CPI(M) leaders booked for roadside protest approach HC
Three senior CPI-M leader, including its general secretary Prakash Karat, today moved the Kerala High Court seeking quashing of a case registered against them for conducting meetings on road margins.
Acting on a private complaint by one P Nagaraj of Neyyatinkara, police had registered a case against Karat, CPI-M Kerala unit Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan, opposition Leader in the Assembly V S Achutanandan and some other party leaders for holding the protest meeting on roadside on October 2, 2009.
Rahul Gandhi to visit Rajasthan tomorrow
The political scenario in Rajasthan will be analysed at meetings that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will hold from tomorrow to chalk out a strategy ahead of Rajasthan assembly polls slated for later this year.
"Gandhi will arrive in Bikaner from Delhi where he will chair three meetings -- one of executive and office bearers of 15 District Congress Committees, second of NSUI and Youth Congress representatives and the third with party's public representatives of local bodies and Panchayti Raj," PCC President Dr Chandrabhan told reporters today, referring to Gandhi's two-day visit to the state.
Groups of four DCCs have been formed and each group will have 45-minute meetings with Gandhi, he said.
3 coaches of Haldibari Express derails
Three coaches of Haldibari-Kolkata Express derailed at Birbhum district in West Bengal on Tuesday, officials said.
The mishap occurred at around 1 pm between Nalhati Junction and Chatra.
The train was running from Kolkata to Haldibari town in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal.
No casualty has been reported so far.
Siddaramaiah lifts ban on cow slaughter in Karnataka
The first move of the newly elected Chief Minister of Karnataka K Siddaramaiah was to lift the ban on cow slaughter in the state.
Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill, 2012 was introduced by the BJP.
The bill prohibited slaughter of cattle, sale, usage and possession of beef. It also restricted the transport of cattle and prohibited the sale, purchase or disposal of cattle for slaughter.
The Madras High Court has allowed the IPL match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Daredevils to go ahead as scheduled at the M A Chidambaram stadium. Earlier in the day the Supreme Court had issued an order that allowed for the un-sealing of three stands in the stadium.
Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary
An outspoken nationalist mayor said the Japanese military's forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to "maintain discipline" in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle.
The comments made Monday are already raising ire in neighboring countries that bore the brunt of Japan's wartime aggression and that have long complained that Japan has failed to fully atone for wartime atrocities.
Actor Dhanush to launch own music label
'Kolaveri Di' famed singer-actor Dhanush will be launching his own music label under the name of 'Wunderbar Studio'.
The 29-year-old South superstar took to micro blogging site Twitter to announce the news.
"Hey guys we have decided to launch our own music label soon under the name "wunderbar studio". Will make an official announcement soon," he posted.
The actor will soon make his Bollywood debut with 'Raanjhnaa' opposite Sonam Kapoor.
AI to start Dreamliner flights from tomorrow
Air India would resume domestic operations of grounded Dreamliners planes from tomorrow and their global flights from May 22 with the government today saying the airline would cut costs to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore in the current financial year.
While monetisation of its assets in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Coimbatore alone would generate additional funds Rs 1,000 crore, oil companies are expected to provide concessions of Rs 500 crore to Air India.
The airline would generate an additional revenue of over Rs 500 crore through slashing of staff costs, savings from interest on loans and working capital and booking agency commissions.
Renowned Islamic scholar, progressive thinker, author and Dawoodi Bohra reformist leader Asghar Ali Engineer passed away here Tuesday after a prolonged illness, family members said. He was 74.
PTI: Air India to start operations of grounded Dreamliner planes on domestic routes from tomorrow (May 15th), international circuit from May 22, says civil aviation minister Ajit Singh.
Kudankulam n-plant opponents seek emergency plan details
Anti-nuclear activists have sought details of the emergency plan from the authorities to check their preparedness in evacuating people living within the 16-km radius of the Tamil Nadu's 1,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), an activist said Tuesday.
"According to the atomic energy project norms, the 16-km radius from a nuclear power plant is defined as evacuation zone or emergency planning zone. In case of any nuclear accident, people living within that radius have to be evacuated.
NDTV reports that newly appointed law minister, Kapil Sibal has overturned former law minister Ashwani Kumar's decision to reject Vodafone's conciliation offer. The Attorney General has given his approval for this move.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram to head Group of Ministers formed to draft a law to insulate CBI from external influence.
Minor arrested for raping seven-year-old in Bihar
A minor boy was arrested in Bihar early Tuesday for allegedly raping his seven-year-old cousin, police said.
The victim was raped Monday in Bima village of Supaul district, a police official said.
He added that the incident has shocked the villagers and they are demanding stringent punishment for the attacker.
