Live: Rajnath Singh enters race for BJP prez polls

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 16:03 hrs

9.30 pm:

Rajnath Singh enters race for BJP prez polls

The BJP presidential elections show no sign of occurring smoothly. Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj met a short while ago to discuss the on-going crisis in the party.

According to sources, Rajnath Singh is the frontrunner for the BJP president's post. This, in case, the party fails to arrive at a consensus on Nitin Gadkari.

6.50 pm:

'Have names of at least 10 people involved in blasts linked to RSS'

The Home Secretary today announced that they had evidence of some connection between the RSS and at least ten charge sheeted accused in various terror attacks across the country.

This announcement gives weight to the accusation of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that there 'Hindu terror' exists in the country.

Various opposition parties, notably the BJP, have slammed the declaration, saying that terror had no religion.

6.30 pm:

Tamil Muslim bodies demand a ban on 'Viswaroopam'

M H Jawahirullah, MLA, and president of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, said representatives of various Muslim organisations met the city police commissioner S George today demanding that the screening of actor-producer Kamal Haasan's Viswaroopam be banned.

"The screening of the movie will affect social harmony in the state. We plan to meet the home secretary, besides moving the Censor Board," he said.

Jawahirullah replied in the affirmative when asked if they planned to move the court if required.

5. 40 pm

Prolonged form slump annoying: Kohli

India's star batsman Virat Kohli today said that his prolonged form slump was a bit "annoying", but staying calm and patient helped him overcome the lean phase, which is part and parcel in the career of international cricketers.

Kohli marked his return to form with an unbeaten 77 in the last one-dayer in Ranchi against England after a string of low scores which had become a matter of concern for the team.

"I wasn't feeling the same as others might have about my form, to be honest. No one can keep scoring consistently for a period of 16 months. It's always a balance in international cricket. There will be a phase when you don't score in four-five games," Kohli said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the fourth ODI here tomorrow.

"It was a bit annoying for me as I was not getting out making too many mistakes. I got a few good balls in the last series and made a few mistakes in this series. But, I was pretty calm at that point of time. You just got to be composed. You just know that it is going to happen at some point or the other (return to form)," he said.

India are leading the five-match ODI series against England 2-1 and will look to settle the issue by taking an unassailable lead at the PCA stadium here tomorrow.

4. 50 pm

Court refuses bail to Asaduddin Owaisi

An Andhra Pradesh court Tuesday dismissed the bail petition of MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi in a seven-year-old case.

A local court in Sangareddy town in Medak district near Hyderabad dismissed the bail plea of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president, who was Monday sent to judicial custody till Feb 2.

Owaisi had Monday appeared before the court, seeking recall of a non-bailable warrant pending against him in connection with a case booked against him in 2005.

The court, however, dismissed his plea and sent him to judicial custody for two weeks. The MP was later shifted to a jail in Sangareddy.

3.50 pm:

Don Bosco vice-principal in Pune arrested for allegedly raping student

The vice-principal of one of Pune's best-known schools has been arrested for allegedly raping a student, reports NDTV.

A 14-year-old student of the Don Bosco convent in Yerwada had complained that the teacher, who is 61, raped her earlier this month.

The vice-principal was brought to a court in Pune today.

3.45 pm:

Shinde's remarks on RSS, BJP terror camps based on facts, says Khurshid

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid backed Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's comment over his right-wing terror remarks.

Khurshid says there are elements who are engaged in nefarious activities. He went on to say that Shinde's remark was factually correct and phrases used by him should not be used to divert attention.

"Our stated position is fully shared by the Home Minister. His statements are based on facts," Shinde said.

He added that any form of violence was not good for India.

"Any form of violence by extremists of any kind, irrespective of religion is not good for India," Khurshid said. "We should not be distracted by a phrase here and there. Terror does not have a religion. It should not have a colour. Those are the facts available to the home ministry," he added.

3.30 pm:

Policeman arrested for molesting woman in Goa town

A policeman was arrested for allegedly molesting a woman on the pretext of conducting an investigation at her residence in Mapusa town near Panaji, police said today.

Constable Prashant Dawaskar, 30, was arrested yesterday after a woman lodged a complaint with Mapusa police that he, along with four other civilians, ransacked her flat and molested her, while trying to conduct a probe on a complaint against her husband, police said.

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3.00 pm:

Man cuts off wife's braid for not covering head

A woman has registered a complaint of harassment against her husband after he allegedly cut off her braid because she did not cover her head, police said in Ghaziabad today.

Rukshana, a resident of Prem Nagar in Loni yesterday went to the roof of her home for some work without covering her head with a dupatta after which her husband cut off her braid, police said.

She claimed that her husband also threw her out of the home, they said.

Rukshana has alleged that she was being harassed at her husband's home over small issues since her marriage to Israr three years back, they said.

Israr was detained for questioning and action would be taken after proper investigation, they said.

2.30 pm:

SC to hear plea to shift gang-rape trial on Wednesday

The Supreme Court said that it would hear Wednesday a petition by one of the accused in the Dec 16, 2012, gang-rape seeking the transfer of the trial outside Delhi.

Accused Mukesh sought the shifting of the case to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh or any other state, as he apprehended he would not get free and fair trial in the city.

Earlier, Monday the Supreme Court had said it would hear the petition Tuesday but could not take up the matter due to lack of time. The case came before it Tuesday just before the lunch break, so it was not able to take it up.

