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February 02, 2013


23:59  10 SSB personnel arrested for eve-teasing NCC cadets:  
Ten Seema Suraksha Bal jawans were arrested for allegedly eve-teasing NCC cadets on board Sampark Kranti Express train at Mughalsarai railway station. 

All the girl cadets were returning back to Guwahati after taking part in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, police said in Chandauli, UP, on Saturday.

According to the police, when the train departed from New Delhi the SSB jawans started teasing the girls in S-6 coach. The NCC cadets complained at Mughalsarai railway station following which RPF and GRP men took more then a dozen SSB personnel in their custody on Friday night.

Out of them, ten were identified by the girls, police said.

An FIR was lodged against them at Mughalsarai railway police station and they were sent to jail.
23:59  10 SSB personnel arrested for eve-teasing NCC cadets:  
Ten Seema Suraksha Bal jawans were arrested for allegedly eve-teasing NCC cadets on board Sampark Kranti Express train at Mughalsarai railway station. 

All the girl cadets were returning back to Guwahati after taking part in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, police said in Chandauli, UP, on Saturday.

According to the police, when the train departed from New Delhi the SSB jawans started teasing the girls in S-6 coach. The NCC cadets complained at Mughalsarai railway station following which RPF and GRP men took more then a dozen SSB personnel in their custody on Friday night.

Out of them, ten were identified by the girls, police said.

An FIR was lodged against them at Mughalsarai railway police station and they were sent to jail.
23:59  10 SSB personnel arrested for eve-teasing NCC cadets:  
Ten Seema Suraksha Bal jawans were arrested for allegedly eve-teasing NCC cadets on board Sampark Kranti Express train at Mughalsarai railway station. 

All the girl cadets were returning back to Guwahati after taking part in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, police said in Chandauli, UP, on Saturday.

According to the police, when the train departed from New Delhi the SSB jawans started teasing the girls in S-6 coach. The NCC cadets complained at Mughalsarai railway station following which RPF and GRP men took more then a dozen SSB personnel in their custody on Friday night.

Out of them, ten were identified by the girls, police said.

An FIR was lodged against them at Mughalsarai railway police station and they were sent to jail.
21:45  10 SSB personnel arrested for eve-teasing NCC cadets:  
Ten Seema Suraksha Bal jawans were arrested for allegedly eve-teasing NCC cadets on board Sampark Kranti Express train at Mughalsarai railway station. 

All the girl cadets were returning back to Guwahati after taking part in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi, police said in Chandauli, UP, on Saturday.

According to the police, when the train departed from New Delhi the SSB jawans started teasing the girls in S-6 coach. The NCC cadets complained at Mughalsarai railway station following which RPF and GRP men took more then a dozen SSB personnel in their custody on Friday night.

Out of them, ten were identified by the girls, police said.

An FIR was lodged against them at Mughalsarai railway police station and they were sent to jail.
21:04  Washington Post joins list of hacked US media:  
The Washington Post disclosed today that it had suffered a cyberattack and suspects Chinese hackers were behind it, joining Twitter and major US media outlets that have endured intrusions. 

The Post said in a front page story that the attack was detected in 2011. It said Post company officials would not comment on the circumstances, duration of the intrusion or apparent origin.

The paper quoted Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti as saying the paper worked with a security company to detect, investigate and resolve the situation "promptly" at the end of 2011.

"We have a number of security measures in place to guard against cyberattacks on an ongoing basis," Coratti was quoted as saying. 

The revelation came after Twitter said yesterday it was hammered by a sophisticated cyber attack similar to those that recently hit the news outlets.
20:50  Sonia, Rahul meet Delhi gangrape victim's family:  
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi met family members of the Delhi gangrape victim on Saturday evening, a day after government brought an ordinance providing for tough punishment to rapists. 

Sonia and Rahul drove to the residence of the gangrape victim's family and was with the family members for over an hour.

The 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped and brutally assaulted in December last year. She died a few days later in a Singapore hospital. 

The parents of the girl told the Congress leaders that the proposed law on crimes against women should be such that there should be no recurrence of such an indicent. The two brothers of the girl were also present.

The Congress President hugged the mother of the girl and was visibly moved as the parents narrated their struggle to educate their children including the daughter. 

Rahul also interacted with the brothers -- one is 12th pass and another 10th pass -- during which he also gave his phone number to them.
19:59  Truce reached on Vishwaroopam, announcement soon:  
Saturday evening brought some relief to veteran actor Kamal Haasan as the talks between him and the Muslim groups have proved to be fruitful for the release of his film Vishwaroopam in the state of Tamil Nadu, as per reports. 

The meeting was mediated by Tamil Nadu Home Secretary and was focused on reaching a compromise over the film`s release.

