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 before19 hours agoIndian Express
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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.
While most of the members are youngsters and college students, their ranks include professionals from different fields. Apurva Wani, one of the founder members says, “We were inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bhart Abhiyan and wanted to do something at our level. Being students, we could devote time only on Sundays.
THE MUMBAI Police probing the Friday attack on builder Jinesh Jain in Sion, which left him injured, are checking if a dispute over a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project in Sion had anything to do with it. Jinesh is the son of Roopchandra Jain, who co-owns the Arihant Group of Companies that has projects along Mumbai’s eastern suburbs and Navi Mumbai.
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.
“Fall in line,” the Supreme Court said on Thursday, while directing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to implement the Lodha Committee report presented last month. The reason the judges had to enter the cricket field was that the BCCI had failed to convincingly deal with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. For so long, the BCCI has worked behind an iron curtain.
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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 (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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
The three municipal corporations of Delhi provide civic services to 97 per cent of the city. The New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Cantonment Board cover the remaining areas. Justifying the trifurcation of the MCD, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said trifurcation was the result of careful deliberation with a view to decentralise municipal governance in the capital.
While Pune and Rajkot were building from scratch, six other franchises only needed touch ups to their existing squads.
The 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.
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.
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.
Armaan Jaffer talks the way he bats, and bats the way he talks. Out there in the middle, he watches the ball cautiously, picks the most apt shot from his repertoire and executes it perfectly. You can see that this 17-year-old, unassuming lad from Mumbai has been groomed to be what he is and where he is: at the Under-19 World Cup and facing the media.
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.
For two years, the entire family, including a three-month-old baby and a 75-year-old grandmother, have been sitting on a chain hunger strike at Azad Maidan hoping to get justice for the hardships they claim to have faced “for belonging to a Scheduled Tribe”. During the day, they shift to the grounds, sitting under the sun to protest for their rights.
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.
In part-1 we focussed on the economy which has often played a critical role in Bengal elections. Today we will understand the dynamics of three key segments which will influence the vote in Bengal. Mamata Banerjee had come to power in 2011 riding on huge support from the youth, women, the lower middle class and to some extent the Muslim vote.
New Delhi, Feb .7 (ANI): 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.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (ANI): The charred body of a 20-year-old student of Delhi University's Laxmi Bai College has been found from the residence of her boyfriend in Rajpura Gurmandi area here. Arzoo was abducted and murdered by her boyfriend Naveen Khatri and his family on February 2 - two days before his marriage to another girl on February 4 - alleged the victim's kin. The Model Town Police has arrested Khatri in this connection.
Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley on Monday made several explosive revelations in his deposition before a Mumbai court. Headley told the court that Mumbai was unsuccessfully targetted two times before the 26/11 terror attack. He revealed that he joined LeT after being "influenced" by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and had met "Major Iqbal" of Pakistan ISI.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest at the International City Parade to be held in Visakhapatnam this evening as part of the ongoing International Fleet Review 2016. The 30-minute long Operational Demonstration will showcase multidimensional operational tasks undertaken by the various arms of the Indian Navy. The marching contingents of Army, Air Force, Andhra Pradesh Police, NCC, foreign navies and marching bands from the three services and visiting countries will participate in the parade along with the host, the Indian Navy.
In the refined ambience of ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru, where the latest IPL auction unravelled, the delegates of Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions, the newbies of the league, must have felt sweaty. On the surface, they seemed laid-back and relaxed, but deep inside they would have wanted Richard Madley to take out his gavel as early as possible and set the ball rolling. When finally Madley got things underway at 9.30 am, the clock hands forming an inverted L, Supergiants and Lions got down to their business straightaway.
Ahead of the Ranji season last year, as the Assam team assembled at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati for practice, coach Sanath Kumar told his team: “Play hard, fight...and always believe in yourself.” On the face of it, it looked like a routine pep talk that any coach would readily dish out to his wards. On Saturday, Kumar’s team did something unprecedented. For the first time, they reached the Ranji semifinals, by defeating Punjab in Valsad.
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): Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday rubbished the criticism over the list of 20 cities selected as part of Centre's Smart City initiative, saying that the cities were selected by a process of competition and not because of any political consideration. The 20 cities were selected by competition and not because of any political consideration," Naidu told ANI. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier expressed disappointment over the non-inclusion of any city of his state in the list of 20 cities released by the Centre as part of the first batch of cities to receive funds under the Smart City initiative.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Delhi, Feb. 7 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday expressed confidence that the indefinite strike by the MCD workers would certainly be called off as they were in talks with the protestors, reminding them of their obligations to the national capital. "We are talking to the municipal workers regularly and all the three mayors from our party have spoken to the workers union and in the past few days we have seen the results of those discussions. Now, the sanitation workers are left," Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay told ANI.
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.
By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand need more runs from the middle order and must build on partnerships when they get started to boost their chances of beating Australia in the final one-day match in Hamilton on Monday. Australia levelled the three-match series on Saturday with a four-wicket victory in Wellington, where Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings put on an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 86 that saw them home after some nervous moments following a mid-order collapse. Despite New Zealand taking four top-order wickets for 22 runs, and two in the middle order for six, their 281 was not enough of a target to defend after a century opening stand from David Warner and Usman Khawaja.