Live: Indian Army will avenge killings, says general

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 14:51 hrs

8. 20 pm

PM has understood nation's mood, says BJP

The BJP Tuesday lauded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for talking tough with Pakistan, saying he had understood the mood of the nation after the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers.

Referring to the Jan 8 killing of two soldiers by Pakistanis near the Jammu and Kashmir border, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said Manmohan Singh's "most important statement" was that there could no more business as usual with Islamabad.

She said the incident was "so barbaric" that the prime minister had "understood the mood of the country".

6. 40 pm

Supreme Court orders Pakistan PM's arrest

Pakistan's Supreme Court Tuesday directed the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on graft charges, Dawn News reported.

The apex court ordered the prime minister's arrest along with 16 others during the hearing on a power rental case. The court also ordered that the arrested people be produced before it later Tuesday, Online new agency reported citing TV reports.

Earlier Tuesday, the apex court said Pakistan's general elections, due later this year, will be held on time, and the Election Commission should be ready for it.

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"There can be no business as usual" with Pakistan following the brutal killings of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Tuesday.

5. 00 pm

Dhoni, Jadeja power India to 285/6

A 96-run partnership for the sixth wicket between captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) and Ravindra Jadeja (61 not out) powered India to 285 for six against England in the second ODI at the Nehru Stadium here Tuesday.

Suresh Raina (55) too chipped in with a half-century with India having lost two early wickets. Pacers Steve Finn and Jade Dernbach made full use of the early moisture, picking up two wickets each.

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Indian Army will avenge killings, says general

The Indian Army has a "definite plan" to avenge the brutal killing of two soldiers by Pakistani troops, Lt. Gen. K.T. Parnaik declared Tuesday. "We have definite plans to retaliate but not in haste and anger, and at the time and place of our own choice," the head of the Northern Command told the media. 

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Pakistan Supreme court orders arrest of Pakistan PM Raja Pervez Ashraf

The Pakistani Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in the Rs 22 billion Rental Power Projects (RPP) scam. 

The Supreme Court had earlier issued orders to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to arrest the accused in the scam. 

A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chuadhry had ordered the NAB to fix criminal liability in the case. 

PM Ashraf, three ex-Cabinet ministers and four former secretaries of government departments are accused in the case. 

The PM is facing accusations of having being paid bribes and commission in 2008 when he served as the federal minister for water and power.

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Four Pakistani players to quit Hockey India League

The four Pakistanis playing for Mumbai Magicians in the Hockey India League are set to return home. This follows the Shiv Sena's declaration that the four players would not be allowed to play in Mumbai due to the ongoing border tensions between the two countries. 

In related news, the BCCI has said that it is up to the ICC to decide on the participation of Pakistan in the forthcoming women's cricket World Cup in Mumbai 

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India to expand indigenous nuclear power programme: PM

Stating that nuclear energy will remain an increasingly important element of the nation's energy mix, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Tuesday that India was in the process of expanding its indigenous nuclear power programme. 

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Hundreds of animals sacrificed in Odisha despite ban

Tribal villagers sacrificed hundreds of animals, including roosters, goats, sheep and buffaloes, Tuesday in a village in Odisha as part of an annual religious ceremony despite a government ban on animal slaughter and protests by animal rights activists.

In defiance of the prohibitory order clamped by the administration Monday, residents of over a dozen villages gathered near Khairguda village in Bolangir district, about 300 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, and sacrificed the animals in a forested area.

"The area is surrounded by a forest. Animals were sacrificed near Sulia temple and in nearby areas," an eyewitness told IANS.

However, police claimed villagers performed only a symbolic sacrifice at Khairguda. "Most of the animals were sacrificed in other places near the village," police said.

People sacrifice thousands of animals every year in the district as part of their age-old Sulia yatra or the annual killing festival. They believe that all their suffering is because of divine wrath and the sacrifice of animals will ensure that deities will protect them.

Animal sacrifices did not take place at Khairguda in the past few years because of strong opposition by animal rights activists and the local administration.

To prevent the sacrifices, police had clamped prohibitory orders in the village under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits assembly of more than four people in an area.

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'Million march' cleric could be Pak Army's 'poster boy'

A Canadian-Pakistani religious cleric, who has organized the "million-march" calling for "electoral reform" in Pakistan has raised suspicion among political observers that he is backed by the powerful Pakistani military after he said he wants the Pakistani Army to be involved in the upcoming elections. 

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'Army prepared to face all challenges to national security'

Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh today asserted that the Indian Army is prepared to face all challenges to national security and foil the designs of the enemy against the backdrop of nationwide anger over the beheading of a soldier by Pakistani troops on the LoC.

Addressing the 65th Army Day parade here, the Army Chief also flagged the issue of human rights saying Indian Army's record is the best in the world as far as human rights is concerned. 

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NSA meets Sushma, Jaitley

National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon Tuesday met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to brief them on developments along the Line of Control (LoC).