The actor and the Muslim groups sat down earlier today to discuss the films content which they found against Islam and their sentiments. 

As per reports, both the parties have reached an agreement and the movie will now be released in Tamil Nadu albeit with some cuts here and there.

Although the details of the portions of the film to be omitted are unknown, there are speculations that an official announcement will be made soon about the official release of the film in the state.
19:33  ED raids Hawala dealers in Punjab:  
The Enforcement Directorate has seized cash worth Rs 1.20 crore besides foreign currency after it conducted raids on some suspected Hawala dealers in Punjab.

Sources in the agency said sleuths raided two business firms and their associates in Ludhiana and Jalandhar as they were found to be indulging in large-scale channelling of Hawala funds in India on the directions of people based in the UK, Canada, Dubai and other foreign shores. 

Hawala is an illegal mode of money transfer in which criminal and scrupulous elements evade the normal banking and cash transactions channel to avoid being detected and paying taxes.
18:47  Hindu terror conspiracy is dirty politics: Joshi:  
Claiming that a UN resolution had earlier found hands of Pakistani and Al Qaeda terrorists behind the Samjhauta blasts, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today said blaming "saffron terror" for the act was nothing but an attempt to defame the Hindu community.

"They say again and again that Hindu terrorists were involved in Samjahuta blasts. I want to tell Shinde, Chidambaram and the Centre that there is a resolution of UNSC's Committee on Sanctions which states that Arif Kasmani, the chief coordinator of LeT, had funded the Samjhauta blasts, with the Al Qaeda providing staff for it," Joshi said. 

He read out a document in support of his claim and said the resolution had quoted Pakistan's Home Minister Rehman Malik as saying in January 2010 that Pakistani terrorists were hired for the blasts.

"Although these findings have come out, still these people are talking about Hindu terror. This is such a dirty politics and conspiracy to defame the Hindus of the country," Joshi said, referring to the recent controversial remarks by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
17:55  Vasundhara Raje named BJP's Rajasthan president:  Just In: BJP President Rajnath Singh names Vasundhara Raje as head of Rajasthan unit. Gulab Chand Kataria to be Leader of Opposition in assembly
17:12  Omar backs all-girls Kashmiri rock band:   Coming out in support of Kashmir's only all-girls rock band which faced online threats, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today promised a police probe and hoped that the talented teenagers would not let themselves be silenced by a "handful of morons".

The girls, vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir (16), drummer Farah Deeba and Guitarist Aneeka Khalid (both 15), who defied convention to form the rock band "Pragaash" (darkness to light) which came to limelight in December last year, are now faced with a challenge of online threats and abuses.
17:04  Vasundhara Raje to be BJP's CM candidate in Raj?:  Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh will meet party leaders in Rajasthan today in an effort to sort out the crisis in its state unit. Sources tell NDTV that the BJP may declare former chief minister Vasundhara Raje as the face of the party in the upcoming elections in the state.

The BJP may also declare Raje or one of her loyalists as the president of its state unit.

Read the full story here
16:43  Vishwaroopam ban: Kamal Haasan begins talks with Muslim leaders:   Actor-director Kamal Haasan has started a second round of talks with Muslim groups and government officials seeking to end the ban on his movie 'Vishwaroopam'. Sources tell NDTV that efforts are on to arrive at a consensus today.

Yesterday, Kamal's brother Chandra, a co-producer in the film, held discussions with protesting groups and representatives of the government. However, the failed to arrive at a consensus.


16:03  Vaiko to lead protests against Lanka prez's visit to Bihar :  Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam workers are expected to leave Chennai for Patna on February 6, according to our correspondent in New Delhi.

On February 8, the party workers will protest against the visit of  Sri Lankan President Rajapakshe to Bihar. MDMK leader Viako is expected to lead the protest. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, an old friend of Vaiko, has warned him of a possible arrest.  

Rajapakshe is expected to visit Bodh Gaya, the site where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment. 
15:53  Unhappy with the Padma honours not being awarded to the Carnatic musicians Union Minister for Shipping G K Vasan recently wrote a detailed letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Many south indian musicians, who deserved the Padma Bhushan, were left out despite recommendations from the Tamil Nadu government and an approval from the experts committee. Quotas were kept in mind when it came to the trade and industry category, but  musicians were totally ignored, the letter reportedly said.
15:49  Women groups urge Prez not to sign oridnance of sex crimes:  Women groups on Saturday urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to sign the ordinance of Criminal Law amendments passed by the Cabinet on Friday, reports CNN-IBN.

Human rights lawyer Vrinda Grover said, "The ordinance is complete betrayal of the people's faith."

