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SP attack on Beni turns personal
The Samajwadi Party-Beni Prasad Verma war turned bitter today with SP leader Shivpal Yadav accusing the Union Minister of "smuggling opium" and using "charas".
"You all know and you have also read that Beni Prasad smokes a lot. These days he is smoking a lot...he mixes something in the tobacco. He should undergo treatment for this.
"You have read also that he is into smuggling of opium. He mixes charas in his cigarettes. He is doing both these things. So his mind will be affected," Shivpal Yadav told reporters here.
The fresh salvo came a day after Beni, the Union Steel Minister, said there will be a "funeral procession" for SP after the next Lok Sabha elections predicting it will win only four seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Beni had also accused SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of cheating Muslims over the Babri Masjid issue. "Mulayam has cheated Muslims...He did not do anything to save Babri Masjid," he told reporters in Lucknow yesterday.
Amitabh Bachchan to be honoured at Melbourne Film festival
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured at the upcoming Melbourne International Film festival (MIFF).
The festival will also see a retrospective of the 70-year-old actor, who is currently shooting for Prakash Jha's "Satyagraha" in Bhopal.
"There is the Melbourne Film festival, where they do a retrospective of mine and give me honour. Then I travel back to Bhopal in a few to complete 'Satyagraha', to finish by the end of the month of April and then immediately set off for New York, to be with 'The Great Gatsby' and its premier on the 1st of May," Bachchan posted on his blog. 3.00 pm
Andhra govt ignores Opposition's protest, hikes electricity tariff
Ignoring Opposition protests and despite an unprecedented electricity shortage, Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday hiked the electricity tariff by about 15 per cent, imposing over Rs 6,000 crore burden on people.
The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) passed a new tariff order, which will come into effect from April 1. It has approved hike in tariffs for all categories - low tension domestic, commercial and high tension industrial consumers.
BJP should project Narendra Modi as PM candidate: Ramdev
BJP should project Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its leader in the next Lok Sabha elections and change its priorities if it wants to return to power, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev said on Sunday.
He said that Congress cannot return to power due to its anti-people policies but BJP can do it provided it changed its priorities.
"There is some possibility and space for BJP if it changes priorities and thinks about projecting Narendra Modi in next Lok Sabha elections," Ramdev said at a press conference here.
Cable TV digitisation deadline for 38 cities to end on Monday
The deadline set by government for Cable TV digitisation in 38 cities across fourteen states will end on Monday and television sets without set top boxes would go blank. These cities have been included in the second phase of digitisation as government claimed 67 per cent digitisation had been achieved in these places.
Information & Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma on March 14 asserted the government is firm on the March 31 deadline of the phase II of digitisation in 38 towns.
2 killed, 6 injured in a blast in northwest Pakistan
Two persons were killed and six others, including a former provincial legislator, injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan's restive northwest on Sunday, police said.
The blast targeted the motorcade of Awami National Party leader Adnan Wazir, a former member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, in Wali Noor area of Bannu district. Wazir, a candidate for the May 11 polls, was on his way to an election rally at the time of the attack.
Aam Aadmi Party to submit 6 lakh letters to CM urging to cut power tariff
As Arvind Kejriwal's indefinite fast against "inflated" power bills entered the ninth day on Sunday, his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said it will deliver on Monday over 6.38 lakh letters it collected from Delhiites to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit urging her to cut power tariff.
In a statement, AAP said a total of 6,38,707 letters were signed by Delhiites till Saturday night and they will be submitted to Dikshit Monday morning. The party alleged that the price of electricity and water had increased many folds in the capital due to corruption.
Chennai doctor arrested for stopping policeman from entering ICU, Karunanidhi protests
NDTV: DMK chief M Karunanidhi has condemned the arrest of a 70-year-old doctor in Chennai who stopped a police sub-inspector from entering the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital with his shoes on.
The policeman had gone to the Apollo Hospital ahead of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's visit to meet media baron Sivanthi Adithan, who is admitted there. Dr Karunanidhi is the personal physician of Mr Adithan. He was arrested a few days ago.
The DMK chief has demanded "action against those responsible" and "unconditional withdrawal of charges" against the doctor.
Eiffel Tower evacuated over bomb scare
Around 1,500 people were evacuated from Paris' iconic tower Eiffel Tower Saturday evening following a bomb threat, police sources said.
Police evacuated the world famous monument after receiving an anonymous call of bomb attempt made from a phone booth, Xinhua reported.
At around 6.30 p.m., the police advised all the people on the site to leave. In less than an hour later, around 1,500 visitors and employees were evacuated peacefully.
Pakistan alerts airports to bar Pervez Musharraf from leaving country
Pakistani authorities today directed officials at airports across the country to bar former President Pervez Musharraf from going abroad.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) directed immigration officials at all international airports to stop Mr Musharraf from travelling abroad, TV news channels reported.
Slim chance of life after Tibet mudslide buries 83
Emergency crews in Tibet slogged through pileups of earth up to 30 meters (100 feet) deep Sunday after a massive mudslide at a gold mine buried 83 workers, and authorities said chances were slim for finding any survivors.
The disaster has spotlighted the extensive mining activities in the mountainous Chinese region of Tibet and sparked questions about whether mining activities have been excessive and destroyed the region's fragile ecosystem.
The workers were buried early Friday when mud, rock and debris swept through the mine in Gyama village in Maizhokunggar county and covered an area measuring around 4 square kilometers (1.5 square miles), about 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of the regional capital Lhasa.9.30 am
Slain DSP’s wife to depose before CBI today
CNN: Parveen Azad, wife of the slain Kunda DSP Zia-ul-Haq, is scheduled to depose before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday. Akshay Pratap, cousin of former cabinet minister Raja Bhaiya, who was forced to resigned after Azad named him in the FIR, was questioned by the investigative agency.
BJP opposes SC Sinha's appointment to National Human Rights Commission
NDTV: The main opposition party, the BJP, has said it does not agree with the government's decision to nominate SC Sinha to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Mr Sinha will retire as head of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in October.
The BJP says it is a dangerous precedent to provide prestigious post-retirement posts for the heads of investigating agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or the NIA.
Promotion for Narendra Modi on Sunday?
Zeenews: In a further boost to Narendra Modi's Delhi dreams, the Gujarat Chief Minister is likely to be re-inducted on Sunday into the party's parliamentary board after six years, reports said.
Reports also suggest that former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah could be made the General Secretary of the party.
Anti-corruption crusader and social activist Anna Hazare will address a rally today during his 'Janatantra Yatra' in Punjab.
Hazare will address eight public rallies during his five-day visit to the state, Janatantra Morcha member I S Bhalla said.
Hazare would start first phase of his yatra from Amritsar after paying obeisance at Durgiana Mandir, Harmandir Saheb and Ramtirath temple.
He will address public rally at the Jallianwalan Bagh tomorrow 31 followed by two more public rallies at Kapurthala and Jalandhar on the same day, Bhalla said.