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Last Updated: Mon, Oct 08, 2012 14:06 hrs

7.30 pm:

Kejriwal slams BJP over Vadra's 'property'

Activist Arvind Kejriwal today attacked BJP leader Shanta Kumar for asking them to include Priyanka Vadra's property in their fight on DLF-Robert Vadra issue, saying the party-led Himachal Pradesh government has the details and it should make the details public.

Kumar wrote the letter on Sunday, two days after Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan alleged that Vadra has business links with DLF and the realty major was benefited by this.

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7.00 pm:

RGV takes a dig at Karan Johar

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma continues his love-hate relationship with Karan Johar with his tongue-in-cheek comment on the latter's forthcoming film "Student Of The Year" (SOTY).

Varma, who has often made snide comments on Johar's cinema, took to Twitter to share his feedback on the trailers of SOTY, which marks the acting debut of Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra.

"'Student Of The Year' truly, really and honestly looks like it's the best film of Karan Johar and the bestest film of Indian cinema ever. I love the sheer, never-before-seen imagery and the extraordinary originality and even more extraordinary directorial brilliance.

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6.15 pm:

Petrol price cut by Rs 0.56/litre

Petrol price was cut by 56 paise per litre today on the back of appreciation in rupee value against the US dollar.

Petrol will cost Rs 67.90 per litre at Indian Oil Corp's petrol pumps in Delhi with effect from midnight tonight as against Rs 68.46 a litre presently, the company announced today.

Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL), the other two state fuel retailers, are expected to follow suit in cutting rates but price at their pumps would vary by one or two paise.

Petrol in Mumbai will be cut by 71 paise to Rs 74.43 and by 70 paise in Kolkata to Rs 75.44 a litre. In Chennai, it will cost Rs 71.48 per litre as against Rs 72.19 presently.

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5.45 pm:

Kejriwal hits out at BJP on power tariff hike

It was drama outside the office of Delhi's power regulator here today when two groups -- one led by BJP's Vijay Goel and another by Arvind Kejriwal -- assembled there for protest against the power tariff hike.

Goel, who started his protest along with his supporters arrived at around 11 AM, invited Kejriwal to his stage but had to face tough questions from the activist who accused the BJP of not taking up the issue seriously.

As Kejriwal walked into the venue, where India Against Corruption activists were also protesting, Goel and BJP workers invited him to the demonstration.

Kejriwal accepted the invitation but took on BJP accusing it of not making public a DERC order which talked about reducing power tariff earlier.

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SC says PM can decide on Cauvery issue

The Supreme Court Monday clarified that its Sep 28 order directing Karnataka to implement Cauvery River Authority's (CRA) order to release 9,000 cusecs of river water will not come in the way of the prime minister taking a decision on the application seeking review of the order to release water to Tamil Nadu.

The apex court bench of Justice D.K Jain and Justice Madan B. Lokur, while clarifying, said: "Our order of Sep 28 shall not in anyway be an impediment in the way of chairman CRA (Prime Minister) to take decision on review application by the Karnataka government."

The prime minister is the ex-officio chairman of CRA.

However, Justice Jain, pointing to the ongoing protest in Karnataka, told senior counsel Fali Nariman, who is heading Karnataka's legal team on the issue, that "all these agitations don't serve any purpose. Sometimes they may spoil a good case".

4.00 pm:

Growth will pick up, says Chidambaram

India's economic growth and investments will pick up in the second half of the current financial year after slumping to a near nine-year low of 5.5 percent in the April-June quarter, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said Monday.

Chidambaram said investments are likely to pick up in the third and fourth quarter of the current financial year following the recent economic reforms measures announced by the government.

He said domestic as well as foreign investments would help boost economic growth. "Once domestic investments pick up and the foreign investments come in, the situation will improve."

Chidambaram said the government would take all possible steps to improve business sentiments and boost investments. "I am going to do my best to help bring the change," he said.

The finance minister admitted that GDP growth in the current financial year would fall below the budgetary target of 7.6 percent, largely due to adverse global economic climate.

However, he emphasised that India, despite some slowdown, would remain among the fastest growing economies in the world.

3.25 pm:

John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka have won this year's Nobel Prize in medicine

The prize committee at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute said Monday that the two researchers won the award "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent."

The committee says the discovery have "revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop."

