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Live: 15 kg can bomb recovered in Bihar

Source : AGENCIES
Last Updated: Wed, Jun 26, 2013 14:37 hrs

7. 46 pm

RS polls: Kanimozhi 'thanks' Congress

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi on Wednesday visited the Congress office here to thank the party leaders for supporting her candidature in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls from Tamil Nadu.

She presented shawls to Congress leaders.

Speaking to reporters, Kanimozhi said: "I came here to thank the Congress for their support."



4.38 pm:

Delhi gang rape case: Juvenile claims innocence

The juvenile accused in the December 16 gang rape and murder of 23-year-old paramedic today denied all the charges against him, claiming that he was not a participant in the horrendous crime.

Pleading innocence before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) presided by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel, the youth refuted the police version in the charge sheet of him being the "most brutal" of all the six accused persons.

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4.00 pm:

15 kg can bomb recovered in Bihar

PTI: Police today recovered a powerful can bomb from a Maoist-affected area under Chhatarbandha additional police station in Bihar's Gaya district.

Acting on a tip off, police dug out the 15-kg can bomb from the forest area hit by Maoist activities, Senior Superintendent of Police Ganesh Kumar said.

The bomb disposal squad has been called to defuse the explosive, he said.


3.33 pm:

AP: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard ousted by predecessor Kevin Rudd in 57-45 party vote.

3.22 pm:

Reuters: Rupee extends fall, currently trading at 60.5 versus the dollar

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3.12 pm:

PTI: SC issues notices to West Bengal government and Centre on plea of state election commission for deployment of adequate security forces for panchayat polls.

2.50 pm:

"Congress thinks Rahul Gandhi is a 'Super VIP': Naqvi

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday alleged that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi went to Uttarakhand for a "photo-op", and not to provide relief or help people in the rain-battered state.

"Congress thinks Rahul Gandhi is a 'Super VIP'," said Naqvi.

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2.10 pm:

Govt goes after porn, makes ISPs ban sites

TOI: The government has decided to put a blanket ban on several websites that allow users to share pornographic content.

In an order dated June 13, department of telecom (DoT) has directed internet service providers (ISPs) to block 39 websites. Most of them are web forums, where internet users share images and URLs to download pornographic files. But some of these websites are also image hosts and file hosts, mostly used to store and share files that are non-pornographic.

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2.01 pm:

Tourism ministry announces Rs 100 crore relief package for Uttarakhand

Union Minister of Tourism K. Chiranjeevi today sanctioned a special financial package of Rs. 100 crore relief package for Uttarakhand that has recently witnessed an unprecedented natural calamity causing colossal damage to both life and infrastructure in the state.

As an exceptional case, Chiranjeevi announced today a special package for restoration and reconstruction of the affected government tourist facilities.

This will be above the Rs 95 crore of sanctioned central financial assistance given for developing tourism infrastructure this year.

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1.25 pm:

200 still stranded in Kinnaur as bad weather hits rescue ops

Over 200 people remained stranded in rain-ravaged Kinnaur district for the past ten days as rescue operations were today hampered and IAF and state choppers could not take off due to bad weather.

Choppers were positioned at Rampur, Rekong Peo to make sorties to Pooh, Nako, Gaybang and other places but weather conditions were not conducive due to rain and fog, officials here said.

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12.25 pm:

Epidemic fear in Uttarakhand may turn real

TOI: The fear of an epidemic outbreak in flood-ravaged areas of Uttarakhand may be turning into reality as hundreds of people from local villages reported to medical camps set up by the forces complaining of fever, diarrhoea and vomiting. At least 128 people reported high temperature and gastro-intestinal infections in Ramnagar — a tiny village near Guptkashi in Kedarnath valley — through Monday and Tuesday. Three ITBP men engaged in rescue work in Kedarnath have also reported sick.

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12.00 pm:

South African archbishop prays for Mandela

AP: A South African archbishop who visited Nelson Mandela in a hospital has offered a prayer in which he wishes for a "peaceful, perfect, end" for the former president and anti-apartheid leader.

Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, posted the prayer on Facebook on Tuesday night after visiting the 94-year-old Mandela, who is critically ill.

In the prayer, Makgoba asks for courage to be granted to Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, and others who love him "at this hard time of watching and waiting."

