22:25 Obama pushes for passage of immigration reform by year end:
US President Barack Obama today asked the Republican-majority House of Representatives to pass by the year end a stalled immigration bill over which India has expressed deep concern. "Let's see if we can get it done this year.
Let's not wait. It doesn't get easier to just put it off. Let's do it now. Let's not delay. Now it's up to Republicans in the House to decide whether reform becomes a reality or not," Obama said in a White House speech.
22:23 Aarushi case: Defence refutes CBI's theory:
Describing as "totally baseless" the CBI theory that Rajesh and Nupur Talwar killed Aarushi and Hemraj after a "sudden provocation", defence lawyer today told a CBI court that there was no evidence to prove that the domestic help was murdered in the teenager's room.
On the first day of defence's final arguments, Talwars' lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir told the court that CBI's theory of "grave and sudden provocation" was based on report of director of Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU) Mahendra Singh Dahiya.
22:21 Spying row: Merkel demands US trust at EU summit:
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it is "really not on" for friends to spy on each other, referring to alleged US snooping on her phone calls.
On arrival at an EU summit in Brussels Mrs Merkel said "we need trust between allies and partners, and such trust needs to be restored".She said she had given that message to US President Barack Obama when they spoke on Wednesday.
22:20 Pirates kidnap two Americans off Africa coast:
The United States is investigating reports that pirates kidnapped two Americans from a U.S.-flagged ship off the coast of Nigeria in West Africa, where security has been a growing concern.The incident involves a U.S.-flagged vessel, the 222-foot C-Retriever, in the Gulf of Guinea.
20:57 Ex-PM Gilani denies his government approved US drone strikes:
Former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani today denied a report that his government had approved US drone strikes Pakistan's tribal areas.
"In fact, I had registered the government's protest with President Barack Obama over the drone attacks. I told him that the strikes had proved to be counter-productive and were promoting militancy in the country," Gilani told PTI.
20:38 Jammu: Civilians injured in Pak firing:
Around eight civilians have been injured in Pakistani firing in the Akhnoor and Kanachak sectors of Jammu.
The injured have be taken to hospital.
More details awaited
akhnoor ams kanachak secotrs of jaam
20:33 2 dead, 62 injured in China train collisions:
Two trains collided on a famed railway line to Tibet, killing one person and injuring 52 others, state media reported today. Separately, another passenger train collided with a coal truck, killing the train driver and injuring 10.
20:32 Libya court indicts Kadhafi aides over 2011 uprising:
A Libyan court indicted today around 30 Moamer Kadhafi aides, including the slain dictator's son Seif al-Islam, for a raft of alleged offences during the 2011 revolt, prosecutors said.
The indictments clear the way for what will be the most high-profile trial in the country's history, with defendants also including former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and Kadhafi's last prime minister. Baghdadi al-Mahmudi.
20:32 Saudi warns women against defying driving ban:
Saudi Arabia today warned it will take measures against activists who go ahead with a planned weekend campaign to defy a ban on women drivers in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
"It is known that women in Saudi are banned from driving and laws will be applied against violators and those who demonstrate in support" of this cause, interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki told AFP.
19:22 Slow and steady is the way both in public life and politics: PM:
Sheela Bhatt on board prime minister's special flight:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while interacting with the media on his return flight from China said in a response to rediff.com's question said, "I am sure when the results of 2014 are out, the country will once again be surprised."
In response to another question he said, "I know BJP has started its campaign early but it will also peak early. Slow and steady is the way both in public life and in politics. I am confident that Congress will emerge victorious in the next election.'
19:16 Taslima Nasreen's Assam visit cancelled:
K Anurag reports from Guwahati:
The proposed visit of self-exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen to Assam stands cancelled after the Assam government declined permission citing security reasons.
The Bangladeshi writer, who has taken asylum in India to escape fundamentalist in her own country, was scheduled to grace a function in Guwahati on the occasion of 72nd birth anniversary of the celebrated Assamese writer and Jnanpith Awardee Late Mamoni Raisom Goswami on November 14.
