23:29 US announces $ 6.7 billion arms sale to Saudi:
Saudi Arabia plans to buy 20 military transport planes and five refuelling aircraft along with related defence equipment, worth an estimated $ 6.7 billion, from the US, the Pentagon has said.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the Congress details of such a sale deal to Saudi Arabia.
"Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale of 20C-130J-30 Aircraft, 5 KC-130J Air Refuelling Aircraft, 120 Rolls Royce AE 2100D3 Engines (100 installed and 20 spares), 25 Link-16 Multi-functional Information Distribution Systems, support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, US government and contractor technical assistance, and other related logistics support," it said.
22:53 Bomb scare on board GoAir flight to Delhi:
A bomb scare was reported on board a GoAir flight that was headed to Delhi from Mumbai.
The flight was called back and CISF personnel are carrying out checks.
The aircraft has been taken to the isolation bay. The DGCA will undertake a thorough final checking of the plane, according to media reports.
21:35 Karunanidhi condoles death of former LTTE commander:
DMK chief M Karunanidhi today condoled the death of Nadarajah Mathenthiran alias Parithi, a former LTTE commander, at Paris in France.
Mathinthiran, 49, who had been convicted in France of extortion and raising funds for terrorism, was shot dead in Paris when he came out of the headquarters of the Tamil Coordination Committee in France, an organisation regarded as a front for what remains of the Tigers.
"Parithi had dedicated his life for the welfare of Eelam Tamils in Eelam and in France. I am grieved at his demise. I extend my condolences to his family and friends," Karunanidhi said in a statement.
21:33 Pratibha Patil calls on Thackeray:
Former President Pratibha Patil today visited ailing Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai.
Patil was accompanied by her husband Devisingh Shekhavat, sources said.
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray was also present at the meeting, they said.
Shiv Sena had extended support to Patil when she contested the presidential election in 2007.
20:56 I'm dengue mosquito, will trouble BJP, Cong: Kejriwal:
Locking horns with Union minister Salman Khurshid over his reported remarks, Arvind Kejriwal today said he is a "dengue mosquito" whose sting can put both Congress and BJP in trouble.
"I am a dengue (causing) mosquito. I will bite BJP and Congress and they will be in trouble," he said in response to the reported comments by Khurshid that Kejriwal's attack on him was just a mosquito bite that causes minor irritation.
Kejriwal also claimed that he will "expose" corruption with regard to the hike in power tariff in the national capital.
19:26 'India hopeful of getting voice samples of 26/11 handlers':
The government today said it was hopeful about getting voice samples of Pakistan-based handlers of 26/11 Mumbai attackers and the speedy trial of the seven prime accused -- including LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said he has asked his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik to hand over the voice samples of those Pakistanis who were giving directions to the 10 terrorists during the audacious terror attack in 2008 that claimed 166 lives.
"We are hopeful that we will get the voice samples. They (Pakistan) will consult their legal department. They may come to us with something. We will also consult our legal department," he told a press conference.
19:20 Blaze in Vadodara firecracker market; 2 hurt:
At least two people were today injured and over 50 shops gutted in a fire that broke out in the city's biggest firecracker market, officials said.
The blaze swept through Kalabhavan Grounds, the venue of the city's biggest firecracker market ahead of Diwali, they said.
Two people received minor injuries, said officials from Vadodara Municipal Corporation's fire department.
19:18 Govt likely to clear proposal to set up NIB:
The government is likely to approve in the next two-three weeks the proposal to set up National Investment Board for fast-tracking clearance to large infrastructure projects, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said today.
"There is a draft Cabinet note proposing it. Some ministries have opposed it. It is going through some official method of resolving those issues. My hope is that it will come to the Cabinet soon,"Ahluwalia said.
Supporting the proposal to set up NIB, he said, "We need an overarching mechanism. We categorically feel that the present system is dysfunctional. The finance minister has suggested a specific way of doing that (by setting up NIB)".
19:16 We bit the bullet and did what we felt was right: PM:
Creating economic growth and employment will remain the focus of government policies in the months ahead, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
We need to correct our own weaknesses and create new job opportunities, said Dr Singh.
While speaking on economic reforms, the PM said, "We bit the bullet and did what we felt was right thing to do, undoubtedly more needs to be done".
Dr Singh also said that decisions on taxation issues were likely within the next few weeks.
18:42 Protests increase in Tibet amid CPC Congress:
Tibet has been witnessing intense anti-government protests, including self-immolations,coinciding with the once-in-a-decade leadership change at the
ruling CPC Congress, according to rights groups.
A video report by the Voice of America, which also has a Tibetan Radio service, said hundreds of Tibetans took part in a demonstration in front of government offices in Rebkong, a town in the western Qinghai Province, shouting anti-government slogans.
Estimates ranged from hundreds to thousands of protesters who began gathering on the streets. Many said they were speaking out against China's education system.
