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October 26, 2013

23:50  Pune University gets a new name:  The Pune University has been renamed as the Dnyanjyoti Savitribai Phule Pune University a while ago. The resolution for the renaming of the university was passed by the institution's senate unanimously.
23:03  Rains throw life out of gear in Bengal, 6 killed :  Six people were killed in heavy rains in West Bengal today, with normal life thrown out of gear in Kolkata and adjacent districts, even as the weatherman predicted it would continue till midday on Sunday.        

In West Midnapore district, officials said one person died after a house collapsed, while another two drowned in a river.
22:31  No leads on bureaucrat, wife murders: police :  Police have no leads in the murder of a senior bureaucrat and his wife, who were found dead in their house in Hazrat Nizamuddin area of south-east Delhi, as the CCTV cameras installed at the residence have not revealed anything.        

Police are awaiting postmortem reports of the couple, who were found dead on Friday evening, to ascertain the time of death to piece together the sequence of events.
22:30  Conclave of Indian Ambassadors on Nov 4:  A correspondent from Delhi reports: A three-day Conclave of Indian Ambassadors posted in World Capitals will take place in Delhi from November 4.   

Crucial international issues like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit to China, Russia and United States will be among the topics discussed at the Conclave. 

Dr Singh will inaugurate the Conclave while 15 senior Union ministers are also expected to participate. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh will be the chief moderator.     

This is the last annual event of the UPA's tenure. The foreign ministry is also planning to have interactions between ambassadors and Leaders of Opposition in Parliament. 

Some ambassadors have also sought the government's permission to meet Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.    
22:17  Sikh outfit asks EC to take action against Rahul Gandhi:  The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee has complained to the Chief Election Commissioner against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for allegedly hurting Sikh sentiments with his remarks on the killing of his grandmother and father.        

DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK, who is also chief of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), has asked the CEC to take action against Gandhi as per the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, alleging that he has violated the model code of conduct.
22:15  Pakistan won't allow entry of Afghan refugees: Minister:  Pakistan will not allow the entry of any Afghan refugees if the situation in the neighbouring war-torn country deteriorated after the withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014, a minister has said.        

"Pakistan will not welcome fresh influx of refugees from Afghanistan and (it will) use all legal channels in collaboration with the international community to block entry of Afghans at the border," Minister for State and Frontier Regions Lieutenant General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch said.
22:14  Guns fall silent at LoC, no ceasefire violation :  Guns fell silent today after 12-day border skirmishes as BSF troops gave a befitting reply to Pakistan by using equal calibre weapons in lethal retaliatory action along the International Border in Jammu frontier.        

"There has been no ceasefire violation from Pakistani side from yesterday evening till this evening... Guns have fallen silent after our strong retaliation and befitting reply along the IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts," a security official said.
21:21  How did IB share secret info with Rahul, asks BJP:  The BJP today sought to know how the Intelligence Bureau had shared information with Rahul Gandhi on the ISI's activities in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar and asked Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde whether he is aware of these inputs and what action has been taken to deal with it.        

"Rahul Gandhi's speech is being criticised by people across the country. We would like to ask the home minister who was this IB official who gave this briefing to Gandhi and whether the same input was given to him as well. If yes, then what steps has Shinde taken," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
21:19  Zia defers meeting with Hasina, Bangladesh faces shutdown:  BNP chief Khaleda Zia today turned down Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's invitation for talks to defuse a crisis over the upcoming general election, but said she was open to a dialogue after an opposition-sponsored 60-hour nationwide shutdown.        

Hasina and Zia spoke on the phone this evening -- believed to be their first conversation in at least a decade -- to explore possibilities of a dialogue after failed attempts by the prime minister to talk to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief earlier in the day.
21:18  Take effective steps to manage India's borders: RSS:  The RSS today urged the central government to take effective steps to manage India's borders, apparently in the wake of the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan, and also to check 'jihadi radicalisation' across the country, especially in southern states, including Kerala.   

On the second day of its National Executive, it passed two resolutions, underlining the need to strengthen infrastructure along the country's borders and expressed grave concern over the 'growing radicalisation' of jihadi forces.
21:17  US pressuring Pakistan to act against me: Hafiz Saeed:  Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has claimed that the United States is demanding that the Pakistan government take action against him because he has been opposing American drone strikes.        

"The US is demanding the imposition of a ban on the JuD because I am raising my voice on drone strikes. If this is my crime, I will continue committing it," he said while delivering a sermon during Friday prayers at the JuD's mosque in Chauburji on Friday.
21:16  Lankan Tamil party to boycott Commonwealth meet:  In another blow for the troubled Commonwealth summit to be held in Colombo in November, Sri Lanka's main Tamil party today said it would boycott the event.        

