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Last Updated: Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:31 hrs

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West Bengal calls CPI-M members cobras, says they should be beaten up

A West Bengal minister on Thursday compared the CPI-M to a cobra, asking Trinamool Congress activists to treat Left party's supporters like snakes sneaking into one's room. "What will you do to a snake if it sneaks into your room? You will beat it up. Similar treatment should be meted out to CPI-M if it enters your room. We can't help if people beat them up," Food Minister and TMC leader Jyotipriya Mullick told a party meeting at Birati in North 24 Parganas district.

Mullick's provocative comment dittoed the remark made by TMC MP Subhendu Adhikary in December 2012 at Khejuri in East Midnapore district, asking party workers to socially boycott CPI-M leaders and treat them like snakes. Mullick described the CPI-M as "the worst political party, whose leaders have to be smeared with black paint as people have rejected them".

He asked CPI-M leaders not to dare hold party meetings anymore as "people may beat them up and we have nothing to do in the event of that happening. People will not spare them if they commit any excess".

He even went to the extent of naming CPI-M leaders Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee "who should be boycotted by the people". Mullick also attacked the Congress calling it "a foolish party". The Trinamool leader advised the CPI-M leadership to change their leaders if they wanted to "survive in politics".

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U R Ananthamurthy has been nominated for the Man Booker International 2013.

The other finalists are:

  • Aharon Appelfeld
  • Lydia Davis
  • Intizar Husain
  • Yan Lianke
  • Marie NDiaye
  • Josip Novakovich
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Vladimir Sorokin

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Mayawati says Shinde should not have hurt Hindu community's sensibilities

BSP supremo Mayawati has come out in support of BJP's campaign against Shinde and said that the Home Minister should not have hurt Hindu community's sensibilities.

"The hurry which he has shown is not right. Even if he has facts, there are cases that are before courts across the nation and until the judgement is out he should have reserved his opinion," Mayawati said.

"He should not make statements which affect the sentiments of members of the Hindu community across the country," she said

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Nothing wrong in Shinde's Hindu terror comment: Narayanasamy

There was nothing wrong in union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's statement on "Hindu terror", his colleague V. Narayanasamy said Thursday while describing as unwarranted the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) protests on the issue.

"People who were arrested in the Malegaon incident and the Samjhauta Express blast were found to be members of some of the Hindu fundamentalist groups and it was in that context the home minister said this. I don't see any kind of objection to any part of his statement," Narayanasamy told reporters.

"Terrorism is terrorism; whether Hindu fundamentalism or Muslim fundamentalism, it is condemnable," he said even as the BJP pressed for Shinde's removal as home minister.

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MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi was granted bail by the Sanga Reddy court in a case relating to 2005.

He is expected to be released in the next few hours.

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Do not politicise Jaipur lit fest: Rajasthan CM

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today said that the issue of Pakistani authors' visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival should not be "politicised".

"Whatever (the ceasefire violations on the LoC) the Pakistani Army did was condemnable. It was condemned by India and the citizens (of the country). But the visit of Pakistani authors to the literary festival should not be politicised," Gehlot told reporters at Diggi Palace after the inauguration of the five-day event.

"There are examples of when authors and sportspersons played a positive role in diluting tensions between two countries," Gehlot added.

Allaying fears over the demands raised in various quarters, including by BJP, that Pakistani authors be barred from attending the event, Gehlot said that the government was providing adequate security for the festival.

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U2's Bono gets spider species named after him

U2 singer Bono has the unusual honour of having a new species of spider named after him. According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, nearly three dozen new species of the trapdoor spider have been identified, three of them from Joshua Tree National Park, which is what tied Bono to its name.

The third species found in that location were classified as bonoi, after Bono, to honour the lead singer and U2's 1987 album 'The Joshua Tree', which also featured photos of the group at the National Park, the E! Online reported.

But Bono is not the only celebrity to be a part of this kingdom.

A species of trilobite is named as Norasaphus monroeae after screen diva Marilyn Monroe for its hourglass-like shape. Trapdoor spider is name as Aptostichus Angelinajolieae after Angelina Jolie.

Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger's tongue-twisting last name has gone to a little carabid beetle. It is called the Agra Schwarzeneggeri for its biceps-like limbs.

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is the inspiration behind the extinct Aegrotocatellus Jaggeria. The Caloplaca Obamae species of lichen bears the name of US Presiden Barack Obama.

Former US president George W Bush is not far behind. Agathidium Bushi refers to a type of beetle named after Bush.

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Supreme Court has questioned the Centre's power to allocate coal blocks, asking under what provisions minerals are allocated by the government.

Probe in coal block allocation scam will be completed within four months: CBI assures SC.

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Kamal Haasan moves HC to get Vishwaroopam ban lifted

Actor-director Kamal Hassan today said he will take legal recourse on Tamil Nadu government's ban on screening of his film Vishwaroopam following protests by Muslim outfits, saying "such cultural terrorism" should stop.

"I have been ruthlessly used as a vehicle by small groups who seek political profile. Icon bashing is a great way to be noticed when you are not one yourself.

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Argument for taxing 'very rich' should be considered: FM

Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who has talked about a stable tax regime during his meetings with foreign investors in the last two days, has said that the argument for taxing the very rich "a little more" should be considered.

