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Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 15:41 hrs

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Haryana rapes: Chautala makes u-turn, says he was talking about Mughal era

After supporting the idea of khap panchayats to reduce the marriageable age of boys and girls to 16 years to curb incidents of sexual assault, former Haryana chief minister Om Parkash Chautala took a u-turn today, denying that he or his party supported the idea.

"If some khap or individual has made suggestion about girl's marriageable age, then it is up to the government to accept it or not. Anybody can give suggestion ... but my support to it (khap panchayat suggestion) has been attacked.

"But I want to say that we neither supported it nor we made such a demand or suggestion," Chautala told reporters here.

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Pakistani teen's Taliban attackers identified

Child peace campaigner Malala Yousufzai, who was shot at by the Taliban, will not be sent abroad for treatment, said interior minister Rehman Malik. He added that her attackers have been identified.

Malik said he was satisfied with her treatment by Pakistani doctors, reported Geo News from Peshawar.

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Scientists discover 'diamond planet' twice the size of Earth

A research led by scientists of the Yale University says that a planet, orbiting a star about 40 light years from Earth, is twice the size of our planet and is covered in diamond and graphite.

The planet knowns as Canceri e is reportedly eight times heavier and has twice the radius of Earth.

The planet, along with four others, orbits a sun-like star, 55 Cancri - located 40 light years away from here. The star is, however, visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Cancer from Earth.

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Cops foil Indian Mujahideen’s major plan to strike Delhi and Bodh Gaya, 3 held

Delhi Police today claimed to have solved the Pune serial blasts in August and averted terror strikes in Delhi and Bihar's Bodh Gaya during upcoming festival season with the arrest of three suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists.

The Pune blasts were to avenge the murder of IM operative Qateel Siddique in Yervada Jail on June eight and the initial plan was to target Mumbai or the prison but later this was changed due to logistical reasons, police said.

Asad Khan (33), who is a recruiter, motivator and ideologue of the IM, and Imran Khan (31) were arrested on September 26 from their hideout in Pul Prehladpur in south Delhi and Syed Firoze (38) was apprehended from Nizamuddin Railway station five days later, Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar told a press conference here.

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7 out of 10 young people in Punjab are drug addicts: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said today at a university in Chandigarh that "seven out of 10 youth in Punjab have drug problems."

Mr Gandhi said that the government in Punjab, run by the Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not providing opportunities for the state's youth. "We send scholarship money for SC, ST (Scheduled Castes/Tribes) categories. It is not utilized here (in Punjab) and is sent back," he said.

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Royal Enfield launches Thunderbird 500

Royal Enfield has launched its Thunderbird 500, which, it says, would enhance the pleasure of leisure motorcycling.

The Thunderbird 500 is equipped with innovative features that ensure safety of both the rider and the bike. The motorcycle has a powerful 500cc Unit Construction Engine and 27.2 bhp power output being fed through an electronic fuel injection system. The main ignition lock also functions as a central steering lock.

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Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize for literature

Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. The prize won by the writer is worth 8 million crowns ($1.2 million) and was given by the Swedish Academy.

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Congress makes two more changes in candidate list for Himachal polls

The AICC on Thursday announced two more changes in the list of Congress nominees for the November 4 Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

Sudhir Sharma, sitting MLA from Baijnath constituency which has been wiped out after delimitation, has been shifted from Dharamshala to Jawalamukhi seat.

Sharma, the son of former Himachal Minister Pandit Sant Ram, will replace the party's earlier nominee Sanjay Rattan, who had earlier contested the Jawalamukhi seat as an Independent.

Gaddi community leader Manoj Kumar Gaddi has now been fielded by the party from the Dharmshala seat in place of Sharma.

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Cauvery meeting fails: Cauvery Monitoring Commitee meeting which was scheduled today fails as Karnataka still refuses order to release water to Tamil Nadu


Gunman kills Yemeni security chief at US Embassy

Yemeni security officials say a gunman has assassinated the Yemeni chief of security at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

The officials say Qassem Aqlani, who was in his fifties, was shot dead while on his way to work early on Thursday. They say a gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at him and fled the scene.

Aqlani had been working for the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital for nearly 20 years.

The Yemeni officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The attack comes as Yemen's U.S.-backed government is waging an offensive against al-Qaida's branch in the country, taking back territory and cities in the south that the terror group seized last year.


Malala 'not yet out of danger', being shifted to Rawalpindi

Teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, is "not yet out of danger" and is being moved from Peshawar to a top Rawalpindi hospital, authorities said today, as special prayers were offered across Pakistan for her speedy recovery.

Malala, 14, is currently in the intensive care unit of a military hospital in Peshawar after doctors yesterday removed a bullet lodged near her spine during a three-hour surgery.

Doctors have said she is improving though her condition continues to be serious.

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IT searches GMR group offices all over India

The Income Tax department today carried out searches on the premises of GMR group in the national capital and few other locations in the country suspecting tax evasion.

Sources said the operations were being conducted by the Hyderabad investigations unit of the department.

A team of 100 I-T sleuths, according to sources, were involved in the search and seizure operations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad since early morning.

The I-T teams have scanned documents and payment details related to TDS (tax dedcution at source) of the company and documents have been seized, they said.

A GMR spokesperson confirmed the development but refused to elaborate.

The GMR Group is an infrastructure enterprise active in airports, energy, highways and urban infrastructure sectors.

The group has built and are operating airports at Delhi and Hyderabad.


2012 Pune blast case cracked: Delhi police

The Delhi police have said that the Pune blast case has been cracked with the arrest of the 3 IM terrorists earlier in the day.

The terrorists were planing a huge attack on Delhi according to the police. They also had links with the terrorist outfit Lashkar.


Twitter flooded with birthday messages for Amitabh Bachchan

More than 800 of India's biggest stars, celebrities, business magnates and political figures wished Amitabh Bachchan a very happy birthday at his mega birthday celebrations last night.

But that hasn't stopped them from congratulating him on their favourite social media site, Twitter.

Here's a look at some of the messages flooding the net.

Shah Rukh Khan:
Danced with amitji & jaya aunty to all the songs i have grown up listening. Too much fun. Thanx abhishek,aishwarya & aaradhya for the warmth.

Priyanka Chopra:
Happy bday @SrBachchan!! Missed the party of the decade sir but here's wishing you many many years of health and happiness..Love and regards

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Amitabh Bachchan's message to fans on his birthday

Bollywood's living legend, Amitabh Bachchan, rang in his 70th birthday with family and friends (over 800 of them) at a gala party last night. Check out the pictures here | The BUZZ on Big B's birthday

But in the midst of all the celebrations, he didn't forget his fans. Big B took to Facebook today to thank them.

I come to express my grateful thanks to all that have wished me, and merely say this...

Without you my life would have been incomplete...

The blessings of the Almighty, the affection and care and upbringing of my parents and my family, and the deep love of my well wishers has kept me alive...

I am whatever I am today because of all the above... it has been so from the beginning, it shall remain so till the end...

Love affection and more...

Amitabh Bachchan


Ex-BJP Chief Banguru Laxman gets bail

The Delhi High Court has granted bail to former BJP chief Banguru Laxman. A personal bond of Rs. 50,000 has been set as bail. He had been serving a four-year jail term for taking a bribe in an 11-year-old Arms deal case.


Shooting at Ghaziabad court

2 people have been injured after shots were fired at the Ghaziabad court. The shooters were allegedly dressed as lawyers.


Malala Yousafzai's Taliban attackers identified

Child peace campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot at by the Taliban, will not be sent abroad for treatment, said interior minister Rehman Malik. He added that her attackers have been identified.

Malik said he was satisfied with her treatment by Pakistani doctors, reported Geo  News from Peshawar.

The interior minister said Malala's attackers had been identified and would be brought to justice.

Malala was shot and seriously injured in the country's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Tuesday when she was returning from home from school. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that has sparked outrage across the world.

Malik said doctors are satisfied that she is now out of danger.

The minister added that neurosurgeons from London and the US were ready and would be called to Pakistan if the need arose.

Doctors at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) removed a bullet that pierced her head and got lodged in her shoulder.


Man tries to rob bank of $1 in prison bid

A man tried to rob a Pennsylvania bank of $1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby, police said.

Jeffrey McMullen, a 50-year-old regular customer of an AmeriServ bank in the western Pennsylvania town of Northern Cambria, handed notes to two tellers Friday demanding a dollar, according to a police complaint reported by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown

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Big B's birthday also a day to diss Abhishek!

The nay-sayers haven't missed an opportunity!

Even as fans tweeted their love and affection for Amitabh Bachchan on his 70th birthday, they made sure they got in a few digs at the 'Little B'.

Here's a sampler:

Izzy @abcdefu
Let's gift Amitabh a new son. The guy deserves it.

E-tard @14_yr_old_Etard
Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan. Thank you for some great performances, n endorsing some great products; except of course, Abhishek Bachchan

Angry Bombay Girl @shadymumbai
#MyWorstFear Amitabh Bachchan Working at the Age of of 80... Abhishek Bachchan Retiring at 40!!


