Live: No private parties for Pak players during Ind tour

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 02, 2012 10:44 hrs

4.13 pm:

Crocodile snatches 9-year-old boy in Australia

Police are searching for a 9-year-old boy who was snatched by a crocodile as he was swimming in the mouth of a river in northern Australia.

Northern Territory police say the boy was swimming with a group of people at Port Bradshaw on Saturday when he was grabbed by the crocodile.

Nearby people attempted to kill the crocodile with spears, but it then dragged the boy farther into the water.

Police planned to continue searching on Monday but expressed pessimism about the chances of finding the boy alive.

Two weeks ago, another crocodile snatched a 7-year-old girl who was swimming at a Northern Territory waterhole. The crocodile was fatally shot the next day and the girl's remains were found inside it.

3.40 pm:

No private parties for Pak players during Ind tour

The Pakistan Cricket Board has laid some strict guidelines for its players for the upcoming tour of India which includes restrictions on attending private dinner parties and not entertaining any friends at the team hotel.

"There are certain security protocols that we have taken. The players won't entertain any requests from friends or fans to attend private dinner parties. They have also been intimated that they can't entertain any guests in their hotel rooms," PCB spokesperson and GM (Media affairs) Nadeem Sarwar told PTI during an exclusive interaction.

Sarwar, along with Ehsan Sadiq (Director, Security & Vigilance, PCB), Usman Walha (Manager, International Cricket Operations) have come to recce the five venues Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Ahmedabad for the 12-day trip.

Sarwar said that one shouldn't read too much into the security protocol.

"Not entertaining guests in hotel rooms rule was also followed during World T20 in Sri Lanka. About dinner parties, if there is a function by Government of India or Pakistan High Commission, it's our duty to attend but players won't be allowed to attend any random dinner parties.

3.00 pm:

Egypt's top court postpones key ruling on assembly

Officials say Egypt's top court has postponed its ruling on the legitimacy of the nation's Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, citing 'administrative" reasons.

The announcement came as several thousand supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi surrounded the Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday to prevent the judges from entering the Nile-side building in Cairo.

The officials did not know whether a new date has been set for the ruling.

A ruling from the court — regardless of which way it goes — would be a direct challenge to Morsi, who last month gave himself near absolute powers, placing himself and the assembly above any oversight, including by the judiciary.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

2.35 pm:

Army chief reviews security situation along China border

Operational preparedness of troops deployed along the border with China and security situation in the northeastern states was reviewed by Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh here today.

"Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag briefed the Army Chief on the operational preparedness and the security scenario in the eastern region," defence spokesperson Group Capt T K Singha said here.

The Eastern Command of the Army is in-charge of securing the region east of Kolkata up to Arunachal Pradesh covering India's boundary with China.

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1.50 pm:

Viswaroopam audio launch on Dec 7

The much-awaited audio of Kamal Haasan starrer Viswaroopam's Tamil version would be launched in a gala manner on 7 December (Friday) across three cities of Tamilnadu.

The cast and crew of the movie, produced by Raj Kamal Films International, will fly to Madurai on 7 December where the audio would be released at Velammal College Grounds. They would then fly to Coimbatore where the gala event would take place at Hindustan College Grounds.

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1.00 pm:

Bomb-making factory unearthed in Karachi

Rangers personnel unearthed a bomb-making factory in Karachi and arrested 10 militants belonging to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Sources said the raids were conducted in the Kanwari Colony and Sultanabad areas in collaboration with the Intelligence Wing of the Rangers, Sindh, reports The News.

The discovery of the factory came 10 days after two improvised explosive devices exploded, and killed two people and wounded another 11 in the Peerabad area of Orangi Town. A similar IED blast had occurred in Abbas Town on November 18.

12.40 pm:

Mulayam gets a temple, his party a Chalisa

A la Tamil Nadu, a temple is coming up in Uttar Pradesh, dedicated to Mulayam Singh Yadav. A "Samajwadi Chalisa" - for the Samajwadi Party - is already out.

The temple could be ready by the time the Samajwadi Party completes a year in office in March 2013.

The state's information and public relations departments are in an overdrive, running advertisement campaigns in the print and audio-visual media.

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12.00 pm:

Left parties to mobilize people against retail reform: Karat

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said the left parties will hold conventions across the country to mobilize people against foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-retail sector.

"We will continue to oppose FDI policy in parliament. Along with it, we will hold conventions in every state and city to mobilise people against the policy," said Karat at a public rally here yesterday.

Karat further said the UPA government that has allowed FDI in multi retail under pressure of the USA and multinationals is busy cobbling up numbers by luring parties opposed to FDI to win the vote on the issue.

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11.20 am:

Three Taliban militants held in Lahore

A major terror attack was averted in Pakistan's Lahore metropolis when three Taliban militants were arrested and a massive quantity of explosives seized from them, a media report said.

The three militants, identified as Arshad, Umer Zaib, and Amjad, were arrested Saturday by the Crime Investigation Agency in a raid near Lari Adda area, Geo News reported.

AK-47 rifles, handguns, grenades, explosives, bombmaking paraphernalia and other explosive devices were seized from them, officials said.

10.45 am:

Brangelina's wedding to be 'all about family'

Hollywood's most talked about couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wedding will be "all about family," according to reports.

The 'Moneyball' star recently said that he has a "good feeling" his wedding with Jolie will happen "soon."

"One thing for sure, he says it's going to be all about family: a simple affair with Angie and the kids," People magazine's senior writer Jennifer Garcia said.

She added that the official "I do" date is still being kept a secret.

10.00 am:

India to erect floating fence along Sir Creek border with Pak

India will soon erect a 'floating fence', anchored by submerged metallic meshes, along the disputed Sir Creek border area with Pakistan.

The 96-km strip in the Rann of Kutch marshes is notorious for illegal crossings and smuggling of narcotics and arms and is patrolled round-the-clock by BSF marine commandos.

Top sources involved in the project said after mulling over various options, the Union Home Ministry entrusted the CPWD and NBCC to install an all-weather 'gabion box' fence along the stretch.

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9.15 am:

Explosions heard at US military base in Afghanistan

Two explosions and shooting were heard at a US base in the Afghan city of Islamabad on Sunday, according to reports. The Taliban said they carried out an attack on the compound and inflicted casualties.

8.48 am:

A major fire broke out at around 3.30 am this morning in the 19th floor of Jolly Maker building in Mumbai's Cuffe Parade area.

According to reports, a short circuit triggered the fire.

At least nine fire tenders and four special appliance vehicles rushed to the spot. They managed to evacuate everyone from the building.

So far, there has been no report of casualties.

8.40 am:

Cars trapped in tunnel collapse outside Tokyo

Japanese police say that parts of a tunnel have collapsed on a highway west of Tokyo, trapping an unknown number of vehicles as smoke from a fire inside prevented rescuers from approaching.

A police spokesman, Yoshihiro Fukutani, said police were still trying to learn the exact situation inside the Sasago Tunnel, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside the city, after parts of a wall inside collapsed early Sunday morning.

Television footage showed police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances massed outside the tunnel's entrance. A man who said he saw the collapse and alerted authorities to the emergency managed to escape after he was ordered to flee. The roof and windows of another vehicle parked on the roadside outside the tunnel were crushed; the injured occupants reportedly taken to a hospital.

8.00 am:

16 trapped in China mine

Sixteen miners remained trapped underground after a coal mine in China was flooded, authorities said Sunday.

The accident around 11.30 p.m Saturday in Heilongjiang province. Twenty-two miners were working at Furuixiang coal mine in Qitaihe city. Six miners managed to escape.

Rescuers were laying conduits to pump water out of the pit.

7.30 am:

After a week of threats by various French ministers against ArcelorMittal and even requests for Laxmi Mittal to leave France, some sort of truce has been reached between the French government and the steel magnate.

The French government backed away from a threat to nationalise a steelworks, saying it secured promises from ArcelorMittal to invest and avoid any forced layoffs at the site where the company had idled two blast furnaces. Workers at the plant said the announcement fell short of what they had hoped from a government that won power in May on promises to combat industrial decline and mass job losses in Europe's second-largest economy.

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