FB comment case: 'Like' girl logs in again
Rinu Shrinivasan, who was arrested for 'liking' a Facebook post by her friend Shaheen Dhada on late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, is back on the social networking site, said reports.
"I am too tired but determined to fight. I am back on the Facebook and I have posted my latest photo clicked in Delhi on Saturday. All these days I introspected whether I did anything wrong by clicking the 'like' button and realised that I don't regret what I did," the 21-year-old reportedly wrote after logging in.
The post that sparked the controversy said instead of shutting down Mumbai for Thackeray's death, "We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev - two martyrs of India's independence."
Both the girls were arrested after a Shiv Sena activist lodged a complaint against them. Shiv Sena workers vandalised an orthopaedic hospital of Dhada's uncle.
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Direct cash transfer scheme a 'bribe to voters': Kejriwal
Land acquisition and corruption will be among a string of issues to be highlighted by Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which today described the UPA government's decision to launch direct cash transfer scheme as a "bribe to voters".
After a two-day meeting of AAP's National Executive which took several decisions about future plans, Kejriwal also said the expose on corruption will continue even as it will target price rise and power issue in the national capital.
Commenting on the cash transfer scheme, he said the scheme may end up in stopping "some leakages" but on several counts it is not desirable.
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'India and China should make compromises to solve border issue'
Amid row over Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin being depicted as its territory on Chinese maps, China today called the border issue a "headache and trouble" for bilateral ties and said both the countries should be ready to make "compromises and meet each other halfway".
Acknowledging that the border issue has "hindered development" of ties, a senior leader of the Communist Party of China said both countries "should try to turn over to a new page as soon as possible" so that the matter is resolved forever.
"Border issue is a headache and trouble left over to us by the British colonists. It happens because of historical reasons and we did have some unhappy and unfortunate incidents in this regard in the past.
US planned to blow up the Moon
The US planned to blow up the Moon with a nuclear bomb during the Cold War as a show of strength, a British media report said Wednesday.
American military chiefs allegedly devised the secret project, "A Study of Lunar Research Flights" - or "Project A119" - in the hope that the then Soviet Union would be intimidated by viewing the nuclear flash from the Earth, the Telegraph reported.
It would have given the US a much needed morale boost after the Russians successfully launched Sputnik in 1957, according to physicist Leonard Reiffel, who was involved in the project.
The US would have used an atom bomb, because a hydrogen bomb would have been too heavy.
The planning reportedly included calculations by astronomer Carl Sagan, who was then a young graduate.
Military officials, however, reportedly abandoned the idea, which would have taken place in 1959, because of fears that it would have an adverse effect on the Earth should the explosion fail.
The project documents were kept secret for nearly 45 years, and the US government has never formally confirmed its involvement in the study, the British daily said.
Instead of blowing up the Moon, the US intensified and eventually won the space race against the Soviet Union.
34 die in four blasts in Syria
At least 34 people were killed and 83 injured in four blasts that rocked the Syrian capital Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
The bombings took place in the Jaramana suburb of Damascus, an interior ministry source said.
The blasts were caused by two booby-trapped cars and two explosive devices that went off in swift succession.
Jaramana has witnessed a series of explosions over the past several months.
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has been locked in a bloody conflict with anti-government forces since March 2011. According to UN estimates, at least 30,000 people have been killed since the violence began.
'Viswaroopam' confirmed for January 11
Finally, Kamal Haasan has announced the release date of his Viswaroopam.
Tamil newspapers have carried ads that the film is releasing worldwide on January 11 in three languages Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
The Viswaroopam ad only shows Raj Kamal Film International as the producers, which means that they themselves are distributing the film worldwide.
The details of any tie-up's are not there in the ad.
Shiv Sena claims Palghar bandh undertaken by people 'willingly'
Palghar, Maharastra, was paralyzed by the bandh called by the Shiv Sena in protest against the suspension of two policemen.
The cops were suspended yesterday for harassing and imprisoning two girls, at the behest of the Shiv Sena, for allegedly inciting "religious violence". One of the girls had posted a Facebook status questioning the bandh called for Bal Thackeray's death and the other had 'Liked' the post.
The Shiv Sena claimed that the bandh in Palghar was voluntary.
Shiv Sena leader Prabhakar Raul said, "People have joined the bandh willingly. The entire taluka is shut."
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Palghar: Schools, markets closed, cops on alert
A bandh call by Shiv Sena affected life at Palghar on Wednesday with markets and educational institutions remaining shut, said reports.
The party has called for bandh to protest against action taken against the policemen who had arrested two girls for their Facebook posts on party founder Bal Thackeray's funeral.
Around 500 security personnel are on duty in the area, where the Shiv Sainiks have put up posters asking people to support the shutdown. The family of the girl who had put up the Facebook post is not in Palghar, said NDTV.
According to Zee it was political pressure that lead to the arrest of its journalists. The group has demanded the immediate release of its journalists.