18:40 Didn't plan to leave 'Bigg Boss' mid way: Sidhu :
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, whose journey on reality show Bigg Boss
ended today, said that even though it was difficult to be on the show, he never planned to leave it mid-way.
According to Sidhu, who is an MP from Amritsar, his party BJP asked him to quit the show because he was required to campaign for the upcoming Gujarat polls.
"It was not that I had planned to leave the show mid-way. It was the situation that demanded me to be out of the house," Sidhu told reporters.
18:38 Kejriwal an agent of America AND mentally ill: Lalu:
RJD president Lalu Prasad today hit out at IAC activist Arvind Kejriwal and dubbed him an 'agent of America'.
"Kejriwal is an agent of America who, on the pretext of running an NGO, is dancing to the tunes that country," Prasad said.
Coming down on Kejriwal and BJP president Nitin Gadkari, he said they were 'mentally ill' and need to get 'cured' at Baba Ramdev's yoga camp.
17:25 Hazare to start nationwide tour from Jan 30:
After the meet in New Delhi, Anna Hazare said that it has been two months since there has been a split in Team Anna.
He said that senior police officers from across the state has joined his movement.
The team will inaugurate its new office in Delhi on the occasion of Dhanteras tomorrow.
Hazare said that a 13-member committee is formed and met today. He said that Justice Santosh Hegde is a part of the movement.
He also said that he will start a nationwide tour from Bihar from January 30.
Hazare said that government does not want corruption to leave India. "Farmers are facing the brunt - lathicharge and police firing - as the government gives out land to the foreign companies," he said.
16:53 We are not for Jan Lokpal alone: New Team Anna:
After the meeting of the new Team Anna, Kiran Bedi spoke to the media. "We are not for Jan Lokpal alone," she said.
"The movement against corruption will go on. Strong Jan Lokpal is a major solution and we need a mass movement," she said.
16:09 Black money: Govt may probe HSBC, say sources :
Countering Arvind Kejriwal's allegations on the issue of black money, the government today said that appropriate action has been taken on information provide by the French government in 2010.
France has in June 2010 provided information of foreign accounts of Indians. This information is covered under the confidentiality clause.
The government also said that it will probe HSBC. Sources in the Home Ministry said that they are in touch with officials from the finance ministry with regards to the issue. They said that notes have been taken on the reports of HSBC business conduct.
15:15 Cong MP's gaffe: Leaders don't step out of the AC:
A day after the Congress session in Surajkund was marked by austerity,
reports have emerged of a party MP embarrassing it with his remarks
praising RSS workers for their dedication and criticising Congress
workers for staying in air-conditioned chambers.
Congress MP from Dewas Sajjan Singh Verma said RSS workers are better than Congress leaders because they work with dedication.
"RSS workers work for their party with dedication, surviving on
`chana' (gram), while our leaders don't step out of AC chambers," he
said addressing party workers at Neemuch two days ago.
15:06 Pak trained attacker of Malala Yousafzai: Karzai:
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who his on a four-day visit to India, said today that Pakistan trained Maulana Fazlullah, the attacker of 15-year-old child activist Malala Yousafzai.
He said he wrote to the Pakistan government on Malala.
"Pakistan must fight terror in everyone's interest," he said.
He also said that he hoped the difficult times between United States and Afghanistan improve. Slamming the US he said that it never attacks the source of terror
14:37 2 Indians among Forbes top 15 education innovators:
Indian-origin CEO of Datawind, the maker of India's low-cost tablet Aakash, Suneet Singh Tuli and Massachusettes Institute of Technology professor Anant Agarwal have been named by Forbes magazine among the 15 "classroom revolutionaries" who are using innovative technologies toreinvent education for students and teachers globally.
The Forbes list names 15 education innovators who are"harnessing a slew of disruptive technologies to change everything from the way we teach grade school math to how we train the next generation of teachers.
14:12 High-level meet on Delhi's smog situation today:
The governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana will be meeting officials of the Environment Pollution Control Authority today to take stock of the smog situation in New Delhi, reports NDTV
There was a thick haze over the city's skyline for almost a week before it finally cleared out yesterday. Today's meeting, to be attended by secretaries of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab as well as scientists and environmentalists, is expected to focus on the causes and the solutions to the thick smog cover that has engulfed the city, indicating a sharp drop in the air quality. Read the full report here
12:58 The woman linked to CIA chief David Petraeus:
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus has dramatically resigned from his post, after admitting that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer.
Paula Broadwell, Petraeus' biographer has been named as the woman he had an affair with.
Paula Broadwel was the valedictorian of her high school class and homecoming queen, a fitness champion at West Point with a graduate degree from Harvard, and a model for a machine gun manufacturer, writes Micheal D Shear
in The New York Times.
It may have been those qualities -- and a string of achievements that began in her native North Carolina, where she was state student council president, an all-state basketball player and orchestra concertmistress in North Carolina -- that drew the attention of Petraeus, as the two spent hours together for a biography of Petraeus that Broadwell co-wrote.
