Live: Lt General K S Brar stabbed in London

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2012 14:39 hrs

8.10 pm:

Lt General (Retd) K S Brar, leader of operation Blue Star, stabbed in London

According to reports, four unidentified men outside his hotel in London attacked the General last night.

The men attempted to slit his throat, however the General raised an alarm and the attack failed.

The General however was injured and was taken to a hospital, following which he was shifted to a home to recover, under police protection.

His wife, who witnessed the entire attack, told reporters that she was shocked that the General, famous as the leader of Operation Blue star, would be attacked after all these years.

Operation Blue star, which was successful in killing the terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale but continues to be a political hot button, made the General a marked man and he has suffered several attacks on his life.

After Blue Star, the General served in the Eastern Command and worked in counter-insurgency operations in North-East India.

There have been many attempts on the General's life and he lives in a heavily guarded cantonment area in Mumbai.


Lt General (Retd) K S Brar, leader of operation Blue Star, stabbed in London

7.21 pm:

Withdraw entrance tests for medical courses: Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has strongly protested the unilateral decision of the central government to notify National Board of Examination (NBE) to conduct entrance tests for courses in medicine.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dated Sep 30, the text of which was released to the media here Monday, Jayalalithaa said: "The government of Tamil Nadu strongly protests the move to conduct an All India Common Entrance Test for admission to UG/PG (under-graduate/post-graduate) courses in medical colleges and reiterates that Tamil Nadu should be exempted from the test and allowed to continue with its existing system for admission to under-graduate/post-graduate medical seats."

7.00 pm:

Raj Thackeray does not "deserve" any importance: HC

The Bombay High Court today observed that Raj Thackeray does not "deserve" any importance and that filing of cases against the MNS chief gave him importance which is not needed.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Nitin Jamdar made the observation while hearing a contempt petition filed against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader.

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The Meeraj -Hubli local train has derailed near Gogkak in Karnataka.

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Will support Kejriwal if he runs for office, says Anna

Anna said that if Arvind Kejriwal runs for office, he will support him.  

"And if he stands against (minister) Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk, I will personally campaign for him," he added.

He said that they have the same goal - to fight corruption- but are using different paths to get there.

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Mamata slams UPA government

Mamata Banerjee has strongly condemned the Congress led UPA government.

While addressing  supporters gathered at a protest rally at Jantar Mantar, the TMC leader said that FDI in  retail has been imposed by a government which does not invest confidence of the Parliament.

She also said that 'selling the country' cannot be reforms.

"I am not afraid, throw me in jail. I am not scared," said the TMC Supremo.

1506 hrs

Govt to set tax avoidance rules within 20 days: FM

India will set final rules on tax avoidance within 20 days after considering recommendations made by a government panel, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Monday.

The panel was set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to examine controversial laws known as general anti-avoidance rules (GAAR), first proposed in the budget in March, that target firms and investors routing money through tax havens.

In a previous draft report, the panel had recommended that the GAAR rules be deferred for three years.

1426 hrs

Pro-Telangana students-police clash at Osmania University

Pro-Telangana students Monday clashed with police which used teargas shell to quell the protestors at Osmania University campus here even as the bandh called by different groups favouring separate statehood had little impact in the state capital and Telangana districts. 

A group of activists under the banner of Telangana students and OU-JAC held protests in front of the OU Police Station located on the varsity campus and later pelted stones on the police station and cops, a senior police officer told a news agency. 

Police retaliated by firing teargas shells to disperse the protesting students, he said. 

1402 hrs

DMK against FDI in retail

UPA's key ally the DMK has said that it will support any resolution against FDI in the retail sector in the parliament. But the party maintained that its stand on the matter will not affect its ties with the Congress.

1340 hrs

Just out: Shah Rukh's Challa from Jab Tak Hai Jaan

After a trailer that promised us classic Yash Chopra magic, the makers of Jab Tak Hai Jaan have released the first song from the film, Challa.

And it's already making waves. And not just because Shah Rukh Khan takes to the streets - a guitar in hand and a happy smile on his face - to sing the song!

Watch the trailer here!

1310 hrs

Pakistan Women pip India Women by one run

The Pakistani men may have failed yet again to beat their Indian counterparts in a World Cup match but their women made amends.

