Live: Congress denies report of Priyanka campaigning in 2014 LS polls

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 14, 2013 10:27 hrs

3.55 pm:

Guilty in temple tragedy will be punished: Chauhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan Monday said those guilty for the temple stampede that claimeed 111 lives Sunday will be punished at the earliest.

"Guilty would be punished at the earliest," Chauhan said Monday.

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Congress denies report of Priyanka campaigning in 2014 LS polls

The Congress Party on Monday categorically denied media reports that party chief Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra will campaign for the party in the 2014 general elections, and said this news has been floated to divert attention from the Madhya Pradesh Temple tragedy.

"We condemn news channels that have claimed Priyanka Gandhi will be campaigning for the Congress Party across the country. There is no truth in it. This news has been floated to divert attention from failures of the BJP Government in Madhya Pradesh," said AICC General Secretary and Communication Department in-charge Ajay Maken.

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2.50 pm:

Thousands evacuated in Vietnam ahead of typhoon

Vietnam began evacuating more than 180,000 people on Monday from coastal areas in the path of Typhoon Nari, which killed 13 people and caused widespread damage in the Philippines over the weekend.

The storm is expected to hit the central Vietnamese coast early Tuesday with sustained winds of up to 133 kph (83 mph), causing possible flooding and damage to property.

Disaster official Le Dinh Tuong said 10 hotels popular with foreign tourists close to the town of Hoi An had been ordered to shift their guests to hotels inland.

Officials said they planned to evacuate 180,000 residents from six central provinces to schools and public buildings before nightfall Monday.

Vietnam and other parts of Asia are regularly hit by storms at this time of the year.

The most powerful Asian storm this year was Typhoon Usagi, which caused at least 33 deaths in the Philippines and China in September.

2.20 pm:

Madhya Pradesh CM should resign, says Congress

The Congress Monday demanded the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan after holding his administration responsible for the temple stampede that killed 115 people.

"The Madhya Pradesh government needs to take responsibility for this. The chief minister needs to resign," Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said here.

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1.40 pm:

Sanjay Dutt gets 14 days' extension of parole

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, currently out of the Yerwada Central Jail here on parole, has secured a 14-day extension on medical grounds, official sources said here Monday.

Dutt, 53, whose parole period is due to end Monday, last week made an application for another fortnight's extension.

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1.10 pm:

NASA feels pinch of US government shutdown: ex-official

The nearly two-week-long US government shutdown has had a marked effect on NASA as most of its employees were laid off and many programmes and experiments halted, a former NASA official said.

George Abbey, former director of the Johnson Space Center located in Houston, told Xinhua that 97 percent of the center's staff were furloughed, leaving only a small number supporting the International Space Station (ISS) on line.

The ISS, therefore, has not been affected by the shutdown, Abbey said.

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12.30 pm:

Inflation accelerates to 6.46 percent in September

India's headline inflation accelerated to a seven-month high of 6.46 percent in September, mainly driven by higher food prices, government data showed on Monday.

The wholesale price index's annual rise compared with a 6 percent rise estimated by analysts in a Reuters poll. Wholesale prices, India's main inflation measure, had risen 6.1 percent in August.

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11.45 am:

In aging China, old woman sues children for care

The daughter-in-law smashes the cockroach under her foot and rolls open the rusted metal doors to the garage. Light spills onto a small figure huddled on a straw mattress in a dank room. A curious face peers out.

The face is the most infamous in this village tucked away in the lush green mountains of southwest China. It's the face of Kuang Shiying's 94-year-old mother-in-law — better known as the little old lady who sued her own children for not taking care of her.

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11.00 am:

Crew of sunken merchant vessel rescued in Odisha

The missing crew of the China-bound merchant vessel, who were located Sunday night by the Coast Guard, were rescued early Monday in Odisha's Balasore district.

The 18-member crew of the Panama registered MV Bingo was rescued 28 nautical miles north-east of Balasore. They were escorted to the Balasore police station, a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

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10.15 am:

Diwali 2013 - Fireworks begin!

There is hardly 19 days left for the festival of lights –Diwali 2013 (November 2). But the fireworks have already begun in Kollywood, as three films- Ajith’s Arrambam, Karthi’s All in All Azhaguraja and Vishal’s Pandiya Naadu get ready for a Diwali release.

A bitter no-holds barred battle is brewing among the three to get maximum screens in Tamil Nadu, the biggest battle ground. Nearly 85 to 90 % of the theatrical collection is going to come out of TN. In short the film has to get maximum screens in Tamil Nadu to become a hit.

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9.35 am:

Actor Ajith's 'Arrambam' has starting problem

Ajith’s eagerly awaited Vishnuvardhan directed Arrambam has run into trouble.

A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court by B Rajeswari, represented by her son B Anantha Krishnan, that Arrambam producer AM Ratnam has not returned money borrowed from the financier.

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9.10 am:

Uttar Pradesh releases compensation for Muzaffarnagar victims

The Uttar Pradesh government late Sunday released a Rs.7 crore financial package for riot victims in Muzaffarnagar and nearby areas, an official said.

The financial aid would be used to give compensation for the losses to immovable and movable properties during the communal violence.

The benefit of the dole will be given to 1,054 people who have already been identified by district authorities.

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8.30 am:

India, US to target terrorist financing, money laundering

Focusing on terrorism financing and money laundering, India and the US have agreed to expand cooperation in targeting the financial networks of terrorist organisations, including Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taeba (LeT).

Besides LeT, held responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, also targeted will be its religious front Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) headed by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafez Saeed, and the Haqqani Network, which is blamed for the 2008 Indian embassy bombing in Kabul.

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792,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UN

The UN refugee agency said Saturday that more than 13,800 Syrian refugees registered at its offices in Lebanon this week, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in the country to 792,900.

In its weekly report, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees said that the number of registered Syrian refugees has exceeded 691,900 while those who are waiting for registration process to complete are over 101,000, Xinhua reported.

As a neighbour of Syria, Lebanon has repeatedly called on the international community to help cope with the large influx of Syrian refugees.

7.30 am:

Obama, Pelosi discuss debt ceiling increase

US President Barack Obama Sunday spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about raising the government's borrowing authority without other conditions attached, or a "clean" debt ceiling increase, the White House said Sunday.

"The president and Pelosi discussed the way forward on the pressing fiscal matters facing Congress today. They reinforced that there must be a clean debt limit increase that allows us to pay the bills we have incurred and avoid default," Xinhua quoted a White House statement as saying.

The first US government shutdown in 17 years drags on into its 13th day. US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has told Congress that the federal government will reach its debt ceiling of $16.7 trillion by Oct 17 and that failure to raise it would lead to a catastrophic default.

"The House needs to pass the clean continuing resolution to open up the government and end the shutdown that is hurting middle class families and businesses across the country," said the readout of the discussion.

"The president also thanked Pelosi for her efforts to move forward with a clean CR and a one-year clean debt limit increase that would prevent a first-ever default of our nation's credit," noted the readout.

However, Senate Republicans Saturday blocked a similar "clean" debt ceiling increase bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, to extend the government's borrowing authority through the end of 2014 without other conditions attached.

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