23:40 Putin says Syria chemical arms moves 'inspire confidence':
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today he was confident but not 100 percent sure that Syria would carry out its commitments to destroy its chemical weapons stockpiles under a Russia-US agreement.
"Will we manage to carry it through? I can't say 100 percent, but all that we have seen recently, in the last few days, inspires confidence that it is possible and that it will be done," Putin said at a meeting of the Valdai international discussion club with Western politicians and journalists in the northwestern Novgorod region.
23:07 9 more bodies fished out, toll in drowning goes up to 17:
Nine more bodies were recovered from the Yamuna river on Thursday, taking the death toll to 17, during the immersion of statutes of Lord Ganesha yesterday.
The deceased were identified as Yogesh Kumar (20), Rajesh (25), Rahul (31), Toshi (25), Kale (31), Sunny (22), Bhogat (20) and Bhagat (45). Efforts are on to identify the remaining bodies, said police.
23:05 Drunk captain of PIA flight arrested at British airport:
A pilot of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was arrested in Britain for being drunk while in charge of a plane while three stewards were taken into custody for misbehaving with a British woman, officials said today.
Pilot Irfan Faiz was the captain of the PIA flight from Leeds-Bradford to Islamabad yesterday. He was arrested from the cockpit by security personnel at the airport serving the cities of Leeds and Bradford on suspicion of being drunk.
21:58 Pak PM not to meet Obama at UNGA session : The Hindu
reports: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not meet US President Barack
Obama during his visit to attend the 68th annual session of the United
Nations General Assembly in New York.
Sharifs proposed meeting with
the U.S. President will be scheduled in the coming months, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said on Thursday.Read the full report here
21:28 INS Sindhurakshak mishap: Navy fails to meet probe deadline:
The navy has failed to meet the four-week deadline of completing its inquiry into the INS Sindhurakshak mishap and has not yet issued a tender to salvage the submarine.
Soon after the mishap, Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi had said the board of inquiry under a Commodore-rank officer would conduct its probe and submit its report within four weeks. The deadline ended earlier this week. The tender to salvage the vessel would be issued very soon after the scene of the mishap was assessed by them, navy officials said.
21:25 Jhumpa Lahiri among 10 shortlisted for US National Book Award:
Indian-American Pulitzer Prize- winning author Jhumpa Lahiri is among 10 novelists shortlisted for the prestigious US National Book Award 2013 in the fiction category for her new work 'The Lowland', which is a tale of two brothers set in Kolkata of the 1960s.
The National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the award in fiction here today, nearly 10 days after she made it to this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist for the same book.
Finalists in the Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction and Fiction categories would be announced on October 16 and the winners will be named at a ceremony here on November 20.
19:50 Muzaffarnagar riots cases pending in Allahabad HC transferred to SC: CNN-IBN
reports: All cases pertaining to the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar that were pending in the Allahabad high court have been transferred to the Supreme Court.
The central government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will not trample on the UP government's powers on maintaining law and order.
Delhi police is not with you if you are poor. Read
18:34 All eight Seemandhra ministers and MPs are meeting Digvijaya Singh at 9 pm at the Congress War Room at 15, Gurudwara Rakab Gunj Road.
18:25 Land allotment: HC issues notice to MCA, Maha, BMC on AAP plea:
The Bombay High Court today sought affidavits from Maharashtra government, BMC and Mumbai Cricket Association MCA in reply to a PIL filed by 'Aam Aadmi Party' alleging illegality and irregularity in allotment of land in suburban Kandivli to MCA.
According to the PIL filed by AAP office-bearers including Mayank Gandhi, the land admeasuring 39,950 square meters was allotted to MCA for training of youngsters in cricket but the association was using it for commercial purposes.
Sharad Pawar, the then president of MCA, had in February 2003 written a letter to the BMC seeking allotment of land in suburban Mumbai for organising coaching of budding cricketers.
18:03 Shinde rules out reinvestigation in German Bakery blast case:
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today ruled out reinvestigation in 2010 Pune's German Bakery blast case, saying there was no need for it.
"No, we do not have any such plan. There is no need," he said when asked whether there is any possibility of ordering a fresh probe into the case by NIA.
A controversy has broken out after recently arrested Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal reportedly told his interrogators that he was not accompanied by Pune blast convict Mirza Himayat Baig in planting the bomb in the bakery but by another terrorist Qateel Siddiqui.
17:58 Heavy to very heavy rains likely to lash Odisha: Met office:
Heavy to very heavy rains along with high-speed winds are likely to lash some places of Odisha in the next two days due to a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal. The low pressure area has formed over north-west Bay of Bengal off Odisha-Gangetic West Bengal Coasts, the meteorological centre said today.
