Afzal's hanging: Omar tells ministers to check protests
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has told his ministers to move around in their constituencies to check protests and explain to the people that the state government had no role in Afzal Guru's execution, sources said Monday.
Some of the ministers and legislators of the ruling National Conference flew by the state aircraft Monday and others will be reaching Srinagar Tuesday, sources said.
"We have been told to be there (in Srinagar) to move around in our respective areas to check protests and explain the government's position vis-a-vis the hanging of Afzal Guru," a minister said on condition of anonymity.
"The purpose seems to be to avert the recurrence of the 2010 type protests by the people and reaction by the law enforcing agencies in which 120 men and women, mostly youngsters, were killed," the minister explained.
Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri convicted in the 2001 parliament attack, was hanged in Delhi's Tihar Jail Saturday.
Pope was considering quitting for months: BrotherThe pope's brother, Georg Ratzinger, says the pontiff had been advised by his doctor not to take any more transatlantic trips and had been considering stepping down for months.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28.
Talking from his home in Regensburg to the news agency dpa, Georg Ratzinger said his brother was having increasing difficulty walking and that his resignation was part of a "natural process."
"His age is weighing on him," the 89-year-old said of his 85-year-old brother. "At this age my brother wants more rest."
Stampede inquiry report within month's time: UP GovtAn inquiry committee set up to investigate the reasons behind the stampede at the railway station here has been directed to submit its report within one month, UP Chief Secretary Javed Usmani today said.
The committee headed by UP Board of Revenue Chairman Jagan Matthews has been directed to look into the sequence of events that led to the stampede, underscore lapses, if any, on the part of officials entrusted with managing the crowd and suggest measures for preventing recurrence of such incidents, he said while addressing a press conference here. Read more
Pope to resign on Feb 28Pope Benedict XVI is to resign on February 28th, a Vatican spokesman has announced."The pope announced that he will leave his ministry at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on February 28," said the spokesman, Federico Lombardi, a report on the Daily Telegraph said.Last year the Pope started using a cane on occasions and recently he appeared to have trouble reading the text of an address he delivered in Rome, the report said.There was no immediate official comment from the Vatican.
'Will consider if Afzal's kin wants to visit grave'Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, while addressing the media on Afzal Guru's execution, said, "It was the jail authorities decision to inform Afzal Guru's family by speed post, and not a home ministry decision. If Afzal's family wants to visit his grave, we shall consider it." Guru has been interred within the premises of the Tihar jail in Delhi, much like 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab was interred within the Yerawada jail in Pune. He also added the Hanging was not a political decision but done according to law.
Don't sell obscene films, Viagra, Pak Taliban warns shopkeepersThe Tehreek-e-Taliban has warned shopkeepers in Peshawar to stop selling "obscene films" and Viagra-style male potency pills.
Shopkeepers in Karkhano market said that they found handwritten pamphlets containing the warnings on Saturday.
The pamphlet said 'selling sex drugs, vulgar films and obscene movies are against Sharia'.
No jeans, t-shirts for Bihar's girlsfter three of its girls went missing, a village in Bihar's Siwan district has barred girls from using mobile phones and wearing jeans and T-shirts, an official said Monday.
The villagers also imposed heavy fines on girls if they violated the diktat.
The ban was imposed Sunday by self-styled social reformers of Makhnupur village under Pachrukhi police station in Siwan district, 150 km from here.Read more
Kate hoax call RJ back on airOne of the two Australian radio presenters whose royal prank call to a British hospital treating Kate Middleton went awry and created a furore when an Indian-origin nurse committed suicide, returned on air today.
Radio host Michael Christian, one of two Southern Cross Austereo presenters at the centre of the disastrous royal prank, has resumed work. Read more
Kumbh in-charge Azam Khan resigns over stampede
Azam Khan, who is in-charge of the Kumbh Mela resigns, taking responsibility for the stampede that led to 36 deaths.The Uttar Pradesh government has blamed the Railways for the tragedy. Minister in charge for the Mahakumbh, Azam Khan, had said, "The UP government's responsiblity was restricted to the mela venue only."
Pak reacts cautiously to Afzal Guru's executionPakistan on Monday reacted cautiously to the execution of Afzal Guru, hanged for his role in the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, saying it did not want to "go into details" of his trial.Responding to a question regarding the hanging of Guru, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan said he "would not want to go into details of the trial process".The matter was "being discussed and debated by the media and the human rights organizations", he said in a statement.Kashmiri groups and organisations like the Jamaat-ud-Dawah have organised protests in several Pakistani cities against the hanging of Guru.Read more
Afzal Guru's family receives letter about his hanging two days after execution, say reports.
Soon after Afzal Guru was hanged on Saturday, the Centre said two letters had been sent to his family by speed post -- on February 7 and 8 -- informing them about the rejection of his mercy petion and his hanging.
The Post Master General of the state, John Samuel, told TV channel NDTV today that the letter was sent on Friday and reached Srinagar on Saturday, when Guru was hanged at the jail where he spent eight years on death row. The letter could not be delivered to the family yesterday because it was a Sunday. The family accepted the note this morning.
Boy shot at for standing up to eve-teasers
A 19-year-old boy was shot at after he tried to protest against the sexual harassment of a minor by four men on Sunday, CNN-IBN reports. The four men were on a bike when they started harassing the young girl.
When the man protested, they shot at him and injured his hand. The incident took place at Baranagar in West Bengal.
While no arrests have been made so far, the police say they have a detailed description of the suspects and will soon conclude the investigations.
Afzal Guru hanging: Man injured in firing incident dies
A man injured allegedly in security forces action against persons staging protest against hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru died today.
Ubaid Mushtaq, who was injured allegedly in firing by security forces at Watergam village in Baramulla district yesterday, succumbed to injuries at 3:AM at a hospital in Srinagar, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS Hospital Aijaz Mustafa said.