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August 24, 2014

20:41  Former London rapper suspected to be Jihadi John, who beheaded scribe:  British intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 have identified the man suspected of the horrific beheading of American journalist James Foley.The hooded man with an English accent is believed to be Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, known to fellow Islamic State militants as Jihadi John. The former rapper left his family home in an affluent west London suburb last year to fight in the civil war in Syria.
20:27  Homeless man steals signage from Foley memorial service:  A homeless man was charged with stealing a no parking sign from the memorial service for the late American journalist James Foley. David Gordon, 49, was spotted holding one of the orange cardboard signs that are attached to wooden stakes. Gordon wrote that he was homeless and asking for money on the sign. Gordon was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. His bail is set at $1,000 and he is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
19:16  Jihadists enter Syria military airport for first time:  Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria, capturing parts of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location. The air base at Tabqa, east of the city of Raqqa, is the Syrian Army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by the Islamic State. There were fierce clashes between the jihadis and government forces within the walls of the air base.
18:35  MNS chief not to contest state polls:   After announcing himself to be the chief minister candidate for his party the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Raj Thackeray today announced that he will not be contesting the polls. "I have decided not to contest polls myself now," said the MNS chief. Earlier, Thackeray was weighing the options of contesting either from Mahim, which includes Shivaji Park area, where he resides, or Nashik. 
17:33  It's OFFICIAL! K Sankaranarayanan resigns as Maharashtra governor:  Hours after he was transferred to Mizoram to take over the post, which was left vacant after the sacking of Kamla Beniwal, Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan said, "It is not possible for me to go to Mizoram." He added, "I resigned because I don't want to continue as a governor. From tomorrow I am a free man, I can speak what I want and criticize." The governor said that he had sent his resignation to the President today and wanted to send his good wishes to Maharashtrians. When asked why he was resigning, he did not provide any proper explanation and told the media that they were free to interpret it any which way. 
16:37  Chris Brown shot at during pre-VMA party:  Singer Chris Brown was reportedly shot at during a party he hosted on Saturday night. The star was at 1oak in West Hollywood where he was believed to have been targeted. Although he escaped uninjured, music producer Suge Knight, 49, is said to have been hurt, along with two others in the shooting. Black Eyed Peas star Apple De Ap said he heard four shots ring out inside the nightclub as revellers dived for safety. 
16:33  Haryana CM attacks BJP over heckling issue:  Addressing thousands at his Panipat rally, Haryana Chief Minister today attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party over the heckling issue, saying that booing him was booing Haryana. "Haryana never tolerates an insult, my insult was an insult to Haryana," he said. Hooda added that the voters would give a befitting reply to BJP in upcoming state polls. The comments come after Hooda, a Congress leader, was left fuming as a hostile crowd hooted at a function in Modi's presence in Kaithal in Haryana. Upset at the jeering, Hooda said he will not attend any function of the Prime Minister or union ministers if the Haryana BJP leadership did not change its attitude. 
16:28  Earthquake rocks northern California:  An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 has shaken northern California, reports the US Geological Survey. The USGS said it struck 6 km north-west of American Canyon. Many Twitter in Sacramento and users said te quake woke them up. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
15:58  Former Cong MP Jitender Malik joins BJP:  The ruling Congress in poll-bound Haryana saw yet another desertion with another senior leader and former Sonipat MP Jitender Singh Malik bidding adieu to the party. Malik joined the saffron party in Rohtak in the presence of former Haryana BJP president Ganeshi Lal and other saffron party leaders. After joining the BJP, Malik said that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda should introspect why several party leaders were leaving the party and raising a banner of revolt against him. Asked why he chose to join the BJP, Malik said he took the decision as he was impressed by the working style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
15:51  K Sankaranarayanan has put in his papers: Sources:  Following sources saying that Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan was not too keen on his transfer to Mizoram, sources have now revealed that he has sent his resignation letter to the President of India. However, sources within the president's office said that they were yet to receive a letter from Sankaranarayanan. The Maharashtra governor was to Mizoram that was held by Kamla Beniwal who was sacked earlier this month. Sankaranarayanan has been serving as Governor of Maharashtra since 22 January, 2010. He took oath as governor of Maharashtra for a second time on 7 May, 2012 after the President granted him a fresh term of 5 years.
15:29  One trooper killed, another injured in J&K's Kupwara district:   One army trooper was killed and another wounded in two counter infiltration operations in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, according to a defence spokesman. The spokesman in a statement said, "Due to a spurt in infiltration, the army stepped up counter-infiltration operations. One such operation continuing in Kunda Nar area of Keran sector resulted in contact and exchange of fire between army and terrorists on Saturday evening. One army soldier was injured and succumbed to his injuries." In another counter-infiltration operation in Kalarus area of the same district,  the  spokesman said contact was established with militants at Gurdazi village this morning. One soldier was injured and is being evacuated to base hospital in Srinagar, the spokesman added.
15:05  K Sankaranarayanan not too keen on move to Mizoram:  After Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan was transferred by the central government to Mizoram, sources have reported that the governor is reluctant to accept the orders. Sankaranarayanan was on Saturday night transferred and appointed as the Mizoram Governor, a post vacated after Kamala Beniwal was sacked by the Union government.
14:37  Don't want awards, want justice: Meerut victim, who attacked goons on road:  Mamata Yadav, the woman caught on camera beating up goons after they attacked her and husband in Meerut, is now alleging that she is being targeted by the Samajwadi Party. Yadav said that the SP government has been pressurising her to change her statement, as one of the accused in the crime is the son of a SP leader. "I am time and again called to the police station and being asked questions and treated like the accused. I have not done anything wrong, then why am I being treated liked a criminal?" Following the incident, the state government had announced a Rs 1 lakh award for her bravery. However, slamming the award, she said that she didn't want an award but wanted justice. 

