Live: Slim chance of bail for Pistorius

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 12:53 hrs

6.21 pm:

Kolkata Police use the Beatles to educate jaywalkers

Kolkata Traffic Police are using the Beatles' iconic "Abbey Road" album cover to educate jaywalkers to cross streets at zebra crossings.

The British band's 1969 album cover features John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr crossing a north London street at a zebra crossing.

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6.00 pm:

Pak woman moves HC after being denied permission to go home

A Pakistani woman national, who has been acquitted in a case of possessing fake Indian currency after remaining in jail for 30 months, has moved the Bombay High Court challenging the decision of authorities to deny her permission to return to her country.

Rashida Tinwalla, 42, who had come to India in December 2009 and claims to be "penniless", is a divorcee and her three minor kids stay with her parents in Karachi. Now, in Mumbai, she stays on staircases of buildings, her lawyer Sham Keshwani said.

5.27 pm:

Highlights of the Pistorius' bail hearing

-Slim chance of bail for Pistorius

-Defence and prosecution agree athlete shot girlfriend

-Prosecution: killing of Steenkamp was 'premeditated murder'

-Defence: 'This was not even murder'

Click here to follow live coverage as the case continues

4.10 pm:

'Bad boy' Sutil handed last Force India seat

Adrian Sutil has been handed a surprise route back into Formula One only 12 months since being found guilty of grievous bodily harm (GBH), as the German racer was handed a seat alongside British ace Paul Di Resta at the Force India team.

Sutil will take part in a testing session for the Silverstone-based outfit on Thursday in Barcelona, the Sun reports.

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3.50 pm:

Assocham appeals to trade unions to call off strike

Industry body Assocham Tuesday urged central trade unions to withdraw the Feb 20-21 two-day-strike as the economy would lose Rs.15,000-20,000 crore due to the disruption.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said it estimated the national loss figures based on the daily erosion of about 30-40 per cent to the country's gross domestic production (GDP) for two days.

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3.20 pm:

Administrative action if shops are closed during strike:  Mamata

After warning of stern action against enforcement of the two-day general strike by Central trade unions, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said steps would be taken if shops were closed in the next two days in the state.

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2.55 pm:

The CBI team sent to Italy to investigate the VVIP chopper scam has reached the country. The team will meet prosecutors, defence and foreign office officials while in Italy.

2.20 pm:

Pistorius charged with murdering girlfriend

Looking grim and solemn, Olympian Oscar Pistorius was charged Tuesday with the premeditated murder of his model girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court that Pistorius shot 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door of his home in a guarded and gated complex in the South African capital, Pretoria. Nel said the door had been broken open.

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2.03 pm:

TN govt launches series of budget canteens

Setting in motion to provide the popular South Indian dish, idli, and other items at affordable rates, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday launched a series of budget canteens in the city.

This was in line with an announcement made recently to benefit daily wage labourers and others earning substantially low wages.

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2.00 pm:

The mother of a premature baby born mid-air on a Manila-bound Emirates airlines flight from Dubai is fast running out of resources and awaiting help in Kolkata where she remained since giving birth to a baby girl named EK on February 8, 2013, CNN-IBN reports

The flight made a priority landing at the NSC Bose International Airport in Kolkata on Feb 8 after Kyamko Jina Sepulvuda, a 30-year-old Philippines national, gave birth to the baby mid-air.

Sepulvuda, now says that even though the hospital has given her a release certificate and the airport authority's doctor has declared her baby fit to travel, she still faces huge hurdles in returning to her country, according to a report in the Bengali daily Ananda Bazaar Patrika.

1.35 pm:

PM Manmohan Singh has said that he has sought the full co-operation of the British government over the VVIP chopper deal.  The PM also said that all of India's concerns over the deal have been expressed to the visiting British PM David Cameron.  Cameron has assured his Indian counterpart that full co-operation will be extended.

"We will respond to any request on the deal," said Cameron.

The PM also expressed his over all satisfaction over the growth of the bilateral ties between the countries.

1.25 pm:

Jet Airways announces India's biggest air-ticket sale

The Naresh Goyal-owned Jet Airways, India's second-largest airline group, has put 20 lakh domestic air tickets in the economy class - on both Jet Airways and JetKonnect - for sale at Rs 2250 for travel anytime till December 31 this year.

The tickets, though, have to be booked between February 19 and latest by February 24.

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12.55 pm:

Pistorius arrives at courthouse for bail hearing

Escorted by police, Oscar Pistorius arrived early at a courthouse in South Africa's capital Tuesday for a bail hearing in the killing of his girlfriend.

Prosecutors say they will press a charge of premeditated murder against the 26-year-old double-amputee Paralympian and Olympic athlete. Pistorius' family says police evidence will show there should be no murder charge.

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12.20 pm:

Defence minister AK Antony has said that the government had followed all procedures in the VVIP chopper deal, but despite precautions something went wrong. The minister said no mercy would be shown to those guilty.

The minister added that there was no rift within the government over the deal. The government was also open to any discussion on the deal. He said that he will not resign over the deal.

12.00 pm:

BJP targets govt as it is split over need to cancel VVIP chopper deal

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government for speaking in different tunes over the need to cancel the VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland, and said that the main opposition party would like to know is it a cover-up exercise, which has begun.

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11.30 am:

British PM David Cameron meets Indian PM Manmohan Singh in Delhi. The VVIP chopper deal is likely to be brought up during this meeting.

11.16 am:

Indian Ocean security taskforce to be launched in Australia

A taskforce on the changing security dynamics of the Indian Ocean Region and the roles of India and Australia in Indo-Pacific security will be launched in Canberra next month.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr will officially launch the Australia India Institute's latest taskforce at Parliament House in Canberra on March 20.

