23:06 DMK has struggled for SL Tamil cause since early days: Karuna:
Refuting criticism that his party had done little for the Sri Lankan Tamils cause, DMK president M Karunanidhi today said it had struggled for the ethnic minority since the early days, with even his party led governments being dismissed in the light of the issue.
Referring to the dismissal of his government in 1991 by then Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar two years after it came to power, he said there was a 'conspiracy' to topple his government then.
Though the two leaders were on "friendly terms", Chandra Shekhar later took steps to dismiss his government after some "important" persons met him, the DMK president said without mentioning anyone.
With then Tamil Nadu Governor S S Barnala declining to recommend dismissal of his government, other means were used to dissolve the government, he said at a book release function at the party headquarters
21:48 Anna being misled on Lokpal issue: Kejriwal:
A day after Anna Hazare asked a Aam Aadmi Party member to leave his fast venue, party chief Arvind Kejriwal today said the Gandhian is being misled on the Lokpal issue as the Bill the government seeks to pass does not fulfil his demands and will create a "jokepal".
In a series of tweets, Kejriwal expressed surprise that how Hazare could accept the Lokpal Bill that was tabled in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. He reasoned that this Bill does not contain any of the three most important provisions that the Jan Lokpal Bill espoused by Hazare and his team contained.
"I m really surprised. How can Anna accept sarkari lokpal bill? Sarkari lokpal is a "jokepal". Who is misguiding Anna?" Kejriwal tweeted.
19:47 AAP may fight all 26 LS seats in Gujarat:
Buoyed by its performance in Delhi assembly polls, the Aam Admi Party is planning to contest all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat and take on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his home turf.
The two-day meeting of AAP's executive committee, which started here today, is deliberating on planning and execution of the party's campaigning in the state for the 2014 elections, AAP's Gujarat convener Sukhdev Patel told PTI.
"We would like to contest on all the 26 seats and the deliberations are going on in the meeting about it," he said replying to a query.
19:44 BJP urges CM to rethink on auctioning INS Vikrant:
The state BJP today appealed the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to rethink his stand on INS Vikrant, which is set to be auctioned off as scrap.
"Chavan should withdraw his resolve to sell the ship in scrap. He should understand people's sentiments associated with Vikrant," BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said.
He said in December 2001, the then Defence Minister George Fernandes had stated that Maharashtra government had shown interest in preserving Vikrant as a maritime museum, but the state failed to go ahead with the proposal.
Somaiya said he had discussions with senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on the issue.
19:13 Cong blocking passage of Lokpal Bill: BJP:
In a sharp reaction to Rahul Gandhi's comments on the Lokpal Bill, BJP today alleged Congress and its allies are blocking the passage of the legislation and it is ready to support the measure even amid the din and without a discussion.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley charged Congress has been shifting its stand on Lokpal Bill quite often and the party is not serious about passage of the Bill.
"The government seems to have changed its heart again on the Lokpal Bill.... The Bill should ideally have been passed in Rajya Sabha yesterday itself. We reiterate our stand that it should be discussed and passed on Monday. If Congress and its allies do not allow the House to function, then we are ready to pass it without a debate," Jaitley said.
18:21 Gujarat riots shouldn't stop Modi from being PM :Narayana Murthy:
NR Narayana Murthy, co-founder of IT giant Infosys and a celebrated public figure, thinks the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi should not be ostracised politically for the Gujarat riots in which over a thousand people, mostly Muslims, were killed in 2002 while Mr Modi was the chief minister of the state in an interview with NDTV.
Read the full transcript here
"What we are working on is a framework to fight corruption. There are a number of steps to fight corruption. We earlier passed the RTI Bill in that regard," Rahul says.
Unfair to say we want Lokpal Bill due to the bad performance in the assembly elections.
17:29 Our push for Lokpal Bill has got nothing to do with the AAP, it's about fighting corruption, says Rahul Gandhi.
