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November 19, 2012

23:23  Naveen Jindals chopper makes emergency landing:  

 Congress MP from Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal's helicopter made an emergency landing due to a technical snag this evening at the airport in Chandigarh.         


"The chopper made an emergency landing at the airport. AJet Airways flight that was on the runway could not take off while we had to divert a GoAir flight. Other flights scheduled to take off from here could not do so," a senior official at the Chandigarh Airport told PTI.

22:07  Nitish orders prode into stampede at Chhath Puja:  The Bihar government has ordered an inquiry by the state home secretary into the killing of at least 18 people including eight children and 10 women in a stampede during Chhath festival in Patna on Monday evening, fficials said.

"Chief minister Nitish Kumar has asked the home secretary Amir Subhani to inquire into the incident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the victims," an official in chief minister office said.
22:01  Arrest over Facebook post illegal, says Kabil Sibal:   Telecommunications Minister Kapil Sabil told CNN-IBN today that the arrest of the two girls over a Facebook post against Bal Thackeray was illegal.

"The Maharashtra police mishandled the case. They should be educated," he said.  
21:07  Obama becomes first US president to visit Cambodia:  Making history twice within hours, Barack Obama today became the first US president to set foot in Cambodia, a country once known for its Khmer Rouge "killing fields."

Unlike the visit to Myanmar, where Obama seemed to revel in that nation's new hope, the White House made clear that Obama is only in Cambodia to attend an East Asia Summit and said the visit should not be seen as an endorsement of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government.
20:17  FB post arrest: Katju demands action against cops:   Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju on Monday demanded "immediate" action against police personnel for reportedly arresting a woman in Mumbai protesting the shutdown in the city on Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's demise on social networking site Facebook.

In an e-mail to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, he warned of "legal consequences" if the CM failed to act. "I will deem it that you as CM are unable to run the state in a democratic manner as envisaged by the Constitution to which you have taken oath and then legal consequences will follow," Katju said.

He demanded that the Chavan immediately order suspension, arrest, chargesheeting and criminal prosecution of the police personnel responsible for arresting the women allegedly on the ground of hurting sentiments. "To my mind it is absurd to say that protesting against the bandh hurts religious sentiments. Under Article 19 of our Constitution, freedom of speech is guaranteed fundamental right. We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship.'
20:07  Patna: 18 killed in stampede at Chhath Puja:  At least 18 devotees have beem killed at Ganga Ghat in Patna during Chhath festivities. Among those killed were 10 women and eight children, reports M I Khan
"This shocking incident took place after a temporary bridge of bamboo collapsed due to heavy rush of people, mainly devotees," a police official said.

The bodies have been brought to the Patna Medical College Hospital.
19:17  One killed in Bangalore bank robbery:  A branch of Cooperation Bank was robbed in Bangalore today. One customer has been killed.

According to bank officials, Rs 70 lakh was looted.

More details are awaited.
18:52  Justice Katju's letter to Maharashtra CM:  To,
The Chief Minister Maharashtra

Dear Chief Minister,              
I am forwarding an email I have received stating that a woman in Maharashtra has been arrested for protesting on Facebook against the shut down in Mumbai on the occasion of the death of Mr. Bal Thackeray. It is alleged that she has been arrested for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

To my mind it is absurd to say that protesting against a bandh hurts religious sentiments. Under Article 19(1)(a) of our Constitution freedom of speech is a guaranteed fundamental right .

We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship. In fact this arrest itself appears to be a criminal act since under sections 341 and 342 it is a crime to wrongfully arrest or wrongfully confine someone who has committed no crime.

