For the first time after being made an approver in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley on Monday is being deposed before a Mumbai court through video conference. “This is for the first time in the Indian legal history that a foreign terrorist will appear before12 hours agoIndian Express
On that brief summer day 22 years ago though, everything seemed to be working out for Saritha. Saritha says a heart attack killed him. Following his death, Saritha told The Sunday Express, her mother Indira took tuitions for schoolchildren and worked as an accountant at a private finance firm to meet the expenses of the family, including Saritha and her younger sister.
Mumbai, Feb. 8 (ANI): Defence expert Major General (Retired) S.R Sinho on Monday said David Coleman Headley's revelation in the Mumbai special court with regard to the 26/11 terror attacks has made it clear that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is a 'rubber stamp' with authority resting in the hands of the Army and ISI. Major General (Retd.) Sinho said Pakistan has been refuting their role in terrorist activities since the time terrorism took its first toll on India. "In fact, it was shameful how they blamed India for the Peshawar attack.
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. ...
New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): Concerned over the recent detentions of Muslim youths over beign allegedly linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed him that straying Muslims must be counselled instead of being punished, as it was a more 'permanent' solution. "Conveyed to the Prime Minister that the Muslim community is severely offended by the rise in arrests especially in madrassas and madrassa teachers and how youths are being arrested in the name of ISIS. Muslims are always against terrorism so is Islam and no religion permits terrorism," Bukhari told ANI.
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.
A Delhi-based Islamic scholar, known for his fiery speeches, has become the first cleric to be arrested in connection with the National Investigation Agency’s ‘open FIR’ against the Islamic State. The agency, along with the Uttar Pradesh ATS, arrested Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi from Hardoi late Friday as its 20th accused in the case. The NIA claimed Qasmi had been “delivering provocative and inflammatory speeches in support of the Caliphate” and was “instigating youth for anti-national activities”.
Villagers of Shani Shingnapur and the Bhumata Brigade Saturday decided to let Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis take a final call on the entry of women into the “prohibited” area of the temple. The meeting convened by the Ahmednagar district collectorate was attended by Collector Anil Kawde, local MLAs and representatives from the charity commissioner’s office. The meeting that lasted nearly two hours initially witnessed a heated debate between the women activists and the temple trustees and villagers.
For days starting Jan 28, a massive fire swept through Mumbai’s Deonar dump, a 90-year-old landfill that should have long been shut. The Deonar dumping ground, which was ablaze for days starting January 28, has been in operation since 1927.
For the family of Mahmood Alam, a resident of Sanjay Nagar adjoining the Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai, last week’s fire was nothing short of catastrophic. Alam, who works as a driver, has not been able to go to work for a few days.
“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 first month of 2016 had top politicians, including Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav, make a beeline for Bundelkhand. Dressed in black thermals and tattered jeans, 12-year-old Akash is waiting for his friends outside his house in village Tamaura to play cricket. Of the 200-odd households in Tamaura, in Bundelkhand’s Mahoba district, over 20 are locked at any given time.
While most of the members are youngsters and college students, their ranks include professionals from different fields. Apurva Wani, one of the founder members says, “We were inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bhart Abhiyan and wanted to do something at our level. Being students, we could devote time only on Sundays.
THE MUMBAI Police probing the Friday attack on builder Jinesh Jain in Sion, which left him injured, are checking if a dispute over a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project in Sion had anything to do with it. Jinesh is the son of Roopchandra Jain, who co-owns the Arihant Group of Companies that has projects along Mumbai’s eastern suburbs and Navi Mumbai.
The lawns of Lutyens Delhi, however, are bustling with activity. Word of a possible inspection by superiors has swept down the ranks of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and an army of workers, clad in orange and fluorescent reflective jackets, is thronging the area. A group of men stands next to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue at a roundabout on Parliament Street, the only statue in Delhi’s prime real estate under the NDMC, discussing if the sculpture requires a wash.
New Delhi, Feb.7 (ANI): In order to help salaried income households and encourage more women to join the work force, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should announce a ten-fold increase in children education allowance and tax exemption for creche facility in the Budget, the ASSOCHAM has said. In its pre-Budget recommendations to the Finance Ministry, the chamber has made out a strong case for the re-boot of the consumer demand that will bring in vibrancy in the economic cycle of demand leading the investment and employment. In its memorandum to the Finance Ministry, the chamber has made a specific recommendation for allowing exemption for creche provisions either within the organisation or through specific tie-up through commercial creche providers.
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.
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.
Central Committee member of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), Hastamal Jain who made a brief stopover in Vadodara on his visit to Gujarat, dispelled the "misconception" that RSS was working "only for Hindus" and said a "son of the soil" belonging to any faith was welcome to participate in "instilling national pride". In an interaction with reporters in Vadodara, flanked by city RSS President Dr Vrajesh Shah, Jain said the RSS had been "misconstrued" as an organization against particular people, while working tirelessly for everyone alike. Jain said, "In every country across this world, there are people working for its development by way of devotion towards the country.
