21:41 New setback in Japan's bid to relocate US air base:
Efforts to relocate a US base on Japan's Okinawa appeared to suffer a new setback today, 17 years after they began, with the reported electoral victory of an opponent of the project.
The mayor of the town of Nago on the east coast of Okinawa has won re-election, according to the TBS news station after the majority of votes were counted.
21:39 Home Ministry seeks report from Delhi Police:
The Home Ministry has sought a report from the Delhi Police over three incidents on which Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded action against police officers for alleged dereliction of duty while threatening of a stir from tomorrow.
Officials sources said the Home Ministry wanted to know the facts in the cases before deciding on taking action against policemen.
21:32 AAP to go ahead with 'dharna' outside Home Minister's office:
The Aam Aadmi Party, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will go ahead with its 'dharna' outside Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's office tomorrow demanding action against Delhi police personnel for alleged dereliction of duty.
Though prohibitory orders have been imposed in and around New Delhi district, senior party leader Sanjay Singh made it clear that AAP will stage the protest if no action is taken against the police officers.
19:50 Americans radicalised by Al Qaeda a big concern: FBI boss:
With more American citizens like Faisal Shahzad getting radicalised in countries like Pakistan, Somalia and Syria, the FBI is working on a plan to track US residents who travel overseas, embrace Al Qaeda ideology and return to carry out terror attacks.
"We are focused on trying to figure out what our people are up to '" who should be spoken to, who should be followed, who should be charged," FBI Director James Comey said.
19:48 AAP forms panel to finalise economic policy:
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi has formed a seven-member team to formulate its economic policy ahead of the general elections. The decision to form a committee assumes significance as the party is under pressure from several quarters to make its stand clear on various issues ranging from foreign to economic policy, especially after its government's recent decision to scrap FDI in multi-brand retail in Delhi.
19:11 Sunanda death probe: Tharoor records statement :
Union Minister Shashi Tharoor has recorded his statement as part of the ongoing investigations into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. The minister recorded his statement at the SDM's office .
19:09 French first lady leaves hospital after resting:
France's first lady has ended a more than weeklong stay at a hospital where she went to rest after a gossip magazine's report about an alleged affair between President Francois Hollande and an actress. Hours after Valerie Trierweiler left a Paris hospital yesterday, she thanked her supporters.
18:19 Kejriwal gets a media advisor:
Journalist Nagendar Sharma today joined as media advisor to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. So far an associate editor with a national daily, Sharma will look into media related issues of Kejriwal
18:12 Leave Shashi Tharoor alone: Salman Khurshid at JLF:
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday dismissed concerns that the shocking death of Sunanda Pushkar -- wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor -- may become a worrying issue for the Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
"Why will it affect the Congress? What has the Congress got to do with it," Khurshid told Rediff.com on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Visibly annoyed at being repeatedly asked about Pushkar's death by media personnel at the event, Khurshid told Rediff.com, "I think we should learn to respect people's privacy, especially during a time of grief. It is a personal matter and we should treat it like one. We need to respect the sentiments of the family members of Sunanda Tharoor and Shashi Tharoor and leave them alone."
He also expressed his disappointment with the media over its coverage of the issue. "At a time like this, the media should set the bar higher for itself and not stoop to such levels. If that (media playing up the issue) keeps on happening, it will be a very sad thing for all of us," he said.
17:56 Modi is 'poisonous tea seller', says JD-U:
Hours after Narendra Modi addressed his party executive here, Congress and JD-U today attacked the BJP leader in unison, with the latter saying a "poisonous tea selling" person should not become prime minister.
JD-U leader K C Tyagi said that a "poisonous tea selling" person should not become a prime minister and Modi had sold such a tea through Gujarat.
17:17 'IM planning to abduct Kejriwal for Bhatkal's release':
Terror outfit Indian Mujahideen is planning to abduct Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for release of its key member Yaseen Bhatkal who was arrested from Indo-Nepal border on August 27 last year, police sources claimed today.
