23:12 Check misuse of social networking sites, Gehlot to police:
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today said that to check misuse of social networking websites, police should effectively use the concerned laws.
Gehlot was speaking after reviewing a parade in Jaipur during the 150th anniversary celebrations of Indian Police Service.
He said he was in favour of freedom of speech on social media, but it should not be misused. "The police should use laws to tighten the noose around unsocial elements to stop them from uploading communal and seditious content on social sites," Gehlot said.
23:05 Divided Egypt votes on new constitution:
Egyptians, weary of a prolonged political turmoil, today began voting on a referendum over a divisive constitution that has brought Islamist President Mohammed Mursi on a confrontation with a secular opposition which accused the Muslim Brotherhood of "vote-rigging".
The two-phased polling began amidst tight security. A little more than half of Egypt's electorate of 51 million are eligible to vote in the first round while rest would be able to vote in the next phase on December 22.
President Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood have campaigned heavily in favour of the draft document, which may define Egypt for years to come. Opponents say it is poorly drafted and overly favours Islamists.
People queued in long lines at polling stations in Cairo, Alexandria, Daqahliya, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Assiut, Sohag,Aswan, North Sinai and South Sinai.
22:02 2 killed in rocket attack near Peshawar airport:
At least two people were killed and dozens sustained injuries in Peshawar when at least three rockets, fired from unknown location, landed near the city's airport, DawnNews reported.
Initial reports suggest that two rockets were landed near the airport while the third landed on Bara Road. There are reports of counter aerial firing from the Airport Security Forces and the law enforcing agencies have blocked the roads around the airport.
Read the full story on Dawn
21:44 Key Samjhauta blast accused arrested in Ujjain:
A key accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast, has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency from Nagda in Ujjain, MP.
The arrest comes in the midst of Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's visit to India. On February 18, 2007, two blasts ripped through two coaches of the Samjhauta Express near Panipat, when the train was heading from Delhi to Lahore, in which 68 people were killed, mostly Pakistani civilians.
20:06 Modi using language of anti-social elements: Cong:
Stung by his attack on Sonia Gandhi and Rahul, Congress today charged Narendra Modi with talking the language of anti-social elements as he was "losing ground fast".
"The way the Chief Minister is talking of mental balance and imbalance shows that he has become desperate.... And the reason for that trouble is that he is losing ground fast," party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.
The party asked its workers not to get provoked by Gujarat Chief Minister's words and maintain peace.
With the first phase of polling in Gujarat over, Dwivedi who is also Congress media department chairman, said that the atmosphere in the state is "not favourable" to Modi and that is why he has been using the "language of anti-social elements".
"Modi is using a language which is used by anti-social elements in films, villages and towns.... But I am not saying that he is anti-social element. The language he is using needs to be denounced," he said.
19:20 U-turn: Not equating 26/11 with Babri, says Malik:
Facing criticism over his remarks on Babri mosque issue, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik today said he never tried to equate the demolition of the shrine with 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
"There is no comparison, whatsoever, between Babri mosque demolition and 26/11 attacks. Babri mosque was actually ethnic. It was a sectarian strife," Rehman said, adding that his remark should not be taken "in a negative way".
The Pakistani leader, who is on a three-day visit, said he had no intention to interfere in the inter-faith matter as he was fully aware of such issues. "Pakistan itself is a victim of inter-faith clashes, sectarian strife. There have been Shia-Sunni clashes in Pakistan. My intention was not to create confusion but sound caution to the both countries," he said.
Malik said he was not a person who would interfere in somebody's religion or inter-faith matters but a person who goes out and leads on issues of communal harmony.
"So I said like the incidents of 9/11, people dying in Quetta, our Shia and Sunni people are being killed in Karachi. I (had) also said incidents like Mumbai blasts, Babri Masjid case, I am repeating it here and please do not take it in a negative way, we do not want that these things should happen in any region of India and Pakistan," he said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.
19:09 Govt not Oppn to be blamed for slow growth: BJP:
Countering Prime Minister's argument that "excessive pessimism" at home has hurt India's growth process, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today claimed that "cynicism" created by government's lack of initiative is to be blamed for the slowdown.
Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of FICCI where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier taken a dig at parties opposing the reforms saying they were "ignorant of global realities or are constrained by out-dated ideologies," she said it was not the opposition but "internal differences in the government and among its allies" which were delaying key bills
"It is not pessimism but an atmosphere of cynicism... More than policy the right environment is important but here everyday there are scams," Swaraj said.
