Dhoni continues with 'Sir Jadeja' jokes
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday once again tickled his fans' funny bones by cracking few more jokes on his IPL teammate 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja.
"If ever Rajni sir had to face sir jadeja's bowling, the battle would be known as CLASH OF THE TITANS," Dhoni wrote on his twitter handle.
Dhoni cracked another joke at his teammate, tweeting, "On 17.4.13 no planes landed at delhi airport from 7.30pm till 8.30 as sir jadeja was playing badminton In a nearby farm house."
Arun Jaitley plays down BJP-JDU spat over Narendra Modi
Seeking to play down the discordant notes between BJP and its ally JDU over the Modi-for-PM issue, senior party leader Arun Jaitley on Friday said there was no controversy on it and BJP wants to gain allies, not sacrifice any.
"I don't think there is any controversy. As I have said Modi is certainly a very popular leader... Certainly one of popular leaders of BJP. We are proud of that fact…", the Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha told reporters here.
Jaitley was responding to questions over barbs between BJP and JDU the Modi issue and reports that his party former president Nitin Gadkari had told Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar that his Gujarat counterpart would not be projected as prime ministerial candidate.
Update on the brutal rape and mutilation of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi
Amid large protests at the Delhi hospital where the five-year-old rape survivor is fighting for her life, a police officer was today filmed slapping a woman demonstrator.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told NDTV that Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bani Singh Ahlawat, who slapped the woman protester, has been suspended.
There was total chaos at the East Delhi hospital when Congress leaders Sandeep Diskhit and AK Walia arrived to meet the child's family. Since the morning, workers from Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party had clashed with the police, posted at the hospital to check the seething crowd of demonstrators.
AP: Boston bomb suspects from Russia region near Chechnya, lived in US at least 1 year.
4.05 pm:BJP welcomes arrest of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
Terming the arrest of former Pakistani President and military leader Pervez Musharraf to be a historic day in the history of Islamabad, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday expressed hope that the power of democracy and law that is equal for all continues in the future so that the people in the neighbouring nation get the opportunity to elect a leader of their choice.
"It is full circle for Pervez Musharraf, the great dictator, the army general, who used to epitomize the voice of Pakistan. Arrogance was a part of his idiom. Today he is running for cover, he almost ran away from the court. That is indeed a part of democracy. What Musharraf did against India is too well known. But as far as Pakistan was concerned, it was a case of murder, mayhem, deliberate breaking of the system, seeking to overawe the judiciary. All has come full circle," said BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.Read more2.50 pm:
Bangalore blast: Bomber parked bike 20 minutes before explosion
TOI: Police officers investigating Wednesday's explosion in Malleswaram have prepared a sketch of the suspected bike bomber.
The sketch is based on the description provided by a KSRP constable, who saw the man, aged between 25 and 30 years, park a TVS Suzuki Max 100 in which the bomb was allegedly kept.
The bomber parked the bike around 10am and walked away. "He was wearing a blue T-shirt and black trousers. Twenty minutes later, the bike exploded," sources quoted the cop as saying.
Took all decisions on 2G in consultation with PM: Raja
Former Telecom Minister A Raja, who has been accused in the JPC draft report of having misled the Prime Minister on 2G spectrum issue, today maintained he had done everything in consultation with Manmohan Singh and would send a detailed note in his defence to the panel next week.
"I had done everything in consultation with the Prime Minister. After demitting office, I told everyone that whatever I did was in consultation with the Prime Minister.
"After I was arrested, I advanced the same argument in court and at the time of framing of charges, the same argument was forwarded. My stand has been very clear," he told reporters here.
While giving sequence of events leading to allocation of 2G spectrum, the draft JPC report says, "the Committee is inclined to conclude that the Prime Minister was misled about the procedure decided to be followed by the Department of Telecommunications in respect of issuance of UAS (Universal Access License) licences."
Raja said, "I will prove my innocence and send a note to the JPC and I do hope that after the perusal of my report, They will call me".
Answering a query on the probe in 2G scam, he said, "The entire 2G is complete lawlessness. Whether it is the CAG... With due respect to the Supreme Court, even the Supreme Court observations are completely violating natural justice. I do have faith in judiciary, the trial is going on and I will prove my innocence."
The DMK has come out in support of its party leader, saying that it is a "false accusation" that Raja had "misled" the prime Minister on the 2G issue.
Boston bomb suspect killed after shootout: police
AFP: One of the Boston bombing suspects reportedly died on Friday after a shootout with police, as explosions rang out near the tense US city and officers stayed on the hunt for a second suspect.
The manhunt began after a campus police officer was killed at the elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Boston Globe reported, days after the city's historic marathon came under attack.
The first suspect was caught by police in the Watertown district north of MIT, and US media said he later died of his wounds.
Describing the shootout, local resident Adam Brown told AFP: "There were blasts, it could have been grenades."
MIT, one of the world's top universities, is situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from Boston where three people were killed and 180 injured in a double bomb attack on the marathon on Monday.
The Boston police have said that one suspect involved in the Boston marathon bombing has died. The police are on the lookout for the second suspect.
FBI probing link between Boston bombings and MIT shooting
The FBI is investigating whether the shooting of a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and gunfire and explosions in a nearby town are related to the Boston Marathon bombings.
A Massachusetts State Police spokesman says one person suspected in the gunfire and explosions has been accounted for and one is at large.
The FBI says it is working with local authorities to determine what happened.
The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus Thursday night was followed by reports of violence in nearby Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston.
A state police spokesman said early Friday there is a "strong possibility" the incidents are related.
Cab driver Imran Sais says he heard "a loud boom" while standing on a street corner at a police barricade across from a diner.
Former telecom minister A Raja has said that he will prove his innocence in the 2G scam.
