Tamil actor 'Powerstar' Srinivasan arrested in cheating case
Tamil actor Srinivasan, popularly known as 'Powerstar' among his fans, was arrested Friday in a cheating case, police said.
Srinivasan was arrested after a police complaint was filed by Andhra Pradesh resident P.S. Ranganathan alleging that the actor cheated him of Rs.50 lakh on the pretext of helping him secure a loan of Rs.20 crore.
"He (Srinivasan) promised Ranganathan that he would secure him a loan of Rs.20 crore if he paid him a commission of Rs.50 lakh. Neither did he help him with the loan nor did he return the money he had charged as commission. He kept on dodging whenever he was asked to repay the money," an official of the Central Crime Branch of police here said.
Several such allegations have been made against Srinivasan, who is known for his work in Tamil films like "Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaya" and "Onbadhula Guru".
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Kamal Nath, is set to meet the leader of opposition, Sushma Swaraj on Monday over the parliamentary logjam.
Three get death penalty for rape, murder of minor girl in Indore
A local court today awarded death sentence to three youths for raping and murdering a four-year- old girl in Indore last year.
Additional District Court Judge Indira Singh handed down the capital punishment to Babu alias Chetan (22), Jitu alias Jetendra (20) and Sunny alias Devendra (22).
The trio was found guilty under various sections of the IPC related to rape, murder and abduction, among others, Public Prosecutor Hemant Mungee told PTI.
Pakistan to seal Afghan border May 11 for election
Pakistani officials say they'll seal their border with Afghanistan and restrict the movement of Afghan refugees on May 11 during parliamentary elections.
Officials at the Interior Ministry and the election commission said Friday the measure is aimed at preventing terrorist attacks during the vote.
Officials did not say how they would restrict the movement of hundreds of thousands of people spread out across the country or close the porous border.
Pakistan announced similar measures in the past but failed to take action.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.
About 1.6 million registered Afghan refugees and 1 million other Afghans live in Pakistan.
They are a legacy of their home country's repeated conflicts. Pakistanis often accuse them of importing terrorism and crime.
Law Minister Ashwani Kumar has met with the PM. He has not offered to resign, says NDTV.
According to the channel's sources, the minister has asked the PM to wait for the Supreme Court's decision on the matter of the draft report on the coalgate scam.
Bengal, north east hot-bed of investment frauds; NRIs major target: Probe
mid a raging controversy over alleged cheating of gullible investors by Saradha group, the regulators have found that West Bengal and North-Eastern states have become a hot-bed of such frauds and NRIs from these regions account for a large chunk of defrauded people.
While the Centre has announced an SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) probe into the affairs of Kolkata-based Saradha group and other such entities across the country, market regulator Sebi is also investigating illegal money-pooling activities of many such groups.
Law Minister Ashwani Kumar will not resign over the coalgate scam. The Congress has said that there is no question of the Law Minister's resignation and that the court will decide over the affidavit.
Chinese troops too far to bother Leh tourists, tweets Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the Chinese incursion in Ladakh region should not be linked with tourism in Leh as the Chinese troops were very far from the town.
"Can we please not link the Chinese incursion to Tourism in the region. The Chinese troops are too far to bother any tourists coming to Leh," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.com.
Omar said referring to the Chinese incursion and tourists together created doubts in the minds of potential tourists intending to visit Ladakh.
"When we use the words 'Chinese troops' and 'tourists' in the same sentence, we create doubts where none existed," he added.
Leh and Kargil districts of the state have been favourite visiting places for foreign tourists as Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Disturbed Areas Act are not in force in these areas.
The BJP has demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister over the coalgate scam. The party has termed him as the "most dishonest Prime Minister" and called for his resignation. The party has also demanded the resignation of the Law Minister, Ashwani Kumar.
The Congress on its part has been dismissive of these demands.
'Indian Embassy has taken up Azam Khan issue with US'
Taking serious note of the questioning of the Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan at the Logan International Airport in Boston, the Indian Embassy has raised the issue with the State Department here.
"The issue has been taken up with the State Department," the Indian Embassy spokesman, M Sridharan, told PTI in response to a question if the Embassy was aware of the incident at Boston airport on Wednesday.
Khan, a senior leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and also the Urban Development minister of the state, was detained for about 10 minutes at the Boston airport for "further questioning" after he landed in a scheduled British Airways flight from India.
In protest, Khan, who is accompanying the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to deliver a lecture in Harvard University on the recently held Mahakumbh Mela at Allahabad, has decided to come back after a short stay.
Pakistani Taliban ask people to boycott polls
The Pakistani Taliban has distributed leaflets in many parts of the country, asking people to boycott the May 11 general elections, a media report said.
The Taliban warning came just hours after religious scholars issued an edict, declaring casting vote obligatory on the people, Xinhua reported.
Pamphlets were distributed in the port city of Karachi and Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, warning citizens not to participate in the upcoming elections.
Boston bombing suspects targeted New York City
The two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing planned to follow up the attack by detonating as many as six explosive devices in New York City's Times Square, officials said.
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had "planned to travel to Manhattan to detonate their remaining explosives in Times Square," New York City police chief Raymond Kelly told a news conference Thursday, citing information provided by investigators.
Speaking at a live question-answer session with the Russian public, Putin said the adoption by the US late last year of the Magnitsky Act, named after a whistleblowing Muscovite lawyer who died in police custody in 2009, was evidence of Washington's "imperial behaviour".