Siachen braveheart Hanumanthappa, who survived avalanche, passes away
Siachen braveheart Hanumanthappa, who survived avalanche, passes away

NEW DELHI: Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, the Siachen braveheart who defied death for six days buried under snow, passed away at 11.45 am on Thrusday, the Army Research and Referral Hospital said, even as a team of experts from AIIMS and military doctors tried their best to save the soldier’s life.

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  • U-19 World Cup: No sweat, not a hair out of place

    It wasn't until the Under-19 World Cup entered its third week that India faced their first real test. In the event, India’s batsmen rode out the early storm to post 267, and buoyed by the target, the bowlers ran through the Lankan line-up to complete an clinical 97-run win. Two early wickets, no matter, Sarfaraz Khan is there, followed by Washington Sundar and Arman Jaffer.

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  • Ishrat Jahan case: The story so far

    In a series of police encounters during 2002-06, purportedly to bust plots to assassinate then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, and other BJP leaders, the Ishrat Jahan case was the only one in which four officials of the Intelligence Bureau were implicated, including the then special director of the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau Rajinder Kumar. The CBI which investigated case, said the encounter was the outcome of a conspiracy between the IB and Gujarat police officials. Nineteen year old Khalsa College student of Mumbra, Ishrat Jahan was killed along with Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai from Kerala, and two alleged Pakistanis – Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana – on June 15, 2004 on the outskirts of Ahmedabad for allegedly conspiring to kill Modi.

    • The Indian Express
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  • 26/11 case: BJP, Congress put onus on Pak amid Headley's deposition

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Amid the ongoing deposition of 26/11 terror attack convict David Coleman Headley in a Mumbai court, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have said that the ball is now in Pakistan's court to act against the culprits. "There is no iota of doubt left after this deposition with regard to the involvement of the ISI in providing all sorts of support to these terrorist groups that work against the interest of India.

    • ANI
  • NASA discounts meteorite theory, Indian institute says analysis on

    Washington/Chennai, Feb 10 (IANS) Scientists at the US space agency NASA have discounted reports that an Indian bus driver in Tamil Nadu was killed by a meteorite, but Indian experts said this can only be ruled out after "detailed analysis". Only a detailed analysis of the object that has been received from the Vellore police can tell whether it is a meteorite or not, said a senior official of Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA). "The IIA team has received a sample from the local police.

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  • Shift Western Railway headquarters from Mumbai to Ahmedabad

    Eleven MPs across party lines, including two from Rajya Sabha, have demanded shifting of the headquarters of the Western Railway from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. The MPs have said that Ahmedabad deserved to have the WR headquarters because Gujarat was a major freight revenue contributor in Western Railway, beside having four of the six divisions in the zone.

    • The Indian Express
  • Siachen avalanche: Relief, prayers in Lance Naik Hanumanthappa’s village after news of rescue

    It was on February 2 that Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad last spoke to his mother and wife. A day later, he was buried alive under 35 feet of snow in Siachen with odds stacked heavily against his survival. On Tuesday, the news of Hanumanthappa’s miraculous rescue triggered celebrations at his village Betadur, which is located 15 km from Hubli in Dharwad district of Karnataka.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Postcard, from a Mumbai Village: Khotachiwadi, a tiny ‘village’ nestling in the city’s bustle

    The moment you walk into the blink-and-miss lane leading to Khotachiwadi, the bustle of the city seems far away. The presence of this winged resident, vanishing from almost all other parts of the city, is not the only marker of Khotachiwadi’s distinctiveness. The wadi was owned by a Hindu landlord, Dadoba Waman Khot, which is where the name is derived from.

    • The Indian Express
  • Dubai catches to suspected IS recruiter, sleuths add new link to emerging chain

    Common links have emerged between the group of 20 men arrested by NIA in connection with its case against the Islamic State and three youths deported last month from Dubai for working as alleged IS recruiters. The two groups are said to be linked not only through members but also through a common handler — named by investigators as Yusuf al-Hindi, and suspected to be former Indian Mujahideen operative Shafi Armar. In the last few weeks, NIA has arrested 20 men from across the country for floating an organisation named Junood al-Khilafa-e-Hind (JKH), which would carry out attacks on vital installations, foreigners and policemen in the name of being an Islamic State franchise.