Hence if the facts reported are correct, I request you to immediately order the suspension, arrest, chargesheeting and criminal prosecution of the police personnel (however high they may be) who ordered as well as implemented the arrest of that woman, failing which I will deem it that you as Chief Minister are unable to run the state in a democratic manner as envisaged by the Constitution to which you have taken oath, and then the legal consequences will follow

Regards Justice Katju
(Chairman, Press Council of India, and former Judge, Supreme Court of India)
18:46  Tensions flare over South China Sea at Asean summit:  Japan warned on Monday that a row over the South China Sea could directly influence "peace and stability" in Asia as the Philippines publicly disagreed with Cambodia over the contentious territorial issue at a regional summit. Wading into one of Asia's most divisive and vexing security problems, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda challenged efforts by summit host Cambodia to limit discussions on the South China Sea, where China's territorial claims overlap those of four Southeast Asian countries and of Taiwan. Read more
18:16  Cong: CM Mamata should evolve from street fighter:  Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today said it is a very strange situation that a political party with 19 Members of Parliament talks about bringing a no-confidence motion, and expressed hope that West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee would seriously introspect about her actions.

"It has never happened in the history of Parliament that a party with 19 members talks about a no-confidence motion,' said Tewari. "I had said this earlier also when I was the spokesperson of the Congress Party that you have to evolve from being a street fighter to a statesperson, you have to evolve from an agitator to a administrator.

"It's a time, which comes in everybody's life. And, with due respect, I do hope that the Chief Minister of West Bengal would seriously introspect about her actions,' he added
17:58   UPA on its last legs: BJP :  The BJP today claimed the UPA government has taken undemocratic decisions during its regime and next Budget Session would be its "final session".

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi dubbed the next session of the Parliament as "semi-final" for the UPA government, ahead of its "last Budget Session" next year.

"UPA government has lost its credibility among people hence the next Budget Session of Parliament would be the government's final session," he claimed.
17:45  Amitabh: Now 'swargiya' before Thackeray's name:  One of Amitabh Bachchan's tweets after Bal Thackeray's funeral yesterday. "As I drive back from the funeral, two poster images stir an emotional chord. One: the word 'Swargiya' before Bala Saheb's name .. And two: A poster of a rudraksha mala around a chest, the thread broken and a rudraksha seed falling away. Caption: 'mala tutli'.
17:30  Revealed: The exact cause of depression:  A team of scientists has provided insight into the causes of severe brain disorders such as depression. In organisms as complex as humans, the neural mechanisms that help answer the question, "Is it worth my effort?" can fail, leading to debilitating mental illnesses.

Major depressive disorder, for instance, which affects nearly 20 percent of people at some point in life, is correlated with under-performance in the parts of the brain involved in motivation. Clinicians refer to this slowing down of motivation in depressed patients as "psychomotor retardation.'
17:23  Anni Dewani honeymoon murder: Hitman found guilty:   A South African accused of being the triggerman in the 2010 honeymoon slaying of a Swedish bride has been found guilty. Judge Robert Henney gave his verdict Monday in the trial of Xolile Mngeni, arrested for the killing of 28-year-old Anni Dewani. Prosecutors say Mngeni was hired by Dewani's British husband to carry out the November 2010 killing, which was made to look like a car hijacking in Cape Town's impoverished Gugulethu township. Read
17:20  Salvador Dal retrospective in Paris:  If you're in Paris, catch the biggest Dali show in 30 years at the Pompidou Centre. Read
16:58  Kapil Sibal's law behind arrest of Palghar girls:  Here's the 'rationale' behind the arrest of the two girls from Palghar for the anti-Bal Thackeray Facebook post.

'Kapil Sibal has passed a law that anyone posting anything "offensive" on Twitter can be jailed for three years. That's section 66A of the IT Act amended by United Progressive Alliance II in 2008. ''It's a cognisable offence so you have to be arrested and apply for bail. As though you had committed murder!" notes Shivam Vij. Read the report on
16:49  Katju to Maha CM: Arrest of FB girls undemocratic:  Justice Markandey Katju reacts to the arrest of two girls from Palghar, Maharashtra, over anti-Bal Thackeray comments on Facebook. The Chairman of the Press Council of India tells Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan that the arrest of girls was undemocratic. "Arrest the policemen who arrested the girls," he tells the CM.  
16:38  Aaditya Thackeray on Facebook:  Dear all, thank you for all your tributes to my grandfather, and we are really touched.

