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Last Updated: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 14:37 hrs

8.10 pm

Petrol prices up by 29 paise, diesel by 20 paise

Petrol price was hiked on Saturday by 29 paise per litre and diesel by 20 paise after government decided to increase commission paid to pump dealers.

Petrol in Delhi from tPetrol price was hiked today by 29 paise per litre and diesel by 20 paise after government decided to increase commission paid to pump dealers.oday costs Rs. 68.19 per litre as against Rs. 67.90 previously. Similarly, diesel rates have been hiked to Rs. 47.15 per litre from Rs. 46.95, industry sources said.

Rates will vary in states due to differential in local sales tax or Value Added Tax (VAT) rates.

Petrol price hike varies from 29 paise to 37 paise (in Bangalore), while diesel rates vary from 20 paise to 24 paise a litre.

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7. 30 pm

Cabinet reshuffle: Ignored a role at Centre, Congress MP in Andhra Pradesh resigns

Miffed over being ignored for inclusion in the central cabinet, Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh Kavuri Sambasiva Rao resigned on Saturday from the Lok Sabha while another MP is also mulling to quit.

Mr Rao, who represents Eluru constituency in coastal Andhra Pradesh, sent his resignation letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, sources close to the MP said.

Mr Rao voiced his unhappiness over the Congress ignoring him again while giving opportunities to leaders junior to him.

The central leadership is trying to persuade Mr Rao to withdraw his resignation.

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7. 00 pm

Vijay Mallya rues display of wealth, takes jibe at rich politicians

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Saturday said he has learnt the hard way that wealth should not be displayed in India, and that it is better to be a multi-billionaire politician in the country.

"I have learnt the hard way that in India wealth should not be displayed. (It is) better to be a multi-billionaire politician dressed in Khadi," Mallya tweeted amid a long-continuing crisis at his UB Group's Kingfisher Airlines and his exit from the league of Indian billionaires.

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5. 50 pm:

Five ministers quit ahead of Sunday's Cabinet reshuffle

The stage is set for Sunday's much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle with five ministers stepping down, including S M Krishna and Ambika Soni, to make way for newer, and possibly, younger faces.

The swearing in of the new ministers will take place in the morning. A Rashtrapati Bhavan official said, "It will be held at 11.30 am."

Ahead of the reshuffle, Krishna quit as external affairs minister, while Ambika Soni stepped down as information and broadcasting minister. Subodh Kant Sahai resigned as tourism minister and Mukul Wasnik as Social Justice and Empowerment minister.

According to government sources, minister of state for social justice and empowerment Mahadev Khandela also resigned Saturday.

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4.50 pm:

PM accountable for scams, says Sushma Swaraj

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said Saturday Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was "heading the most corrupt and insensitive" government in the country.

Addressing an election rally here, she accused the prime minister of shifting the blame for scams on ministers. The leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha claimed that the prime minister could not escape responsibility, being the head of the cabinet.

"The prime minister is surrounded by corrupt people, but as head of the cabinet, he can't escape responsibility," she said.

Sushma Swaraj said she had held the prime minister accountable in parliament, but he had not responded. "As the prime minister, he can't shift the blame. He has to be morally accountable," she said.

She however evaded questions posed to her by media people about allegations of corrupt dealings against BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

"Gadkari has himself said that he is ready to face a probe," she said.

Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh will take place Nov 4.

4.15 pm:

Krishna recalls personal chemistry with Pakistan's Hina

Personal chemistry helps in diplomacy. Recalling his years as foreign minister, S.M. Krishna Saturday said he forged a "good understanding" with his Pakistani and Chinese counterparts, Hina Rabbani Khar and Yang Jiechi respectively, which helped him to improve India's relations with these countries.

"I had a good understanding with Hina Rabbai Khar and Yang Jiechi," Krishna told reporters here to queries whether he forged personal relationships with world leaders and foreign ministers of other countries during his stint as foreign minister.

He also spoke about personal equations with Brazil's Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota and South Africa's Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Last but not the least, he spoke warmly about US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with whom he co-chaired three rounds of the India-US strategic dialogue.

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4.00 pm:

A major fire has broken out at a chemical factory in Thane. No causalities have been reported thus far. 

The fire has not been put out yet.

Other factories surrounding the area have been evacuated.