    • The Indian Express
  • Delhi boy’s murder: House owner did no police verification for couple

    The 40-year-old mother and her paramour, who are being suspected to have killed the son of the former, are still at large although both Delhi and Pune police are hunting for them. The police teams looking for the couple in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, among other cities, are yet to meet with any success. Among things that are making the search cumbersome is that fact that the owner of the house where the couple stayed with the slain boy had failed to get the mandatory police verification of his tenants done.

    • The Indian Express
  • Vellore ‘meteorite’ strike: Stone handed to IIAP

    A senior scientist from Indian Institute of Astrophysics’ Vainu Bappu Observatory at Kavalur received the only evidence of the Vellore meteorite incident — a “dark bluish” stone weighing roughly 10 gm — from Tamil Nadu police on Tuesday. The stone was recovered around 40 m away from the nearly 4 feet deep crater left behind by the explosion on the campus of Bharathidasan Engineering College in Natrampalli near Vellore, an accident that killed one and injured two.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Maharashtra govt won’t cancel land allotted to Hema Malini

    The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra said Tuesday that it won’t cancel government land allotted in Mumbai at a concessional rate to BJP MP Hema Malini, thus ending speculation over the matter. The state government’s move to allot a 2,000 square meter plot to the actor-turned-politician for a dance academy had earlier sparked a controversy, which had prompted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to announce revision in rules for allotment of lands on concessional rates. Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, however, clarified on Tuesday that Hema Malini’s charitable trust— Natya Vihar Kala Kendra— was provided the plot under prevalent rules on December 23.

    • The Indian Express
  • De Kock, Amla centuries help South Africa sink England

    Centuries from openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla guided South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over England on Tuesday that kept alive their hopes of winning the five-match series of one-day internationals. Joe Root made a sparkling 125 as England, after winning the toss and electing to bat, piled up 318 for eight in 50 overs. De Kock (135) and Amla (127) then amassed 239 for the first wicket to lay the platform before South Africa reached the target with 22 balls to spare to cut their series deficit to 2-1.

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  • Chandigarh: Police bust gang of cyber criminals, arrest three

    THE CHANDIGARH Police on Tuesday busted a gang allegedly involved in online frauds by arresting its three members. The accused were identified as Vansh Arora, Ashish Mehta and Ravi Sharma, residents of Sector 17, Rohini, New Delhi. In their mid-20s, the accused used to make fake verification calls to people posing as staffers of a customer care centre to get the details of their debit and credit cards.

    • The Indian Express
  • Bhojshala row: Hindu outfits pray outside disputed shrine

    Three days before Basant Panchami, Hindu outfits kept the administration on tenterhooks by praying outside the disputed Bhojshala-Kamal Maula’s mosque in Dhar town Tuesday. The Dharma Jagran Manch (DJM), which is leading the campaign, said Tuesday’s ‘satyagrah’ outside the shrine was in protest against the administration’s refusal to relax security measures. The DJM had asked the administration to reduce the barricading, remove barricades on the roof and ensure that devotees were spared the circuitous route to return to the place meant for keeping their footwear.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Schools shut in India's Bangalore after 'leopard sighting'

    A reported leopard sighting close to where a big cat injured five people at the weekend forced the closure of 130 schools in the southern Indian city of Bangalore Thursday, the education authority said. Panic gripped an eastern suburb of the city after a woman claimed to have spotted a leopard six kilometres (four miles) away from Vibgyor school where one tried to maul several wildlife workers Sunday, before being caged. "We have advised about 80 private and 50 government schools in the city's eastern areas to remain closed today for the safety of their wards, as one or two more leopards were seen moving around in the vicinity," S.M. Ramesh, block education officer, told AFP.

