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October 13, 2012

23:48  Body found in CST: Lover arrested for murder :  

The Pune railway police on Saturday claimed to have solved the murder case, where a young woman's body had been found in an abandoned trolley-bag at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai on September 26, with the arrest of her paramour. 

Pravin Thakre, 29, who was in a live-in relationship with the victim Roshni, was arrested in Pune, said the police. 

"We arrested Pravin in the afternoon and he is being taken to Mumbai," said Suryakant Noukudkar, inspector, Pune Railway Police.

21:29  Gates, Annan come out in support of Rajat Gupta:  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and former UN chief Kofi Annan have written to a US Judge in support of India-born Rajat Gupta, who will be sentenced on October 24 for insider trading, highlighting his philanthropic work. 

Gupta, the most high-profile Wall Street executive convicted of insider trading, will be sentenced by US District Judge Jed Rakoff. 

"I know most personally that the poor of the world have a profoundly capable and articulate advocate in Rajat Gupta," Gates said in his letter.
20:33  Kudankulam ONLY solution for power crisis: Govt:  Highlighting the power crisis in Tamil Nadu, Shipping Minister G K Vasan today appealed to anti-nuclear activists to give up their stir and allow commissioning of the controversial Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. 

"Power shortage (in Tamil Nadu) has largely affected all sections of the people, especially, micro small and medium enterprises besides, weavers, farmers and students. To put a full stop to this issue, power generation from Kudankulam Nuclear Plant should be made available without any further delay," he told reporters. 

Noting that production of power at the plant was the only solution for a power starved Tamil Nadu, he said the protesters should realise this and give up their agitation.
19:44  Suresh Kalmadi won't contest in IOA polls:  Tainted sports administrator Suresh Kalmadi will not contest in the Indian Olympic Association's elections in November, according to PTI.

Kalmadi is facing serious charges of financial irregularities during the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi in 2010. 
19:40  Mo Yan's new book to be out next week:  Nobel Laureate and Chinese author Mo Yan's new book, a collection of three plays, will hit the market next week amid growing fascination for his work. 

The book Our Jing Ke will be published by the New World Press. 

Three of Mo Yan's plays Our Jing Ke, Farewell to My Concubine and Wife of the Boiler Worker will be included in the book.
19:38  Pak considering military operation in North Waziristan:  Pakistan is seriously considering the option of launching a military operation against Al Qaeda and Taliban safe havens in the tribal region of North Waziristan agency, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.

The tribal agency is the hub of terrorists, Malik said, adding that the government and military leadership would decide whether there is a need for an operation in North Waziristan.
19:37  UP govt transfers CMO, DM of Gonda district:  The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred the Chief Medical Officer, the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Gonda district, following Vinod Kumar's resignation as minister.  

Vinod Kumar had allegedly abducted the CMO after the latter refused to accept his recommendations for the posts of state government doctors.

19:17  Odisha: Vedanta shuts down refinery plant:  After successfully operating its refinery at Lanjigarh in Odisha's Kandhamal district for seven years without getting any bauxite from the Odisha government, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd today announced a temporary shut down due to lack of the raw material. 

"Yes, it is a painful decision. We have shut down the refinery for the time being today due to acute scarcity of bauxite. It is a temporary closure," said VAL Chief Operating Officer Mukesh Kumar. 

"We had earlier planned to shut down the refinery on December 5. The situation did not permit us to continue operation without raw material support," Kumar said.
19:16  Cong defends Vadra, keeps mum on terrorism: Modi:  Chiding the Manmohan Singh government for "coming out in defence" of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said Congress "lacks" such sensitivity in expressing solidarity with victims of terrorism. 

"There were some allegations against the son-in-law of a family and the entire Manmohan Singh government is fielded (to defend him). This might be some personal matter of him and in the course of time the truth will come out," Modi said, without naming Vadra.
17:52  Sikh Americans raise 250,000 for needy students:  A US-based Sikh body has raised over US$ 250,000 to fund scholarships for bright but poor students striving to acquire higher professional education in Punjab and neighbouring states. 

The Sikh Human Development Foundation raised the amount after it held a fund raising gala in the Greater Washington Area.

In the 12 years since SHDF started this project, it has awarded 2,400 scholarships to needy students.
17:51  Saif opts for golden 'achkan' for his wedding:  Nanda Das Saif Ali Khan has opted to go traditional on his wedding day by choosing a golden achkan and a turban. 

The Nawab of Pataudi has roped in Raghavendra Rathore to design his wedding wardrobe. 

