20:36 Former Cong MLA held in connection with daughter-in-law's death:
A former Congress MLA and three members of his family were arrested today in connection with the death of his daughter-in-law, whose body was found hanging, police said today.
Rekha, who was married to Shadi Ram's son Sudhanshu last year, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her in-law's house yesterday afternoon.
However, Rekha's family alleged that their daughter was killed for dowry.
20:07 Victim at Muzaffarnagar relief camp gangraped:
A riot victim at a relief camp was allegedly gangraped by two youths at Jogya Kheri village in the Fugana area of Muzaffarnagar, police said.
Tension prevailed in the area after the victim, whose family was displaced from their home at Fugana village, was raped on Saturday by two accused identified as Sachin and Sunil Kumar.
The duo have been arrested after a complaint was lodged in the matter by the victim's father.
19:57 TDP founder NTR's statue torched in Andhra village:
A statue of Telugu Desam Party founder and actor late N T Rama Rao was found burnt at Pulladi Gunta village today morning.
Smoke had blackened the statue and heat had peeled off chunks of cement, when it was found by villagers.
Angry TDP cadres blocked the Guntur-Prathipadu Road and shouted slogans against the Congress, while TDP district secretary M Subba Rao condemned the outrage and vowed to continue agitating until those responsible are nabbed and a new statue is installed by the government.
19:55 IAF chief celebrates Diwali with air warriors:
IAF chief NAK Browne today visited the Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair to celebrate Diwali with the air warriors.
After his arrival at the Carnic airbase, Browne, who is also the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, paid tributes at the Tsunami Memorial, erected to commemorate the air warriors and their families who lost their lives during the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004.
He also interacted with station personnel.
19:54 3 injured in blast at religious seminary in Pak:
Three people were injured today when an unregistered religious seminary in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province was gutted in a fire after explosive materials stored in the building prematurely went off.
The seminary was located in the Eastern Bypass, an outskirt of Quetta valley.
Four rooms of the religious seminary and a nearby house were completely destroyed in the blast.
19:16 I am admirer of the Lankan govt: Dr Swamy:
participate in the Commonwealth summit in Colombo while political parties in Tamil Nadu continue making silly allegations against the Sri Lankan government, believes Dr Subramanian Swamy.
18:53 Jadeja fined for using offensive language against Watson:
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was today fined 10 per cent of his match fee for using offensive language against Shane Watson after dismissing the Australian batsman in the seventh One Day match in Bangalore.
The incident happened in the 29th over and Jadeja was found to have breached Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to 'using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match'.
18:32 Karuna ups the ante against PM attending Commonwealth meet:
The DMK today described as "cruel" the alleged execution scenes in a video documentary -- of a Tamil TV presenter by the Sri Lankan troops -- and asked if India still intended to participate in the upcoming Commonwealth event in Colombo.
"We have been left wailing over Britain's Channel 4 video that shows a group of soldiers surrounding a half-naked Tamil lady," DMK chief M Karunanidhi said.
The video claims that the woman, a Tamil TV presenter who had served in the LTTE, was executed after being captured by the troops, and not during the final battle as claimed by the government.
She was found dead with her clothes stripped.
18:24 Four militants arrested, arms and ammunition seized :
Four heavily armed militants of the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army were today arrested from Tura in West Garo Hills district, police said.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition besides IEDs were seized from them while they were trying to enter the town, they said.
According to the police, the team was sent by Sohan D Shira, the founding commander-in-chief of the militant outfit, to create disturbances in Tura in the coming few days.
18:24 JK: Militants hurl grenade at army camp in Poonch:
Militants hurled a grenade at an army camp in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, without causing any damage, on Saturday.
Unidentified militants hurled a grenade at the camp of the Territorial Army battalion on Draba road in Surankote tehsil of Poonch district on Saturday night, officials said today.
16:50 Indian-origin scientist explains evolution of life :
An Indian-origin scientist claims to have solved the mystery of how life on Earth exactly began nearly 4 billion years ago after studying three sites containing the world's oldest fossils.
According to Sankar Chatterjee, a Texas Tech University paleontologist, meteorite bombardment left large craters on Earth that contained water and chemical building blocks for life, which ultimately led to the first organisms.
How life begin on planet Earth has baffled humans for millennia.
Chatterjee believes he has found the answer by connecting theories on chemical evolution with evidence related to our planet's early geology.
16:49 India, Pak forces exchange sweets at Wagah border:
Indian and Pakistani forces at the border at Wagah exchanged sweets on the occasion of Diwali today.
Border Security Force's officiating DIG, Deby Joseph, along with other officers and jawans, gifted different types of traditional Indian sweets to their Pakistani counterparts.
Pakistani Rangers Wing Commander Mohammed Asheer Khan returned the gesture with an assortment of choice Pakistani sweets.
15:29 Biharis know how to get rid of communal forces: JD-U:
Janata Dal-United leader Ali Anwar on Sunday said that the Bihari community knows how to get rid of communal forces.
Reacting to the Patna visit of Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Anwar demanded to know why the Gujarat chief minister did not visit the blast victims in the hospital after the rally on October 27.
"Today is Deepawali. It is a festival that signifies good over evil. The communal forces, the forces that divide the nation will be cleaned. The Bihari community knows how to get rid of these communal forces," he said.
14:36 UK to scrap 3,000-pound visa bond scheme:
The controversial 3,000-pound "security bond" for some "high-risk" foreign visitors to the UK, including those from India, is to be scrapped, the Home Office has confirmed.
The scheme, announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in June, was to come into force this month.
A Home Office spokesman confirmed a Sunday Times report that the policy would be scrapped.
14:35 BJP demands resignation of Manipur CM:
The BJP has sought the resignation of Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, accusing his government of failing to maintain law and order in the state, which has witnessed a series of bomb blasts recently.
The series of bomb blasts in the past one week and loss of lives of innocent people indicated the deterioration of law and order and intelligence failure in the state, party national secretary Tapir Gao told reporters.
14:00 42 years after crime, Bangadesh delivers punishment:
A Bangladesh-born British man and a US citizen were sentenced to death today absentia by a special war crimes tribunal for atrocities committed during the 1971 liberation war, 42 years after they fled the country to evade justice.
"They will be hanged by neck until their death," chairman of the three-judge International Crimes Tribunal-2 Justice Obaidul Hassan said while handing down the punishment to the Al Badr leaders -- Ashrafuzzaman Khan and Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin.
13:59 How US drones found Pakistan's Taliban chief:
Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistan Taliban and one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, was a cautious man.
But the prospect of peace talks between the Taliban and the Pakistan government had made him complacent. A single act of carelessness finally cost him his life.
13:15 NSA may tap Obama's phone: Rand Paul:
US Senator Rand Paul has said the NSA spying has "gone too far" and speculated whether the agency has tapped into President Barack Obama's cellphone.
The Kentucky GOP's comments came after revelations that the NSA spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the agency purportedly had access to the servers of Internet giants Yahoo! and Google.
13:13 Jailed member of Pussy riot band missing:
A jailed member of the Pussy Riot protest band is missing since she was moved to a new prison 10 days ago, reports from Russia have claimed.
The husband of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said that he had not received any news about her and her current location was being kept a secret.
Her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, said that he believed the decision to move his wife came from authorities in Moscow, as they want to cut her off from the outside world.
He said Tolokonnikova was still weak after two hunger strikes, and accused the authorities of trying to punish her because of her protests, the BBC reports.
13:11 IAEA team to probe Fukushima nuke plant leaks:
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency has said that its mission will visit the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant to find the reasons behind leakages of radioactive water.
Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, told reporters in Washington that the mission will be on decommissioning Fukushima No. 1 and 'it covers the contaminated water issues,' the Japan Times reports.
13:07 MLAs booked in UP riots case to target BJP: Rajnath:
BJP President Rajnath Singh today alleged that party MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana have been booked in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots to target the party.
The Ghaziabad MP told reporters hat the riots in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas were a result of the Uttar Pradesh government's "failure to prevent the violence".
Both Som and Rana have been arrested for their alleged role in fanning the communal violence, which left 62 persons dead and rendered 40,000 homeless.
Som is also accused of uploading a video which reportedly sparked the tension.
11:43 Iconic Pakistani folk singer Reshma passes away:
Legendary Pakistani folk singer Reshma, who mesmerised music lovers beyond borders with her soulful rendition of songs like Dama Dam Mast Kalandar
and Lambi Judai
in her trademark rustic voice, passed away in Lahore today after suffering from throat cancer.
Born around 1947 in Bikaner, Rajasthan, in a Banjara family, Reshma was under treatment after being diagnosed with the disease years ago and had been in coma for a month. She is survived by son Umair and daughter Khadija.
11:39 'LA gunman planned to kill multiple agents':
The gunman who opened fire at the Los Angeles airport on Friday and reportedly killed a security officer had planned to kill multiple security agents, according to media reports.
Paul Ciancia, the gunman, reportedly shot to death Transportation Security Agency Gerardo Hernandez at point blank range, said the reports.
11:29 Congress releases first list of candidates for Rajasthan polls:
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and some of his cabinet colleagues including Shanti Dhariwal figure in the list of 63 Congress candidates for the assembly polls announced by the AICC.
While Gehlot has been fielded from his pocket borough of Sardarpura, Dhariwal gets renomination from Kota North.
Assembly Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat has been fielded from Srimadhopur.
11:29 Countdown begins for India's Mars Orbiter Mission:
The 56 and-a-half hour countdown for the launch of India's first space mission to Mars, slated for November 5, commenced today at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
"The 56 hours and 30 minutes countdown started as per schedule at 06.08 am. It is proceeding smoothly," a spokesman of the Indian Space Research Organisation said.
ISRO's workhorse launch vehicle PSLV C25, carrying India's first inter-planetary satellite Mars Orbiter Mission, is scheduled to lift off at 2.38 pm on November 5 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, some 100 km from Chennai.