India big part of my plans, Obama tells PM
"India is a big part of my plans," US President Barack Obama said today as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated him in person on his re-election.
Singh, who came face-to-face with Obama on three occasions here for the first time after he was re-elected President in the November 6 polls in the US, told him: "Congratulations on your re-election."
5. 30 pm
Yashwant Sinha demands Nitin Gadkari's resignation
The campaign for the resignation of beleagured BJP President Nitin Gadkari today got fresh ammunition with senior leader Yashwant Sinha demanding that he step down immediately.
"Whether our party president is guilty or not is not the issue today. The issue is that all of us in public life should be beyond reproach," he said.
Sinha's demand brings alive once again the campaign initiated by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani and his son Mahesh for the party chief's resignation in the wake of reports of alleged dubious financing of Purti Sugar and Power Group.
4. 55 pm
No-confidence motion: Jayalalithaa keeps Mamata waiting
Adopting a wait and watch approach, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today said her party's stand on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's proposed no-confidence motion against the UPA Government would be decided based on numbers.
"If the no-confidence motion comes, it has to be successful. So far nobody has approached us for support. If it comes up we can decide only after knowing how many (parties) and who are all supporting," the AIADMK supremo said.
Speaking to reporters after meeting party MPs on her party's strategy for the Winter session of Parliament, she said the AIADMK, which has nine MPs, would oppose FDI in retail if it came up for voting.
4. 10 pm
Mamata's no-trust vote: BJP not inclined to back motion
Realising that the numbers are stacked in favour of the government, BJP on Tuesday appeared not inclined towards supporting the no-confidence motion that TMC has threatened to move against UPA but is gearing up to corner it on the FDI issue by seeking a vote on it.
BJP Parliamentary Party Executive Committee today held a meeting here to discuss the strategy for the forthcoming Winter Session. TMC's no-confidence motion and FDI in multi- brand retail, as well as issues related to coal allocation and other matters, were discussed.
Pran Saheb doing fine, says Amitabh Bachchan
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has visited veteran actor Pran, who is in the hospital with some respiratory problem.
Bachchan paid an hour-long visit last night at the Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra and said the 92-year-old actor is doing fine.
"Paid a visit to Pran Saheb in hospital... he is fine... spent an hour with him joking and talking of times past and present...," Bachchan, 70, posted on Twitter.
Pran, who is one of the most popular villains of Bollywood and has acted in around 350 films, had come for a check-up and was admitted for a respiratory problem.
Bachchan, who has shared screen space with the Padma Bhushan awardee in 14 films including "Zanjeer", "Amar Akbar Anthony" and "Don", has also urged the media not to fuel any rumours regarding the actor's health.
"All those making speculative remarks on Pran Saheb being critical... Get your facts right before going public... Most irresponsible," he added.
The Left has said that it will back any motion against the UPA government's 'anti-people' policies.
The AIADMK will not vote in favour of FDI in retail in the upcoming winter session of the parliament. The party's leader and Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa has said that her party is ready for early elections.
Jayalalithaa has also said that no one has approached her for her party's support for a no confidence motion.
The #arrestideas has become the top trending topic on Twitter after the arrest of 2 girls who posted a comment Facebook questioning the shut down of Mumbai City following Bal Thackeray's funeral. There has been a huge public outcry on social networking sites with people coming out strongly in support of the girls. #arrestideas is one such attempt by the tweeple to show their solidarity by mocking the sad state of affairs where posting anything can land one in jail. Here are some of the ridiculous ideas:
Harsh Joshi @harshj_
Arrest people who are planning to sign Tusshar Kapoor or Uday Chopra in their movies. #ArrestIdeas
#arrestideas Arrest vodafone and airtel for stealing ideas of idea!!
Sneha Dixit @Ladysaying
Arrest Poonam Pandey who promises of stripping but never complete it #ArrestIdeas
Everyone who thinks Black Money is a type of Swiss Chocolate #ArrestIdeas
Tanya Nambiar @TanyaNambiar
#arrestideas all those eating chowmein. Thats what the haryana panchayat wants isnt it?
Your breathing disturbs me. ARREST THAT INFIDEL!!! #ArrestIdeas #re
Mogambo Ka Bhateeja @PiyushParashar
#arrestideas Its Mark Zuckerburg whose website was used by those poor girls. Arrest Zuckerburg. Arrest the ISP. Arrest the computer maker!
People who tweet good night and keep replying should be arrested for violating bedtime curfew #arrestideas
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Nitish cancels feast for JD(U) leaders
In the wake of the stampede that claimed 17 lives at Adalatghat on the bank of Ganga, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has cancelled a feast for JD(U) leaders at his official residence tomorrow.
The Chief Minister has cancelled the feast that he had proposed to host for the JD(U) leaders comprising MPs, MLA/MLCs, district unit presidents tomorrow at his official residence after being grieved by the human tragedy during the Chhath festival, the state unit JD(U) spokesman Sanjay Kumar Singh said.
Kumar had proposed to host feast for the JD(U) leaders to mark the success of the 'Adhikar rally' at Gandhi Maidan on November 4.
The two girls who were arrested for a Facebook post questioning the shut of Mumbai city following Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray's funeral on Sunday have said that they regret their action. But they say that what they did was not a crime.
'We are scared, won't write on Facebook again,' said 21 year old Shaheen Dhada, who had posted the comment in question in an interview to NDTV.
"I would like to apologise. He (Bal Thackeray) was a great man," said Shaheen. Her friend who liked the post has also apologised. But the girls say that their arrest was unfair.
The girls were arrested after a local Shiv Sena leader complained to the police. Shaheen's uncle's clinic was ransacked as well. 9 men have now been arrested in connection with the incident.
Israel puts ground assault on hold
Israel temporarily put on hold a decision on a possible ground invasion of Gaza to give more time to Egypt's truce efforts, but seven days of incessant raids took the Palestinian death toll to 111 amid warnings by Hamas that it won't succumb to Israeli conditions.
Israel's cabinet met late last night to discuss the latest ceasefire initiatives with Hamas, on the bloodiest day yet of the military offensive when over 30 Palestinians were killed in multiple strikes.
DMK won't support decision to allow FDI in retail: Karunanidhi
Breaking his silence on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Monday said his party will not support the Centre's decision to allow foreign investment in the sector.
"We are not in favour of the decision to allow FDI (in multi-brand retail)," he told reporters responding to a query on what was the DMK's stand on the FDI issue.
DMK, a key constituent of the ruling UPA government, had recently refused to clarify its stand on the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail.
"Small and medium retail traders in Tamil Nadu are apprehensive that Foreign Direct Investment would greatly affect them. We would discuss and take a decision on this (FDI) keeping their interest in mind," Mr Karunanidhi had said last week.
In more developments in the Ponty Chadha murder case, 4 of Ponty's aides have been arrested by the Delhi police. The arrests have been made based on Ponty's brother, Hardeep's driver's statement.
10. 10 am
Mamata's no-trust vote: BJP meets to finalise strategy today
Top BJP leaders will meet later today to finalise the party's strategy for the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament that begins on November 22. The party is also expected to discuss Mamata Banerjee's proposal to move a no-trust motion against the UPA government.
Meanwhile twitter was abuzz with reactions to the arrest of the two girls.
Deepak Chopra @DeepakChopra
Arrest of 2 young women over Facebook comments re Bandh in Mumbai after Thackeray death creates social media outrage. Bravo India !
barkha dutt @BDUTT
One of the Mumbai girls had her uncle's clinic smashed by goons. How much of this school of politics was debated in Media, no holds barred?
RASHID KHAN @URDLRASHID
Check the twitt and u will find lakhs of comments against Bal Thackrey. Pl arrest them Mumbai police.
YUVA REVOLUTION @YuvaRevolution
"If speaking my heart out is a crime, then MUMBAI POLICE, please arrest me too." #InSupportOfArrestedGirls.
Amrit Rai @amritrai01
Mumbai is safe because all the local people of mumbai unite in one voice when anyone particularly a young girl faced unjust consequences.
Soni Razdan @twsonirazdan
Mumbai must demand the arrest of those thugs who vandalised Shaheens uncles hospital.
9 people have been arrested in connection with vandalism at a Mumbai clinic. The clinic belonged to the uncle of the 21 year old girl who was arrested after a Facebook post questioning the shutdown of the city following Bal Thackeray's death.
A Facebook post turned into a nightmare of sorts for 2 girls from Palghar. They could not have guessed that expressing their opinion on the social networking site could land them in jail or lead to their property being vandalized by a mob of angry Shiv Saniks.
Read about their nightmare here