23:03 Don't fall prey to sops, Kejriwal to electors:
Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal today asked the electors not to fall prey to sops doled out by political parties during elections and vote for an honest and upright candidate to get rid of inflation and deep rooted corruption.
Addressing a gathering in Ayanagar area of Chhatarpur assembly seat, he alleged that for the past 67 years, some opportunistic people from various political parties have "looted the country and stashed the black money in banks in Switzerland, Italy, France and the US".
"Voters should be cautious while electing their representatives. They are equally responsible for the present state of affairs as they vote for those candidates who pay them money or provide liquor," Kejriwal said.
22:35 Her silence made UP govt stubborn: SC on Durga Sakhti:
Her silence has made Uttar Pradesh government "stubborn" was how the Supreme Court described the state administration's response to suspended IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal for cracking the sand mafia in Gautam Budh Nagar, adjacent to national capital.
"Poor fellow, she did not say a word and government had become so stubborn that it could not listen," a bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan said while it was hearing the 2G spectrum scam case matter.
The issue of sand mining and media coverage of cases cropped up during the hearing when the bench expressed its displeasure over the media reporting of court cases.
"Media altogether creates a different impression," The bench said prior to making its reference about the sandmining.
20:33 Pak expected to free 365 Indian fishermen on Aug 24:
The Pakistan government is expected to release 365 Indian fishermen from its custody on August 24, a Gujarat government source said.
"We have received this information from the Union External Affairs Ministry of the government of India and we are waiting for official written communication in this regard," he said.
There are 437 fishermen from various parts of Gujarat, besides union territories of Diu and Daman,who are lodged in different jails located in Karachi and have completed their jail terms.
The Jamnagar native and independent Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani had written to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week for the release of all fishermen from jail on humanitarian grounds.
Nathwani had also written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the issue with his Pakistani counterpart.
19:46 MTNL website attacked by Pakistani hacker:
MTNL's website for Mumbai has been attacked by a suspected Pakistani hacker operating from Australia.
While MTNL on Friday claimed that its website has been restored, some users complained that they were unable to access it.
"Hacked homepage if in cache of that customer, should be refreshed, otherwise it will continue to show old page," MTNL spokesperson in Delhi today said.
The website showed the message: "MrCreepy Was Here. Napsters CrEw. Happy Independence Day Pakistan. http://Facebook.Com/m3creepy. Greets: SEEKER, Dr.FREAK, MKHAN SWATI, And All Pakistani Hackers :D".
However, the corporate website of the telecom services provider, which has over 80 lakh customers, and its portal for Delhi customers were not affected.
19:45 Gold price hits 2-year high; reclaims Rs 31,000-level:
Gold on Friday surged by Rs 1,310 per 10 gram here, the highest in two years, to Rs 31,010 on strong demand from stockists ahead of festive season, after government increased import duty on the metal to 10 percent.
A sharp fall in Sensex and rupee against dollar and strong global cues also contributed to the upsurge in gold price, which posted the biggest single-day gain after August 19, 2011. Interestingly, the metal had shot up by Rs 1,310 on August 19, 2011 as well.
Gold has regained Rs 31,000 level after a gap of six months. An all-time high was Rs 32,975 per 10 gram on November 27, 2012, in Delhi bullion market.
19:44 Sand mining: SC asks NGT to consider MP govt plea in a week:
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the National Green Tribunal to consider within a week the plea of Madhya Pradesh government seeking modification of its order putting a blanket ban on sand mining without any licence or environmental clearance from river beds across the country.
The appeal filed through the state Chief Secretary submitted that the NGT's August 5 order was affecting the construction industry as the district authority which is entitled to permit sand mining in less than five hectare of area has been left with no option.
A bench of justices AK Patnaik and JS Khehar considered the state's plea that under the MP Minor Minerals Rules, 1996, framed under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act for regulating the mining of minor minerals, the district administration can allow sand mining on land measuring less than five hectares.
19:18 3000 Indians in Egypt safe: Government:
Syed Akbaruddin, Official Spokesperson of the External Affairs ministry, on recent developments in Egypt: "We have been following the recent developments in Egypt with concern, particularly the tragic loss of large number of lives in Cairo and other cities. We urge all sides to abjure violence, exercise maximum restraint and engage in an earnest dialogue that will promote national reconciliation and permit an early transition towards a stable and peaceful democratic set-up.
Our Mission in Cairo is in close contact with all sections of the Indian community and with the Indian companies that have a presence in Egypt. We are maintaining active liaison with the concerned authorities to ensure their continued safety."
Later he added this on Twitter: Total Indian community in Egypt is approximately 3,000.
