8. 15 pm
Katju criticises Mamata; she hits back
Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju on Thursday slammed Mamata Banerjee for being "increasingly intolerant and whimsical" and asked her to mend her ways but the West Bengal Chief Minister hit back by saying her government would not function at anyone's diktat.
"From what I could gather during my visits to Kolkata, your ministers and bureaucrats are afraid to speak out their minds fearlessly before you and are terrorised by your unpredictable and whimsical behaviour. ... This is a very unhealthy state of affairs and you will not be able to remain as Chief Minister for long unless you change your ways and become more tolerant," Katju said in a letter to Banerjee which was posted in his blog.
Asked to comment on Katju's letter, Banerjee told reporters here that "I have not received any letter. This (state) government will not function at anyone's diktat. If someone thinks that he will make us work by force and threat, it will not be done."
7. 30 pm
Anna to campaign for right people in Kejriwal's party
Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday said he may campaign for the newly formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) if right candidates were put up in the election by its founder Arvind Kejriwal.
Referring to a telephonic conservation recently Kejriwal had with him, Anna said: "I told him to select good people."
"I will examine the candidates. If they are found to be good, if they are proper candidates, I will campaign for those candidates," he said, addressing a public meeting in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar.
The 75−year−old anti−corruption crusader also said the ways of him and Kejriwal are different but the aim is one.
6. 40 pm
Army assures support to parents of Kargil hero who was tortured in Pak
Army chief General Bikram Singh on Thursday said the Army fully supports the parents of Kargil hero Capt Saurabh Kalia, who was captured by the Pakistan Army in 1999 and subjected to brutal torture, in pursuing their son's case at International Court of Justice at Hague.
"He was our brave officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in the best traditions of the Indian Army. We have written to Ministry of Defence (MOD) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) conveying our concerns in the matter. We fully support his parents," Gen Singh said here.
He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Passing out Parade of the 123rd course of the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, near here.
6. 00 pm
Govt to issue fresh guidelines to prevent misuse of IT Act
No less than a police officer of a rank of DCP will be allowed to permit registration of a case under provisions of the Information Technlogy Act that deals with spreading hatred through electronic messages, following uproar over recent arrests under the controversial law.
In the case of metropolitan cities, such an approval would have to come at the level of Inspector General of Police.
"... the concerned police officer or police station may not register any complaints (under Section 66 (A))unless he has obtained prior approval at the level of an officer not below the DCP rank in urban and rural areas and IG level in metros," a top source said.
5. 20 pm
FDI debate with voting to end logjam in parliament
The issue of foreign investment in multi−brand retail would be debated with voting in both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, signalling an end to the logjam in parliament over the issue.
While the debate in the Lok Sabha would be held under rule 184, which entails voting, in the Rajya Sabha it would be held under rules 167 and 168.
The Lok Sabha debate is likely to be held on Dec 4 and 5, said sources. Speaker Meira Kumar is to announce the dates later Thursday.
Manisha Koirala diagnosed with cancer?
Manisha Koirala's hospitalisation could be more dire than is being let on.
According to various reports, the 42-year-old actress has been diagnosed with cancer.
Manisha, who was in Nepal all this month, had talked about getting food poisoning on a social networking site. But things got complicated when she fell unconscious.
She was immediately flown to Mumbai and admitted to the Jaslok Hospital, where she underwent check-ups.
Though the news of cancer have not been confirmed by the doctors or her family, reports claim Manisha has been informed of her condition, and that she's taken the news bravely.
Cauvery talks fail; Karnataka refuses to release more water
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced that the talks between her and the Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had failed. She said that she had requested Karnataka to release at least 32 TMC feet.
However Karnataka stood firm to its earlier stand and refused to release any more water to Tamil Nadu. The Karnataka government has repeatedly stated that they are not in a position to release any more water as they are facing a water shortage themselves.
CM Jayalalithaa said that the matter would be taken up in another Supreme Court hearing tomorrow.
SP to vote against FDI in Rajya Sabha
In a discomforting news to the government, Samajwadi Party today said it will vote against FDI in Rajya Sabha where UPA does not have majority on its own.
"We will vote against FDI in Rajya Sabha if the government brings it there," SP leader in the Upper House Ramgopal Yadav told reporters here.
SP has nine members in the 244-member House.
Govt agrees for debate, voting on FDI in Rajya Sabha
The government, after facing another disrupted Rajya Sabha session today, along with vague threats by the Samajwadi Party over the its attempt to introduce the 'promotions quota' bill in the Rajya Sabha, has finally agreed for a debate, with voting, on the FDI in Retail issue in the Upper House today.
This means the issue will be debated and voted upon in both Houses of Parliament.
Hindus in Dera Ismail Khan forced to bury their dead
Hindus in Dera Ismail Khan (Pakistan) are forced to bury their dead due the unavailability of proper cremation grounds. Sawan Chudhry, a resident of DI Khan, who had to bury his father Jawarya Chudhry after his death in 1965, says he still regrets not being able to cremate his father's body. "My father was buried at the Munawar graveyard in Madina Colony.
