23:48 At least 12 people killed in Washington Navy Yard shooting: Mayor:
At least 12 people have been killed in the Washington Navy Yard shooting, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said. A shooter opened fire in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation's capital, putting government buildings on lockdown and sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.
One suspect is dead, but two others may be on the loose, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said."The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point," Lanier told reporters hours after the shooting.
23:10 Indian doctor face multiple rape charges in Australia:
A 39-year-old Indian-origin doctorfacing charges of raping two women during consultations, mayface charges of sexually assaulting a third patient, even as he pleaded not guilty at Australia's Supreme Court today.
Manu Maimbilly Gopal, was arrested at Melbourne International Airport waiting to fly to Kochi on February 29 after contacted by police about the sexual assault claims.
23:06 Powerful typhoon lashes Japan, floods force thousands to evacuate:
A powerful typhoon lashed Japan Monday, leaving one dead and dumping torrential rains, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country's popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where 260,000 people in city centre were ordered to evacuate to shelters.
Typhoon Man-yi, packing wind speeds of 162 kilometres per hour Monday afternoon, was centred over the city of Sendai, about 350 kilometres north of Tokyo.
22:14 Obama: Navy Yard shooting a 'cowardly' act :
President Barack Obama describes the Navy Yard shooting as a "cowardly"
act "that targeted military and civilian personnel." He also notes that
several people have been shot, some of them fatally.
"These are men & women were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us." the White House tweeted.
22:01 Petangon saddened by Washington Navy Yard shooting :
An update from Pentagon press secretary George Little. He tweeted: #SecDef is receiving regular updates on the tragic situation at the DC Navy Yard. Saddened to hear reports of fatalities and injuries.
21:31 One suspect dead after shooting at Washington Navy Yard :
At least 20 special agents have been deployed at the Washington Navy Yard.One suspect in shooting is dead, a senior Navy official tells CNN
. There is one more suspected shooter, who is "down", according to Ed Zeigler, director of Public Affairs for Naval District Washington.
21:08 At least 4 killed in shooting at naval base in Washington:
An update on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: At least four people have been killed in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, a naval installation in the US capital, a navy official has said.
Police entered an office building in search of a gunman, after shots were fired at 08:20 local time, reports BCC
20:15 'Several' people shot at US Navy yard in Washington:
A gunman has shot "several" people at the Washington Navy Yard, a naval installation in the US capital, the US Navy has said. The Navy confirmed police had entered an office building in search of a gunman, after shots were fired at 08:20 local time (13:20 GMT).
Local news agencies said as many as three people were wounded, including one police officer. Personnel at the yard have been ordered to "shelter in place", the Navy said.
The US Navy said shots were reported to have been fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters at the yard in south-east Washington DC.
19:34 Modi and Advani joint rally in Delhi later this month:
A Correspondent in New Delhi: On September 29, Narendra Modi will hold a rally in Delhi in Dwaraka. Lal Kishen Advani will hand over a replica of Parliament to Modi at that rally.
Dwaraka has been chosen as the venue as it would be easier to bring in huge crowds from Haryana and Punjab. The BJP's Delhi unit wants to establish a record to overtake the Jaipur and Rewari rallies. They are expecting a crowd of at least three lakh.
19:33 BJP woos Chautala's INLD:
A Correspondent in New Delhi: Narendra Modi wants to get Om Prakash Chautala's Indian National Lok Dal to join National Democratic Alliance. BJP sources are pointing to the success of the Rewari rally to Chautala.
Another discreet political message was sent to INLD is to sideline Kuldeep Bhisnoi, president of the Haryana Janhit Party though Modi wants both INLD and HJP both on board in the NDA
19:33 Why Congress may prefer elections in February:
A Correspondent in New Delhi: The Congress may ask the government to hold Lok Sabha polls in February 2014. Insiders speculate this due to the health condition of Sonia Gandhi since she cannot hold huge rallies in April -- as the summer sets in some parts of the country.
Doctors have asked her not to expose to the scorching sun. February is the best suited for her.
19:31 Hospital woes delaying CCS meeting:
A Correspondent in New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Security has not met since the first week of August, and several Union ministers have given many interpretations on it.
But the valid one was from a Member of CCS -- who claimed that he did not get admitted to hospital for surgery. Reason? Both Defence Minister A K Antony and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde were admitted to hospitals for surgeries.
