Live: Now Scindia calls for Srinivasan's resignation

Last Updated: Tue, May 28, 2013 13:27 hrs

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Now Scindia calls for Srinivasan's resignation

Jyotiraditya Scindia became the second highly influential member of the Indian cricket board after its former president Inderjit Singh Bindra to call for board chief N. Srinivasan's resignation over the spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Scindia, chairman of the finance committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and a union minister for power, said that Srinivasan should step aside until the investigations reached a conclusive end.

Srinvasan's son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings' chief executive Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested by the Mumbai police for his alleged involvement in spot fixing in the IPL.

"Let me say this that I, for not even a moment, am assuming or saying that anyone is guilty. But considering the environment that is around cricket today, considering the fact that we do need to cleanse the sport in every single meaning of the word, I do believe that it would be in the fitness of things if Mr.Srinivasan did step aside until this matter reached a conclusive end in terms of an inquiry," Scindia, son of former president late Madhavrao Scindia, told Times Now.

Scindia, who is also on the disciplinary committee that is probing former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, said Srinivasan, whose term expires in September, can come back and take over after his son-in-law is absolved off all the charges.

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Tainted cricketer Ankeet Chavan denied bail for marriage

Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ankeet Chavan's plea seeking bail to get married June 2 was Tuesday rejected by a Delhi Court which sent co-accused S. Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila to judicial custody till June 4 in the IPL spot fixing case.

Rejecting Chavan's plea, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma said: "Social sentiments have no place... I don't deem it appropriate to admit him to regular or interim bail."

Lawyer for Chavan, who is in judicial custody till June 4, said his marriage date was close and he needed to attend the ceremonies.

Along with Sreesanth and Chandila, the court also sent two bookies Ashwini Aggarwal and Chandresh Patel to judicial custody till June 4.

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NDTV: S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, the two tainted cricketers arrested by the Delhi Police in the spot-fixing scandal, have been sent to judicial custody till June 4 by a Delhi court.

The Delhi Police in court argued that they needed 30-year-old Sreesanth's police custody to be extended to recover the cash paid in the spot-fixing scandal, but the judge turned down their request.

The court will hear arguments on Sreesanth's bail application on June 4, the day his judicial custody ends.

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Nepal introduces ID cards for all Everest summiteers

Nepal Tuesday launched a new system of providing identity cards to all summiteers of Mount Everest.

The first batch of identity cards were distributed to famous Sherpa mountaineers, without whose help scaling Mt. Everest has become virtually impossible, reported Xinhua.

"We want that all Everest summiteers, irrespective of their nationalities, live a dignified life and that you will be known for your bravery in your neighborhood and society. This purpose will be served by the identity cards," said Tourism Secretary of Nepal Sushil Ghimire.

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Mumbai clears proposal to ban display of lingerie on mannequins

The Shiv Sena-run Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has provisionally cleared a proposal banning the display of lingerie on mannequins in the city. The proposal seeks strict action against shopkeepers and hawkers who display such mannequins.

The proposal has been cleared on the grounds that such mannequins will excite men and pose a danger to women. The proposal is yet to get final clearance from the BMC.

On getting the final clearance, the move would allow civic officials to ask shopkeepers to remove a mannequin if they think it is indecently dressed.

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Narayanan discusses panchayat poll with state officials

A day after the State Election Commission issued notification for the first of the 3-phase panchayat poll in West Bengal, state Governor M K Narayanan today held a high-level meeting with top government officials at Raj Bhavan, presumably to discuss poll preparedness.

State chief secretary Sanjay Mitra, home secretary Basudev Banerjee and ADG (law and order) Banibrata Basu were, among others, present at the meeting which lasted over an hour, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Though none of the officials was available for comment, the Governor is understood to have discussed panchayat poll preparedness on the part of the administration.

2.24 pm:

Ram Jethmalani expelled from BJP for challenging party's stand against corruption. 

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2G: Niira Radia deposes in court, says STPL was "not eligible"

Appearing in the court for the first time, former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia today said she felt that Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd "was not eligible" to get the 2G Spectrum licences as it was said to belong to Reliance ADAG group company Reliance Communications.

Testifying as a prosecution witness in CBI court in the case, she said that during the time of grant of spectrum, there was a very strong public perception that Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL) was not eligible.

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Amway India Chairman, 2 Directors remanded to 14 days custody

Network marketing firm Amway's India Chairman and CEO William S Pinckney and two company directors have been remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a local court here.

Pinckney and directors Sanjay Malhotra and Anshu Budhraja were arrested by the Wayanad Crime Branch (Economic Offences) wing from Kozhikode yesterday in connection with three fraud cases registered in Wayanad district.

Kalpetta Judicial First Class Magistrate N Ravishankar last night remanded them for 14 days.

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PTI: Former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia appears in a Delhi court to testify as a prosecution witness in the 2G case. Court defers recording of Niira Radia's statement till July 2.

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Arrested IPL players' custody ends today

The custody of the three arrested cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan- will end on Tuesday in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal.

According to reports, the Delhi Police is likely to seek an extension as new revelations are surfacing through investigations.

A Delhi Court is also scheduled to hear the bail pleas of Chavan and Sreesanth. 

Chavan has reportedly sought bail on the ground that his wedding is scheduled on June 2 and Sreesanth has lodged a bail plea against the police's request seeking an extension in his custody.

