Live: Narendra Modi cannot be a good PM, says Javed Akhtar

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 24, 2013 12:33 hrs

5.55 pm:

Narendra Modi cannot be a good PM: Javed Akhtar

Lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar on Thursday said Narendra Modi can never be a good prime minister, alleging that the BJP's PM aspirant was not only tainted of communal riots but was also "undemocratic". "Besides, all talks of involvement in Gujarat riots of 2002 which are before the courts, this man (Modi) is not democratic," Akhtar told reporters on the sidelines of a school function in Patna.

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Rape victim spots trafficker in court in quirk of fate

A man landed in the police net in a case of trafficking and forcing a girl into prostitution when the victim spotted him in the court where she had come to testify against the brothel owners to whom she was sold.

Izraful alias Raju was identified by the 18-year-old victim, a native of West Bengal, who had accompanied him to Delhi after he made a false promise of marriage and was forced into prostitution.

When the girl was rescued from the brothel, cops from Kamla Market police station had arrested three women brothel owners -- Pooja, Razia and Chanda -- and a case of rape, buying and selling minor for the purpose of prostitution was registered against them.

Izraful, however, could not be traced and he was made only a suspect in the charge sheet.

The case was sent for trial before Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja.

In the meantime, Izraful was arrested by Burari police in another case of trafficking and the matter also reached the same court for trial.

Earlier this month, the girl appeared in the court of ASJ Baweja to record her statement. Incidentally, the trafficking case in which Izraful was being tried was also put up for the same date.

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India should stay away from CHOGM: Tamil Nadu assembly

The Tamil Nadu assembly Thursday urged the central government to respect the sentiments of Tamils and boycott the Commonwealth summit slated to be held in Sri Lanka next month.

The assembly urged the Centre not to send any representatives to the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and sought that a decision to this effect be conveyed to Sri Lanka immediately.

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Kejriwal formally invites Dikshit for a public debate

Aam Admi Party's (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, formally inviting her for a public debate ahead of the Dec 4 assembly elections in the national capital.

Kejriwal said he was informed by some journalists that the Delhi chief minister may agree for a debate if a formal proposal was sent to her, which, he said, prompted him to write her a letter Oct 23.

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Manna Dey's close Kerala connection

Legendary singer Manna Dey, who died Thursday in Bangalore, had a Kerala connection - his wife Sulochana Kumaran hailed from Kannur.

Sulochana passed away last year.

Dey, who was ailing for over four months, is survived by two daughters - Rama and Sumita.

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Dhoni's house in Ranchi attacked for fifth time

MS Dhoni's house in Ranchi was pelted with stones on Wednesday night shortly after the 4th ODI against Australia in the city was called off due to rain.

The incident occurred at around 9.30 pm, according to the Times of India. Dhoni was still in the stadium at the time.

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FIR against Asaram full of prejudices, lawyer tells HC

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on petitions moved by self-styled godman Asaram and his son Narayan Sai seeking quashing of FIRs of sexual assault lodged against them by two Surat-based sisters.

Justice AJ Desai heard the arguments of counsel of Asaram, Sai and government Pleader and reserved his ruling. The FIRs were filed in Ahmedabad and Surat early this month.

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Minor girl gang-raped in Delhi

A minor girl was gang-raped by three people in the national capital, police said Wednesday.

The incident took place around 8.30 p.m. Tuesday in the Safdarjung area of south Delhi.

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PTI: Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa moves resolution in Assembly demanding Centre boycott CHOGM in Sri Lanka next month.

SC asks Kolkata-based AMRI Hospital to pay Rs 5.96 crore compensation in a case of medical negligence in 1998.

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No country's land should be used against neighbours, say US, Pak

Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, US President Barack Obama and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said that no country's territory should be used to destabilise its neighbours.

During their maiden meeting at the White House, the two leaders discussed a host of issues, in which violent extremism and terrorism figured prominently.

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Kejriwal gets death threats but refuses security cover

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal today refused to accept security cover for himself by Uttar Pradesh police with party leaders saying it was against their ideology.

Upon the direction of Home Ministry, some officials of the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) of Ghaziabad police today contacted Kejriwal and asked him to opt for the security cover.

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Ajith to do a film with Gautham Menon?

The grapevine is abuzz that Gautham Menon had signed up to do Ajith’s next film for Sri Satya Sai Movies, the producers of his Arrambam. 

An official announcement will be made shortly.

A few days back Gautham Menon had met up with Ajith and struck a rapport with him. Remember earlier they were to do a film together for Sivaji Productions, which never materialised.

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Military exercise sparked big Australian wildfire

Fire officials defended Australia's defense department on Thursday after investigators revealed a military training exercise ignited the largest of the wildfires that have torn across the nation's most populous state over the past week.

The Rural Fire Service said Wednesday that one of the more than 100 fires that have burned since last week began at a Defense Department training area as a result of "live ordnance exercises." The fire it sparked near the city of Lithgow, west of Sydney, has burned 47,000 hectares (180 square miles) and destroyed several houses, but no injuries or deaths were reported from the blaze.

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Saudi Arabia warns women against driving

The Saudi interior ministry Wednesday warned women against driving in response to a campaign against the driving ban on females, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The spokesperson of the interior ministry said in a statement that the campaign to challenge the driving ban on women through social media is illegal, in addition to calls for banned rallies and gathering, Xinhua reported.

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Celebrity reactions to the death of legendary singer Manna Dey:

Manoj Bajpayee ‏@BajpayeeManoj

MANNA DEY is no more!a great singer!lets pray for him!my condolences to his family!his music will live for 1000 yrs.RIP

Harsha Bhogle ‏@bhogleharsha

oh no. such terrible news to get up to. manna dey no more? less melody in the world. #mannadey

Mahesh Bhatt ‏@MaheshNBhatt

Manna Dey passes away. His voice shall linger forever.R.I.P.

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Legendary playback singer Manna Dey no more

India's 94-year-old legendary playback singer Manna Dey passed away after a prolonged illness in the wee hours of Thursday at a private hospital on this city's outskirts.

"Dey breathed his last around 4 a.m. after his condition suddenly deteriorated in the wee hours though he was on a ventilator," K.S.Vasuki, spokesman of Narayana Hrudayalaya, told IANS.

Dey, who was ailing for over four months, leaves behind two daughters Rama and Sumita.

"Dey's eldest daughter (Rama) was at his bedside after we alerted her father's deteriorating condition," Vasuki said.

Sumita lives in the US, according to Dey's family.

Dey was admitted to the private hospital in July after he suffered lung infection and was undergoing treatment for respiratory disease.

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Russia, US prepare for conference on Syria

Russian and US diplomats in charge of steering an international conference on Syria will discuss preparations early in November, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.

"The meeting is to be held on Nov 5," Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying, Xinhua reported.

The diplomat said the participants of the meeting will discuss preparations for the Geneva-II conference aimed at ending a conflict that has killed 100,000 people since March 2011.

UN Secretary General's Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who has been touring key states in the Middle East region, including Syria, is going to brief the participants on the results of his recent trip.

UN Under Secretary General for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman said Tuesday that the United Nations was "working hard" to convene an international conference on Syria in Geneva in mid-November.

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