Live: India ranks 8th among 27 most powerful nations in world

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 27, 2013 10:56 hrs

4.30 pm:

Bangalore blast victims to take CET exam from hospital beds

TOI: Like any other CET aspirant, RakshitaSujai and Leeza NS are busy preparing for the examination that begins on May 1. But here is the difference. While the rest will write the test at examination centres across Karnataka, these two will do so from their hospital bed.

4.00 pm:

India ranks 8th among 27 most powerful nations in world

TOI: India is among the top 10 most powerful countries in the world. In a first-of-its-kind study of "national power" a group of eminent strategic experts and scholars have placed India at the eighth position among a group of 27 most powerful countries in the world.

The study, conducted by the New Delhi-based Foundation for National Security Research (FSNR), judged "national power" by various indices, including energy security, population, technological capability etc. An interesting index of national power was judged by "foreign affairs capability", which includes self-reliance in defence, membership of multilateral groupings, role in global rule-making and soft power. Interestingly, though China comes out as the second most powerful nation in the world after the US, Chinese foreign affairs' capability is comparable to India's, even though in terms of total power New Delhi comes way below Beijing.

3.00 pm:

NKorea charges US man of plot to overthrow regime

North Korea announced Saturday that an American detained for nearly six months is being tried in the Supreme Court on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that could draw the death penalty if he is convicted.

The case involving Kenneth Bae, who has been in North Korean custody since early November, further complicates already fraught relations between Pyongyang and Washington following weeks of heightened rhetoric and tensions.

The trial mirrors a similar situation in 2009, when the U.S. and North Korea were locked in a standoff over Pyongyang's decision to launch a long-range rocket and conduct an underground nuclear test. At the time, North Korea had custody of two American journalists, whose eventual release after being sentenced to 12 years of hard labor paved the way for diplomacy following months of tensions.

2.00 pm:

India does not want to accentuate situation: PM on Chinese incursion

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said India does not want to "accentuate" the situation in the wake of the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh and is working on a plan to resolve it. 

"We do have a plan. We do not want to accentuate the situation. We do believe that it is possible to resolve this problem. It is a localised problem. I think the talks are going on," he said when asked if the government had any plans to resolve the issue. 
The Prime Minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the defence investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. 

12.00 pm:

Sadhus want Narendra Modi declared NDA’s PM candidate

TOI:  Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi chose an important Hindu gathering to assert that his description as a Hindu leader is misleading. 

"If someone says I represent Hindus alone, it would be unfair. I am a leader of the masses and strongly believe in serving all communities equally and fairly," Modi said at the inauguration of Ramdev's new school, Acharya Kulam on Friday. 

This display of secular intent comes at a time when his name for NDA's prime ministerial candidature has run into trouble with allies like JD(U) that say Modi lacks secular credentials. 

That Modi chose a gathering of sadhus, many of whom are close to the Hindutva ideology, may have looked a bit ironical. But many sadhus stuck to their description of Modi as the custodian of Hindu faith. 

11.40 am:

Jai Chandiram felicitated with lifetime achievement award

 Former Deputy Director-General of Doordarshan and veteran mediaperson Jai Chandiram was today awarded the lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT).

The award was presented to Ms Chandiram, who is suffering from cancer, in her brother's residence in New Delhi.

Known for her contribution toward women's rights, Ms Chandiram was the first Asian president of the IAWRT. She also held a number of prestigious positions like the Head of Department for television studies at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

11.15 am:

Operation Blue Star memorial to be unveiled 

A memorial built in honour of those killed during Operation Blue Star in the first week of June 1984, is set to be opened to the public at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Saturday.

The work on the memorial, which had generated much controversy following its foundation stone laying ceremony, is complete.

The memorial was proposed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

11.00 am

Renewed demand for heritage tag for Agra

Renewed demands have been made for granting heritage status to Agra, which is home to three World Heritage monuments - the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri - and several other historical structures. This will protect and conserve historical buildings, old havelis, structures, water bodies, forests and even the oriental markets in the old city, experts say.

The Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society has demanded heritage city status for the city to help conservational efforts and streamline civic amenities for tourists, the Agra Vikas Foundation has sent memorandums to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand shifting of the army personnel occupying a greater part of the historical fort.

Demands have regularly been made by conservationists and local tourism organisations, but the union government "has not shown any interest" in pursuing the issue to its logical end, alleges Surendra Sharma, president of the Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society.

10.36 am:

Two prisoners who attacked Sarabjit booked

A case of attempt to murder has been registered against the two prisoners who viciously attacked Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail, a media report said.

A case of attempt to murder has been registered against main accused Aamir and Mudassar, reported the News International.

Sarabjit suffered critical head injuries in the assault Friday.

10:01 am:

Chinese troops 19 km inside Indian territory, govt admits

TOI: The government on Friday for the first time admitted that People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops had intruded as much as 19 km inside Indian territory to pitch their tents there, even as it kept a third flag meeting between local commanders in eastern Ladakh "on hold'' to give China "time and space'' to withdraw its soldiers on its own.

9.15 am:

6-year-old girl allegedly raped, left with slit throat near a public toilet in Delhi

NDTV:  A six-year-old girl was found with her throat slit near a public toilet in the Badarpur area of south Delhi on Friday evening, according to reports. The police say they are awaiting a medical report to confirm if the child was raped.

According to the police, the girl was attacked inside the toilet, which is close to the slum where she lived.

The girl underwent a three-hour long operation at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences  (AIIMS) yesterday. She is believed to be in stable condition now.

The police have detained 22 people for questioning and have arrested the contractor of the public toilet where the girl was found.

8.30 am:

Force One anti-terrorist commando shoots himself to death

A 25-year-old commando of Maharashtra's elite counter-terrorism unit 'Force One', allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service pistol on the terrace of the Kalina police campus on Friday, the police said. 

Identified as police constable Nandlal Sonavane, who had been undergoing commando training at the campus for the last two years, ended his life by shooting in his chest with a Glock pistol at about 5 am, said Deputy Police Commissioner Namdev Chavan. 

8.00 am:

Sarabjit Singh in serious condition after being attacked by knife, bricks in Pakistan prison

NDTV: Sarabjit Singh, an Indian man who is on death row in Pakistan, is in coma after he was attacked by two fellow prisoners with bricks and a knife at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. 

Mr Singh has reportedly suffered head injuries and is expected to undergo surgery soon at the state-run Jinnah Hospital.

Mr Singh was reportedly attacked when he was being moved from one cell to another in the Lahore jail. He was initially taken to the hospital within the prison, but after his condition worsened, he was taken in an ambulance to the Jinnah Hospital.

7.30 am:

Police say a bomb has exploded near the office of a political party, which has received threats from the Taliban, killing nine people in southern Pakistan.

Police officer Zafar Bukhari says the bomb was planted on a motorbike near the Awami National Party office in Karachi. The Friday night blast killed nine people, including four children, and wounded 24.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to The Associated Press from an undisclosed location.

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