Meanwhile in Mumbai, the police custody of actor Vindoo Dara Singh and two others-hawala operator Alpesh Taneja and a bookie, Prem Taneja, will be also be ending on Tuesday.

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Manmohan Singh to meet Japanese leadership ahead of bilateral summit with PM Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be meeting the Japanese leadership on Tuesday ahead of his bilateral summit meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The summit level discussions between Dr. Singh and Prime Minister Abe are scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will call on Prime Minister Singh later today.

Dr. Singh, who arrived here on Monday evening on a three-day visit to Japan, said there is enough scope for further strengthening the ties between New Delhi and Tokyo.

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Shah Rukh to go under the knife today!

Shah Rukh Khan is quite injury prone. Recently, while filming Rohit Shetty's upcoming film, Chennai Express, he suffered an injury to his already weak shoulder.

The actor was scheduled to have it operated upon in London next month, but perhaps the pain made him reschedule.

SRK will now undergo surgery today at a Bandra hospital.

He is scheduled to stay on in the hospital for a couple of days, before getting back to promoting Chennai Express with Deepika Padukone.

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26/11 attacks: Pak court adjourns hearing on Saeed's plea

A Pakistani court has adjourned for nearly four months the hearing of a petition filed by Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed seeking legal aid from the government to defend himself in a US lawsuit over the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

A Deputy Attorney General told Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial yesterday that the US State and Justice Departments had challenged the American court's jurisdiction for issuing summons to former Inter-Services Intelligence chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha and other Pakistani officials over the Mumbai attacks.

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JEE cut-offs announced

The Hindu: For students aspiring to get into Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs), CBSE’s class XII results this year are important, as for the first time, weightage is being given to these scores to determine admission.

A student has to be in the top 20 percentile of CBSE board exam scorers to be eligible to apply to IITs. Up until last year, a student only had to have scores of 60 per cent or above. For NITs, the school board scores will form 40 per cent of the admission criteria and performance in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) will account for the rest.

However, relieved IIT aspirants said, the cut-offs for the JEE, which were announced on Monday — shortly after CBSE declared its class XII results — are relatively better than last year’s.

The top 20 percentile cut-off for the JEE is 391 for general categories this year. For other backward classes (OBCs) it is 389, for scheduled castes 350, and 338 for scheduled tribes, officials said.

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Mumbai-Gurgaon angle emerges after bookies held in Goa

A Mumbai-Gurgaon angle has surfaced in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal after police arrested six bookies in Goa for accepting bets on matches, including the tournament final played in Kolkata Sunday.

According to Deputy Inspector General of Police O.P. Mishra, while all the six arrested bookies hailed from Mumbai, the villa they had rented in a coastal village in Goa belonged to a resident of Haryana's Gurgaon, located in the National Capital Region.

"We will charge the owner of the villa who rented it out to bookies and allowed it to be used for criminal activity," Mishra told IANS. The owner, he said, has been identified as Sushant Chabra.

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In 4-page note, Maoists state why they targeted Congress leaders

NDTV: In a four-page note and an audio clipping sent to the media, the Maoists have claimed responsibility for the May 25 attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh that left 24 people dead. 

The note, sent by a Maoists spokesperson from Dandakaranya region in Chhattisgarh, says a People's Liberation Guerrilla Army or PLGA detachment carried out the attack on the convoy to target senior Congress leaders Mahendra Karma, Nand Kumar Patel and V C Shukla. While Mr Karma and Mr Patel were killed in the attack, Mr Shukla was critically injured. He is being treated at a hospital in Gurgaon.  

The Maoists say they attacked Nand Kumar Patel because he approved Operation Green Hunt when he was the state Home Minister and allowed central forces to be part of anti-Naxal operations. The rebels have also said they wanted to "punish" Mahendra Karma and have enlisted what they call his alleged "misdeeds". 

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34 killed, 155 injured in Iraq attacks

 As many as 34 people were killed and 155 wounded in at least 10 car bomb explosions in different parts of Baghdad Monday, an interior ministry source said.

A car bomb and a roadside bomb ripped through Um al-Maalif area in southern Baghdad, killing up to six people and wounding 34, reported Xinhua citing a source.

Another car bomb went off in Kadhmiyah district in northern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight others, the source said.

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Two Taliban militants killed, eight held in Afghanistan

Security forces in Afghanistan's Helmand province killed two Taliban militants while detaining eight others in two separate incidents Monday.

A police official said armed Taliban militants were arrested during a security operation by Afghan National Police (ANP) in Nad Ali district overnight.

The raid helped in "capturing six armed Taliban militants", reported Xinhua citing police officer Omar Jan Haqmal. The ANP also destroyed a militant hideout and seized a handful of weapons.

In another incident, two militants were killed and as many detained detained after the militants launched an ambush against an ANP unit in Garmser district of the province, a government official said.

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Maoists claim responsibility for May 25 attack on Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh, reports NDTV.

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will Tuesday tour some of the drought-hit villages in Aurangabad district of the parched Marathwada region in Maharashtra, his office said Monday.

During his day-long tour, he will interact with farmers and labourers grappling with severe water shortage there.

The tour was announced Monday, two days after he cancelled his visit to Jalna and Osmanabad district in the state, which was scheduled for May 27.

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