22:15 Actor Dilip Kumar hospitalised in Mumbai:
Actor Dilip Kumar has been admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital. Doctors says his condition is stable.
Sources close to the family of 90-year-old Mr Kumar say he was suffering discomfort in the chest today.
21:16 BJP logjam ends? Modi, Advani meet in New Delhi:
L K Advani and Narendra Modi meet at Ram Jethmalani's residence in New Delhi. This is the first meet between the two after Modi's was anointed as the BJP PM candidate for 2014.
The two leaders are at Jethmalani's residence to participate in his birthday celebrations. He has turned 90 today.
Advani has been sulking since the announcement by the party on Friday.
More details are awaited.
20:56 PM, Sonia to visit riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar tomorrow:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul will visitcertain riot-affected localities in Muzaffarnagar districttomorrow.
"They will stay here for two hours during which they areexpected to visit three relief camps where riot-hit people aretaking shelter," District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said.
Sharma told PTI that they will also visit the residence of IBN7
television channel correspondent Rajesh Verma, who wasamong those killed in the violence.
After their arrival here around 10:00 am, they will visit the rural Shahpur locality along with local leaders and administration officials, the District Magistrate said. They are expected to go to relief camps at Basikalan,Tawli and Sanjhak, he said.
20:11 As ties with India grow, Israel again says won't supply arms to Pakistan:
With its defence ties with India growing at a rapid pace, Israel today asserted that it will not supply any weapons systems and military hardware to Pakistan, saying the policy in this regard was "very clear" and "strict".
Israeli Ambassador Alon Ushpiz said his country follows a very strict guidelines in exporting weapons systems and there was no question of reversing its policy of not supplying military hardware to Pakistan.
"The policy of Government of Israel is (very clear) and we are tremendously strict about it that we do not export weapons system to Pakistan," he said.
18:44 After 'Amma canteen', Jaya launches 'Amma mineral water' : NDTV
reports: Riding high on the popularity of her 'Amma canteen', where idlis are supplied at one rupee, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa launchd the 'Amma mineral water' scheme today.
Under the new initiative, packaged water bottles, priced at Rs 10 a litre, would be sold at bus stations in Chennai and all districts of Tamil Nadu.
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17:46 Guj govt asks SIT not to seek death penalty for Kodnani:
The Gujarat government has refused permission to the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team to file an appeal in a higher court seeking death penalty for former minister Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya riot case.
This was decided on the basis of Advocate General Kamal Trivedi's opinion that there was "no direct evidence" against her. Kodnani and Bajrang Dal activist Babu Bajrangi, along with 30 others, were convicted for life in the 2002 post-Godhra Naroda Patiya riot case, in which 96 people were killed.
"The state legal department, on the basis of the advocate general's opinion, has taken a decision not to file an appeal against the special court's order and not to seek death penalty for Maya Kodnani," Prashant Desai, who has been appointed special prosecutor for SIT in the Gujarat high court for the case, told PTI today.
17:30 Swedish-Indian Anni Dewani's family files complaint with BBC:
The family of Swedish-Indian Anni Dewani, who was murdered while on her honeymoon in South Africa, have filed a complaint with the BBC over a documentary that casts doubts over her husband's role in the incident.
Police have accused her husband, Shrien, of hiring a team of hit men to kill 28-year-old Anni, while holidaying in Cape Town in November 2010.
However, the 33-year-old Bristol-based businessman, fighting against his extradition from UK to South Africa, has always maintained that he was forced from a taxi by carjackers who drove off with his wife and killed her. But a new British Broadcasting Corporation documentary, to be telecast on Thursday, cast doubts over his involvement, based on fresh ballistic evidence and CCTV footage.
16:15 Pakistan violates ceasefire yet again :
In yet another ceasefire violation,Pakistani troops today fired for over three hours on Indian forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district, prompting the Indian side to retaliate.
Pakistan troops opened fire from small and automaticweapons on Indian forward posts along LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district around 6.25 am today, Defence Spokesman S N Acharya said.
15:40 Jaswant Singh meets sulking Advani:
Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh today met party patriarch L K Advani, who is sulking after Narendar Modi was named the party's prime ministerial candidate.
Senior party leaders have been calling on Advani in an apparent bid to mollify him even as Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley today expressed confidence thatAdvani will "eventually support" the "winning decision" of the party to annoint Modi as BJP's face for the 2104 Lok Sabha polls.
14:53 'Want to build 'Iron Man' memorial, bigger than State of Liberty' :
Narendra Modi appeals to the armed forces to mobolise the youth to cast their votes. "Casting your vote is also a way of serving the nation. When we get the right to vote, many of us don't appreciate the gift of our constitution."
He invokes his dream of building a Sardar Patel memorial in his address.
