Live: Petrol price cut by 85 paise per litre

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 01, 2013 13:16 hrs

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Petrol price cut by 85 paise per litre

Petrol price was today cut by 85 paise per litre with effect from midnight tonight, the second reduction in rates in two weeks.

The price cut, which was made possible because of fall in international oil prices, is excluding local sales tax or VAT.

After including VAT, the reduction in price of petrol in Delhi comes to Rs 1.02 per litre and the fuel will cost Rs 67.29 per litre from midnight tonight against Rs 68.34.

The price cut comes on back of the Rs 2 a litre reduction in rates effected on March 16. This was the steepest cut in rates in nine months which after including VAT resulted in a reduction of Rs 2.40 a litre in rates.

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6.13 pm:

Vijender Singh's coach advises him to give hair, blood samples for test

With Punjab Police tightening its noose around Olympian medal winner Vijender Singh for his alleged involvement in a drug haul case, his coach today advised the pugilist to give his blood and hair samples for tests.

Indian boxing coach GS Sandhu advised Vijender to give samples of his hair and blood to the investigating agencies.

"He should himself come forward and give samples to police as investigating agencies wanted to move the court for it," the coach said.

He should give samples so that the investigation agencies could get them examined from an accredited sports agency, he added.

Punjab Police have collected the hair and blood samples of boxer Ram Singh, a sparring partner of Vijender, in the drug haul case.

5.20 pm:

Next LS polls to be Modi's prime focus: Guj BJP leader

With his induction in BJP's Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision-making body, Narendra Modi's prime focus will be on the next Lok Sabha polls, a state BJP leader close to the Gujarat Chief Minister said.

"Now, with the official announcement of his induction in national Parliamentary Board and Central Election Committee of the party, the entire focus of Modiji will be on the next general elections," the state BJP leader close to Modi said.

State party leaders feel that Modi's hat trick in Gujarat Assembly elections and his elevation to the party's key central bodies will now make him openly pursue his national ambition.

4.28 pm:

Four and half chief ministers running UP, says BSP leader

Senior BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui today alleged that the law and order situation of Uttar Pradesh has not improved as there are "more than one power centres" in the state.

"There is not one chief minister but four and a half chief ministers who are running the state and so the law and order situation cannot improve," Siddiqui, who was here to attend the review meeting of party leaders and workers of the district, told reporters here.

"According to me, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Shivpal Singh Yadav and Azam Khan are the four chief ministers while Akhilesh Yadav just accounts for half... when there are so many chief ministers how can the law and order situation be improved." Siddiqui asked.

4.16 pm:

Governor’s office sends Sanjay Dutt pardon plea to home department

TOI: Governor K Sankaranarayanan forwarded a petition to pardon actor Sanjay Dutt to the Maharashtra home department.

The actor was sentenced to five years in prison by the Supreme Court in a case linked to the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. The governor's office also received at least 20 letters and emails from citizens, opposing the move to pardon Dutt. "All the 20 letters and emails have opposed any sort of mercy being shown to the actor," said an official.

3.52 pm:

Protests in Chennai after doctor's arrest

NDTV: A section of doctors in Chennai have announced a protest on April 6 to protest the arrest of a 70-year-old doctor a few days ago. Dr Karunanidhi was arrested on March 28 after he stopped a police sub-inspector from entering the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital with his shoes on. He was later released on bail.

The policeman had gone to the Apollo Hospital ahead of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's visit to meet media baron Sivanthi Adithan, who is admitted there. Dr Karunanidhi is the personal physician of Mr Adithan.

3.28 pm:

DMK members evicted enmasse from TN Assembly

Opposition DMK members were today evicted enmasse from Tamil Nadu Assembly with a couple of them being handed a two-day suspension for disrupting the proceedings.

Trouble arose when Transport Minister Senthil Balaji was replying to a special call attention moved by DMK and Left parties on alleged irregularities in procurement of hand-held ticket vending machines for the state transport corporations.

Balaji made some remarks about DMK member M K Stalin which infuriated his party colleagues who strongly protested and remained on their feet.

2.00 pm:

Priest found dead at St. Peter's Seminary in Bangalore

NDTV: A Catholic priest has been found dead at a seminary in suburban Bangalore today. The body of 55-year-old Father KL Thomas was found near his bedroom by cleaners at the St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary, where he was serving as the rector for the past five years.

Police say they suspect he might have been murdered as there is evidence of injuries on his head and other parts of his body.

1.24 pm:

Election panel moves court against Mamata govt over panchayat polls

Hindustan Times: The State Election Commission (SEC) has finally moved Calcutta high court against the Mamata Banerjee administration. According to sources, the SEC has prayed to the court to cancel the notification issued by the state government.
The notification announced last week said Polls would be held in two phases, on April 26 and April 30.
While the government wants to hold the polls on these two dates and with state police, SEC wants a three-phase poll under security cover by central paramilitary forces.

SEC has also prayed to the court to direct the government to consult the SEC and finalise dates of the West Bengal panchayat polls.

12.46 pm:

We have to respect Saudi labour laws: Chandy

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Monday told the state assembly that the concerns of Kerala on the strict implementation of the new labour policy in Saudi Arabia were being conveyed to that government.

He cautioned, however, that nothing could be said or done that would affect the good relations that the state enjoyed with Saudi Arabia.

"We have no right to question the laws in Saudi Arabia... all what we can do is to tell them that if they go very strict, it would affect our state badly. We already have initiated steps to see that there are more high-level diplomatic talks to tell (them) our viewpoint," Chandy said.

