Live: More than 200 feared dead in Brazil nightclub fire

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 12:17 hrs

5.46 pm

More than 200 feared dead in Brazil nightclub fire

A nightclub fire in southern Brazil has probably left more than 200 people dead, a senior police official said on Sunday. 

Major Gerson da Rosa Ferreira, overseeing rescue efforts at the scene for the military police, told reporters that 159 bodies had already been identified and removed from the nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria. 

He said the victims had suffocated or been trampled, and that the death toll was likely to be above 200 people. 

4. 20 pm

Modi discusses 2014 polls with new BJP chief Rajnath

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a top contender in the BJP for the post of prime minister, met the partys's new president, Rajnath Singh, here Sunday and held "detailed discussions" on the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Modi said he came to Delhi to meet and congratulate Rajnath Singh, who was unanimously elected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Wednesday.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, which lasted for more than two hours, the two leaders said they discussed mainly the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. They refused to give any details.

"The day I was elected party president, Narendra bhai called me and congratulated me. He said he will come to Delhi and meet me," Rajnath Singh told reporters.

"We sat together for a couple of hours and discussed about Gujarat, and 2014 elections were also discussed," he said.

3. 55 pm

After arrests, Telangana leaders get nod for protest in Hyderabad

After arrests of Telangana leaders and activists, Hyderabad police on Sunday granted permission to the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) to hold demonstrations in the city. The police said the JAC can stage protests at Indira Park till Monday evening.

The permission came after legislative council member and eminent academician Chukkah Ramaiah, revolutionary balladeer Gadar and others held talks with state home minister Sabita Indra Reddy and police commissioner Anurag Sharma.

Ramaiah said Telangana supporters in large numbers would participate in the protest. He also demanded release of all leaders and activists arrested in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana.

Police had earlier refused permission for 36-hour protest called by the JAC to press the demand that the centre make an announcement on Telangana by Monday. With police finally giving them permission, the JAC leaders who had launched the protest at JAC office left for Indira Park.

Legislators of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), who sat on a protest at state assembly, also began their march for the venue. TRS leader E. Rajender appealed to people from all Telangana districts to reach Hyderabad.

2. 50 pm

Vishwaroopam controversy heads to a climax

Madras High Court Judge K Venkatraman watched a special screening of Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam at Prasad Lab preview theatre on Saturday afternoon. He will pass his verdict on Monday (Jan 28) whether the film can be allowed to be screened in Tamil Nadu.

After Superstar Rajinikanth threw in his weight around Kamal Haasan by his written statement endorsing the film subtly, things started rolling.  Kollywood and Tamil Nadu politicians woke up to the Vishwaroopam ban by TN government and started issuing statements.

DMK chief M Karunanidhi called for a meeting between Kamal and the protestors. Karunanidhi said : “ Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have never hurt the sentiments of any community in their films.  A solution should be found in a democratic and consultative manner.”

Cutting across party lines PMK strongman Dr S.Ramdoss, a bitter critic of Tamil films and their superstars urged the state government to lift the ban. Ramdoss said : “ I have neither seen the film nor know what the story line is about, but I can assure you that Kamal Haasan is a good actor who will never hurt the sentiments of any religion.”

2. 00 pm

Police seek video of Nandy's remarks, author leaves Jaipur

Police have sought video of author Ashis Nandy's controversial comments that people from OBC, SC and ST communities were the "most corrupt" made at the Jaipur Literary Festival even as he left the city skipping rest of the event amid protests demanding his arrest.

"Investigation into the matter is going on. We have sought the video footage of yesterdays session in which he made the remarks and also his clarification to be put on record," Additional Commissioner of Police Girraj Meena told PTI.

"We have been informed by the organisers that Nandy left the city today but proper action will be taken once the initial probe is over," Meena said.

Nandy was to address a session on 'Hindi English Bhai Bhai' at the festival this morning but failed to turn up as the SC/ST Rajasthan Manch which had filed a police complaint against him held protests. The five-day festival is to end tomorrow.

12. 00 pm

Indo-Pak LoC trade, bus services likely to resume on Monday

The signs of business along the line of control (LoC) between the two sides of Jammu and Kashmir have started re-appearing, and the cross-border trade and travel would likely be resumed on Monday, said an official source on Sunday.

