The opposition Congress in Himachal Pradesh has demanded an inquiry into the allotment of land meant for tea plantation in the state to India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Prashant Bhushan.
It sought a probe into possible violations of statutory provisions and administrative procedures for the land transferred to him in Palampur in Kangra district, some 250 km from the state capital, by the Bharatiya Janata Party government.
"We want an independent inquiry into the land transferred to Prashant Bhushan in 2010," former state cabinet minister and senior Congress leader Harsh Mahajan said here.
Black money: Swiss bank accounts of Mumbai businessman frozen
In the first instance of an Indian agency getting access to Swiss bank accounts in its black money probe, the Enforcement Directorate has frozen about Rs 6 crore of stashed funds of a Mumbai-based businessman in an alleged money laundering case.
The agency, which approached Swiss authorities some time back in connection with the probe, received a shot in the arm when the banking and enforcement authorities there agreed that the money stashed in the accounts was prima facie "proceeds of crime" and it was important for India to get access and control of these accounts.
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'His Excellency' to go: President Pranab's new protocol
The use of the words 'His Excellency' will be discontinued while organising functions in the country and during interaction between Indian dignitaries and the President, according to the new protocol practice approved by President Pranab at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Don't expect entertainment from me: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi
What should one expect from Aseem Trivedi on the reality show Bigg Boss 6
? "Not entertainment for sure," says the controversial activist and cartoonist, who hopes to use the platform to spread his message on anti-corruption.
"I am not an entertainer. I am not going to the show for providing any entertainment," Trivedi, who was jailed on charges of sedition in Mumbai last month and is out on bail, told IANS
in a telephonic interview before he stepped into the Bigg Boss
house last Saturday.
Sonia in Haryana village to meet rape victim's kin
Congress president Sonia Gandhi arrived in Sachhakhera village near this Haryana town on Tuesday morning to meet the family of a minor gang-rape victim who committed suicide last week.
The victim, aged 16, who belonged to a poor, Dalit family, was allegedly gang-raped by two youths from her neighbourhood Saturday. She doused herself with kerosene and set herself on fire soon after the incident.
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Just out: SRK, Katrina in Saans from Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Finally, we get to see the chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.
The makers of Jab Tak Hai Jaan have released the next song from the film's playlist, Saans, and this one features the year's most talked about jodi.
Kejriwal alleges DLF-Haryana govt nexus
Arvind Kejriwal today began his press conference by accusing DLF of displacing poor farmers by giving out land to the likes of Vadra and alleging there is a nexus between the two parties concerned.
He went on to cite the Haryana High Court and court documents to substantiate his claims of a nexus between the two.
Over three hundred acres of land meant for a hospital were given away to DLF to build a SEZ, he claimed and Robert Vadra was given a 50 per cent share in this DLF SEZ, he added, claiming Vadra later sold his share for a profit. You can follow more updates on the press conference here
Delhi Girl killed by her brother for affair
A young man of 18 early Tuesday stabbed to death his sister, a year younger to him, for her love affair with a boy he disapproved of, Delhi Police said.
Laxmi, resident of east Delhi's Mandawali area, was repeatedly knifed by her brother Sujit, 18, around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
She was rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead.
"Both the siblings study in a Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Class 11. The girl had an affair with a boy. Sujit told Laxmi to break up her relation with that boy but she continued," said a police officer.
"Last (Monday) night the boy stabbed his sister several times and fled from the spot. A case has been registered and hunt is now on for Sujit," added the officer.
Dhoni skips Territorial Army Day parade
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is also an Honorary Lt Col in the Territorial Army, today chose to give the organisation's annual parade here a miss, sparking off a debate whether celebrities should be conferred such titles or not.
The development comes in the backdrop of IAF's unhappiness over both, Honorary Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni, not availing its offer of flying in their premier Su-30MKI aircraft.
The IAF yesterday suggested it would not be able to fly the duo in any of their fighter jets in near future as the service was "very busy".
