Will OBCs be the deciders for Gujarat polls?
If there is one community that holds the answers to who will form the next government in Gujarat after the December assembly polls, it is the state's OBCs, the intermediate castes who are officially known as other backward classes, a leading sociologist says.
"They can influence the outcome of the polls in at least 70 (of the state's 182) seats. That is much larger than Muslims (35), Adivasis (26) and Dalits (13) as well as upper castes. They can very well decide the future government," Gaurang Jani, sociologist at Ahmedabad's Gujarat University said.
Another fake Facebook account case in Maharashtra
Raj Thackeray-led MNS has complained to police that a bogus account was allegedly created in the name of the party chief's son on social networking site Facebook and "objectionable" comments about B R Ambedkar were posted.
A written complaint was submitted by the party to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy, who forwarded it to Cyber Cell for inquiry, police said today.
The complaint said a fake account had been created on Facebook in the name of Amit, son of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, and "objectionable" content posted there about the architect of Indian Constitution.
The Ministry of External Affairs is now hinting that the couple held by the Norwegian authorities on charges of child abuse has had trouble with the authorities in the past. The MEA has said that it will not disclose all the details of the case in order to protect the child involved.
The ministry has maintained that it will not interfere with the legal proceedings in Norway, but has said that the couple have the right to appeal if they are convicted.
I wanted to be a be a teacher, says Kate
The Duchess of Cambridge revealed that she held ambitions to become a schoolteacher, when she revisited her preparatory school.
During a trip down memory lane, the 30 year-old told pupils at St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, Berkshire, that her years at there were her "happiest."
She admitted her nickname was Squeak, and said that her sister Pippa were named Pip - with their pet guinea pigs later taking the same names.
Telling students also of her love of sport, she was said to be an all-round sportswoman, breaking the school's 1.50m high jump record and the 100m relay, both of which remain unbeaten today.
PoK landslide kills 3 soldiers, 18 others missing
Landslides triggered by heavy snow killed three soldiers and buried 18 other people in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), according to the military.
"Three soldiers embraced martyrdom. Eight soldiers and 10 civilians are also missing," The Dawn quoted the military, as saying in a statement.
The incident took place in the Kel area on the Line of Control with India, and the military said a rescue operation was under way.
Deputy Commissioner of Neelam district, Raja Saqib Majeed said that a first landslide hit early Friday, killing the three soldiers. Later in the morning, when a rescue team comprising 10 civilians and eight soldiers reached the site, another landslide occurred, burying all 18 persons, he said.
In April, 140 Pakistani soldiers were buried when a huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in disputed Kashmir. They have all been declared dead.
Akhilesh orders magisterial probe into UP honour killing
Uttar Pradesh Police today arrested the fifth accused in the suspected honour killing case of Abdul Hakim even as the state government ordered a magisterial probe into the matter.
The fifth accused Mallik was arrested from a railway station near here, police sources said.
Another accused in the case was arrested yesterday, he said.
In another development, Riyaz Ahmed, the chairman of Khadi Gramodyog, who has the status of minister of state, said that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the murder.
Manisha Koirala to go to US for treatment
Ailing actress Manisha Koirala will leave for the US shortly for further tests and treatment, a medical source said Saturday.
The 42-year-old, who was discharged from Jaslok Hospital where she was admitted for three days, will go with her family to the US. No further details are known.
"Given her condition, she is fine and we are hopeful she will come out of it," the source said, while refusing to give details citing patient-privacy privileges.
Manisha was taken to the hospital Nov 28 after she reportedly fell unconscious.
The actress hails from an influential family in Nepal. She made her debut with "Saudagar" in 1991 and recently made a comeback with Ram Gopal Varma's "Bhoot Returns".
Lindsay Lohan 'guzzles 2 litres of vodka a day'
Lindsay Lohan has allegedly become so stressed by her worrying financial condition and her impending probation violation that she has started boozing heavily and sometimes downs as much as two litres of vodka a day.
According to sources, the 26-year-old actress, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past and even has a drinking under influence conviction under her belt, often begins drinking first thing in the morning, and continues drinking throughout the day, TMZ.com reported.
As for the Thursday morning NYC nightclub fight, ' The Parent Trap ' star drank all day and showed up at the Bieber concert already smashed and continued to drink throughout the night.
Lohan's friends have given up trying to help her because when she's drunk she tends to get violent, sources said.
Bus catches fire, five killed in Nagpur
Five persons, including two children, were charred to death when a private luxury bus caught fire in the wee hours of Saturday at Hinganghat, about 100 kms from Nagpur, police said.
