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Pesky messages: Only 100 SMSes a day at low rates
To stop the menace of pesky messages, telecom regulator TRAI on Monday said only 100 SMSes in a day per SIM card will be allowed at concessional rates.
For every SMS beyond the cap of 100 SMSes, a charge of minimum 50 paise will be applicable, the regulator said.
Subscribers have been facing the menace of receiving unsolicited promotional SMSes from unregistered tele-marketers who often take the advantage of concessional SMS offers by telecom operators.
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Britain to slash its 280 million pound India aid by half
Britain is set to unveil plans this week to slash its 280 million pounds per annum aid to India by half, amid criticism that its overseas assistance was not justified at a time of cut backs at home, a media report said on Monday.
Justine Greening, Britain's international development secretary, will this week unveil plans to slash Britain's controversial 280 million pounds-a-year aid budget to India.
Greening, who is due to visit India shortly, will outline how the payments could be reduced amid claims that India is too rich to need handouts.
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After Sandy, another coastal storm headed towards US northeast
A new challenge loomed for the region a week after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New Jersey and New York coast lines: Commuters, students and motorists - forced out of their cars by a fuel shortage - converging on transit systems not fully ready for them.
Large swaths of the city were getting back to something resembling normal. But the week could bring new challenges, namely an Election Day on Tuesday without power in hundreds of polling places, and a nor'easter storm expected to hit by Wednesday, with the potential for 55 mph (89 kph) gusts and more beach erosion, flooding and rain.
"Prepare for more outages," said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina. "Stay indoors. Stock up again."
Text messages between Cameron and Rebekah spark sex allegations
British Prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to publish up to 150 secret e-mails and text messages exchanged with former News International executive Rebekah Brooks.
Earlier it emerged that Cameron had sent Brooks a text about a "fast, unpredictable ride" on her husband's horse, and that she told him in another text that she "cried twice" during one of his speeches.
The two new messages, leaked to a Sunday newspaper, had been provided by Brooks to the Leveson Inquiry as part of its investigation into the relationship between the press and politicians.
According to the Telegraph, nearly 150 messages held by Downing Street have not been published because they were deemed not "relevant".
China objects to Dalai Lama's Japan visit
China Monday objected to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's visit to Japan, Xinhua reported.
Speaking during a regular press briefing, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said China strongly opposes all forms of support from any country or any individual for the Dalai Lama's separatist activities.
"The Dalai Lama is merely a political exile who has long been engaged in activities to split China under the disguise of religion," Hong Lei said in response to a question regarding the Dalai Lama's 10-day trip to Japan, which commenced Sunday.
Hong said the Dalai Lama's international activities aim at colluding with international anti-China separatist forces to undermine relations between China and other countries so as to split the nation.
China has lodged a representation with Japan in this regard, the spokesperson added.
Mahesh Jethmalani quits BJP national executive attacking party president Nitin Gadkari.
German national raped, robbed in Mumbai
A German national was allegedly raped and robbed of her belongings by an unidentified person who barged into her flat in a posh area of suburban Bandra in the wee hours today.
The victim, a 27-year-old musician, was staying on rent on the third storey of a building located on the Perry Cross Road in Bandra west.
The intruder entered the flat through the window and brandished a knife asking her to hand over her valuables, a senior police officer said.
No deadline for lifting AFSPA: Omar
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said he wanted a phased withdrawal of a legislation that gives sweeping powers to armed forces but would not fix a deadline.
"There is no deadline for the removal of AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) as of now, but it will go and the work is in progress on this count," Abdullah told reporters.
He was speaking after the ceremonial opening of government offices in this winter capital.
Abdullah had injected a new urgency in the removal of the AFSPA in October last year when he proclaimed that it would be withdrawn from some parts of the state within "the next few days".
He has since faced questions on when that promise would be made good.
The chief minister said Monday: "AFSPA will go. But when, I cannot tell, for no deadline has been set at this stage."
Tight security to be given to Pakistan cricket team: govt
The Centre today assured foolproof security to the Pakistan team during its upcoming India tour to play limited over cricket series beginning December 25.
"We will provide foolproof security to the Pakistan cricket team," Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh told reporters here.
His comments came in the wake of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray opposition to the Indo-Pak cricket series, saying his party won't allow Pakistan cricket team to play in India.
US man climbs 103 floor skyscraper with bionic leg
A 31-year-old amputee has become the first person ever to climb 103 floors of one of the world's tallest skyscrapers with a bionic leg.
Zac Vawter, who lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident, was wearing a prosthetic leg controlled by his mind on Sunday when he participated in 'SkyRise Chicago', ABC News reported.
The charity event raises funds for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
The event marked the bionic leg's first test in the public eye.
As Vawter thought about climbing stairs, the motors, chains and belts in his leg synchronized the movements of its ankle and knee.
Vawter finished the climb in about 45 minutes.
Naomi Campbell arrives in Jodhpur to celebrate boyfriend's birthday
British supermodel Naomi Campbell has arrived in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, to celebrate the birthday of her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin, who turns 50 on November 7.
Around 80 celebrities are expected to attend the four-day gala, which will take place at different locations.
The couple, who have been dating since 2008, have zeroed in on the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur for the pre-birthday bash on November 06, which will see the attendance of the leading celebrities from Hollywood as well as the modelling world.
SC quashes rape charges against Madhur Bhandarkar
The Supreme Court today dismissed the rape charges filed by actress Preeti Jain against film director Madhur Bhandarkar.
The actress had lodged a complaint with the Versova Police in July 2004 alleging that Bhandarkar had raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004 under the pretext of casting her as actress in his films.
She alleged Bhandarkar promised to marry her and to cast her in his films, but later he went back on his promise.
A Mumbai trial court last year had found substance in Jain's complaint and had asked the national award-winning filmmaker to face the trial.
Bhandarkar had challenged the lower court's order before the high court which too had rejected his plea.
In September 2011, the police had filed a report stating that the case against Bhandarkar was false.
The trial court, however, had rejected the police report which had said the case was 'maliciously false.' The court had held that there was prima facie case against Bhandarkar.
In a major relief for former UP chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati, the Allahabad High Court today dismissed petitions against her in the Taj Corridor case.
The Lucknow bench of the court also dismissed the petitions against her cabinet colleague Naseemuddin Siddiqui.
Passing the order, the bench comprising justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and Ashwani Kumar Singh said all petitions were devoid of merit and were accordingly being dismissed.
BSP leader and Mayawati's counsel Satish Chandra Mishra termed the petitions filed in the case as "politically motivated" and pursued with "malafide intention".
"There are no offences against Mayawati in the Taj Corridor case," he told reporters here after the court delivered a 74-page verdict.
Allahabad High Court dismisses petitions against BSP chief Mayawati and her cabinet colleague Naseemuddin Siddiqui in the Taj corridor case.
Kasab tests negative for dengue, recovering from fever
Initial reports on November 4 came out that Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving gunman from the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, was down with dengue and that prison doctors were treating him.
With the death of Yash Chopra from the same disease recently and the numbers of the afflicted in the country rising by hundreds every day, there was a real fear that Kasab might meet his end through the disease.
However, the jail superintendent has confirmed to the media that Kasab is only suffering from a high fever, and not dengue. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The courts have sentenced Kasab to death and he is awaiting an answer for his mercy petition to the President.
Viswaroopam gets delayed further!
Looks like the weather Gods are affecting the events in the film industry.
The audio launch of Kamal’s Viswaroopam that was supposed to be held on Nov 7, his birthday, in three different cities, has apparently been postponed, “thanks to the inclement weather”.
The makers say meteorologists warned them that the weather may not be good on that day. Kamal has kept in mind the convenience of his fans and decided to postpone the date. However, he may meet the media and show clips of the 3D version on the original date as planned.
Popular Chennai Chef Jacob passes away
Chef Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni died of a heart attack on Sunday in Chennai.
37 year old Jacob was a a successful restaurateur who ran a restaurant called Chef Jacob's Kitchen. He also hosted a cookery show on TV.
He was known for exploring unusual locations through his cookery show and specialized in South Indian cuisine.
Jacob created a Guinness world record for the longest individual barbecue marathon.
Romney: 'It's possible' Obama could win
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he may be defeated by President Barack Obama in Tuesday's presidential contest, but it's doubtful.
Speaking at an Ohio rally Sunday afternoon, Romney said that it's possible, but not likely that Obama will win. He was responding to supporters who booed when he speculated on the consequences of an Obama second term.
Polls suggest the race is very close. Both campaigns predict wins.
Romney is campaigning in four battleground states on Sunday, including Pennsylvania. Romney's visit follows the decision by his campaign and its Republican allies to put millions of dollars in television advertising in Pennsylvania during the race's final weeks to try to make it competitive.
No Republican presidential candidate has carried the state since 1988.
Minor alleges rape by 12 men in Haryana
A teenaged girl from Karnal district in Haryana has alleged that she was raped by 12 men, police said Sunday. An accused known to her was arrested.
The 16-year-old victim, who belongs to Tarwari area, was rescued by railway police personnel from the Karnal railway station, where she had been dumped by one of her tormentors.
She underwent a medical examination, police said.
The girl told police that she was taken by a man, who was her friend and had promised to marry her. She alleged that later, 11 other men came and raped her Friday and Saturday.
Police officials in Karnal, 130 km from here, said that the main accused, who was a friend of the victim, had been arrested.
Police sources said that most of the other accused had also been detained.
Haryana has seen a spurt in rape cases, especially against minor and Dalit girls, since September this year.
Biden predicts big victory in Electoral College
It wasn't quite a guarantee, but Vice President Joe Biden predicted Sunday that he and President Barack Obama will win re-election — "and I don't think it's going to be close in the Electoral College."
Biden, who campaigned throughout Ohio on Sunday, told host Chris Matthews of MSNBC that he and Obama would win Ohio, perhaps the most critical battleground in the closely fought election.
"I think the firewall here of Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa — I think it's going to hold firm," he said. "I think we're going to win clearly."
Biden also predicted Democratic wins in Nevada and New Hampshire, two other battleground states, and said Democrats have "an even chance" of winning Virginia and Florida.
Earlier, Biden said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are running a "con game" on voters, trying to fool them into thinking the Republican ticket is more moderate than it is.
Biden, campaigning in Lakewood, Ohio, cited Romney's changing positions on tax cuts, Iraq and other issues. He told a crowd of 1,200 people at Lakewood High School outside Cleveland that a GOP ad claiming that automaker Jeep will move jobs out of Ohio was "pernicious" and a sign Romney does not have the character to be president.
Biden said the ad was intended to scare auto workers in Ohio, where one out of eight jobs is related to the auto industry.
"It's the most cynical play I've seen," he told Matthews in an interview taped in Lakewood. "It's not just a lie, but it goes to character. They don't have much character at all."
By contrast, Biden said Obama "does not engage in deception. He says what he means and means what he says."
Average people don't expect government to solve their problems, Biden said, but do expect government to "understand" their struggles.
Biden said he is encouraged by the bipartisan response to Hurricane Sandy and said that if he and Obama are re-elected, they will work with Republicans in Congress to solve the country's fiscal problems and other issues.
"Look, I think the fever will have broken" by the election, he said. "There's still some solid Republican conservatives who understand what principled compromise means and they're not wrapped up in ideological purity."7.30 am:
The answer to whether Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati could face a trial in the Taj corridor case would be discovered later today -- by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.
The court will deliver its judgement on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that has challenged the refusal of the Uttar Pradesh Governor to prosecute Mayawati and her close aide Naseemuddin Siddiqui.
The Taj corridor project was launched by Mayawati in 2002 to beautify the adjoining areas near the Taj Mahal. Rs. 17 crore was allegedly released and the construction work began without the necessary environmental clearances.