18:32 Ishrat case: HC rejects bail plea of police officer N K Amin:
The Gujarat high court today refused bail to suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police N K Amin, arrested by the CBI in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
Justice N V Anjaria rejected Amin's plea that he be granted 'default bail', as the CBI failed to file a charge-sheet against him within 90 days of arrest, as required under the Criminal Procedure Code.
Amin, who was arrested on April 4, contended that the charge-sheet filed on July 3 was incomplete, hence it amounted to not filing the charge-sheet within 90 days.
18:31 MTNL website attacked by Pakistani hacker:
The MTNL's website for Mumbai has been attacked by a suspected Pakistani hacker operating from Australia.
While MTNL today claimed that its website has been restored, some users complained that they were unable to access it.
18:20 Modi is like a frog just out of the well: Khurshid:
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today compared Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to the proverbial frog just out of the well, fumbling for his right place in the big wide world.
"What should I say about Modi? He is like a frog just out of the well and at a loss to find the right place for himself in the big wide world," said Khurshid.
18:19 Time for calm, time for reflection, says Chidambaram:
It is time for calm, time for reflection, Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said while talking about the current condition of the Indian economy."
Jobless claims in the US do not impact fundamentals of the Indian economy; surprised why such data impacts India," said the FM.
"Indian markets have taken hits of two days in one day," said the finance minister on the 770 point Sensex crash.
18:13 Five-year-old rape victim deposes in court:
A five-year-old girl, who was raped allegedly by two youths in east Delhi leading to a huge protest, today appeared before a court and recorded her statement.
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Garg recorded the testimony of the child through video conferencing after the court was "satisfied regarding her competency to make statement".
18:12 YSR Congress leader Vijayamma to go on indefinite fast :
YSR Congress party honorary president Y S Vijayamma has decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike from August 19 to protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, party sources said today.
The YSR Congress city unit has also finalised a venue close to the busy M G Road for the hunger strike by the mother of jailed party supremo Jagan Mohan Reddy.
17:42 Modi shall not be granted US visa: American official:
A top American official has opposed the grant of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi because of the "very serious" doubts that remain over his role in the "horrific" 2002 riots in the state.
"Modi shall not be granted the privilege of US visa because of the very serious doubts that remain and that hang over Modi relative to his role in the horrific events of 2002 in Gujarat," said Katrina Lantos Swett, vice chairwoman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
17:41 Narendra Modi is a national embarrassment: Congress:
Union Minister Anand Sharma today termed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a "national embarrassment".
"Modi may be an asset to the BJP but he is a national embarrassment. I can say this without any hesitation. He is boastful and makes tall claims about the development model of Gujarat," he told reporters.
17:34 DMK sounds bugle for Lok Sabha polls:
Sounding the bugle for the Lok Sabha elections, a meeting of DMK's district secretaries today unanimously authorised party President M Karunanidhi and General Secretary K Anbazhagan to decide on the allies for the polls due next year.
A resolution to this effect was adopted at the meeting, billed as a preparatory exercise for the elections, crucial for the DMK which was ousted from power by the AIADMK in the 2011 assembly polls.
16:33 In TN, prayers, rituals to make Jayalalithaa the next PM: A Ganesh Nadar
reports: A huge banner has come up in Tirunelveli city in Tamil Nadu announcing that her supporters are making an effort to make their 'revolutionary leader and respectful chief minister' J Jayalalithaa the next prime minister of India.
The achieve this volunteers are going to pull a golden chariot with Lord Muruga sitting on it in the famous shore temple at Thiruchendur. After this they will hold an all-community prayer meeting at the St. Antony's church at Uvary. These prayer meetings and pulling chariots will happen every Saturday till December. The occasion will also be used to highlight the achievements of the state government in its first two years in office. This entire event plus rituals have been organized by the Nellai MGR youth wing.
16:12 Cabinet note on Telangana unlikely before October:
The Cabinet note on Telangana is unlikely to come up before October.
Once drafted, the note will go to the Committee of Secretaries, then to the Group of Union Ministers, and finally to the Union Cabinet.
The additional secretary assigned this responsibility is unable to get in touch with Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to initiate the Cabinet note!
16:11 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has among his advisors bureaucrats who were close to the Congress party. After N K Singh, Nitish Kumar picked up diplomat Pavan Verma, who retired prematurely from the Indian Foreign Service.
Former Union home secretary R K Singh is Nitish Kumar's latest advisor; he will coordinate the Bihar bureaucracy's interactions with the government in New Delhi on infrastructure projects.
15:47 Twin blasts on INS Sindhurakshak, a weapon was ejected: NDTV
reports: The INS Sindhurakshak was fitted with
torpedoes and Klub missiles, one of which was accidentally ejected
during the twin explosions, a senior source in the navy said.
far, the navy has ruled out sabotage and a recent recharging of the
submarine's batteries as the cause for the explosion which took place in
the front compartment, where weapons are stored.