A taskforce, which was set by Australia India Institute (AII) in 2011 has brought together experts from Australia and India to discuss, debate and report on policy directions that both may consider for the future enhancement of regional security.

11.00 am:

The Delhi High Court has said that on going nursery admissions will not be affected. But the court has said that it was time for the central government to consider the Right to Education for nursery admissions as well.

The Delhi High Court pronounced its verdict a PIL challenging government notifications giving powers to unaided private schools to formulate their own criteria for nursery class admission.

It was alleged in the PIL that the notifications negated the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (also known as RTE Act) as the private unaided schools were allowed to formulate their own criteria for nursery admission.

10.50 am:

Govt moves to block 55 Facebook pages on Afzal Guru

TOI reports that the government has asked internet service providers to block 55 Facebook pages related to Afzal Guru.

The notice by the Department of Telecom was issued a day before internet services were restored in Kashmir Valley after remaining suspended for a week following Afzal's hanging.

It was on the same day, February 14, that the notice ordering ISPs to block 73 web pages with content relating to a private management college, Indian Institute of Planning and Management, was issued.

10.42 am:

Reader's Digest parent seeks bankruptcy protection

The parent company of Reader's Digest has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in less than four years, saying it needs to cut its debt so it can keep restructuring.

RDA Holding Co. says it will keep publishing the magazine during the bankruptcy, and aims to be out of Chapter 11 within six months.

The circulation of Reader's Digest has declined because of competition from the Internet — shrinking by nearly two-thirds since 1995 — but it is still one of the world's most-read magazines.

10.30 am:

Police have arrested two private detectives in the Arun Jaitley phone tapping case. A total of 4 people have been arrested in the case thus far.

10.15 am:

Nagaland home minister resigns after arms haul

Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen has resigned from the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) government, a party official said Tuesday.

Imchen put in his papers after the Election Commission authorities seized cash amounting to more than crore and weapons from his vehicle Monday by troopers of Assam Rifles.

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9.44 am:

A brave 15-year-old girl in Jaipur fought back against her molesters and an attempt to abduct her in an SUV. Unfortunately, in this case as well, people just stood by with no one coming forward to help her.

CNN-IBN reports that she did her best to not give in, screamed and used her presence of mind to fight back. A kitchen knife she had begun carrying after the Delhi gangrape case came in handy to scare the assailants away.

9.30 am:

Why did he do this, asks Pistorius girlfriend's mom

The family of Oscar Pistorius' slain girlfriend wants answers, her mother told a Johannesburg newspaper, as South Africans braced to hear why prosecutors believe a national hero murdered the model who was shot multiple times.

June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp's mother, told The Times in a front page interview published Monday: "Why? Why my little girl? Why did this happen? Why did he do this?"

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9.00 am:

Akhilesh to present UP budget for 2013-2014 today

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will present his second budget in the state Assembly on Tuesday amid allegation of non-spending of funds sanctioned during the previous budget.

The BSP, BJP and Congress are ready to corner the ruling party alleging that though the financial year is coming to a close the government has spent only around 50% of the Rs. 2 lakh crore sanctioned in 2012-13.

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8.30 am:

We have 'strong' evidence against Modi in riot case: Activist Teesta Setalvad

Social activist Teesta Setalvad on Monday claimed there is "strong" evidence against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, whom the SIT has given a clean chit in the post-Godhra riot case, in a complaint filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain ex-Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.

"We have many strong cases and evidence against many of the accused including accused number one (Modi)," Setalvad whose NGO called Centre for Justice and Peace (CJP) provides legal assistance to 2002 post-Godhra riot victims said.

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8.00 am:

Suryanelli case: Congress unlikely to act against Kurien

The Congress is unlikely to take any action against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien, whose name has been dragged into the Suryanelli rape case, a Congress leader said late on Monday.

"There are too many gaps in the fact sheet of the case. We need to ascertain the truth in the matter," said a Congress leader on the condition of anonymity.

The Congress may not act against Kurien in the 17-year-old alleged rape case despite knowing that the opposition would raise the issue in Parliament's budget session starting Feb 21.

7.30 am: 

The body of a Russian lawmaker was found cemented in a barrel, and a former government official has been accused of ordering the killing over an $80 million debt, officials said Monday.

Mikhail Pakhomov, 37, went missing last week. He was a member of the local legislature in Lipetsk, a city some 350 kilometers (some 215 miles) south of Moscow. He was last seen last Tuesday when three unidentified men pushed him into a car outside a restaurant in Lipetsk and drove away.

Russia's Investigative Committee says several suspects were detained, and that authorities found Pakhomov's badly beaten body in a barrel of cement in a garage.

Russian television stations aired footage provided by police that showed a fragment of a barrel, pieces of concrete and officers carrying what appeared to be Pakhomov's body on a stretcher and loading it into a vehicle.

The Investigative Committee said Yevgeny Kharitonov is being held on suspicion of ordering the killing of Pakhomov, allegedly over the $80 million debt. Kharitonov is a former deputy minister for communal services in the Moscow region's provincial government.

The committee's spokesman, Vladimir Markin, said that one of the detained suspects told investigators that Kharitonov had told them that he had to recover the debt to advance his career.

"For Kharitonov, career was the main priority," Markin said in a statement.

Russian news reports said Kharitonov was detained by police at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport while preparing to board a flight to the southern city of Krasnodar.

It wasn't immediately clear if Kharitonov had retained a lawyer.

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