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June 01, 2013

23:55  9 killed as Tornado-hit US region struck again:  At least 9 people were killed and over 100 others injured after a series of deadly tornadoes hit Oklahoma City, days after the region was battered by a monster storm that claimed 24 lives. 

The state medical examiner's office confirmed that the death toll had risen to at least nine, including at least two children, according to local media report.
22:36  Iraq uncovers al-Qaeda 'chemical weapons plot':  The authorities in Iraq say they have uncovered an al-Qaeda plot to use chemical weapons, as well as to smuggle them to Europe and North America.

Defence ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said five men had been arrested after military intelligence monitored their activities for three months.

Three workshops for manufacturing the chemical agents, including sarin and mustard gas, were uncovered, he added.

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22:14  Russia military-style arrest of mayor in Dagestan:  Russian security forces conducted a military-style operation to detain the powerful mayor of Dagestan's regional capital on murder charges today, whisking him away in a helicopter to escape his private army of several hundred bodyguards, officials said. 

Said Amirov, the mayor of Makhachkala, is a legendary and colorful figure who has wielded vast clout in the Caspian Sea region, which has been destabilized by an Islamist insurgency that has spread across Russia's North Caucasus after two separatist wars in Chechnya.
21:42  Turkish PM urges end to Istanbul protests as police pull out:  Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today called for an immediate end to violent protests which have engulfed Istanbul for two days, in what were one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations since the Islamist-rooted leadership came to power. 

Police pulled back from Taksim square, the epicentre of the demonstrations that have left dozens injured and earned Turkey a rare rebuke from its Western allies.
20:35  Syria conflict: Cleric Qaradawi urges Sunnis to join rebels:  An influential cleric has called on Sunni Muslims from around the Middle East to go to Syria to join the battle against President Bashar al-Assad.

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Islamist based in Qatar, told a rally in Doha that every Sunni capable of fighting should support the rebels.

He also claimed Iran and the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah, Mr Assad's main allies, wanted to exterminate Sunnis.
20:34  Protests continue in Turkey:  Clashes resumed Saturday morning between police and protesters at central Istanbul's Taksim Square, where demonstrations had begun four days earlier.

The protests spread overnight to a dozen other Turkish cities, including Ankara, the capital, and Izmir, where some protesters threw stones and bottles at police in confrontations that ran through the night and continued Saturday, leaving streets littered with broken glass, rubbish and empty tear-gas shells. 

Turks outside the country, across Europe and in the U.S., were organizing solidarity protests.
20:31  Tremor hits Kolkata & South 24 Parganas district:  An earthquake of mild intensity measuring 3.6 on the Richter Scale shook the metropolis and neighbouring South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. 

The earthquake occurred at 6.59 pm, Meteorological department sources said.
20:16  V C Shukla improving, but still critical:  The condition of Congress leader and former Union minister V C Shukla, who was injured in a deadly Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh last week, continues to show signs of improvement but it remains critical. 

"Shukla has shown some signs of improvement on third consecutive day today but still remains critical," Medanta Hospital's Medical Superintendent Dr A K Dubey said, adding that he cannot be declared out of danger.
19:46  Advani seems to prefer Chouhan to Modi:  BJP leader L K Advani today appeared to prefer an "humble" Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Narendra Modi in the race for BJP's Prime Ministerial face in next Lok Sabha elections. 

"Atal Bihari Vajpayee implemented several developmental schemes including road network but he always remained very humble and far away from arrogance.
19:36  Magisterial probe ordered into food poisoning at Goa jail:  Goa government today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the suspected food poisoning incident at two jails here in which a prisoner died and over 100 inmates took ill. 

"Additional District Collector Deepak Desai has been asked to conduct the inquiry", North Goa District Collector Mihir Vardhan, who is also Inspector General of Prisons, told PTI. 

A murder convict Mahadev Gaonkar died and around 130 inmates of the Central Jail at Aguada and Mapusa Sub-Jail took ill yesterday after consuming the dinner cooked by inmates on Thursday night.
19:35  Shukla resigns from post of IPL chairman:  IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla today resigned from the high-profile position in the wake of the raging spot-fixing scandal that has rocked Indian cricket, piling up pressure on N Srinivasan to follow suit. 

A day before the emergency meeting of the working committee in Chennai, Shukla took the decision to quit saying that he felt it necessary to do so in the light of the recent developments. 

"I have decided to quit as IPL chairman. It is a decision which I was pondering over for some time. I think it is time to step down," Shukla told PTI. 
19:21  The mysterious, bloody life & death of Mahendra Karma:  The Sunday Guardian:

The man who kindled the Salwa Judum fire has been murdered in a Naxalite ambush, but he leaves behind a seemingly intractable war in Chhattisgarh, says Aditya Mani Jha.

I accept their challenge. My family stands by my side. My father used to say that we will fight Naxals till our final breaths. I want to ask the (Chhattisgarh) state government to start a do-or-die battle. 

And if they still can't do so, then the Assembly should be dissolved." The 'challenge' that Chhavinda Karma was talking about to a group of reporters is a threat that he has received from the Naxalites, asking him and his family to leave their village immediately or be prepared for dire consequences.

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19:04  Scotland Yard to question second terror suspect:   Scotland Yard is set to question the second suspect shot at the scene of last week's terror attack which resulted in the murder of soldier Drummer Lee Rigby in south-east London. 

Michael Adebolajo, 28, spent a second day in custody at a London police station today after being discharged from hospital yesterday. He is also being held on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer in relation to the attack in Woolwich on May 22.
18:03  CRPF officer killed in Naxal encounter in Chhattisgarh:  A CRPF officer was today killed in an encounter with suspected Naxalites in Gariaband district of Chhattisgarh. 

Assistant Commandant S K Das of the force was leading a squad of his men in the forests of Gariaband when the patrol encountered an armed Naxal squad at around 3pm. 

Das succumbed to bullet injuries which he had received in his abdomen and groin region, sources said.
17:42  Girl who suffered acid attack dies in Mumbai hospital:  Delhi resident Preeti Rathi, who was battling for her life at Bombay Hospital here for the last one month after a man threw acid on her, succumbed today. 

 Preeti, 23, was on ventilator support for two weeks as her right lung had suffered severe damage, hospital authorities said. She had also developed complications in the upper respiratory system.
17:23   A month back Murthy said: I don't see a comeback:   Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy made a surprise comeback today as the executive chairman of the struggling information technology company.  Company insiders and investors have been wanting Murthy come out of retirement and do what Steve Jobs did at Apple Inc.

And less than a month back, he ruled out the possibility.In an interview to Live Mint on May 7, Murthy said, "At this stage, looking at the data that I have, I wouldn't say that. So, who knows what happens in the future, I am not gone, cannot say what I will do tomorrow, I may not be there tomorrow morning. So, it is not possible for me to predict what will happen tomorrow."

"Sitting where I am, looking at the data, I don't see that happening. I think it's all speculation," he added.

Read the full interview here

16:46  Reports our correspondent from New Delhi: Friends of N Srinivasan in the BCCI and those from the Congress, BJP DMK, CPM and AIADMK claim that he graduated to real politicking because of his college mate Murasoli Maran of DMK, the father of Dayanidhi Maran. 
16:26  Mahendra Karma's personal security gaurd dies :   Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma's personal security officer, who was critically injured in the deadly Naxal attack in Bastar, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Raipur on Saturday, taking the death toll in the tragedy to 28.

"PSO Siyaram Singh, who had received serious intestinal injuries in the gun fire, died of multiple organ failure in the wee hours," Dr Sandeep Dave at Ramkrishna Care hospital told PTI.

Singh had received bullet injuries, which caused infection in several body parts, he said, adding that ten more injured persons being treated at the hospital are out of danger.
16:22  UPA to decide its strategy on food bill on Monday:   The United Progressive Alliance will decide its strategy on Monday on the ambitious food security bill amid talk of a special session of Parliament.

It was made known after Congress top brass including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party Chief Sonia Gandhi at an over three-hour-long meeting in New Delhi discussed the options of calling a special session or taking the ordinance route in the wake of opposition's "uncooperative" attitude.
15:56  BJP's role in the BCCI politics :  Sheela Bhatt reports from in New Delhi: According to a member of the BCCI,  "Tomorrow President N Srinivasan will step aside if not step down from his current position."

While talking to he said that the it was unlikely that the BCCI will allow Srinivasan to have his say while stepping aside. Neither a new  treasurer nor a new secretary of Srinivasan's choice will be appointed.

In fact, the murky politics of the BCCI will take a new turn tomorrow. After,  the exit of the tainted president the balance of power will shift too.

The Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar are playing games behind the scene. Arun Jaitley and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi are working in tandem to ensure that their stakes remain unaffected. Both are working out a strategy and are not meek players in power politics inside the BCCI to be lead or directed by television reports or headlines screaming in newspapers, says a source in the BCCI board. 

When Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested Jaitley and Modi had told Srinivasan to step down but still they kept away from creating headlines. Now, once Srinivasan loses control of the BCCI a new clique will emerge. However, Srinivasan is an old player when it comes to power politics in the world of cricket. BCCI board members claim nobody is underestimating Srinivasan, even when his chips are down.   
15:42  Srinivasan conditions before quitting: Wants to be in ICC :  CNN-IBN reports: BCCI chief N Srinivasan has set two conditions and has his own plans for tomorrow's meeting. He wants to appoint the BCCI secretary and treasurer himself before he steps aside. He also wants to be a representative in the ICC.  
14:59  Murthy: Infosys has been the story of my adult life :  Narayana Murthy on his son Rohan Murthy's role in Infosys: I have been away from executive responsibilities for the last seven years therefore I am not as much in touch with the youth of Infosys. Post-retirement period was set apart for doing things with youngsters I enjoy working with. My son Rohan will be my executive assistant. He has no leadership role. Strong cadre of management at Infosys... the only role that Rohan has is to make me more.
13:59  First H1NI death reported in Kerala this season:  Kerala has reported the season's first death due to H1N1 virus ahead of the onsetof southwest monsoon as various types of viral fever spread inthe state, including a large number of dengue cases.   

A 27-year-old woman died of H1N1 at Maranadu in Kollamdistrict yesterday, which was the first such case of the season, sources said.       

According to the health department sources, over 60 dengue cases have been reported in the last two days alone, as the public health sector is struggling to cope with the situation with hundreds of fever cases being reported from various districts.
13:54   There was a major accident involving four to five cars on the Western Express Highway near the Aarey Flyover, Mumbai, reports Traffline. South-bound traffic is likely to be impacted.

For further traffic alerts, call Traffline at 9223111000.
13:45  Murthy on Infosys return: A 2nd innings for me, new challenge :   N R Narayana Murthy, who was appointed as the executive chairman of Infosys, said a press conference, today, "When I left, I had never imagined I will return to Infosys. Infosys has been the story of my adult life. I was in a dilemma when I was asked to return. I had to consider carefully if I wanted to return."

"I am very thankful to everyone.This is a second innings for me and a new challenge. I am glad to add value and the quickest way to add value is to use competencies of small teams," he added.

Murthy has stepped down from the company in 2011.

13:10  Shashank Manohar to be new BCCI intermin president?:   BCCI President N Srinivasan calls for an emergency meet tomorrow in Chennai over the Indian Premier League betting row. All BCCI board members are expected to attend the meet at 11 am.

Sources tell CNN-IBN that a compromise formula has been worked out for Srinivasan's exit. He will "step aside" (not resign) till the probe into the betting scandal is over is likely tomorrow.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said, "Some announcement is likely at the BCCI meet tomorrow. It will be working committee meet, all members may not present."

Sources inform that Shashank Manohar likely to be named interim BCCI president.      
12:49  Chhattisgarh Governor to be transferred? :  Reports our correspondent from New Delhi: The Congress core committee  met today to discuss the Chhattisgarh Naxal attack, the Food Security Bill and the possibility of the BCCI going to the hands of the BJP with Arun Jaitley as the chief of the cricket board. 

The core committee has authorised Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath to interact with the leaders of Opposition on the special session for the Food Security Bill in the last week of June or first week of July. Finance Minister P Chidambaram also explained to the core committee about the negative media reporting on growth rates.

There was discussion about the possible transfer of Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt, say sources.
12:08  Meiyappan claims he was warned by 'Terry' from ICC: Sources:  CNN-IBN reports: According to Mumbai police sources, BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan claims that someone called Terry from the International Cricket Council warned him about bookie links in April when the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League was starting.

Mumbai police suspects Terry could be an official of the anti-corruption unit of the ICC, say sources
12:04  The Congress core group is holding a meet currently to discuss Food Security issue and situation in Andhra Pradesh over Telangana demand.
11:47  5 killed as tornadoes hit Oklahoma:   Deadly tornadoes slammed Oklahoma City and wreaked havoc killing five people, including a mother and her baby, days after the region was battered by a monster storm that claimed 24 lives. More than 50,000 people were without power by on Friday evening in the Oklahoma City area because of the severe weather, the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company said. Also, more than half the city of Mustang, 27 kilometre south of Oklahoma City, was without power, Mustang Fire Chief Roy Widmann said.
11:05  Narayana Murthy returns to Infosys :  Infosys appoints N R Narayana Murthy as executive chairman of board. He will get a five-year tenure at a compensation of Rs 1 per year.

A co-founder of the company, Murthy had stepped down from the board in 2011.

Also, K V Kamath will step down as chairman of the board and will be the lead independent director.     
10:33  BCCI emergency meet could be rescheduled to earlier date:  The scandal-ridden BCCI could be forced to prepone its emergency working committee meeting due to the crisis created by the resignation of two senior Board functionaries, Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur said today.

The under-fire N Srinivasan's adamant stand of sticking to the post of BCCI President despite the credibility-crisis created by the IPL spot-fixing scam, last night prompted Board Treasurer Ajay Shirke and Secretary Sanjay Jagdale to resign in protest.

Srinivasan has convened a working committee meeting on June 8 to discuss the crisis but it might have to be rescheduled to an earlier date.

"It is sad to see the BCCI Secretary and Treasurer resign. We have requested the President to prepone the meeting and discuss the issues," Thakur said.
10:20   IPL represents the worst sides of Indian capitalism, society :   All owners (seven out of nine, by one estimate) of the Indian Premier League teams are being investigated by one government agency or another, in one country or another, for economic offences of one kind or another. Since this is a shady operation run by shady characters, Indian companies known for their professionalism, entrepreneurial innovation and technical excellence have stayed away from the IPL altogether, writes Ramachandra Guha in The Telegraph.

The IPL is representative of the worst sides of Indian capitalism and Indian society, he says.

Read the full column here
09:46  You go or we go: BCCI members to Srinivasan :   Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan has reportedly been served an ultimatum by members of the board: "You go or we go."

"I don't think we can function now. The BCCI has to appoint new members," said Retired Justice T Jayaram Chowta, who is a part of the three-man inquiry commission probing the alleged betting charges against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.

The BCCI emergency meet, which was to be held on June 8, is likely to the rescheduled. According to sources, the process of calling the emergency meeting has begun and a decision is expected in the next 24 hours. 
09:27  Spot-fixing: 'You will hear something significant today':  NDTV reports: "You will hear something significant today," said Arun Jaitley when asked about reports that all five BCCI vice-president's might resign today. Jaitley is one of the vice-presidents of the board.

Two top BCCI officials -- secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke -- quit their respective posts yesterday in a bid to put pressure on beleaguered Board president N Srinivasan to step down in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.

03:12  Live! Vahanvati briefs GoM on CBI autonomy:  The Group of Ministers on the empowerment of the CBI were on Friday briefed by Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati on the Supreme Court order asking the government to suggest ways for empowering the agency.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Law Minister Kapil Sibal were briefed by Vahanvati who gave the sense of what Supreme Court had said in its order.

Read the full story here
01:05  Top headlines of the last 24 hours:  
Why are politicians baying for Srinivasan's blood?

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Chhattisgarh massacre: Shocking details emerge!

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