Read the full story here
15:45  5 BJP MPs from K'taka to quit?:  The Congress has been busy wooing eight BJP Lok Sabha members of Parliament and sources tell our correspondent in New Delhi that the negotiations are near completion. At all appropriate time five BJP MPs from Karnataka and three from Bihar will step down.  
15:40  Delhi gang rape: All 5 accused charged with murder:   A special fast-track court today framed charges against five men accused of brutally gang-raping and murdering a medical student in Delhi last month. Their trial will begin on Tuesday.

The accused, Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay have been booked under 13 sections of the Indian Penal Code including murder, gang-rape, sodomy, kidnapping, destruction of evidence and dacoity.
15:26  PMO upset over negative publicity ob Aadhar meet:  Reports our correspondent from New Delhi:  The Prime Minister's Office is upset with the negative reporting on UID and has a tip off on the Union minister who leaked the discussion held in the Cabinet.

On Thursday, a large section of the media reported how the ministerial panel was confused over Aadhar, as UID is known.  

The PMO wants to sent out a strong message to the council of ministers that they should not indulge in such negative practices. While the PMO has warned the Congress ministers, it is aware that a cabinet minister belonging to an ally of the UPA is behind leaking to the media what happened at the meet.

Prime Minister Manmonhan Singh is likely to take up this matter on February 7 in a Cabinet meet and convey his displeasure.
15:04  Modi likely to visit Maha Kumbh on Feb 7 :  On February 7, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the Maha Kumbh in Allahabad. The Gujarat police and NSG guards have identified a sport where Modi is expected to take the holy dip, reports our correspondent from New Delhi.  
14:50  MP hotel manager confesses to raping Korean tourist:   The manager of a resort in Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh tiger reserve has reportedly confessed that he raped a South Korean student holidaying there, reports NDTV.
 
The manager, Deepak Vishwakarma, told the police that he raped the 23-year-old student on January 14. The student, who is in India on tourist visa was on a visit to the national park, has alleged that her drink had been spiked following which she was raped.

Read the full report here 
13:45  Rahul to visit Amethi on Feb 5-6, first visit as Cong VP:  In his first visit after being elevated as Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi would tour his constituency of Amethi for two days during which he would also interact with party cadres.

District Magistrate Vidya Bhushan today confirmed the two day visit of the local MP and said he would arrive here on February 5.
13:35  Ghulam Ali concert called off due to security fears:  Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali cancels his performance in Mumbai. He called off his visit after objections from local parties.

Ali was to perform a tribute to Jagjit Singh at Shanmukhananda Hall on his 72nd birth anniversary on February 8.

Tension between India and Pakistan grew after two soldiers were killed along the Line of Control.
Following this there have been instances of Pakistani sportspersons having had to return home or avoid playing in Mumbai.
13:19  Kashmir's all-girl band stops shows after threats:  The musical journey of Kashmir's only all-girl rock band has come to an end. Following online threats, the band has stopped 'live' performances. 
12:13  Indian cardinal in key Vatican councils:  Pope Benedict XVI has nominated Cardinal Mar Besalios Cleemis from India in two important panels, including the Pontifical Council for inter-religious dialogue, of the Vatican.   

Cardinal Cleemis, head of Kerala-based Syro MalankaraCatholic Church, was also made a member of the Council for Eastern Congregations which oversees the affairs of those hierarchies in the Catholic-fold that follows eastern traditions including Syro Malankara and Syro Malabar churches.
11:43  Terrorists attack Pakistani army camp, 6 killed:  Terrorists attacked an army camp in northwestern Pakistan with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades before dawn on Saturday, killing six members of the security forces, officials said.

The attack followed a suicide bombing at a Shiite Muslim mosque elsewhere in the north-west on Friday that killed 23 people and wounded more than 50, police said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks.
11:40  Need to check corruption in MNREGA, says Sonia:  "We need to check misutilisation of funds and corruption in MNREGA," Congress chief Sonia Gandh said today. "It can play a big role in fulfilling our dreams of a second green revolution. There is a need to remove bottle-necks in participation of women in MNREGA scheme."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that MNREGA had brought momentum in the financial inclusion of our rural population. "Bank accounts opened under MNREGA will help in implementing direct benefits transfer scheme to our rural population," he added.
11:05  Verma panel's suggestions on marital rape rejected:  The government yesterday brought in an ordinance to introduce stricter penalties for crimes against women, including death in extreme cases. However, it ignored the Justice JS Verma commission's recommendations on criminalising marital rape and reviewing controversial sections of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, reports NDTV.

Read the full report here
10:35  60 students suspended in Harvard cheating scandal:  As many as 60 students have been forced to withdraw from Harvard University after cheating on a final exam last year in what has become the largest academic scandal to hit the Ivy League school in recent memory, according to Reuters.

Michael Smith, Harvard's dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences, sent an email on Friday saying that more than half of the students who faced the school's Administrative Board have been suspended for a time.

