Live: Two jawans killed in an attack by Pak troops along LoC in Poonch

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 08, 2013 14:48 hrs

8. 20 pm

British teen jumps to death after forced sex

A 13-year-old British girl plunged 60 feet to her death from a window after being forced into sexual acts, an inquest heard.

Chevonea Kendall-Bryan was terrified after a 15-year-old pushed her to perform the act during a party. The next day another person threatened to smash the windows of her flat unless she did the same to him.

The girl's mother Amanda Kendall said police were told of both alleged assaults, but Kendall-Bryan begged her to drop the case, The Sun reported.

6. 40 pm

Two jawans killed in an attack by Pak troops along LoC in Poonch
Two army jawans were killed by Pakistani troops in an attack on a patrol party along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir today.

During patrolling along Mankote in Poonch along the LoC, a patrol party was attacked by Pakistani troops, army officials said.

Two jawans were killed and another was injured, they said, adding that further details were awaited.

There has been escalation in ceasefire violations by Pakistan army, which has been attempting to push militants across the LoC into Indian side by taking advantage of inclement weather.

In last about one month, Pakistan army has violated the ceasefire agreement nearly a dozen times. Most of these firing incidents were in Rajouri, Uri and Keran sector to help infiltration attempts, army officials said.

5.45 pm:

Abu Azmi wants law to stop women roaming with men

"There needs to be a law which also prevents women from roaming around with men. Vulgarity, fashion and nudity are causes for violence against women. I believe the increasing amount of nudity in films is one of the causes for increase in violence against women."

And the list of misogynist politicians grows. Now, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi agrees with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comments on ABP news that rapes do not happen in villages. Azmi says girls should be prohibited from roaming at night and therefore,

"the law that delivers death penalty for rapists should also forbid boys and girls from roaming around at night."

Interestingly, his son is married to Ayesha Takia.

5.20 pm:

Police lathi-charge Owaisi supporters

The police have lathi-charged Owaisi supporters outside Gandhi hospital. The reason is unclear, but they have been assembling there in large numbers ever since the MLA arrived.

5.00 pm:

Owaisi medical report out

The report says -

"MIM MLA has one extra bone in his left forearm, a bullet in his left thigh and a hernia problem in his abdomen. He cannot walk long distances without hurting his knees."

Apparently the bullet in his thigh is pressing down on the sciatic nerve and is causing him pain.

The MLA has requested four extra days before surrendering to the police. The police had asked for a medical check-up, based on which his request would be considered.

4.30 pm:

Munda asked to continue as caretaker CM

Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed has asked Arjun Munda to continue as the caretaker chief minister till a final decision, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Munda earlier resigned and recommended dissolution of the 82-member Assembly.

Coalition partner JMM in a letter to the Governor formally withdrew its support to the 28-month-old Munda government reducing it into a minority.

A report from Bokaro said The Jharkhand People's Party (JPP) also appealed to the Governor today to recommend Presidents rule in the state.

"Our party urges Governor Syed Ahmed to recommend President's rule as withdrawal of support by the JMM carries no weight after the cabinets decision to recommend dissolution of the house,Ҕ JPP president Surya Singh Besra said here.

Besra, who had resigned as MLA on the floor of the undivided Bihar assembly in the 1990s demanding separate Jharkhand, said, "Presidents rule will set things right and then the state can go for a fresh mandate.Ҕ

Besras reaction came in the wake of the cabinet recommending the Governor to dissolve the house and Arjun Munda resigning as the chief minister while the JMM claimed that the government had been reduced to minority before the cabinet meeting.

4.00 pm:

'Vishwaroopam' a failure if it doesn't cross 150 crores, says Kamal

"Most stars are businessmen. The moment you become a star, you are talking about money and fame. It's not about the content or artists' skill any more. Always the collection matters. The numbers have now increased to match along with the population," he said.

Having said that, he admits that if "Vishwaroopam" doesn't cross Rs.150 crore, then it's a failure for him.

"If this film doesn't cross Rs.150 crore, then it is a failure for me. I would call it a weak attempt if it doesn't. It has to cross Rs.150 crore, and we really hope that we cross in the first week itself," said Kamal, who has made lavish films like "Hey Ram" and "Dasavatharam".

"It's the most costly project and ambitious too by virtue of what we have tried to achieve and the ambition was realised because of the technicians. I have the best team working with me," he said.

At 58, he still feels he is a part of the competition.

"I feel the competition all the time. Well, I have competitors in various ages - from 18 to 65, I have competitors," he conceded.