Yes, He belongs to the people, as always, and as his father had dedicated him to the people way back in 1966.

We all thank you for the strength u have given us, as family, and the love you showered upon him.

One request, I have been seeing photos with his birth mentioned in the year 1926. It is 1927.
16:34  Obama to Myanmar: America 'is with you':  In a historic breakthrough, President Barack Obama today stepped onto the soil of long-shunned Myanmar and into the flag-waving embrace of its once repressed people.

"You gave us hope," he declared, the first US president to visit what not long ago had been an international outcast. Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to welcome Obama to a place still learning its basic freedoms. Speaking to a national audience from the University of Yangon, Obama offered a "hand of friendship" and a lasting US commitment, yet a warning as well.

He said the new civilian government must nurture democracy or watch it, and US support, disappear.

Mwaah! US President Barack Obama kisses Aung San Suu Kyi following joint remarks at her residence in Yangon. Pic: Reuters
16:28  CPI(M) not to back Trinamool's no-confidence motion:  Virtually rejecting Trinamool Congress' appeal to support a no-confidence motion to be brought by it, CPI(M) today said such a move would only help the government cover up all its "wrong" policies.

"A no-confidence motion (in Lok Sabha) will only help the government cover up all wrong measures it has taken and claim parliamentary mandate, as it has the numbers to defeat such a motion," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said here.
16:25  Anti-Thackeray FB girl, friend released on bail:  So, the Mumbai Mirror story is true. Police on Sunday arrested a 21-year-old girl for questioning the total shutdown in the city for Bal Thackeray's funeral on her Facebook account.

Another girl who 'liked' the comment was also arrested. Both have been released on bail.

The duo were booked under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (for hurting religious sentiments) and Section 64 (a) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Though the girl withdrew her comment and apologised, a mob of some 2,000 Shiv Sena workers attacked and ransacked her uncle's orthopaedic clinic at Palghar.

"Her comment said people like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that,' said inspector Uttam Sonawane.
16:18  Confident of 'no confidence', SP, BSP with us: Cong:  Amidst threat by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee to bring no-confidence motion against the UPA government in the winter session of Parliament, Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma today said, SP and BSP would continue to support it.

"Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati will continue to support the know this and I also know this. In fact you know more than me," Beni said in a reply to a question while talking to the reporters.

"Mulayam will not withdraw support from the UPA," Beni asserted, when asked whether the SP supremo would not at all withdraw support. On Mamata's threat, the minister said, the government has got the required numbers and the UPA was capable of facing any challenge.
16:15  Israel and Hamas have conspired to open the 'gates of hell' in Gaza once more. Read
16:12  Of airlines and on-board meals:  What is the best thing about no-frills airlines? If you answered, 'the fares', then you would be only half right. Read Vir Sanghvi's answer here.
16:05  Update on the Palghar girl story:
naresh fernandes tweets: Some confusion: turns out that while cops asked for 14 days custody, Facebook girls may been granted bail.

Sreenivasan Jain: IG Konkan will head inquiry. Prima facie police HQ says no basis for arresting the girls. Say local cops jumped the gun.
15:58  Arijit Sen: Manipur: Kuki State Demand Committee sponsored indefinite road blockade for a separate Kuki state continues. Petrol selling at Rs 100/litre.
15:35  No bail for Kanda in Geetika suicide case:  Delhi High Court has denied bail to former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda in the suicide case of air hostess Geetika Sharma.

The police have accused Kanda and his key aide, Aruna Chaddha, of "harassing, conspiring, intimidating and creating an atmosphere of terror and continuous pursuit" in the mind of 23-year-old Geetika and "she found no option but to end her life".

The chargesheet mentions how Chaddha forced Geetika to undergo an abortion at Kanda's instance. According to the chargesheet, Kanda had evil designs on the victim from the first day she joined his company, MDLR, and he gave her undue favours with the intention of "entrapping" her.
15:27  Mumbai Test in doubt after Thackeray's death?:   A pall hangs over the Second Test in Mumbai. The general feeling is that it will proceed as planned, but there can be no certainty. It depends on the reaction after the death last night of the controversial politician Bal Thackeray. Read the report on the Independent. Read
15:24  Lokpal draft adopted, wants PM under it :  The Rajya Sabha Select Committee on Monday adopted draft report on the Lokpal Bill. The BJP has given a suggestion note against 50 per cent reservation in Lokpal. This is not a dissent note.

The Left has also given a suggestion note to bring "private sector"under the purview of the bill. Earlier, social activist Anna Hazare had accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of "betrayal" on the Jan Lokpal Bill and warned of another protest if it was not passed before the 2014 general election. Read
15:21  The obituary of Bal Keshav Thackeray on the New York Times. Read
15:17  On that Mumbai Mirror story about the girl from Palghar who was arrested for anti-Thackeray comments on Facebook, NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain now tweets:
"Police now confirm to our reporter that they HAVE arrested girl. Nuts."

Twitter was abuzz with news that the story was fake and the girl had not been arrested, just questioned.

15:15  Supreme Court asks government to explain why entire 2G spectrum, licenses for which were cancelled by it, were not put on recent auction. 
15:04  What we should be asking ourselves on the FB-Thackeray story:  A 21 year old girl from Palghar was arrested for posting an update on Facebook, apparently saying that "people like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that', and her friend for arrested for liking that status update, according to the Mumbai Mirror.

The girl withdrew her comment and apologised, and despite this, 2000 Shiv Sena "workers' attacked and ransacked her uncle's orthopaedic clinic. There is no indication about whether any action was taken against these "workers'. Read
14:57  A troubling legacy:  Like all those who mobilise on the basis of ethnicity and religion, Bal Thackeray fashioned the Shiv Sena's formidable clout out of political building blocks that were base and primordial. The language of hate and, when needed, violence were deployed to generate fear and insecurity, pride and solidarity. Read
14:55  SC: Govt too casual in dealing with 2G auction:  The Supreme Court pulls up the Centre for being "casual" in handling 2G case before it and expresses unhappiness over the way it dealt with the auction.
14:54  The Rajya Sabha Select Committee adopts the draft report on the Lokpal Bill. 
14:41  'Happy Diwali to all my Hindu brothers and sisters':  ON Wednesday and Thursday last week, the phrase 'Happy Diwali' was trending on Twitter in Pakistan as the country's Twitterati shared greetings with Hindu compatriots and friends in India. Read
14:21  Why I cant pay tribute to Thackeray: Katju:   His bhumiputra theory flies in the face of our Constitution and works against the unity needed to ensure development, says Justice Markandey Katju. He is the Chairman of the Press Council of India. Read
14:10  Mamata's 'no trust move' makes BJP, Left wary:  Mamata Banerjee's plan to move a no-confidence motion against the Manmohan Singh government in the Winter Session of Parliament has been met with wariness by other opposition parties like the Left and the BJP. Instead of throwing their weight behind the idea, the two fronts, which have been relentlessly attacking the UPA, have issued caution notices claiming a no-trust vote could just boomerang and end up helping the government. Read more here.
14:00  A conversation with: K Taraka Rama Rao, Telangana leader:  As regional parties grow in prominence in Indian national politics, one of the main parties in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, or T.R.S., is hoping to gain momentum in its campaign to carve out an independent Telangana state '" a large landlocked territory in Andhra Pradesh that the party's backers say is sidelined by coastal elites. Read
13:53  Justin Bieber sweeps American Music Awards with most wins:  Canadian pop star Justin Bieber swept the American Music Awards on Sunday, by winning all three categories in which he was nominated, including the night's biggest award, artist of the year, over Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Drake.

