Live: JDU expels outgoing Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwari

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 11:00 hrs

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JDU expels outgoing Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwari

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IM plotted to kidnap Jews to bargain for Al-Qaeda woman: NIA

Indian Mujahideen was planning to kidnap "Jews" and "white persons" to bargain for release of Pakistani scholar Aafia Siddique, an alleged Al-Qaeda operative jailed for 86 years in the US, the NIA has said.

In a supplementary charge sheet filed before a Delhi court against IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his three aides, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that during his stay in Nepal, Yasin had discussed with top IM member Riyaz Bhatkal about the plan to get Siddique released from jail.

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Student fined for making false allegations on Facebook

A village court in Itanagar has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a student of Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNC) Pasighat in East Siang district for making false allegations against his college principal on Facebook.

Mibom Libang, a first year (BSc) student was found guilty yesterday of posting false and wild allegations against Tayek Talom, the college principal, official sources said today.

As the local people besides the teaching community of JNC and students reacted sharply against the allegation, the locals took up the matter with the Kebang (public trial), which was chaired by a senior citizen at Mirbuk village last Friday where the student confessed the offence.

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Tata Motors to set up Jaguar Land Rover plant in Saudi Arabia

India's largest automobile company Tata Motors is exploring the possibility of setting up a manufacturing plant for Jaguar and Land Rover in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf kingdom's industry minister said Thursday.

Addressing an India-Saudi Arabia Business Forum meeting here, Saudi Arabia Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah said the proposed plant would be the third largest for manufacturing of high-end Jaguar and Land Rover cars.

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Navy sets up high-level probe in submarine mishap

 The Navy has constituted a high-level inquiry headed by an officer of the rank of Rear Admiral to look into all the submarine mishaps, including yesterday's one, even as efforts to trace the two officers missing yielded no results.

Seven sailors had taken seriously ill and two officers have been missing following the mishap in submarine INS Sindhuratna, off the Mumbai coast, yesterday.

"A high-level inquiry headed by an officer of Rear Admiral-rank has been constituted and has immediately commenced its proceedings to establish the cause of all (submarine) incidents and to recommend steps for continuing safe operations of submarines," a statement by the Western Naval Command said here today.

The release also said that submarine INS Sindhuratna has returned to Mumbai harbour.

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Tip off led to Tejpal prison raid

Tip-offs from "good" journalists in the national capital led to the surprise raid on Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal's prison cell, according to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Parrikar, speaking at a public function in Panaji, alleged that Tejpal from whom a mobile phone was allegedly recovered during a raid February 23, was speaking to Delhi-based journalists every morning.

"There are journalists in Delhi who reported to us that he was speaking to reporters from Delhi every morning," Parrikar said.

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Two officers die in mishap on INS Sindhuratna

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Petrol bombs hurled at the office of Tamil outfit in Chennai

Petrol bombs were today hurled at the office of a local Tamil outfit while statues of Rajiv Gandhi were found damaged in some parts of the city, a day after pro-Tamil outfits and Congressmen clashed over the issue of release of convicts in the assassination case of the former prime minister.

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Rahul slams Khurshid's 'impotent' remark against Modi

Rahul Gandhi disapproves of Salman Khurshid's remark against Narendra Modi, says he does not appreciate this kind of statement.

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Navy chief wanted to quit so resignation accepted: Antony

Former Indian Navy chief Admiral D.K. Joshi had personally requested that his resignation be accepted and "I consented", Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Thursday.

Admiral Joshi resigned Wednesday in the wake of a fire aboard a submarine that injured seven personnel and left two missing, taking moral responsibility for a series of accidents that have hit naval vessels over the past few months.

"I am very sad about the whole development. Admiral Joshi met me yesterday (Wednesday) and handed over the resignation letter and requested me to accept the letter with immediate effect, so I consented to it," Antony told the media.

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SC stays release of four convicts in Rajiv killing

The Supreme Court today stopped Tamil Nadu from releasing convicts in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and issued notice to the state govt and the four prisoners on the Centre's plea against their release.

On a petition by the Centre, the Supreme Court stayed the release of three of seven convicts - Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan - whose death sentence was commuted because of an exceptional delay in a decision on their mercy plea.

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Newborn stolen from Nagapattinam GH

A newborn was allegedly taken away by a woman from the government hospital in Nagapattinam today, police said.

They said the woman, posing as a health worker, came near the mother's bed and took the baby away under the pretext of administering immunisation drops. Since she did not return for long, the lady raised an alarm.

Hospital authorities launched a search, but in vain. Police rushed to the spot and examined the CCTV footage, which showed the woman carrying the baby and going out of the hospital.

The 23-year-old women from Tirumarugal village had given birth to the baby girl a few days ago.

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NASA discovers 715 new planets outside solar system

US space agency NASA said Wednesday its Kepler spacecraft has verified the existence of 715 more planets orbiting stars outside the solar system.

The latest discovery brings the confirmed count of planets beyond the solar system to nearly 1,700, Jack Lissauer, a planetary scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center told a press teleconference, Xinhua reported.

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146 rhinos killed in South Africa since 2014

A total of 146 rhinos have been killed so far this year in South Africa, with 95 poached in the Kruger National Park bordering Mozambique, said the South African National Parks (SANP) Wednesday.

"The Kruger National Park remains hardest hit by rhino poaching, having lost 95 rhinos since Jan 1," Xinhua quoted SANP spokesperson Albi Modise as saying.

This mainly resulted from the park's open border with Mozambique. Poachers have killed all the rhinos on that side, and are safe from South African forces when they cross the border, according to Modise.

Fourteen rhinos were poached in the North West province, 14 in Limpopo, 10 in KwaZulu-Natal and 6 in Mpumalanga.

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Army man shoots five colleagues dead in an army camp in Ganderbal district, kills himself too.

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France to share
technology with Puducherry to restore beach

France will share its technology with the Puducherry government as part of a joint initiative to restore and strengthen the beach in the Union Territory, French Ambassador to India, Francois Richier, said.

"Strengthening the beach and restoring it will be good for the environment and... will demonstrate our respect for nature. We will bring (French) technology and it would be adopted here by stopping sea erosion," he said.

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BJP's first list of Lok Sabha candidates to be out today

The BJP is likely to come out with its first list of Lok Sabha candidates on Thursday when the party's top leadership discusses its candidates at a meeting of its Central Election Committee.

Senior party leaders LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi besides others will meet here to discuss and finalise the party's list of candidates.

Sources said the party will discuss and finalise seats for smaller states like West Bengal, Kerala and some in Andhra Pradesh, besides those in the North-Eastern states where the party does not have a stronghold.

They said the party leadership will discuss the candidates for bigger and high-stake states in its next meeting slated in the first week of March.

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