The function is being organised by South East Asia Ramayani Research Centre and magazine Byatikram in coordination with the family members of Mamoni Raisom Goswami. Soumen Bharatia of Byatikram magazine termed the attitude of Assam government vis--vis the proposed visit of Taslima Nasreen 'very unfortunate and 'non-cooperative'.
18:45 Manna Dey's trademark cap was gifted by a fan in Kashmir:
A brown Kashmiri fur cap which became singer Manna Dey's trademark was given by a fan when he was shivering in snow during a concert in the Kashmir Valley.
"It was the month of December and I had gone to Kashmir to take part in a concert. Apart from the fact that it was bitterly cold, it was snowing," Dey said in his autobiography.
"As I shivered onstage, I wondered how I would manage to get through the recital. I realised in dismay, when I launched into a number, that I was too numb with cold to sing the notes accurately," he said.
18:42 On World Polio Day, Indias Progress:
India is just four months away from being declared polio free by the World Health Organization.
This was once described by experts as impossible and would mark one of the greatest global public health achievements of all time. It also provides a national roadmap for reaching children with other interventions. Read
18:38 Pawar: Prices will fall in 2nd week of November:
Pawar also says that exports have been at their three-year low this year. He also categorically denied allegations that the NCP had links with the onion cartel.
He said that prices would come down in the second week of November.
18:36 Live! Pawar passes the buck: Consumer affairs ministry responsible for onion crisis:
Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar deftly passes the buck on the spiraling prices of onions and the acute shortage. Speaking to CNN IBN, Pawar says that excess rainfall is responsible for the shortage of onions and that the agriculture ministry is not responsible for the sky-high prices.
"It is the responsibility of the consumer affairs ministry and it should answer the people for the crisis and should crack down on hoarders," says Pawar.
18:26 The Five Pillars of Raghuram Raja:
Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has big plans to reform India's financial sector during his term as the central bank chief.His strategy takes a cue from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who this summerunveiled a plan for boosting Japan's growth based on three elements, which Mr. Abe calls arrows. Read
18:24 J-K Assembly Speaker gives notice to former Army Chief:
Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul today issued a notice to former Army Chief Gen V K Singh to explain his position on his allegation of pay-off to a minister in the state.
"...He (Singh) has been asked to explain his position regarding certain revelations made by him during the course of an interview to a Delhi-based news channel on September 23," an Assembly spokesperson said.
He said the notice has been issued in response to a privilege motion moved against him by 15 ministers and MLAs.
Gen Singh has been given 20 days to explain his position in the matter so that further course of action could be decided under the rules of procedure and conduct of business in the J&K Assembly, the spokesperson said.
18:06 I am jobless: Ranbir Kapoor:
Calling himself jobless, Ranbir Kapoor has rubbished reports of having raised his acting fee to Rs 20 crore. There were reports that Ranbir apparently charged a huge sum for Abhinav Kashyap's 'Besharam', which failed at the box office.
"I am jobless now... have no new films... hence this look. I don't know if you have seen my last film ('Besharam' - hinting at the failure of the film). It is embarrassing to talk about the economics of business (fee hike). Actors share profit and loss of a film. It is not true (Rs 20 crore hike)," Ranbir said.
17:50 Live! MP CM: Rahul needs to do his homework better :
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is listening carefully to Rahul Gandhi's speech in Indore. On Twitter: "Congress VP says that Indore is deprived of development and businesses, he needs to do his homework better."
This is the link he posted. Read
The Rahul Gandhi script is straight from a Bollywood potboiler. Read more here.
17:06 Live! MP CM reacts to Rahul's rally: How ill-informed can he be?:
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reacts to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's claim that the UPA regime had constructed three times more roads than those laid down during the BJP-led NDA rule, which keeps speaking about development and roads.
