Live: SC refuses to review verdict granting life to Rajiv Gandhi killers

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 01, 2014 11:28 hrs

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SC refuses to review verdict granting life to Rajiv Gandhi killers

The Supreme Court today refused to review its verdict commuting death sentence of three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment and dismissed Centre's review petition.

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Now, SpiceJet offers lowest fare of Rs 1

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet, which lowered its fares by up to 75 per cent last quarter, today offered fares as low as Rs 1 across its domestic network with limited period bookings, putting its rivals on the mat.

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Johnny Depp confirms engagement to Amber Heard

Actor Johnny Depp has finally confirmed his engagement to girlfriend Amber Heard by joking about his "not very subtle" engagement ring.

The 50-year-old showed off a diamond engagement ring during a promotional tour of his latest movie "Transcendence", reports

Asked whether he was engaged, Johnny quipped: "The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle."

The star first met Amber on the set of "The Rum Diary" in 2011 and a year later separated from his partner of 14 years, French actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has children Lily-Rose, 14, and Jack, 11.

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Modi says he was kept waiting at Delhi airport

BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today claimed that aviation authorities at the Delhi Airport did not give prompt permission to his helicopter for taking off due to which he was late for his rally in Bareilly.

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Slain Ranvir Sena chief's son queers BJP poll pitch

Slain Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh's son Indu Bhusan, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Patliputra constituency in Patna, has queered the pitch for the BJP.

Indu Bhusan, who is a candidate of the Desi Kisan Party, is eyeing the support of farmers, particularly of his castemen - landed upper caste Bhumihars - who are considered pro-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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It's been an eventful year: Bharara on recent prosecutions

America's India-born top prosecutor Preet Bharara has said it has been an "eventful" year for him so far, citing recent successful prosecutions including that of former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta and Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.

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Couple awarded $28,000 to compensate for bad sex life

A court in Italy awarded $28,000 to an Italian couple who suffered a bad sex life following a car accident, the media reported Monday.

Two years after she was run over on a pedestrian crossing, the woman told the court in the Tuscan province of Massa and Carrara that because of injuries she was unable to enjoy the sexual relationship she had with her husband before the accident, The Independent reported.

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RBI holds repo rate steady at 8%, as expected

NDTV: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday held interest rate steady at 8 per cent, in line with expectations.

All Reuters poll of 53 economists had expected RBI to keep rates on hold.

Before Tuesday's monetary policy review, RBI chief Raghuram Rajan in his fight to lower stubbornly high inflation had hiked interest rates thrice since he took charge in September, surprising markets on two of those occasions.

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Family of 48 voters in Kishanganj being wooed by all parties in Bihar

A family in Bihar's Kishanganj Lok Sabha constituency is hogging attention of all political parties in the fray because of its chunk of 48 voters.

The 96-member family of 86-year-old Arzad Ali is based at Ziagachi village in Purnia district which falls under the Kishanganj Lok Sabha seat.

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'If Modi becomes PM, US visa ban will automatically be lifted'

Amid a Congressional report that Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi will be automatically entitled to a US visa if he becomes prime minister, the US reiterated it would work with whoever Indian people choose.

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Kejriwal writes to LG, wants early polls in Delhi

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal asked Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to recommend to the Centre holding of early election in the city which is now under president's rule.

In a letter to Jung, the former Delhi chief minister said: "There is no reason why the people of Delhi should be denied an elected government which can be formed after a fresh election."

The letter said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - the majority party in the Delhi assembly - which could have staked claim to forming the government has instead fielded its leader Harsh Vardhan and two other Delhi legislators for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

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World ill-prepared for climate change risks, says UN panel

A multilateral study says the world is not prepared for risks from climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II report says India and China will face severe effects on their weather, agriculture and economy. India could lose $7 billion of agricultural output by 2030, affecting the incomes of 10 per cent of the population. This can be cut by 80 per cent, the study says, if climate resilience measures are implemented.

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RBI likely to keep policy rate unchanged, voice caution

​The Reserve Bank of India is expected to keep its policy interest rate unchanged on Tuesday after retail inflation, which has become its preferred price gauge, eased to a 25-month low in February.

With India heading for elections running from April 7 to May 12, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan may also want to wait for a glimpse of the next government's economic policies as well as the outlook for monsoon season rains that begin in June before making a policy move, economists said.

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US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell resigns

US ambassador to India Nancy Powell has resigned and will return to the United States, an embassy statement said on Monday, following a diplomatic row that strained relations between the world's biggest democracies.

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Malaysian jet search concludes

Nothing related to the missing Malaysian jetliner was retrieved as a multilateral air and sea hunt for MH370 concluded in waters about 1,850 km west of Perth.

All aircraft have returned to Perth with nothing significant to report, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which oversees the search, said on Twitter, Xinhua reported.

The three-week scouring for trace of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has turned out sightings of hundreds of floating objects from satellites and aircraft, but none has been confirmed as the debris of MH370.

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