Eight key items are prepared by Cabinet Secretariat for the CCS agenda -- but the PMO is yet to indicate the date for convening of CCS.
19:21 UN to confirm sarin gas used in Damascus:
There is "convincing evidence" that sarin gas was used in a rocket attack in the Syrian capital, Damascus, last month, a UN report is to confirm. Text seen in a photograph of the front page of the report - to be released later - does not apportion blame.
US allegations that the government was responsible led to threats of military action and then a US-Russia deal for Syria to make safe its chemical arms.
Read then full report on BBC
18:55 Gunman still on the loose; three people shot at, one injured :
The Washington DC police are looking for a suspect they say shot at least three people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning. US Capitol Police confirmed enhanced security at the Capitol, but no immediate threat. -- Washington Post.
18:50 "With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems," the Navy said. -- CNN
18:48 Live! One injured as gunman fires inside Washington DC naval yard:
At least one person was injured Monday after a person fired shots inside the Washington Navy Yard, the US Navy said. An official told CNN that "several" people sustained injuries.
The incident occurred at 8:20 a.m. Authorities say there is an "active shooter" on the scene.
Several shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, in southeast Washington, D.C., the Navy said.
The Navy first informed the public of the incident in a Twitter message.
Emergency personnel were on the scene and a "shelter in place" order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.
The headquarters -- the workplace for about 3,000 people -- is the largest of the Navy's five system commands.
Picture of the naval yard tweeted by @bikepedantic
The Associated Press reports that there has been at least 1 victim in Washington Navy Yard shooting, says an FBI spokesperson.
18:36 Live! Curfew lifted from all areas of riot-hit Muzaffarnagar:
Curfew has been lifted from all areas of riot-hit Muzaffarnagar. Here's a report on what's happening on the ground.
"Sirf apni jaan layein hain saath mein baki sab mar gaya" (Only we are alive, everything else is finished). These words of 26-year-old and homeless Mehraaj sum up the tale of the people in two big relief camps in this riot-torn city who have refused to go back to their homes.
A number of families from nearby villages of Khedipatti, Kutba-Kutbi, Dulehra, Kirthar, Kharad, Bawdi, Sisouli, Marwada, Nawad, Badeh and Kilori are based at these camps at Bassikalan and Tawli which were also visited by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today.
18:34 Shots fired inside Washington DC naval facility:
CNN.com reports: Shots were fired Monday morning inside the Washington Navy Yard, the US Navy tweeted. The incident occurred at 8:20 am. Three shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, in southeast Washington, D.C., the tweet said.
18:04 Justin Bieber as Robin?!:
Justin Bieber as Batman's little chum? Bat-fans, who are already furious at the notion of Ben Affleck as their beloved Dark Knight, got another shock when pop star Bieber suggested he might join Affleck in the upcoming flick "Batman vs. Superman." His role? Robin the sidekick. Read
Why the bikini became a fashion classic. Read
17:45 Just in: Coal ministry submits its report on the missing files to the CBI.
17:32 14 children go missing in Delhi every day: CRY:
It's been more than six years since Saabra Shaikh's 10-year-old daughter Aatika went missing. On April 13, 2008, Aatika had gone out to answer the call of nature and never returned home. Her family members realising her absence, started looking for her. Not able to find her anywhere, they went to the police station to file a missing person's complaint.
According to a reply to an RTI plea filed by a CRY and Alliance for People's rights (APR), 4,086 children went missing in 2012 in Delhi. 5,004 children went missing in 2011 and 2,161 had gone missing in 2010 in Delhi. According to CRY, on an average 14 children go missing in the National Capital every day.
