Live: SP workers hold up train, burn effigy of Beni

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 11:33 hrs

5.10 pm:

Rs 5 lakh stolen from ATM

An ATM of Punjab National Bank near Coleroon Toll gate, Tiruchirapalli was found smashed open and cash up to Rs 5 lakh stolen from it, a senior bank official said .

"It was on onsite ATM and the bank normally does not load more than Rs five lakh in the morning and around the same amount in the evening," said an official on the condition of anonymity.

The official said it was baffling how the ATM could have been burgled as it was located at a busy junction where buses halt. Police pickets were supposed to be stationed there round the clock, he added.

Police said they had got definite clues and were confident of nabbing the culprits soon.

5.00 pm:

The DMK slams the government over the UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka; alleges India diluted the resolution.

4.50 pm:

SP workers hold up train, burn effigy of Beni

Samajwadi Party workers on Thursday held up an Express train for some time near the railway station here and burnt effigy of Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma to protest his remarks against their chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Around 24 SP workers led by local leader Jnanesh Mishra came on the tracks and stopped the Janata Express a few minutes after it had left the Kanpur Railway Station.

They blackened the face of Verma's effigy and then burnt it, saying they would not let him enter the state.

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4.25 pm:

At the UNHRC:
The Sri Lankan envoy said the US resolution was 'clearly unacceptable'. "The resolution casts aspersion on Sri Lanka's reconciliation process," the envoy said.
"Sri Lanka's constructive engagement has been ignored," he added. He claimed that Sri Lanka was not consulted over the resolution.

4.15 pm:

Anti-Lanka resolution passed

The US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka has been passed at the UN Human Rights Council meet in Geneva with 25 countries voting in favour of it.

Pakistan went with Lanka, and voted along with 13 others against the US move. In all there were 8 absentees.

During the debate, earlier, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had said that India would vote in favour of the resolution against Sri Lanka.

India also moved certain amendments to the resolution. It asked for an independent credible investigation acceptable to the international community.

3.45 pm:

Protests outside US embassy in Lanka as UNHRC meet underway

A demonstration was held outside the US Embassy in Sri Lanka today against the US sponsored resolution currently being discussed at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The demonstrators raised objections to the resolution and demanded that the US government stay out of Sri Lankan affairs, reported Xinhua.

The US has tabled the final version of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

Currently, the Indian envoy is speaking on the resolution.

The UNHRC is expected to vote on the resolution later in the day.

3.15 pm:

Pray for me, says Sanjay Dutt

Reacting to the Supreme Court's judgement on 1993 Mumbai blasts case, Sanjay Dutt said, "Will see the copy and now I am looking for legal options. I still believe in the judiciary, my family is with me and I am still strong."

"Whatever is the judgment of the court I will respect it. I want all to pray for me. God is great," he said.

1.55 pm:

Car bomb in Pak refugee camp kills 12

A car packed with explosives blew up inside a refugee camp in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday as hundreds of people lined up to get food, killing 12 and wounding 20, police said.

The attack occurred at Jalozai camp on the outskirts of the main northwest city of Peshawar, said police officer Mohammad Zahid. The camp mainly hosts Pakistanis who have been displaced by fighting between the army and the Taliban in the country's northwest.

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1.20 pm:

Timing of the CBI raid at MK Stalin's residence unfortunate, says Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He further added: "We are all upset. The government did not do it."

12.45 pm:

Srikant Jena succeeds Alagiri

Srikant Jena is the new fertiliser minister following MK Alagiri's resignation

A press release from Rashtrapati Bhavan said 'the President of India, as advised by the prime minister, has accepted the resignation of Alagiri, S S  Palanimanickam, S Gandhiselvan, Dr S Jagathrakshakan, D Napoleon, from the Union council of ministers.

The release further said that Srikant Jena has been given independent charge of the  ministry of chemicals and fertilizers as minister of state, in addition to independent charge of the ministry of statistics and programme implementation as minister of state.

12.30 pm:

3  BSF troopers injured in Srinagar militant attack

Three Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were injured in Sringar today when separatist guerrillas fired at their vehicle.

The vehicle was coming from north Kashmir's Baramulla town to Panthachowk camp of the BSF when it was fired upon near Gulshan Nagar on the bypass road, a police official said.

"Three BSF troopers were injured in the firing incident. All the injured have been shifted to the army's base hospital in Badami Bagh cantonment area in Srinagar. Doctors have described the condition of one of the injured troopers as critical," the official said.

This is the second militant attack in a month in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital.

12.10 pm:

1993 Mumbai blasts:
The Supreme Court has asked all the accused to surrender within four weeks.

The court said that on the gravity of the crime Sanjay Dutt will not get a probation as he had asked for, media report said. Sanjay has an option of filing a review petition.

Meanwhile, his lawyer Satish Maneshinde said, "Once we receive the Supreme Court order, we will then advise Dutt. Unfortunate that this has happened. We will abide the Supreme Court's order."

12.00 pm:

Sanjay Dutt gets 5 yrs in 1993 blast case

Sanjay Dutt's sentence of six years was reduced to five. He was convicted in an arms case, and was accused of illegal possession of arms, including an AK-56 rifle.

The actor is out on bail now, and had earlier spent 18 months in jail. He will have to spend 3 and half years in jail.

11.45 am:

Sonia upset with Stalin raids; Karuna says may or may not be vendetta

Upset with the CBI raids on DMK leader MK Stalin, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has questioned the minister concerned V Narayanasamy, CNN-IBN reported.

Meanwhile, media reports quoted the DMK Chief as saying that it may or may not be political vendetta.

"I don't want to speculate if central ministers have said they were not aware of raids. Political vendetta happens not only in Centre, but state also," Karunanidhi said in a statement.

11.40 am:

Death for Yakub Memon in
1993 blasts

The Supreme Court has begun delivering its verdict in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts case. It upheld the death sentence of blast mastermind Yakub Memon. It, however, reduced the death sentence of 10 others to life.

11.30 am:

Parliament adjourned till noon following uproar over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue and other matters.

11.00 am:

CBI raid, a warning to SP or BSP, asks D Raja

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja questioned the timing of the CBI raid, and sought an explanation from the Congress-led UPA Government.

"It can be one of the classic cases of misuse of CBI for political purposes or it can be one of the classic cases of political vendetta. Of course, it is possible that the CBI must be having a credible evidence for such an investigation or for such a raid, but the timing. Why CBI did not act earlier? The CBI could have acted sometime afterwards. Why CBI has chosen this time?," he asked.

"That is why the opposition parties are always apprehensive of the misuse of CBI for political purposes. Now, it justifies what the opposition parties are saying. And this is really a serious issue since the DMK was part of the government. There was no raid so far, suddenly the raids and investigations of the CBI have begun. So, the timing is very important," he added.

"I also can add that does the government think such a CBI raid or CBI investigation can send a message to SP, BSP, such parties who are trying to bail out the government," he said.

10.50 am:

Stalin raids:
Sources told CNN-IBN that M K Stalin's residence was searched  based on a complaint from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), and they were just looking for a car.

Sources say the search procedure is over and the CBI teams have returned. Stalin has not been named in an FIR, the sources added.

10.43 am:

CBI calls off raids on M K Stalin's residence. The government has asked CBI to explain the raids.

Apart from Chidambaram, even Kamal Nath protested against the raids.

9.42 am:

Finance Minister P Chidamabaram has said to NDTV that he strongly disapproves of the CBI's raids against DMK leader MK Stalin. He added that he has conveyed his views to the minister in-charge.

Officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out a search at the residence of Stalin.

Curiously, the search comes two days after the DMK announced its decision to pull out of the central government and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), dissatisfied with the centre's stand on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

The raid at Stalin's house began around 6 a.m. CBI officials in Chennai are tight-lipped about the details of the case.

9.30 am:

The Samajwadi Party has begun its parliamentary meet.  The SP will decide on its strategy post the DMK's pull out from the UPA. It will also take on call on Beni Prasad's resignation.

9.00 am:

MK Stalin has said that the raids conducted at his residence are politically motivated. He said that his party will face this issue legally.

The CBI officials have left the DMK leader's residence.

8.30 am:

YouTube now serving videos to 1 billion people

YouTube says more than 1 billion people are now visiting its online video site each month to watch everything from zany clips of cute kittens to sobering scenes of social unrest around the world.

The milestone announced Wednesday marks another step in YouTube's evolution from a quirky startup launched in 2005 to one of the most influential forces in today's media landscape.

YouTube crossed the 1 billion threshold five months after Facebook Inc. said its online social network had reached that figure for the first time.

The vast audience has given YouTube's owner, Google Inc., another lucrative channel for selling online ads beyond its dominant Internet search engine.

Google bought YouTube for $1.76 billion in 2006 when the video site had an estimated 50 million users worldwide.

8.00 am:

NDTV reports that the CBI is currently raiding the house of MK Stalin. The channel's sources say that the raid is in connection with the illegal import of cars for which duty has not been paid.

The raid began at 7am. His secretary's house is also being searched.

The raids are being conducted after a complaint from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.

The DMK has said that the raid is a form of political vendetta by the Congress.

7.30 am:

"I share the sense of national outrage over the communication from the Italian government that the two marines will not return to India," he said in the letter, released for publication here on Wednesday.

"As I have stated in Parliament, our government has made it clear that these actions by the Government of Italy are not acceptable. They violate every rule of diplomatic discourse and call into question the solemn commitment given by an accredited representative of a sovereign government to our Supreme Court and would, naturally, cast a shadow on our relationship. Our government has insisted that the Italian authorities respect the undertaking given to the Honourable Supreme Court," the Prime Minister said.

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