Live: Bundle of clothes on tracks derails train

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 05, 2013 13:52 hrs

7.15 pm: 

Bundle of clothes on tracks derails Mumbai train

Adding to the rush hour woes of local commuters, services on Mumbai's suburban harbour line were disrupted after a bundle of clothes derailed a train Tuesday evening, officials said. There were no casualties.

Two wheels of the motorman's coach of a train bound from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in south Mumbai to Vashi in Navi Mumbai derailed near Wadala after they hit the bundle of clothes which was most likely dropped by a trespasser, said an official from the Central Railway.

"Due to this, trains are likely to run 20-25 minutes behind schedule on harbour line. However, harbour line traffic at Wadala has been restored and two down harbour line trains have been diverted via main line because power was switched off as a precautionary measure," the official said.

6.20 pm: 

Playboy magazine launches Hebrew language edition

Israelis can now read Playboy "for the articles."

A U.S. emigre, Daniel Pomerantz, on Tuesday launched the first Hebrew language edition of the popular men's magazine.

Playboy has been widely available in Israel for years, but this marks the first local edition of the magazine. It features Israeli models and articles by Israeli writers.

It's not clear how well the magazine will be received in the Holy Land, where religious sensitivities simmer under the surface and observant Jews and Muslims live by strict modesty rules. Adult magazines and videos are freely available, but not with local models and not in Hebrew.

Playboy was launched in 1953 with the iconic Marilyn Monroe centerfold. It peaked in popularity in the 1970s. Circulation has declined since the rise of adult Internet sites.

5.50 pm:

One killed in Kashmir protests

One person was killed and four were injured allegedly in firing by security forces during protests in Baramulla town in north Kashmir on Tuesday.

Hundreds of residents of Baramulla town took to streets to protest what they alleged ransacking of their houses by the army in the area.

The protesters pelted stones at the army personnel who allegedly opened fire to disperse the mob, official sources said.

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5.15 pm:

Police lathicharge protesting teachers outside Assembly

The Bihar police resorted to lathicharge against a group of protesting teachers outside the Bihar Assembly, CNN-IBN reports.

The teachers were holding a peaceful protest when suddenly the cops began raining blows on them.

The protesting teachers have been demanding that their jobs be made permanent. They are currently working on contract basis.

4.30 pm:

Court issues non-bailable warrant against IM founder

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal in the Hyderabad twin blasts case, a report on CNN-IBN said.

The warrant has also been issued against nine other Indian Mujahideen suspects in connection with the blasts.

4.15 pm:

Varun Gandhi acquitted in second hate speech case

BJP leader Varun Gandhi has been acquitted in the second of two cases that accused him of delivering hate speeches in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the national elections in 2009.

Gandhi was acquitted in the first case last week because of insufficient evidence.

4.00 pm:

Prime Minister's post is not my priority, the party is: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today rubbished speculation about prime ministership, telling his party that he was only interested in discharging the responsibility of party vice-president. He told Congress parliamentarians today, "The Prime Minister's post is not my priority. I believe in long-term politics."

3. 20 pm

Stalin, DMK workers arrested for trying to picket Sri Lanka Commission

DMK leader M K Stalin and thousands of party workers were arrested today when they attempted to picket the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai, demanding a probe against the island government over alleged war crimes.

Along with Stalin, senior DMK leaders, Dravidar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan were also arrested when they marched from the Valluvar Kottam area to the Sri Lankan mission.

Thousands of party workers raised slogans against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha for alleged war crimes and asked the Indian government not to "betray" the Tamils.

3. 00 pm

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed arrested

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has been arrested from his residence in Male'. The arrest comes after a lower court issued a third arrest warrant against him.

2.29 pm:

SBI identifies some properties of Kingfisher Airlines for attachment

SBI, the lead banker in the 17-lender consortium to Kingfisher Airlines, has identified some properties for attachment, according to a top SBI official.

"Efforts are afoot to make some recoveries. Already certain properties have been identified towards attachment by the bank as against loans disbursed to the airline. Allocations have been made in the bank's NPA which stood at (around) Rs 22,000 crore as of Dec 2012," A Krishnakumar, managing director and group executive (national banking) said.

2.24 pm:

Bhandara rape-murder case: Police interrogate three people

Police have detained three people in connection with the murder and rape of three minor sisters in Maharashtra's Bhandara. The three are being interrogated about the crime even though police officials have refused to give any information about the investigations. But sources say police have got some vital clues and evidence, IBN7 reports.

2.15 pm:

UK reprieve for Lalit Modi

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner and cricket administrator Lalit Modi, who is living in United Kingdom after facing a possible arrest in India if he returned, has got a reprieve from the UK authorities which told India that Modi cannot be extradited without a court request.

According to media reports, Modi will be allowed to stay in UK and would not be extradited in keeping with the law of that country.

1.45 pm:

A glove to write your texts and emails in the air

Researchers have developed a new innovative 'air-writing' glove system that allows users to write texts and emails in the air with their hand. When the wearer of the gloves draws letters in the air with their hand, the system can identify which letters are being drawn.

Those letters are converted into digital text, which could then be input into an email, text message, or any other type of mobile app, 'Gizmag' reported. 

1.20 pm:

Rahul Gandhi gets invite from Wharton India Economic Forum for lecture but RG won't be at Wharton after all. The Congress VP had received the invite some time back and chose not to attend.

1.10 pm: 

I won't budge, want justice, says Punjab girl who was hit by cops

The young woman from Punjab who was beaten by cops in Tarn Taran district said that she will not budge under any pressure and wants justice. 

