23:50 Obama promises undying support to Israel:
Making his first official visit to Israel, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday enduring support for the Jewish State, where concern over a nuclear-armed Iran has clouded U.S.-Israeli relations.
He also stressed the need for Middle East peace at the start of a three-day trip, which is aimed at resetting strained relations with both the Israelis and Palestinians, but is not expected to provide new initiatives or substantial policy moves.
Descending from Air Force One in bright Spring sunshine, Obama briefly embraced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he has a notoriously testy relationship, before offering smiles and handshakes to waiting ministers.
23:15 5 DMK ministers quit, PM accepts their resignations:
After withdrawing support to the UPA government over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, DMK's five representatives resigned from the Union Council of Ministers which were accepted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh late tonight.
Singh, who forwarded the resignation letters to President Pranab Mukherjee, also allocated the charge of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry to Srikant Jena who is Minister of State in the same ministry.
The portfolio was till now held by DMK's M K Alagiri who submitted his resignation today, as was done by his other four colleagues - D Napoleon, S S Palanimanickam, S Gandhiselvan and S Jagatrakshakan.
22:37 Cyprus holds crisis talks in Russia:
Cyprus's finance minister was holding talks in Moscow on Wednesday to secure economic assistance from the Kremlin after his country's parliament rejected a 10bn EU-led bailout.
The proposed rescue deal requires 5.8bn to be seized from Cypriot bank accounts.
But the island's interior minister warned that international lenders would not accept a "Plan B' being hatched in Nicosia. This involves nationalising pension funds and an emergency domestic bond issue to be backed by future revenues from an offshore gas discovery.
21:42 Refrain from visiting Tamil Nadu: SL asks citizens:
The Sri Lankan government has advised its citizens to refrain from visiting Tamil Nadu when travelling to India and requested them to travel with caution.
"The defence ministry informs people that when travelling to India on pilgrimage or for other purposes to avoid Tamil Nadu. This is in view of the recent incidents of violence faced by Sri Lankan nationals in Tamil Nadu," military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said.
He said the tour organising groups are being advised to make travel itineraries via other airports of other states of India.
21:41 Court extends jagan's judicial remand in DA case:
A special CBI court today extended till April 1 the judicial remand of YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the disproportionate assets case.
Besides Jagan, the court also extended the remand of former minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao, industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad and senior bureaucrat K V Brahmananda Reddy (all accused in Vanpic aspect of Jagan assets case) after they appeared before the court via video-conferencing from Chanchalguda Central Prison where they are currently lodged.
Andhra Pradesh Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, also an accused in the case, appeared before the Principal Special Court for the CBI cases today.
Jagan was arrested on May 27 last year by the CBI on corruption charges.
20:53 US resolution calls for 'credible' inquiry by Lanka:
The US-sponsored draft resolution before the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council in 'calls' the Sri Lankan government to conduct an "independent and credible" investigation into allegations of human rights violations.
The draft resolution - a copy of which has been obtained by PTI - has not ceded to demands of human rights bodies for an independent international investigation, as being called by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in its report.
Welcoming the announcement by the Lankan government to hold elections to the Provincial Council in the Northern Province in September 2013, the draft resolution now calls upon Colombo to fulfil its public commitments, including on the devolution of political authority.
A previous version of the draft resolution had expressed concern over the 'failure' of the Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitment on devolution of power.
20:28 Showing its support to the government on the Lanka resoution, the Trinamool Congress wrote on Twitter: Trinamool is deeply concerned for the Tamil people from the beginning. On matters of external affairs our policy has been to stand by the central government."
The questions is why did the TMC not support the United Progressive Alliance on the Teesta agreement?
20:00 Alagiri blames Baalu, Stalin for DMK pullout: Sources:
Reports our correspondent
from New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi told M K Alagiri, who resigned from his post as Union fertiliser minister, that she was taken by surprise when the DMK withdrew support. "We expected your father to have a word with the PM or me," she told Alagiri.
Alagiri refused to speak to the media. But sources say that at the meeting with Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh he put the onus of the pullout on parliamentary party leader T R Baalu and DMK's heir-apparent M K Stalin.
The PM refused to accept Alagiri's resignation. Dr Singh asked Sonia to me present when he met the Alagiri.
