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-American2 hours agoYahoo India
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.
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.
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.
Mumbai, Feb. 9 (ANI): Devika Rotawan, the girl who was shot in the leg by terrorist Ajmal Kasab, in the 26/11 attacks and was also the youngest witness in the case who identified the terrorist in the courts, on Tuesday said that considering David Headley's statements the mastermind behind the gruesome attack should be hanged to death. "Considering David Headley's statements, the mastermind of the 26/11 attack should be nabbed and be hanged to death," Rotawan told ANI. The brave teenager also aims to join the Indian Police Service (IPS).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While Pune and Rajkot were building from scratch, six other franchises only needed touch ups to their existing squads.
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.
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 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.
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.
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): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday met the family members of 39 Indians who are held hostage in Iraq. EAM Swaraj reiterated that during her recent Bahrain visit, she talked about the hostages with Arab ministers and none of them said that the hostages had been killed. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had earlier confirmed that 39 Indians, who were held hostage by ISIS in Iraq, were alive and the government was doing all to secure their release after gathering more information.
The Bombay High Court recently pointed out that it was the responsibility of the members of the Bar to ensure that in certain cases, especially pertaining to illegal structures, large number of litigants do not enter the court rooms. The HC made the observation saying decorum of the court must be maintained. “Normally, on the daily board of this court there are more than 100 matters and therefore, there are large number of litigants and advocates present in the court.
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.
Uttar Pradesh Assembly was adjourned for the day Monday after paying rich tributes to its deceased members Rajinder Singh Rana and Mitrasen Yadav. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya, Congress’s Pradeep Mathur, BJP’s Suresh Khanna and RLD’s Dalbeer Singh paid tributes to the members. Rana, a two-term MLA from Deoband, was a minister during the Mulayam regime and held MoS (Independent charge) Rural Engineering Department in Akhilesh’s cabinet.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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... (one) 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 later Tuesday morning to be moved to an army hospital in New Delhi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pakistan's cricket chief Monday said a proposal was given to play their World Twenty20 matches on neutral venues next month in the event that Islamabad does not allow the team to tour India. India host the ICC World Twenty20 from March 8 to April 3 but Pakistan's participation is subject to government clearance as there are specific threats, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said. "We have told the ICC (International Cricket Council) now and before as well, the decision (to tour India) is with the government and it will consider if there is a specific Pakistan oriented security threat," Khan told media.
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.
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.
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. ...
Throughout his first year of governing the National Capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been at war with the Central government. The tussle started with the power to transfer bureaucrats and the functioning of Delhi Police, moved quickly to controlling air pollution levels and regularising unauthorised colonies to finally managing the recent municipal corporation strikes. Consider this: The road sector in Delhi is looked after by six separate authorities – the Public Works Department under the Delhi government, the local Municipal Corporation, the New Delhi Municipal Council, the Delhi Development Authority and the National Highways Authority of India (under the Central government) along with the Delhi Cantonment Board (under the Ministry of Defence).
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.
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. 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.