18:06 Author Paulo Coelho tweets:I wonder how Prince William's upcoming marriage to Kate Middleton will change my life.
17:58 Westminster Abbey chosen for staggering beauty:
The wedding ofPrince WilliamandKate Middletonwedding will take place on Friday 29 April at Westminster Abbey, it was announced today by Clarence House. Reports guardian.co.uk, that thevenue was chosen for its "staggering beauty" and the arrangements were the personal wishes of the couple.
The royal family and the Middletons will foot the bill for the ceremony between them, although the cost of security will be met by the taxpayer.
Just in: The royal wedding between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey on Friday, 29th April, 2011.
And on twitter: marlahohnersays: I think Princess Di would be pleased that Kate Middleton received her ring & Camilla Parker-Bowles didn't get her hands on it!
17:30 I did not kill my wife, says honeymoon horror man:
Brit-Indian business tycoon Shrien Dewani broke down into tears after he was accused of being involved in his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town this month, saying "How could anyone say I killed her?"
Anni Dewani was shot dead after the taxi she and husband Shrien, were travelling in, was hijacked November 13. The Sun quoted Dewani, as saying that he feels as if he has been robbed of the rest of his life
"I''d searched high and low for my perfect partner. Anni was the ''One''. Her looks, her laughter her personality, her spirit - everything about her was right for me," Dewani said."Why would I want to kill her? People who suggest this could not have seen us together. Saying I was somehow involved simply defies logic."
17:28 Pramila Ganpathy Gundandda wins bronze for India in the women's heptathlon. Susmita Singharoy was fourth.
17:26 Indians shoplifted Rs 9,295 cr till June 2010:
The Indian retail sector lost Rs 9,295.9 crore to shoplifting and theft during the 12-month period ended June, 2010, which added Rs 6,631 to the shopping bill of the average family, according to a survey.
As per the Global Retail Theft Barometer Study, India also had the dubious distinction of the highest rate of retail shrinkage -- a reduction or loss in inventory due to shoplifting and theft -- in the world.
"Retail shrinkage in India continues to rank the world's highest at 2.7 per cent. Total cost of retail crime reached Rs 9,295.9 crore, shared at Rs 6,631 per family," according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer Study.
17:11 I'm so proud to be India, tweets Somdev:
After his historic tennis singles win, Somdev Devvarman tweets: sdevvarman I actually literally don't know how to react right now!! I'm so proud to be Indian!!!
17:04 Japan on high alert after Korea shelling:
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan today said he has ordered his ministers to prepare for any eventuality after North Korea fired artillery shells on to a South Korean island.
"I ordered (ministers) to make preparations so that we can react firmly, should any unexpected event occur," Kan told reporters after an emergency meeting of cabinet members and senior officials at his official residence.
17:00 Malaysia beat India 4-3 in extra time in the hockey men's semi-final at the Asian Games via Golden Goal. India with play South Korea for the bronze medal, whileMayaysia and Pakistan face-off for the gold
16:54 India, Malaysia tied at 3-3. The match now goes into the extra time.
16:34 Karzai vehemently denies meeting Taliban imposter:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai today denied meeting a purported top Taliban negotiator as claimed by The New York Times.
The US newspaper said a man claiming to be Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour was in fact an impostor. The Washington Post quoted Afghan officials as saying that the man was a shopkeeper from the Pakistani city of Quetta.
NATO and Afghan officials told the Times they met the fake Taliban leader three times and that he was flown to Kabul on a NATO aircraft and ushered into the presidential palace to meet Karzai.
But the president denied the meeting. "We have not met with any one named Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has not come to Afghanistan," Karzai said.
16:21 2 dead as Koreas exchange artillery fire:
North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island on Monday, killing two marine personnel and triggering an exchange of fire as South Korean armed forces went on their highest state of alert. Read more.
Meanwhile, Korea, North Korea and Korea Peace have been trending on twitter.
ohdugeuntweets: Why does 2 Korea fight w/ each other, anyways? They have the same nationality and language. Why not being one? We need#koreapeace
royaltyaccesstweets: *casting Expellius Patronas for South Korea* stupid North korea
realISAKtweets: omg I'm sooo scared... :(
16:07 Archery loss for India:
More on that archery loss. India's Deepika Kumari missed out on a medal as she lost to Kwon Un Sil of North Korea in the bronze-medal play-off of the women's individual archery event in the Asian Games today.
Deepika began the day by thrashing Rand Almashhandani of Iraq 5-1 in her opening match and then beat Indonesia's Erwina Safitri 7-3 to reach the quarterfinals.
15:54 India's Krishna Poonia wins bronze in women's discus throw in Asian Games.