Roughly 125 undergraduates were involved in the scandal, which came to light at the end of the spring semester after a professor noticed similarities on a take-home exam that showed students worked together, even though they were instructed to work alone.
10:32  US Secret Service chief Mark Sullivan retires:   United States Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has announced his retirement, bringing to a close a turbulent period for the law enforcement agency that included White House gate-crashers during the state dinner hosted for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Director of the US Secret Service since May 2006, Sullivan served in the agency for nearly 30 years. As head of the US Secret Service he had to testify before the US Congress because of the White House gatecrash during the November 2009 State Dinner for Singh.

Sullivan will step down on February 22 after almost three decades with the agency that protects the president and other officials, secret service spokesman Brian Leary said.
10:21  Delhi rape: Fast-track court to frame charges today:  A special fast-track court is today likely to frame charges against five men accused of gang-raping and murdering a student in Delhi last month.

The prosecution has asked for the suspects to be charged for murder, gang-rape, robbery and conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code.
09:59  John Kerry sworn in as US secretary of state:   John Kerry, the veteran American politician and 2004 presidential candidate, has been sworn in as the United States secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton.

"I was very honoured to be sworn in and very anxious to get to work," Kerry told media with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, by his side, after being sworn in by the Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

"So I will be reporting Monday morning at 9 o'clock," he told the awaiting media at the Capitol on Friday. Besides his wife, he was joined by daughter Vanessa, brother Cameron, and his Senate staff, who presented him with a gift: the seat he say during his 28 years of service in the Senate.
09:33  Vishwaroopam ban: Kamal Haasan to join talks today:  After first round of talks between producers of Vishwaroopam and protesting groups yesterday failed to show results, actor-director Kamal Haasan is likely to join talks today seeking to end the ban on the movie, reports NDTV.

Kamal, who was in Mumbai for the release of the Hindi version of the film, is returning to Chennai today.

His brother Chandra, who also co-produced the film, met leaders of Muslim groups and government officials all through yesterday.

Read the full report on NDTV
03:03  Outside palace, Egypt protesters, police clash:  Protesters denouncing Egypt's Islamist president hurled stones and firebombs through the gates of his palace gates today, clashing with security forces who fired tear gas and water cannons, as more than a week of political violence came to Mohammed Mursi's symbolic doorstep for the first time.

The march on the palace in an upscale district of the capital was part of a wave of demonstrations in cities around the country called by opposition politicians, trying to wrest concessions from Mursi after around 60 people were killed in protests, clashes and riots.
02:07  Attack on Embassy in Turkey an act of terror: US:  The US described as a 'terrorist attack' the blast outside its highly-fortified Embassy in Turkey today that claimed two lives and injured three others. The White House strongly condemned the suicide attack, saying it was 'clearly an act of terror', while outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Clinton spoke with her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on the incident.

"A suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror. However, we do not know at this point who is responsible or the motivations behind the attack. The attack itself is clearly an act of terror," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference. 

"Clinton spoke with her Turkish counterpart on the terrorist attack," her spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at another news conference.
01:12  US urges China to address Tibetan grievances:  Asking China to address the grievances of the Tibetan community, the US today said it wants to see 'tragic acts of self-immolation to come to an end' in the Himalayan region.

China should allow Tibetans to express their grievances publicly and peacefully and without fear of retribution, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, a day after a Chinese court convicted eight Tibetans of inciting others to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule.

Since 2009, nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves afire protesting against Chinese-rule and calling for the return of their exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

"We take this opportunity once again to call on the Chinese government to permit Tibetans to express their grievances freely, publicly, peacefully and without fear of retribution," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference.
00:58  'Incompetent' hitmen kill schoolboy in Britain:  Two British hitmen who stabbed to death an innocent schoolboy by mistake in what the prosecution described as an act of 'staggering incompetence' were found guilty of murder today.

Ben Hope, 39, and Jason Richards, 38, were both heroin addicts who were paid USD 1,600 each to murder a middle-aged family man who owed money to a shady businessman in the Welsh capital Cardiff.

But the pair -- high on drugs and wearing balaclavas -- went to the wrong house and murdered Aamir Siddiqi by mistake. The 17-year-old was brutally hacked down on the doorstep of his home, and when his desperate parents tried to save him, they were also attacked.
00:48  Statement of doctor recorded in Aarushi case:  The statement of Dr Dinesh Kumar was today recorded at a special CBI court here today in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case. Dr Kumar of Maulana Azad Medical College told the court about the syllabus of Bachelor of Dental Surgery course.

The CBI today produced him as a witness. CBI special judge S Lal fixed February 4 as the next date of hearing in the case.

Teenager Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were murdered in 2008 and her parents, dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, are being tried for the killings.
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