Live: Facebook post sparks communal tension in Nainital

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 01, 2014 10:54 hrs

4.25 pm:

Muzaffarnagar riots: 248 people chargesheeted by SIT

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the Muzaffarnagar riot cases has so far filed chargesheet against248 people in connection with the 48 different cases, SIT sources said.

The court has issued non bailable warrants against 410 absconding accused and initiated attachment proceedings against 222 accused under provision 82 crpc. During investigation names of 631 people were found falsely implicated. SIT has also filed final report in court against 102 people due to lack of evidences against them.

3.52 pm:

Facebook post sparks communal tension in Nainital

Communal tension broke out in Nainital district's Ramnagar town after pictures hurtingreligious sentiments of a particular community were uploaded on a social networking site, a senior police official said.

Pictures with objectionable content were uploaded by a youth on Facebook, triggering tension Friday night in Ramnagar as the members of one community gathered outside the Kotwali and hurled stones at the police station, Additional DG Ram Singh Meena said.

Light clashes between members of two separate communities were also reported in the Ramnagar-Shivlalpur areas, he said.

3.11 pm:

Bombs kill 11 Pakistan police guarding polio teams

Two bombs minutes apart struck tribal police assigned to guard polio workers in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing 11, police said.

Police official Nawabzada Khan said no one was killed, but six officers were wounded, when the first bomb struck an escort vehicle in the Lashora village of Jamrud tribal region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Khan said minutes later, another roadside bomb struck a convoy of tribal police officers dispatched there to transport victims of the first attack, killing 11 officers and wounding six. He said gunmen also opened fire on officers, triggering a shootout that was still going on.

A government administrator Nasir Khan said they had launched a massive hunt in effort to trace and arrest the attackers. He confirmed 11 deaths and 12 injuries.

2.47 pm:

US court permits Sikh group to summon Manmohan Singh

A US federal judge in Washington has granted a Sikh rights group's plea to serve summons on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India in a case of alleged violation of human rights during his tenure.

The 1965 Hague Service Convention allows the process of judicial documents from one signatory state to another without the use of consular and diplomatic channels.

A Washington federal court had issued summons against Manmohan Singh during his September 2013 visit to Washington on a plea by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) accusing him of "funding crimes against humanity perpetrated upon the Sikh community in India".

In response to SFJ's plea for extension of time to serve summons on Manmohan Singh in India, judge James E. Boasberg Friday ordered that "plaintiffs shall by April 14, 2014, either file proof of service or file a status report updating the Court on their progress in effecting servicea".

SFJ had filed a motion with the court requesting extension of time.

In support of its motion, SFJ submitted a copy of the engagement letter retaining Process Forwarding Internationala (PFI), a Washington-based firm to serve summons on Manmohan Singh in India as per Hague Service Convention.

1.53 pm:

Three Maoist women arrested in Odisha

Police have arrested three Maoist women from a camp in Odisha's Gajapati District, and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from them.

During a combing operation, police raided a Maoist camp in a forest near Mohana about 300 km away from Bhubaneswar, after which rebels belonging to a breakaway Maoist group called the Odisha Maobadi Party, which is led by Sabyasachi Panda, were detained.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Southern Range) Amitabh Thakur confirmed the arrest, and also informed mediapersons about the arms and ammunition recovered from the Maoist camp.

Thakur also provided information absconding Maoist rebel Sabyasachi Panda.

Local media reports said that an AK-47, two INSAS, four SLRs, three 9mm and two 2mm pistols, one 'tiffin bomb', 13 magazines and cash worth Rs 10.5 lakh were seized from the possession of the arrested Maoists.

Thakur said: "Sabyasachi Panda had suffered an injury when a bullet pierced through his right thigh. And, our security personnel have further informed us that Panda with maximum two-three others has gone into hiding and they are on a lookout. We are hopeful that within the next two-three days, we will be able to apprehend him."

1.17 pm:

Not associated with cultural show in Lanka: Star Vijay

Popular Tamil TV channel 'Star Vijay' on Saturday denied reports that it was associated with a cultural show in Sri Lanka, saying they were "contrary to facts."

"There is no connection to the cultural event being held in Sri Lanka on March 1 and 2 and Vijay TV. Further, Vijay TV has not held any shows in Sri Lanka," it said in a statement.

The entertainment channel's statement came in response to opposition from a Tamil filmmaker Gauthaman, who had alleged that the event by the TV channel had been planned at the behest of the Sri Lankan government.

The channel said it has understanding of Tamil sentiments and reports of it conducting an event in the neighbouring country were "contrary to facts."

12.55 pm:

Nine found buried in Lanka's garden mass grave

A family in Sri Lankan family has found remains of nine bodies buried in their garden, the AFP reported on Saturday.

It suggested that the dead could be victims of the Sri Lankan civil war involving the the Tamil tigers.

“The family made the grisly find on Friday while clearing out their garden in the town of Puthukkudiririppu in the northern district of Mullaittivu…” the report said.

The latest grave comes after officials found a mass grave which had close to 80 dead buried.

