Live: AIADMK's Thambidurai set to be new LS Deputy Speaker

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 19:22 hrs

7.20 pm:

No Khel Ratna this year, Arjuna Award for Ashwin

The Arjuna Awards selection committee, headed by World Cup winning cricket captain Kapil Dev, couldn't find a suitable candidate for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sports honour, and nominated cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin and pistol shooter Heena Sidhu, along with 13 others, for the Arjuna Awards.

Eight names, including that of discus throwers Vikas Gowda, Krishna Poonia, shuttler P.V. Sindhu and golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, were initially recommended for the Khel Ratna.

6.30 pm:

Indian shot dead in southern Nepal

A 32-year-old Indian was shot dead today by an unidentified gunman in Nepal's southern Dhanusha district.

Subash Goit hailing from Khajauli, Madhubani district of Bihar received a bullet in his chest and died on his way to Janakpur Zonal Hospital.

He was attacked by the gunman, who opened fire at him at around 11 am.

5.20 pm:

AIADMK's Thambidurai set to be new LS Deputy Speaker

M Thambidurai of AIADMK is all set to be the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha.

The 67-year-old AIADMK leader was the only candidate to file nominations for the post within the stipulated time today with 11 parties in the ruling side and the opposition including BJP and Congress supporting him.

4.37 pm:

'Indian Internet users to surpass US by the end of 2014'

Indian Internet users will surpass the number in the US by the end of this year and around 500 million people will be online by 2018, Rajan Anandan, managing director, Google India said on Tuesday.

"Even at the current growth rate, we will have 500 million Indians on the Internet by 2018. By the end of this year, India will become larger than the US in terms of number of Internet users. By 2018, India will have twice the number of Internet users as the US does. Almost half the country will be connected through the Internet," he said.

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4.10 pm:

Police inspector arrested for molesting woman

A police inspector has been arrested for allegedly molesting a woman during a train journey, railway police said today.

The accused identified as JP Solanki was recently transferred here and he was travelling from Etawaha to Kanpur in Kota-Patna express last night.

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3.14 pm:

Now track bodies of kin who die abroad online

To alleviate the mental trauma of families whose kin die abroad, especially among the millions of expatriates living in the Middle East, the government Tuesday launched an online system for "facilitating transportation of the mortal remains" of such Indians.

Launching the portal, which can be accessed at the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) website (, External Affairs Minister and MOIA Sushma Swaraj said the portal "is an important step" to help the Indian diaspora, especially the seven million Indians in the Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.

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2.32 pm:

Rekha makes appearance in Rajya Sabha

Under fire over her absence from the upper house, actor Rekha attended the Rajya Sabha for the first time in the session Tuesday.

Wearing a golden silk sari, the film star was seen sitting next to social worker Anu Aga. Both are nominated members in the upper house.

The 59-year-old Bollywood veteran was seen talking with Aga and the two left the house shortly before it was adjourned for lunch.

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1.10 pm:

Bill to amend Juvenile Justice Act introduced in LS

The government Tuesday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the Juvenile Justice Act that will pave the way for 16-18-year-olds to be treated as adults when involved in heinous crimes.

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection Children) Bill 2014 was introduced by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.

12.29 pm:

Thambidurai of AIADMK to be Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker. He was backed by the government and opposition.

11.30 am:

Distinction between men, women 'silly', says SRK

Shah Rukh Khan, who was seen dancing with a women police officer in Kolkata, Monday said it was not about the uniform but about a lady in a uniform and such distinction between men and women was "silly".

"It's strange... 4-5 years back, I was shooting for 'Veer Zaara'. At that time, I had danced with jawans in uniform. In the 60s and 70s, many actors performed in the border for the jawans to encourage them. For the first time, it's not about the uniform, it's about a lady inspector in uniform. This distinction between men and women is rubbish and silly. It should not be even talked about," Shah Rukh said at an event.

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10.15 am:

Coca Cola proposes to set up  Rs 1,000 cr plant in Telangana

Global soft drinks major Coca Cola proposes to set up a Rs 1,000 crore plant in Telangana.

The company's executive vice president, Irial Finan, and its India regional head,T Krishna Kumar, met the state chief minister,K Chandrashekar Rao, on Monday and sought his government's support in this regard.

According to an official press release, Finan told the chief minister that Telangana was biggest market for Coca Cola in the country. He had also assured Rao that the company would participate in the community development programme of the state government.

The chief minister extended his government's support, including identifying suitable land, for their plant.

9.48 am:

Shah likely to announce new team of BJP office bearers soon

After the ratification of his appointment as BJP President, Amit Shah is all set to announce his new team of office bearers.

Party sources tonight said the all-new team under Shah could be unveiled in a day or two, ahead of crucial Assembly elections in the states of Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

Indications are that Shah's new team will have a lot of young faces as well as women.

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9.10 am:

Modi arrives in Ladakh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives here Tuesday on his maiden visit to inaugurate two hydro-power projects in the Ladakh region and a 330 km Leh-Srinagar transmission line.

The transmission line will connect the Ladakh region with the country's northern grid and ultimately solve the electricity woes of the energy starved Leh and Kargil districts.

The prime minister will inaugurate the Chutak hydro-electric power project in Kargil and Nimoo Bazgo project in Leh district.

On his arrival here around 10 a.m. today (Tuesday), state governor, N.N.Vohra and the chief minister, Omar Abdullah are scheduled to receive the Prime Minister.

7.40 am:

Actor Robin Williams dead at 63 from apparent suicide

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead at age 63 on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, authorities said.

Hollywood celebrities and many others who knew him paid tribute to Williams:

His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken."

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7.30 am:

Sonia Gandhi to visit Kerala today

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will reach Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday on a short visit during which she will address a meeting of leaders and office bearers of the party.

This will be her first visit to the state since the Lok Sabha polls in which the Congress had managed to win eight of the 16 seats it contested in Kerala even as it was routed in the rest of the country. Its allies had won all the four seats they contested.

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