2.00 pm:

Probe into Pakistani PM case suspended

The probe into the rental power projects corruption case in which the Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf would remain deferred until the investigation into the death of a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) official concludes.

NAB Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bukhari said the probe in the rental power plants case would remain pending until the inquiry in Kamran Faisal's death concludes, Geo News reported Tuesday.

Kamran Faisal, an assistant director with the country's anti-corruption agency National Accountability Bureau (NAB), was in the team probing the Rental Power Plants (RPP) case. He was found hanging Jan 18.

Bukhari said in a statement that NAB investigation officers would be provided arms training for their protection.

He said any officer facing threats or pressure would be provided protection.

1.00 pm:

Pakistan arrests 27 Indian fishermen

Pakistan has arrested 27 Indian fishermen for illegally straying into its territorial waters, officials have said.

Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) arrested the Indian fishermen and seized six boats, alleging they were 40 nautical miles inside Pakistani waters, reports the Daily Times.

Pakistan and India frequently arrest each other's fishermen on charges of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea. Pakistan has over 200 Indian fishermen in its jails and around 125 Pakistani fishermen are in Indian prisons.

12.20 pm:

Along with the Chautalas, 2 IAS officers and 4 teachers get 10 years.

Om Prakash Chautala's party, Indian National Lok Dal, will be appealing the verdict.

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12.10 pm:

Chautala's supporters clash with police outside Rohini court
After the verdict, thousands of supporters of INLD Chief Om Prakash Chautala clashed with police which used batons and teargas to control them outside the court.

Security has been tightened around the complex and entry has been restricted in the court. The court work was also affected and lawyers faced problems getting in.

11.35 am:

Court gives Chautalas 10 years in jail

Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay are sentenced to 10 years in jail. TV reports say more clashes are reported after sentencing.

11.15 am:

Just in: Chautala senior still not in court. Reports say that the sentencing could be delayed as verdict will be pronounced only when all the accused are present in the court room.

11.10 am:

Security has been tightened around the complex and entry has been restricted in the court. The court work was also affected and lawyers faced problems getting in. Media also has not been allowed to enter the court room.

Reports claim that thousands of Chautala supporters have come from Haryana. The supporters say that they will continue to remain at the court until the sentencing.

10.50 am:

Om Prakash Chautala will soon be moved to Rohini court from GB Pant hospital say TV reports. His son Ajay Chautala is said to have reached the court room. O P Chautala was taken to the hospital two days ago when he complained of chest pain.

Supporters of the Indian National Lok Dal gathered at Rohini court tried to break the barricades. They claim that the charges leveled against the Chautalas are a political conspiracy. 

10.30 am:

Chautala to be brought to court

According to TV reports, former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala's supporters are creating a ruckus outside a Delhi court where Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala will be sentenced along with 53 others guilty of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in the state in the year 2000.

The police lathicharged and used tear gas to beat back the aggressive protesters when they tried to get past the barricades.

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10.00 am:

Man booked for objectionable Facebook post

A 23-year-old man in Odisha's Sundergarh district was booked for posting objectionable content on social networking site Facebook, police said on Tuesday.

The man, who runs a small business at the steel city of Rourkela, about 500 km from here, allegedly made some objectionable remarks in his post against Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

A case was registered after some residents spotted the post and informed the police, Arun Swain, in charge of the local police station, said.

Further investigation is on, he said.

9.00 am:

Train fares to go up from today

Rail travelers will have to pay more from Tuesday.

Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had announced across the board hike in passenger fares to raise an additional fund to the tune of Rs 6,600 crore in a year.

The hike, which has come after a decade, will generate additional Rs 1,200 crore this fiscal.

Though the minister had ruled out any hike in passenger tariff in the Rail Budget 2013-14 to be presented next month, the transporter got a big financial shock with the increase in diesel price.

8.30 am:

Teachers recruitment scam: Om Prakash Chautala, son to be sentenced today

A Delhi court will pronounce the quantum of jail sentence against former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his MLA son Ajay in the illegal teacher recruitment scam case, reports CNN IBN.

The Chautalas were taken into custody on January 16 after they were found guilty of illegally recruiting more than 3,000 Junior Basic Trained teachers in 1999-2000.

Chautala and his son have been convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act, which carries a maximum punishment of seven years in jail.

8.00 am:

Another Delhi rape accused juvenile?

One of the five people indicted for the brutal gang-rape and death of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi last month, that triggered an international outcry, is a minor, the man's lawyer has claimed.

The legal counsel for Vinay Sharma, who is among the five people in the 1,000-page chargesheet submitted by Delhi Police, has now requested the court hearing the case that his client also be tried in a juvenile court, media reports said.

One of the six people, who raped and fatally injured the medical student on a moving bus before throwing her off on the streets of Delhi on the night of Dec 16, has already claimed to be underage and is being tried by a juvenile court.

7.30 am:
Declaring "our journey is not complete," President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens and protect the social safety net that has sheltered the poor, elderly and needy.

"Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it," Obama said in his relatively brief, 18-minute address. "We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class," he added, echoing his calls from the presidential campaign that catapulted him to re-election.

Asserting "America's possibilities are limitless," he declared at the Capitol: "My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together."

"We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit," he said. "But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future."

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