2.30 pm:

Girl's family terms Asaram's statement as 'cheap and downgrade'

The family of 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim has taken a strong exception to Asaram Bapu's controversial statement on the girl, terming it as "illogical".

"It is an absolutely illogical statement least expected from him," the family told newspersons here.

"We had immense respect for Asaram Bapu and also have many books related to him but as soon as we get back to Delhi we would put them on fire," the brother of the deceased said terming the statement as "very cheap and downgrade."

"Godman or saints can never say anything of this sort... It only exposes his mentality," the family said.

Asaram Bapu had yesterday said that the rape and murder would not have happened if the victim had called the rapist killers her brothers.

Referring to the growing incidents of rape, the family said that strict laws were necessary to check the crime against women and also for changing the attitude of the people.

The father of the paramedical student said that the family had great hopes that she would recover when she was being taken to Singapore for treatment.

Meanwhile the district administration is preparing for the "terahi" (ritual related to death) of the girl on January 12.

ASP Ashok Tripathi said that though there is no confirmation of VVIPs attending the function, the district magistrate has started preparations in case any of the VVIPs decide to attend it.

A helipad is also being prepared in the village.

2.00 pm:

HC asks cops, how can you impose section 144 arbitrarily?

The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the Delhi police, asking them to explain how they imposed section 144, essentially a curfew, near the India Gate for upto six months without considering that this was against the fundamental rights of citizens.

The police have been asked to file a counter by two weeks.

12.30 pm:

Munda resigns after JMM ends support, Jharkhand Govt falls

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda resigned Tuesday after the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) formally withdrew support to his government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader met Governor Syed Ahmd just before noon and handed over his resignation.

The Munda government was Monday reduced to a minority after the JMM announced that it was pulling out of the coalition ministry.

The crisis was triggered by Munda's letter of Jan 3 stating that the chief minister's post would not be given to the JMM when the government completes 28 months in office.

The Jharkhand cabinet Tuesday recommended the dissolution of the assembly.

The BJP-led government was formed in September 2010 with the support of 18 JMM, six All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and two JD-U legislators. The BJP also has 18 legislators.

12.00 pm:

Indian batsmen's 'weaknesses' helped Pak win series

Pakistani pacer Junaid Khan has said revealed that Wasim Akram's inputs about the Indian batsmen's "weaknesses" helped him get eight wickets in the just-concluded three-match ODI series.

The Nation quoted 23-year-old Junaid, as saying that it was Wasim Akram who had told him to develop the incoming delivery which would be his weapon against the Indian right-handers.

In Junaid's words, when a player like Virender Sehwag gauges the length of the away-going deliveries, the opposition can be "murdered". However, when he did his homework, Junaid said he found out that Sehwag has a problem with the ball that comes in. He then started working hard on that incoming delivery with chief bowling coach M Akram, Junaid added.

In the three matches, Junaid got Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh bowled out once, and Virat Kohli thrice.

11.20 am:

Akbar Owaisi undergoes medical tests

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi Tuesday went for medical tests at a government-run hospital here on the directions of police to ascertain if he was fit to face questioning in a hate speech case.

The legislator with tight police security left his house in Banjara Hills for Gandhi Hospital at 10.30 a.m. after a team of police officials from Nirmal town of Adilabad district served a notice, asking him to undergo the medical tests.

A senior police official said after the medical tests, they would decide their next legal action in the case.

MIM leaders including party chief and Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi were at Akbar's house before he left for the hospital.

A large number of MIM workers had also reached there.

Akbar, who returned from London early Monday, sought four days' time to appear before police, citing ill-health.

He was directed by the police to appear in Nirmal town police station, about 200 km from here, for questioning with regard to his alleged hate speech delivered last month.

Investigating officer had Monday night visited Akbar's house.

Inspector General of Police A.B. Venkateshwar Rao later told reporters that the investigating officer found Akbar in a fit condition but the legislator complained of some "internal pains".

Police in Nizamabad had also directed Akbar to appear before them Tuesday in connection with a similar case in that town.

The young leader, however, through his lawyer sought more time to make personal appearance.

Akbar, who is MIM member in the Andhra Pradesh assembly, also moved the state high court, seeking orders to restrain police from arresting him.

He also pleaded that the police be directed not to book further cases.

11.00 am:

Munda-led Cabinet recommends dissolution of Jharkhand Assembly

The Jharkhand Cabinet, which met today, has recommended dissolution of the Assembly in wake of the ongoing political crisis in the state.

