Live: Pakistani media stoking anti-China feelings?

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 14:34 hrs

8. 05 pm

Pakistani media stoking anti-China feelings?

An influential state-run daily in China on Monday highlighted anti-China protests in Pakistan, regarded as an "all-weather ally" of Beijing and blamed Pakistani media for stoking anti-China feelings.

Written by a Pakistani scholar, an article in the Global Times said the recent protests in Karachi against the development of a mega city project funded by Chinese companies is "being highlighted as a symbol of anti-China sentiments inside Pakistan".

"However, the reality is entirely different from what is being portrayed in media reports," the article said.

The writer wrote that the number of protesters was no more than 200, while the population of Sindh is more than 40 million, contending that the protesters were not representing the majority. "Had there been any anti-China sentiments, there would have been a bigger crowd," it said.

7. 45 pm

Higher education sector needs more FDI: Deloitte report

India, which has the third largest higher education system in the world in terms of enrolments, after China and the US, needs more FDI to meet its target of doubling the gross enrolment ratio (GER) by 2020, a global consultancy firm has said in its report.

"The private sector's role in the higher education sector has been growing at a rapid pace over the last decade and needs to further expand at an accelerated rate in order to achieve the GER target," Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India said in a recent report titled 'Indian Higher Education Sector: Opportunities aplenty, Growth unlimited'.

The government has set an aggressive target of achieving 30 per cent GER in higher education by 2020 from the current level of 15 per cent.

7. 00 pm

Children's Day means little to the malnourished

Five-year-old Payal has patchy brown hair and her hands and legs as slender as twigs. She is also pot-bellied -- the typical symptom of malnutrition. For her, it makes no difference that Wednesday is Children's Day.

Although she is five, she looks like a two-year-old, and clings to her mother.

There are days when Payal, who lives on Delhi's bustling streets with three siblings, goes without food.

"We all live here. This is our home," said the girl, pointing towards the pavement where she stays with her brother, sisters and parents.

"Whatever we get (by way of alms or whatever her parents are able to sell), we use it to buy food. We distribute what we get. But some days, there is nothing," says Payal, as she dashes towards a car at the traffic junction to beg.

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6. 20 pm

'Nitish should offer consultancy services to Zardari'

A former Pakistani Foreign Secretary today asked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to offer consultancy services to President Asif Ali Zardari so that the successful turnaround of Bihar state could be replicated in Pakistan.

Riaz Khokhar, who served as Pakistan's envoy to India during 1992-97, made the suggestion during a roundtable discussion on the theme "Growth Story of Bihar" that was hosted by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, a leading think-tank.

Khokhar's suggestion evoked laughter from a gathering of former diplomats, researchers and civil society representatives, who listened with rapt attention as Kumar listed the steps he had taken to control law and order and provide governance at the grassroots level.

5. 30 pm

Scare at Lucknow airport: Plane comes close to chopper

An Indigo Airlines plane with more than 180 people on-board aborted landing after it came "dangerously close" to a chopper at an airport here, an official said Tuesday. A probe has been ordered into the incident.

Officials said that the chopper was within 500 feet to the airplane when it was spotted Monday.

Airport Director S.C. Hota confirmed the incident and said the Indigo pilot decided to abort the landing and was told to "go around".

"Procedures were being followed but yes the two came very scaringly close," conceded an airport official.

4. 55 pm

Petraeus scandal: Top US commander in Afghanistan under probe; FBI searches Paula's home

The top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for allegedly inappropriate communication with a woman at the center of the scandal involving former CIA director David Petraeus, a senior US defense official said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The shocking revelation threatens to fell another one of the US military's biggest names and suggests that the scandal involving Petraeus - a former four-star general who had Allen's job in Afghanistan before moving to the CIA last year - could expand much further than previously imagined.

4.00 pm

Bal Thackeray on oxygen, intravenous fluids

Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray’s health, which deteriorated since Saturday, stabilised on Sunday.

A Lilavati hospital source attending on Thackeray at his residence Matoshree in Bandra said the Sena chief’s health dipped on Saturday following a bout of cough and breathlessness, which has been stabilised.

“Thackeray is suffering from a pancreatic ailment which has caused jaundice. This has made him weak. He is very drowsy and is being given oxygen and intravenous fluids,” the source said.

3.00 pm
Near-miss involving Indigo plane, chopper at UP airport

In a narrow escape, an Indigo plane from Mumbai with over 180 people on board aborted landing at the airport here after its pilot detected a chopper of Uttar Pradesh government in close range, prompting authorities to order an inquiry.

The incident was reported last evening as the plane and the chopper were about to land at Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, a senior airport official said here today.

"Both the chopper and the flight were landing when the pilot of the airline decided to abort after he reported that the helicopter was is sight," director airport and ATC S C Hota told PTI, adding that pilot "felt that the helicopter was close".

The Indigo Airbus 320 had 180 people and six infants on board along with eight crew members. Officials did not say who were on board the government chopper.

Hota said both the aircraft were following procedure.

"The matter is being investigated," the director said.

"It was not a near-miss. The Air Traffic Control told the aircraft pilot to go around," airline sources claimed.

2.00 pm
Daniel Craig thinks 'dirty' Rihanna would make a good Bond girl

Daniel Craig has said that his top pick for the next Bond girl would be R 'n' B star Rihanna.

While being interviewed on the British star revealed he can see singer Rihanna playing the MI6 agent's love interest, the Daily Mail reported.

Craig, who was promoting the 23rd Bond movie on the web show, was asked by interviewer Ben Lyons: 'Who makes a better Bond girl: Rihanna or Beyonce?'