17:48 Nitish resumes blog writing:
Recognising social media as an effective political tool, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today resumed writing blog to share his thoughts with the people of the state living in different parts of the country.
In his today's blog, Kumar wrote how women's education is ushering in a silent social revolution in Bihar. Kumar returned to writing blog after almost two years.
The Bihar chief minister in his latest blog informed people about scholarship schemes his government has introduced for all girls from class I to class X, studying in different government schools across the state to give a further boost to women's education.
17:22 Live! SC to hear Muzaffarnagar riot cases, Centre promises 'not to interfere' :
Just in: The Centre tells the Supreme Court that it won't trample upon or interfere with the UP government to tackle law and order in the state.
The Supreme Court has asked the UP government to file a compliance report on assistance to victims and submit it in a week. All the cases in the Allahabad high court pertaining to the Muzaffarnagar riots has been transferred to the Supreme Court. Read
: How Muzaffarnagar riots will impact 2014 elections
16:36 Live! Tata announces new venture with Singapore Airlines :
Tata Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines have signed an agreement and applied to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for approval to set up a new airline in India that will help stimulate demand for air travel, the companies said on Thursday.
The airline, which is subject to FIPB and other regulatory approvals, will be based in New Delhi and operate under the full-service model. Tata Sons will own 51% and Singapore Airlines will own 49% of the proposed joint venture. Read
16:21 Pigment of our imagination:
When Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America earlier this week, racists in the United States gave free vent to their prejudice on social media networks like Twitter. Their comments ranged from garden-variety hate against foreigners to deeply Islamophobic bilge. Read
16:03 Live! Tainted N Srinivasan will contest BCCI prez polls :
BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan has thrown his hat in the ring -- he will stand for re-election at the AGM on September 29.
Ex-BCCI chief Shashank Manohar may contest against Srinivasan. Srinivasan had called all the BCCI affiliated units from southern part to assemble in Chennai to pledge their support for the Tamil Nadu strongman ahead of the AGM, but the absence of Goa Cricket Association (GCA) and Andhra CA from the meeting has led to speculations about an election being on the cards.
Srinivasan has been in the news after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai Police on allegations of betting on CSK matches in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League.
Meiyappan was later released on bail and Srinivasan had recused himself from the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI but has recently chaired the disciplinary committee meeting that handed life ban to former India international S Sreesanth.
15:21 Dabholkar's murder could be state-sponsored: Raj Thackeray:
Expressing anguish over no breakthrough in rationalist Narendra
Dabholkar murder case even after a month, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray today alleged the killing could be
"The needle of suspicion points towards
the state government," Raj told reporters after the daughter of the
slain anti-superstition activist, Mukta, called on him at his residence
'Krishna Kunj' in Dadar, in suburban Mumbai.
15:11 AAP announces names of 53 candidates out of 70 in Delhi :
Apart from 'Bheem', the party has also fielded Rakhi Birla, a journalist with a television news channel, to contest the elections from Mangolpuri assembly constituency in Delhi.
Sunil Pokhariyal, a social activist, is AAP candidate from Palam, while Vikram Badhwar, who is leading a number of traders' associations like New Delhi Trader's Association and others, will contest from Chandni Chowk assembly constituency, the party said.
The Party has announced Lakshmi Narayan Sharma, earlier associated with Secretary of Labour Party of India, as its candidate from Gonda and Mohan Krishna Sharma from Badli.
AAP has announced a total of 53 candidates for 70 Delhi Assembly seats.
15:09 Mahabharat's Bheem is AAP candidate for Wazirpur seat in Delhi polls:
Actor Praveen Kumar who played the role of Bheem in BR Chopra's legendary television series 'Mahabharat' will contest the Delhi Assembly elections from Wazirpur on Aam Aadmi Party ticket.
Kumar, an Arjuna awardee and star of Indian athletics in the 1960s and the 1970s, had joined the party recently.
Kumar had participated in hammer and discus throws events and, won gold in discus throwing in the 1966 and 1970 Asian Games.
The Arvind-Kejriwal-led AAP today announced the names of six candidates, including Kumar for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.
14:55 Communal riots in Muzaffarnagar have left Gujarat behind: Cong's Rashid Alvi:
In comments that could stoke a controversy, Congress leader Rashid Alvi today said that communal riots in Muzaffarnagar have left Gujarat far behind.
Alvi, who was detained by the Uttar Pradesh Police after he visited a camp in Loni in riot-hit area of Muzaffarnagar, said he was forcibly taken to a police station and after an hour's detention taken to the UP-Delhi border and left there.
