Live: Bhopal Hospital wing collapses, 20 trapped

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 13:19 hrs

6.20 pm: 

Part of Bhopal hospital wing collapses

The surgical ward of the Kasturba Gandhi hospital, run by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, has collapsed. Initial reports indicate that 20 people are trapped, including a child. 

Some of the patients who were rescued have been evacuated to other hospitals. Early reports say that the ceiling of the surgical ward has collapsed at 5.30 pm.  

5.40 pm:

Suspected Hizbul militant Liyaqat Shah remanded to 5-day NIA custody

Suspected Hizbul militant Liyaqat Shah was on Friday remanded to five days in NIA custody by a court here in connection with a case registered against him by the Delhi Police for allegedly conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the national capital.

During an in-chamber hearing, Shah was produced before District Judge I S Mehta and the court allowed NIA's plea and remanded him to its custody till May 1, court sources said.

4.50 pm:

Modi gets Ramdev's support, says he only dreams of serving people

CNN: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi found support in seers as yoga guru Ramdev on Friday backed and rooted for him in Haridwar. Modi, who inaugurated Ramdev's new school Acharya Kulam, said that India has been built by saints and religious leaders, and not by any politician. "I want to announce from this stage that not a single religious leader has ever asked for anything from me. Today I am happy that in Haridwar I have received the honour to meet saints," declared Modi.

Supporting Ramdev, Modi stated that Ramdev has one life, one mission. "These saints have an important role in building our nation. In the past people used to say these saints do nothing. Today when these saint are doing so much, the same people complaint and ask why they are involved in other activities," said the BJP leader.

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NDA alliance is strong, working well: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Seeking to put a full stop on speculations if ties between JD(U) and BJP were under strain after recent bickering, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the alliance was working well and will continue to do so in future.

"We work together in coordination and mutual agreement," Mr Kumar told reporters after filing of nominations by two JD(U) and one BJP candidates for the three seats of Bihar Legislative Council.

3.57 pm:

Ajay Singh demands President Rule in MP

Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh today demanded imposition of President rule in the state in view of the deteriorating law and order situation. 

"We feel that the situation in Madhya Pradesh has become so bad that it warrants imposition of President rule," Leader of Opposition told reporters here. 

Answering questions, Ajay said that leaders from the Congress would meet the state governor and central leaders to place their demand before them. 

3.20 pm:

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".

2.58 pm:

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Kamal Nath, is set to meet the leader of opposition, Sushma Swaraj on Monday over the parliamentary logjam.

2.35 pm:

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.

2.00 pm:

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.

1.40 pm:

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.

1.35 pm:

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.

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1.00 pm:

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.

12.51 pm:

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

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.

12.26 pm:

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.

11.44 am:

Coal-Gate: CBI files affidavit that could be undoing of Law Minister

NDTV: The CBI has filed a written response to a crucial question put to it by the Supreme Court - did the government see the agency's report on its coal investigation before the document was submitted in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court last month?

Sources have confirmed that Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had previewed the report and made some changes to it.  In the affidavit filed in court today, the CBI will likely say that it rejected many of the minister's suggested changes, and did not compromise its independent findings.
"Coal-Gate" is the moniker used for the scandal that erupted after the government's auditor said last year that 1.86 lakh crores had been lost because valuable coal fields were given to private players without a transparent bidding process.

The controversy is sensitive for the government because for some of the years under review, the Prime Minister held direct charge of the Coal Ministry.

11.25 am:

Coal scam report: CBI chief files 2-page affidavit in Supreme Court

11.00 am:

Mumbai University has more super-rich alumni than Cambridge or Brown

TOI:  The University of Mumbai has more multi-millionaires as alumni than the University of Cambridge or Brown University. And if universities from the US are excluded, it is second only to Oxford in the number of students who have gone on to become super-rich. 

Mumbai University is the only Indian entry in a top 20 graduate 'rich list' that has ranked universities that will make you a millionaire. With 372 multi-millionaires (net worth: $37 billion) as alumni, it is ranked 18th in the list. Delhi University also finds mention: though it does not figure in the top 20 list, it has 229 super-rich alumni. 

10.30 am:

Narendra Modi to inaugurate Ramdev’s school in Haridwar

Zeenews: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday inaugurate Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Acharyakulam School in Haridwar in presence of influential spiritual leaders like Morari Bapu and Rameshji Oza. 

Swami Awadheshanand, Anand Murti Maharaj, Pejawar Swami, Dr Pranav Pandya are some of the other prominent spiritual leaders who are expected to be present at the event. 

10.00 am:

Coal-Gate: CBI Director likely to file affidavit in Supreme Court today

NDTV: Today is the last day for CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to file a personal affidavit in Supreme Court stating whether or not Law Minister Ashwani Kumar reviewed the agency's report on the "Coal-gate".

The affidavit will state whether the minister suggested a "list of alterations" which were then cleared by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Sources, however, say that the Law Minister sent the suggested changes to the PMO but did not receive a reply.

9.30 am:

Bangladesh rescuers find 45 alive, toll at 272

Bangladeshi rescuers have hauled another 45 people alive from the rubble of a collapsed complex housing garment factories, although the death toll has risen to 272, officials said on Friday. 

"We have rescued 45 people today including 41 we found in one place alive," national fire department chief Ahmed Ali said two days after the disaster, adding that the 41 had been on the fourth floor of the eight-storey block. 

The 41 people were found at 2:30 am (2030 GMT Thursday) and the other four elsewhere in the wreckage at 7:00 am (0100 GMT Friday), he said. 

9.00 am:

'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.

8.40 am:

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.

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8.00 am:

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.

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7.30 am: 

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".

"Why was this done?" Putin said. "To show 'we are the toughest here'. This is imperial behaviour." 

Russia responded to the law with tit-for-tat sanctions against US officials, as well as a controversial ban on American families adopting Russian children. 

 "We warned them we would respond," Putin said. "We observe chaos everywhere and do not believe that the US position is undoubtedly correct," Putin added. "But this does not mean we do not need to straighten out relations with them."

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