The 18-year-old teen singer pulled his mother, Pattie Malette, onstage to help him accept the top award. "This is my mom. She's little, but she's beautiful,' CBS News quoted him as saying. "I wanted to thank you for always believing in me,' he said, looking at his mom.

Bieber also won favorite pop/rock male artist and favorite pop/rock album for Believe.
13:46  Head Over Heels:  Why Washington's love affair with Myanmar might be too much, too soon. Also on the Foreign Policy. Read
13:42  The World Is Not Enough:  While on Mr Bond, the story on the Foreign Policy: Why does the planet's No. 1 spy never go to the really dangerous places? Read
13:37  Honda recalls bikes with faulty brake systems:  If you are a hero on a Honda, sit up and read this. Honda Motorcycle & Scooter has recalled 11,500 units of CBR 250R bikes in India due to a faulty brake system. Details awaited. 
13:36  Skyfall has a license... to print money:  Forget that old license to kill stuff, because Skyfall opened at the box office this weekend and it has something even cooler: A license to print money. And it did just that, wrangling up a colossal $87.8 million in its opening weekend according to Read
13:33  Medieval, barbaric a womans death to shame even the Pope :  Update on Savita Halappanavar's death, the woman who died after doctors in Ireland denied her an abortion.

Savita Halappanavar was buried in her wedding sari. She had been married for four years. To judge by the photographs and video footage of her dancing to celebrate Diwali, she was beautiful and full of life and joy. Savita, originally from India, was 31 and a dentist. She had, since her marriage, been living in Galway with her husband, Praveen. She died at the citys University Hospital last month, in agony, over three days. Read the column on the Sunday Times, London.
13:08  Barack's first visit to Myanmar, but not Obama's:   When Barack Obama lands in Yangon on Monday, he will be the first sitting American President to visit the country now known as Myanmar. But he will not be the first Obama to visit.The President's Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, spent part of World War II in what was then called Burma as a cook for a British army captain. Read the report on the Telegraph.

US President Barack Obama hugs Aung San Suu Kyi at the end of their remarks to the media at her residence in Yangon, today. Pic: Reuters
13:07  PM convey's concerns over trade imbalance with China to Wen:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today invited Chinese investments in the infrastructure sector while conveying India's concerns over trade imbalance to his counterpart Wen Jiabao, who said this could be addressed "gradually".

India and China will be holding the second Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) in Delhi later this month with an aim of enhancing business engagement between the two of the fastest growing economies, significantly at a time when the western world is facing crisis.

After the SED, a date will be decided for the next round of talks between Special Representatives of the two countries on boundary and other issues, to be held in China shortly. At the 40-minute meeting here on the sidelines of ASEAN Summit, the two leaders discussed a wide range of subjects including economic cooperation, boundary issue, defence, maritime security, besides international matters.
12:57  Fire in multi-storeyed building, guard charred to death:  Another update on the Delhi building fire.

The person who died in the fire, is a security guard. He was charred to death when the fire broke out in the multi-storeyed Himalaya House, which has several commercial establishments, in New Delhi.

The blaze was reported from the 15 storeyed building, which is around 50 metres high, on KG Marg near Connaught Place at around 6:20 am and 32 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. "The body of a security guard was recovered from the building.

He was apparently sleeping when the fire broke out and could not get out of the building. Two guards were rescued," A K Sharma, Director of Delhi Fire Services, said.
12:42  'Uddhav did NOT want Raj participating in funeral':  Differences among relatives were at play in the hours preceding Bal Thackeray's funeral that drew around 15 lakh people, a source close to the family said today.

"There was tension in the family '" a clash of egos between Jaidev, Uddhav and Raj,' said the source who was inside the Thackeray home, Matoshree, last night and this morning.

The source was referring to the Shiv Sena founder's second and third sons and nephew, respectively.While Jaidev as well as Uddhav wanted to light their father's funeral pyre, the family insider said, Thackeray's immediate family was not keen on Raj taking an active role in the funeral procession.
Read more on the Telegraph.

