Live: CPI-M activist arrested for defaming Modi on Facebook

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 05, 2014 16:14 hrs

4.20 pm:

CPI-M activist arrested for defaming Modi on Facebook

A CPI-M youth activist was Tuesday arrested for defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media Facebook, said a police official.

Speaking to IANS, the official said Rajeesh Kumar, 24, will be presented before a magistrate.

"He has been arrested for defaming the prime minister through his objectionable posts," added the official.

The police registered a case after Umesh Babu, an office-bearer of the Kollam unit of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, complained that Kumar has been using the social media to defame Modi.

Police picked up Kumar Monday and interrogated him. After checking with the Cyber Police if he had committed a crime, the police arrested him Tuesday.

3.35 pm:

30 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

At least 30 militants were killed Tuesday during airstrikes carried out in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) officials, the airstrikes also destroyed six militant hideouts in Datta Khel, Marsikhel, and Kamsham areas, Dawn online reported.

So far, more than 400 militants, mostly foreigners, have been killed during the Zarb-i-Azb military operation.

The operation was launched by the army June 15 following a brazen Taliban terror attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport June 8.

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Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

The Pakistan Army Tuesday opened unprovoked firing at Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, according to defence sources.

"The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire in Shehpur sector of the LoC today (Tuesday), indulging in unprovoked firing at our positions," the defence sources told IANS here.

"The firing started at 11.30 a.m."

"They were using small arms and automatic weapons to target our positions. Our soldiers have retaliated with same calibre weapons," said the defence sources.

2.05 pm:

Mulayam, Amar share dias after four years

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who had to face an acrimonious expulsion from the Samajwadi Party, Tuesday shared the dias with his former mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after a gap of four years.

Amar Singh's presence triggered speculation of a possible reconciliation between the two leaders. He is in Lucknow on an invitation from the SP chief to attend the inauguration of a sprawling park in posh Gomtinagar named after the late Janeshwar Mishra.

The two, however, remained focused on the event.

12.40 pm:

Over 11,000 persons booked for misusing LPG cylinders

A total of 11,140 persons have been booked under various cases for misusing their LPG supply and gas cylinders worth Rs 1.43 crore have been confiscated from them across Tamil Nadu, the state Assembly was informed today.

Replying to a special call attention motion brought by DMDK members R M Babu Murugavel and K Thinakaran on increasing instances of gas cylinder explosions in the state, Food Minister Kamaraj said that preventive cases have been booked against 27 persons for repeating the crime.

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11.48 am:

Motorola overtakes Nokia in India

Within a year of entering in the Indian market with its smartphones, Motorola has taken the fourth place replacing Nokia.

According to a report from the market research firm Canalys, Motorola sold 9.55 lakh smartphones in the second quarter of 2014 and moved ahead of Nokia (bought by Microsoft) which could sell only 6.33 lakh sets.

The market leader in India is still Samsung as it sold 41 lakh phones in the second quarter of 2014.

Micromax and Karbonn stood at the second and third place.

Motorola gained from excellent sales of its Moto G model and is now snapping at the heels of Karbonn, which has lost 15 percent market share this year.

11:03 am:

RBI leaves rates unchanged

RBI has left the repo rate unchanged at 8 percent in its latest monetary policy review. 

In a bid to inject more cash into the system and encourage growth, it has, though, cut the banks' statutory liquidity ratio by 50 basis poinys to 22% of deposits from August 9.

More updates as we get it...

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Air India to shut all city booking offices by October 1

Air India plans to close its 64 city booking offices in the country by October 1. Saddled with rising losses, the government-owned airline is reviewing the viability of its offices in 46 foreign cities.

"The city office in Madurai has been closed. There is no need to maintain physical infrastructure for ticketing, cancellation and refund when most airlines are aggressively using the web. It has been decided to close all city booking offices by October 1," said an Air India executive.

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9.55 am:

44 Kerala nurses from Libya arrive in Kochi

The first batch of 44 Kerala nurses, evacuated from Libya, arrived in Kochi Tuesday morning, said a state government official.

The nurses arrived at 8.50 a.m on a Middle East airline that came from Dubai, the official said.

They were taken from the Tunisian border to Dubai Monday evening and from there they were brought here on a passenger flight.

8.50 am:

AP: four-year-old falls into borewell hole, dies

A 4-year-old girl was Monday found dead inside an abandoned 35-ft hole dug up for a borewell in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.

N Sasirekha, resident of Kuppaiahpalam village in Dakkili mandal, accidentally fell into the hole while playing last evening, deputy superintendent of police K Chowdeswari told PTI over phone.

After parents filed missing complaint, police traced the the girl's body inside the hole, the DSP said. The body was extricated with the help of fire department.

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Hyderabad HC issues notice to Mallika, Centre for 'obscene'

The Hyderabad High Court Monday issued notices to Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat and the Centre on a PIL against a poster of her upcoming film 'Dirty Politics' that shows the Bollywood actress draped in the three colours of the national flag.

Admitting the PIL, the high court also issued a notice to K C Bokadia, producer of the film.

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7.30 am

44 nurses from Libya to reach Kerala today

The first batch of 44 Keralite nurses, stranded in strife torn Libya, would arrive today.

The nurses, working in various hospitals in Libya, had reached Tunisia, from where they will be reaching Dubai to take the scheduled flight to Kochi and arrive here today morning, CEO of Non-Resident Keralite Affairs department (NoRKA) P Sudeep told PTI.

Fifty eight nurses had reached Tunisia from Tripoli two days ago, of which 44 are coming today.

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