Lashkar plotted to kill defence scientists at Taj Hotel: Headley on day 2 of depostion
Lashkar plotted to kill defence scientists at Taj Hotel: Headley on day 2 of depostion

David Coleman Headley, the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative, who has been implicated in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, continued with his deposition on Tuesday, a day after special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told reporters that what Headley told the court was just the tip of the iceberg. The Pakistani-American

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  • Ind vs SL, T20I: India fill in the blanks

    To his credit, Dilhara Fernando has at least kept himself in enviable shape. The sight of him running down with his tattooed arms pumping up and down under the burning Pune sun at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium though wasn’t as much about his return as it was a testament to the depleted stocks in the Sri Lankan camp. It also means that the Indian team, who are riding high after their 3-0 thrashing of Australia and look to be one of the few teams with an extremely settled squad for the World T20, will not be tested the way they would want to be a month prior to the big event.

    • The Indian Express
  • Vellore blast: Meteorite claim later, they search for a shooting star

    A day after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said it was a meteorite that had caused the Vellore blast killing one and injuring two, officials were trying hard to explain how they had come to the conclusion. Vellore SP P K Senthil Kumari said they were waiting for scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIAP), Bengaluru, to confirm the theory after analysing samples. The IIAP incidentally has an observatory, the Vainu Bappu Observatory, less than 50 km from the spot, in Kavalur.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Villagers of Ainavolu gladly gave up their farmland, now govt wants their homes down

    Six months ago, villagers of Ainavolu, 20 km from Vijayawada, happily gave up all the agricultural land they owned — 1,100 acres — to the Andhra Pradesh government for construction of a new capital, Amaravathi. Some of the villagers whose houses are on the line had build these houses very recently or added floors after getting compensation from the government for their land,” said gram panchayat vice-president Palakayula Arjun Rao. In July, Ainavolu had become the only village in the capital region to give up its agricultural land under the land pooling scheme.

    • The Indian Express
  • Jaitley defamation case: Delhi HC rejects AAP's application

    New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Monday rejected Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Deepak Bajpai’s application seeking quashing of defamation case filed against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. 

    • ANI
  • Six days under snow, soldier survives Siachen avalanche

    An Army jawan, who was buried under 25 feet of snow following an avalanche in the Siachen glacier, was Monday miraculously found alive in a critical condition after six days of rescue efforts. “It was a miraculous rescue, all efforts are being made to evacuate Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa to the RR hospital in the morning,” Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander, told PTI. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and nine other ranks of Madras Regiment were buried after their post was hit by the avalanche at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan where the temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius.

    • The Indian Express
  • 'Meteorite' kills man in south India, authorities say

    Indian authorities say a falling object that killed a bus driver and injured three others was a meteorite. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history. Images in local media showed a blueish rock, which Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram described as a "meteorite" -- although scientists say this has not yet been proved.

    • AFP
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  • Tea-seller’s son: It was a 20-sec meeting with PM Modi, but I’m happy

    Srikant Sahu, the 22-year-old son of a tea-seller from one of the country’s poorest districts, Sunday fulfilled his dream of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The youth from Odisha’s Nabarangpur, who had topped a national skill contest last year, was felicitated by the Prime Minister. At their modest home in Jharigaon, his father Balaram Sahu was unable to contain his happiness.

    • The Indian Express
  • Melting pot: Mumbai’s Chinese temple glows red for year of the monkey

    “But there are hardly 1,500 Chinese people left in Mumbai,” sighs the caretaker as he puffs on his cigarette. In fact, the door of the only remaining Chinese building in Mumbai, in Mazagaon, bears the words “See Yep Koon”, literally translated as inns for sea merchants. Albert’s father was a shipping contractor in the British East India Company and a wealthy man — the only one perhaps to own a Cadillac then in the neighbourhood.

