22:20 Live! Cong's door is always open for Naveen: Tharoor:
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor has said that Congress' door was always open for Naveen Patnaik, though the BJD supremo today maintained that his party would like to maintain equi-distance from both the UPA and NDA.
"Our door is always open for Naveen Patnaik. But, it is not my place to work in the area. I have a different role. But, I know, many in our party have a high-level of respect for Naveen Patnaik for taking leadership in Odisha," Tharoor told a local news channel after a meeting with the Chief Minister yesterday evening.
Talking on the possible pre-poll or post-poll alliance with the ruling party in Odisha for next year's Lok Sabha polls, Tharoor said that though BJD was acceptable to them as there was no basic fundamental difference with Congress, he was not the right person to talk on the subject.
20:29 No Kargil-like situation in Kashmir: Indian army:
Indian Army Chief Bikram Singh today said there was no 'Kargil-like situation' in Jammu and Kashmir, where an encounter to stop a major infiltration attempt from across the border has entered the 11th day.
His comments came as two terrorists were reportedly killed this morning during another infiltration bid at Guguldhar area near the Keran sector where Indian troops have engaged in an encounter since September 24, when almost 30 terrorists tried to cross over from Pakistan.
The encounter was on even as the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan met in New York and agreed to deescalate tension on the border as a priority. They decided that the Director Generals of Military Operations on both sides would interact regularly to ensure this, but no such conversation has happened since the PMs met on Sunday, September 29.
19:59 Legendary Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap dies:
Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless self-taught general who drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from colonial rule and later forced the Americans to abandon their gruelling effort to save the country from communism, has died.
At age 102, he was the last of Vietnam's old-guard revolutionaries.
Giap died this evening in a military hospital in the capital of Hanoi where he had spent close to four years growing weaker and suffering from long illnesses, a government official and a source close to Giap said.
Both spoke on condition of anonymity because his death had not been formally announced.
Giap was a national hero whose legacy was second only to that of his mentor, founding President Ho Chi Minh, who led the country to independence.
19:51 Live! Naidu follows Jagan's suit; to go on fast for United Andhra:
Mohammed Siddique reports from Hyderabad: Telugu Desam President N Chandrababu Naidu has announced that he will go on indefinite fast in New Delhi to protest against the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
Naidu said he will go on his fast unto death from Monday in Delhi. The former AP chief minister also appealed to all the parties to stand up against the "Congress conspiracy to destroy Andhra Pradesh and Telugu people".
Naidu alleged "match fixing between Congress and YSR Congress'.
He made the announcement soon after YS Jaganmohan Reddy announced his plans to go on indefinite fast in Hyderabad from Saturday.
19:37 Another Andhra minister quits UPA govt over Telangana:
Minister of State for Railways, Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy, today resigned from his post in protest against the Union Cabinet's decision to go ahead with the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
"The minister has gone to the PM's residence to submit his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers," a close aide of Reddy's told PTI.
Reddy, an MP from Karnool, had joined the Railway Ministry on October 29, 2012.
Reddy is the fourth minister from Seemandhra to have resigned in protest against the creation of a separate Telangana state.
While HRD Minister Pallam Raju, too, resigned today, Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi and Textiles Minister KS Rao had quit the Union cabinet yesterday.
19:35 Ayodhya, religious places in UP put on high alert:
The Uttar Pradesh government has put on high alert Ayodhya and other religious places in the state after Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal's revelation that a most wanted terrorist, Tahseen Akhtar, was planning to target them.
"Name of Tahseen Akhtar figured in interrogation with Yasin Bhatkal after which district police chiefs have been alerted and his sketch has been provided to them," IG (Law and Order) R K Vishwakarma told reporters here in reply to a question.
Security agencies, during interrogation with Bhatkal, have come to know about Akhtar's plan to target Ayodhya and other religious places, sources said.
Akhtar, wanted in connection with Hyderabad and other blasts, is an IM operative and carries Rs 10 lakh reward on his head.
19:01 RBI expects 5.5 per cent growth in current fiscal:
The Reserve Bank today said the economy would grow by 5 to 5.5 per cent in the current fiscal, pinning its hopes on good farm output and improved exports.