17:24 114 kids given Heptatitis vacccine instead of polio drops fall ill :
What kind of monsters are these? At least 114 children were hospitalised in Hooghly district in West Bengal today after they were mistakenly given Hepatitis B vaccine orally instead of pulse polio drops.Six persons were suspended for the lapse that triggered protests with angry villagers locking up health workers. Read
Fully veiled women hinder progressive Islam. Toleration is good but not when it prevents fair interrogation and robust argument. Read
16:05 Many doubt death sentences will stem India sexual attacks:
"There was no mistaking the whoop of joy that rose outside Saket District Court in New Delhi on Friday, when word got out that four men convicted in last December's horrific gang rape and murder had been sentenced to death by hanging," Ellen Barry and Betwa Sharma wrote in The New York Times. Read
Costa Concordia underwater: What's inside the wrecked cruise ship? Read
15:57 Is Jainism an older religion than Hinduism?:
No religion is subject to as many myths as Jainism. At school we were taught '" in textbooks influenced by British historians '" that Jainism and Buddhism were contemporaneous revolts against Brahmin-dominated Hinduism. Read
15:48 4th Pakistani general to die fighting militants:
In other news: Pakistan Major General Sanaullah who lost his life in the roadside bomb explosion in Upper Dir district near the border with Afghanistan was the fourth Pakistan Army general killed in the ongoing war against the militants. Read
15:40 Asaran's empire begins to crumble :
Self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu's empire, which he has built over the last three decades, seems to be crumbling. Adverse public and political opinion about him in the wake of a sexual assault case has further triggered his downfall. Read more
15:24 Azam Khan takes dig at PM for visiting Muzaffarnagar:
Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan today took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for undertaking a visit to riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar.
"PM Manmohan Singh has gone to Muzaffarnagar... it is good... elections are near and he should do this," Khan said.
He said the PM should have also visited other areas like Faizabad, Mathura and Bareilly, where riots have taken place in the past.
15:18 Modis speech: Vanilla sold as red hot chilli peppers :
This Sunday gone by, Gujarat chief minister and aspiring prime minister Narendra Modi rightly saluted the sacrifices of India's soldiers.
He lavished praise on Haryana for giving a hundred martyrs, and more, in at least three of India's major wars.
The thing is, Modi had very little to say on precisely how he intends to make India's adversaries die for their country.
For the most part, the speech was boring old vanilla, sexed up with red-hot-chilli-pepper words. Read more.
15:15 China reacts cautiously to Agni V launch:
Reacting cautiously to India's second launch of ballistic missile Agni-V that has a strike range of over 5,000 km, China today said both sides should make concerted efforts to enhance political trust and asked media to play a more conducive role to improve bilateral ties.
15:11 Girl bullied in Kolkata school: Principal gets bail:
The Kolkata principal who was arrested for the death of a Class V student in her school, has been released on bail.
The death of the 11-year-old girl allegedly due to trauma after being
locked in the bathroom by her seniors sparked angry protests at a
Kolkata school where agitated parents kept teachers from leaving the
building for hours on Thursday.
14:49 Cong's idiotic statements show they are rattled at Modi's candidature: BJP:
The anointment of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate has drawn tremendous response across the country and the party would contest the elections with development as the main agenda, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said today.
"After the BJP has announced Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate, our opponents, particularly Congress, is rattled. They are making irresponsible, at times, idiotic statements," Naidu told reporters.
"One leader says that it will be end of democracy if Modi wins. The party which has murdered democracy is making such absurd allegations. They are afraid that they will not be able to face Narendra Modi and his development agenda," he said.
14:31 Hollow Vengeance:
Why four hangings won't change India's horrific culture of rape and torture. Read
14:20 Live! SRK, Sachin to campaign for Congress in Lok Sabha polls? :
Hindi newspaper Nayi Duniya reports that the Congress is considering proposing Shah Rukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar's name as official campaigners in the Lok Sabha 2014 polls. Diva Rekha, who, like Tendulkar is a Rajya Sabha MP, is also being considered as the face of the Congress. Read
13:50 The Hindu launches Tamil paper -- The Hindu:
Chennai-based English daily The Hindu has launched a Tamil newspaper, also called, The Hindu. The newspaper is simultaneously being launched across nine "key markets"
in the state and "the initial print run is expected to be around six
lakh copies", the paper said. This is a first for the 135-year-old paper. Have a look.
13:27 Live! Advani praises Modi: PM nominee first leader to get power in rural areas:
LK Advani seems to have gotten over his sulk. Addressing a public meeting in Chhattisgarh to open a power plant, Advani lauds Narendra Modi's work saying the Gujarat CM was the first leader to work on power for rural areas. He also said that the BJP government in Chhattisgarh had always worked for the people.
On Friday, Modi was named the BJP's candidate for Prime Minister for
the 2014 general elections. Advani had objected to the announcement being made at the time saying it would spell "political disaster" for the party.