The Supreme Court has not allowed actor Sanjay Dutt to extend his surrender period in the 1993 Mumbai blast case. The top court turned down plea of two producers seeking more time for Dutt to surrender to complete their films.
Dutt will have to surrender on May 15th.
The Supreme Court has allowed the IPL match scheduled to take place today in Chennai's Chidambaram stadium to go through. But the stadium can be used only for today, the court stipulated.
The Chennai Corporation had sealed three stands on Sunday after the Supreme Court vacated the stay granted by the Madras High Court. The Tamil Nadu government has also withdrawn the stability certificate given to all the nine stands at the stadium.
While, stands I, J and K do not have plan approval, the TNCA claims it had obtained permission from the Chennai Corporation to use them during cricket matches till May 22.
The TNCA had also requested for the de-sealing of the stands as the tickets have already been sold for the Tuesday's IPL match.
The match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils will take place at 8pm.
US Marine captain to be tried over urination video
A US Marine officer will be court martialed for his alleged role in the scandal sparked by a video that showed soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of three Afghans, the Marine Corps said.
In a statement, the Corps said Captain James Clement "will be tried for dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentlemen for failing to stop the misconduct of junior Marines."
He is accused of failing to prevent men under his command of desecrating the bodies of three Afghans, in a case that dates back to July 27, 2011, during an operation against the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
US welcomes Nawaz move to invite Indian PM
United States has welcomed the soon to be Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's move to invite Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his oath-taking ceremony, media reports said on Tuesday.
US said the decision to invite Manmohan Singh to Pakistan is a positive sign that might solve the ongoing conflicts between the two countries.
Sharif on Monday said he would invite Singh to his swearing-in ceremony.
In an attempt to resolve the tussle between the two countries and to normalise the "roller-coaster" ties, Sharif said he will visit India even if not invited.
"We have to restart our journey (from 1999). So whether India invites me or not, I will visit India," Sharif told NDTV on Sunday.
Even Singh reciprocated to his approach and congratulated Sharif on his victory in the country's Prime Ministerial elections.
In a government news release, Singh conveyed India’s desire to work with the new government of Pakistan in charting a new course for the relationship between the two countries and invited Sharif to visit India at a mutually convenient time.
Manchester City sack manager Roberto Mancini
Manchester City sacked manager Roberto Mancini on Monday following his team's feeble defence of the Premier League title they won exactly one year ago.
Manchester United regained the title last month with four games to spare and City were then beaten 1-0 by Wigan Athletic in last Saturday's FA Cup final.
A girl in Ghaziabad was beaten by a cop for drinking in a car with a friend late on Monday night. The police acted on a tip off. The cop even allowed residents from the neighborhood to beat the girl, reports NDTV.
A male cop is not allowed to detain women after dark.
Two held in Tunisia for spying for Israel's Mossad
Two young Tunisians have been arrested over suspicions that they work for Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.
The Al-Moussawar newspaper said one of the suspects was caught while he was allegedly sending information via the internet on the security situation in the Jebel Chaambi area of the Kasserine governorate.
The second youth was arrested on suspicion of transmitting sensitive information via a social networking website and of abetting the first suspect, Al-Moussawar said.
Both the youths come from Biserta in the northeast Tunisian coast, the paper reported.
The Modi government has withheld the filing of the death appeal for Maya Kodnani, a former minister in the Gujarat Cabinet and Babu Bajrangi, a leader from the Bajrang Dal in the Naroda Patiya massacre. 97 Muslims were killed during the massacre.
NDTV reports that pressure from the RSS could be the reason behind this move.
Prosecutors have urged a Milan court to hand a six-year prison sentence and life ban from office to former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for having sex with a minor and for abuse of power.
Prosecutor Ilda Boccassini asked the court to give Berlusconi five years in jail for corruption and one year for paying an underage prostitute for sex.
Moroccan belly dancer Karima el-Mahroug, nicknamed "Ruby the Heart Stealer", was 17 at the time she allegedly slept with Berlusconi.
Berlusconi and Ruby deny they had sex, although Boccassini claims the Moroccan teenager stayed overnight at Berlusconi's mansion near Milan 10 times between February and May 2010 when he was prime minister.
"He knew the girl was under 18," said Boccassini.
"Several witnesses in the case were forced to lie," she told the court, a claim that Berlusconi's lawyer Piero Longo disputed.
Berlusconi is also charged with abuse of office for getting el-Mahroug released from police custody for an unrelated petty theft offence in order to cover up their liaison.
Berlusconi faces up to three years in prison for the sex charge and up to 12 years for allegedly pressuring police to release el-Mahroug.
The defence will start arguing its case June 3 and a sentence is expected June 24, judicial sources said.