Bal Thackeray was given a state funeral. Pictured, Uddhav, Raj, Jaidev and Aditya at the pyre yesterday. Pic. Satish Bodas
12:19  2G case: RBI Governor D Subbarao deposes in court:  RBI Governor D Subbarao today deposed in a Delhi court as a prosecution witness in the 2G case, saying he had questioned in 2007 the spectrum fee of around Rs 1600 crore for pan India licence.

Subbarao, who was the Finance Secretary from April 2007 to September 2008, is a key witness in the case in which former Telecom Minister A Raja and others are facing trial. During the recording of his statement, Subbarao told the court he had written a letter on November 22, 2007 to the then Telecom Secretary D S Mathur in which he had questioned the spectrum fee of around Rs 1600 crore for pan India licence.

He said that he had also questioned as to how the spectrum fee of Rs 1600 crore, which was fixed in 2001, could be applied in 2007.
12:15  Praise and pressure as Obama begins historic Myanmar visit:   In Myanmar (the name the US is finally using instead of Burma), Barack Obama became the first serving US president to visit Myanmar on Monday, trying during a whirlwind six-hour trip to strike a balance between praising the government's progress in shaking off military rule and pressing for more reform. Read more here.

12:11  One dead in fire in Delhi highrise:  One person has died in the fire that broke out in a multi-storeyed building in New Delhi this morning.  The blaze was reported from Himalaya House on K G Marg near Connaught Place at around 6:20 am. At least 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. 
12:08  Well, Twitter seems to conclude that the Mumbai Mirror story on a girl from Palghar being arrested for anti-Bal Thackeray Facebook post, is false. As a tweet, said: The reporter exaggerated.
12:04  PM meets China PM Wen Jiabao:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Chinese PM Wen Jiabao today at Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he is attending the 10th Asean-India Summit and the 7th East Asia Summit.

Yesterday, the PM held bilateral meetings with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Philippines President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to discuss various issues including maritime piracy and the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) agreement.

Officials said the prime minister discussed ways to deepen India's engagement with the Asean nations and the countries in the region. 
11:57  How Thackeray got a Shivaji Park cremation:   State cited 'maintenance of public order' to grant Sena's request for a public cremation at the ground. Read
11:56  Exclusive pictures of Bal Thackeray:  Photographer Gopal Shetty sent us these exclusive vintage photographs of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, which we reproduce along with quotes from the leader who passed into the ages on Saturday. See
11:52  Update on the Mumbai Mirror story: Girl arrested for anti-Thackeray Facebook post.

Kashish on Twitter: My colleague in bombay says NO arrests have been made...only complaints from both sides being investigated by cops.

Kanchan Gupta: ‏Per @sreenivasanjain Mumbai Mirror story not true. No arrest for FB post. Cops looking into complaint/counter-complaint.

11:44  Sena demands memorial to Thackeray at Shivaji Park:  Former Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi has demanded that a memorial to party chief Bal Thackeray be built and installed at his cremation venue, the Shivaji Park, next to the memorial to Chhattrapati Shivaji.

"We want his memorial to be built here (Shivaji Park). Why won't the government permit it?" asked Joshi, adding that the party wanted his memorial next to "Chhattrapati Shivaji's memorial".

The Shiv Sena supremo was cremated with full state honours on Sunday evening at Shivaji Park, with lakhs thronging the venue for a last glimpse of the man they both loved and feared. Bal Thackeray died on Saturday afternoon following a cardiac arrest. He was suffering from ailments related to the lungs and pancreas. Read more