    • AFP
  • Delhi break losing streak, thrash Ranchi in HIL

    New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Hosts Delhi Waveriders took full advantage of home conditions to break their four-match losing streak with a 7-4 victory over defending champions and table-toppers Ranchi Rays in a Hockey India League (HIL) pool match at the Shivaji Stadium here on Thursday. Braces from Mandeep Singh and Talwinder Singh and some heroics by Kiwi goalkeeper Devon Manchester helped the Waveriders notch up a convincing victory to keep their semi-final hopes alive. The Rays, on the other hand, remain on top of the standings despite the loss.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Builder arrested for ‘helping NCP MLA siphon off govt fund’

    The Maharashtra CID Monday arrested builder Vyomesh Shah, the owner of real estate firm Hubtown (previously known as Ackruti City Ltd), and three others, after it found out that Shah had created a subsidiary company that received money routed through three cooperatives set up by MLA Ramesh Kadam. According to the CID, the money that Shah received for his subsidiary company was part of the at least Rs 250 crore Kadam siphoned off.

    • The Indian Express
  • Back from the US, Chhagan Bhujbal in self-defence mode, cries vendetta

    After returning from his weeklong trip to the United States of America, beleaguered Nationalist Congress Party leader Chhagan Bhujbal said he was ready and willing to fully cooperate with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that has booked him and others on corruption, misuse of office, and money laundering charges. The ED has filed two FIRs against Chhagan Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer, and others under provisions of the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), based on the Mumbai Police’s case against them in connection with Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan construction scam and the alleged Kalina land grab case. On Monday, hours before Bhujbal landed in Mumbai, son Pankaj reached the ED office in South Mumbai to record his statement in the case and was interrogated by the agency.

    • The Indian Express
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  • 'Proud' McCullum set for another milestone with 100th test

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - As the clock ticks down on Brendon McCullum's international career, the New Zealand captain will achieve one more milestone on Friday in the first test against Australia at the Basin Reserve. The 34-year-old will become the third New Zealander to play 100 test matches for his country, behind Daniel Vettori (112), who played one for a World XI in 2005, and Stephen Fleming (111). McCullum, who is to retire from all international cricket after the second test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch that starts on February 20, has played all 100 of his tests in succession since debut, which is a world record.

    • Reuters
  • Women and the right to worship: The ‘controlled’ access at Haji Ali Dargah

    Why is Mumbai’s famous Haji Ali Dargah being discussed in Bombay High Court? In June 2012, activists of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), a group that works for the empowerment of Muslim women, decided to pray at the shrine of Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari before beginning a campaign to press for the implementation of the Sachar Committee report. After a discussion with the trustees of the shrine failed, the BMMA approached the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission and the State Minorities Welfare Department, which expressed their inability to intervene in a religious matter.

    • The Indian Express
  • Saurabh Tiwary, Albie Morkel join Rising Pune Supergiants for 2016 IPL

    New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The Rising Pune Supergiants franchise on Thursday acquired the services of Delhi Daredevils' batsman Saurabh Tiwary and all-rounder Albie Morkel for the 2016 Indian Premier League. Rising Pune Supergiants CEO, Raghu Iyer said in a statement on Thursday: "We are pleased to have Saurabh Tiwary and Albie Morkel for the upcoming season.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Valentine’s Day- Self policing for moral police: Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena activists won’t harass couples

    For a change this year, the Valentine’s Day —- the day of love, which attracts a lot of hate in the form of moral policing —- will be relatively peaceful with Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena issuing instructions to their respective activists not to harass lovebirds. While Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), has received instructions not to “interfere with couples”, Aditya Thackeray, the national head of Yuva Sena, Shiv Sena’s youth wing, has directed Shiv Sainiks to not misbehave with boys and girls on the Valentine’s Day. Bajrang Dal’s convener for UP and Uttarakhand, Surendra Mishra said that the “acts that couples indulge in” on roads and at public places on Valentine’s Day is “similar to nature of animals” and interfering with them is useless.

    • The Indian Express
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  • AAP backs Imran Hussain, says Congress claims false, baseless

    After running a quick background check on the video and speaking to its workers as well as Hussain, the party said it was convinced that the sting operation appeared “fake”. “I do not even know the people who are there in the sting operation, let alone them being related to me. If the authenticity of the video is proven, I am ready to step down from politics forever and if it is not then Maken should quit politics altogether,” Hussain told The Indian Express.

