Live: 'Can one become a politician by just wearing a Gandhi cap?'

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 07, 2012 08:41 hrs

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Kejriwal, others to burn power bills in Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal and other members of India Against Corruption (IAC) have threatened to burn electricity bills Sunday to protest hikes in power tariff in the national capital.

"People in 62 assemblies and 114 wards in Delhi are burning their electricity bills to protest against the steep hike in electricity tariff. Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai and Kumar Vishwas would join people in some areas," IAC said in a statement.

Kejriwal appealed to Delhiites to burn their power bills and show their protest.

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'Frustrated' Muslims changing names to get work in Australia

Frustrated Muslims are anglicizing their names to avoid religious discrimination when applying for work in Australia.

According to Islamic leaders, some legally change their name by deed poll, while others adopt 'new' names for their resumes.

Muslim leader and Islamic Friendship Association founder Keysar Trad said the 'sad' trend has become increasingly prevalent, and the recent Sydney riots would only exacerbate the problem.

"Many people are changing from Mohammed to Michael, Ahmed to Allan, Haroun to Harold and others change Mohammed to Jim, even though there is no relationship between the two," he said.

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'Can one become a politician by just wearing a Gandhi cap?'

Taking a dig at activist Arvind Kejriwal for targeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has asked if one can become a politician by just by wearing a Gandhi cap.

"Doesn't Vadra already own wealth and property? What can you do if for example I give my house to you? Kejriwal and his aides are all useless people who are spreading such reports. Can one become a politician by just by wearing a Gandhi cap?" said Lalu. More

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US to allow SKorea to have longer-range missiles

South Korea says the U.S. has agreed to allow it to develop longer-range missiles that could strike all of North Korea.

Under a 2001 accord with Washington, Seoul has been barred from developing and deploying ballistic missiles with a range of more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) due to concerns of a regional arms race.As a result, some North Korean military facilities have been out of South Korea's missile range.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said Sunday that South Korea and the U.S. have revised the accord to allow Seoul to have missiles with a range of up to 800 kilometers (500 miles) to better cope with North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. North Korea has missiles that can hit South Korea, Japan and the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

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Indian-American dons bikini to promote women's health in India

Beauty queens have often waxed eloquent on their desire to help make the world a better place and an Indian American woman, more specifically a professional figure athlete, has concrete plans of promoting the cause of women's health in the country.

Nicole Nagrani, who hails from Florida is set on achieving her dream of helping promote the health of women, especially those from villages. So, donning a two-piece bikini may just help Nicole move closer to that goal.

She won first place in the women's pro bikini championship, at the'Sheru Classic Professional Championship'- a two-day health expo cum fitness and bodybuilding event that began on October 5 and showcased top global professional bodybuilders and figure athletes. More

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Iran 'confidence' bid shifts uranium to fuel stock

In a bid to ease international concerns over its nuclear program, Iran has converted more than a third of Tehran's most highly enriched uranium into a powder for a medical research reactor that is difficult to reprocess for weapons production, experts and U.N. monitors say.

The work — noted in a technical report by the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency in late August — suggests Iran is trying to display enough goodwill to restart nuclear talks with world powers, while aiming to soften demands by the U.S. and others to halt Tehran's top-level uranium enrichment.

An influential Iranian parliament member, Hossein Naqavi, said the country was taking a "serious and concrete confidence-building measure" by converting some of the 20 percent enriched stockpile into U3O8, or uranium oxide, in the form of powder.

The move also appears to be part of a wider strategy to seek relief from tightening Western sanctions in exchange for step-by-step plans to scale back uranium enrichment, which Washington and its allies fear could lead to weapons-grade material. Iran insists it only has peaceful nuclear ambitions. More

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Couple denied divorce as man fails to prove identity as hubby

A couple seeking divorce with mutual consent was denied the decree on the ground that the man failed to prove his identity as the woman's husband.

In the divorce petition, the man had identified himself as 'Titu' alias Surinder, but insisted on a decree of divorce in name of Surinder alone.

The court dismissed their plea saying the man has failed to prove that 'Titu' and Surinder were the same person.

"I am of considered opinion that petitioner number two (husband) is only 'Titu Jassal' who attempted to mislead his identity as one 'Surinder' with a view to obtain a decree dissolving the marriage between the woman and one 'Surinder'" said Additional District Judge (ADJ) Sujata Kohli.

"...the court not being satisfied at all about the parties particularly the identity of petitioner number two, being 'Surinder' as claimed and not satisfied with the claim that 'Titu' and 'Surinder' are one and the same person, petitioners are held not entitled to decree of divorce as under provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act," she added.

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BrahMos missile successfully test-fired

The Navy today successfully test-fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg, from a warship off the Goa coast.

"The cruise missile was test-fired from guided missile frigate INS Teg--the Indian Navy's latest induction from Russia off the coast of Goa early morning," sources told PTI.

They said the missile performing high-level manoeuvres successfully hit the target ship which was still on fire.

The INS Teg, which has been built at the Yantar shipyard in Russia, had fired the missile successfully during pre-induction trials in Russia last year.

The two remaining warships of the project namely INS Tarkah and INS Trikand will also be armed with the lethal missile in vertical launch mode.

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Israeli jets shoot down unidentified drone

The Israel Air Force intercepted and shot down a drone that had penetrated the country's airspace, the military said.
A military spokesman told Xinhua that two fighter jets were sent from a southern air base, after a ground control station identified the drone.

The drone was shot down over the Yatir forest in the Negev region.

Military spokesman Capt. Roni Kaplan said they could not tell from where the drone originated and what its objective was.

The military said the drone was initially spotted entering Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Sea and heading south.

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Agitation will turn violent now, say Cauvery protestors

Protestors who enforced the bandh have now threatened violent agitations if the state government does not stop releasing the water to Tamil Nadu by October 8.

SM Krishna, who is currently in the US has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to seek an interim report from the central team visiting Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to prevent the situation from turning worse and demanded that the supply of water to Tamil Nadu be immediately stopped.

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