assaulted her yesterday.
He then threatened her with dire consequences if she disclosed about the crime to anyone, police said.
However, the girl later informed her parents about the offence, following which a case was registered at Gohad Chouraha police station and the culprit was arrested under various sections of IPC.
1 killed, 2 injured at Chennai Metro Rail site
A worker was killed and two others were injured when a launching girder crashed at a construction site of the Chennai Metro Rail project here today.
The incident occurred at the St Thomas Mount station early this morning, killing a migrant worker and injuring two others, police said.
The injured have been admitted to a private hospital and a case registered, police added.
In August last year, one labourer was killed and six others injured when a crane engaged in work at a Metro Rail construction site opposite Pachaiyappas College in Kilpauk locality had collapsed.
Mallya writes to employees, lists out revival plan
With employees threatening to move court for closure of the company, Kingfisher Airlines chairman Vijay Mallya today finally broke his silence through a letter to his employees saying the management is making every effort to restart operations.
At the same time, Mallya urged the employees to be careful in their interaction with the media, alleging "negative reporting" by media on the carrier.
The employees of the grounded Kingfisher Airlines, who have not been paid for eight months now, had yesterday threatened to file a winding up petition in the court under the Company's Act, if the management did not share its revival plan with them.
The airline has not paid its employees since May last year.
Gangrape: Delhi cops apologize to HC for unsatisfactory report
The Delhi police has tendered an unconditional apology to the Delhi HC for an unsatisfactory status report on the gangrape incident. They have also submitted the names of all the night-duty police on December 16. The role of PCR vans are also going to be probed and the police are looking into whether the number of vans need to be increased.
Rape of grown-up girls may be understandable: BJP MP
BJP MP Ramesh Bais said that the rape of grown-up girls and women might be understandable but if someone does this to an infant, he should be hanged.
He said rape of minor is a heinous crime and those who commits such crime should be hanged.
Kamal confirms 'Vishwaroopam' release
Kamal Haasan has issued an official press release through his Rajkamal Films International today that Vishwaroopam will release on January 25.
Kamal in his press statement said, “Based on the unstinted support of theatre owners and distributors fraternity Vishwaroopam will release in over 500 screens across the State of Tamil Nadu on January 25.”
The governor of Bengal has condemned the clashes which took place between the Trinamool Congress and CPI-M on Tuesday. He has said that the events that took place over the last 2 to 3 days have been 'distressing and disturbing.' He also said that the political culture of Bengal was a kind of 'goondaism'.
25 killed in road accident in Bihar
At least 25 people were killed and 10 others injured when a speeding truck overturned and fell into a roadside ditch near Titai Bigha village in Aurangabad district early today.
The truck, carrying 35 labourers, overturned on NH 139 before rolling into a roadside ditch in the wee hours, Superintendent of Police Daljeet Singh told PTI.
About 35 people were on board and 25 of them were killed when the vehicle overturned. Ten others were injured, he said.
The labourers, who had come to Aurangabad for harvesting crops, were returning to their native Lesiganj village in Daltonganj district bordering Jharkhand, Singh said.
Senior civil and police officials have rushed to the spot.
UN observer group to probe LoC incident
The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) has received an official complaint from the Pakistan Army and will conduct a probe into the ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, a UN spokesman said.
"Regarding the January 6 alleged incident, the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan, or UNMOGIP, has received an official complaint from the Pakistan Army and will conduct an investigation as soon as possible in accordance with its mandate," Martin Nesirky, spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was quoted as saying at a press briefing.
Accused in Sept. 11 case to face 1 less charge
The chief prosecutor for the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals said Wednesday that he is seeking to withdraw one of the eight charges against five men accused of planning and aiding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins said he has asked a Pentagon legal official to dismiss the charge of conspiracy to comply with an appeals court ruling in a separate case, but the men will still face charges that include nearly 3,000 counts of murder each and could still get the death penalty if convicted at a trial at the U.S. base in Cuba.
Martins said dropping the conspiracy charge would remove a potential legal challenge to the prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has portrayed himself as the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and his four co-defendants.
UN asks India, Pak to de-escalate tension through dialogue
The UN has asked India and Pakistan to de-escalate tension through dialogue and respect the ceasefire along the Line of Control, in the wake of the killing of two Indian soldiers during an attack by Pakistani troops.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters here that,"the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) is aware that the Pakistani army and Indian army are in contact via the hot line and urges both sides to respect the ceasefire and de-escalate tensions through dialogue."
Railway fares is the talk of the day, but perhaps the biggest loser (other than the consumers of course) is probably Mamata Banerjee. Not only did she force the resignation of her own party member, Dinesh Trivedi, for trying to raise fares, but she even left the Government in a huff - apparently certain she could cause its downfall.
But none of her schemes has worked out and a year after Trivedi's much public fall, the fares are have been raised with no hope for a roll-back.
Here is what Mamata had to say -
"Railway fares for all classes have been increased on an average by 20 per cent today. In the last budget there was an increased of about 8 per cent in AC I and AC II," Banerjee said in a Facebook post
"Today's decision of additional burden is anti-people. Budget is coming next month. Is it ethical to increase the fare before the budget? It is too much, we do not agree," the former Railway minister said.
"In the recent times, the UPA government has raised prices of many essential commodities, be it LPG, diesel, petrol, fertiliser," she said.
"What else is left out?," Banerjee said.