21:17 Samajwadi Party not to revoke suspension of IAS officer Durga: Sources:
Sources tell CNN-IBN
that the Uttar Pradesh government will not revoke its order on suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal. The party will aggressively defend its move if the matter comes up in Parliament.
According to sources, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is upset with Sonia Gandhi for intervening in the matter. Mulayam himself had ordered the suspension of Nagpal.
20:50 Modi's close aide Amit Shah hospitalised:
Close aide of Gujarat ChiefMinister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah has been admitted here in aprivate hospital after suffering from a viral infection.
Shah was admitted at the Care Institute of Medical Science on Friday with high fever and is being treated forpulmonary viral infection, hospital sources said today.
20:38 Govt to introduce landmark bill on surrogacy:
Women in India cannot act as surrogates for more than three successful births, including of their own children, and it would be mandatory for surrogate mothers to have a minimum two-year interval between two deliveries to ensure they remain healthy.
These landmark provisions are part of the proposed draft Assisted Reproductive Technologies Bill which the government plans to bring to the Cabinet before introducing in Parliament for passage. Any contravention of provisions of this bill would attract severe penalties.
The bill, a first in India's history, seeks to monitor the unregulated sector of ART clinics, which offer infertility solutions to couples at huge costs, besides preventing commercial surrogacy and safeguarding the rights of surrogate mothers and children born out of surrogacy arrangements.
19:47 Anti-Telangana lawyers lodge complaint against TRS chief:
The East and West Godavari Bar Association Lawyers Joint Action Committee lodged a complaint today against Telangana Rashtra Samithi President K Chandrasekhara Rao for his alleged remarks about non-Telangana region employees working in Hyderabad.
The Lawyers' JAC lodged a complaint in Rajahmundry's Three Town police station against KCR, its convener Muppalla Subba Rao said.
KCR had allegedly made a statement on August 2 that employees from non-Telangana regions working in Hyderabad would have no option other than going back, since their services would be required by the government of the non-Telangana region, after Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated.
19:40 Media misused my comment on Modi: Shatrughan Sinha :
CNN IBN reports: The Bharartiya Janata Party has reached out to MP Shatrughan Sinha on his alleged anti-Narendra Modi statements. Sinha recently praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying "there is no doubt that Nitish Kumar is PM material. He is definitely capable to do so".
He had also countered BJP President Rajnath Singh's off-repeated comments that Modi is the most popular leader in the country. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Sinha said, "I am a
worker of the party and will continue to work for the party. Media used
my statement out of context."
Sources said on Sunday that BJP leaders
Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Yashwant Sinha and Shahnawaz Hussain spoke to Sinha
over his anti-Modi comments.
19:37 Imran Khan to sue Pak hardline leader for calling him Jewish Agent:
Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan today said that he would sue Pakistan's prominent hardline leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman for accusing him of being a "Jewish agent".
"I have decided to file a defamation case against Maulana Fazlur Rehman and now let him prove him in the country his allegations against me," Imran, who heads the Pakistan-e-Tehreek Insaaf party told a press conference.
Maulana Rehman, a prominent religious and political leader who heads the influential Jamiat'"e-Ulema Pakistan, this week said on a show on Geo News
channel that after a lot of study and work he had come to the conclusion that Imran was working for the Jewish lobby in Pakistan.
19:16 Telangana: TRS rules out accepting Hyderabad as Union Territory or joint capital:
Telangana Rashtra Samithi President K Chandrasekhar Rao today voiced his opposition to any proposal making Hyderabad a permanent joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh or a Union Territory.
He said the administration of Hyderabad should be run by the Telangana government.
"TRS would have no objection if the new Andhra Pradesh government runs its administration from Hyderabad till a capital with necessary infrastructure is built, but the administration of Hyderabad should be run by the Telangana government," he said.
19:10 JNU to conduct counselling sessions for students:
Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University has decided to conduct a series of counselling and gender-sensitisation sessions for its students to address their problems in the wake of brutal attack on a girl in the university campus by her classmate.
Twenty-two-year-old Roshni, a student of JNU's School of Languages, was attacked with an axe by her classmate Akash, 23, who later committed suicide, prompting the university administration to take "corrective and preventive" measures.
"The incident was shocking and unacceptable. Counselling units will be formed for students to share their problems," Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, S K Sopory said.
18:32 CBI to press for autonomy before Supreme Court:
The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to press before the Supreme Court that its demand for autonomy is legitimate and will pave the way for curbing interference in its functioning, two days after the government junked the agency's proposal for more power for its director.
Highly placed CBI sources said that the agency's proposal that its director should report directly to the Minister of Personnel and Training is aimed at cutting red-tape as many files of the agency remain stuck at various levels in different ministries. The sources said the CBI understands the importance of accountability and its demands for more power are for carrying out its investigations in a timely manner.
18:20 Now, Chinese army stops Indian troops from patrolling in Ladakh:
Amid a spate of incursions by China in Ladakh, its troops are also resorting to tactics like preventing the Indian army from patrolling posts in this sector along the border, which is well within India's territory.
In what is being described as an aggressive approach by China, the tactics have come to the fore in the wake of yet another incident last week when Indian troops launched its patrol "Tiranga" from Trade Junction area in north Ladakh for two posts located 14 km up in the higher reaches along the Line of Actual Control.