The medicine award was the first Nobel Prize to be announced this year. The physics award will be announced Tuesday, followed by chemistry on Wednesday, literature on Thursday and the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.


The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing of a plea by the Karnataka Government on the Cauvery issue to October 12th. The plea was filed asking the SC to stay the release of the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.


Chidambaram rules out probe into Vadra-DLF business deals

Ruling out any probe into business dealings between Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty major DLF, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the government cannot look into private transactions unless there are specific allegations of corruption.

"...unless there is a specific allegation of quid pro quo or corruption, I am afraid private transactions cannot and ought not to be allowed to be questioned on the basis of imputations and insinuations", he said while responding to a question on the Vadra-DLF deals at the Economic Editors' Conference here.

Civil rights activist Arvind Kejriwal had demanded an inquiry into business dealings between Vadra and his companies and real estate giant DLF.

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The body of Varsha Bhosle will be taken to Mumbai's JJ hospital for post mortem. A suicide note has not been found yet.


Reports indicate that the Mumbai police have confirmed that Varsha Bhosle shot herself with a licensed weapon. She reportedly died of a single gun shot wound to the temple. Her body was discovered by servants on a couch in her living room.


Tributes are pouring in on Twitter for Varsha Bhosle, who shot herself to death today. Here are a few:

Ratnakar Sadasyula ‏@ScorpiusMaximus
Hard hitting, no nonsense, acerbic, blunt, that was the style of Varsha Bhonsle's writing, her death would be a loss to the Right.

Rajdeep Sardesai ‏@sardesairajdeep
Lost an old friend in tragic circumstances. Varsha Bhosale. RIP.

richa lakhera ‏@lakhera_richa
worst hell for those left behind to mourn and wonder what they could have done wishing ..if only.. never knowing why .. rip varsha bhonsle

piyush bakshi ‏@piyush_bakshi
have immense respect for varsha bhosle, she was more of a man than many other journalists. true nationalist. d right should imbibe from her.

1.50 pm:

Asha Bhosle's daughter commits suicide

Asha Bhosle's daughter, Varsha Bhosle, shot herself in her mother's home in South Mumbai on Monday. Police confirmed that she was found dead with a single gunshot to the head.

Asha Bhosle is presently in Singapore for an awards ceremony and is heading back.

Further details are awaited.

The 56-year-old had attempted suicide four years earlier by over-dosing on sleeping pills. Varsha was columnist and a free-lance writer as well. She was the second of Asha's three children.

12.35 pm:

Haryana Police told to patrol rural, poorer areas

Under fire for failing to stop rape and growing criminal acts, Haryana Police has told its officers to daily visit villages and slums in four crime-hit districts and win confidence of people living in poorer and crime-prone areas.

Deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) and station house officers (SHOs) have been told to visit at least four to six villages in their areas daily and motivate people to help prevent crime.

DSPs and SHOs in towns and cities too have been ordered to go to five slums every day and connect with the residents.

The communique tells police chiefs to ask DSPs and SHOs to carry out a contact drive in their districts to secure public support to curb crime and gather a record of anti-social elements to keep a tab on them.

The officers will also have to submit their visit reports to the police chiefs every day with details of what they did and whom they met, Mittal said.

12.00 pm:

Apple's Chinese iPhone5 maker on strike?

Apple parts maker Foxconn has denied that about 4,000 workers at its plant in China's Zhengzhou city went on strike Friday. A worker, however, told a state-run Chinese daily that the company has been receiving complaints about the fragile phone shell and they were "reprimanded once every day before getting off from work".

Foxconn said only some 200 workers were "absent intentionally".

New York based China Labor Watch (CLW) released a report Saturday that 3,000 to 4,000 workers went on strike and that production was suspended for a day.

CLW founder Li Qiang told the Global Times that over 300 quality inspectors started the strike in the morning and around 4,000 workers participated in it. The strike ended after company authorities said they would deal with their requests.

CLW said the new rules included demands related to scratches on frames and back covers of the iPhone 5. Foxconn is a major component supplier.

11.35 am:

Hamilton gets himself all in a Twitter with Button

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton triggered a fresh Twitter storm on Monday by wrongly accusing Formula One team mate and compatriot Jenson Button of disrespect by 'unfollowing' him on the social media site.

Hamilton, who is leaving for Mercedes at the end of the season, was beaten by Button in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

The two drivers, both world champions, have seemed to get on well at McLaren where their relationship has been presented as generally harmonious.

