Live: IM twitter handle claiming credit for Bodh Gaya blasts suspended

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 11, 2013 12:15 hrs

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IM twitter handle claiming credit for Bodh Gaya blasts suspended

Rediff:  IM twitter handle claiming credit for Bodh Gaya blasts suspended:   Twitter has suspended an account claiming to be that of the terror group Indian Mujahideen, suspected to have orchestrated the Bodh Gaya serial blasts. 

Official sources said IP address of the tweet handle @IndianMujahidin was traced to Pakistan. 

The account had claimed responsibility for the 10 synchronised blasts that took place in the Mahabodhi temple on July 7 morning, leaving two monks injured. 

The sources said investigators are looking into the genuineness of the twitter handle but they are suspicious as it became active barely a day before the blasts shook Bodh Gaya. 

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Ishrat Jahan’s family alleges threat to life, seeks protection

Zeenews: The family members of Ishrat Jahan, the 19-year-old Mumbai girl who was shot dead along with three others by the Gujarat Crime Branch officials in 2004, on Thursday alleged threat to their lives. 

According to reports, Ishrat’s family members claimed that they were receiving threats to their life from unknown persons. 

Ishrat’s family members also claimed that 4-5 unidentified men had barged into their house and threatened them recently. 

Ishrat's sister further alleged that her family members are being harassed for the past one month. 

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Live: Yeddyurappa wants to see Modi as PM, says BJP leaders in touch with him

Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today indicated he is not averse to return to BJP as he admitted publicly for the first time that he and some senior national BJP leaders had discussed his homecoming.

The former BJP strongman and Karnataka Janatha Paksha chief, however, said he would take an "appropriate decision at the appropriate time".

"I have already received many such types of communication from BJP President Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders (on his return). I haven't come to any decision. I will discuss it with my colleagues and arrive at a decision."

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Congress paranoid about Modi: BJP

BJP today accused Congress of being paranoid about Narendra Modi, saying if it had not been so, the party-led government in Uttarakhand would not have "systematically hidden" facts about the assistance offered by Gujarat for the relief of disaster-hit people.

"I cannot understand why the Congress is so paranoid about Modi. After all it is this paranoia which did not let Bahuguna government talk openly about the generous amount of help offered by Modi for the flood-hit people of the state," BJP national secretary Trivendra Singh Rawat told reporters here.

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Bihar govt official gifts wife 230 gold earrings

A Bihar official, an accused in a disproportionate assets case, would gift his wife gold ornaments whenever he received a fat bribe. And as investigators searched, they came upon a staggering 230 gold earrings, 53 finger rings and 36 bangles.

The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) team of Bihar Police was flummoxed when it recovered 230 pieces of gold earrings and tops during raids at the residence of Deputy Director of Secondary Education Radha Krishna Singh Yadav.

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Hrithik discharged from the hospital

Hindi movie star Hrithik Roshan, who underwent a brain surgery for removal of a clot at the Hinduja Hospital here, has been discharged Thursday.

When he came out of the hospital, Hrithik was accompanied by his father and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan.

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Juvenile Board defers verdict on Delhi gang-rape accused

The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has deferred its verdict on whether the minor, an accused in the December 16 gangrape case, would be tried as an adult or a juvenile for his crime

The minor, who was aged 17-and-half years at the time of the crime, could face a maximum sentence of three years, including the time already spent in custody, if he is tried as a juvenile for the crime. He turned 18 last month.

The family of the victim as well as social groups have been demanding that the juvenile accused should be tried and punished as an adult in view of the gravity of his crime.

A 23-year-old woman was gangraped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus in Delhi Dec 16 last year. She later died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29. Six people, including the juvenile, were arrested in the case.

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The Juvenile Court has reserved its verdict on the Delhi gang-rape case till July 25

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15 gold and diamond-studded idols stolen from old Jain shrine near Mangalore

India Today: In one of the biggest heists in the history of Karnataka, unidentified persons made away with 15 gold and diamond-studded idols from a Jain shrine in Moodabidri, near Mangalore, in coastal Karnataka. The current value of the idols, which belong to the 10th century, is said be "crores of rupees".