    • The Indian Express
  • Maharashtra Govt. supports women's entry in Haji Ali Dargah

    Mumbai, Feb.9 (ANI): Amid the raging debate over ban on females' entry into certain religious places across the country, the Maharashtra Government on Tuesday supported the entry of women in Haji Ali Dargah. The government told the Bombay High Court that the entry of women cannot be prohibited into the shrine. The court had earlier this month asked the Devandra Fadnavis-led government to give its opinion on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the decision of Haji Ali Trust to ban the entry of women in the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah.

    • ANI
  • Leopard injures five at Indian school

    A male leopard which strayed into a school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore injured five people during an hours-long attempt to catch the beast, a wildlife official said. Photos of the incident show the animal prowling around the closed school on Sunday and trying to maul forestry officials, a wildlife activist and others who came too close. Ravi Ralph, chief wildlife officer in the state of Karnataka, said the leopard appeared to have got into the school from a nearby forest area by jumping over the compound's wall.

    • AFP
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  • Pak investigation team finds no evidence of JeM chief's involvement in Pathankot attack

    Karachi, Feb 8 (ANI): A team, constituted by Pakistan to investigate into the attack on Indian airbase in Pathankot last month, has concluded that there is no substantive evidence to suggest that Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of the outlawed Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant group, masterminded the deadly assault. According to The Express Tribune, six gunmen attacked the airbase in Pathankot on January 2, leading to a three-day-long standoff that killed seven soldiers. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) after India shared the 'leads' with Pakistan.

    • ANI
  • In fact: Why it will not be easy for the cricket board to ‘fall in line’

    “Fall in line,” the Supreme Court said on Thursday, while directing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to implement the Lodha Committee report presented last month. The reason the judges had to enter the cricket field was that the BCCI had failed to convincingly deal with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. For so long, the BCCI has worked behind an iron curtain.

    • The Indian Express
  • Pakistan's Yasir Shah banned for three months for doping offence

    Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been given a three-month ban after pleading guilty to an inadvertent doping offence, the International Cricket Council said on Sunday. Chlortalidone is a diuretic drug which features in the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of prohibited substances. Shah pleaded guilty to the charge and said he had mistakenly taken his wife's blood pressure medication which contained the banned substance.

    • Reuters
  • Clerics ask govt to file appeal against acquittals

    MEMBERS of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind have demanded that the Uttar Pradesh government should file an appeal in the high court against the acquittal of 10 persons in connection with a double murder case which took place during the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013. A meeting was organised at Rehmani colony in Muzaffarnagar to discuss the Muslim body’s next course of action. All witnesses were not produced before the court,” said Maulana Moosa Qasmi, Muzaffarnagar district spokeperson of the Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Bihar: Impose President’s Rule, Lalu Prasad Yadav dares Centre

    Following Union Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s call for President’s Rule in Bihar in view of “deteriorating law and order situation”, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Monday dared the NDA government at the Centre to impose President’s Rule in the state. Speaking at a public function ahead of the bypoll at Harlakhi Assembly segment, Lalu said: “Kiski majaal hai ki Bihar me Rashtrapati shashan laye (who can dare to impose President’s Rule in Bihar).

    • The Indian Express
  • Finch dumped as Australia T20 skipper - report

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Aaron Finch is to be dumped as Australia's captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20, The Age newspaper reported on Monday. Opener Finch, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, was named captain in September 2014 but only skippered the side on six occasions as Australia concentrated on other forms of the game. ...

    • Reuters
  • Death of Ryan student: Delhi govt to recommend CBI probe, father writes to Smriti Irani

    Parents of six-year-old Devansh Kakrora, a Class I student of Ryan International School who ‘drowned’ in a water tank at the school premises, have sought Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s intervention for a CBI probe into their child’s death. In a letter to Irani, the parents alleged a “conspiracy” behind their son’s death and demanded action against the school management. “Devansh’s death was too suspicious and the reasons have still not been cleared by school authorities... Being a father, I just request you to please try to hand over this case to CBI so that proper investigation can be done in this case, otherwise I know this case would be suppressed by the school administration,” the child’s father, Ramheet Meena, said in the letter to Irani.

