23:20 Egypt's ex-president Mubarak may be freed soon:
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for three decades before his ouster in 2011, could be released from prison this week, according to his lawyer and judicial sources.
The stunning twist in the Egyptian saga comes against a backdrop of more violence, including the death Monday of 25 policemen in the north Sinai desert.
23:15 False ceiling caves in at Chennai International air terminus:
Passengers at the international air terminus here today had a narrow escape when a portion of the false ceiling in the departure area came crashing down this evening, airport sources said.
This is the second time in over a week when the false ceiling has caved in at the airport.
21:29 Snowden reporter: Won't be silenced by detention:
The American journalist who has written stories based on leaked documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden today said he would not be silenced by what he described as police harassment of his partner, who was detained for nine hours as he passed through Heathrow Airport.
London police detained David Miranda, the partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald, under anti-terror legislation at the London airport yesterday. Miranda arrived today in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with Greenwald.
21:28 American woman attack case: Suspect's sketch released:
Railway Police today released the sketch of a suspect, who had allegedly attacked and robbed an American woman inside a running suburban train at Charni Road station in south Mumbai.
However, police were yet to establish any concrete evidence to trace the suspect. The sketch shows the accused's face with grown hair and is believed to be aged between 20 to 30 years. His height is between 5.6 to 5.8 feet, police said.
21:27 India, Pakistan shouldn't waste resources on wars: PM Sharif:
Describing Kashmir as the "jugular vein" of his country, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said India and Pakistan should join hands to tackle poverty and disease instead of wasting their resources on wars.
Kashmir is a "national issue and the jugular vein of Pakistan" and its resolution is as dear to him as other Pakistanis, Sharif said in his first address to the nation since assuming office in June.
21:04 rabs ready to cover cuts in Egypt foreign aid: Saudi:
Saudi Arabia today said that Arab and Islamic countries will step in to help Egypt if Western nations cut aid packages to Cairo over its deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters.
"To those who have announced they are cutting their aid to Egypt, or threatening to do that, (we say that) Arab and Muslim nations are rich... and will not hesitate to help Egypt," Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said in a statement carried by the kingdom's SPA state news agency.
20:51 European data agencies press EU over US spying:
European data protection agencies have asked the EU to help investigate the extent of US electronic spying revealed by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, warning that the surveillance may have breached privacy laws.
France's CNIL agency said today that European data protection agencies "consider they should evaluate the exact impact of the PRISM programme on the privacy and data of European citizens," and have written to the European Commission for its help to get information from the United States.
20:13 Food bill: Congress seeks Mulayam's help again: From a correspondent in Delhi:
Union Food Minister KV Thomas on Monday evening reached SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence to seek the latter's help to pass the Food Security Bill in Parliament.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel reportedly got the appointment for Thomas.
Gandhi is expected to speak about the bill at 12.15 pm in Parliament on Tuesday.
If Mulayam Singh agrees to support the bill, Thomas will then approach TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and urge him to not allow his MPs to disrupt the House.
The Congress is keen to pass the flagship bill on Tuesday -- August 20 -- which also happens to be late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's birthday.
20:05 Tanker detention: India rushes team to Iran :
India has rushed a team of officials to Bandar Abbas port in Iran to look into the technical aspects concerning the oil tanker detained by Iranians eight days ago.
The Director General of Shipping has sent a team of officials,including a senior Shipping Corporation of India official and members of the Indian Register of Shipping to Bandar Abbas port, a senior SCI official said.
20:04 Militants kill 25 policemen in deadly Egypt ambush :
At least 25 policemen were killed when militants ambushed them in the border city of Rafah today, in the deadliest attack in years, described by the government as a plot to "destabilise Egypt and terrify citizens".
The brazen attack came hours after the army-back interim government said 36 Muslim Brotherhood members died during a botched prison breakout near Cairo, but the Islamist party offered a different version, saying its was "cold-blooded" murder by the security forces.
19:46 PM asks for early release of Indian fishermen :
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked Sri Lanka to expeditiously return Indian fishermen while emphasising the need to treat this as a humanitarian issue, a day after that country ruled out their early repatriation.
This was conveyed by Dr Singh to Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G L Peiris, who handed over a letter of invitation for CHOGM Summit to be held in Colombo in mid-November to the prime minister.
19:44 Liyakat Shah arrest: NIA questions 2 Delhi cops:
Two officers of Delhi Police's elite Special Cell, including DCP Sanjeev Yadav, were questioned by the National Investigation Agency today in connection with the arrest of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen 'militant' Liyakat Shah.
Besides Yadav, Assistant Commissioner of Police Manish Chandra were quizzed by sleuths of the NIA as it was probing the circumstances leading to the arrest of Shah, who was returning from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, as per the surrender policy of the Jammu and Kashmir government, official sources said.
18:54 Cash-for-votes: Sudheendra Kulkarni speaks up:
BJP leader L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni, an accused in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, today told a court that the Delhi police had conducted a malafide investigation in the case in which his only role was to conduct the sting to expose "horse trading".
Kulkarni, one of the accused in the scam, told Special Judge Narottam Kaushal that police failed to conduct further probe in the case to expose "horse trading" that was allegedly going on to save the then UPA-I government in the vote of trust in the Lok Sabha on July 22, 2008.
18:53 New Judge to hear Salman Khan's case:
A new judge was today assigned to conduct the hit-and-run trial involving actor Salman Khan, who is charged with the offence of culpable homicide for causing the death of one person and injuries to four others by rash and negligent driving in 2002.
The case was transferred to the court of Sessions Judge D W Deshpande who today adjourned the hearing to September 5.
The Judge said that the papers had reached his court two days ago and the prosecutor had yet to be appointed.
18:51 Paternity row: N D Tiwari likely to be examined on Aug 21 :
Congress leader N D Tiwari is likely to be cross-examined in the Delhi high court on August 21 in a paternity suit filed by a youth, seeking to declare the leader as his biological father.
The 88-year-old leader, if appears, would be quizzed by the counsel for 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar and his mother Ujjawala Sharma in the case, which was filed in 2008.
17:17 Tunda names former ISI chief Hamid Gul as his handler: Times Now
reports: Arrested terrorist Syed Abdul Karim Tunda on Monday named former Inter-Services Intelligence chief Hamid Gul as his handler, and has said that he was regularly in touch with the latter. Though, Gul has denied this claim.
More details are awaited.
17:09 Sadhu Yadav hits out at Cong after being expelled, calls it corrupt: IBNLive
reports: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's brother-in-law and Bihar Congress leader Sadhu Yadav has been expelled from the Congress Party on Monday.
The move came after Yadav met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying that he had better qualities to become prime minister than Rahul Gandh.
Read the full story here
16:47 LIVE! Technical glitch puts ISRO's GSLV-D5 launch on hold:
reports:The launch of home-made massive rocket and a communications satellite, GSAT-14 has been delayed. "A leakage was detected," said officials at ISRO.
ISRO chief K Radhakrishnan said, "A leak in the fuel system was Observed during the second stage of launch. We will announce a new date for laucnh after assesment of GLSV-D5."
The launch was scheduled for 4.50 pm today.
15:29 Tunda says ISI made him smuggle in fake Indian currency: Sources:
Sources have told CNN-IBN that LeT operative Abdul Karim alias Tunda claims that he was told to smuggle in fake Indian currency notes by the ISI since 2005.
He has revealed that ISI used to provide him the fake Indian currency notes, say sources. Sources say that Tunda has named two majors of the ISI and a few brigadiers who provided him with the fake notes.
Read the full story here
15:08 AIADMK, DMK say PM should not attend CHOGM meet in Sri Lanka:
AIADMK and DMK today joined hands in Rajya Sabha to demand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should not attend Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka in November.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, V Maitreyan (AIADMK) said his party chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha also wrote two letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this regard but no reply was given by the PMO.
15:06 Nitish mourns loss of life in train accident:
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed grief over the train accident in which 35 people, mostly pilgrims, have died and scores of others injured in Bihar's Khagria district.
As soon as the Chief Minister got information about the train accident at Dharmara Ghat station on Saharsa-Mansi sections under Samastipur division, he immediately spoke to the East-Central Railway General Manager at Hajipur to find out the details and directed to launch rescue and relief works to contain the number of casualties, officials said.
14:27 Iginition of armaments could have caused Sindhurakshak explosion: Antony:
Talking about the INS Sindhurakshak tragedy in the Rajya Sabha, Antony said, "Initial reports suggest explosion due to fire in cabin. The fire was due to internal problems in the submarine. Efforts are on to pump out water from the compartments. None of the 18 navy personnel on board could escape."
Possible ignition of armaments could have causes the explosion, he added.
13:57 India all set for its Rs 200-cr space mission:
reports: India will launch a home-made massive rocket and a communications satellite, GSAT-14 at 4.50 pm today. This is the second time in three years that an Indian-made cryogenic engine will be used for a rocket to deposit an advanced communications satellite in space.
The rocket has cost the country Rs
160 crore, and the satellite's price is Rs
45 crore. So the mission costs over Rs.
200 crore.Read the full report here
13:34 PM condoles death of Bihar railway mishap victims :
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed deep sorrow and shock over the loss of lives of pilgrims in the railway accident in Bihar today. He has directed the railways ministry to deploy all available resources in the area for rescue and relief operations. He has also appealed for calm in the area so that the relief and rescue operations can be carried out without any hindrance.
13:23 Fresh ceasefire violation; mortar shelling, exchanges on:
Pakistani troops opened heavyfire on Hamirpur and Balakote border belts along the LoC inPoonch district of Jammu and Kashmir and also pounded civilianareas of Mankote and Mendhar belts here, an army official said today.
"There was yet another firing by the Pak army along Hamirpurand Balakote border belts along the LoC in Poonch from last night," Defence Spokeman S N Acharya said today.
13:19 Bihar train mishap: Angry mob stops relief train from reaching the spot :
Angry locals have set the Rajyarani Express, which ran over 35 people t the Dhamara station near Saharsa, on fire.
They have not allowed officials to reach the site, said railway PRO Amitav Prabhakar.
Two relief trains on their way to the spot were stopped midway seeing the mob fury. They proceeded after forces secured the site. One of the relief trains from Saharsa has reached the spot.
13:09 Heavy showers lash India:
Heavy showers led to considerable drop in temperatures in the national capital today, leading to traffic snarls due to water logging in various parts of the city.
Massive traffic jams were witnessed in several parts of the city, including major intersections such as Ashram Chowk, Moolchand underpass, Dhaula Kuan and Nehru Place, among others.
According to MeT department, Lodhi road area received 1.8 mm rains, while Safdarjung in south Delhi received 2.4 mm showers.
12:45 PMO should explain how coal-gate files have gone missing: BJP in Rajya Sabha:
The Bharatiya Janata Party today raised the issue of the missing files on coal-gate in the Rajya Sabha.
BJP MP Dharmendra Pradhan says it is shameful that some files related to the coal scam have gone missing. "The PMO should explain how the files went missing. Is it an attempt to save the Prime Minister? The Prime Minister should reply to the House," he said.
12:30 Two moderate quakes hit Kishtwar-Doda region in Jammu and Kashmir:
Two tremors today shook Kishtwar and Doda districts in Kashmir valley triggering panic among locals rattled by a series of quakes. The quake, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale hit the area around 5.22 am, a MeT official said. It was followed by another tremor of 3.9 magnitude at 8.48 am, they said, adding that a minor aftershock was also witnessed around 6.42 am.
However, there was no immediate report of any casualty or injury, officials said, adding a house was collapsed in the area but no one was there when the tremor took place.
12:01 Durga case: SC to hear contempt plea against UP govt :
The Supreme Court will hear contempt plea against the Uttar Pradesh government for action against Indian Administrative Service officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.
Nagpal was suspended by the Uttar Pradesh Government on July 27 ostensibly for taking on the sand mafia and for ordering the demolition of a wall of a mosque in the state's Gautam Buddh Nagar district, where she was posted as sub-divisional magistrate.
10:37 No NASDAQ bell ringing for Anna Hazare:
Paresh Gandhi reports from New York: Kisan Babu 'Anna' Hazare was to ring the bell at Nasdaq on Monday, August 19, but that is not to be.
Nasdaq says there is a clash of schedules, hence no bells will toll for Hazare.Image: Anna Hazare at the India Day Parade in New York.
Photograph: Paresh Gandhi
10:04 20 killed by a speeding train in Bihar :
At least 20 people have been killed by a speeding train near Saharsa in Bihar. The train ran over them as they were trying to alight from a local train at the Dhamara railway station.
The Rajya Rani Express was heading to Patna from Saharsa.
Many more have been injured in the mishap.
After the incident, an angry crowd reportedly pulled out the driver of
the Saharsa Express and beat him. Some railway staff have also
reportedly been "held hostage"
09:24 Rupee slips to 62.35, hits new all-time low against dollar:
The rupee opened at an all-time low today, at 62.35 against the dollar surpassing
the previous record low of 62.03 hit on Friday.
The currency has now decisively breached the 62 levels despite several measures announced by the Reserve Bank and the government.
09:08 Coal-gate files missing, admits govt; won't tolerate it, says BJP:
More chaos is expected in the Parliament today with the BJP planning to target the government over the issue of the missing files pertaining to the coal scam. The party has announced that it will not tolerate the incident that came
to light yesterday after Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal admitted that
some crucial files from 1993 and 2004 had gone missing, reports NDTV.
08:19 American woman attacked, robbed on Mumbai local train :
An American national was attacked and robbed of her mobile phone in the ladies' compartment of a local train in Mumbai.
The incident took place last evening between Marine Lines and Charni Road stations of Western Railway when an unidentified man boarded the ladies compartment and tried to snatch the bag of Michelle Mark, a United States national,police said. When she resisted, he attacked her and after snatching her i-phone he fled.
08:17 Advani praises Modi at BJP conclave:
Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentary party chief LK Advani surprised many at a party conclave when he praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, against whom he had taken jibes on Independence Day for criticising the prime minister.
Delivering the valedictory address at a meeting of the BJP election campaign committee yesterday, state unit presidents and general secretaries in New Delhi, the party patriarch praised the Gujarat chief minister for underscoring the need to strengthen the party at the booth level.
Advani also praised Modi for an earlier campaign he hadl aunched asking young and first time voters, among others, to register themselves as voters with the Election Commission. The senior leader said these aspects are very important as the main aim is to bring the voters to the booth and ensure that they cast vote.