"We will not take part in CHOGM. But our staying away does not mean we are protesting against the participating nations. We will be eager to meet them," Mavai Senathirajah, a senior Tamil National Alliance legislator, said today.
20:00  Jiah was killed by a person very close to her: Rabia Khan:  The Mumbai police, probing actress Jiah Khan's alleged suicide, today recorded the statement of her mother Rabia Khan, who claimed her daughter did not hang herself but was murdered by a person "very close to her", apparently pointing to her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi.        

The development comes three days after the Bombay high court asked police to carry out further investigations on allegations made by Rabia.
19:44  Bangladesh PM reaches out to oppn, shutdown looms:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reached out to arch-rival Khaleda Zia to hold talks to resolve a stand-off on holding the next general election, even as Bangladesh braced for a shutdown called by the main opposition BNP.        

"They (Hasina and Zia) are now set for talks later in the evening," a spokesman for the premier's office told reporters, hours after Hasina telephoned the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief but failed to speak to her.
19:43  PM should reveal names of errant MPs: BJP on coal-gate:  The BJP today termed as 'explosive' former coal secretary P C Parakh's 2005 letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, alleging coal mafia in the ministry, and asked the latter to reveal the names of MPs who reportedly pressurised the government to make coal allocations to their favourites.      

"Coal Secretary P C Parakh's letter to the prime minister in 2005 is very important and explosive. He said that the coal mafia is present within the government and that there is a lot of blackmailing," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.
19:40  All parties will be briefed on talks with Taliban: Sharif:  Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to brief all political parties about the progress in the government's dialogue with the Taliban.        

Sharif has "directed that all political parties be taken into confidence with regard to the progress of dialogue with the Taliban," said a statement issued by the premier's office after he met Khan.
19:39  German spy chiefs to visit US over Merkel phone tap row:  German spy chiefs will visit the US next week to demand explanations over the alleged tapping of the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel by American intelligence services.        

"High-ranking government representatives will go to the United States in order to push forward discussions with the White House and the NSA on the allegations raised recently," said Georg Streiter, Merkel's deputy spokesman.
18:18  Pawar will change opinion on Rahul after polls: Congress:  Reacting to Sharad Pawar's advice for Rahul Gandhi -- that he should gain administrative experience first before trying to become the prime minister --the Congress today said it was "fully confident" that the NCP leader would change his opinion after the elections.        

"We are not only confident, but also sure that Pawar will definitely change his opinion about Rahulji after the elections," Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said.
18:15  Pakistan army chief to visit China:  Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will travel to China next week on a three-day visit, likely to be his last before he retires.        

Kayani will visit China during October 28-30, chief military spokesperson Major General Asim Bajwa said today.
18:14  Onion prices will fall in the next 2-3 days: Delhi CM:  Concerned over the possible impact of rocketing onion prices on the Congress' electoral fortune, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said her government has taken a string of measures to contain the rates and the effect will be visible in the next couple of days.        

Dikshit, who had come to power defeating the then BJP government in 1998 riding on high onion prices, said the government will start selling onions at Rs 55 a kg across the city from Monday by deploying 125 mobile vans and people will be able to buy up to 100 kg.
18:13  Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla quits BJP:  In an embarrassment to the ruling BJP in poll-bound Chhattisgarh, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla, a former Lok Sabha MP, today resigned from the party alleging she was being "continuously neglected" by senior leaders.        

"The party organisation has been taken over by those in power. I was continuously neglected in the party due to which I am deeply hurt," Shukla told reporters.
17:54  Live! Address Rahul with RESPECT, Congress tells Modi:   Taking strong exception to Narendra Modi addressing Rahul Gandhi as "Shehzada", Congress today did some tough talking as it threatened that its workers were capable of stopping such "undignified" language but were restrained due to respect for laws and the Model Code.

The ruling party said its Vice President should be addressed in the same manner in which he addresses people with respect as use of words like "Shehzada" will not be tolerated.

Defending Rahul Gandhi's recent election speeches where he had invoked Muzaffarnagar riots, the Congress said the motive behind Gandhi's remarks should be understood as he said communalism in any form should be opposed and condemned.

"The way Rahul Gandhi is being addressed and criticised by the use of language - words like 'Shehzada' and alike, this conduct is not dignified in a democracy.   

