Live: Bal Thackeray passes away

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 11:34 hrs

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Bal Thackeray has passed away at his residence in Mumbai. His death was unexpected after earlier reports suggested that his condition was improving.

More to follow.

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Liquor and real estate baron Ponty Chadha and his younger brother Hardeep Chadha were shot dead at a farmhouse in Mehrauli Saturday, police said.

"As of now we have got the details that first Hardeep shot Ponty and immediately Ponty's gunmen shot Hardeep. The shooting was a result of a property dispute. The incident happened around 12.30 p.m.," a senior police official told IANS. 

"Two security guards were injured in the incident. The bodies of the Chadhas and the injured security guards have been taken to AIIMS," police official added.

Earlier on Oct 5, a case of shooting had taken place inside Ponty Chadha's ancestral home in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.

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Ponty Chadha, brother shot dead at farmhouse in Delhi

Controversial liquor and real estate baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep have been shot dead at their farmhouse in Delhi. Police say around three to four unknown assailants entered his farmhouse in Mehrauli and opened fire.

A little over a month ago, on October 5, gun shots were also reported from Mr Chadha's house in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district.

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Firing at Ponty Chadha's farmhouse in Delhi

Liquor baron Ponty Chadha's relative Hardeep has died in a shooting incident at the farmhouse of Mr Chadha in New Delhi. 

Reports suggest unidentified people opened fire at his Mehrauli farmhouse.

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Khurshid offers condolences to Savita's family, says 'Irish Govt. probing matter'

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday offered his condolences to Savita Halappanavar's family, and said that the Irish Government is probing the matter.

Khurshid said the death of Halappanavar, a dentist who was denied an abortion in Ireland due to the country's controversial abortion laws, is a very sad incident.

"The matter should be investigated and is being done. I express my full condolences to the family and pray to god to give them courage. I have full confidence that the Ireland Government will take appropriate action in this matter. We are in touch with them and will do whatever possible," he added.

Khurshid earlier on Friday said India's envoy to Ireland would formally raise New Delhi' concerns over the death of Savita.


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'Brain music' could be useful in clinical diagnosis

Chinese researchers have worked out a way to turn brainwaves into music, offering new insights into the functional activity our minds. Researchers used electroencephalography scans to create the pitch and duration of notes and functional magnetic resonance imaging scans to control the intensity of the music.

The study revealed an improved method to reflect the physiological processes of the scale-free brain in music, the Daily Mail reported. Previous research by the same group described how EEG amplitudes and waveforms may be converted to music.

In the past, researchers at the US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate have also explored the possibility of a form of neuro-training called "Brain Music."

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Violence continues, death toll 11 in Assam's Bodoland

The law and order situation in troubled Kokrajhar district of Assam's Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD) seems to be deteriorating further. Suspected militants attacked a house in the district late Friday night, killing four persons − including a minor boy − on the spot, and injuring another minor boy.

The fresh incidents took place at Jiaguri village in the district, even though indefinite curfew remains in force in the district. The Army has been carrying out flag marches in all sensitive areas of the district for three days. "A group of armed men sprayed bullets at the house of one Abbas Ali around 11 pm Friday, killing four people on the spot. Another minor boy received bullet injuries on his hand," said the police.

A woman who was injured after suspected militants opened indiscriminate fire at her house at Bamungaon in the district earlier Friday evening, succumbed to injuries at a local hospital Saturday morning. With five deaths in the last 24 hours, the total death toll in violence in Kokrajhar district rose to 11. The turbulence here began Saturday last (Nov 10).

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PetroMin officials to explain price-rise demand

Parliament's standing committee on finance has summoned senior petroleum ministry officials to explain the revenue implication of falling gas production from Reliance Industries Ltd's (RIL's) D6 block in the Krishna-Godavari basin (KG-D6) and the company's demand to increase the price.

Earlier this month, it had questioned the finance and revenue secretaries on the issue and sought details of revenue loss to the government on account of low production from KG-D6.

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Finding no buyers, Air India scraps its plan to sell 777s

Air India has scrapped a plan to sell five Boeing 777s, as it couldn’t find any buyers for these. The carrier had planned to sell two Boeing 777 200-LR (long range) aircraft and three Boeing 777 300-ER (extended range) aircraft. A senior aviation ministry official said now, Air India was considering reconfiguring these aircraft (changing the number of seats in each class) to deploy the Boeing 777-200 LR on the Saudi Arabia route and the B777-300 ER on the North America route.

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Kim Kardashian slammed for supportive Israel tweet

Kim Kardashian received serious backlash after she posted a tweet supporting Israel, and declaring to her almost 17 million followers that she was "Praying for everyone in Israel." The reality star's tweet was followed with a number of death threats with one writing, "Die in hell."

Another called the E! sensation a "bit*h" who "should die there," while others went even further. Less brutal detractors said they had "lost all respect for her," were giving her "the middle finger," and called her a "disgrace to her people" and outright "disgusting," Fox News reported.

Others told her she should be "praying for Palestine, not Israel." According to, which archives all tweets even if a user deletes them, five minutes after the initial post, Kardashian attempted to appease her haters with the follow-up tweet: "praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!"

Both tweets were soon deleted from her account, but the derision lived on. "Hahaha @KimKardashian deleted her tweets, must have had SERIOUS backlash from her idiotic uninformed tweets," wrote one, while another called her a "dumb idiot" who "shouldn't talk about what she doesn't understand."

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Obama again talks with Netanyahu on Gaza attacks
President Barack Obama spoke separately to Israeli and Egyptian leaders Friday night as violence escalated in Gaza and Israel signaled a possible ground invasion.

Palestinian militants took aim at Jerusalem for the first time Friday, launching a rocket attack on the holy city as Israel pressed forward with a relentless campaign of airstrikes against Gaza.

The White House says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Obama to provide an update on the situation. Netanyahu expressed appreciation to Obama and the American people for U.S. investment in the Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system, which has been used to defend Israel against rocket attacks from Gaza, saving many Israeli lives, the White House said.

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India concerned over Maldives turmoil
India on Friday voiced concern on reports related to the arrest of former Secretary General SAARC along with other members of the Majlis and anti-India demonstrations and statements by a section in Maldives.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, "India has maintained regular dialogue with Maldivian authorities. As a close and friendly neighbour, we are concerned at the continuing political instability in the country."India stated that there is an urgent need for dialogue and reconciliation among all political parties in Maldives in a peaceful and democratic manner.

India urged the government of Maldives and all political parties to adhere strictly to democratic principles and the rule of law thus paving the way for the holding of free, fair and credible elections."Violence and coercive measures are not conducive to this end." the MEA asserted.

A senior official of the government of India visited Maldives recently and conveyed concerns in regard to recent developments in the country. MEA stated that the situation is being monitored closely keeping in view the need to ensure safety and security of Indians in Maldives and Indian interests in that country.

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PM to host dinner for BJP leaders today
After breaking bread with allies, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited BJP, the principal opposition party, for dinner on Saturday. 

Caught between its urgency to push reforms and a possible stormy winter session of parliament, Singh's dinner diplomacy is a part of the overall strategy to convince opponents while keeping the UPA's own house in order.

The prime minister hosted a dinner for all UPA partners at his residence on Friday. Before the dinner on Friday, top Congress and UPA leaders held a strategy meeting on the winter session of Parliament.

On Saturday, leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha - Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley - and BJP veteran LK Advani will meet the PM at 8 pm at the same venue.

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