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Centre asks Maharashtra to act against Togadia for hate speech
As the demand for action against Praveen Togadia over his alleged hate speech intensified, the Centre has asked the Maharashtra government to book the VHP leader if he is found to be violating laws after probing the charges.
The Maharashtra government ordered an inquiry into the provocative speeches made in Nanded last month against members of a particular community even as the state Minorities Affairs Minister Naseem Khan demanded today that it file a case against the firebrand Hindu outfit leader.
The state government, which has assured the Centre at the highest level that they will take due legal process, was asked by the Centre to investigate allegations that Togadia made provocative speeches.
"The Home Ministry's advise is clear. Once they have confirmed forensic evidence, appropriate action as per law must be taken against Togadia," an official said in New Delhi.
Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said if Togadia's speech is inflammatory, the state government must take action against him.
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Raina hits attacking ton before Mumbai reply strongly
Suresh Raina today sent a timely reminder to the selectors for his Test recall with a brilliant century to help Rest of India post a huge first innings total of 526 but the hosts replied strongly reaching 155-2 on day two of the Irani Cup match here.
Left-handed Raina, ignored for the entire four-Test rubber against England by the selectors in November-December last year, notched up 134 -- his 11th first class century -- in eight minutes under five hours.
In-form Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer, also seeking a return to the Test team after four years, and one-down batsman Ajinkya Rahane led the home team's reply with individual half centuries.
At stumps, the hosts were 371 runs behind Rest Of India with Rahane not out on 55 after a stay of 174 minutes and giving him company was night watchman Shardul Thakur (4) with Sachin Tendulkar to bat on the morrow.
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World Cup: Mithali ton helps India beat Pak
Indian captain Mithali Raj scored a brilliant century to lead her side to an easy victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the seventh place play-off in the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 at Cuttack on Thursday.
Mithali scored 103 off 141 deliveries, an innings laced with 13 boundaries and one six as she took her side past the Pakistan total of 192.
Pakistan worked hard for their four wickets but their failure to dismiss Mithali led to their defeat.
Earlier, Indian bowlers kept a tight leash over Pakistan's scoring rate to restrict the arch-rivals to 192 for seven in the seventh-eighth position playoff match of the Women's cricket World Cup.
The decision to bat first after winning the toss didn't quite work for Pakistan, who were saved to a large extent due to the contrasting half-centuries from Nain Abidi (58) and Nida Dar (68 not out).
The Indians bowlers, led by the economical pace duo of Jhulan Goswami (two for 17) and Nagarajan Niranjana (three for 35), kept it tight for most part of the 50 overs.
Hate speech: Owaisi's judicial remand extended till Feb 12
A court in Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh today extended till February 12 the judicial remand of MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi in a "hate" speech case.
Akbaruddin was brought from Adilabad District Jail, where he has been lodged since January 9, in connection with another "hate" speech case registered at Nirmal town of Adilabad, and produced before the First Additional District Magistrate (ADM).
The court, while extending Akbaruddin's remand, fixed February 12 as the date for recording his voice sample, which will be done in the presence of experts from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). He was later shifted back to Adilabad District Jail.Multiple cases have been registered against Akbaruddin for his alleged hate speeches delivered in Nizamabad on December 8 and at Nirmal town of Adilabad on December 22 last year.
Another rail fare hike in the offing?
The Union Railway ministry may hike rail fares once again, CNN-IBN reported.
The second round of hike could be part of the budget document on February 26.
Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal hinted today that fares could be hiked for the second time in 2013 as the organisation has not been not able to complete several projects due to lack of funds, a report on CNN-IBN said.
Complaint filed against Didi for screaming at guards
A day after an angry West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee screamed at her security guards in full public view saying they "should be whipped" for making her wait for her car, a complaint was today filed against her in the State Human Rights Commission.
Rights body Association of Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) has filed a complaint against Banerjee in the State Human Rights Commission, taking exception to the behaviour and language used by Banerjee, which it describes as "gross violation of human rights".
Banerjee, during her visit to the Kolkata Book Fair yesterday, had screamed at the security guard for the delay in arrival of her car at the exit gate.
Khushboo's house has been allegedly vandalized by DMK workers, TV reports said. However, DMK sources have denied that their workers were behind the attack.
