Live: Congress leader commits suicide in Hyderabad

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 11:03 hrs

4.32 pm:

Congress leader commits suicide in Hyderabad

A Congress leader, who was the prime accused in a murder case, Saturday committed suicide, police said.

Y. Sridhar Reddy was found dead at his residence in Uppal on the city outskirts. Police suspect he consumed poison.

The family members claimed that he left behind a suicide note, blaming mental harassment by police for resorting to the extreme step. He reportedly alleged that a senior police official demanded Rs.10 lakh to withdraw a case against him.

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S. African president: Prayers continue for Mandela

South Africa's president says the nation continues to pray for Nelson Mandela's health and well-being as the 94-year-old beloved leader remains hospitalized in critical condition.

President Jacob Zuma made the comments Saturday during a press conference with visiting President Barack Obama.

Zuma called Mandela the "founding president of our democracy who is much loved by our people and the world."

The South African government has said that Mandela's condition is stable but remains critical. He was admitted to a Pretoria hospital three weeks ago with a recurring lung infection.

Obama plans to visit privately Saturday with Mandela's relatives, but doesn't intend to see the man he has called a "personal hero."

Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison.

3.37 pm:

Rescue operations on, 200 evacuated from Badrinath

After an initial delay due to unfavourable weather conditions, rescue work in Badrinath area of flood-hit Uttarakhand resumed today, and nearly 200 pilgrims have so far been evacuated from the shrine, officials said.

The operation, which is in its last leg and focuses largely on Badrinath, where nearly 1,400 people were reported to be stuck, is likely to be completed by this evening if the weather permits, officials said.

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3.08 pm:

Kanimozhi 'thanks' Sonia for RS support

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi on Saturday met Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi here and 'thanked' her for supporting her candidature in the Rajya Sabha polls from Tamil Nadu.

Kanimozhi on Wednesday visited the Congress office in Chennai to thank the party leaders for supporting her candidature.

She presented shawls to Congress leaders.

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2.35 pm:

Rahul vows to ensure 50% representation to women in AICC

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today vowed to ensure 50 per cent representation to women in AICC and other party wings as he held his first formal interaction with newly-appointed party office bearers, the team set up by him for the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.

"Gandhi talked about how to ensure 50 per cent representation to women in AICC...It's not about reservation. It's about their representation.

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2.05 pm:

Obama to meet with Mandela family

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will meet privately Saturday with members of ailing Nelson Mandela's family.

The White House says the Obamas will not see the former South African president in the hospital.

The 94-year-old Mandela had been hospitalized for three weeks with a recurring lung infection. Obama is in South Africa as part of his weeklong trip.

1.40 pm:

Girl's hand chopped off in Patna

In a dastardly act, some men allegedly chopped off a hand of a minor girl, who was a witness in kidnapping case of her younger sister by them, in the capital city here.

An FIR has been registered with Kadamkuan police station in the case on the basis of statement of girl's father, city police said today.

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1.15 pm:

A Kerala court has rejected the plea of the Suryanelli rape survivor against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien.

12.30 pm:

Rains halt rescue operations in Kedarnath

Weather conditions once again interrupted the crucial resuce operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand as intermittent rains in Kedarnath and Guptkashi hampered the process of clearing of debris and pulling out of bodies lying underneath.

Adding to the problem, water level in Bhagirathi river is rising continuously, because of which as many as 70 families residing along the river banks had to be taken to safer places.

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11.50 am:

ASI team to visit Kedarnath shrine

A team of experts from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will visit the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand to assess the quantum of damage caused by the flood fury and restoration required for the shrine.

A team of five experts from Dehradun and Delhi will be the part of the exercise for the revered temple which bore the brunt of floods and landslides triggered by the deluge in the hill state on June 16.

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11.10 am:

Naked thief held by police in Chennai

The Hindu:
The thief who operated in the nude and struck at houses in Alwarpet was arrested by the Teynampet police on Thursday.

This followed the inspection of CCTV footage obtained from a house in the area that caught the culprit in the act.

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10.30 am:

Abu Salem escaped this time, but we'll not spare him: Chhota Shakeel

 A day after underworld don Abu Salem was shot at in Taloja jail, a red-faced state government instituted an inquiry and suspended four prison staffers, including a jailor, for dereliction of duty. Around 8pm on Thursday, Salem was fired at by Devendra Jagtap alias JD in the prison's high-security 'anda cell'.

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9.41 am:

Tamil Nadu priest faces extradition to US over 'sexual abuse' allegations

A Roman Catholic priest from Tamil Nadu may be extradited to the US where he is accused of sexually abusing two minors while serving as an extern priest at a Minnesota church in 2004. If convicted, he may have to spend 30 years in prison with fine.

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9.20 am:

The Amarnath Yatra has been halted due to bad weather, reports NDTV.

8.37 am:

Indo-American pleads guilty to bribing officials for contract

An Indian American contractor has pleaded guilty to the charges of bribing government officials for bagging a contract, the Department of Justice has said.

42-year-old Hitesh Desai, a resident of Jersey City in New Jersey, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and fine of USD 2,50,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 2.

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8.00 am:

China's foreign debt rises to $765 billion

IANS: China's outstanding foreign debt hit $764.97 billion by the end of March, up from about $737 billion at the end of 2012, the country's forex regulator said Friday.

The country's outstanding long and medium-term foreign debt stood at about $199 billion, up from about $197.06 billion at the end of December, reported Xinhua citing the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAE) in a statement.

Outstanding short-term foreign debt, due within one year, rose to about $566 billion from $541 billion at the end of last year, it said.

7.30 am:

Mandela is showing improvement, says ex-wife

South Africa's ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is showing "great improvement", his former wife said today as his countrymen continued to pray for the speedy recovery of the 94-year-old former president.

"I'm not a doctor but I can say that from what he was a few days ago there is great improvement," Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told reporters outside his former home in Orlando, Soweto.

Madikizela-Mandela called on the media not to "get carried away" in their reporting on her former husband's illness.

"Please understand the sensitivities and the feeling of the family," she said.

"It can also happen that you have crossed the boundaries."

The medical condition of Mandela, South Africa's first black president, has improved slightly from an earlier "critical" state, the country's Presidency said yesterday.

Mandela, who turns 95 on July 18, has been admitted to a hospital here on June 8 with a recurring lung infection.

Well-wishers are continuing to gather outside the hospital where Mandela, regarded the founding father of South Africa's multiracial democracy, was admitted 21 days ago.

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