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Last Updated: Tue, Mar 26, 2013 12:28 hrs

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Lankan players not to play in Chennai matches

The IPL governing council has given into Jayalalithaa's demand, and has decided to keep the Lankan players out of the Chennai matches.

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47 two-wheelers reduced to ashes in fire

At least 47 two-wheelers were gutted in fire at a parking lot in Kothrud area here, police said today.

"At least 47 two-wheelers were reduced to the ashes in fire at the parking lot of Trimurti Heights housing society in Gujarat colony late last night," assistant police inspector Devidas Wanjale said.

The cause of the blaze was yet to be ascertained, he said adding that a nearby shop was also burnt into the inferno.

A case has been filed in this regard, Wanjale said, adding that a probe was on.

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Court directs woman to fulfill conjugal rights

A woman, who had deserted her husband, has been asked by a Delhi court to rejoin him at her matrimonial home on the ground that she has failed to fulfil her "marital obligations".

The court's direction came while granting a decree of restitution of conjugal rights under the Muslim Law in the favour of the husband. The woman, who had earlier filed her reply in the court, stopped contesting the case and was proceeded ex-parte.

"There is no reason to disbelieve the uncontroverted, unrebutted and unchallenged testimony of the plaintiff (husband). He has been deserted by the defendant (wife) on her own without any lawful reason and she has failed to perform her marital obligations.

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Gangrape victim denied admission in schools

In a gangrape case in Meghalaya, the 18-year-old victim has been forced to shift towns and schools to escape harassment. However, in the new town, the survivor was shocked when every school she approached refused her admission, CNN-IBN reported.

The teenager was gangraped in a lane at Williamnagar in Garo Hills on the night of December 13, 2012.

The case is in court and 16 of the accused, both minors and adults, have been arrested. However, the survivor and her family continue to be victimized.

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CCTV captured image of Deepak Bhardwaj's killers

The Delhi police says the CCTV cameras installed at the farmhouse of BSP politician Deepak Bhardwaj have captured footage of the attackers, NDTV reported.

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No Lankans in Chennai IPL matches, writes Jaya to PM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written to the Prime Minister saying that no Lankan players should be part of the IPL matches in Chennai, NDTV reported.

In fact, she also asked the PM to advise BCCI to ensure there are no Sri Lankan umpires or support staff.

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Upset with Zardari, Bilawal leaves Pakistan

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has left for Dubai after a tiff with his father, President Asif Ali Zardari, over the affairs of the Pakistan People's Party, leaving it without its star campaigner for Pakistan's general election.

Bilawal, recently named patron-in-chief of the Pakistan People's Party, developed differences with Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur, over the party's handling of key issues, including militant violence, sectarian attacks against Shias and the award of party tickets for the polls scheduled for May 11.

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Woman shot dead by husband at Delhi metro station

There has been another incident of firing in Delhi with a man opening fire at his wife and father-in-law outside the Karkardooma Metro Station, CNN-IBN reports.

The wife has succumbed to her injuries, while her father has been admitted to a hospital.

The Delhi Police teams have reached the spot and are carrying out preliminary investigations.

A double barrel gun has been recovered from the spot. Reports say the accused, Pawan, is on the run and the police are trying to track him down.

12.45 pm:

Kunda killings: Raja Bhaiya threatening us, alleges murdered village chief's family

Former Uttar Pradesh minister Raja Bhaiya has now been accused of threatening the family of murdered village pradhan Nanhe Yadav, CNN-IBN reported.

The Pratapgarh Pradhan and his brother were killed along with Deputy SP Zia ul Haque on March 2.

The Yadav family claims that they have been threatened to keep silent on the issue by the leader and his aides. This, after one of Raja Bhaiya's close aides, Guddu Singh, who was named by the Pradhan's family members, was arrested.

12.10 pm:

Amritsar woman gangraped in moving car

A young woman has alleged that she was raped by four men in a moving car here on Monday night, said reports.

The alleged attackers raped the victim, who works with a cell phone company, in turns while playing loud music on the car stereo as they drove around the city for four hours, the police said.

The woman in her early twenties was returning home from work when two men forced her into the car near a bus stop, and the two other joined little later, she said in her complaint to the police.

After being raped, the victim alleged that she was thrown out of the car near the city's Cantonment area. She was taken to hospital, where she is reported to be in stable condition.

The police however, said that two of her alleged attackers have been identified and they expect to arrest the accused soon.

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BSP leader shot dead at his south Delhi farmhouse

Deepak Bharadwaj, a man who contested the last Lok Sabha elections on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket, was shot dead this morning at his farmhouse on the Delhi-Gurgaon border, media reports said.

