Live: Yet another faux pas by Shinde

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 13:49 hrs

7. 20 pm

Dhoni's popularity reaches Afghanistan

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's popularity has spread to war-torn Afghanistan where cricket is slowly catching on with the masses.

Afghanistan cycling team, here for the Asian Championships, are enjoying their time in India and can't stop talking about their love for Hindi movies and the game of cricket which, they say, is gaining popularity back home.

"Football is the number one sport in Afghanistan but cricket has picked up really well in the last five years. I am confident we will become a strong cricketing nation in the near future," Anwar, secretary of Afghanistan Cycling Federation, told IANS.

5. 50 pm

I have improved a lot: Steve Smith

Australia's young batsman Steve Smith Thursday said he has vastly improved as a player since he was dropped from the team after the Ashes defeat at home 26 months ago.

"I've probably always been more of a batsman than I was a bowler. I think I've improved a lot in the last 12 to 18 months," Smith said here.

The 23-year-old was set to make his sixth Test appearance at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here Thursday, but rain played spoil sport as the first day's play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Smith said he made a couple of changes to his technique that made him more stable.

"I've changed a couple of things with my technique that have made me a bit more stable at the crease, a bit more balanced and more selective as well. I feel like I'm tightening my technique up quite a bit and I feel as if I've been playing spin really well on this trip in the nets and previously as well. I'm looking forward to getting out there and having a crack in the middle and hopefully I'll be successful," he said.

4.40 pm:

Shinde reads out J&K statement twice

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday committed yet another faux pas in Lok Sabha by reading out twice a part of his statement on the terrorist attack in Srinagar. Members were agitated and even Shinde's ministerial colleagues were looking in disbelief as the Home Minister started reading the statement for the second time.

Several BJP members stood up to point out to Speaker Meira Kumar that the statement was being read again. Unmindful of this, Shinde went on and read out almost half of the five-paragraph statement.

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4.10 pm:

New data analysis indicates particle is Higgs Boson: CERN

Physicists say they are now confident they have discovered a long-sought subatomic particle known as a Higgs boson.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, says a look at all the data from 2012 shows that what they found last year was a version of what is popularly referred to as the "God particle."

CERN physicist Joe Incandela said in a statement Thursday that "it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is."

The long-theorized subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass. It is considered a missing cornerstone of physics.

Last July scientists with the world's largest atom-smasher announced finding a particle they described as Higgs-like.

3.35 pm:

After anger over his absence, Omar Abdullah pays tribute to CRPF jawans

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah rushed to the airport to pay homage to the CRPF martyrs after a telling absence in the state assembly.

There was more rage than grief as the CRPF today paid tribute in Srinagar to five of its jawans who were killed in a suicide attack by two terrorists in the Jammu and Kashmir capital, NDTV reported. 

After a stone-faced ceremonial tribute, the jawans spoke out asking angrily why no political leader, including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, had attended the ceremony to honour the soldiers who died yesterday.

3.00 pm:

Man mistaken for corpse, put in morgue freezer, dies

A man froze to death in Russia's Pskov region, having been put in a morgue freezer alive after the staff confused his body with another corpse, officials said.

Doctors discovered a 57-year-old man in his apartment in February and said he had to be taken to the morgue after pronouncing him dead, where he was put in a freezer.

However, a forensic investigation showed that the man was still alive when he arrived at the morgue.

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2.45 pm:

Petrol price may be cut by about Re 1 a litre

Petrol price may be slashed by around Re. 1 per litre while diesel price may be increased by 40-50 paise a litre later this month, media reports said today.

According to reports, oil companies will take the final decision on the matter on Friday.

Petrol price was hiked by Rs 1.40 per litre on Mar 2.

1.20 pm:

Pak returns body of Indian prisoner after two months

Almost two months after the death of Indian prisoner Chamel Singh in a jail, Pakistan returned his body to his family in Jammu and Kashmir.

The body of the deceased prisoner arrived in an ambulance to the local government hospital in Jammu on Wednesday.

Bereaved relatives and local leaders who were campaigning for the return of his mortal remains finally breathed a sigh of relief.

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12.55 pm:

ICICI, HDFC and Axis banks accused of money laundering

The stocks of Axis Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank took a hit in the morning following an online newspaper Cobrapost report that that they were allegedly involved in money laundering.

ICICI Bank went down 1.38%, while HDFC Bank was down 1.12%.

Axis Bank was down 1.74%.

All three banks have however bounced back and are now in the green.

"Our investigation, conducted across dozens and dozens of branches of these banks and their insurance affiliates, across all five zones of the country, revealed these shocking facts that these money laundering practices are part of a standard set of procedures within these banks," the Cobrapost editor, Anirudha Bahal said in a news conference in New Delhi.

ICICI has already announced that it will probe the allegations.

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12.29 pm:

India parties with Pak, they bomb us in return, says BJP

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy today made it clear that his party will not agree on the withdrawal of the armed forces special powers act (AFSPA) from J&K.

He said, " BJP is concerned with the persistent demand of the removal of AFSPA, in no situation will the Bharatiya Janata Party will agree to the UPA government's demand."

Taking a dig at the UPA Government for hosting Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who came to Ajmer for a personal visit, Rudy said: "Our leaders were busy partying with the Pakistani dignitaries, hosting them for lunch. Pakistan responded by planning an attack on India. This needs an answer, and the BJP will stand with the government in the battle against terror, but we would like to know what was the outcome of the lunch?"

11.55 am:

Nepal gets new prime minister

Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi was on Thursday sworn-in as Nepal's new Prime Minister to head an interim government that will hold elections in three months, ending a long political deadlock in the country.

Regmi, 63, was sworn in as the head of interim election government as a part of the eleven-point deal reached among three major parties and United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) yesterday during a marathon meeting to form an election government.

President Ram Baran Yadav administered the oath of office and secrecy to amidst at his office in Shital Niwas.

11.18 am:

SC restrains Italian ambassador from leaving India

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini restraining him from leaving India.

Sources say the government is considering approaching the international court of justice, but no decision has been finalised, CNN-IBn reported.

10.20 am:

Xi Jinping named new President of China

Xi Jinping was named president of China today after a vote at the nation's parliamentary meeting in Beijing, four months after he took charge of the ruling Communist Party.

"Now I announce comrade Xi Jinping is selected as president of the People's Republic of China," said Liu Yunshan, a top official of the ruling party who chaired the electoral session at the National People's Congress.

9.30 am:

200 students kicked out for cheating Class 10 exams

More than 200 school students, caught cheating in the Class 10 board exam, were expelled and nearly 100 parents, who helped them use unfair means, were arrested in Bihar on Wednesday.

"The students were expelled on charges of adopting unfair means. Nearly 100 parents or guardians were arrested for abetment," an official of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) said.

According to board officials, the students were caught cheating on the first day of the exam Wednesday.

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9.15 am:

Ram Singh's post-mortem report likely to be submitted in court today

Delhi gangrape accused Ram Singh's post-mortem report is likely to be submitted in the Saket court today, CNN-IBN reported. The preliminary report said that his death was due to hanging. His family, however, has alleged foul play.

Meanwhile, the fast-track court hearing the December 16 gangrape case on Wednesday abated proceedings against Ram Singh in view of his death in Tihar Jail on March 11.

8.45 am:

10 killed in Brazil plane crash

Ten people were killed when their single-engine plane crashed in a dense forest region in northern Brazil, officials said.

The plane disappeared from radar screens late Tuesday, but the debris was not found until Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

There were no survivors, officials said.

The single-engine Embraer 821-Caraja plane took off from Belem, capital of Para state, and crashed near Almeirim town, 20 km from Belem's Monte Dourado airport.

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8.30 am:

Curfew in Valley after man dies in firing

Following the tension that gripped Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir after a 24-year-old man was killed in CRPF troopers' firing, the authorities announced curfew in the city, beginning Wednesday midnight.

Altaf Ahmad Wani, 24, was killed in Saidapora area of Srinagar when Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers opened fire when stones were allegedly pelted by a mob on their vehicle.

V.S. Yadav, inspector general CRPF, told IANS a vehicle carrying CRPF personnel for donating blood for a colleague, injured in a guerrilla attack elsewhere in the city during the day, came under stone pelting by a mob after which the troopers opened fire in self-defence.

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8.00 am:

Girl attempts suicide after reading about her molestation in paper

A 17-year-old girl set herself on fire after reportedly reading about her molestation in a Hindi daily on Wednesday. According to the police, the girl was molested on Monday and the culprit was arrested on Tuesday after filing of an FIR in Civil Lines area of the city.

"However, a local Hindi daily carried a news item about the incident. The girl, who was apparently upset over it, set herself ablaze," said Satish Kumar, Inspector of Civil Lines police station.

With 90 per cent burn injuries, she was admitted to a government hospital here, and later she was referred to Safdargunj hospital in New Delhi. "The girl was admitted here with 90 per cent burn injuries and was referred to Delhi this morning," said Shiv Singh, Medical Officer of the government hospital.

7.30 am:

Australia captain Michael Clarke said that players must give their all out or get out

On the eve of the crucial third Test that starts in Mohali today, Clarke said by dumping four cricketers, Australia have sent a strong message.

"This was simply the last straw. It was a message to everyone involved in Australian cricket that, if you want to play at the elite level, you need to be fully committed or you will struggle to be part of this team," said Clarke.

Clarke said there was enough talent in the team and they have to fight back now.

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