Live: Taliban threatens to kill Pak teen if she survives

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 15:11 hrs

8. 40 pm:

Centre not to interfere in Operation Blue Star memorial plans

The Centre on Wednesday said it would not like to interfere in the construction of the Operation Blue Star memorial in the Golden Temple by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), respecting the constitutional rights of such organisations.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the Centre was fully aware about the construction of the memorial by the SGPC.

"There are certain things which certain organisations do. They enjoy certain rights and we do not want to impinge on them," he said at a press conference here.

7: 00 pm:

Taliban says it shot Pak teen for 'breeding negative propaganda' about Muslims

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which attacked 14-year-old National Award Peace winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday has said the militant group targeted the young activist because she generated "negative propaganda" about Muslims.

"She considers President Obama as her ideal leader. Malala is the symbol of the infidels and obscenity," The Washington Post quoted TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, as saying.

Ehsan added that if Malala survived, the Taliban would again try to kill her.

6: 30 pm:

After TV sting, Kejriwal now demands Khurshid's resignation

India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal today demanded Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid's resignation and his wife Louise Khurshid's immediate arrest after a TV channel reported that a trust owned by the couple forged signatures and stamps of senior officials of several districts in Uttar Pradesh depriving physically challenged people of their due.

"Yesterday it was exposed by one of the TV channels how Law Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife are involved in defalcation of funds meant for handicapped people. These funds are released by various departments of Government of India," said Kejriwal.

6. 00 pm:

Not opposing FDI over cabinet berth related issues: Karunanidhi

Holding that his party's opposition to FDI is a long-standing one, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today denied reports that the opposition to it was motivated due to cabinet berth-related issues.

He was responding to reports in a section of the media, which he said claimed that DMK was vying with Sharad Pawar's NCP to get the Railways and Energy portfolios.

"They have written that since these were not available to us, we had seemingly resolved against FDI (in multi-brand retail)," he said.

5.30 pm:

BJP demands fair probe into charges against Vadra

Seizing an opportunity to attack the Congress, the BJP today called for a "fair" probe into India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal's allegations about Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's property deals with realty major DLF.

Hitting out at the ruling party for "shying away" from a probe, BJP spokesperson Nirmal Sitharaman said an honest probe cannot be expected from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, which is "neck deep" in corruption in 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and coal mine allotments.

4.30 pm:

'Hope to continue 'Twilight' movies even without books'

The much loved vampire love story is nearing its end with the release of the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2". However, director Bill Condon hopes to continue the series, even if there are no books left to adapt.

"It is one of the most successful movie franchises that have run out of books to adapt. However, this may not be an obstacle for the 'Twilight' films. The movie is expected to gross $700 million plus worldwide in revenues," Condon said in an email interaction.

"It's hard to imagine a movie that does $700 million plus doesn't have ongoing value. We are contemplating about continuing the series even though there are no books to adapt to," he added.

3.32 pm:

Robert Lefkowitz, Brian Kobilka win Chemistry Nobel

The researchers, both from the US, worked on understanding how the cells in our body understand and react to the environment around us.

3.21 pm:

Varsha Bhosle used Asha's missing pistol?

The mystery surrounding the pistol that ended Varsha Bhosle's life is slowly being chipped away. Reports have it that the Belgium-made Browning pistol is the one singer Asha Bhosle lost 30 years ago.

In a statement, a teary Asha said, "I had lost my gun 30 years ago. I think it is the same gun."

Initially, it was speculated that the pistol could have been the ones licensed to Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Varsha's maternal uncle, and her younger brother Anand.

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Goon lynched to death by furious mob in Nagpur

A notorious criminal involved in a number of illegal activities along with his brother, was allegedly lynched to death by an angry mob near the busy Amravati road here even as his sibling managed to flee from the spot, police said today.

The accused Iqbal Sheikh alias Guru (30) was badly beaten up last night by swords, sticks, stones, cricket bats and wooden posts on a footpath near the slum colony in Sitabuldi here, they said.

The mob, including women, chased Sheikh from a nearby garden and continued to thrash him till he breathed his last. Even after his death, people continued to vent their anger on him, police said.

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Krishna wrong in writing to PM on Cauvery: Karunanidhi

DMK president M. Karunanidhi has criticised External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna for writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop the release of Cauvery water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu.

"A person in the union ministry should be impartial to two states. It is wrong to act in a parochial manner for political reasons," Karunanidhi, a former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, said in a statement Tuesday.

Referring to Manmohan Singh's Sep 19 order as chairman of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA) to Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi said Krishna was wrong in writing to the prime minister urging him to stop the release of water.