    • The Indian Express
  • No IS reference in arrested cleric’s speeches

    The Delhi-based cleric arrested on Friday on the basis of the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) ‘open FIR’ against the Islamic State had asked Muslim youths in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, to stay off Internet only 10 days ago. While Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi had spoken in support of the erstwhile Islamic Caliphate in Turkey and asked Muslims to go to war when attacked in his fiery speeches, he did not speak openly about the IS per se, The Indian Express has found after going through Qasmi’s speeches over the years. The NIA, sources said, has not found any speech where the cleric is seen urging Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State.

    • The Indian Express
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  • No IPL capital gains for Das’ efforts

    ASSAM MEDIUM pacer Krishna Das admits he was extremely distracted on Saturday morning. As teammates and coach Sanath Kumar got into a huddle to kickstart their celebrations, Krishna was busy checking out his swanky new smartphone. Krishna appeared a tad anxious.

    • The Indian Express
  • Stop random arrests of Muslim men on IS pretext: Muslim organisations

    Six Muslim organisations have come together to denounce the Islamic State (IS) as “unIslamic” and “terrorist” but have also exhibited concern over what they called a conspiracy to target and arrest educated young Muslim men under the “pretext of IS”. “Arrest of innocent Muslim youths on one hand, and steps for release of the accused in big Hindutva terror cases (on the other), prove that the ruling party is implementing its communal agenda and its slogan of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ was a mirage,” the organisations said Monday. The six groups are Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Ahle Hadees, All-India Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Milli Council, and the Welfare Party.

    • The Indian Express
  • Sushma meets Nepal president, PM

    Kathmandu, Feb 9 (IANS) Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and members of an all-party delegation on Tuesday paid courtesy calls on Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli. The Indian delegation -- comprising National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Congress leader and former union minister Anand Sharma, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav -- met the two leaders after paying homage to former prime minister Sushil Koirala who died on Tuesday. In the meeting with the prime minister, Sushma Swaraj said that as soon as they heard the news about Koirala's demise, an emergency meeting was called which decided to send the all-party delegation to Kathmandu to pay homage to the late Nepali Congress chief.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • Child trafficking nexus busted by Bengaluru police, 16 arrested

    The Bengaluru city police on Monday claimed to have busted a racket involving the illegal transportation of children to the USA following the arrest of 16 persons from various localities in the city. Uday Prathap Singh, a resident of Jayamahal in East Bengaluru, has been identified as the kingpin of the racket. Preliminary investigations had revealed that the accused Uday Prathap Singh had sent over 30 children, all of them less than 10 years old, to the USA, police claimed.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Pietersen won't be selected for World Twenty20 - Morgan

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will not be recalled for this year's World Twenty20 in India, captain Eoin Morgan was quoted on Monday as saying. Pietersen, 35, has not played for England in any format since 2014 but has been in good form recently in club Twenty20 tournaments in Australia and Pakistan. South African-born Pietersen, a former England captain and member of the side that won the World Twenty20 in 2010, was dropped in 2014.

    • Reuters
  • Capt consolidates Patiala, inducts Dhillon, Mann

    Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh appears to be using the Jat Maha Sabha, which he heads, to reach out to farmers in Punjab ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections. Amarinder, the national president of the Jat Maha Sabha, is set to formally kick-start the organisation’s Pagdi Sambhal Kisana campaign, at Faridkot on February 11. According to Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon alias Kikki, the Jat Maha Sabha’s state unit president, Amarinder has set up three committees for the purpose: a grievances cell headed by the former chief engineer of the irrigation department, Jaskiran Sandhu, a legal cell headed by advocate Harbir Singh Sandhu and an agriculture experts cell.