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13:51  Vinod Rai accepts Congress's dare to debate?:  Reacting to Congress's dare of a debate to argue the authenticity of his comments, former Comptroller Auditor General Vinod Rai said he would debate among equals. Manish Tewari from the Congress had said that Vinod Rai should clarify his statements and also wanted to debate with him on the statements he made, alleging that Congress functionaries had asked him to drop names from his CWG and Coalgate reports. 
13:32  Defence Minister reacts to Pakistan's ceasefire violations:  Following an army jawan's demise and the latest ceasefire violations, Arun Jaitley, the defence minister, said, "There have been a series of provocations, but our armed forces and the Border Security Force are fully protecting both our territory and people. Response required to violations by Pakistan is adequately taken by them."
12:46  Love jihad not on official agenda, clarifies UP's BJP unit:  A few days after it was reported that the Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party unit had decided to include 'love jihad' in its agenda, today, the BJP announced that it had removed the controversial word "love jihad" from the agenda list which was discussed by the party leaders on the first day of state level meet in the Mathura convention.
12:30  Army jawan killed by terrorists:  An Indian Army jawan died after terrorists opened fire at an army patrol party in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district. The area is tensed after Pakistani troops have been targetting Border out posts and villages along the border since Saturday night. 
12:00  Congress dares Vinod Rai to a debate over allegations:  Following the shocking allegations the former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai made about Congress leaders asking him to drop names from the coal scam and the CWG scam, senior Congress leaders dare former CAG Vinod Rai for an open debate. The allies of the Congress also questioned his timing and said that if his allegations were, in fact, true, why didn't he come forward earlier. Mocking him, the Congress said, "Writing books seems to be a retirement plan."
11:21  Parole denied yet again for John Lennon's killer:  John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said. The decision on Mark David Chapman by a three-member board came after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said. Chapman fired five shots on December 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan's Upper West Side, hitting the ex-Beatle four times in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, and others. He was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
11:04  Former CAG General Vinod Rai makes startling revelations:  Former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai has claimed that senior functionaries from the UPA government pressurised him to drop few names from the auditor's reports on Coalgate and Commonwealth Games scams, according to a report published in Times of India. "Politicians came to my home and told me not to name some people and to protect some others in connection with the CWG and coal allocation reports," he said. On the sidelines of the release of his book, 'Not Just an Accountant', he said, "The book will have details of how the ex-PM (Manmohan Singh) succumbed to what he himself once described as 'compulsions of coalition politics'. Everything cannot be sacrificed only to remain in power. Governance cannot be sacrificed at the altar of compulsion of coalition politics."
10:42  Maharashtra governor transferred to Mizoram:  It's official! Maharashtra Governor K Shankarnarayanan has been transferred as the Governor of Mizoram. A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique issued late on Saturday night said that 82-year-old Shankarnarayanan has been shifted to Mizoram and Gujarat Governor OP Kohli has been asked to discharge his duties. The post of Governor of Mizoram fell vacant following the sacking of Kamla Beniwal. 
10:38  Minor fire in Jaipur's iconic palace, no one's hurt, say cops:   A minor fire today broke out in a museum inside the City Palace in Jaipur, and no one was injured in the incident. 

"The fire broke out in the museum office. No was injured in the incident and fire tenders have been pressed into service," sub-inspector Rajesh Kumar said, adding the flames are under control. 

The City Palace is a palace complex in the Pink City and was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. One of its part now houses a museum but the greater part of it is the residence of the members of Jaipur's erstwhile royal family.
10:09  Poll panel likely to announce assembly election schedule this week:  The election process for states going to polls is expected to be set in motion as the Election Commission is likely to announce dates in this regard in the middle of next week. 

The terms of the legislative assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra are coming to an end on October 27 and November 8 respectively. The terms of the legislative assemblies of Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir are ending on January 3 and 19 next year. 

Sources in the poll body said festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussehra and Diwali and the deployment of central forces will decide the dates of assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana.
10:07  Veteran sports scribe ATP Sarathy dies at 93:  Veteran sports journalist A T P Sarathy, who had reported on several sporting disciplines with distinction during his long career, died in Mumbai today of old age. He was 93 and is survived by two sons and two daughters. 

Sarathy was the former sports editor of the Indian Express and after superannuation he took up the same post in the now-defunct Mumbai morning tabloid The Daily. He was also a former president of the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai and the Sports Journalists Federation of India. 

Sarathy was well-known for his acerbic wit and no-holds-barred pithy comments during coverage of sports, both on and off the field. He was especially known for his reporting of the national game of hockey during India's peak period of dominance of the game and then its decline from the top pedestal. 

Sarathy was also a radio commentator on games like hockey and football. Among the major events he covered was the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. 

The final rites are to be held later today.
10:06  PM goes through routine checkup at AIIMS:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today went to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi for a routine medical check-up. 

The 63-year-old Modi went at 7 am to the country's premier medical institute which was turned into a fortress. Sources said it was a routine medical check-up conducted every three months.

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