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India asks China to revert to status quo in Ladakh
India on Tuesday asked China to revert to the status quo position in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in Ladakh where troops of both countries were in a face-to-face situation after Chinese forces intruded nearly 10kms inside Indian territory eight days ago.
"We have asked the Chinese side to maintain the status quo in this sector (of the western border)," official spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs Syed Akbaruddin said, adding, "by this I mean the status quo prior to this incident."
He also added that "we see this as a face-to-face situation between border personnel of two sides due to differences on their alignment of Line of Actual Control".
Bengal chit fund scam boss, director, arrested in Kashmir
Saradha Group CMD Sudipta Sen and director Debjani Mukherjee have been arrested in Sonmarg in Kashmir.
According to media reports, Sudipta Sen, his wife Piyali, their children, and director Debjani Mukherjee and their driver Rajiv have been traced to Kashmir. A team of West Bengal police is leaving for Kashmir via Delhi. Apart from Sen and Mukherjee, another associate of the company has also been arrested.
Saradha group chairman Sudipto Sen and two others detained in Jammu and Kashmir: Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.
Dhoni 'Most Desirable Man' in IPL 6, says survey
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is voted as the most "Most Desirable Man" by a survey conducted by online matrimonial site Shaadi.com.
With season six of Indian Premier League underway, Shaadi.com recently conducted a survey to find out whom do Indian women consider to be the "Most Desirable Man" duirng the series.
A whopping 61 percent Indian women voted for Dhoni followed by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who grabbed second position with 39 percent votes, said a statement.
Young cricketer Virat Kohli was voted as the "Most Eligible Bachelor" in the survey with 53.22 percent votes. Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina took second and third positions with 28.32 and 16.21 percent votes respectively.
When asked whom they considered to be the "Most Eligible International Player" in the Indian Premier League 6, 59.62 percent Indian women voted for Brett Lee.
Security beefed up for IPL tie in Bangalore
Security has been beefed up and vehicular parking banned around the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium here for the IPL-6 tie between hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors India Tuesday evening.
With about 1,500 police personnel, including central and state reserve forces, deployed in and around the venue ahead of the match, the stadium has turned into a fortress even before hundreds of frenzied fans queued up for security checks and frisking to enter the stands.
"In view of the recent blast in the city (April 17) and electioneering for the state legislative assembly polls May 5, we are taking extra measures to ensure foolproof security and prevent any untoward incident that may get undue attention in the city, causing avoidable tension," a senior police official told IANS at the stadium.
In addition to the unprecedented security cover, a bomb squad and a dog squad have been pressed into service to detect explosive materials and sniff out trouble-makers. Closed circuit television cameras and surveillance systems were also activated to record movement of fans, vehicles and the game in the middle.
Russia to train Indian fighter pilots
Russia will train Indian fighter pilots for carrier-based operations, a top Russian official said.
The Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RAC MiG) has signed a contract with India's defence ministry on the training of Indian pilots on operating carrier-based aircraft, RAC MiG Director General Sergei Korotkov told Itar-Tass in an interview.
"On April 20, the contract was signed between the ministry of defence and the RAC MiG, under which we will train Indian pilots on the MiG-29K/KUB planes," said Korotkov.
"The training comprises two stages. The first will start in Russia two and a half months before the departure of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier (former Russian cruiser Admiral Gorshkov) that our country is to hand over to the Indian Navy this year."
According to him, the continuation of the training, "which meets all the modern requirements" will be held in India.
No need for diplomatic talks with China on border issue: Khurshid
As Indian and Chinese local military commanders held a flag meeting Tuesday over the alleged incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid ruled out any need to hold diplomatic-level talks on the issue.
"There is no need for diplomatic-level talks," Khurshid told reporters outside parliament.
He said the commanders from both sides would hold discussions "to work out a solution at flag meetings, as they have been doing in the past".
4 policemen arrested for torturing youths in custody
Four policemen have been arrested for allegedly keeping five youths in illegal custody and torturing them in Mansoorpur police station here, a senior official said today.
A case has been registered against SHO Mansoorpur police station Pankaj Tyagi and constables Jitender, Arjun and Shelender for keeping the youths in illegal custody and torturing them, SSP Manzil Saini said.
