Jaganmohan Reddy turns 40 in jail
YSR Congress party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy Friday celebrated his 40th birthday in Chanchalguda Central Jail here along with his family members.
Jaganmohan Reddy's mother Y.S. Vijayamma, wife Bharathi and two daughters called on him in the jail. They brought with them a cake, which the MP cut in their presence to mark the occasion.
Jagan, as the young businessman politician is popularly known, is in jail since his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in May this year in disproportionate assets case.
A large number of YSR Congress party workers gathered outside the jail. Party leader H.A. Rahman cut a cake to celebrate Jagan's birthday.
The birthday was also celebrated by Jagan's supporters in Hyderabad and other parts of the state.
At the party headquarters here, the party leaders also launched a signature campaign in support of Jagan. Alleging that Jagan is a victim of a conspiracy by Congress and Telugu Desam Party, the YSR party plans to collect a crore signatures to send the same to the president of India.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court is scheduled to pronounce Monday its orders on Jagan's bail petition.
According to the CBI, Jagan entered into a criminal conspiracy with his father and then chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to show undue favours to individuals and companies which invested in his companies.
The high court had last year ordered a CBI probe on a petition filed by Shankar Rao, a leader of Congress party.
Following his father's death in a helicopter crash in September 2009, Jagan was seen as his successor.
With the central leadership of Congress party ignoring him, he soon parted ways to float a new party. He quit his Lok Sabha seat and was re-elected from Kadapa by a record margin of over 500,000 votes in May last year.
All bars and discotheques in Delhi to close by 1 am, says Home Secretary
In what could possibly be another one of those stabs in the dark (the previous one being banning curtains on buses) the Home Secretary has apparently ordered all bars and discos in Delhi to close by 1 am.
If this is a response to the cries for better security following the brutal gang rape four days ago, the response is a strange one.
The victim was picked up by six men illegalling operating a bus after the victim and her friend watched a film at 11 pm. How that case and the timing of bars is connected is yet to be seen.
This seems to be another one of those strange moves by a government that remians convinced that the only way to keep it's citizen's safe is to enforce curfews and restrict the innocent and the law-biding from appearing on the streets.
CBI charges Vodafone, Airtel in Telecom case
The CBI on Friday filed a charge sheet in connection with alleged irregularities in spectrum allocation during the NDA regime involving three telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India, while pegging the loss at Rs 846 crore.
The CBI in its charge sheet filed before Special CBI Judge O P Saini named as accused Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd and Hutchison Max and Sterling Cellular, retired IAS and former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh for alleged irregularities in grant of additional spectrum.
An editor from the Zee group has filed a criminal defamation case against Naveen Jindal. The Jindal group had filed an extortion case against Zee.
Delhi gangrape: Kids write to Pranab, ask him to jail the 'bad men' for life
The men will not repent... for what they have done to 'didi'. These bad men must be put in jail and locked in rooms all their lives till they die."
This was a letter written by a group of children to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding stringent punishment for the culprits involved in the gang-rape of girl in a moving bus last Sunday.
Angry over the horrific incident, the children wrote, "We hope you and the government will take a strong step to punish these bad men. We children would like to tell you that since we are angry we will want these men to be hanged but we think that will be an easy solution."
Varanasi witnesses increase in tourists over doomsday rumours
Threatened by rumours of doomsday, devotees and tourists thronged the holy city of Varanasi on Thursday for shelter and to offer prayers.
The Mayan 'Long Count' calendar runs out on Friday, which New Age jibber jabberers have widely predicted means an Apocalypse.
In May, archaeologists discovered a scribe's notes about the Maya lunar calendar on the wall of a tiny structure buried under forest debris in Guatemala, which they say could be the first known records by an official chronicler of this ancient civilization.
Bihar begins process to seize liquor mafia property
Bihar Police have written to the state government to seize the properties of liquor mafia dons following the deaths of more than 50 people, mostly the poor, from illicit liquor in various regions across the state.
The process, which has Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's approval, has been launched to confiscate the properties of over half a dozen mafia dons, including three in Muzaffarpur district.
