Live: Vindoo Dara Singh admits helping two bookies escape to Dubai, say sources

Last Updated: Wed, May 22, 2013 12:09 hrs

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Vindoo Dara Singh admits helping two bookies escape to Dubai, say sources

NDTV: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh today admitted that he helped two bookies, Pawan Jaipur and Sanjay Jaipur, escape to Dubai, sources have told NDTV. 

The police today also conducted a search at Vindoo's residence and reportedly recovered three mobile phones belonging to Pawan Jaipur and Vindoo's iPad and laptop. 

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NDTV: Two jawans of the Provincial Armed Constabulary or PAC in Uttar Pradesh, deployed as part of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's security detail, have been caught on camera hitting each other with lathis and even drawing blood.
The reason why the two men in uniform, head constable Mukul Chandra Yadav and constable Sunil Dikshit, fought is not known yet. 

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Seven family members found murdered in Ghaziabad

Seven members of a family were found murdered at their home in Nai Basti area here, police said today.

The deceased, identified as Satish (65), a businessman, his wife Manju (62), son Sachin, daughter in law Rekha and three grandchildren -- Honey, Aman and Neha -- were murdered last night using a sharp edged weapon, police said.

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Karzai gives wish list to India, but says he doesn't want Indian soldiers on Afghan soil

Addressing media persons in New Delhi, visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said Kabul has given a wish list to India, but did not specify what the list contains.

Karzai said: "We have a wish list that we have put before the Government of India. It is upto the government now to provide us according to their means."

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Police may question BCCI President's son-in-law

BCCI President N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is likely to be questioned by Mumbai police in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal. 

The name of Meiyappan, who is also the team prinicipal and CEO of Chennai Super Kings, cropped up during the interrogation of Vindoo Dara Singh.

Vindoo was arrested yesterday for his links with bookies and is believed to have placed bets on behalf of Meiyappan. He had been spotted sitting next to MS Dhoni's wife Sakshi in CSK's VIP box during an IPL match in Chennai.

The police clarified that is there is no evidence of spot-fixing by Meiyappan, only of betting.

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Two witnesses who had turned hostile in the Jessica Lal case will face trial for perjury. 17 other witnesses will be discharged. The two witnesses are actor Sayan Munshi and Prem Sagar Manocha.  

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The son-in-law of BCCI chairman and CSK owner N Sreenivasan, Gurunath Meiyappan will be questioned by the police. Vindoo Dara Singh had been in touch with Meiyappan. He has confessed to the Mumbai police that he was in touch with Meiyappan for personal reasons and had nothing to do with spot-fixing.

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AP: Chinese premier begins 2-day visit to Pakistan

Pakistan says it shares "identical views" on foreign policy with China, whose premier is beginning a two-day visit to Islamabad in the latest sign of the tight relationship between the two Asian powers.

Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday following a trip to Pakistan's neighbor and archenemy India.

A Pakistani Foreign Ministry statement described the two countries as "all weather friends."

Pakistan has historically viewed China as an important counterweight to the United States, which provides Pakistan with valuable aid but often pressures Islamabad to do more to crack down on Islamic militants.

The two countries will sign agreements related to energy, technology and space during Li's visit. Pakistan has major energy shortages.

Trade between Pakistan and China exceeded $12 billion in 2012.

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Indian school teacher found dead in Maldives

An Indian school teacher has been found dead in Maldives' Eydhafushi island, in what is suspected to be a suicide case. 

Vice President of Baa Eydhafushi Council Mohamed Riza said that the teacher, an Indian citizen by the name Satish Kumar was found hanging inside his room earlier yesterday. 

Riza said Kumar's body was discovered when the school had checked his residence after phone calls went unanswered, as he had not shown up for work. 

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Julian Assange pleaded Benedict Cumberbatch to leave WikiLeaks flick

Founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, wanted Benedict Cumberbatch to quit Hollywood's adaptation of his story after objecting to the original version of the movie's script.

The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' actor plays the role of the Australian journalist in 'The Fifth Estate', which is an upcoming film based on his whistleblowing site that made headlines all over the world for leaking top secret and highly classified files from military and international government sources, Contactmusic reported.

The Brit star had recently revealed that he had tried to set up a meeting with the beleaguered Assange, but the activist did not want any contact whatsoever.

Cumberbatch told a New York Magazine that Assange hates the idea of the film and had actually asked him to leave the project in a bid to put a stop to the movie.

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Rajat Gupta seeks overturning of conviction in insider-trading

India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta today sought overturning of his insider- trading conviction in a US court here by arguing that the wiretap evidence used by the prosecution in the case should not have been introduced at trial stage.

Gupta's attorney Seth Waxman told the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that wiretaps played for the jury were inadmissible because they amounted to hearsay evidence.

"Gupta himself was not heard on the wiretaps, which are instead conversations between convicted Galleon Group manager Raj Rajaratnam and other employees at the hedge fund. Those wiretaps should never have been admitted," Waxman told a three-judge panel hearing the high-profile case.

