Jaya an artist, she understands, says Kamal
"Islam is not targeting me. It is politics, it is not religion."
Kamal Haasan held a media conference in which he addressed various issues surrounding his film.
Some of his statements are -
"Jaya is an artist, she understands."
"Why is it that every time we fall prey to divisions? I have had problems with Hindu brothers."
"I am not saying sorry for saying I wanted to leave the country. I was angry, I still am."
"My only request to govt is in case few Muslims were arrested, they were pushed to anger by misinformation."
"The only thing I want to clarify is that I am rational. For me not religion, it is people who matter."
"If this happens again, I would seriously think of leaving the country. I am not threatening, I am hurt. This is my country."
"As far as my Muslim friends, in all this trial, when they came & read their duas & asked me to forgive them, I was moved."
"It was very arrogant of me to say I was standing alone. You were with me, I am thankful to the media."
Teacher suspended for penning love letter to 7th std girl
A 24-year-old teacher was today suspended for allegedly writing a love letter to a seventh standard girl in a government school near here.
Official sources said Paul Mohan, teaching at the Panchayat Union Middle School at Adailaiyoor in the district, allegedly placed the letter written in English, professing his love, inside the notebook of the girl a few days ago.
Another teacher had accidentally found the letter yesterday and brought it to the Head Master's attention.
Following a complaint from the Head Master, the Assistant Elementary Education Officer Palnivel issued orders today placing the teacher under suspension, sources said. 4.45 pm:
Woman found dead in Delhi, cops suspect rape
An unidentified woman in her early 20s was found dead here Thursday morning with her face burnt, police said. It is suspected that she was raped before being murdered and defaced.
The woman's body was recovered from a vacant plot in west Delhi's Vijay Vihar at around 10 a.m. in half-naked condition.
"The body of the woman was found half-naked. It seems she was killed after being raped and to erase her identity the accused burnt her face," said a police officer.
There were no other external injury marks on the woman's body, the officer said.
"Her body has been sent for post-mortem to find out the exact cause of death," said the officer. A case has been registered and a probe is on.
Goa rape: Headmistress ordered clean-up, says Goa CM
In a shocking disclosure, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly on Thursday that a school headmistress oversaw the washing and cleaning of the private parts of the seven-year-old rape victim.
Parrikar was updating the house on the progress of investigations into the rape of a minor girl in a school toilet at the port town of Vasco, a crime which had stunned the state Jan 14.
"During investigation, it was revealed that the headmistress directed the class teacher to wash the private parts of the victim to avoid infection," Parrikar told the assembly.
Read more3.35 pm:
Vishwaroopam to be banned in UP if found ‘objectionable’
After the ban in Tamil Nadu, Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam may be prevented from screening in Uttar Pradesh if it is found that the film “hurts the sentiments” of Muslims and indulges in “character assassination”, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) said today.
“Officials concerned would see the film thoroughly; if it is found to be good and entertaining (then it is) fine, or else, it would not be allowed to run in UP,” Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Asrey Kushwaha told reporters here.
“If it indulges in character assassination, it would not be screened in the state…,” Kushwaha said.
Cabinet clears the new revised Lokpal Bill
The Union Cabinet today cleared the new revised Lokpal Bill even though the Law Ministry raised objections to the draft. The amended draft leaves the appointment of Lokayuktas to the states, media reports said.
SC sets aside Kerala HC verdict on Suryanelli rape case
The Supreme Court set aside the Kerala High Court verdict in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case that had acquitted 36 accused.
The apex court has remanded the gangrape case of a teenaged girl back to the Kerala High Court asking it to take a fresh look at it.
All the accused on bail are directed by the Supreme Court to secure fresh bail from the Kerala High Court. The Supreme Court also expressed shock over the findings of the Kerala HC that the victim was a willing partner, a report on CNN-IBN said.
In an interview to Mid-Day, Kamal Haasan says his phone is being tapped.
Here's an excerpt:
Q: When was the Hindi version of Vishwaroop going to be released?
We were looking at February 1. We had even planned a Mumbai premiere on Thursday. But I don’t know if I will be allowed to release it. I have a track record of women spoiling my premiere plans.
Q: Which woman do you hold responsible for spoiling your premiere plans this time?
I am not saying anything.
Read more @ midday.com
Jaya defends Vishwaroopam ban
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in an ongoing press conference has defended the ban on Kamal Haasan's Viswaroopam
. She says as the Chief Minister her first priority is to maintain law and order.
She said over the last few days there has been a lot of hysteria over the film's ban in the media and several reckless charges have also been made.
She clarified that she has no personal motivation to ban the film. She went on to say that the movie was set to be released in over 500 theatres and the state does not have enough police manpower to provide protection to all the theatres.