The SHO's servant Waseem was also arrested for beating the youths while they were in the police custody, Saini said.
The five youths who were allegedly tortured -- Sandeep Saini, Bitoo, Sachin, Sanju and Ritesh -- were reportedly picked up from their residences in a false theft case.
The youths were later released after the accused policemen allegedly took money from them.
Local people yesterday protested against the arrest of the five youths following which the action was taken against the errant officials.
JD-U, BJP tell workers to prepare for split
Tension between Bihar's ruling parties is escalating by the day with both the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) preparing their workers for a split.
In the last few days, senior JD-U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as well as BJP's national general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy and its state president Mangal Pandey have given clear indications of their parties going it alone in the next general elections, and have called on their party workers to gear up for it. Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha seats.
NDTV reports that Chinese army choppers had violated Indian airspace on the 15th of April. Two helicopters had violated the country's airspace on the same night that the Chinese army had trespassed into Indian territory in Ladakh.
The helicopters flew back the same night while the ground forces are currently occupying the territory.
Pak court tells Musharraf to cooperate in Bhutto murder probe
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today directed former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, a "proclaimed offender", to cooperate with investigators probing the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
Musharraf was driven to the Rawalpindi-based court from his plush villa on the outskirts of Islamabad where he is under house arrest for charges dating back to his 9-year rule.
The former president appeared before Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman for the first time since the Rawalpindi-based court began hearing the case in 2008.
US hospitals send hundreds of immigrants back home
Hundreds of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally have been sent back to their home countries by hospitals seeking to curb the cost of caring for them.
A recent report compiled by immigrant advocacy groups made a rare attempt to determine how many immigrants are removed through an obscure process known formally as "medical repatriation."
The Center for Social Justice and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest concluded that at least 600 immigrants were sent home over the past five years.
In interviews with immigrants, their families, attorneys and advocates, The Associated Press reviewed together the process, which allows hospitals to put patients on chartered flights, often while they are still unconscious.
Immigrant advocates are concerned that the practice could expand after implementation of federal health care reform.
Five girls convert to Islam to win Justin Bieber's gig tickets
A Norwegian TV show has been slammed by a church after it tricked five teenage girls to convert to Islam so that they could win tickets to Justin Bieber's concerts.
The five teenagers agreed to convert to Islam, totally unaware about the fact that it was a prank for the comedy show, News.com.au reported.
Bishop Halvor Nordhaug, from the Norwegian Lutheran Church, told Norwegian paper Dagen that he thought the prank was an example of an idea where irony and lack of respect turns into something tragic.
The girls were also told to repeat what translated to "Justin Bieber is impure and probably gay."
French embassy in Libya attacked
The French embassy in Libya has been attacked, two guards have been wounded. French embassy official says attack appears to have been car bomb.
Sikhs formally allowed to wear turbans instead of helmets in Oz
Australian Government have made some changes to compulsory bicycle helmet laws to exempt people who wear turbans for their religion.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the people will have to demonstrate that they are a Sikh but fell short of explaining what degree of proof would be required, Courier Mail reported.
Emerson said that the exemption was a "common sense" move and followed the overturning of a fine issued to a man for not wearing a helmet in the place of his turban while he was riding a bicycle in Brisbane.
He asserted that if someone was able to demonstrate that they have been a member of a long-standing religion that does require them to wear headwear which might make it very difficult to wear a helmet, the government will accept that.
Emerson added that wearing a full burka will not be an excuse for not wearing any helmet.
China bird flu toll rises to 21
Chinese authorities reported another fatality from the H7N9 bird flu, bringing the toll from the virus in China to 21. The number of people infected stands at 104.
In addition, 13 patients have been released from the hospital after recovering from the disease.
The eastern metropolis of Shanghai continues to be the zone with the most deaths - 12 - while the neighbouring province of Zhejiang is the one with the most active cases, 40.
Canada thwarts terror plot
Canadian police said Monday that two individuals arrested for planning to derail a passenger train in Toronto had been receiving aid from Al Qaeda.
The two in custody are Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, residents of Montreal and Toronto respectively, who are accused of conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack.
Spokespersons for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday at a press conference in Toronto that the two suspects are not Canadian citizens but refused to reveal their nationality.