After a moment's hesitation, Craig, who is playing the legendary spy for the third time replied: 'Rihanna, I think.'

Questioning Craig's choice as to why he would choose the Diamonds singer he said: 'She's dirtier.'

On hearing the news Rihanna, who made her acting debut earlier this year in the sci-fi blockbuster Battleship, tweeted: 'Daniel Craig Says Rihanna Would Be An Ideal Bond Girl.. this makes me happy :)'.

1.00 pm
Indian officials visit Lanka prison after riot

Indian officials have visited Sri Lanka's main Welikada prison to inquire about the welfare of Indian prisoners after Friday's riot that left 27 inmates dead and over 40 injured.

"Our consular officials yesterday visited the Indian prisoners," Indian High Commission spokesperson told PTI.

He said there were 33 sentenced Indians and 5 more prisoners whose trials are pending at Welikada at the time of the riot.

On Friday, a major riot in the prison killed 27 inmates while 42 more including prison officials and troops were injured.

Sri Lanka authorities on Saturday confirmed that all Indian and foreign prisoners were not affected by the riot.

The inmates angered by a search for drugs and contraband clashed with the police Special Task Force.

The opposition has called for an investigation into the riot claiming that officials had erred in allowing the entry of armed troops into the prison.

12.00 pm
Ex-CIA director Petraeus' scandal widens to include Obama's cabinet

The alleged affair of General David Petraeus seems to have widened to include Barack Obama's cabinet, as it was claimed that the US Attorney General knew about the affair for months but kept it secret until the day of the presidential election.

Eric Holder, the head of the Justice Department, was reportedly told in the late summer that FBI agents were investigating the former CIA director's sexual relationship with Paula Broadwell, his biographer.

The information was kept inside the DoJ until last week, even though FBI agents had already discovered classified information on Broadwell's computer, The Telegraph reports.

According to the paper, allegations that one of Obama's closest allies had known about the affair fuelled theories of a cover-up as the scandal expanded to include a second woman and continued to shake Washington.

Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department has officially commented on the matter but in private briefings insisted that there was no obligation to inform the White House because it had already determined there was no breach of national security, the paper said.

However, when FBI agents confronted Broadwell in September, they seized a computer they believed she used to contact Gen Petraeus and found secret documents stored on it, the paper added.

If proved that the Justice Department kept its investigation of Petraeus's affair a secret to prevent it from becoming an election issue could be hugely damaging to the Obama administration in near future, the paper concluded. 

11.15 am
Indian-American Bera to get training from opponent

California physician Ami Bera, who may or may not become the third Indian-American to be elected to the US Congress, is in Washington to learn the tricks of the parliamentary trade - from his opponent.

Democrat Bera leads his Republican opponent Dan Lungren by almost 1800 votes in the race for the Seventh Congressional District in California, but officials still need to count about 70,000 outstanding absentee and provisional ballots before the results can be declared.

But the less than one percent margin qualifies Bera to join the orientation sessions for the newly-elected members of the US House of Representatives and start the arduous process of hiring staff, securing choice committee assignments and scoring office space.

10.30 am
Eight die in cracker factory blast

At least eight people were killed and over a dozen injured in a massive explosion in a cracker factory in Uttar Pradesh, police said Tuesday.

The tragedy happened overnight in Yakubpur village in Auraiyya district. The explosion was so deadly that it destroyed a series of houses.

Police said the rescue operation went on till early Tuesday and said eight of the injured were in critical condition.

"The seriously injured have been rushed to Kanpur," an official told IANS.

Superintendent of Police (Auraiyya) Sanjay Kakkar told IANS that three constables and a police officer had been suspended for derelection of duty.

Maiku Lal, owner of the cracker manufacturing unit, held a license but he had started producing the crackers from his house, some 250 yards from his unit, Kakkar said.

10.00 am
60-year-old dies in police custody in UP 

A 60-year-old Dalit man has died in police custody in Bindki area of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, allegedly after he was beaten up by the cops. 

Rampal Sonker was picked up by the police during a raid at a gambling den. He died at the police station on Sunday night. 

Agitated with the incident, angry villagers attacked and vandalised the police station. After their protest, a case was registered against eight policemen. 

9.30 am
2G auction a flop: No takers for Delhi, Mumbai

There has been poor response to the online auction for 2G telecom spectrum with the government getting bids worth only Rs. 9,224.75 crore on the first day; it had hoped to raise about Rs. 40,000 crore in revenue with this auction and will now end up way short of that.

After seven rounds on day one, two key circles - Delhi and Mumbai - also the most expensive, had not received any bids. There were no bids for the Rajasthan and Karnataka circles either.

9.00 am
UPA faces heat over alleged bid to dilute CAG’s powers

Despite minister of state in PMO V Narayanasamy's denials, the government continued to face the heat over reported moves to dilute Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) authority by making it a three-member body with Opposition and activists flaying the move as a bid to gag the top auditor. 

After Narayanasamy said he had only referred to the recommendations of the V K Shunglu committee in the wake of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in a general manner during an interview, finance minister P Chidambaram on Monday categorically stated that the government was not taking any view on altering the structure of the CAG. 

8.30 am
Suu Kyi leaves for weeklong visit to India

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi Monday left for New Delhi on her first visit to India in 40 years.

The Opposition leader of Myanmar will reach India Tuesday on the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Xinhua reported.

In a statement, Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party said Sunday she would meet Manmohan Singh and address an event in memory of the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru during her weeklong visit (Nov 13 to 18). 

Manmohan Singh had invited her for the Nehru memorial lecture they met in Yangon during the former's Myanmar visit in May. 

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