Live: Congress leaders resent Kerala minister's meeting with Modi

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 10:44 hrs

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Congress leaders resent Kerala minister's meeting with Modi

Labour Minister and RSP (B) leader Shibu Baby John has run into trouble over his recent meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, with leaders of Congress and its UDF allies taking exception to it, holding the issue that the BJP leader's development model is unacceptable to Kerala.

With the issue becoming controversial, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday sought an explanation from Mr John, though the latter held that he had only spoken on issues concerning skill development and training during his meeting with Mr Modi. "I have sought a clarification from John. But I would like to make it clear that the Gujarat model of development is not at all acceptable to Kerala," Mr Chandy said

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Musharraf remanded to judicial custody till May 4

Former President Pervez Musharraf was on Saturday remanded to judicial custody for a fortnight by an anti-terrorism court in the Pakistani capital, a day after his arrest in a case over the imposition of emergency rule in 2007.

Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi of the anti-terrorism court remanded the 69-year-old former military ruler to judicial custody after hearing arguments by Musharraf's lawyer and the counsel of several persons who filed petitions against him.

Zaidi briefly reserved his judgment before announcing his decision.

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Musharraf appears before Pakistani anti-terrorism court

Reuters: Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was taken before an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Saturday in connection with allegations that he ordered the illegal detention of judges while we has in power, his lawyer said.

Pakistani television showed pictures of Musharraf entering the court in the capital, Islamabad, amid tight security.

Police arrested Musharraf on Friday and took him into custody at a guest house in police headquarters in the city.

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‘Hindu-thief’ remark returns to haunt M Karunanidhi

TOI: Nearly 11 years ago, DMK president M Karunanidhi reportedly made a controversial statement that the term 'Hindu' meant 'thief'. A criminal case filed against him for hurting the sentiments of Hindus by making the statement has now returned to haunt him. On Friday, Justice N Kirubakaran of the Madras high court issued a notice on a petition seeking registration of a case and fair investigation into the matter.

It all started on October 24, 2002 when newspapers carried Karunanidhi's statement that the term 'Hindu' meant 'thief'. When criticism poured in, Karunanidhi reiterated his interpretation a few days later and quoted Hindi Vishwa Kosh to justify his statement.

Describing it as Hindu-bashing which hurt the sentiments of people, a criminal complaint was lodged by B R Gouthaman with the city police, stating that these statements had created unrest in society.

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2 States to release on April 18 next year

The release date for Alia Bhatt-Arjun Kapoor starrer 2 States, based on Chetan Bhagat's bestseller of the same name, has been locked. It will come out April 18 next year.

Directed by Abhishek Verman and co-produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala, the movie is a romantic story of a Punjabi boy who falls in love with a Tamil girl, and the ensuing cultural clash between them and their families, said a statement.

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US approves resumption of Boeing 787 flights

Reuters: US regulators on Friday approved a revamped battery system for Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner, a crucial step in returning the high-tech jet to service after it was grounded in January because the plane's lithium-ion batteries overheated.

The Federal Aviation Administration approval of design changes allows Boeing to immediately begin making repairs to the fleet of 50 planes owned by airlines around the world. Other global regulators must approve Boeing's design for repairs outside the United States, but were expected to act quickly now that FAA had given its blessing.

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Chinese troops intrude 10 km inside Ladakh

In a deep incursion,Chinese troops have entered the Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post, setting the stage for a face-off with Indian troops.

A Platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, according to highly placed sources, which said that a Chinese Army Platoon usually consists of around 50 men.

Troops from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have also established a camp approximately 300 metres opposite the location, the sources said.

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Tamil media baron and Padmashree awardee Sivanthi Adithan dead

Tamil media baron, educationist and sports administrator Sivanthi Adithan died in Chennai on Friday night after prolonged illness. He was 76.

Adityan was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai a month back after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his wife Malathi Adithan, son Balasubramaniam Adithan and a daughter.

A Padmashree awardee, Adithan headed the media group that runs the one of largest circulating Tamil dailies "Daily Thanthi", evening daily "Malai Malar', television channel Thanthi TV. The group also has interests in other industries and educational institutions.

Adithan, a keen sports enthusiast, was a volleyball player. Later he served as the president of Volleyball Federation of India and was also headed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

In 1996, Adithan received the Olympic Order of Merit from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

His funeral will be held in Chennai Saturday.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko in a statement said he was not able to believe his ears when he heard about Adithan's demise. He termed Adithan a "great person" in the Indian newspaper field.

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Strong quake hits China, 100 may be dead, injured

A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern China's Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 28 people and injuring at least 100 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

The earthquake occurred at 8.02 a.m. (0002 GMT) in Lushan county near Ya'an city and the epicentre had a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Sunil Tripathi's family responds on Facebook

NDTV: The anxious family of 22-year-old Indian-American student Sunil Tripathi, who went missing on March 16, has issued a statement on social website expressing relief after he was vilified on social media sites today, saying he was one of the suspects in Boston Marathon blasts case.

Here is the full statement issued by the family:

A tremendous and painful amount of attention has been cast on our beloved Sunil Tripathi in the past twelve hours.

We have known unequivocally all along that neither individual suspected as responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings was Sunil.

We are grateful to all of you who have followed us on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit-supporting us over the recent hours.

Now more than ever our greatest strength comes from your enduring support. We thank all of you who have reached out to our family and ask that you continue to raise awareness and to help us find our gentle, loving, and thoughtful Sunil.

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Man accused of raping five-year-old in Delhi arrested from Bihar, say police

A 25-year-old man accused of raping and brutalising a five-year-old girl in east Delhi was arrested from Muzaffarpur late last night, according to the police.

Manoj Kumar was arrested by a team from the Delhi Police with the help of local cops from Chiknouta, his in-law's village, at around 2 am, about 50 Kms from Patna, the police said.

The accused, who came by a train from Delhi after the incident, was traced after tracking the location of his mobile phone, police sources said.

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FBI at US home of sister of Boston bomb suspects

Zeenews: The FBI is at the New Jersey home of the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The police director in West New York says the woman told authorities she has not been in frequent touch with her brothers. He says she is very upset. Police did not have her name. 

The woman, speaking through a crack in the door, tells 'The Star-Ledger' of Newark her brothers are smart and great people. She says she doesn't know what got into them. 

She also tells the newspaper she is sorry for "all the people who are hurt". 

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A CCTV camera at the entrance of a three-storey residential building at the site of the April 17 blast near the BJP office in Bangalore has captured images of the suspected bike bomber in the minutes before the explosion.

The footage shows a bald man arriving in front of the house, parking the motorcycle in between two cars and a policeman, and hurrying away. 

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