19:46 Govt meet on Lanka issue underway at Shinde's office:
The all- party meeting to discuss a resolution it plans to move in Parliament on violation of human rights of Tamilians in Sri Lanka, a demand that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam had placed as a condition to stay within the United Progressive Alliance has started at Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's office.
Sources told CNN-IBN
that the government's draft resolution calls for an "independent and credible investigation" into the Sri Lanka war crimes.
19:43 Pakistan general elections to be held on May 11 :
Pakistan's next general election will be held on May 11, marking the first ever transfer of power from an elected government to another in the country's chequered democratic history.
After receiving a formal proposal from Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for setting a date for the general election, President Asif Ali Zardari announced this afternoon that the polls would be held on May 11.
19:00 Mamata may bail out UPA on Lankan issue: Sheela Bhatt
reports from New Delhi: Following the withdrawal of the DMK from the United Progressive Alliance, Congress party trouble-shooters have contacted estranged ally and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
According to reliable sources in the government, Banerjee seems to have stepped down from her earlier antagonistic attitude towards the UPA and agreed in principle to give issue based support to the government especially on the Sri Lankan issue.
Sources told rediff.com
that Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has been given the task of wooing the Trinamool Congress chief and try to smoothen differences.Banerjee u-turn may have been prompted by a tepid response to her public meeting in Jungle Mahal in West Midnapore district where only a few hundreds of people tuned up. Read
17:44 TMC promises to support UPA on Lanka resolution:
Trinamool Congress tells UPA that it will stand by it on foreign policy issue concerning Sri Lanka. The resolution against Sri Lanka is up for discussion at an all-party meet at 7.30 pm today.
17:41 Bangladesh president dies in Singapore hospital:
Bangladesh President Mohammad Zillur Rahman, a close aide of the country's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, died today at a Singapore hospital where he was being treated for kidney and respiratory problems, officials said. He was 85. "He breathed his last at the Mount Elisabeth Hospital," a Presidential spokesman said.
Bangladesh ambassador to Singapore said doctors proclaimed him dead at 6.47 pm (local time) when his only son, daughters and close relatives were present. Rahman was admitted to the facility on March 10 as he was flown to Singapore by an air ambulance for critical lung infection, a day after he was rushed to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at Dhaka cantonment.
17:33 Odd bedfellows: Mulayam meets Pawar:
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today met NCP chief Sharad Pawar, amid speculation about possible political realignment following the DMK pulling out from the ruling UPA.
The meeting of the two leaders also comes against the backdrop SP demanding resignation of Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma for his remarks against Yadav that he takes commission to support UPA government. SP has said it is not satisfied with Verma's "regret" and would prefer an apology from the minister, who was once close to Yadav.
However, both Yadav and Pawar, whose NCP is a UPA constituent, played down the meeting, saying they had met to discuss modalities of a programme they have to attend together on March 24.
17:24 Outrage at the Steubenville rape case is all over Twitter:
If you're a Twitter or Facebook user, you're possibly weary of hearing aboutthe Steubenville footballers' rape trial. As weary as hearing of, say, Justin Bieber's tantrums, or horse-meat jokes, or the bleak details of the Delhi gang rape in which a 23-year-old died from internal injuries caused by six men with an iron bar. "Weary' may be the wrong word here. "Inured' or "bombarded', perhaps. Read
17:13 Timeline: DMKs rocky relationship with Congress:
Ever since the DMK party joined the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government in 2004, it has often threatened to quit the coalition to get its way.On Tuesday, the DMK, or Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, said it would leave the government to protest the government's handling of the issue of atrocities on Tamils in Sri Lanka. Read more
16:38 Kannada stars set to heat up Assembly polls :
With assembly elections in Karnataka on May 5, a bevy of actors and film personalities are queuing up at the offices of the political parties not just to contest the polls but also to lend glamour to their campaigns.
Leading ladies from the Kannada film industry including Divya Spandana (Ramya), Pooja Gandhi and Shruthi as well as actors BC Patil, Doddanna and Madan Patel have already aligned with one or the other party. Read more
16:27 In India slavery begins at age 3:
A flaring furnace blasts another wave of searing heat on the faces of workers hauling bricks under a southern Indian sun.They work up to 22 hours a day propping heavy stacks of bricks on their heads. None expects to be paid for this labor. None knows how long they'll be kept here. Some are as young as three years old. Read
the report on CNN.