"I have visited Gujarat also. But, Muzaffarnagar has left Gujarat behind," he said, pointing towards the problems of Muslims in the area. Alvi claimed that tales of people lodged in various relief camps in Uttar Pradesh point to their big sufferings.
14:34 Live! Police file chargesheet in Mumbai Shakti Mills gang rape :
The Mumbai police crime branch have filed the chargesheet in the gang rape of a photojournalist at the Shakti Mills compound in the city.
The 23-year-old photojournalist was allegedly gang-raped by five accused on August 22 when she had gone to the Shakti Mills compound along with a male colleague on an official assignment.
The chargesheet will contain details of the victim's ordeal, witnesses' statements, evidence collected from the spot, DNA analysis reports, phone call records and test identification parade information, among others, police said.
Police claimed it had more than sufficient evidence against the five accused Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Mohd Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bangali, Siraj Rehman Khan and a minor boy. -- Zee News
14:16 Will nuclear liability dilution be Manmohan's gift to Obama? :
Ahead of Prime Minister's visit to the US, a controversy has broken out over the nuclear liability law with reports suggesting that an agreement will be signed which may not be in tune with the law.
The Cabinet Committee on Security will consider a proposal to sign an agreement between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and the US-based operator Westinghouse Electric Company.
The US sees the Civil Liability for Nuclear Disaster Act as hurdle in selling nuclear reactors to India. The law allows NPCIL to seek partial compensation from suppliers if their reactors are involved in a nuclear accident.
14:14 Editors Guild slams registration of FIR against Hindu editor:
The Editors Guild of India today termed as "gross abuse of power" registration of an FIR by Hyderabad Police against the resident editor of The Hindu newspaper for publishing a report about Andhra Pradesh DGP's visit to a self-styled godman.Also read:
2 reporters jailed, editor booked over AP top cop's godman visit
14:03 Volunteers begin post-Ganesh Chaturthi cleanliness drive in Mumbai:
Volunteers undertook a post-Ganesh Chaturthi cleanliness drive at the Juhu Beach in Mumbai on Thursday.
The celebrations ended after 10 days on Wednesday with immersion of idols. College students and volunteers removed the debris and pollution caused by the immersion of idols.In photos:
Mumbai bids farewell to Ganpati.
13:59 Aga Khan meets Khurshid in New Delhi:
Spiritual leader of 20 million Ismaili Muslim community, Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini alias Aga Khan, met External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi today.
On Wednesday, Khan and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated a 16th century Mughal garden in the heart of New Delhi following a multi-million dollar restoration that lasted several years.
13:55 Ringless Liz Hurley says alleged split with Warne 'too raw to talk about' :
Australian cricketer Shane Warne insists he and Elizabeth Hurley haven't split up but are going through some personal problems.
Earlier reports suggested that the couple have parted ways after they did not interact with each other on Twitter for over three weeks.
"Some of the reports re EH & me r absolute rubbish. Yes we're sorting through some (private) issues. But we're not throwing the towel in yet (sic)," Warne tweeted.
Meanwhile, Hurley, who has been engaged to the retired cricketer since September 2011 when she was spotted wearing a large sapphire ring, is trying to deal with her raw feelings.
She told her 400,000 Twitter followers, "Apologies to loyal followers for Twitter silence on recent events. Too raw & personal to share right now. (sic)".
It is believed the 'Gossip Girl' star recently discovered her fiance has been getting close to his ex-wife Simone Callahan who he was married to for 10 years.
"Liz found out he had been over at Simone's house a lot. She seemed to get the idea that something more than friendship was going on," a source said.
Warne ended his marriage to Simone, the mother of his three children, Brooke, 16, Jackson, 14, and 11-year-old Summer, in 2010 and quickly began dating mother-of-one Hurley, who has an 11-year-old son, Damian. Hurley was previously married to Arun Nayar in 2007.
Massive ERROR message for Apple as thousands of users take to social media to voice frustrations after new iOS 7 software update fails to download properly. Read more
13:46 Woman gangraped at bus stand in AP; four including cop held:
A 35-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by four persons, including a police constable and a homeguard, at Kothkota bus stand in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours today, police said.
Four persons, including a police constable and a homeguard, have been arrested in this connection, they said.
The incident occurred at the bus stand at around 1 am when the woman was waiting for a bus.
12:54 Bombay HC pulls up police for arresting man sipping tea 'suspiciously':
The Bombay High Court has rapped police for arresting a 49-year-old man under CrPc provisions on the ground that he was sipping tea in a 'suspicious' manner at a stall in Kolhapur.