She maintained that the Opposition is only performing its role of the watchdog and asked the government to introspect. She said that the scams are not mere allegations levelled by the Opposition but have been unearthed by constitutional bodies like the CAG.
19:07 No need to panic over Kingfisher Airlines: SBI:
State Bank of India today said there is no need for lenders to panic as the cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines is looking for a solution to come out of the crisis. "Kingfisher has been a good airline at some point of time. They are going through their set of problems. And there is no reason for bankers to panic as long as they say that they are looking for a solution.
"The assurance only is that they are trying," SBI Managing Director Diwakar Gupta told reporters at the Delhi Economics Conclave. SBI is the lead banker in the 17-lender consortium that extended Rs 7,000 crore loans to the now grounded Kingfisher Airlines. It has an exposure of Rs 1,500 crore to the carrier, which has not been serviced since January, 2012.
18:04 Lanka probes 49 skulls found at construction site:
Sri Lankan authorities today said they would investigate the discovery of at least 49 human skulls at a construction site in central part of the country.
Ajith Jayasena, the Judicial Medical Officer of Matale town, said skeletal remains are being collected from the site in order to subject them to further investigations.
It was not possible for the authorities to establish any details just yet, Jayasena said, adding that archaeological and soil experts' views also would also be sought as part of the preliminary investigations.
17:27 Pak needs hard evidence against Hafiz Saeed: Malik:
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik today virtually rejected India's demand for action against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed on the basis of dossiers provided so far, saying "hard" and "substantive" evidence is needed to arrest him.
"There is a difference between information and evidence. If I am given hard evidence now, if it is substantive, documentary or any material, before I leave for Pakistan, I will order his (Saeed) arrest," Malik, who is on a three-day visit, told reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.
He said if India had provided hard evidence against Saeed, founder of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa, nobody could have stopped Pakistan from acting against him.
17:10 Mulayam threatens to review support on quota bill:
Terming the proposed legislation on SC/ST quota in promotion as anti-national, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said his party would review its stand on supporting the UPA government from outside, if the Bill is passed.
"If voting is done on the Bill in the House, I will reconsider my party's support to the government.... We will review party's outside support to the government," he told reporters here.
"The bill is anti-national and will divide the people. My party has opposed the bill inside and outside the House and will continue its opposition," Yadav said.
He said it was unfortunate that his party members who were opposing the "anti-people" bill were thrown out of the House.
16:28 IAF pilots professional and sweet: Suu Kyi:
Not treated well by her own military junta, pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi today praised Indian Air Force pilots for being "professional" and "sweet".
"I enjoyed my time in India thoroughly from beginning to end, particularly impressed by the Air Force Pilots who flew me back. They are the kind of professional military men I like to see," said the 67-year-old Suu Kyi who was placed under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years on different occasions.
She added: "They (IAF) are very very sweet. So very soldierly in the best kind of way, officers and gentlemen."
During her visit to India last month, Suu Kyi was flown in and out of Yagon by IAF pilots in military planes.
After a 40-minute meeting with Salman Khurshid, a beaming Burmese leader also so praised the kind of reception she received from the Indian government and Indian people during her visit.
"It is an experience I wish to repeat," she said
16:00 'How are my people?' Chavez asks post-surgery:
Hugo Chavez's first words after emerging from surgery were "How are my (Venezuelan) people?" according to officials, who have proclaimed that the ailing leader is on the road to recovery.
Venezuela's Information Minister Ernesto Villegas told reporters yesterday that Chavez spoke with family members immediately after an operation to control bleeding after his cancer surgery earlier this week, and that his recovery was proceeding "satisfactorily."
Although Chavez, who underwent lengthy cancer surgery Tuesday in Cuba, faces a complex recovery process, he is "meeting the post-operative protocol in satisfactory fashion," the minister said in nationally broadcast remarks.
Minutes after Villegas's comments, Chavez spokeswoman Teresa Maniglia wrote on Twitter: "'How are my people?' was the first thing Chavez said today when he spoke with his family for the first time."
15:59 Will disrupt India-Pak T20 match: Sri Ram Sene:
Right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene has threatened to disrupt the India-Pakistan T20 cricket match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on December 25, and asked the BJP government in Karnataka to refuse permission for the fixture.
"We will disrupt the match", President of the outfit, Pramod Muthalik told reporters here today, and claimed that 31 outfits in the State have come together and decided to oppose the fixture.
"India has been making efforts to establish better relations with our neighbour but they have not yielded any results. Why support a country which nurtures terrorism", he said.
The protesting groups have already bought 600 tickets and will purchase another 1,000 to disrupt the match, Muthalik added.
15:16 President Pranab heads for Hyderabad for year-end:
President Pranab Mukherjee has decided to spend his year-end at the Rashtrapati Nilayam in Bollarum, Hyderabad.
He will be back in New Delhi on January 2.
Hectic preparations are on to shift the President's Secretariat to Hyderabad.
Pranab's grandson and his daughter-in-law are expected to join him in Bollarum
15:14 K Skandan named key coordinator for Telangana all-party meet:
K Skandan, additional secretary in Union Home Ministry, has been named as the key coordinator for the Telangana all-party meeting to be held in New Delhi on December 28.
Skandan, an IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre of 1982, is being deputed by the Union Home Secretary to record minutes of the all-party meeting.
Skandan having gained expertise in Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Union home ministry as he used to record minutes and submit them to then Home Minister P Chidambaram.
15:11 We stood by Jacintha Saldanha: Hospital:
The King Edward VII Hospital has told MP Keith Vaz, who has been representing the family of Jacintha Saldanha who committed suicide after a prank call, that it had stood "by her judgement" in putting the call through.
In a letter sent to Vaz, the chief executive of the hospital said Saldanha had been "reassured on a number of occasions by senior managers" and offered support in the aftermath of the hoax.
Vaz said Saldanha's family needed to know the "full facts" of what happened, and has called for the hospital to provide the family with more support and to hold an inquiry.
"Jacintha believed that the call was genuine, and she felt it appropriate to put the call through. We stand by her judgement," said the letter from John LofthouseRead more here
15:06 Girija Sankar Patnaik is VP's secretary:
Girija Sankar Patnaik is to be designated as secretary to Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Patnaik name was chosen from a panel of three names submitted to Dr Ansari.
Till recently Patnaik was deputy chairman of Delhi Development Authority.
Born on October 17, 1953 Patnaik will superannuate in November next year.
15:04 Miss Munna Bhai MBBS lands in soup:
In a bizarre episode of impersonation, police in Andhra Pradesh have arrested a young medico who completed her medical education posing as another girl, who was no longer alive.
Alekhya Reddy was arrested in Tirupati when it was found that she was not Mumtaz Begum in whose name she got the admission in a medical college and completed her MBBS course.
13:57 Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi ends eight-day fast:
Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was recently arrested under sedition charges as well as Sec 66A of the Information Technology Act for his controversial cartoons, on Saturday ended his eight-day fast demanding immediate scrapping of the "unconstitutional" law.
Trivedi, who was on a fast for the past eight days at Jantar Mantar here, ended the protest after Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal requested him not to waste his life and rather work towards "uprooting this government".
Trivedi and his colleague Alok Dikshit ended their agitation after Kejriwal gave them a glass of juice at the protest site.
Kejriwal's presence at the fast site is significant because Trivedi had earlier opposed the activist's entry into
However, Trivedi today said he feels the move was right.
"We tried a lot to put forth our point in front of the government but they didn't listen to us. The country needs a political option," he said.
13:04 Rehman Malik meets PM:
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the latter's official 7, Race Course Road residence in New Delhi on Saturday.
The visiting minister is also scheduled to meet Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon later in the day.
Malik, who arrived in India on a three-day visit on the invitation of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday, said that he has come to India with a message of love and peace.
Malik said his country wants to work for peace between the two nations and in the entire region. He said that they do not want 9/11 Mumbai bomb blast or Samjhauta Express blast again.
Malik also promised to bring the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to book and said action will be initiated against Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed if concrete evidence is given to Pakistan.
India and Pakistan operationalised a new visa regime on the first day of Malik's India visit on Friday.
However, the visa-on-arrival will come into effect from January 15, 2013 and the group tourist visa from March 15, 2013
12:01 US Shooting: A gunman who left few footprints:
Former classmates and acquaintances of Adam Lanza, who killed 26 people -- 20 of them children -- in an attack in an elementary school in central Connecticut on Friday described him as a socially awkward loner.
The New York Times has profiled Lanza, 20, who carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in US history.
11:22 PM hints at more economic reforms:
Signalling more reforms in the coming days, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government will do everything to "allay and alter economic situation".
"The Indian economy was doing great in 2008, but then the global slowdown took its toll and we got impacted ... Excessive pessimism at home has affected growth process ... the economic situation in Europe remains a cause for concern. The US and China are still witnessing tough times. When the global situation will improve cannot be said," the Prime Minister said, adding that in the past few weeks the government has done its bit to neutralise the negative sentiment and accelerate growth.
"The government is committed to accelerate economic growth, but high fiscal deficit remains a worry," he said. Last year, fiscal deficit touched 5.9 per cent. "This is unsustainable, he said, addign that the Finance Minister has a road map ready to bring down the fiscal deficit to 5.3 per cent this year."
Answering on why he was so confident that the fiscal deficit will be brought down this year, the Prime Minister said, "reduction in subsidy across categories will definitely help us achieve that aim".
11:17 Delhi: Tax lawyer found murdered in office:
An advocate and former president of the Delhi Income Tax Bar Association was found murdered in his office in east Delhi, police said on Friday.
"The body of Subhash Gupta, 57, was found at his office in East Delhi's Shakarpur area Friday midnight," said a police officer.
Subhash Gupta's hand and legs were tied with a rope and his body was naked, police said. He was the president of the Resident Welfare Association of his locality and headed the Indraprastha Ramlila Committee.
"A case has been registered and investigations are on," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Prabhakar. Subhash Gupta lived at Anand Vihar with his family and had an office in Surana Bhawan at Lalita Park in east Delhi.
11:15 J&K: Govt hospital doctor suspended for killing day-old infant:
Jammu and Kashmir state government suspended the government doctor involved in the killing of the day-old infant in Kupwara. A chargesheet has been filed against the doctor and two others.
The police said that the baby was born out of wedlock and they fished out the body from a stream and an investigation led them to a government hospital in Kupwara, where the baby was delivered.
The villagers have demanded a strict action against the accused. The Health Ministry assured prompt action in the case. Sources added that the doctor actually has a history of abortions.
05:10 US school shooting: Vigils to be held for Newtown victims:
Just hours after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the town will begin to come together to begin the healing process.
A special service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church Friday at 7 p.m. The church pastor, Monsignor Robert Weiss spent much of the day with the families affected by the tragedy.
St. Rose of Lima Church is located at 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown.A second prayer service will also be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church on Main Street in Newtown. The service will contain prayers and music.Vigils have been planned in other cities and towns Friday.
04:52 Confusion over gunman's identity:
Federal sources initially identified the suspect as Ryan Lanza, 24, of New Jersey, but there appears now to be confusion over the gunman's identity.
04:50 'US school shooting should prompt action on guns':
The news from Newtown is indescribably awful, unbearable. The Associated Press puts the death toll at 27, including 20 children. I have kids, and I can't describe how horrible I feel for the parents of those who are going through the worst nightmare any of us can fathom, or even for those parents who endured initial spasms of terror, only to discover to their indescribable relief that their own children had been spared. "Spared,' even though they, too, may end up deeply scarred.
After these massacres our public officials regularly vow that a "conversation' '" whatever that means '" has to take place about guns. After which they throw up their hands and lament that "political reality' dictates that no actual discussion about gun policy could possibly go anywhere. And nothing happens.
This time I want to believe things may be different. This seems like a level of horror that belongs to a whole different category, one that has the potential to shame our public officials into action, as long as we insist that there is no other moral alternative.
04:46 US school massacre: 2nd deadliest shooting in US history: The New York Times
The deaths of 20 children and six adults in a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is being widely described as the second deadliest in American history.
Only one other mass killing, the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007, has taken a higher toll. Seung-Hui Cho, a student, killed 32 people in a dormitory and on the campus and then took his own life.But the two are by no means unprecedented in recent American history.
OnOct. 17, 1991, a gunman, George Jo Hennard, smashed a pickup truck into a restaurant in Killeen, Tex., and opened fire. He killed 22 people and wounded at least 20 others before killing himself with a shot through his left eye.
In July of this year James Holmes, 24, a former graduate student at the University of Colorado in Denver, walked into the midnight showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises' and opened fire, killing 12 people.
04:19 US school shooting gunman was 20-yr-old Adam Lanza:
Federal law enforcement sources now say Connecticut school shooting gunman was Adam Lanza, 20, and not his brother Ryan Lanza, 24, as earlier reported. Adam was found dead in the school along with his mother, a kindergarten teacher there.
04:10 What happened in the newtown school shooting:
On Friday morning, 27 people were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Among the fatalities are 20 children, six adults, and the shooter.
Sandy Hook Elementary is secure and the alleged gunman is dead, Connecticut State Lt. Paul Vance told reporters at a press conference Friday afternoon. Authorities told CNN they recovered a Glock and SIG Sauer from the scene, and are checking the suspect's home for evidence.A spokesperson for Connecticut Gov.
Dannel Malloy said President Obama called the governor to express his condolences and offer any federal resources to assist in the ongoing investigation.
03:22 State police confirm 27 dead in US school shooting:
State police spokesman would not confirm the identify of the gunman at a briefing with reporters in Newtown. He said that the shootings took place in two rooms at the school. Of the 27 people who died, he said 18 children died at the school.
Two children were taken to area hospitals, where they died, he said. He said that six adults were killed. He also confirmed that another adult was found dead at a home in Newtown. The gunman was found dead at the scene.
03:00 US school massacre: Six-year-old's dramatic escape: Heraldsun.com
reports of a six-year-old boy's escape from the school.
Robert Licata said his six-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. "That's when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door," he said."
"He was very brave. He waited for his friends."
Licata said the shooter didn't say a word.
02:53 'Suspect died of self-inflicted gunshot wound':
A law enforcement official said the suspect, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and that his younger brother was being held for questioning as a possible second shooter, AP
02:36 Shooter used weapon made for combat :
The shooter who killed at least 27 people at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school was brandishing up to four weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest, witnesses told reporters.
A law enforcement source said one of those weapons was a .223 caliber rifle, a highly lethal firearm made for combat.Witnesses told reporters the madman fired at least 100 rounds, which the expert said would have required him to pack extra magazines so he could quickly reload.
02:33 Slain principal just implemented new security measure:
Principal Dawn Hochsprung, killed in Friday's shooting at her Connecticut elementary school, recently installed a new security system to ensure student safety.
In a letter this fall to parents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Hochsprung said that every visitor would be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance after the doors locked at 9:30 a.m.Staff began a visual monitoring system to determine entry.
Parents and visitors then had to report directly to the main office and sign in. Parents would also be asked for photo identification if staff didn't recognize them.
02:14 Obama speaks on school shootout:
In brief remarks, President Barack Obama offered his deepest sympathy to the families in Newtown, Conn. He said we must "heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds. "
"I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the sameoverwhelming grief that I do."
"Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years. They had their entire lives ahead of them. Birthdays, graduations,weddings, kids of their own.We're going to have to come together to take meaningful action toprevent tragedies like this," Obama said in his brief statement.
02:01 "As a country, we have been through this too many times,' President Obama says about shooting.
01:36 Obama to address nation about school shooting:
President Barack Obama will speak from the White House briefing room about the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
The president's comments will be at 3:15 EST Friday. They will be his first on the incident, which has left at least 27 people dead, including 18 children.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that mass shootings "weigh heavily" on Obama as the president and as a father. Carney said that Friday was not the day to talk about gun control, however.Obama was not expected to take questions from the media.
01:26 US school shooting: Shooter identified:
CNN identified the shooter as 24-year-old male Ryan Lanza.
A second person is in custody and is undergoing questioning.
Two handguns were recovered at the scene. Mayor Mark Boughton said several victims had been taken to local hospitals.
01:20 Students describe the attack :
A student told a reporter for the NBC
affiliate in Connecticut: "I was in the gym and I heard, like, seven loud booms and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner and we huddled.
We all heard these booming noises and we started crying. So the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us. Then a police officer told us to run outside."
Another student told a CBS reporter that he was delivering attendance records when the shooting broke out. He said a teacher pulled him into a classroom as the bullets sailed over his head.
01:02 US school shooting: Obama Offers condolences:
Roy Occhiogrosso, a spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, "The governor took a call from President Obama."
He said the president offered his condolences and pledged whatever resources the federal government could bring to bear, the New York Times reported.
00:45 A law enforcement official said that the attacker in the Connecticut elementary school shooting was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school.
00:42 The shooting appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
00:36 Hoax call: Nurse's body arrives in Mumbai on Sat:
The body of Jacintha Saldana, the nurse who committed suicide in London after a prank call by two Australian RJs, will land in Mumbai early on Saturday morning.
Her husband, Benedict Barboza, is escorting the body.Ms Saldana, who was 46, will be buried in Mangalore on Sunday.On December 4, a pair of Australian RJs phoned the hospital, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, seeking information on the Duchess' condition.
00:26 US school shooting: School principal, psychologist killed:
As many as 27 people have been killed, including many children, in a shooting attack at a primary school in the US state of Connecticut, US media say.
At least 18 children are among the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the Associated Press reported.State police spokesman Paul Vance said the gunman died at the scene - but would not confirm the number of deaths.This is the second-deadliest shooting in US history, after an attack at Virginia Tech university killed 32.
Governor Dannel Malloy is meeting the families of the victims, a spokesman said, and is expected to visit the school later in the day.White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that US President Barack Obama had been informed of the incident and was receiving regular updates.