Militants open fire on police in Kashmir
A group of militants opened fire on a police officer's security guards in south Kashmir's Shopian district Wednesday. Nobody was injured in the attack, police said.
"Militants opened fire at the guards of a deputy superintendent of police in Zainapora market of Shopian district today (Wednesday) afternoon," a police official told IANS.
"The guards fired back in retaliation. Nobody was injured in the incident. The area is being searched for the militants," the official said.
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Deputy sarpanch shot at in Kashmir
A deputy sarpanch was allegedly shot at and injured by militants in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said today.
Noor Mohammad Khan (50), deputy sarpanch from Bongamin Kupwara, reported at Police Station Kupwara in injured condition this morning, a police spokesman said.
He said Khan stated that he was shot at by militants inside the compound of his local mosque in the wee hours today when he had gone there to offer prayers.
"Khan sustained injury in left arm and has been admitted in Sub District hospital, Kupwara," he added.
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War room leak case: Accused Ravi Shankaran loses appeal against extradition to India
Ravi Shankaran, an accused in the leak of sensitive defence information from the naval war room and air defence headquarters in 2006, on Wednesday lost his appeal in a British court against extradition to India.
District judge Nicholad Evans at the Westminster Magistrates Court in London said today that Mr Shankaran had been presented with no evidence to prove there wasn't a "case to answer".
UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, will now decide on ordering Mr Shankaran's extradition to India.
Mr Shankaran, 46, is a retired naval commander and relative of former navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash. He is a key accused in the case of leaking of over 7,000 pages of classified information from the war room to arms dealers.
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Italian marine appeals for unity between politicians back home
One of the two Italian marines facing murder charges in India has appealed to politicians back home to show a united front on their behalf, calling for a resolution to the "tragedy".
Massimiliano Latorre made the appeal in an email to a journalist made public.
"Right now, it doesn't help us to know who to blame, because it doesn't lead us anywhere, and political parties bouncing responsibility off each other is even less useful," Latorre wrote to Mediaset reporter Toni Capuozzo.
"What we ask for now is not division, but that they link arms, join forces and resolve this tragedy", he was quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA.
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi resigned yesterday, protesting government's U-turn to send back the marines to India.
Jaya accuses Karuna of doublespeak on Tamils issue
Taking a potshot at arch rival DMK chief M Karunanidhi on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today said while he had demanded that India should not take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), he kept mum on Lankan cricketers playing in an IPL team owned by his family.
Replying to a special mention on Sri Lankan Tamils in the assembly, she said an IPL team participating in the event was the Sunrisers IPL team which was owned by the Sun Group of Kalanidhi Maran, grand nephew of Karunanidhi.
"The team's captain is Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara who has been chosen by the Sun Group. Another Sri Lankan cricketer Thisara Perera is also part of this team", Jayalalithaa said, asking how did Karunanidhi permit this.
Chargesheet filed against six accused in Swiss national gangrape
The Datia police have filed a chargesheet against six accused in a local court, for allegedly gangraping a Swiss woman on March 16 in a forest, the police said.
It was perhaps for the first time that a chargesheet in a gangrape case was filed without any test identification parade (TIP) of the accused.
Investigation officer N S Rawat, who is also in-charge of the women's cell said that a hundred-page chargesheet was filed yesterday against the accused under various sections pertaining to rape and robbery.
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Suryanelli rape case: Court issues notice to Kurien, 4 others
In a setback for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, a court in Kerala today ordered issue of notice to him on a criminal revision petition filed by the Suryanelli rape victim.
The Thodupuzha sessions court Judge, Abraham Mathew, admitted the plea and issued notices to Dharmarajan, a prime accused in the case, and two other accused Jamal and Unnikrishnan and the state government.
The petition has been posted to May 29.
The court said Dharmarajan, who is presently lodged at Thiruvananthapuram Poojapura jail, should also be produced in court on May 29.
The petition was filed by the victim challenging the dismissal of her earlier complaint filed before the Peermedu Judicial First Class Magistrate court seeking further investigation into the 'involvement' of Kurien in the case.
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TN Assembly wants India to move UNSC resolution against Lanka
Stepping up pressure on the UPA government on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday demanded that India move a resolution in the UN Security Council for a referendum for separate Tamil Eelam and stop calling Colombo a friendly nation.
The Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Centre to slap economic embargo on Colombo till the "suppression" of Tamils was stopped and those responsible for "genocide and war crimes" faced an international probe.
Moving the resolution, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said the ongoing students protest was reflective of her government's initiate on the Sri Lankan issue even as she requested them to withdraw the stir and resume classes.
Launching a tirade against the Centre and DMK, she alleged that both had "failed" to ensure ceasefire in 2009 when hostilities were at the peak in Sri Lanka.
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Muralitharan disappointed with IPL ruling
Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan is disappointed at the IPL governing council's move to disallow players from his country to play matches in Chennai, a decision taken in view of the prevailing anti-Sinhalese sentiments in the state.
Bowing to intense political pressure, top Sri Lankan players were yesterday withdrawn from the Chennai matches of the high-profile IPL after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa refused to host them due to the growing political tensions in the state resulting from the treatment of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.
"It's a sad (day) for cricket as we are not allowed to play in a certain part of India. It is a government decision, if they cannot provide security for us, we have to be cautious," Muralitharan, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, told 'NDTV'.
"I have spoken to Royal Challengers, they do not have any problems. I can play the non-Chennai games," he added.
