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David Petraeus scandal widens; US general's emails 'flirtatious'
The sex scandal that felled CIA director David Petraeus widened today to ensnare the top US commander in Afghanistan, an improbable drama unfolding at a critical time in the Afghan war effort and just as President Barack Obama was hoping for a smooth transition in his national security team.
The suddenly public story — by turns tragic and silly — involves a Florida socialite, a jealous rival, a twin sister in a messy custody dispute and flirty emails.
Obama put a hold on the nomination of Afghan war chief Gen John Allen to become the next commander of US European Command as well as the NATO supreme allied commander in Europe after investigators uncovered 20,000-plus pages of documents and emails that involved Allen and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Some of the material was characterized as "flirtatious."
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FDI in retail: Film would be successful only if it has suspense, says Karunanidhi on not committing support
Continuing the suspense over its stand on any Opposition-sponsored resolution in Parliament against FDI in retail, crucial UPA ally DMK on Wednesday said its decision would be taken keeping in mind the interest of small and medium traders.
"Small and medium retail traders in Tamil Nadu are apprehensive that Foreign Direct Investment would greatly affect them. We would discuss and take a decision on this (FDI) keeping their interest in mind," DMK president M Karunanidhi told reporters here.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Japan has been postponed. He was supposed to visit Japan from Thursday.
Police firing claims one life in West Bengal
One person was killed and another injured in violence that rocked Tehatta bordering Nadia district today, with villagers claiming that the death was caused due to police firing.
Official sources are yet to confirm whether the police opened fire on a crowd which set up a road blockade at PWD More on Krishnagar-Karimpur highway at Tehatta in protest against the refusal of police permission to allow a Jagaddhari puja at their chosen venue.
Agitators set fire to police vehicles and threw brickbats at policemen who arrived on the spot to break the blockade.Read more
Army today foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, killing two militants while three Army jawans were also killed.
"A major infiltration bid was foiled in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district after alert troops noticed movement of a group of about five militants near the LoC," Army spokesman Colonel A Vashisht told PTI.
Two militants have been killed so far while search operations are going on for the other ultras, he said, adding, two AK assault rifles have been recovered from the scene of the encounter.
The spokesman said three army jawans were also killed while battling the infiltrating militants.
This is the second major infiltration bid foiled by the troops near the LoC in Kupwara district within a week.
On Friday, troops shot dead four militants attempting to sneak into the Valley in Keran sector.
An infiltration bid has been foiled by the Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district .
2 terrorists have been gunned down according to reports. 3 jawans have lost their lives.
The terrorists have been forced back into Pakistan.
Five Maoists killed in encounter in Odisha
Five Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in a forest on the border of Odisha's Ganjam and Gajapati districts today.
At least two security personnel were also injured in the exchange of fire in Bhaliagada jungle under Mohana police station area, police said.
"We have received information about the death of five Maoists during an exchange of fire in the jungle. The bodies are yet to be recovered as the operation is still on," DIG of Police (Southern Range) R K Sharma said.
People will forget actors like me: Ajay Devgn
Actor Ajay Devgn believes that 30-40 years from now people will forget stars like him because in the film industry what is out of sight goes out of mind.
"We are currently here and we are in front of the media and people, but I don't think 30-40 years from today people would remember stars like us. There have been instances, there have been stars in the past, who the current generation does not remember and have forgotten (them)," the 43-year-old told reporters here on the occasion of being inducted into UTV Stars' Walk of the Stars.
"They have been much bigger stars than what we are and if you can have all of them there (Walk of the Stars) so that their memory remains. I think they should live on, so it's a fabulous thing to do," added Ajay referring to the Walk of the Stars.
Actress Sonakshi Sinha, Ajay's co-star in "Son of Sardaar", has also become a part of the prestigious group and is elated.
"I am over the moon because my hand print gets to be with some of the biggest stars in our country today. I feel really honoured and privileged that I got the opportunity so early in my career. So, I just like to thank UTV Stars Walk of the Stars," Sonakshi said.
Man held at Chennai airport for taking pictures of Chidambaram
A 34-year-old man has been taken into custody for questioning after he was seen taking pictures of Finance Minister P Chidambaram at the Chennai airport, airport sources said today.
They said Amir was seen taking pictures of the Minister, who left for New Delhi yesterday, using his camera. Amir had confirmed first-class tickets to Delhi and from there to Dubai.
Initial probe revealed that Amir was one among the two persons, detained last month by CISF personnel for reportedly giving contradicting replies at the airport.
Earlier, Amir along with Mansoor, hailing from Kerala, were detained after they wanted to get off the Dreamliner aircraft ahead of its flight to Delhi. The duo reportedly gave contradictory replies when CISF sought an explanation for cancelling their journey at the last minute.
An enquiry is underway as to why he opted for a long trip to Dubai when there are direct flights available from Thiruvanathapuram and Kochi respectively to Dubai, they said.
The BJP has demanded a probe against Robert Vadra and his land deals.
It has also demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh depose in front of the Joint Parliamentary Committee for the 2G scam.
The BJP has come out in support of its president Nitin Gadkari. The party has said that its leader has supported the cause of the farmers.
BJP also made it clear that it will not back FDI in retail in the winter session of the parliament.
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets PM Dr Manmohan Singh. She is presently at his residence.
Japan's PM says may dissolve parliament by Friday
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he is ready to dissolve parliament by Friday if Japan's main opposition party agrees to key electoral reforms.
Noda made the pledge during a heated parliamentary exchange Wednesday with Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe. The LDP has been pushing Noda to make good on a promise to call elections soon, but he has said lawmakers must first carry out reforms needed to make the election constitutional.
