Narendra Modi has over Rs 1 crore in assets
The value of assets owned by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has crossed the Rs 1 crore mark in 2012, from Rs 40 lakh five years ago, as per his affidavit accompanying the nomination papers for Assembly elections.
Modi filed the papers for Maninagar constituency here today.
The value of the assets of the Gujarat CM stood at Rs 40 lakh in 2007. His assets at the time included a plot in Gandhinagar Sector-1, bought for Rs 1,30,488, and valued at Rs 30 lakh.
The market value of this plot has been shown as Rs 1 crore in the present affidavit. The development work on the plot is worth Rs 2,47,208, it says.
Other assets, including bank deposits, gold rings, NSCs, etc, have been valued at Rs 33,42,842.
He has fixed deposits of Rs 22,59,226 at SBI Sachivalaya branch, besides Rs 4,24,836 in savings account. In 2007, Modi had deposits of Rs 8,00,000, and Rs 55,651 in the savings account.
The Chief Minister has added two more bank accounts in the last five years: at Rajkot Nagrik Sahkari Bank (Rs 30,347), and SBI Maninagar (Rs 10,000). He has also invested Rs 20,000 in infrastructure bonds.
His income in the latest I-T return was Rs 1,50,630. He is yet to get I-T refund of Rs 54,403, and has to get back Rs 14,363 lent to someone, the affidavit states.
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Palestinians euphoric over UN recognition, Israel slams decision
Euphoric Palestinians erupted in cheers, honked car horns and chanted "God is great" after the United Nations endorsed an independent state of Palestine, giving sweeping international backing to their demands for sovereignty over lands Israel occupied in 1967.
The historic General Assembly decision late Thursday to accept "Palestine" as a non-member observer state won't actually grant independence to the 4.3 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
Israel remains an occupying force in the first two territories and continues to severely restrict access to Gaza, ruled by the Hamas militant group. Nor does the vote plaster over the rift in the Palestinian leadership that has led to the emergence of dueling governments in the West Bank and Gaza.
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Can't disclose anything about Manisha Koirala's health: Doctor
Actress Manisha Koirala was discharged from a hospital here Friday morning.
She was admitted to the city's Jaslok Hospital Wednesday after she reportedly fell unconsious. However, the reason behind her illness was not made clear.
"Manisha was discharged today (Friday) morning. She has requested not to disclose anything about her health... so I am not allowed to speak about it," Krishnakant Dasyam, spokesperson of Jaslok Hospital, said.
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IK Gujral a nice human being, a gentleman to the core: Lord Swraj Paul
Lord Swraj Paul on Friday paid glowing tributes to former Prime Minister IK Gujral, describing him as a "nice human being, a gentleman to the core and a good friend."
The NRI industrialist recalled that when he was given peerage in 1996, he was surprised to receive a call from Gujral, then the prime minister, congratulating him and suggesting that he should be called "Lord Paul of Jalandhar."
"I was pleasantly surprised to receive a congratulatory call from Gujral, then Indian prime minister."
"He knew I was born in Jalandhar and jokingly suggested the title. Of course, I couldn't have opted for that," Paul said.
Paul said that Gujral was one of the nicest human beings he has met. He has served India in various capacities with distinction.
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Pakistani thrown from four-storey building by police
A Pakistani man from Rawalpindi has alleged that police tortured him after suspecting him to be a drug dealer and threw him from a four-storey building.
Qasim Khan, a resident of Iqbal Town area, told the News International that he was tortured by police from Sadiqabad over a meagre amount of Rs.3,000, and after breaking his arms the policemem threw him from the building.
Police refuted the allegation, saying that the suspect was a drug-dealer. When a police team raided his hideout, the man jumped from the building in a bid to escape.
He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but survived.
Zee employees sent to Tihar till Dec 14
Zee News head Sudhir Chaudhry and Zee Business head Samir Ahluwalia, have been sent to judicial custody till December 14. They will serve out this sentence in Tihar jail, which is becoming rather famous.
The two were arrested two days ago following investigations into a complaint filed by Congress MP Naveen Jindal's group alleging that they had demanded Rs 100 crore for not airing negative news on coal blocks allocation linking his company.
IK Gujral passes away at the age of 92
Chautala, Bhanot elected unopposed to IOA
Abhay Singh Chautala and Lalit Bhanot have been elected unopposed as the President and Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) respectively.
The controversial Bhanot had been jailed along with former IOA President Suresh Kalmadi following the scam related to the Commonwealth Games.
However a sword of Damocles still hangs over the new office bearers as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has threatened to suspend the IOA if it followed the Government's Sports Code.
The IOA has rushed a delegation comprising Hockey India Secretary General Narendra Batra and lawyer RK Anand to the IOC headquarters of Lausanne to explain its position.
IAF Jaguar crashes in Sikkim
The crashes in the IAF continue apace. This time a Jaguar has crashed in Sikkim, near Mangan. The pilot has ejected safely.
Rat attack on Pakistani baby causes revulsion
The attack by rats on a day-old baby in a Pakistani hospital has caused outrage, with a leading newspaper blasting the authorities over poor hygiene in medical establishments.
The baby was bitten on the lips, cheeks, nose and fingers at the Holy Family Hospital's gynaecology ward in Rawalpindi, adjoining the Pakistani capital.
The Dawn newspaper Friday said it was "sheer luck" that saved the baby, and lamented that the official response to the "scary incident has been predictable".
An inquiry committee has been set up. Senior hospital officials were suspended.
"Rodents and cats are said to be frequently spotted at the facility, yet it is not the only (hospital) in the country where animals and pests compromise the high sanitary standards expected at a hospital," the Dawn said.
If this was the condition of a hospital in a major city like Rawalpindi, "one can only imagine the state of rural health units", it said.
Media reports say overcrowding, outsourcing sanitation work to private contractors, poor salaries and long hours of work have led to the filth in some Pakistani hospitals.
Drink dependence up in urban Indian women
The 33-year-old married woman from Chandigarh had never imagined that her excessive clubbing and partying would one day push her to the brink of suicide. But it did.
She was not the only one. In an increasing trend of urban women taking to alcohol to cope with everyday stresses as societal norms ease, a 28-year-old woman working as a senior executive in a property broking firm in Mumbai also developed suicidal tendencies.
What started for both the Bacchus lovers as socialising, ended up in drink dependence and pushed them into the infamous club of over 14 million alcohol consumers in the country who require help. Though there are no exact figures of how many of these are women, the trend is clear.
YRF to produce Shekhar Kapur's 'Paani'
Acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has finally found a producer for his long-pending, ambitious project "Paani" in the well-known banner Yash Raj Films. He says it is a "perfect" association.
"I have been preparing for this film for a long time, but always wanted an Indian partner that has the same passion for the film as I do and in Adi (Aditya Chopra), I have finally found that," Kapur said in a statement.
"It is a huge production that demands futuristic sets and large action pieces. With YRF, I have found a perfect home for 'Paani'," he added.
The film is based in a future world where wars over water have broken out. Water is now owned by international corporations who use thirst as a weapon of control. In one such future city, a young love story breaks all the rules and in the ensuing war, water flows back to its people.
"Paani" is said to have a strong Indian and western cast, headed by a young leading actor from India and a young leading actress from the west, the statement read. It was reported that Hrithik Roshan will essay the male lead. But no confirmation has been made on that front.
The movie, which will go on floors mid-2013, will be shot in India and overseas. It will have music by the Oscar-winning A. R. Rahman.
Rahul Kanwal @rahulkanwal
Shweta Bhatt standing on Cong ticket against @narendramodi strengthens theory that Cong has been backing the IPS officer's attacks on Modi.
Parul malhotra @paarull
why is cong fielding shweta bhatt agst modi? Bhatt loses credibility, she loses her deposit, Modi wins. Rather an unimaginative move
Chennai-Delhi GT Express fire kills one
A passenger suffered a heart attack upon spotting flames in two air-conditioned coach of the Chennai-Delhi GT Express near Gwalior. No other injuries have been reported. The passengers were taken off at Sitholi station.
Suspended IPS officer's wife to contest against Modi
The Congress has fielded the wife of suspended IPS officer Saniv Bhatt's wife Shweta as a candidate in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. She will be pitted against Narendra Modi himself.
Her ticket is for Maninager, Ahmedabad.
Sanjiv Bhatt, and Indian Police Service officer, was suspended by the Modi government after he bought out accusations against the Gujarat government, alleging that the state was culpable in the anti-Muslim riots.
Hillary Clinton unveils plan for world without AIDS
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday unveiled a blueprint for ending the deadly AIDS virus worldwide, a two-pronged plan that requires increased prevention efforts and greater access to treatment.
She said the plan would someday lead to "an AIDS-free generation."
"We can reach a point where virtually no children are born with the virus, and as these children become teenagers and adults, they are at a far lower risk of becoming infected than they are today," Clinton said at a press conference to announce the plan.
"And if they do acquire HIV, they have access to treatment that helps prevent them from not only developing AIDS, but from passing the virus on to others," she added.
The blueprint was developed at Clinton's request by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a US government initiative launched under former president George W. Bush to help save the lives of HIV and AIDS victims around the world.
The plan spells out a set of specific goals with action steps designed to halt the disease, including, increasing the number of men who are voluntarily circumcised, a procedure that could reduce a man's chances of contracting HIV by 60 percent.
BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa is all set to resign from the party and his assembly membership on Friday, severing his 40-year-old association with it.
"I will go in a march along with my supporters to Vidhana Soudha (Assembly) tomorrow at 12 noon and submit resignation to my assembly membership", Mr Yeddyurappa, who has rejected calls to remain in BJP, told reporters at Shikaripura, his home town in Shimoga district.
The 70-year-old Lingayat leader is credited with bringing BJP to power in Karnataka, making it as the first ever party government in the south.
Yeddyurappa's exit is expected to put the BJP at a crossroads, but the party leaders have put up a brave face saying it will have no impact.