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January 11, 2014


23:18  Judge sends legal notice to daily, 2 TV channels:  Justice Swatanter Kumar, a former Supreme Court judge, tonight sent a legal notice to certain media organisations demanding an apology from them within 24 hours for publicising "incredulous and false" allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a law intern. 

In the legal notice sent to a leading newspaper and two TV channels, Justice Kumar, currently chairman of the National Green Tribunal, said that in the event of them not complying, he would be compelled to initiate "appropriate proceedings" against them.
22:45  Jaya directs release of Lankan fishermen in TN prisons:  Seeking to create a favourable atmosphere for the proposed meeting of fishermen associations of India and Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today directed the release of Lankan fishermen lodged in prison in the state and sought that their Indian counterparts jailed in that country also be freed by January 13. 

The state government had already urged the Centre to press Sri Lanka to release Tamil Nadu fishermen languishing in jails in that country to ensure a favourable atmosphere for the January 20 talks, she said in a statement.
22:41  Google violating norms by showing military installations: BJP MP:  Accusing search engine giant Google of violating Indian norms for showing strategic locations of the country, BJP Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay today demanded the prime minister's intervention into the matter.        

"This is a matter of grave and very serious security threat to the country. Google India is violating Indian norms, our constitutional position on mapping and, in serious violation of defence norms and instructions Google is showing all military installations," Vijay told reporters.
22:40  AAP magic will not work anywhere else in India: BJP:  Senior BJP leader and MP Gopinath Munde today said in the upcoming general elections, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party will not get the kind of support it received in the Delhi assembly polls.        

"The AAP will not get the same kind of response and support from people in other parts of the country as the situation differs from that in Delhi," Munde told reporters.
22:28  Odisha govt to sign fresh agreement with Posco :  Optimistic about the progress of Posco's Rs 52,000 crore steel project, the Odisha government today said it would sign a fresh tripartite agreement with the South Korean steel major as the validity of the original MoU lapsed three years ago.        

"The state government will sign a fresh agreement with Posco and Posco-India for setting up the proposed mega steel mill near Paradip," Steel and Mines Minister R K Singh said while describing the Centre's environmental clearance as a positive sign for the country's biggest FDI project
22:26  Pak Army lauds brave teenager who stopped suicide bombers:  The Pakistani military today described a 14-year-old boy who died while preventing a suicide attack on his school as a "martyr" who had sacrificed his "today for our better tomorrow".        

"Brigadier Nadeem Zaki Manj, Local Commander in Hangu, visited the grave of young student Aitzaz Hussain (shaheed), who sacrificed his life to save hundreds of his school fellows from a suicide attack, laid a floral wreath on behalf of (the army chief) and offered (prayers)," said a statement from the military's media wing.        

Manj conveyed army chief General Raheel Sharif's tributes to the boy's family.
22:25  Omar hits out at coalition partner Congress:  Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today took on ruling coalition partner Congress for "creating hurdles" in the setting up of new administrative units in Jammu and Kashmir and vowed that he will keep fighting till he fulfills his mission.        

The chief minister's attack came after the Congress demanded that the proposal to set up new administrative units at ground level be examined, before being implemented.        

Without naming the Congress, he said, "Some people are creating hurdles for me in this endeavour (to set up administrative units). I know how to use what resources at which time to fulfill my mission."
22:23  Will approach court over snoopgate: Pradeep Sharma:  Suspended IPS officer Pradeep Sharma today reiterated that he would approach the court if the complaint filed by him against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and others in the snooping scandal is not converted into an FIR.        

"Earlier, they (those defending Modi) had said that I was harassing the woman in question. Now, when I have gone to file a complaint, they are trying to come out with wild allegations like my phone was tapped to find out about corruption," Sharma told reporters.
22:22  We need a PM, not a man-eater: Cong leader on Modi:  Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma, who has targeted Narendra Modi on several occasions before, today said the country needs a prime minister and not a "man-eater".        

Verma, without naming BJP's prime ministerial candidate Modi, said, "Hamen bhavi pradhan mantri ki zaroorat hai, aadam khor ki nahi (We need a future prime minister, not a man-eater)."        