"Congress workers are not reacting out of respect for the Model Code of Conduct and laws of the country and are thus quiet. Otherwise, the use of such words can be stopped in two days. We don't want such a situation to arrive," Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said, without naming Modi.
15:34  Raj minister wants to undergo lie-detector test in rape case:  Arrested on rape charges, former Rajasthan minister Babulal Nagar wants to undergo lie-detector test and has claimed to have had consensual relations with the alleged victim for over three years before a court which today remanded him in CBI custody for three days.

Nagar, who was arrested yesterday on charges of raping and assaulting the 35-year-old woman last month, was produced in CBI court amid tight security.

His counsel A K Jain said that Nagar and the woman had consensual relations for over three years and her allegations were part of a conspiracy against Nagar.

He also moved a application requesting the CBI court for permission to meet Nagar in custody and for providing him medicines and food prepared at home.
14:46  People from India, China out-educating us: Obama:   Billions of people from countries like India and China are striving hard to "out-educate" Americans in mathematics and technology, President Barack Obama has said while stressing on education reforms to prepare Americans for a global economy where "jobs can go anywhere."

"In previous generations, America's standing economically was so much higher than everybody else's that we did not have a lot of competition," Obama said.

"Now you have got billions of people from Beijing to Bangalore to Moscow, all of whom are competing with you directly.

And they are -- those countries are working every day to out-educate and out-compete us," Obama said in his remarks to students at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn here yesterday.

"And every year brings more research showing them pulling ahead, especially in some of the subject matter that this school specialises in -- math and science and technology. So we have got a choice to make," he said.

He said if the workforce is not educated enough, it will be left behind and find it hard to get a job that pays a living wage.
14:46  Chinese journalist 'confesses' to releasing untrue stories:   Chinese journalist, detained over "suspicion of damaging business reputation" of a leading engineering firm, has reportedly confessed to writing unverified and untrue reports and apologised, a media report said today.

Chen Yongzhou, 27, a journalist with the New Express based in the southern city of Guangzhou, confessed to police for continuously releasing a series of unverified and false reports against Zoomlion at the request of others for "money and fame", state-run Xinhua news agency said.

Chen fabricated facts and wrote 14 reports out of 18 published by the Express from September 29 last year till August 8 this year about Zoomlion's "financial problems" based on supplied materials, without verification, bringing huge losses to the company and its share prices, Xinhua quoted police officials as saying.

Chen was arrested on October 18 in Guangzhou from Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province where Zoomlion is based. Chen would like to apologise to Zoomlion, the stock investors and his own family members, and warned his peers to "learn a lesson" from his experience, the police said

Read: Diary: The PM gets good press at last, but in Beijing
13:23  Musharraf's custody extended till Oct 30 in Lal Masjid case:  A Pakistani court has extended the custody of former president General Pervez Musharraf till October 30 in the Lal Masjid case and ruled that the next hearing would be held at his Chak Shahzad farmhouse, which has been turned into a sub-jail.

"The judicial magistrate has extended his custody till October 30. He has also said that the next hearing of the case on November 8 would be held at his Chak Shahzad farmhouse which has already been converted into a sub-jail," one of Musharraf's lawyer Ilyas Siddiqui told PTI.

His custody was extended yesterday during a hearing at the magistrate's court here. Musharraf was not produced before the Court due to security concerns.

His party said Musharraf would remain in Pakistan and fight all cases against him even if he gets bail. However, many say he could flee the country.
12:20  Norm against use of chemical weapons must be enforced: India:   India has said recent events in Syria demonstrate the need for complete destruction of chemical weapons stockpile to ensure that terrorists and non-state actors are prevented from acquiring it.

"The use of chemical weapons anywhere and by anyone must be condemned and the international norm against the use of chemical weapons must be rigorously enforced," visiting member of the Parliament, Ashwani Kumar, said at the UN General Assembly yesterday on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
11:50  No explicit, implicit consent for drone strikes: Pakistan:  Pakistan has strongly denied a United Nations report that members of its government had given consent to controversial drone strikes in the country and demanded an end to such attacks which incite hatred.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Masood Khan told a UN general assembly rights committee debate yesterday that all drones strikes in his country are a "chilling reminder that reprisal strikes by terrorists are around the corner.

"They put all Pakistanis at risk. The psychological impact of the use of drones on the relatives of civilians killed in an inhumane manner incites sentiment and hatred and radicalises more people," he said adding that drone strikes are "counterproductive."

Khan's remarks came as Special Rapporteur on the 'Promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism' Ben Emmerson submitted his interim report on the use of remotely piloted aircraft in counter-terrorism operations to the General Assembly.
11:43  Modi, PM to share dais in Ahmedabad:  Indian Express reports: Two days before Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will share the stage at a function in Ahmedabad on October 29 to inaugurate a museum dedicated to Patel.