Sources also told NDTV
that signs suggest that the experienced
crew was not negligent. "Every crew man on board had put in over 10
years and had the highest certifications possible," a senior official
Read the full story here
15:05 SC asks Swamy to move Delhi HC on plea with AirAsia :
The Supreme Court today asked former MP Subramanian Swamy to move the Delhi High Court with his plea challenging clearance given to proposed low-cost airline AirAsia India.
A bench headed by Justice B S Chauhan said it was not making any observation on merits of the matter and asked Swamy to move the high court which can hear him in detail.
"We want to have advantage of high court judgement," the bench said while giving him liberty to file the public interest litigation in the high court.
14:37 Nehru permitted CIA spy planes to use Indian air base:
India allowed the US to use one of its air bases for refuelling the CIA's U-2 spy planes to target Chinese territories after its defeat in the 1962 war, adeclassified official document said today.
The then Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru approved overflight by U-2 missions covering the border areaswith China on November 11, 1962, the independent National Security Archive said in a report based on the latestset of declassified documents it obtained from the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act.
13:59 Sensex down 704 pts on US stimulus fears falling rupee:
Benchmark share indices slumped in noon trades on fears that an early rollback of the US monetary stimulus would spark foreign investors to sell and also due to rupee hitting an all-time low. The rupee was trading at Rs 62 against dollar. Sensex was down 703.5 point at 18,664.09.
13:57 Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami reviews situation in Jammu frontier in the wake of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
13:44 The BJP's pipedreams:
The party is smugly walking towards 2014 in a misplaced belief that power is hers for the taking, says a commentator for the website, Centre Right India.Read
13:19 Meet the baddest woman in India:
Sampat Pal, head of India's pink gang, which is best-known for its vigilante tactics. Named after their pink sari
uniforms and pink-painted bamboo sticks, this group of around 20,000
members take on everyone from abusive husbands to crooked police, who
often refuse to register and investigate rape cases, reports Slate.Read the full story here
12:29 SC dismisses PIL challenging IAS officer Durga's suspension:
The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL challenging the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal. She can take care of herself, the SC said.
Durga can suspend the order by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in an appropriate manner, the apex court ruled.
Nagpal was suspended by the Uttar Pradesh government for allegedly taking on the sand mafia.
11:25 Rupee hits record low of 62 against dollar :
The rupee fell to a record low today as Reserve Bank of India measures to tighten capital outflows and curb gold imports were seen as unlikely to prop up the currency and could even spark further selling if they spook foreign investors.
The rupee hit an all-time low of 62.03 to the dollar, breaching its previous record low of 61.80 hit on August 6.
10:23 Danny Boyle's tribute to the 'James Bond' of 2012 Olympics :
Danny Boyle has paid a tribute to the British stuntman who parachuted into the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony dressed as James Bond.
Mark Sutton, 42, died when he crashed into a mountain ridge near Mont Blanc in the Alps at 155mph after jumping in a wingsuit from a helicopter at 10,800ft, reports The Telegraph
Boyle, who directed the opening ceremony, said he was honoured to have worked
with Sutton and described his death as a huge loss to his profession.Read the full story here
09:53 Rupee up 10 paise Vs dollar in early trade on RBI measures:
The rupee today recovered by 10 paise to trade at 61.33 against dollar on increased selling of the United States currency by banks after the Reserve Bank of India announced stern measures to curb forex outflow amid weakening of the US currency overseas.
Dealers said selling of the American currency by banks and exporters after the RBI announced stern measures on Wednesday to support the rupee and dollar's weakness against other currencies overseas helped rupee to trade a shade higher.
09:44 Now, Pak targets villages, house in Saltori, Poonch damaged :
The exchange of fire between India and Pakistan continued overnight. Pakistani troops are now targetting villages in the Poonch sector. Houses in Saltori village in Poonch have been damaged due to firing from the Pakistan side, reports Times NOW
09:06 Russian President Putin writes to PM, president on Sindhurakshak tragedy :
Russian President Vladimir Putin has condoled the death of Indian Navymen in the explosion in and sinking of submarine INS Sindhurakshak. In identical letters to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Putin said "accept my sincere condolences in connection with the tragic death of Indian seamen caused by the explosion in the submarine Sindhurakshak". He conveyed "deep sympathy" to the relatives and dear ones of the sailors who died.
08:42 LoC tension continues, heavy exchange of fire through the night:
There has been intermittent and small firing by Pakistan all through the night along the Line of Control. According to reports, there was massive retaliatory fire by the Indian troops at the Pakistan
army at Poonch and Mendhar sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian army action came after three jawans were injured in firing by the Pakistani troops at Indian posts in Poonch
There have been 17 violations by Pakistan since five jawans were killed by it along the Line of Control on August 5.