Live: Vindu Dara Singh nabbed for IPL scam links

Last Updated: Tue, May 21, 2013 12:54 hrs

6.25 pm:

Mobile phone, allegedly bought by Sreesanth for his female friend using money earned through betting, recovered, say police: PTI

5.45 pm:

Mamata announces ban of 'online lotto'

The West Bengal government today banned "Online Lotto", an online lottery, in the state. 

Announcing the ban, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the the online lottery was a social problem and the notification for the ban would be issued soon. 

"Online Lotto started during the Left Front regime. It is a social problem. It had even led to fight among members of families. It had anyway stopped functioning, but we got it banned officially as we have done in the case of Gutka," she told reporters. 

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Vindu Dara Singh nabbed for IPL scam links

In a high-profile development, Mumbai police Tuesday nabbed Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh for suspected links with the spot-fixing scam in the ongoing IPL tournament, officials said here.

According to police, Vindu has links to Ramesh Vyas, one of the bookies arrested in the scam, currently in Mumbai police custody.

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Vindoo Dara Singh was himself a bookie and accepted bets for other bookies, reports Times Now.

He is the first person with Bollywood links to be arrested in the spot-fixing scandal. He allegedly used his connections to get access to cricketers and gather information.

4.07 pm:

ANI : Seth MacFarlane won't host 2014 Oscar

Seth MacFarlane has revealed on Twitter that he is too busy to host the Oscars in 2014.

The 39-year-old comedian wrote on the micro blogging site that he "tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," ABC News reported.

MacFarlane tweeted on Monday that the Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced this year's Oscar show, are among the best in the business.

The multitalented actor earned mixed reviews for his first outing as Oscar host in February, with some finding his material sexist and anti-Semitic.

He suggested Oscar producers to tap the eccentric actor Joaquin Phoenix to host the show.

3.33 pm:

Vindoo Dara Singh, son of actor Dara Singh, has been arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal. The Mumbai police crime branch have arrested him for links with bookies.

He was in constant touch with the bookies, reports NDTV. He was allegedly close to bookies Jupiter and Ramesh Vyas.

He will be produced in court today.

3.27 pm:

Bookie made Rs 2.5 crore from Sreesanth's over

Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has revealed that bookie Chandresh Patel made a staggering Rs 2.5 crore from the fixed over that Sreesanth bowled in the IPL against Kings XI Punjab.

Kumar also said in an interview with Indian Express that Sreesanth was unaware that his teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were also involved in the fixing racket.

The police chief once again refuted suggestions that key underworld figures like Dawood Ibrahim or Tiger Memon were involved in the lucrative fixing operation.

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Former CM of Haryana, Om Prakash Chautala has been granted interim bail, according to NDTV. He has been granted bail for six weeks on health grounds.

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the PIL seeking to ban the remaining IPL matches after the spot-fixing scandal came to light.

The court has said it will not ban IPL, but has directed the BCCI to take action against the players implicated in the scandal.

"Cricket should be a gentleman's game," said the SC.

The SC has also asked a one man panel from the BCCI to submit a report within two weeks.

" Main problem is BCCI's lackadaisical attitude," added the SC.

1.45 pm:

Phaneesh Murthy alleges extortion

Sacked iGate Chief Executive Murthy denied all charges of "sexual harassment", stating in a conference call that they "are completely false" and that he had "not violated company policy".

He alleged extortion and said, "This is without doubt a case of extortion. The same lawyer who had represented the woman (Rekha Maximovitch) in 2002 is representing the woman (Araceli Roiz) this time as well. You can spot the difference."

He also claimed that he had informed iGate about his relationship with Roiz.

"I had informed the chairman about my relationship with this woman," Murthy was reported as saying. "There is no parallel between the 2002 sexual harassment case and this one."

1.33 pm:

Severe heat wave has killed three people in Madhya Pradesh, reports NDTV.

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Goa's Feni manufacturing process may be patented

After obtaining Geographical Indication (GI) status for the famous Goa Feni, researchers and producers in the coastal state are now trying to patent the process to manufacture this local brew, which is also known for its medicinal benefits.

The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) has begun the process to patent the process of manufacturing Feni (spirit made from either coconut or the juice of cashew apple) in consultation with legal experts, who have prepared a water tight case to be presented before the concerned authorities.

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12.45 pm:

SSB jawan kills colleagues in Jammu and Kashmir

A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawan allegedly shot dead his two colleagues in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir late on Monday night.

SSB jawan Vijay Kumar fired at his sleeping colleagues, killing two personnel - Narinder Singh and Veer Singh - and injuring two others - Ravinder Nath and Habib-ul-Islam.

The police said they have registered an FIR and arrested Vijay Kumar.

The reason behind Vijay Kumar's action is not known yet.

12.02 pm:

Jayalalithaa renews demand for retrieval of Kachatheevu

Voicing concern over attacks on Indian fishermen, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked the Centre to take urgent steps for retrieval of Katchatheevu islet, ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, besides redrawing the International Maritime Boundary Line.

The 1974 Agreement signed between India and Sri Lanka had determined Katchatheevu as a part of Sri Lanka, and it was ceded by the Indian Government unilaterally without obtaining the approval of both Houses of Parliament for a constitutional amendment, she said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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Five coal miners have been shot dead by militants in Meghalaya, reports NDTV.

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Legalize cricket betting: Preity Zinta

Reacting on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal, Bollywood actress and Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta said cricket betting should be legalized in India.

Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Zinta said, "There should be stronger measures by the anti-corruption unit to monitor it and I know I am digressing a bit, but may be if we legalise betting, it would not be a problem."

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PTI: SC agrees to hear today a plea for staying all remaining IPL matches in view of spot-fixing scandal.

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PTI: Bomb explodes near police commando complex in Manipur

A powerful bomb exploded near the police commando complex at Pallel area in Manipur's interior Thoubal district but there was no casualty, police said today.

The bomb, planted by suspected militants in front of the police complex, about 40 km from here, went off last night.

It was a very powerful bomb and the sound of explosion could be heard some kilometres away from the spot, police said.

All police and security posts in the state have been put on alert.

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A kingpin bookie has been arrested in Chennai, reports NDTV.  Prashanth, the arrested bookie had several high profile customers. Rs 4 lakhs has been seized from his house.

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More on the latest IPL spot-fixing arrest:

Spot-fixing: Former Ranji player arrested

Former Ranji player Baburao Yadav was today arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal even as police said it is likely to seek further custody of three arrested players and some bookies.

Yadav, who was picked up from Delhi yesterday and questioned for his links with arrested player Ajit Chandila, has been placed under arrest, police sources said.

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Ex-Ranji player Baburao Yadav has been arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal, reports NDTV.

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Karzai to meet PM today; to seek military aid

Zeenews: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who arrived in the national capital on Monday on a three-day visit, is set to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday. 

According to government sources, the Afghanistan President is expected to seek increased military aid for his country. Karzai was on Monday conferred an honorary degree at a professional university in Phagwara in Chandigarh. 

"We will ask for assistance for the strengthening of our security forces," Karzai's spokesman had said in a briefing on Saturday in Kabul ahead of the trip.

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iGate sacks CEO Phaneesh  Murthy after sexual harassment claim

The board of iGate Corp, an information technology outsourcing services provider, has sacked Chief Executive Officer Phaneesh Murthy following an investigation into a claim of sexual harassment, the company said in a statement.

The U.S.-listed company, which has bulk of its employees in India, has appointed Gerhard Watzinger as interim chief executive with immediate effect, the iGate statement said.

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AP: More tornado alerts in wake of deadly twister

Tornado warnings have been issued across much of the Midwest, stretching from Oklahoma to Illinois, following a second deadly twister in as many days in the Oklahoma City area.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Monday evening for several counties in southeastern Oklahoma and north and western Arkansas, along with parts of southern and central Missouri and a small slice of western Illinois.

The warnings are in effect into early morning Tuesday, with multiple tornadoes possible.

The warnings were issued after a massive tornado tore through parts of suburban Oklahoma City, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph and landing a direct blow on an elementary school in Moore.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says dozens were killed, with the death toll expected to rise.

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51 killed as powerful tornado slams Oklahoma City

At least 51 people, including seven children at an elementary school, were killed as a massive tornado slammed Oklahoma City in south central US leaving widespread destruction in its wake.

Emergency personnel were scouring the rubble at flattened Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma, hours after the tornado struck Monday afternoon, a video from CNN affiliate KFOR showed.

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Zardari congratulates Sharif on polls win

Hours after Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Nawaz Sharif complained that Asif Ali Zardari had not yet congratulated him on his victory in Pakistan's general elections, the President set things right by telephoning the PML-N chief.

Addressing a meeting of newly elected PML-N lawmakers in Lahore, Sharif said Zardari had not yet congratulated him on the success of the party.

Soon after, Zardari telephoned Sharif and felicitated him on his victory in the May 11 general elections, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

Media reports quoted sources close to Sharif as saying that the PML-N chief asked Zardari what had taken him so long to offer the congratulations.

Sharif also thanked Zardari for his gesture.

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