15:49 India-Malaysia tied 1-1 in hockey semis:
India and Malaysia were tied 1-1 at half time in their semifinal clash. Sandeep Singh equalised through a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the half.
15:42 Imposter Taliban dupes Afghans, vanishes with cash:
An impostor posing as a leading Taliban negotiator held secret talks with Afghan officials, according to the New York Times.
The Afghans thought they were dealing with Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, a top Taliban commander. But he was not Mullah Mansour and may not even have been a member of the Taliban, reports the newspaper.
He was paid "a lot of money", and then disappeared, according to diplomatic sources. The man in question came from Pakistan - where it is thought the Taliban's leadership is based - and reportedly had three meetings with government officials.
NDTV's Suhasini Haidar tweets: Imposter taliban story Mullah Mansour in NYT is tere bin Taliban. Shdnt giggle but have to.
15:24 South warns North Korea of 'stern retaliation':
A second South Korean marine dies after the shelling of Yeonpyeong, Yonhap news agency reports. South Korea now warns North Korea that it will "sternly retaliate" for any further provocations, the presidential office says in a statement. The attack, the most serious since the Korean War ended without a ceasefire in 1953 was aimed at a place where civilians live.
15:07 Nitin Gadkari reaches Delhi, will meet Yeddy:
BJP President Nitin Gadkari has reached New Delhi to anchor the meeting where Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa is expected to asked to step down. Yeddyurappa is expected to stay in Delhi for two days, arriving last evening.
15:03 Breaking news: 6.0 magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea region, saysa report from the US Geological Survey.
14:55 As you sow, so shall you reap: Kasab tells RR:
As you sow so shall you reap -- this was the response of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab when Maharashtra opposition leader Eknath Khadse asked the 26/11 convict how he was feeling at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, accompanied by Leader of Opposition in state Assembly today visited the jail here, where Kasab is lodged.
"Khadse asked after Kasab's well-being and the Pak terrorist who is on death row replied, 'jaisa boya, waisa kata (I reap, what I sow)," Patil said later. "More than this, I also did not want to speak (to Kasab)," Patil said.
The minister said he found the jail overcrowded. "It has a capacity of 781 inmates but in reality, around 2,000 prisoners are lodged here," Patil said. The staff strength at the jail is also less than one-third of the sanctioned strength, the minister said. "
14:43 Norway airport closes after bomb scare:
Norwegian police say one of the country's busiest airports has been evacuated as bomb experts investigate a suspicious bag for possible explosives. The airport in Bergen, Norway's second largest city, closed early today after security staff scanned the bag and found "what looked like an explosive device."
14:41 Asian Games: Pak enters hockey finals:
Pakistan enter Asian Games hockey final beating South Korea 4-3 on penalties after the match ended tied on 1-1. They will meet the winner of the other semifinal between India and Malaysia. Best, India.
Time to lighten up. Farah Khan tweets: TheFarahKhanGod hav 2 get an MRI done 4 my wrist bone.never bn inside the machine b4.bachao bachao.n sm1 pls buy yana gupta an underwear.kya yaar.
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14:34 Nitish dissolves Bihar cabinet:
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today held a meeting of the cabinet, the last of his present tenure, and decided to recommend to Governor Devanand Konwar the dissolution of the 14th Assembly with effect form tomorrow. The term of the house, with a strength of 243 MLAs, expires tomorrow.
14:26 Bihar poll counting begins at 8 am tomorrow:
Counting of votes for all the 243 Assembly constituencies in Bihar will take place at 8 am tomorrow amidst tight security arrangements. Counting for the Banka parliamentary constituency, where a by-election was held, will be taken up simultaneously.
-- Counting will be held at 42 counting centres, mostly in the district headquarters towns, where exclusive deployment of central para-military forces has been made, he said.
-- 14 tables: For each of the 243 constituencies, there will be 14 tables each manned by two counting staff and a special counting micro observer, he said.
-- The EVMs brought from strong rooms will be opened under the supervision of senior officials, observers and Election Commission authorities.
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14:24 Toll rises in Korea, Cambodia:
Toll rises in two of today's top world stories.
In the artillery exchange among the two Koreas, which began local time, late last night, at least one one South Korean soldier was killed, whiletwo civilians and 13 other South Korean military personnel were injured, with three of the soldiers seriously hurt.
The death toll in the stampede at a Cambodian festival in Phonm Phen has risen to 345, while 391 people were injured at the annual Water Festival.
Scroll down for details.
14:16 Sonia in Hyderabad for new airport launch:
Congress President Sonia Gandhi will today inaugurate the Rajiv Gandhi International (greenfield) Airport at Shamshabad, about 30 km from Hyderabad. Rs 2,470 crore greefield international airport, is the first to be developed under public-private partnership model.
The new airport has incorporated the best of facilities available at Oslo, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore airports.
14:14 Freida turns down song-dance Bollywood flicks:
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto has ruled out starring in a Bollywood movie as she thinks many of the films are "churned out" by producers with no quality control.
The Mumbai-born actress, who shot to worldwide fame with the Oscar-winning movie, has been offered several "stereotypical" roles in India, but is adamant not to star in an all-singing, all-dancing Bollywood movie.
"I wouldn't want to do a Bollywood film per se, but I would like to do an Indian-language film. For some reason I think Bollywood has become synonymous with commercial cinema, which is song and dance and everything that is larger than life, and I am interested in the reality..."
13:46 Stay with us for the Bihar poll results tomorrow:
And while we're on the Bihar poll results, stay with us tomorrow for Live! updates as the counting begins. And here's a factoid: A total of 3,523 candidates were in the fray in the assembly elections for 243 constituencies. Of them 308 are women.
Incidentally, you can SMS poll to 57333 for the latest on the Bihar election coverage.
13:44 Nitish 'warns' Lalu:
As Bihar braces for the Assembly poll results tomorrow, the state chief minister Nitish Kumar talking to a TV channel has issued a veiled warning to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav saying, 'After Wednesday, Lalu can expect more trouble'.
13:32 Bloodbath in Indian markets:
Sensex slipped over 600 points over the flare-up in both the Koreas earlier this day. There was heavy selling in realty, metal andoil stocks, the firstscrips to be hit.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) fired scores of artillery onto a South Korean island and also into waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula near a tense maritime border, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
News agency Xinhua reports that the firing began at 2:34 pm local time, injuringfour.
South Korea has fired some 30 artillery shells in response and the military is now put on heightened alert.
13:15 Pranab admits to stalemate in Parliament:
Addressing the press in New Delhi just outside Parliament House, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee says the stalemate on the Opposition demand for a JPC probe into the 2G scam continues.
Jayanthi Natrajan, spokesperson Congress, said the BJP had double standards and had no moral ground to demand a probe.
13:05 Spinners domination help India win:
India crushed New Zealand by a hugemargin of an innings and 198 runsto win the three-match series 1-0,on dayfour of the third and final Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur on Tuesday. Read more.
12:38 N Korea shells S Korean island; 4 injured:
Just in: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) fired scores of artillery onto a South Korean island and also into waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula near a tense maritime border, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
News agency Xinhua reports that the firing began at 2:34 pm local time, injuringfour.
South Korea has fired some 30 artillery shells in response and the military is now put on heightened alert.
12:32 Somdev Devvarman wins gold!: Fourth seed Somdev Devvarman wins India's first gold in singles tennis at the Asian Games, beating top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-2. This takes India's gold haul to seven. Somdev had also bagged the doubles gold with Sanam Singh yesteday. This is Somdev's second gold medal in the Asian Games. Read more.
12:30 Roof collapse kills 14 in Pakistan:
At least 14 people are believed to have been killed today in northwestern Pakistan when a concrete roof they were sitting on collapsed into a 15-foot deep sewer. Conflicting reports indicate the dead may have been all women, or a mix of women and children. Over 34 people were injured in the accident.
12:27 Nine Naxals killed in encounter in Dantewada:
As you celebrate India's seventh gold and a historic singles tennis win by Somdev Devvarman, details have just come in of the Naxals-CPRF encounter in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh.
Nine Naxals were today killed in a fierce encounter with the CRPF and state police personnel in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district.
Acting on specific intelligence inputs, a team of the CRPF's 111 battalion accompanied by two special police officers and four state policemen encircled the Maoists in the jungles of Jagargunda around 9 am.
So far, nine bodies of the Naxals have been recovered; no casualties among security forces.
12:05 Parliament reconvenes for exactly 10 minutes:
Both houses of Parliament reconvened at noon after it was adjourned over the Opposition's demand for a JPC probe into the 2G scam. However, almost immediately, ruckus for the probe threatens to adjourn the session again.
Left blinks, says it will consider alternative to JPC probe.
And yes, both houses of Parliament adjourned over the JPC probe.
11:58 PM's handpicked team to visit J-K tomorrow:
News flash: Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, is visiting Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow with his team to find employment solutions and attempt to bring the state back into the mainstream. Dr Manmohan Singh has apparently handpicked the team.
11:56 Which are the world's top 10 bookstores?:
The great Indianmiddle-class -- estimated to be 400 million -- always pride themselves on their education and academic leanings -- the only way to success seemingly. It is this 400 million that apparently read books, yet, for a country that boasts of such a mammoth audience, book stores are sadly lacking.
The Los Angeles Times quotes Lonely Planet which lists the top 10 bookstores in the world -- the only one in Asia -- is in China. There'sLello Bookshopin Lisbon, a neo-gothic extravaganza with serpentine staircases that opened in 1906.Bookbarin Rome,Atlantis Booksin Greece,Selexyz Dominicanenin the Netherlands,Another Countryin Berlin and Paris'Shakespeare & Companyto round out the European selections. Their London bookseller of choice is travel booksellerDaunt Books.
The Bookwormin Bejing, which has, in addition to books for sale and for loan, an annual book festival and celebrations of wine and whiskey.
11:37 Somdev plays for gold: 6-1 in first set:
India's gold medal hope Somdev Devvarman is one set up in the tennis singles gold medal match against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. Somdev won the first set 6-1. Details soon...
11:36 Deepika Kumari advances to quarters in archery:
India's Deepika Kumari kept herself in medal contention by advancing to the quarter-finals of the women's individual archery event, but Rimil Buriuly bowed out after losing the second round here today. Deepika began well by beating Rand Almashhandani of Iraq 5-1 in round one and then pipped Indonesia's Erwina Safitri 7-3 in the next round. She will next take on Taipei's Tan Ya Ting, who ousted Deepika's compatriot Rimil in second round.
11:32 Squash: Indian women's team in semis:
The Indian women's team qualified for the semifinals of the squash team event despite a 0-3 drubbing at the hands of Hong Kong, while Saurav Ghosal leading the men's team made the last-four grade of the Asian Games with a crushing 3-0 win over South Korea here today. The women team advanced to semifinals courtesy their second place finish behind Hong Kong in Pool B.
11:23 Nine Maoists killed in encounter in Jagargunda, Jharkhand.
11:20 Opposition refuses to budge from JPC probe:
Parliament was disrupted again for the eight day running with the Opposition refusing to budge fromtheir demandof a JPC probe into the 2Gscam. BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu says the party will taketo the streets if JPC isnot okayed.
11:14 Major encounter between Maoists and CRPF jawans in Jharkhand.
11:12 NZ miners' families told to prepare for tragedy:
Families of the 29 men trapped in a mine inNew Zealandwere today told to prepare for the worst, as police acknowledged for the first time they were preparing for a "loss of life", reports guardian.co.uk.
Rescue operations faced a setback, first with toxic gases trapped inside making it too dangerous for people to be lowered down, and then when the robot which was lowered into the bore-hole broke down. It hadbeen sent to check conditions and film the underground area
10:57 Now pill to wipe out painful memories:
If there are moments that you wish to forget because they cause so much pain -- like the death of a loved one or a childhood trauma -- it may now be possible to do so just by popping a pill.
US researchers have discovered that proteins can be removed from the brain's fear centre to wipe out traumatic memories. Their findings could be of benefit to soldiers who have experienced distressing events and victims of violence, or even help couples get over the hurt of painful break-ups.
10:54 Congratulations Tasneem Rahat:
For those who did not watch KBC yesterday -- possibily the coolest, most confident contestant in a very long time. And the smartest.
Tasneem Rahat, who like millions of Indian housewives, did not have the opportunity to study orchase her dream of becoming ateacher, proved shecertainly had itin her. It was a heartwarming moment watching herreceive the Rs 1 crore cheque. Mr Bachchanseemed overwhelmed too.
10:44 At least 345 dead in Cambodia stampede:
In what is believed to be the greatest tragedy for Cambodia since the mass killing carried out by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, at least 345 people have been killed in a stampede during festival celebrations in Phnom Penh yesterday.
The stampede happened after huge crowds had gathered on a small island for the final day of the Water Festival, when the stampede took place on a bridge which had become overcrowded, reports bbc.co.uk.
10:37 Aung San Suu Kyi, son meet after 10 years:
After 10 long years, Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her son Kim Aris finally had an emotional reunion at Yangon airport as he arrived, reports bbc.co.uk. Aris had travelled to Thailand before his mother was freed November 13 and waited to be granted a visa to Myanmar.
Suu Kyi (65) who spent 15 of the past 21 years in detention was seen smiling broadly at the airport and said she was very happy. The opposition leader last saw Aris in December 2000. Since then he has been repeatedly denied permission to enter the country. In fact, it has been a decade since she last saw her elder son, Alexander, and she has grandchildren she has never met.
10:26 Yeddy still insists he hasn't committed mistakes:
Good morning and welcome to Live! news as it happens. We begin with updates on Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa...
After striking a defiant note for days, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said he would abide by the decision of the BJP high command. "Whatever decision our national leaders are going to take about me, I am going to obey their orders," he told reporters in New Delhi this morning. "Today, I am going to meet all our national leaders and I am going to explain the situation in Karnataka." he said. Asked if he would step down, the chief minister said, "I have not committed any mistake. I will meet the central leaders."