A team from the security wing of Delhi Police has briefed Kejriwal about this threat and requested him to take 'Z' category security cover, the top sources said.
16:51 Tharoor writes to Shinde; offers help in Sunanda probe:
Union minister Shashi Tharoor today wrote a letter to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde offering his full cooperation in the probe into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, saying he was "horrified to read the reckless speculation rampant" in the media.
16:47 Indonesia plane crashes after lightning strike, 4 dead:
A light aircraft crashed and burst into flames on a beach in eastern Indonesia today after being hit by lightning, killing all four people on board, an official and eyewitness said.
The Piper Seneca turboprop was flying from the eastern region of Papua to Tual city in the Maluku Islands when it was caught in a storm around midday.
15:37 Tharoor asks Shinde to expedite Sunanda death probe:
Union Minister Shashi Tharoor has written to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to expedite investigations into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.
Says, I'm horrified to see reckless speculation in the media in case. Tharoor has promised to fully cooperate with the police in the case.
15:04 UK schoolboy becomes world's youngest to trek South Pole:
A 16-year-old British schoolboy has set a world record for the youngest person ever to trek to the South Pole, completing the gruelling 1,129km journey in just 48 days.
Lewis Clarke from Bristol spent 48 days at spine chilling temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius, braving icy winds of up to 193 kph. Clarke reached the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station after completing the 1,129 kilometre journey from the Antarctic coast, 'BBC News' reported.
15:03 Toll from wave of Baghdad bombs up to 25 dead:
The toll from a wave of bombings across Baghdad has risen to at least 25 dead, security and medical officials said, the latest in a surge of unrest.
The violence yesterday, which included at least a half-dozen car bombs and left more than 70 people wounded, struck all over the capital, including against an upscale shopping centre, and sparked a prison break at a juvenile detention centre.
"Indian needs smart cities, specialised cities" Need to invest in bullet trains to connect the four corners of the country.
"Amul model must be replicated in all parts of the country"
13:53 You gave Cong 60 years, give me 6 months: Modi:
Says BJP is serious about bringing back black money stashed abroad.
"When we come to power we will bring in real time date collection in the agriculture sector."
Must move on a 'Bedi Bachao, Beti Padhao' mission, says Modi.
A woman has always been seen as a homemaker in India but the time has come to see her in the role of a nation builder: Modi
Modi: Those born in high families consider it an insult to fight polls against a person who was a tea seller.
"Rahul thinks the country is a beehive but I think it is our motherland"
Modi talks of the way forward for India and how the BJP could bring about change
They are Naamdar and I am Kaamdar: Modi
Country needs commitment and not committees, says Modi. Says PM has set up a committee for everything but no action has come out of it
People are fed up of hearing calls for 'action' what they need is to see some real action: Modi.
Modi, taking a dig at the government says: People should decide whether they want track record or a tape record.
Every tea seller in the country roaming around proud today, says Modi in reference to Mani Shankar Aiyar's unsavoury comment about Modi at the AICC meet.
When defeat is in sight which mother will sacrifice her son for politics, says Modi taking a dig at the Congress president.
Modi at National council meet:
Congressmen came to the AICC meet to a see a PM candidate but went back with gas cylinders.
13:01 2014 polls different from all past elections: Modi:
Speaking on the the last day of its National council meet on Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party's PM candidate Narendra Modi says that the 2014 elections will be different from all past elections.
He says the country is in a very bad state. Corruption is rampant and there is no leadership and no governance in the country.
12:53 Modi address BJP national council meet:
On the last day of its National council meet on Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to move the party's political resolution ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is likely to move the resolution.
BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to address the party cadres on Sunday. His speech comes two days after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi gave a rousing speech at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) listing his party's achievements and hitting out at the BJP and its PM candidate.
12:19 22 Pakistani soldiers killed in attack on army convoy:
At least 22 security personnel were killed and 38 others injured when the Pakistani Taliban attacked a military convoy in the country's restive northwest today.