According to an civil administration official, the tensions have eased and the routine trade and travel between the two sides of Jammu and Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan would likely be resumed from Monday.

This dramatic turn around came after the Indian and Pakistani armies exchanged sweets along the LoC on Saturday as a mark of goodwill gesture on the occasion of India's 64th Republic Day.

The cross-LoC trade and travel, which was described as one of the biggest confidence building measures, was suspended after the January 8 brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani troops.

11. 00 am

Successive governments neglected Netaji mystery: Anita Bose

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's daughter Anita Bose Pfaff feels that the inquiry commissions set up to investigate his whereabouts following his disappearance in 1945 were handicapped for want of enough government support.

"I don't know how much support the inquiry commissions had received, but I think in some ways it (government) was supportive and in other ways they (commissions) also had their handicaps," Anita told PTI in an interview here.

Citing an example, she said the first commission was not allowed to go to Taiwan to investigate the so-called plane crash because it was politically "inopportune".

"I have a feeling that the last commission (Mukherjee Commission) did not really get prompt support in terms of documents being supplied," Anita said.

"That seems to be a bit sort of lagging, but I cannot tell you beyond that what they have written or what were their personal experiences," Anita said.

10. 00 am

'Bunty Chor' nabbed in Pune

Delhi's notorious 'Bunty Chor', who was involved in over 500 burglaries across the country, has been nabbed by Kerala Police from a hotel in Pune early Sunday, within days of looting the house of a businessman here, a minister said.

State Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan confirmed that Bunty is in the custody of the Kerala Police.

"It was through a joint operation by the Kerala and Maharashtra Police that Bunty was nabbed from a hotel in Pune early Sunday," said Radhakrishnan.

"All legal procedures are being done," added Radhakrishnan.

Devinder Singh, alias Bunty Chor, reportedly broke into a high security house of Gulf NRI businessman Venugopalan Nair on Jan 21.

9. 30 am

Thousands march in Washington for gun control

Thousands of people marched in Washington today to demand stronger gun control legislation, in a solemn rally six weeks after the shock massacre of young children at a Connecticut school.

Protesters, backed by senior officials, marched in silence for around 30 minutes along the National Mall near the US Capitol and Washington Monument, carrying white placards marked with the names and pictures of gun crime victims.

The demonstration came after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that saw a gunman mow down 20 young children and six adults, sparking a furious national debate over gun ownership. The shooter used a military-style assault weapon and handguns.

9. 00 am

Team India take on England at Dharamsala today

A morale-boosting series win sealed, India would be aiming to finish with a flourish when they take on England in the inconsequential fifth and final cricket one-dayer at the picturesque HPCA stadium today.

A 4-1 victory might not heal the scars of a Test series loss against the same opponents but it will surely inject a fresh lease of life in Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men ahead of their next Test assignment against Michael Clarke's Australia.

The skipper himself will certainly feel good as he is leading from the front and walking the talk of shouldering more responsibility upfront having successfully wielded his willow.

There is an old adage that 'revenge is a dish best served cold' and certainly the irony is not lost out when one considers the problems that the Englishmen faced whenever their caravan headed north - be it Delhi or Mohali.

Dhoni would certainly expect that the same script is followed to the 'T' when his side steps on to the field for the 43rd international venue in India.

With the series already decided, the match is of academic interest but for the team management and the national selectors, there are a few areas that they would like to check out.

7.30 am: 

From gun control to gay rights, President Barack Obama's second-term agenda is shaping up as an unabashedly liberal wish list.

In less than a week, he's vowed to tackle climate change and protect government entitlements. His administration has lifted a ban on women in combat and expanded opportunities for disabled students. Proposals for stricter gun laws have already been unveiled, and plans for comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, are coming next week.

Obama's full embrace of such an agenda suggests a president both freed for action by his re-election win and seeking to capitalize on it.

"There is a deep recognition that he has a short period of time to get a lot done," said Jennifer Psaki, Obama's 2012 campaign spokeswoman. "The American people are seeing a man who is determined to finish what he started in his first term, pushing through his agenda without the burden of running for re-election."

But following through and winning approval for his proposals will require cooperation from a Congress that is nearly as divided now as it was before the November elections.

"If the president pursues that kind of agenda, obviously it's not designed to bring us together," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who calls the start of Obama's second term "a new era of liberalism."

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