Hazare fit, leaves hospital
Social activist Anna Hazare was Monday discharged from a Gurgaon hospital where he was admitted last week with a complaint of acidity, cough and weakness, a doctor said.
Hazare, 75, was admitted to Medicity Medanta hospital Friday.
"A team of doctors, led by Dr Naresh Trehan, was treating Hazare. The septuagenarian was declared fit and healthy on Monday and was discharged from hospital." K.L. Sehgal, a doctor at the hospital, told IANS.
Hazare was the face of the India Against Corruption movement which was launched in December 2010.
Sonia describes BJP government in Gujarat as 'anti-people'
Asserting that there is large-scale corruption in Gujarat, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday described the Narendra Modi-led BJP government as anti-people.
Addressing a rally in Siddhpur in poll-bound Gujarat, Sonia said: "According to news reports, wrong-doings are going on in Gujarat. We have known about CAG reports (talking about corruption). There is largescale corruption in Gujarat."
Urging voters to give a courageous and befitting reply to the BJP government's false, and dictatorial government, Sonia said: "We have to change Gujarat and bring it back to the right path of development. We will strive to come to power to achieve this. People will give a befitting reply to this anti- people government."
Young Tibetan girl self-immolates in protest against China
Now, a 16-year-old Tibetan girl has reportedly died after setting herself on fire in a protest against China's religious and political suppression.
According to a report by state-run Xinhua news agency, the school pupil self-immolated on Monday in the village of Dageri in China's northwestern province of Qinghai, an area with a high population of ethnic Tibetans.
Her body was cremated four hours later and returned to her family, the news agency said, adding that local government officials were investigating, the Herald Sun reports.
According to the paper, over 90 Tibetans have set themselves ablaze since 2009 to protest China's rule of the Tibetan plateau, rights groups have said.
The teenager is among the youngest girls to have set themselves on fire.
Tibetans accuse the Chinese government of religious repression and eroding their culture, as the country's majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically minority areas
We are shattered, say Royal prank call RJs
The Australian radio hosts behind a hoax phone call to the U.K. hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was staying said through tears on Monday that they were shattered upon learning that the nurse who was duped by their prank had died.
2DayFM radio RJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who have faced worldwide fury over the hoax, spoke publicly about the prank for the first time in a televised interview with Australia's "A Current Affair." A separate interview on rival show "Today Tonight" also aired Monday evening.
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha answered the phone last week when the pair, impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, called the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated for acute morning sickness. She transferred the call to a fellow nurse caring for the duchess who gave the RJs confidential information about the Duchess's medical condition, which was broadcast on air.
The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day following following uproar over the quota bill. The Chairman of the house has called for an all party meeting to end the deadlock.
The BSP is pushing for the bill while the SP is opposed to it.
Messi breaks record with 86th goal of year
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi reached another milestone in his phenomenal career on Sunday when he set a record for goals scored in a calendar year of 86 with a La Liga double at Real Betis, beating Gerd Mueller's 40-year-old tally of 85.
The 25-year-old World Player of the Year equalled the record with his first of the night in Seville when he picked up the ball in a central position in the 16th minute and left the Betis defence standing before sending an angled shot across goal into the bottom right corner.
Andres Iniesta's clever back heel set the Argentine up to score again nine minutes later with a sweeping shot from a similar position just inside the penalty area that flew into the same corner of the goal.
Campaigning for first phase of Gujarat polls ends tomorrow
Campaigning for the first phase of Gujarat assembly elections will come to an end tomorrow evening.
A total of 87 constituencies spread over 15 districts from Saurashtra and south regions of the state will go for poll on December 13.
Political fate of 846 candidates including 46 women, will be decided by over three crore, 80 lakh voters.
Adding glamour to campaigning, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put several Gujarati film and TV artists to canvassing for party candidates.
Boy gets killed for 'dropping ball'
A game of cricket cost a 15-year-old boy his life after two of his friends allegedly killed him for dropping a catch in Mohammadi area here.
The three friends were playing cricket in a nearby field on Sunday when the victim Simran dropped the catch, police said on Monday. This annoyed his friends and they started taunting Simran.
When Simran opposed, they assaulted him which left him unconscious.
The Rajya Sabha was in an uproar over reports of Walmart lobbying for an entry into the Indian market. The newspaper report alleges that Walmart has spent Rs 125 crores for entry into India. Rs 12 crores were spent this year alone.
The Left and the BJP were demanding that the government should provide an explanation. The Chair of the house had said that without giving a notice the discussion cannot happen.
The Chair has adjourned the house for ten minutes.
Kollywood's battle royale: Kumki vs NEP on Dec 14
It is a battle royale on December 14 as Kumki and Neethane En Ponvasantham are releasing on the same day.
The trade is a bit unhappy that two eagerly awaited movies are clashing as a lot is riding on them.
Durai Dayanidhi has gotten an anticipatory bail in the granite scam case. Dayanidhi, the grandson of DMK leader Karunanidhi and the son of union minister M K Alagiri, is wanted in the Rs 30,000 crore illegal granite mining scam in Madurai. He was on the run and a look out notice had been issued by the authorities.
Sonia to address rally in Gujarat today
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally in poll-bound Gujarat on Monday.