In a thrilling game in Galle in the Women's World T20, they pipped the Indians by a solitary run

Batting first, the Pakistani women's team made a paltry 98 for 9 in 20 overs.

It turned out to be enough but only just.

The Indians needed 14 from the last over with three wickets in hand.

They managed to get 12, finishing on 97 for 8 and falling tantalizingly short of a tie and subsequent Super Over.

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Cauvery water dispute: protests continue, over 100 detained

Protests rocked the Cauvery river basin district of Karnataka for the second day today over release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu with police taking about 100 people into custody after they squatted on tracks and detained the Mysore-Shirdi express at Gejjalagere village.

People in Mandya, Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts also protested against the release of water in line with a Supreme Court directive.

More on the story here.

1200 hrs

SC: CAG is a constitutional body

The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking the CAG report to be quashed. The top court said that the CAG is a constitutional body.

"It is up to the Parliament to consider if the CAG exceeded its brief," said the Supreme Court

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Bank heist: 4 more arrested

Four more persons have been arrested in connection with Friday's Rs 5.25 crore robbery in South Delhi, police said on Monday.

As of now, a total of seven persons have been arrested. The police have said that most of the loot has been recovered.

1055 hrs

'Trinamool won't ally with NDA'

The Trinamool Congress will never ally with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA or join any front that includes the Left, party general secretary Mukul Roy has said.

But the former railway minister did not rule out the possibility of reconciling with the Congress party if it decides to scrap foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail and the diesel price hike.

"If the Congress rolls back FDI in retail and the fuel price hike, then they can approach us," Roy

More on the story here.


1025 hrs
DGCA to review Kingfisher situation; pilots join in strike

Aviation regulator DGCA will on Monday review Kingfisher Airline's operations in the wake of mass cancellation of its flights, even as a section of the airlines Mumbai-based pilots joined in the strike by its engineers.

"We will review the situation of Kingfisher Airline," Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Mishra told PTI.

Mishra also said that airline's situation will also be discussed with the Civil Aviation Ministry.

The engineers of Kingfisher went on a strike yesterday to protest the non-payment of salaries since March.

More on the story here.


0957 hrs

Telangana protestors call off march

The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) late Sunday night called off the Telangana march.

Hundreds of protestors dispersed peacefully at midnight after JAC convenor M. Kodandaram announced that they were calling off the march.

Earlier, the JAC leaders had declared that they would not leave the Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake unless the central government announces a roadmap for the formation of separate Telangana state.

Though the police permission for the march ended 7 p.m. Sunday, the protestors refused to leave the place.

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DMK to hold emergency meeting today

The DMK is set to hold an emergency executive meeting in Chennai today. The meeting comes after a lookout notice was issued against the DMK leader Karunanidhi's grandson Durai Dayanidhi in an illegal granite mining scam.

The DMK is worried about the recent spat of cases filed against the senior leaders by the ruling AIADMK.

FDI in retail and hike in fuel prices will also be discussed in the meeting.

0815 hrs

Mamata to lead rally against government's reforms in Delhi

Mamata Banerjee will take her protest against the recent hike in fuel prices and FDI in retail to Jantar Mantar today.

A protest rally is expected to begin with an address by the leader of the TMC at 11am. Around 4000 supporters along with MLAs from the party are expected at the venue to show their support.

The TMC had quit the UPA over the recent reforms.


0730 hrs

Good morning!

As expected, Telangana protestors went berserk in the state capital yesterday, breaking through barricades and generally causing mayhem. The police responded with (what else?) tear gas and lathi charges.

Images: Thousands attend Telangana march amid clashes

The organizers, however, are not giving up the fight. They settled down on necklace road and refused to leave all night. Various parties have called for a bandh today, so the situation is expected to develop.

But mostly on people's mind is the spectacular victory the Indian cricket team scored over Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup. A dominating performance by the bowlers restricted Pakistan to 128. Then Kohli took us home via a measured game in 17 overs.

Catch up on all the cricketing action - here

Among things to watch for today is the Cavery water issue between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka has released the water, but sporadic protests marked the event.

Also watch out for a spice in inflation and other such economic numbers since the increase in Railway freight charges and fares goes into place today.

Tickets to that AC coach will cost you 3% more from today.

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