20:04 Kannada actor Raghavendra Rajkumar hospitalised:
Kannada actor and film producer Raghavendra Rajkumar, son of thespian late Rajkumar, was today admitted to a city hospital for a brain clot.
"Raghavendra Rajkumar was brought to the hospital at 9:15 am. He was presented with an acute medical condition," Dr Medha Huilgol, Anesthesiology Consultant at Columbia Asia Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment, said.
The actor was immediately attended to by a team of doctors and he was responding to treatment well and expected to make a good recovery, she said in a statement.
Shivarajkumar, the actor's brother, said, Raghavendra had a clot in the brain and it was removed. "He is absolutely fine and under observation," he said.
Raghavendra complained of discomfort while jogging and he was soon rushed to the hospital, he told reporters
20:01 164 detainees in US' Guantanamo Bay prison:
As many as 164 detainees, including three Chinese, have been lodged in one of the world's most infamous prisons Guantanamo Bay, also known as Gitmo, in the United States.
Of these detainees, 84 have been cleared for release to either their homes or to another country and President Barack Obama has appointed Clifford Sloan, a senior Washington Attorney as his envoy for the purpose, said a report by an Indian journalist of 'The Week' magazine who claimed to be the first medIaperson to have ever visited the prison.
The three Chinese are Uyghur Muslims who had fled to escape persecution. They crossed into Pakistan and were apprehended and sold for bounties. The other inmates are from 22 different countries, the report said.
The prison is located 840 km off Miami, on the US east coast, and is spread over 120 sq km. The strength of the prison, currently 164, exceeded 750 at its peak.
The cost of operating the prison in 2013 was USD 454 million (Rs 2,794.89 crore), about USD 2.77 million (Rs 17 crore) per prisoner. The prison has 65-year-old Saifullah Paracha, a Pakistani businessman, oldest detainee and Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, top al Qaeda commander who planned 9/11 attacks.
19:57 Odisha seeks Rs 1523 crore aid from Centre:
Hit by the twin calamities of cyclone Phailin and resultant floods, the Odisha government today sought immediate release of Rs 1,523 crore to expedite relief and restoration works in the affected areas.
The demand was made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"In order to take up relief and restoration work of an immediate nature, I would request you to release an advance of Rs 1,000 crore over and above the corpus of Rs 523 crore available in the State Disaster Response Fund for the year 2013-14," Patnaik said in his letter.
Noting that this would help the state government in meeting the immediate requirement for relief and restoration work, Patnaik said a detailed report in the form of a memorandum will be presented soon after assessment of the damage.
19:20 Just In: CBI recovers Rs 25 crore of unaccounted money during searches at the HINDALCO office in Delhi
19:18 Naval chopper makes emergency landing:
In a second such incident since last month, a Naval helicopter with three personnel onboard today made an emergency landing on a sand dune near Dhanushkodi, about 20 km from here, after its engine developed snag.
The INS 481 helicopter left the INS Parundu naval base at Uchipuli near here at 6 AM and was returning around 8 AM when it developed snag and made the emergency landing at Arichalmunai, official sources said.
All three naval personnel, including two pilots, had a narrow escape as the chopper landed on a sand dune.
On September 17, another Naval helicopter also carrying three personnel made an emergency landing on grassland between Panaikulam and Chittarkottai, about 40 km from Ramanathapuram, the district headquarter town, after its engine developed a technical snag, officials said.
19:16 China thanks India for rescuing crew from sunken ship :
China today thanked India for rescuing 17 Chinese nationals from a cargo ship which sank in the Bay of Bengal due to Cyclone Phailin.
"We want to express our gratitude to the Indian side for their help," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
The Panama registered MV Bingo carrying 8,000 tonne of iron ore was sailing to China after it left the Sagar anchorage on Friday. It went missing the day after.
The cargo ship sunk in rough seas caused by Cyclone Phailin off the coast of West Bengal but its crew consisting 17 Chinese and an Indonesian was rescued by the Indian Coast Guard.
Seventeen Chinese crew members were rescued off Balasore coast by Indian Coast Guard, which responded to request for help from Chinese Consulate in Kolkata.
17:35 7.1-magnitude quake strikes Papua New Guinea: USGS:
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea today, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no widespread tsunami warning issued.
The quake hit at a depth of 58 kilometres at 8.31 pm (1031 GMT), 65 kilometres west of Panguna town on Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island, and 642 kilometres west of Honiara in the Solomon Islands.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was "no destructive widespread tsunami threat" based on historical data, but seismologists warned there could be localised wave activity and damage.
"The whole island (of Bougainville) would have been shaking quite strongly," Geoscience Australia seismologist David Jepsen told AFP.
"They have earthquakes of this magnitude (in that region) every several years, so it's very common for them."
"There's a possibility for some damage but they experience these quite often so it's likely their structures have been built to withstand them," he added.
17:34 Advani, Modi share stage for 1st time in Gujarat since 2011:
BJP patriarch L K Advani and party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi were today seen together at a civic body function here, after a bitter episode when the former opposed elevation of Modi.
Earlier in the day, both of them were present during the meeting of Somnath Temple Trust, along with trust president Keshubhai Patel.
Both the leaders came together to inaugurate gardens built by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) along the Sabarmati river under the Riverfront Development Project.
The event assumes significance, as Advani, the 85-year-old MP from Gandhinagar constituency, was seen at a major public function along with Modi in Gujarat after 2011.
Though Advani and Modi had appeared on a public platform in Bhopal on September 25, along with a pantheon of BJP leaders for the first time after the anointment of the Gujarat Chief Minister as party's prime ministerial candidate, there the ties between the two leaders were far from being warm.
16:36 Pakistan troops targets Indian post along Uri:
Pakistan Army indulged in 'unprovoked' shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir in the ninth ceasefire violation in less than a week.
The Pakistani troops started firing shells towards Indian territory in Kamalkote area of Uri Sector at around 7.00 pm last night, defence sources said today.
The shelling, which continued for nearly an hour, was retaliated by the Indian side but there were no reports of any one getting injured in the incident, they said.
The ceasefire violation in Uri last evening was the third on Tuesday and came within hours after an Army jawan was killed in firing by Pakistani troops at Indian forward posts in Balakote sub-sector along the LoC in Poonch.
16:35 Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto fares go up from tomorrow:
Passengers will have to shell out more for travelling in Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains from tomorrow as Railways has increased catering charges in these premier trains by about two to four per cent.
The revision in food tariff, which is included in the total fare in premier trains, also comes with a revised menu.
This is the second hike for premier service passengers in the last 10 days as Railways had hiked passenger fares by two per cent for all trains effective from October 7 by linking the fare structure with the fuel adjustment component.
Those who have purchased tickets earlier will have to pay the difference in the fare to TTEs in trains from October 17, a senior Railway Ministry official said.
The second class AC fare from here to Thiruvananthapuram will now cost Rs 4,289 instead of Rs 3,980 while in the Madras Rajdhani, the existing fare of Rs 3,285 for Chennai has been increased to Rs 3,385.
The catering charge in premier trains has been increased after 14 years, as it was last revised in 1999.
According to the revised fare, a passenger will have to pay Rs 2,510 instead of Rs 2,435 for AC II ticket in Mumbai Rajdhani. In Howrah Rajdhani, the AC II fare has been increased from Rs 2,490 to Rs 2,554.
The tariff has been hiked by Rs 14 only, from here to Bhubaneswar in Bhubaneswar Rajdhani but in the return journey, a passenger will have to pay Rs 87 more than previous fare.
15:15 I am very honest, was unfairly attacked: Srinivasan:
His integrity might have been questioned several times ever since the IPL spot-fixing scandal broke out but BCCI President N Srinivasan says he is a "very honest" man, who was "unfairly attacked" at the peak of the controversy that shook Indian cricket.
Srinivasan, who was recently given the go ahead to take charge as BCCI President by the Supreme Court, insisted that he was targetted by the media for no good reason.
"I am honest, very honest. And, I think my character has been seen in the last few months," said the Tamil Nadu strongman in an interview to ESPNCricinfo.
Srinivasan's name was dragged into the scandal when his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested for alleged betting in the IPL. Meiyappan has since been charge-sheeted in the case.
Asked how he reacted when the Supreme Court allowed him to take charge, Srinivasan said, "I was pleased. People who have known me for a long time will believe what I say. In the sense that I am a person who has always focused on what to do next."
15:13 Delhi BJP's CM candidate not decided: Gadkari:
Amid speculation that Harsh Vardhan may be made its Chief Ministerial candidate for the Delhi assembly polls, BJP today said nobody has been selected for the post and any decision on the issue will be taken by the party's Parliamentary Board.
"BJP has not selected any leader as its Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi Assembly election. Whatever decision is taken on the issue will be finalised by the Parliamentary Board," former BJP president and party in-charge of Delhi polls, Nitin Gadkari said.