Bharadwaj was a real estate tycoon who had declared assets of Rs. 600 crore, making him the richest candidate in the 2009 elections. He owned businesses in real estate and hotels and also runs schools. He is said to have owned a lot of land in the Rajokri area.

The two persons entered the farmhouse in a car at around 9:15 am on the pretext of booking Bhardwaj's farmhouse for an event. However, the duo had a tiff with the owner and they shot him dead.

Bharadwaj and his associates who were injured were taken to hospital, where the businessman died.

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Jaya Prada to meet Maha guv to seek pardon for Dutt

This evening actor-politician Jaya Prada is expected to meet the Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan to request him to pardon Sanjay Dutt, who was sentenced to five years in prison by the Supreme Court last week in a case linked to the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and more than 700 injured.

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Britain's MI5 spy chief to step down

Britain's MI5 spy chief, who oversaw a safe Olympics and helped transform the Security Service's counter-terrorism operations in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, will step down next month.

Sir Jonathan Evans, appointed director general of the domestic intelligence service less than two years after the July 7 bombings, presided over an expansion anti-terrorism operations. There were no major attacks on his five-year watch.

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Google starts selling Nexus tablet in India

Nexus 7, a tablet that was launched last year in the US, became the first Google device to be sold through the company's virtual store in India on Tuesday. Indian consumers can now pre-order the tablet through Google Play store. The device has been priced at Rs 15,999 and it will ship to consumers on April 5.

9.45 am

5 policemen have been killed in a suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

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Liyaqat arrest: Govt to give rehab policy a relook 

The tiff between the Delhi police and its counterparts in Jammu and Kashmir may nudge the Centre to try and hammer out a coordinated approach on how to deal with militants, including Maoists, who wish to shun violence and join the mainstream, reports The Times of India.

"We need better coordination also because there will be different kinds of rehabilitation," the a top-ranking government functionary told TOI.

9.15 am

Tiger Woods reclaims world number one spot

Woods tied a PGA Tour record on Monday by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time, and this one had some extra significance. It returned him to the top of the world ranking for the first time since the final week of October 2010, the longest spell of his career.

Woods never let anyone closer than two shots in the final round at Bay Hill that was delayed one day by storms. With a conservative bogey he could afford on the last hole, he closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot win over Justin Rose.

Next up is the Masters, where Woods will try to end his five-year drought in the majors.

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Jaya Prada to meet Maharashtra Governor to seek pardon for Sanjay Dutt

NDTV: On Tuesday evening, actor-politician Jaya Prada is scheduled to meet the Governor of Maharashtra, K Sankaranarayanan, to request him to pardon Mr Dutt, who was sentenced to five years in prison by the Supreme Court last week in a case linked to the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and more than 700 injured.

Mr Dutt was convicted by the Supreme Court for illegally possessing weapons including an AK-56 assault rifle which he got from men who planned and executed the terror attack.

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Amitabh Bachchan appeals for 'dry Holi' as Maharashtra grapples with worst drought

NDTV: As Maharashtra faces its worst drought since 1972, calls for a 'dry holi' are growing. A fervent appeal came today from none other than superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The actor tweeted, "Water shortage in Maharashtra...And it's only March. What will happen in Summer? Save Water! Play a dry Holi!!"

Apart from the actor, politicians and citizens are also trying to create more awareness. Even businesses are promoting the idea of conserving water. Tohfa India, an online portal selling Holi merchandise has pulled off water consuming products from its shelves. Sudhir Mishra from Tohfa India says, "We have launched products that use a minimal amount of water and we are getting good support from customers. They are promoting this cause and they are equally worried and thoughtful about supporting people in Maharashtra through minimum use of water."

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Ruckus in Delhi Assembly over Liyaqat's arrest

Delhi Assembly on Monday witnessed uproarious scenes over arrest of Liyaqat Ali Shah, who Delhi Police claimed was a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist.

While BJP leader VK Malhotra welcomed arrest of Shah, RJD MLA from Okhla Asif Mohammed Khan slammed it and questioned Delhi Police's role on the issue.

Almost all the BJP legislators protested Khan's comment against police and warned him not to "play politics" on the issue.

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French regret 'inadvertent' killing of two Indians in Africa

French President Francois Hollande has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing regret over the "inadvertent" killing of two Indians in the Central African Republic, where a rebel leader seized power during the weekend.

Six other Indians were injured in the hostilities in the country's capital Bangui, where the French have stationed some 250 soldiers. Hollande said it was a case of mistaken identity when his troops tried to defend their country's national numbering some 1,200 people, most of them in the capital.

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