Addressing a convention of people belonging to Dalit, backward and minority communities, the Congress minister said the country was well aware of his (Modi's) "deeds".
21:43  Narendra Modi rallies leaders ahead of key BJP meet :  BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today reviewed preparations for the party's national executive and council meetings, to be held in Delhi from January 17 to 19, where it will put forth its strategy for the Lok Sabha election.        
Modi held consultations with senior leaders ahead of the meetings and worked out the modalities for putting forth the political agenda, including the political and economic resolutions at the Council meet, to pin down the UPA and consolidate on the anti-incumbency factor.
21:42  Gobsmacked Cong refuses comment on Shinde's latest goof-up:  Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari today sought to steer clear of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remark -- that he would be happy to see NCP Chief Sharad Pawar become the prime minister.        

"I have not seen the statement of the honourable home minister. If at all he has articulated his opinion, I do not know in what context and in what circumstances he has said it," Tewari told reporters.
21:40  Contest ONLY from Amethi: Kumar Vishwas challenges Rahul:  AAP leader Kumar Vishwas today said if reports that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was mulling contesting Lok Sabha polls from both Chikmagalur and Amethi were true, then it would be deemed that he had conceded defeat even before the contest.        

Vishwas, who is planning to contest from Amethi -- a seat represented by Rahul Gandhi -- told reporters, "If Rahul contests from the same constituency along with Amethi then it would be deemed that he has conceded defeat".
21:22  Major fire at Swadeshi Market, Sadar Bazar:  A major fire has broken out at Swadeshi Market, Sadar Bazar in New Delhi.

As many as 27 fire engines have rushed to the site, but the fire is still not under control, according to a CNN-IBN report.
21:13  Winter weather kills 9 in UP, fresh snowfall in JK:  Cold weather conditions claimed nine lives in Uttar Pradesh while fresh snowfall again left Kashmir cut off from the rest of the country, as northern India continued to grapple with the winter chill.        

In UP, four people died due to cold and rainfall in different parts of Fatehgarh district while a road mishap caused by poor visibility due to fog killed five others in Hathras last night.        

Although Dellhites woke up to a foggy morning, they were treated to bright sunshine in the later part of the day, with the maximum settling at 18.2 degrees, two notches below normal.
21:12  Onus of running Parliament smoothly lies with govt: BJP:  The BJP today said the government may have lined up several Bills for passage in the forthcoming session of Parliament but the onus of smooth functioning of the House lies on the government.

He alleged that members of the ruling party themselves have been disrupting proceedings.      

"The government is bringing so many Bills in this session of Parliament. Was it sleeping for the last nine years? The last session saw Congress MPs walking into the Well of the House and disrupting proceedings. They also moved a no-confidence motion against the government," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
21:05  Ram Vilas Paswan meets Sonia Gandhi:  LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi to discuss the issue of a poll alliance in Bihar.    

Both LJP and RJD are aiming to ally with the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. RJD Chief Lalu Prasad had met the Congress President earlier this month and also Rahul Gandhi on Thursday in this regard.        

"Congress is our natural ally. We have requested Congress to take the lead in firming up a secular alliance in Bihar," Paswan said after meeting Gandhi today.
20:42  Egypt's army chief eyes President's post:  Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has stated that he may participate in the presidential polls if the people "demanded" it and the military "supported" him, state media quoted him as saying.
20:40  Will the real 'Arik' please stand up?:  Ariel 'Arik' Sharon was a man of many 'Ariks' -- Arik of the Paratroopers, Arik of Sinai, Arik the Terrible, Arik, Arik the Settler and Arik the Leper.

Read an Israeli journalist's fascinating account of the perpetually battle-ready general.

Click here
20:31  BJP laps up Shinde's comment on 'PM' Pawar:   The BJP today said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remarks -- that he would be happy if NCP Chief Sharad Pawar becomes the prime minister -- shows that the Congress has accepted that Manmohan Singh's successor will not be from the party.        

"In a way, Shinde has already conceded that no Congress leader will be the next prime minister. He may daydream about who should be the prime minister but the people have already reposed their faith in Narendra Modi's leadership," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
20:02  Drop charges against Khobragade: India to US:  India today insisted that the US should drop charges of visa fraud against its diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who has returned after being expelled by the American authorities.        