The archbishop says: "Grant him, we pray, a quiet night and a peaceful, perfect, end."

He also appeals for divine guidance for the doctors treating Mandela, who was taken to a hospital in Pretoria on June 8 with what the government described as a lung infection.


11.15 am:

US woman, roommate allegedly raped by landlord during power cut in South Delhi

IE: A 36-year-old US national has alleged that she and her roommate, a Russian woman, were sexually assaulted by their 35-year-old landlord in South Delhi's Shahpur Jat area on Monday morning. The landlord, who runs a travel business, has been arrested.

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11.00 am:

Rajnath to flag off relief material for Uttarakhand from Lucknow

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh will flag off a consignment of relief material, collected by the party's state unit for Uttarakhand flood victims, here Wednesday, BJP leaders said.

Rajnath Singh, who is arriving here on a two-day visit Wednesday for the first time after taking over as BJP chief earlier this year, will be greeted at the party headquarters. However, his welcome will be a low-key affair in view of the tragedy in Uttarakhand, party's office-bearers told IANS.


10.30 am:

Britain keen to improve security cooperation with India

Britain is keen to improve cooperation with India and other Asian countries in the fields of security and intelligence, a senior UK minister has said. 

"We are keen on improving international cooperation with India and other Asian countries in the fields of security and intelligence," James Brokenshire, the minister for Security at the British Home Office, has said. 

10.00 am:

Chinese astronauts complete space mission, return to Earth

Rediff: Three Chinese astronauts safely returned to Earth today after a 15-day trip - the longest in country's history -- to a proposed space lab set to be ready by 2020, marking the latest success for China's manned space programme. 

The Shenzhou-10 spacecraft made a safe landing in Gobi desert in inner Magnolia this morning after about 15 minutes re-entry process shown live on the state television.

9.30 am:

Microsoft to unveil latest Windows adjustments

Microsoft is giving people a peek into Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company's flagship operating system.

Although the preview version of Windows 8.1 is meant for Microsoft's partners and other technology developers, anyone will be able to download it for free starting Wednesday, exactly eight months since desktops, laptops and tablets with Windows 8 went on sale. The version of the Windows 8.1 update meant for the general public will come out later in the year, though a specific date hasn't been announced.


9.03 am:

Sniper responsible for 700 shootings held in Germany

A 57-year-old truck driver in Germany has confessed he is the mysterious "expressway sniper" responsible for shooting at at least 762 other road users, police said.

The Federal Criminal Police (or BKA) said the suspect, known as Michael K, worked as a truck driver in Eifel region in southwest Germany, Xinhua reported.

He was allegedly involved in "weird serial shootings" while driving his truck since 2008, which caused panic on roads across Germany, police said.

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8.32 am:

Brazil protests back despite proposed reforms

Protesters returned to the streets in smaller, sporadic protests in a handful of Brazilian cities Tuesday, demanding better education, transport and health services.

The protests came one day after President Dilma Rousseff proposed a wide range of actions to reform Brazil's political system.

Protesters left a slum in Rio and peacefully marched toward a rich beach neighborhood. In Sao Paulo, some groups blocked major highways while others marched earlier in the day in impoverished neighborhoods. About 1,000 people in Niteroi marched and other demonstrations took place in five other states.

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8.00 am:


Assad approves law to penalise illegal entry

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has approved a law that would penalise illegal entrants to Syria to several years of imprisonment, state-run SANA news agency reported.

Whoever enters Syria illegally will be either imprisoned from one to five years or fined by five to 10 million Syrian pounds (around $25,000 to $50,000), the report said.

The law was approved just a day after the Syrian parliament approved a draft law that toughened the penalty to life imprisonment against illegal recruitment of minors in the current civil war in Syria. The penalty could reach execution if any of the children die, Xinhua cited the report as saying.

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7.30 am:

On Wednesday, Manmohan Singh and Gandhi will inaugurate the 10.96 km long railway tunnel built at a cost of Rs.1,300 crores to link the Kashmir Valley with Jammu region.

The tunnel will provide an all weather surface link between the landlocked valley and the rest of the country as the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu highway often gets shut because of snowfall.

Meanwhile, all pedestrian and vehicular movement on the Boulevard Road in Srinagar was halted because of the VVIP visit.

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