16:25 French Mali hostage 'killed' by al-Qaeda:
Al-Qaeda's North Africa branch says it has killed a French businessman captured in Mali in 2011, Mauritania's ANI news agency reports. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb told ANI that it killed Philippe Verdon on 10 March, in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali. Verdon and another Frenchman were seized in the town of Hombori. Read more
16:21 Arise, awake and stop not, Rahul tells partymen about 2014:
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today, spoke to party MPs and local leaders in Uttar Pradesh to pull up their socks and get ready for the 2014 polls.
Meanwhile, Mulayam Singh Yadav held court at his bungalow to take stock of the controversy over Beni Prasad Verma's remarks against him.
15:47 Karnataka goes to polls on May 5, counting May 8:
The single-phase Karnataka polls will be on May 5, counting will be on May 8. The model code of conduct comes into force immediately.
The tenure of the current 224-member Karnataka Assembly will expire on June 3.
Announcing the dates, CEC Sampath said election officials have already held consultations with state authorities and met various political parties in the state during their visit to Karnataka.
Karnataka is currently ruled by the BJP, struggling ever since former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa left the party and formed his own outfit.
15:33 Election Commission of India announcing the dates of the Karanataka Assembly polls. The term of the Karnataka Assembly ends on June 3. Over 4.18 crore voters eligible to vote for 224-member Assembly.
15:20 5 MLAs who beat up cop in Assembly suspended:
The five MLAs who beat up a cop in the Maharashtra Assembly have been suspended till December 31. A Mumbai traffic police officer was beaten up by a group of MLAs right outside the Maharashtra assembly yesterday, a day after he fined a legislator's driver Rs 700 for speeding.
The MLAs assaulted sub-inspector Sachin Suryavanshi for allegedly using foul language when they asked him why he had misbehaved with fellow legislator Kshitij Thakur on Monday.
Thakur, a Bahujan Vikas Aghadi MLA, was in his car when it was stopped for speeding at 101 kmph on the Bandra Worli Sealink where the permissible limit is 50 kmph.
Thakur moved a breach of privilege notice against Suryavanshi in the assembly.
Suryavanshi, who went to the assembly -- to apologise -- was cornered by Thakur and legislators Ram Kadam (MNS), Pradeep Jaiswal (independent), Jaikumar Rawal (BJP), Rajan Salvi (Shiv Sena) and others when he came out. Thakur and Kadam denied beating up Suryavanshi.
15:15 Anti-rape rape new, progressive: Shinde:
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today termed as "new" and "progressive" the Criminal Law Amendment Bill which was passed in the Lok Sabha despite several amendments being moved by members and emphasised that it will empower women.
"The whole country was watching this Bill. I am happy that this Bill- which Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wanted to get passed- has been passed by the Lok Sabha... A new, progressive law will come into force. This is a good law for women," he told reporters outside Parliament House.
He said that this law will give enhanced punishment for crime against women. Asked about the low attendance in the Lok Sabha when the Bill was put up for voting and passage, Shinde said, "I cannot speak about those who were not present. But our members were present in good strength. It is the benches of the other side which were not occupied."
14:45 Mulayam ignores Beni's regret, has to apologise in Parl :
Samajwadi Party is holding a Parliamentary meeting at 9.30 am tomorrow. Sources say that Mulayam Singh Yadav is not satisfied with Beni Prasad Verma's 'regret' over saying Yadav had terrorist links. Mulayam wants him to apologise in Parliament.
14:26 What's brewing? Buzz in Parliament over JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav having a one-on-one with Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel and ADMK leader S Thambidurai and DMK leader T R Baalu meeting in the Central hall
14:19 Sonia pleads with Mulayam to give up demand for Beni's scalp:
With SP staying firm on its stand for removal of Beni Prasad Verma from the government, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today reached out to Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lok Sabha and asked him with folded hands to give up his demand for his resignation.
Samajwadi Party got support from unexpected quarters when Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj backed Yadav and said in the Lower House that Verma's charge against the SP chief of taking commissions was a breach of privilege.
She said the matter should be referred to the Privileges Committee. Gandhi, who was present in the House and was watching the new bonhomie between SP, an outside supporter of the government, and BJP, walked up to Yadav's seat soon after Lok Sabha was adjourned around noon.
Though she was not audible to reporters in the press gallery, Gandhi was seen talking to Yadav with folded hands. During the conversation, Yadav complained about Verma to Gandhi, who requested him to give up his demand for the Minister's resignation, according to SP sources.
14:10 Traffic logjam at Mahim:
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13:45 Did you have breakfast, madam, Renuka asks fainting MP:
More on that fainting spell in Parliament today.
DMK member Vasanthi Stanley today fainted in the Rajya Sabha while strongly raising the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, leading to a chaotic situation in the House. Stanley was shouting full-throated slogans in the Well during Zero Hour seeking justice to Tamils in Sri Lanka as her colleagues as well members from arch rival AIADMK waved photographs of slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran's son killed by Sri Lankan forces.
Renuka Chowdhary, who was in the Chair, immediately adjourned the House till 2 pm and called in doctors to attend to Stanley, who lay unconscious on the floor.
The DMK member was immediately rushed to Safdarjung Hospital after two doctors attended to her in the House. A stretcher as well as a wheel chair was also brought in but Stanley preferred to walk with support of members including party leader in the House Tiruchi Siva.
Members from the ruling party including Ambika Soni, D Purandeshwari, Rajeev Shukla as well as those from AIADMK and other parties rushed to help the sick member.
Earlier, the House was adjourned till noon over the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils and Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma's remarks against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
As the House re-assembled, members from DMK and AIADMK trooped into the Well shouting slogans protesting atrocities on Tamils in Sri Lanka and the killing of Prabhakaran's son. All the while, SP members led by Naresh Agarwal sought Verma's dismissal. After adjourning the House, Chowdhary left her seat and went to the Well to ask Stanley as to how she was feeling.
"Did you have your breakfast, madam?" she asked. Chowdhary then asked members to leave and make way for Stanley while asking for doctors to attend to her. Stanley rested in a seat for a while before being taken to hospital
13:32 Beni meets PM, 'regrets' Mulayam-terror remarks:
Beni Prasad Verma expresses regret over his remarks against Mulayam Singh Yadav. After meeting with the Prime Minister this afternoon, the Union Steel Minister said he regrets his remarks on Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is the chief ally of the government and head of the Samajwadi Party. Verma said over the weekend that Yadav has "links to terrorists" and "takes a commission" for supporting the Congress-led UPA.
13:26 Omar angry at netizens' silence on youth killing by militant:
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today lashed out at netizens who maintained silence over the killing of a teenaged boy by militants in Sopore town yesterday but had showed outrage against killing of a youth in security forces firing last week.
"Militants chase an 18-year-old boy in to a mosque and shoot him. Imagine the outrage if this had been done by security forces," Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Suhail Ahmad Sofi was shot dead by militants in Sopore town last night as he was coming out of a mosque after offering night prayers. Sofi was believed to have been killed for helping security forces in organising sports events, which had helped in keeping youth away from disruptive activities after 2010 summer agitation in the Valley.
Abdullah said he was willing to accept the anger directed against the government for excesses by the security forces only from those who are willing to condemn the killings by militants as well.
12:57 MK Alagiri is upset with TR Balu for going directly to President Pranab Mukherjee today. Without telling other MPs, Alagiri will meet PM separately with D Napolean to hand over their resignations.
12:49 Cong could lose old allies because of its own wrongdoings: SP:
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Wednesday pointed out that the Congress is suffering today because of it's own wrongdoings and misconduct.
He also said, "If the Congress doesn''t rectify its mistakes, it will lose out on its old allies. They have to introspect as to where they are missing the plot." When asked about Samajwadi Party's future with the UPA, he said: "We are still with them, but one can never predict anything in politics."
12:32 Shrieking DMK MP faints in RS over Lanka Tamils:
DMK member Vasanthi Stanley faints in Rajya Sabha while exercising her vocal chords over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
Of the five ministers, three have submitted their resignations to the PM. D Napoleon and MK Alagiri have yet to submit their resignations.