13:21 BSP chief Mayawati hits out at the PM and Sonia Gandhi's visit to Muzaffarnagar this morning, saying simply making statements is not enough.
13:14 SC disapproves UP govt's opposition to Centre involvment in Muzaffarnagar :
The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea of the UP government that no order be passed on the petitions for the time being and also disapproved Akhilesh Yadav government's stiff opposition to involving the Centre on the issue of law and order in the riot-hit districts.
The court was hearing PILs filed by a group of residents of riots-affected areas and Supreme Court Bar Association for a CBI inquiry into the incident.
They said the affected persons should be properly rehabilitated and the culprits behind the violence be brought to book.
The petitioners alleged that houses of around 20,000 people have been burnt and they must be provided temporary shelter and food and medicines be also supplied to the affected families.
12:54 Expensive onion,other food items push inflation to 6.1% in Aug:
Costlier onion and other vegetables pushed up inflation for the third month in a row to 6.1 per cent in August, making it difficult for the RBI to cut rate in the monetary policy review due later this week.
The inflation was at 5.79 per cent in July and 8.01 per cent in August, 2012. The highest increase was witnessed in case of onion which reported an increase of 245 per cent year on year. The price of vegetables in general rose by 77.81 per cent making life difficult for the common man.
12:43 Fight terror, not India, Modi tells Pakistan:
At his first public rally as the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi had words of advice not only for the incumbent government but also for the governments across the borders. While he advised Pakistan to stop focusing on "anti-India' policies and clamp down on terror, Bangladesh and China were told to "fight poverty, illiteracy and superstitions' and not India. Read
The PM met the family of journalist Rajesh Verma,
who was killed in Muzaffarnagar riots, assures ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakhs and educational aid for his children.
12:34 Sonia Faleiro tweets on Indian-American Miss India: So far Miss America, who is of Indian origin, has been "accused" of being Pakistani, Arab, and, wait for it: Chinese. People of color are always from elsewhere. Only whites are allowed the dignity of calling the place that feels like home, "home."
12:17 Live! Asaram sent to jail for 14 days in sexual assault case :
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu sent to 14 days judicial custody. The father of the schoolgirl who accused Asaram Bapu of sexually
assaulting her has alleged death threats from the spiritual guru's
followers. Alleged phone recordings of the threats are expected to be
produced as evidence during a hearing on the guru's bail plea. More
Many Americans were very upset that an Indian-American woman won the Miss America pageant. Read the comments.
11:54 An official vote of no confidence:
The decision to reimburse IAS and IPS officers for medical treatment abroad defies all economic logic and raises concerns about the government's commitment to improving India's health-care system. Read
11:53 In Muzaffarnagar, back to the future:
It is in India more than in any other democracy that politicians ignore the red lines that turn divisive rhetoric into a riot and even get rewarded by voters for this. Read
Pic: PM and Sonia Gandhi make an unscheduled stop at Barvala in UP to meet the riot-affected people. Courtesy: PMO
11:44 Indian-origin beauty queen becomes Miss America 2014:
Twenty-four-year-old Nina Davuluri today became the first contestant of Indian heritage to win the Miss America pageant. Nina, who aspires to become a physician like her father, will earn at least USD 50,000 in scholarships.
Davuluri's parents and sister, along with more than 30 other supporters, watched her compete in the live ABC television broadcast from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Davuluri, in a canary-yellow evening gown, walked the runway after being named Miss America, waving and brushing away tears of joy.
Contestants were judged on evening gowns, lifestyle/fitness, talent, a personal interview and an on-stage question.
11:44 The PM makes an unscheduled stop at Barvala in UP and meets people waiting on the roadside, reports CNN IBN.
11:29 Indias muddled thinking on punishment:
Not only is the death penalty barbaric and immoral and its deterrent effect unproven, it also contradicts the core objectives of the criminal justice system. Read
11:20 Justice vs bloodbath:
Please, let's not call it 'historic'. There is much that should disturb us about the immediate aftermath of last Friday's death sentence. It will by no means be a 'deterrent' as the college girls said with such touching naivete to TV reporters. Read Bachi Karkaria's blog on the TOI
11:17 Schemes for minorities being cornered by non-Muslims: Report:
Even as minority politics takes centrestage in the wake of recent riots in Uttar Pradesh, a report by the Council for Social Development shows how the UPA governmenthas failed to implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee, with its response to Muslim deprivation at best being "cautious and minimalist". Read
11:13 Dilip Kumar remains in hospital:
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar remained in a suburban hospital in Mumbai, a day after he was admitted following discomfort.
