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Last Updated: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 10:48 hrs

4.18 pm:

BSP leader murder: 'jungle raj' in UP, alleges Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati today attacked the Samajwadi Party government over the murder of her party leader, saying that there is total lawlessness in the state and that the Centre should intervene to improve the situation.

Condemning the killing of former BSP MLA Sarvesh Kumar Singh Seepu in Azamgarh district, Mayawati alleged that the manner in which goons, mafias and criminal elements are ruling the roost in the present SP regime, the rule of law has ended in the state and "jungle raj" has been established.

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Rajnath virtually anoints Modi as PM candidate

Ruling himself out of the prime ministerial race, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday virtually anointed Narendra Modi as its man to the top job if the party comes to power after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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2002 Gujarat riots led to formation of IM: Shakeel Ahmed

Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed today claimed that it was the 2002 Gujarat riots that led to the formation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).

"Indian Mujahideen was formed after the Gujarat riots, says NIA in its charge sheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics?," Ahmed said on microblogging site Twitter.

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2.30 pm:

Midday meal safety norms to be painted on walls of Bihar schools

Facing the ire of people over the midday meal tragedy, the Bihar government plans to provide printed instructions to school principals about food quality and safety besides painting the norms on the schools walls.

"We are readying detailed instructions about maintaining quality and safety of food served under midday meal scheme in schools," Director Midday Meal Scheme, R Lakshmanan told PTI.

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TN forms special division to probe murders of BJP, Hindu Munnani leaders

The Hindu:
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday said she had instructed the Director General of Police to immediately constitute a Special Investigation Division (SID) to ensure a speedy investigation into the murder of ‘auditor’ Ramesh, the General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party of Tamil Nadu. The Division will also take over the ongoing investigation of the murder of Vellaiyappan, State Secretary of the Hindu Munnani on July 1, in Vellore

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12.55 pm:

Mars mission not for pride, we mean business, says ISRO

As India prepares to launch its Rs 450 crore mission to Mars this year, a top space official says the country's first martian odyssey--that has attracted some criticism--is not just for pride but for undertaking "meaningful research".

K Radhakrishnan, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), also debunked perception in some quarters that the Mars Orbiter mission around the red planet, that's just three months away, is primarily a "feel-good" package to just pat ourselves on the back.

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12.15 pm:

Sanjay Dutt undergoes medical check-up after two months

Bollywood actor and star prisoner of Yerawada Central Jail Sanjay Dutt emerged from prison for the first time in more than two months for a visit to a hospital, official sources said on Saturday.

Dutt was taken under tight security to the Sassoon Hospital, where he underwent a full general medical check-up by a team of four doctors.

Unofficial reports claimed that Dutt was had been ailing, but jail authorities and hospital officials remained tight-lipped about the details of the actor's medical check-up, which lasted around three hours.

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11.50 am:

Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes off New Zealand coast

The New Zealand capital Wellington was rattled by a strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday that broke water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines.

Wellington Police Inspector Marty Parker said there had been minor structural damage that had left parts of the city without power. There have been no reports of injury and no tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck under the Cook Strait 57 kilometers (35 miles) southwest of Wellington. It was 10 kilometers (6 miles) underground.

11.15 am:

Three Congress workers killed in West Bengal

Violence continued to rock Panchayat elections in West Bengal with at least three Congress party workers killed and several others, including two policemen, injured ahead of tomorrow's fourth and last phase of polling.

Two Congress workers, Nurmohhamad Sheikh and Ahad Ali, died when they were hit by crude bombs hurled by rival party supporters at Kapasdanga under Beldanga Police Station of Murshidabad district late last night.

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10.45 am:

SRK, Deepika's tribute to Rajinikanth

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone have come together for a special song that pays tribute to Tamil cinema icon Rajinikanth.

Titled Thalaivar Tribute (Lungi Dance), the song is sung and composed by rapper Honey Singh and is not a part of Shah Rukh starrer Chennai Express, which will hit theatres on August 9.

Shah Rukh, 47, who is busy with his upcoming film Chennai Express, said he could not say no to the song because he is a huge fan of the "global cultural icon Rajinikanth".

"Who isn't a fan of 'The Rajinikanth'? I had met Honey Singh and Bhushan Kumar five days back and he made me hear the song, which is titled Thalaivar Tribute (Lungi Dance).

"I found it very apt for Rajini sir and wanted to be a part of it as a fan of one of the greatest actors we have. Deepika, on my request, happily agreed to be a part of the song because even she is a huge fan of Rajini sir. The song is fun, happy and completely Rajinikanth Style!," Shah Rukh said.

The song is being choreographed by National Award-winning choreographer Chinni Prakash and will release soon.

10.15 am:

Terror groups planning to attack seven Indian airports: Intelligence sources

India Today:
Terror groups are planning to attack seven Indian airports, intelligence sources said on Sunday.

According to sources, around seven airports are on the radar- Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Guwahati.

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9.35 am:

In search of fair babies, Indians chase Caucasian donors for IVF

Mayuri Singhal, 36, married into a fair-skinned family. She herself is what is often described in matrimonial columns as 'wheatish'. When she couldn't conceive, she walked into an IVF clinic with her demand: a 'white' baby. "I had read on the internet that one could access a donor who is fair. I decided to opt for one so that the child blends in with the family."

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China ready to invest $160 billion in Andhra Pradesh

China is ready to invest about $160 billion in different sectors in Andhra Pradesh and improve bilateral ties with India, according to economic advisor to the President of China.

Shoosan Maa, the economic advisor to Xi Jinping and also the Member of Parliament, met Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in Hyderabad and discussed plans to invest in sectors like food processing, small-scale industries, infrastructure and education, among others, a CMO release said.

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Principal forced kids to eat midday meal cooked in insecticide

HRD ministry's senior official's spot report on the MDM tragedy in Gandamal village of Masrakh block in Saran district has blamed the school principal for the death of more than 20 children and pointed out systemic failure of the state government in monitoring the flagship programme.

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8.05 am:

Ilavarasan: 'Killed' by politics?

NDTV:  On July 4, the body of a young Dalit boy, Ilavarasan, was found on the tracks in Dharmapuri, northern Tamil Nadu. Initially reported as a suicide, his family and Dalit groups suspected murder by upper caste groups.

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A Trinamool Congress legislator in West Bengal claimed that he was hospitalised after bombs were hurled at his vehicle. Police are inquiring into the incident after the lawmaker's complaint.

Lawmaker Gulshan Mallick alleged the mob attack by supporters of rival parties took place in Gabberia village of Panchla constituency in Howrah district.

He said in his complaint that he was also fired upon by miscreants affiliated to the "Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)".

"They tried to murder me. My security guard rescued me by firing four rounds in the air to disperse the mob," he said.

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