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November 01, 2012


22:14  Kejriwal should exercise restraint: Hazare :  Activist Anna Hazare has said that his former associate Arvind Kejriwal, who has announced his intention to join politics, has no greed for money but he could have greed for power.        

"It could be," Hazare told a TV channel when asked whether he thinks that Kejriwal has greed for power.        

"He has a social and nationlistic point of view and feeling of sacrifice. He thinks more about society and nation more than his family. He doesn't have greed for money," he said.
22:13  Vedanta asks Odisha to clear Rs 700-cr power bill:  The Vedanta Group today said it wanted the Odisha government to pay Rs 700 crore towards cost of power drawn from the company's thermal unit at Jharsuguda.        

"We want the Odisha government to pay us Rs 700 crore soon towards the power bill. I believe the payment will be made to us," Vedanta Group chairman Anil Agarwal told reporters after meeting state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.        

Stating that Sterlite, the company's sister concern, set up a thermal power plant at Jharsuguda by investing Rs 10,000 crore, Agarwal said the state government was being supplied 25 per cent of the total generation of electricity.
22:12  Khurshid meets foreign ministers:  External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today met his counterparts from Kenya, Seychelles and Madagascar, during which utilisation of Line of Credits extended by India to those countries and greater cooperation to thwart piracy were discussed.        

Khurshid held separate meetings with the foreign ministers of Kenya, Seychelles and Madagascar -- Samson Ongeri Jean-Paul Adam and Pierrot Jocelyn Rajaonarivelo respectively.
21:53  Shah panel visits iron ore mines in Odisha :  A team of Justice M B Shah Commission, which is probing an alleged mining scam in Odisha, today made a surprise visit to four iron ore mines in Joda and Koida mining circles in Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts today.               

The six-member team led by U V Singh, principal conservator of forest in Karnataka, visited K J S Aluwalia mines and R P Sao mines located at Topadihi on the border of Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts.
21:52  India to become second largest steel producer soon:  Riding on expansion plans of steel majors, including the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam and the Steel Authority of India, India will soon become the second largest steel producer in the world, the government today said.               

"India will soon become the second largest manufacturer of steel in the world...Steel capacity in the country has increased from 66 million tonne in 2009 to 90 MT in 2012," Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma said.
21:50  Pitroda to hold first global press meet on Twitter:  Sam Pitroda, adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will hold the first-ever global press conference on Friday on microblogging site Twitter to discuss global innovation.              

"Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Indian Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations and Chairman, National Innovation Council will host the first global press conference on Twitter to discuss Global Innovation Round-table," an official statement said.               

The Global Twitter Press Conference will be conducted on November 2, the concluding day of the Global Innovation Round-table hosted by the National Innovation Council, it added.
21:49  FM updates FIIs on steps taken to boost economy:  Finance Minister P Chidambaram today briefed Foreign Institutional Investors about the current economic situation and the steps being taken by the government to boost growth.               

"FIIs met me and I updated them on where we see the economy going and what steps we are taking," he told reporters after the meeting.               

Among those who attended today's meeting were representatives from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Blackrock,Goldman Sachs and private equity fund T Rowe Price.
21:48  Pune blast accused oppose Mumbai ATS plea:  Four suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives allegedly involved in the August 1 Pune blast today opposed in a Delhi court the Mumbai ATS's plea for their custody, apprehending threat to their lives.               

Asad Khan, Imran Khan, Syed Feroze and Irfan Mustafa Langda opposed the Mumbai ATS's plea for their custody arguing that they fear for their lives in the wake of  the murder of Mohd Qateel Siddiqu -- an alleged IM module accused in various terror strikes including the Jama Masjid blast, the German Bakery blast -- in a Pune jail.
21:46  Lodha, DLF ink Rs 2,725 cr Mumbai land deal:  Lodha Developers today said it has completed the acquisition of 17-acre prime land in Mumbai from realty major DLF for Rs 2,725 crore -- the largest realty deal so far this year.               

In August, DLF had announced sale of this land parcel to Lodha Developers for about Rs 2,700 crore, almost four times higher than the price it had paid in 2005.               

India's largest real estate company DLF had bought the land from National Textile Corporation for Rs 703 crore and it decided to sell this piece of land as part of the strategy to exit from non-core business.
21:14  No gifts please during festival season: PM:  Don't send me gifts during the festival season, donate to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. This is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's simple message to scores of people, who send him gifts and greetings during the festival season every year.              

In a statement, the prime minister thanked all those who have been sending him greetings and good wishes this festival season.

He appealed to his well wishers to make donations to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund instead of sending gifts for him, a PMO statement said.
19:59  Salman Khurshid to visit Laos :  Salman Khurshid will go to Laos to participate in the 9th summit of the 48-member Asia-Europe meeting to be held on November 5-6, his first overseas visit since becoming External Affairs Minister. 

Khurshid will speak on "global issues" and on "future direction of ASEM" at the two-day summit of the trans- continental grouping, the official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said. He would also be having bilateral meetings with other Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the summit, he said. 

ASEM is home to 60 percent of the world's population, 50 percent of global GDP and 60 percent of global trade, the spokesperson added.
19:58  Rapid Action team to check dengue menace:  The KMC will keep ready personnel of Rapid Action team for vector-control at all the 15 boroughs of the corporation area to check mosquito-borne diseases like dengue in Kolkata. 

KMC Mayor-in-council member Atin Ghosh said the vector-wing of the civic body will put in place the mechanism to curb outbreak of such diseases. While there are six rapid action team presently in as many boroughs, similar teams will be deployed in rest of the places for quick response in the event of a crisis.
19:47  Indian Navy vessel begins global circumnavigation voyage:  Lieutenant Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy today began his solo circumnavigation across the globe, setting sail on Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Mhadei. 

During his journey, the 33-year-old naval aviator will travel 21,600 nautical miles or 40,000 kilometres and remain at sea for about six months. The vessel was flagged off from the Gateway of India here by Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding'"in'"Chief of the Western Naval Command, for Sagar Parikrama-II, a solo circumnavigation of the globe.
19:23  Russia puts first sites on new Internet blacklist:  Russia today put into force a new law on the Internet that allows the government to block websites with banned content, prompting fears that it will be used to suppress free speech. The law, which was hastily voted in by the parliament despite opposition from major Internet companies, is officially intended to protect children from viewing unsuitable content. 

It targets sites that contain child pornography, information on drugs or calls to commit suicide. It also includes sites that a court has ruled extremist. But critics say its wording could be exploited to block opposition websites by planting banned material, potentially shutting down the most lively forum for political debate in Russia.
19:09  Swamy takes a dig at Kejriwal:  While accusing Congress President Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul Gandhi of graft, Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy took a dig at India Against Corruption (IAC) activistArvind Kejriwal. Referring to Kejriwal's series of exposes on political establishment, Swamy said, unlike Kejriwal, he was not one of those who 'hit and run' or 'shoot and scoot'.

Swamy said that for every issue of corruption highlighted by him, he has moved court and he would do the same this time also. "Unlike Kejriwal, I will go to court. I have faith in the country's judiciary. My track record shows that I move court,' he said.

Read full story here
19:06  Homes in Kolkata continue to receive signals without STBs:  As the digitisation deadline ending at midnight last night, many cable homes here continued receiving signals without installing the government mandated set-top boxes, apparently because of an understanding between the West Bengal government and multi-system operators (MSOs). 

According to the Cable Operators Digitisation Committee (CODC), while most channels continued to be aired on television sets without STBs, some niche and paid channels could not be viewed. "Supposedly, state government asked MSOs to continue analog signals until more STBs are installed. At least the ones for which order has already been placed, should be delivered otherwise it is difficult to carry out the orders," CODC Joint-convener Milan Chatterjee said.
19:05  Tamil Nadu: Cyclone Nilam weakens:  A tropical storm weakened on Thursday after slamming into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge and displacing 150,000 people. Six deaths have been reported in India and Sri Lanka.

Just before the storm made landfall on Wednesday, an oil tanker with 37 crew ran aground off Chennai. One of its lifeboats capsized in the choppy waters, and one crewmember drowned, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

On Thursday, two helicopters searched in the Bay of Bengal for the four missing crewmembers, said coast guard officer Gurdip Singh, adding that 32 crewmembers were rescued from the tanker.

Read more here
18:48  Vadra-DLF case: Khemka files police complaint after threat:  The office of senior Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Thursday filed a formal police complaint aftercomplaining of femal staff receiving threat calls in connection with the DLF-Robert Vadra land deal case.

Reports in the media said that a female staffer in Khemka''s office had received the threat and had immediately informed her seniors, who in turn informed Khemka.

The person who called is said to have warned Khemka through the female staffer of facing dire consequences if he did not lay off the DLF-Vadra land deal case.
18:35  Raj meets ailing Thackeray for the 4th time:  Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray today met his uncle and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who is not keeping good health. The 86-year-old Sena patriarch has been ailing for some time and Raj is understood to have enquired about his health. This was Raj's fourth meeting with his uncle in four months.

The MNS president, accompanied by wife Sharmila, visited his uncle's residence Matoshree in suburban Bandra. The meeting comes after the MNS chief's visit to Matoshree in July after cousin Uddhav's angioplasty.