    • The Indian Express
  • Cold comfort from home after Smith's winning streak ends

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Steve Smith, now carrying the burden of leading Australia in all three formats, is feeling the heat from a disappointed home media after his first series loss as skipper. The world's top-ranked test batsman and ICC Cricketer of the Year enjoyed a golden summer on home soil, leading the hosts to emphatic test series wins over New Zealand and West Indies, and victory in the one-day series over India. "The honeymoon is over for Steve Smith," the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper declared on Wednesday.

    • Reuters
  • U-19 World Cup: National handball captain’s son Anmolpreet Singh finds his footing in cricket

    The trophies belong to India junior cricketer Anmolpreet’s father Satvinder Singh, a former captain of the Indian handball team. Having represented India at the Commonwealth Championships in his playing career spanning more than 18 years, it was expected that Anmolpreet and his brother would also follow in their father’s footsteps. Satvinder’s career ended in 2000 but with him on tour most of the time, young Anmolpreet ended up spending most of his time at his aunt’s house in Patiala, a place where he would fetch balls for his cricket-playing cousins.

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  • Doctor, woman arrested for accident, ruckus at hospital

    Delhi Police have arrested a 26-year-old woman and a doctor for allegedly assaulting a man after their Mercedes brushed against his bike in Connaught Place on Tuesday night. The woman later misbehaved with a doctor at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, claimed police. Police said the doctor, Prashant Aggarwal (45) and his friend Neha Jamal, were inebriated and were driving past Gate No. 6 of Rajiv Chowk metro station when their car brushed against a bike, throwing the biker Sonu and his colleague off it.

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  • IS arrest: All my son had was a mobile phone he got from a friend

    On January 22, he was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and charged with being the Islamic State’s No. 2 man in India. Since a team of dozen policemen in plainclothes came and took him away, the family has locked up their house and moved to a relative’s home at an undisclosed location. All he had was a mobile phone that he had got only a few days ago from a friend.

    • The Indian Express
  • Muzaffarnagar case: Families of boy, woman killed in 2013 riots turn hostile

    A day after Muslim leaders, upset with the acquittal of 10 accused in a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case in which a boy and his aunt were killed and set ablaze, demanded that the state remove its counsel in the case and approach the High Court in appeal, the Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday dropped additional government counsel Sajid Rana from its panel. The 10 were acquitted last Friday by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Muzaffarnagar. The boy, Aas Mohammad, and his aunt Sarajo were killed and their bodies burnt by a mob after riots broke out in Laak village on September 8, 2013.

    • The Indian Express
  • ED raids Hasan Ali’s premises in Pune, five other cities

    ED officials on Tuesday raided his nine premises across six cities, including his house in plush Koregaon Park in Pune city, in connection with the case in which he is accused of laundering eight billion dollars, an estimate that saw a drastic fall in the years following his imprisonment in 2011. PTI reported on Tuesday, “It is understood that the agency has got ‘fresh leads’ in the case, including by way of help from foreign jurisdictions.” The news agency also quoted an ED official saying that some cash and documents were seized during these raids. In most the places, the raids ended by 7 pm, said ED sources.

    • The Indian Express
  • Ranchi student’s murder: School teacher arrested, victim’s family demands CBI probe

    A school teacher, her husband and her two minor children were on Wednesday arrested by Ranchi police for allegedly killing 12-year-old Binay Mahato in the early hours of February 5 at the high profile Sapphire International School (SIS) under Tupudana police station area here.

    • The Indian Express
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  • How Pakistani media is covering David Headley deposition

    The Pakistani media has downplayed David Headley's deposition in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack with most newspapers discounting him of his Pakistani heritage. The country's leading newspapers, Dawn and The Express Tribune, referred to Headley as an "American" convict and did not carry any direct quotes of his but, instead, quoted special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. On the first day, when Headley revealed that he visited India eight times, Dawn buried the report in page 16.

