Live: Oil minister, officials to ride buses every Wednesday to save oil

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 12:20 hrs

5.55 pm:

Oil minister to ride buses every Wednesday to save oil

Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily as well as officials of the oil ministry and its PSUs will travel by public transport once a week starting Oct 9 as part of a fuel conservation drive.

"Fuel conservation is a necessity and I have to be the first person to set the example," Moily told media persons here, announcing he would ride buses every Wednesday.

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'I hid under bed as terrorists fired': eyewitness who survived J&K attack

A day after a brazen terror strike in Jammu, comes the disturbing statement of a police eyewitness to the attack.

Three militants, believed to be from Pakistan, struck a police station in Hiranagar in Kathua district, about two km from the international border, killing four and injuring two.

The terrorists then hijacked a truck from the police station and made their way to the town of Samba, attacking an Army base there.

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Narendra Modi or dengue: Who will win Delhi rally?

India Today: Even as he takes pot shots at the ruling UPA government, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is due to address a rally in Delhi on September 29, has another curious opponent: Mosquitoes, specifically speaking, Aedes Aegypti - the mosquitoes that cause dengue.

Two days ahead of Modi's Delhi rally at the Japanese Park in Rohini, dengue mosquito larvae have been found breeding in large numbers at the venue.

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Nearly 500 tribals committed suicides in Kerala in recent times, many facing mental problems

India Today:
Prominent tribal leader and state president of Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha, C K Janu, in an exclusive interview to India Today pointed out that suicides among tribals in Kerala are increasing due to government's apathy towards them in northern part of Kerala.

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Petrol price may come down by month-end: Oil Minister

Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily today hinted at a reduction in the price of petrol in the next few days, the first cut in rates in over five months.

The reduction in rates is likely to be announced by the month-end as per the practice of fortnightly revision in prices, and has been made possible due to the appreciation of rupee against the US dollar.

"This is all dynamic pricing system and not static pricing... any advantage of price (reduction in international rates) and rupee (appreciation against US dollar) will be passed on to consumers... consumer will get full advantage," he said.

Asked if a cut in petrol price was possible on September 30, he said "hope so".

2.50 pm:

Judge in Asaram Bapu case allegedly threatened

A judge in Rajasthan, who is hearing the sexual assault case against spiritual leader Asaram Bapu, has allegedly received a threatening letter.

Security for a sessions judge Manoj Kumar has been tightened after he received threats on a postcard. Police say the judge was told in the message that he would have to suffer the consequences of "committing a grave sin by trapping the guru."

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Ordinance on convicted netas is ‘complete nonsense', says Rahul Gandh

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the controversial ordinance that seeks to save convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification is ‘complete nonsense' and should be “torn up and thrown away.”

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Drunkard sets himself ablaze, hugs three girls in Maharashtra

In a bizarre incident, a drunkard allegedly set himself ablaze and then hugged three girls before jumping into a well to douse the fire. Nana Wagarhande (40), a notorious drunkard of Varha village here, set himself ablaze in his house in a drunken state on Thursday evening, a police official said.

Since he could not bear the pain of burning, he rushed on to the road and hugged Sumakshi Kinake (14), Shraddha Gore (14) and Gayatri Chukabotlawar (10), causing burns to them, the official said.

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Google shows off new ‘Hummingbird’ search algorithm

Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers. The overhaul came as part of an update called “Hummingbird” that Google Inc has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications.

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Karuna's remark sets off Stalin elevation rumours

Speculation is rife within the DMK that the much-awaited elevation of the party's heir-apparent and treasurer M K Stalin will be announced in a couple of months.

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Pakistan gets three new islands

IANS: Pakistan has just got three brand new islands — thanks to a major earthquake. When the shock of the temblor subsided Tuesday, people living in the coastal town of Gwadar were stunned to see a new island in the sea. That’s not all. Two other islands have come up along the Balochistan coast.

Pakistan has just got three brand new islands — thanks to a major earthquake. When the shock of the temblor subsided Tuesday, people living in the coastal town of Gwadar were stunned to see a new island in the sea. That’s not all. Two other islands have come up along the Balochistan coast.

“The island near Gwadar is about 600 feet in diameter and has a height of about 30 feet,” Muhammad Moazzam Khan, technical advisor at WWF – Pakistan, told IANS over telephone. He said “gas was coming out” of the island, which primarily consists of “stones and soft mud”. The two islands near Ormara town are small.

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In Tamil, English and Hindi, Modi questions the PM's Pak policy

On his first visit to Tamil Nadu after he was appointed the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi spoke in Tamil before switching to English and Hindi.

He also had a translator by his side through the one hour long address to about two lakh people gathered at the BJP's youth conference in Trichy, 350 Km from Chennai.

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25-yr-old allegedly gang-raped, then thrown naked on road in Gurgaon

A 25-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and dumped on a road in the heart of the satellite town of Gurgaon near Delhi last night.

The police say they received a call at around 10 pm about the woman. She was found naked and unconscious near the upscale Sushant Lok area, with injuries on her body, a swollen lip and bruises on her face.

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9.45 am:

George Bush a witness at same-sex wedding

Former president George W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding in Maine of two family friends, media reported Thursday.

Bush and wife Barbara attended last weekend's nuptials of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, American commercial broadcast television and radio network NBC reported citing a spokesperson for the former president.

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9.00 am:

Building collapses in Vadodara, no casualties yet

A multi-storeyed building collapsed in Vadodara district in Gujarat in the wee hours of Friday, according to TV reports.

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Meet India's first woman Bishop

In a first for the Indian mainstream church, The Church of South India [CSI] is all set to consecrate Rev E Pushpa Lalitha as Bishop of its Nandyal Diocese in Andhra Pradesh on September 30.

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5-storey building collapses in Mumbai, many feared trapped

A five-storey building collapsed near Dockyard Road in Mumbai this morning.

The incident happened at 6:25 this morning. Many people are trapped under the debris.

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Kohli beats Dhoni, Sachin in endorsements

TOI reports: India's hottest young cricketer Virat Kohli is setting the world of brand endorsements alight. The Indian captain-in-the-making, whose exploits on the field, combined with his youth, good looks and never-say-die attitude, makes him a winner off the field too, has inked a Rs 10-crore per annum deal with German sports goods giant Adidas.

The three-year contract, perhaps the most lucrative to be signed by an Indian sports star, will see the swashbuckling right-hand batsman endorsing the brand's apparel and shoes.

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