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Cauvery row: TN files contempt petition against K'taka CM

The Tamil Nadu government has filed a contempt petition against Karnataka's Chief Minister, Jagdish Shettar and 5 others over the Cauvery water dispute in the Supreme Court.

In the petition the Tamil Nadu government has said that the defiance of the Supreme Court's order by Karnataka has led to a constitutional crisis.


Refrain from self-immolation: Tibetan government-in exile

The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Tuesday made an appeal to the people of Tibet to refrain from self-immolation protests.

It also urged the Chinese government to address the underlying causes which are pushing Tibetans to set themselves on fire.

"The CTA is extremely concerned over the increasing self-immolations by Tibetans in Tibet," Dicki Chhoyang, minister for information and international relations, said in a statement.

She said: "It's high time for the international community, especially the United Nations, to take tangible actions to press the Chinese leadership to find a lasting solution to the crisis in Tibet."

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1.20 pm:

India commits $6 bn for developing stealth jet with Russia

India has committed an initial $6 billion for jointly developing a fifth-generation stealth combat jet with Russia, a project that will eventually cost the country $30 billion and envisages the manufacture here of 144 aircraft.

The IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, told India Strategic defence magazine( in an interview on the occasion of the IAF's 80th Anniversary Oct 8 that all these aircraft would be single seaters, the same which the Russian Air Force will have, but some components like onboard computers and systems would be different as in the case of the Sukhoi SU-30MKIs.

Now designated PMF, or Perspective Multirole Fighter, by Russia, the Indian aircraft would be made in India, Browne said, adding that discussions with the Russian government are already on.

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1.00 pm:

Local farmers to protest against DFC project

The proposed Dedicated Freight corridor (DFC) project between Baroda and Mumbai has got a stiff opposition from local farmers in the district, who have organised a 'rasta roko' tomorrow, sources said.

The protests would be held at Ambadi here on Thursday at 11.00 am.

The villagers have formed an all-party action committee to opposed the project.

President of the committee Krishna Bhoir said thousands of farmers in the district will be affected as their land will be acquired for the DFC project.

"Sixty per cent of the road passes through the forest area and lakhs of trees will be chopped off for the project. We fear that several farmers will loose their land in the project," he said.

12.40 pm:

Mayawati defers decision on supporting UPA - II

In a long and rambling press conference Mayawati explained that the BSP had originally supported the UPA to help the poor and the Dalit. However she went to to say that the UPA had failed in controlling corruption or bringing down any prices.

She said that the party had given her the mandate to choose whether to support the UPA any longer. She said that she would announce her choice 'in some time'. But she assured the media that the decision would come soon.

She said she wanted her party to be the 'balance of power' in the Centre and announced plans to revitalize her party for elections which 'may come at any time'.

On being questioned why she had not taken a decision yet, Mayawati said that the past few days had been spent in organizing and conducting the massive BSP rally, so no time could be spent discussing the support question.

12.30 pm:

Ban Ki-moon gives stamp of approval to 'Gangnam Style'

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed South Korean rapper Psy's global hit 'Gangnam Style' as a force for world peace.

The 68-year-old said that he has "seen it several times," voicing his pride at the way Psy had brought Korean pop and the nation's quirky sense of humour to a global audience via the internet, where the video has been viewed more than 400 million times.

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12.00 pm:

'Many Indians want big fat Bollywood wedding'

​Some want a beach wedding like in "Salaam Namaste", some prefer a farmhouse gala a la "Hum Tum", while others go pompous with the kind of decor depicted in "Band Baaja Baaraat". The glitzy and jazzy wedding set-ups in Bollywood movies are becoming a fad in real life, giving a filmy twist to the country's approximately $30 billion wedding market.

Hindi films have been a major influence on the common man, admits Nandita Sharma of

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11. 40 am:

70-foot painting for Big B's 70th birthday

Raj Kapoor Chitera, 26, is making a 70-foot oil painting which will show various milestones in Bachchan's personal and professional life.

"Through this humble present, I want to show Amitji how he still is a smashing hit with his fans, all of us Allahabad residents," Chitera says proudly.

Chitera says his Big B work will be in oil paint and on a roll of veneer, so that he "can send it to Jalsa (Amitabh Bachchan's residence in Mumbai) later".

"The painting will have shades of all sorts, you will see a picture of Amitji's bachpan (childhood), his marriage to Jaya Bhaduri and his subsequent successes at the box office," the artist says, adding that the painting too, like a film, would have a story line.

The films depicted in the painting would include "Abhimaan", "Shakti", "Sholay", "Zanjeer", "Coolie" and "Baghban".