After the thespian was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Bandra last night, his actress wife Saira Bano had told reporters that the actor felt discomfort and was brought to the hospital for observation. Hospital sources had said late last night that the actor, who turned 90 last December, was in ICU and in a stable condition.
11:04 PM: Centre will provide all possible assistance to the riot affected people :
The PM and Sonia Gandhi are at riot-hit Muzaffarnagar. Visiting the relief camps, the PM said that the Centre would provide all possible assistance to the state and will make arrangements so that the riot-affected can return home safely.
The Centre has told the SC that it has deployed 78 companies of paramilitary forces in the state.
10:57 Live! PM in Muzaffarnagar: Those behind violence should be punished:
The PM and Sonia Gandhi are at a relief camp in Bassi Kalan in Muzaffarnagar. Rahul Gandhi and MoS Home RPN Singh are accompanying them. The UP government, meanwhile, has told the Supreme Court that all steps are being taken to curtail violence and provide relief to stranded people caught in the Muzaffarnagar violence.
The PM says that those behind the violence should be punished. He said the state government should ensure the safety of its people.
10:39 My administration stabilised economy: Obama:
US President Barack Obama has said that his administration has stabilised the country's economy, which is growing again and producing jobs.
"Everything that I've done to, number one, has been designed to stabilise the economy, get it growing again, start producing jobs again. Number two, trying to push against these trends that had been happening for decades now," Obama told the ABC News in an interview.
10:38 PM, Sonia, Rahul arrive in Muzaffarnagar:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi arrived in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh on Monday morning.
The top leaders of the Congress are scheduled to visit relief camps, where those fleeing from the communal riots are living temporarily.
The BJP has accused the Congress of trying to take advantage of the situation.
The ruling Samajwadi party government has received tremendous criticism over its handling of the riots.
09:45 Dilip Kumar in ICU, condition stable:
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was admitted to a suburban hospital on Sunday night after he complained of uneasiness in the chest.
"Dilip Kumar has been admitted to our hospital, he is in the intensive care unit and his condition is stable," Lilavati Hospital spokesperson Dr Naresh Trivedi told PTI.
Kumar, 90, known as the 'King of Tragedy', essayed iconic roles in classics like Devdas, Madhumati, Mughal-e-Azam and Ganga Jamuna.
09:18 Dikshit's claim about Delhi is bizzare: BJP :
Delhi's BJP unit today sought to punch holes in Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's claim that Delhi is the richest city in the country, saying there is a wide gap between the rich and the poor due to the "flawed" policies of the city's government.
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel termed as "bizzare" Dikshit's statement that Delhi is the richest state in the country and said, "The chief minister continues to disseminate a pack of lies. Around half of the Delhi population lives in slums, JJ clusters and unauthorised colonies."
09:17 UN chief to present Syria chemical report:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will present a report on the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, to quell the ongoing civil war.
Ban has already confirmed that UN investigators have 'overwhelming' evidence that chemical weapons were used in an attack near Damascus.
09:12 Asaram case: Girl's lawyer claims fresh threats :
Counsel for the girl, who was allegedly sexually exploited by Asaram Bapu, has claimed to have received threats from followers of the self-styled godman.
Lawyer of the victim, Manish Vyas, claimed that the threat was issued to a friend of the victim's father, asking him to withdraw the statements of her daughter against Asaram.
Referring to an audio clip, Vyas said the girl and her family continue to receive threats from Asaram's followers.
09:10 Indian American beauty is new Miss America!:
Indian American Nina Davuluri has been crowned Miss America.
Davuluri, who represented New York in the competition, is the first person of Indian descent to win the beauty pageant.
Davuluri performed a Bollywood fusion dance for the talent segment of the competition.
In the early stages of the competition, Davuluri and her friends were involved in an ugly spat, when they were accused of calling outgoing Miss America Mallory Hagan 'fat'.
Davuluri subsequently apologised for the comment. Pageant organisers conducted a probe into the matter and found no wrongdoing on her part.