21:36 Tribal woman burnt to death in Jharkhand:
A tribal woman was burnt to death following a dispute in Jharkhand's Pakur district and four people were arrested in this connection, the police said.
"Fifty-year-old Samili Pahari was caught by some villagers over a dispute and poured inflammable substance before setting her on fire at Singharshi village," Sub-Divisional Police Officer Dinesh Razzak told reporters.
Interrogation of four persons, who were arrested after an FIR was lodged with Amrapara police station, was continuing to know the reason behind the attack on a woman belonging to the primitive tribe, he said.
21:07 Owner of Sivakasi firecracker unit arrested:
The owner of a Sivakasi cracker manufacturing unit where a fire on September 5 claimed 39 lives was arrested today on culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other charges from Samayanallur in this district.
Murugesan, who had been absconding since the incident, was arrested by a special police team headed by Deputy Superintendent of Polic (Virudhunagar District) Ramamoorthy near a temple, they said.
20:45 Iraq's fugitive VP sentenced to hang: AFP
reports: Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareqal-Hashemi, a top critic of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, was convicted of murder today and sentenced to death by hanging, in a decision likely to renew political tensions.
Hashemi, tried in absentia, has dismissed all charges against him as politically motivated. A Baghdad court also tried in absentia his secretary and son-in-law Ahmed Qahtan and sentenced him to death.
19:43 Visa accord historic: PDP:
The Peoples Democratic Party today described as historic the visa liberalisation agreement between India and Pakistan but regretted that the fruits of the reconciliation process have not reached Jammu and Kashmir.
"It is a great day for relations between the two nations. The visa agreement is historic," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told reporters here. She, however, said it was unfortunate that the fruits of the reconciliation process between New Delhi and Islamabad have not reached Jammu and Kashmir.
19:19 Thackerays are 'infiltrators' in Maha: Lalu:
Hitting out at Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray and his family members for targeting Bihari migrants in Maharashtra, RJD chief Lalu Prasad today claimed that the Thackerays were infiltrators as their forefathers had hailed from Bihar.
"The forefathers of the Thackerays hailed from Bihar and migrated to Mumbai generations ago as has been corroborated by a book written by a late Thackeray family member," he told PTI.
19:14 Wave of attacks kills 56 in Iraq: AP
reports: A series of more than 20 attacks across Iraq killed 56 people and wounded over 250 others today, security and medical officials said, with targets including security forces and markets.
The latest violence brings the number of people killed in attacks so far this month to 86, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical sources.
18:52 Assam: Grenades, detonators recovered from mini bus:
Acting on a tip-off, police today recovered five hand grenades and as many detonators and arrested a person from a mini-bus from Kamrup Rural district of Assam.
Police said the grenades and detonators were recovered from Bijoy Boro, who was travelling in the bus which was on its way from Tamulpur in Baksa district to Rangiya in Kamrup Rural district.
18:18 Senior leader of PML-Q shot dead:
A senior leader of the PML-Q party and his bodyguard were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's Punjab province today, the police said.
Chaudhry Muhammad Tufail, a former district general secretary of the PML-Q, was attacked by the gunmen in Gujrat city shortly after he left his home in a car this afternoon.
Tufail and his bodyguard died instantly. Police and political leaders reached the scene after the attack. The bodies of the two men were taken to a nearby hospital.
17:56 Jawan killed, 6 hurt in Manipur bomb blast:
An Assam Rifles jawan was today killed and six others were injured, two of them seriously, when a powerful bomb allegedly planted by insurgents exploded in Manipur's interior Bishenpur district.
Official sources said the explosion occurred when a grouppersonnel belonging to 33rd Assam Rifles battalion werejogging at Kumbi area, about 45 km south east of here.
The para military forces posted at Moirang and Sendra usedto jog in the area almost daily.
17:24 Terrorist hideout smashed in Jammu:
Security Forces today busted a terrorist hideout in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district and seized arms, ammunition and explosives. Rashtriya Rifles troops and the Jammu and Kashmir police smashed the hideout while carrying out search operations in Jaranwala area at Kotranka in Rajouri, officials said.
Security forces recovered two AK-47 magazines, several IEDs, four IED circuits, ten hand grenades and 52 electric detonators from the hideout, they said. The hideout was located in inhospitable mountains of Pir Panjal, the officials said.
17:02 Swaraj is Thackeray's choice for PM from BJP:
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has said that Sushma Swaraj is the only leader in the BJP who is 'deserving' and will make a 'great choice' for the prime minister's post, evoking a cautious response from the BJP which said it has a number of 'capable' leaders to fill the top slot.
16:45 ULFA claims responsibility for Guwahati blast:
The anti-talk faction of ULFA today claimed responsibility for the Paltan Bazar blast in Guwahati in which a CRPF personnel was killed and 12 others injured on Saturday.