The decision of the Cabinet was faxed to Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmad on Tuesday. Chief Minister Arjun Munda is expected to meet the Governor shortly.

The legislators of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha are also slated to meet Governor Syed Ahmad on Tuesday to formally withdraw support to the BJP-led government in the state.

Shibu Soren's Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrew support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Arjun Munda Government on Monday evening, reducing it to minority after talks between two the sides fail to reach an agreement.

10.30 am:

Tech student falls to his death at Noida mall

A B.Tech student fell to his death from the third floor of a mall here, police said today.

24-year-old Shashank, a student of Galgotia College in Greater Noida, had come to the GIP Mall last evening along with his three friends for a party.

While returning from the party, he accidentally fell from the railing, they said.

He was rushed to Kailash Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The body has been sent for post mortem and police is investigating all possible angles including foul play.

Police said his family, which is in Patna, has been informed of the death.

10.00 am:

Third accused arrested in Noida woman murder case

Noida Police has arrested the third accused in the murder of a 21-year-old woman factory worker here even as two policemen were sent to police lines for allegedly not acting on the complaint of the victim in the past.

"The third accused Udeyveer was arrested last night and will be produced before court," a senior police officer said today.

He said the initial medical report of the murdered woman did not confirm rape and the police was awaiting the final report.

"Her body, however, showed signs that a rape attempt was made," the officer said.

The semi-nude body of the woman bearing injury marks was found on Saturday morning from Pushta area in Sector 63.

Sub Inspector Rajesh and constable Rakesh, who had allegedly failed to act on the complaint of the victim two years ago that one of the accused had forcibly entered her house and attempted to molest her, have been sent to police lines.

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9.30 am:

Obama nominates new chiefs for Pentagon, CIA

US President Barack Obama has nominated former US Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next secretary of defense and John Brennan, a White House counter-terrorism adviser, as the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The potentially controversial nominations come as Obama begins to shape his national security team for his second term.

The nominations of Hagel and Brennan must be confirmed by the US Senate.

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9.00 am

Don't Tax us, says Rajinikanth!

Top actors Rajnikanth, Vijay, Suriya, Sarathkumar, Prabhu, Radhika, Prasnna , Sneha and various TV personalities were among the celebs spotted  at the one-day fast  observed at a venue near Valluvar Kottam in Chennai, on Monday, January 7, by the Tamil film industry demanding scrapping of service tax levied by the Centre on artistes.

This fast was called by apex bodies of film and TV actors, directors, producers technicians, theatre owners and distributors. A host of personalities from film and television industry including directors and producers, distributors technicians and theatre owners are participating in the strike which began at 8
am and ended at 5 pm.

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8.30 am:

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan pledges to implement sharia in India

A top Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Wali Ur Rehman in a rare video appearance has pledged to send fighters in Kashmir and wage a struggle for implementation of Sharia rule in India.

Wali Ur Rehman, against whom the US has announced a USD 5 million reward for his involvement in the murder of seven CIA officials in Afghanistan in December 2009, is believed to have said this in a rare video of his along with the TTP chief Hamikullah Mehsud, in which the two militant leaders have for the first time spoken about their ambitions transcending beyond the Af-Pak border taking them to Kashmir, India and the United States as well.

"The practical struggle for a Sharia system that we are carrying out in Pakistan, the same way we will continue it in Kashmir, and the same way we will implement the Sharia system in India too. And this is the only solution for people's problems," said Rehman, according to the translation provided by the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) of Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a Washington-based think tank.

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8.00 am:

Obama nominates Hagel as Defence Secretary, Brennan as CIA chief

Revamping his national security team, US President Barack Obama today chose former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next Defence Secretary and nominated his top counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, who was involved in the planning of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, as the next CIA Director.

If confirmed by the Senate, 66-year-old Hagel would replace, Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta.

Brennan, 57, a former CIA analyst and CIA station head in Saudi Arabia before he joined the 2008 Obama Campaign and then his administration, would replace Gen (rtd) David Petraeus, who resigned last year citing extra-marital affairs.

"To help meet the challenges of our time, I'm proud to announce my choice for two key members of my national security team, Chuck Hagel for secretary of defence and John Brennan for director of the Central Intelligence Agency," Obama said in an announcement made in the East Room of the White House.

Obama hoped that the Senate will act on these confirmations promptly.

7.30 am:

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Tuesday formally inaugurate the 11th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Dr. Singh will later take part in a meeting of the Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians.

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