8. 05 pm
CBI director chosen in fair manner: Narayanasamy
With BJP demanding annulment of the government's decision to appoint Ranjit Sinha as the new CBI director, Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy on Friday said his selection has been done "in a fair manner following the due process".
Speaking on the sidelines of a CBI function here, he said Sinha was the senior-most officer among the three names suggested by the Central Vigilance Commissioner and so Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided his name.
"The Prime Minister in his wisdom considered Ranjit Sinha being seniormost 1974 batch officer... the Prime Minister decided the name of Ranjit Sinha in a fair manner following the due process in which CVC recommended three names... Where is the question of unfairness in this," he asked.
6. 50 pm
School derecognised after kid was forced to drink his urine
The East Godavari District Education Officer (DEO) Srinivasulu Reddy sent a preliminary report, after conducting a thorough inquiry, recommending district collector Neetu Kumari Prasad to derecognise Satyabhama English Medium School at Anaparthy, for allegedly forcing a student to drink urine on Wednesday.
School teacher Gouri was found to have allegedly forced a lower kindergarten (LKG) student to drink his urine, after he released it into a plastic bottle, since he had to answer an emergency call of nature during his class hours.
The boy informed his parents, who lodged a complaint at the Anaparthy police station and registered a case.
6. 15 pm
Third Indian-origin man charged with attacking Brar in UK
A third man of Indian origin was on Friday charged with attacking 'Operation Blue Star' hero K S Brar here, British police said, a day after announcing the arrest of two more people, including a woman, in connection with the assault on the retired General.
36-year-old Dilbag Singh, who was charged with wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Brar, appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
Police said Singh has no permanent address.
Two other suspects - 33-year-old Barjinder Singh Sangha of Wolverhamption and 34-year-old Mandeep Singh Sandhu of Great Barr, Birmingham - were slapped with the same charge last month.
5. 45 pm
Bal Thackeray's ashes immersed
Bal Thackeray's son and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday immersed the ashes of the late party supremo in the Arabian Sea in Mumbai.
Thackeray's family had gathered at the Gateway of India here to immerse his ashes.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief and Thackeray's nephew Raj Thackeray was present while the ritual was being carried out.
5. 20 pm
India finish day at 266/6 against England
India were 266/6 against England at the close of play on the first day of the second cricket Test match at the Wankhede Stadium here Friday.
At stumps, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin were batting on 114 and 60, respectively.
England spinner Monty Panesar took four wickets giving away 91 runs.
Ponty murder: Police detains Namdhari
The Delhi Police on Friday detained a key witness in liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep shootout case, Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, from Uttarakhand.
The police detained the sacked chairman of the Uttarakhand Minorities Commission after questioning him at his farmhouse at Bazpur city in Uttarakhand.
The Delhi Police on Thursday night conducted raids on Namdhari's properties in Bazpur, reports said.
4. 00 pm:
'Life of Pi' star Suraj Sharma takes college exam
Nineteen−year−old debutant Hollywood actor Suraj Sharma wrote his exam at St. Stephen's college here Friday even as his movie "Life of Pi" hit theatres across India.
"He was cleared Thursday and wrote his exam Friday," St. Stephen's principal Valson Thampu told IANS.
Sharma's appearance at his semester examinations was under a cloud since he lacked the requisite minimum attendance and had not submitted assignments as asked by the college authorities. He faced the threat of missing all his exams in case he was not issued the admit card by Delhi University before Friday.
Thackeray's ashes immersed in Godavari
The ashes of late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray were immersed in river Godavari here in North Maharashtra today.
The ashes were immersed in the 'asthi kunda', a small holy pond on the bank of Godavari, this afternoon at the hands of Shiv Sena district chief Vijay Karanjkar and other local party leaders.
Earlier in the day, the urn containing the ashes of Thackeray, who passed away in Mumbai on Saturday last, were taken for immersion in a procession.
The procession started from Shiv Sena office at Shalimar Chowk and passed through several areas to reach at the bank of Godavari at around 11.45 am.
A small pooja was performed before the ashes were immersed in the river considered the Ganga of the South.
The ashes were brought here from Mumbai on Tuesday and kept in the Sena office to enable people to pay their respect to the departed leader.
Fire at Express Avenue, Chennai
A fire broke out at a shoe store at the Express Avenue mall in Chennai on Friday. Shoppers were evacuated and the noon shows cancelled at theatres in the mall. Reports say no one has been injured in the fire.
Here's a picture from the spot, uploaded by Twitter user @jinadeb
The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till Monday.
BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley have written to the PM against the appointment of the new CBI director. Ranjit Sinha was appointed as the new director of CBI on November 22nd.
The Supreme Court has asked the government to refund Rs 400 crores to telecom companies. The amount was collected as a penalty following their failure to meet the 2G roll out obligations. The telcos include Unitech, Airtel and Videocon.
The police have located Ponty Chadha's friend Namdhari. He is currently being questioned. They tracked him down to his farmhouse in Bazpur.
He is being questioned about the sequence of events leading up to the shoot out at Chadha's farmhouse.
Bal Thackeray's ashes immersed in Arabian Sea
The ashes of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray were today immersed in the Arabian Sea by his son and party executive president Uddhav Thackeray.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president and Bal Thackeray's nephew Raj Thackeray was also present at the Gateway of India, where the family had gathered to immerse the ashes.
The 86-year-old Sena patriarch died on November 18 at his residence 'Matoshree' after a prolonged illness.
Actor Pran recuperating in hospital
Veteran Bollywood actor Pran, who was hospitalised a week back with respiratory problem, is recuperating, sources said.
"He is still in hospital. He is doing fine," Lilavati hospital spokesperson Dr Sudhir Dagaokar told PTI.
The legendary actor was admitted to Lilavati hospital on November 16. He had come for a check-up which turned out to be a respiratory problem.
There have been rumours about his deteriorating health since yesterday.
The 92-year-old actor is one of the most popular villains of Bollywood and has acted in around 350 films.
His famous films include 'Khandaan', 'Aurat', 'Bari Behen', 'Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai', 'Half Ticket', 'Upkar', 'Purab Aur Paschim', 'Don' and 'Zanjeer'.
In 2001, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema.
The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2.30 pm. The RS was adjourned over the SC/ST quota bill. The Select committee report on Lokpal Bill has however been tabled in the RS.
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day. Protests continue in the Rajya Sabha over FDI.
BJP leaders are protesting at the Rajya Sabha.
The Lok Sabha has been reconvened and the MPs have began raising slogans.
11. 40 am:
'Jet-lagged' Hillary Clinton 'took nap' during historic Obama speech in Myanmar
As Barack Obama made history by becoming the first American president to ever visit Myanmar, the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, briefly fell asleep during his speech, shows a new video.
Despite sitting next to former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, Clinton, 65, could not be roused by Obama's stirring rhetoric in support of the fledgling moves towards democracy in Myanmar.
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 12 pm as opposition MPs disrupt proceedings for the second day.
The 2nd day of the winter session of parliament begins. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began proceedings by introducing the new ministers who were inducted during the recent cabinet reshuffle.
Meanwhile the Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till noon after uproar over quota for SC/ST in promotions and FDI.
MM Joshi who was accused of influencing the CAG report on the 2G scam has said that the allegations made against him are baseless. He has said that the allegations were a bid by the government to defame the CAG.
Earlier former Director General of Audit in the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) RP Singh has questioned the CAG's estimates of presumptive loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore.
Meanwhile Manish Tewari, the minister for Information and Broadcasting, has said that the CAG and Joshi must address these allegations.
2 more arrested over attack on Lt Gen Brar
British Police have arrested two more persons, including a woman, in connection with the assassination attempt here on Lt Gen (retd) K S Brar, the hero of the 1984 Operation Blue Star.
Brar, 78, on a private visit, was returning to his hotel with his wife when he was attacked in central London by four men on September 30 and suffered a wound on his neck and cheek.
A 36-year-old man was arrested in west London on Wednesday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, while a 55-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Why a military coup is impossible in Russia
Two senior officers are currently on trial in Russia for attempting to organise coups, but few believe a military−led uprising could succeed in the country in the foreseeable future.
"There are no grounds for any such nonsense as a military coup in Russia," said Igor Korotchenko, military expert and editor of National Defense monthly magazine.
Tough−talking President Vladimir Putin, under whom tens of thousands of servicemen were handed apartments and enjoyed substantial salary raises, enjoys a certain popularity among the military, something no potential military coup plotter can hope to equal, he said.
Read the column here.
Stopped from urinating publicly, man kills girl in Delhi
A teenage girl was shot dead and her mother injured when they objected to their neighbour urinating in front of their house at Hazrat Nizamuddin in south-east Delhi.
The incident occurred late last night when the 17-year-old girl's mother, Sadmani, noticed their neighbour urinating in front of their house and raised an objection, leading to an argument between the two, police said.
Hearing the commotion, the girl, Binno, a Class XI student came out. Later, in a fit of rage the neighbour, Javed, allegedly opened fire at them.
Sadmani (41) received one bullet injury while her daughter received two in her abdomen, police said.
The two were taken to hospital where Binno was declared brought dead, they said.
After firing, Javed fled the scene.
119 journalists killed in 2012: Report
A total of 119 journalists have been killed while on assignment so far this year, the Vienna−based International Press Institute (IPI) said.
This is the highest toll since 1997 when the IPI started keeping track. In Syria alone, 36 journalists were killed this year, Xinhua reported.
The press watchdog said it had observed an "alarming trend" of journalists increasingly being targeted, often in order to "prevent information disclosure".
After Syria, Somalia is also dangerous for journalists, the IPI said, with 16 deaths in 2012, followed by Mexico, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Principal Auditor RP Singh has disowned the CAG report on the 2G scam. He has said that proper guidelines were not used to conduct the audit. He added that an investigation must be conducted to ascertain how the report was leaked.
"After completing the audit of ministry of telecom, which was under my direct charge, I prepared a draft audit report covering each and every aspect. My report did not contain any loss figure," said former director general of CAG R P Singh.
After much anxiety over his fate as he fell short of attendance, St Stephen's college on Thursday allowed "Life of Pi" actor Suraj Sharma to write his exams.
Nineteen-year-old Sharma, who apparently submitted written assignments to make up for his lost attendance, will be allowed to write his exams from Friday after he missed his first paper on Wednesday.
"Yes, he will be writing his exams," St Stephens college's Bursar K M Mathew saidwhen asked if the teenage star of Ang Lee's much-talked about film had been provided his examination admit card.
The report of the Select Committee on Lokpal Bill, which has recommended delinking creation of Lokayuktas in states from the central bill, is scheduled to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha today.
According to the revised list of business of Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley will table the report along with Shantaram Naik of Congress who is also the Chairman of the Department-related Standing Committee on Law and Personnel.
After its passage in the Lok Sabha last year, the bill faced opposition hurdles in the Rajya Sabha on various provisions, following which it was referred to the Select Committee. The panel, which was to submit its report during the monsoon session, adopted it on November 19.