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July 12, 2013


22:21   Pran died after a prolonged illness in Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital at 8.30 pm.

The funeral will be held at 12 noon on Saturday at Shivaji Park in Dadar.
22:19  Pran acted in over 350 films and left his imprint as a villain with powerful roles in films like 'Kashmir ki Kali', 'Khandaan', 'Aurat', 'Bari Behen', 'Jis Desh Men Ganga Behti Hai', 'Half Ticket', 'Upkar', 'Purab Aur Paschim' and 'Don'.
22:06  Pran, star of films such as Zanjeer and Amar Akbar Anthony, made a tremendous impact on Bollywood as the villain in Dilip Kumar's Ram Aur Shyam and was the first actor to break stereotype by playing character roles as well. 

Pran was credited with making the role of the villain as important as the hero's, and was known for his sophistication and style on screen.
22:04  Veteran Bollywood actor Pran no more:   Veteran Bollywood actor Pran Nath Sikand has passed away at Lilawati Hospital in Mumbai. 

The 93-year-old actor was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, on May 10 by Information & Broadcasting Minsiter Manish tewari at his residence in Mumbai.
21:21  Malala Yousafzais speech at the United Nations:  In the name of God, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.

Honourable UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon,
Respected President General Assembly Vuk Jeremic
Honourable UN envoy for Global education Mr Gordon Brown,
Respected elders and my dear brothers and sisters;

Today, it is an honour for me to be speaking again after a long time. Being here with such honourable people is a great moment in my life.

Read full speech here
20:49  Cameron attends funeral of soldier killed in terror attack:  Prime Minister David Cameron today joined hundreds of mourners at a military funeral of a British soldier, who was hacked to death on a London street by suspected Islamist terrorists. 

The Prime Minister and family members of 25-year-old Lee Rigby attended the funeral service at Bury Parish Church in Manchester. After the service his body was driven along roads lined by mourners for a private burial at Middleton Cemetery.
20:32  Germany calls for Morsi release in Egypt:  Germany today called for the release of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi amid mounting tensions between supporters and opponents over his overthrow. 

"We call for an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi's whereabouts," a foreign ministry spokesman told reporters. Morsi is currently being held in a "safe place, for his safety" and has not yet been charged with anything, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry, but military and judicial sources say he may eventually face charges.
20:29  U'khand seeks Rs 115.8 crore assistance from health ministry:  Uttarkhand Government has sought a special assistance of Rs 115.8 crore from the Health Ministry in an attempt to rebuild the medical infrastructure in the flood ravaged state. 

The state government last week submitted a proposal in this regard to the Union Health Ministry which is now contemplating it on priority basis, a top Health Ministry official said.
20:18  Pak girl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN:  Malala Yousafzai -- the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education -- addressed the United Nations today, pressing for "the right of education for every child."

"The Taliban thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed," said the girl, who turned 16 today.

The United Nations observed the day as Malala Day.

Malala told the forum that the Taliban's attack changed nothing in her life, except "weakness, fear and hopelessness died".

"The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens," Malala said. "They are afraid of women."
19:53  Snowden asks human rights groups to lobby Moscow for asylum:  National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asks human rights groups to lobby Moscow to grant him temporary asylum, Human Rights Watch tells CNN.

He requested the meeting with around 10 activists in the airport transit zone.
19:33  'Hindu nationalist' is an oxymoron: Khurshid to Modi:  External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today took a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for describing himself as "Hindu nationalist", saying it is an oxymoron.

He also said the BJP strongman was gradually becoming his "own worst enemy".
19:31  India to re-deploy camera along LAC to keep eye on China troops:  Indian army is planning to put back a surveillance camera in the Chumar area along the LAC to keep an eye on the movement of the Chinese troops which had reportedly taken away a similar device last month.   

