73 ill after eating prasad
73 people fell ill, 17 of them critically, after consuming 'prasad' at a religious function at Garbeta area of West Midnapore district today.
District authorities said the programme had taken place during the day at Lapuria village.
The critically ill were rushed to Midnapore Medical College Hospital, the sources said adding the rest were being treated at Garbeta block primary heath centre.
A medical team was rushed from here to Garbeta.
Power cuts kill 10 babies in Pakistan hospital
At least 10 new-born babies died due to interruptions in oxygen supply caused by power breakdown in a children's hospital in Pakistan's Sindh province over the last 24 hours, police and hospital sources said Saturday.
According to police, four children who were in the intensive care unit died late Friday night when power broke down at the government hospital in Larkana city, Xinhua reported.
The hospital administration tried to start the power generators but they were out of order. The electricity could not resume till Saturday afternoon and the babies continued dying one after the other due to the absence of backup for oxygen tanks.
Talking to the media, Afsar Bhutt, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that the infants did not die due to administrative fault or negligence on the part of doctors but due to late arrival for medical treatment at hospital.
Both the governor and the chief minister of Sindh have ordered a probe into the incident.
Ship with 52 on board sinks in Indonesia
A wooden ship with 52 people on board sank in the waters off central Sulawesi in the eastern part of Indonesia, on official said Saturday.
The incident took place Friday evening, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster management and mitigation agency, told Xinhua by phone Saturday.
Flash mob hits Kolkata street
The flash mob hit Kolkata Saturday with around 100 youth and teenagers dancing to peppy English and Hindi songs in the city's shopping hub.
The dancers, some of them professionals and others amateurs, jived to singer Jennifer Lopez's "Dance again" and "Tum hi ho bandhu" from the film "Cocktail", gathering a big crowd at the busy Esplanade.
A flash mob is a group of people who gather at a public location to perform a brief dance, and disperse rapidly after the event.
However, the aim of the Kolkata dancers - belonging to Freaking Twisters group and street play group Lok - was to promote adult literacy.
Visa on arrival for Buddhist tourists: Sahai
Tourists from countries having a sizeable Buddhist population such as Thailand and Malaysia would be provided visas on arrival, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai said Saturday.
Sahai said: "India being the land of origin of Buddhism is the main attraction for Buddhist tourists from across the globe. The tourism ministry is drawing up plans to attract more tourists from Buddhist countries by providing them special facilities like VoA to citizens of Thailand and Malaysia,".
As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists to India, the union government had launched the VoA scheme in January 2010 for citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore visiting India as tourists.
This scheme was extended for the citizens of six more countries - Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar - in January 2011.
Failed Robbery attempt at Delhi bank
A group of people broke into a State Bank of India branch in the national capital in the early hours of Saturday but fled after failing to unlock the ATM placed inside, police said.
CCTV footage from the bank in Inderlok showed three to four people inside the branch around 1 a.m.
Police said they had entered the bank after cutting open the iron grill of a ventilator.
After they were unable to unlock the ATM, they tried to break it open and also damaged four of the five CCTV cameras.
Police said no valuable was stolen from the branch which had closed down around 7 p.m. Friday.
The incident comes a day after robbers fled with Rs 5.5 crore of ICICI Bank from a cash van in Defence Colony, after shooting at a guard.
Who will win 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5'?
Rashmi Desai Sandhu, Gurmeet Chowdhary or Rithvik Dhanjani? The competition in dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5" is at its peak with the top three finalists sweating it out to win the trophy at the grand finale Sunday night.
The three-month dance journey is set to culminate in a star-studded grand finale, which promises to entertain viewers with some high voltage performances as well as coming together of two big screen divas Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi on the same stage.
The Sunday episode will also see judges Remo D'Souza, Karan Johar and Madhuri, entertaining audiences with their performances.
Pak teen runs away from home to meet Ajay Devgn
A teenaged Pakistani boy, who ran away from home to pursue his "dream" of meeting Bollywood hero Ajay Devgan and crossed the India-Pakistan border, landed in a juvenile home instead, thereby ending his wishful efforts, it has been revealed.
Makkal Osai reported that Khasif Ali from Delapur village in Okara district fled his home about a year ago.
He was detained by the Border Security Force at Kasur border for straying into India in September last year and sent to the Faridkot juvenile home in Punjab, Star Online reported.
For the past one year, the Faridkot administration tried in vain to contact his relatives in Pakistan.
Lady luck finally smiled on the 13-year-old boy last Friday when Pakistan's Ajoka Theatre group arrived in Faridkot for a performance.
The theatre director, Pakistani actress Madiha Gohar, was asked to help trace the boy's family. She managed to contact the family and through the Pakistan High Commission in India, the boy was brought back from India and reunited with his family.
According to a brother-in-law of Khasif, the boy used to skip classes to watch Bollywood movies as he was crazy about Devgan and wanted to go to Bollywood to meet him.
Fire in ONGC plant in Assam, ULFA claims responsibility
A fire broke out at a pump in the ONGC plant in Assam's Jorhat district due to an accidental blast, officials said Saturday. However, there was no report of any causality in the blast, for which the ULFA militants have claimed responsibility.
A spokesman said the fire at GGS (Gas Gathering Station) in the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) plant at Barkhola in Jorhat took place around 9.30 p.m. Friday.
He said that the fire occurred due to an accidental blast in the plant due to some technical snag. The production process has not been hampered due to the incident.
However, the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants claimed responsibility for the blast and said that the attack was part of the outfit's campaign to strike at vital installations, protesting against the exploitation of the Central government.
Police officials, however, said that the blast was triggered due to some technical snag and that it was not triggered by the anti-talk militants of the ULFA.
Justice Altmas Kabir is new Chief Justice of India
Justice Altmas Kabir, the seniormost judge of the Supreme Court, was Saturday sworn in as the 39th Chief Justice of India.
Justice Kabir has succeeds S.H. Kapadia, who demitted office Saturday. He will be the Chief Justice of India for nine months, till July 19, 2013.
Born on July 19, 1948, Chief Justice Kabir is only the second Chief Justice, along with his predecessor, to be born in post-independence India.
After doing his MA and LLB, Chief Justice Kabir enrolled as an advocate in 1973 and practised in the district court and the Calcutta High Court.
No more fasts, only agitations, says Hazare
Anna Hazare has said that he will not resort to fasting any more to press for his demands, and will fight for his causes through agitations.
"Now onwards I will not undertake fast. In future I will fight for my causes through agitations," Hazare said on Friday night at a Ganesh mandal ceremony in Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial township near Pune.
The anti-corruption crusader also said he would continue to work to send "clean" people to Parliament.
Saturday will also see the Aarushi Talwar trial judge take a call on an important piece of evidence. Read more on that here.
September 29 is incidentally the day when the famous Indo-Canadian standup comedian Russell Peters was born.