Rahul said the government supported the region and had sent a package of Rs 3,000 crore for its development. He said the UPA government will keep sending money to the region so that Bundelkhand emerges as the pride of the country.
Chouhan tweeted: When Congress says 'they' sent Rs 3000 crore to Bundelkhand, isn't it strange that they believe tax payers' money is their own? Congress VP says, "BJP's politics is of air conditioning ... and royal ways". How ill informed one can be?
16:58 More reactions on Rahul's mosquito speech:
Superfatman: The 25000 mosquitoes bit Rahul Gandhi under a state sponsored pogrom. How did BJP achieved this feat..
Mihir Bijur: I hope Rahul Gandhi has lots and lots of children. What this nation needs the most, is laughter. *Thoko taali*
Gaurav: Better than Comedy Nights with Kapil Sharma RT @firstpostin Rahul Gandhi addresses rally at Indore.
16:53 Vadodara royal family settlement: Mansion four times Buckingham Palace!:
A decades-long dispute between members of one of India's former royal families over palaces, diamonds and other items worth 20,000 crores has been settled.
Members of the Gaekwad family signed a memorandum of understanding of Wednesday before a judge in the city of Vadodara over property that includes a palace reportedly four times the size of Buckingham Palace. Read
the full report here.
16:47 Love bites for Rahul's mosquitoes' speech on Twitter:
Faking News: Rahul Gandhi joins Twitter. First 25000 followers were mosquitoes.
Kanchan Gupta : Is Rahul Gandhi dumb or is he dumb? Repeat the fiction that Congress has built thrice the total length of roads than NDA. Who briefs him?
Ramesh Srivats: It's a refreshing change to hear Rahul Gandhi talk so much about feeding the poor. After all, we've heard so much about the poor feeding him.
16:34 West Bengal and Darjeeling are inseparable: Mamata:
In a strong message to the GJM, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that West Bengal and Darjeeling were inseparable.
"Darjeeling is the heart of Bengal. I am not against anyone. I am with the people of the hills. It is the motherland. Bengal cannot stay without you, nor can you stay without us," Banerjee told the first rally in the hills of the ruling Trinamool Congress at the Mall in Darjeeling.
Without naming the GJM which has recently backtracked from its politics of shutdowns and violence to demand Gorkhaland, Banerjee said her government would not allow disruption of normal life in the name of bandhs which, hindered peace and development.
Raju Bharatan on the The Classic Dilemma of Being Manna Dey. Read
16:16 Live! When Rahul was bitten by 25,000 mosquitoes and got the stomach flu:
Rahul Gandhi will soon address a rally in Indore after the one at Sagar in Madhya Pradesh. Rahul today recounted how he was bitten by 25,000 mosquitoes and had a stomach flu from drinking water in villages when he was touring the Bundelkhand area while campaigning for the general elections of 2009. He also said that the makings of a good leader could be found in those who spend time in villages knowing what reality was.
16:07 Modi cannot be a good PM : Javed Akhtar:
Lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar today said Narendra Modi can never be a good prime minister, alleging that the BJP's PM aspirant was not only tainted of communal riots but was also "undemocratic".
"Besides, all talks of involvement in Gujarat riots of 2002 which are before the courts, this man (Modi) is not democratic," Akhtar told reporters on the sidelines of a school function in Patna.
16:06 Yes, there is bitterness: Varadarajan:
On October 21, The Hindu's admired 48-year-old editor Siddharth Varadarajan dramatically announced his resignation on Twitter after the newspaper's board decided to move him from the editor's chair to the less central role of contributing editor and senior columnist.
Varadarajan, the first editor in The Hindu's 135-year history to be appointed from outside the family, took the hint and quit. Read
his interview to Tehelka.
15:59 Radical reforms if BJP elected to power, promises Harsh Vardhan:
BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Dr Harsh Vardhan today promised to bring "radical reforms" in governance if his party comes to power and accused the Congress government of "piling up miseries" on the people and putting Delhi in intensive care unit by its "misrule".