"The police headquarters has sent its proposal to the state government," Bihar Police chief Abhyanand told IANS.
He said it was a part of the strategy to hit those involved in illegal liquor to prevent hooch tragedies.
Delhi gang-rape: Protests near Rastrapathi Bhavan
Hundreds of women and students demanding strong action against those involved in the brutal gang-rape of the 23-year-old woman, who battles for life in a hospital, Friday marched towards Raisina Hill in central Delhi. Policemen outside the high-security Rashtrapati Bhavan were caught by surprise.
The protestors, shouting "We want justice," reached gate number two of Rashtrapati Bhavan, where they tried to stop the vehicle of a senior official at Rastrapathi Bhavan, demanding that they be allowed entry.
Policemen said the crowd attempted to force its way into the official residence of President Pranab Mukherjee, but was later diverted to India Gate.
Delhi police chief has been summoned by the Parliamentary panel on Home on the Delhi gangrape case. He will appear before the panel on December 27th.
Norah Jones joins mourners at memorial service for Ravi Shankar
Norah Jones led mourners at a memorial service for her father, Indian sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, in San Diego on Thursday.
The 'Come Away With Me' singer and her sister, Anoushka Shankar, joined hundreds of friends and family to pay tribute to the virtuoso.
Shankar, whose sound had a major influence on The Beatles, died last week at the age of 92.
The musician was remembered on Thursday as an unfailingly generous teacher with a gentle spirit and sense of humour whose music fostered understanding between East and West.
Shankar's daughters were in the audience at the Self-Realization Fellowship center in Encinitas, the oceanfront suburb where the musician had lived for the last two decades, were speakers paid tribute.
One more person has been arrested in connection with the brutal gangrape of a 23 year old in Delhi according to the police. This brings up the total number of accused arrested in the case to 5.
A Delhi court has ordered the framing of charges against former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others accused of criminal conspiracy and cheating in the CWG case.
India Today has carried a report which states that the main accused in the Delhi gangrape case was abused and forced to consume human excreta and urine in the Tihar jail. The inmates of the jail meted out this treatment to Mukesh, one of the men accused of raping a 23 year old student in a Delhi bus 5 days ago. The accused has now been shifted to a separate cell.
Read the report here.
Congress leader Digvijay Singh granted bail in defamation case filed by BJP President Nitin Gadkari.
Another accused has been detained in the Delhi gangrape case. Meanwhile the Delhi will submit a status report to the Delhi High Court on the investigations conducted so far into the gangrape of the 23 year old student. The student was raped in a moving bus 5 days ago and her friend was assaulted.
Global doomsday hot spots draw believers, revelers
Though the Mayans never really predicted that the world would end on Friday, some New Agers are convinced that humanity's demise is indeed imminent. Or at least that it's a good excuse for a party.
Believers are being drawn to spots where they think their chances of survival will be better, and accompanying them are the curious, the party-lovers and people wanting to make some money.
Here are some of the world's key doomsday destinations and other places marked by fear and fascination.
According to one rumor, a rocky mountain in the French Pyrenees will be the sole place on earth to escape destruction. A giant UFO and aliens are said to be waiting under the mountain, ready to burst through and spirit those nearby to safety. But here is bad news for those seeking salvation: French gendarmes, some on horseback, are blocking outsiders from reaching the Bugarach peak and its village of some 200 people.
Obama's call for action against gun violence
President Barack Obama says the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., obligates the nation to finally act to reduce gun violence. He's outlined only a broad plan so far, leaving specific proposals until next month.
A look at Obama's call for action:
Obama urged the new Congress that convenes Jan. 3 to vote rapidly on measures that he says a majority of Americans support:
—Ban the sale of military-style assault weapons.
—Ban the sale of high-capacity magazines.
Defending champions India started their campaign at the Asian Champions Trophy hockey with a 4-0 win over China in Doha on Thursday.
India opened the scoring through S.V. Sunil in the 13th minute. Drag-flicker V.R. Raghunath was on target in the 17th and the 52nd minutes while Birendra Lakra completed the tally in the 53rd.
India next face Japan today.