The bus, carrying a marriage party was on it way back to Hinganghat, when the blaze broke out in the vehicle near Jam village, killing five passengers on the spot, they said.
Six others were injured in the mishap. The cause of the fire is not yet known and further investigations are on.
The deceased are yet to be identified.
Strauss-Kahn to pay $6 mn over rape claim
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will pay $6 million in an out-of-court settlement to New York hotel maid Nafissitou Diallo who accused him of sexually assaulting her, France's Le Monde reported Friday.
Strauss-Kahn's and Diallo's lawyers have refused to comment on the purported agreement and there has been no confirmation from the authorities.
Diallo sued Strauss-Kahn in New York civil court. He pleaded not guilty and said any sexual contact with the hotel maid had been consensual.
He called the lawsuit defamatory and countersued Diallo for $1 million.
Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have repeatedly said they would not settle out of court while Diallo's lawyers have insisted that their client is only interested in facing her "attacker" in court.
Ticket inspector shot dead on train near Delhi
A chief ticket inspector (CTI) of the Indian Railways has been shot dead on board the Mahananda Express, between Ghaziabad and New Delhi, police said Saturday.
The incident took place late Friday when unidentified assailants shot Kifayatullah in the stomach when he sought to see their tickets.
Hailing from Moradabad, the railway official was on duty on the Mahananda Express which runs between West Bengal and New Delhi. He was taken to the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital in New Delhi, where he died at around 10.30 p.m. due to excessive blood loss.
Railway officials told IANS that the incident took place near the Sahibabad station when the official was checking tickets.
A group of young men had a verbal spat with him and it turned ugly soon after. One of them whipped out a pistol and shot the railway official in his stomach. They then escaped.
Shocked passengers pulled the emergency chain and informed the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel on train.
When the train chugged into the Shahdra station, railway officials wheeled out the bleeding CTI and took him to hospital.
During treatment, the injured official said he had an altercation with some youngsters as they were not travelling with tickets. He could not speak further, an official said.
"A hunt is on for the assailants," Pankaj Lawaniya, GRP in-charge of Ghaziabad told IANS, adding that the passengers were being questioned.
Train travel has increasingly become scary in Uttar Pradesh, with more than half-a-dozen cases of eve teasing and violence reported in the last six months from trains plying across the state.
In an interview to CNN IBN Prabir Mukherjee the curator of the Eden Gardens has expressed his unhappiness over the attitude of the BCCI and MS Dhoni. He said that he was being asked to cheat and was not willing to go with MS Dhoni's request for a 'turning' pitch.
Mukherjee is 82 years old and has said he is going on a month's leave. His move comes just 4 days ahead of the 3rd test match between India and England.
Gujral to be given state funeral today
Inder Kumar Gujral, who was India's prime minister for 11 months in 1997-98, will on Saturday be given a state funeral at 3 pm.
Gujral died here on Friday just four days before his 93rd birthday. Known as a gentleman politician, Gujral died at 3.27 pm at a Gurgaon hospital of lung infection.
The government has declared seven days of state mourning. His body is being kept at his residence, 5, Janpath for last tributes.
Prabir Mukherjee, the chief curator of the Eden Gardens has resigned. He was reportedly unhappy with the BCCI's interference with the preparations of the pitch at Eden Gardens before the start of the 3rd test match between India and England. Indian captain MS Dhoni had asked for a 'turning' track for the match which begins on Wednesday.
Prabir Mukherjee was in charge of the pitch for the last 14 years.
Stevie Wonder cancels concert for Israeli group
Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.
Wonder had been scheduled to perform Dec. 6 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.
Wonder said the United Nations recommended canceling his performance because he is an official "Messenger of Peace" for the organization. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday over vehement U.S. and Israeli objections as hopes for Mideast peace talks stalled.
Wonder said in a statement he was canceling with a heavy heart but that "I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere."
Several petitions had called on Wonder to cancel the performance.
Punjab is all set to host the third Kabaddi World Cup which will begin at the multipurpose stadium of Bathinda from today.
On the eve of the kabaddi extravaganza, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal yesterday inspected the final preparedness of the administration and the sports authority.
He was accompanied by Sikander Singh Maluka, president Punjab Kabaddi Association and the education minister and Saroop Chand Singla, chief parliamentary secretary.
After the surveillance of the stadium, Badal said that all the preparations for the conduct of this international event have been concluded.