Civil Services main exam to be held in Nov-Dec 2013
The Civil Services (Main) examination will be held in November or December this year and applications for it will be called in August or September, according to a notification issued by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
UPSC, which conducts the prestigious examinations to select IAS, IPS and IFS officers among others, has in a recently issued public notice dropped the mandatory English language paper from the main test.
It has also restored the earlier practice of two qualifying papers, the marks obtained of which will not be counted for ranking.
Woman tries to save daughter from molesters, burnt alive in Mumbai
A woman was brutally assaulted and set on fire when she tried to protect her daughter from getting molested by a group of men in Ghatkopar, Mumbai, CNN-IBN reported.
The victim was allegedly beaten up and then set on fire by the group, which including two women as well.
The woman, who suffered 90 per cent burn injuries, has been admitted to a hospital and is in critical
condition. Doctors treating her say that she is in an extremely critical state and is battling for life.
Not withdrawing support to UPA for now: Mulayam
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has made it clear that he won't withdraw support to the UPA government as he cannot support 'communal parties', but added that the Congress itself will go for elections this year itself.
Speaking exclusively to Network 18, Mulayam said, "We don't want the Bharatiya Janata Party and their allies to bring the government down. Why should we bring the government down for eight to nine months?"
Pak's ruling PPP declares itself as 'poorest' political party in country!
Pakistan's Peoples Party-Parliamentarians (PPP-P) is by far the poorest political party in the country, according to the financial statement submitted by it.
The financial statements for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2012 given to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) showed that the PPP-P has only Rs 4,35,397, which includes Rs 5,997 cash held by its finance secretary and Rs 4,29,400 in its bank account.
The statement of accounts submitted by the party's secretary general and former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said the party spent nothing, except Rs 348 during the whole fiscal year ending on June 30, 2011, the Dawn reports.
According to the statement submitted to the ECP, the party has assets spread across the country valued at Rs 80.3 million and its closing balance for the fiscal year 2011-12 was Rs 53.19million.
Shoe thrown at Musharraf
A man lobbed a shoe at former President Pervez Musharraf when he appeared in a Pakistani court here today, but it did not hit him.
The unidentified man hurled the shoe towards Musharraf while he was leaving the Sindh High Court this morning after obtaining a 15-day extension of his pre-arrest bail in a series of cases.
The shoe fell a few feet in front of the 69-year-old former military ruler, who was surrounded by security personnel and TV cameramen.
Man rapes aunt over property dispute
A man allegedly raped his aunt and assaulted his uncle and cousin over a property dispute in Bihar's Nawada district, the police said.
Manoj Yadav, the accused, allegedly committed the crimes last night.
He was arrested today from Parahia village under Nadiganj police station, they said.
A pistol and 11 ammunition were seized from his possession, they added.
New labour policy threatens Indians in Saudi Arabia
Thousands of Indian workers are likely to lose their jobs after a workforce nationalisation law came into effect in Saudi Arabia today, CNN-IBN reported.
The Nitaqat law makes it mandatory for local companies to hire one Saudi national for every 10 migrant workers.
Reports say the plan threatens the livelihood of nearly two million expatriates, a majority of them Indians. Both the Kerala and Andhra Pradesh governments have urged the Centre to take up the issue with the Saudi government.
Indian-American sentenced to 24 months in US for tax fraud
An Indian-American along with two others from Alabama have been sentenced for their roles in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme, the US Justice Department has said.
While Indian-American Narendra Kumar Patel was sentenced to 24 months in prison, the two other co-conspirators Mary Bennett and Eugenia Burks have been sentenced to 75 and 18 months respectively.
Pervez Musharraf appears before court
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf appears before a court after he was granted protective bail by the Sindh high court against his arrest in connection with three high profile cases.
Drunk cops in SUV runover woman
A woman lost her life and three others were injured after they were hit by a sports utility vehicle (SUV), which was allegedly driven by drunk police officers on Wednesday evening here in Noida, said reports.
The injured have been reportedly admitted in a hospital.
The officers, belonging to the Bisrakh police station, allegedly went on a "joy ride" in a white Tata Safari after getting drunk, to celebrate Holi.
One held in Jesse Ryder assault case
A 20-year old man has been arrested in connection with a late-night attack on New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder, media reports said.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer made the announcement at a news conference in Christchurch, and said that the police were following "positive lines of inquiry" in their search for other people involved in the assault.
The cricketer remains in critical condition after suffering severe head injuries in a brawl outside a bar.
Russian spaceship docks with orbiting station
A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts successfully docked Friday with the International Space Station, bringing the size of the crew at the orbiting lab to six.
Chris Cassidy of the United States and Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin traveled six hours in the capsule before linking up with the space station's Russian Rassvet research module over the Pacific Ocean, just off Peru.
"It's such a beautiful sight, hard to believe my eyes," the 59-year-old Vinogradov, who had been in space in 1997 and 2006, was heard saying on NASA TV.
Myanmar leader says force an option to end riots
Myanmar President Thein Sein said that his government will use force if necessary to quell deadly religious rioting that started last week, as attacks on Muslims by Buddhist mobs continued in several towns.
In his first public comments on the violence, Thein Sein warned in a televised speech on Thursday that he would make all legal efforts to stop "political opportunists and religious extremists" trying to sow hatred between faiths.
Police announced that 42 people have been killed, 37 religious buildings and 1,227 houses have been damaged or destroyed, and 68 arrests have been made in the three affected regions since the recent unrest started on March 20.
Arvind Kejriwal's fast enters seventh day, doctors say he's lost 6 kgs
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal's fast has entered the seventh day today.
The activist-turned-politician has been on a fast against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and inflated electricity bills in the capital. His health has been deteriorating.
On Thursday, doctors had announced that Kejriwal has lost 6 kgs so far.
Google to drop veggies at your door step with Google Shopping Express
Internet search leader Google is taking another step beyond information retrieval into grocery delivery.
The new service, called Google Shopping Express, will initially provide same-day delivery of food and other products bought online by a small group of consumers in San Francisco and suburbs located south of the city. The company, based in Mountain View, Calif., didn't say how many people will be part of the test.
If the pilot program goes well, Google Inc. plans to expand delivery service to other markets.
5 killed as explosion brings down wall in Mumbai
At least five people were killed and two others were critically injured as an explosion brought down a wall in densely-populated area of Sakinaka in Mumbai today, CNN-IBN reported.
The cause of the explosion could not be known as police said they were still investigating the incident.
The house whose wall collapsed was adjacent to a small-scale industrial unit. Fire officials are on the spot clearing the debris.
8.00 am:North Korea puts rocket units on standby to attack US military bases
North Korea put its rocket units on standby today to attack US military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a midnight meeting of top generals and "judged the time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists in view of the prevailing situation", official KCNA news agency said.
In a shocking incident, a group of eleven youths forcibly gained entry in the house of a 21-year-old girl whom they were following and severely beat her and her family members here today.
Police Commissioner Ram Singh said the incident took place in the evening when the boys began passing vulgar comments on seeing the girl, who was returning home after attending tuition classes.
The situation turned ugly turn when the boys followed her home where her parents rebuked them. They then manhandled the girl and her family members besides threatening them of dire consequences if the matter was reported to police, Singh said.
The police official said of the total 11 accused, five have been identified and booked under various sections of IPC.
According to the family, the girl suffered a fracture in her right leg in the melee.