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January 20, 2014

23:15  Naroda Patiya case: HC admits SIT's enhancement appeal:  The Gujarat High Court has admitted the enhancement appeal filed by the Supreme Court- appointed Special Investigation Team (through state government) in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case and also condoned the delay in filing the enhancement appeal.

A division bench of Justice Jayant Patel and Justice Z K Saiyed today admitted the appeal against sixteen accused, including Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi and also condoned the delay in filing the appeal.

An application for condonation of delay, filed by SIT last month, had cited administrative problems as the grounds for delay in filing the appeal, which was accepted by the court today.

The SIT had sought enhancement of the sentences of 16 people, including Bajrangi, in the Naroda Patiya massacre case.
22:20  Creation of Telangana will not fuel naxalism: ex-Maoist:  Surrendered Maoist leader G V K Prasad alias Gudsa Usendi here today dismissed reports that creation of separate Telangana state will intensify Left-wing extremism in the region, saying such views are being deliberately spread by opponents of bifurcation.
22:07  AAP stir sets off massive traffic snarls:  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal dharna's near the Rail Bhavan triggered massive traffic snarls in Central Delhi today as police barricaded the roads leading to the protest site. 

Closure of four metro stations further escalated the situation as bumper-to-bumper traffic was seen on almost all major arterial roads in New Delhi district.
20:38  Modi's pathetic track record does not support his vision: Ramesh:  Debunking Narendra Modi's claims of empowerment of women and girl child, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh today ridiculed his vision speech yesterday saying the "pathetic" record of Gujarat does not support his "boasts". 

"In his so-called vision speech yesterday, the Chief Minister of Gujarat and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Modi spoke about the great importance he places on the empowerment of women and the girl child. 

"The record of Gujarat in this area is, to put mildly, pathetic especially given its level of economic development," Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said in a statement.
20:19  Iran curbs enrichment as nuclear deal takes effect:  Iran today halted production of 20 per cent enriched uranium, marking the coming into force of an interim deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear programme. 

The UN atomic watchdog confirmed that Iran's partial nuclear freeze, part of a landmark deal struck in November with the P5+1 powers -- the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany -- began today as planned.
20:00  Kejriwal forces Manish Tewari to walk to office:  
Union minister Manish Tewari today faced the brunt of the disruptions caused here due to the sit-in by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as he was allegedly heckled and was forced to walk for some distance for official work.

The Information and Broadcasting Minister was going from his office in Shastri Bhawan to Shram Shakti Bhawan, a distance of about one kilometer, when his car was stopped midway by the participants of the dharna.

He had to dump his car and walk up to the Shram Shakti Bhawan which houses the Labour Ministry. Tewari, who was to meet Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes in Shram Shakti Bhawan, said he was even heckled by the crowd.

Attacking Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the dharna, the Minister said it was resorting to "gimmickry" as its leaders know they will not be able to deliver on the promises made by them. 

"AAP was not given a mandate by the people of Delhi to create anarchy. It's high time AAP makes the transition from being agitators to administrators," he said.

He said the protest is nothing else but the breakdown of the constitutional system.
19:47  AAP office smashed over Kumar Vishwas' remarks on Malayali nurses 6 yrs ago:  
Meanwhile, an Aam Aadmi Party office in Kochi was ransacked allegedly by Youth Congress activists over remarks made by AAP leader Kumar Vishwas against Malayali nurses nearly six years ago. 

The Congress workers alleged that the remarks, made during a speech in Ranchi in 2008 and uploaded on a social networking site recently, were laced with "sexist undertone". 

Reacting sharply to Vishwas's comments, Bindu Krishna, All India Vice-President of the Mahila Congress, demanded that a criminal case be registered against the AAP leader for making "sexist comments" against Malayali nurses, who had a reputation for rendering exemplary services in hospitals within and outside the country.

She also asked the AAP leadership to spell out its stand on the remarks of Vishwas. 

Joining the chorus of protesters, eminent Malayali writer Sara Joseph, who joined AAP last week, said, "Remarks of Vishwas are totally deplorable. I strongly protest it. I expect that the AAP leadership will come out with a clarification on the issue.
19:39  Leave of all Delhi Police personnel cancelled:  
The leave of all Delhi Police personnel has been cancelled.