17:26 Rahul Gandhi: The Lokpal Bill will give the country a serious weapon to fight corruption.
17:24 Answering a question Rahul Gandhi says, "We are 99 per cent there. Nedd al parties to come together on this. I request all the parties to pass the bill since this is a matter of national importance."
17:23 We have a strong bill that has consensus, says Rahul Gandhi
Now Rahul Gandhi is speaking. He says that the Congress strongly supports the Lokpal Bill and hopes the opposition will give it their support as well.
17:21 Chidambaram: Government has made only few changes -- 2 or 3-- to the select committee recommendations. We believe there is broad consensus.
16:45 Iran sends second monkey into space: president:
Iran said today that it had safely returned a monkey to Earth after blasting it into space in the second such launch this year in its controversial ballistic programme.
President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the scientists involved in the mission, in a message carried by Iran's official IRNA news agency.
16:44 US drone targets boat near Pak-Afghan border:
In the first attack of its kind in the region, at least five persons were killed when a US drone targeted a boat carrying suspected terrorists on Kabul river near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border today.
Officials in Pakistan's tribal belt said the attack was carried out on the Afghan side of the border. Some media reports, however, said the strike happened inside Pakistan's Khyber tribal region.
16:19 AAP trying to run away from its responsibility: Congress:
The Congress has decided to take on the Aam Aadmi Party after its convener Arvind Kejriwal challenged the Congress and BJP on accepting its conditions before deciding to form the government in Delhi.
The Congress said the AAP was running away from its responsibility by putting conditions.
It said the AAP had the peoples mandate and should fulfill its promise.
16:00 Cong removes Kalmadi's photos from Pune offices:
Congress has managed to ward off likely embarrassment it would have faced from anti-Suresh Kalmadi faction, by removing photographs of the tainted MP from its offices in city.
The anti-Kalmadi group led by city unit vice president Deepak Mankar, the former deputy mayor and Pune Municipal Corporation member, had set Friday as the deadline to city Congress unit chief Abhay Chhajed-- a known Kalmadi loyalist--to remove Kalmadi's photographs in various party offices including the Congress Bhavan.
15:53 China prepares for first lunar rover landing on the moon:
China will attempt to land a probe carrying the country's first lunar rover on the moon today in a major breakthrough for its ambitious space programme. The spacecraft is expected to make touchdown at about 9pm local time (1830 IST), the mission's official microblogging page said, 12 days after Chang'e-3 blasted off on a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
China is aiming to become the third country to carry out a rover mission, following the United States and former Soviet Union, which also made the last soft landing on the moon 37 years ago.
15:10 Sopore ambulance halt case: J-K HC transfers Mobile Magistrate:
Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered the transfer of the Mobile Magistrate in connection with stopping an ambulance over using red beacon, which led to the death of a heart patient inside it due to delay in getting medical aid in North Kashmir.
"The High Court has ordered probe and transferred District Mobile Magistrate Traffic, Sopore, Manzoor Ahmed Khan, and posted him as Munsiff Mahanpur in Kathua district," Registrar General of State High Court, Suresh Sharma said.
14:06 21 workers killed in China coal mine explosion:
Twenty-one workers were killed today in a gas explosion inside a coal mine in China's northwest Xinjiang province.
The blast occurred early this morning when 34 workers were inside the mine in the Hutubi County in Hui Autonomous Prefecture of Changji, state-run news agency Xinhua reported. Twelve workers managed to escape, it said.
14:06 Bomb blasts in Kenya kill one near Somalia border: police:
At least one person was killed and three others seriously wounded when twin explosions rocked the Kenyan town of Wajir near the Somalia border, police said on today.
The blasts ripped through the town market shortly after 8:00 pm, a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity. "It looks like these were improvised explosive devices," the officer said.
"We lost one person while three others were taken to hospital," he added.
The AICC media cell says it release, on a daily basis, video clippings of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi's day-to-day programmes.
Video clippings of the party leaders will be available on the in AICC website.
13:36 Two more Indians charged in Singapore for rioting:
Two more Indians were charged today by authorities here for their alleged involvement in Singapore's worst outbreak of riot in over 40 years, taking the total number of Indians arraigned in the violence to 33.
Palanivel Dhasmohan, 27, and Karuppiah Chandrasekar, 31,were accused of being part of an unlawful assembly of 400 South Asian migrant workers and throwing pieces of hardened cement at police officers in the vicinity of Little India's Race Course Road on December 8.
13:25 Sonia Gandhi to meet editors:
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday spent two hours interacting with editors and senior journalists at his Thuqlak Lane house.
The buzz is that Sonia Gandhi too is scheduled to meet editors of TV news channels in groups from Tuesday at 10 Janpath. Regional TV channels heads are also being given time.
12:21 A man of some of the people:
On December 8th the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India's main opposition party, handsomely won state elections in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, with a combined population of well over 100m.
It also won, a bit more narrowly, in Chhattisgarh, and it got the largest share of the vote in Delhi Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat and the party's national leader, claims much of the credit.
He is a forceful campaigner, hugely popular with his party's Hindu-nationalist core and increasingly accepted beyond it. His chances of becoming India's prime minister in next year's general elections, which must be held by May, were already good before the weekend. Now they look better than ever.
11:36 US warns N Korea against provocation following execution:
The United States has warned North Korea against any "provocative acts" following the shock execution of leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle, as the reclusive state campaigned to rally support behind the young supremo.
Washington also sought to step up talks with its Asian allies, voicing concern over regional stability after Jang Song-Thaek - seen as Kim's political regent and the country's unofficial number two - was executed on Thursday following a special military trial.
11:32 Lal Thanhawla sworn-in as chief minister of Mizoram:
The first session of the seventh Mizoram Assembly will commence from Monday, according to an official notification. The notification issued last evening said the newly- elected legislators, who won the election to the 40-member state legislature held on November 25, would be sworn-in by the Protem Speaker.
11:08 Ganguly offered BJP ticket, yet to decide:
Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has been offered a ticket to contest the general elections next year by the BJP but is undecided on whether to accept the offer.
It is learnt that the offer has come from the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, who has promised to make the Bengal sports icon the sports minister in the Cabinet if the party comes to power.
10:47 Kejrwal questions BJP and Congress's motives of offering unconditional support to AAP.
10:45 Kejriwal gives Congress and BJP 7 days to respond to his letter. He has kept aside three days for the AAP to take final decision.
10:40 Delhi govt formation: Kejriwal seeks 10 days time to decide:
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has met Lt Governor Najib Jung and asked him for 10 days to take a decision on forming a government in Delhi.
Kejriwal has also written to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and BJP president Rajnath Singh for their take on the AAP manifesto and the Jan Lokpal Bill. He also given a copy of the letter to Jung.
09:24 Kerry hopeful of Israel-Palestine peace deal:
US Secretary of State John Kerry is hopeful that the shaky negotiation talks between Israel and Palestine will be on track as the two sides are committed to seal a peace deal by the end of a nine-month deadline which ends in April.
"Both parties remain committed to fulfilling their obligations to stay at the table and negotiate hard during the nine-month period that we set for that," John Kerry told reporters in Tel Aviv yesterday after separate talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
09:24 North Korea's youth revolution stirs unease:
It is North Korea's version of a youth revolution, and it's making a lot of people nervous.
At 30, Kim Jong Un may well be the world's youngest head of state. His brother, Kim Jong Chul, two years older, is best known as an avid Eric Clapton fan but is also said to keep an eye on the leader's security.
And the youngest of the Swiss-educated siblings, 26-year-old sister Kim Yo Jong, is seen frequently as an aide-de-camp to the leader.
08:57 UN chief says Syria chemical attackers should be sanctioned:
UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to sanction those responsible for Syrian chemical weapons attacks documented in a newly released report.