The Sri Lanka government is already facing the ire of the international community which has raised a chorus for an inspection into the alleged war crimes committed by the Mahinda Rajapaksha regime in the 2008-09 bloody conflict.

12.10 pm:

Centre moves Supreme Court on mercy petitions

The Central Government on Saturday moved the Supreme Court asking it to review its January 21 order that said delay in deciding mercy petitions would commute death sentence to life imprisonment.

Considered a landmark judgment by activists against death penalty, the decision saw the death sentences of the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi commuted to life, much to the ire of the Congress-led UPA government.

11.40 pm:

Doctors attack UP legislator

Doctors at a government hospital attacked a Samajwadi Party legislator in Kanpur after which clashes erupted between the doctors and the lawmaker's supporters, police said.

The melee began late Friday after some problems faced by a patient were brought to legislator Irfan Solanki's notice.

When Solanki directed the doctors to act, they first attacked his gunner and then beat him up.

Solanki suffered head injuries and was whisked away by his staff. Soon, his supporters blocked the road outside the Lala Lajpat Rai hospital.

Police cane-charged the doctors, many cars were damaged and several rounds were fired from hostel roof tops, police said.

A battery of mediapersons were also beaten up.

11.05 am:

Ex Army chief VK Singh to join BJP today

Former Army chief General VK Singh will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday.

"He will march from Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate to BJP headquarters in Delhi where he will be formally joining the party," reported CNN-IBN. "Over a 100 former Army and Air Force officers are expected to be a part of VK Singh's march," said the news channel.

Singh will also reportedly contest the Lok Sabha elections.

10.43 am:

Jailed Nigerian man claims he had sex with a goat after seeking its 'permission'

A man reportedly had sex with a goat multiple times and claims that he first sought its permission. Malam Kamisu Baranda, from a village near Dutse, has stunned the police in Nigeria by his claims, the Daily Star in London reported.

The 20-year-old told Jigawa State Police officials that it was his goat and he shouldn't be charged as he had asked the goat the permission to have sex with it. Baranda, who was given two week prison sentence, added that animals "satisfied his demands" and he has taken other animals into bushes to avoid any embarrassment.

10.10 am:

Kejriwal hits campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh, slams all 'corrupt' politicians

With an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal hit the campaign trail raising his pet agenda, corruption. Kejriwal is expected to address people in Kanpur which the AAP says was the 'centre' of the Coalgate scam.

Draped in his trademark blue sweater and muffler, Kejriwal, atop a hoodless Mahindra jeep was seen campaigning for his party.

9.40 am:

Top US diplomat to visit India next week

A top Obama administration diplomat is travelling to India next week to hold talks with Indian officials in New Delhi, and the private and corporate sector in Bangalore.

"The breadth and quality of our strategic partnership with India attests to the underlying strength and salience of our relations," said Indian-origin US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal in advance of her visit to Bangalore and New Delhi from March 4 to 6.

During her visit Biswal will seek to further broaden and deepen the US-India relationship, which President Barack Obama has called "one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century".

On March 4, Biswal will meet with government and business leaders in Bangalore to discuss India-US joint efforts to foster innovation, increase high-tech and engineering engagement, and strengthen bilateral economic ties.

8.35 am:

Anti-government protests continue in Venezuela

Scattered barricades blocked streets and protesters battled police in some Caracas neighborhoods on Friday even while life went on as usual in others as a political standoff persisted through the second day of national holidays.

In spite of the long weekend heading into three days of Carnaval, student-led demonstrations have so far maintained a street presence, not just in the capital, but also in cities including Valencia, Merida and San Cristobal.

In that context, President Nicolas Maduro forged ahead with a new round of televised peace meetings Friday. He announced his intention to establish similar conferences in all states. Absent were members of the opposition, who refuse to open a dialogue until Maduro releases protesters from jail and stops harsh crackdowns on protests.

"I believe the country would win if we see each other face to face and talk," Maduro said. He also announced that national guardsman Giovanny Jose Hernandez Pantoja died Friday after being shot in the eye while he and others removed debris from a street in Valencia.

8.06 am:

Syrian troops kill 55 rebels

The Syrian troops on Friday killed 55 armed rebels in separate operations across the country, the state media said. The army gunned down 20 rebels in an ambush in the eastern al-Ghouta suburb of Damascus, a couple of days after killing 175 others who were attempting to sneak into Damascus.

The army also eliminated 25 rebels in Douma and four in Jobar, both eastern suburbs of Damascus, and six rebels in Deir Attieh town in the north. Earlier in the day, the Syrian authorities set free 60 armed men in the central province of Homs after they pledged not to undertake acts that could harm the country and its security.

The three-year-old Syrian conflict has left more than 100,000 people dead as well as 9.3 million people within Syria and more than 2 million others outside the country in bad need of humanitarian assistance.

7.30 am:

Fliers to fill up new immigration form from today

Passengers flying into India will have to fill up a new immigration form from today to declare Indian currency exceeding Rs 10,000 being brought by them, among others.

The 'Indian Customs Declaration Form' carries additional fields for declaration of dutiable goods and baggage (including hand baggage) in a separate column for passengers entering into India, said the new rules notified by the Finance Ministry.

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