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Last Updated: Wed, Oct 03, 2012 15:06 hrs

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Fees for Kasab's lawyers to be given to families of cops who died in 26/11

The Supreme Court today asked the Maharashtra government to give Rs.14.5 lakh - the fee that condemned Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab's counsel refused to collect - to the kin of security personnel killed in the Mumbai attack.

The money will be distributed in equal proportion among the families of the slain security personnel, who were among the 166 killed Nov 26, 2011 by Pakistani terrorists. Kasab was the lone attacker caught alive.

Senior counsel Raju Ramachandran and Gaurav Agarwal, who assisted Kasab in his appeal against death penalty before the court, had said that they were not inclined to accept the Rs.14.5 lakh fee for their services.


Cabinet to approve pension, insurance bills: Minister

The cabinet will approve amended bills on Thursday that seek to permit 26 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the pension sector and 49 per cent in the insurance sector, a minister told reporters today.

The bills will need parliamentary approval before becoming law.

Currently, India does not allow FDI in the pension sector, while foreign investment in insurance is capped at 26 per cent.

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Petrol price may be cut by Rs 1.6 a litre

Petrol price may be cut by about Rs 1.60 per litre later this month as appreciation of rupee against the US dollar has helped state firms make profit on the fuel.

"Yes, there is about Rs 1.60 per litre profit on petrol since October 1. But we want this trend to stabilise before we think of cutting retail prices," a senior executive at one of the three state-owned fuel retailers said.

Petrol price was last revised on July 24 when it was raised by 70 paise to Rs 68.48 per litre in Delhi.

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YouTube may remain blocked in Pak indefinitely over anti-Islam row

YouTube could remain blocked in Pakistan indefinitely, as the government has refused to unblock access to the video sharing website in the country until Google, which owns the website, restricts access to the anti-Islam film - Innocence of Muslims - in Pakistan. 

Google's decision not to restrict access to the video in Pakistan, while complying with requests to do so in Indonesia, Egypt, Libya, India, and even Brazil has left many of its users in Pakistan perplexed, reports The Express Tribune.

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Children addicted to the internet could soon be classed as mentally ill, it has been claimed.

According to the Herald Sun, 'internet-use disorder' will be included in the DSM-IV - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - from May next year, the Daily Mail reported. The diagnosis will include those who are addicted to their smartphones as well as using tablet computers or desktop machines.

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Gujarat, Himachal Pradeshpoll dates out

2 phase Gujarat poll on Dec 13-17, HP on Nov 4: Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will go to polls in November. 

Schedule for Gujarat (two phases) Issue of 1st phase of notification: November 17, 2012 
2nd phase: November 23, 2012 Last day for nomination (phase 1): November 24, 2012 
Last day for nomination (phase 2): November 30, 2012 
Scrutiny of nominations (Phase 1): November 26, 2012 
Scrutiny of nominations (Phase 2): December 1, 2012 
Last day for withdrawal (Phase 1): November 28, 2012 
Last day for withdrawal (Phase 2): November 30, 2012
Date of polls (Phase 1): December 13, 2012 
Date of polls (Phase 2): December 17, 2012 
Counting of vote: December 20, 2012 

Schedule for Himachal Pradesh (one phase) 
Issue of notification: October 10, 2012 
Last day for nomination: October 17, 2012 
Scrutiny of nominations: October 18, 2012 
Last day for withdrawal: October 20, 2012 
Date of polls: November 4, 2012 
Counting of vote: December 20, 2012 

The dates were announced by the Election Commission on Wednesday. 

The terms of Gujarat and Himachal assemblies come to an end on January 17, 2013 and January 10, 2013 respectively While Gujarat has 182 Assembly constituencies, 13 of which are reserved for SCs and 26 for STs, Himachal Pradesh has 68 Assembly seats, with 17 reserved for SCs and 3 for STs. While Gujarat has 3.78 crore voters, Himachal has 45 lakh people eligible to vote in the assembly elections

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Tiny Mars rock to sell for 1,60,000 pounds at auction

A small lump of the planet Mars that fell on Earth in a meteorite shower is set to fetch a whopping 1,60,000 pounds at a US auction.