During an interview with Zee News, Harbinder Kaur (22) said that she was beaten, slapped and thrashed by policemen when she and her father approached them with a complaint of sexual harassment by truck drivers.

She added that the cops had sided with the truck drivers, and threatened her of dire consequences if she did not give up.

She said, “I will not budge. I will not succumb to any pressure. I will fight for justice.” 

12.06 am

Case filed against Priyamani, Anushka for wearing indecent attire in the film 'Chandi' 

A police case was filed on the actresses Anushka Shetty and Priyamani in the Malkajgiri Police Station Hyderabad for wearing skimpy costumes in their upcoming film 'Chandi', CNN-IBN reports. 

The case was lodged by social activist Subuddhi. He alleged that the actresses wore skimpy costumes in the film and an action must be taken against them.

11.54 am

President Pranab Mukherjee and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday jointly inaugurated the locomotives and wagons supplied under a $800 million line of credit extended by India, reflecting growing bilateral ties in infrastructure sector.

11.43 am

Finnish toilet paper maker puts Bible quotes on its rolls, removes after Church protest

A Finnish toilet paper maker has removed quotes from the Bible, including the words of Jesus, that it inadvertently placed on its rolls after protests from some Norwegian church leaders, Reuters reports.

Metsa Tissue was trying to convey messages about love but accidentally included lines from the Gospel of Matthew and First Corinthians on toilet paper sold in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

11.28 am

Pak PM Raja Parvez Ashraf to visit India on Saturday?

Ahead of March 16 general elections, Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf is likely to visit India on Saturday to offer prayers in Ajmer. 

While no official confirmation has been made till now, preparations are being made for Ashraf’s visit Ajmer, as per reports. Last year, President Asif Ali Zardari visited India on pilgrimage, Zeenews reports.

11.26 am

Mukesh Ambani India's richest for 6th year

With net worth of USD 21.5 billion, Mukesh Ambani has retained his title as India's richest person for sixth year in a row, while Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim has emerged as wealthiest in the world for the fourth consecutive year.

In the overall rich list of world's billionaires, as per an annual ranking published on Monday by business magazine Forbes, Mukesh Ambani is ranked 22nd, while the second-richest Indian Lakshmi Mittal is at 41st position with a networth of USD 16.5 billion.

11.00 am

At least 5 die in plane crash in Congolese town of Goma

At least five people were killed on Monday when a twin-propeller plane crashed as it tried to land in bad weather in the eastern Congolese town of Goma, the airline said.

CAA, the airline operating the Fokker 50 plane, said five crew members were killed while another was still missing after the crash.

"The (three) passengers were injured but their lives are not threatened," David Blattner CEO of CAA, told Reuters.

10.00 am:

China hikes defence budget to $115.7 billion

China on Tuesday hiked its defence budget by 10.7 per cent to USD 115.7 billion, well above this year's Indian defence spending of USD 37.4 billion.

The hike in the defence spending was announced as the Chinese legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC) opened its annual session, which this year also marks the once-in-a-decade power transfer.

9.42 am:

Bhandara rape case: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is likely to make a fresh statement on the triple rape and murder in Bhandara, CNN-IBN reports. This comes a week after his faux pas in the Rajya Sabha. The Home Minister had ended up naming the three minor victims in Parliament in his statement.

9.22 am:

Vijay Mallya to meet Chidambaram today

Grounded airline Kingfisher's promoter Vijay Mallya is likely to meet Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday and financial trouble the carrier is facing is believed to be on agenda for discussions.

"Vijay Mallya is coming to meet the Finance Minister on Tuesday," sources told PTI.

8.47 am:

Malala Yousufzai, Colombia president among Nobel prize nominees

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education is a wild card entry for this year's Nobel Peace prize, with the leaders of Colombia and Myanmar among likely candidates for the award.

8.34 am:

Woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

A nurse's refusal to give CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman at a California independent living home despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher has prompted outrage and spawned a criminal investigation.

The harrowing 7-minute, 16-second call also raised concerns that policies at senior living facilities could prevent staff from intervening in medical emergencies. It prompted calls for legislation Monday to prevent a repeat of what happened Feb. 26 at the Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield.

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8.21 am:

Violence at Port Said

The security headquarters in the Egyptian city of Port Said has been set alight in a second day of clashes between police and protesters, BBC reports.

Protests, often leading to clashes, have been taking place there since January, when 21 local football fans were sentenced to death over football riots which left 74 people dead in February 2012.

8.00 am:

Saudi Arabia to behead seven on Tuesday: rights group

Saudi Arabia is scheduled to execute seven men on Tuesday for crimes committed when they were juveniles aged under 18, the British-based rights group Amnesty International said.

The seven were sentenced to death in 2009 for an armed robbery in 2006, but Amnesty quoted the men as saying they were tortured into confessions. It said King Abdullah ratified their sentences in February.

7.30 am: 

India's three defence services have reported shortage of officers and other ranks with the army facing crunch of 10,100 officers as on July 1, 2012, parliament was told Monday

Defence Minister A. K. Antony told Lok Sabha said in a written reply that army faced shortage of 26,433 PBORs (personnel below officer rank) as on Oct 1, 2012.

He said the navy faced shortage of 2,054 officers and 14,512 sailors as on Dec 31, 2012, while the air Force faced a shortage of 667 officers as on Feb 1, 2013 and 7,000 airmen as on Dec 1, 2012.

Antony said the government has taken a number of measures to encourage the youth to join the armed forces, including holding recruitment rallies and media campaigns.

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