Modi said that the tallest statue is in the US -- the Statue of Liberty. "India needs to make a bigger statue -- the statue of unity." He appeals to the armed forces to contribute to the Iron Man memorial. "I want a piece of iron from every village - iron that is used to till the land in villages."
Modi ended his speech with chants of Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram.
14:41 Modi rakes up graft in arms deal:
Narendra Modi also rakes up the graft issue facing the armed forces. "Most of the budget of the army goes towards importing cheap munitions. We are a country of 1.2 billion with the capability of launching its own missiles, but we import the smallest of things."
"The people in Delhi don't know how its soldiers are but do know when the next tender is coming out. We should dream that we will have the capability of developing our defense industries and become exporters," he said.
14:39 At Rewari, Narendra Modi says, "We can use the skills of ex-servicemen in many areas - if you use them in fire brigades, there will be no fire in this country."
He makes a mentions Rajyavardhan Rathore (present on the dais with him) who brought glory to the country with his Olympic medal.. can't more soldiers do it?
Invoking the Gujarat model he said, "Appointing 1000 ex-servicemen had such a moral impact that the power thefts stopped."
14:37 Narendra Modi says youth are shying away from joining army as they are neglected.
He demand that the government of India bring out a 'white paper' on the status of the one-rank-one-pension. He says if Vajpayee government was elected in 2004 we would not face these circumstances.
14:29 Army is the biggest symbol of secularism: Modi :
Narendra Modi said that the armed forces are the biggest symbol of secularism.
"Vote-bank politics has eaten way at foundations of this country. If
politicians have to learn secularism, look at the Indian Army. There is
no greater example of Indian secularism. The army is an epitome in peaceful co-existence and harmony," he said. "The netas are trying to divide the army on the basis of religion."
14:25 Modi message to Pakistan: Fight terror and not India :
Narendra Modi also sounded a warning to Pakistan. He urges Paksitan to fight its own evil and not India. "Pakistan government should concentrate on the development of it's own country."
"Pakistan has a
newly elected government, there was hope that they would try and
improve relations. But the way our soldiers were killed shows their
intentions are not good," he said.
"To Pakistan's rulers I say fight against
poverty. Weapons and warfare have done you no good in 60 years. Try not
allowing terrorists to use your territory for 10 years and you'll see
your progress will be manifold," he added.
"Cross-border terrorism can't benefit India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. To Pakistan, I say you may have been born out of anti-India politics but that can't contribute to your progress," he said.
14:20 'India has lost more jawans to bullets from terrorists than enemies across border':
Narendra Modi said that there is threat of internal security. "India has lost more jawans to bullets from terrorists than enemies from across the border. The nature of war has changed. Many more countries and people are affected by proxy war or terrorism as compared to those in the two world wars. There should be a global consensus on tackling terrorism, Maoism and that is not difficulty if India has capable leadership," he said,
14:17 Problem is not at our borders, problem is in Delhi: Modi:
"Whenever I get the opportunity to celebrate Diwali, I go and spend it with soldiers on the border. I have laid 700 km of pipeline to get drinking water to the last border outpost when I saw camels were deployed to fetch water. We have made a Shaheed Smarak (memorial) on the border for those who laid down their lives in the wars with Pakistan," said Narendra Modi.
"Pakistan doesn't let up in its antics, China is going eyeball to eyeball threatening to stop the flow of Brahmaputra. Are our neighbours troubling us because our army is weak? No. The problem is not at our borders, it is in Delhi."
"Till we have a capable government in Delhi which is nationalistic and committed to protecting every citizen, we can't guarantee security. The threat of internal security: India has lost more jawans to bullets from terrorists than enemies from across the border," he said.
14:15 Modi slam's govt's handling of LoC crisis, says Delhi doesn't care:
At the rally Narendra Modi slams the defence ministry and the government for the lack of respect to the armed forces. "When Gujarat was struck by the earthquake at Bhuj, the soldiers of the Indian Army arrived as saviours (devdoot). In Uttarakhand, our soldiers worked relentlessly to save people and some of them were killed in serving the pilgrims. I salute them and am proud of their sacrifices."
"It really hurts when the government says that men dressed in Pakistan army uniform came across the border and killed our soldiers."
"How painful that must be for the thousands of Indians? But the govt in Delhi doesn't seem to care."
"Painful to see ministers giving statements that people join armed forces to die," he said.
14:06 "There isn't a family in Haryana that hasn't been touched by Swami Dayanand Saraswati and his Arya Samaj movement. During the emergency, Morarji Desai was interned in Haryana and that is a connection Haryana has with Gujarat. Sri Krishna was from Dwaraka in Gujarat but he is connected to Haryana
through Kurukshetra where he delivered the sermon of Bhagwad Gita," Narendra Modi said.