A day after being named as the party's CM candidate following a bitter race for the position within Delhi BJP, Vardhan said a "clean, transparent and people's government" will be in place if voted to power and ruled out any infighting in the party fold.
15:50 Lata Mangeshkar salutes Manna Dey's spirit:
Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar fondly remembered her association with singer Manna Dey saying she salutes his dedication and spirit.
The two have collaborated on innumerable hits like 'Pyaar Huaa Ikraar Huaa', 'Chunari Sambhal Gori Udhi Chali', 'Yeh Raat Bheegi-Bheegi', 'Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni Men' among others.
"Today, great classical singer Manna Dey sahab, who we fondly called Manna da, is not among us anymore. He had a very pleasant and easy personality. He was very dedicated to his work. I salute him and pray that his soul rests in peace," Mangeshkar reminisced on Twitter after Dey's death.
15:41 Bangladesh mourns demise of Manna Dey:
Bangladesh today condoled the death of legendary singer Manna Dey, whose versatile voice charmed generations of listeners across boundaries in the Indian subcontinent. Dey, 94, died early this morning in a Bangalore hospital after a prolonged illness. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a message, said Dey would remain alive forever among music-loving people of the subcontinent.
15:39 Live! No rona-dhona, Rahul goes for jugular in MP: BJP politics is for corporate houses:
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in Madhya Pradesh today. Unlike his emotional requiem to his grandmother and father and his forecast that he too may be killed like they were, in Sagar, MP, today, he went for the jugular -- biting into the BJP's development platform.
He said the BJP's politics were focused on air-conditioned environs and corporate houses. He said roads and airports don't feed the poor.
Taking on the BJP for criticising him for spending nights in villages, he said the mark of a good leader is that he know what reality is.
Rahul said the Congress would form the government in MP. He said the Congress govt will be that of the aam aadmi of the poor and of the women.
15:35 Shammy Baweja tweets: All 5 greats gone:Rafi, Kishore, Hemant, Mukesh n Manna Dey. None of today's male singers come close. Silver lining: the songs live forever
15:12 Just 70 mourners at Manna Dey's funeral :
Legendary singer Manna Dey was cremated at Bangalore today, writes Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa.
The renowned singer died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Bangalore early this morning. The body which was kept at the Ravindra Kalakshethra till 12.30 pm and was taken to a crematorium in Hebbal.
However, the turnout at the funeral was just 70 people, with a many stars choosing to pay tributes on the social media.
Manna Dey's daughter refused to comment on the low turnout and denied telling the media that the government ought to have done more for her father.
14:49 Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan postponed again:
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court conducting the Mumbai attacks trial today issued summons to four witnesses including the seller of a boat that was used by 10 LeT terrorists to reach India, even as it postponed the hearing of the case by two weeks.
Records of the cross-examination of Indian witnesses by a Pakistani judicial commission in connection with the attacks case had not reached the court in Islamabad when it convened this morning.
14:46 Congress ministers shocked at industrialist named in coal scam:
At least 30 Union Ministers and Congress leaders have got in touch with an industrialist who has been named in the coal scam.
They have expressed their shock at the functioning of the CBI and fundraisers of the Congress have also assured the industrialist that they stand by him during his hour of crisis.
The industrialist recounted his meetings with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi, a day before the CBI filed the FIR and fumed asking if this was the manner in which the government reposed its faith in industry. Also read:
Indian Billionaires Get a Pass
14:23 Hamid Ansari's visit to Peru, Cuba, UK tomorrow :
Vice President Hamid Ansari accompanied by MPs Renuka Chowdhury, TK Rangarajan and Supriya Sule will undertake a three-nation state visit to Peru, Cuba and London tomorrow.
The visit is spread over eight days. BJP MPs were heard joking that for one week at least Renuka Chowdhury will be off TV news debates which may come as a relief of sorts for target #1 Narendra Modi.
