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Live: Fifth accused in Pune blast arrested

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Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 13:26 hrs

7.00 pm:

Fifth accused in Pune blast arrested

A suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative and the fifth accused in the Aug 1 Pune blast case has been arrested, police said Friday. Four others were arrested earlier.

Sayed Maqbool alias Zuber, 35, who was arrested, had trained his associates to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IED) to carry out the blasts, police said.

Maqbool, a resident of Nanded in Maharashtra, was held by Delhi Police's Special Cell from his hideout in Hyderabad Oct 23.


The other accused - Asad Khan, 33, and Imran Khan, 31 - were held from south Delhi Sep 26, Sayed Feroz alias Hamza, 38, was arrested Oct 1 from Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi, and Langda Irfan Mustafa, 30, was arrested in Jaipur Oct 10, police said.

Before the Aug 1 Pune serial blasts, Maqbool, Irfan, Imran and Asad discussed their plans to carry out a suicide attack on a Buddhist shrine in Bodh Gaya in Bihar in retaliation for atrocities on Muslims in Myanmar, said S.N. Srivastava, Special Commissioner of Police (special cell).

Their plan had the approval of Bhatkal brothers, he said.

Since Bhatkals wanted to avenge the death of Quateel Siddiqui, an IM operative, who was killed in Yerawada Central Jail in Pune June 8, they decided to carry out bomb blasts in Pune first, he said.

Since Bhatkals wanted to avenge the death of Quateel Siddiqui, an IM operative, who was killed in Yerawada Central Jail in Pune June 8, they decided to carry out bomb blasts in Pune first, he said.

5.10pm:

S M Krishna had this to say about his resignation to NDTV:

'I am making way for youngsters. I am a loyal party worker and I will continue to work.'


4.23pm:

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna resigned today ahead of the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet scheduled on Sunday.

The 80-year-old leader from Karnataka is believed to have sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the afternoon, sources said.

Indications are that with the Assembly elections due before next May in Karnataka the former Chief Minister may be given a party assignment in the state.

The resignation is also a clear indication that the Union Council of Ministers is set for a revamp on Sunday with the induction of new faces considered close to Rahul Gandhi and elevation of some young ministers of state.

Whether Gandhi himself would join the government or not was still a matter of speculation though sources say that sometime back he was inclined towards such a possibility.

Krishna was made the External Affairs Minister immediately after the elections in 2009 when UPA came back to power for the second time. His name has been part of the speculation whenever there was speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle.


4.19pm:

SM Krishna is currently huddled in a meeting. Speculation is rife that he is set to concentrate on the affairs of the party in his state of Karnataka.

4.09pm:

Reports indicate that External Affairs Minister, SM Krishna has sent his resignation to the PMO ahead of the cabinet reshuffle on Sunday.

3.28 pm:

Coma patient wakes up thinking he is Barack Obama

A teenager from Northampton, who was put in an induced coma after a brutal assault, has woken up believing he is Barack Obama.

Tatenda Kamosho, 19, was poisoned after a bite wound turned septic.

Kamosho was also stabbed in the arm in the assault, which left him with the hallucinating psychosis.

Northampton Crown Court heard that Jordace Sinclair, 18, carried out the attack on Kamosho in a McDonald's restaurant.



2.52 pm:

New-born thrown from third floor, dies

A new-born baby boy today died at a hospital here after he was thrown out from the third floor of an apartment by his mother in Puna locality, police said.

The incident took place last night at 11:30 PM when Pooja, mother of the child, flung the baby soon after she delivered him at her home in Ajmal Palace, they said.

The accused was married to a diamond worker Jignesh Shapariya in February this year.

Police Inspector M N Parmar said that probably Pooja threw the baby boy because she didn't want a child within a year of marriage.



2.14 pm:

Vettel leads first practice at Indian GP

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel led the timesheets in the first practice of the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) here Friday.

The German clocked 1:27.619, 0.310 seconds ahead of second placed Jenson Button in his McLaren. Ferrari's championship contender Fernando Alonso was third with 1:28.044.

Vettel stamped his authority on the race he won last year in the 22 laps of the BIC.

India's Narain Karthikeyan beat Spanish teammate Pedro de la Rosa in his HRT clocking 1:32.125 finishing the morning session at 22nd while de la Rosa ended 24th and last with 1:32.859.


1.40 pm:

Boy killed after TV actor loses control over car during shoot

A six-year-old boy was killed today in a car accident during a television serial shoot here at the city outskirts.

The mishap occurred when a Telugu television actor lost control over the vehicle while shooting and hit Satvik Reddy, killing the minor on the spot, Chandanagar Police said.

"Some people had gathered to watch the shoot. The actor lost control over the car and hit a road divider before hitting the victim who was watching the shoot," a police official said.

Another girl, who was injured in the accident, has been admitted to a private hospital, police added.

The actor was not identified and further investigations are on.


1.00 pm:

Official: Suicide bomber kills 20 in Afghanistan

A government spokesman says a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 50.

The attack in the town of Maymana, capital of northern Faryab province, came as people were gathering at the mosque to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday, said Jawid Didar, spokesman for the governor's office.

Top provincial officials, including the governor and the police chief, were inside the building when the bomber set off his explosives outside, where a large crowd had gathered, Didar said. The officials were not hurt.


12.37 pm:

Dengue scare: Fogging around Yash Chopra studio

Following the demise of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra due to dengue, the Mumbai Municipal Corporation has conducted fogging around his studio to counter the threat of the disease.

"The BMC staff conducted fogging in and around the Yash Raj studio," a BMC official said.


11.57 am:

Tendulkar to miss Indian GP this time, Yuvraj to come

Veteran cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who waved the chequered flag at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, will miss the second edition of the Formula One race to play a Ranji match for his Mumbai team.

It has been learnt that Tendulkar, who is a motorsports enthusiast, decided to prefer practising with the team in Mumbai than coming here.


11.24 am:

What Rajat Gupta said before the sentence

Your Honour, thank you for the opportunity. The last 18 months have been the most challenging period of my life since I lost my parents as a teenager. I have lost my reputation that I have built over a lifetime. The verdict was devastating to my family, my friends and me. Its implications to all aspects of my life — personal, professional and financial — are profound. Much of the first year seemed surreal to me, however, since the trial, I have come to accept the reality of my life going forward. More


10.10 am: 

Good behaviour may cut Gupta's two-yr jail term

Rajat Gupta, the former Goldman Sachs director who was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison for insider trading, can get a slight reduction in his sentence for good behaviour.

The judge refused Gupta’s request to remain free while he appeals his case. Gupta must surrender to federal prison authorities by January 8. The federal prison system does not have parole, but Gupta can get a reduced sentence for good conduct.



9.44 am: 

Apple fails to wow as iPad sales disappoint

Apple Inc delivered lackluster quarterly results and iPad sales fell short of Wall Street targets, pushing its stock slightly lower.

The results came as it heads into the crucial holiday season, when competition in the smartphone and tablet market will reach fever-pitch, with Apple pitting a new phone and iPads against Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc Android devices.

"We were happy with the 14 million iPad sales in the quarter. It exceeded our expectations," Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said in an interview. "But as the summer went on, the rumors were pretty rampant about the iPhone and iPad."



9.08 am:

Van Damme's statue unveiled in homeland

Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has been honoured with a bronze statue in his native Belgium.

The 52-year-old actor was joined by his mother Eliana and father Eugene at the unveiling of the statue Oct 21. The statue has the actor standing in a fighting pose, reports contactmusic.com.

"Belgium is paying me back something, but really it's to pay back to the dream. So when people come by here, it is Jean-Claude Van Damme but it's a guy from the street who believed in something. I want the statue to represent that," Van Damme said.

The actor was last seen in "The Expendables 2".


8.30 am:

Minister tried to 'block' Malala family from leaving Pakistan

Attempts were made by a powerful cabinet minister to prevent her father Ziauddin Yousafzai and other family members from coming to the UK. It was said widely by the minister in high profile meetings, according to a source that Malala’s family will seek asylum in Britain if allowed to leave Pakistan.
 
These meetings, spread over several days, were attended by senior military officers, interior and exterior ministry officials and diplomats from the foreign office.
 
The minister told the officials that Malala’s father should be kept in Pakistan “until Malala gets better and then she will be shifted to another country where her family will not be able to claim asylum”. The minister was of the opinion that Pakistan’s enemies might use the family to malign the country.


8.00 am:


Good Morning!

With yesterday being dominated by yet another 'expose' press conference where Jindal Steel chairman Naveen Jindal alleged that Zee News asked a 100 crore bribe to supress a story, the saga of trial via media is far from over.

Zee News went on the offensive yesterday through anti-Jindal stories all night, while various other media houses discussed the rights and wrongs of the situation.

Both sides have promised 'more evidence' and we are hoping it wil come out today. Often such 'more evidence' mysterious disappears and is never mentioned agian once the cameras get turned off. So lets see if this one works out.

If anyone is hoping a quiet day, its Nitin Gadkari. But with more revelations pouring out of the closet with each day, the odds of that happening are slim. Will the RSS, the ultmiate masters of the BJP, react to these accusations?

Good Morning!

With yesterday being dominated by yet another 'expose' press conference where Jindal Steel chairman Naveen Jindal alleged that Zee News asked a 100 crore bribe to suppress a story, the saga of trial via media is far from over.

Zee News went on the offensive yesterday through anti-Jindal stories all night, while various other media houses discussed the rights and wrongs of the situation.

Both sides have promised 'more evidence' and we are hoping it will come out today. Often such 'more evidence' mysterious disappears and is never mentioned again once the cameras get turned off. So lets see if this one works out.

If anyone is hoping a quiet day, its Nitin Gadkari. But with more revelations pouring out of the closet with each day, the odds of that happening are slim. Will the RSS, the ultimate masters of the BJP, react to these accusations?

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