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Vadra needs to answer: Kejriwal

"We are not passing a judgement. We have put certain facts in the public domain. Why doesn't he (Vadra) answer them," Kejriwal asked while speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar.

Asking why real estate giant DLF sold properties worth Rs.35 crore to Vadra for Rs.5 crore, Kejriwal said: "I am ready to face defamation charges if the corruption charges against Robert Vadra are proven wrong. Why is the Congress silent on the merits of the case."

Kejriwal denied he was targeting Vadra for being related to the Gandhis and also to get mileage for his yet-to-be-named political outfit and challenged the news channel to get the businessman to answer the charges.

"People will not agree we targeted him for being Gandhi's son-in-law," said Kejriwal.

Stating he had not read the reports about the DLF-Vadra link published in The Economic Times newspaper in March 2011, Kejriwal said there was no harm in repeating the same.

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LPG price hiked by Rs 11.42; petrol, diesel rates may go up

Cooking gas (LPG) price was today hiked by Rs 11.42 per cylinder following government decision to raise commission paid to the dealers.

Petrol and diesel prices too may go up marginally as the Oil Ministry considers raising dealers commission by at least 23 paisa and 10 paisa a litre respectively.

The Ministry yesterday issued orders raising commission paid to LPG dealers from Rs 25.83 per 14.2-kg cylinder to Rs 37.25, government officials said.

The 44 per cent or Rs 11.42 per cylinder increase in the commission on the subsidised cooking fuel is being passed on to consumers, they said.

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PM misguiding nation on Sonia trips: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is 'misguiding' the country on Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi's foreign trip expenses.

"The Prime Minister is misguiding the country," Modi said while addressing a rally in Jamnagar. 
"I am asking the Prime Minister as a common man to come clean," he said.
He said a Hisar youth, Ramesh Sharma, got some information on the issue from the Indian embassies.

"The RTI (Right to Information) reply that has been received from different Indian embassies abroad mentioned that lakhs of rupees were spent on Soniaji's foreign trips," Modi said.

Reading from the RTI replies, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, "Sonia Gandhi's visited London twice in 2007 and 2011. The money that was spent was Rs. 2.82 lakh and Rs. 35 lakh respectively."

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'Pakistan delaying on India visa accord'

Pakistan is yet to implement a visa agreement it signed with India last month, though New Delhi has already begun enforcing the new policy, a senate penal heard.

The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was told Friday that the delay was caused by the interior ministry, which was yet to present it before the cabinet for ratification, the Dawn reported.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said the delay was "procedural in nature".

Unsatisfied with the explanation, committee chairman Haji Adeel censured the ministry for moving slowly on the matter.

"This is sheer negligence on the part of the ministry and those responsible should be held accountable," Adeel said.

The delay ran contrary to the desire for improvement in bilateral ties, the daily quoted him as saying.

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Kingfisher needs to submit detailed plan to DGCA: Ajit Singh

Troubled Kingfisher Airlines would have to submit a detailed plan to aviation regulator DGCA before they are allowed to resume flights, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said today.

Asked whether the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was likely to move ahead with suspending or cancelling the crisis-ridden carrier's flying license, he said it was for the regulator to decide after it studies their reply to the show-cause notice issued to them.

DGCA had yesterday issued a show-cause notice to Kingfisher asking why its flying license should not be suspended or cancelled as it had grounded its entire fleet and failed to offer safe, efficient and reliable service. It has given the airline 15 days to reply.

"This (suspension or cancellation) has to be decided by the DGCS. It will depend on what reply they give, what plans they have (to resume operations). How they will lease (aircraft). There are disgruntled employees and there is safety concern," the Minister said.

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Indian taxi driver pleads guilty to 'drunk driving' resulting in death of motorist in Melbourne

An Indian-Australian taxi driver has been charged with a 'culpable driving' offence, after he sped and zig-zagged his car that had five passengers, before crashing into a into a pole. One of the passengers was killed on Lygon Street, Brunswick (Melbourne).

Riyaz Khoja, 26, of Fawkner, pleaded guilty in the County Court yesterday to one count of culpable driving causing death and four counts of negligently causing serious injury.

He had apparently been due to return to India on the day of the accident to see his fiancee and help his mother run the family business in a small village of Barpi, The Age reports.

According to the paper, a judge prosecuting the case said Khoja had music blaring from his CD player and was driving at 114km/h with one hand on the steering wheel on Lygon Street, Brunswick, at about 2.40am on November 17, 2010, when he lost control and veered into a tram power pole.

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Geetika: Police to file chargesheet today

The Delhi Police on Saturday is all set to file a chargesheet in ex-air hostess Geetika Sharma suicide case, media reports said.

Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and MDLR Airlines employee Aruna Chaddha, who are accused in the case, will be produced before a court. Kanda was arrested on Aug 18. Geetika was found dead on Aug 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence in North-West Delhi.

The police reportedly got a suicide note from Geetika's apartment where she blamed Kanda for breaking her 'trust'. She had left MDLR Airlines and joined another company. She later quit the second job to study MBA. Pertinently, MDLR Airlines was floated by Kanda.

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Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi to enter Bigg Boss 6

Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, best known for his anti-corruption campaign 'Cartoons Against Corruption', will be a contestant on celebrity reality show Bigg Boss Season 6 , which starts on Oct 7.

Aseem, who was in news after his arrest on Sept 9 for posting controversial cartoons on his website, is participating in Bigg Boss 6 to be "seen and heard".

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'Immigration crackdown' in Oz sees over 10,000 student visas revoked

The Australian Immigration Department has reportedly cancelled more than 10,000 student visas in the past financial year, with many students failing to fulfill the course requirements, according to a report.

The department revoked 2219 student visas in 2011/12 over their failure to meet course progress or attendance benchmarks, and cancelled 3107 visas over 'non-genuine students, breaches of visa conditions and voluntary requests for cancellation.'

According to figures by Australian Education International, in the year to August, there were 461,477 enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia. But enrolments had declined by 7.6 per cent compared with the same period the year before, The Age reports.

These figures include students studying at university, TAFE and secondary school, the paper said.

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Krishna urges PM to stop further release of water to TN

Highlighting the "grim" situation in Cauvery basin, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop further release of water to Tamil Nadu and to seek a report from the team that has been deputed to assess the water situation.

"I would kindly urge upon you to explore possibilities of stopping further release of water from dams in Karnataka and also call for an interim report of the team of experts", Krishna, now on an official visit to the U.S., said in a letter to Singh, a copy of which was released here.

Krishna, who hails from Cauvery basin district of Mandya, the epicentre of the stir, said the situation was grim in Cauvery irrigation areas and also in Bangalore following depleted water level in dams after release of water, as per the September 19 directive of the Cauvery River Authority, headed by Singh, and upheld by the Supreme Court recently.

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Jobs report boosts Obama; Romney not impressed

Mitt Romney was still celebrating his widely praised debate performance when the campaign lurched in a different direction.

Unemployment dropped last month to the lowest level since 2009, and suddenly it was President Barack Obama's turn to smile.

In a race dominated by the weak economy, Obama said Friday the creation of 114,000 jobs in September, coupled with a drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent, was "a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now." Jabbing at his rival's plans, he declared, "We've made too much progress to return to the policies that caused this crisis in the first place."

But Romney saw little to like in the day's new government numbers.

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'Karnataka bandh' paralyses life in the state

The anti-Cauvery water release bandh in Karnataka has hit normalcy in capital Bangalore and other parts of the state.  
Buses, cars, autorickshaws remain off the roads as schools and colleges are closed and petrol pumps remain shut.  
Police have tightened security to deal with the 'Karnataka Bandh' called by Kannada outfits on Saturday to protest the release of 9000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

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Big B to celebrate his b'day on Rekha’s b’day

Amitabh Bachchan, who turns 70 on October 11, will reportedly throw a birthday bash on October 10.

This happens to be his one-time rumoured love interest Rekha’s 58th birthday as well.

The party is hosted by wife Jaya and will take place at industrialist Anil Ambani’s studio in Mumbai.

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Radical preacher Abu Hamza extradited to US

Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects were on their way from Britain to the United States on Saturday after a court rejected their last-ditch court bid to block their extradition.

The two jets provided by the US authorities is said to have taken off shortly before midnight on Friday.

Abu Hamza has been indicted in the United States on charges of setting up an Al-Qaeda-style training camp for militants in the state of Oregon and being involved in the taking of 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998.

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Kingfisher Airlines faces licence cancellation

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has now issued a show-cause notice to the airline asking why its flying permit should not be cancelled. 

Employees staged protests across the country over non-payment of salary on Friday. 

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Cauvery-related protests are likely to intensifying in Karnataka today after yesterday saw numerous rallies take place across the state over the same issue.

Police have tightened security to deal with the proposed bandh on Saturday.

Following Thursday’s violent incidents in Mandya, Mysore and Bangalore, they are taking no chances.

The state BJP also announced yesterday that its delegation headed by national general secretary HN Ananth Kumar would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today to seek the stoppage of release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

"The delegation will include MPs and some prominent personalities in the party," MP Prahalad Joshi told reporters yesterday.

"The party expects a favourable decision from the PM early next week. Or else, the BJP will also join the protest," he added.

In other news, Finance Minister P Chidambaram will be meeting key regulators and institutional investors, including FIIs and mutual funds, in Mumbai today.

Chidambaram is visiting the financial capital for the first time after taking over as Finance Minister on August 1.

The meeting follows a series of big-ticket reforms to revive the economy and investor sentiment. He will be accompanied by top Finance Ministry officials, including Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram.

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