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 before8 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.
Ghazipur, Feb.6 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Saturday stoked yet another controversy by claiming that he has proof of India's most-wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim being present during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore last year. Breaking all international laws he went to Pakistan and also met Dawood there," Khan said. Khan asserted that he is ready to provide evidence if Prime Minister Modi denies or challenges his claims.
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. ...
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.
New Delhi, Feb. 6 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that India has great strengths to be amongst leading nations in a technology driven forth industrial revolution that is expected to come about. Speaking after inaugurating a two day seminar titled-ART (Adjudication, Regulation and Telecommunication) of convergence in New Delhi, Jaitley said that regulatory and adjudicating mechanisms have to keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies in the fields of information technology, telecommunications and broadcasting.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 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.
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.
Kochi, Feb 6 (IANS) A final review meeting was held here on Saturday to finalise the programme for the February 20 opening of Kerala's much-delayed mega IT project- the Kochi Smart City . The review meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson and other top officials from the state government and representatives of project partner, Dubai Holdings. Among those taking part would include Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, UAE's Cabinet Affairs Minister and Dubai Holdings chairman Mohammed Al Gargawi, Dubai Holdings vice chairman and managing director Ahmad Binbyat and other top dignitaries from the state government and from Dubai Holdings.
New Delhi, Feb.6 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday arrived here at the Palam Airport after attending 9th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting in Colombo. Sushma Swaraj had earlier today called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's House in Colombo. The exhibition reportedly will showcase the phenomenal rise of the computing sector and digital technologies in India which is positively impacting the everyday lives of people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ALMOST A year after she won the silver medal in the women’s 100 M breaststroke event in the National Games in Kerala, Chandigarh swimmer Chahat Arora claimed her first medal in an international competition by winning the bronze medal in the women’s 100 M breaststroke event in the South Asian Games in Guwahati on Sunday. The 18-year-old swimmer returned with a timing of one minute and 18.77 seconds while Pakistan’s Lianna Elizabeth Swan won the silver medal with a timing of one minute and 18.58 seconds and Bangladesh’s Mahfuza Khatun won the gold medal with a timing of one minute and 17.86 seconds.
Kolkata, Feb 6 (IANS) Having won their first two matches, a great opportunity beckons Bengal Warriors on their home turf when the third leg of the Season 3 Pro Kabaddi kicks off here on Sunday. Bengal has been home to Kabaddi for a long time and they were a super power at the national level, second only to Maharashtra both in the men's and women's sections. With South Korean star Jang Kun Lee spearheading the charge with precise, speedy and power packed raids, Warriors got past Bengaluru Bulls two days back in the Karnataka capital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While Pune and Rajkot were building from scratch, six other franchises only needed touch ups to their existing squads.
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.
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.
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.7 (ANI): The Haryana Government on Sunday clarified Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's remark that the state would offer special license for foreigners to consume beef, saying it would be possible only if any such provision was there in the act. Likewise the Haryana Chief Minister was asked whether there would be any special permission under which foreigners could eat beef in the state," Jawahar Yadav, OSD to the Haryana Chief Minister, told ANI.
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.
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.
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.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also the leader of the NDA in Rajya Sabha, presented the budget on February 28. As another budget, quite crucial to the implementation of the economic agenda of the present government, comes closer, we take a look at the some of the highlights and major measures announced in the 2015 budget. The government hiked the excise duty on cigarettes, tobacco products, packed condensed milk, peanut butter, making the consumption of these products more expensive.
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.
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.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday took potshots at the West Bengal Government over the arrest of a youth for posting a Facebook status against local TMC leader in Jalpaiguri and said this episode is 'not just intolerance but beyond it' under the sycophant rule of Mamata Banerjee BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh highlighted the past incidents to justify his point. Since Mamata Banerjee has come to power, a number of such cases have happened. If you remember, a cartoonist was also picked up and jailed because he had posted a cartoon which Mamata Banerjee didn't like.
An American who helped plot deadly attacks in Mumbai told a court Monday that Pakistan-based militants made two failed attempted attacks on the Indian city before killing 166 people in November 2008. David Headley, who was sentenced in 2013 by a Chicago court to 35 years in a US prison for his role in the atrocity, said Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants had been behind the fatal assaults. "In the month of September 2008 and in October 2008 those attempts by the LeT were unsuccessful on account of accident to the attackers," said Indian public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, citing Headley's testimony via video link.
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.
Mumbai, Feb 7 (IANS) Hosts India must clinch the forthcoming three-match T20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka starting in Pune on Wednesday to hold on to their No.1 position in International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I rankings. India, who vaulted seven places to first after sweeping aside Australia last week, need to win the series against Lanka to retain the coveted position. If they win it 2-1 they will gain the top spot and India will slip to the third position.