    • The Indian Express
  • Nawada ‘gave’ 60 Dalit students scholarships, probe finds only 1 real

    A possible racket around one of the Nitish Kumar government’s flagship schemes —post-matriculation scholarships for Dalit students for technical education — has begun to unfold in Nawada district of Bihar. Of 60 students given scholarships in 2015 for the session 2012-13, only one was found genuine by probe by the district administration following the intervention of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.

    • The Indian Express
  • Mumbai: 4 ‘Chaddi Banyan’ gang members arrested

    Zonal deputy commissioner of police Vikram Deshmane said four members of the “dreaded” gang were arrested, and at least five others are at large. The arrested hail from Osmanabad and were identified as Ashok Shinde, Sanjay Kale, Santosh Chavan and Rajendra Shinde.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Shamli incident: BJP demands CBI probe, calls SP party of 'Mughals'

    New Delhi, Feb. 9 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the Shamli incident, where two journalists were allegedly attacked by Samajwadi Party leader and MLA Nahid Hasan and his aides. Calling the Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh a party of the 'Mughals', BJP leader Srikant Sharma said that there was 'gunda raj' in the state. "Akhilesh Yadav is responsible for the deteriorating condition of Uttar Pradesh's law and order.

    • ANI
  • U19 World Cup: With practice, red-ball prodigy demonstrates white-ball utility

    Armaan Jaffer talks the way he bats, and bats the way he talks. Out there in the middle, he watches the ball cautiously, picks the most apt shot from his repertoire and executes it perfectly. You can see that this 17-year-old, unassuming lad from Mumbai has been groomed to be what he is and where he is: at the Under-19 World Cup and facing the media.

    • The Indian Express
  • Hardlook: Sheila Dikshit says trifurcation done after much deliberation

    The three municipal corporations of Delhi provide civic services to 97 per cent of the city. The New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Cantonment Board cover the remaining areas. Justifying the trifurcation of the MCD, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said trifurcation was the result of careful deliberation with a view to decentralise municipal governance in the capital.

    • The Indian Express
  • Gangster Sandeep Gadoli killed in shootout with Gurgaon cops in Mumbai

    Sandeep Gadoli, an alleged Gurgaon-based gangster with a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information on his whereabouts, was reportedly killed in a Mumbai hotel room on Sunday morning following a shootout between the gangster and the Gurgaon Crime Branch, who said they had tracked him down through four states. The alleged shootout out took place around 11 am at Hotel Airport Metro, a hotel near the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Andheri East. With the Gurgaon Police team conducting the operation without informing their local counterparts, the Mumbai Police objected immediately.

    • The Indian Express
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  • ‘Missing’ 15-yr-old’s body exhumed, hunt on for mother

    POLICE are looking for a 40-year-old woman and her friend after the body of her 15-year-old son was exhumed from a house they stayed in on the outskirts of Pune on Sunday. The woman’s father, who lives in Delhi, had been looking for his grandson, Nicholas alias Nikku, for the past six months and had lodged a police complaint in December after being told by her friend that Nicholas had committed suicide. The body was found in a joint operation by the Pune and Delhi Police.

    • The Indian Express
  • Indian soldier rescued after six days trapped in Himalayan avalanche

    One of 10 Indian soldiers feared dead after an avalanche six days ago in the remote Himalayas has been miraculously rescued alive, officials said. "In the ongoing rescue operation at Siachen, of the 10 soldiers buried... has been found alive," General D.S. Hooda from the army's northern command said in a statement Monday. The rescued soldier, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, was in critical condition and officials would try to evacuate him from the mountain Tuesday morning.

    • AFP
  • Scientists study India's deadly 'meteorite'

    Indian scientists were Tuesday analysing a small blue object, described by local authorities as a meteorite, which fell from the sky and killed a bus driver. The team from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics was also examining the crater left in the ground by the plummeting object in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram said Monday the object was a meteorite.