The man was having tea near Shivaji University in Rajarampuri area of Kolhapur in morning hours of February 22 this year.
"This is bewildering. We were unaware that the law required anyone to give an explanation for having tea, whether in the morning, noon or night," said a bench which quashed and set aside the police action against the accused, Vijay Patil.
According to police, Patil did not give satisfactory explanation as to why he was having "chai" (tea) in suspicious manner at the stall.
"One might take tea in a variety of ways, not all of them always elegant or delicate, some of them perhaps even noisy. But we know of no way to drink tea 'suspiciously'.
"The ingestion of a cup that cheers demands no explanation. And while 'cutting chai' is permissible, now even fashionable, cutting corners with the law is not," said Justices S C Dharmadhikari and G S Patel in a recent order.
12:21 Adarsh Housing Society scam: CBI gives clean chit to Sushilkumar Shinde :
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday gave a clean chit to
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in Adarsh Housing Society scam
before the Bombay High Court.
The Bombay High Court had on September 02 said the Centre, Maharashtra
government, CBI, and Adarsh Society may file their responses to a plea
seeking that Shinde be added as an accused in the housing society scam
Dry your tears. Onion prices will ease in two to three weeks as fresh output arrives from Maharashtra, other states, says Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
The Centre has directed all
state governments, including Maharashtra, to take action against traders
and speculators keeping onion prices artificially high by taking
advantage of the seasonal shortage.
Onion prices both in wholesale and retail markets in most parts of the country have seen a sharp increase since July.Read more
11:56 Live! Rajasthan minister accused of raping woman over job promises resigns:
Rajasthan Food and Supplies minister Babulal Nagar resigns. Nagar, who has been booked for raping a woman on the pretext of providing her a 'suitable job', had rubbished the allegations levelled against him. The Jaipur Police has lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against Nagar and ordered a probe.
11:52 New and improved Humayun's Tomb unvelied:
Humayun's Tomb, the country's first garden mausoleum that inspired the Taj Mahal, was unveiled on Wednesday after a six-year renovation effort by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India.
This was the first time that such refit was carried out by a private agency at an ASI-protected monument. Read
11:28 Curfew remains in force in Shopian:
Shopian town in south Kashmir remained under curfew for the eighth consecutive day today following killing of five persons in CRPF firing in two separate incidents last week.
10:58 What iPhone, iPad owners need to know about iOS 7:
Apple is releasing its latest operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch today.The system, iOS 7, will come installed on the new iPhone 5S and 5C models that go on sale Friday.
Owners of some older Apple devices also can download it to replace their current systems. But should they? Before you jump in and upgrade, here's what you need to know about iOS 7. Read
09:55 Live! Re jumps 158 paisa to month high vs US dollar:
The rupee today zoomed by 158 paise to trade at over one-month high of 61.80 against the dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market on hopes of increased capital inflows after the US Federal Reserve's surprise decision to keep its stimulus programme intact.
The rupee had settled just a paise lower at 63.38 against the dollar in yesterday's trade. Traders said besides expectations of increased capital inflows, the dollar's weakness against other currencies overseas, after the US Federal Reserve surprised markets by leaving its massive bond-buying programme unchanged, boosted the rupee's sentiment.
Meanwhile, stock markets were up by nearly 3 per cent in the opening trade. The BSE benchmark index soared by 574.13 points, or 2.88 per cent, to 20,536.29, while National Stock Exchange's Nifty rose by 183.65 points, or 3.11 per cent to 6,083.10 in opening trade.
09:18 Live! BJP-KJP merger soon? Yeeddy aide meets Jaitley:
Days after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's anointment as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, ardent Modi supporter and Karnataka strongman BS Yeddyurappa is all set to return to the NDA. To seal the deal, Yeddyurappa's emissary Leher Singh has met Arun Jaitley.
Leher Singh is also likely to meet BJP President Rajnath Singh and BJP patriarch LK Advani too. The Karnataka Janatha Paksha itself is expected to pass a resolution welcoming Modi as PM candidate.
Read more on CNN-IBN
08:54 Indian American winning Miss America title great: Top US official:
An Indian American crowned with the Miss America title is great, a top Obama administration official has said. "I think it's great, personally. I haven't spoken about it with him (Obama), so I don't have his thoughts," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters yesterday, when asked about the response of US President Barack Obama on achievement of the Indian American.
This is for the first time that an Indian American, which so far has dominated competitions like spelling bee, geography bees, math Olympiad and science competition, has bagged the coveted title.
08:38 India, US destined to be partners: Pentagon:
India and the United States are destined to be partners at the world stage due to their shared common values and outlooks on a wide range of issues, the Pentagon has said as US Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter concluded his highly successful trip to New Delhi.