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Shaji Kailas to make a film on Sreesanth?

Soon after the spot fixing scandal started hogging the headlines, director Shaji Kailas and scenarist A K Sajan reportedly announced a film on S Sreesanth, the Kerala cricketer who was arrested for teaming up with the bookies.

The film, as per the reports, was focused on a Malayali youth whose life changes after he is selected to the Indian cricket team. With everything on Sreesanth making news these days, even this report got instant publicity. The Internet sites and the media reported the news with great importance. Some of them have even named the film, like Cricket for one.

Now, reliable sources say that there is no such plan either from Shaji or Sajan and it was some fake news, which spread like wildfire!

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Indian film festival to be held in Seoul

An Indian film festival, where hugely popular Bollywood movies like "Lage Raho Munnabhai" will be screened, is to be held here to commemorate the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and South Korea.

The festival will be held at CGV Yeouido, IFC Mall, May 24-28.

It has been organised by the Indian embassy with the support of CGV, the Indian tourism ministry and the Directorate of Film Festivals, a press release said .

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Indian national jailed for causing fatal accident in Singapore

A 25-year-old Indian lorry driver has been jailed by a Singapore court for eight weeks and banned from driving for five years for causing the death of a compatriot worker and injuring 14 others. 

Wheelchair-bound Periyasamy Jayapraksh pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mathialagu Kathiravan, 19, when his lorry collided head-on with another another truck on July 3 last year, The Straits Times reported. 

He also admitted to causing injuries to 14 others including the truck driver, all Indians, through his negligence. 

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Vindoo Dara Singh admits he was in touch with relative of an IPL franchise owner, say sources

NDTV: Actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who was arrested yesterday for his alleged links with bookies accused of spot-fixing in the IPL's on-going season, has reportedly told the police that he was in touch with the relative of an IPL franchise owner.

Sources say the police are investigating multiple calls made by the actor to a Chennai number. The calls were made over a period of six months, say sources.

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Injured Murray withdraws from French Open

Andy Murray will miss the French Open with the back injury that flared up at the Rome Masters, the world number two announced. 

After meeting with medical specialists Murray has decided to skip the second Grand Slam of the year at Roland Garros to ensure he is fully fit for Wimbledon. 

"It's a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice, I am not fit to compete," the US Open and Olympic champion explained in a statement to Britain's Press Association. 

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Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of slain civil rights activist Malcolm X, has been buried at a cemetery in suburban New York.

A spokeswoman for the family said Shabazz was laid to rest near his grandparents at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale on Tuesday.

Authorities say Shabazz was beaten to death earlier this month in a dispute over a $1,200 bar bill in Mexico City. Two waiters have been arrested in the case.

The 28-year-old Shabazz had a troubled life, from setting a blaze in his grandmother's apartment that resulted in the death of Malcolm X's widow, Betty Shabazz, to stints in juvenile hall and prison.

At the time of his death, he seemed to be seeking redemption with plans to write a memoir and denouncing youth violence.

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Senate panel approves immigration bill

Far-reaching legislation that grants a chance at citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a solid bipartisan vote Tuesday night after supporters somberly sidestepped a controversy over the rights of gay spouses.

The 13-5 vote cleared the way for an epic showdown on the Senate floor on legislation that is one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities — yet also gives the Republican Party a chance to recast itself as more appealing to minorities.

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Sanjay Dutt has been moved to Pune's Yerwada jail. He was lodged at Mumbai's Arthur road jail. He was moved out early this morning.

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Saudi Arabia nabs 10 over spying for Iran

Saudi Arabia has arrested 10 people on suspicion of espionage for Iran, the interior ministry announced Tuesday.

"Following an initial investigation, the security forces arrested 10 more suspects over involvement in the espionage acts for an Iranian espionage cell, reported Xinhua citing a spokesperson for the ministry.

The arrestees, comprising eight Saudis, a Lebanese and a Turk, are linked to the Iranian spy cell which was unveiled in March, the official added.

In March, Saudi Arabia announced 18 suspects -- 16 Saudis, a Lebanese and an Iranian -- were arrested on charges of receiving money from Iran to gather information on important sites in the gulf kingdom.

Later, the Lebanese suspect was released.

The fresh wave of arrests brings the number of those suspects detained in this case to 27, the official added. spokesperson said.

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'Domestic issues led to losing focus on international issues'

Domestic compulsions had forced India to look inward, which led it to lose focus on the international front during the early years after Independence, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said tonight.

Addressing a function organised by Indo-Arab League, Khurshid said as the world moved very fast, India could not keep pace.

He said at that time, India had to grow more food to feed its people, provide water, power, education, jobs and it had to reform its economic structure.

"Somewhere India lost the focus on international relations and India turned inwards... we were obviously far away from our commitment to self reliance. So while committing itself to some of its own domestic concerns, India lost its salient features of its attention globally," he said.

Voicing support for cause of Palestine, he said, "We never stopped being your friends. We never stopped feeling the pain that you felt. We never stopped celebrating your moments of joy that you had."

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