3.25 pm:

Chiranjeevi  may get cabinet berth

Andhra Pradesh, the state with the highest number of Congress MPs, is likely to get a lion's share in Sunday's cabinet reshuffle.

Actor-turned-politician K. Chiranjeevi and former chief minister K. Vijayabhaskara Reddy's son K. Suryaprakash Reddy are among five Congress MPs who are likely to be inducted into the cabinet.

Killi Krupa Rani, Balram Naik and Sarve Satyanarayana are also likely to get cabinet berths. Barring Chiranjeevi, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, others are members of the lower house of parliament.

Satyanarayana and Balram Naik are from Telangana region while Chiranjeevi and Krupa Rani are from coastal Andhra Pradesh. Suryaprakash Reddy is from Rayalaseema region.

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2.50 pm:

TN to move SC seeking direction to Centre to reallocate power

A day after blaming the Centre for the acute power crisis in the State, Tamil Nadu today decided to move the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Union Government to reallocate power to be surrendered by Delhi government to it.

A resolution to this effect was passed at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, an official release said.

Jayalalithaa had on October 24 wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his intervention to reallocate to her State 1,721 MW of power to be surrendered by Delhi Government as Tamil Nadu faced acute power shortage.

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2.20 pm:

Chinese man sues wife for being 'ugly'

A man from northern China, who divorced and sued his wife for being ugly, earlier this year, has won the case after the court agreed with him.

According to Fox 31, Jian Feng has been awarded a little under 75,000 pounds by the court, the Daily Mail reported.

Feng said he took issue with his wife's looks only after the couple's daughter was born.

He said that he was taken aback by his daughter's appearance, calling her "incredibly ugly," and saying that she looked like neither one of her parents.

Feng was so outraged that he initially accused his wife of cheating on him.

Faced with the accusation, his wife confessed to spending around 62,000 pounds on plastic surgery that altered her appearance drastically.

She had gone under the knife before she met her hubby and never told him about it after they met.

Feng filed for divorce saying that his wife had deceived him and convinced him to marry her under false pretense.

The judge agreed with Feng and awarded him the damages

1.45 pm:

Woman booked for not reporting daughter's rape

A woman in a village in Haryana's Rohtak district has been booked by the police for hiding the fact that her minor daughter was raped, police said Saturday.

The victim, aged 14, was raped by a youth, Sunil, who hailed from the same village of Sunariya in Rohtak district, 80 km from New Delhi.

Though the incident took place over two months ago, the police registered the rape case against Sunil Friday on the victim's complaint.

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1.15 pm:

Minor gang raped and murdered in Kandhamal

A 13-year-old girl was murdered after being allegedly gangraped by some youths in Odisha's Kandhamal district, police said here today.

The girl, A Class VII student of Dadamaha, had gone to witness a 'yatra'(play) at nearby Simanbadi village on Thursday night when the youths sexually assaulted her, sub-divisionalpolice officer (SDPO), Baliguda, Arjun Barik said.

As the girl apparently attempted to raise an alarm, she was strangulated to death with her scarf, Barik said.

The body was found yesterday from the roadside near Masanipada village, the SDPO said adding the incident which was first of its kind in the area had shocked the people.

Post-mortem on the body was performed at Daringibadi public health centre and a case was registered on the basis of an FIR lodged by her faher, he said adding no one had been arrested in this connection yet.

12.40 pm:

Zee News has filed a defamation case against Naveen Jindal for Rs 150 crores. Jindal had accused the broadcaster of trying to get an advertising deal from his company, Jindal Steels, in exchange for covering up a negative story about it.


Fire in multi-storeyed building in Mumbai

Fire broke out today in an eleven-storeyed building in Nagpada area in South Mumbai.

The blaze erupted at Abdul apartments next to Crystal Tower in the area, fire brigade sources said.

Seven fire engines have been rushed to the spot.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, they said.


Social Justice Minister Mukul Wasnik submits resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to submit resignation.


The minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni has resigned from her post. She has said that it will be an honour for her to work for the party.


S M Krishna formally tenders resignation

S M Krishna has formally stepped down as the Foreign Minister of India. Earlier in the day he had meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

'Time for young blood to take over. Youngsters are the flavor of the season,' said Krishna.