14:07 China, India handshake that the world is watching:
A triumph of hope over expectation, the border defence pact reached between India and China today proposes to increase transparency between their militaries but is barely a guarantee against the kind of tent-war in which the two armies came eyeball to eyeball in eastern Ladakh's Depsang plains in April this year. Read
14:05 Dear Jairam ji: Narendra Modi's letter of invitation to his detractor:
Narendra Modi has sent a special invitation to one of his most ardent critics, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh.
In his letter, Mr Modi writes, "It is our belief that the monument will become an important cornerstone in the cultural and social life of our great nation."
The four-time chief minister of Gujarat says that the statue will be 182 metres high and will be twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in the US.
It will be located in the middle of the Narmada river, near the Saradar Sarovar dam at Kevadia, more than 200 kilometres south of Ahmedabad.
Modi's letter to the minister opens with "My dear Jairam Ji" and ends with "warm personal regards."
13:57 Shinde's work made easier:
Our sources in Delhi tell us that a certain governor had called on the Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to present the latest political report on the law and order situation in the state.
Before taking his seat Shinde thanked the governor for meeting 'madam' first and briefing her and said the governor had made his job easier. Senior officials of the Union Home Ministry laughed boisterously.
13:43 Live! Rahul rehearsed 'I may also be killed' speech before Priyanka, Sonia:
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's emotional speech in Rajasthan yesterday saying he may also be killed like his father and grandmother before him, has not gone down well with the party, say sources in Delhi.
A Union Minister spoke to a few general secretaries of the AICC and realised that Rahul had rehearsed his speech before Priyanka and Sonia Gandhi before it had been okayed. No inputs were given by any senior Congress leaders.
Congressmen cracked jokes that the mother-son-daughter triumvirate were in fact the real core committee members of the Congress
The 'family draft' will not work, believe Congress party seniors and they want him to share his speech ideas with friends of the late Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi who are still around at 24 Akbar Road. What Rahul said in Churu yesterday
13:23 Skin rashes that led to death by negligence:
More on the medical negligence case against AMRI.
The National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (NCDRC) in 2011 had awarded Rs 1.73 crore to Dr Kunal Saha whose wife Anuradha Saha died in 1998 following faulty treatment administered at the hospital.
Raising the amount of compensation, the apex court also asked the hospital to pay an interest at the rate of six per cent to Saha.
The court said out of the total compensation amount, Dr Balram Prasad and Dr Sukumar Mukherjee will pay Rs 10 lakh each and Dr Baidyanath Halder will have to pay Rs five lakh to Saha within eight weeks.
The rest of the amount, along with the interest, will be paid by the hospital, the apex court said, adding that a compliance report be filed before it after payment of the compensation amount.
NCDRC had fixed the compensation on a direction by the apex court, which had referred Saha's appeal to it while holding the three doctors and the hospital culpable to civil liability for medical negligence which had led to the death of Anuradha.
Anuradha, herself a child psychologist, had come to her home town Kolkata in March 1998 on a summer vacation. She complained of skin rashes on April 25 and consulted Dr Sukumar Mukherjee, who, without prescribing any medicine, simply asked her to take rest.
As rashes reappeared more aggressively on May 7, 1998, Dr Mukherjee prescribed Depomedrol injection 80 mg twice daily, a step which was later faulted by experts at the apex court.
After administration of the injection, Anuradha's condition deteriorated rapidly following which she had to be admitted at AMRI on May 11 under Dr Mukherjee's supervision.
13:14 FIPB approves Tata-SIA airline venture:
Government today gave green signal to Singapore Airlines' proposal to start an aviation venture with Tata Sons entailing an initial foreign investment of USD 49 million.