Read the full story here
10:54  PM reviews coal-gate issues for three hours:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday reviewed the Coal-gate issues  for three hours after former Coal Secretary P C Parekh's bombshell.

Though he had to cancel four appointments, Dr Singh found time to attend the Congress Core Committee meeting, Where coal was the focus apart from Telangana.

09:55  Ban encourages Indo-Pak dialogue to resolve LoC tensions:  UN chief Ban Ki-moon has encouraged India and Pakistan to resolve the escalating tensions along the Line of Control through dialogue and in a "peaceful" manner.

Ceasefire violations along the LoC have continued in the days following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month.

Pakistani troops had opened fire and shelled several border outposts along the International Border in Jammu and Samba this week.

Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky said the UN Chief is aware of the reports of tension along the LoC and would encourage the two nations to resolve their disputes through dialogue, on the lines of talks initiated during the bilateral meeting of the Prime Ministers.
08:42  US dismisses Sharif's plea to intervene on Kashmir issue:  The US has dismissed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's plea for an intervention on Kashmir issue, asserting that its position on this matter has not changed and would encourage New Delhi and Islamabad for a dialogue.

"(Our) position has not changed. (It's) up to India and Pakistan, US continues to encourage dialogue between two countries," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said during her maiden Twitter briefing yesterday.

Psaki was responding to a question on the statements made by Sharif during his trip to Washington this week, during which he repeatedly urged the Obama Administration to use its growing influence over India to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Ahead of Sharif's trip, the Obama Administration had said its position on Kashmir has not changed "even an iota" and that it considers Kashmir a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

In his address to the US Institute of Peace, Sharif had urged the US to use its influence over India to resolve the Kashmir issue.
04:05  7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan; no damage reported:  
An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck today off Japan's east coast, the US Geological Survey said, triggering small tsunamis but causing no apparent damage. 

Japan's meteorological agency said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the same area in 2011, killing about 19,000 people and devastating the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. 

Tsunamis of up to 40 centimeters were reported today at four areas along the coast, but a tsunami advisory was lifted less than two hours after the quake. 

Japanese television images of harbors showed calm waters. The quake hit at 2:10 a.m. Tokyo time (1710 GMT) about 290 kilometers off Fukushima, and it was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles away.

"It was fairly big, and rattled quite a bit, but nothing fell to the floor or broke. We've had quakes of this magnitude before," Satoshi Mizuno, an official with the Fukushima prefectural government's disaster management department, told The Associated Press by phone. "Luckily, the quake's centre was very far off the coast."
00:37  Vijayakanth set to join the Delhi election battle:  
Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam party leader Vijayakanth is mulling fielding candidates for the upcoming Delhi assembly polls. 

The Tamil Nadu-based party is banking on the 15 lakh Tamils, who have made the national capital their home, party sources said. Vijayakanth is likely to make an official announcement about his party's entry into the poll fray at a public meeting to be organised at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday.

"Our party leader would address a large gathering in Delhi. We held discussions with Vijayakanthh, who would take the final call on the candidates and constituencies," V N Dakshinamurthy, Delhi state secretary of DMDK, told PTI. 

The actor turned politician, party sources said, was apprised of the problems of Tamils living in Delhi.

Dakshinamurthy claims that Tamils belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories were facing problems as they cannot seek any benefits using their community certificates after migration.
00:20  Coalgate: PMO hands over Hindalco files to CBI:  
The Prime Minister's Office has handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation files related to the coal blocks allocated to Hindalco, news agencies quoted sources as saying. 

"The CBI had sought the file related to the allocation. We gave the file and got the receipt," a PMO official said. 

Earlier, CBI had on Tuesday written to the PMO seeking these records, three days after the top office had said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved it on the basis of "merits" of the case placed before him. 
00:16  US aircraft giants join hands for new USAF bomber:  
Boeing and Lockheed Martin today said that they have teamed up to bid for a new US Air Force bomber program, believed to be worth up to $55 billion. 

Boeing is acting as the prime contractor, and Lockheed is the main teammate in the bid to supply the Air Force's Long-Range Strike Bombers, the companies said in a joint statement.

"Boeing and Lockheed Martin are bringing together the best of the two enterprises, and the rest of industry, in support of the Long-Range Strike Bomber programme, and we are honoured to support our US Air Force customer and this important national priority," said Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick said the program aims to build between 80 and 100 of the new, long-range stealthy bombers, a top priority as the US military seeks to replace its aging bomber fleet. 
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