SC accepts PIL against punishment for "offensive" online messages
Student Shreya Singhal has filed a PIL with the Supreme Court challenging the punishment for sending "offensive messages" in the IT act. The PIL says that the act is unconstitutional due to it's far-reaching and vague powers.
Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir, accepted the petition saying "We were wondering why no one has approached the Supreme Court (over this) and even thought of taking up the issue suo moto."
China's new fighter jet has 3,000 km range
Chinese fighter jet J-15, which successfully landed on the country's first aircraft carrier, has a range of about 3,000 km without refuelling and strong sea-air combat capability, said an official.
Zhang Junshe, deputy director of the country's Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told the People's Daily that the successful takeoff and landing of the J-15 is a clear sign of an increase in the fighting capacity of the aircraft carrier.
Carrier-based aircraft is an important symbol of the fighting capacity of an aircraft carrier, he said.
Zhang said the J-15 is China's first generation of independently developed carrier-based aircraft.
It is a third-generation fighter with strong sea-air combat capability and supersonic speeds. It can carry multiple types of long-range anti-ship and air-to-air missiles.
The J-15 has a range of about 3,000 km without refueling, and thus has strong long-range combat capability, said the media report.
After the successful takeoff and landing of the carrier-based aircraft, the navy will now test other components of the carrier battle group.
Lok Sabha speaker allows FDI debate with voting
FDI truce holds? Parliament back to work
Parliament began working today after many a washed-out session after a truce over the FDI in Retail issue came into force. The Government yesterday agreed to a debate with voting over the issue this week.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for some reason, but the Lok Sabha is officially back to work
Here is the agenda for the LS today -
1. Prevention of Money-Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2011
2. Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2011
3. Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisation Bill, 2011
BJP won't allow the Parliament to function until government agrees to discuss FDI with a vote: Sushma Swaraj says after meeting the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
More Zee employees added to Jindal extortion case
The police told the court that Chairman Subhash Chandra and Managing Director Punit Goenka are also accused in the case. They said that Chandra was complicit in the demand for money.
The Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said police have the video and audio recording as evidence against the journalists demanding money from Jindal group. The police added that both had contacted Subhash Chandra, which reflected his involvement in the case.
Meanwhile, the police asked Subhash Chandra to join investigation Wednesday, but as he did not turn up they will ask him again Thursday.
Ricky Ponting to retire
Australia's greatest run-scorer, Ricky Ponting, will retire after the Perth Test against South Africa, ending one of the most distinguished cricketing careers of all time.
Ricky Ponting, one of Australia's best, announced that he will retire after the Perth test against South Africa. Ponting said he will officially announce his retirement in a press conference in the afternoon. He ends his career after his 168th Test.
Ponting has scored 13,366 Test runs with an average of 52.21.
Is the era of online freedom coming to an end?
An unprecedented debate over how the global internet is governed is set to dominate a meeting of officials in Dubai next week, with many countries pushing to give a United Nations body broad regulatory powers, even as the United States and others contend such a move could mean the end of the open internet.
The 12-day conference of the International Telecommunications Union, a 157-year-old organisation that's now an arm of the United Nations, largely pits revenue-seeking developing countries and authoritarian regimes that want more control over internet content against US policymakers and private Net companies that prefer the status quo.
Read the full report here
Myanmar cracks down on mine protest; dozens hurt
Security forces cracked down on protesters occupying a copper mine early Thursday, using water cannons and other devices to break up the rally hours before opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was expected to hear their grievances.
Unexplained fires engulfed the protest camps at the Letpadaung mine in northwestern Myanmar and dozens of Buddhist monks and villagers were injured, according to several protesters. Those who fled the site emerged with burns and charred clothing on their bodies.
"Around 2:30 a.m. police announced they would give us 5 minutes to leave," said protester Aung Myint Htway, a peanut farmer whose face and body was covered with black spots where his skin was burned. He said police fired water cannons first and then fired from what he and others called flare guns.
"They fired black balls that exploded into fire sparks. They shot about six times. People ran away and they followed us," he said, still writhing hours later from pain. "It's very hot."
The government ordered protesters earlier this week to evacuate the mine by Wednesday or face legal action.
The protesters, who had set up six camps at the site, say the Letpadaung mine near the town of Monywa is causing environmental, social and health problems.
Headley, Rana to be sentenced in January 2013
The sentencing of American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley, accused of involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has been fixed for January 17 next year while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled for January 15 from December four.
According to Chicago court spokesperson Randall Samborn, US District Judge Harry Leinenweber will announce the sentence of the two accused, who have been charged with conspiracy of 2008 Mumbai attack and plan to attack a Denmark newspaper.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar are meeting in Bangalore on Thursday on the Cauvery water sharing row heeding the Supreme Court advice amid indications that a breakthrough is unlikely.
The two leaders are expected to do some hard bargaining and stick to their position on the decades-old vexed dispute, a politically-sensitive issue on both sides of the border.
The meeting, tentatively slated for 3 pm at a plush hotel, comes as a follow up to the apex court's suggestion to both the Chief Ministers to meet and arrive at an amicable solution to the "sensitive" water dispute.