Minister of State for Home R P N Singh, who made the announcement, has clarifies that the decision was taken due to a Republic Day alert and not due to the AAP protest.
18:50  AAP supporters, police clash at dharna site:  
A scuffle today broke out between AAP supporters and policemen outside Rail Bhavan where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was holding a dharna along with six ministers demanding action against policemen who refused to raid an alleged drug and prostitution racket last week. 

The incident occurred when police disconnected Kejriwal's audio system prompting angry response from the AAP supporters. The police pushed some of the supporters when they tried to break barricades. 

In the evening, a number of AAP leaders including Sanjay Singh and former journalist Ashutosh were seen having heated arguments with police for allegedly beating a number of their supporters including Model Town MLA Akhilesh Tripathi.

They also claimed that Transport Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj had been detained by police, which denied it. 

In a tweet, Kejriwal said Tripathi was beaten up by the police "brutally". An AAP leader said Tripathi had to be admitted to a hospital. 
18:36  Detained AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj released :  Just In: AAP leader Saurabh Bhardwaj has just been released by the Delhi Police
18:35  Chaos erupts as AAP leaders get into spat with each other: TV:  CNN-IBN reports: A picture of total chaos. AAP leader Somnath Bharti gets into a verbal spat with rebel member Tina Sharma. He denies conducting any raid. He tells CNN-IBN, "The most important thing is to stop trafficking of women."
18:05  AAP's Saurabh Bhardwaj detained by Delhi police:  Aam Aadmi Party leader Saurabh Bhardwaj detained by the Delhi police. He has been taken into preventive custody.    
18:02  It's upon wisdom of CM how to act: Nitish on Kejriwal's dharna:  Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today refused to comment on his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal sitting on a dharna, but said it would rest on the wisdom of a chief minister to deal with a situation where he had no control over police.

"Delhi has a peculiar condition where the state does not have control over police which rests with the central government," Kumar told reporters after 'Janata Darbar' in Patna.

"In such a special condition it depends on the wisdom of a chief minister how to act or what decision to take ... Kejriwal is competent to take a decision," he said.
17:57  Lok Sabha polls: AAP likely to contest all 25 seats in Rajasthan:  The Aam Aadmi Party is likely to contest all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan in upcoming polls but if a suitable candidate is not available for a seat, it will opt out of the race from that constituency.

The party will most probably field candidates in all the 25 seats up for grabs in Rajasthan, AAP's state unit secretary Rakesh Pareek told reporters today.
17:56  Sunanda Pushkar's autopsy report submitted:  The preliminary autopsy report of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of junior HRD minister Shashi Tharoor, has been submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate. 
17:49  Delhi police begin crackdown, beat up AAP MLA :  The Delhi police have begun a crackdown on protestors who have joined Arvind Kejriwal at the Rail Bhavan.

The police have picked up protestors and moving them into DTC buses.

Aam Aadmi Party MLA Akhilesh Mani Tripathi has been allegedly beaten up by the Delhi police. He has been shifted to RML hospital.
17:34  Ekta Kapoor faces protests at Jaipur Lit Fest :   A session featuring producer Ekta Kapoor at the Jaipur Lit Fest was interrupted by a bunch of demonstrators protesting against Jodha Akbar, a TV serial produced by her.

The protestors, reportedly from the Rajput community, were objecting against the depiction of Jodha in the TV series.

The protesters even tried to throw a bottle at Kapoor, who was on the stage and addressing the audience. They were escorted outside the venue by security personnel.

An unruffled Kapoor waited for the ruckus to subside and then remarked coolly, I actually enjoyed that,.
17:07  Won't move protest to Jantar Mantar: AAP:  The Aam Aadmi Party has refused to shift their protest to Jantar Mantar, reports CNN-IBN

"We will not move our protest," Somnath Bharti said.

The home ministry had requested to AAP to move their protest from Rail Bhavan to Jantar Mantar.   
17:03  Kiran Bedi slams AAP, says their answer to everything is protest :  Slamming AAP's protest in New Delhi, Kiran Bedia said, "They think the answer to everything is a protest. The voters will have second thoughts -- did I vote for chaos or order?"
16:46  Rahul to begin two-day Amethi visit on Wednesday:  Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will be on a two-day visit to his Amethi Lok Sabha constituency from January 22, even as Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas continued targeting him over development issues in the area.

