21:22 Syria vows to crush Aleppo rebels:
Shelling and gunfire have again shaken Aleppo as Syrian government forces battle rebels for control of the country's largest city.A BBC correspondent who is just outside Aleppo says heavy fighting is reported in the city centre near the old fort but this cannot be verified.Syria's foreign minister said on Sunday that the rebels would be defeated.
The head of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) has called for foreign states to arm rebel fighters."We want weapons that would stop tanks and jet fighters. That is what we want," Abdulbaset Sayda was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.
20:47 Fire at airline's cargo office at Mumbai airport:
A fire today broke out at the Singapore Airlines' cargo office pantry at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here.
However, the fire which broke out at around 5 pm, was soon put out by the airport fire department and there was no damage to any cargo, airport spokesperson said.
Four fire engines were rushed to the spot, fire brigade officials said.
20:21 Cops tell Team Anna not to make provocative speeches:
Delhi Police today "requested" Team Anna to ensure that speakers at their protest site do notmake any "provocative" speeches so that law and ordersituation in the capital is not disturbed.
A senior police official also dismissed allegations bysome speakers that security personnel misbehaved with womenwhile they were protesting outside Prime Minister ManmohanSingh's residence yesterday.
"These allegations were false and we have advised TeamAnna leaders to ensure that such provocative speeches were notmade from the dais which could affect law and ordersituation," he said.
19:19 Drone strike kills six in Pakistan:
US drones targeted a compound and a vehicle in the restive North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan today, killing six militants, officials said. The drones fired six missiles at the compound and the car in Khushali Turikhel village of North Waziristan Agency, security officials told the media.
Reports said the men killed in the attack were Uzbek militants. The village is located 35 km from Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, which is considered a safe haven for Taliban and al Qaeda elements. This was the first US drone strike since the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramzan.
18:32 Deficient rains may lead to serious situation: Pawar:
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today expressed concern over deficient rains and said that the country may face serious situation if it does not rain in the next two months. "Everything depends on the return of rains in August and September. But if it doesn't, the situation would become serious," he said.
Pawar was speaking at the inauguration of a skywalk at Bonkode in Navi Mumbai. The NCP chief lauded the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation for its public utility works and said that efforts should be made to make the city more environment-friendly and beautiful.
18:06 Ramdev gives clean chit to Modi, ruffles Team Anna:
Yoga guru Ramdev today came under attack from Team Anna as he shared the stage with Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad and said he found no basis for allegations of corruption in Gujarat. "Everybody is asking me about corruption in Gujarat, but I couldn't find anything of this sort.
Modi is not doing anything wrong," Ramdev, who has joined hands with Anna Hazare and his aides in their anti-graft stir, said at an awards function where Modi was also present on the dais. "Ministers of Congress-led UPA government have been in jail. Had the Gujarat chief minister also done anything wrong, he would have been put behind bars," Ramdev said.
17:39 Shahid Siddiqui slams Samajwadi Party:
A day after the Samajwadi Party disowned him for his interview of Narendra Modi, an agitated Shahid Siddiqui today accused the party of shooting the messenger.
Defending his interview, Siddiqui said he had asked Modi tough questions on his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots which no one had done till now. "I asked questions which nobody asks to Modi. People are scared even to see him in his eyes but I asked him tough questions. So there is no question of my favouring anybody," he said.
In the interview, Modi had refused to apologise for the 2002 post-Godhra riots and instead said he would prefer to be hanged if found guilty. "They have shot the messenger. They are suffering from guilt as they have inducted people like Kalyan Singh and Sakshi Maharaj, who were responsible for demolishing the Babri Mosque, in the party and still there are such elements there," he told PTI.
17:35 Maoists kill SPO in Odisha:
Maoists gunned down a Special Police Officer (SPO) and injured another in Odisha's Malkangiri district where 'Martyrs Week' is being observed by the rebels.
A group of ultras attacked two SPOs when they were patrolling in a local market at Padia, about 70 km from Malkangiri, and fired at them, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Singh said.
The two police personnel returned the fire, but SPO Ajit Sodi, 22, was killed while his colleague Lachma Madkami was critically injured in the attack, he said.
The injured was admitted to hospital.
16:37 Ramdev gives a clean chit to Modi on corruption issues:
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev today gave a clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on corruption issues saying, "he has not done anything wrong". "Everybody is asking me about corruption in Gujarat, but I couldn't find anything of this sort. Modi is not doing anything wrong," Ramdev said at an awards function, where he shared the dais with Modi.
"Ministers of Congress-led UPA government have been in jail. Had the Gujarat chief minister also done anything wrong, he would have been put behind bars," Ramdev added. Modi also praised the Yoga guru saying he was doing an "excellent job" in the national interest.
"While Gujarat has framed rules to curb cow-slaughter, the Centre was encouraging the practice through its various policies," Modi said in an attack the Centre at Tarun Kranti Awards-2012 ceremony.
16:35 S Lanka navalmen attack boats with stones, logs:
Sri Lankan navalmen allegedly attacked 10 boats of Indian fishermen with stones and logs when they were fishing near Katchativu early this morning. Fisheries department officials said the naval personnel also cut the fishing nets in the boats and threw them into the sea. No fishermen was injured in the incident, they said.
They said the boats were part of a fleet of 696 boats that had put out to sea last night off Dhanushkodi.
15:45 Eight arrested over home stay attack Mangalore:
Eight persons have been arrested in connection with the attack on girls and boys at an homestay allegedly by activists of a Hindu outfit in an act of moral policing, as an embarrassed BJP Government today said no one would be spared for the "inhuman act", which has sparked public outrage.
The state government rushed a top police official and imposed prohibitory orders in Mangalore, where the suspected activists of Hindu Jagarane Vedike activists carried out the attack last night alleging that it was a rave party at the homestay where illegal activities were going on.
As the moral policing act came under all-round attack targeting the BJP Government, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar held a meeting in Bangalore with Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R Ashoka and reviewed the situation.
14:37 Anna sits on indefinite fast:
Ignoring an appeal from his close aides, Anna Hazare today joined three of his team members in their indefinite fast here after his four-day ultimatum to the government to concede to his demands on Lokpal Bill found no response.
Hazare, who had been sitting on a dharna along with his three fasting colleagues for the past four days, reached Jantar Mantar here this morning to slogans of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', 'Vande Mataram' and 'Inquilab Zindabad'.
Hazare threatened that he would fast unto death if his demands are not met.
11:10 Mild earthquake felt in north-east, no damage reported:
An earthquake of mild intensity was experienced in Assam and parts of the north-east today. The quake measured 4.7 on the Richter Scale, sources at the meteorological centre in Guwahati said. The epicentre was yet to be ascertained. However, there was no report of any damage.
Manipur was also rocked for some seconds by a mild tremor at 8.52 am, but no damage was reported from any part of the state due to the tremor.
11:07 India test-fires BrahMos missile: Just In
: PTI reports that India test-fires the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile froma test range at Chandipur off Odisha coast, quoting defence sources.