12.10 pm:

8 DAV schools ban skirts from Class VIII in Jharkhand

TOI: Amid growing concerns over the rise in crime against women in the city, DAV Group of Schools perhaps thought changing the dress code of girls would be the best possible solution to the problem. So they decided to replace shorts skirts and tunics with salwar kameez for female students from Class VIII upwards from this academic session.

11.45 am:

One suspected shooter arrested in BSP leader's murder

The crime branch of the Delhi police arrested a man named Purushottam Rana in connection with the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party leader Deepak Bharadwaj.

Rana is suspected to be one of the shooters in the case.

The police also suspect the involvement of close family members in the case, sources tell CNN-IBN. However, none from Bharadwaj's family has been held.

Bharadwaj, one of India's  richest politicians, was gunned down by three unknown car-borne assailants at his farmhouse in Delhi on last Tuesday.

11.30 am:

Facebook co-founder Sean Parker plans 'medieval wedding'

Facebook co-founder Sean Parker has planned to get married to his fiancee, Alexandra Lenas, in June during a medieval-themed costume party.

According to a report by Page Six, Parker and Lenas, with whom he has a daughter, Winter Victoria Parker, will marry in a forest setting in California on June 1.

All guests will each get their own custom-made medieval costume, the New York Post reports.

10.47 am:

Supreme Court denies patent to Novartis cancer drug

NDTV: The Supreme Court has denied a patent to Swiss giant Novartis AG's cancer treatment Glivec.

The ruling was being closely watched by global drugmakers who have been battered by recent intellectual property decisions in India.

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10.19 am:

US F-22 stealth jets join South Korea military drills

The United States sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea on Sunday to join military drills aimed at underscoring the US commitment to defend Seoul in the face of an intensifying campaign of threats from North Korea, Reuters reports.

The advanced, radar-evading F-22 Raptors were deployed to Osan Air Base, the main US Air Force base in South Korea, from Japan to support ongoing bilateral exercises, the US military command in South Korea said in a statement that urged North Korea to restrain itself.

9.53 am:

Boxer Vijender Singh bought heroin 12 times: Punjab Police

NDTV: Boxer Vijender Singh allegedly bought heroin for personal consumption on 12 different occasions from an alleged Canada-based NRI drug dealer who was arrested earlier this month, the Punjab Police said on Sunday.

The police said that the heroin was first procured by Vijender's sparring partner Ram Singh in December from alleged drug dealer Anoop Singh Kahlon. Both boxers subsequently went together to Kahlon's house near Chandigarh for procuring the drug in January and February, police added.

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On day 10 of fast, Arvind Kejriwal's party to hand over letters to Delhi CM

Zeenews: As Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal's indefinite hunger strike entered tenth day, his party will on Monday morning deliver protest letters to Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit's residence.

On Sunday, the AAP said it would send protest letters to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the "inflated" electricity and water bills, and claimed the support of six lakh Delhiites.

9.00 am:

17 bodies recovered in Tibet landslide

The number of bodies recovered at the site of a mining area landslide in China's Tibet region reached 17 late Sunday evening, Xinhua reported.

At least 15 more bodies were retrieved Sunday, rescuers said, adding 66 miners, however, remained missing.

The landslide occurred Friday in Maizhokunggar county, about 68 km from regional capital Lhasa.

The affected area of the landslide, caused by natural disasters, is spread over three kilometres, with about two million cubic metres of mud, rock and debris, a local government official said earlier.

Over 1,000 rescuers, including police, firefighters and medical personnel, were pressed into service at the landslide site, located at an altitude of 4,600 metres.

8.30 am

Train tickets, freight tariff to be costlier from today

Travelling in trains is set to become costlier from Monday as the hike in reservation fee and superfast charges announced in the Rail Budget come into effect from April 1.

Besides hike in passenger fares, freight rate for all commodities will also go up by about 5.7 per cent on Monday.

The Railways expect to earn Rs 42,210 crore from passengers traffic and Rs 93,554 crore from goods transportation in 2013-14.

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8.00 am

SC verdict on Novartis' plea for patent of cancer drug expected today

The Supreme Court will pronounce today its verdict on Swiss pharma giant Novartis AG's plea for getting its blood cancer drug Glivec patented in India and restraining Indian companies from manufacturing generic drugs.

A bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai had reserved the verdict on December 4 after marathon arguments spanning over two and half months.

Novartis approached the top court challenging the order of Chennai-based Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), which rejected its appeal against patent department's decision on Glivec.

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7.30 am

Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the world record for the longest spaceflight by a female astronaut, will start her India trip on April 1 from the national capital.

Williams will visit the National Science Centre (NSC) in the national capital on April 1 and interact with students and teachers.

"The centre will host Sunita L Williams (Captain, US Navy) on April 1. She will be interacting with a select group of students and teachers," an official of the NSC said.

The astronaut will next fly to Mumbai and spend April 3-4 in the financial capital, before going to Gujarat.

Her father is from Gujarat's Mehsana district.

In Mumbai, she will visit a working women's hostel managed by the Indian Council of Social Welfare in Chembur and talk to residents and students.

She will hold another interactive session with school children at the Nehru Science Centre in Worli.

Her final destination in India would be Gujarat, where she is expected to meet relatives and pay a visit to her ancestral village.

Williams, who was bestowed an honorary doctorate degree by the Gujarat Technical University, will also address students there.

She last visited India in October 2007, when she gave a talk at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Williams holds the world record with 50 hours and 40 minutes for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut.

In addition, she has spent a total of 322 days in space (on two missions) and now ranks sixth on the US endurance list and second for a female astronaut.

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