' We have manageable relations with Pakistan and China. The PM was appreciative of my work,' said the congress veteran.


Reports indicate that union minister Kamal Nath may get an additional portfolio. He is currently the minister for Urban Development. He may get the parliamentary affairs portfolio.


Ambika Soni meets Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


Cabinet reshuffle at 11.30 am on Sunday

Cabinet reshuffle to take place at 11.30 am tomorrow.  S M Krishna who resigned yesterday is currently meeting the Prime Minister to formally submit his resignation. According to media reports Ambika Soni and Mukul Wasnik are set to meet the PM to tender their resignation.

The names of Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma  are currently doing the rounds as the top contenders for the post of India's Foreign Affairs minister.  Rahul Gandhi is likely to take up a bigger role as the working president of the Congress party.


China's Bo Xilai under criminal investigation

China today launched a criminal investigation into disgraced Communist Party leader Bo Xilai's alleged offences, a day after he was stripped of his legal immunity and expelled from the country's Parliament.

"The Supreme People's Procuratorate has decided to put Bo Xilai under investigation for alleged criminal offences as well as impose coercive measures on him in accordance with the law," state-run Xinhua news agency quoted an official statement as saying.

"The investigation is under way," the statement said.

The probe which comes ahead of the November 8 Communist Party Congress to decide the once in a decade leadership change were expected to be completed well before that.

He faces a number of charges including, corruption, moral turpitude and attempts to protect his wife Gu Kailai from investigations into the murder of British Businessman Neil Heywood in November last year.

Gu was given suspended death sentence by trial court after she confessed her role.

Several officials including the police chief of the Chongqing city were given varied sentences for their complicity in the murder.

Bo, 63, believed to be a votary of Mao Zedong's hard-line policies, was formerly secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee and also a Politburo member.

Bo was expelled from the Communist Party and the government last month, after being stripped of leadership positions in April.

He once was considered a top contender for the all- powerful Politburo Standing Committee, the team of nine politicians who effectively rule China, but the news report on his expulsion last month, painted a portrait of corruption, abuse of power and improper sexual relationships.

8.30 am:

Imran Khan taken off plane in Toronto

Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was taken off from a US bound flight for questioning here Friday, a media report said.

Khan had boarded an American Airlines plane from Toronto to New York to speak at a fundraising dinner in Long Island City, the Toronto Sun reported.

He had earlier given a politically-charged speech in Brampton Thursday about the turmoil in his homeland. He was questioned at the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

"I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my views on drones. My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop," Khan tweeted Friday.

The questioning lasted about an hour before he was allowed to board a later flight to New York, the newspaper said.

Khan, founder of Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, took part earlier this month in a protest against US drone strikes on his home turf.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said they cannot divulge any information on particular cases due to privacy laws.

Khan may have been interrogated because of groups protesting his entrance to the US, the Sun said.

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition from Phoenix wrote to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton earlier this week, pressuring her to revoke the US visa granted to Khan because of his sympathetic views towards the Taliban.

8.00 am:

Soni, Wasnik to follow Krishna in reshuffle?

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday accepted the resignation of Union Minister S M Krishna, while media reports said his colleagues Ambika Soni and Mukul Wasnik could also step down ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle on Sunday.

Krishna, the External Affairs Minister, had filed his resignation earlier on Friday saying he wanted to give "youngsters" in the government a chance, and is now likely to be given an important position in the Karnataka unit of the Congress party.

"I want youngsters to be given a chance...I am a loyal party worker and I work for the party without any conditions," said Krishna.

The move, that comes before a cabinet reshuffle expected on Sunday morning could also be followed by the exit of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik, who have reportedly offered to resign.

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7.30 am:

Good morning!

SM Krishna's resignation yesterday has kicked off a storm of speculation about who is will replace him. Meanwhile, reports indicate that more ministers are due to resign. The cabinet reshuffle, expected on Monday, is going to be watched closely as it can be taken as a reaction by the UPA to the battering it has taken in the past few weeks.

Meanwhile, the BJP have rallied behind their chief Gadkari even as the RSS has distanced themselves from him - at least publicly. It remains to be seen if the RSS poster boy will be given a second term by the BJP's true masters.

Also watch out for the all the action from the qualifying session of the second Indian GP!

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