Live: Pakistan EC rejects Musharraf`s nomination papers

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 05, 2013 12:57 hrs

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Kiss from Prince William? No thanks, says little girl

A shy, four-year-old girl in Glasgow rejected a kiss from Britain's Prince William as he and his wife Kate greeted local residents on Thursday, at the start of a two-day trip to Scotland. (Pics)

After touring the Emirates Arena, one of the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, William and Kate greeted onlookers who had gathered outside.

Four-year-old Shona Ritchie asked William if he would give her a kiss.

He agreed and as he leant in to kiss her cheek the girl pulled away, causing laughter from those around, including the British prince.

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Pakistan EC rejects Musharraf`s nomination papers

The Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday rejected the nomination papers of former president Pervez Musharraf, media reports said.

Musharraf had filed papers to contest the polls from four seats - Karachi, Islamabad, Chitral and Kasur. The Returning Officer in Kasur’s NA-139 constituency has rejected Musharraf's nomination papers.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan on March 24 after living for four years in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai.

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Buddhist, Muslims from Myanmar clash in Indonesia

Religious and ethnic tensions running high in Myanmar boiled over far outside the country's borders Friday, when Buddhist fishermen and Muslim asylum seekers from the country brawled with knives and rocks at an Indonesian immigration detention center, leaving eight dead and another 15 injured.

The melee broke out in North Sumatra province, where more than 100 Rohingya migrants — most intercepted off Indonesia's coast after fleeing their homeland in rickety boats — and 11 Buddhists accused of illegal fishing were being housed together, said local police chief Endro Kiswanto.

He said witnesses told police the clash started early Friday after a Rohingya Muslim cleric and a fisherman got into a heated debate about sectarian violence that erupted last month in central Myanmar when mobs of armed Buddhists torched Muslim-owned homes and shops, killing dozens and forcing thousands to flee.

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Power restored to Japan nuke plant cooling system

Power was restored Friday to a cooling system at a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in Japan that failed for the second time in a month after an outage caused by construction work to keep out rats suspected of setting off the earlier blackout.

Power for the cooling system for a storage pool for fuel was restored after a two-hour break at reactor No. 3, and there was no immediate danger from the breakdown, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that operates Fukushima Dai-ichi in northeastern Japan.

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SFI activist's family to meet WB governor today

The family of the SFI leader Sudipto Gupta wants to meet the West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan to seek justice.

The governor has granted an appointment at 5 pm today.

"We want justice. I still hope that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will look into it. She said it was an accident and a petty matter. My brother was in police custody and was killed by the police. We want a CBI probe. We will go to the Governor," Sudipta's sister said today.

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Sexist? Barack Obama in a spot after Kamala Harris remark

US President Barack Obama has praised California's Indian-American Attorney General Kamala Harris not only for her legal acumen but also for her looks to set off a little storm in a tea cup.

"She is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you'd want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake," he said at an Atherton, California, fundraiser for his Democratic Party Thursday.

"She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country - Kamala Harris is here," Obama added amid applause, according to a transcript provided by the White House.

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Bangalore Police Commissioner Mirji transferred

Police Commissioner B G Jyothiprakash Mirji was today transferred as per the direction of the Election Commission.

Home Secretary Raghavendra H Auradkar was posted in his place and directed to take over the charge with immediate effect.

"This order is issued as per the direction of Election Commission of India for smooth conduct of elections in a free and fair manner," an official notification said.

12.40 pm:

Fukushima nuclear plant's cooling system fails

Japanese nuclear regulators say the cooling system has failed for a storage pool for fuel at one of the reactors at the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in the northeast. There was no immediate danger from the failure, the second at the plant in a month.

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulation Authority says an alarm went off Friday afternoon about the problem at reactor No. 3. The cause is still under investigation.

A spokesman for the plant's operator said the cooling system can be turned off for two weeks before temperatures approach dangerous levels.

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President Pranab Mukherjee felicitates the Padma Award winners at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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Father rapes daughter for 3 years

A 45-year-old man has been accused of raping his own daughter over the past three years in Gurgaon , media reports said.

The incident came to light when the Class 12 girl reported the continous rape to her school principal.

According to Zee News, the father reportedly used to take his daughter on regular trips away from home. The girl alleged that it was during these trips that he raped her.

The father ensured that he and his daughter were unaccompanied during these trips, said the police.

The father and daughter were due to board a flight to Dubai tonight. Fearing that she might be raped again, the girl reported the sexual abuse, Zee News reported.

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National Investigation Agency files FIR against Italian marines

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday said it has registered a First Information Report (FIR) against two Italian marines in connection to the 2012 killing of two Kerala fishermen.

According to top NIA sources, the marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been charged with murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

"The marines have also been booked under Section 3 of Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act (SUA) that entails death penalty for murder at sea.

The other charges include Section 427 (mischief) and Section 34 (common intention) of the IPC," said an NIA official on condition on anonymity.

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IPL coverage hit by ban on photo agencies

The decision of Indian Premier League organizers to ban photographic agencies from working at the Twenty20 tournament has hit news coverage of the event.

This has come following the suspension of coverage of the IPL in Kolkata by the Associated Press and other news organisations, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to the organizers, however, a small selection of pictures taken by its own photographers will be made available to the media.

The tournament is run by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

International media did not cover tours to India by Australia and England in the past six months because of similar restrictions, the report added.

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CBI issues notice to former minister Raja Bhaiyya

Former Uttar Pradesh minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya has been summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to appear before it within a week, in connection with the triple murder at Balipur village March 2.

Reports indicate that the preliminary investigation by the CBI has found nothing incriminating against the former minister in the murders of Balipur village head Nanhe Yadav, his brother Suresh and Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haq.

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US authorities release Indian-American hotelier on bond

Indian-American hotelier Vikram Chatwal, arrested earlier this week at a Florida airport for allegedly carrying drugs, has been released on bond.

According to the TMZ website, the city-based millionaire hotel owner was arrested on April 2 at the Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood International Airport after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials found drugs hidden in Chatwal's luggage as he was about to board the flight.

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Thane police have said that sub standard material was used in the construction of the building that collapsed on Thursday. A case has been registered against the builder, contractor and supervisor.

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Facebook tweaks Android phones to build new 'Home'

With its new "Home" on Android gadgets, Facebook is trying to prove that a company doesn't have to make a smartphone or operating system to define how people interact with mobile technology. The audacious move will provide further insights into how pervasive Facebook has become, testing whether people want to be greeted with content from the social network every time they look at their phones.

When people start downloading the Home software upon its April 12 release in the U.S., Facebook will become the new hub of their Android smartphones.

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Hotelier Vikram Chatwal arrested in US for drug possession

Indian-American hotelier Vikram Chatwal has been arrested earlier this week at an airport in Florida for allegedly carrying a large stash of drugs including cocaine and heroine, a celebrity website reported.

According to the TMZ website, the multi-millionaire hotel owner was arrested on April 2 at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials found an "arsenal of drugs", including cocaine, weed, heroin and various prescription pills hidden on his person and in his bag.

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US astronaut Sunita Williams visited at her native village of Jhulasan, in North Gujarat's Mehsana district on Thursday, to a rousing welcome.

Upon her arrival, a surprised Williams said, "Thank you very much for the grand welcome. Very happy to see family members and all my friends".

She was felicitated by the villagers on a grand scale. She also interacted with school students of the small village and visited a temple.

Williams will address a session on 'My Experiences in Space' at United World School of Business in Uvarsad village in Gandhinagar district on Friday.

Williams (47) is in India on a week-long trip.

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