The blue facade of the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue melts into the blue of the sky on most clear days. According to Solomon Sopher, chairman and managing trustee of Sir Jacob Sasson and Allied Trust, many visitors especially come from America for the sabbath. Since taking a motor vehicle is prohibited on sabbath, most people living in the vicinity usually walk down to the synagogue.
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.
Pawan Negi became the main character in this year’s script. Negi is a left-arm spinner who goes hammer and tongs with the bat lower down the order. Today he became the costliest Indian in the IPL 9 auction with Delhi Daredevils paying him Rs 8.5 crore.
In his biography The Z Factor, television mogul Subhash Chandra has been extraordinarily candid about his past. Chandra confesses that it was Rajiv Gandhi who steered the deal his way through his aide Vijay Dhar. Chandra writes that he deposited half the share of profits, first with Dhirendra Brahmachari, then with Sitaram Kesri and finally with Arun Nehru.
“Abhi Dilli bohot dur hai,” remarked Tarak Sinha. It was a week before the start of the Under-19 World Cup, and the veteran coach was answering a query on the latest thoroughbred from his fabled stable: Rishabh Pant. Did the young lad have it in him to make the same league as other Sonnet Club alumni such as Raman Lamba, Manoj Prabhakar, Ashish Nehra, Aakash Chopra and Shikhar Dhawan?
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.
STATE TRANSPORT Minister Diwakar Raote on Sunday said the helmet drive will be implemented in the city as per the Supreme Court ruling. Any amendment under the Motor Vehicle Act being a central act, amendments would have to be made at the Centre, he added. In the city to address a meeting of MLAs and organisations who are voicing their opinion on sudden helmet implementation, he said, he would have to assess whether any such “legal opinion” can be sought from the state that can be put to the Centre in the coming Lok Sabha session, which will commence by February end.
Punjab-de-Sher and Bhojpuri Dabanggs enthralled fans during the matches of the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) held in Chandigarh on Saturday (February 6). After winning the toss, Mumbai Heroes chose to bat first and scored a total of 205 runs with six wickets. The star performer of the day was U Tiwary, who scored a quick 50 off just 22 balls and stayed not out till the end.
The Congress asked the Election Commission Saturday to refer to the CBI the alleged financial deals in the Antagarh bypoll in Chhattisgarh and the Lok Sabha election in Gautam Buddha Nagar constituency of Uttar Pradesh. In a letter to the Election Commission, the Congress referred to a report published in The Indian Express on January 27 — Independents, too, say they were told to pull out of the bypoll — which said six independent candidates who were in the fray had withdrawn, leaving only BJP’s Bhojrag Nag and Ambedkarite Party of India’s Rupdhar Pudo in the contest. Alleging that he was also pressurised to withdraw, Pudo filed a petition in the High Court saying he was offered “anything” by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s personal secretary O P Gupta to withdraw his nomination.
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.
New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Roger Federer may be past his prime these days, but former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli feels that the Swiss superstar is probably the greatest tennis player of all time. Roger Federer will always be one of the greatest, maybe the greatest. If I watch Federer's match on television, I cannot even switch it off," Bartoli told IANS here on Sunday.
The government favours bringing afresh a bill which seeks to change the present system of probing complaints of "misbehaviour and incapacity" against judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts. The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill was earlier brought by the previous UPA government but had lapsed following the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014. Now the Narendra Modi government wants to bring afresh the legislation with certain changes.
New Delhi, Feb .7 (ANI): DDCA secretary and former team India manager Sunil Dev has revealed that the fourth Test between his country and England, which was played in Manchester in 2014, was fixed. Dev was caught saying these revelations in a sting operation conducted by a Hindi daily newspaper. Dev said that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose to bat first in the cloudy conditions because the match was fixed , insisting that his decision came as a surprise to the team management as they had decided to bowl first in a team meeting.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly raping a nine-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri and will be tried as an adult in the case, the first in Uttar Pradesh to be prosecuted under the amended Juvenile Justice law, even as the victim was reportedly refused medico-legal examination by a senior doctor at a state-run women’s hospital in the district. Mainpuri DM Chandra Pal Singh Saturday asked Chief Medical Officer K K Sharma to submit a report over allegations that chief medical superintendent of Mahila Hospital, Dr Nimmi Begum, had refused to conduct the victim’s medical examination, who had sustained serious internal injuries, on Thursday night, police said. The medical examination of the victim was conducted at Saifai PGI where she was admitted Friday.
Mumbai, Feb 7 (IANS) With squash failing in three consecutive bids since 2005 to become part of the Olympic programme, Indian star Dipika Pallikal expressed her disappointment on Sunday and said she and other top players are hurt the sport hasn't got deserving place in the quadrennial Games. Squash was kept among eight sports short-listed for possible inclusion at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but eventually failed to make be in the five sports that were recommended by the host nation in September last year. Squash is being played in more than 185 countries and World Squash Federation president Narayana Ramachandran was left devastated after the sport was not included in the Tokyo Games.
Odisha Minister for Tribal Welfare Sudam Marndi and his family have been excommunicated by Santhali tribesmen as “punishment” for his daughter marrying a Diku, a person from outside the tribe. Marndi’s daughter Sanjivani, a doctor, married a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader, a Brahmin by caste, on January 30. The wedding, held at a hotel in Bhubaneswar, was attended by Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, among others.
The Mumbai cyber police solved a case within 20 days of the FIR being filed, with the arrest of two Nigerian nationals from Pune for duping a Goregaon-based 22-year-old by ‘promising’ her a job in the USA.
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 Himachal Police on Saturday seized nearly Rs 40 lakh worth foreign and Indian currency from four Tibetan monks travelling in a Fortuner from Delhi to McLeodganj. Police said their vehicle was intercepted at Mehatpur in Una district, bordering Punjab, during a routine check at a naka in the afternoon. The vehicle has a Delhi registration number and police said the four men began their journey from Majnu Ka Tilla in New Delhi.
Police said there was first a spark in a mattress shop located on ground floor of the building. The mattress shop is owned by the deceased’s husband Salim Belim. Senior inspector of Parksite police Rajendra Kulkarni said it appeared that Salma, Mehraj and Mohammad were sleeping at the time of the incident and hence could not run out immediately.
In part-1 we focussed on the economy which has often played a critical role in Bengal elections. Today we will understand the dynamics of three key segments which will influence the vote in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee had come to power in 2011 riding on huge support from the youth, women, the lower middle class and to some extent the Muslim vote.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (ANI): The charred body of a 20-year-old student of Delhi University's Laxmi Bai College has been found from the residence of her boyfriend in Rajpura Gurmandi area here. Arzoo was abducted and murdered by her boyfriend Naveen Khatri and his family on February 2 - two days before his marriage to another girl on February 4 - alleged the victim's kin. The Model Town Police has arrested Khatri in this connection.
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 Deonar dumping ground, which was ablaze for days starting January 28, has been in operation since 1927. The Mulund landfill, which the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has promised to consider closing down — though nearly 2,600 tonnes get dumped here daily — has been functional since 1968. Kanjurmarg, operational since 2003, is spread over 141 hectares and is the only one of Mumbai's three dumps where mountains of garbage do not stand 10 metres tall.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest at the International City Parade to be held in Visakhapatnam this evening as part of the ongoing International Fleet Review 2016. The 30-minute long Operational Demonstration will showcase multidimensional operational tasks undertaken by the various arms of the Indian Navy. The marching contingents of Army, Air Force, Andhra Pradesh Police, NCC, foreign navies and marching bands from the three services and visiting countries will participate in the parade along with the host, the Indian Navy.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (ANI): The Trade and Taxes department of Delhi has caught a huge consignment of iPhones valued over Rs. two crore. The consignment comprises of 600 iPhones of both 5S and 6S models. It was brought to Delhi illegally without proper documents.
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.
Brendon McCullum's one-day international career ended on Monday with a 55-run win over Australia at Seddon Park, though the legacy of the aggressive right-hander is likely to have a much longer effect on the sport in New Zealand. The New Zealand captain, who made his debut against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January, 2002, is retiring from all internationals after the second test against Steve Smith's side in Christchurch.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (ANI): The parents of Divyansh Kakrora, who died a mysterious death in Ryan International School, have lauded the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP Government's move to recommend a CBI probe into the matter and said any further delay would lead to manipulation of evidences. Divyansh's father, who met Delhi's Women and Child Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar here today, said only a CBI probe would justify this case.
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 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.
While Pune and Rajkot were building from scratch, six other franchises only needed touch ups to their existing squads.
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.
Dubai, Feb. 07 (ANI): India will lock horns against Sri Lanka in a three-match Twenty20 International series starting in Pune on Wednesday with the number-one ranking on the T20I Championship table up for grabs. India, which vaulted seven places to first after sweeping aside Australia last week, needs to win the series against Sri Lanka to retain the coveted position. In contrast, Sri Lanka will also aim to win the series, which will help it leapfrog India and the West Indies into the top spot.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (AI): Deputy Chief Minister Manish Manish Sisodia on Sunday said the Delhi Government would send a recommendation for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of six-year-old Divyansh, a Class 1 student at Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj area, here. "The Delhi Government expects that the CBI will take the case to its logical end by probing all aspects (including sodomy charges) by taking into consideration views of the child's parents and other people concerned," he added. Sisodia's announcement came a day after the parents of Divyansh wrote to Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, demanding a CBI probe into the death of their child on the school campus, whose body was found in a water tank under the school's amphitheatre on January 30.
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.
Gujarat Governor O P Kohli and Somabhai Modi, elder brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, heaped praises on the Dalit community at a ceremony to felicitate them in Vadnagar on Saturday. Speaking at the felicitation ceremony of Balmiki Samaj Sevak, organised on the premises of the old-age home run by Somabhai’s Sarvodaya Sewa Trust, Kohli said Dalits had done a “great favour” to the country by choosing not to convert to Islam during the Mughal rule.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.