The UN report, issued Thursday, concluded that such banned arms were used at least five times before Damascus agreed to dismantle its arsenal. "I deplore in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which is an offence against the universal values of humankind," Ban told the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.
The report did not, however, lay blame for the attacks, as the inspectors' mandate did not allow them to designate a responsible party.
03:43 US school shooting ends in attacker's death :
A shooting incident at a high school in the US state of Colorado has resulted in the death of the shooter and injuries to at least two students, authorities say. The shooting on Friday occurred at the Arapahoe High School in the town of Centennial, near the city of Denver.
One student was in critical condition, while another suffered minor injuries, police said. Grayson Robinson, the Arapahoe County Sheriff, said the suspect had appparently shot himself. He added the shooter had entered the premises of the school armed with a shotgun, looking for an individual teacher who he identified by name.
"The teacher began to understand that he was being looked at and exited the school," Robinson said. When a student confronted the gunman, that student was shot and seriously wounded, police said. The suspect was later found inside the school, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, Robinson said.
Read more on Al Jazeera
02:46 Colorado high school shooter 'kills himself':
CNN: The suspect in the shooting at Arapahoe High School is dead of what appears to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. The suspect was a male student at the high school in Centennial, Colorado, Robinson said.
The school is about 10 miles from Littleton, where Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher in a rampage at Columbine High School in April 1999.
02:03 US high school shooting leaves at least 2 injured:
At least two people were injured in a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado on Friday. Police are calling this an active shooter situation as of 1 p.m., according to 9 News.
At least one student was critically injured, according to KDVR. Around 1:15 p.m., Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told CALL7 he believed the shooter was still inside the school. Arapahoe High School is part of Littleton Public Schools and has about 2,000 students.
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02:01 U.S., Chinese warships come dangerously close:
A confrontation between the U.S. and Chinese navies led to a tense moment in the South China Sea, CNN has learned. The incident last Friday, which was resolved peacefully, was the latest sign of Chinese military aggression in international waters and airspace.
A U.S. Navy warship was forced to come to a sudden stop when a Chinese military ship crossed dangerously close in what sources described as a deliberate maneuver. No weapons were fired and the incident was resolved.
Read more on CNN
01:54 Live! 6 killed in South Mumbai high-rise fire: NDTV:
Six people were killed after a major fire broke out at the Mont Blanc building in South Mumbai's Kemps Corner area on Friday evening, a fire official said, NDTV reported.
Five people were rescued from the 12th floor of the building where the fire started, officials said. The floor was gutted in the blaze completely. It took fire engines three hours to douse the blaze."We were sitting in the garden at around 7 pm when the fire spread. Few people could come down and then the elevators stopped working. The cylinders that were in the passageway exploded and the fire spread. We called the fire fighters around 7:20 pm and the first fire engine arrived around 8:15 pm," said a woman who lives in the building, the report stated.
Two fire officials and four firemen were injured while trying to rescue the people; they have been moved to a hospital.
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01:50 US man held over Kansas 'suicide bomb plot':
Terry Lee Loewen, 58, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Mr Loewen, an aviation technician, does not appear to have been affiliated with any religious group, police said.
Authorities said Mr Loewen was snared by undercover FBI investigators and the public was never in danger. "There was no breach of Mid-Continent's Airport's security," said Kansas US Attorney Barry Grissom in a statement. "At no time was the safety of travellers or members of the public placed in jeopardy."
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00:55 Gunmen kill 18 gas workers in Iraq:
Eighteen gas pipeline workers, most of them Iranians, have been shot dead north-east of Baghdad, officials say. Security sources confirmed to the BBC that the 15 Iranians and three Iraqis had been working on a gas pipeline to run between their two countries.
The attack happened near the city of Baquba. The sources said it took place in a predominantly Sunni area. Another five Iranians and two Iraqis were wounded in the attack, the sources added. Violence in Iraq this year has reached a level not seen since 2008.