    • AFP
  • 26\/11 attackers made two failed attempts, lost guns at sea: David Headley

    AMERICAN national and 26/11 scout David Coleman Headley, who deposed before an Indian court on Monday, said that the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008 had attempted to carry out the strike earlier on two occasions, but failed to execute it. The weapons and explosives were lost in the ocean,” Headley told the court. Headley told the court that Lashkar-e-Taiba member Sajid Mir had told him to change his name in 2005, and to set up an office in Mumbai and make a “general video” of the city.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Gujarat land deal: Congress adamant on SIT probe, slams PM's 'silence'

    New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): Reiterating their demand for an investigation into the land allotments under Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tenure as Gujarat's Chief Minister, the Congress on Monday said that it was a clear case of impropriety, alleged corruption and a definite case of conflict of interest. "There is a clear case of impropriety, clear case of alleged corruption and definite case of conflict of interest.

    • ANI
  • In Bengal, get ready for an epic battle - 2

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  • AAP sets foot in Nagaland

    Dimapur, Feb. 9 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) recently launched its youth wing in Nagaland as a part of its nation-wide expansion plans.

    • ANI
  • Match can't be held at unsafe ground, HC tells DDCA

    New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) The DDCA on Tuesday withdrew its plea seeking direction for the civic body to grant certificate to host World T20 matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground after the Delhi High Court made it clear that no matches can be held at an unsafe stadium. "Match can't be held at (an) unsafe stadium," a division bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vibhu Bakhru told the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The court's observation came after the DDCA told it that it will submit a security deposit of Rs.50 lakh which it stands to forfeit if the South Delhi Muncipal Corporation's concerns on safety are not met.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
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  • Ranji Trophy: Twentieth domestic ton but Manoj Tiwari ends up a T20 pariah

    There was nothing particularly significant that Manoj Tiwary could have done. The 26-year-old picked worked well to defend his team’s unforgiving 788-run target for Bengal, picking up four wickets in the fourth innings, taking his tally to eight in the match.

    • The Indian Express
  • What I had dreamt that morning, came through in the evening: Manish Pandey

    The wait to Indian team was a long one for Manish Pandey but the maiden hundred in a thrilling run chase brought India its solitary win in the five-match series against Australia and brought him to centre stage. He is part of the T20 squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka that starts on Tuesday. In a chat with The Indian Express, Pandey talks about his hundred, his mindset before the game, his childhood dream of scoring a hundred, and the best message he received after his special knock.

    • The Indian Express
  • India will do well in singles in near future: Bartoli

    New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) India has not produced any singles player of note since the days of Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan, but former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli is confident that the country is on the right path and will start doing well in the near future. Bartoli was in the capital to launch the second edition of Rendez-vous Roland Garros, a tournament for Indian boys and girls to earn a wild card for the junior French Open. The winners of the Indian leg will go on to face competitors from Brazil, Japan, South Korea and China in the play-offs in Paris and the eventual champions will get a wild card entry to the French Open Junior.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • ISI provides financial, military support to LeT: Headley

    Mumbai, Feb. 9 (ANI): Pakistan's spy agency ISI provides financial, moral as well as military support to terror outfits like the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen, said David Coleman Headley while revealing more information in the Mumbai court with regard to the 26/11 terror attacks. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who took the examination of the Pakistani-American terrorist, said, "David Headley has given certain sensitive revelations. Firstly, he disclosed his close association with the ISI and said that he was working for them also." "He said that he knew Brigadier Riaz, Colonel Shah.

    • ANI
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  • Thane: Police fight chain snatching with strategy used against underworld

    UNTIL A few months ago, the problem of chain-snatching in Thane was bringing the city almost as bad a name as the mafia brought Mumbai in the 1990s. At least the Thane Police’s top brass thought so, for they have now begun to use the Mumbai Police’s ‘Top 20’ strategy, used earlier to fight the Mumbai underworld, to reduce the incidents of chain-snatching in the satellite town. Back in the 1990s, when the underworld had a significant presence, Mumbai Police would circulate a ‘Top 20’ list bearing the names of 20 gangsters/hitmen who were most active at that point of time and were to be arrested on a priority basis.