Serge Haroche from France and David Wineland from the United States, have been awarded the 2012 Nobel prize for Physics for their experimental work on quantum optics.
Their work could have applications in many areas, including quantum computers.
TN to file contempt petition against Karnataka
The Tamil Nadu government decided to file a contempt of court proceedings petition against Karnataka today. The peititon would be filed immediately.
In a press release, Jayalalithaa said she advised the authorities that the due share of the State should be secured by filing the contempt case against the Karnataka government, which "unilaterally" stopped the release of water in violation of orders of the Supreme Court and in a manner that would harm the federal character of the country.
SC: Ban on tiger tourism to stay
The Supreme Court has said that the ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves will stay. The Court has asked the Center to notify the new guidelines on Project Tiger and tourism.
Policeman arrested in Haryana rape case
A policeman was Monday arrested for his involvement in the gang rape of a 16-year-old Dalit girl in Haryana, police said.
Manoj Kumar was arrested for his involvement in the case, police said. Four other accused, including Manoj's wife - Meenu, and three other youths, Pradeep, Sanjeev and Naveen, were arrested earlier.
The girl, who set herself on fire after pouring kerosene following the rape in Jind district Saturday, died at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS).
The victim, who was raped by Pradeep and Naveen, while Sanjeev and Meenu remained part of the conspiracy. Senior police officers met the victim's family Monday.
Cauvery row may be back in PM's court
The Cauvery water row returned to the prime minister's court Monday with the Supreme Court saying that he can decide on Karnataka's plea to allow it to stop water release to Tamil Nadu immediately.
Soon after the apex court's clarification, Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar announced in New Delhi that the state would petition the prime minister late Monday or Tuesday to immediately stay his Sep 19 order to release 9,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from Sep 20 to Oct 15.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had given the order as the ex-officio chairman of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA).
Sachin gives Sibal blueprint for reviving Indian sport
Sachin Tendulkar is taking his role as MP seriously enough to dash off a letter to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on reviving India's sporting culture.
Four months into his tenure as MP, Tendulkar has suggested a blueprint to integrate sports into the national educational curriculum rather than being a mere extra-curricular activity.
Sibal said that he has written back to Sachin asking him to visit the Ministry and make a personal presentation.
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While addressing a rally in Lucknow Mayawati has said that her party will reconsider its support to the UPA government. She also did not rule out the possibility of an early election. "Mid -term elections are a possibility," said the BSP leader.
She also said that her party is against FDI in retail.
Mayawati launches 2014 campaign
Mayawati has launched the BSP's campaign for the 2014 general elections with a scathing attack on Akilesh Yadav's UP goverment. Addressing a rally in Lucknow, the former UP Chief Minister said that the law and order situation has deteriorated since the SP government came into power.
' Akilesh Yadav is busy inaugurating the work done by my government,' said the BSP leader.
Members of India Against Corruption (IAC) led by activist Arvind Kejriwal Monday warned Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit that if the electricity hike is not rolled back, they would protest against this Nov 4 near her residence.
"If the government will not rollback the inflated power tariff, IAC members will protest against it near the chief minister's house," an IAC spokesperson said.
Activists lead by Kejriwal protested in the city Monday against the inflated electricity bills and high cost of power.
Lady Gaga's 'five-hour' dinner date with Assange
Pop Star Lady Gaga paid a visit to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The singer reportedly spent five hours in Assange's refuge in west London.
According to the Daily Mail, she had arrived at 7pm local time and it's believed she had dinner with the 41-year-old Australian activist.
Her visit came as nine celebrities who acted as Assange's bail sureties have been ordered to hand over a total of 93,500 pounds.
Assange has been holed up Ecuador's embassy since June 19 after going there to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted to face questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault.
He fears that if he is extradited to Sweden, he will be sent to the US to face interrogation over the work published by his whistle-blowing website.
Apple 'orders 10 million iPad Minis'
Tech giant Apple has reportedly placed an order for 10 million units of the iPad Mini with component suppliers in Asia in the fourth quarter.