Delhi police arrest 3 Indian Mujahideen terrorists

The Delhi police have arrested 3 terrorists belonging to the banned Indian Mujahideen outfit. They have also recovered huge amount of explosives from  them.


India, China took less time to double economic output: US

India and China, the two leading emerging economies, are experiencing roughly 10 times the economic acceleration of Industrial Revolution, a top American official has said, noting that this is resulting in tectonic shifts in global commerce.

The Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Michael Camunez said while Europe took two centuries to double its economic output per person, US took 50 years, India and China, each having more than a billion population, achieved it in 16 and 12 years respectively.

"The Industrial Revolution, hatched in the mid-1700s, took two centuries to gain full force -- Britain, the revolution's birthplace, required 150 years to double its economic output per person; in US locus of the revolution's second stage, doubling GDP per capita took more than 50 years," Camunez said in American National Standards Institute. "A century later, when China and India industrialised, the two nations doubled their GDP per capita in 12 and 16 years, respectively," he said.

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Today's Highlight in History: The day Roosevelt became the US president

In 1811, the first steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana (built by John Stevens), was put into operation between New York City and Hoboken, N.J.

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt became the first former U.S. president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis, Mo.

In 1932, the first American political telecast took place as the Democratic National Committee sponsored a program from a CBS television studio in New York.

In 1942, the World War II Battle of Cape Esperance began in the Solomon Islands, resulting in an American victory over the Japanese.

In 1958, the lunar probe Pioneer 1 was launched; it failed to go as far out as planned, fell back to Earth, and burned up in the atmosphere.

In 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard. The government of Panama was overthrown in a military coup.

In 1984, space shuttle Challenger astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened two days of talks concerning arms control and human rights in Reykjavik, Iceland.

In 2007, Werner von Trapp, a member of the musical family made famous by the musical "The Sound of Music," died in Waitsfield, Vt., at age 91.


Akhilesh minister tries kidnapping CMO

A minister in the Uttar Pradesh government allegedly tried to abduct the Chief Medical Officer of Gonda district in an attempt to to force him into including the names of contractual doctors under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme.

Gonda CMO S P Singh said that when he told Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Vinod Kumar Singh, a member of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's cabinet, that the NRHM appointment process was computerised, he tried to kidnap him and his clerks as well.

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26 testify against Armstrong in doping case

Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 former teammates.

The world's most famous cyclist said he wanted to see the hard evidence that he was a doper. The agency gave him that, too: About 200 pages filled with vivid details — from the hotel rooms riders transformed into makeshift blood-transfusion centers to the way Armstrong's former wife rolled cortisone pills into foil and handed them out to all the cyclists.

In all, a USADA report released Wednesday gives the most detailed, unflinching portrayal yet of Armstrong as a man who, day after day, week after week, year after year, spared no expense — financially, emotionally or physically — to win the seven Tour de France titles that the anti-doping agency has ordered taken away.

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Yeddyurappa to leave BJP in December

Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said that he will quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December, following months of a gradual souring of ties with the party's top leadership.

"My thinking is clear. I will not remain in BJP by this December. I will decide whether to float a new political party or join other outfits after consulting my confidants", he said, speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a function at Anekal.

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Won't allow Wal-Mart in Bengal: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said she would not allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in the state.

"They (union government) allowed FDI in retail, capped subsidised cooking gas and now they will invest pension money in the share market. By doing this, they want to ruin the country. They want to sell the country to foreigners," Banerjee said at a public meeting in Tamluk in East Midnapore district.

"They want to snatch your land and livelihood and set up Walmart here. But let me say this: 'As long as I'm here, we will not allow Walmart to enter'. We cannot and will not allow anything that jeopardises the interest of common people," Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief, said.

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Swedish furniture major IKEA's senior official who is responsible for South Asia, is likely to meet Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma today and discuss the company's Rs 10,500 crore retail plans for India.

Jessica Anderen, IKEA's Trading Area Manager for South Asia, is likely to discuss the company's plans for India with Sharma, a source said. With the government relaxing the sourcing norms for FDI in single-brand retail, IKEA, on October 8 had filed the final document seeking permission to open fully-owned stores in the country.

Also, today will see Samsung launch its 4 inch version of their flagship Galaxy S III device called the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Samsung’s Mobile chief JK Shin was quoted in the Korean press as saying, “There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it mini.”

The device will be launched in Frankfurt, Germany. There is sadly no news on when it will come to India and at what price.

Today also sees one of India's biggest icons, Amitabh Bachchan, turn 70. You can follow the complete coverage of Big B's big bash here on Sify.

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