The camera was said to have taken away by the Chinese side on June 17 when it had become non-functional and was returned to the Indian side on July 3 there after a protest was registered.
18:56  Congress working committee to take final decison on Telangana:  A meeting of the Congress working committee will take a final call on the Telangana issue, says Digvijay Singh after core group meeting.
18:38  Congress core group refers Telangana issue to CWC:  Vicky Nanjappa reports: The meeting of the core committee of the Congress discussing the formation of Telangana state has ended in New Delhi. The issue has been referred to the Congress Woking Committee, which will take a final decision on the states formation.

18:37  Edward Snowden meets human rights' activists at Moscow airport:   The New York Times reports that Edward Snowden's meeting with human rights activists has begun at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. The meeting cannot be filmed.
18:26  Snowden slams US for 'threatening' behaviour:   American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has blasted the United States for "threatening behavior" and carrying out an unlawful campaign against him, as he prepares to meet Friday with human rights groups at a Russian airport.

Snowden will address human rights groups any time now.  More

And the media waits for Snowden to appear. See
18:14  Modi can seek solace in Sangma:  Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma today said Narendra Modi had prime ministerial material, but he would have to test his acceptance in non-Hindi speaking belts.

"People want development and good governance and he has proved these (in Gujarat)," Sangma said. On 2002 riots, Sangma said, "that took place when he was just two months as chief minister. After that he has won so many elections from Muslim dominated areas." He said Modi was yet to tour the length and breadth of the country. "The moment he goes campaigning all over the country, then we'll know his position and it will be seen within two months from now," he said.
17:43  Live! Puppy bites Modi: JD-U calls him fascist, SP wants apology:   And the reactions begin: JD(U) on Modi's puppy coming under a car comment to Reuters: Modi always treated minorities with contempt. "It is up to the people to decide whether Modi is guilty. It is not for Modi to decide. He is a fascist," says the JD(U).

The Samajwadi Party says Modi should apologise immedately for his remark.
"It is up to the people to judge whether Modi is guilty or not. Modi has accepted that he has only one community's interest in mind," says the party spokesperson.
17:18  One down, one to go:  After ensuring former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa's KJP will return to the fold, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has set his eyes on Jharkhand. He wants Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) leader Babulal Marandi to consider a homecoming. Modi established contact with Marandi earlier this month when he was in Delhi for the party's parliamentary board meeting.

Whatever the outcome, Modi will find it difficult to live down his puppy coming under the car comment while referring to the Gujarat riots.
16:57  Cong: How can Modi give himself a clean chit in the riots?:  Sanjay Jha, national spokesperson AICC criticises Modi over his comments on the Gujarat riots in his interview to Reuters. "You cannot equate the death of hundreds of people to a puppy. And how can Modi give himself a clean chit in the riots?"
16:48  Live! Modi did not compare Muslims to puppies: BJP :  BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman says it is 'despicable' to suggest that Narendra Modi compared Muslims to puppies in his interview with Reuters.

Modi reacting to the 2002 riots said, "Any person if we are driving a car, we are a driver, and someone else is driving a car and we're sitting behind, even then if a puppy comes under the wheel, will it be painful or not? Of course it is. If I'm a chief minister or not, I'm a human being. If something bad happens anywhere, it is natural to be sad."

"If the idea is to interpret everything Modi says in teh way it suits them, there is no sense in me trying to correct your impressions," she said.

Here's the full interview on Reuters
16:43  Ishrat case: Former IPS officer PP Pandey's plea challenging CBI probe quashed:  Just in: The Supreme Court has dismissed senior IPS officer P P Pandey's plea challenging CBI probe in Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.

Pandey had failed to get relief from the High Court in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case and approached the Supreme Court thereafter for quashing the FIR against him.

Pandey was chargesheeted by the CBI accusing him of being part of the conspiracy to eliminate Ishrat Jahan and three others.

Pandey was Joint Commissioner of Police when on June 15, 2004, Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter with the Gujarat police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
16:28  Russian-built aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya ready to sail, finally:  It is without doubt the largest warship ever to be operated by the Indian Navy. But if there is a record for the longest time spent by an Indian warship in a shipyard, the INS Vikramaditya would hold that too. After a long a painful process of renegotiations, price escalations and delays, India's new aircraft carrier finally seems to be on its way home. Read
16:16  Mumbai floods again: Trains late, roads waterlogged:   Update on the Mumbai rains: Tracks have been flooded at several places including Chinchpokli, Vikroli, Sion and Masjid on Central and Harbour lines and several trains are running late.

On the Western line, suburban services have been suspended between Nallasopara and Virar.

Waterlogging at several places including Dadar, Parel, Sion and Kandivali resulted in massive traffic snarls, hitting office goers badly.

Weatherman has forecast frequent spells of rain or showers over the next 48 hours. While Mumbai city received 36.5 mm of rain, suburbs recorded 59.2 mm of rain till 2.30 pm. Tulsi lake, one of the major reservoirs in the city has started overflowing.
16:10  Crucial Cong Core Group meet on Telangana begins:  The Congress Core Group meets to discuss the Telangana issue. All eyes are on the crucial meeting, which is expected to arrive at a decision on demands for a separate Telangana state. Few are optimistic about a solution in favour of Telangana and say that the Congress is likely to drag the issue.

Read: Creation of Telangana may leave Rayalaseema divided

16:08  Secularism is justice to all. Appeasement to none: Modi:  Narendra Modi's definitive interview to Reuters:

"Do you think you did the right thing in 2002?"
"Absolutely. However much brainpower the Supreme Being has given us, however much experience I've got, and whatever I had available in that situation and this is what the SIT had investigated."


"Do you believe India should have a secular leader?"
"We do believe that ' But what is the definition of secularism? For me, my secularism is, India first. I say, the philosophy of my party is 'Justice to all. Appeasement to none.' This is our secularism."
16:01  Malala Yousafzai to tell UN: Books, pens are our most powerful weapons:  Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai shot by the Taliban will address the world body in New York and call for universal free education. Read
15:57  Waterlogged Kalwa station in suburban Mumbai. Pic: Traffline.com

And Rishi Jaitly's video of waterlogged Linking Road. Watch
15:53  Can Indians trust the government on privacy?:  In response to criticisms of the Centralized Monitoring System, India's new surveillance program, the government could contend that merely having the capability to engage in mass surveillance won't mean that it will. Read
15:49  Why Modi's Happy Ramzan tweet is inappropriate:  Several community leaders Narendra Modi's "Happy Ramazan' tweet on the first day of the holy month was inappropriate. Read
15:45   Thane district has taken the bigger beating since Thursday. Dozens of tree falls, inundation and now trains disrupted, Kavitha Iyer tweets.

15:31  Live! Life imprisonment for ALL convicted cops in Lakhan Bhaiyya case:  Just in: It's life imprisonment for all the 21 people convicted in the 2006 Lakhan Bhaiyya fake encounter case. A local court in Mumbai pronounced the quantum of punishment for the policemen who were convicted on July 5.

Only dismissed police officer Pradeep Sharma has been acquitted of all the charges in the case. Senior cop and accused Pradeep Suryawanshi who was leading the encounter team was convicted for murder. Twenty others, including 13 policemen, were also convicted for various charges by the sessions court.

On November 11, 2006, a police team had picked up Ram Narayan Gupta alias Lakhan Bhaiya from Vashi in neighbouring Navi Mumbai on suspicion that he was a member of the Chotta Rajan gang, along with Anil Bheda. Lakkhan Bhaiya was then killed in an encounter near Nana Nani Park in suburban Versova. 
15:21  Local trains running 45 minutes late on CR:   Fresh reports by Traffline says local trains on the Central line running late by 30 to 45 minutes. There is waterlogging at Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg, Nahur and Thane stations. The western line is running late by 15 to 20 minutes. WR trains not operating beyond Vasai since tracks are flooded at Nalasopara. Trains on the harbour line are surprisingly running on time.

For more information check www.traffline.com.
14:59  No-trust boomerangs on Cong:  The Congess's deputy leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly went against his party and defected to the ruling BJP on the floor of the House today in an act of defiance that scuppered a no-trust vote. Read what happened.
14:57  Ruling on convicted MPs raises questions:  Yesterday's Supreme Court judgment debarring convicted lawmakers from continuing in their Houses has raised a tricky question: what happens if and when a convicted and thus disqualified legislator secures an acquittal from a higher court? Read
14:41  Nitish Kumar tweets this picture of waterlogged Vasai in suburban Mumbai.
14:30  Heavy rains in Mumbai; trains late, roads waterlogged :  Heavy rains through the morning has disrupted traffic in Mumbai. Trains on both the western and central railway are running late by 30 minutes. Water logging is reported at Andheri, Kandivali and Borivali in the western suburbs and in Thane in the central suburbs. 

In northwest Maharashtra and south Gujarat, train services on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-New Delhi sectors were affected since morning, say officials.

Valsad in south Gujarat was among the worst-hit with two feet water-logging in the station, preventing movement of local and long-distance trains.

A railway official said that several trains in both directions on the two routes (Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-New Delhi) have been regulated at various stations until the water levels recede.

In adjoining Thane district, railway tracks were flooded at Nalla Sopara, Mumbra, Thane, Diva and other places, leading to train delays on all the routes.

In Mumbai, several low-lying areas have been waterlogged in the city and suburbs, hitting vehicular movement badly.

An extra high tide, measuring 4.26 metres, is expected from 2.30pm onwards and officials are apprehensive the situation could worsen if the rainfall continued.  IANS

14:18  One of Indias Last Telegram Messengers:  As the telegram service comes to an end in India, the WSJ spent a day at work with Om Dutt, one of the country's last telegram messengers. Read
14:08  A Silent Revolution Took Place, While We Were Silent:  In his own words, Rachit Mehta attempts "the difficult task of replying to an intellectual par excellence - Pratap Bhanu Mehta, but since I have the conviction -- like David had in taking on Goliath, I will do it. Opinions and views change. Facts remain constant. Opinions can be objectified; Facts are Indisputable and cannot be objectified to the least. Read

This is what Mehta wrote for the Indian Express, yesterday: While we were silent.

Also read: While Pratap Bhanu Mehta Was Sleeping
13:52  Of fishermen lost and never found:  Nawaz Ali Muhammad, a fisherman from the small village of Shah Bunder in southern Pakistan, went missing during a cyclone over the Arabian Sea in 1999. His wife believed he was killed in the storm. But six years later, she heard he was alive, in an Indian prison.
The WSJ on the lost fishermen of India and Pakistan. Read
13:48  The Supreme Court refuses to entertain Congress leader Jagdish Tytler's plea seeking a stay on further inquiry by CBI against him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
13:43  Edward Snowden to meet human rights group at Moscow airport:   American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is due to meet with a human rights group Friday, the press service for Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport said.The former NSA contractor is believed to have been holed up in a transit area of the airport since leaving Hong Kong for Russia on June 23. Read
13:25  The Exit of the Middle Class:  A large section of the Indian middle class, though living in the country, is in a state of mental exile. Read
13:22  When facts are least sacred:  The legal battle is centred on whether the Ishrat Jahan encounter was fake and if so, who were the men behind it. With all these battles being fought in the public sphere, the media has emerged as a key player. Read
13:20  The Edward Snowden Interview: The NSA and Its Willing Helpers:  In an interview conducted using encrypted e-mails, whistleblower Edward Snowden discusses the power of the NSA, how it is "in bed together with the Germans" and the vast scope of Internet spying conducted by the United States and Britain. Read
12:56  Andhra Pradesh CM Kirankumar Reddy meets Sonia Gandhi ahead of the Congress Core Group meeting on Telangana.
12:38  Ilavarasan's uncle Joseph says the police have surrounded their village Natham. The SRM Medical College and Research Centres Forensic Medicine Department Head Dr Thangaraj and Sri Ramachandra Medical College Professor of Forensic Medicine Dr P Sampath Kumar examined Ilavarasans body and took X-Rays to check for internal injuries. 
12:35  Live! Court orders 2nd postmortem on Dalit youth Ilavarasan :  Rediff.com's Ganesh Nadar reporting from Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu where the Dalit boy's love story which ended in his death is playing out, says that the Madras High court has ordered a second postmortem on Ilavarasan's body. The decision was based on the report of the two doctors to examined his body yesterday. The postmortem will be conducted in Chennai.
Ilavarasan's parents and relatives have gone back to their village while the body is being moved to Chennai.  

On Thursday, even as a Madras High Court-appointed doctors team examined Ilavarasans body and the location where he was found dead, the police arrested six lawyers representing the Dalit youths family and nine others including some of his relatives for blocking the road near the Government Dharmapuri Medical College Hospital.
11:59  Why the guitar weeps gently in West Bengal:  The Telegraph's witty piece on what Mamata Banerjee, the awesome chief minister of West Bengal can do (play the harmonium, climb trees, knit sweaters) and can't (play the guitar, and bring dead people to life). Read  
11:54  Mr Modi's package deal:  The Bharatiya Janata Party's gamble on Modi is based on the calculation that he will galvanize the BJP's core vote (bigots), and yet attract swing voters who aren't particularly stirred by the prospect of a Ram temple or excited by the sangh parivar's favoured sport and raison d'etre, minority baiting.

That's Mukul Kesavan for the Telegraph. Read
11:47  Man was known to girl, says UP police:  More on that gruesome gang-rape and attempted murder in UP.

On Tuesday evening, the police said, a young man known to the student invited the girl to his home, where he allegedly raped her. When the girl resisted, he allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her on fire, reports NDTV.
 
The police say the girl has named the man in her statement and a case has been registered against him and his relatives, though no arrests have been made yet.
 
The girl's siblings say that she was in love with the man who allegedly raped her. "He called her; she went because she trusted him... She came back running and was on fire," the girl's sister said.
11:41  Crucial Congress meet on Telangana today, odds stacked against bifurcation:   Ahead of the Congress Core Group meeting today, which could be crucial in determining the Centre's stance on the demand for statehood for Telangana, odds are stacked against those seeking bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Most of the leaders invited to the meet have reservations against it. Read

Our sources told us yesterday that it was extremely unlikely that the government would agree to statehood. 
11:25  Minister wants special panel on terror cases against Muslims:  Union minority affairs minister Rahman Khan wants the government to form an all-powerful taskforce to monitor and review terror cases against Muslims, arguing that it is needed to ensure justice for "innocent Muslim youth" languishing in jails after being framed in terror cases. Read
11:17  Girl gang-raped, set on fire in UP:  And the horrors continue: A 20-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and later set on fire by six youths in Etawah district in Kanpur on Wednesday. She is now battling for her life at the UP Rural Institute of Medical Science in Saifai.

The accused hail from influential families and the police had initially tried to hush up the matter. But after the intervention of senior police officials, a case was registered Thursday and investigations begun.
10:07  How Microsoft helped NSA snoop on Americans:  Tech giant Microsoft helped the National Security Agency develop its now infamous surveillance programme, according to a report.

Not only did Microsoft help the NSA intercept communications, it also helped the agency decode complicated encryption devised by Microsoft itself.

Read the full report here
10:04  Can America face a 26/11?:  Is a 26/11-style terror attack possible inside the United States? 

While such an attack is definitely possible, the scale of the attack may not be quite so large.

Read the article here
10:00  Sensex up 229 points in early trade; Infosys surges 13.21 pc :  The BSE benchmark Sensex today rallied by nearly 229 points to hit a fresh six-week high in early trade, mainly led by gains in IT stocks after Infosys posted better-than-expected first quarter earnings.        

Besides, a firming trend in the global markets also buoyed the trading sentiment.
10:00  I am blessed with good cricketing sense: Dhoni :  He has made a habit of coming good when the chips are down and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels his excellent finishing skills have a lot to do with the good cricketing sense he is "blessed" with. 

Dhoni's 52-ball 45 proved to be decisive as India lifted the ODI tri-nation series trophy after beating Sri Lanka by one wicket in a thrilling final.
09:03  Savita case: Ireland allows abortion in limited cases:  After a debate that dragged on for hours, Ireland's Parliament has decided to allow abortion in certain cases when the mother's life is at risk.

Ireland's coalition party won the motion by 127 to 31 votes, in spite of the massive protests held by anti-abortion groups across the conservative Catholic country.

The path-breaking legislation comes in the wake of the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar due to Sepsis in an Irish hospital.

Halappanavar died after a miscarriage, days after her requests for an abortion had been denied repeatedly by hospital authorities.
08:56  Steps needed for Indo-US trade concerns: Tata:  In the backdrop of strained business and trade ties between India and the US, top business leaders like Ratan Tata have vowed to address the concerns and identify the steps that needs to be taken for strengthening bilateral relationship.        

"Together we can do so much more," said Tata, co-chair of the India US CEO Forum.        

Tata said that Finance Minister P Chidambaram is doing a good job in restoring the credibility that India has lost in the recent past.
03:27  Live! 'Next Indo-Pak conflict could be in Afghanistan':  

Asserting that there has been no change in the attitude and policy of Pakistani military towards India, a former American diplomat has said the next frontier of conflict between the two nations could be Afghanistan.        

 

"Afghanistan is going to be in mess after we leave. India's equity are now deeply engaged in Afghanistan and danger is that the next frontier of India-Pak conflict is going to be in Afghanistan," said Robert Blackwill, the former US ambassador to India said.        

 

Speaking at the "Ambassadors Roundtable" involving five American envoys to India in the last two decades, Blackwill said "there is no evidence that Pakistan military has changed its view" that its primary role is to prevent the rise of India nation.        

 

The situation is not going to change until the Pakistani military changed the view that they have to be the prominent power in Afghanistan and India is the enemy in this war torn country, Blackwill said.

02:13  Indonesia mass breakout at Tanjung Gusta jail:  

At least 150 prisoners have escaped from a jail in the Indonesian city of Medan on the island of Sumatra. The breakout came during a riot that officials say may have been prompted by a power cut that knocked out supplies of pumped water.

 

Hundreds of police and soldiers have been trying to restore order at the prison, and combing the surrounding area for the escaped inmates. Some of the fugitives were reportedly convicted of terrorism charges. "The prisoners were annoyed by a blackout and problems getting water, which they said happens often at the prison," Heru Prakoso, a spokesman for North Sumatra province police told Agence France Presse.

 

Read the full report on BBC

02:13  Live! Egypt's Brotherhood vows to keep defying coup :  

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to continue its resistance in defiance of the military's ouster of the country's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. A Brotherhood statement on Thursday also distanced the group from an assassination attempt on Wednesday against a senior army commander in the Sinai Peninsula, saying the group adheres to peaceful measures.  

 

The statement came a day after Egypt's military-backed government tightened its crackdown on the Brotherhood, ordering the arrest of its spiritual leader in a bid to choke off the group's campaign to reinstate Morsi, now held at an undisclosed Defence Ministry facility.

 

Read the full report on AlJazeera

00:52  Live! Tribunal reinstates genocide charge against Karadzic:  

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic once again faces two genocide charges instead of one in his long-running trial over ethnic violence during the 1990s Balkan wars. Appellate judges at a U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands on Thursday reinstated the second genocide charge, ruling that the tribunal improperly dismissed the count in June 2012.

 

Karadzic, whose trial began in 2010, also faces nine other charges related to ethnic violence during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The reinstated charge accuses Karadzic of trying to permanently remove Bosnian Muslims and Croats from parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992.

 

The charge was thrown out last year after the prosecution rested its case, with the tribunal ruling that there wasn't enough evidence for a genocide conviction on that particular allegation.

 

Read the full report on CNN

00:45  Top headlines at this hour:  

The possibilities of Telangana's Big Friday

The big, deep game being played by Digvijaya Singh

Two separate blasts kill seven in Pakistan

Ishrat's family alleges threat to their lives, writes to Centre

New lake poses threat to rain-ravaged Uttarakhand

Court rejects ex-minister Raghavji's bail plea in sodomy case

Govt not cooperating with CBI in coal scam: BJP

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