In an email to PTI, the Paresh Barua-led faction's publicity wing member Aranya 'Asom' said the outfit had officially taken responsibility for the blast.
15:39 Wave of attacks kill at least 39 in Iraq:
AP reports: Insurgents killed at least 39 people in a wave of attacks against Iraqi security forces today, gunning down soldiers at an army post and bombing police recruits waiting in line to apply for jobs, officials said.
The violence, which struck at least 10 cities across the nation, highlighted militant attempts to sow havoc in the country and undermine the government.
15:22 Not locked in a space war with China: ISRO:
The ISRO today denied it is locked in a space war with China and said its Mars Mission was aimed at learning more valuable lessons as a scientific community.
"We never raced with anybody. In space, science drives technological development and that will subsequently result in developing an application," ISRO chief Dr K Radhakrishnan said in reply to a question from a reporter on whether India is locked in a space war with China.
14:56 Tension, as over 1,000 people gather near KNPP:
A tense situation prevailed as over 1,000 anti nuclear protesters made a vain bid to lay a siege to the controversial Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, protesting against the proposed loading of fuel.
Protesters led by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy convener S P Udayakumar were prevented from proceeding further by Rapid Action Force personnel and police, half a kilometre away from the plant, police said.
14:06 Pak media hails outcome of Krishna's visit:
India and Pakistan signalled a desire beyond the rancour of the past by inking a pact for a liberalised visa regime though several core issues of both countries had not been addressed by the peace process that resumed last year, the Pakistani media said on Sunday.
Most dailies uniformly described the signing of the new visa agreement yesterday by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Interior Minister Rehman Malik as a significant achievement, especially as the pact is aimed at easing decades-old restrictions on travel by senior citizens, tourists, pilgrims and businessmen.
12:14 Bal Thackeray roots for Sushma as BJP's prime minister:
Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray has said that Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj was the only leader in the ally BJP who would make a "deserving" prime minister.
In part three of his marathon interview, published by Sena mouthpiece Saamana today, Thackeray said: "At present there is only one person who is intelligent, brilliant -- Sushma Swaraj."
He was responding to the question who in the BJP could become the next prime minister. "I have said this many times... She would be a great choice for PM's post. She is a deserving, intelligent woman. She would deliver a great performance," the Shiv Sena patriarch added.
12:07 Ansari, Dr Singh condole 'Amul' Kurien's death:
Vice President M Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today condoled the death of Verghese Kurien, the founder of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation.
In his condolence message, Ansari said Kurien is credited with being the architect of the largest diary development programme in the world-- Operation Flood.
"He engineered the white revolution in India and made India the largest milk producer of the world. He is recognised as the man behind the success of the Amul brand," the vice president said.
Condoling the sad demise of Kurien, Singh described him as an icon of India's cooperative movement and the dairy industry.
In his condolence message to Kurien's wife, Molly Kurien, the prime minister said Kurien was an outstanding and innovative manager and an exceptional human being. "His contribution to the welfare of the farmer and agricultural production and development of the country is immeasurable. Kurien was an icon of India's cooperative movement and the dairy industry," Singh said.
12:05 Ex-DoT official to be cross-examined by A Raja tomorrow:
Former telecom minister A Raja tomorrow
will start cross-examining a key prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case in a Delhi court.
Raja, who is facing trial in the case, had earlier sought special CBI judge OP Saini's permission to defer his cross-examination of prosecution witness and the department of telecom's former deputy director general (AS) AK Srivastava, due to the unavailability of his counsel Sushil Kumar.
Srivastava's testimony assumes significance in the 2G case as he had deposed that Raja, being the then telecom minister, was the "final authority" to take decisions on policy matters in the DoT. He had also said Raja had communicated to the prime minister about the policy for distribution of licences "at his level" and the issues involved in it were "not processed" the by DoT formally.
08:18 The milkman's exit:
Six years ago, Dr Kurien quit the organization he established as one of India's great success stories. Here is the Frontline feature on that event: http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2306/stories/20060407003802400.htm
08:11 The Amul Sags:
Dr Kurien on creating the Amul brand in Seminar magazine: http://www.india-seminar.com/2001/498/498%20verghese%20kurien.htm
08:09 The magic of Manthan:
Today is a good day to see Shyam Benegal's Manthan, which was inspired by Dr Kurien's Milk Revolution. Tridip Suhrud on Dr Kurien in Tehelka: http://www.tehelka.com/story_main17.asp?filename=op040806the_magic.asp
07:57 Pioneered India's Milk Revolution:
Dr Verghese Kurien, who pioneered India's Milk Revolution at Anand, Gujarat, passed away in Nadiad on Sunday. He was 90. An early tribute was posted by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who tweeted: "My heartfelt tribute on sad demise of Dr. Verghese Kurien. His pioneering work gave the milk revolution, transformed India & touched us all."