Live: Rajesh Talwar claims he was asleep when killings took place

Last Updated: Mon, May 20, 2013 12:59 hrs

6.30 pm:

PIL seeks SIT probe in spot-fixing, stay on remaining IPL 6 matches

A PIL has been filed on Monday in the Supreme Court seeking setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe spot-fixing and other alleged irregularities in IPL, apart from a stay on remaining matches.

The petitioner by a Lucknow resident has made all IPL franchises and BCCI party in the case along with the Centre.

"There are many irregularities in the IPL beginning from auction of players. Black money and money from anti-social elements are involved in the IPL which needs to be probed," advocate Vishnu Jain, who filed the petition, said.

The petition sought a stay on remaining four matches including final match of the IPL till the probe is completed.

Jain field the petition on behalf of one Sudarsh Awasthi who claims to be an architect.

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14 killed in Afghan suicide bombing

A Taliban suicide bomber on Monday blew himself up in front of a government office in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, killing at least 14 people and wounding 13 others, the Interior Ministry said. 

The bombing took place in front of the entrance gate of the Baghlan provincial council headquarters in Pul-e-Khumi around 10.30 am, Xinhua reported. 

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Benazir Bhutto assassination case: Pervez Musharraf granted bail

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Monday granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. 

Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman of the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi granted bail to Musharraf against two surety bonds of Rs 10 lakh each. 

In the morning, the judge had reserved his decision after hearing arguments by lawyers of both sides. The judge announced his decision in the afternoon. 

During the arguments, Musharraf's lawyer Salman Safdar said there was no solid evidence or witness against his client. 

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Aarushi trial: Rajesh Talwar claims he was asleep when killings took place

Dentist Rajesh Talwar today claimed in the court that he was asleep on the fateful night when his daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were murdered and internet activity recorded from his room might not be correct.

Talwar's statement is being recorded under section 313 of CrPC where the judge poses questions directly to the accused to explain his version of the circumstances.

So far Special CBI Judge S Lal has posed over 200 questions to Talwar in which he is given a chance to put forward his defence, Talwar's counsel Manoj Sisodia told reporters here.

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Mamata steps into third year in office

In the shadow of the Saradha Group chit-fund scam, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government stepped into its third year in office Monday, with the chief minister claiming the state has outperformed the national average in key sectors.

Having moved from one controversy to another, often triggered by actions and comments of party leaders and ministers, including the chief minister, it was far from smooth sailing for the Trinamool Congress government till the second-year of the rule.

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Anti-Terrorism Day to be observed tomorrow

Every year it is observed throughout the country on May 21. The day is marked by a pledge taking ceremony among other activities.

The day is observed to generate awareness in the country among all sections of people, about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole. It was on this day in 1991 that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi fell to the designs of terrorists. 

The objective behind the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day is to wean away the people from terrorism and violence. 

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NDTV: Visiting Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held formal talks in New Delhi today and briefed the press. Here are the highlights: 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

- We want peace at the border, Premier Li and I have agreed this must continue to be preserved.

- We took stock of lessons learnt from recent incident on Western sector.

- Special representatives have been asked to consider further measures that may be needed to maintain peace along the border.

- Invited increased Chinese involvement in India's infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

- Have accepted his gracious invitation to visit China at the earliest.

Premier Li Keqiang

- Won't deny there are problems between the two sides.

- Both sides believe, with regard to boundary question, the sides have developed principles to settling the question.

- We've worked to maintaining tranquility and peace in the border areas.

- We need to improve various border-related mechanisms put into place and make them more efficient.

12.44 pm:

Delhi police find pics, emails with bookies on Sreesanth’s laptop

Firstpost: Delhi police sources have told CNN-IBN that a search of former Indian pace bowler’s laptop has revealed more incriminating evidence, including an image of him posing with one of the bookies who was also arrested in the spot-fixing probe. The report added that several email conversations between Sreesanth and two bookies, identified as ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Jiju’ had also been deleted, and that the Indian police cyber cell were being brought in to help retrieve the correspondence.

Some e-mails have been deleted, and the cyber cell have been asked to retrieve them. A list of contact numbers have also been found – all saved in codes.

12.14 pm:

Three Tibetans protest near Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s hotel

Tibetan activists on Monday defied security and managed to stage a small protest near the Taj Palace Hotel here where Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is staying, police said. 

Three Tibetan students climbed on top of a structure in a filling station near the hotel and shouted slogans for a free Tibet, an official said. 

They also displayed a banner that read "Li Keqiang, Tibet will be free". 