The reforms would include shrinking the size of the lower house of parliament. Noda said the legislature would also have to approve an urgently needed deficit financing bill.
Sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra have intensified their protests.
A police jeep was set ablaze in Kolhapur. 2 constables have been injured in the Satara district.
3 districts remain tensed. The farmers are demanding a higher price for their crops.
Man killed for advising youths to drive safely in TN
A man was allegedly beaten to death at Attur in Salem district by five persons who were irked over him advising them to drive safely, police said on Thursday.
Police said the man was riding his two-wheeler last night when three persons on a motorcycle and two others on another two-wheeler rode past him with one of the riders standing.
He advised them to drive safely and soon after the motorcycle carrying the three persons toppled, sending them crashing to the ground.
The five accused, who were allegedly in an inebriated state, thrashed the man, who died on the spot, police said.
The deceased was a driver at a government primary health centre and is survived by wife and two sons.
A case has been registered against the five persons under various IPC sections including 302 (murder).
2G telecom spectrum auction resumes
The auction of 2G telecom spectrum resumed today at 9 a.m., even as the first day saw a subdued response.
The auction was necessitated following the cancellation of 122 telecom licenses by the Supreme Court.
On the first day of auction on Monday, the government received bids worth about 9,280 crore rupees at the end of five rounds.
Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar said on Monday, out of 176 blocks that were put on auction, bids were received only for 98.
Two key circles-Delhi and Mumbai-did not receive any bid on the first day.
No player has applied for a pan-India licence.
Today's Highlight in History
In 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gave the go-ahead for Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside's plan to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond; the resulting Battle of Fredericksburg proved a disaster for the Union.
In 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale" was first published in the United States.
In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President James A. Garfield. (Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.)
In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. (She made the trip in 72 days.) Jawarharlal Nehru , the first prime minister of independent India, was born.
In 1922, the British Broadcasting Co. began its domestic radio service.
In 1940, during World War II, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.
In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.
In 1972, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.
In 2002: Pope John Paul II made a historic speech to Italy's parliament, urging Italians to work for world peace, uphold their Christian values and have more babies.
CPC hails reform as way to stronger China
The Communist Party of China (CPC) has hailed reforms and opening up of the economy as the path to a stronger China and the salient feature of a new period in the country.
The inclusion of this statement in the party constitution will help the whole party acquire a deeper understanding of the importance of continuing to carry out reform and opening up and thus pursue this endeavour even more consciously and with greater determination, reported Xinhua, citing the resolution approved by the 18th CPC National Congress that concluded Wednesday.
It is by carrying out reform and opening up that China has achieved rapid development in the past 30 plus years, and it is reform and opening up that will ensure its future development, states the resolution.
"Only reform and opening up can enable China, socialism and Marxism to develop themselves," it says.
Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang in CPC's new central committee
Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang were elected to the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the closing session of the 18th CPC National Congress here Wednesday.
Xi, 59, is member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 17th CPC Central Committee, vice president and vice chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, reported Xinhua.
Li, 57, is also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 17th CPC Central Committee and vice premier.
WWII bomb removed from airport in Japan
A military squad has safely removed a 250-kilogram (550 pound) World War II bomb found two weeks ago near the runway of a major airport in northern Japan.
The team defused the rusty bomb Wednesday and then transported it away from Sendai Airport. More than 30 flights were canceled while they worked.
Sendai Airport was heavily damaged by last year's tsunami and the bomb was uncovered in construction related to its restoration. The airport was immediately closed, but troops piled hundreds of sandbags around the bomb so that flights could resume the next day.
The airport was closed again Wednesday morning as the bomb was removed.
The United States heavily bombed Japanese cities during World War II, and finding unexploded bombs is not unusual, even 67 years after Japan's surrender.
CPC congress begins closing session
China's ruling Communist Party today began a key meeting to elect a new Central Committee which would choose a new generation of Chinese leadership for the next decade.
A total of 2,307 delegates and specially invited delegates are attending the 18th National Congress of the CPC being held at the Great Hall of the People here.
During the session, a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the party, which will go into indiscipline and corruption cases, will be elected.
In Sandy, NYC rescuers find themselves the victims
Hundreds of New York City police officers and firefighters who have spent the past few weeks helping a storm-battered city get back on its feet are also dealing with personal losses related to the floods.
The NYPD and FDNY say an estimated 1,700 members of their departments had homes, vehicles or other property severely damaged or lost when Sandy came ashore.
NYPD Sgt. Kathy Cowan had 4 feet of floodwaters and sewage course through her home on the Rockaway peninsula during the storm. She says being "the victim" in the disaster is driving her crazy.
The five unions that represent NYPD officers and commanders have set up a charity, the New York Police Disaster Relief Fund, to get aid to the hardest-hit members of the department.
China CPC set to elect new central committee
The 18th national congress of the Communist Party of China will elect a new CPC central committee during the closing session here Wednesday.
Delegates to the congress are also expected to pass resolutions on the report of the 17th CPC central committee, work report of the central commission for discipline inspection and an amendment to the CPC constitution, Xinhua reported.
President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao are among 2,307 delegates participating in the session. The CPC will also elect a new central commission for discipline inspection. The CPC congress opened Nov 8.7.30 am:
Google India has announced Arun Kumar Yadav, a class 9 student of Kendriya Vidyalaya from Chandigarh, as the winner of the Doodle4Google 2012 competition.
The winning Doodle titled 'India - A Prism if Multiplicity' will go live on the Google (India) homepage today -- marking Children's Day. Read More on the doodle.
Today is also Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday.