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Pakistan's top court orders action against Taliban
The Supreme Court has ordered the law enforcement agencies to take infiltration of the militants in Karachi seriously, a day after Pakistani Taliban threatened to attack leaders of a political group in the southern port city.
Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said Friday that the militants have decided to target the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in its Karachi stronghold as the group has been critical of the Taliban's policies, Xinhua reported citing media reports.
Karachi, the country's commercial center, is in the grip of target killings. The MQM says that the Taliban have also sneaked into the city and are involved in terror activities.
We are proud of our human rights record and social system, North Korea says
North Korea's UN delegation declared on Friday that it was proud of Pyongyang's social system and human rights record and rejected as baseless a UN monitor's report that described appalling human rights abuses in the reclusive country.
Pyongyang was reacting to a report to the UN General Assembly's third commitee, which focuses on rights issues, from UN special rapporteur on North Korea Marzuki Darusman that described "a wide range of human rights violations."
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Swamy moves EC seeking derecognition of Congress
Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy has moved the Election Commission to derecognise Congress, alleging the party violated laws by providing a Rs 90 crore loan to a company that published the now-defunct National Herald newspaper.
The Congress on its part adopted a combative approach over the controversy on The Associated Journals issue, saying it has discharged its "political dharma" and that it was ready to contest any challenge in any fora for giving loan to support the newspaper.
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Patna doctor's money moved to Romney account?
Police are probing a complaint that over Rs.3.5 lakh was stolen by cyber thieves from a reputed Patna doctor's bank account and moved to the account of US presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Sushil Kumar Verma was shocked when his bank informed him that Rs.352,541 had been taken away from his bank account and deposited in an American bank account, police said today.
Verma, a former head of the department of plastic surgery of the Patna Medical College and Hospital, said he had lodged a complaint with police.
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Post Nilam, flood situation grim in Andhra Pradesh
Floods in Andhra Pradesh triggered by cyclone 'Nilam' and north-west monsoon inundated villages and caused widespread damage to crops Saturday, officials said.
Over 100 villages were cut off and A few towns including Vijayawada faced inundation as heavy rains continue to lash coastal Andhra Pradesh and parts of Telangana region for the fourth consecutive day.
Rivulets, tanks and reservoirs were overflowing in eight districts, where normal life was hit. Rains claimed eight lives and damaged crops over 77,000 hectares during last four days.
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Bengali movie branded 'anti-government'
The state-run Star Theatre in Kolkata has stopped the screening of Bengali film 'Teen Kanya' on the premise that it sends out an anti-state message.
West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu features in the movie.
The movie, released on Friday, is a suspense thriller directed by Agnideb Chattopadhyay and stars noted actresses Rituparna Sengupta and Ananya Chatterjee.
Though it continues to be screened in private theatres, it has been pulled out of the Star Theatre.
The film is said to bear a resemblance to the real-life Park Street rape case, in which an Anglo Indian woman was raped in a moving car.
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UN Security Council out of tune, serves no one's purpose: India
India has said the UN Security Council in its present structure is "completely out of tune" with global realities and serves "no one's purpose", asserting that an expansion in the 15-member body should have permanent representation from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
India, which assumed this month's presidency of the Security Council ahead of the expiry of its two-year term as a non-permanent member on December 31, said the UN body has remained "polarised and politically divided" on key issues like Syria and this strengthens the need for its reform.
"The Security Council as it is presently structured is not reflective of contemporary realities, it is completely out of tune with what is happening in the world," India's permanent representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said.
459 candidates to contest in Himachal
Himachal Pradesh is all set to vote Sunday to elect a new 68-member assembly, with a close contest in the offing between arch rivals Congress and the ruling BJP.
A record number of 459 candidates, including 27 women, are in the fray, an election official said Saturday.
Officials are expecting heavy polling as the weather is expected to be mainly clear and sunny. The polling starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
The Himachal Lok Morcha, an alliance of Himachal Lokhit Party, formed under the leadership of BJP rebel and four-time former MP Maheshwar Singh, and the Left are contesting 58 seats.
The HLP is contesting on 36 seats, the CPI-M 15 and the CPI seven, making the contest triangular in more than five seats.
Himachal set for polls tomorrow
Battle lines have been drawn for tomorrow's poll 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.
FIR against Johar's SOTY team for `hurting religious feelings'
A criminal case has been registered against Bollywood director Karan Johar, producer Gauri Khan and others for allegedly hurting the religious feelings of people by referring to mythological figure Radha as "sexy" in a song in the recently released film `Student of the Year'.The local police lodged the case in compliance with a magisterial court's order on a private complaint by an NGO.'Shrivision Social Empowerment and Welfare Association', an NGO, had last month approached the court with a private complaint, alleging that a song in the film refers to the mythological figure Radha as "sexy".Last month, the magistrate ordered registration of FIR, the organisation's spokesperson said.Superintendent of Police O P Tripathi told PTI that FIR was lodged last night under section 295 (A) (hurting religious sentiments) of Indian Penal Code.The FIR was lodged against director Johar, producer Gauri Khan, Dharma Productions House, Soni Music, lyricist Anveta Dutta, composers Vishal-Shekhar, singers Shreya Ghosal and Udit Narayan, and the actors Alia Bhatt, Sidharath Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, the SP said.
Present structure of UN Security Council serves no one: India
India has said the UN Security Council in its present structure is "completely out of tune" with global realities and serves "no one's purpose", asserting that an expansion in the 15-member body should have permanent representation from Asia, Africa and Latin America.India, which assumed this month's Presidency of the Security Council ahead of the expiry of its two-year term as a non-permanent member on December 31, said the UN body has remained "polarised and politically divided" on key issues like Syria and this strengthens the need for its reform.
Veteran BJP leader Kailashpati Mishra from Bihar has died. The BJP top brass is likely to attend his funeral tomorrow.
Two Maoists offer to surrender at Mamata's residence
Two Maoists, who tried to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at her residence today to surrender, were detained by the police.The two Maoists were taken to the Kalighat police station.The two ultras wanted to meet the Chief Minister with an offer of surrender as they were unable to get the rehabilitation package meant for Maoists.
Yerran Naidu cremated at his native village
Former Union Minister and senior TDP leader Kinjarapu Yerran Naidu, who died in a road accident, was cremated with state honours at his native Nimmada village in north coastal Andhra district this morning.Telugu Desam chief N Chandrababu Naidu led scores of party leaders, workers and admirers in the funeral procession after which a gun salute was given by the police.Srikakulam district Collector Saurabh Gaur placed a wreath on Yerran's body on behalf of the government.Yerran Naidu's son Rammohan lit the pyre set in the family's agriculture field.Chandrababu, who was accompanied by his son Lokesh, was in tears as he bid final adieu to his closest aide.Thousands of people from Srikakulam and neighbouring Vizianagaram district thronged Nimmada and paid homage to the departed leader, who had represented them in AP Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha for four terms each.State Civil Supplies Minister D Sridhar Babu, MP Madhu Yashki, MLAs Nagam Janardhan Reddy and S Venugopalachari were among those who paid homage to Yerran Naidu.
Reports indicate that the captain of the ship Pratibha Cauvery which was grounded due to cyclone Nilam, may be responsible for the death of 5 sailors. The captain allegedly defied instructions to wait until the cyclone made landfall.According to sources from the Coast Guard who have spoken to NDTV, only sailors without life jackets died. The captain also did not send a mandatory senior officer in the lifeboat which carried the sailors.The ship itself was not seaworthy from October 2nd according to the Coast Guard.
Messi to play despite parenthood: Barcelona coach
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova said that Argentine play-maker Lionel Messi will play in the Primera Liga football against Celta Vigo here Saturday night despite becoming a father Friday.Messi's partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, delivered their first child, a boy, at the Dexeus hospital near Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium, reports Xinhua."In principle he is going to be at the game," assured Vilanova. "We gave him permission to miss training, I think that is normal on such an important day, but if everything is OK then he will be here to play."
