Live: UP village mourns army martyr

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 09, 2013 14:13 hrs

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UP village mourns army martyr

A pall of gloom descended on a village in Mathura Wednesday as the family of Lance Naik Hemraj, who was killed by Pakistani troops near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district Tuesday, braced itself to receive his mortal remains.

The body of the slain martyr was likely to reach his native village Shernagar, some 60 km from the district headquarters town of Mathura, by late evening.

Lance Naik Hemraj was with the 13th battalion of the Rajputana Rifles. He is survived by his aged mother, wife and three children, an official told IANS.

Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Mathura Anil Mishra told IANS that there was overwhelming grief and palpable anger in the village after the army headquarters in New Delhi informed the family of Lance Naik Hemraj's death.

Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh were killed Tuesday by Pakistan Army soldiers who had intruded across the LoC. Their mutilated bodies were later found by their fellow-soldiers on patrol.

Village head Dharm Singh said the slain soldier had visited his family around three months back to celebrate Diwali with his family.

Remembering him as a brave man, Dharm Singh said that besides financially supporting the family of the soldier the government should also bestow on him Ashok Chakra, the highest peace time award for valour.

6.30 pm:

Case filed against Asaram Bapu for Delhi gang-rape comments

Days after Asharam Bapu triggered a controversy by commenting against the Delhi gangrape victim, a case has been filed against the spiritual leader in a local court in Bihar for his remarks, media reports said on Wednesday.

According to reports, the court has taken cognisance of it.

Advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed the case against the spiritual leader in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) SP Singh.

He filed the case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), reports said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi gangrape victim's father has criticised Bapu for his comments against his daughter and said the spiritual leader should be 'ashamed' for his remarks.

The victim's father told Headlines Today: "How can he say what he did? He should be ashamed."

"He would know if he had a daughter. Would he tell her to resign herself or beg to hooligans! Being a godman he is spewing venom. People should stone him," he said.

5.50 pm:

Hina Rabbani Khar 'appalled' at Indian statements

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar says she is "a bit appalled" at the statements coming in from India.

She added that an internal investigation had established that the Pakistan was not responsible.

"We don't know what else to say. We have completed our investigation. If India doesnt believe in it, we are willing to accept 3rd party enquiry," she was quoted as saying.

5.20 pm:

Soldiers beheaded after being shot, says Indian Army

The Indian Army said Wednesday that two of its soldiers were first shot dead by Pakistani troops and then beheaded, and one of the heads had not been found.

"The head of one of the soldiers is yet to be recovered," said Brigadier J.K. Tiwari, deputy general officer commanding (GOC) of the 25 Division headquartered in Rajouri, 180 km from here.

He identified the dead soldiers as Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Lance Naik Hemraj.

4.30 pm:

Bodies of jawans being brought to Delhi

The bodies of two jawans who were brutally killed by Pakistan troops were being flown to Delhi.

Wrapped in the tri-colour, the bodies of Lance Naik Hemraj (29) and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh (28), who laid down their lives while fighting Pakistani troop during a raid by 29 Baloch Regiment, were brought to Rajouri from the forward post in Poonch district today.

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4.00 pm:

Jharkhand Governor recommends President's rule

Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed is understood to have recommended President's rule in the state by keeping the Assembly under suspended animation.

The recommendation was made in his report to the Centre on the political situation in the wake of the resignation of Chief Minister Arjun Munda who also sought dissolution of the Assembly after JMM withdrew support to his Government, sources said.

3.15 pm

Railways to increase fares 21 January.

The second class ordinary suburban fare will be increased by 2 paise per km and second class ordinary non-surburban fare will be up by 3 paise per km.

Fares of the second class mail express trains will be up by 4 paise, sleeper class by 6 paise, AC chair 10 paise, AC first class 13 paise and III tier AC 20 paise per kilometre.

II tier AC fare to be hiked by 36 paise per kilometer.

Railways hike fares to maintain safety, cleanliness, said Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Railways is looking to raise Rs 12,000 cr with the fare hike.

This will be the first fare hike by Indian Railways in the last 10 years.

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We didn't do it, says Pakistan

Pakistan today rejected Indian army allegations that it had fired across the LoC and killed Indian soldiers.

Pakistan has carried out ground verification and completed its investigation, said foreign minister 
Hina Rabbani Khar.

She said Pakistan is ready for a third party investigation to verify that they are not involved in the deaths of the Indian soldiers.

2.20 pm:

Delhi rape: Victim's family favours open court hearing

The family of the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim on Wednesday favoured open court hearing in the case and said this would enable information to reach the people.

They would otherwise not come to know of the developments and this might weaken the people's anger, and the agitation going on against the rape and demands for a strict anti-rape law, her family said.

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1.40 pm:

India asks Pak to probe LoC killings

During the meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner, India asked Pakistan to probe the LoC ceasefire violations in which two jawans were killed, and ensure that such barbaric acts do not recur. According to TV reports, India has identified Pak's 29 Baloch Regiment to have led the attack.

