Live: Spanish police seek caller to train crash driver

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 11:51 hrs

5.20 pm:

Spanish police seek caller to train crash driver

Spanish investigators are trying to identify an employee of the Renfe state rail company who was on the phone to a driver at the moment his train crashed last week, killing 79 people in the country's worst rail accident in decades.

A court spokeswoman said Wednesday the employee called driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo some two minutes before the train barreled into a high-risk curve at almost twice the speed limit, causing it to derail and slam into a wall and track embankments.

She said the call had not ended when the accident occurred.

A Renfe spokeswoman said phone contact between drivers and control centers is not unusual but not recommended if it poses a risk.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with their workplace regulations.

5.04 pm:

No division of West Bengal: Mamata

With GJM renewing the demand for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling following UPA unanimously endorsing creation of a separate Telangana state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today ruled out division of West Bengal and blamed the Congress for the agitation in the hills.

"Darjeeling is part and parcel of West Bengal. There is no question of division of West Bengal. We are united, we will be united and we will be together," Banerjee told a press conference here.

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4.21 pm:

Facebook hires two IIIT-A students for Rs 60 lakh per annum

Two students of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad(IIIT-A) have landed lucrative job with popular social networking site Facebook for a salary of Rs 60 lakh per annum. Another student has been selected as student ambassador of Google, bringing the institute on the international IT map.

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4.01 pm:

Narendra Modi urges BJP to make most of social media for 2014 elections

Chief minister Narendra Modi exhorted cadres to make maximum use of the social media as well as the media to ensure victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

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3.34 pm:

Women's safety high on priority list, says new Delhi Police Chief

Bhim Sain Bassi, who today took over as the chief of the Delhi Police, said the security of women would be given priority and special arrangements will be made to check incidents such as eve-teasing in buses and other areas to ensure that the feminine gender feels safe in the national capital.

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2.54 pm:

JNU student attacks female friend with cleaver, kills self

A 23-year-old student of New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) killed himself after allegedly attacking his female friend with a cleaver this morning. Akash and Roshni, 22, reportedly had an altercation at around 11 am in one of the classrooms in the campus. Both studied Korean in the school of languages in JNU.

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2.13 pm:

Narendra Modi eyes Obama in battle for cyber world

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi seems out to prove he is more popular than US President Barack Obama — at least on social networking sites.

Having faced a defeat at the hand of the US president in November 2011 when Modi lost following a last-minute spurt in negative votes in the fifth annual Mashable awards in the category of 'Must-Follow Politician On Social Media', the Gujarat CM now wants to get back.

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2.01 pm:

Deadline for filing income tax return extended to August 5.

1.30 pm:

Mayawati demands for splitting UP in 4 parts

With the UPA giving its nod for the creation of a separate Telangana state, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today renewed her demand for splitting the state into four parts, besides creation of Gorkhaland and Vidarbha.

"BSP has always been in favour of smaller states for which it had sent a proposal duly passed by the state Assembly on November 23, 2011, when it was leading the government, for splitting Uttar Pradesh into four states in order to ensure better governance and administration," the BSP supremo told reporters here.

"It is unfortunate that the central government kept it pending since then, but with Telangana becoming a reality, BSP demands that on the principle of one language-one state, the Centre, besides reorganising larger states, should also complete the process of division of Uttar Pradesh into four states, besides (formation of) Gorkhakland and Vidarbha," she said.

There are demands to carve out separate Gorkhaland from West Bengal and Vidarbha out of Maharashtra.

She asked the union ministers from UP, who were favouring division of the state, to exert pressure on the central government for the process instead of making tall claims.

12.37 pm:

Man reunites with family after 12 years, thanks to Facebook

It seems to be a script straight from a Bollywood movie.

Beaten up by his mother for not studying, 12-year-old Ankush Domale had run away from home in February 2002. Now, exactly 12 years later, he has been reunited with his family, thanks to Facebook.

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12.14 pm:

India Today:
We are happy that the demand for Telangana state has been fulfilled; although it happens after a delay of 9 years, it is a correct decision, says Mayawati.

12.07 pm:

UPA treating people of Andhra Pradesh like 'doormats': Modi

Narendra Modi has lashed out at the Congress-led UPA for the "timing" of the Telangana decision and asked the government to apologize to the people of Andhra Pradesh for treating them like "doormats".

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11.40 am:

More on Srinivasan's return

N Srinivasan is back in office as the chief of the Indian cricket board, sources have said. He took over at 8 pm on Tuesday, ending Jagmohan Dalmiya's short term as interim president.
Mr Srinivasan reportedly argues that he can be back at his job now that an internal inquiry set up by the Board of Control for Cricket in India or BCCI to investigate allegations of spot-fixing and betting in the Indian Premier League against his son-in law Gurunath Meiyappan and the Chennai Super Kings, the team owned by his company, India Cements, is now over.

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11.05 am:

N Srinivasan returns as BCCI chief

N Srinivasan has made a dramatic return as BCCI chief. He resumed charge at 8 pm on Tuesday night, according to NDTV.

10.53 am:

North Chennai emerging as potential residential market

“With the prices going up in South Chennai due to demand from the IT sector, it is now not affordable for the common man to buy a property there," M Raghunathan, State secretary of the Builders Association of India, Tamil Nadu

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10.25 am:

TOI: Jairam Ramesh calls stout lady doctor roadroller

Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh described an obese lady doctor as a "roadroller" at the inauguration of an eye camp in Latehar on Tuesday. Although he used the phrase while appreciating her diligence, there were arched eyebrows when Jairam said he "sympathized with her husband"

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10.10 am:

What Andhra Pradesh minus Hyderabad means

The Indian Express:
The people of Telangana will count themselves winners after five-decade-long struggle, but many of their neighbours will be crestfallen. The reason is the eventual severance of Hyderabad from Andhra Pradesh. The capital is the jewel in the crown, an information technology hub and a city that hosts the vibrant Telugu film industry.

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9.51 am:

What Modi has to say on Telangana

India Today:
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi shares his thoughts on the issue of statehood for Telangana ahead of his rally in Hyderabad.

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9.40 am:

Uttar Pradesh likely to chargesheet suspended SDM Durga

Hindustan Times:
Ignoring the pressure from various quarters to revoke her suspension, the Uttar Pradesh government is likely to chargesheet suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal for her supposed mishandling of a communally sensitive situation.

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9.00 am

A day after Telangana announcement, bandh across coastal, south Andhra

A day-long bandh has been called across coastal and southern Andhra Pradesh in protests against the Congress' decision to carve out Telangana as India's 29th state.

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8.30 am

Sri Lanka arrests 65 Indian fishermen

Sixty-five Indian fishermen in nine trawlers have been detained by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly violating the international maritime border.

Naval spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya has said that 34 of them in five trawlers were arrested off the coast north of Point Pedro in the north, yesterday.

While another 31 were arrested east of Mullaithivu along with four vessels.

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8.00 am

 Unhappy over Congress party's decision to carve out separate Telangana state, an MP and three legislators from Rayalaseema and Andhra regions on Tuesday night resigned.

Congress MP from Guntur Rayapati Sambasiva Rao has resigned both from the party and the Lok Sabha. Rao, who is visiting the US, faxed his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Congress legislator P. Satish Kumar, who represents Mummidivaram constituency in East Godavari district, also sent his resignation to assembly speaker N. Manohar.

Thota Trimurthulu also of Congress from Ramchandrapuram constituency in East Godavari district has also resigned.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator from Anantapur, P. Abdul Gani also announced his resignation.

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