"I believe in stable tax rates. However, I must concede that there is an argument, underline the word argument, that when the economy requires, when the government requires more resources the very rich should willingly pay a little more.

"That is not to say that tax rate should not be stable. I think we should have stability in tax rates but we should consider the argument whether the very rich should be asked to pay a little more on some occasions," he told CNBC TV18.

However, he hastened to add, "but that is not a view I am expressing. That is simply an argument that I have heard and I am repeating."

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Five men accused in the Delhi gang rape have arrived at the special fast-track court for the start of their trial.

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First look of 'Singam 2' on Republic Day?

The first look of Tamil actor Suriya's cop-thriller "Singam 2" is likely to revealed on the occasion of Republic Day, Jan 26.

"The makers of the film are planning to release the first look of the film on Jan 26," said a source from the film's unit.

Directed by Hari, the new film is a sequel to the 2010 superhit movie "Singam", which was later remade in Hindi with Ajay Devgn as "Singham". The sequel is due to release in the summer of this year.

In "Singam 2", Suriya returns as an angry, righteous cop. It also features Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, Vivek, Santhanam in prominent roles.

Southern actress Anjali has been roped in to do an item number.

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Mumbai cops warn action against couples found in isolated places

Mumbai Police have warned of action against couples who meet at isolated places, reports IBN 7. According to police officials, such couple face the risk of becoming victims.

According to the notice, action will be taken against couples who are found at isolated and secluded places.

The decision was taken after the Delhi gangrape-murder on December 16.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa demands sacking of Union Minister M K Alagiri over alleged fertilizer scam.

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Cultural terrorism should stop: Kamal Hassan

Actor director Kamal Hassan has decided to take legal recourse against ban on screening of his film Vishwaroopam. He issued a statement saying such "cultural terrorism" should stop.

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North Korea warns that nuke test may be imminent

North Korea is warning that it is prepared to conduct a nuclear test and carry out more long-range rocket launches.

In a statement carried Thursday by state media, the National Defense Commission in Pyongyang threatened to wage a "full-fledged confrontation" against the U.S. for what it calls continued hostility.

The declaration follows the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of North Korea on Tuesday and expanded sanctions against the regime for launching a rocket in December. North Korea said the launch was a peaceful satellite mission, but the U.S. and others say it was actually a test of long-range missile technology.

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Lance Armstrong sued for fraud over book fabrications

Two California men have sued Lance Armstrong and his book publishers for fraud and false advertising, claiming that the cyclist's best-selling memoirs, billed as non-fiction, were revealed to be filled with lies after he confessed last week to systematic doping.

The class-action complaint was filed in federal court in Sacramento, California on Tuesday, five days after Armstrong ended years of vehement denial and admitted in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles through the use of banned, performance-enhancing drugs.

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Disappointed at US refusal to extradite David Headley: Salman Khurshid

India on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the America's refusal to extradite LeT terrorist David Headley even as it vowed to continue to pursue with its demand for bringing him to New Delhi for his role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid also sent out a strong message to Pakistan saying there cannot be "any form of closure" to the Mumbai attacks unless all perpetrators, including LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, are brought to book.

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Chelsea star ejected for kicking at ball boy

Chelsea star Eden Hazard was ejected from the English League Cup semifinal at Swansea on Wednesday night for kicking a ball boy in the ribs while attempting to retrieve the ball after it rolled off the field.

Hazard and the ball boy apologized to each other after the game, Swansea said in a statement.

"South Wales Police interviewed the 17-year-old ball boy with his father after the game and neither wished to press any charges," Swansea said. "It was an unfortunate incident which both parties regret being involved in."

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Apple's profit rocket hits air pocket

Apple's blockbuster revenue growth is slowing drastically, as iPhone sales plateau and the company finds itself lacking revolutionary new products.

The company's warning, issued Wednesday as part of its financial results for the holiday quarter, sent Apple Inc.'s stock plunging by more than 10 percent, wiping out a year's worth of gains.

Analysts said the warning suggested Apple can no longer sustain its growth without some completely new products. Its last revolutionary creation, the iPad, was launched in 2010. Co-founder Steve Jobs, who was the engine behind the creation of the iPod, iPhone and iPad, died in 2011.

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The Shiv Sena on Wednesday distributed knives to women in Mumbai for "enhancing their personal security" in the backdrop of recent attacks against women.

At a function held on the birth anniversary of late Sena chief Bal Thackeray at Lalbaug in central Mumbai, Shiv Sainiks distributed Chinese retractable knives to women so that they can protect themselves.

"Thackeray used to say women should prefer a Rampuri in their purse rather than a lipstick," Sena's south region "vibhag pramukh" Ajay Chaudhry said, defending the initiative.

The knives distributed on Wednesday were China-made knives with three inches blade.

Mumbai: Shiv Sena distributes knives to women for 'protection'

"The government has failed to provide security to women, so we are distributing these knives to help them defend themselves," he added.

According to law, a knife below six inch blade is permitted, a Sena member said. The knives distributed on Wednesday were China-made knives with three inches blade.

Asked if the Sena leadership was aware of the knives distribution programme, a senior Sena leader said the event was held at the local level.

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