Raj had met his uncle then and also twice last month. At the Sena Dussehra rally here last week, ailing Bal Thackeray had virtually announced his retirement from public life and urged his followers to stand by son Uddhav and grandson Aditya.
18:25  "I am Narendra Modi's Wife' :  In a poor village, the woman who is believed to be the estranged wife of the most powerful man in Gujarat lives in a one-room home. Meet Mrs Narendra Modi. The April 2009 Open magazine story. Read 
18:14  'What Modi displayed was chauvinism of the worst kind':  Calling the very much married Sunanda Pushkar a 'Rs 50 crore girlfriend,' though, is not just crude, but is meant to demean her. Women may come for a price in Modi's world, but that's hardly the mindset we want to see in a modern day leader, argues Sherna Gandhy on Rediff.com. Read

Also see: Avid wait for Shashi study initiatives

Pictured: The Amul ad on Modi's Rs 50-cr girlfriend comment.
17:50  'Civil society has taken on the White man's burden':  "When England colonised us they took on the White man's burden. They took upon the burden to educate us. Civil society is doing the same thing by the Right to Food..." says Professor Pradeep Bhargava in conversation with Rediff.com's Archana Masih. Read

Prof Bhargava is an advisor to the commissioners of the Supreme Court in the People's Union of Civil Liberties case on the Right to Food, and has also been a mid-career fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
17:45  economy lost Rs 6,600 cr due to frauds in FY12: E&Y:  Different types of frauds may have caused Rs 6,600 crore loss to Indian economy in the last fiscal and banks were the most common victim in swindling cases, a report by Ernst & Young has said.

"What we found alarming in this edition was that insider enabled fraud accounted for 61 per cent of the reported fraud cases in this edition," Ernst & Young India Partner and National Director Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services Arpinder Singh said.

According to the first edition of Ernst & Young's Fraud Indicators in India, the magnitude of frauds in the second half of FY2012 increased by 36 per cent over the first half, while the number of frauds rose by a mere 8 per cent during the same period.
17:30  After Hurricane Sandy, a difficult commute in New York:  Update on post-Sandy New York. Subways and buses started to roll again in some sections of New York City on Thursday, promising a morning commute at least slightly more fluid than Wednesday's gridlock brought on by Hurricane Sandy.Subway service had been scheduled to begin at 6 a.m., but a half-hour earlier than scheduled -- and not a moment too soon '" New York City's subway system lurched into motion. Read
17:16  US election: 10 oddities explained:  Focus on Tuesday's US Presidential elections... You've heard their policies, but what about the other questions? Like what's that jabbing gesture Obama makes with his thumb? And why are "Mr President" and "Mr Speaker" titles kept for life? We examine 10 of the lesser-spotted things about American presidential politics - and about this campaign. Read
17:11  Indias roadmap to nowhere:  And on a more sombre note -- India's latest fiscal deficit numbers, released Wednesday, showed that the government's focus on austerity measures is having some impact. The cumulative deficit for the first six months of the year beginning April 1 was lower than the cumulative deficit over the first five months. The good news, however, ends there. Read
17:09  Here's the verdict on Skyfall and Mr Bond:  Shake us. Stir us. James Bond is back and cooler than ever. The iconic spy at 50, . writes one of the world's greatest historians, Simon Schama. Read
17:01  First India-Pak series in India after 26/11:   Top BCCI officials led by vice-president Rajiv Shukla on Tuesday called on Union home secretary R K Singh to tie up the security arrangements for the matches. The MHA has assured the BCCI of foolproof security to the venues and players. Central forces will be deployed to aid the state police to guard the series. Though India has played Pakistan in international events in the last few years, no Indo-Pakistan series was held in view of tension between the two neighbours after the 26/11 strikes.
16:54  Pak cricket team to tour India between Dec 22 and Jan 7:  Just in: BCCI announces the dates of the Pakistan cricket team to arrive in India. They will reach India on December 22 and after the T20s in Bangalore and  Ahmedabad and ODIs in Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi will leave for Pakistan on January 7.

Also read on rediff.com: Tour by Pak cricket team a national shame: Thackeray

16:50  Subramanian Swamy accuses Sonia, Rahul of fraud :  Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy today targeted UPA chairperson Sonia and Gandhi and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi accusing them of converting a public firm into a private company. He said that Sonia and Rahul formed a private company named Young Indian and acquired a public limited company, the Associated Journals Limited.

The Associated Journals Ltd is the owner of National Herald and Quami Awaz newspapers and all high value real estate property in Delhi and other places in Uttar Pradesh associated with it. Swamy alleged that the deal between Young Indian and Associated Journals Ltd was a fraud committed in order to grab the Herald House in Delhi, that is located in a hub and is valued at about Rs 1600 crore. More


16:47  Improvised Lokpal draft Bill ready:  Our Delhi sources tell us that the improvised Lokpal draft bill is ready. A Joint Select Committee on Lokpal is expected to submit its report to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha on November 22, the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament. The final reading and clause-by-clause approval of the bill is expected to be done by on November 9. The crucial clause and clarity of the role of the CBI will be decided on that day.
16:36  Author Kiran Nagarkar awarded Germany's highest honour:  Writer Kiran Nagarkar has been awarded Germany's Cross of The Order of Merit, described as 'highest tribute Germany can pay to individuals'.

If you're unfamiliar with Kiran Nagarkar, read our 2001 interview.
16:19  Digvijaya asks Modi to reveal details about his 'wife' :  Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's controversial statement calling Union Minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar a Rs 50 crore girlfriend has led to a bitter war of words. Now Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh has targeted Narendra Modi's marital status and demanded that the Gujarat Chief Minister reveal the whereabouts of his 'wife'. More
16:14  Playboy clubs are here, but no nudes:   So what if you still can't pick the magazine off your neighbourhood news-stand - what else but for its quality journalism, silly - you can now get a taste of life in the fast lane, the Playboy way. Playboy Enterprises, the institution that has extended the iconic brand with the rabbit-head logo to a rash of aspirational lifestyle products and services, plans to open clubs, cafes and retail stores in the land of Kama Sutra by year end. Read
16:08  And a blog that blew the purdah:  How Maina Umaiban, a girl from a sleepy village in Idukki district, became a writer who through her blog posts raised issues against practices in the society which she found disturbing. Read
15:58  Now, work out with captain cool at Dhoni's gym:  In other news, youths in Ranchi will soon get the opportunity to work out with none other than their very own caption cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Ranchi will be the next stop for Dhoni's gym, SportsFit, which is already running successfully in other centres. December is the likely date for the debut. Read
15:54  Sandy: Half of New York subway trains run again :   Just in: New York subway trains start running again, on more than half of the city's lines, officials say.  

Storm Sandy left at least 64 people dead in the US, cut power from millions of homes and paralysed transport on much of the eastern US seaboard.It made landfall on Monday night in New Jersey, where some 20,000 people remain trapped in their homes by sewage-contaminated floodwater.

In New York City, the storm brought a record tidal surge that swamped the subway system and caused widespread blackouts.Earlier, it killed nearly 70 people in the Caribbean and caused extensive crop destruction in impoverished Haiti. More

Also see our slideshow: Sandy Aftermath: Grim faces say their story
15:46  India, China destined to be rivals: WB governor:  Underlining that India and China are to an extent destined by geography to be "rivals", West Bengal Governor and former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan today said Beijing's increasing assertiveness on its part while dealing with disputes is "most disconcerting".

He also said Chinese activities in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and its "not-so-subtle wooing" of some of India's neighbours to New Delhi's detriment is a matter of concern. Narayanan added that potential for a conflict also exists as competition between India and China for new energy sources intensify.

"To some extent, China and India are destined by geography to be rivals: neighbours with large populations, old civilisations, rich and venerable cultures, and disputes with regard to their borders," Narayanan, who is also a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau said in his keynote address at the annual Australia India Institute conference on India here.
15:44  Jaipal Reddy paid for defying Reliance: Yechury:   The CPI(M) today claimed S Jaipal Reddy has paid the price for "defying the country's biggest corporate" by being shifted out of the Petroleum Ministry and said this exposed "the tentacles of big business in the appointment of Ministers".

"With this reshuffle, the process of putting persons in key economic ministries who are committed to corporate interests and the neo-liberal policies that the Prime Minister is bent upon pursuing has been completed," senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said here. In this context, he named several Ministers who had been given crucial economic portfolios and said "all of them represent corporate interests."
15:28  LPG cylinder price hiked by Rs 26.50, costs Rs 922 :  The 14.2-kg cooking gas cylinder that consumers buy beyond their entitled six cylinders at subsidised rates, will now cost Rs 922, up from Rs 895.50 in Delhi, according to Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer.

The government had in September restricted the supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in a year. Any requirement above this will have to be bought at market rate, which is more than double the subsidised price of Rs 410.42 per cylinder in Delhi.
15:25  Another LPG shocker :  The price hike in cooking gas cylinders today comes just a few weeks since the October 4 hike of Rs 11.42 per cylinder. This  following the government's decision to raise commission paid to the dealers. 
15:18  Cooking gas cylinder prices hiked :   The price of non-subsidised LPG has been hiked by Rs 26.50 per cylinder. Which means gas cylinders will now cost a whopping Rs 922. 
15:15  Pak Cabinet ratifies 5 agreements signed with India:  Pakistan's cabinet today ratified five recent agreements with India, including a landmark visa pact aimed at easing restrictions on several categories of travellers, including senior citizens and businessmen.Three of the agreements ratified by the cabinet during a meeting chaired this afternoon by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf are aimed at boosting trade between the two countries. Read
15:07  Protesters wearing caps with the legend "Main hoon Salman Khurshid" (I am Salman Khurshid) and waving black flags stopped the cars Mr Kejriwal and his team were traveling in at Malikpur. The police intervened and ensured there was no more trouble. But that delayed Kejriwal who was scheduled to address the India Aganist Corruption rally at the Lohia Park in Farrukhabad's Awas Vikas at 1 pm. More
14:45  IAC-Cong clash at Salman Khurshid's Farrukhabad :   India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal's rally External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in his own constituency at Farrukhabad has been disrupted. Alleged Congress workers gatecrash the venue and protest resulting in a clash between the two factions.

Kejriwal was protesting the alleged financial irregularities by Khurshid's Zakir Hussain Trust run by him and wife Louise Fernandes.
14:39  Tour by Pak cricket team a matter of national shame: Thackeray:  Maintaining his strong opposition to the tour by the Pakistani cricket team to India, Shiv Sena today said it was a matter of "national shame".

"The Pakistan team will be playing matches at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru. At one point or the other, Pak terrorists have attacked these cities," Thackeray said.

"The feet of Pakistani players won't be touching Maharashtra but their tour of these cities is a matter of national shame," he said, in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana here.

Thackeray also flayed BCCI, saying "it was betraying the country for sake of money" and our cricketers were part of the betrayal. Referring to Pakistan's role in 26/11 and Parliament attacks, Thackeray said playing against Pak cricketers is an insult to our martyr jawans.
14:31  Algerian hackers attack vital govt websites:  India's vulnerability to cyber attacks is once again out in the open. Hackers from Algeria carried out a successful attack on websites run by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Prime Minister's Office and five other government departments. Read more
14:20  Overcome with memories of his dad Naipul weeps:  Nobel laureate and India-origin author V S Naipual, known for his caustic writings on the country of his parentage, has said he has written enough about India and will not be writing anything more on it.

"I don't think so. I've written enough about India. I've written these four books and two novels about India and many essays," Naipaul said. "My background is Indian, and I have always been interested in my background," Naipaul said, while talking about his decision to travel to India in 1962 to write the book that would become 'An Area of Darkness.'

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was in the city to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the third edition of the NCPA-run Literature Live Fest last evening.

However, the Trinidadian-British writer broke down soon when a reference was made to his highly personalised fiction 'A House for Mr Biswas,' which revolves around the life of his father published in 1961, saying "I have told this story so many times, but it's very moving."

As Naipaul was choking on those memories, his wife Nadira requested author Farrukh Dhondy, who was interviewing the octogenarian Nobel laureate, to skip the topic and move on. However, the entire evening was seeped with his literary nostalgia as he kept on speaking about the challenges of travel writing, which is one of his forte, and his exploration of India.
14:02  Halloween party shooting at California university:  At least three people have been wounded, one critically, in a shooting incident at a Halloween party at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, media reports say.
The BBC reports that the incident took place at 23:30 local time, campus news outlet Neon Tommy said.At least one suspect is said to be still at large and the university has shut down the campus.Witnesses reported a "mob of people" fleeing from the main campus building.
13:52  LA Halloween party: Manhunt for killer gunman :  Police hunting gunman who shot several people at Halloween university party in Los Angeles, college says. Details soon
13:51  Reliance shares take a hit following Kejriwal''s allegations:  Revelation made by anti-graft crusader Arvind Kejriwal of an alleged nexus between the ruling Congress Party, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Reliance Industries reduced the share price of the group by 1.25 percent on Thursday.

Kejriwal, whose group India Against Corruption (IAC) has won publicity in India by accusing ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi''s son in law Robert Vadra of taking part in shady dealings, said on Wednesday that Reliance has profited from cosy relationships with a string of government ministers.

Those ministers favoured the company in its oil and gas ventures off the Andhra coast, Kejriwal told a crowded news conference in New Delhi on Wednesda
13:46  Irrigation Scam Whistleblower Seeks Retirement:   City-based irrigation department whistle blower Vijay Pandhare, who blew the lid off alleged irregularities in various projects across Maharashtra, has sought voluntary retirement from service. Read
13:39  Sandy: US rejects aid from 26/11 mastermind :  The US today dismissed as "hollow" the offer of humanitarian aid for superstorm Sandy victims from Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafeez Muhammad Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind and for whom the US has offered a bounty of USD 10 million.

"As you all well know, Saeed is believed to be behind organising the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack in which 166 people were killed, including six Americans. That is why he is actually now the subject of a Rewards for Justice programme," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

"Furthermore, both the United States and the United Nations have designated his organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a terrorist organisation," he said.
13:37  A Chanakya for Team Nitish:   Frenetic preparations for Sunday's Bihar Adhikar Rally in Patna might make it seem otherwise, but diplomacy is flavour of the season for chief minister Nitish Kumar. A week-long trip to Pakistan mid-November is in the works, and not long after he returns, he plans to welcome one of India's top mandarins into his ranks.
Read Sankarshan Thakur's report on the Telegraph.
13:28  The charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder attracts a prison term of up to ten years. But in most accidental deaths, the police apply a charge of negligence (Section 304 A of the IPC), but this is bailable and attracts a prison term of only two years. 
13:16  Beautician Nooriya Haveliwala convicted for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in 2010 drunken driving case of mowing down two persons. On January 29, 2010 Nooriya had partied with friends at a flat in Malabar Hill area, then at a pub in Mumbai Central following which she went to a wine shop to pick up more beer cans and later rammed her car. A police constable and a biker were killed in the incident. Nooriya has been out on bail, since April 4, 2010 after the police failed to file the chargesheet within 60 days.
13:14  Nooriya sentenced to 5 years RI for drunken driving:  Just in: Nooriya Haveliwala sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment in the 2010 drunken driving case.
12:53  Kamal Nath and Sharad Pawar steal the thunder at PM's school:  Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was seen in a cheerful mood and smiled at the first meeting of the new Union Council of Ministers held at 7 Race Course Road today. In the classroom, apart from the Prime Minster, was also finance minister P Chidambaram. Read the full story on rediff.com shortly.  
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12:38  Abortion case: Ex-SAD MLA Jagir Kaur gets bail :  Just in: Former president of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur has been granted bail.

Jagir Kaur is presently lodged in Kaurthala jail for abduction and causing forcible abortion to her daughter Harpreet Kaur. Harpreet, who had died under mysterious circumstances in April 2000, was cremated the very next day without a postmortem being conducted.

Thereafter, the case was handed over to CBI following judicial intervention. On March 30 this year, a special CBI court in Patiala convicted Bibi Jagir Kaur and three others and sentenced them to five years of rigorous imprisonment.
12:35  Alagiri skips PM's council of ministers meet:  Union Minister of Fertilisers MK Alagiri did not attend the Council of Ministers meeting convened by the Prime Minister this morning. Alagiri is the only DMK representative in the UPA2 cabinet. Alagiri is apparently avoiding Delhi visits since he wants to focus on his son who has a non-bailable warrant in a marble scam.
12:31  Salman Khurshid will be a valued partner: US:  Newly appointed External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid would be a "valued partner" for furthering India-US ties, a top American official said today.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner also said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks forward to work with Khurshid in the coming days. "We've had an especially productive relationship with Minister Khurshid in his prior service at the Ministry of External Affairs, as well as other positions within the government of India," Toner said.

"We believe he will be a valued partner in carrying forward the strategic dialogue that Secretary Clinton has co-chaired and in building what President Obama has called a defining partnership with India," he said in response to a question about India's new External Affairs Minister.
12:24  A time-lapse video of images -- before, during and after the storm -- from the 51st floor of the New York Times building. See
12:00  Nooriya booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder:  While she spent five days in police custody, she spent 20 days in JJ hospital on 'medical grounds' and the rest in Byculla jail. Nooriya has been booked under Section 304 for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, rash and negligence act, causing grievous hurt and NDPS act, reports TOI. 

The chargesheet in the case which is more than 300 pages includes the Forensic Science laboratory report, her blood and urine samples. The death report of the two victims, six prime eyewitnesses and the mechanical expert report of the car, which will highlight the speed of the vehicle, will be quoted in the chargesheet. Nooriya had tested positive for alcohol and drugs.
11:58  Nooriya Havelilawala CONVICTED for mowing down two:  Beautician Nooriya Haveliwala convicted for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in 2010 drunken driving case of mowing down two persons.

On January 29, 2010 Nooriya had partied with friends at a flat in Malabar Hill area, then at a pub in Mumbai Central following which she went to a wine shop to pick up more beer cans and later rammed her car. A police constable and a biker were killed in the incident. Nooriya has been out on bail, since April 4, 2010 after the police failed to file the chargesheet within 60 days.
11:51  Navy officer ready for solo voyage round the world:  About 400 humans have made the journey into the space. Five hundred mountaineers have conquered Everest. But not even half their numbers have undertaken a solo voyage round the world by sea.

Rediff.com's Manu Shankar speaks to Lieutenant Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, who will set out an extraordinary trip from Thursday -- a solo, non-stop circumnavigation, covering about 21,600 nautical miles -- in 180 days!
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11:49  Barack Obama makes Sandy count:  After a slow start to the campaign, US President Barack Obama  has bounced back with a masterstroke, reports Rediff.com's Bikash Mohapatra, who is covering the American presidential elections. Read
11:44  In Kerala, political humor is embraced:  India may have dented its image as a champion of press freedom after the anticorruption activist Aseem Trivedi was arrested in September for lampooning the Parliament in a cartoon, but, in fact, political satire has a long history in many parts of the country, especially in Kerala. Read
11:38  PM: Polls approaching, but nation-building must:   Addressing the new council of ministers today Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. said that the fiscal deficit was too high and acted as a deterrent for domestic and foreign investment.

"India is also experiencing the fallout of difficult economic conditions
worldwide. Fuel supply arrangements, security and financial difficulties are among constraints that deter or slow down investment in infrastructure sectors.
As a result, our growth has decelerated, our exports have fallen and our fiscal deficits are expanding," Singh says.

This is the first meet since the reshuffle. The Parliament winter session is beginning on November 21.

Here's the full text of the PM's speech
10:57  Nilam had Chennai with a wind force of 75kmph:  Heavy rains all through the night due to the depression had thrown life out of gear in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.  

Continuous rainfall has already caused flooding in several parts of the district as people brace for the storm that is likely to cause extensive damage by destroying standing crops and temporary housing settlements.  

Chennai recorded the maximum speed of cyclone 75 km per hour during the time of the landfall on Wednesday.
10:55  11 dead, six missing as TN, AP wakes up from Nilam:  Update on Cyclone Nilam. Fifteen sailors were today rescued and a search was on for six other missing crew who were on board an oil tanker that drifted and ran aground off the city coast in high velocity winds before the landfall of cyclone Nilam.

"Around 6.30 am, 15 people who were stranded on board the vessel were safely rescued by the Coast Guard", Chennai Port Trust officials said. Search involving the Navy and Coast Guard is on for the missing six persons, the officials said.

The vessel Pratibha Cauvery with 37 crew on board ran aground near Elliott's Beach in South Chennai, about 200 metres away from the shore. One crew member drowned after a life boat carrying him and his 21 colleagues capsized in choppy waters while 15 others were rescued with the help of several agencies including Navy and local fishermen yesterday.

The ship belonged to Mumbai-based Pratibha Shipping Company. Two persons were killed in Tamil Nadu as Nilam crossed the coast between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh border yesterday without causing much damage.

The death toll in both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh stand at 11.
10:50  In November head to the Mumbai's biggest museum:  For culture vultures: A landmark exhibition Mummy: The Inside Story, opens on Nov. 21 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai. It is the result of a new collaboration between the British Museum, whose collection forms the display, and the CSMVS. Then in In January, the British Council is holding an exhibition in India of 30 contemporary British artists, including David Hockney and Peter Blake. More
10:46  Obama set to resume election campaign:  President Barack Obama is to resume an election campaign suspended in the aftermath storm Sandy, which wreaked havoc in the north-eastern US.Mr Obama visited areas of New Jersey struck by the storm on Wednesday. Read
10:43  Obama, Romney campaign reaches out to Indian-Americans:  In a very close presidential election where every single vote counts, both the Obama and Romney campaigns have been making special effort to reach out to the Indian-American community.

The community, which numbers more than three million according to the latest census, is being reached through full page ads in local Indian-American ethnic newspapers. The Obama campaign has also developed flyers in Hindi which is being distributed either through email or being printed in large numbers by his supporters.

"Barack Obama is not just a President for some of us; he is fighting for all of us," says a full page advertisement placed by the Obama Campaign in India This Week and Express India, which are published from the Greater Washington Area; that has one of the largest concentration of Indian-Americans in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. According to 2010 Census, more than 125,000 Indian Americans live in this area.
10:35  Kejriwal rally in Khurshid's Farrukhabad :  The Uttar Pradesh government has stepped up security in Farrukhabad for a protest to be staged here by India Against Corruption (IAC) activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal. Farrukhabad is the parliamentary constituency of external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, who faces allegations of irregularities in the Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust run by him and wife Louise Fernandes.

IAC leader Arvind Kejriwal is expected to reach Lucknow by Padmavat Express from Delhi on Thursday morning and will travel to Farrukhabad in a convoy along with other IAC activists like Kumar Viswas, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh. IAC leaders Gopal Rai will reach Farrukhabad from Ghaziabad while Illias Azmi is already camping in  Farrukhabad. More
10:07  Swamy's fresh attack on Sonia, Rahul today:  Janta Party president Dr Subramanium Swamy has called for a press meet on the issue of alleged company law violations by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, at the Constitution Club in New Delhi at 4 pm today.
09:34  Sensex down by over 40 points in early trade:  CNN-IBN: The BSE benchmark index Sensex on Thursday fell by over 41 points in early trade to 18464.26, while National Stock Exchange index Nifty declined by 13 points, or 0.23 per cent, to 5,607.05. On Wednesday, the Sensex gained 74.53 points to close at 18,505.38 and the Nifty rose 21.80 points and ended at 5,619.70.
08:41  Kejriwal may be greedy for power, says Hazare:  

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has said that Arvind Kejriwal may not be greedy for money, but may be greedy for power, NDTV reports.  

 

Watch Anna Hazare's interview here.

04:58  We will not quit until this is done: Barack Obama:  
President Barack Obama, addressing reporters in Brigantine, New Jersey, after touring damaged areas of the state with Gov. Chris Christie, said he's directed his staff members and people in his administration to tolerate no red tape or bureaucratic excuses when it comes to getting storm victims the help they need.

"We will not quit until this is done," Obama said, adding that he's instructed his people to return the calls of officials in storm-damaged states within 15 minutes.

"If they need something, we figure out a way to say yes," Obama said.
04:55  Why America's oldest hospital is being evacuated:  
CNN reports: Some details on why New York's Bellevue Hospital -- one of United States' largest hospitals -- is being evacuated: The building lost regular electricity service during the storm, and backup generators have been providing power since then. But people have been having to carry fuel up 12 flights of stairs, because the fuel pumps that normally supply the generators are in the basement, and the basement is flooded, a source told CNN.

Officials decided Wednesday that the fuel pumps aren't salvageable. "What they realize is that their emergency generators are not continuing to work well," said Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, who was reporting from outside the hospital Wednesday.

So, rather than continuing under these conditions, with regular power service not expected soon, officials decided to evacuate the remaining 700 patients. The most critically ill patients were evacuated earlier.

The evacuation process could take a couple days.
02:38  Hafeez Saeed's aid offer 'hollow': US:  
The United States has dismissed as "hollow" the offer of humanitarian aid for superstorm victims from Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafeez Muhammad Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind and for whom the US has offered a bounty of $10 million.

"As you all well know, Saeed is believed to be behind organising the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack in which 166 people were killed, including six Americans. That is why he is actually now the subject of a Rewards for Justice programme," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. 

"Furthermore, both the United States and the United Nations has designated his organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a terrorist organisation," he said. 

"So while we have great respect, obviously, for the Islamic tradition of social assistance to those who are in need, no matter where they might be, this particular offer strikes us as very hollow," Toner said in response to a question on the offer of humanitarian assistance from Saeed for the victims of the hurricane Sandy.
02:01  Kanimozhi meets PM over Lankan Tamils:  
DMK MP Kanimozhi, the daughter of party chief M Karunanidhi, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence on Wednesday evening and handed over a memorandum that spoke at length about the problems being faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The DMK leader also brought to Singh's attention Sri Lanka reporting to the UN on the progress it has made on issues relating to human rights and said India should take steps to ensure that Tamils are given equal rights and charts their future according to their wishes.

"I urge the government of India to ensure that Sri Lanka upholds its promises made to the international community on holding those guilty of human rights excesses accountable," she said in the memorandum.

Sri Lanka was censured by the UNHRC in March when a US-sponsored resolution that alleged large-scale violations of human rights during the last phase of the war. India had supported the resolution
01:57  Oldest public hospital in US being evacuated:  
New York's Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the United States, was evacuating its remaining patients due to damage caused by Sandy, city mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

"Bellevue will now have to be evacuated because of damage," he told a news conference. "It's going to affect something like 500 patients. They had already discharged patients that didn't require critical care." 

The hospital, which had already been using back-up power, suffered damage in the basement, Bloomberg said.

Earlier, Coney Island Hospital and New York University Hospital were evacuated as superstorm Sandy flooded large parts of New York, knocking out power and filling basements with water
01:55  Many TVs go blank as digitisation deadline ends:  
Television sets without set top boxes in hundreds of households across Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata went blank as the deadline for switch over to cable TV digitisation ended this midnight. 

People watching various programmes faced a TV blackout when the clock struck 12. However, in some areas of Kolkata, the television sets without STBs were found to be working. 

In Mumbai, nearly 20 per cent of the households have not installed STBs.

Information and Broadcasting Ministry's data for all the four metros combined showed digitisation of cable TV households including Direct To Home (DTH) connections up to 94 per cent.

TV viewers in Chennai who have not made the change, however, got some relief with the Madras High Court granting extension of the deadline till November 5 for the process of digitisation of TV signals.

The Bombay high court, however, refused to grant more time to cable network providers in the city to switch to digital addressable system (DAS). But it asked the Union government to consider giving some relief to viewers during Diwali.

According to ministry figures, Delhi has achieved a 97 per cent digitisation (including DTH connections) while in Kolkata it is up to 85 per cent. 
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