The rock, which is just 3.5 inches long and weighs 326 grams, was formed under the surface of the red planet and was blasted from it by the impact of an asteroid millions of years ago.

After travelling through space it formed part of a meteorite shower that landed in the Moroccan desert last year.

The meteorite was named after the village of Tissint, where it came down, the Daily Mail reported.

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Government has not paid for Sonia Gandhi's treatment: CIC 

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has not sought any reimbursement for medical bills from the Government, the Central Information Commission has said. 

The case relates to an RTI application filed by one Naveen Kumar of Moradabad, who sought to know from the Prime Minister's Office, National Advisory Council, Lok Sabha secretariat and ministries of external affairs, parliamentary affairs, statistics and programme implementation details of the medical expenditure incurred on the treatment of Gandhi. 

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1 killed in building collapse in Chennai 

At least one person was killed when a building collapsed in Chennai's Triplicane area on Wednesday, police said. As many as four people are feared to be trapped under the debris. Rescue operations are currently going on, police said. According to reports, local people have also joined the rescue operations.

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Maruti Suzuki is reportedly planning to increase vehicle prices by Rs 2,400- Rs 5,200 from Wednesday, according to a company source.

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EC to announce Gujarat, Himachal poll dates today 

The Election Commission will announce the dates for Assembly Elections which is to be held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh later this year. The press conference for the announcement shall take place at 4 pm. 

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Sonia kicks off campaign in Rajkot 

Congress President Sonia Gandhi arrived in Rajkot, Gujarat on Wednesday to address a rally and start party poll campaign in the state.

She visited the Ramkrishna Ashram and Gandhi-Smruti in Rajkot. 

Elaborate security arrangements have been made where she is starting her party's election campaign.

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Chennai: Building collapses, 4 feared trapped in debris 

Four persons are believed to have been trapped inside the debris of a building, which collapsed in a residential area in Chennai on Wednesday. 

The incident happened on Wednesday morning at the busy Triplicane area and rescue teams have been pressed into service, police and fire officials said. 

Four persons are believed to have been trapped inside the building and efforts were on to rescue them, they said.

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Pakistani authority's top post sees three changes in 24 hours! 

The top post at Islamabad's Capital Development Authority (CDA) saw three changes within 24 hours. 

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Monday ordered senior officer Javed Iqbal Awan to replace the incumbent Farkhand Iqbal, Dawn reported. A while later, he had second thoughts and chose Syed Tahir Shahbaz. Awan was reassigned to head the National Highway Authority. 

Farkhand Iqbal promptly went to the Islamabad High Court to protest his removal. The Establishment Division, which processes postings and transfer of government officers, was unruffled. "It's a routine decision," an officer told Dawn. Another officer said: "It seems something really went wrong at the Prime Minister's office. Making quick changes in filling a coveted post like CDA chairman shows weak governance and incompetence on part of the office."

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Torrent hub Pirate Bay down in extended outage 

Popular torrent hub The Pirate Bay suffered an extended outage on Monday and Tuesday. 

This coincides with a government raid on its former Web hosting service. The site says it's down mainly because of a power outage and that it will be back later this week.

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Gandhi's ideals offer solutions to global warming 

Ideals of Mahatma Gandhi offer solution to overcome various universal issues including global warming, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on the occasion of the 143rd birth anniversary of Father of the Nation at his birth place. 

"If we try to understand ideals of Gandhiji, we shall find that they show path to overcome problems like global warming faced by the world," Modi said after paying tributes to the Mahatma at his birth place Kirti Mandir. 

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1044 hrs 
Einstein's letter to be sold on eBay 

Reuters reports that Legendary physicist Albert Einstein's handwritten letter, a year before his death, expressing his views on religion, will be sold on eBay this month with an opening bid of $3 million, an auction agency said on Tuesday. 

