23:24 Washington Navy Yard shooters mom: 'So, so very sorry':
In a trembling voice, the mother of slain Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis renounced her murderous son Wednesday and said she was glad that "he can no longer do harm to anyone.'
Flanked by two clergymen and standing in the living room on her small Brooklyn apartment, Cathleen Alexis spilled out the contents of her broken heart as she read her type-written, six-sentence statement.
23:20 2 drown, 7 feared dead during Ganesh immersion:
At least two persons were drowned and another seven feared dead during immersion of idols of Lord Ganesha in the Yamuna today in two separate incidents, police said.
The first incident was reported this afternoon from Wazirabad Yamuna Bank in North Delhi where at least five persons are feared dead, said police.
22:34 Opinion polls predict BJP win in MP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan:
BJP is projected to retain power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and dislodge Congress in Rajasthan in the assembly polls to be held this year, according to opinion polls aired by two news channels.
Delhi, though, may have a hung assembly with BJP ahead of incumbent Congress while Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party playing the kingmaker. Shivraj Singh Chouhan will storm to power for the third time in Madhya Pradesh with BJP projected to win 130 out of 230 assembly seats, both Times Now and Headlines Today claimed.
22:31 Shutdown in sight as Republicans revolt over Obamacare:
The House of Representatives doubled down today on a gamble to strip funding for "Obamacare" as part of a stop-gap budget, inching the US government closer to a shutdown.
Congress has until September 30, the end of the fiscal year, to pass a temporary budget measure or see closures of all federal agencies and programs just as the administration seeks to extend the government's legal borrowing limit and secure Syria's chemical weapons.
21:44 Pak summons Afghan diplomat after 5 killed in border firing:
At least five Pakistanis were killed and three others injured today when Afghan Border Police allegedly opened indiscriminate fire near the border, prompting Pakistan to summon a top Afghan diplomat and lodge a strong protest.
The incident took place in Qamaruddin Karez area of Zhob district along the Pak-Afghan border in the morning.
20:49 UPA's new austerity drive: No business class travel, no 5-stars : CNN-IBN reports:
The Centre has announced new austerity measures to cut non-plan expenditure by 10 per cent.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the government officials, barring top bureaucrats, will fly only in economy class for domestic tours. He also added that the government will impose a ban on government seminars in 5-Star hotels and on the purchase of new vehicles.
Read the full report here
20:45 Indian MPs to visit Pakistan for dialogue:
A 13-member Indian parliamentary delegation will arrive here tonight on a two-day visit as part of the Track-2 dialogue process. The Indian MPs will meet their Pakistani counterparts here and would hold discussions on a number of issues including bilateral trade and water among others.
They will be here for the Pakistan-India Parliamentarians Dialogue-V, organised by Pakistani think tank PILDAT. "The idea is to have discussion between parliamentarians who have their hand on the pulse of the people," Joint Director of PILDAT Aasiya Riaz told PTI.
20:22 Pay Rs 5 to attend Modi meet, BJP tells workers :
The Bharatiya Janata Party has charged its party workers Rs 5 per head for attending a mass meeting organised by the party to be held in Bhopal on September 25, which will be addressed by its prime ministerial candidate, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The major highlight of the mass meeting would be BJP patriarch L K Advani sharing the dais with Modi, for the first time after the latter's official anointment as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
20:01 Britain's Man Booker Prize expands to all authors in English:
From Chicago, Sheffield or Shanghai the Booker Prize Foundation announces changes to the rules of eligibility for the Man Booker Prize to celebrate and embrace all authors writing in English.
The trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation have today announced that the Man Booker Prize is to expand eligibility for entry for future prizes to include novels originally written in English and published in the UK, regardless of the nationality of their author. This change will come into effect for the 2014 prize.
18:40 Dec 16 gang rape: Case sent to HC for confirmation of death penalty:
A fast track court, which has sentenced four convicts in the December 16 gang-rape and murder case to death, has sent the case file to the Delhi High Court for confirmation of the capital punishment.
Court sources said the case record relating to the conviction and death sentence of Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh has been referred to the high court.
It is mandatory for the trial court to refer a death penalty case to a high court for confirmation of sentence within 30 days of the pronouncment of the verdict.
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna had held the four guilty on 13 counts including murder and gang rape of the 23-year-old paramedical student.
18:33 Black market for water expands in Delhi:
In a recent afternoon, as an intense stench rose from a carcass dump, a group of women pushed, shoved, and threw expletives at each other outside a temple in Sangam Vihar on the southern edge of Delhi.
The women, carrying a few plastic buckets and empty jerry cans, were fighting to get a place in a line for the water pump inside the temple. Read
18:08 Live! Uma Bharti dares SP: Face consequences if you arrest us :
BJP leader Uma Bharti dares the SP government over the arrest warrants issued against party MLAs. Even as BJP MLAs and workers stage protests in Lucknow, Bharti says if arrests are made, the SP government will have to face consequences.
A local court today issued arrest warrants against a BSP MP, BJP and BSP MLAs, besides several politicians and senior community leaders for allegedly inciting violence through inflammatory speeches here even as some of the accused politicians denied any role in instigating violence.
17:58 A veiled threat:
The principle of open justice trumps the right to individual religious expression. The Independent editorial on the right to wear the veil. Read
17:51 Woman secretly filmed dancing at bus stop wins theatre role:
Waiting for the bus can be pretty tedious. But a young woman from Eastleigh, UK, who decided to pass the time on the pavement by tapping her feet, swaying her hips and dancing to herself can have had no idea it would lead to overnight fame and a role in a stage play. Read
17:50 BJP demands Prez rule in Uttar Pradesh:
BJP president Rajnath Singh today demanded imposition of President's Rule in Uttar Pradesh in view of the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar.
"Consisering the situation, there seems to be no option but to impose President's Rule in Uttar Pradesh", Singh said.
"The Government of India must intervene and start strict proceedings against the Samajwadi Party-led government in UP. Action should be taken based on the facts of a TV channel's sting operation yesterday on the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas," he said.
17:17 Some BJP leaders okayed Modi with great heartburn:
Before emerging as the face of the BJP before the 2014 polls, Narendra Modi had never been surrounded with so much of eminence. And never has LK Advani, the man who is credited with building the political right from scratch -- along with AB Vajpayee, of course -- let himself be so lonely. Read
16:51 Acid bottles recovered from Goa house rented by Bhatkal:
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recovered some bottles of acid from the house which the alleged co-founder of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen Yasin Bhatkal, had rented in Goa in November 2011.
NIA sleuths brought Bhatkal -- arrested from Nepal-India border recently -- to Goa on Saturday night by a chartered flight. They flew back to Delhi after visiting Anjuna village, where he had lived, and Chimbel, a slum area near Panaji, police sources said.
One person was picked up by NIA for interrogation from Indiranagar Chimbel, a cluster of 4,000-odd slums. Bhatkal had lived in a rented house in Anjuna from November 2011 to February 2012 with two others.Read:
How Yasin Bhatkal boosted ATS' probe of Mumbai train blasts
16:42 AAP: BJP had dope on Vadra-DLF deal, chose to stay mum:
Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal says the BJP had the dope on Robert Vadra's deal with DLF for 18 months, but did not reveal it because of a deal with the Congress.
The AAP, which released its election survey today says that in August the BJP would get 31 per cent, Congress 26 per cent, while Aap would get 27 per cent votes.
An ongoing survey says that in Delhi, the BJP will get 23 per cent, the Congress 24 per cent, while AAP gets the lion's share of 32 per cent.
40 per cent of Delhi wants Arvind Kejriwal as CM, 20 per cent wants Vijay Goel, while 25 per cent choose to stay with Sheila Dixit.
16:29 Live! No bail for Asaram, to remain in jail till October 1 :
Just in: Asaram Bapu to remain in jail. The court will hear the bail application in the sexual assault case on October 1. A day after leading advocate Ram Jethmalani claimed that the girl who accused Asaram Bapu of sexual assault is mentally unstable, Headlines Today has got exclusive access to details which trash these findings. Read
16:06 China: Bo case verdict on Sunday:
The verdict in the case of disgraced former top Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be announced on Sunday, the court that tried him said today. The notice was made on the court's official weibo account, the Chinese version of Twitter. Bo, 64, was charged with abuse of power, corruption and bribery.
16:00 Miss America, Meet Indias Dark Side:
An ugly wave of abuse greeted the new Miss America because of her origins, but in India she would be considered too dark to succeed. Tunku Varadarajan on the paradox of pigment. Read
15:59 A month after finding new home, ex-editor back on pavement:
Nearly a month after Sunita Naik and her ageing Pomeranian Sashi found a new home with Vile Parle couple George and Christine Misquitta, the 65-year-old former editor has returned to the footpath outside the gurdwara where MiD DAY had found her. Read
15:26 Navy Yard victims wife: I cant believe this is happening again:
Above the sofa in Priscilla Daniels's living room in Southeast Washington there's a flower-festooned shrine to her 14-year-old son. He was shot and killed four years ago on a D.C. street.
Now, after the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Daniels, 46, has to hang another portrait, build another shrine. Read
14:56 Is Africa really a drunken continent?:
"Africa has a drinking problem," declared a recent article in Time Magazine. But is the evidence there to support such a sweeping statement? Kate Wilkinson, a researcher at the Africa Check website, is in a good position to know, and she stresses that drinking habits in the continent's 55 countries vary. Read
14:41 Live! Govt doesn't sell onions, ask traders: Kapil Sibal on rising prices:
The government is washing its hands off rising onion prices with union ministers not sounding too sympathetic.
After Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said rising onion prices were good for farmers, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has said the prices have nothing to do with the government.
"Why don't you ask the traders this? The government is not the one selling onions," is what Kapil Sibal said when he was asked if onion prices will rise further. Read more
14:25 ICICI Ventures invests Rs 150 cr in Adlabs Imagica:
Adlabs Imagica, an entertainment theme park promoted by film producer Manmohan Shetty, today said it has raised about Rs 150 crore from private equity firm ICICI Ventures to fund its expansion.
The 300-acre theme park, situated on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, was set up with an initial investment of about Rs 1,200 crore. It was opened to public in April this year.
14:24 Yeddyurappa intensifies efforts to return to BJP:
Former BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa has intensified efforts to return to the party by sending his emissary to the national capital today to meet senior leaders L K Advani, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley to build a consensus on merging his KJP with the saffron party.
Yeddyurappa, who had to resign from the post of Karnataka Chief Minister after he was indicted in a graft case by the Lokayukta, has shown his willingness to return to the BJP after Narendra Modi was made its prime ministerial candidate, party sources said.
He had quit BJP in December last year and floated the Karnataka Janata Party.
14:13 Live! Ready for arrest, but want CBI inquiry into Muzaffarpur riots: BJP MLA:
BJP MLA Sangeet Som, against whom arrest warrant has been issued in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots, today said he was ready for arrest and demanded a CBI inquiry into the entire issue.
He termed the allegations as "completely baseless and far from the truth," and claimed that the government was getting cases registered against him to appease a particular section of society.
"I have myself demanded a CBI inquiry into the entire episode and I, along with all the MLAs, am ready for arrest, but the government should act correctly and uphold the truth," Som, who appeared in the UP Assembly despite arrest warrant against him.
"I am being accused of instigating the people by giving inflammatory speech... if that is is the case, there would be a CD... they should show it," Som, an MLA from Sardhana, said.
Fear and Loathing in North India's Sugarcane Town. The New York Times on the Muzaffarnagar riots. Read
13:41 Court reserves order on Jagan's bail plea till Sep 23:
A special CBI court today reserved its order till September 23 on the bail plea of the jailed YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in a case related to alleged quid-pro-quo investments in the companies owned by him. The CBI opposed Jagan's bail petition contending that if the Kadapa MP is enlarged on bail, it could influence/ affect the trial in the case.
Miss America Nina Davuluri: Too 'Indian' to ever be Miss India. Read more
13:23 PM, Sonia to visit Rajasthan:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will visit Rajasthan on September 21 and 22, respectively, to inaugurate metro and oil refinery projects in the state.
13:20 The Hindu will not be intimidated:
Angry with The Hindu for having publicised a recent meeting he had with a well-known Hyderabad religious figure, Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy has orchestrated the filing of an FIR against S. Nagesh Kumar, Resident Editor (AP) of The Hindu, claiming the news report was published "with intent to cause fear to the public and thereby to induce the public to commit breach of peace and public harmony.'Read
12:58 Dilip Kumar still in ICU, under observation:
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar is recovering but continues to remain in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Mumbai as he is still under observation.
He was admitted to Lilavati hospital in suburban Bandra on Sunday after suffering a heart attack.
"He (Dilip Kumar) is recovering. He is still in ICU and is under observation... but all is well. There is nothing to worry. He will have to be there in hospital for three more days," sources close to the actor said.
The 90-year-old thespian had suffered a heart attack on Sunday.
A fact-finding exercise coordinated by the Centre for Policy on the Muzaffarnagar riots. Read
12:33 The BJP has meanwhile, demanded President's rule in UP.
12:33 The chilling familiarity of Muzaffarnagar:
Riot follows riot with sickening regularity, but there is only a deathly silence on a draft bill to fix accountability for communal violence and guarantee justice and compensation to victims. Read
12:04 A Hamletian dilemma:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once again faces his Hamlet moment with
Pakistan to meet or not to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif
in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
There is a campaign to dissuade him from doing so. There are also some
muted voices in favour. Read
12:01 J-K: Top separatist leaders placed under house arrest:
Authorities today placed under house arrest top separatist leaders, including chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had called for a march to UN Military Observers Group office here to lodge protest against killing of five youths in Shopian.
11:56 Arrest warrants out against 10 hatemonger netas in Muzzafarnagar, from BJP, SP, Cong, BSP.
11:54 UP Assembly adjourned for 30 minutes:
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly was adjourned for half an hour today amid uproar by the opposition parties demanding a debate on Muzaffarnagar riots.
As soon as the house assembled at 11 am, BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya demanded that the question hour should be suspended and a debate be held on Muzaffarnagar incident.
He said that a message should go in the state and communal harmony should be restored. Leader of BJP Legislature Party Hukum Singh alleged that the government and the Cabinet were root of the trouble and a debate should be held on the issue.
Leader of Congress legislature party Pradeep Mathur also demanded a debate on the issue.
11:41 Fear and loathing in North Indias sugarcane town:
On Sept. 7, riots broke out between the majority Jat community and the Muslim minority in the adjoining Muzaffarnagar district. More than 44 people have been killed and 42,000 people, mostly Muslims, have been displaced from their homes. Read
11:34 Live! Mumbai gang rape: Police to prove criminal conspiracy with new witness, chargesheet tomorrow:
Mumbai gang rape probe: The statement of the survivor has been recorded before the magistrate. New details have emerged in the Mumbai Shakti Mills gang-rape case that make the case against the five accused watertight.
CNN-IBN has accessed the details of the chargesheet in the case and has learned that Section 120B, criminal conspiracy, will be now added to the charges.
This comes after a new witness has emerged who will testify to the fact that two of the accused made a call to three others asking them to join them. The chargesheet will be filed tomorrow. Read more
11:15 Lawyer for Delhi gang-rape convicts told to explain conduct:
The Defence lawyer in Delhi gang-rape case AP Singh has been asked by Bar Council of Delhi to explain his remarks that he would burn his daughter alive if she had premarital sex.
Singh made the remarks after his clients - Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma - were handed the death sentence last Friday over the gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi that took place on December 16 last year.
"We have issued a show cause notice asking him why action should not be taken against him for the misogynist comments made by him," Surya Prakash Khatri, chairman of Bar Council of Delhi, told AFP. "His remarks were highly objectionable," Khatri added.
Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma were among four men handed the death penalty by a fast-track court after a seven-month trial in the case that sparked widespread anger at the treatment of women in India.
10:48 Akal Takht bans Guru Granth Sahib in homes with bars:
Acting on suggestions and complaints of some faithful, Akal Takht - the highest temporal body of Sikhs - ruled on Tuesday that Guru Granth Sahib can't co-exist in houses that have bars or with things proscribed by the religion, such as tobacco, intoxicants and halal meat.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the top Sikh clergy at the Akal Takht secretariat in Amritsar. Read
10:46 Karnataka minister, staff jump into lake, save 6 from sinking car:
At a time when politicians are a vilified lot, a 61-year-old Karnataka minister on Tuesday became a hero on Tuesday morning by jumping into a cold lake along with his guards and saving a family of six trapped in a sinking car.
Primary and secondary education minister Kimmane Ratnakar was travelling in his official Innova to Bangalore from his native town of Thirthahalli when he spotted the sinking car and ordered his convoy to stop. Read
10:08 No end to border skirmishes: Pak violates ceasefire again:
The Pakistan Army has violated ceasefire again at the Line of Control at Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media reports, Pakistan Army opened unprovoked firing and the Indian side retaliated.
The exchange of gunfire went on for five hours, said reports.
This is the 19th ceasefire violation by the Pakistani side in September, said CNN-IBN.
10:04 Yeddyurappa's KJP to merge with the BJP?:
Top leaders of the Karnataka Janatha Party, headed by B S Yeddyurappa, will meet later today to take a final decision on the party's merger with the BJP.
Yeddyurappa had earlier walked out of the BJP after the party forced him to give up the Karnataka CM's post over corruption charges.
09:53 Iran may send Persian cat into space!:
Iran, which has reportedly launched a monkey, a mouse and a turtle, among others, into space, is planning to send a Persian cat next.
Iran's claims about its ambitious space programmes and missions have been earlier met with skepticism by the West.
09:48 US shooting: Slain gunman had history of mental illness:
Aaron Alexis, the alleged gunman who killed 12 people including an Indian American inside a heavily guarded Washington Navy Yard, had a history of mental illness, law enforcement officials have said.
"Initial reports indicate that this is an individual who may have had some mental health problems," said US President Barack Obama.
09:46 US will maintain its military posture against Syria: White House:
The United States will maintain its aggressive military posture against Syria, the White House has said, even as diplomatic paralyses continues at the United Nations.
"The force posture remains the same. And the threat of military force, the military option remains on the table," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
09:45 Brazilian president calls off State Visit to US over spying :
In what could be called as a diplomatic snub, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has called off her State Visit to US in the aftermath of the revelation that the Obama administration spied on her.
Statements issued by both the countries billed the decision as a postponement.
The visit had been scheduled for October 23 but was called into question after documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence technician, revealed the extent of American spying on its Brazilian ally.
03:40 Russia opposes use of force in resolution on Syria:
Russia insisted Tuesday that a U.N. Security Council resolution governing Syria's handling of its chemical weapons not allow the use of force, but it suggested that could change if Damascus reneges on the deal to give up its stockpile.
The main Syrian opposition coalition, meanwhile, urged the international community to take swift action against the regime of President Bashar Assad in response to a U.N. finding that the nerve agent sarin was used in a deadly attack near the capital last month.
03:39 Abbott to be sworn-in as Australia's new PM:
Tony Abbott will be officially sworn in as Australia's new prime minister today, with his controversial plan to stop asylum-seeker boats coming into play.
The 55-year-old conservative has pledged to quickly scrap taxes on corporate pollution and mining profits imposed under the previous Labor administration, introduce a costly paid parental leave scheme, and build roads for the 21st century.
02:42 New Syria resolution must be enforceable: UN chief:
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a UN Security Council resolution that would approve a US-Russia deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons must be enforceable.
Ban told reporters today that the "most effective" way is under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. It deals with threats to international peace and security and has provisions for enforcement by military or non-military means such as sanctions.
02:29 Security council diplomats negotiating on Syria:
Thrust back into a central role in resolving the Syrian conflict, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council met on Tuesday to negotiate a draft resolution that would hold Syria to its pledge of identifying all chemical weapons under government control for destruction, but diplomats said major differences over a draft quickly emerged.
The diplomats, who declined to be identified, said Russia, Syria's most important ally, was resisting components of the draft, composed by the three Western permanent members '" Britain, France and the United States '" that discuss the threat of force to ensure Syrian compliance, whether to condemn the Syrian government for chemical weapons use, and whether suspected users should be referred to the International Criminal Court for war crimes prosecutions.
02:08 Egypt Muslim Brotherhood spokesman arrested:
Egyptian police arrested the main English-language spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday along with other senior members of the group, all charged with inciting violence, state media and a security official said.
Gehad el-Haddad had emerged has one of the group's most well-known faces, appearing regularly in foreign media to defend the Brotherhood's policies during Mohammed Morsi's year as president and following Morsi's July 3 ouster by the military. His father, Essam el-Haddad, was a senior foreign policy aid to Morsi and has been in detention with Morsi since the coup.
01:34 Gunman kills 4 in Austria, police raid his hideout:
A gunman in Austria killed four people, including three police officers, and fired sporadically at police on Tuesday after barricading himself in a farm building, police officials said.
After a 12-hour standoff, police stormed the building and were searching for the suspect, Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told The Associated Press. It wasn't immediately clear whether he was still in the building and the search was widening to other nearby buildings on the farm grounds.
01:26 Brahimi urges US, Russia to build on Syria deal:
The UN-Arab League envoy on Syria today urged the United States and Russia to build on their recent rapprochement to help bring about a political solution to the Syrian civil war.
Veteran negotiator Lakhdar Brahimi, who wants to revive efforts to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table, called on the two powers to build on the momentum from their deal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons.
01:13 Brazil president postpones US trip over spying allegations:
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will call off her state visit to Washington next month after President Barack Obama failed to smooth over relations shaken by allegations of espionage, two government officials said.
The decision to cancel came less than a day after Obama personally called his Brazilian counterpart, the officials said, asking not to be named because Rousseff hasn't publicly announced her decision.
00:59 Security under scrutiny over vetting of US Navy Yard gunman:
The US Navy on Tuesday ordered a review of security at all of its facilities as questions arose about how a former serviceman with a history of violence and mental illness received clearance to work at a base where he killed 12 people before police shot him dead.
The suspect, Aaron Alexis, 34, a Navy contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, entered Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning and opened fire, spreading panic at the base just a mile and a half from the US Capitol and three miles from the White House.
00:39 Baghdad Shiites hit as Iraq attacks kill 34:
A series of Baghdad car bombings mostly targeting Shiite neighbourhoods were the deadliest in a spate of attacks that killed 34 people in Iraq today, security and medical officials said.
The attacks were the latest in a surge of unrest that has left more than 4,200 people dead this year, the highest toll since 2008 when Iraq was emerging from a brutal sectarian war.
00:38 UN's Ban to 'welcome' meeting between Singh, Sharif in NYC:
UN chief Ban Ki-moon today expressed hope that India and Pakistan would discuss ways to address the tension at the LoC during a possible meeting of Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif on the margins of the UN General Assembly here next week.