11.00 am:

Need clear definition for corruption, PMO tweets

"Experience has also shown that big ticket corruption is mostly related to operations by commercial entities. A clear and unambiguous definition for the term 'corruption', covering both the supply and demand sides, is being sought to be provided. Prevention of Corruption Act to be amended to fill gaps in the legislation and bringing it in line with international practices," the PMO said on Twitter.

10.45 am:

Mayawati to take final call on UPA today

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati is expected to take a final decision on lending outside support to the Congress-led UPA Government at her party's national executive meeting here today.

"We will have a meeting of national executive on Wednesday to reconsider whether to continue support to the UPA government or not," said Mayawati, while addressing the BSP workers at a 'sankalp maharally' here to mark the sixth death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.

Mayawati, whose party has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha and is giving outside support to the government along with Samajwadi Party's 22 MPs, said the next Parliamentary polls slated to be held in 2014, may be advanced and asked her cadres to be ready for it.

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10.30 am:

Indian-origin scientist discovers giant supermassive black holes

Cambridge researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have discovered a new population of enormous, rapidly growing supermassive black holes ever seen in the early Universe.

The black holes were previously undetected because they sit cocooned within thick layers of dust.

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Convict comes home from jail to find wife's mummified body

A Spaniard returned home after being released from prison and found his wife's mummified body in her home.

Evidently, it had been more than a year since he had heard from her.

The woman, Angeles Fernandez, died in her home in Ciempozuelos, near Madrid, without anyone noticing or missing her, except her jailed husband, who had complained in September 2011 that he had not heard anything from her for a year.


Today's Highlight in History: The day Panama Canal was completed

In 1913, the Panama Canal was effectively completed as President Woodrow Wilson sent a signal from the White House by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed a section of the Gamboa dike.

In 1938, Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland

In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in space, entered into force.

In 1982, Father Maximilian Kolbe, who died in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp, was canonized by Pope John Paul II.

In 2002 : The House voted 296-133 to give President George W. Bush the broad authority he'd sought to use military force against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, with or without U.N. support.


Vultures in South Asia face imminent extinction

No vultures will be left in India and the rest of South Asia if no immediate steps are taken for their conservation, non-governmental organisations have warned.

South Asia once had millions of vultures but over the last one decade, 99 percent of them have disappeared.

"This is the fastest decline of any bird species ever reported anywhere in the world," Asad R. Rahmani, director, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), told IANS.

Rahmani, a scientist with over three decades of experience, said unlike some other bird species which face extinction because of poaching and habitat destruction, vultures were disappearing only because of a drug called diclofenac.

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Another rape in Haryana

A Dalit girl has been kidnapped and gangraped in the Kaithal district of Haryana. 2 have been arrested in connection with the rape. This is the 14th case of rape reported in the state in the last one month.


Race between Romney, Obama still all about Ohio

It's still all about Ohio.

After a strong debate performance, Republican challenger Mitt Romney is intensifying his efforts in the state that's critical to his White House hopes, while President Barack Obama works to hang on to the polling edge he's had here for weeks.

Both candidates campaigned hard in the state Tuesday, the last day of voter registration ahead of Election Day, now just four weeks away.

"It's time for him to leave the White House," Romney said of Obama at an evening rally in Cuyahoga Falls. "Ohio's going to elect me the next president of the United States."

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DMK demands President's rule in Karnataka

Mounting pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's coalition government, Tamil Nadu-based ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has called for the imposition of President's rule in Karnataka over the Cauvery water dispute.

Slamming the Karnataka government for "stopping" release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, the DMK on Tuesday demanded imposition of Central rule in the neighbouring state so as to "teach a lesson to stone- hearted" regimes on inter-state issues.

"All I request the Prime Minister is, (he) should come to a conclusion on using Article 356 (relating to President's rule) against Karnataka to ensure that the people of both the states uphold integrity and sovereignty in a spirit of brotherhood," DMK president M Karunanidhi said in a statement.

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BSP supremo Mayawati will decide later today whether to continue its outside support to the Centre over clashes on policy issues.

“We will have a meeting of national executive (on Oct 10) to reconsider whether to continue support to the UPA government or not,” she said yesterday.

Mayawati, whose party has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha and is giving outside support to the government along with Samajwadi Party’s 22 MPs, said the next Parliamentary polls slated to be held in 2014, may be advanced and asked her cadres to be ready for it.

On the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail, Mayawati left the door open on her party backing it.

Following another cancelling of the jump, Austrian daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt his potentially record-breaking plunge from the edge of space today after his jump yesterday was postponed due to wind concerns.

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