Khobragade, who was arrested in New York on December 12 and returned home on Friday, was not guilty of any wrongdoing, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.        

Meanwhile, Khobragade met Khurshid and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and told them about her ordeal. She also thanked them for their support.
19:06  Actress Suchitra Sen's condition critical:   The condition of veteran actress Suchitra Sen, who was hospitalised on December 29 following a respiratory tract infection, has turned critical.

The 82-year-old actress is admitted at Belle Vue hospital in Kolkata.

There is massive congestion in her chest, according to sources, and she is not responding too well to antibiotics.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reportedly reached the hospital.

Banerjee had earlier met the infamously reclusive actress at Belle Vue.
19:04  BJP govt to launch anti-corruption helpline no: Varun Gandhi:  If the BJP came to power after the Lok Sabha polls this year, the new government would launch a helpline number where people could call and register complaints against corrupt officials, BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi said today.        

"Police stations and other offices have become centres of corruption during the UPA regime. If we come to power, a helpline would be launched for the common people to register their complaints against corrupt officials," Gandhi said at a public meeting.       

Gandhi's promise came three days after Delhi's AAP government headed by Arvind Kejriwal launched an anti-corruption helpline number that received a whopping 23,500 calls in one-and-a-half days.
19:03  Kiran Bedi flays Kejriwal over 'janta darbar':  Criticising Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for organising a 'janta darbar' which ended in chaos today, former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi took a jibe at him over lack of "mature" governance and said such meetings do not happen on the streets or the rooftops.        

"All good governance organises public hearing. Many senior police officers and bureaucrats have public hearings. There is a schedule and method and certainly openness about it. It is not on the streets or on the rooftops.        

"It is organised in their offices. So, public hearings are part of good governance but there is a method to it, there is a purpose and there is a place for it. Therefore, I think that is all about mature governance, it is also about experienced governance, that is what I think is lacking," she said.
18:28  Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon passes away:   Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon died on Saturday of a stroke after spending 8 years in a coma.

The health of 85-year-old Sharon has been deteriorating since Wednesday when he was said to be in a critical condition after a surgery.

Having fought in three Middle Eastern wars, Sharon is revered by many Israelis as the "security man" and reviled by numerous in the Middle East as the "butcher of Sabra and Shatila".

Read the report here

Read Rediff's coverage of Ariel Sharon's visit to India in 2003
18:10  CBI slacking in coal scam probe: BJP:  The BJP today demanded a speedy and fair probe into the coal block allocation scam, alleging that the CBI has not questioned the ministers of state in the coal ministry and officials in the PMO about their alleged role in the affair.        

"The CBI inquiry into the coal scam is not progressing as rapidly as expected. The probe is not being carried out in the manner and at the speed at which it should be by CBI. Moreover, the officials concerned in the PMO and coal ministry are not being questioned about their role in the scam," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
18:09  Pakistani health workers refuse to join anti-polio campaign:  Seventy health workers in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region today refused to join a polio vaccination campaign because of security concerns, a media report said.        

Haji Sadeeq, a spokesman for the health workers, said the circumstances were not favourable for his colleagues to take part in the three-day campaign.

"We feel threatened and everyone is frightened after the killing of our colleagues last month," he was quoted as saying by the Dawn daily.
18:08  BJP government does an AAP in MP:  Apparently taking a cue from the AAP administration in Delhi, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has set up a helpline to lodge complaints about bribe demand and pending works in offices.        

Aggrieved citizens can dial 9009133322 for lodging complaints about the bribe demanded by government servants and delay in getting their work done, official sources said today.
16:48  Hafiz Saeed against 'secret deal' on Kashmir:  
Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed today warned the Pakistan government against striking a "secret deal" with India on the Kashmir issue. 

"We cannot leave the Kashmiri people at the mercy of India. Kashmiris have not sacrificed lives to divide Kashmir," he said during a meeting with supporters in Lahore. 

"We will not allow the government to have a secret deal with India on the Kashmir issue. Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris and any decision without taking them on board will not be acceptable to them or to the people of Pakistan."

The founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba further claimed India can "no longer rule Kashmir by force". 

He asked the Pakistan government to include Kashmiri leaders in talks for resolving the Kashmir dispute. 

