Live: Munde wanted to quit BJP, claims colleague

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 07, 2014 10:08 hrs

3.30 pm:

Chinese FM to visit India to reach out to Modi govt

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be visiting New Delhi tomorrow as a special envoy of President Xi Jinping to establish political contacts with the new Indian government amid hopes here of an upswing in bilateral ties due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's familiarity with China.

Wang, 61, a seasoned diplomat will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Modi himself during his two-day visit.

He is also expected to call on President Pranab Mukherjee and meet the new National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

2.45 pm:

Kalaignar TV MD, former Sun TV official appear before CBI

Kalaignar TV's managing director Sharad Kumar and a former COO of Sun TV Network today appeared before CBI here in connection with the illegal telephone exchange case.

Kumar and former Sun TV Chief Operating Officer Hansraj Saxena appeared before the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the CBI here this morning for enquiry, CBI sources said.

CBI had in October last year filed a case against the then Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and BSNL officials for allegedly allotting 300 high-speed telephone lines to Maran's residence in Chennai, which were extended to his brother's channel.

2.30 pm:

Ex-Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar to tie knot with 17-year-old

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is set to tie the knot with a teenage girl named Rubab from Haripur District.

The Express Tribune newspaper quoted members of his family, as saying that Akhtar is due to visit his hometown of Rawalpindi on June 12, and added that wedding dates have been finalised for the third week of June.

According to the paper, the Mehndi function is scheduled for June 19, the Rukhsati for June 20 at Haripur's Bilawal Hall and the Valima for June 22 in Rawalpindi.

The paper further quoted sources, as saying that Akhtar's family met Mushtaq Khan, a businessman from Haripur while on Hajj last year. They asked Khan's wife for help in finding a suitable match for the 39-year-old retired cricketer.

Both families reportedly met several times upon their return to Pakistan before finalising a match between Akhtar and Rubab, aged 17. Rubab has little interest in cricket and has three older brothers and a younger sister

1.25 pm:

BJP needs to explain power cuts in Delhi: Kejriwal

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday sought an explanation from the BJP government over the power cuts across the national capital and asked it to take "immediate action".

"Major power cuts across Delhi. BJP needs to explain and take immediate action," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said in a tweet.

Delhiites have been facing a tough time due to the soaring mercury and power outages in various parts of the city.

12.35 pm:

Munde wanted to quit BJP, claims colleague

Union Minister Gopinath Pandurangrao Munde, who lost his life on Tuesday due to multiple internal injuries after his car was hit by another vehicle in the national capital, wanted to resign from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after facing repeated humiliation, claimed his colleague.

"Munde was facing repeated humiliation within the party. He had to struggle for every step he took so much so that he even wanted to quit the party once. It was I who stopped him," said Maharashtra BJP leader Pandurang Phundkar.

Demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Munde's death, Phundkar said: "The circumstances that led to his death are confusing. The CBI must probe into the incident."

11.50 am:

BSF, villagers clash in Tripura, 2 killed and 10 injured

Two persons, including a BSF jawan, were killed and ten injured during a clash between the border guards and villagers at South Ramnagar near here.

The clash took place when the BSF personnel were chasing smugglers during a routine patrol in the area near the Indo-Bangla border Friday night, BSF DIG B S Rawat has said.

Among the injured were nine villagers and a BSF man, the BSF DIG said.

11.11 am:

Another gang-rape in UP

Two teenage sisters aged 14 and 15 have been gang-raped by three men in Siyapur village of Etah district in western UP in an unfortunate reminder of a similar incident a week ago when two teenage Dalit sisters were raped and hung from a tree.

According to media reports, the teenagers were on their way to a mill when the rapists kidnapped the girls and took them to a jungle. They later took turns in raping them. The incident happened on Thursday and the three accused have been nabbed after the victims’ family filed an FIR. 

10.30 am:

Added benefits for security personnel in Maoist-hit areas soon

In a new anti-Naxalite strategy being readied by government, bureaucrats and security personnel operating in Maoist-hit areas may get special monetary benefits, out-of-turn promotions and choice posting after the completion of their tenure in these "dangerous" places.

Flagging Naxalite areas as the 'most dangerous zone' in the country, the government will enhance hardship allowance given to paramilitary personnel deployed in these places more than what they get while serving in Jammu & Kashmir and Northeastern region.

9.50 am:

Van Persie declares himself fit for World Cup

Netherlands captain Robin van Persie has declared himself 100 percent fit for the World Cup as the Dutch national side arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday for the June 12-July 13 tournament.

The Manchester United striker was withdrawn at half-time of his country's final warmup game against Wales in Amsterdam on Wednesday with a groin issue but insisted it was only as a precautionary measure after he felt some discomfort.

9.10 am:

Guerrillas attack police post in Kashmir

Guerrillas attacked a police post in Jammu and Kashmir's Badgam district late Friday, an official said Saturday, adding the militants injured a constable and decamped with three rifles.

"Militants late last (Friday) evening attacked the guard barrack at Pakherpora (Badgam)," a senior police officer told IANS here.

"Two militants entered the barrack where they hit constable Shabir Ahmad with an iron rod and fired at him. Militants escaped with three self-loading rifles (SLRs)," the officer

8.11 am:

UN sets up prize in honour of Nelson Mandela

The UN General Assembly Friday established the United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader.

"Our best tribute to Nelson Mandela is not found in words or ceremonies -- but in actions that take up the torch he passed to us," Xinhua quoted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as saying following the adoption by consensus of the resolution establishing the prize.

The assembly has a proud record of acting against apartheid -- and for Nelson Mandela. "From the early days of sanctions to the more recent declaration of July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day, this assembly has placed itself on the right side of history - - with the people who need us most," he said.

​7.30 am:

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Lucknow, his Lok Sabha constituency, today for the first time after taking charge of the portfolio.

During the visit, Singh will attend a few functions in the Uttar Pradesh capital where he is expected to be felicitated by party workers.

Singh is a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The Home Minister on Sunday will attend the swearing in ceremony of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu as Chief Minister of residuary Andhra Pradesh, sources said.

The function will be held in Guntur district.


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