12:25 BJP rules out country specific resolution, India is not Pak: The BJP today said that passing a country
specific resolution on Sri Lanka is not a desirable action, saying that
unlike Pakistan, India was a functional democracy.
are not like the Pakistan Parliament. India is a functional democracy.
We cannot have resolutions in parliament specific to a country," BJP
spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
at the same time, we will know what is in the mind of this government,
and what does it want in the resolution, and whether such a resolution
is required at all. As far as the DMK is concerned, the DMK action has
just been born out of a desire to look for an excuse to quit the UPA
Government, and was not fuelled by any real concern for Sri Lankan
Tamils," he added.
The DMK had pulled out of the UPA Government over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils.
12:22 Half-empty house voted for anti-rape bill:
And it comes to pass. The Anti-rape Bill aka the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 was passed this evening in Parliament by a voice vote. A total of 168 Members of Parliament (out of house strength of 545 MPs), who bothered to be present, voted to give India a law that is tough on rape and sexual assault. Read
12:04 I would ask God why cancer had to happen to Yuvraj: Sachin :
It was a poignant occasion and the entire Indian cricket team, along with a sizeable gathering of well-wishers and the media, was at hand to be with Yuvraj Singh at the release of his memoir, The Test Of My Life.The book talks about Yuvraj's successful battle with a rare germ cell cancer. The dashing batsman has shared his experiences "so that someone else can feel they are not alone when the chips are down." Read more
The picture Yuvraj had tweeted when he was undergoing treatment for cancer
11:55 No bribery, insists Agusta:
The defence ministry under A.K. Antony is walking a tightrope on cancelling the Rs 3,550-crore contract for VVIP helicopters after the company that sold them replied for the second time today that it had not bribed officials, violated law or an integrity pact.
The Indian Air Force had contracted 12AW101 VVIP "Skyfall' helicopters on the advice of the Special Protection Group (SPG) under the Prime Minister's Office. A decision on the fate of the contract will be shaped by Antony after discussions with the PMO and the Union home ministry. Read more
11:54 MoS HRD is miffed. Shashi Tharoor tweets: Hours of preparation go down the tube as Question Hour is disrupted again in the Lok Sabha. 1st question,on Right2Education, was assigned2me.
11:47 DMK ministers to resign today, President informed :
A day after formally withdrawing support to the Congress-led UPA government, the DMK ministers will submit their resignations to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today.
A five-member DMK delegation headed by T R Baalu handed over a letter by party supremo M Karunanidhi to President Pranab Mukherjee last night at 10.30 p.m at Rashtrapati Bhavan withdrawing support of its 18 Lok Sabha MPs to the UPA government.
Baalu told media that DMK ministers will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday to submit their resignations. On replying to a question about DMK's support to UPA government from outside, Baalu said the decision lies with party Supremo Karunanidhi.
The DMK had pulled out of the UPA Government over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils.
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till noon after uproar over Sri Lankan Tamil issue and other matters. Ditto Lok Sabha.
11:34 Sex and the single girl:
The anti-rape law promulgated by the government in the wake of the recent brutal Delhi gang rape has yielded one quite extraordinary by-product -- the proposal to reduce the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16. Read
11:20 Aadhar is transparent and accountable:
In his opinion piece in The Hindu (Op-Ed, "Questions for Mr. Nilekani,' February 6, 2013) Major General S.G. Vombatkere criticises various facets of the Aadhaar project.
The essay's central precept seems to be the alleged coercion by way of which governments are said to be enrolling residents for Aadhaar. Maj. Gen. Vombatkere also questions the worthiness and security of the project albeit on shaky grounds.
As I have argued in these pages previously, peddling half-truths does not foment a constructive conversation. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) believes in addressing concerns via facts and will continue to do so.Read
11:18 Diplomatic immunity in peril:
The privilege Daniele Mancini enjoys under the Vienna Convention, personally and as an Ambassador, is absolute. The marines issue should be resolved politically. Read
11:17 From defensive to offensive :
The less there is to lose, the more there is to gain. In quitting the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre with only a year to go before the general election, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is not exactly taking a huge political gamble. Read
11:06 DMK quit when talks were still on: PC :
Chidambaram says that the DMK quit when the talks were still on. "DMK was aware of government's position on the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka, but changed its mind between the night of March 18 and morning of March 19," says Chidambaram.
11:04 UPA successfully running coalition, doors open: PC:
Chidambaram insists that the government's image has not suffered because of the DMK pullout. "We have been successfully running a coalition government and we are unaware why the DMK changed its stance between March 18 and March 19. But our doors are still open," he said.
10:57 India will adopt a strong resolution on Lanka: PC:
P Chidambaram, Kamal Nath and Manish Tiwari addressing the press conference in the capital in the aftermath of the DMK pullout from the UPA yesterday. Finance Minister P Chidamabaram says that the government intends to move amendments to the draft resolution on Sri Lanka in the UNHRC. Urban development minister Kamal Nath reacting to the BJP's comments yesterday that the government was in the ICU, said, "the government is absolutely stable, it is not a lameduck one."
"India's position is that the UNHRC should adopt a strong resolution on Sri Lanka. Tamil sentiments can be represented only through an
appropriate resolution in Parliament. The government confident of "enough support" in Parliament to pass economic reforms bills," says Chidambaram.
10:46 UPA govt is stable, NOT a lame duck one: Kamal Nath:
"Tamil sentiments can be represented only through an appropriate resolution in Parliament," said Chidambaram.
He added, "India's position is that UNHRC should adopt a strong resolution on Sri Lanka".
"The government is absolutely stable, it is not a lame duck one," said Kamal Nath.
10:39 'Consultations going on about resolution on Lanka':
Chidambaram said the government was discussing the issue of moving a resolution on the Lanka issue in Parliament and "consultations are going on".
A final decision on the matter would be taken later in the day, he said.
He claimed that the resolution "had nothing to do with the DMK" and the Congress had always stood for equal rights for the Tamil community.
10:33 Government absolutely stable: Kamal Nath:
India wants a strong and credible probe into human rights violations against Tamils in Lanka, said Chidambaram.
He added that Delhi was in favour of a strong resolution in the UNHRC.
Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, who was present at the press meet, said the government had to sort out the "final wordings" on the amendments.
He asserted that the ruling UPA was "absolutely stable", in spite of the pullout of the DMK.
Nath added that the government was ready for any test of strength in Parliament.
He added that the DMK seemed to be in a "hurry to quit".
10:24 Amendments to US resolution already finalised: PC:
The UPA government will move amendments to the US draft resolution to be presented to the UNHRC, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told a press conference on Wednesday.
Chidambaram claimed the amendments had been finalised on Tuesday.
He also dismissed allegations that India had sought dilution of the strongly-worded resolution by the US, saying it was an absolute "canard".
He claimed that the DMK was aware of the government's position on the issue but had "changed its mind" between the night of March 18 and morning of March 19.
09:17 DMK ministers to meet PM soon:
DMK ministers will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at 10.15 am to hand over their resignations, according to media reports.
09:13 DMK ministers to submit resignations:
The 5 DMK ministers in the Union Cabinet will submit their resignations today.
The Congress is likely to seek support from SP and BSP MPs to save the party-led coalition government.
08:39 Congress issues whip, asks all MPs to be present:
Congress Party has ruled out the possibility of holding early national elections in the wake of the DMK's pullout from the ruling UPA coalition.
Apprehending that the opposition may seize the opportunity to move a no confidence motion, the party on Wednesday issued a whip to all its MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, asking them to be present in the House without fail today and tomorrow.
03:46 Gaddafi cousin arrested in Egypt:
Egyptian police have arrested a close aide and cousin of the late Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi.
Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam was Tripoli's special envoy to Cairo for many years and left Libya for Egypt shortly after the 2011 uprising against Col Gaddafi.
Egypt's prosecutor general has ordered Mr Gaddaf al-Dam's detention for 30 days while charges against him are investigated.
03:45 China steps up to support Africa's development:
One week into his tenure as China's president, Xi Jinping is already stressing his country's ties to the African continent and the interconnected future of the world's developing economies, in what may be an effort to highlight China's growing economic clout.
"No matter how international landscape may change, China will continue to support and promote Africa's efforts to achieve peace, stability, prosperity, and development, seek strength through unity and participate in international affairs on a basis of equality," Mr. Xi told a group of reporters from the BRICS countries '" Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa '" gathered in Beijing Tuesday.
03:43 Egypt arrests 3 former Libyan officials in Cairo:
Egyptian police arrested a cousin of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a former Libyan ambassador to Egypt and another ex-Libyan official on Tuesday, a security source told Reuters.
The source said Ahmed Gaddaf Alddam, 60, a Gaddafi relative who had been a special Libyan envoy, former ambassador Ali Maria and Mohamed Ibrahim Mansour, who headed a Libyan state fund under Gaddafi, were all detained.
Interpol's website said Gaddaf Alddam was wanted by Libyan authorities for alleged counterfeiting, forgery, fraud and money laundering, and that Mansour was wanted for alleged corruption. Details on charges against Ali Maria were not immediately available.
02:34 44 killed in northern Nigeria car bomb explosions:
At least 44 people have been killed in a series of car bomb explosions targeting a bus station in northern Nigeria.
The blasts occurred at a inter-city bus station in Kano yesterday when three suspected suicide bombers came in a Volkswagen Golf car and rammed their vehicle into one of the buses parked there.
A rescue official said at least 44 people have been killed in the blasts.
01:54 Saudi Arabia arrests 18 for spying:
An Iranian, a Lebanese and 16 Saudis have been arrested on spying charges in Saudi Arabia, officials say.
The 18 suspects had been "involved in a spying cell for a state", an interior ministry spokesman told state TV.
"They were gathering information about installations and vital areas in the country and providing intelligence agencies of that state with it," said ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki.He did not name the country thought to be running the spy network.
00:42 Bombings in Baghdad kill 56 on eve of Iraq war anniversary:
Hisham Shouar was 200 metres from his shop when the car bomb detonated, killing six people and injuring three others a short distance from the fortified Green Zone.
The blast tore through his shop, where he sells toys and groceries, as well as a currency exchange and a pharmacy, setting fire to the cars parked around it.
The bomb was one of 12 devices to detonate in Baghdad (video) in a deadly wave of explosions by Sunni extremists aimed at Shia areas that left 56 dead and 200 injured. The attacks took place 10 years to the day after President George W Bush announced the start of the US-led invasion of Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein.
00:41 UK tourist jumps from Agra balcony:
A British woman has been injured after jumping from a hotel balcony to escape from alleged harassment in Agra, India, local police say.
The woman, in her 30s, told police she asked for a wake-up call at 04:00 but when the hotel owner knocked on her door then, he offered her a massage.
She told police he would not leave so she locked the door and jumped from her balcony to the level below, injuring her leg, before fleeing the hotel.
Police have arrested the hotel owner.
00:34 Minor gang raped in Odisha:
A 13-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by four persons, including three juveniles, in a village of the district, police said today.
The victim, a resident of MPV-29 village here, had been on a visit to nearby MPV-33 village eight days ago to witness a yatra when she was forcibly taken to an isolated area by the four accused and sexually assaulted by them, Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Malkangiri, K Siva Subraminiam said.
A case was registered today against the four youths based on the victim's complaint, he said adding, three juveniles have been detained after they were identified by the girl.
00:32 Mass points to Pope's new priorities:
From the moment he walked out onto the balcony on St Peter's Basilica and stood calmly surveying the crowd, Pope Francis' body language has suggested a change of style.
Tuesday's shorter, simpler, inaugural Mass reinforced the impression of a Pope of humility and simplicity.
Pope Francis' homily - direct and comprehensible - suggested that those qualities would shape his pontificate too.He acknowledged that his election as Pope placed him in a position of power.
But he said for that power to be valid, or "authentic", it must be exercised in self-sacrificing service to others.
00:20 NASA Curiosity Rover hit by software glitch:
NASA's Curiosity rover has suffered a second on-board computer problem on Mars, causing the vehicle to go into safe mode for the second time in three weeks.
NASA said Monday that the rover had switched itself into safe mode two days earlier when a command file running on its backup, or "B-side," computer failed a size-check by protective software. The agency determined that a software bug had attached an unrelated file to the one being checked, causing a file size mismatch.