The US has offered a $10 million bounty for Saeed, blamed by India for masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
16:38  Wary Rahul to contest from Chikmagalur as well?:  
Buzz in Delhi's political circles is that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi may contest the Lok Sabha from Karnataka in addition to Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. 

Rahul is likely to try his luck from Chikmagalur seat from where his grandmother Indira Gandhi won in 1980s
16:34  Priyanka sends feelers to DMK:  
Sources say that Priyanka Gandhi has reportedly been in touch with DMK chief Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi. 

It is believed that Priyanka sent senior Congressman Gulam Nabi Azad to meet the DMK chief to get to read the DMK's mind about an alliance with Congress for Lok Sabha polls. 

She reportedly sees DMK as a dependable ally and insists that Congress should revive it. 
14:56  Don't apologise for Saifai: Salman to Mahesh Bhatt:  
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who regretted his daughter Alia's participation in the Saifai fest, has been asked by superstar Salman Khan not to apologise on behalf of the young actress.

Salman led the Bollywood contingent which included Madhuri Dixit, Elli Avram and Zarine Khan at the Uttar Pradesh government organised cultural extravaganza. 

The event attracted negative publicity with media and opposition parties accusing the state government of ignoring the sufferings of Muzaffarnagar riot victims and instead spending money on Bollywood stars. 

Salman and Madhuri too faced flak for participating in the event, organised in the ancestral village of Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently.

"Bhatt saab no need for apology, Alia's upbringing is great, I was proud to share the stage with her. She earns her living with hardwork and dignity (sic)," tweeted Salman. 

The 48-year-old star had defended his participation saying it was for charity and his organisation had already donated Rs 25 lakh to a hospital in the state. 

Bhatt had expressed regret that despite being a politically aware person, he did not stop Alia from attending the event.
14:51  More planning required for orderly 'janata darbar': Delhi Police:  
A stampede-like situation at the Delhi Government's 'janata darbar' arose as more than expected number of people reached the spot, Delhi Police today said as it maintained that better planning by administration was as much required as stepping up of security. 

"More than expected number of people had thronged the venue which led to the chaos. Better planning is needed not just on part of the police but also of the administration. Like people could be called subject wise, area wise or ministry wise. There needs to be a filter of some sort," said a senior Delhi Police official on condition of anonymity. 

The official said that a large number of police personnel can be deployed and strict crowd control measure could be implemented from next time onwards but this would defeat the very idea of a public hearing.

"There were around 500 police personnel at the Delhi Secretariat for the public meeting other than around 400-500 personnel of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). We can deploy more security but then the real purpose of a 'janta darbar' will be lost as the common man will not be able to reach the Chief Minister or minister he or she wants to meet," he said. 
14:11  Khobragade moves US court, seeks dismissal of visa fraud case:  
Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has moved a federal court in New York to dismiss the visa fraud case against her, saying there is lack of personal jurisdiction since she had been accorded full diplomatic immunity by the US Department of State. 

Khobragade's lawyer Daniel Arshack submitted a four-page "motion seeking dismissal of action for lack of personal jurisdiction" on January 9 with Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn of the US District Court of the Southern District of New York. 

She was indicted for visa fraud and making false statements but flew back to India on the night of January 9 from the JFK airport here on an Air India flight after she was accorded diplomatic immunity by the State Department and was asked to depart from the US.

Arshack said in his motion that even as the US Department of State fully credentialed Khobragade as a diplomat assigned to the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, "additionally and unexpectedly, they have required her immediate departure from the US." 

"Khobragade hereby moves this court for a dismissal of this prosecution for a lack of personal jurisdiction now that she has been designated as a diplomat and has acquired immunity. 
13:25  Srinagar-Jammu highway closed again:  
Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, was closed for traffic again after remaining open for a day. 

The 294-km highway was closed last night following snowfall at many places along it. 

"The highway was closed late yesterday following snowfall. It has been decided not to allow any fresh traffic today," an official of the traffic department told PTI. 

The stranded vehicles, which were stopped near the Jawahar Tunnel yesterday due to snowfall, will be allowed to ply towards Srinagar later in the day, he said. 