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Man who shot dead wife at Karkardooma metro station in Delhi allegedly kills self
The man who shot dead his wife at the entrance of a metro station in New Delhi yesterday has allegedly committed suicide, NDTV reported.
His body was found hanging from a tree near a railway station at Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
12 people questioned in BSP leader's murder case
Around twelve people have been questioned in connection with the murder of local BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj with police on Wednesday saying that it was probing whether any contract killers from Haryana's Sonepat area were involved.
A senior police official said they were also talking to Bhardwaj's wife, who had been staying separately, and his sons to ascertain whether there was a property dispute and if he had any "enemies".
PPP rejects media reports of Bilawal's spat with Zardari
Reacting to a news report published in an Indian newspaper about Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) patron in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's departure to Dubai allegedly after a spat with his father, the PPP has termed it a "malicious campaign orchestrated to damage the party ahead of elections".
Bilawal's sisters - Bakhtawar and Assefa - have also rejected the reports about differences between father and son.
100 vehicles involved in accident
Thirty trucks and 70 cars were involved in a traffic accident in Austria. One person was killed and several people were injured in the collision.
The pile up took place along a distance of two kilometres on a busy motorway, caused by icy road conditions as well as violation of traffic rules, Xinhua reported.
Snowy weather has led to 70 road accidents in Austria since Monday.
Advertising agency sacks employees after sexist Ford ads in India
An Indian unit of advertising group WPP has sacked employees over a series of ads, including one showing women tied up in the trunk of a Ford driven by ex-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The ads were published days after India approved a tougher new law to punish sex crimes, following the fatal gang rape of a student in December. That attack sparked unprecedented protests over the treatment of women in the country.
The ads, uploaded on an industry website, were created by individuals within JWT India, a unit of WPP, the world's biggest advertising group.
1993 Mumbai blasts convict Zaibunisa seeks pardon, gets Katju's support
Amidst growing clamour for pardoning Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, another 1993 Mumbai blasts convict has also sought pardon. Seventy-year-old Zaibunisa Kazia's request has been backed by Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju, CNN-IBN reported.
Kazi was convicted for the same charges as Sanjay Dutt. Earlier, she sent a letter to the Maharashtra Governor seeking pardon.
"I don't know Sanjay Dutt personally. I sought pardon for him purely on humanitarian grounds. I will send letter to the Governor and the President, both for Zaibunisa and Sanjay, tomorrow," Justice Katju was quoted by CNN-IBN.
6 pilgrims killed, 32 injured in mishap on HP-Punjab border
At least six pilgrims were killed while 32 others injured tonight when the tractor trolley in which they were travelling fell into a gorge near Anandpur Sahib.
The driver of the tractor lost control over the vehicle near Sohila Ghorra area of Himachal Pradesh at Punjab-Himachal border and it fell into the gorge resulting in the death of six persons, including three women, while 32 other sustained injuries, police said.
The pilgrims, residents of Nangal Khurd village of Ludhiana district, were returning towards Anandpur Sahib to participate in Hola Mohalla festival after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Guru Ka Lahore in Himachal Pradesh.
PM Manmohan Singh to meet new Chinese President Xi Jinping today
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet China's new President Xi Jinping today in Durban, the first bilateral meeting between the two leaders after the leadership change in Beijing.
Singh will meet Xi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit and their meeting is expected to provide an impetus to bilateral ties besides being a platform to take stock of things and go forward in the relationship.
Senior Indian officials said that India will not allow the bilateral ties to be held hostage by differences on the boundary issue, echoing the views of Xi, 59, who last week propounded five proposals for improving bilateral ties with New Delhi.
"We think we can be positive. We talk to each other about mutual concerns. We have managed to show that despite differences, China is India's single largest bilateral trade partner and are sure we have the ability to work together," they said.
Cops say killers may have done recce of farmhouse before shooting BSP leader
Sources have told CNN-IBN, that the assailants who killed BSP leader Deepak Bhardwaj yesterday at his Rajkori farmhouse in South Delhi, had been to the farmhouse before to do a recce.
Police said that the killers had caught Bhardwaj when his security had been lax.
Quake shakes Taiwan
A strong earthquake has been felt throughout Taiwan, but no casualties or damage has been reported yet.
The Central Weather Bureau says the quake Wednesday registered at magnitude 6.1.
The tremor struck a rural township in Nantou County, about 250 kilometers (about 155 miles) south of Taipei where it swayed buildings.
Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage.
Human remains found stuffed in bags on Hirakud Express
Human remains stuffed in a suitcase and two bags were found today from Hirakud Express here by Government Railway Police (GRP), an official said.
"The remains were found stuffed in a suitcase and two bags which were found abandoned in S7 and S8 compartments of Hirakud Express which arrived here in the wee hours from Amritsar," said a GRP officer.
He said the victim appears to be a middle-aged male and could have been murdered in neighbouring Orissa.
Russia may build own space station
Russia may use future modules of its segment of the International Space Station (ISS) to build its own orbital station, a senior space industry official said.
Russia is planning to launch four new ISS modules - a multirole laboratory module (MLM), a node module and two science-power modules - by 2020, when the time comes to de-orbit the existing international outpost in space.
"If the need arises, we could undock the new modules (from the ISS), starting with the MLM, and they will serve as a foundation for a new generation Russian space station," said Alexander Derechin, deputy chief designer for Russia's space corporation RKK Energia.
The launch of the MLM module is tentatively scheduled for the end of 2013, Derechin added.