According to suppliers, that is roughly double the order that were placed for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets in the same quarter.
The figure indicates that Apple believes demand for the product will be strong, despite stiff competition in the market, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Karnataka to cause Constitutional crisis?
After the Shettar-led BJP government in Karnataka abruptly halted the supply of water to Tamil Nadu, thereby defying the Supreme Court's order to send 9000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu daily, many are wondering if the State government is going to trigger a Constitutional crisis.
Former advocate general of India, Ashok Harnahalli, had this to say to the news agency DNA -
"State government's decision will further harm the state's interest during the future hearings of the issue in the Supreme Court. It could lead to constitutional crisis if Tamil Nadu moves the SC to enforce its order."
He said, "The Supreme Court could admonish the chief minister for contempt of court. There is also a possibility of imposition of President's rule in the state if the state government stands firm on its hard stand."
Sonia condemns Haryana rapes
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has said that strict action will be taken against those who are behind the recent spate of rapes in Haryana. "the law will take its course," said Gandhi while on a visit to the state
to meet the kin of the rape victims.
Mayawati to decide future course of action in BSP's grand rally today
For the first time after losing power in Uttar Pradesh, the BSP is all set for its 'Rashtriya Sankalp Maharally' today, coinciding with the death anniversary of its founder Kanshiram. The party will utilise this opportunity to prepare ground for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, party sources said.
The party supremo and the former state chief minister Mayawati during the rally is likely to set the future course of action of her party through the rally besides making her party position clear on a number of issues including support to the UPA government, FDI and reservation in promotions among others.
Obama looks to regroup; Romney appears confident
As the White House race shows signs of tightening nationally, President Barack Obama's campaign is banking on a massive get-out-the-vote operation and state-by-state shades of economic improvement to maintain its apparent polling edge in battlegrounds from Ohio to Virginia.
Republican Mitt Romney, re-energized by last week's debate, is flashing new confidence on the campaign trail and pressing toward the political center on both foreign and domestic issues. But aides have outlined no clear path to winning the 270 Electoral College votes required to gain the White House.
Oscars have record 71 foreign-language submissions
Academy Awards organizers have received submissions from a record 71 countries for this season's foreign-language prize.
The entries include Austria's "Amour" from director Michael Haneke, which won the top prize at last May's Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant as an elderly couple coping with the wife's worsening health.
The Oscar submissions also feature director David "Tosh" Gitonga's "Nairobi Half Life." It's the first entry ever from Kenya.
Other foreign-language entries include the French hit "The Intouchables," from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, and Sweden's "The Hypnotist," from Lasse Hallstrom, who also directed "The Cider House Rules."
Another entry is Norway's "Kon-Tiki" from directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. It chronicles Thor Heyerdahl's Pacific Ocean expedition to prove that South Americans could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Assange guarantors asked to pay out
Nine people, who had provided sureties for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, were ordered to hand over 93,500 pounds or nearly $150,000 after he skipped bail by seeking refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.
Giving them until Nov 6 to pay up, the Westminster Magistrate's Court ruled that the guarantors - who include Nobel prize-winning biologist John Sulston - are liable for part of the 140,000 pound bail fee they pledged.
Chinese tech firms 'threat to US'
Two top Chinese telecom firms face closure in the US over threat to America's national security, The Telegraph reported Monday.
The House Intelligence Committee has warned that American companies should avoid doing business with Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE Corp.
The Chinese firms are among the world's leading suppliers of telecommunications gear and mobile phones.Read more.
The battle between activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal and Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, Robert Vadra, is set to heat up as the former has promised to reveal more details of Vadra's dealings today
Vadra's mother-in-law meanwhile is set to visit Harayana today
which is emerging as the rape capital of the country. Sonia will visit Jind where a teenaged Dalit girl immolated herself after being raped.
And experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life today
, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history.
If he survives, the man dubbed "Fearless Felix" could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier!