23:40 Delhi gang rape: Bar council serves notice to defence lawyer:
The Delhi Bar Council today sought a response from A P Singh, the counsel for convicts in the December 16 gang-rape case, for his remarks that he would have burnt alive his daughter had she been having premarital sex and moving around at night with her boyfriend.
In a meeting held this evening under the chairmanship of Surya Prakash Khatri, a majority of members of Bar Council of Delhi took the view and issued a show-cause notice to Singh for his remarks soon after the convicts were awarded with death penalty on September 13.
22:32 Washington Navy Yard shooting: Gunman treated for mental health:
The ex-US Navy reservist who killed 12 people and wounded eight at a Washington DC Navy installation had received treatment for mental health issues, US media have reported.
Aaron Alexis, 34, was treated for paranoia, trouble sleeping and hearing voices, according to a report on BBC
Miss America Nina Davuluri grooves to Bollywood numbers at the pageant. Watch
18:46 Rahul needs to change his speech writer :
rati parker ?@ratigirl 23m Namo to Pappu: Thank You for the Speech.. Wonderful Birthday Gift! #NaMoBirthday.
The first thing the Congress needs to do is to get Rahul Gandhi a better speech writer. Sample this from his address at Baran in Rajasthan today.
"Whether he is a small labourer, we say that he should eye the
helicopter and one day say that my son should fly this. This is our
thinking. And their (opposition) thinking is that the labourers should
work the land, not have anything to eat and construct roads, said
Dreaming big is not the oppositions mantra, he added.
The Congress vice-president further appealed to the women to dream big for their children.
I would ask the women who have come here to see the worlds biggest
dream for their children. So, I am standing here because I believe
that you, the poor people and the women, who have come here, are the
countrys biggest strength. If this country will move ahead, then, it
will be do so only with your dreams. And, if we do not allow you to see
those dreams, then, this nation cannot move ahead, Gandhi said.
And so, Baran will vote for Mr Modi.
18:21 Live! Rahul tries to woo poor: One day your son should fly a chopper :
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday reached out to the poorer sections of society, and urged them to see bigger dreams for the betterment of the nation.
Addressing a Congress rally in Baran, Rajasthan, Gandhi said the poorest in the country should see the biggest dream.
"Whether he is a small labourer, we say that he should eye the helicopter and one day say that my son should fly this. This is our thinking. And their (opposition) thinking is that the labourers should work the land, not have anything to eat and construct roads,' said Gandhi.
"Dreaming big is not the opposition's mantra," he added. The Congress vice-president further appealed to the women to dream big for their children.
17:57 Stuck in traffic, 30-year-old delivers baby in rickshaw:
Unable to make it to the hospital on time due to a massive traffic jam, a 30-year-old woman in labour gave birth to baby boy in an auto rickshaw at 10.30 am yesterday, in suburban Mumbai. Incidentally, the family resides just five minutes from the hospital but were unable to make it, as they were stranded in the auto rickshaw for 30 minutes due to gridlocked traffic. Read
17:51 Miss America takes traditional dip in Atlantic City waters:
Unfazed by racial slurs hurled at her, the newly crowned Miss America of Indian origin, Nina Davuluri, took a traditional dip in Atlantic City waters.
"I'm just really so honoured," the 24-year-old said during a live video appearance on ABC's 'Good Morning America yesterday, right before she dipped her toes into the Atlantic City waters for waiting photographers.
"I always viewed myself as first and foremost American," said Nina, reacting to racial taunts in various social media in the aftermath of her victory.
"Welcome home, Miss America!" she said, standing barefoot in the shallow surf, wearing a lime green Miss America T-shirt and white shorts.
17:47 Lalu's fate in fodder case on September 30:
A special CBI court today fixed September 30 as the judgement day for 45 accused, including Lalu Prasad, after the RJD chief completed his arguments in the Rs 37.7 crore fodder case from the Chaibasa treasury.
17:38 Pakistan set to release Taliban's second-in-command this week:
Pakistan is set to release Taliban's second in command Abdul Ghani Baradar this week.
Sartaj Aziz, main advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, said that Baradar will be released this week, possibly in a day or two.
The Afghan government has long demanded that Pakistan releases Baradar, whose arrest in January 2010 led to Islamabad being accused of sabotaging initiatives to bring peace in war-torn Afghanistan, the Express Tribune reports.
His release would bring to 34 the number of Taliban detainees that Pakistan has released since last year.
17:23 Two new chargesheets filed in Jagan DA case :
The CBI has filed two new chargesheets in the Jaganmohan Reddy disproportionate assets case. CBI names Andhra Pradesh minister Geeta Reddy in a fresh chargesheet in a graft case involving YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy.
17:10 Omar and Me:
The strange, frustrating relationship with an American terrorist. Read
16:57 Let the poor have fun :
They can't do without the farmer story. When people who wish to transform India through the Internet talk about their plans, they tend to tell a story that goes something like this: A poor farmer is about to sell his crop very cheap when someone, often a smart adolescent granddaughter, checks the market price online, and the farmer makes a more informed decision. Read
16:47 'Narendra Modi has not changed one bit':
An open letter to Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief, The Indian Express from Sanjiv Bhatt. Bhatt, incidentally, is the suspended IPS officer who had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Read
16:38 BJP leader Uma Bharti detained en route to Muzaffarnagar :
Just in: BJP leader Uma Bharti has been detained en route to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. A day after curfew was lifted completely from Muzaffarnagar, the Army started pulling out of the riot-hit area. They had been there for the last one week following communal violence.
16:23 TV anchor to contest polls on Cong ticket :
A former Union Home Secretary is set to join the JD-U and contest
the Lok Sabha polls from Bihar.
Party chief Nitish Kumar is also keen to accommodate a former diplomat to contest the polls from his state and in all probability, the party will finance the campaign costs.
Recently, this diplomat upped the image of the JD-U by defending Nitish Kumar and offending Narendra Modi.
Another buzz we hear is that a well known TV anchor will get a Congress ticket from a small state.
16:16 Four Congress union ministers set to join BJP, SP :
Our sources in Delhi tell us that there is a flurry of activity happening at the Congress War Room at 15, Gurudwara Rekab Ganj Road.
The AICC has employed 12 senior journalists to get the poll campaign going for 2014 and has been gathering political inputs from them.
Four Union Ministers from Uttar Pradesh are also set to resign
and try their luck in the 2014 polls to enter the Lok Sabha from the BJP and the SP.
This will obviously come as a severe jolt to Rahul Gandhi as these four have been groomed by Rahul as chief ministerial material candidates.
15:52 A Delhi court extends NIA custody of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal by four days.
15:27 Muzaffarnagar riots: Politicians addressed crowd armed with swords, guns:
The eruption of deadly communal riots in Muzaffarnagar is attributed to a large gathering of thousands of Hindu Jat farmers on September 7 on the outskirts of a village named Kawal, where days earlier, a Muslim boy had been killed by two Jat brothers, who were then lynched to death within an hour. Read
15:21 UP riots: SP govt granted two weeks time to respond to PIL:
The Allahabad High Court today granted Uttar Pradesh government two weeks time to submit its response on a PIL seeking direction for a CBI inquiry into all the major riots which took place in the state after Samajwadi Party came to power.
15:17 K'taka govt revises dress code: Dress decently to work, maintain decorum:
Karnataka government has modified its 'decent dress code' order for its staff, requesting them to maintain its "dignity and decorum" in their attire.
The U-turn came four days after an order specifying certain types of dress for men and women employees came in for flak from employees and women activists.
In its original order, the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) had illustrated pant and shirt/pyjama/kurta for men and saree or "chudidar" for women.
The revised order issued yesterday said it had been noticed that employees of the state secretariat, specially junior staffers, were coming to office wearing attire that does not adhere to the "dignity" of the secretariat.
Omitting reference to any specific attire, it merely said it was the government's "wish" that the employees come to work wearing "decent dresses that do not come in the way of the government's dignity and decorum."
15:11 Shopian curfew remains in force:
Curfew continued to be in force in Shopian town for the sixth consecutive day today, following clashes after the killing of five persons in CRPF firing since September 7.
"Curfew will remain imposed in Shopian township for today as a precautionary measure," a police spokesman said.
15:08 Malala Yousafzai Gets Amnestys Top Honor:
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman last year, has been named as the recipient of Amnesty International's highest award. Read
15:00 Watch time-lapse of Costa salvage:
Time-lapse footage shows the operation to set the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship upright on the first day of what is expected to be a lengthy salvage. Read
Beautifully said. "Hey Morons, India Isn't an Arab Country and It's Miss America, Not Miss White America." Read
14:40 Jaya writes to PM on fishermen stranded in Lankan jails :
Jayalalithaa in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 27, had drawn his attention to the plight of the fishermen after their families submitted a petition to her.
In her letter she said the fishermen had accidentally ventured into Iranian waters and were arrested. They were convicted to undergo six months imprisonment and were asked to a pay a fine of USD 5,750 each, she said.
For want of resources to pay the fine, they continued to languish in jail even after serving the term, she said, adding they had not even been able to contact the Indian embassy.
14:35 BJP leaders and workers in Bihar today organised 'yagna' and cut cakes to celebrate the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's 64th birthday.
In Washington DC, bullets leave another child fatherless. David Robinson tried to escape the violence all around him. Instead he was killed four months before the birth of his son. Read
14:26 92 foreign nationals among 4,120 missing in U'khand calamity:
The uncertainty over the number of people gone missing in Uttarakhand's catastrophic flash floods has at last come to an end with the state government releasing a final list of 4,120 persons, including 92 foreign nationals who went traceless after the calamity.
Uttar Pradesh accounts for the highest number of people missing, officials said here today.
The verified final list released yesterday includes 421 children out of which 168 are from Uttarakhand followed by 96 from Uttar Pradesh, 34 from Rajasthan and 32 from Delhi, they said.
14:14 And more...:
Widdiam: Mallika Sherawat for PM. All she'll need to do is sing Happy Birthday to any opposition.
The Big Ears: Oh boy... Stitch in my side... Cantableto.. stomach the birthday song.. y mallika sherawat..y? who is narender btw?
Devansh Doshi: I was having a great day. Then, I watched the video of Mallika Sherawat singing for My day just got better. hahaha
Mihir Fadnavis: That vid of Mallika Sherawat singing happy bday to Modi reminded me of the fox in 'Antichrist' slowly saying 'Chaos Reigns'.
14:10 Mallika Sherawat's birthday song to Modi is a hit... on Twitter :
Brown Sahiba: Finally, the only way to make Narendra Modi give up on politics. Mallika Sherawat sings Happy Bday to Modi.
Nigel Britto: Mallika Sherawat sings Happy Birthday to NaMo. In comparison, Priyanka Chopra actually does sound exotic.
Shruti Seth: NOOOO!!! WHY? Poor NaMo won't survive this travesty. Mallika Sherawat sings birthday song for Narendra Modi
Naomi Datta: Mallika Sherawat manages to sing even Happy Birthday out of tune. That is how talented she is.
First 5 SMS received by Narendra Modi on his birthday. Read
14:00 B'desh SC hands down death penalty to top Jamaat leader:
Fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah, infamous as the "butcher of Mirpur", was today sentenced to death for 1971 war crimes by Bangladesh Supreme Court, eight months after a special tribunal awarded him life imprisonment.
13:51 Live! Mallika Sherawat sings to Modi on birthday, calls him most eligible bachelor:
Mallika Sherawat sings to Narendra Modi on his birthday, calls him India's most eligible bachelor on ABP News. Watch.
The Bharatiya Janata Party will kick off its election campaign at a rally in New Delhi today, coinciding with the birthday of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
The Delhi BJP said the rally at the Talkatora Stadium will be addressed by party president Rajnath Singh besides other senior leaders including party's Delhi election in-charge and former president Nitin Gadkari. More
13:01 Dilip Kumar recovering, still under observation:
Health update on Dilip Kumar. The legendary actor, who was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday after suffering a heart attack, is recovering but is under observation.
"He (Dilip Kumar) is doing fine. He is recovering, but is under observation... there is nothing to worry. He will be there in hospital for two-three (more) days," sources close to the actor told PTI today.
Last evening, a press release from Lilavati Hospital, where the 90-year-old thespian is admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU), said that Dilip Kumar had suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack) Sunday.
All treatment as per protocol was instituted. At present his condition is stable.
12:57 Teaching Delhis Police to Investigate Rape:
Judge Yogesh Khanna finished his 237-page verdict by highlighting the work of the police.
"Lastly I also feel it necessary to mention the professional acumen with which the Delhi Police investigated the case especially the way they made use of the scientific tools,' he wrote.
The police say they are trying to improve investigation of all rape cases. Read
12:40 Sarpanch Chhavi Rajawat speaks :
There have been quite a few woman sarpanches -- elected heads villages -- in India. But, arguably there have been few like Chhavi Rajawat, the current sarpanch of Soda village in Rajasthan, who left a corporate job to help her ancestral village develop. Read
12:21 Live! We wish Modi a long life, pray he doesn't become PM: JD-U:
On his 63rd birthday, Narendra Modi visited his mother for her blessings, after which he said he wanted to thank people from across the world for their greetings.
Among those who wished him, was KC Tyagi of the Janata Dal United. "Heartiest wishes on his birthday, we wish for his long-life and also pray that he doesn't become the PM of this nation." Read
12:16 Mere paas ma hai: Modi seeks mother's blessings on birthday:
Narendra Modi, 63 today, has not been known to make much of his birthday. But he has not been presumptive prime minister before either.
Four days after the BJP announced that Mr Modi will be its candidate for PM for the 2014 general elections, the Gujarat Chief Minister is doing the rounds of Ahmedabad collecting blessings and good wishes. And using the occasion for a spot of political consolidation. Read
Send your message to Modi on his birthday right here.
12:04 The army is being withdrawn from Muzaffarnagar following six days of calm.
11:49 Live! Onion prices rise to eye-watering Rs 80 per kilo:
Onion prices shot up by 16 per cent on Monday in major markets despite confirmation of the commodity's import from various sources to meet domestic demand.
In the benchmark Lasalgaon, Asia's largest vegetable market, the model price shot up by a staggering 16.5 per cent to Rs 5,300 a quintal, approximately Rs 80 per kilo.
Traders believe the imported quantity is insufficient, looking at the ensuing festival demand.
While around 125 tonnes out of 300 tonnes imported from Egypt was released on Monday, the remaining quantity faced legal hurdles. More
What we can learn from the largest international study on rape that's been conducted so far. Read
11:17 The malady of all emperors:
It is amply clear convicted politicians use real or imagined ailments as an excuse to defeat the ends of justice. Read
11:13 Girl has chronic disease that draws her to men: Asaram's lawyer:
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who appeared as the defence counsel for Asaram Bapu argued on the bail plea and said he disputed the FIR, the scene of crime and the age of the girl and termed the entire case as fabricated.
Jethmalani mentioned that the girl was afflicted with a 'chronic disease' which draws a woman to a man and said this was subject to police investigation. Read
11:05 NIA teams visit Goa with Bhatkal to ascertain terror links:
The teams of National Investigation Agency visited Goa along with IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal to probe his links in the coastal state where he had earlier visited, police sources said.
The teams, which were in the state for a day yesterday, took Bhatkal to places like Anjuna beach, Mapusa, Panaji and Vasco, which he had reportedly visited during the last decade.
11:00 Just in: There has been yet another ceasefire violation in Mendhar in Jammu and Kashmir.
10:56 JD(U) MP detained, prevented from visiting riot-hit areas:
JD(U) MP Ali Anwar Ansari was today prevented from visiting the riot-hit areas here and detained at the railway station by the UP police.
Circle Officer, Sanjeev Bajpai said Ansari was detained as a preventive measure in view of the situation in the region.
Ansari said, "The state government has no problem when Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the area but it is resorting to such action against us when our effort is to bring peace in the trouble-torn areas."
10:41 Family disowns raped, tortured minor in Bhopal:
A 15-year-old girl from Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh was repeatedly raped and tortured in confinement for over three months by a 40-year-old man, police sources said. The girl has now also been disowned by her family. Read
10:36 Live! 40,000 forced to flee; mosques, temples damaged: UP govt tells SC :
In a chilling reminder of the 2002 Gujarat riots, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that the recent riots forced over 40,000 people to flee 94 villages in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts, where 44 people were killed and places of worship of Muslims and Hindus extensively damaged. Read
10:33 IITs agree to get accredited; JEE format to continue:
After dilly-dallying for years, IITs have agreed to get themselves accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), the premier accreditation body in the country.
However, considering their high academic standards, IITs have been given the freedom to carry out the review themselves and submit the report to NBA. Read
09:01 Indo-Pak conflict would be disastrous: US:
Any conflict between nuclear armed India and Pakistan would be disastrous, not only for the two South Asian neighbours but also the region and the world, a top American diplomat has said.
"They are both nuclear-armed powers, and a conflict between them would be disastrous not just for them, but for everyone," US Special Representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins, told journalists.
09:00 Ready to engage with Iran: White House:
Hoping that the new Iranian government would address the concerns of the international community about its nuclear weapons programme, the White House has said it is ready to engage with Tehran.
"We hope that this new Iranian government will engage substantively in order to reach a diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community's concerns about its nuclear programme," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
04:08 US to help Syrian Opposition fight chemical weapons:
US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order directing the government to provide non-lethal chemical weapons assistance to some factions of the Syrian opposition.
The White House says the order, signed Monday, allows the government to train "selected" members of the opposition. It provides protective equipment and training to international aid organizations.
03:36 UN report makes clear Assad regime behind chemical attack: US:
The United States declared today that a UN report into a chemical weapons attack in Syria makes it clear that Bashar al-Assad's regime was responsible.
"The information provided in that report that the sarin agent was delivered on surface to surface rockets that only the Assad regime has, makes clear the responsibility," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
02:51 Snowden living under guard, touring Russia: lawyer:
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is living under guard at a secret location in Russia but is able to travel incognito and is expecting family visits, his Russian lawyer said in excerpts from a televised interview published today by Russian news agencies.
02:20 US shooting: Dead suspect identified as Aaron Alexis:
Boston.com reports: Federal law enforcement officials say the man accused in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead has been identified as Aaron Alexis.
The two officials spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.One of those officials says Alexis was a 34-year-old from Texas. He is believed to have a criminal record there and to be a holder of a concealed carry weapon permit.
01:42 Big storms hit Mexico on opposite coasts; 33 dead:
Tropical Storm Ingrid and the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel drenched Mexico's Pacific and Gulf coasts with torrential rains today, flooding towns and cities, cutting off highways and setting off deadly landslides in a national emergency that federal authorities said had caused at least 33 deaths.
01:41 Turkey downs Syrian helicopter: deputy PM:
Turkey said it had downed a Syrian military helicopter today, accusing the neighbouring nation of violating its airspace in the tense border region, amid a new international diplomatic push to end Syria's civil war.
The Syrian MI-17 helicopter was detected two kilometres (1.2 miles) inside Turkish airspace and shot down five minutes later after failing to heed warnings, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters.
01:13 ABC news reports: US Senate Complex put in precautionary lock down for next two hours, no one can enter or exit.
01:12 Navy Yard survivor saw gun barrel before she saw shooter:
Before Terry Durham could even see the gunman's face, she could see the barrel of his rifle aimed straight at her."He was far enough down the hall, that we couldn't see his face," Durham told ABC News affiliateWJLA-TV.
"But we could see him with the rifle, and he raised and aimed at us and he fired."Durham and her colleagues at the Washington Naval Yard were just settling into their desks on an otherwise sleepy Monday morning when they heard three distinctive "pops," gunshots, growing increasingly louder and closer.
01:03 Egyptian security forces storm southern town:
Egyptian security forces backed by armored vehicles and helicopters today stormed a town south of Cairo that had been held for over two months by militants loyal to the ousted Islamist president, swiftly taking control despite some resistance from gunmen.
The pre-dawn operation to retake Dalga in Minya province highlighted the resolve of the military-backed government to pursue Islamic militants behind a wave of violence in several parts of the country following the ouster of Mohammed Morsi in a popularly backed July 3 military coup.
01:01 Bill Gates is once again the richest man in the world!:
The combined wealth of the Forbes' 2013 ranking of the richest people in America is $2 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion in 2012 and the highest ever, due in part to the strength of both the US stock and real estate markets.
The average net worth of a Forbes 400 member is a staggering $5 billion, the highest to date, up from $4.2 billion last year.
Net worth increased for 314 members, and decreased for 30 members. Cost of admission to the 2013 list has rebounded back to what it was pre-financial crisis at $1.3 billion, up from $1.1 billion a year ago.
00:23 US shooting: Suspects may be on loose:
One suspect is dead, but two other gunmen may be on the loose, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
The violence started unfolding at 8.20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington.Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.
"He aimed the gun and fired our way," a man who identified himself as Todd Brundidge told WJLA, adding, "I couldn't believe it."