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Last Updated: Tue, May 07, 2013 12:14 hrs

5. 45 pm

Saradha scam: Another agent commits suicide in Bengal

In the wake of the Saradha chit fund scam that has rocked West Bengal, the spate of distressed agents and operators of ponzi firms committing suicide continued, with yet another agent ending his life.

Mrinal Mondal, an agent of Self Trust Enterprise Limited, a deposit-seeking firm in North 24-Parganas district's Basirhat, was declared dead late Monday night in a city hospital where he was being treated after he consumed pesticide Sunday.

Mondal was being hounded by investors after a shopping mall of the company in Basirhat closed down nearly a month ago.

"The owner of the company is absconding and the investors were hounding Mondal to refund their money. He sold a part of his land to pay back the investors," said a family member of the 40-year-old.

4.00 pm:

Asha Bhosle has not done enough for Goa: BJP lawmaker

A BJP legislator Tuesday launched a scathing attack on legendary singer Asha Bhosle for not giving enough to Goa and indulging in double-speak.

Vishnu Wagh, who is also the chairman of the state-run Kala Academy, was speaking at a cultural festival on the outskirts of the capital, when he took on Bhosle, whose family originally hails from the Mangueshi village, 25 km from here.

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3.34 pm:

CBI to appeal against Sajjan Kumar's acquittal in riots case

CBI will challenge before Delhi High Court the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case by a city court as it has found "strong grounds" which could form basis of its petition.

CBI sources said here today that the agency is likely to wait till the court pronounces its verdict on the quantum of sentence for those found guilty in the case.

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3.09 pm:

Singapore court jails Lankan for killing her Indian lover

A Singapore court has sentenced a former Sri Lankan domestic help to 10 years in jail for killing her Indian lover.

Tharmalingam Puwaneswary, a Sri Lankan national, was found guilty of striking the head of Murugaiyan Selvam, an Indian-origin man, with a five-kg dumb-bell following an argument in the victim's house in December 2009, the Today newspaper reported Tuesday.

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2.49 pm:

BJP holds protest in Chandigarh, demands Bansal's resignation

BJP activists today held a protest here demanding resignation of Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in the wake of the arrest of his nephew for allegedly taking bribe to get a plum posting for an official.

Heavy police deployment had been made outside the CBI office here, where activists including those from the BJP's youth wing BJYM had gathered to protest.

Some activists also clashed with police while trying to cross the barricades that were put up near the CBI office.

Raising anti-Congress and anti-UPA government slogans, the protesters held party flags and placards saying the Central government has been hit by a number of scams and it has lost the moral right to stay in power.

The local unit of BJP had held similar protests outside Bansal's residence here after his nephew was nabbed by the CBI here last week.

2.23 pm:

Bomb targeting candidate kills 5 in Pakistan

Police say a bomb targeting a candidate from an Islamist party in northwest Pakistan has killed five people and wounded over 30.

The attack Tuesday in Hangu town was the second in as many days targeting members of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party in the northwest.

Police officer Fazal Naeem Khan says candidate Mufti Syed Janan was campaigning in a market in Hangu when the bomb went off.

It was not immediately clear whether Janan was wounded.

A bombing at a rally held by the party on Monday in the Kurram tribal region killed 25 people. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the latest bombing.

2. 00 pm

No passage of bills in Parliament till P K Bansal, Ashwani Kumar resign: BJP

Setting a tough condition before the government, BJP on Tuesday said it will not allow passage of any bill in Parliament till railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and law minister Ashwani Kumar resign or are removed.

The opposition party also made it clear that it will not allow the passage of the National Food Security Bill and the Land Acquisition Bill, the two key measures the government is very keen about.

At the BJP parliamentary party meeting chaired by L K Advani, it was decided that party leaders would meet Speaker Meira Kumar against any move to rush through the legislations amid din.

12. 35 pm

Bhullar's wife seeks stay on his execution

1993 Delhi blast convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's wife moves SC for stay on execution of his death sentence.

11.31 am:

Aarushi murder case: CBI court to record Talwars' statement today

The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court hearing the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case will record statements of the dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar here today.

However, both Rajesh and Nupur are likely to move an application seeking more time to record the statement.

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11.09 am:

Both houses of the parliament have been adjourned till 12 pm. Opposition MPs created a ruckus and demanded the resignation of the PM and ministers involved in the coalgate and railgate scams.

10. 30 am

Congress student union leader suspended for dancing naked at function

The Mumbai President of the Congress Student wing, the National Students Union of India, has been suspended for dancing naked at a party function, reported CNN-IBN.

The channel reported that Suraj Thakur had been suspended for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

9.30 am:

MPs' behaviour immoral: Amartya Sen

While Parliament on Monday witnessed pandemonium when the food Bill was taken up for consideration, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen termed the behaviour of Members of Parliament (MPs) “immoral”. He said he preferred the Bill in the present form over any proposed amendments and even an ordinance over the legislation if the Bill is not allowed to be debated.

The delay may be because of various reasons, but it is at the cost of the lives of millions of poor people, Sen said, adding it is the moral bankruptcy of the government and Opposition not to be able to debate it.

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9.00 am:

Boston bomb suspect's pal released pending trial

A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has been released from federal custody while he awaits trial for allegedly lying to federal investigators probing the April 15 bombings.

Robel Phillipos was charged last week and faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. The 19-year-old was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with Tsarnaev.

Prosecutors initially asked that Phillipos be held while he awaits trial, arguing that he poses a serious flight risk.

But prosecutors and Phillipos' lawyers said Monday in a joint motion they now agree that Phillipos can be released under strict conditions, including home confinement, monitoring with an electronic bracelet and a $100,000 secured bond.

Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler agreed to the request during a hearing Monday afternoon.

8.30 am:

YouTube said set to soon launch pay channels

YouTube is set to announce within a few weeks a series of channels that will require payment, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

The content on the new pay channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube. It's not clear whether the paid videos will come with advertising.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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8.00 am:

Sanaullah's family members arriving in India

Two members of the family of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, who is in a Chandigarh hospital after being attacked in a Jammu jail, are coming to India Tuesday to meet him, Pakistani officials said here.

The two family members would arrive in Chandigarh via the Wagah-Attari border, the Pakistan High Commission said in a statement.

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7.30 am:

37 killed as radical Islamists lay siege to Dhaka 

The death toll in the raging violence in Bangladesh shot up to 37 as marauding members of a radical Islamic outfit demanding a tougher blasphemy law clashed with police near the capital city, prompting a ban on public rallies and two right-wing TV channels.

The newly-floated Hefazat-e-Islam or 'Protectorate of Islam' enforced its "Dhaka siege" programme yesterday to mount pressure on the secular Awami League-led government to implement their 13-point demand, including the enactment of a blasphemy law to punish those who insult Islam and its Prophet.

Police and paramilitary troops overnight dispersed a huge demonstration by 70,000 Islamists in the capital.

Police confirmed that two of their men and a soldier of paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were killed in the clashes last night and early today. The security personnel were beaten to death, Dhaka Medical College Hospital sources told The Daily Star.

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