"Rahul will be on a two-day visit starting January 22 during which he will meet party workers and make surprise inspection of some villages to review progress of central schemes," Rahul's representative Chandrakant Dubey said today.
16:43  Modi leads pack of leaders aspiring to be PM: Digvijay:  Making light of Narendra Modi's prime ministerial ambition, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said many leaders including Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav are nursing a desire for the top job.

"There are many leaders in the country who want to become prime minister and at forefront among them is Narendra Modi," Digvijay told reporters at his residence in Bhopal. He said among leaders aspiring for the PM's chair are Mulayam Singh Yadav, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa and her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal.
16:39  AAP withdraws letter from Ugandan High Commission :  The Aam Aadmi Party has withdrawn the Ugandan embassy letter released by it in a press conference today. "We withdraw the letter. It reveals the identity of the victim at one place. We regret the mistake," the media cell of AAP said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier had said that a woman from the Ugandan High Commission met Law Minister Somnath Bharti yesterday and handed him a letter purportedly from the Ugandan High Commission speaking of women from that country being trafficked to India. This letter was released to the media.
16:17  AAP workers clash with Delhi Police; RAF called in:  

Meanwhile, the AAP dharna in the heart of Delhi is witnessing some unruly scenes. Authorities have called in the Rapid Action Force personnel at the venue, and the party's loudspeakers have been disconnected.  


Minor scuffles are going on between AAP supporters and Delhi Police personnel.

15:43  LIVE! AAP impact? Maha govt cuts power tariffs by 15-20 pc:  Maharashtra government cuts 15-20 per cent power tariffs across agriculture, industry and domestic consumers.   The government has accepted the Narayn Rane-led panel report on power tarrifs.
15:23  India can't superpower if women feel unsafe: Rahul:  Congress vice president is interacting with women's groups in Bhopal. He has said that that India can't become a superpower if women continue to feel unsafe.
15:16  Modi will become PM in a few months, says Sinha:  

Sanchari Bhattacharya reports from the Jaipur Lit Fest: Speaking on Bharatiya Janata Party's PM candidate Narendra Modi at the Jaipur Lit Fest on Monday, senior leader Yashwant Sinha said, in a few months, he will become the prime minister of the country.  


On BJP's chances in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the former finance minister also said that out of the 340 seats in India where they have a presence, BJP will win in 300 of them.   "I don't mean any disrespect to anyone, but the head of our government has contested only one election, which he lost and never went back. You cannot run a government like this, via surrogacy,' he said.  


On whether Muslims will vote for BJP in the LS polls, Sinha said, "I have tried to reach out to all communities. Yes, misunderstandings remain and we are trying to remove them. But that or another issue cannot stop the BJP from comuing to power this time'.

14:18  'Women have suffered the most because of Delhi Polices carelessness':  

'Women have suffered the most because of Delhi Police's carelessness'   Senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav is addressing a press conference at the moment.


Yadav has said that common man thinks Delhi Police is of no use to them.   Unusual that a chief minister has to sit for dharna for such small demands, Yadav also said.   There's nothing unusual that people complain to their MPs and MLAs if they face any problem, Yadav added.  


Women have suffered the most because of Delhi Police's carelessness, Yadav said.

14:03  Delhi government will have to deliver on promises, says I&B minister:   Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari tore into the dharna by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying, "You are short on governance so you spread constitutional anarchy," reports Sheela Bhatt from New Delhi. 

The government will "have to deliver on promises,' Tiwari said.

"I am worried about the message to every reactionary and conservative man, that they can resort to vigilantism if you don't like the way a woman dresses," Tiwari said.
13:44  Will even die to protect rights of Delhi-ites: Somnath Bharti:  

Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Monday said the government will die for Delhi and will fight for their rights. The remarks came in the wake of the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government holding a protest demanding suspension of police officers with whom Law Minister Somnath Bharti had an argument following a midnight raid at Khirki Extension, CNN IBN reported


Bharti said, "We will die for Delhi people and will fight for their rights."


Meanwhile, Delhi Police have now asked Kejriwal and his supporters to shift their dharna to Jantar Mantar from outside Rail Bhavan.