This the spot where the Sena wants a memorial to Bal Thackeray.
11:38  Fire in Himalaya House near Connaught Place:  A fire broke out in a multi-storeyed building in the heart of New Delhi this morning but no one was injured, fire brigade officials said. The blaze was reported from Himalaya House on K G Marg near Connaught Place at around 6:20 am and 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. The fire broke out in the third floor of the building and it spread to the fourth floor. No one was injured in the incident. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
11:34  The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre and CBI on a plea seeking a SIT probe in the coal block allocation scam. The SC has refused to stay the government's decision by which coal blocks were allocated to companies.
11:29  Nizams daughter stakes claim to Rs 2,000 crore assets:  After five days of constant coverage of the Thackerays, here's other news. Niloufer, the daughter of Mukarram Jah, the eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, said on Sunday that she will go to court if she is denied her rightful share in ancestral property. Estimates suggest that she is taking claim on property worth Rs 2,000 crore. Read more here.
11:23  Girl arrested for anti-Thackeray Facebook post:   Police on Sunday arrested a 21-year-old girl for questioning the total shutdown in the city for Bal Thackeray's funeral on her Facebook account.

Another girl who 'liked' the comment was also arrested.

The duo were booked under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (for hurting religious sentiments) and Section 64 (a) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Though the girl withdrew her comment and apologised, a mob of some 2,000 Shiv Sena workers attacked and ransacked her uncle's orthopaedic clinic at Palghar.

"Her comment said people like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that,' said inspector Uttam Sonawane.
-- Mumbai Mirror
11:18  In other news: RBI Governor D Subbarao appears in Delhi court to depose as prosecution witness in 2G spectrum allocation scam case. Details awaited.
11:17  Shivaji Park sees Raj, Uddhav, moment:   Flashback to Sunday and Bal Thackeray's funeral. The moment that will remain the leitmotif to the day -- the coming together (if only for a moment) of cousins Uddhav and Raj Thackeray.

The Indian Express has this story: Minutes before the funeral pyre was lit, and as immediate family members took turns to place logs on the body of Bal Thackeray, there was a moment son Uddhav looked at estranged cousin Raj and asked if he had completed his part of the ritual.An emotional Raj, who had just placed a log by the feet of the senior Thackeray, nodded and moved aside to regain composure.  More
10:54  Veteran actor Pran hospitalised, but 'nothing serious':  Veteran Bollywood actor Pran has been admitted to Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra, hospital sources said today.

"He was admitted to Lilavati hospital last Friday. He had come for a check-up which turned out to be a respiratory problem. He is doing fine and still in hospital. Nothing to worry," Lilavati hospital spokesperson Dr Sudhir Dagaokar said.

'The 92-year-old actor is one of the most popular villains of Bollywood and has acted in around 350 films. His famous films include Khandaan, Aurat, Bari Behen, Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai, Half Ticket, Upkar, Purab Aur Paschim, Don and Zanjeer.

In 2001, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema.
10:08  Mumbai: School buses off roads, Zaveri Bazar shut:  
CNN-IBN reports: While Zaveri Bazar has decided to stay shut, most markets and offices are open for business.

The school bus owners' association too has decided not to operate on Monday. The move, however, will affect only a few schools as a majority are shut for Diwali vacations. 

Taxis, autos and public buses are back on the roads, providing commuters much relief.

Federation of Associations of Maharashtra called upon its constituents and the trading community to observe a bandh in Maharashtra on Monday as a mark of respect to the Shiv Sena supremo. 

Various organisations of traders and dealers are affiliated to FAM, including Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) and markets dealing in grains, sugar, dry fruits, metal, iron and steel and chemicals.
10:08  Rupee up 17 paise against dollar in early trade:  
The rupee rose by 19 paise to Rs 54.99 against the US dollar in early trade on Monday at the Interbank Foreign Exchange on the selling of American currency by exporters and banks. 

Besides, a higher opening in the domestic equity market and strengthening of euro against the dollar overseas supported the rupee, dealers said. 

Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark index Sensex rose by 56.22 points, or 0.30 per cent, to 18,365.59. 