"Saif is wearing a Banarasi brocade achkan sans any embroidery in it. It is a clean classic look with more emphasis on cuts and detailing. The hand made couture dressing was Saif's choice to wear," said Rathore. 

The bride's wedding trousseau, being designed by Manish Malhotra, has been hogging all the limelight till now.
15:22  Chidambaram for cutting wasteful expenses:  

After announcing a slew of reform measures to revive growth, India's Finance Minister P Chidambaram has indicated that the Budget for 2013-14 would focus on cutting wasteful expenses and promoting investments.         


"We must have a budget that emphasises fiscal consolidation and incentivises savings, promotes investment and cuts out wasteful expenditure," he told Bloomberg Television. However, he added the government's key social welfare programmes will be fully protected.

14:51  Prez's son Abhijit Mukherjee wins Jangipur by-poll:  

Congress candidate and son of President Pranab Mukherjee, Abhijit Mukherjee, has won Jangipur Lok Sabha by-poll by 2,536 votes, defeating his nearest rival CPI-M's Muzaffar Hussain. 


The by-election was held on October 10 as the seat had been left vacant after Pranab Mukherjee was elevated to the highest office of the country.

14:39  Louise Khurshid dismisses allegations of graft:  

Salman Khursid's wife Louise Khurshid has refuted all allegations of graft, adding that she will put the documents in public domain soon.  


She also took a dig at Arvind Kejriwal saying that he is desperate for issues as he has turned into a politician from an activist.

13:58  Will teach Cong, BJP how to do politics: Kejriwal:  

Kejriwal said that they will now teach Congress and BJP how to do politics.   "First they used to dare us saying we should join politics. Now that we have joined, we will teach Congress, BJP how to do politics. These parties don't know how to do politics; they only know how to loot the country. We will teach them that politics is not about looting the country, but a patriotic work,' Kejriwal said.  


He also stated that last night at a makeshift prison in Bavana, Outer Delhi, he has coined some new slogans like, 'Hamara neta kaisa ho, aam aadmi jaisa ho!'

13:50  Kejriwal, IAC supporters reach Parliament Street:  

Arvind Kejriwal and supporters of Indian Against Corruption have now reassembled in Parliament Street after being released from detention earlier in the day.  


Kejriwal, Sisodia are currently addressing IAC supporters reiterating their demand that Law Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife must be arrested.   He also thanked people of Bawana -- where IAC activists were kept overnight -- who got them food.  


Meanwhile, Kejriwal has stated that they do not have the permission to hold a rally. Arrests expected.

13:21  Trouble for Parle's popular 'Mango Bite' candy:  

The Food and Drug Administration has asked Parle Products to recall from the market the entire stock of its popular candy "Mango Bite' branding it as "unsafe". Officials of FDA Konkan Division recently raided two locations in Raigadh and Bhiwandi and seized stock of the finished goods and ingredients, valued at Rs 2 crore.    


According to FDA, the manufacturer Parle Biscuits Pvt Ltd at Kirkhinde in Khopoli (Raigadh) used buffered lactic acid (adulterant) in the confectionery which is not permitted.    


Joint Commissioner of FDA (Food) S K Shere said the seized goods include Sugar Boiled Confectionery (Parle Kachha Mango Bite) packed in jars valued at Rs 1,46,68,400. Besides, the team also seized around 8158 kgs of Buffered Lactic Acid valued at Rs 10.60 lakh.

13:09  Prez's son leading in Jangipur LS by-poll:  

PTI: Abhijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress candidate, is leading by 6,541 votes over his nearest CPI-M rival Muzaffar Hussain in Jangipur Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal's Murshidabad district.        


Election Commission sources said at the end of ninth round of counting Mukherjee bagged 1,93,864 votes while the CPI-M nominee polled 1,87,323 votes.        


There will be a total 16 rounds of counting. The by-election was held on October 10 as the seat had been left vacant after Pranab Mukherjee was elevated to the highest office of the country.

12:06  10 killed in suicide attack in northwest Pakistan:  

PTI: At least 10 people were killed today when a suspected suicide bomber targeted an office of a pro-government milita in the restive Darra Adam Khel region of northwest Pakistan, police officials said.        


A powerful explosion ripped through the office of the "aman committee" or militia in the central market of Darra Adam Khel.        


Police officials said they believed that the office had been hit by a suicide bomber. At least 10 people were killed and several others injured in the attack, police officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.        