The three students were detained by police. 

Several roads were blocked and Metro stations shut in view of Li's visit to the Indian capital. He came Sunday and leaves Tuesday for Mumbai. 

There have been no major incidents of protest by Tibetans during the visit. 

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Israel is world's largest exporter of drones: study

Israel is the world's largest exporter of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in terms of number of systems sold earning a whopping USD 4.6 billion in sales during the last eight years, excluding a major deal with India for the upgrade of unmanned aircrafts, according to a study by a business consulting firm. 

Frost & Sullivan business consulting firm in a study have noted that UAVs, or drones, sales constitute nearly 10 per cent of Israel's total military exports, Haaretz reported.

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Pak filmmaker calls for ban on Hollywood, Bollywood movies to save 'failing' Pak film industry

An US-based Pakistani filmmaker has urged on a ban on Bollywood and Hollywood movies in Pakistan, and has offered his guidance and support to save the deteoriating Pakistani film industry.

Urging the government to make efforts in the revival of the large screen by encouraging independent filmmakers and movies on social issues, Mumtaz Hassan said that it can be possible only by imposing a ban on screening and sale of foreign commercial movies like in Iran, the Daily Times reports.

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Kochadaiyaan- ‘No show’ at Cannes!

Rajinikanth’s much publicised Kochadaiyaan trailer premiere at Cannes is now not happening. 

What happened, as Rajinikanth was supposed to be there, according to media reports and tweets by his daughter and director Soundarya R Ashwin?

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Sreesanth wanted to party all night with 'as many women as possible', says Delhi Police

Hindustan Times: Sreesanth had plans to party all night “with as many women as possible” on May 15, the Delhi Police have said. They claimed the cricketer was drunk and easily lured to Mumbai’s Trident hotel, where police had already arrested his bookie friend Jiju Janardhan.

“We nabbed Jiju first and sought his help in luring Sreesanth,” an investigating officer said Sunday. “Jiju was made to call and tell him to come to the Trident, so he could be introduced to a female friend.” Minutes later, Sreesanth arrived at the Trident with a “woman on his arm”.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who is on a three-day visit to India, spoke to reporters outside Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. Li is expected to meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi later in the day.

9.44 am:

Yahoo Board gives go ahead to Tumblr deal for $1.1 billion

Zeenews: Yahoo Board has given a go ahead to acquire Tumblr for USD 1.1 billion.

Last week Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had revealed that the search engine is in talks to acquire Tumblr, and enter the premier league of social media.

Mayer had said she is in talks with Tumblr's David Karp about the deal that would potentially add 15 billion page views a month to Mayer's hoard and restore Yahoo's popularity. CNN reports, the biggest problem of Yahoo is having advertisers.

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Conference on Syria very soon: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that a conference on the Syrian settlement will take place "very soon", possibly at the beginning of June, after consulting UN Security Council permanent members. 

“As I have been asked by the parties to convene this conference on the auspices of the United Nations, I’m now actively engaging with all the parties I have spoken to: the US, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, all other key parties,” the UN chief said here Sunday. 

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EU urges Russia against introducing gay law

The European Union (EU) has appealed to Russia not to introduce a law banning so-called "gay propaganda" .

Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, intends to pass a law by the end of the current session (mid-July) banning dissemination of information among minors promoting homosexuality.

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US man wins $590 million lottery draw

One ticket-holder won a record Powerball lottery jackpot of more than $590 million, organisers said Sunday, ending a days-long American quest for a life-changing payout.

The winning numbers — 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and a Powerball of 11 — were drawn just before 11:00 pm eastern time (0300 GMT Sunday) and the winning ticket was sold in Florida, according to the competition's website.

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Sex racket busted in Mathura, five arrested

Police on Sunday claimed to have busted a sex racket with the arrest of five persons, including a woman from Govardhan area of the district.

Acting on a tip off, police raided a hotel this evening and arrested one woman and four others involved in running a sex racket.

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Girl publicly beats up boyfriend for not marrying her

A girl today thrashed a youth in public and handed him over to the police, lodging a complaint against him for establishing sexual relations with her on false promise of marriage, police said here.

The 21-year-old girl stated in her complaint that she was forced to take abortion pill as she got pregnant after the accused established sexual relations with her, promising to marry her, police said.

The victim said she was in a relationship with the 25-year-old youth for last three years, police said.

She also named the youth's father, uncle and sister in her complaint stating that they were also involved in making her believe that the accused would marry her, police said.

The youth has been arrested and the matter is being probed, they said.

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