How Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah began celebrating Basant Panchami
How Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah began celebrating Basant Panchami

Only on this occasion, which falls on February 12 this year, are qawwali singers allowed perform inside the shrine of the Sufi saint.

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  • Mumbai: Missing teacher found murdered

    The NRI police station has registered a case of murder against unidentified accused after the post-mortem report said Savita Navkudkar, who was working as a teacher until a few years ago, had been strangulated to death. Family members of the woman have alleged that her husband and in-laws had been harassing her and suspect them to be behind her murder. Investigating officer Shekhar Waghale said the body was found near a compound wall on the road between the NRI Complex and the Delhi Public School in Nerul.

    • The Indian Express
  • Ind vs SL, T20I: It’s cash in or crash out for Dhoni’s men

    The backup spinners were put through their paces in one of the nets during India’s practice session at JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Thursday. Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and Pawan Negi had been bowling to Ravindra Jadeja who was trying to hit them square of the wicket. Negi looked to be the odd man out because of his round-arm action, trajectory and pace.

    • The Indian Express
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  • 'We were mislead': Press Club on Afzal Guru event

    New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): The Press Club of India on Friday distanced itself from an event in their premises in which anti-India slogans were raised during a commemorative meeting held to mourn the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Press Club chairman Rahul Jalali said that they were not aware about this event, adding that they were 'mislead'. "Press Club has nothing to do with it.

    • 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
  • Multiple choice questions and Headley’s pick; says Ishrat Jahan was LeT operative

    Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam led David Coleman Headley through a process of elimination on Thursday before the 26/11 scout identified Ishrat Jahan as a “woman Lashkar-e-Toiba member” killed in an “unsuccessful LeT operation”. A similar elimination process with three choices ended with Headley naming Gujarat as the state where the operation took place. It began with Nikam asking Headley if he was aware of a women’s wing in LeT.

    • The Indian Express
  • 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
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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
  • Blast samples from Vellore college are meteorite parts, says Trichy lab report

    Nearly a week after an unidentified object caused an explosion at a college in Tamil Nadu, leading to reports of space debris at the site, a lab in Trichy has concluded that samples recovered from the site are meteorite fragments. According to a preliminary report by National College Instrumentation Facility (NCIF) in Trichy, a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) study on samples retrieved from the campus in Vellore where the blast occurred shows the “presence of carbonaceous chondrites”. “Carbonaceous denotes objects containing carbon or its compounds and chondrites refer to non-metallic meteorite parts containing mineral granules,” K Anbarasu, a geologist who is also principal of the Trichy-based National College, told The Indian Express.

    • The Indian Express
  • Plan Likely To Be Pushed Through In Rail Budget: Trolleys, uniforms with ads

    Porters at railway stations who precariously balance luggage on their head will soon be a thing of the past, with the Railways devising a plan to provide them with trolleys — like the ones available at airports — as well as a fancier designation, ‘luggage assistants’. The bright, red uniform with a brass armband that porters — or coolies as they are popularly known — wear may also give way to clothing that carries advertisements so Railways can earn extra revenue, officials said. Sources said Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu may elaborate on this in the Rail Budget, scheduled for later this month.

    • The Indian Express
  • Abu Dhabi crown prince pays tribute at Rajghat

    New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS/WAM) Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is on a three-day visit to India, on Thursday visited Rajghat and laid a wreath at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Sheikh Mohamed, who observed a minute's silence in respect, also planted a sapling at the site and watered a tree that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had planted on a visit to India. "The world is in much need today for the principles and values that Gandhi lived by," Sheikh Mohamed wrote in the guestbook.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
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  • 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
  • BCCI gives DDCA green signal for World T20

    After nearly a month of speculation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given the green signal for the Feroz Shah Kotla to host matches, including one semifinal, during the upcoming World T20. The Indian board's decision belies fears that the nation's capital could miss out on the mega-event and Delhi now see 10 matches, both men and women, next month. "Delhi will remain as a host venue for the World T20.

    • The Indian Express
  • Missing Snapdeal employee returns: What we know so far

    Ghaziabad, Feb. 12 (ANI): With the police trying to gather information as to what happened to Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna, who was missing for 30 hours from Ghaziabad, the developments have been gradual but steady. Dipti Sarna was reported missing around 9 p.m. on Wednesday by her parents after she did not return home from work. 2. Snapdeal founder Kunal Bahl said the organisation was working with the Ghaziabad Police to locate her.