13:10 Dr Kunal Saha: The fight was never for money, but better healthcare:
Dr Kunal Saha reacts to the Rs 6 crore compensation that Amri Hospital, Kolkata has to pay for the medical negligence that resulted in his wife Anuradha's death. He tells CNN IBN that the fight was never for money, it was just to send a signal that better healthcare is necessary in India. Read
his column on Rediff.com: Bengal hospitals are time-bombs waiting to explode
12:32 India, China move from Bhai-Bhai to maturity:
With uncharacteristic flourish, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today declared that "when India and China shake hands, the world takes notice", minutes after the once hostile neighbours went beyond flowery rhetoric to reach substantive agreements on a range of issues of which the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement was the most significant. Read
12:29 Dr Manmohan Singh tweets at 12:30 pm: I have had a very successful visit to China and fruitful deliberations with Chinese leadership for our better future.
The PM has left Beijing for Delhi.
12:26 To strike the right balance :
There are lessons for the media and the Army in the reporting and dispensing of information on the Keran operations. Read
the editorial on the Hindu.
12:17 Onion prices to fall only after two weeks: Govt:
Sorry, onion prices will hover around Rs 100 a kilo for at least a week more. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar says no drop in onion prices is expected due to crop damage because of rains, but prices are likely to fall in the next two to three weeks. The Centre will release Rs 921.98 crore to Maharashtra for damages to onion crop due to excess rains.
Commerce Minister Anand Sharma says there is no real scarcity of onions; prices are expected to stabilise in the coming few weeks.
12:06 SC asks Kolkata hospital to pay highest-ever compensation of Rs 6 crore :
The Supreme Court has ordered a Bengal hospital to pay nearly six crores damages, the highest ever in India, in a case of medical negligence that caused the death of a woman in 1998.
The court today enhanced the compensation recommended by a consumer court, and ordered the payment of Rs.
5.96 crore to the family of Anuradha Saha, who died at the AMRI hospital in Kolkata. Read
12:01 Bengal mourns Manna Dey:
More reactions on Manna De's death:
Vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty told Rediff.com: Manna Dey was the jewel of India.
Rabindra Sangeet singer Banasree Sengupta singer: Manna De cannot die, his songs will immortalise him.
Actor, director, producer Aparna Sen: It's an irreparable loss for the world of music. I did not get to spend much time with him, I regret that.Also read
: Amitabh tweets: Flooded with memories of Manna Dey's renditionof Madhushala
11:46 Live! The day I lose my voice, I will die: Manna Dey :
Bengali writer Samaresh Majumdar on Manna Dey's death: I learnt the song of life and love from Manna De. In our times, it was not easy to speak our minds, especially if there were women around. Hence we often sang his songs to draw attention of our 'love interests'. I met him about 10 years ago at Kolkata's International Club.
I had asked him how long he planned to continue singing and he said, 'the day I lose my voice, I will die'.
It pained me to know that he was ailing. He should not have suffered so much. With his demise, a part of my past is gone. His songs alone can pay him the best tribute.
11:41 Twitter tributes to Manna Dey:
Twitter tributes to Manna Dey:
soumik sen: Wrestler, foodie, blessed with incredible wit. And the rare "Jinhe Naaz Hai" Pyaasa
bhalomanush: "Coffee House-er shei adda". Arguably, the first true jibonmukhi song in Bangla
kunal kohli: last of the greats, along with Kishore, Rafi & Mukesh,passes away. RIP.'ek chattur naar' to 'ae mere pyaare watan' what a range
Harsha Bhogle: my all time favourite though has to be laaga chunari me daag.....among many unforgettables of course #mannadey
Harini Calamur: Pucho na kaise. alok_bhatt rightly said, everytime you say that is my favourite, another song pops up
11:34 Imran Khan's wife Avantika recovering from dengue:
Actor Imran Khan's wife Avantika Malik, who was struck by dengue recently, is on the path of recovery.
"She (Avantika) is a bit fine now. Her platelet count is up now. She has to take bed rest for eight to ten days. Her blood tests are happening regularly... Don't know how everyone is getting dengue," Imran said at a film promotion event.
11:31 Live! Pakistan has always SECRETLY endorsed US drone strikes: Report :
Despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA's drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan's government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post. Read more
11:26 Susan Rice tweeted at 6:37 am on Thursda, Oct 24, 2013: President Obama welcomed PM Sharif of Pakistan to the WH today. Excellent meeting, and relationship continues on positive trajectory.
Rice is the White House National Security Advisor
11:12 Live! Obama asks Sharif: Why has trial of 26/11 accused not started? :
Backing India's concerns over the slow pace of progress in the 26/11 case in Pakistan, US President Barack Obama today asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif why the trial of Mumbai attackers has not started.
"He (Obama) asked, why the trial of the (Mumbai) terrorist attack in India has not started yet," Sharif told reporters immediately after his over two-hour meeting with Obama at the Oval Office of the White House.
During the meeting, the US President also raised the issue of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), cross border terrorism and Dr Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track down al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and has been imprisoned, Sharif said.
"He (Obama) has raised the issue of (Dr Shakil) Afridi. He spoke about cross-border movement. He also talked about Jamaat-ud-Dawa," the Pakistan Prime Minister said, without giving details.
The Supreme Court has asked Kolkata-based AMRI Hospital to pay Rs 5.96 crore compensation in a case of medical negligence in 1998. Details awaited.
11:04 The magical voice of Aye meri zoharajabi goes mute :
More on Manna Dey: Credited with pioneering a new genre by infusing Indian classical music in a pop framework, Manna Dey epitomised the golden period of Hindi cinema with his inimitable style and memorable songs like 'Puchho na kaise', 'Aye meri zoharajabi' and 'Laga chunri mein daag'.
Along with Rafi, Mukesh, and Kishore Kumar, Dey was the last member of the famous quartet of singers who dominated the Hindi music industry from 1950s to 1970s.
In a career spanning over five decades, Dey, who died today in Bangalore at the age of 94, went on to sing over 3,500 songs in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada and Assamese films before quitting movies in the '90s.
His last song was 'Hamari hi mutthi mein' for 1991 film 'Prahaar'. While Rafi, Mukesh and Kishore were the favoured voices when it came to the lead actors, Dey stood out for his unique voice.
Adept also at singing Rabindra Sangeet, the multi-talented legendary singer's experimentation with western music and qawwali produced many unforgettable melodies.
Dey will be cremated at 12.30 pm today. His body will be placed at the Ravindra Kalakshethra at Bangalore between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm for fans, well wishers and family members to pay their last respects.
10:54 Sensex regains psychological 21,000 level after a gap of almost three years on capital inflows.
09:23 India-China relations unique in the world: Dr Singh:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address at the Central Party School of the all-powerful Chinese Communist Party is considered a rare honour.
He said in his address, "Relations between India and China are unique in the world. We are two continuous ancient civilizations. We are neighbours with a long history of cultural, spiritual and economic ties.
"We both embarked on a new phase of our political histories around the same time," he said.
"Today, we are the world's two most populous nations, engaged in a process of socio-economic transformation of our people on a scale and at a pace unprecedented in human history," he added.
08:45 Dr Singh addresses youth leaders in Beijing:
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in his address at the Central Party School in Beijing spoke about Sino-Indian relations.
He said that after China, India has been the fastest growing major economy in the world, averaging a growth rate of 7 per cent per year over the past two decades and around 8 per cent per year during the past 10 years
08:27 Russia drops piracy charges on Greenpeace activists: NYT
reports: Russian investigators on Wednesday dropped piracy charges against the crew members of a Greenpeace International ship who staged a protest against oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean last month, but said they would still face lesser charges of hooliganism.
Read the full story here
07:50 Dey sang more than 3,500 songs:
The 94 year-old-legendary singer began his playback career in 1943 with the film Tamanna
He has sung over 3,500 songs.He is survived by his daughters Shuroma and Sumita.
His wife, Sulochana, died of cancer last year.