The RCMP also refused to reveal the specific target of the attack on Canada's VIA passenger rail network.
Various media said that the two being detained had planned to attack a VIA train traveling from Toronto to New York.
But according to the RCMP's Jennifer Strachan, the intended target was more a route than a specific train.
The RCMP said that the two under arrest were under surveillance since August 2012 and that at no time was the public "in imminent danger".
Both the houses of the parliament have been adjourned as opposition MPs stall proceedings. The parliament will reconvene at 12 pm.
Google planning to change 'iconic' homepage, says report
Internet search giant Google is planning to change its iconic home page, the firms news website has said.
According to Google news website, Google System, the tech giant is said to be working on bringing its personalised homepage feature of its Android phones to the web and to its search page.
Google Now will take all your data and use it to create a completely personalised homepage customised to your needs and routine, News.com.au reports.
It would alert you to heavy traffic conditions and arrange an alternate route to work or tell you the live score of your favourite sports team, the report said.
The report pointed out that bringing Google Now to the web is designed to encourage people to move away from their current homepages which are often linked to their email addresses (Yahoo, NineMSN)
The BJP has demanded that the PM resign and the law minister be sacked over the coalgate scam. "We won't cooperate with the government. The UPA has no answers on corruption," said the party.
Rajinikanth at Sridevi's private bash!
Rajinikanth was the cynosure of all eyes last night (April 22) at the Taj Ball room in Chennai. Srilatha, sister of actress Sridevi threw a private party for Kollywood celebs.
The occasion was to celebrate Sridevi's successful comeback into films and bagging the prestigious Padma Award. All the top yesteryear heroines like Kushboo, Radhika, Lissy, Poornima, Jayachitra, Sneha, Vyjayanthi Mala, were present along with Aishwarya Dhanush, PC Sreeram, KS Ravikumar, Devi Sri Prasad, Prabhu, Jayam Ravi, Vivek and Priya Anand to name a few.
Rajinikanth who has done over 25 films with Sridevi spend almost an hour chatting up with his industry friends.
Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar's hearing on May 30
A US court has fixed May 30 for the first hearing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the lone surviving Boston bombings suspect, during his initial court appearance from the hospital room.
The first court hearing would be held in a Massachusetts District court on May 30, the judge ruled yesterday.
The 19-year-old Chechen-origin suspect is charged with conspiring to use "weapon of mass destruction", faces death penalty if convicted by the court.
He appeared alert, mentally competent, and lucid, the judge said.
NDTV reports that a second flag meeting is set to take place between India and China today.
Indian Army matches China man-for-man on the border
As the Army's Military Intelligence (MI) and Military Operations (MO) directorates study the Chinese troop incursion into Indian territory at Daulat Beg Oldi, below the towering Karakoram Pass in Ladakh, military analysts are also scanning a newly-released Chinese document for information that might be of help.
Issued on April 16 by the State Council Information Office, the defence White Paper titled "The Diversified Employment of China's Armed Forces" (hereafter 'China's Armed Forces') provides an unusually clear look into the structures and missions of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA includes China's ground, air and naval forces, and the Second Artillery Corps that operates that country's strategic arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles, including those that carry nuclear payloads.
Boston bomber Dzhokar charged with conspiring to use WMDs
Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property in the US and could face the death penalty if convicted, the Attorney General's office said today.
The charges came as the White House said today that Tsarnaev is not an 'enemy combatant' and as a US citizen cannot be tried under military laws.
The Tamil Nadu police arrest 3 men in connection with the blast that took place near the BJP office in Bangalore on April 17th. Two men were arrested in Chennai and one in Madurai.
They are not the prime accused in the case but facilitated the blast reports NDTV. The prime accused is still at large.
These men will be produced in a court in Bangalore later in the day.7.30 am
World No.4 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia has withdrawn from India Open Super Series badminton men's event beginning in New Delhi today and two top 20 players from the women's singles event.
China's World No. 13 Jiang Yanjiao and 15th ranked Fanetri Lindaweni of Indonesia have pulled out from the women's draw. India's Saina Nehwal is the top seed.
Kuncoro was the second highest-ranked player in the men's lineup after World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei. Parupalli Kashyap will spearhead India's challenge.