    • ANI
  • South Asian Games 2016: Dutee-Nanda sprint chase continues

    Sprinters Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda have being chasing each other over the past year. Nanda, older by nearly five years, is a 2010 Commonwealth Games medallist in the women’s 4x400 metre relay. Nanda is taller than Dutee and hence needs lesser strides to finish a race.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Women and the right to worship: The ‘prohibited platform’ at Shani Shingnapur

    What is the latest in the Shani Shingnapur temple controversy? The Bhumata Brigade, which was spearheading the agitation for the entry of women into the core shrine area of the Shani Shingnapur temple, has split — three key members who were part of the team for the past 10 years have walked out to protest the alleged “autocratic” style of its president, Trupti Desai, whom they have also accused of being a publicity-seeker and not serious about the agitation. The three members have formed the Bhumata Swabhimani Sanghatna and claimed, like the Bhumata Brigade, that they would meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis before he takes a final call over their demand.

    • The Indian Express
  • Odd-even plan is temporary, we've long-term solution for Delhi's pollution: Prakash Javadekar

    Paldev (Madhya Pradesh), Feb 11 (IANS) Delhi's experiment with odd-even car days was a "short-term solution" but the union government was putting in place steps which would result in a permanent solution on the rising level of air pollution, says a senior minister. Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said the government would notify new construction and demolition rules, a bypass for trucks has been ordered to be built and Euro VI emission norms would be brought in by 2020. The steps we are taking offer a long-term solution to the problem," Javadekar told IANS in an interview here.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Gandhis exempted from appearance in National Herald case

    New Delhi, Feb.12 (ANI): In a major relief to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Supreme Court on Friday exempted them from personal appearance in the National Herald case. "We are not happy with what the Delhi High Court said in its judgement," said an apex court bench of Justices J.S. Khehar and C. Nagappan. The apex court also said that the Delhi High Court judge has drawn a conclusion which can affect the trial.

    • ANI
  • 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
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  • 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
  • School student’s murder-“School to get teachers verified by police: “Principal

    With the involvement of a teacher's family coming to light in connection with the murder of 12-year-old student, Binay Mahato, the administration of Sapphire International School (SIS) has decided to get all the teachers verified by the police. SIS principal Dhruva Sen said: “Everybody is welcome to join our School.

    • The Indian Express
  • Sushma calls on UAE Crown Prince

    New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Hotel Leela Palace in Chanakya Puri here on Wednesday. Setting aside the protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Crown Prince at the Air Force Station in Palam here this evening.

    • ANI
  • Smith, Khawaja drive home Australia's advantage on day one

    By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja hammered home the advantage their bowlers had established when they took Australia to 147-3, a deficit of just 36 runs, at the close of the opening day's play in the first test against New Zealand on Friday. Australia captain Smith, who won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat on a green Basin Reserve pitch, shook off some recent poor form to reach 71 before he was caught and bowled by Mark Craig. Khawaja scored his fourth test half century with 57 not out, while Adam Voges (seven not out) was bowled by Doug Bracewell in the final over of the day only to survive because of a contentious no ball.

    • Reuters
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  • Steyn in South Africa squad for World T20

    South Africa have named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month, but will ask him to prove his fitness following a debilitating shoulder injury. Steyn, a key component of the South African bowling line-up, has missed most of the 2015/16 season with first a groin strain and then a shoulder problem that has required intensive treatment. “Dale’s return is very good news,” convenor of selectors Linda Zondi said in a media release from Cricket South Africa on Wednesday.

    • Reuters
  • 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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Bhojshala-Kamal Maula mosque row: Why fingers will be crossed at this small MP town on Basant Panchami

    Basant Panchami, which marks the beginning of spring, and is believed to be the birthday of Goddess Saraswati, is associated with the colour yellow. In Dhar town of Madhya Pradesh, some 250 km from the state capital and home to the Bhojshala-Kamal Maula mosque, a shrine claimed by both Hindus and Muslims, saffron is dominating the air in the days before the festival. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) lets Hindus pray at the shrine on Tuesdays and on Basant Panchami, and allows Muslims to offer namaaz on Fridays — an arrangement that, however, goes haywire when the festival is on a Friday.

    • The Indian Express
  • Haryana gangster encounter: Sisters say Gadoli had plans to become lawyer, leave crime

    Gangster Sandeep Gadoli had reportedly decided to leave his criminal life behind and pursue a degree in law from Lucknow University, where he was already in the second year of the course, claimed his two sisters who are currently in Mumbai. In April 2013, according to sister Sudesh Kataria (35), Gadoli had announced he would become an advocate just like his elder brother, who was “burnt alive by rivals” near Gurgaon. This time, however, Gadoli was tracked down by the Gurgaon police through the Facebook updates posted by the woman accompanying him from Gurgaon, the sisters believe.