Broadwell's name burst into public view on Friday evening after Petraeus resigned abruptly amid an FBI investigation that uncovered evidence of their relationship.Read the full report here
11:57 BJP executive member demands Gadkari's resignation:
Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari on Saturday faced a fresh attack with party national executive member Jagadish Shettigar demanding that he should step down from the top post in the wake of charges of dubious funding of his Purti Group.
"Gadkari is also a swayamsewak (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker) whose dharma (principle) is to protect the interest of the country first and then protect the interest of the organisation. So I am sure being a swayamsewak as per the conscience he will take the best step in the overall interest of the country and the organisation," Shettigar said
11:48 UK HSBC under probe for opening criminals' accounts:
HSBC, Britain's biggest bank, is at the centre of a major revenue and customs investigation after it opened offshore accounts in Jersey for
"serious criminals" living in the country, The Telegraph
The tax authorities have obtained details of every British client
of HSBC in Jersey after a whistleblower secretly provided a detailed
list of names, addresses and account balances earlier this week, the
The Telegraph reports that among those identified on the list are
Daniel Bayes, a drug dealer who is now in Venezuela; Michael Lee, who
was convicted of possessing more than 300 weapons at his house in Devon;
three bankers facing major fraud allegations and a man once dubbed
Londons number two computer crook".
Read the full report here
11:36 New Team Anna meets in Delhi:
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Saturday said they are holding a meeting to decide on the future strategies.
Hazare is holding his first meeting of his core committee in New Delhi to deliberate on future strategies of his anti-graft movement.
Sources said that former army chief V K Singh is a special invitee to the meet.
The new Team Anna comprises Anna Hazare, Medha Patkar, Akhil Gogoi and former DG (Prisons of Punjab) Shashi Kant as among the 16-17 members.
11:00 Fire at army barrack in Kashmir, 1 officer dead:
An officer of the rank of a Lieutenant Colonel died after a fire broke out in an Army barrack in Bandipora in north Kashmir.
The incident occurred late last night at the Special Forces camp in the Sunerwani area.
More details are awaited.
10:25 Bihar CM gets red carpet welcome in Pakistan :
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was accorded a red carpet welcome in Karachi on Friday as he arrived in Pakistan on a week-long visit, hoping to augment contacts and cooperation between the two neighbours.
Kumar was received at the airport by Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and senior members of the provincial cabinet and other high-profile personalities from the business and trade community.
The Bihar chief minister, who is leading a high-level delegation will also visit the Mohenjodaro remains and the Sadho Belo Temple in interior Sindh during his week-long visit.
09:43 UK campaigners call for Nobel Prize for Malala:
Tens of thousands of Britons called on the government on Friday to nominate Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The 15-year-old is receiving specialist treatment in the English city of Birmingham after gunmen shot her on October 9 for standing up against the Taliban and openly advocating education for women.
November 10 has been commemorated as 'Malala Day' in honour of the Pakistani child activist. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon extended his support to the young girl and her fight for education, describing her as the "global symbol" of every girl's right to an education.
04:05 Syrian oppn chooses a Christian as its leader:
The Syrian National Council has chosen a Christian former Communist as its leader after talks in Qatar.
George Sabra said his election showed that the SNC was not sectarian, and he appealed for more weapons to help overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
Read more on BBC
03:48 25 killed as train derails in Myanmar:
A train carrying petrol has derailed and burst into flames in northern Myanmar, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens more. The information ministry said many of the dead and injured were villagers trying to collect spilled fuel.
The train was travelling from Mandalay to Myitkyina in the north, near the border with China.
Read the full story on BBC
02:02 CIA chief Petraeus quits over extramarital affair:
AP: David Petraeus has resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the American spy agency, after admitting he had an extramarital affair.
According to his letter of resignation, Petraeus asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to allow him to resign, and on Friday the president accepted. Petraeus said in a statement that he had shown "extremely poor judgment" in having an affair.
Image: David Petraeus | Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters
01:14 Rich need to pay more tax, says Obama:
Fresh from his re-election, US President Barack Obama today said it was time "to get back to work" on the economy and pitched for raising taxes for the rich. Obama, who has invited the Congressional leaders from both the parties next week to discuss and find a solution to the fiscal cliff, warned that in the absence of unanimity country's middle class would face a tax increase next year.
"Now that those of us on the campaign trail have had a chance to get a little sleep, it's time to get back to work, and there is plenty of work to do. As I said on Tuesday night, the American people voted for action not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours," said Obama.
Obama asserted that people have voted for the plans and ideas that his administration has advocated, and it was time to put them into practice. "I've invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week so we can start to build consensus around the challenges that we can only solve together. And I also intend to bring in business and labor and civic leaders from all across the country here to Washington to get their ideas and input, as well," he said.
Noting that the US economy is still recovering from the great recession, he said top priority has to be jobs and growth and priority should be rewarding small businesses and manufacturers "that create jobs here and not overseas".