The rupee had lost 46 paise to close at two-month low of 55.16 against the dollar in the previous session on Friday on the back of heavy demand for the American currency from importers and sustained weakness in local equities.
08:59  NO bandh in Mumbai today; autos, taxis operating:  
The Shiv Sena clarified on Sunday that it hasn't called for a bandh. "The shutdown call is purely voluntary. We have not called for any kind of shutdown," party spokesperson Anil Parab said.

Most others shops and establishments are likely to function normally today. Some schools in the city, however, have decided to extend their Diwali break for another day and will remain closed.

As Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's body was consigned to flames at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai on Sunday, the city wore a deserted look with most public transport staying off the roads.

The Taxi Union had declared that cabs will run only if there is calm in the city today. But they changed their decision soon after.

Meanwhile, buses run by BEST will maintain their regular schedule today; the transport service had arranged for extra buses yesterday to facilitate for people to travel to Shivaji Park to pay their last respects to Thackeray.

Trains too will run normally.
08:48  Sunita Williams back on Earth after 4 months in space:  A Russian Soyuz capsule landed on the Kazakh steppe on Monday, delivering a trio of astronauts from a four-month stint on the International Space Station.

The Soyuz TMA-05M capsule, carrying Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut Sunita Williams, parachuted through dark, cloudy skies and touched down at 7:56 am local time (0156 GMT).

"We have landing!" footage from Russian Mission Control, broadcast by NASA TV and Russian state television, showed. Search-and-recovery helicopters were on their way to the landing site, near the northern Kazakh town of Arkalyk.
08:27  Mumbai traders observing 'Shradhanjali Day' today:  
The Federation of Associations of Maharashtra have called upon its constituents and the trading community to observe a bandh in Maharashtra on Monday as a mark of respect to the Shiv Sena supremo. 

In a statement, FAM appealed to all its constituents to observe Monday as the 'Shradhanjali Day'. 

Various organisations of traders and dealers are affiliated to FAM, including Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) and markets dealing in grains, sugar, dry fruits, metal, iron and steel and chemicals.

While Navi Mumbai fruits and vegetables wholesale traders and few other wholesalers have called a bandh on Monday, retailers will remain open.
08:12  Sunita Williams is headed back home:  
Indian-American Sunita Williams and her two co-astronauts Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide have undocked from the Rassvet module of International Space Station for their journey back to Earth after spending four months in orbit.

Earlier, the trio bid farewell to their fellow crew-mates Kevin Ford, Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy, and closed the hatches between the spacecraft before finally undocking at 2226 GMT on Sunday (0356 IST on Monday).

The Soyuz carrying the home-bound trio will land near the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan on Monday.

The return of Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko will wrap up their 127-day stay in space, including 125 days spent aboard the station, since the launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 15.

Williams, will have spent a total of 322 days in space during her two long-duration missions.

She previously served aboard the station as an Expedition  14/15 flight engineer from December 9, 2006 to June 22, 2007. 

Williams has a total of 50 hours and 40 minutes of spacewalking time over seven spacewalks, including the three she conducted during Expeditions 32 and 33.
08:10  World Bank fears devastating 4.0 degree warming:  
The World Bank has warned that global temperatures could rise by four degrees this century without immediate action, with potentially devastating consequences for coastal cities and the poor. 

Issuing a call for action, the World Bank tied the future wealth of the planet -- and especially developing regions -- to immediate efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions from sources such as energy production.

"The time is very, very short. The world has to tackle the problem of climate change more aggressively," World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said yesterday on a conference call as he launched a report conducted for the global lender. 

"We will never end poverty if we don't tackle climate change. It is one of the single biggest challenges to social justice today."

The study said the planet could warm 4.0 degrees Celsius (7.2 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels as early as the 2060s if governments' promises to fight climate change are not met.
00:17  Don't believe in rumours on bandh, says Shiv Sena:  Don't believe in rumours on bandh, says Shiv Sena:  Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut says do not believe in rumours, no bandh has been called by the party.
00:16  Top headlines at this hour:  

NO call for bandh on Monday: Shiv Sena

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