The actress had apparently criticised Stalin's elevation in the party.
Reports indicate that no injuries have been reported.
Child sex victims 'mistreated, humiliated' in India by authorities: report
India should improve protection for children from sexual abuse as part of broader reform efforts following the Dec 16 gang-rape and death of a young woman here, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
Child sexual abuse was disturbingly common in homes, schools and residential care facilities in India, the group said in an exhaustive 82-page report.
The report, "Breaking the Silence: Child Sexual Abuse in India," examines how current government responses are falling short, both in protecting children from sexual abuse and treating victims.
Many children were effectively mistreated a second time by traumatic medical examinations and by police and other authorities who do not want to hear or believe their accounts, Human Rights Watch said.Read more
RSS chief backs VHP's resolution for building Ram mandir; calls Modi his friend
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday backed VHP's resolution for building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, saying its construction is like establishing the "Indian identity" just as he described Narendra Modi as his "friend".
"I have said that construction of the temple is like a movement to establish the country's self identity. It is an identity of our country and we have to establish it," he said speaking to reporters at the Kumbh Mela here.
The VHP has demanded that a bill be introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament so that Ram Janambhoomi land could be handed over to the Shri Ram Janambhoomi Nyas for construction of the Ram temple.Read more
Zeenat Aman's beau not Shiv Sena leader
Tinseltown was abuzz with talk about Zeenat Aman's marriage proposal and speculation on her 'mysterious someone'. And then came the news that her beau is Pune-based Shiv Sena leader Sarfaraz Ahmed. But Zeenat says we've got it wrong.
Subhash K Jha has unearthed the truth. "Zeenat has found A-man. But it's not the one that a section of the media has dug up.Ever since glamour diva Zeenat Aman made it known that there was a man in her life curiosity about the lucky gentleman's identity has touched the sky.
Daughter gets $200 to stay off Facebook!
An American teenager has signed a legal agreement, under which she would be paid 200 dollars by her father if she deleted her Facebook account, in Sydney.
The teenager, Rachel Baier, will be paid 50 dollars in April, and another 150 dollars in June, by her father Paul Baier, who is the vice president of Boston energy company Groom Energy Solutions, reports News.com.au.
According to Paul Baier, Rachel, who came up with the idea of the agreement, found Facebook distracting and a waste of her time, and added that she also wanted to earn money.
Baier also said that Rachel planned to join Facebook again after six months.
BJP worker shot dead in Vadodara
A 38-year-old BJP worker was shot dead by some unidentified assailants at Kisanwadi area here, police said Thursday.
Kishore Godadi was attacked by assailants, who came in a car near the house of BJP corporator from the area Hitendra Patel, last night, they said.
"He was shot at repeatedly by the attackers and received injuries on his throat", said Patel, who rushed Godadi to hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Rahul to visit Amethi
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will undertake a two-day tour of his parliamentary constituency Amethi beginning today.
It will be his first visit to his constituency after taking over as the Congress Vice President.
Forty-two-year-old Gandhi is scheduled to meet senior party functionaries and leaders in the area during his visit. He will also lay the foundation of some development works in the area.
The Congress Vice President will not address any public rallies during his Amethi visit, but is expected to hold closed-door meetings here in an endeavour to concentrate on mass scale restructuring of the party cadres.
Boy dies after visit to dentist
A three-year-old boy died allegedly due to an overdose of anaesthesia administered by a dentist during a surgical procedure at a private clinic here today, police said.
Shirish was taken to the clinic after he complained of severe toothache and died after he underwent a surgical procedure for the problem.
The enraged parents and relatives of the boy beat up the dentist and protested in front of the clinic.Read more
Unclean breasts cause for diarrhoea epidemic, says Egypt PM
Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has caused an outrage after blaming a diarrhoea epidemic sweeping through rural areas on women not keeping their breasts clean.
Qandil said that he had witnessed children suffering from diarrhoea immediately after they had been breastfed because their mothers hadn't cleaned themselves probably, the Daily Mail reported.
He added that many women in rural Egypt don't even bother to clean their breasts at all before feeding their youngsters.Read more
Mika Singh arrested at Mumbai airport, released on bail
Bollywood singer Mika Singh was arrested at the international airport in Mumbai for allegedly carrying Indian and foreign currency beyond permissible limit, customs officials said on Wednesday night. He was later released on bail, latest reports said.
