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.3 hours agoYahoo India
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Delhi, Feb.11 (ANI): Reacting to 26/11 conspirator David Coleman Headley's statement to a Mumbai special court that Ishrat Jahan was a Lashkar suicide affiliate, the Congress Party on Thursday said that it was not permissible to extrapolate the testimony to justify a 'fake' encounter. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the Indian law does not allow fake encounters and therefore it was not right to try and extrapolate the testimony to justify an encounter which the CBI and the court-monitored investigation has found to be fake "David Headley has made some assertions, let them be investigated.
Recently speaking at an event, Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Welfare Minister, in response to a question on how people employed different means to detect the gender of an unborn child despite the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act mentioned that her ministry had sent a proposal to the Health Ministry to make sex determination compulsory instead of it being unauthorised and punishable by law. Barely had she said this, her ministry as well as the health ministry, as has become the habit with BJP, denied that any such suggestion was being discussed. Maybe the minister isn’t aware of the basis and reasons why the sex determination tests were banned in India or maybe she isn’t aware of the misogyny that pervades around the birth of a female child or worse doesn’t fathom how humungous a task it would be to monitor each pregnancy, in violation of a woman’s rights, after sex of the unborn child is known.
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 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.
Dharwad (Karnataka), Feb 9 (IANS) With about 2,500 workers remaining adamant on returning to work only with a wage hike, Tata Marcopolo Motors Ltd has declared lock out at its plant here to minimize further losses. "The management was forced to declare lockout as the workers resorted to flash strike on January 31 without the mandatory 14-day notice to us or the state labour office here and did not return to work till February 6," Karnataka Employers' Association president B.C. Prabhakar told IANS on Tuesday. The joint venture was set up in 2008 by Tata Motors Ltd and Marcopolo S.A. of Brazil to roll out about 15,000 inter-state and inter-city luxury buses per annum from the plant in this city, about 430km from Bengaluru.
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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Storm clouds were gathering Thursday over cricket's World Twenty20, with organisers still to release tickets or confirm the venues, less than a month before the tournament begins in India. Hundreds of thousands of supporters are expected to attend the 16-team contest which begins on March 8, the first time India has hosted the world cup for the game's newest and most popular format. "Everything will be sorted out very soon," Anurag Thakur, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told AFP.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mumbai university (MU) has reinstated four suspended employees from the examination section following a clean chit by the Anti-Corruption Bureau. University authorities said the employees — Chetan Kamalallu (assistant registrar), Rajashree Chavan (superintendent), Preeti Rawool (clerk) and Uttan Jaitapkar (junior clerk) — were suspended for alleged involvement in an exam-related scam. MU Registrar Dr M A Khan said the employees had been reinstated conditionally as the in-service departmental inquiry was pending.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): R.K. Pachauri's lawyer Ashish Dixit on Wednesday rejected allegations that a new post had been created at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to accommodate his client. Talking to ANI, Dixit said that Pachauri had, in fact, been demoted, and not promoted as was being claimed by media reports. "This is completely false, this post is in existence since the inception of TERI, which was somewhere in 1970s.
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.
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.
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.
By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Swing and seam friendly conditions, a lack of truly scary Australian bowlers and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's retirement are all themes that will resonate when the first test gets underway in Wellington on Friday. The Basin Reserve wicket was heavily grassed just 48 hours out from the toss and, even if brilliant sunshine in New Zealand's capital was expected to brown it off, McCullum and Steve Smith are still likely to ask the opposition to bat. Similarly-grassed pitches in New Zealand in recent years have not helped the fast bowlers as much as expected, however, as both captains noted on Thursday.
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.
New Delhi, Feb. 9 (ANI): As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reviewed it alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh G.K. on Tuesday said as far as Akali Dal is concerned, they have no doubt that the alliance will go on. With the voices in the BJP getting louder against the alliance with the SAD, G.K. said, "The BJP-Alali Dal alliance is historical one and has stood the test of time. As far as Akali Dal is concerned, we have no doubt that this alliance will go on.
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.
Inexperienced Sri Lanka fast bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka took three wickets apiece to bundle out India for 101 and set up a five-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 international on Tuesday. Rajitha, making his international debut, dismissed Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the first over to give Sri Lanka a perfect start after they chose to bowl first on a green-tinged surface at Pune. The paceman also sent back Shikhar Dhawan as India, top-ranked in the shortest format, continued losing wickets trying to play high-risk shots.
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.
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 9 (ANI): With the growing protests over Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's resignation over his alleged involvement in the solar scam, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday vowed to take strict action in the matter. Addressing a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Gandhi said Congress party will never compromise on corruption. "Want to make it clear if there is even small concrete evidence of corruption, Congress party will take immediate and strict action," he said.
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.
WITH JUST over a year to go for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, every political party is in a race to woo Dalits — a votebank instrumental in deciding who will next rule the state. While BJP, with some help from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has taken a lead while trying to reaffirm its pro-Dalit credentials, the Congress too is seeking to reverse its fortunes in the politically-crucial state by reaching out to the community through its Bhim Jyoti Yatra. Now, the ruling Samajwadi Party has stepped in to attract non-Jatav communities among the Dalits in the run-up to 2017 polls.
New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): In further embarrassment to environmentalist RK Pachauri, who is already entangled in a legal battle over sexual harassment allegations, a former employee of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) on Wednesday accused him of harassing her sexually. The woman's lawyer Vrinda Grover said that they had first reported the matter to police in February last year but they did not do anything till date forcing her to come out in public with the charges. "A year ago, we informed Police that there are two other women who want to give statement, and their statement will show that he is a habitual sexual harassment offender and that will show the conduct of this man," Grover told ANI.
New Delhi, Feb. 11 (ANI): Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Monday 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.
New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday lashed out at Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij who said that those who cannot live without eating beef should not visit the state, asking the latter to look up the 'definition' of beef before making controversial statements. "Clearly Anil Vij is agitating and can't tolerate the current Chief Minister in the state appointed by the BJP.
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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.
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.
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.
Brisbane (Australia), Feb. 9 (ANI): Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said a combination of India's manpower and Australian technology would lead to a world beating outcome. Both sides agreed on the need to extend Government to Government dialogue to Business to Business as well as People to People dialog.
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.
New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepinder, who is a Member of Parliament, on Wednesday criticised the the state's Health Minister Anil Vij for his statement that those eating beef should not think of stepping into the state of Haryana. Vij today stroked a fresh row, saying those who cannot live without eating beef should not visit the state where a stringent cow protection law is in place. Likewise, those people who can't live without eating beef should not come to Haryana," Vij said.