The meeting took place at Sushma Swaraj's residence.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had called Sushma Swaraj, the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, and Jaitley, the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, to discuss the situation along the LoC.

Border tensions have escalated sharply since Jan 6 when a Pakistani soldier was killed in alleged firing by Indian forces along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

Two days later, on Jan 8, Pakistani soldiers killed and mutilated the two Indian soldiers - one of the soldiers was decapitated and his head taken - in Mendhar sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Indian Army's record as far as human rights is concerned is the best in the World: Army Chief.

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NSA Shivshankar Menon meets BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to brief them on developments along the LoC.

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Armstrong 'admits to doping' during interview with Oprah Winfrey

Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong has confessed that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation has revealed.

Armstrong made the confession during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which is to be broadcast on Thursday.

According to, Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour titles last year after a voluminous US Anti-Doping Agency report that showed him as a 'ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race'.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart labelled the doping routine reportedly carried out by the US Postal Service team that Armstrong once led 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen'.

After a federal investigation of Armstrong was dropped without charges being brought last year, USADA stepped in and carried out its own investigation.

The agency accused Armstrong of masterminding a 'complex and brazen drug program' that included steroids, blood boosters and a range of other performance-enhancers, the report added. 

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Blast in a market in Quetta city of southwest Pakistani

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15 killed, 103 injured in Egypt train derailment

At least 15 people were killed and 103 injured when an Egyptian military train derailed near Cairo Tuesday, the country's health ministry said.

The train, carrying young conscripts, was en route from southern Egypt to a military camp in Cairo when it derailed in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrashin, Xinhua reported. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

Last November, an Egyptian train rammed into a school bus killing 50 people, mainly schoolchildren. The incident led to the transport minister's resignation. The country witnessed its worst railway accident in 2002 when over 360 people were killed in a train fire, Al Jazeera reported.

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Cleric fires up Pakistanis, demands government resign

A cleric who has fired up Pakistanis angry at perceived government corruption and indifference demanded the country's political leaders resign in a speech to thousands of his supporters who amassed in the capital early Tuesday and clashed briefly with security forces.

The dramatic entry into Pakistani politics of Tahir-ul-Qadri, a preacher who until recently lived in Canada, has sparked concern from some that he is seeking to derail elections at the behest of the powerful army. Polls are expected this spring.

Qadri has denied that and insisted his vague demands for election reform are simply meant to root out corruption in the political system. He pledged several weeks ago to lead a "million-man march" on Islamabad to press his demands.

During a 40-minute speech delivered behind bullet-proof glass in the early morning, Qadri told his supporters that the government's mandate was finished.

"I give you time until tomorrow to dissolve national and all four provincial assemblies otherwise the nation will dissolve them on their own," he said. He vowed to address his followers later in the morning in front of the parliament building.

Qadri called on the demonstrators to break through the containers blocking them from the government offices and peacefully march toward the protected enclave that is often called the "red zone" in Islamabad.

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Russian woman survives assassination ordered by son

A man in Russia will face trial for attempted murder after allegedly hiring two friends to kill his heavy-drinking mother, who survived the brutal attack, the investigative committee said.

According to investigators, last summer the man from Mari El region offered two acquaintances 2,000 rubles (about $65) to kill his mother because he had "grown tired" of her behaviour when she became drunk.

Detectives said the two men arrived at the woman's home July 1, struck her on the head and gagged her with a towel before driving her into a forest. There they strangled her, stabbed her three times and dropped her into a nearby ravine, where they covered the body with branches to hide it.

Passers-by discovered the women shortly after, and she survived after receiving medical care.

The three men - aged 20 to 25 - face several charges, including attempted murder. If found guilty, they could face life in prison.

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19 killed in Egypt train crash

Egypt's state news agency says 19 people have been killed and more than 100 injured when two railroad passenger cars derailed just south of Cairo.

The official MENA news agency quoted Health Ministry officials as saying that the 107 wounded were being treated in hospitals near the site of the accident in Giza's Badrasheen neighborhood.

The train was carrying army recruits when it jumped the track Monday evening.

The accident comes the same month that President Mohammed Morsi named a new transportation minister who is a member of his Muslim Brotherhood group. The post had been left vacant in the aftermath of a train accident that killed 49 kindergartners on their way to school in November.

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India will take on England in the second ODI today. Still smarting from their narrow nine-run defeat in the opening ODI, a struggling India will have to work on their bowling frailties and inconsistent batting as they take on England in the second one-dayer on Tuesday in Kochi with the pressure on the home team.

In other sport-related events for the day, No. 3-ranked Serena Williams is in the top half of the draw with defending champion Azarenka, and the pair won't start until later on Tuesday.

Second-seeded Roger Federer and No. 3 Andy Murray, the two main threats to Djokovic with Rafael Nadal not playing due to a virus, also play their first-round matches on Tuesday.

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