    • The Indian Express
  • Indian avalanche soldier 'stable' after six-day ordeal

    An Indian soldier rescued nearly a week after he was buried by a deadly avalanche on the world's highest battleground was Tuesday being treated in Delhi in critical but stable condition, the army said. Hanamanthappa Koppad spent six days trapped after a massive block of ice fell onto his army post on the Siachen glacier, killing nine of his colleagues. General D. S. Hooda, who heads the Indian Army's northern command, called it a "miracle" as he described the huge challenges faced by the rescue team, operating at an altitude of 5,900 metres (19,600 feet).

    • AFP
  • More work done by Modi govt so far than previous ones in 50 yrs: Nitin Gadkari

    Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday claimed that the number of decisions taken by the Narendra Modi government in one-and-half-years is way more than the decisions taken by the previous governments in the past 50 years. Addressing party workers in Lucknow on “Good Governance of the Central Government”, Gadkari asked them to convey the achievements of the Modi government among masses by comparing the work done by the NDA government against previous ones. Claiming that India will become the leading global power under Modi rule, Gadkari said wrong economic policies of previous Congress-led governments hindered the progress of the nation.

    • The Indian Express
  • Ryan student’s death: Delhi govt refers probe to CBI, police say no sexual assault

    The decision to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was taken after the submission of a magisterial inquiry report to the Delhi government and the demand for a CBI probe by the parents of six year-old Devansh Kakrora, who was found dead in a septic tank on the campus. The magisterial inquiry found serious lapses on part of the school authorities.

    • The Indian Express
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  • How Gurgaon cops tracked down Gadoli

    Infamous as Gurgaon’s most wanted, Sandeep Gadoli was on the run. “Further investigations will be carried by Mumbai Police. This will definitely put the other gangs in fea”,” said Navdeep Singh Virk, Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon.

    • The Indian Express
  • McCullum heads into ODI retirement with New Zealand win

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum ended his one-day international career with a series victory over Australia on Monday with his side sealing a 55-run win in the deciding third match at Seddon Park in Hamilton. New Zealand, who were all out for 246 in 45.3 overs, managed to dismiss Australia for 191 in 43.4 overs to give them a 2-1 series win that helped them retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, which is played for between the two countries in one-dayers. The 34-year-old McCullum is retiring from all international cricket at the conclusion of the two-test series against the same opponents.

    • Reuters
  • Naidu rubbishes criticism over Smart City initiative

    New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rubbished the criticism over the list of 20 cities selected as part of Centre's Smart City initiative, saying that the cities were selected by a process of competition and not because of any political consideration. The 20 cities were selected by competition and not because of any political consideration," Naidu told ANI. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier expressed disappointment over the non-inclusion of any city of his state in the list of 20 cities released by the Centre as part of the first batch of cities to receive funds under the Smart City initiative.

    • ANI
  • 26/11: Why Headley silent on his Indian collaborators: Y.P Singh

    Mumbai, Feb. 9 (ANI): Former IPS officer Y.P. Singh on Tuesday questioned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist David Coleman Headley's silence on his Indian collaborators, who helped him to plan the 26/11 attacks. Taking a strong exception to Headley's concealing his links in India, Singh said 'such depositions have got no evidential value'. The revelations made by the LeT terrorist in the Mumbai court was 'just of an academic significance' which has got no legal specificity, where the relevant people could be prosecuted in the court of law and sent to jail," he pointed out.

    • ANI
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  • Sandeep Gadoli shootout: Gurgaon cops did not inform us about operation: Mumbai Police

    A DAY after Sandeep Gadoli, a Gurgaon-based gangster with a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, was killed in a Mumbai hotel room after a shootout between him and the Gurgaon Crime Branch, the Mumbai Police categorically stated they were not informed by the Gurgaon police about the operation. While the Gurgaon Crime Branch had on Sunday said they called up the Mumbai Police control room and informed them, the Mumbai Police found no such record in call logs. As per protocol, a police team carrying out an operation in the jurisdiction of another police station has to inform them about it.