The statement by Gadkari came following speculation that the central leadership of the party had narrowed down its choice of Chief Ministerial candidate to Vardhan, a former minister who has a clean image and wide acceptability among the Delhi party stalwarts.
Sources in the party said a number of senior Delhi leaders have conveyed to the central leadership their unhappiness over the style of functioning of city BJP chief Vijay Goel.
15:08 Twitter likely to go public on November 15:
The much anticipated initial public offer by microblogging site Twitter is likely to hit the US stock market on November 15, claims a research report.
Twitter has disclosed plans to raise up to $1 billion from its proposed initial public offer (IPO) in its initial registration form (S-1) with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
US-based PrivCo, a provider of business and financial research on major privately-held companies, has said an earlier version of Twitter's S-1 form "inadvertently" revealed February 15 as the last date for the lock-up period for employees to sell their restricted stocks.
"The accidental date reveals for the first time that Twitter plans for IPO on November 15, 2013 (counting back 90 days from the February 15 Employee restricted stock units tax Sale 3-month lockup)," it said.
As per US norms, the typical lock-up period for employees to sell restricted stock to cover tax obligations upon receiving such securities is typically 90 days after an IPO, the report said.
15:07 Taste in music changes with age:
Our taste in music alters - softens even - as we get older, according to a new Cambridge study.
The music we like adapts to the particular 'life challenges' we face at different stages of our lives, researchers have found.
The study is the first to "comprehensively document" the ways people engage with music "from adolescence to middle age", researchers said.
Using data gathered from more than a quarter of a million people over a ten year period, researchers divided musical genres into five broad, "empirically derived" categories they call the MUSIC model - mellow, unpretentious, sophisticated, intense, contemporary - and plotted the patterns of preference across age-groups.
15:06 How can PM escape responsibility in coal scam: BJP:
BJP today attacked the Prime Minister following ex-Coal Secretary P C Parakh's remarks that he must be counted as a "conspirator" in the coal scam, wondering how can a person who gave final approval to the block allotments escape responsibility.
"The time has come for Parakh to speak up. He has spoken a little, he should come out clean now, make public statements of how files were disposed off at that time (when PM Manmohan Singh was incharge of the Coal Ministry).
"...How chits were received from Congress party headquarters in the PMO and PMO transmitted those instructions to the Coal Ministry for allotment of coal blocks," party leader Yashwant Sinha said.
The BJP leader wondered how can a person who gave final approval to the coal block allotments escape responsibility and how come more responsibility be put on those who just made recommendations to the Prime Minister.
13:23 Surat police in Delhi to collect evidence against Asaram's son:
Surat police have sent a team to Delhi to gather evidence against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's son Narayan Sai, following a complaint of sexual assault registered by two sisters against the father-son duo.
"One (police) team has left for Delhi to gather evidence against Sai in connection with sexual assault case registered against him (Sai) in Jehangirpura police station here," a senior Surat police official said without giving further details.
It is not known, as of yet, how many police officials are in the team. However, sources said that the team has gone to collect vital clues related to the case against Sai, whose whereabouts are not known.
Surat police had recently registered two complaints -- one against Asaram and another against Sai -- of rape, sexual assault, illegal confinement and other charges as alleged by the two sisters.
The younger of the two sisters had filed a complaint against Sai, accusing him of repeated sexual assault between 2002 and 2005 when she was living in their Surat ashram.
12:04 Swiss banks to end secrecy, share black money info:
In a major boost for India and other countries seeking details on suspected black money stashed in Swiss banks, Switzerland has agreed to automatic exchange of information and mutual administrative assistance in tax matters with overseas authorities.
The development, which virtually pulls down the famed secrecy wall surrounding Swiss banks, would lead to Switzerland providing all forms of mutual assistance -- exchange on request, spontaneous information sharing, tax examinations abroad, and assistance in tax collection.
Switzerland has been facing intense global pressure to cooperate with overseas authorities to share information about accounts in its Swiss banks, which have long been known to be misused by entities from across the world, including from India, for evading taxes in their local jurisdictions.
11:47 Death toll in Philippines quake reaches 110:
The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol reached 110 today with only three people pulled alive from rubble.
The three were rescued in nearby Cebu province hours after yesterday's quake shattered office buildings and homes and caused many centuries-old churches to crumble.
In Bohol, the quake's epicentre, rescuers counted 100 dead, said regional military commander Lt Gen Roy Deveraturda. Cebu reported nine fatalities, and one died on another island.
There seems little hope of finding any large number of survivors from beneath the rubble of levelled buildings, homes and churches.
The small coastal town of Loon reported 20 fatalities, the highest in Bohol, including those buried in a hospital and a church.
Many roads and bridges were damaged, making rescue operations difficult. But historic churches dating from the Spanish colonial period suffered the most. The country's oldest, the 16th-century Basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu, lost its bell tower.
11:33 PM should be named as accused in coalgate: Parekh:
Zee News Reports: Former coal secretary PC Parekh has said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be named as an accused in the coal blocks allocation case since he was the charge of the coal ministry during part of the period.
Parekh's remarks came after he and Industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla was yesterday booked by CBI on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of two coal blocks eight years back.
Parekh said that allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco was a conspiracy then the PM should be also named as an accused since he approved the allocation.
CBI is probing alleged irregularities in the allocation of 192 coal blocks which were made between 1993 and 2011. The agency has registered three preliminary enquiries relating to allocations between 2006 and 09, allocations between 1993 and 2004 and allocations given to joint ventures.
11:31 War-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq:
Nearly half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003, according to an academic study published in the United States on Tuesday.
That toll is far higher than the nearly 115,000 violent civilian deaths reported by the British-based group Iraq Body Count, which bases its tally on media reports, hospital and morgue records, and official and non-governmental accounts.
The latest estimate by university researchers in the United States, Canada and Baghdad in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Health covers not only violent deaths but other avoidable deaths linked to the invasion, insurgencies and subsequent social breakdown.
It also differs from some previous counts by spanning a longer period of time and by using randomised surveys of households across Iraq to project a nationwide death toll from 2003 to mid 2011.
11:30 Yahoo's 'revamped' email service frustrates users:
Yahoo's so-called 'revamped' email service is apparently putting off its users, who are finding the redesigned overall appearance of the service, similar to that of Google's Gmail.
The makeover, which went live on October 8, has been touted as a total disaster by many frustrated Yahoo users, who discovered that many of the most useful features from the service were taken off, like the 'print' button and sorting mails by sender.
According to Fox News, some of Yahoo Mail's estimated 275 million users complained of broken functions like autosave, draft deletion and disappearing emails.
The frustrated users after complaining on Yahoo's official site took to Change.org and filed a petition, demanding the return to the old mail look.
11:30 British racer Edwards killed in training crash:
Sean Edwards, a promising British racer and son of ex-Formula One driver Guy Edwards, has died in a crash during training. He was 26.
Edwards, the Porsche Supercup Championship leader, was in the passenger seat as an instructor for a private training session at Queensland Raceway at Willowbank, outside Brisbane, Porsche Motorsport said.
A 20-year-old local driver was behind the wheel when the car crashed into a tire wall, hit a barrier and caught fire. The driver was taken to a hospital and is reported to be in a critical condition with severe burns and broken bones. Sean Edwards was recently involved in director Ron Howard's movie "Rush" about the 1976 Formula One season.
Guy Edwards was one of the drivers who helped pull Niki Lauda from his burning car during the 1976 German Grand Prix.
Sean Edwards had told fans he would be in Australia on a short visit before returning for the last two races of the Supercup
In his last post on Twitter, he said: "Time to hit Queensland Raceway today, should be fun, hope there aren't too many kangaroos like at Bathurst!" a reference to Australia's premier endurance auto racing event last weekend.
Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche, described Edwards "one of the most popular and successful" drivers in the Porsche series. Edwards won the Nurburgring and Dubai 24 Hours this year.
11:29 Greenwald quits Guardian for 'dream' project:
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who broke many of the stories about secret US surveillance programs, has said he is leaving the British daily for an unspecified "dream" project.
Greenwald, an American who lives in Brazil, declined to offer details of his plans, saying they were leaked prematurely.
"My partnership with the Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved," Greenwald said in a statement.
"The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline."
Greenwald's plans appeared to have been leaked by the online news site BuzzFeed, which gave no details on the reporter's plans.
But Greenwald told BuzzFeed it would be "a very well-funded... very substantial new media outlet."
04:08 Jhumpa Lahiri loses out in Booker race to Eleanor Catton:
Indian-American novelist Jhumpa Lahiri lost out on the Man Booker Prize to Eleanor Catton, who has become the youngest writer to win the prestigious literary prize here.
At 832 pages, Catton's 'The Luminaries' was the longest novel and described as an "extraordinary" 19th century gold rush murder mystery.
04:07 Brazil crime gang threatens 'World Cup terror':
A feared organised crime syndicate based in Brazil has threatened to launch terror-style attacks during the World Cup and presidential elections next year.
The so-called First Command of the Capital gang, which is led from inside prisons in Sao Paulo state, vowed to unleash a "World Cup of terror" if its chiefs are transferred and isolated in other jails, a daily newspaper reported yesterday.
03:08 Brazil wants to question Edward Snowden:
Brazil's Federal Police and a Senate investigative panel said today they want to question National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to learn more about the spying programme that targeted Latin America's biggest country.
According to information leaked by Snowden, President Dilma Rousseff's communications with aides were intercepted, the computer network of state-run oil company Petrobras was hacked and data on billions of emails and telephone calls flowing through Brazil were monitored by the NSA.
03:07 US urges Syrian opposition to join peace talks:
The United States is trying to persuade a key Syrian opposition group to drop its refusal to join planned peace talks, saying its participation is essential, a US official said today.
The Syrian National Council, which is the biggest bloc within the Syrian opposition coalition, said at the weekend it would not attend the talks planned for next month and would quit the umbrella group if it does.
03:07 Eleanor Catton wins fiction's Booker Prize:
Youth and heft triumphed at the Booker Prize on Tuesday, as 28-year-old New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the fiction award for "The Luminaries," an ambitious 832-page murder mystery set during a 19th-century gold rush.
The choice should give heart to young authors of oversized tales. Catton is the youngest writer and only the second New Zealander to win the prestigious award '" and her epic novel is easily the longest Booker champion.
Travel writer Robert Macfarlane, who chaired the judging panel, called "The Luminaries" ''dazzling" and "luminous."
01:31 Another Afghan governor assassinated as clock ticks on US withdrawal:
The assassination of Logar Governor Arsala Jamal today is just the latest reminder that the Taliban remain a power to be reckoned with in Afghanistan after 13 years of war.
Meanwhile, talks on extending the US presence in the country beyond next year are going nowhere fast, in part because of the Taliban's continuing ability to threaten the lives of senior leaders.
Mr. Jamal was murdered at a mosque, by a bomb hidden in the microphone he'd just started speaking through, at a service to commemorate Eid al-Adha, the Muslim day of sacrifice. There had been at least four previous attempts on his life.
00:56 Moscow scrambles to placate rioters who attacked migrants:
Defined by two rail lines and the outer ring highway, Moscow's Biryulyovo district is home to a factory making reinforced concrete slabs, a brewery, a cracker bakery and the city's largest wholesale produce market, which is staffed by more than 1,000 migrants, drawn from the Caucasus Mountains by the lure of jobs.
Ethnic Russians who live in Biryulyovo chafe at the sight of the Muslim strangers who have descended on their district and seethe about police collusion with the market bosses. Residents accuse the cops of looking the other way as landlords crammed as many as 17 people into one apartment and say they routinely shake down illegal migrants for bribes while allowing them to stay on.
00:24 Nearly two million pilgrims perfom hajj: Saudi:
Saudi Arabia said today that around 1.98 million pilgrims are performing this year's annual Muslim pilgrimage, the hajj, sharply fewer than last year due to reduced quotas.
The Public Statistics Department said in a statement cited by the official SPA agency that 1.38 million pilgrims came from overseas, down 21 per cent on last year's 1.75 million.
00:14 Eid in Dubai: Gulf invasion hits UAE shores:
With a list of festivities lined up for Eid Al Adha, a large number of residents and visitors from across the world, and especially from GCC countries, have travelled to the UAE to celebrate the special occasion.
The 10-day 'Eid in Dubai'"Eid Al Adha' celebrations, which will run until October 19, has drawn residents as well as visitors to the emirate to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities along with the Dubai shopping experience as retail outlets are pulling out all stops to woo shoppers with promotions, discounts and deals.
00:13 Philippine quake death toll climbs to 73:
Seventy-three people have been confirmed killed in a powerful earthquake that struck the central Philippines, authorities say.
At least 57 people died on the island of Bohol, where the 7.1-magnitude quake's epicentre struck on Tuesday, according to Bohol police chief Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin.
The national disaster agency had previously reported 16 deaths on the neighbouring islands of Cebu and Siquijor.
00:13 Iran presents new nuclear proposal to big powers:
Speaking in English and using PowerPoint, Iran's foreign minister outlined a new proposal to six big powers on Tuesday to constrain his country's nuclear program in return for a right to enrich uranium and an easing of the sanctions that have been battering the Iranian economy.
The proposal presented by the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at negotiations in Geneva, called for "an end to an unnecessary crisis and a start for new horizons,' according to Iranian officials.