07:37 Legendary singer Manna Dey passes away in Bengaluru:
Legendary singer Manna Dey who was suffering from a lung infection passed away in Bengaluru this morning at 3:33 am. He was 94. He was being treated from respiratory and renal problems.
More details are awaited.
07:30 Manna dey was awarded the dadasaheb Phalke Award:
Born Prabodh Chandra Dey in 1919 in Kolkata, he was better known as his nickname, he sang in many languages including Bhojpui, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali and of course, Hindi.
He also received the Dadasaheb Phalke, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan Awards.
04:03 Obama to Merkel: We are not monitoring your phone:
President Barack Obama today called German Chancellor Angela Merkel and told her that the US has not monitored her cellphone communication, a presidential spokesman said.
The phone call from Obama came amidst news reports that the US National Security Agency had been tracking Merkel's cellphone.
"The President assured the Chancellor that the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the Chancellor," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
Carney said the President has ordered a review of the manner in which US collects foreign intelligence.
"The United States greatly values our close cooperation with Germany on a broad range of shared security challenges. As the president has said, the US is reviewing the way that we gather intelligence to ensure that we properly balance the security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share," Carney said.
"Both leaders agreed to intensify further the cooperation between our intelligence services, with the goal of protecting the security of both countries and of our partners, as well as protecting the privacy of our citizens," he said in response to a question.
02:41 Vatican suspends 'bishop of bling':
The Vatican has suspended a senior German Church leader dubbed the "bishop of bling" by the media over his alleged lavish spending.
Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is accused of spending more than 31m euros (26m; $42m) on renovating his official residence.
The Vatican said it deemed "appropriate... a period of leave from the diocese" for the bishop.
The suspension comes two days after he met the Pope to discuss the matter.
"A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties", a Vatican statement said.
02:34 US must end drone strikes on Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tells President Barack Obama at White House.
02:32 Man, 'executed' once, wins reprieve in Iran:
Alireza M is a lucky man. First, he survived a hanging. Now, he has survived a judicial review over whether he should be hanged again.
Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi has told Iran's official news agency IRNA that the convict will not be executed again.
Now, the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, has thrown his weight behind the decision.
"My personal opinion is that the death sentence of the man who came back to life after being executed should be reduced to life in prison," he said Tuesday, according to the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency.
He added Wednesday, "From the emotional point of view, one of the ways of dealing with the executed man who has seen death and has suffered hardships is to show him mercy. Such a person, who is in a special circumstance, could receive mercy from the Islamic system and I, for reasons of emotional feelings, will definitely do so."
02:20 Nationwide power blackout in Syria:
Syria was plunged Wednesday into a nationwide blackout, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
A "terrorist attack on the gas feeder line for a power plant" in southern Damascus led to "power outages in all provinces" and efforts were under way to restore it, Electricity Minister Imad Khamis told SANA.
Syrian activists were posting video to social media accounts showing what they described as a gas line fire near the Damascus airport.
The video showed unidentified buildings in the dark, with a fire burning on higher ground behind the structures.
02:18 US asks Pakistan to release jailed doctor Afridi:
The White House today asked Pakistan to release Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA track down Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
Afridi, who was arrested immediately after the May 2, 2011 operation by US commandos that killed bin Laden, was convicted for treason over alleged ties to the Lashkar-e-Islam terrorist group.
Moments before President Barack Obama was scheduled to meet visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his Oval Office, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama would be pressing for Afridi's release arguing that his imprisonment is unjust and unwarranted.
"Our position on Dr Afridi has long been clear, and I'm sure we will again make it clear during this visit. We believe his treatment is both unjust and unwarranted. He should be released," Carney said in response to a question.
"Bringing Osama bin Laden to justice was clearly in Pakistan's interest, and the prosecution and conviction of Dr Afridi sends exactly the wrong message about the importance of this shared interest. So this is something that we have, in a sustained way, made clear to Pakistan and will continue to do so, including during this visit," Carney said.