Australian media decide to boycott photo coverage of India series
Major Australian media houses have decided to boycott photo coverage of the upcoming Test series against India starting on February 22 in Chennai in protest against the BCCI's decision to deny accreditation to a photo news agency.
NEWS Limited and AAP said they will not publish images and show videos from Australia's tour of India after the BCCI locked out Getty Images, which supplies images to four of the biggest media companies in Australia.
Getty Images provides images to major Australian publishers, including News Limited, Fairfax Media, APN News & Media and Seven West Media.
The boycott comes a day after Australian Broadcasting Corporation decided not to broadcast or report live from the tour after veteran radio commentator Jim Maxwell was denied accreditation by the BCCI.
A similar boycott had happened during England's tour of India last year after the BCCI denied accreditation to two international photo news agencies, Getty Images and Action Images.
Supplementary chargesheet likely in gangrape case tomorrow
Police is likely to file a supplementary charge sheet on Thursday in the gangrape case relating to the robbing of Ramadhar Singh, a vegetable seller, before the accused assaulted the girl in a moving bus on December 16.
The six accused had allegedly robbed Ramadhar of his day's earnings after luring him into the bus.
The juvenile, who was acting as the conductor, has been named in this case and a separate charge sheet will be filed against him before the Juvenile Justice Board.Read more
President Pranab rejects mercy pleas of Veerappan aides
Days after rejecting the mercy petition of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, President Pranab Mukherjee today rejected the mercy petitions moved by four associates of late forest brigand Veerappan, according to media reports.
The four Veerappan aides were sentenced to death in a landmine blast case in Karnataka.
The accused - Gnanprakasham, Simon, Meesekar Madaiah and Bilavendran - were sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in January 2004 in connection with the killing of 21 policemen in a landmine blast at Palar in Karnataka near the inter-state border in 1993.
They were sentenced to undergo life imprisonment by the Mysore court. But the government moved the Supreme Court, which awarded them the death sentence. Their mercy pleas have been pending since 2004.
A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court in connection with the AgustaWestland helicopter deal, seeking probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
Kolkata college violence: 12 arrested
The police on Wednesday said they have arrested 12 people, including prime accused Suhan, in connection to a violence in Kolkata's Garden Reach area where a police sub-inspector was killed.
Suhan has been accused of firing at the cop during the violence at Harimohan Ghose College in Garden Reach area on Tuesday.
The Opposition alleged that Suhan is close to Trinamool Congress (TMC) councillor Mohammed Iqbal.
TV footage by local channels claimed Iqbal also attempted to slap a cop.
Pope Benedict XVI is telling the faithful in his first public appearance since announcing his resignation that he stepping down for "the good of the church."
Benedict received a lengthy standing ovation when he entered the packed audience hall Wednesday. He was interrupted by applause by the throngs of people, many of whom had tears in their eyes.
At the start of his audience, he repeated in Italian what he had told cardinals Monday in Latin: that he simply didn't have the strength to continue. He said "I did this in full liberty for the good of the church."
Omar says no media gag, papers chose not to print
As several media offices resumed functioning today after a gap of four days, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said there was no ban imposed on publication of newspapers but the dailies had chosen not to print as curfew had made distribution impossible.
"There is NO ban on newspapers in Kashmir. Papers are choosing not to print because restrictions make delivery of newspapers impossible," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.com.
He said in case a ban had been imposed on newspapers, it would have been extended to their Internet editions as well, which was not the case.
He said the newspapers will resume publishing once the restrictions are eased.
"As the restrictions ease the newspapers will resume publication because the problem isn't with printing. It's with them being unable to (distribute)," he said.
"And those continuously going on about a "government gag" would be well advised to produce a single copy of this gag order," he added.
Former Maldives President Nasheed takes refuge in Indian Embassy in Male
Anti-riots police have surrounded the Indian High Commission in Male after former President Mohamed Nasheed went there, soon after an arrest warrant was issued against him by a Maldivian court.
The former President, who is due to attend a hearing regarding his detention of Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012, was inside the Indian High Commission at 1:00 PM on Wednesday afternoon following the announcement of the court order.
Nasheed is "seeking advice" in Indian High Commission, Minivan News reported.
Poet Gulzar and Director Vishal Bardwaj who were visiting Pakistan have decided to cut short their visit. This is due to personal reasons and not because they were asked to leave the country according to the Indian High Commission.
Augusta Westland deal: BJP hints at Italian connection, alleges cover up by Govt.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday hinted at Italian connection and sought an answer from Defence Minister A.K. Antony as to why the government went so slow in the Augusta Westland copter deal.
BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said that his party would soon finalise its strategy on this issue, but added that he sees it the making of a second Bofors.
'Good ties with US,Iran has placed India in significant place'
India feels its good relations with the US and Iran has placed itself in a "significant position" to bridge the gap needed for a meaningful dialogue between the two countries, at loggerheads over Tehran's nuclear programme.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid admitted that Iran felt "disappointed" over India voting against it at the United Nations but expressed happiness over the fact that both countries are able to continue their relationship and count on each other as "good friends".
Apollo 16 astronaut left a family photo on the moon
Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke did not just leave his footprints on the Moon, he also left a family photograph on his historic trip to the lunar surface 40 years ago. Astronauts Charlie Duke and John Young embarked on a lunar mission on April 23 1972, to explore the Moon's Descartes Highlands in a Lunar Roving Vehicle.
Before setting up a Solar Wind Collector, Lunar Module pilot Duke left a photograph of himself with his wife and their two sons, Thomas and Charles, sitting on a bench. It remains there till this day, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
The reverse of the photo is signed by Duke's family and bears the message: "This is the family of Astronaut Duke from Planet Earth. Landed on the Moon, April 1972." Duke photographed the family picture with a Hasselblad camera as it rested on the dusty surface next to one of his boot prints.
Suryanelli case: Kurien's wife rubbishes rape charge against him
Amid growing clamour for resignation of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in the Suryanelli gangrape case, his wife has rubbished the allegations against him and said those hurling "malicious charges" never bothered to appreciate sentiments of her family.
Susan Kurien, a retired high school teacher, said in a statement that her husband had reached home and they had supper together on the day he was alleged to have abused the victim in a guest house at distant Kumali.
"I am sure that the allegations against my husband are baseless. Myself and my two daughters firmly believe that the truth will prevail in this matter," Susan said.
She said her family was deeply pained that Kurien was being haunted through media (by those levelling charges) after a span of 17 years, raising the same allegations which were found baseless by repeated investigations and judicial scrutiny. "Those who are fighting for women's right should not forget the fact that Prof Kurien too has a family", she said.
The Home Secretary of Assam has said that one person has died due to a firing incident last night in the state. Curfew has been imposed in 2 areas. Additional forces have been deployed which includes 8 columns of the army.