    • The Indian Express
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  • 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
  • Inside the strange life of David Headley

    In 2005, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gen Pervez Musharraf sat at the Feroz Shah Kotla, watching the seeds of India-Pakistan détente they had planted flower under a gentle April sun. With Pakistani fans, granted visas in unprecedented numbers, packing the stands, Pakistan romped to a 159-run victory. Sajid Mir, whose visa application photograph shows him wearing a formal white shirt and red tie below a neatly-clipped beard, was the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s commander for transnational operations.

    • The Indian Express
  • 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
  • Haryana gangster encounter: Couldn’t inform local police, Gadoli was planning to check out, says probe officer

    IN A statement given to the Mumbai Police, Gurgaon Crime Branch officer Pradhuman Yadav has said his team of eight men, part of the operation to nab Haryana gangster Sandeep Gadoli, did not inform their Mumbai counterparts as they had inputs that Gadoli was to check out of the Andheri hotel soon. The police team has come under fire after it did not follow protocol and tried to arrest the gangster without alerting the local police station. As per National Human Rights Commission guidelines, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has been asked to probe the death of Gadoli and see if the encounter was staged.

    • The Indian Express
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  • 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
  • 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.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • LeT wanted to target Shiv Sena headquarter: Headley (Update)

    Mumbai, Feb. 12 (ANI): The deposition of David Coleman Headley began before a special Mumbai court on Friday where he is revealing the sequence of events and planning behind the 26/11 terror attacks. Here is what Headley has said on the fifth day of his deposition: 1. Major Iqbal said that I should in future recruit the people from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for the ISI who would collect classified information.

    • ANI
  • BJP justifying fake encounter to 'satiate bloodlust': Congress

    New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): The Congress Party on Friday said it is ironical that the BJP is basing its entire strategy of trying to justify a fake encounter on a testimony of a drug peddler-turned-terrorist and asked whether the ruling party at the Centre stands for extra judicial killings in order to satiate their bloodlust. Congress leader Manish Tewari said it is extremely disturbing that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has used the testimony of a drug peddler-turned terrorist in order to justify a fake encounter. "It is indeed ironical that the BJP is basing its entire strategy of trying to justify a fake encounter on the testimony of a drug peddler-turned terrorist," said Tewari.

    • ANI
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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.

    • 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
  • Ishrat Jahan encounter: Judge in encounter case recuses

    The same day David Headley identified the slain Ishrat Jahan as an LeT operative, the special CBI judge hearing that encounter case recused. “Not before me,” special judge V B Gohil told lawyers and the accused in court Thursday and adjourned the case until May 30. The CBI’s special public prosecutor, R C Kodekar, said, “The special judge informed us that one of the defence lawyers (B P Jhala) is known to him.

    • The Indian Express
  • Ranchi boy’s death: Family contests police claim, seeks CBI probe

    THE PARENTS of 12-year-old Binay Mahato, a Class VII student of Sapphire International School who was killed in the early hours of February 5, have demanded a CBI inquiry into his death. Supporting the demand, BJP MP from Ranchi, Ram Tahal Chowdhary, said a CBI inquiry was needed as the police theory of the boy being involved in a “love affair” could not be believed.

    • The Indian Express
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  • ‘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
  • Condemn 'witch-hunting' by police, RSS in campus: JNU Student Union VP

    New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): Following the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union President over a protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, the varsity has released a statement accusing the police of going on a 'witch-hunt' to round up students of false charges. "JNUSU President, Comrade Kanhaiyya has been arrested. RSS is running campaigns to shut down JNU.

    • ANI
  • Cricket: BCCI bans Pakistani umpire Rauf for bribery

    India's cricket board handed Pakistan's former Test umpire Asad Rauf a five-year ban Friday after a tribunal found him guilty of taking backhanders from bookmakers while officiating in the IPL. Rauf disappeared in the middle of the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League after press allegations that he had accepted designer watches and other gifts in exchange for favourable decisions. The 59-year-old was subsequently struck off the International Cricket Council's elite panel of umpires and has not officiated outside his native Pakistan since then.

    • 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
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  • US working with India to bring Mumbai attackers to justice

    Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Reiterating that it would continue to work with India to bring those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks to justice, the US says it has encouraged collaboration between Pakistan and India on the case. "Obviously we've been, over the years, working closely with and cooperating with the Indian Government in its investigation," of the Nov 2008 attacks, State Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner told reporters Thursday. "We're committed to doing all we can to assist the Indian Government in pursuing every possible lead to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice." He was responding to a question about Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Headley's testimony to a Mumbai court about the nexus between Pakistani army and its spy agency ISI and the attackers' handlers.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Recap of Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case

    New Delhi, Feb. 11 (ANI): David Coleman Headley, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 terror attacks, 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). This is what happened back in 2004: - It was on June 15, 2004, that Ishrat Jahan Raza and three others Pranesh Pillai (alias Javed Gulam Sheikh), Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter by the Ahmedabad Police. - The Gujarat Police stated that Ishrat, along with three other people, had been gunned down near Ahmedabad by a police team belonging to the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) of the Ahmedabad City Police.