According to reports, Gandhi will speak at a rally in Sidhpur in North Gujarat.
During her whirlwind tour of the state last week, Gandhi had sharpened her attack on Chief Minister Narendra Modi who is seeking a third consecutive term in office.
She had accused Modi and his BJP-led government of failing to meet the aspirations of the people of the state.
An accident in Chennai has claimed the lives of 4 students. According to reports the students were travelling on the foot board of a bus in Perungudi. The accident occurred when the city bus drove past a truck that was reversing on the other lane.
The students on the foot board got caught between the truck and the bus and three of them died on the spot.
The fourth student succumbed on the way to hospital reports NDTV.
Two incidents of imposing dress codes on women has caused a stir. In Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor a woman district magistrate has barred woman students from wearing any clothing of black colour, jeans, jewellery and from owning a mobile phone. In a college in Harayana's Bhiwani, girls will have to pay Rs. 100 in fine if they turn up for classes wearing jeans and t-shirts.
Needless to say locals in Bijnor are up in arms against the DM's absurd ban.
However, the district magistrate has denied forcing it upon anybody.
"There is no such ban. We have just asked them to wear sober clothes. Our directive to the girls is being misinterpreted. No one has been forced to do anything," District Magistrate Sarika Mohan said
The principal of the college is Bhiwani has defended the decision by saying, "The reason why we have imposed ban on jeans and t-shirts because these are completely westernised and are short dresses. The small dresses don't cover students and that is the reason why they have to face eve-teasing due to which parents and college administration face problem. Another reason to impose this ban is to maintain the decorum of the college, every child should look same irrespective of what class she belongs, and through this nobody will have superiority and inferiority complex. Considering all these things, all students will come in Indian dress and would not wear jeans and t-shirts as it attracts men."
Google's latest doodle celebrates the 197th birthday of Ada Lovelace, the famous 19th century mathematician. She is known as the world's first programmer and fittingly the doodle charts out the evolution of computers.
Ada, born as Augusta Ada Byron, was the daughter of the famous English poet Lord Byron. She displayed a keen interest in mathematics from an early age. She is known for her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. Baggage was highly impressed with her analytical ability and asked her to translated an article by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea on the engine. Her notes on the article include what is recognised as the first algorithm encoded for processing by a machine.
An "Ada Lovelace Day" is also celebrated to remember the mathematical genius who was an inspiration for women who wanted to achieve big in the field of science and technology.
SC/ST promotion quota issue in Rajya Sabha today
The Bahujan Samaj Party is set to push the Schedule Castes/Scheduled Tribes promotion quota bill in the Rajya Sabha today.
According to reports senior BSP leader Dr Satish Mishra on Sunday contacted leaders of the Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam, the Dravida Munettra Kazhagam, the Telugu Desam Party, and Biju Janata Dal for support.
Philippines typhoon toll soars to 620
The toll from the powerful typhoon that swept through the southern Philippines last Tuesday has reached 620 while the number of missing people also risen to 817, authorities said Sunday.
According to Benito Ramos, executive director of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), they were not giving up hope of recovering more survivors as the search, rescue, and retrieval operations were being carried out, Xinhua reported.
Ramos said they were confident of finding out survivors. "We hope to find more survivors, especially in isolated areas which are yet to be reached by our rescuers."
Of the 817 missing, Ramos said, over 500 were from Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental which was ravaged by flashfloods and strong winds.
On Sunday evening, the number affected population exceeded over five million. Of this, 131,000 people were still housed in 172 evacuation centres.
The initial cost of damage due to Typhoon Bopha to agriculture, infrastructure and property is now estimated to be 6.4 billion pesos ($159 million), Ramos said.
The winter session of Maharashtra Legislature begins today at Nagpur and is expected to witness heated scenes on issues like reinduction of Ajit Pawar into the Cabinet, corruption charges against senior ministers, the Azad Maidan violence and Bal Thackeray's make-shift memorial.
The Opposition Shiv Sena-BJP have made it clear that Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar would be on their radar over his reinduction after a white paper on irrigation was presented by the state government, which they have termed a "farce."
The 53-year-old NCP strongman had quit on September 25 in the backdrop of allegations of irregularities in awarding of irrigation contracts when he was Water Resources Minister from 1999 to 2009. He was reinducted three days ahead of the session.
"The white paper on the irrigation scam was totally an eyewash and an attempt to bail out Ajit Pawar," BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said.
Shiv Sena is bringing a no-confidence motion against the government, saying the Congress-led ruling dispensation has no right to continue as it has failed on every front.
Such a motion had come up in the Nagpur session in 1994 after 114 people from the Gowari community were killed in a stampede when they held a march towards the Vidhan Bhawan to demand inclusion in scheduled tribe community.
Also, a brief 10-day-session of the Kerala Assembly, starting today, is likely to be stormy with the CPI-M led LDF Opposition determined to take on the government on a host of issues including the spurt in prices of essential commodities.
The assembly would pay homage to former Prime Minister I K Gujral, who died recently, and adjourn for the day.
The session, convened mainly to pass few legislations to replace 26 ordinances which the government promulgated after the previous session of the House, would take up legislative business for six days.