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Allahabad High Court bans caste-based rallies, sends directive to all political parties.

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Purported Indian Mujahideen's twitter handle remains alive and kicking

The purported twitter handle of the terror outfit - Indian Mujahideen - is still alive and kicking. Unperturbed by the ongoing probe which may uncover the truth of its intention, the handler of @IndianMujahidin on Thursday morning removed or hid all its 'followers' and the list of people it had followed for five days.

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The fire at the  annexe of the Civil Secretariat, Srinagar has been brought under control, no casualties have been reported. Five fire fighters have been injured while trying to put down the fire.

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A major fire broke out in the annexe of the Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, here today.

Flames and smoke started billowing from the two-storey wooden structure adjacent to the main building of the Civil Secretariat minutes before the scheduled opening of the offices at 9.30 AM, officials said.

The building, which houses among other offices of the Education Department and Medical dispensary, was engulfed in flames within no time, they said.

They said it was not clear whether any employee is trapped in the building even as fire tenders are trying to douse the flames.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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NDTV: A massive fire has broken out close to the Secretariat in Srinagar. Many fire engines have been rushed to contain the blaze. The building, where the fire began, is used to store documents.

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Fire breaks out in Secretariat at Srinagar.

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Narendra Modi to contest from Gujarat, UP?

Zeenews: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s poll campaign and strategy committee chief Narendra Modi is most likely to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from two states, reports said on Thursday. 

If sources are to be believed then the firebrand BJP leader will be contesting the 2014 General Elections from two Lok Sabha constituencies, one in Gujarat and the other in Uttar Pradesh. 

Party sources claim that BJP’s parent organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is keen on Modi contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh. 

The RSS central leadership believes that it is important for the party to remain focussed on politically significant states like Uttar Pradesh, if the BJP aims to dislodge the Congress government from power at the centre.

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Not just veggies, chicken prices are flying too

HT: Even as the price of tomatoes seem be inching downwards, it is now time for the prices of onions and poultry products to head north.

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Uttarakhand government puts number of missing people at 5360, fresh rains claim 11 more lives

The Uttarakhand government put the number of missing people in last month's tragedy at 5360 and announced that pilgrimage to Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines will resume by September 30 even as fresh rains pounded several parts of the state and claimed 11 lives.

Seven members of a family were killed when the ceiling of their house collapsed in Dhikauna village in Chamoli district.

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Delhi gangrape: fate of juvenile accused may be decided today

HT: A Juvenile Justice Board that conducted the trial of a 17-year-old accused in the December 16 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in New Delhi is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday.

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With helicopters hovering in the sky, the five-phase rural polls in West Bengal begin in the backdrop of intriguing court battles between two constitutional bodies, violence and complaints of terror and intimidation against the ruling Trinamool Congress.

Altogether 4.4 crore eligible voters will elect 58,865 representatives out of 1.77 lakh candidates in the three-tier panchayat bodies of the state - which is considered a model for the rural development system in the country - in the polls slated for July 11, 15, 19, 22 and 25.

In the first phase, the polls will be held in the three Maoist-hit districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, under intensive security arrangements with helicopters keeping vigil from the air and the central paramilitary troopers manning every polling booth.

The issue of central security forces had been a bone of contention between the State Election Commission and the Mamata Banerjee-led government, with the latter being initially opposed to requisitioning uniformed personnel from the central paramilitary troopers.

 Ahead of the polls, there were differences between the State Election Commission (SEC) and the state government over a plethora of issues. They almost fought a duel to determine the right to announce the poll schedule, and the primacy to conduct the polls, besides the security arrangements.

The disputes reached the legal corridor and finally the Supreme Court ordered a five-phase poll under the vigilance of a mix of central and state security forces.

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