Pune follows Mumbai, to ban 'female mannequins' after Shiv Sena's proposal
The Indian Express: The all-party meeting of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Friday decided to endorse a ban on the display of "female mannequins" in shops near main roads. They want the mannequins displayed inside the shops.
Mayawati criticises Congress for 'disrespecting' poor
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Saturday criticised the Congress for "complete disrespect" to poor people in the country, saying that recent comments of its leaders indicated they did not know what being poor meant.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister told journalists that Congress leaders' comments that people can have a meal at Rs.5 and Rs.12 showed how much the party is cut off from ground realities in the country.
More youngsters getting sterilized in Mumbai
TOI: Nearly half of those who underwent permanent sterilization through tubectomy or vasectomy at Mumbai's civic-run health centres in 2011-12 were in their 20s. Family planning experts say the numbers are proof of the state's failure to spread awareness about, and promote, the reversible methods of contraception.
Advani pulls up Congress, says 'BJP will break all records in 2014'
Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani on Saturday said his party will achieve a record victory in the 2014 general elections.
Advani urged his party workers to be ready and begin preparations for the polls.
"Elections in the six states of the country and the Lok Sabha polls will take place before April, may be till May. But everybody is of the opinion that the Election Commission will itself want that the polls take place earlier whether the government wants it or not," he said.
Mayawati supports food scheme, says 'better late than never'
BSP supremo Mayawati today supported Centre's food security scheme but disapproved of its step to bring an ordinance, saying the measure should have been discussed in Parliament and passed with consensus.
"...Better late than never.... Our party supports it in principle," she told reporters here.
Indians head to Gulf in 'begging' season
TOI: It's more than a fortnight since the month of Ramzan began and a regular stream of Indians has been heading to the Gulf countries, literally with begging bowls in hand. Reason: This is the time when alms (zakat) are given generously.
Telangana row: Seemandhra ministers up the ante, threaten to quit cabinet
TOI: The Seemandhra faction of the Congress on Friday ratched up its opposition to the bifurcation of the state with 14 ministers from the region in the Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet issuing an ultimatum to party president Sonia Gandhi stating that they would quit their ministerial posts in case the party opts to divide Andhra Pradesh. The threat came even as two Congress MLAs from Nellore district faxed their resignation letters to the assembly speaker in support of united Andhra.
PTI: Pakistani troops indulge in heavy weapons and RPG firing on Indian post in Poonch: Army officials.
Nurse molested in ladies compartment of Mumbai local train
India Today: A nurse traveling in local train in Mumbai was allegedly molested by a drunken man early Saturday morning.
The accused has been arrested.
Won’t apologize for Modi remarks, Amartya Sen says
TOI: Even as the firestorm over Amartya Sen's remarks about Narendra Modi refuses to die down, the Nobel-winning economist said he had nothing to apologize for saying that he did not wish to see the Gujarat chief minister become India's next Prime Minister.
Will Priyanka Gandhi debut in 2014 Lok Sabha elections?
Hindustan Times: When she said, “I have said it a thousand times that I am not interested in joining politics” in 1999, people — both Congress men and opposition leaders, and even the media — smiled indulgently.
For, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra — great granddaughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, granddaughter of Indira Gandhi and daughter of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi — was trying to defy tradition.
Ex-Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir seeks apology from successor
Hindustan Times; Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Friday demanded an apology from his successor P Sathasivam if he did indeed criticise the former in the terms attributed to him in a section of the media.
Diaries of mining barons say 2 MP ministers were 'bribed': IT dept
The Indian Express: In a case with a striking similarity to the Jain hawala investigation, the income tax department has roped in the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate and the Lokayukta to probe two senior Madhya Pradesh ministers after it recovered diaries from mining barons which had entries claiming the ministers had been paid bribes.
At AMU girls' hostel, only salwar kameez, no films or eating out
The Indian Express: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has asked residents of its women's hostels at Abdullah Hall to wear "proper and decent-looking dresses, i.e., salwar kameez with dupatta, both in or outside the hostel".
Dawood Ibrahim personally set IPL betting rates: Police papers
TOI: India's most wanted criminal, Dawood Ibrahim, set illegal betting rates for IPL matches personally and also at times manipulated odds on a likely winner through his bookies to rake in large sums of money as betters were hoodwinked into placing bets on a weaker team, according to the chargesheet being prepared in the IPL spot-fixing case.
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At least 40 people were killed when twin suicide bombings ripped through a town in northwest Pakistan's restive tribal belt in a sudden surge in violence against the minority Shia community.
State-run Radio Pakistan said that at least 40 people were killed and over 100 injured in the bombings which occurred in a span of a few minutes in the central market of Parachinar town in Kurram Agency, one of seven tribal districts where Taliban militants are fighting government forces.
An intelligence official said that both attackers used explosive-rigged motorbikes in the attacks to cause maximum damage.