In his meetings with the India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur, Carter reiterated\ that the US and India are "destined to be partners on the world stage due" to their shared common values and outlooks on a wide range of issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in Washington on Wednesday.
During his visit from September 16 to 18, Carter discussed with Indian officials the forthcoming meeting in Washington between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and steps toward deepening the multifaceted US-Indo defence relationship, Little said.
"They held in-depth consultations on the ongoing political and security transitions in Afghanistan and other regional security issues, common multilateral engagements, joint military exercises, and the significant and growing defence trade between the two countries," he said.
02:57 Analysis: Brazil and US, like star-crossed lovers, foiled again:
Every time Brazil and the United States get to the altar, the roof of the church seems to collapse.In 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan traveled to Brazil for a dinner banquet meant to herald a new era in ties between the Americas' two biggest countries. But when Reagan raised his wineglass and toasted "the people of Bolivia," it seemed to confirm his hosts' worst fears: that the United States saw Brazil as just another poor country in its so-called backyard.
This week, hopes for a breakthrough fell apart once again, in even more dramatic fashion.
02:56 US nuclear workers sue agency over accident:
Two workers who were exposed to radiation have sued the US Department of Energy, claiming they were wrongly denied documentation about the accident.
Brian Simmons and Ralph Stanton were among several workers packaging plutonium reactor fuel plates at the Idaho National Laboratory when they were exposed to radiation in 2011.
01:50 Verdict for Bo Xilai to be announced on Sunday:
A verdict and sentence in the case of Bo Xilai, the former high-ranking official whose downfall shook the Communist Party, will be announced Sunday, Chinese authorities said on Wednesday.
A short statement from the court in the city of Jinan in Shandong Province, where Mr. Bo's trial was held in August, said it would pronounce judgment on Mr. Bo, who is accused of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.
01:21 Russia will give UN 'proof' of Syria rebel chemical use:
Russia will give the Security Council evidence implicating Syrian rebels in a chemical attack on 21 August, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
Syrian officials supplied the evidence, which Mr Lavrov has not yet seen.A UN report released on Monday concluded the nerve agent sarin was used in the attack in Damascus, which the US blames on the Syrian regime.
Russia has called the report one-sided and biased. The UN has hit back, saying its findings are "indisputable".
00:41 6 killed as Canada passenger train, bus collide:
A double-decker bus collided with a passenger train in Canada's capital today, ripping off the front of the bus and killing six people, police said. Witnesses said the bus went through a closed crossing barrier, and passengers said they screamed "Stop, stop!" at the driver just before impact.
Officials said 30 people were injured, 10 critically, at the peak of Ottawa's morning rush hour. The cause of the crash was not yet clear, said John Manconi with bus operator OC Transpo. Transit union president Craig Watson said the driver was killed.
00:32 Shooting at US Navy Yard exposes screening lapses:
New revelations about the Navy contractor who killed 12 people at a secure military installation here have exposed serious shortfalls in security screening and base protection, prompting the White House and Pentagon to order a global review.
President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for a broad security assessment as the administration and law-enforcement officials tried to determine how a former Navy reservist with a years long history of mental-health problems and run-ins with the law was able to carry out the deadly attack.
00:18 Fed sticks to stimulus, worried about growth soft spots:
The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that it would continue buying bonds at an $85 billion monthly pace for now, surprising financial markets that were braced for a reduction in the central bank's economic stimulus.
Citing strains in the economy from tight fiscal policy and higher mortgage rates, the Fed decided against the tapering of asset purchases that investors had all but priced into stock and bond markets.
00:16 Russia says will send UN evidence of rebel chemical attack:
Moscow will send the United Nations information it received from Syria implicating rebels in last month's chemical attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today.
Lavrov's deputy said earlier he had met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and received "evidence" from Damascus implicating the rebels in the August 21 gas attack, which the United States says killed 1,400 people and was perpetrated by the government.
00:15 Hagel orders reviews after shootout, says 'red flags' missed:
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today acknowledged that authorities missed some "red flags" which might have prevented the Washington Navy Yard shootout, even as he ordered the review of physical security and access procedures at all American defence facilities worldwide.
Twelve people, including Indian-American defense contractor Vishnu Pandit, were killed by a lone gunman who was shot down after the brazen shooting rampage at the high-security Navy Yard on Monday.
00:15 Obama to attend memorial service for shooting victims:
US President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service for victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting on Sunday, his spokesman said today.
"To honour the victims of Monday's horrific shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, the president will attend a memorial service on Sunday," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. Details of the memorial service would be announced later.