Strong quake shakes Philippines, no injuries
A strong earthquake rattled the southern Philippine island of Mindanao early Saturday, but there were no reports of any injuries or damage and no tsunami warnings were issued.The quake, which hit at 2:17 a.m., had a magnitude of 6.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology measured the magnitude at 6.5.The institute said the quake's epicenter was 22 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of southern Tandag city, and 832 kilometers (517 miles) southeast of Manila, the capital. It hit at a depth of 78 kilometers (48 miles)."There was no damage, no casualties," Civil Defense chief Benito Ramos said hours after the temblor hit. "The earthquake was strong, but its source was deep and far."The institute recorded several aftershocks, but Ramos said they were hardly felt in the area. He said no tsunami warnings were issued.Surigao del Sur provincial administrator Efren Rivas said about 1,000 Tandag residents fled to the elevated grounds of the provincial capitol when the quake struck but returned to their homes shortly after.The Philippine archipelago is located in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. A magnitude-7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990.
NYC marathon cancelled in aftermath of Sandy
The New York City Marathon has finally been cancelled for the first time in its history as the region is still recovering from the devastation by super storm Sandy.The marathon, which was due to take place on Sunday with 47,000 entrants from all over the world, was cancelled on Friday as the city's mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted the race would go ahead.Bloomberg made the surprise announcement as mile-long queues at petrol stations and fighting between customers were reported.Some New Yorkers have resorted to digging through rubbish bins looking for food.
Obama convening meeting on Sandy recovery efforts
President Barack Obama on Saturday is gathering together top aides and state and local officials impacted by Superstorm Sandy as he continues to monitor the government's response to the weather disaster, the White House said.Obama will convene a meeting with his team in the morning, to be joined by telephone by officials including Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate, as well as other members of the Cabinet, also will participate.Following the meetings, administration officials will visit storm-damaged communities throughout the affected region to view response efforts firsthand, and make sure necessary resources are being provided.Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan will visit public housing developments in the Rockaways and tour Breezy Point, N.Y. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will visit hospital workers, residents impacted by the storm, and local officials in the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs of New York City. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills will join Malloy and other state and local officials and small business owners in Norwalk and Bridgeport, Conn.Napolitano will travel to West Virginia and Long Island, N.Y. The president's chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, will join officials from FEMA, the Transportation Department and the Army Corps of Engineers in Hoboken, Newark, and Jersey City, N.J., as well as Staten Island, N.Y.
Where are all the space shuttles now?
The last of NASA's space shuttles to fly, Atlantis, is the last to move to its new retirement home, just 10 miles away at Kennedy Space Center's main tourist site. A look at each of the shuttles in the order they flew, including the test model.— Enterprise: Shuttle prototype used in jetliner-drop tests over Edwards Air Force Base in California in 1977 and never flew in space. Originally on display at a Smithsonian Institution hangar in Virginia, it was flown to New York City this past April and moved into the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in June. Suffered minor damage to vertical stabilizer, or tail, earlier this week from Superstorm Sandy, according to NASA.
Drugs worth Rs 3 crores have been seized by customs at the Hyderabad airport. The drugs were being taken from Hyderabad to Malaysia.
21 animated features vying for Oscar nominations
"Brave," ''Wreck-It Ralph" and "Rise of the Guardians" are among the animated features angling for an Oscar nomination.The motion picture academy said Friday that 21 films have been submitted for consideration in the Academy Awards' animated feature category."Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," ''Frankenweenie," ''Ice Age Continental Drift" and "ParaNorman" are among the high-profile movies vying for one of five nominations. Other contenders include France's "The Rabbi's Cat" and Japan's "From Up on Poppy Hill."The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says several of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs."Rango" won the prize earlier this year after 18 films were in nomination contention.The 85th annual Academy Awards are set for Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
NASA's shuttle Atlantis makes its final journey
After 32 missions and more than 125 million miles in space at speeds around 17,500 miles per hour, NASA's space shuttle Atlantis covered its final journey Friday.This time, however, it was travelling over land at speeds as slow as 2 mph (3.2 kmph) to its final resting place at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex in Florida state."I think that the shuttle was a great book, it really was, and this little part is like the epilogue," said Chris Ferguson, commander of the last Atlantis mission, which blasted off July 8, 2011, the final flight in NASA's shuttle program.On June 29, 1995 Atlantis became the first space shuttle to dock with the Russian space station Mir, which NASA Chief Daniel Goldin called the beginning of "a new era of friendship and cooperation" between the US and Russia.
The body of the 4th missing sailor from the ship Parthiba Cauvery has been found in Chennai. The authorities are continuing their search for the 5th missing sailor.
The ship was grounded by cyclone Nilam. 3 bodies were recovered yesterday.