"We have no reason to dispute the growth rate projected by the government at 5 to 5.5 per cent," RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan told reporters after a board meeting in Raipur.
He based his optimism on expectations of a good kharif crop, improvement in exports and core sector performance data. "...first estimate of kharif crop is significantly above the first estimate of last year.
I think if we see some pick-up in exports...core sector is improving in performance. We would hope we would reach that range of 5 to 5.5 per cent," he said.
India's economic growth rate slipped to a decade low of 5 per cent in 2012-13 and declined to 4.4 per cent in the first quarter (April-June) of the current financial year.
18:49 Boys seek out pornography by age 10: Study:
Studies say that almost half of kids between ages 10 and 17 are consuming porn online -- and close to a third of teens are sending their own nude photos. How the porn culture could be affecting the next generation's attitudes towards sex. Read
18:34 Another round of rail fare hike from Oct 7:
Railways have decided to increase passenger fare and freight tariff by about 2 per cent from next week to offset the financial burden arising out of increased input cost.
Railways is expected to mop up about Rs 1250 crores from the hike in the last six months of the current fiscal, sources in the ministry said.
The suburban and non-surban fares would, however, remain untouched. The decision on the fresh round of hike has been taken under the system of fuel adjustment component (FAC) about which an announcement was made in the 2011-12 rail budget.
Railways has taken into account the additional burden of 7.3 per cent increase in diesel price and about 15 per cent in electricity hike.
While the fare of AC and sleeper class will be increased by about 2 per cent, the freight rate will go up by 1.7 per cent, as per the decision.
Railways has imposed 15 per cent levy as the busy season charge on all commodities from October 1 and the FAC-linked revision is likely to take effect from October 10.
18:11 ICICI Bank comfortable with liquidity situation: Kochhar:
Amid pressure on liquidity, country's largest private sector lender ICICI Bank today said it is very comfortable as its reliance on wholesale deposits has come down substantially.
"We have diversified our funding base. Our reliance on wholesale deposits has come down substantially. We are very comfortable as far as liquidity is concerned," ICICI Bank Managing Director Chanda Kochhar said here after inaugurating CSR initiative of the bank.
Talking about credit growth in the banking system, she said overall credit demand has been very positive. It has been over 18 per cent.
17:52 Talwars move SC on narco-analysis, brainmapping report:
Update on themysterious Aarushi Talwar murder case that's almost slipped from public memory.
Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, charged with killing their teenage daughter Aarushi, today moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to CBI to place before the trial court narco-analysis and brain mapping test reports of their three helpers who were initial accused in the case.
The Talwars approached the apex court challenging the order of the trial court and the Allahabad High Court dismissing their plea for a direction to the agency to produce the test reports of Raj Kumar, Vijay Mandal and Krishna in the trial court.
A bench headed by Justice B S Chauhan listed the case for hearing on October 7.
17:44 Internet freedom plummets in India:
India had the largest decline in Internet freedom in the year to April 2013, according to a new report on state censorship of online content in 60 countries, raising fears that restrictions on free speech in the country were tightening. Read
17:35 The goddess who slays a demon and does a mean dance:
Durga Puja, also called Navratri, is here again. This nine-day festival to welcome home goddess Durga, a powerful and militant matriarch in the Hindu pantheon, comes in the harvest month of Ashwin and is one of the most important festivals in the country. Columnist Mrinal Pande on her kind of goddess. Read
17:30 Seemandhra Cong leaders to stay put, wait for Assembly confrontation:
Congress leaders from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh have decided not to resign and instead exercise the "only option" left to prevent bifurcation -- defeat the resolution on the subject in the Assembly.
They also refrained from taking any tough posture against the Congress high command today, noting that it took the decision on division "under inevitable circumstances".
17:12 Single phase for all states except Chhattisgarh:
Chhattisgarh has to elect a new 90-member state assembly while Madhya Pradesh has to elect 230-member state assembly.
The tenure of the current Madhya Pradesh assembly ends on December 12; Mizoram on December 15; Delhi assembly on December 17; Rajasthan assembly on December 31 and Chhattisgarh on January 4 next year.
