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August 31, 2013

20:55  Why is Sushma silent on Asaram: asks Digvijay:  
Congress leader Digvijay Singh today accused BJP, in particular its leader Sushma Swaraj, of double standards, asking why she was silent on rape allegations against controversial godman Asaram Bapu when she has been vocal on the issue of atrocities on women. 

In a tweet, he expressed surprise as to why Swaraj, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha is "quiet" in Asaram's case despite being the "most vocal voice" of BJP against atrocities against women. 

"The most vocal voice of BJP against atrocities against women has been Sushma Swaraj. Why is she quiet in Asharam Bapu's case", he said. 

"I want to know from Sushma why she has not said a word on Asaram whom a minor girl has charged with molestation," Singh said.
20:16  Discord over PM candidate will hit BJP: Jaitley:  
BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday said there should be no controversy over the issue of the party's Prime Ministerial candidate as that would be akin to committing a "hit-wicket" and turn out to be the only possible reason for the main opposition losing the upcoming general elections. 

Speaking at a conclave of BJP's Legal and Legislative Cell, the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha indicated that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi should be declared BJP's PM candidate. 

Enumerating the various problems plaguing the UPA government, he said, "Leadership is another issue affecting this (UPA) government. There is no effective leadership in UPA. Due to this people are looking at BJP". 

He stressed that the sooner BJP announced its leader (read PM candidate), the better it would be for the party. 

"Parliamentary elections at times also become (like) presidential elections, especially when the leader enjoys overwhelming popularity. This has happened in the case of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru in the past," Jaitley said. 

He pointed out that if the next general election became a referendum on leadership, then BJP was surely going to win. 
19:15  Dec 16 gangrape: Victim's brother tries to attack minor:  
The younger brother of December 16 gangrape victim today allegedly tried to attack the juvenile who he was awarded three-year sentence for the rape and murder of his sister by Juvenile Justice Board in New Delhi. 

"When the judgement was being delivered by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), presided over by Principal Magistrate Geetanjali Goel, the victim's younger brother tried to attack the minor," the sources at the Board said.

They said victim's brother, who was waiting for the Board's decision since morning, suddenly moved towards the juvenile and tried to slap him, after the order was pronounced.

However, the boy was brought under control by those present inside the court room, including the prosecution, defence counsel and the 23-year-old victim's father and mother.
18:33  Petrol gets COSTLIER by Rs 2.35; diesel 50 paise:  Just In: Petrol price hiked by Rs 2.35 per litre and diesel by 50 paise, excluding state levies.
17:41  Claims of Syria chemical weapons use 'utter nonsense': Putin:  
Russian President Vladimir Putin today firmly rejected claims that the Syria regime has used chemical weapons, calling it "nonsense" and demanding proof. 

"Syrian government troops are on the offensive and have surrounded the opposition in several regions. In these conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for a military intervention is utter nonsense," Putin told reporters in Vladivostok in response to a question on alleged chemical weapons use by the regime.  
16:58  Asaram unwell, not running away, says son:  As the police await to arrest Asaram Bapu his son Narayan Sai said, "Asaram Bapu is unwell. Doctors are attending to him at the moment. Is is not running away.  As soon as he recovers he will head to Jodhpur."

"All allegations of rape against Asaram Bapu are baseless," he added.

Sai also apologised to the media for the attack on journalists by Asaram's supporters. 
16:44  Asaram aide surrenders:  Asaram aide Shiva surrenders. The police have taken him to an undisclosed location for questioning. 
16:36  Diesel price may be hiked by Rs 3-5 a litre, LPG by Rs 50:   Diesel prices may be hiked by Rs 3-5 per litre, kerosene by Rs 2 and LPG by Rs 50 per cylinder as Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to tackle a record Rs 180,000 crore of losses arising from dipping rupee and surging oil rates.
16:35  26/11: Pak panel to visit India on Sept 7:  Pakistani Judicial Commission to visit India on September 7 to cross-examine witnesses of Mumbai terror attacks.
16:27  BJP likely to declare Modi as its PM candidate on Sept 6:  Reports our correspondent from New Delhi: The big decision by the Bharatiya Janata Party to announce Narendra Modi as it's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 polls is expected soon. The BJP parliamentary meet will be held on September 6 to discuss this. Seven out of the 11 parliamentary board members are in support of Modi. 

The insider view is to have secret vote if a consensus is not emerged.

Read: 'Hang those who raped my daughter'
16:05  It's a crime to be born a girl in this country: Delhi braveheart's parents:   Shattered by the verdict, the parents of the Delhi gang-rape victim broke down. "We feel cheated. It's a crime to be born a girl in this country," they said.