    • ANI
  • Headley suggested LeT not to attack Siddhivinayak temple: Nikam

    Mumbai, Feb. 12 (ANI): Narrating the startling revelations made by 26/11 conspirator David Coleman Headley, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Friday said that the former conducted a recce of Mumbai's Siddhivinayak temple and asked the LeT not to attack the shrine as it was heavily guarded. Nikam said that Headley was asked by Major Iqbal to recruit the people from Baba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in order to collect confidential information from there.

    • 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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  • BSP blames BJP, SP for release of accused in Muzaffarnagar rape

    New Delhi, Feb. 11 (ANI): The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the release of the four accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar rape case. "The rapists in Muzaffarnagar are released because the police did not carry out a proper investigation and there was failure to present concrete evidences. It is a conspiracy of the BJP and the Samajwadi Party," BSP leader Sudheendra Bhadauria told ANI.

    • ANI
  • Pachauri sexual harassment case: Delhi Police files status report

    New Delhi, Feb. 11 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Thursday filed a status report in the sexual harassment case filed by a 29-year-old research scholar against then The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) director general Dr. R.K. Pachauri after the victim alleged that the accused was trying to influence the witnesses. Prashant Mehendiratta, the victim's lawyer, said that he had requested the Delhi High Court to cancel the anticipatory bail of Dr. Pachauri on four basic grounds.

    • ANI
  • 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
  • BCCI bans Pakistani umpire Rauf over IPL scandal

    By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was handed a five-year ban by the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) on Friday over his involvement in an illegal betting scandal that blighted the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Controversy plagued the sixth edition of the lucrative Twenty20 league with former India paceman S. Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan cricketers arrested on suspicion of accepting money to concede a fixed number of runs. All three were given life bans by the BCCI.

    • Reuters
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  • Afzal Guru protests at JNU: Police slap charges of sedition and conspiracy

    Delhi Police Thursday registered charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy against ‘unknown people’ after a fracas between student groups in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) earlier this week. On Tuesday, students had clashed over an event organised on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged. According to JNU registrar Bupinder Zutshi, the university’s Proctorial Committee, which was probing “indiscipline” by the students, has been given two weeks to submit its report.

    • 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
  • 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
  • Nation won't tolerate insults on Mother India: Smriti Irani on JNU row

    New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): With the Centre having taken a firm stand over the protests at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said that an insult to India in any form would not be tolerated by the country. The HRD Minister's statement comes after Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that strict action will be taken against the demonstrators and said that 'anti-national' elements will not be tolerated.

    • ANI
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  • 26/11 terror attack was an act of war against India: Defence experts

    New Delhi, Feb. 11 (ANI): Defence experts on Thursday dubbed the 26/11 terror attack as an 'act of war against India' by Pakistan, adding that post David Headley's deposition, there would be huge pressure on the Pakistan Government and the army to act firmly against terror modules on its soil, as also reworking strategies with regard to India. "The revelations made by Headley indicate that the entire operation was planned and masterminded and executed by the Pakistani Army and the ISI. It was an act of war against India.

    • ANI
  • R.K. Singh backs Headley's claim on Ishrat Jahan

    New Delhi, Feb.11 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former home secretary R.K. Singh on Thursday said his earlier assertion that Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist stands vindicated with 26/11 conspirator David Coleman Headley's revealing before a Special Mumbai Court that she was a LeT operative. Shah's name had cropped up in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.

    • ANI
  • 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
  • Afzal Guru row: Congress calls for exposing protestors' ulterior motive

    New Delhi, Feb. 12 (ANI): A day after the Delhi Police registered a case of sedition against the JNU students for raising anti-India slogans at an event against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, the Congress Party on Friday said the cops must identify the guilty students and expose their ulterior motive. "Students raising slogans on Afzal Guru is outrightly condemnable. Merely registering sedition cases against these students won't solve the purpose.

    • ANI
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  • Raising doubts about Headley's claim is 'anti-national': Fadnavis

    Mumbai, Feb. 11 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said that those doubting David Coleman Headley's revelations on Isharat Jahan during his deposition before a Special Mumbai Court are indulging in 'petty politics'. "Raising doubts about Headley's statement for petty politics is anti-national because for the first time a credible witness has directly indicted Pakistan for sponsoring terrorist activity in India and if we raise doubts, it will directly help Pakistan," Fadnavis said.

    • ANI