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11.05 am:

Karnataka CM meets Krishna over Cauvery issue

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today met Union Minister S M Krishna here today amid demands by Karnataka leaders for a review of Cauvery River Authority's decision asking the state to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.

The interaction assumes significance as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting of political leaders from the state for consultations on the contentious water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu today.

External Affairs Minister Krishna hails from Cauvery River basin district of Mandya.


Today's Highlight in History:

Today is the Columbus Day observance in the United States.
In 1967, former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee died in London at age 84.

In 1970, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Five years ago: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced his country would halve its remaining troop contingent in Iraq in the spring of 2008. (Britain ended up postponing the withdrawal amid a spike in militia violence.) 

One year ago: Scott Anderson became the Presbyterian Church's first openly gay ordained minister during a ceremony at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Today's Birthdays: Actress Sigourney Weaver is 63. Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 42. Actor Nick Cannon is 32. 

Thought for Today: "There is an abiding beauty which may be appreciated by those who will see things as they are and who will ask for no reward except to see." — Vera Brittain, British author (1893-1970).


Chavez re-elected Venezuelan president

Incumbent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won the presidential election with 54.42 percent of the vote, Tibisay Lucena Ramirez, president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced late Sunday.

With 90 percent of the votes counted, Chavez, who will serve a third six-year term starting from January 2013, defeated opposition challenger Henrique Capriles, who represents the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) coalition and gained 44.97 percent of votes.

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Obama close to raising $1 billion in donations

U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is on the cusp of raising a record $1 billion for the 2012 election after posting its strongest fundraising month of the year in September.

The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $181 million last month, falling just shy of the all-time monthly record of $193 million, which was set by the Democrat candidate in September 2008.

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Kudankulam protesters plan siege to sea today

Stepping up their protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), spearheading the stir, would lay siege to the sea at about 500 meters away from the KNPP on Monday.

Fishermen, farmers, traders and volunteers of various political parties from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts would participate in the protest, a PMANE source said on Monday.

Heavy police force has been deployed at various places to prevent any untoward situation, police said.

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West Indies celebrate World T20 triumph in 'Gangnam' style

West Indies celebrated in "Gangnam" style their World Twenty20 triumph at the Premedasa Stadium here Sunday night.

Their celebrations knew no bounds as they broke a 33-year-long wait to lift a World Cup.

It was also West Indies' second International Cricket Council (ICC) title in eight years, having won the Champions Trophy in 2004. West Indies last won a World Cup - 50 overs format - way back in 1979.

Chris Gayle was at the centre of celebrations, dancing to "Gangnam Style".

"Gangnam Style", by South Korean rapper PSY, is a satire of life in Seoul, where people are trendy and hip.

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US embassy issues alert for Americans in Pakistan

The US embassy in Islamabad has issued a threat alert for Americans in Pakistan, especially in the capital, and asked them to keep a low profile.

Xinhua said the embassy drew attention of Americans that the Pakistani interior ministry Sunday issued a general threat alert on possible terrorist attacks in Islamabad.

It said the attacks will be against key government installations in Islamabad's "Red Zone" and on five-star hotels in the city.

"The US embassy in Islamabad advises all US citizens to avoid these areas, remain vigilant, keep a low profile, and continue to exercise caution while in Pakistan," said the message posted on the US embassy website.

It was the second alert message issued to Americans in Pakistan in a month. US citizens were earlier warned of possible attacks during protests against an anti-Islam movie made in the US.

7.30 am:

Good Morning!

With the Cauvery agitation getting serious in Karnataka, the PM is coming down to meet with the leaders of the state. Karnataka is hoping for a direct federal intervention into the issue, a.k.a cessation of the release of water to Tamil Nadu. Although there appears to be little chance of that.

The spar between Kejriwal and Vadra is also getting heated with both vadra and DLF issuing powerful denials.

While Vadra called it an attempt to defame him, DLF asked Kejriwal to actually prove his allegations.

Kejriwal has not offered any proof so far for any of the allegations he made on Friday, but promised a reply to DLF today.

Meanwhile, in the cricketing world, the West Indies swept Lanka aside to take the Twenty20 World cup. The loss seems to have cost the Sri Lankan captain his job.

Meanwhile, in the cricketing world, the West Indies swept Lanka aside to take the Twenty20 World cup. The loss seems to have cost the Sri Lankan captain his job.

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