"The juvenile accused has been convicted in all charges. They are encouraging him by giving him only three years punishment. Such people can never change," said the brother.  
16:03  Asaram to brief media at 5 pm:  Asaram Bapu's lawyer says he will brief the media at 5 pm even as Indore police wait to arrest him.   
15:59  Verdict to some extent is okay: Probe officer :  The probe officer in the Delhi gang-rape said today, "The verdict on the juvenile accused is okay to some extent. If the family wants they can appeal in court."  
15:44  Delhi gang rape: Girl's family to challenge the verdict:  The family of the Delhi braveheart are not satisfied with the verdict of the Juvenile Justice Board, which awarded 3 years sentence in a special home to the accused, who was 17 at the time of the rape.

"Not satisfied with the verdict, will appeal against it Three years is too less," he said.

Also read: 'Men who raped my sister stare at other women in court'
15:31  Delhi gang rape: Juvenile to be sent to corectional home for 3 years:   Juvenile found guilty in the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case. He will be sent to a correctional home for 3 years.

The maximum sentence under the Juvenile Justice Act is three years.   
15:08  Asaram inside Indore ashram, say police:  There is ruckus inside the Indore ashram of Asaram Bapu as police enter the premises. Asaram is inside the ashram, Indore district magistrate tells CNN-IBN. He is expected to be taken to Jodhpur by road.   
14:46  Police reach Asaram Bapu's Indore ashram :  Senior police officers including the inspector general, senior superintendent of police and SP reach Asaram Bapu's Indore ashram. There is heavy police deployment around the ashram.

The controversial spiritual guru's whereabouts are a mystery as the police look to question him in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl.    
14:05  Police to seal Asaram's ashram where supporters attacked media:   As busloads of supporters started gathering at the ashram of Asaram Bapu in Jodhpur, the police, fearing trouble, clamped restrictions and cleared them out, reports NDTV.

The police are planning to seal the ashram to avoid further chaos.

Read the full report here

13:27  Woman gang raped in Noida, 2 cops among 4 held:  A woman has allegedly been gang-raped at an apartment in Noida in Uttar Pradesh, just across the border from Delhi, reports NDTV.   Four people, including two constables have been arrested.

The survivor filed a police case this morning.
12:44  Borders of Jodhpur sealed :  Borders of Jodhpur have been sealed to stop Asaram supporters from entering the city. "Our team is on it's way to Indore," said DCP Jodhpur.  
12:26  Father of girl, sexually assualted by Asaram, sits on indefinite fast:  The father of the 16-year-old schoolgirl has begun an indefinite fast demanding that Asaram Bapu be arrested immediately.

The self-styled godman, accused of sexually assaulting the girl, has gone underground in Madhya Pradesh as the Rajasthan police headed to Indore to interrogate him.  
11:41  Obama indicates attack on Syria imminent:   Indicating that an attack on Syria is imminent, United States President Barack Obama has declared that the America had an obligation to punish Damascus for allegedly using chemical weapons and said a possible military strike would be limited "with no boots on the ground".

"We're not considering any open ended commitment. We're not considering any boots on the ground approach," Obama told reporters on Friday but emphasised that he has "not made any decisions" about what actions the US will take.

"We have consulted with allies. We have consulted with the Congress," Obama said after Secretary of State John Kerry indicated that the US is preparing to go it alone on Syria.
11:33  Where is Asaram Bapu? Not in Indore, say police :  Indore Superintendent of Police Govind Rawat said, "Asaram Bapu is not in Indore. The Rajasthan police have not contacted us."
11:28  6 Asaram supporters detained for attacking journalists :   The police have detained 6 people from Asaram Bapu's ashram in Jodhpur for attacking television journalists this morning, reports CNN-IBN.

"We have detained six people. The attackers were mainly women," Ajay Lamba, DCP. Jodhpur. "We are stopping more Asaram supporters from entering the ashram," he added.      
11:26  Laws and policies not enough to empower women: Sonia :   Laws and policies not enough to empower women, they have to be implemented on ground, said Congress President Sonia Gandhi today. "We will take all possible steps to empower women."
10:52  Hollywood superstar Matt Damon on a water mission in India:  Hollywood superstar Matt Damon, who found fame with his role of a mathematically gifted janitor, is on a mission in India to help more than a million people have access to safe water and sanitation in the next three-and-half years.

The 'Good Will Hunting' star and also the co-founder of non-profit organisation, has been working in India since 2008 to help needy people access small loans for water and sanitation purposes through its micro finance institution  partners.

"The target for spring 2016 is to reach an additional eight lakh people, which will put us over a million in total, which is great and we are on track to do it," Damon told PTI in an exclusive interview.
10:50  'We demand strict action against Asaram and his supporters' :   Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari condemns attack on journalists by supporters of Asaram Bapu. "Unfortunate that followers of a guru have attacked the media," he said.

Broadcast editors association said: We condemn the attack. We demand strict action against Asaram Bapu and his supporters. Protection of journalists is needed. 
10:47  Shekhar Gupta's open letter to Narendra Modi :  Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta in a letter to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi writes, "Your party has messed up much virtuous, reformist legislation already, it has failed to live up to your own expectations on the food bill."

...."Not one senior leader of your party has, as yet, produced an argument against the land boundary agreement that India and Bangladesh have signed and which now awaits ratification through a constitutional amendment."

Read the full letter here
10:37  UPA prepares poison pill in 2014:  An erudite MP from a non-Congress, non-BJP background described the UPA government's binge of populist legislation as a "poison pill' approach.

The next government will inherit the most troubled economy in two decades. No new prime minister would have entered office in such challenging circumstances, except Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947 and Narasimha Rao in 1991, says Ashok Malik in Daily Pioneer.

Read the full column here
09:51  Asaram aides attack 2 journalists in Jodhpur:   Irate supporters of Asaram Bapu attacked two journalists this morning in Jodhpur. Both journalists, belong to the IBN7 network, are bleeding but out of danger. The supporters also pelted stones at an OB van.

Trouble started after supporters of the controversial spiritual guru gathered outside the ashram.

The attackers were from the ashram, confirmed Jodhpur DCP to CNN-IBN. Additional police teams have been rushed to the location.

This is not the first time that Asaram aides have attacked the media. Yesterday, they assaulted a journalist in Indore.

The self-styled god is likely to face arrest today after he skipped a deadline to surrender yesterday. He has been accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.        
09:35  Infiltration bid foiled in Kashmir, 4 militants held:  Four militants were killed in an infiltration bid in Tangdhar district of Kashmir early today, according  to army sources.
09:31  Asaram likely to be arrested as Rajasthan police head to MP :  A team of Rajasthan police is headed to Madhya Pradesh to interrogate self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is accused of sexually assaulting a girl in his Jodhpur ashram earlier this month. Yesterday, Asaram ignored the August 30 deadline set for him to travel to the city and meet with investigators, reports NDTV.

The Rajasthan police has said it cannot grant him an extension and will arrest him if the charges against him are proven.
03:50  Turkey wants Syria regime change, not limited strikes:  Turkey's prime minister has said that the limited strikes threatened by the United States against Syria were not enough and pushed for a broader military offencive that would topple the regime. "A limited operation cannot be satisfactory for us," Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by the NTV news channel. 

"An intervention akin to that decided for Kosovo must be launched. An operation of one or two days will not be enough. The goal should be to force the regime out," he said yesterday.
03:50  Ecuador leader rebukes Assange for mocking Australian politicians:  Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa chastized WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for making fun of Australian politicians in a video shot at his place of refuge in Ecuador's London embassy. 

"We have sent him a letter: he can campaign politically, but without making fun of Australian politicians. We are not going to allow that," Correa said here yesterday on the sidelines of a South American summit.
02:38  Assad regime's chemical attack killed 1,429, says Kerry:  Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria used chemical weapons on a massive scale in rebel-held areas near Damascus that killed as many as 1,429 people including 426 children, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today as US released intelligence assessment on the alleged atrocity.
02:12  New Egypt protests leave at least six dead:  At least six people were killed and dozens injured Friday in the latest round of protests against Egypt's military-backed interim government.

State media reported that clashes broke out between protesters and supporters of the military; the Muslim Brotherhood said protesters were killed after police opened fire on them.
01:01  NATO chief: No plans for alliance action in Syria:  NATO's chief said for the first time Friday that the alliance has no plans for military action in Syria because of the alleged use of chemical weapons against its civilians.

Asked about the alleged deadly attack in a suburb of Damascus on Aug. 21, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen pointed the finger at Syrian forces. 

"It demands cynicism beyond what is reasonable to believe that the opposition is behind a chemical attack in an area it already largely controls," he said.
00:37  Kerry outlines evidence of chemical attack by Syria:  The Obama administration on Friday forcefully presented a case for a strike on Syria, as President Obama said he was considering a "limited' attack and Secretary of State John Kerry declared there was "clear' and "compelling' evidence that the government of President Bashar al-Assad had used poison gas against its citizens. 

Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry spoke as the administration released an unclassified intelligence report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
00:15  Jagan shifted to another hospital:  YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who is on a hunger strike since Sunday against the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, was tonight shifted to Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences from the Osmania General Hospital on medical advise.

Jagan was earlier shifted to OGH from Chanchalguda jail when his health deteriorated following the five-day fast.

Doctors at OGH informed the authorities that certain equipment required for emergency treatment were not available, and it would be advisable to shift the Kadapa MP to Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Deputy Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana told PTI tonight.

Both OGH as well as NIMS are government-run hospitals. OGH doctors recommended that Jagan be shifted to NIMS, and accordingly escort was provided by jail authorities for his transfer, Chanchalguda jail superintendent B Saidaiah said.
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