During the last assembly polls in 2008, elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Delhi were held in a single phase, while that of Chhattisgarh was held in two phases.
17:09 First reactions...:
First reactions from Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit says she is confident that the Congress will win.
BJP's Vani Tripathi says the Congress' Ravan Raj will end.
Aam Admi Party's Shazia Ilmi says they welcome the dates and believe a new entrant like them will do well.
Counting for all the five state polls will be on December 8.
16:59 LIVE! Assembly Polls: Chhattisgarh: Nov 11, 19; Delhi: 4; Raj: Dec 4; MP: Nov 25; Mizoram: Dec 4:
The dates for the crucial assembly elections to be held in five states have been finalised and were announced by the Election Commission today.
The elections are due in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. All the elections will be held in November and December.
Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath says Delhi goes to the polls on 4th December, Rajasthan on 1st December, Madhya Pradesh on 25th, Chhattisgarh on 11th and 19th, Mizoram on 4th December.
All the states will have polls only in one phase, apart from Chhattisgarh, which will have two-phase polls in view of the Maoist problem.
As part of preparations, the Election Commission has asked for 60,000 paramilitary personnel to be deployed ahead of the elections in these states.
The None of the Above option will be used during these polls for the first time in India's electoral history. An electorate of 11 crore will go to the polls. The total number of polls stations is 1,30,000, says Sampath.
"Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the conduct of the polls. EVMs are ready and first-level checks have been completed. Protection will be ensured for SC, ST, and tribal voters.
"Model code of conduct comes into effect from immediate effect," says Sampath.
Micro observers will be stationed at critical polling stations. Central observers will be deployed to ensure increase in turnout and motivate voters. This will be done for the first time. Flying squads, static and video surveillance teams will be in place. Strict vigil will be made on the movement of cash and liquor, says the CEC. EC will lookout for suspicious transactions.
Voter ID slips will be distributed by the EC staff at the voters' doorstep a few days before the polls. All voters will be given voter ID cards before the polls.
Ramps for the physically challenged, drinking water, better lighting will be ensured. "Darkness should not affect the voters from exercising their franchise," says Sampath.
16:35 Govt keeps its promises to Sarabjit's family:
The wife and daughter of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian national who died following an attack in a Lahore jail a few months back, have been given LPG distributorship by an oil company.
The government has given Indian Oil LPG distributorship to Sarabjit's wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughter Poonam Kaur on compassionate grounds, official sources said.
Another of Sarabjit's daughters, Swapandeep Kaur, has already been appointed as a naib tehsildar (revenue official) by Punjab government. Sarabjit was convicted by a Pakistani court following his arrest on terror charges in 1991.
16:25 Woman who survived Kenya mall massacre by playing dead :
A mother and daughter, Faith and Sy Wambua, who were caught up in a siege in Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre, have been describing how they survived their terrifying ordeal.
Faith Wambua was in the mall with Sy, nine, and her 21-month-old son Ty when the attack happened.
Faith spent four-and-a-half hours ''playing dead'' on the floor while protecting her children, before they were all finally rescued by a Kenyan policeman.Watch the video
16:18 IAF ready to assist Army in Keran operations: Chief:
Indian Air Force is ready to assist Army in its operations against heavily-fortified infiltrators in Keran sector of Kashmir, IAF boss Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said today even as he termed the ongoing episode "small and localised".
"We are all monitoring it (the situation). It's a very small and localised operation. They (army) have UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles).
"All the means are fully available with army. If they still need some assistance, we are there to provide it. There is no problem," Browne told journalists during the annual interaction with media on Air Force Day.
EC issues instructions on the None of the Above button. Read
15:59 No turning back for Congress on Telangana: Digvijaya:
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh today categorically stated that his party would not reconsider the decision to support creation of the state of Telangana, and alleged that both YSRCP and TDP were on board regarding the decision earlier.
"The Centre took the decision to form Telangana only after getting the consent of all the political parties including Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam and Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress," the Congress General Secretary said.
TDP or YSRCP may change their minds, but Congress would not, he added.
15:56 Italy mourns 300 feared dead in migrant shipwreck:
Italy today mourned the 300 African asylum-seekers feared dead in the worst ever Mediterranean refugee disaster, as the government appealed for Europe to stem the influx of migrants.
As the grim search for bodies off the island of Lampedusa continued, an emotional Pope Francis said today should be "a day of tears" for a "savage world" that ignored the plight of refugees.
15:38 LIVE! Indian passports among least attractive for visa-on-arrival:
British citizens enjoy the widest range of visa-free travel in the world, being able to visit 173 countries with just a passport, while Indians get visa-free or visa-on-arrival access in 52 countries.
The UK citizens are at par with those from Finland and Sweden for visa-free access, according to Henley & Partners Visa Restriction Index.
Nine out of the top ten in the index are European Union countries, with the tenth being the United States.
India figures 74th on the list while Afghanistan comes at the bottom of the table, with only 28 countries available for entry without visa.
Iraqi passport holders can go to 31 countries while Pakistan and Somalia are tied at the third from the bottom with 32.
According to passport information from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), 52 countries and territories provide visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to holders of Indian passports. Twenty-eight countries and territories are accessible visa-free.
15:34 Tunda's custody with Hyderabad Police now:
A Delhi court today allowed a plea by the Hyderabad Police seeking custody of LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda in connection with a case lodged against him and others in 1998 on charges of waging war against India.
The Superintendent, Tihar Jail, was directed to hand over Tunda's custody to Hyderabad police's B K Rao and his team after proper verification tomorrow to enable the police officials of Hyderabad to produced the accused before the special court Hyderabad.
15:30 2014 elections not do-or-die situation: Rahul to Cong workers:
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today reportedly told the party workers from Saurashtra region that 2014 elections were not a "do or die" situation.
"We should overcome our weaknesses and highlight our strengths among the people," Jamnagar Congress MP Vikram Madam quoted Rahul as saying.
Rahul, who is on two-day visit to Gujarat, is meeting Congress workers from Saurashtra and North Gujarat today.
Rahul told the workers that "we should not worry about 2014 elections - it is not a do or die situation and after the 2014 general election there would be no doubt about the party's existence, as Congress is a permanent political party".
Speaking in Ahmedabad yesterday, Rahul had said that Congress was going to win the 2014 elections.
15:23 Indian, Chinese passports among least attractive for global visa waivers:
A global index that ranks countries based on freedom of travel for their citizens has ranked India among the bottom few with its South Asian neighbors like Afghanistan and Pakistan. India's citizens have visa-free access to only 52 countries, with India ranking in 74th place, along with Uzbekistan. Read
15:13 Malala among Nobel favourites, wait for it on Friday:
This year's Nobel prize season opens Monday with rumours swirling the peace prize could go to Pakistani girls' education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege or rights activists from Russia or Belarus. The first Nobel to be announced will be the medicine prize on Monday, when the jury in Stockholm reveals the winner or winners around 11:30 am.
This is the schedule for the Nobels...
Monday 7 October, 11:30 a.m. at the earliest - The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Tuesday 8 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest - The Nobel Prize in Physics
Wednesday 9 October, 11:45 a.m. at the earliest - The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Friday 11 October, 11:00 a.m. - The Nobel Peace Prize
Monday 14 October, 1:00 p.m. at the earliest - The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel
14:54 World's oldest dad, 97, devastated after wife leaves him :
The world's oldest dad has been left devastated after his wife left him - just days before his youngest son's first birthday. Ramajit Raghav hit the headlines in 2010 when he claimed to be the oldest man in the world to father a child. Incredibly he then went on to father a second child last year. Read more
14:44 EC to announce dates for 5-state polls today:
Former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda today surrendered before a Delhi court upon expiry of his month-long interim bail in the Geetika Sharma suicide case. He was taken into custody after being denied further relief.
The sitting MLA from Sirsa in Haryana, Kanda surrendered at 10 am before Additional Sessions Judge MC Gupta, who rejected his plea for extension of interim bail, which expired today.
He is facing charges of having abetted the suicide by the former airhostess. The court will now hear Kanda's plea for a regular bail on October 10.
14:36 EC to announce dates for 5-state polls today:
The Election Commission will today announce elections for five states, seen as a semi-final round before the national polls due in May.
Sources say the assembly elections in the poll-bound states - Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Delhi - will be held starting from the second half of November and end by the first week of December.
The results are likely to be declared by the first week of December as tenures of assemblies in four states ends in December.
14:30 Thievery comes after carnage at Kenya mall:
Mannequins were stripped clean, jewelry cases smashed, racks of expensive suits carted off, dozens of cash registers cracked open and at least one member of the Kenyan security services arrested, caught with a bloody wallet.
The looting of the Westgate mall, the scene of a siege in which scores of people were killed last month, appeared to have the scope and organization of a large-scale military operation, and many Kenyans are asking if that is what it was. Read
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Train fares are expected to to up from October 7. The fuel adjustment component will be added to train fares.
14:08 It's still a problem. Period:
Don't enter the kitchen. Don't touch the pickles. Don't bake cakes. Don't come in contact with men. Don't swim. Don't wash your hair. Don't go into a wine cellar.
These are some of the strictures still in place for women during their monthly period in parts of India, where old wives tales about women's impurity during menstruation persist. Read
14:04 Protests in Seemandhra region natural, says nonchalant Shinde:
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today described the protests in Seemandhra region against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh as quite natural, saying wherever a new state is carved out, such feelings are bound to come.
Shinde also ruled out the possibility of creating any more states in the country.
"We will take them into confidence. We will try our level best. After all, wherever there is bifurcation of any state, such feelings are there. It is natural. No one can avoid these. But we have to console them. We will try to console them," he said.
13:57 Reset moral compass to prevent crimes against women: Mukherjee:
Indians should reset their moral compass to prevent crimes against women which are projecting a distorted image of India, President Pranab Mukherjee has said in the backdrop of gang rapes in Delhi and Mumbai which have outraged the nation.
"One point has to be kept in mind. Some of these (violence against women) events are really disturbing as the incident in December of the last year.
"Many times I have described that it shook the national conscience. It was an incident affecting an individual or a couple of individuals, but it shook the conscience of the nation. Thereafter there has been a series of debates and discussions.
"But this media exposure to a considerable extent is because of the fact that Indian women are normally shy, especially the rural...earlier they did not report it. But nowadays these are being adequately reported. In one way it is good.
"Though for the time being it is projecting a distorted image of India, but at the same time we cannot ignore the ground reality. If it happens, it will have to be addressed and it will have to be recognised that it has happened," the President said in an interview to Euronews.
In other reads: Mumbai could be thought of as New York, LA, and Lagos all wrapped into one. But a string of rapes changes all that. Read
13:41 LIVE! Pranab slams Pak: Can't change my neighbours even if I want to:
More of Pranab Mukherjee's interview to Euronews...
"Terrorist activities must be curbed. And state-sponsored terrorism can never be accepted. Therefore, repeatedly we are saying, please dismantle the terrorist outfits which are located in your area," President Pranab Mukherjee said in an interview to Euronews.
Mukherjee said non-state actors who perpetrate terrorism was a word used by Pakistan. "It may not be. But non-state actors, that is the phrase they used, then I responded by saying that non-state actors are not coming from heaven. Non-state actors are coming from territory under your control.
"And not now, in 2004 Pakistan agreed that their territories will not be allowed to be used by forces inimical to India," he said when he was asked to comment that India says that this is state-sponsored terrorism and Pakistan says it is not state-sponsored terrorism.
He said India does not have any territorial ambitions and wants peace with its neighbours while maintaining its own territorial integrity.
The President stressed that no country can, however, compromise on its territorial integrity.
"We want to have good relations with our neighbours. When I was Foreign Minister, more than often I used to say that I can change my friends if I like but I cannot change my neighbours if I like. I shall have to accept the neighbour the way he is."
13:30 What the great-grandson did not learn:
Should Rahul Gandhi read the correspondence between Nehru and Patel, he would know that differences can be expressed with greater finesse than what he has shown us. Read
13:29 What's happening in Andhra right now :
Normal life was paralysed in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh as the 48-hour bandh in protest against the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh began this morning.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has convened an emergency meeting this afternoon with ministers, MPs, MLCs and MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema to discuss the developments following the Cabinet's decision.
The united-Andhra supporters blocked highways and enforced closure of shops and other commercial establishments and educational institutions in the two regions. The protesters organised rallies and sit-ins at important
junctions at several towns.
The pro-united Andhra employees of Andhra Pradesh government, including the staff of state-run Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), have already been on strike since mid-August.
13:02 Poll cloud till 2024 for Lalu:
Should Lalu fail his plea in appellate courts, he is effectively out of electoral contention, for by the time his 11-year exile from the poll arena ends, he will be 77 and the 21st century a quarter old.
But that won't bring on the expiry of his role or intervention in popular politics.
Sankarshan Thakur on what lies ahead for the jailed RJD chief. Read
12:53 AP law minister quits over state bifurcation decision:
Andhra Pradesh Law Minister Erasu Pratap Reddy today resigned from the post and also from primary membership of Congress in protest against the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate the state.
He tendered his resignation to Governor E S L Narasimhan this afternoon. Erasu was one of the dozen ministers who had submitted resignations to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the first week of August following the July 30 decision of the Congress' Central Working Committee to divide AP.
12:51 Mummy, but I'm young:
Sankarshan Thakur's interesting read on Rahul's claim yesterday that his mother was unhappy with the language he used slamming the convicted netas' ordinance.
"His father lowered the legitimate Indian voting age to 18. But fairly
more than twice the older, Congress vice-president and prospective
arbiter of national destiny, Rahul Gandhi, claimed the right today to be
young and, therefore, naturally subject to parental reprimand and
correction," writes Thakur. Read
12:48 State-sponsored terrorism cannot be accepted: Pranab:
India wants peace with Pakistan, but there can be no compromise with its own territorial integrity, President Pranab Mukherjee has said while asserting that state-sponsored terrorism from across the border cannot be accepted.
He also dismissed Pakistan's contention that "non-state actors" were behind the terror acts in India, saying they are not coming from heaven, but from territory under the control of the neighbouring country.
Mukherjee, who is on a four-day state visit to Belgium, reiterated that the terror infrastructure in Pakistan needs to be brought down.
12:42 No Kargil-like situation in Keran section of J-K: Army chief:
In other news: Army chief General Bikram Singh today dismissed the suggestion that a Kargil-like situation has developed in Keran sector in Jammu and Kashmir where around 40 terrorists backed by Pakistan Army are fighting with soldiers and asserted that they would be flushed out soon.
Gen Singh also made it clear that the terrorists have not occupied any Indian village along the Line of Control. "It is nothing like that. It was an infiltration attempt by 30 to 40 terrorists," he told reporters when asked whether a Kargil-like situation has developed in Keran sector.
The Army chief said the militants attempted infiltration at four or five places and the security forces had information about it. "They have been stopped, prevented. Some of them have been neutralised. Operations are on to flush them out. It is a matter of time," he said.
12:37 Decision to bifurcate Andhra was not democratic: Jagan:
The soft-spoken YSR Congress chief asks why wasn't a democratic process followed in the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. The decision was not made through an Assembly resolution.
"Just because they (Congress) have power, they are doing whatever they want to. I will be sending a team from my party to Delhi and will also consult the leaders of all parties and will also meet the President," he says.
"What kind of a democracy do we live in where people choose to ignore an Assembly resolution? Is it right for anyone to split the state just for votes and seats? he argues.
"It took 60 years to build Hyderabad, can they do it in 10 years," he asks and says if the Centre can take such an arbitrary decision on Andhra, it can happen with any other state, any time.
12:27 Indefinite fast for Jagan, calls on India to raise its voice against Telangana :
Jagan Reddy addressing the media says no scientific procedure followed in the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He says he will go on an indefinite fast protesting the formation of Telangana. He says the bifurcation has not been thought through at all and dharnas and bandhs will continue.
He says coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema will face water problems. "How will Rayalaseema, which is already an arid region meet its water problems?" he asks.
"Why is the rest of the country silent on the matter. I am inviting political parties in the country to come together to fight for an united Andhra Pradesh," he says. He accused the TDP of not doing enough on the issue.
12:13 Brave man ! Pallam Raju was in his office till 11am clearing files !! Domino effect will go beyond Dilli , tweets Dilip Cherian
12:10 Jagan press briefing shortly:
YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy to brief the media shortly on the decision to bifurcate Telangana. Jagan has called for a 72-hour bandh.
Describing the Union Cabinet's decision to clear Telangana as more painful than his 16-month jail term, Reddy yesterday said his party will fight a legal battle to stall the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and gave a call for a 72-hour bandh today.
He also hinted that he could sit on indefinite fast in protest against the Centre's decision.
11:52 Chiranjeevi also anguished over Andhra bifurcation :
Raju is the second Union minister to quit after Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi. The actor turned politician resigned from his post in protest against the Union Cabinet's approval of the formation of separate Telangana, his aide said.
The actor-turned-politician has faxed his resignation to the Prime Minister's office.
Chiranjeevi, who hails from Coastal Andhra, felt anguished over the way the protests in Seema-andhra regions, going on for over two months, against the division of Andhra Pradesh were handled.
11:49 Decision to bifurcate Andhra taken in haste: Raju :
Pallam Raju says he thought over the PM's advice to reconsider his decision, but decided to put in his papers, quitting as HRD minister in the Union Cabinet. Raju said the decision was taken in haste.
"It is a very sad day for Andhra Pradesh. The Telangana decision -- the decision to bifurcate Andhra -- has been rushed. I have not acted in haste, my decision has been thought out. I am offended and aggrieved the sentiments of the people have not been taken into consideration and the way the decision was taken in haste.
"I thought over it last night and I decided to resign from the council of ministers. I will be sending my resignation shortly," says Raju.
11:43 LIVE! After Chiranjeevi, HRD minister Pallam Raju quits over Telangana :
HRD minister Pallam Raju has resigned from the Council of Ministers protesting the Union Cabinet's approval to the creation of a separate Telangana state.
Sources close to Raju said he made the offer to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, who, however, asked him to continue. Raju, has however put in his papers today.
Raju, a senior leader from Seemandhra region, is understood to have conveyed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he was "very unhappy" as the decision to carve Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh has been taken "ignoring" the senitments of a large number of people and hence he does not want to continue in government any more, sources close to the HRD minister said.
11:34 Cong MP Rajagopal to move SC against AP bifurcation decision:
Terming as "unconstitutional" and "undemocratic" the government's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, Congress MP from Seemandhra L Rajagopal today said he will move the Supreme Court challenging the move.
The move violates the federal principles and structure of the Constitution, he said. Contending that majority of the people of Andhra Pradesh are against the bifurcation, he said when a resolution in this regard is moved in the State Assembly, "we will ensure that it is defeated".
11:24 LIVE! Telangana to get new CM on December 9 :
The Union Cabinet which cleared the note on the formation of the state of Telangana will do its best to ensure that the new Chief Minister will be sworn in on December 9th.
Most of the Telangana leaders told Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa
that they have been told to gear up for the formation of a new state and a Chief Minister from the Congress party will be sworn in on the 9th of December.
The Congress high command has directed the formation process to be completed as soon as possible and they would like to go in for elections with a clear mandate.
The leaders from Seemandhra who continue to oppose this decision on Telangana have also been told in clear terms that they should support the formation. Instead of protesting on the streets they should come forward with their views and place it before the Group of Ministers who will ensure the smooth transition.
The Seemaandhra leaders have however decided not to go down without a fight.
11:20 Jet-Etihad PIL on Oct 8:
The Supreme Court agrees to hear on Oct 8 a PIL seeking the quashing of the Centre's approval to the Jet-Etihad Airways deal.
11:18 Roads to Tirupati blocked as part of anti-Telangana state protests:
All roads to Tirupati are blocked by large groups protesting against the government's decision to proceed with the division of Andhra Pradesh.
Devotees heading to the famous Tirumala temple are completing their journey by foot.
Last night, the cabinet met in Delhi at the Prime Minister's residence and cleared the blueprint for the carving out of the Telangana region as India's 29th state. Read
11:09 Keran not Kargil, says army chief :
The situation in Keran is not anywhere close to Kargil, Army chieg General Bikram Singh said today. "We are dominating from all sides. Militants have not occupied any village. The operations are expected to end soon."
The army today filed yet another infiltration bid in the Keran sector, killing two militants.
11:03 Jiah Khan's mother moves HC, alleges murder:
The mother of actor Jiah Khan has filed a petition in the Bombay high court alleging her daughter could have been "murdered". Rabia Khan has sought a CBI inquiry into the case, four months after her daughter's death.
Days after Jiah's death on June 3, her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi was arrested on charges of abetting her suicide. Her mother claimed that Suraj's father Aditya Pancholi, has political clout and hence, the entire investigation has been hushed up, reports The Times of India
10:06 US shutdown: Obama cancels Asia trip :
US President Barack Obama has cancelled a trip to Asia this weekend because of the ongoing government shutdown, it was announced today.
Obama had already shortened the trip from four countries to two after the US government partially shut down as the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget.
"Due to the government shutdown, President Obama's travel to Indonesia and Brunei has been cancelled. The President made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicansshould immediately allow a vote to reopen the government," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
Obama was scheduled to depart for Indonesia for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference tomorrow and then head to Brunei for the East Asia Summit.
09:59 Cabinet nod to Telangana: Complete shutdown in Seemandhra:
After the cabinet approved a plan to create Telangana last night, Seemandhra erupted in protest. Schools and colleges are shut in the region. National highways have been blocked and public transport has been affected, reports NDTV
09:33 6 injured in bomb blast in Kannur, Kerala : CNN-IBN
reports: A bomb blast rocked the Kannur region of Kerela on Thursday night. Six people have been injured in the blast and three among them are said to be critical. The police is investigating terror links in the case.
09:31 Army foils another infiltration bid near Keran sector, 2 militants killed :
Mukhtar Ahmad reports: The army has foiled another infiltration bid near north Kashmir's Keran sector last night killing two militants.
A defence spokesperson said alert troops detected a group of infiltrators trying to crossover to this side in Gujjartar near Keran. The infiltrators were challenged upon after which they opened fire. This led to a gunfight in which two militants were killed. Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
09:15 Sonia responsible for Rahul opposing ordinance: Advani :
BJP patriarch L K Advani wrote on his blog today: With the Cabinet deciding on Wednesday to withdraw the ordinance as well as the bill pending before Parliament in respect of convicted MPs and MLAs yet another ugly chapter in the unflattering history of the UPA government has ended.
That most of the media reports on this development have described it as a victory for Rahul Gandhi is a comment on how superficial the media generally has become these days.
Advani has held Sonia Gandhi responsible for advising Rahul to oppose the ordinance.
He says its President Pranab and not Rahul who saved the situation.Read the full blog here
01:10 16 killed as charter plane crash-lands in Nigeria:
At least 16 people were killed today when a chartered plane plunged to the ground and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the airport in the Nigerian port city of Lagos.
The Associated Airlines plane took off at about O9:30 (local time) from the domestic terminal at Lagos's Murtala Mohammed International Airport with 13 passengers and seven crew on board.
At least 14 people died on the plane and six others were injured after the aircraft nosedived into the ground near an aviation fuel depot, Joe Obi, the spokesman of the country's aviation ministry, said.
However, officials said at least 16 people were killed and four others survived.
00:43 U S Capitol under lockdown after reports of firing:
According to several news organisations, the U S Capitol was placed on lockdown after shots were fired in its vicinity. While the AP
reported that one police officer was injured in the incident, the Reuters
news agency reported several injured.
Emergency vehicles swarmed the area after an order was given on the speaker system to the nearby people to remain under shelter.
More details are awaited.Image:
Secret Service agents in uniform lock down the North Lawn and entrances to the White House, after reports of a shooting at the U S Capitol in WashingtonPhotograph: