Sachin Pilot’s uncle shot at in UP
An uncle of union minister Sachin Pilot was Tuesday shot at in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur town, leaving him critically injured and on life support, police said.
Ashok Kasana, 60, was sleeping in his cattle yard in Nizampur locality when two men scaled a wall and barged in before dawn.
One of them opened fire from a .38 pistol while the other stabbed him with a knife, after which both fled.
The victim’s sons rushed him to a hospital in Ghaziabad. His pancreas, intestines and liver suffered gunshot wounds. After a six-hour surgery, the patient was put on life support.
Fire in power sub-station
A major fire broke out in a power sub-station in south Delhi this afternoon affecting electricity supply in some localities.
No one was injured in the incident which was reported from the 220 KV sub-station located near Crowne Plaza Hotel in Okhla at around 2:40 PM.
Officials said 12-15 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot to douse the flames.
The cause of fire is yet to be established.
Power supply to some areas like Kalkaji and Okhla was hit due to the incident.
Australians question Tendulkar's Order of Australia award
Australian cricket fans criticised their prime minister's decision citing Tendulkar's role in the monkeygate scandal involving the countries' cricket teams.
Australian paper Herald Sun held a poll on their website asking if Tendulkar deserved the award. As of 4.30 p.m. IST, a total number of 3101 votes were registered with 43.79 percent voting in favour of the Indian maestro and 56.21 percent saying no.
Here are some of the tweets:
Malcolm Conn @malcolmconn:
#cricket How can PM Julia Gillard award Tendulkar an Order of Australia after his central role in the Monkeygate racism scandal?
Cameron Hamilton @cam_hamilton:
Why is Sachin Tendulkar getting an Order of Australia before Shane Warne?
The Mumbai police have filed a charge sheet against 26/11 handler Abu Jundal.
2 dead in Hyderabad-Solapur Express fire
Two people were killed when the Hyderabad-Solapur train caught fire near Gulbarga, according to reports. Another seven are injured.
The cause of the fire is still unclear.
The injured have been taken to the Gulbarga general hospital. The fire is under control.
A fire has broken out at a power substation in Okhla, New Delhi. 13 fire engines have been rushed to the spot.
The Supreme Court has lifted the ban on Tiger tourism. The top court has said that 20% of the core areas can be used for tourism.
Actor Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor completed the formalities of a registered marriage Tuesday afternoon and became husband and wife.
The marriage took place at Saif's Bandra home.
While Kareena's mother Babita and father Randhir Kapoor signed as witnesses from the bride's side, Saif's mother and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore signed as a witness from the groom's side.
First look: Newly weds Kareena & Saif
Get all the Saifeena wedding buzz here!
Saifeena marriage is the butt of jokes
While there's an earnest follow-up on the celebrity wedding of the year, the rest of the twitteratti have resorted to cracking jokes. And they range from politics to size zero! Here's the roundup:
Nick-Vars: Today Saif Ali Khan will enter that holy state of matrimony, which he describes as that 'sacred bond' between a man and his 2 wives.
AAR.MOHAN: Saif Ali Khan son and daughter - "Aaj mere baap ki shaadhi hai"
Amit Jain: Dear Arvind Kejriwal, can you plz also expose the reason behind Rahul Gandhi not getting married even once and Saif Ali Khan marrying twice?
Saif & Kareena are now husband & wife!
It's official! Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor have said 'I do' at his residence in the presence of the registrar. Now, the star couple are lawfully wedded man and wife.
Twitter is now abuzz with the breaking news of their marriage!
First look: Kareena's wedding gown
Remember Carrie Bradshaw in the film Sex and the City where she was busy trying out myriad wedding gowns? Well, Bebo's taken it from reel to real. The actress is all set to don a Vera Wang, the designer behind Carrie's 'wedding glow'. And we have the pictures of the outfit!
It's a pristine white strapless creation with crystal and pleated details. We can tell that Bebo's going to look simply divine!
Centre cancels Adani SEZ in Gujarat
The central government has withdrawn the permission given to Adani group for a special economic zone in Gujarat, media reports said on Tuesday.
Reports said the union government scrapped the 1840 hectare SEZ in Gujarat, with the decision coming as a jolt to chief minister Narendra Modi, who is considered close to the Adani group.
The plan was cancelled since the land was not contiguous, media reports said.
Rs 32 lakh fine recovered from defaulters for power theft
Local franchise Spanco which runs power distribution in three zones of Gandhibagh, Mahal and Civil lines in Nagpur has launched a drive against power theft and recovered Rs 32 lakh as fine from defaulters.
The sum was recovered after a vigilance team raided 273 premises of consumers in Bhagvan Nagar, Wardhaman Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Nara, Sutgirni, Itwari, Jaripatka, Bagadganj, Indora Zopda, Mankapur, Katol Road & Civil lines.
The power company is conducting meter testing, connected load testing, faulty and stopped meter testing, direct hooking, checks on meter tampering and any other mode of unauthorised usage of electricity.
Haryana CM: Officer's transfer not a punishment
Haryana chief minister Bhunpinder Hooda has said that the transfer of IAS officer Ashok Khemka was not a punishment for the cancellation of the DLF-Vadra deal. He has said that the chief secretary of the state will look into the deal.
Meanwhile Arvind Kerjriwal had questioned the officer's transfer saying that chief minister Hooda is answerable for this move.
16 killed in MP bus accident
Sixteen people were killed and 24 others injured today when their bus collided head-on with a truck near Naugaon Navodaya Vidyalaya, about 20 kms from here.
The bus was on its way to Chhatarpur from Harpalpur when it dashed with a Naugaon-bound truck loaded with cement around 7 AM, police said.
The accident claimed 12 lives on the spot while four others succumbed to injuries on way to a nearby hospital.
Chhattarpur Collector Rajesh Bahuguna and other officials reached the spot soon after the mishap.
13 persons, eight in serious condition, were admitted in the Chhatarpur district hospital while the remaining are undergoing treatment at Nougaon civil hospital, police said.
The district collector has announced an ex-gratia of Rs one lakh each to the deceased person and Rs 10,000 each to the injured passengers.
Rajinikanth's Kochadaiyaan for Pongal 2013
The grapevine has been abuzz that Rajinikanth's Kochadaiyaan which was scheduled to release on his birthday Dec 12, has been postponed to Pongal 2013.
Earlier there was a lot of excitement as this year his birthday falls on 12-12-12, supposed to be a very rare and lucky date.
Uranium sales to India won't start quickly, says Australian PM
Australian Prime Minister, who is on a three-day visit to India, has made it clear that uranium sales to India will not start quickly, it was reported here.
Gillard hosed down any suggestions that uranium sales to India will start quickly, saying that negotiating a safeguard agreement is likely to take one or two years, rather than months, reported Sydney Morning Herald from New Delhi.
She is in the Indian capital to clear the way for negotiations to begin on a safeguards agreement.
She said Australia knew how to negotiate a proper agreement to ensure uranium was used for peaceful purposes, the media report quoted the Australian prime minister as saying.
The launch of nuclear negotiations will pave the way for the sealing of a civilian nuclear deal, and will remove the last stumbling block in accelerating bilateral ties.
Today in History: The day Marie Antoinette was beheaded
On Oct. 16, 1962, President John F. Kennedy was informed by national security adviser McGeorge Bundy that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
In 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded.
In 1901, Booker T. Washington dined at the White House as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose invitation to the black educator sparked controversy.
In 1952, the Charles Chaplin film "Limelight" premiered in London.
In 1972, a twin-engine plane carrying U.S. House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, D-La., and U.S. Rep. Nick Begich, D-Alaska, disappeared while flying over a remote region of Alaska; the aircraft was never found.
In 1978, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to be the new pope; he took the name John Paul II.
In 2002: President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq. The White House announced that North Korea had disclosed it had a nuclear weapons program.
In 2007: Barbara West Dainton, believed to be the next-to-last survivor from the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, died in Camborne, England, at age 96.
Tendulkar to be made member of Order of Australia
Sachin Tendulkar is set to another feather to his already crowded cap as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced that the iconic Indian cricketer will be conferred the membership of the Order of Australia, an honour "rarely" awarded to non-Australians.
The 39-year-old Tendulkar, who is currently in South Africa playing in the Champions League Twenty20, will become only the second Indian after former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee to get the honour.
Sorabjee was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations" in 2006.
"Cricket is of course a great bond between Australia and India. We are both cricket-mad nations. I am very pleased that we are going to confer on Sachin Tendulkar, membership of the order of Australia (AM)," Gillard, who is on a visit to India, told reporters here.
"This is a very special honour very rarely awarded to someone who is not an Australian citizen or an Australian national. The award will be conferred on him by cabinet Minister Simon Crean when he visits India," she said.
"So, a special honour and a very special recognition of such a great batsman. The honour is very special and Sachin is a very special cricketer."
Tendulkar is not the first cricketer to be made an Order of Australia AM as in 2009, West Indies legend Brian Lara was also made an honorary member.
Another West Indies legend, Clive Lloyd, is an Honorary Officer in the Order of Australia, having been conferred the award way back in 1985.
The right-handed Tendulkar, considered the finest batsman in contemporary cricket, has 15,533 runs in 190 Tests besides a mammoth 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.
'Chinese n-help emboldened Pakistan to fuel Kashmir insurgency'
Chinese assistance to Pakistan in developing a nuclear bomb emboldened it to fuel the Kashmir insurgency in 1989, says a noted security expert who has done considerable research on the issue.
"Till 1989, not much was known about Pakistan's nuclear programme. The first indication was (disgraced scientist) A.Q. Khan's interview to (Indian journalist) Kuldip Nayar in which he spoke about possessing the bomb. It all came together when the azadi movement erupted in 1989. There was the sudden realisation of Pakistan's capability," Rear Admiral (retd) K Raja Menon told IANS.
The Kashmir insurgency could "never have been embarked upon if the Pakistanis had not had their confidence bolstered by the ownership of nuclear weapons", added Menon, a former assistant chief of naval staff (operations) who has also referred to the subject in his book "The Nuclear Strategy for India".
Speaking on the subject at a seminar here last week, Menon said: "There is a direct link between Chinese nuclear assistance to Pakistan and trans-border terror attacks which we have been a bit shy of bringing to the notice of the Chinese authorities."
'CIA plotted to kill terrorist by arranging bride'
The CIA had paid an Al Qaeda spy to help find a bride for American-born terrorist Anwar al Awlaki in a plot to kill him, a media report said.
Morten Storm, a Danish convert to Islam, was paind $250,000 for the job, the ABC News Monday quoted the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten as saying.
Al Awlaki was linked to a number of terror plots, including the failed effort to blow up a US jetliner over Detroit.
An IAS officer who cancelled a land deal worth Rs. 58 crores between DLF and Robert Vadra was transferred according to media reports.
Ashok Kemka had accused DLF and Vadra of undervaluing land in Harayana and had ordered a probe. He was transferred a day after he had cancelled the deal.
Kemka said that his transfer was an attempt to punish him.
Air India terrorist appeals perjury conviction
The only person convicted in the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people off the coast of Ireland is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn his perjury conviction.
Inderjit Singh Reyat had already served 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter for his role as the bomb maker. He was convicted of perjury in September 2010 and sentenced to another nine years in prison. He filed the appeal Monday.
Reyat was accused of lying during the 2003 trial of Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri, who were acquitted of mass murder in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. Another explosion at an airport in Tokyo killed two baggage handlers.
Prosecutors maintain the bombing was revenge by Sikh separatists for a deadly 1984 raid by Indian forces on the Golden Temple at Amritsar, Sikhism's holiest shrine.
NRIs from Punjab seek mechanism to cast their vote
More than a year after the Non-Resident Indian's were granted voting rights, a representative body of NRIs from Punjab has urged the Indian Government to develop a mechanism which will facilitate them to exercise their right.
"Lok Sabha Elections are coming very near but there is no mechanism for the NRI community to cast their votes in the fourth coming Lok Sabha elections," president of North American Punjabi Association Satnam Singh Chahal said.
Milpitas, California based Chahal said it is not possible for eligible voters to travel to India just to cast their votes, neither it is economically viable.
As such he urged the Indian Government and the Election Commission of India to grant "proxy-voting" to NRIs.
The Champions Trophy continues full steam ahead, even though interest for the tournament seems to be waning. KKR got themselves thoroughly beat by Auckland, who won with a seven wickets/
We are expecting more exposes or press conferences today, with the the battle between Khurshid and Kejriwal showing no signs of abating any time soon.
And for our readers in New Delhi, watch out its an auto strike today. Extra buses have been announced to deal with the rush but be prepared for some tough traveling time.