The attack, which left two person injured, came on the eve of a private visit to India by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sonia unlikely to meet Kurien
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is unlikely to meet Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien as the demand for his resignation grows following allegations of his involvement in the 1996 Suryanelli gangrape case, a report on CNN-IBN said.
However, sources said that Congress leadership has questioned the timing of the fresh charges against Kurien.
Pressure grew on Sonia to act against Kurien after the Suryanelli rape victim's mother wrote to her on Thursday asking her to intervene in the interest of justice for her daughter.
Later in the day the Congress Core Committee is expected to meet. Three major issues on the agenda:
1. Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's comments on terrorists in BJP and RSS office
2. Deputy Rajya Sabha chairperson P J Kurien's name cropping up in the Suryanelli gang-rape case and the protests instigated by senior leaders of the Congress in Kerala
3. Minster of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Choudhary booked for vandalising the district magistrate's house
Car bombs hit markets in Iraq, killing 20 people
Four car bombs struck two outdoor markets in Baghdad and a town south of the Iraqi capital today, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
The blasts were the latest in a series of attacks by insurgents seeking to re-ignite sectarian violence and undermine the Shiite-led government's efforts in maintaining security.
The bombings targeted an outdoor pet market in Baghdad's northern Kazimyah neighborhood and in a vegetable market in the town of Shomali in Hillah province, south of the Iraqi capital.2.25 pm:
Assaulted with iron rod, Delhi woman undergoes throat surgery
A 19-year-old woman, who was critically injured after a man inserted an iron rod into her mouth during a rape attempt in south Delhi, has undergone two surgeries in her throat and is not able to speak, police said Friday.
"The doctors have performed two surgeries on her throat, but still she can't speak. Otherwise her condition is better now," a senior police official told IANS.
"The women has been admitted to AIIMS. She is likely to be discharged in the next two days," the official said.
Radar failure at Delhi airport delays flights
Radar screens go blank at IGI airport, New Delhi, delaying several flights, CNN-IBN reports. Radar failure was reported last year and in 2010 as well, leading to concerns over airspace security.
Suryanelli case: Youth wing of CPM protests outside Kerala Assembly
Youth wing of the CPM are protesting outside the Kerala Assembly, demanding that the role of PJ Kurien in the Suryanelli rape case be probed.
Decision on P J Kurien's fate this evening
Deputy chairman Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien;s fate will be decided today at the Congress Core Committee meeting at 5 pm. Kurien was named by the Suryanelli gang-rape victim.
The mother of the victim in Kerala has written to United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi to ensure that PJ Kurien does not chair the Rajya Sabha when the bill on sexual violence against women comes up in Parliament.
SRK celebrates women's power, calls them 'leaders of future'
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has said women are the future and that "one needs to have women to have men", so they must be respected.
"It is important to talk about women who are making progress, taking our country forward and it is time to celebrate a little bit of brightness and positivity. You need to have women to have men," the 47-year-old said.
Shah Rukh, looking dapper in a black suit, said it's time to celebrate the women "who are the leaders of India".
"It has been a few months now that we are witnessing all the news against women in India. Now everyone wants to come out and vehemently oppose the atrocity that happens with women in our country and around the globe.
"I think these are the negative feelings that are happening, so it becomes more important to have few sparks of brightness, beauty and goodness," said the actor.
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Boat with 100 aboard capsizes in Bangladesh
A boat carrying about 100 passengers capsized today in Meghna river in Bangladesh's Munshiganj district, a media report said. Some of the passengers managed to swim ashore.
The boat capsized after it hit a sand-laden vessel, reported the Daily Star.
The Chandpur-bound boat carrying around 100 passengers started from Narayanganj launch terminal at 7 a.m.
Witnesses said some of the passengers managed to swam ashore after the launch capsized around 8 a.m. 10.50 am:
Delhi rape trial: Doctors to testify today
Doctors who examined the accused in the Delhi gang rape case will testify in court on Friday, said reports.
Earlier, the prosecution had called the 23-year-old victim's software engineer friend to testify in court. He was accompanying the victim on December 16 last year, when the attack took place.
He was also assaulted and is still unable to walk properly.
The friend was also cross-examined by the defence lawyers in court.Read more
Rajapaksa set to visit Bodh Gaya and Tirupati for pilgrimage
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives on Friday in India for pilgrimage and he will not visit New Delhi to meet the country's leaders, official sources said.
Rajapaksa's trip to Bodh Gaya in Bihar and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh comes amid barely concealed strains in India-Sri Lanka ties over Colombo's refusal to devolve powers to provincial councils.
While in Bihar, Rajapaksa is expected to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He is also set to inaugurate a cultural centre in Bodh Gaya.Read more
Mum gives jailed son drugs with a kiss
Police say an upstate New York woman passed drugs to her son while kissing him when she visited him in jail.
Sheriff's deputies in Yates County tell local media outlets 54-year-old Penn Yan resident Kimberly Margeson was visiting her son last week when she hid oxycodone pills and passed them from her mouth to his while giving him a kiss.
Police haven't said how the drugs were discovered.Read more
Haryana couple decides to defy Khap ruling annulling marriage, seeks police protection
A newly married couple in Haryana's Sonipat district, whose marriage was annulled by a 'Khap' (community) panchayat on Tuesday, have decided to defy the diktat and have approached police, seeking protection.
The community panchayat of Joli village in this district Tuesday announced that the two-day-old marriage of the couple, Anil Mehra and Seema Sabarwal, stood annulled. Justifying its bizarre act, the panchayat said the marriage was against social custom.
The couple Thursday approached Sonipat district police chief Arun Nehra and submitted a written complaint against the panchayat's diktat. They sought police protection.Read more
China detains 70 in crackdown on Tibet protests
China's government says it has detained 70 people in ethnic Tibetan areas in a crackdown following a series of self-immolations aimed at protesting Communist rule.
The detentions, reported by the official Xinhua News Agency, reflect stepped-up efforts by Beijing to stamp out protests in which nearly 100 Tibetan monks, nuns and lay people have set themselves on fire since 2009. They are calling for Beijing to allow greater religious freedom and the return from exile of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Xinhua said the latest detentions occurred in an ethnic Tibetan area of Qinghai province, which abuts Tibet. It said 12 of those detained were formally arrested but gave no details of the charges.
New Delhi is all set to host the 3rd annual Comic Convention at Dilli Haat from Friday. The three-day convention will launch the latest editions of Indian comic book titles and will be attended by top comic artists including Pran, creator of Chacha Chaudhary.
The Comic Con will also play host to top international publishing houses like Random House, Top Cow, Fantagraphics and Vertical Inc. New comic titles like Dashaavatar, Mother Teresa and Zahara's Paradise will be launched.
Workshops, interactive sessions and contests will all be part of the event.
The late cartoonist Mario Miranda will receive a lifetime achievement award at the event.