The wound were rushed to a nearby hospital. No other details were immediately available. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.         The banned Pakistani Taliban had a strong presence in the Darra Adam Khel region till the army launched an operation to flush them out of the area in 2009.  

11:42  Kejriwal, supporters released:  

Arvind Kejriwal and other supporters of India Against Corruption have been released from the makeshift jail at Bawana in Outer Delhi.   Kejriwal said that his protests against Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid's NGO will continue.  


Kejriwal and his supporters were arrested on Friday after they tried to set up a sit-in dharna near Prime Ministrer's residence to demand the ouster of Khursid. They were taken to the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Bawana on Friday where they spent the night.

10:47  Pak Maritime Security arrests 24 Indian fishermen:  

ANI: The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency has seized four Indian fishing vessels and arrested 24 crew members, while they were fishing 200 kilometres inside Pakistani waters, an official statement issued by the agency has confirmed.  


The statement said that the fishermen have now been handed over to the Docks police station pending further investigation.  


According to The Dawn, an MSA official said that the Indian vessels were caught while they were fishing around 100 kilometres from the Cape Montz coast, which is on the eastern side of the Karachi.  


He claimed that with the arrest of these 24 fishermen, the total number of Indians in the Malir district jail would now rise to 63 from 39 who have been held from before.

09:40  Shot fired at Obama campaign office: Reports:  

AFP: A shot has been fired at a campaign office for President Barack Obama in the western US state of Colorado, shattering a window but injuring no one, police said.        


Staff were in the office when the incident occurred mid-afternoon, yesterday. "It looks like it was one shot that was fired into the structure," said Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez, cited by The Denver Post.        


A photo posted online by the Denver Westword showed a window broken at the front of the office. Police were searching for a "possible vehicle of interest," said Lopez, giving no further details.

09:34  UP: 'Untraceable' CMO returns to office:  

Chief Medical Officer of Uttar Pradesh's Gonda district SP Singh, who had been "untraceable" since Monday night after being allegedly abducted by Minister of State for Revenue Vinod Kumar Singh, on Friday made a dramatic appearance at his office in Gonda in the evening.  


CMO Singh held a meeting with the officials of the district administration and police, sources in the CMO office said. Singh later said that he has no complaint with the minister after his resignation. He said the Superintendent of Police met him in the evening and has assured full security. Similar assurance has been given also by senior officials in Lucknow, he added.


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03:53  10,000 phones are being lawfully tapped in India!:  
Nearly 10,000 phones are being lawfully tapped in various states, according to official data available.

Over 4,500 phones were intercepted during the month of August in addition to more than 5,000 phones which were already being tapped. The interception is ordered by various intelligence agencies, police forces and Army.

Besides phones, nearly 1,200 email addresses were also being intercepted under the Indian Telegraph Act, according to information given to a high-level committee which reviews such orders issued by the Union Home Secretary. 

The Committee comprising Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, Telecom secretary R Chandrasekhar and Law Secretary B A Agarwal, which met here recently, confirmed the orders passed by the Home Secretary and also cleared a fresh request for monitoring 559 emails of various individuals, it said.

Intelligence Bureau(IB) topped the chart monitoring nearly 6,000 phones out of which over 2,100 requests were made in August alone and was followed by Delhi Police which made 738 requests in the month besides keeping under surveillance 19 others, the sources said

Army's Signal Intelligence (SI) is tapping over 1,100 phones out of which 577 requests were made in August while 527 are already being intercepted by it, the sources said.
02:43  New York best city of opportunity, Mumbai last:  
New York tops the list of the world's best "cities of opportunity," with London second and Toronto third, according to a report released this week by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Partnership for New York City.

Mumbai has been placed at the last spot in the listing

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02:40  Riveting full trailer of Osama hunt movie:  
The bewildering first trailer for Osama bin Laden manhunt movie Zero Dark Thirty, from the Hurt Locker team of director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal
01:30  BSF recovers heroin worth Rs 20 crore in Punjab:  
Border Security Force has seized four packets of heroin worth Rs 20 crore and arrested two persons in this connection from near Indo-Pak border at Jalandhar. 

During inspection, BSF personnel seized four packets of heroin from a farming field in Khem Karan area of Tarn Taran district, Director General of Punjab Frontier of BSF Aditya Mishra said.

A pistol made in Pakistan and some ammunition was also seized and two persons who were present nearby were arrested, he said.

The two arrested persons have been identified as Sardool Singh and Harpal Singh, he said adding, the matter was being further probed
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