Singh, who arrived here from Bangkok by a private airline around 7.30 pm, was intercepted by the officials.
During checking, he was found in possession of $12,000 and Rs 3 lakh in cash.
As per Customs norms, Indian passengers coming from abroad and carrying over Rs 7,500 and $5,000 need to make declaration about the same upon arrival.
Goa rape: Father of victim threatens hunger strike if suspect not arrested
The father of a seven-year-old girl who was raped inside her school toilet in Goa's Vasco town has threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike if the suspect is not arrested in the next seven days, a report on NDTV said.
The father said he is frustrated that the investigation was going nowhere even three weeks later.
"The Goa chief minister promised action within a week. If the culprit is not arrested in the next seven days, I will go on an indefinite hunger strike in front of the school gate," he told NDTV.
The girl yesterday gave a statement to the police that the man who raped her had identified himself as "Monty", and that she had seen him in the school earlier, the report said.
Livid Mamata yells at security guards in public
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday night lost her cool and screamed in public at her security guards for delay in arrival of her car at the Kolkata Book Fair site.
Mamata, who had gone to the Fair, publicly screamed and reprimanded at the security guards for the delay of her car at the gate.
According to a report on NDTV, as Mamata was leaving the venue, she shouted at the guards saying, "Apnakay chabkano uchit" which in English means, "you should be whipped."
2 held for abusing J&K's all-girl band on Facebook
Two youth were arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the online abuses and threats to the all-girls rock band of Kashmir, which forced them to quit singing.
Tariq Khan was apprehended from Bijbehara, a town in South Kashmir, and Rameez Shah was arrested from Ganderbal in central Kashmir, police sources said.
Police continued to raid different places to apprehend a third accused who hails from Batmaloo area of Srinagar city.
Under construction bridge collapses in Mumbai, 3 dead
Three persons were killed on Wednesday night while several others injured after a portion of a bridge, which is being constructed, collapsed near the international airport here, officials said.
The injured were admitted to Cooper Hospital and Desai Hospital, they said.
Eight fire tenders and four ambulances have been rushed to the spot and rescue operations are underway, they said.
The officials said that those trapped beneath the debris are mostly workers. The reason behind the collapse was being probed, they said.
United cuts 787 from February schedule
United Airlines is taking the troubled Boeing 787 out of its flying plans for the rest of this month.
United says it has replaced its six 787s with other planes. U.S. regulators grounded the 787s last month after two battery incidents.
United Continental Holdings Inc. spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says the plane swaps include new flights from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria, which were supposed to switch to a 787 in late January. She says United still plans to start new flights from Denver to Tokyo's Narita airport on March 31.
Japan's All Nippon Airways on Wednesday canceled its 787 flying through March 30.
Federal officials say it could be weeks before they know what caused a 787 battery fire last month.
Kamal Haasan’s controversial Vishwaroopam after clearing all hurdles is finally releasing in his home state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday (Feb 7). The film which was banned in TN, a day before its worldwide release on January 25 is expected to take a humongous opening.
Vishwaroopam is likely to release in nearly 600 screens across Tamil Nadu. The advance booking for the film in key towns in the state and Chennai city has been very good. In NSC (North-South Arcot-Chengalpet) and Chennai city areas, the distributor Aascar Ravichandran is releasing in nearly 150 screens, the highest ever screen count for any film in the terriotary
Archana Kalpathi , CEO of AGS Cinemas said : “ The response to Vishwaroopam is fantastic. We are sold out for the opening weekend at both our multiplexes in Vilivakkam and OMR.”
Vishwaroopam has an ‘UA’ certificate, so there will be the 30% entertainment tax for the film, which will affect its total net. The state government gives tax exemption only to films which have been certified by the censors with an ‘U’ certificate. So more number of screens will ensure a bigger opening and larger net collections.
There is a lot of goodwill for Kamal Haasan among Tamil Nadu audiences, after the hell the actor went through trying to release the film. How fast Kamal Haasan is able to recoup his losses for the two week delay in TN will depend on the kind of opening the film garners in its opening weekend.