17:24 Telangana protest: Hunger strike agitators taken to hospital:
A tense situation occurred on the Andhra university campus today when police forcibly took student leaders, sitting on hunger strike against the bifurcation of the state, to hospital in view of their deteriorating health.
The student JAC leaders have been on a hunger strike from June 30 at the Andhra University. The doctors who conducted medical check-up of students JAC leaders, including its convenors Lagudu Govnida and Arati Mahesh and few others, advised them to take medical care immediately as their sugar, BP and water levels were going down.
15:39 After Sonia's letter on IAS officer, SP says it won't back Food Bill:
A day after Sonia Gandhi's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, the Samajwadi Party flexed its muscle over the Food Security Bill.
"We will vote against the food bill in its present form," said Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal today.
The Akhilesh Yadav government has been severely criticised for ordering the suspension of Nagal, who has campaigned against the sand mafia.
14:38 Normal life hit in Darjeeling as demand for Gorkhaland grows:
Six members of Gorkha Janmukti Morch were arrested on Sunday for stopping the vehicle of the superintendent of police during the bandh in Darjeeling hills.
According to the police, GJM members, including a woman, were arrested early on Sunday morning for stopping the vehicle of Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal during the second day of the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling and other pending cases against them. They were arrested from their residences and taken to the Darjeeling Sadar police station for interrogation, sources said.
14:21 The Centre today has sought report from Uttar Pradesh government on suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, official sources said.
13:58 Jaisalmer cop transferred for reopening case against Congress MLAs father:
As the demand for the reinstatement of the young Indian
Administrative Service officer Durga Shakti Nagpal grows, another honest officer has been shunted out for doing his job.
Choudhary, superintendent of police in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer district,
has been transferred to a non-field posting by the Ashok Gehlot
government, allegedly because he reopened the history sheet against Gazi
Fakir, father of Congress MLA Saleh Mohammad.Read the full report here
13:14 UK inventors build 'world's first' flying bicycle:
Two United Kingdom designers and aviation enthusiasts claim to have developed the world's first flying bicycle that can attain a speed of 40kph and reach 4000 feet above ground.
The bike transforms into an easy-to-operate aircraft which requires no licence to fly and is capable of reaching altitudes of up to 4,000 feet. The XploreAir Paravelo is a combination of a para wing and conventional bicycle. At the heart of the design is a bicycle that tows a lightweight trailer carrying a powerful fan.
13:10 Shinde undergoes surgery at Mumbai hospital:
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today underwent a surgery for a lung ailment at a hospital in Mumbai.
The 71-year-old Congress leader was admitted to the Breach Candy hospital last night, sources close to him told PTI. Details of his ailment were not immediately known, but the sources said he would be discharged in a day or two.
"Shinde would be attending the monsoon session of Parliament," they said.
13:02 Tamil Nadu top cop 'rudely accosted' by SPG: Jaya writes to PM:
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that state Director General of Police K Ramanujam was "rudely accosted and prevented" from approaching the PM's aircraft by an Special Protection Group official during his visit to the state and demanded appropriate action against those responsible for it.
In a letter dated August 3, Jayalalithaa also suggested to Dr Singh that a suitable regimen be put in place so that "such lapses in protocol do not recur in future." The letter was released to the media on Sunday by the government.
12:48 Soni Sori's husband dies : The Hindu
reports: Anil Futane, the husband of tribal schoolteacher Soni Sori, who was arrested on the charge of aiding Maoists, died on Friday of some undiagnosed neurological condition that paralysed him from waist down.
Futane, who used to put his dilapidated Bolero on rent to run a household of eight, passed away in Gidam town in Dantewada. Futane was arrested for allegedly planning and executing an attack on local Congress leader Awdesh Gautam, a few months before Sori was.Read the full report here
12:33 Will Telangana issue wash out the monsoon session?:
A heavy agenda including the ordinance on the Food Security Bill awaits the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning on Monday amid expectations that the short sitting will be more businesslike and smooth as compared to the din and dust in the last few sessions.
However, the decision on separate Telangana could cast a a shadow on the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the first few days with members from Andhra Pradesh agitated over the move likely to create uproar.
12:17 UPSC declares civil services prelims exam results:
About 16,000 candidates have successfully qualified this year's civil services (preliminary) examination, results of which have been declared by the Union Public Service Commission.
The UPSC has advised the qualifiers not to file any RTI applications seeking details of their marks and answer keys until the entire process of civil services exams comprising the mains test and interview gets over.
12:05 After terror threat, US issues travel alert, closes down 22 embassies:
The United States has increased security at all its major airports and railway stations, and has taken a number of measures, that include temporary closure of its 22 diplomatic missions, following a "very specific" Al Qaeda threat emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.
President Barack Obama himself is keeping a close tab on the developments and the threat, which the officials did not disclose.National Security Advisor Susan Rice held a meeting of top US national security officers to review the potential terror threat coming from the Arabian Peninsula.
11:59 SP slams Sonia for writing to PM over IAS officer Durga's suspension: CNN-IBN
reports: The Samajwadi Party hit back at United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi for asking Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to look into the suspension of Indian Administrative Service officer Durga
Shakti Nagpal by the state government.
The party asked where was Sonia
when IAS officer Ashok Khemka was being victimised for speaking against
her son-in-law Robert Vadra in Haryana.
Read the full story here