" I will give a detailed note to the JPC. I hope the JPC will call me after my detailed note. I did everything in consultation with the PM," said A Raja.
Pakistan's Musharraf lashes out after arrest
Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf has lashed out at his accusers following his arrest in a case involving his decision to fire senior judges while in power.
Police arrested Musharraf overnight following his dramatic escape from a court in Islamabad Thursday after a judge rejected his bail and ordered his detention.
Musharraf called the allegations against him "politically motivated" in a message posted on his Facebook page after his arrest.
Police presented Musharraf before a different court in the capital on Friday morning, where the judge ordered the police to keep him in custody for two days and then present him before an anti-terrorism court.
Police returned him to his home on the outskirts of Islamabad, where he holed up after his escape, and held him under house arrest.
Boston attack: Bombing suspect in custody, another remains on the loose
One marathon suspect has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation, The Boston Globe reports.
Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. Authorities have established a 20-block perimeter as they search for him.
'Uma Bharti's re-entry to strengthen BJP's vote in polls'
BJP leaders in Madhya Pradesh feel Uma Bharti's re-entry in the party fold will help it in the state Assembly Elections slated around the year end.
However, Congress is of the view that 10 years of BJP rule has set-in a strong anti-incumbency wave in the state which even the re-entry of Bharti would not be able to contain.
"The BJP is certainly going to benefit in the coming Assembly polls with the re-entry of Bharti in the party fold as she has her own dedicated vote in the state that resulted in the victory of her candidates in five seats in the 2008 Assembly polls," BJP MLA and spokesman Vishwas Sarang said.
Mossad launches online recruitment campaign
Israel's espionage agency Mossad has launched an online recruitment campaign appealing for creative people who love challenges to apply for an "interesting, out of the ordinary and dynamic job".
The new campaign, under the slogan "with enemies like this ? friends are needed," directs people to the Mossad's website and to the long list of professions the agency desires to enlist.
The site notes, "If you have courage, wisdom and ingenuity, you can influence and actualise a national and personal mission. If you have the ability to move, fascinate and motivate people, you may be made of the quality material we are looking for".
"If you have all of these, the Mossad is open to you," it adds.
Homeguard, two others arrested for murder
A homeguard and two others were arrested today in connection with the murder of a vegetable seller in Binauli area near Meerut, police said.
Abdul Latif (30) was allegedly shot dead by homeguard, Gagan, and two others -- Sonu and Anuj -- on February 13 for not selling his vegetables on credit, a police official said.
The three accused were arrested from Darkawada road by the Binauli police, he said, adding, Latif's mobile was recovered from them.
Cop killed at MIT; Reports of gunfight, explosions
A police officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been shot and killed at the campus outside of Boston, authorities said early Friday. No arrests had been made and a manhunt was on for the shooter.
The officer was responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex District Attorney's office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims.
MIT said on its website that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors until further notice. People were urged to stay away from the Stata Building, a mixed use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.
The shooting came little more than three days after the twin bombings on the Boston Marathon that killed three people, wounded more than 180 others and led to an increase in security across the city.
The shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. outside an MIT building, according to state police spokesman Dave Procopio.
The officer, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from his wounds.
About 11,000 people attend the prestigious university.
Madhu Koda out of jail, meets ailing mother
TOI: Former chief minister MadhuKoda finally came out of jail on Thursday, two days after getting 21-day provisional bail from the Jharkhand High Court.
Koda, an accused in the Rs 4,000-crore scam, has got bail in all the five cases against him in trial courts. He got temporary bail of three weeks in the last case related to irregularity in allotment of work under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojna a to Hyderabad-based company on Tuesday from the high court.
Powerful quake hits north of Japan, east of Russia
The Japan Meteorological Agency says a 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off far northern Japan and far eastern Russia.
The tremor around midday Friday was in the Pacific Ocean at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
The agency said sea changes were possible but no damage was expected.
The epicenter was 58 kilometers (160 miles) east-northeast of Kuril'sk, Russia, and 528 kilometers (328 miles) northeast of Nemuro, Japan.
The area is almost 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) northeast of Tokyo.
Former President of Pakistan Musharraf has been arrested. He was arrested from his farmhouse in Islamabad.
The Islamabad High Court on Thursday had cancelled his application for bail. He had then fled to his farmhouse to evade arrest.
He has now been produced before a magistrate.
FBI issues photos of 2 suspects in Boston bombing
Plucking a couple of faces in baseball caps out of a swarming crowd, the FBI zeroed in on two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and shared surveillance-camera images of them with the world Thursday in hopes the public will help hunt them down.
The somewhat blurry but still detailed photos and video depict one young man in a dark cap and another in a white cap worn backward, both wearing backpacks and one walking behind the other on the sidewalk near the finish line as marathoners run by.
27 killed in Baghdad cafe bombing
At least 27 people, including children and women, were killed and 51 wounded Thursday evening when a bomb struck a cafe in this Iraqi capital city, police said.
The bombing attack took place in Al Ameriyah neighbourhood in west Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a police source as saying.
Violence has increased recently in the Iraqi cities ahead of the provincial polls scheduled for Saturday.
China Thursday confirmed the number of bird flu affected cases reached 87 in the country, with a total of 17 people already dead due to H7N9 avian influenza.
Five new cases of human H7N9 avian influenza -- one in Shanghai, one in Jiangsu, two in Zhejiang and one in Henan, Xinhua reported.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 87 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 17 that have ended in death.
Of the total, six H7N9 patients had been discharged from hospitals after receiving treatment, and the other 64 patients were being treated in designated hospitals, according to the commission.
A total of 32 cases, including 11 that have ended in death, have been reported from Shanghai alone.
China confirmed the occurrence of humans infected with the H7N9 virus late last month.