CBI begins probe in coal blocks allocations since 1993
The CBI on Thursday filed a preliminary enquiry into the allocation of coal blocks since 1993, officials said.
"The preliminary enquiry is against unknown public servants and certain private firms," sources in the CBI said.
Hina's husband says rumours aimed at maligning wife
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar's husband Feroz Gulzar has rubbished rumours about differences in their relationship, saying the rumours are part of a campaign to malign his wife.
Gulzar, an industrialist from Punjab province, was quoted by Geo News
channel on Thursday as saying that the campaign to malign his wife was "rubbish" and that it does not merit comment.
He further said there was "no premise for such trash" and that he would not offer any comment on "social media gossip".
Delhi court orders FIR against Raj Thackeray for hate speech
A Delhi court on Thursday asked the city police to lodge an FIR against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for allegedly describing migrants from Bihar as "infiltrators" in Mumbai. At a speech on August 31, Mr Thackeray threatened to force them out of Maharashtra.
The court's decision was in response to a private complaint that said Mr Thackeray's speech was provocative and anti-national and violates the constitutional right for citizens to live in any part of the country.
Four rhinos killed in KNP, Assam asks for CBI inquiry
Four rhinoceros have been brutally killed by poachers in flood-hit Kaziranga National Park (KNP) since Tuesday, including one today, prompting an alarmed Assam government to ask for a CBI inquiry into it and post army in the fringe areas.
Terming as "shocking" the killings of the endangered animal as, Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan ordered a probe by a team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) officials and sought a report within a week.
"I am shocked.... Unscrupulous poachers have exploited the situation of natural disaster (floods) and attacked helpless animals which were seeking shelter. I have ordered a probe by a team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) officials," she said.
Netanyahu brings fears about Iran to UN
His demand that President Barack Obama declare "red lines" that would trigger an American attack on Iran's nuclear facilities has been rejected in Washington and sparked a public rift between the two leaders.
Netanyahu claims international diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions have failed. His time at the U.N. podium gives him an opportunity in front of the international community to press his case once again, perhaps in a final plea before Israel takes matters into its own hands. Israeli leaders have issued a series of warnings in recent weeks suggesting that if Iran's uranium enrichment program continues it may soon stage a unilateral military strike, flouting even American wishes.Read More
President asks Kashmiri youth to take lead in forging India's future
'I would also like to take this opportunity, while I am among the bright young people here today, to highlight the relevance and the urgent need for greater tolerance in our society. No problems are ever resolved by violence. It only aggravates the pain and the hurt on every side. The healing process must be nurtured with love, compassion and patience,' said President Mukherjee in his speech at the 18th convocation of the University of Kashmir here.
Pattinson, Stewart move in together. Again.
A public confession of cheating. A lot of heartbreak, followed by slamming of doors and moving out of houses.
Unanswered calls, ignored texts, more public tears and more apologies. But to no avail.
Or so we thought.
For all of us who had written out the ending of the Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart love story, there is bad news!
Reports have it that the two lovers have reconciled and have even moved back in with each other.
WHAT, you may ask. Well, RPatz just could not live without KStew: he just loved her so much, you see.
So despite her having cheated on him with the Snow White and the Huntsman
director Rupert Sanders, Robert has taken her back.
And we assume she has even agreed to marry him, because that was a precondition to him forgiving her.
So now it's white gowns, honeymoons and happily ever afters. Until Kristen's wandering eye gets the better of her again.
The protests against the film, innocence of Muslims
took yet another ugly turn today when a rally allegedly turned violent in Kolkata.
The protestors reportedly clashed with the city police, who had set up barricades before the American Centre.
AC train fares to increase by more than 3% from October 1
Fares of AC first class, executive class, AC-2 tier, AC-3 tier, AC chair car will go up by 3.7% from October 1 and a notification to this effect will be issued on Thursday, a senior railway ministry official said.
The decision for levying service tax on AC classes and freight and auxiliary services was taken on Wednesday at a meeting between railway minister CP Joshi and finance minister P Chidambaram.
Sandeep Patil is the new chief selector
It's official. West Zone's Sandeep Patil, a dashing batsman who played 29 Tests and made 1588 runs, (and not Roger Binny) is the new chairman of the national cricket selection committee. He will replace the outgoing Krish Srikkanth.
Roger Binny (South Zone), Saba Karim (East), Vikram Rathore (North) and Rajinder Singh Hans (Central) are the other members of the new selection committee.
Mohinder Amarnath, as we had reported earlier, has been sacked from the committee.
Former Indian keeper Chandrakant Pandit has been named chairman of junior selection committee.
The five wise men are going to be paid even better for their 'selectorial deliberations' from now on. 1440 IST
The annual remuneration of senior selection committee members has been raised from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 60 lakh, while those in the junior selection committee have seen their salaries hiked from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.
SC restricts auction order to Telecom spectrum only
Following the order by the Supreme Court to auction Telecom spectrum, the Govt had filed a motion with the court seeking a clarification if its order to auction was applicable to all natural resources.
The Supreme Court clarified its decision by stating that the decision was applicable only for Telecom spectrum. The SC said that the choice to hold an auction was an economic choice, not a constitutional mandate.
UPA allies target PM on fuel price hike
The Congress's key allies such as the DMK and NCP have demanded for an increase in the LPG cylinder cap and a partial roll back of the diesel price hike during the UPA coordination committee meeting. The Prime Minister and the Finance Minister are said have stood firm by these decisions.
Not Binny, but Sandeep Patil?
There are new reports of Sandeep Patil being the front-runner to replace Krish Srikkanth as the new chief selector.
perils of breaking news live. Patil or Binny, we will confirm as soon as we have the news.
The BCCI does indeed work in strange ways its wonders to perform.
Binny likely to be new chairman of selectors
The South Zone's Roger Binny is likely to be named the new Chairman of the BCCI's Selection Committee. He will replace the outgoing Krish Srikkanth.
This after veteran cricketer Mohinder Amarnath was dropped as selector. Amarnath had reportedly wanted Virender Sehwag to replace MS Dhoni as skipper after Team India's whitewashes at the hands of England and Australia.
The 62-year-old hero of India's famous 1983 World Cup win has always had a difficult relationship with the BCCI and on one famous occasion during his playing days dismissed the selection committee as a 'bunch of jokers'.
Well, he at least won't be a joker anymore.