Live: Mulayam offers Lok Sabha ticket to Saina Nehwal

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 04, 2012 15:05 hrs

8. 40 pm

Mulayam Singh Yadav offers Lok Sabha ticket to Saina Nehwal

Mangalayatan University in Aligarh today conferred honorary degrees to 11 eminent people including badminton star Saina Nehwal who said she coveted it more than even the London Olympic medal.

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who handed the degrees, paid rich compliments to Indian sportspersons.

Praising Saina in particular, and speaking in a lighter vein, he asked the ace badminton player to contest the next Lok sabha elections from Aligarh.

He asked what would be the electoral result if the badminton player were to contest an election from Aligarh.

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8. 20 pm

Aakash tablet to be showcased at UN

India will showcase its low-cost Aakash tablet at the UN, highlighting the country's innovation involved in creating the "most competitively priced" tablet computer.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said a presentation on the tablet will be held on November 28 at the world body's headquarters here to which UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be invited.

Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Canada-based Datawind, which had won the Indian government's tender for making and supplying the tablets, will also be present on the occasion.

8. 00 pm

Kejriwal's method not right, corruption can't be eradicated: Deepak Parekh

Eminent banker Deepak Parekh on Sunday said corruption cannot be eradicated from the system and disapproved the way activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal is going about with his exposes.

"Corruption is not going to go away from our country... I think the manner in which he (Kejriwal) is going about is not right," Parekh, chairman of HDFC, told a gathering of top industrialists and bankers at an event.

Asked whether he would help Kejriwal if he seeks his advice on economic policy matters, Parekh said he will never do so and would never vote for his candidates as he does not approve of the way he is going about with his plans.

Parekh also slammed the media for incessant coverage of Kejriwal & Co. and asked it to report other important issues.

7. 30 pm

80 per cent turnout at India's highest poll booth

India's highest polling booth in Lahaul-Spiti district on Sunday recorded 80 per cent turnout for the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, an official said.

At the Hikkim polling station, located at an altitude of 14,567 feet, 267 voters out of the 333 eligible electors cast their votes, an election official said.

In the 2009 parliamentary elections, the Hikkim station recorded 69 percent turnout.

That year, 243 of 321 voters exercised their franchise.

Meanwhile, at the Ka polling station in Kinnaur district, which has the lowest number of just 18 electors, there was a 100 percent turnout.

Votes will be counted Dec 20.

7. 00 pm

SC upholds army commanding officers' power to sack

There is no legal infirmity if an army personnel is dismissed in summary court martial proceedings conducted by a commanding officer who also issues the charge sheet against him, the Supreme Court has said.

"There is no violation of the principle of natural justice. No illegality has been committed in convening the summary court martial by the commanding officer nor there is any illegality in the conduct of summary court martial," said the apex court bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice Anil R. Dave in a recent judgment.

The court said this while addressing the challenge about the competence of the an accused army man's commanding officer, who signed and issued the charge sheet, to convene and conduct the summary court martial proceedings.

6.10 pm

FDI in retail will benefit common man: PM

Accusing the opposition of spreading misinformation regarding policy initiatives taken by UPA, a combative Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said reform measures, including FDI in retail, will benefit the common man and create more jobs.

Addressing a Congress rally at the Ramlila Maidan here, he said Congress party and the government were committed to create a prosperous India but the people have to travel a long distance to achieve that goal. "If we want to bring some changes in our policies for the benefit of the country, we will definitely do so," he said.

Defending the opening up of multi-brand retail to foreign investment, he said suggestions that this will harm farmers were "wrong".

5.40 pm

Kasab suffering from dengue-like fever

Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving Pakistani involved in 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, has been suffering from high fever - earlier suspected to be dengue - for the last four days, a prison official said.

A team of doctors from Mumbai's J.J. Hospital is treating him in the Arthur Road prison, where he has been lodged since his conviction.

Confirming the reports, J.J. Hospital dean T.P. Lahane said that while the symptoms of the fever were "dengue-like", the possibility of the disease has been nearly ruled out.

5.00 pm

Congress rally: Traffic goes haywire

Traffic went haywire in Central Delhi today due to a Congress rally attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi putting commuters to hardships.

Roads leading to Ramlila Maidan were choked with vehicles carrying party workers from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and long serpentine queues of vehicles were seen on Ring Road and ITO.