However, top Pak Army officials have denied that the attack on Indian troops ever took place.

1.20 pm:

Pak High Commissioner's meet with foreign ministry ends, India lodges strong protest

Pakistani High Commissioner Salman Bashir has left after his meeting with Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai. However, there's still no confirmation on what the Indian government has told the official. But sources, according to TV reports, have confirmed that the Ministry of External Affairs has lodged a strong protest.

12.50 pm:

Delhi rape: Order on in-camera proceedings, media gag, upheld

The Delhi court has upheld the magistrate's order for in-camera proceedings in the December 16 gangrape case. The court also restrained the media from reporting on the case.

12.30 pm:

Owaisi supporters attack media vans in Adilabad

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi's alleged supporters on Wednesday attacked media vans in Adilabad after Owaisi was arrested and sent to 14-day judicial custody.

According to television reports, MIM supporters attacked media vans in Adilabad, where a shutdown is being observed on Wednesday.

The MIM had called for a shutdown in Adilabad and Nizamabad districts in Andhra Pradesh following the arrest of Akbaruddin Owaisi on Tuesday.

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12.00 pm:

Pak High Commissioner Salman Bashir meets foreign ministry officials

Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir is already at the Ministry of External Affairs for a meeting. He is set to meet the Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai shortly over the brutal killing of Indian soldiers.

Bashir was summoned earlier during the day by the Indian government to lodge a strong protest over the Pakistani Army's ceasefire violation.

11.20 am:

Gruesome killing is a warning to India: Jaitley

The BJP said that the ceasefire violation and the gruesome killing by the Pakistan Army is a warning to India.

Arun Jaitley said that the Indian government must now be very careful in the manner in which it deals with Pakistan.

"The government of India must be firm in dealing with Pakistan. It must clearly define the dos and donts, particularly the redlines, this is a warning as far as India is concerned," he was quoted as saying in several media reports.

The BJP leader stressed that we must go on a fact-finding mission - learn the names of the soldiers who carried out the attack, who authorized it - to name and shame Pakistan before the international community.

10.50 am:

AK Antony condemns 'highly provocative, inhuman act' by Pakistan

Pakistan Army's action in J & K was highly provocative, the way dead bodies of the Indian soldiers were treated was highly inhuman, said Defence Minister A K Antony.

He went to say that India will convey its protest against the attack to Pakistan government, and the Director General of Military Operations will take up the matter with his Pak counterpart.

Both soldiers killed in the attack had their throats slit, while one of them had been beheaded.

10.20 am:

Pak envoy summoned over LoC ceasefire violation

The Ministry of External Affairs has summoned the Pakistan Envoy over the ambush of the two Indian soldiers in Poonch on Tuesday. Latest TV reports say that India is set to protest the ceasefire violation by the Pakistani Army troops.

10.00 am:

Obama mulls removing all troops in Afghanistan after 2014

White House officials have said that the Obama administration is considering removing all U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission officially finishes at the end of 2014.

White House's deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes made the comments as the Obama administration is mulling over how many troops to leave behind in Afghanistan after the withdrawal.

9.00 am:

Moderate earthquake rocks North-east

An earthquake of moderate intensity shook Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur at 7.15 AM today.

The earthquake measured 5.9 on the Richter Scale and lasted for a couple of seconds, Meteorological sources said.

The epicentre of the quake was located on the Indo-Myanmar border.

There were no reports of any damage so far.

8.40 am:

MIM MLA Owaisi sent to 14 day judicial custody

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, facing multiple cases for his alleged "hate speech", was today remanded to 14 day judicial custody by a magistrate in Nirmal town of Adilabad district.

Akbaruddin was reportedly questioned and produced before the magistrate at 5:30, after which he was sent to judicial custody.

The Magistrate also asked the police to produce the MLA before the court later today at 10:30 am.

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8.10 am:

More anti-Muslim ads go up in NYC subways

The group that equated Muslim radicals with savages in advertisements last year has put up another set of provocative ads in dozens of New York City subway stations.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative purchased space next to 228 clocks in 39 stations for ads with an image of the burning World Trade Center and a quote attributed to the Quran saying: "Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the ads went up Monday and will run for a month.

The same group paid for ads to be displayed in 10 stations in September. Those ads implied enemies of Israel are "savages."

The MTA also sold space last year to competing advertisements that urged tolerance.

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Amidst high drama, MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is facing multiple cases for his alleged " hate speech", was on Tuesday arrested after medical tests in a government hospital here a day after his arrival from London.

On his part, Owaisi had filed a writ petition in the A.P. High Court seeking a direction to the State government and the Director General of Police not to register any further FIRs and quash the case registered with Osmania University police station.

The writ petition is likely to come up for hearing before a single judge on Wednesday.

Owaisi claimed that there was no ill-will, grudge or any other negative sentiment against any community at any point of time.

He termed filing of cases as strategic and aimed at proliferating criminal proceedings against him and harassing him with repetitive investigations.

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