Zee further accused Jindal of selectively releasing the video of the meeting between him and the Zee executives. According to the media group the meeting lasted fot 5 to 6 hours but only a portion of it has been released.
The Zee group has called the arrest of its journalists illegal. The group instead hit out at Naveen Jindal accusing him of trying to bribe Zee executives. The company has also said that Jindal's mother has pleaded with them to downplay the coalgate scam.
Malda Crib death toll rises to 27
Four more children died at the Malda College and Hospital, taking the total number of crib deaths since Saturday last to 27.
While three children died this morning, another died last night, hospital sources said today.
The cause of the death was malnourishment, underweight, and premature birth, they said, adding they were admitted to the hospital in very critical condition.
Most of the children who died in the hospital were brought to the hospital from others districts like North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and also from the neighbouring state of Jharkhand in very critical condition, they said.
Another factor that worked against the children was a sudden drop of temperature in this district in north Bengal, the sources said.
The critical patients of the Paediatric department were admitted at the 22 beds of the Sick Neonatal Care Unit. The department also has 46 other beds.
Woman IAF officer commits suicide
A woman officer in the Indian Air Force allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her official quarters in Jodhpur this morning.
Squadron leader Anandita Das (29) hailing from Kolkata, was posted at the Jodhpur Air Force Station and living in the officers' quarters with her husband, who is also an IAF officer.
"She was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the wee hours today. The body has been shifted to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital for postmortem," police said.
She was a ground duty officer.
Defence spokesperson SD Goswami said that a court of inquiry has been ordered in the case.
"Police investigation is on and we will extend full cooperation to the police investigation," he added.
The Shiv Sena's bandh in Palghar has brought the town to a halt. Markets in Palghar remain shut today.
The bandh was called to protest the suspension of the cops who were involved in the arrest of the girls who had posted a Facebook comment questioning Bal Thackeray's funeral.
Around 500 security personnel are on duty in Palghar taluka of Thane district.
"We are observing the bandh to protest against the suspension of the policemen in the case," said Sudhir Tamore, Shiv Sena's head in Palghar.
Zee TV has condemned the arrest of its editors Sudhir Chaudhry and Sameer Ahluwalia saying the arrests have been made to sensationalise the issue and are a cover up for the coal scam.
In a statement, the Zee Group said, "The channel strongly condemns the arbitrary and illegal action of Delhi police in arresting its two editors and for initiating a malicious, illegal and motivated prosecution. The arrests have been made to sensationalize the issue and lend a cover to the coalgate scam and in particular to favour Naveen Jindal and his company. This is a crude and direct attack on the freedom of the Press. The channel vehemently denies all allegations leveled against it."
Egypt mass protests challenge Islamist president
The same chants used against Hosni Mubarak were turned against his successor Tuesday as more than 200,000 people packed Egypt's Tahrir Square in the biggest challenge yet to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
The massive, flag-waving throng protesting Morsi's assertion of near-absolute powers rivaled some of the largest crowds that helped drive Mubarak from office last year.
"The people want to bring down the regime!" and "erhal, erhal" — Arabic for "leave, leave" — rang out across the plaza, this time directed at Egypt's first freely elected president.
Obama's Jan. 21 inauguration date 7th in history
President Barack Obama is adding an asterisk to his name in the history books.
His inauguration will be only the seventh time that the constitutionally mandated date for a president's swearing-in — Jan. 20 — has fallen on a Sunday. So, following tradition, the inauguration will be on Monday, Jan. 21.
The adjustment puts Obama in league with President Ronald Reagan, whose second inauguration in 1985 also was changed from Sunday to Monday.
When the Constitution required a March 4 swearing-in, the first president to move his inauguration to Monday was James Monroe on March 5, 1821. After the 20th Amendment changed the inauguration to Jan. 20, Dwight Eisenhower and Reagan held private swearings-in on Sundays that fell on Jan. 20 and then held public ceremonies the following day.
Five die in US house blaze
A total of five people, including three children, were killed Tuesday in a house fire in the rural areas of US' Ohio state, Xinhua reported.
According to WTVG, an ABC−affiliated television station for northwest Ohio, which covers the Toledo area, the fire broke out in the morning about 80 km from Toledo. A truck driver spotted the flames and called for help. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed.
The county's public information officer confirmed that fire crews found five bodies inside a home Tuesday morning. Up to 40 firefighters were on the scene Tuesday afternoon.
The Shiv Sena has called for a bandh in Palghar district today as a protest against the suspension of two policemen for arresting the two young women involved in the Facebook comment case.
Two police officers, including the police chief of Thane (Rural), were on Tuesday suspended for the arrest of two girls over a Facebook post criticising the shutdown of Mumbai for Bal Thackeray's funeral, while the judicial magistrate who remanded them in custody was shunted out.
SP Ravindra Sengaonkar and senior police inspector Shrikant Pingle have been suspended and a departmental inquiry ordered against them, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil told reporters.