    • The Indian Express
  • Pakistan pick five uncapped players, axe Gul for World T20

    Pakistan named uncapped bowlers Rumman Raees and Mohammad Nawaz in their squad for the World Twenty20 in India while leaving out experienced paceman Umar Gul, the second highest wicket-taker in the shortest format. Only skipper Shahid Afridi (91) has taken more wickets than Gul (85) in Twenty20 Internationals but the 31-year-old pacer, who was part of the Twenty20 squad that lost 2-1 in New Zealand last month, has been struggling for form as well as fitness in recent times. "The T20 team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions during Asia cup and World T20 and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A Team tours," chief selector Haroon Rashid said in a statement.

    • Reuters
  • BHU prof questions PM Modi’s proposed visit to Ravidas temple: ‘being done for Dalit votes’

    Accusing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in votebank politics, the SC/ ST Teachers’ Welfare Society of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has opposed his proposed visit to Guru Ravidas’s temple in Seer Govardhanpur area of Varanasi on February 22 on Ravidas Jayanti. The Society has claimed that the PM’s visit is aimed at securing Dalit votes for BJP in Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Head of Dera Sach Khand Ballan Sant Niranjan Das will also remain present at the event.

    • The Indian Express
  • 2013 Muzzafarnagar riots: 4 acquitted in gangrape case after victim, family turn hostile, husband says ‘we were threatened’

    Another case related to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots has ended in acquittal. Four men, accused of gangraping a woman during the riots in the Fugana police station area, were acquitted on January 21 by a Muzaffarnagar fast track court after the victim and key witnesses, including her husband, mother-in-law and a neighbour, were declared hostile and did not support the prosecution during the trial. Asked why he turned hostile, the victim’s husband told The Indian Express that seven months after they had lodged an FIR, “people on behalf of the accused would approach us, even threaten us with dire consequences”.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Inauguration of upgraded vegetable market: BJP councillor ignores mayor, chooses senior citizens, chief engineer

    ALL DOES not seem to be well among the Bharatiya Janata Party councillors. BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi preferred to get the inauguration of an upgraded vegetable market done by chief engineer Mukesh Anand and senior citizens of his area despite Mayor Arun Sood being from his party. “Rather we got the inauguration done by senior citizens and chief engineer.

    • The Indian Express
  • Taj Literature Festival returns to celebrate literary art for 3rd time

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    • ANI
  • India to formalise participation in Kazakhstan's EXPO-2017 this week

    New Delhi, Feb.10 (ANI): Kazakhstan's First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rapil Zhoshybayev, will arrive in New Delhi this week to sign the agreement for India's participation in next year's EXPO-2017 with India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) Chairman Mr. Zhoshybayev is the Commissioner of the international specialized exhibition. During his visit, Mr. Zhoshybayev will also hold bilateral meetings with the heads of state bodies responsible for India's participation in EXPO-2017 as also with representatives of companies specializing in the production of alternative and renewable energy. On November 22, 2012, Astana was chosen by the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) as the venue to host Expo 2017, which will focus on the theme "Future Energy".

    • ANI
  • Steyn in South Africa squad for World T20

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    • Reuters
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  • British newspaper reverts to using Bombay

    British newspaper The Independent will switch back to using Bombay rather than Mumbai when referring to India's financial capital, its editor said Wednesday. Amol Rajan said the move was a stand against what he said was the closed-minded view of Hindu nationalists. The city was officially renamed Mumbai in 1995, a change forced through by the far-right Shiv Sena party.

    • AFP
  • Make in India Week: Cops gear up to fortify BKC, ensure no security loophole

    The Mumbai Police is all geared up to handle the high profile ‘Make In India’ event that will the see Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as dignitaries from over 60 countries come down to the city between February 13 and 18. While the main event will be held at Bandra Kurla Complex, functions will be hosted at several venues across the city including Girgaum Chowpatty and Turf Club. A bulk of the police force will be stationed at BKC as the prime minister and other dignitaries will throng the area on February 13.

    • The Indian Express
  • India, UAE considering important agreements

    New Delhi, Feb. 11 (ANI): India and the UAE have excellent relations and there are several agreements on the anvil to elevate the bilateral ties to the next level.