The highway was opened for traffic yesterday morning after two days following its closure due to snowfall on Wednesday.

Most parts of the Valley experienced fresh snowfall during the night even as minimum temperatures at many places went further down the freezing point. 

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.3 degree Celsius compared to the previous night's low of minus 0.7 degree Celsius, a MeT Department official said.
12:13  Sanjay Dutt seeks parole extension of 30 days:  Zee News reports: Sanjay Dutt, who is now out of jail on a parole of 30 days, has sought a further extension of 30 days, in order to take care of his ailing wife Manyata.
 
The Bollywood actor, who has been convicted for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, was reportedly contemplating a 60-day extension. But apparently he has applied for just 30 days. His current parole ends on January 23.

Manyata is admitted to a hospital and is undergoing treatment for her illness. She may have to even undergo a surgery. Dutt wants to be by his twin children`s side especially when their mother is unwell and hence the application for the parole extension.

Dutt was previously out on parole over his ill-health in October last year.

The actor surrendered himself before the TADA court on May 16, last year and has since then been serving his remaining 42-month jail term at the Yerwada Jail in Pune
12:11  BCCI to honour Kapil, Rohit and Ashwin today:  
Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin will receive Polly Umrigar Award and Dilip Sardesai Award respectively for their outstanding contributions in the year 2012-13 on Saturday during the BCCI award ceremony in Mumbai. 

During the ceremony, 1983 World Cup skipper Kapil Dev will also be honoured with the lifetime achievement award. 

Ashwin took 43 wickets, including four five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul in a match. He also scored 263 runs, including two fifties, from eight Tests. 

In ODIs, he took 24 wickets from 18 matches and three wickets from four T20 Internationals. 

Rohit had been picked for his flawless performance against the West Indies, where he scored hundreds in both Tests, and accumulated an aggregate of 288 runs. The award comprises a trophy and a cheque for Rs 5 lakh
12:09  Ex-SC judge rubbishes law intern's sexual harassment allegations:  
Former Supreme Court judge Justice Swatanter Kumar has denied the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a law intern. 

Justice Kumar was quoted as saying by a leading English daily that the allegations against him were false and totally incorrect. 

He asked the media not to publish the affidavit filed by the former law intern, saying it may have serious consequences. 

Justice Kumar, who is also the chairman of the National Green Tribunal, also denied remembering the intern. She didnt intern with me. At least, I dont even remember if she was my intern. We have so many interns, he said. 

The intern has filed an affidavit before the apex court, demanding an SC-led inquiry into the allegations. The girl alleged the incident took place when he was a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. 
11:02  Chaos at CM Kejriwal's first 'Janta Darbar', CM leaves mid-way:  
Kejriwal left the meeting to hear public grievances mid-way after crowds swelled outside the Delhi Secretariat, with some even breaking the security barricades. 

Many people were seen looking for the documents they had brought with them, but lost due to overcrowding.
 
It has become overcrowded, we are trying to manage it, Kejriwal said. 

It was not clear whether other ministers too had left. 
10:16  Chaos at Kejriwal's first Janata Darbar:  Chaos at Kejriwal's first Janata Darbar. Some people have broken barricades in their eagerness to meet the CM and ministers. There has been a swell in the number of people and the road is jam packed with people coming in with banners, posters and shouting slogans.
09:48  Fresh search begins for a house for Kejriwal:  
Meanwhile, after a big row led to scrapping of a 5-bedroom duplex apartment for him, a fresh search for a new house for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal begin today.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development Sudhir Krishna met Kejriwal yesterday to discuss the issue of an official accommodation for the chief minister.

According to sources, Kejriwal asked Krishna look for a small accommodation for him and a fresh search for Chief Minister's house in New Delhi area will begin today. 

Following a controversy over the allotment of two adjacent five-bedroom duplex flats to him, Kejriwal had refused moving into the accommodation on Bhagwan Dass Road in Mandi House. 

"My house in Kaushambi is a four-bedroom apartment and it's just a five-bedroom flat and a controversy has been created around it. My friends and even supporters have been calling me, saying I should not move into the five-bedroom flat. So, I have decided not to opt for it," Kejriwal had said said.
09:32  CM Kejriwal's Janta Darbar begins:  
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his entire cabinet sat on Saturday in front of the Delhi Secretariat to hear the complaints of the people and try to redress them immediately. 

The entire stretch of road that goes from ITO towards Rajghat will be closed and barricades have been put up on the divider so that people can sit on one side of the road while Ministers will be sitting on the other side.

The Janta Darbar will continue till 11.30 am but it can be extended depending on the number of complaints. 

Yesterday, the Chief Minister has announced that the entire cabinet will sit in front of the Delhi Secretariat on Saturdays to receive grievances from people and efforts will be made to solve them immediately. On weekdays, one minister will receive grievances from the public.

"Public grievance is another major issue. It is a major issue for any government. It is the duty of every government to resolve those grievances. 

Public grievance is just a symptom, the disease lies somewhere else," said Kejriwal. 

Grievances will be segregated into five categories depending upon their urgencies. 
09:28  Rahul Gandhi to interact with young achievers in Karnataka today:  
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to arrive in Karnataka on Saturday to hold discussions with party leaders on various political issues pertaining to the state ahead of the General Elections. 

According to the party sources, Gandhi is also expected to interact with young achievers from various fields including IT, BT and experts on agriculture.

Rahul Gandhi, who is keen on pushing key anti-corruption bills, had last night met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 

In a major exercise ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Congress had on Thursday night constituted screening committees for all states and Union Territories for early selection of candidates. 

In today's meet party leaders from Karnataka, including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC President G Parameshwar are expected to be present. 
09:27  Samajwadi Party to hold rally in Jhansi today:  
Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will be holding a rally in Jhansi on Saturday.

The rally comes after the UP government faced severe criticism for spending crores of rupees on its annual 'Saifai Mahotsav' when Muzaffarnagar riot victims were living in difficult circumstances in relief camps. 

The UP CM defended the decision to hold 'Saifai Mahotsav' and claimed that the festival gives a major boost to tourism in Uttar Pradesh. 

He also cancelled his plans to attend the premier of 'Dedh Ishqiya' movie with Bollywood actress Madhur Dikshit and other dignitaries.
09:26  Delhi woman boxer falls off train in scuffle with robber:  
A woman boxer was seriously injured when she fell off a moving train following a scuffle with a robber in Uttar Pradesh`s Faizabad district. She has been shifted to New Delhi for better treatment, said authorities Friday.

The Delhi-based woman boxer took on the robber Wednesday night, but fell from Farakka Express. She was shifted to New Delhi late Thursday for treatment.

Simran Verma was injured late Wednesday when she fell from the moving train in Faizabad in a scuffle with the robber who tried to snatch her bag and flee, Government Railway Oolice said Friday.

She confronted the robber and in the scuffle that ensued, she fell from the train and seriously injured her legs.

The incident took place near the Modha railway crossing on the outskirts of Faizabad.
04:15  Obama to unveil spying reforms on January 17:  US President Barack Obama will unveil reforms to the country's spying activities on January 17, his spokesman said today, following a review of the National Security Agency (NSA). 

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama's remarks next today would show the "outcomes of the work that has been done on the review process."
04:14  Iran to start next phase of talks with IAEA soon:  Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the first phase of talks with the UN nuclear watchdog will be finished by early February, English-language Press TV website reported today. 

Earlier today, Iran and world powers agreed on how to implement a landmark November deal on containing Tehran's nuclear programme, but it must still be approved by each country before it can take effect.
04:13  Killing of boy, 4, by US troops frays Afghan ties further:  Afghan President Hamid Karzai today condemned US troops for killing a four-year-old boy in the southern province of Helmand, in an incident set to add fresh strain to troubled relations between Washington and Kabul. 

Helmand governor Naeem Baloch told Karzai during a meeting in Kabul about the shooting, which comes as the US and Afghanistan wrangle over a deal to allow some US troops to remain in the country after this year.
04:13  UN whistle-blower case shows accountability limits:  Two whistle-blowers exposed evidence-tampering by a top official within the UN office that is supposed to investigate corruption in the world body's operations and suffered retaliation for it, a UN judge has ruled. 

The ruling and other recent opinions by the UN Dispute Tribunal show that the world body still struggles to hold itself accountable despite the promised reforms since a vast scandal involving its oil-for-food programme with Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.
04:12  Spain judge bans demo for ETA prisoners:  A Spanish judge has banned a mass demonstration planned to support jailed members of armed Basque separatist movement ETA, as the group pushed for concessions from authorities. 

The treatment of ETA's jailed members is one of the most sensitive issues in a standoff between the Spanish and French governments on one side and western Europe's last major armed secessionist movement on the other.
04:12  Syrian rebel infighting has claimed nearly 500 lives, activists say:   Clashes among different rebel factions in northern Syria have killed nearly 500 people and may determine the future of al-Qaeda-linked regiments fighting in the country.

The al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and a-Sham (ISIS) has battled an informal alliance of Islamist groups for a week in north Syria.

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03:59  US urges release of American jailed in Cuba:  The United States has renewed its demand that Cuba release American subcontractor Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence there. "The case of Mr Gross is obviously very important for the government," US delegation head Edward Alex Lee said, stressing that the issue has been and "will be a key point in all our interactions with the Cuban government."
02:59  US issues travel alert for Sochi Olympics:  The State Department is advising Americans going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia to be vigilant about their security due to potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care. 

In a travel alert issued today, the department said it was not aware of specific threats to US interests related to the Games that begin next month.
02:44  Europe watchdog advises suspending 'risky' osteoporosis drug:  A committee of Europe's medicines watchdog today recommended suspending the use of an osteoporosis drug, saying the risks, including heart attacks, outweighed the benefits. 

The drug, Protelos/Osseor, is prescribed for people with the bone-crumbling disease who often suffer debilitating fractures. 

A product of French firm Servier Laboratories, the medicine is said to make bones stronger and prevent breaks.
01:45  Isolated Devyani incident not indicative of close Indo-US ties:  The isolated Devyani Khobragade incident is not indicative of the close and mutually respectful ties that the US has with India, the White House said today.

"The United States and India enjoy a broad and deep friendship, and this isolated episode is not indicative of the close and mutually respectful ties that we share," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference.
01:06  Ban says AU must send troops to Central Africa crisis:  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today called on the African Union to speedily provide promised troops to halt the worsening crisis in Central African Republic. Ban said the resignation of transitional president Michel Djotodia and his prime minister meant speedy action was needed to restore order.
00:36  Sri Lanka protests US war crimes remarks:  Sri Lanka said today it would protest to the United States over its allegations that army shelling killed hundreds of families during the final days of the island's ethnic civil war. 

A senior foreign ministry official said the allegation, made in a US embassy tweet yesterday, would be discussed with visiting Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp.
00:35  Kejriwal to hear public grievances at secretariat tomorrow:  Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his entire cabinet will sit tomorrow in front of Delhi Secretariat to hear the complaints of the people and try to redress them immediately. 

The entire stretch of road that goes from ITO towards Rajghat will be closed and barricades have been put up on the divider so that people can sit on one side of the road while Ministers will be sitting on the other side.
00:33  Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping bomber recommended for award:  A Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping a suicide bomber from attacking his school has been recommended for a national award, the prime minister's office said on Friday.

Aitezaz Hassan, 17, tackled the bomber as he tried to enter a government school in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Hassan and the bomber died but no other students or staff were hurt, police said.
00:33  Iran: Initial deal on implementing nuke agreement:  Iran's nuclear envoy in Geneva said Friday that an initial agreement has been reached on implementing a nuclear deal with six world powers.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, in comments to the official IRNA news agency, said world powers and the Iranian government should respond within two days about whether they accept the terms.
00:16  Top headlines in that last 24 hours:  Yet another sexual harassment charge hits SC judge 
No respite from cold wave in North India, 3 die in UP
Expressed support for Modi as an independent citizen: Bedi
Devyani fallout: India expels senior US diplomat
When Rahul Gandhi listened to the 'voice of people'
Kejriwal getting security despite repeated rejection: Shinde
I'm ready to contest LS polls on a Congress ticket: Nilekani
MNS' poll season clarification: We were NEVER against North Indians
Devyani thanks govt and countrymen for support 
Devyani's maid: Don't let anyone exploit you
Devyani indicted for visa fraud, leaves US with diplomatic immunity

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