Siachen avalanche: Air pocket under 35 ft of snow kept Lance Naik Hanumanthappa alive
Siachen avalanche: Air pocket under 35 ft of snow kept Lance Naik Hanumanthappa alive

The miraculous rescue of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad was possible because he was trapped inside an air pocket under 35 feet of snow, and had access to oxygen ever since he was buried alive in an avalanche on February 3, Army officials said. Army sources said Hanumanthappa was detected with the help

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  • Siachen avalanche: Relief, prayers in Lance Naik Hanumanthappa’s village after news of rescue

    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.

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

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

    • The Indian Express
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  • Straying Muslims youths must be counselled, not punished: Shahi Imam to PM Modi

    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.

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  • Defence expert calls Sharif a 'rubber stamp' post Headley's claim

    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.

    • ANI
  • Dear Maneka Gandhi, don’t let beti bachao become beti bhagao

    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.

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

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

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

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

    • Reuters
  • Jaitley defamation case: Delhi HC rejects AAP's application

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

    • ANI
  • 'Meteorite' kills man in south India, authorities say

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

    • AFP
  • Leopard injures five at Indian school

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

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

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

    • ANI
  • MCD workers strike enters 13th day; Delhi suffers as garbage mounts on roads

    New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): The sanitation workers strike of Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) entered 13th day on Monday over the non- payment of salary and allowances. The Delhi Government, had on October 23, 2015 said that the pending arrears would be cleared. On Saturday, Municipal Corporation Teachers Association called off their indefinite strike after they received their pending salaries.

    • ANI
  • Congress welcomes TRAI's decision on net neutrality

    New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): The Congress on Monday welcomed TRAI's decision on net neutrality, saying it was in tune with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi's call for a free internet all along. "Rahul Gandhi advocated a Free Internet all along. TRAI's decision on Net Neutrality is a victory for all Netizens!" said a statement posted on the Indian National Congress (INC) twitter handle.

    • ANI
  • JNPT extends rebate for rail transported containers

    Mumbai, Feb 8 (IANS) The central government on Monday extended a rebate on handling charges for Exim (export/import) containers moved by rail on dedicated rakes at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). According to the Ministry of Shipping, the JNPT board granted a waiver of Rs.728 per container towards handling charges of Exim containers moved by rail on October 15, 2015, for a period of three months on a trial basis. "To further encourage rail movement, the board has extended the rebate for another three months," the ministry said in a statement.

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  • Maharashtra govt won’t cancel land allotted to Hema Malini

    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.

    • The Indian Express
  • Finch dumped as Australia skipper for World T20

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

    • Reuters
  • Mumbai: 4 ‘Chaddi Banyan’ gang members arrested

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

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

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

    • The Indian Express
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  • David Miller to lead Kings XI Punjab in IPL 9

    New Delhi, Feb.9 (ANI): South Africa batsman David Miller has been appointed as the skipper of Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

    • ANI
  • Stop random arrests of Muslim men on IS pretext: Muslim organisations

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

    • The Indian Express
  • Child trafficking nexus busted by Bengaluru police, 16 arrested

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

    • The Indian Express
  • Odisha govt takes possession of land encroached by IPS officer’s wife

    THE STATE government on Monday took possession of 42 acres of government land encroached by the wife of a 2002-batch IPS officer, who was suspended last year after being accused of police excesses. The Puri district administration freed the land encroached by Ranjana Gajbhiye, wife of Odisha-cadre IPS officer Satish Gajbhiye, who was suspended in August. Earlier, the district administration had served her a notice, asking her to vacate the government land in Badakiapala and Sankiapala mouza of Gop tehsil in Puri district.

    • The Indian Express
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  • SC says Arunachal Speaker right in accepting two MLAs resignations

    New Delhi, Feb.9 (ANI): A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising of Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice Adarsh K Goel today dismissed the special leave petition (SLP) challenging a Gauhati High Court judgment upholding the decision of Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in accepting the resignation letters of two MLAs -- Wanglam Sawin (Khonsa East constituency in Tirap District) and Gabriel D Wangsu (representing Kanubari constituency). Both MLAs had handed over their resignation letters to Speaker Nabam Rebia on September 16, 2015, saying that they were taking this step on moral grounds and without being under any kind of duress to do so. The resignation letter was handed over to Speaker Rebia by the Whip of the Congress Party, and the latter accepted their resignation on September 30, 2015.

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

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

    • The Indian Express
  • Arrested Delhi cleric Abdus Sami Qasmi had contested 2007 UP Assembly polls

    ABDUS SAMI Qasmi, the cleric from Delhi who is the 20th suspected Islamic State (IS) sympathiser arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and charged with conspiracy to form a terror organisation and launch terror attacks in the country, had unsucessfully contested the 2007 UP Assembly elections from Suar Tanda constituency in Rampur. “He used to take part in district-level political activities.

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

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

    • The Indian Express
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  • Cricket: Proposal to play World Twenty20 matches on neutral venue: Pakistan

    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.

    • AFP
  • Headley bares two failed attempts before 26/11

    Mumbai, Feb 8 (IANS) Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) made two unsuccessful attempts before wreaking havoc in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, in a terror attack that killed 166 persons, terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headly told a Special TADA court here on Monday. In the first attempt to strike Mumbai in September 2008, the terrorist's boat hit some rocks in the Arabian Sea, resulting in loss of weapons and ammunition, but those on board survived, Headley told TADA Court Judge G.A. Sanap via video-conferencing from a US jail. Headley also identified in a picture his main contact in the LeT terror group Sajid Mir and LeT founder Hafez Sayeed and said he was inspired by Sayeed's fiery speeches to join the group in 2002.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • David Headley wanted to fight against Indian Army in Kashmir

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

    • The Indian Express
  • Scientists study India's deadly 'meteorite'

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

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

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

    • The Indian Express
  • Miffed, Raju Shetti to shun BJP’s rural outreach programme

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

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

    One of 10 Indian soldiers feared dead after an avalanche six days ago in the remote Himalayas has been miraculously rescued alive, officials said. "In the ongoing rescue operation at Siachen, of the 10 soldiers buried... (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.

    • AFP
  • Adarsh scam: Congress protests nod to prosecute Ashok Chavan

    The Maharashtra Congress indicated Tuesday it would voice its disappointment with Governor C Vidyasagar Rao for allowing CBI to prosecute former chief minister Ashok Chavan. The Congress also plans to draw a strategy to raise its protest during the budget session next month when the Governor addresses the joint session of the state legislature. On Tuesday, the Maharashtra Congress adopted a resolution at the party’s legislature meeting to give a clean chit to Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Scheme, and dismiss the Governor’s nod to the CBI prosecution as “political vengeance”.

    • The Indian Express
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  • DDCA must comply with safety norms to host World T20 match: HC

    New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday made it clear to Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) that it has to comply with safety norms at Ferozeshah Kotla ground in order to host World T20 matches. A division bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to inspect the stadium and inform it whether it can grant occupancy certificate to the DDCA. The court said a conditional occupancy certificate cannot be granted to the DDCA as it does not want anyone to say later that something untoward happened there due to lack of compliances or due to some minor deviation.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • India's growth slows to 7.1 percent in third quarter

    The Indian industry said it was looking to the upcoming union budget giving a positive direction to the economy. As per official data on gross domestic product (GDP) released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the growth was pulled down by lower production in 'agriculture, forestry and fishing', 'electricity, gas and water supply and other utility services' and 'financial, real estate and professional services'. Inadequate rainfall this year meant agriculture and allied activities registered negative growth of (-)1 percent in the quarter -- compared to a 2 percent growth in the previous quarter.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
  • McCullum ends one-day career with strong legacy

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

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

    • The Indian Express
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  • Naidu rubbishes criticism over Smart City initiative

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

    • ANI
  • Uma Bharti to meet CMs of Odisha, Maharashtra, Gujarat over 'inter-linking' rivers

    New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati on Monday said that the Inter-Linking of River (ILR) programme is very important for enhancing water and food security of the country and would be very helpful in providing water to water short, drought prone and rainfed farming areas. Bharti chaired the eighth meeting of the special committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers where she said that the Government is committed for implementation of ILR programme with consensus and cooperation of the concerned state governments. Referring to her meeting with the Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik held in Bhubaneswar on 3rd of this month regarding Mahanadi-Godavari link project, Bharti said that it was decided that a team of officers from the centre and state government will discuss all the issues about this link and will submit its report within six months.

    • ANI
  • Delhi confidential: All In Line

    Like every year, the Finance Ministry is flooded with requests from journalists for an interview with minister Arun Jaitley ahead of the Union Budget. As many as 67 journalists from Abu Dhabi have expressed a wish to meet the finance minister. The corridors of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry are abuzz with chuckles after the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) director, Prashant Pathrabe, was recently given an award by a non-political organisation of public relations professionals.

    • The Indian Express
  • Court posts DDCA's defamation case against Kejriwal on Feb 23

    New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) A court here on Monday posted for February 23 a criminal defamation complaint against state Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and BJP's suspended parliamentarian Kirti Azad filed by the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and its vice-president Chetan Chauhan. Metropolitan Magistrate Jagminder Singh fixed February 23 for consideration of the defamation complaint. Chetan Chauhan through his advocate Sangram Patnaik last week filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and Azad, accusing them of defaming the cricket association by passing "scandalous" remarks.

    • IANS India Private Limited/Yahoo India News
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  • More work done by Modi govt so far than previous ones in 50 yrs: Nitin Gadkari

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

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

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

    • The Indian Express
  • HC reserves order on Ajay Chautala's parole plea

    New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order on plea for parole sought by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Ajay Singh Chautala, who is presently in jail in connection with a teacher recruitment scam. Earlier, the Delhi High Court had ordered the release of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on parole for four weeks. Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his MLA son Ajay, and three other officials were sentenced to ten years in prison in 2013 by a special CBI court on charges of illegally recruiting over 3,000 teachers in the state by using forged documents.

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

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

    • ANI
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  • Maharashtra Govt. supports women's entry in Haji Ali Dargah

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

    • ANI
  • Indian soldier buried six days flown to Delhi after 'miracle' rescue

    An Indian soldier rescued nearly a week after he was buried by a deadly avalanche on the world's highest battleground was Tuesday airlifted to Delhi in critical but stable condition, the army said. Hanamanthappa Koppad spent six days buried after a massive block of ice fell onto his army post on the Siachen glacier, killing nine of his colleagues. The rescue late Monday came days after India said there was little hope of survivors from the disaster in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

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

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

    • The Indian Express
  • HRD to institutionalise internship of Teacher Education Programs in Govt. schools

    New Delhi, Feb.8 (ANI): The Union Human Resource Development Ministry on Monday decided to constitute a committee to suggest ways to institutionalise an internship of Teacher Education Programmes in government schools. In the meeting chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, with state education minister and officials of state governments on Teacher Education here, it was decided to constitute the committee which includes state education secretaries of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Tripura and representatives of NCTE and KVS. The internship will be for duration of 20 weeks, at the end of which the school will provide feedback on the teaching aptitude of the trainees.

    • ANI
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  • Finch dumped as Australia T20 skipper - report

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

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

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

    • The Indian Express
  • ISI provides financial, military support to LeT: Headley

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

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

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

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

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

    • The Indian Express
  • Sri Lanka pacemen hand India five-wicket T20 defeat

    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.

    • Reuters
  • McCullum heads into ODI retirement with New Zealand win

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

    • Reuters
  • Divyansh Kakrora's death: Bassi says 'no sexual assault'

    New Delhi, Feb. 8 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Monday said that they have received the post-mortem report of the death of six-year-old Divyansh Kakrora in Ryan International School and said that there was no prima facie indication of any sexual assault. "The post-mortem report has been received (and) that is being studied. Suffice will be to say that it does not prima facie indicate any sexual assault.

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  • Indian avalanche soldier buried six days flown to Delhi

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

    • AFP