Jaya says that it is not political vendetta, instead, intelligence reports indicated that there were apprehensions that protests could turn violent. She explained that several muslim groups approached the government and submitted a memorandum, and also met the Home Secretary to voice their opposition to the film.
Will continue to protest if the revised Lokpal Bill is not satisfactory, warns Anna Hazare
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare reiterated that he will continue to protest if the Lokpal Bill is not upto the mark, on the day when the government is expected to consider the new revised Lokpal Bill, a report on CNN IBN said.
Anna said, "Is the bill the government coming up with the one we demanded? How will they remove corruption? The government has goons that controls villages."
Ashis Nandy to request Supreme Court to quash FIRs against him
A team of the Rajasthan Police will question sociologist Ashis Nandy today over his controversial comments linking Dalits to corruption. But the sociologist, who will appear in the Supreme Court later today is set to request the apex court that all the FIRs filed against him be quashed, a report on CNN IBN said. Nandy's argument is based on the fact that no offence was mentioned in the FIR.
The Delhi High Court has directed that the hospitals both public and private cannot refuse treatment in all urgent cases including rape victims and road accidents. The court also directed the police to take the victims to the nearest hospital.
Julian Assange to contest 2013 Australia elections
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, will run for a Senate seat in Australia this year and his mother feels he would offer a good break from the 'US lackeys' in politics.
The confirmation was made by WikiLeaks on its Twitter account, though it is not clear how the whistle blower plans to go about his intentions while fighting against extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.
Reports indicate that Kamal Haasan will not approach the Supreme Court today to appeal against the ban on his movie Vishwaroopam in Tamil Nadu.
Sources have told NDTV that the actor is waiting for the appeals by film personalities to the Tamil Nadu government to come through. Some film stars have decided to approach the TN government in this regard according to reports.
Brazil fire toll reaches 235
The toll from last weekend's fire at a discotheque in this southern Brazilian city rose to 235 and 143 people remain hospitalized, authorities said Wednesday.
Three days after the deadliest blaze in Brazil in the past 50 years the number of fatalities keeps rising because many of the people who initially did not need medical attention are starting to suffer the effects of respiratory poisoning.
On Tuesday alone, 22 people were admitted to hospitals for treatment.
Ten years since loss of space shuttle Columbia
He was just 8 when NASA lost the space shuttle Columbia and he lost his astronaut mom.
Now, 10 years later, Iain Clark is a young man on the cusp of college with a master's rating in scuba diving and three parachute jumps in his new log book.
His mother, Dr. Laurel Clark, loved scuba and skydiving. So did her flight surgeon husband and Iain's dad, Dr. Jonathan Clark, who since the Feb. 1, 2003 accident, has been a crusader for keeping space crews safe.
Altogether, 12 children lost a parent aboard Columbia. The youngest is now 15, the oldest 32. One became a fighter pilot in Israel, just like his father, and also died tragically in a crash. The oldest son of the pilot of Columbia is now a Marine captain with three young children of his own. The commander's daughter is a seminary student.
Cabinet to debate new Lokpal draft today
The Union Cabinet on Thursday is expected to discuss a new draft of the Lokpal Bill with amendments proposed by the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha, where the bill is pending since last year.
The government on Tuesday had agreed to the committee's two key recommendations of delinking state Lokayukta from Central legislation and the appointment of the Director of Prosecution by the Central Vigilance Commission or CVC.
The amendments up for discussion on Thursday include allowing bureaucrats undergoing an investigation to have a right to fight their case and bringing all NGOs except for religious organisations under Lokpal jurisdiction.
Earlier this week, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had written to social activist Anna Hazare assuring him that the legislation would be passed in the coming budget session of parliament.
Investors give cool reception to new BlackBerrys
The long-awaited debut of new BlackBerry smartphones flopped on Wall Street.
The stock of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. started to sink Wednesday soon after company CEO Thorsten Heins began to show off the redesigned smartphones, the Z10 and Q10. The downturn didn't reverse, even with the publication of mostly positive reviews of the new models. The company introduced the new devices along with a revamped operating system called BlackBerry 10, which emphasizes touch-screen controls, a concept popularized by Apple Inc.'s trend-setting iPhone and various devices running Google Inc.'s Android software.
Consumption of the national beverage fell by 1.8 percent last year to the lowest level since West and East Germany reunified in 1990.
The German government statistics agency reported Wednesday that Germans drank 96.5 million hectoliters of beer last year. That's 2.55 billion gallons.
The German brewers' association DBB says an unusually cool summer made fewer people quench their thirst with a cold one.
German beer consumption has been slowly falling for three decades. Reasons include health concerns and growing preference for other beverages such as wine, especially among younger people.