    • ANI
  • 'Clueless' Anil Vij needs to learn definition of beef: Congress

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday lashed out at Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij over his remark that those who cannot live without eating beef should not visit the state and asked him to garner information on the 'definition' of beef before making such controversial statements. "Clearly Anil Vij is agitating and can't tolerate the current Chief Minister in the state appointed by the BJP.

    • ANI
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  • Ishrat Jahan was Lashkar-e-Toiba operative, says David Headley in Mumbai court

    Given three options and asked to pick the right one, David Coleman Headley told a special court on Thursday that Ishrat Jahan was the woman killed in an unsuccessful operation launched by the terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba in India. Although he did not refer to her by name, Headley was aided into admitting by the process of elimination by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, that the operation took place in Gujarat. Jahan, a 19-year-old resident of Mumbra, was killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 by the Gujarat Police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

    • The Indian Express
  • ‘Make in Mumbai’ takes a backseat amid ‘Make in India’ buzz

    The glossy brochures of the ambitious ‘Make in India Week’ promise that a special seminar on Mumbai will position the city as the ultimate destination for technology, business and design, rope in the world’s best architects, and present ideas on successful urban planning. Barring a few representatives from the construction industry, the programme doesn’t feature a single architect or urban planner, whether domestic or international, to talk about best practices in urban infrastructure. Similarly, though the BJP-led state government plans to showcase Mumbai as a media and entertainment hub, besides as an ace financial centre, the ‘Make in Mumbai’ programme shows there is just one entertainment industry representative, and no special sessions on this topic.

    • The Indian Express
  • Four arrested at Mumbai airport for smuggling gold

    Mumbai, Feb. 10 (ANI): The customs department officials today arrested four persons from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on charges of smuggling gold. The officials recovered 24 gold bars weighing 2784 grams, which is valued at Rs. 73.93 lakhs. The gold was recovered during the search of one Shaikh Mohammed Ajmal, who arrived from Dubai in a Jet Airways flight.

    • ANI
  • US climate change ruling raises doubts in India, China: NYT

    Washington, Feb 11 (IANS) The US Supreme Court's surprise decision to halt President Barack Obama's climate change regulation could imperil the Paris accord and raise doubts in India and China about US commitments, according to the New York Times. The Paris Agreement committing every country to combating climate change, had as a cornerstone Obama's assurance that the US would carry out strong, legally sound policies to significantly cut carbon emissions, the influential US daily noted. "But in the capitals of India and China, two of the world's largest polluters, climate change policy experts said the Supreme Court decision threw the American commitment into question, and possibly New Delhi's and Beijing's, too," it said.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
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  • BJP’s Bengal push: Less of Modi, ‘softer’ Hindutva

    The West Bengal assembly elections will not see as much of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Bihar polls did. Although the focus will be the alleged failures of Mamata Banerjee’s government, the party will frame slogans with a positive message.

    • The Indian Express
  • Rajnath demands opposition's apology over Headley's revelation on Ishrat Jahan

    Trivandrum, Feb. 11 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday sought apology from the opposition political parties for leveling false allegation against the BJP after LeT terrorist David Coleman Headley's deposition on Ishrat Jahan. "You must have heard what David Headley has just said in Court, that Ishrat Jahan was a suicide bomber. Ishrat Jahan regarding whom many accusations were levelled against our leader, tell me, will the accusing political parties now apologise to the nation for trying to fool the people?" asked Rajnath Singh while addressing a rally here.

    • ANI
  • Salary hike of MLAs will ensure corrupt-free state: TRS MP

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Pitching for the increase in salaries of the MLAs and MLCs in Telangana, TRS MP Jithender Reddy on Wednesday said that it would ensure a corrupt-free state. "We would now like to redesign our Telangana to a corruption-free and a good administrative state. In that manner, we would like to give a proper fund, salary, which the people meet, so that they do not turn towards corruption," Reddy told ANI.

    • ANI
  • Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India: NASA

    NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene. Authorities in southern Tamil Nadu state had claimed that a meteorite fatally struck a bus driver and injured three others on Saturday. After reviewing photographic evidence, the US space agency told AFP that they did not believe the object was a meteorite.

    • AFP
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  • 'Superficial' PM leads 'poisonous campaign' in assembly polls: Rahul Gandhi

    Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 10 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that a 'superficial' Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the 'poisonous campaign' of dividing the Hindus and Muslims during the assembly polls. Gandhi, who was addressing the executive meeting of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, said the BJP always has two campaigns in place during the elections - a campaign of growth and another a 'poisonous' campaign. "The main aim of Narendra Modi ji and the RSS and the way they win elections is to divide Hindus and Muslims.

    • ANI
  • Ishrat Jahan’s mother on Headley deposition: Ploy by those guilty to salvage their names

    Shamima Kausar, mother of Ishrat Jahan who was killed in a police encounter in 2004, has gotten used to the routine of talking to the media in response to allegations of her daughter being a member of terror organisations come to the fore " every once in a while". On Thursday during his deposition before a Mumbai court via video conferencing as part of a plea bargain deal, David Coleman Headley said that Ishrat Jahan was linked to Lashkar-e-Toiba. There were reports of Headley having said the same thing in his statement to the NIA that later denied it.

    • The Indian Express
  • Pakistan mulled pulling out of World T20 in ICC meet

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    • The Indian Express
  • David Headley says Ishrat Jahan was part of LeT

    Mumbai, Feb. 11 (ANI): David Coleman Headley, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, told a special Mumbai court on Thursday that Ishrat Jahan, the 19-year-old girl who was killed in an alleged 'fake encounter' in 2004, was affiliated to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). While deposing before the court via video link from an undisclosed spot in the United States, Headley said that there was a women's wing in the LeT. Deposing before the court, Headley claimed that the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi told him about a botched up operation of Muzammil in India.

    • ANI
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    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Reiterating her party's stand over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Ambika Soni on Wednesday alleged the ideological compromise made by the PDP and BJP to come to power now stands exposed. "The Congress has the same stand as before.

    • ANI
  • Ishrat's family questions veracity of Headley's claims

    Thane, Feb. 11 (ANI): Extremely upset with David Coleman Headley's statement on Ishrat Jahan, the family members of the 19-year-old girl on Thursday questioned the veracity of the claims made by the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict. Ishrat's uncle Rauf Lala said it's up to the people to decide whether they agree with the CBI report or Headley's claim. "Attempts were made to link Ishrat's name from Headley.

    • ANI
  • PM Modi receives Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on his maiden India visit

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, arrived here this evening on a three-day visit to India. Setting aside the protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Crown Prince at the Air Force Station in Palam. "A special honour 4 a special guest! Breaking protocol, PM receives Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Al Nahyan at airport," tweeted Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

    • ANI
  • Headley's deposition helping world in fighting terrorism: Naqvi

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday expressed his approval at the proceedings in the deposition of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict David Coleman Headley, saying that the developments were not only benefitting India but the world in the fight against terrorism. India has suffered extensively due to terrorism and the world is also in its grips which is why there is a global fight being put up against terrorist elements," Naqvi told ANI.

    • ANI
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  • Pakistan await government go-ahead for World T20 in India

    Pakistan are open to playing next month's World Twenty20 matches at a neutral venue if the government does not clear their tour of India over security concerns, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said. Pakistan's participation in the March 8-April 3 tournament across the border depends on government clearance as there are specific threats and it has already been communicated to the International Cricket Council (ICC), Khan told reporters in Lahore.

    • Reuters
  • Ujjwal Nikam, Ishrat's lawyer lock horns over Headley's claim

    New Delhi, Feb. 11 (ANI): Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Wednesday downplayed Ishrat Jahan's lawyer Vrinda Grover's criticism that David Coleman Headley's version was not evidence as per Indian law as he was given a 'multiple choice question' by a 'Padma Shri' lawyer, saying that he posed the question based on information received from the concerned intelligence agencies. "You might have noted that when I put this question to David Headley, then I was very clear that how many wings were operating in Lashkar and David Headley had clearly said that there was a women wing, finance wing as well as the overall militant operation wing then I did ask that who was the in-charge of the women wing. "When he had categorically said that Muzammil Bhat told him and he also said that as to why Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhavi was upset and annoyed by his botched operation.

    • ANI