14:02 Modi: I wanted to join the armed forces, my dream remained unfulfilled:
"It is God's wish that I stand before you as the PM's candidate. I feel happier being BJP's PM nominee after coming to this rally," said Narendra Modi.
"This must be a divine signal. This rally was planned months earlier. How
was I to know on September 13 such a huge announcement would take
"I attended a rally in Rewari with Atalji, but today's scenario is different. It cannot be captured on any camera," he said. "The call of change is coming from this rally ground in Haryana."
13:53 I wanted to join the armed forces: Modi:
At the rally Narendra Modi says that as a child he hoped to serve the armed forces. Narrating his story he said that he wanted to join the Jaamnagar Sainik School, but his father said they could not afford it. "My dreams were shattered."
13:48 Modi lauds launch of Agni V at Rewari rally:
Addressing the rally at Rewari, Harayana he says for over 10 years we have only be listening to disappointing news. He began with lauding Indian scientists for the successful launch of Agni V.
13:45 Modi begins addresss at Haryana rally with 'Bharat Mata ki Jai':
Narendra Modi begins his address to ex-servicemen at the Rewari rally in haryana with a "Bahrat mata ki" chant, with the crowds chanting "jai" and applauding.
He welcomed ex-army chief V K Singh for attending the rally. "Never before in my life have I stood before so many soldiers," he said. "I salute the sacrifice of the jawans"
13:27 V K Singh addresses rally in Rewari, Modi to speak shortly:
The Rewari rally begins with the address for former army chief V K Singh. Talking to ex-servicemen he first started with saluting the crowd.
"I have visited many nations and their armies, but there no other solider who is as brave as the Indian soldier. There is no match to him," he said.
13:15 Akhilesh Yadav visits riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, faces angry protests:
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister faced angry protests after he visited Muzaffarnagar, a week after communal riots claimed 48 lives and displaced more than 40,000 people.
Yadav visited Kawwal first, the worst-hit Muslim-dominated village during the riots. There he met Salim, father of Shahnawaz, who was killed by Jat men from the neighbouring Malikpura village on August 27 for allegedly harassing women, reports NDTV
13:05 Modi reaches Rewari to attend rally :
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi reaches Rewari in Haryana to arrest his first rally after Friday's elevation as BJP's PM nominee. He will address ex-servicemen at the rally.
12:47 Bill on appointment of judges referred to Par panel:
A bill which seeks to scrap the collegium system of appointment of judges to the higher judiciary and give executive a say in the matter has been referred to a Parliamentary committee for further consultations.
The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013, introduced in the Rajya Sabha on August 29, has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law.
The panel has now sought the opinion and views of the general public and stakeholders on the provisions of the bill which aims at establishing a new mechanism to appoint judges to the Supreme Court and 24 high courts.
Law Minister Kapil Sibal had introduced an enabling bill -- the Constitution (120th) Amendment Bill -- and the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013, which defines the establishment of the proposed body to recommend appointment and transfer of judges.
12:38 Curfew remains in force in Kashmir's Shopian:
Shopian district continued to remain under the curfew for the fourth consecutive day today, while restrictions were imposed in other major towns of south Kashmir, following clashes after the killing of five persons in the CRPF firing since September 7.
"Shopian continues to be under curfew. Restrictions have also been imposed in the townships of Kulgam, Pulwama and Kakapora," a police spokesman said.
He said the restrictions were imposed as a preventive measure to maintain law and order and prevent loss of life and property after clashes took place between protesters and security forces in these townships yesterday.
12:33 Delhi's latest shocker: NRI youth beaten to death by friends: CNN-IBN
reports: An NRI youth from New York Anmol Sarna was allegedly brutally assaulted and killed by his friends during a scuffle at a party in New Delhi.
According to the police, Sarna who was brutally beaten up by friends at an apartment in Kalkaji, was profusely bleeding when the police reached the spot. He succumbed to his injuries at the AIIMS hospital at 2:30 am on Saturday.
No arrests have been made yet.
12:01 Modi to address first rally as BJP's PM candidate in Haryana today:
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will address his first rally after being anointed the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections in Haryana's Rewari town today.
The rally is expected to be attended by more than a lakh people, mostly ex-army men, at the Decretariat Grounds in Rewari, 90 km from Delhi. Former Army chief, Gen (retd) VK Singh is also likely to attend, reports NDTV.
11:22 Agni-V, India's nuclear- capable ballistic missile, launched :
India today conducted a second test flight of its indigenously developed nuclear- capable Agni-V long-range ballistic missile, which has a strike range of more than 5000 km, from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
The three stage, solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range around 8:50 am, defence sources said.
The surface-to-surface missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne, witnessed an 'auto launch' and detail results of the trial will be known after thorough analyses of all data retrieved from different radars and network systems, they said.