The convoy, heading to North Waziristan, was attacked by a remote-controlled bomb in the cantonment area near Aamandi Chowk, Razmak Gate on Bannu-Miranshah Road in Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa's Bannu.
12:17 Rahul no match for Modi: Ravi Shankar Prasad:
On the last day of its National council meet on Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party said the Congress was not naming its PM candidate as it is scared of defeat.
Rahul Gandhi no match for Narendra Modi, says Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Sushma Swaraj says the Congress does not want to project Rahul as the PM candidate and expose him.
11:17 Libya declares state of emergency over unrest in south:
Libya's General National Congress declared a state of emergency in the country today, an official said, after fresh clashes erupted in the south when gunmen group seized a military base.
The GNC, Libya's highest political authority, made the decision during an "extraordinary session" about the situation in the southern town of Sebha, where tribal clashes have been raging for several days, the official said.
11:16 2 Italians kidnapped by gunmen in eastern Libya:
Gunmen have kidnapped two Italians working for a telecommunications company in eastern Libya, the official state news agency said.
The agency quoted their driver yesterday describing the kidnapping, saying that masked gunmen forced the Italians out of the vehicle at gunpoint on the road between the eastern cities of Derna and Tobruk on Friday.
11:12 Flight diversion much less after DGCA warning to airlines:
A stern warning issued to airlines by DGCA to deploy pilots trained to fly under foggy conditions in Delhi seems to have had an impact with only five flights diverted on one day since January 8 compared with 53 three days earlier.
The warning was issued at a meeting DGCA had with all airlines and airport operators on January 7, two days after 53 flights were diverted out of fog-hit Delhi to nearby destinations.
11:08 Death toll from Philippines storm climbs to 40:
The death toll from the first storm to batter the disaster-prone Philippines this year has climbed to 40, officials said today, as forecasters warned more heavy rain was on its way.
"Lingling" -- a tropical depression -- has wreaked havoc across the southern island of Mindanao, affecting more than 580,000 people, 161,000 of whom have been displaced and moved to evacuation centres.
10:58 How supposed job losses can actually mean rising prosperity:
Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal have one thing in common. Both have said "no" to majority foreign direct investment in retail markets.
Modi's rationale is obvious : the BJP has always been the party of small traders, and so he is backing the aam bania over the aam admi. But why has the Aam Aadmi Party also given priority to traders and middlemen over consumers? Because, says Kejriwal, this will affect employment.
Really? Supermarkets have indeed killed small shops in rich countries like the US. But in fast-growing developing countries like China and Indonesia, supermarkets and small shops have flourished together. Why should India be any different?
10:57 Rio's Christ loses finger in lightning strike:
A vicious lightning strike from the heavens hurt Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue during an electrical storm on Thursday night.
The 125-foot-tall figure that presides over the Brazilian city had its right thumb damaged when a lightning bolt struck its outstretched hand.
10:56 Bus survivors narrate Kokrajhar nightmare:
Police have picked up eight persons and launched a combing operation for the militants who killed at least five persons and injured three in indiscriminate firing on bus passengers in Kokrajhar district last night.
Four of the victims have been identified as Rashbehari Giri, Prashant Behari Giri, Samsher Mantri and Papu Kumar Singh, all from Bihar. The fifth person has been identified only as Manik so far.
10:55 Understanding Arvind Kejriwal:
Strange things without any rational basis can happen in a nation of 128 crore people. Now, Arvind Kejriwal is projected as an "honest and different politician' who fights evil. Only when the electronic media calm down will his real face emerge.
00:25 Hollande partner Valerie Trierweiler 'leaves hospital':
France's First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has left the Paris hospital where she was admitted a week ago after reports emerged of an affair between President Francois Hollande and an actress.
Ms Trierweiler left the Pitie Salpetriere hospital for a presidential residence at La Lanterne in Versailles, the magazine Paris Match said. She was admitted to hospital apparently in shock after learning of the reports.
Closer magazine had alleged the liaison between Mr Hollande and Julie Gayet. It said that the affair had begun during the 2012 presidential race.
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