Known as the "God Letter," the correspondence offers insights into the private thoughts about religion, God and tribalism of one of the world's most brilliant minds. "This letter, in my opinion, is really of historical and cultural significance as these are the personal and private thoughts of arguably the smartest man of the 20th century," said Eric Gazin, the president of Auction Cause, a Los Angeles-based premier auction agency, which will handle the sale on eBay. 

"The letter was written near the end of his life, after a lifetime of learning and thought," he added. Einstein wrote the letter in German on January 3, 1954, on Princeton University letterhead to philosopher Erik Gutkind after he read Gutkind's book "Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt." "...The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this," wrote the German-born scientist, who in 1921 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. 

The anonymous seller of the letter, which will be auctioned with the original envelope, stamp and postmark, purchased it from Bloomsbury Auctions in London in 2008 for $404,000. Since that time the letter has been stored in a temperature-controlled vault at a public institution. Einstein's 'God Letter' to be auctioned

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'Delay Drill' on Fox after suicide airs on Live TV

A 5-second delay drill on Wednesday was to done to ensure that similar incidents do not occur again on Live TV.

Friday afternoon Fox News was carrying a car chase which ended when the suspect shot himself. The suicide was broadcast live on TV.

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Alto 800 pre-launch booking begins

The new version of India's largest selling car Alto - the Alto 800 - is evoking a lot of interest already. In a unique effort, Maruti Suzuki India has started pre-launch bookings of the car which is slated to hit the market on October 16.

The new car's website has already got hits from over 10000 visitors on the first day and is counting.

According to the innovative strategy which is expected to spike consumer interest in the car, prospective buyers can book the car before launch and also without knowing the exact price of the vehicle.

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Furnish salary plan or stay grounded: DGCA to Kingfisher

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday gave an ultimatum to the beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) that it must give a timeline for paying employees, apart from a “satisfactory and realistic” operational preparedness plan, before it can get permission to fly again. The airline, which declared a partial lockout yesterday, has said it will start flying again from October 5.

The ultimatum came after the airline’s CEO Sanjay Aggarwal and Executive Vice President Hitesh Patel had an hour’s meeting with DGCA chief Arun Mishra in Delhi.

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NYPD is watching Facebook to fight gang bloodshed

Police investigating two gangs called the Very Crispy Gangsters and the Rockstarz didn't need to spend all their time pounding the pavement for leads. Instead, they fired up their computers and followed the trash talk on Facebook.

"Rockstarz up 3-0," one suspect boasted — a reference to the body count from a bloody turf war between the Brooklyn gangs that ultimately resulted in 49 arrests last month.

Authorities in New York say a new generation of gang members is increasingly using social media to boast of their exploits and issue taunts and challenges that result in violence.

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0831 hrs

Quake jolts northeastern states

A 5.1-magnitude quake jolted the northeastern states early Wednesday, authorities here said.

The quake occurred at 12.08 a.m. The epicentre was in Assam's Sonitpur district bordering Arunachal Pradesh, the regional seismological centre said.

The tremor was felt in Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

There was no immediate report of damage or casualty.

India's northeastern region is considered the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.

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Samsung says iPhone5 infringes eight patents

Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that Apple's newest smartphone iPhone5 infringed eight of its patents, including two standards patents and six features patents.

Samsung added infringement claims about the iPhone 5 to the existing patent lawsuit against Apple at the US District Court of California. The original complaint was filed April 18, alleging earlier iPhone models infringed the same eight patents, Samsung said in an e-mailed statement.

In a separate patent lawsuit at the same court, the US federal court jury found Aug 24 that Samsung infringed on six of Apple's patents, ordering the Galaxy phone maker to pay $1.05 billion in damages to the iPhone maker, reported Xinhua.

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Wednesday would see a high-level committee, headed by HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh, submit its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on funding of infrastructure sector, the requirement of which has been estimated to being close to $1 trillion during the 12th Plan period.

Later today, industry leaders will meet finance minister P Chidambaram to impress upon the Centre to pursue with reform measures.

And the issue of refarming of radio waves will also come up for discussion at EGoM later today when it meets to decide on one-time spectrum fee.

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