It took more than half-an-hour for commuters on way to ITO to cross a length of less than one-km from Yamuna bridge on Vikas Marg.

Police had a tough time regulating traffic on a Sunday which usually witnesses very less movement of vehicles in the city during day time.

Ring Road from Sarai Kale Khan to Raj Ghat was also choc-a-bloc while NH-24 linking Delhi with Uttar Pradesh saw traffic snarl-ups.

"Normally, I take around five minutes to reach Pragati Maidan from Millenium Park. But today I took 40 minutes to cross that stretch," said Mayank Kulkarni, an engineer.

3.12 pm

Mobile towers on list of LeT, says arrested terrorist

After being involved in burning down some shrines in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group made attempts to disrupt the communication system in the state by destroying the mobile towers.

The LeT's plan was revealed during interrogation of six terrorists of the group who were arrested by J and K Police last month for setting ablaze shrines and a mosque in Budgam district of central Kashmir, official sources said today.

The interrogation report of Zahoor Ahmed Khan alias Zubair, alleged mastermind behind burning down of Jama Masjid at Narbal and Baba Hanifuddin shirine on July 15 this year, gave a deep insight to the nefarious designs of LeT's plan to instigate protests on one pretext or the other, the sources said.

2.30 pm

BJP pulls up Congress for its 'mega rally'

Criticizing the Congress party for organising a mega rally, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Sunday described it as a government-sponsored rally, and not an event sponsored by the Congress Party.

"This is a government's rally where resources of state are misused to make it a success. This is just in the name of Congress," Punj said.

"It's on FDI. It has no public support. If people had so much of faith on FDI, people would be organising a rally on their own," he added.

Meanwhile, huge crowds were present at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan for the Congress rally.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi addressed the crowds on the government's decision to back economic reforms.

The Congress leadership explained the government's recent moves to open the economy, especially allowing foreign equity in retail despite intense opposition to the move.

2.05 pm

Man guilty of causing death by rash driving let off with fine

A man convicted of rash driving which killed one person has been let off with a fine of Rs 1,500 by a Delhi court on the ground that the victim's kin had accepted a compensation of Rs 50,000 as settlement.

Metropolitan Magistrate Navita Kumari held South Delhi resident JagdishPal Singh guilty of rash and negligent driving which resulted in the death of North-West Delhi resident Sachin in November, 2011 near Barakhamba road here.

1.30 pm

Big B calls Sunil Gavaskar great son of India

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan describes cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar as one of the most entertaining people ever and says he is the pride of India.

"Just had the great honour of felicitating dear friend and sporting icon, Sunil Gasvakar... A great son of India... Privileged," the 70-year-old actor tweeted.

"Sunil Gavaskar as gracious and as entertaining as ever. He is a great mimic among many other special attributes he possesses, and had the entire audience in splits," he added.

The felicitation was held Saturday.

Amitabh says Gavaskar is one of the few people who have never failed to wish him on his birthday.

"The one matter that has remained constant with him is his phone call on my birthday each year. And this has gone on for more than almost 30 years. Irrespective of where he may be, in which part of the world, that phone call always comes," wrote Big B.

12.57 pm

30 percent polling in Himachal by noon

Himachal Pradesh recorded nearly 30 percent voter turnout by 12 noon Sunday after a sluggish start to polling in the 68 state assembly constituencies.

"The voter turnout was just nine percent in the first hour but by noon, it rose to 30 percent," the state's Chief Electoral Officer Narinder Chauhan told IANS.

"The maximum turnout was in Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, Shimla and Solan districts," he said.

Officials said there was no report of any delay in starting the poll process. The polling will end at 5 p.m.

The officials expect heavy polling since the weather is clear and sunny.


12.20 pm

Rahul Gandhi lists UPA's achievements at mega rally

Here is what Rahul Gandhi had to say about Congress-led UPA's achievements at the mega rally in Ramlila grounds today:-

We have done the best for the betterment of common man by bringing about liberalization.

We have introduced RTI and w
e have implemented the programme for employment of millions of Indians.

11.57 am

No sequel to Kim Kardashian's sex tape

Fans of Kim Kardashian's sex tape will be disappointed to know that there won't be a sequel, as the company which owns the rights to reality star's first intimate video with Ray-J, has insisted that there's no second installment.

Vivid Entertainment boss Steve Hirsch has apparently told that any rumours of another "eye popping" sex tape doesn't exist and he hasn't heard of it being touted for sale either.

"We've already spoken to the third party that brought the first tape to us. And a second tape, or additional footage from the first tape isn't being shopped around or even exists," the Mirror quoted him as telling the website.

But Hirsch did add that if there was a "seller" of any rude tape with the socialite, he will "use all legal means possible to protect our ownership". (ANI)

11.18 am

PM, Sonia to push UPA reforms agenda at mega rally

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will today address a mega rally here at the Ramlila Maidan to highlight the achievements of the UPA Government at the Centre.

The Congress leadership is also expected to explain the government's recent moves to open the economy, especially allowing foreign equity in retail despite intense opposition to the move.

The rally is expected to set the agenda for the party's one-day brainstorming session at Surajkund on November 9 in which it plans to discuss current political and economic situation as well as review the implementation of programmes promised in the party manifesto.

This rally is also expected to give a message to party workers down the line, as it will be attended also by district and block presidents from all over the country besides Ministers at the Centre and states, MPs and MLAs and party's central and state office-bearers.

The Congress had earlier maintained that FDI in retail would help farmers and consumers and result in job creation for the youth - the constituencies it would like to address.

10.45 am

Obama, Romney in final push: Obama has edge

As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go on a final campaign sprint, new polls in two smaller battleground states show a close race in one and a five point advantage for the president in another.

In Iowa, which has six electoral votes, Obama has an edge over the Republican challenger Mitt Romney among likely voters, 47 percent to 42 percent, according to a Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.

The race for four electoral votes in New Hampshire is a dead heat, according to the WMUR Granite State Poll. Obama and Romney are tied at 47 percent among likely voters, the poll showed.

When asked towards whom they are leaning, the state's small number of undecided likely voters are evenly split, CNN reported.

Earlier two samples of Ohio, including a CNN/ORC International poll, showed Obama had an advantage in Ohio. In Florida, one poll showed Romney with an advantage and another showed Obama had an edge.


10.09 am

No mercy for students of unrecognised institutions: SC

Students taking admission in educational institutions without verifying whether they are recognised or not are to be blamed themselves, the Supreme Court has said, refusing to sympathise with them.

A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra refused to grant recognition to a Madhya Pradesh-based institute and turned down its plea to sympathise with students as they would suffer if recognition is not granted.

"The students who take admission are not young in age. They are graduates. They are expected to enquire whether the institution has recognition and affiliation. If we allow ourselves to say so, the institution had given admission in a nonchalant manner. Possibly, its functionaries harboured the idea that they had incomparable fertile mind. The students who had taken admission possibly immersed with the idea that ignorance is a bliss," the bench said.

9.25 am

Polling starts in Himachal Pradesh

The polling for the 68 seats of Himachal Pradesh assembly began amid tight security Sunday.

Electors across the state could be seen reaching polling stations even before voting started at 8 a.m.

Poll officials said there has been no report of any delay in starting the poll process. The polling will end at 5 p.m.

Poll officials are expecting heavy polling as the weather is clear and sunny.

A record number of 459 candidates, including 27 women, are in the fray.

8.45 am

Congress mega rally at Ramlila ground today

Congress is ready to fight back allegations against it with a mega rally at Ramlila ground in New Delhi today.

This is being done ahead of the winter session. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will try to divert attention by showcasing the economic agenda of the government over the past few months

Over 10,000 policemen along with 800 traffic cops have been deployed at the venue. Also, one lakh people are expected to take part in the event.

8.15 am
Battlelines have been drawn for Sunday's election for the 68-member Himachal Assembly where political heavyweights Prem Kumar Dhumal and Virbhadra Singh are jostling for attention of voters for whom the issue of price rise and corruption seems to have surpassed the anti-incumbency factor.

The BJP and Congress are contesting all 68 seats while BSP has fielded 66 candidates followed by Himachal Lokhit Party (36), TMC (25), SP (16), CPI-M (15), NCP and Swabhiman Party (12 each), CPI (7), Shiv Sena (4) and 105 Independents.

Led by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the incumbent BJP is hoping to script history in the state by going the Punjab way, where the Akali-BJP combine returned to power against historical projections.

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