    • The Indian Express
  • U-19 World Cup: India so far so good, now for the better

    No fiery speeches were made by coach Rahul Dravid, no soul-stirring battle cry escaped captain Ishan Kishan's throat. The mood at the India Under-19 team meeting on the eve of their World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka was rather reflective. In his typically understated manner, Dravid told the Indian team not to try anything different in the big match, but play the way they have in the tournament: in a relaxed and confident manner.

    • The Indian Express
  • David Headley deposition, Mehbooba Mufti indecision, bad debts: top stories today

    Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley deposed today before a Mumbai court, via teleconference, on his role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. David changed his name from Dawood Gilani in 2006 so that he could enter India, the court head. David Headley to depose before Mumbai court today: Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam arrives at court premises.

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  • Indian avalanche soldier buried six days flown to Delhi

    An Indian soldier rescued nearly a week after he was buried by a deadly avalanche on the world's highest battleground was Tuesday airlifted to Delhi in critical but stable condition, the army said. Hanamanthappa Koppad spent six days trapped after a massive block of ice fell onto his army post on the Siachen glacier, killing nine of his colleagues. General D. S. Hooda, who heads the Indian Army's northern command, called it a "miracle" as he described the huge challenges faced by the rescue team, operating at an altitude of 5,900 metres (19,600 feet).

    • AFP
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  • Miffed, Raju Shetti to shun BJP’s rural outreach programme

    Swabhimani Shetkari Paksha — seems set to rebuff its overtures. Its MP Raju Shetti said that he would not be swayed by any “pro-farmer posturing” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the intentions of the government would become clear only after the 2016 Union Budget. In a bid to reach out to the rural voters and showcase the recently launched crop insurance plan, Modi is scheduled to address four rallies in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.

    • The Indian Express
  • IS arrests: ‘Support went beyond online’

    Recent arrests of alleged Islamic State (IS) sympathisers by security agencies have reportedly thrown up evidence that several “online supporters” of the outfit in India were organising themselves in the physical world too. Investigations into activities of the 14 alleged IS sympathisers arrested from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Lucknow on January 22 and 23 this year reportedly show some had assumed leadership roles and travelled between cities to meet others to “organise an IS-affiliated India group called Junood Khilafa-e-Hind”. While there is no evidence of any specific act of terror being planned by the 14, there may have been interaction with youths aspiring to travel to Syria, including “guidance” on how to go about it.

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  • Finch dumped as Australia skipper for World T20

    Aaron Finch has been dumped as Australia's captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20. Selectors also axed wicketkeeper Matthew Wade from the 15-man squad for the tournament in India. Test gloveman Peter Nevill, who has never played a limited overs international, was picked instead.

    • Reuters
  • David Headley wanted to fight against Indian Army in Kashmir

    Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley on Monday made several explosive revelations in his deposition before a Mumbai court. Headley told the court that Mumbai was unsuccessfully targetted two times before the 26/11 terror attack. He revealed that he joined LeT after being "influenced" by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and had met "Major Iqbal" of Pakistan ISI.

    • The Indian Express
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  • Assam polls will be showdown ‘between Modi and me’, says Tarun Gogoi

    Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday said that the ensuing state assembly election, likely to be held in April, would be a showdown between him and prime minister Narendra Modi, and that the Congress party would “crush” the BJP as did the Assamese to the Mughals in the 17th century. “The ensuing Assembly elections will be a showdown between me and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA Government’s failure on all fronts and its anti-people and anti-poor policies will be his main poll planks,” Gogoi, in a statement said. Gogoi, under whom the Congress had won a record three consecutive terms, is aiming at a fourth consecutive term.

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