India today rejected a request for asylum by US whistleblower Edward Snowden made through its Mission in Moscow three days ago.
"I can confirm that earlier today our Embassy in Moscow did receive a communication dated 30 June from Mr Edward Snowden. That communication did contain a request for asylum. We have carefully examined the request. Following that examination we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to the request," spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said here.
Snowden, a US former technical contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who leaked details of top-secret American mass surveillance programs, is currently in Russia.
Fox News correspondent, Todd Starnes, Facebook account got blocked after he posted a remark on his political incorrectness.
His pro-gun, pro-Jesus, pro-Bible post was a spurt of emotions to describe how politically incorrect can he be as other beings, The Washington Times reports.
Following this, Facebook deleted his post and placed a warning message about violating community standards.
Although, after outrage, Facebook said the deletion was a mistake, Starnes' Facebook access got reinstated instantly.
With 26 public and private sector companies applying for bank licences, Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that there was no ceiling on the number of entities which can be permitted to operate a bank.
"I don't think there is a ceiling. I don't think there is a number in mind. It all depends upon how many applicants are eligible applicants. The fact that somebody applies doesn't mean he is an eligible applicant," he told PTI in an interview.
"If there are very few eligible applicants, then the number of banks that will get licences will also be few. I don't think that the Governor has any ceiling in mind," he said.
On whether India needs large banks or large number of banks, the Finance Minister said there is a case for both.
"A large number of banks will mean more competition and a quicker reaching into the country and faster financial inclusion.
"Large banks will mean that we are able to finance large projects using our own bank resources rather than depending upon foreign bank resources. So, both are required in this country," he said.
Small batch of 1,785 pilgrims leave for Amarnath from Jammu
A small batch of 1,785 devotees today left Jammu base camp for the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas.
A convoy of 70 vehicles carrying 1,785 devotees left from Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu at around 5.05 AM towards Amarnath to pay obeisance at the holy cave shrine, police said here today.
The sixth batch, including 1,395 male, 326 women and 14 children, apart from 50 sadhus, was on its way to twin base camps of Pahalagam and Baltal in Kashmir Valley.
With today's batch, a total of 13,825 pilgrims have left Jammu base camp for Amarnath so far.
Over 50,000 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir till last evening.
A young breed of film-makers who entered Malayalam filmdom introducing new narrative techniques, shunning superstars and fetching new faces in seemingly untold stories have created a buzz in the industry in the last three years.
However, the general feeling among film buffs is the group of filmmakers who identify themselves with the new brand have failed to create an impact on movie-goers with anything substantial to offer.
With recently released 'Anchu Sundarikal,' an anthology of five films by young directors Ashiq Abu, Shyju Khalid, Sameer Thahir, Amal Neerad and Anwar Rasheed getting a cold response, critics say the audience expect more than mere experiments.
"There is a fetish for visuals and form in these films than content," is how director B Unnikrishnan, who makes films with superstars and popular actors, puts it.
The ailing anti-apartheid hero's grandson is lamenting that the dispute has been taken to court.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Mandla Mandela said regrettably and reluctantly he was forced to go to court and respond to 16 relatives demanding that Mandela's remains be buried in the village of Qunu.
In Qunu, an elder in the Mandela family said he hoped the dispute over the family gravesite would be resolved soon.
Militants blew up a suicide car bomb at the gate to a NATO compound in Kabul early Tuesday and attacked guards with small-arms fire, killing four guards and two civilians, police said. All four suicide attackers were also killed.
Kabul provincial police chief Mohammad Ayuob Salangi said the powerful car bomb blew up at about 4:30 a.m., leaving a deep crater at the first gate leading into the camp. Two truck drivers who were waiting to enter the area were killed in the blast, he said.
Three other suicide attackers wearing explosive vests then began fighting with guards; all were killed. Salangi said the guards killed were all Nepalese contractors.
The Taliban later claimed it carried out the attack.