13:02  Can't keep quiet when women of Delhi are unsafe: Kejriwal:  

Here are the highlights of Kejriwal's speech outside Rail Bhawan

  • Delhi Police not working for the people of the city  
  • I didn't want to disturb Republic Day preparations but when women of Delhi are feeling unsafe, I can't keep quiet.  
  • The Delhi government will not cooperate with inquiry against police in the South Delhi raid episode. The probe a waste.  
  • Any constitutional crisis or disturbance in R-day celebrations will be the responsibility of Centre.  
  • We have come prepared for ten days of dharna, and we hold Centre and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh responsible for the situation.
13:02  Meanwhile, Delhi Police have detained supporters of an outfit raising slogans against Kejriwal at Rail Bhawan.
12:30  Shinde to Kejriwal: Be patient:  Meanwhile, Home Minister Shinde has said that action against Delhi Police personnel can only be taken after the completion of inquiry.
12:24  Why should responsibility not be on Delhi Police, asks Kejriwal:  

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alongwith his six MLAs are now addressing supporters near the Rail Bhavan after their cars were stopped by the Delhi Police.   AAP leaders were on their way to stage a dharna outside Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's office demanding suspension of Delhi Police personnel.  


Kejriwal said that why should responsibility not be on Delhi Police, demanding suspension 5 cops, alleging that BJP, Congress and certain  sections of the media are conspiring against the AAP.

11:42  Delhi police stops Kejriwal on his way to protest outside Shinde's office:  

NDTV reports: The Delhi Police have stopped Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at barricades erected some distance away from the office of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, where Kejriwal wants to sit on protest. He has asked the public not to join him.  


The police are not allowing Kejriwal's blue WagonR car to proceed to the home minister's office in North Block near the President's residence. Kejriwal has rolled up the windows of his stalled car and is refusing to talk to the police.  

11:13  Delhi cops likely to stop Kejriwal from reaching Shinde's office:  

The Delhi Police is all set to stop Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from reaching the office of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, NDTV reports.  


Kejriwal, who is already on his way, can be stopped near the Rail Bhavan. The chief minister has appealed to his supporters not to participate in the dharna.


The Aam Aadmi Party, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, is scheduled to hold a 'dharna' outside Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's office demanding action against Delhi Police personnel for alleged dereliction of duty.

As a result, four Metro stations near the North block will be closed on Monday from 9 am to 1 pm.

09:59  Trinamool to 'remain equidistant from Congress and BJP':  Trinamool Congress has ruled out any pre poll alliance ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.   Trinamool MP Saugata Ray has said that their party will be remain equidistant from both the Congress and the BJP ahead of the general elections, CNN IBN reported.
09:56  China economic growth at 14-year low:  

China's economy, the world's second-largest, grew at its slowest pace in 14 years in 2013, latest figures show. Its gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 7.7% from a year ago, the slowest pace of growth since 1999.


The growth rate was better than the government's target of 7.5%. The pace of expansion was also the same as 2012. The data highlights the challenge policymakers face in sustaining China's high growth rate as they look to rebalance the economy.


Read more on BBC

09:35  Thackeray clan in court battle over family estate worth over Rs100 crore:  

A major legal battle has broken out in the family of late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in connection with his estate. A probate petition has been filed by Thackeray's son Uddhav, who now heads the party, in the Bombay high court along with four others '" Sena leader and lawyer Anil Parab, former Sena MP and noted lawyer Adhik Shirodkar, architect Shashi Prabhu and Ravindra Mhatre who was personal assistant to the late leader.


The petition has been strongly contested by Bal Thackeray's second son, Jaidev, who has questioned the veracity of the will. Jaidev has maintained that his father could not have signed the will in view of his several health problems which resulted in "cognitive dysfunction.'


Thackeray has not left a farthing for either Jaidev or the family of his late son, Bindumadhav. Thackeray had three sons '" Bindumadhav (who died in a road accident), Jaidev and Uddhav. In his petition, Uddhav has said that the properties and bank deposits willed by his father are valued at Rs14.85 crore.


However, Jaidev has contended that the 'Matoshree' bungalow in Bandra (East), where his father lived, was alone worth Rs40 crore. He said it was his belief that there were several other properties, bank deposits, ornaments, etc, which were worth several crores of rupees, but there is no mention of them in the probate petition.


A probate petition is filed to get the will of a deceased person certified by a court of competent jurisdiction. A probate is granted with the court seal and has a copy of the will attached to it. dna has copies of Uddhav's probate petition and the caveat and detailed affidavit filed by Jaidev.


Read the exclusive DNA report here

09:30  Kejriwal could be detained if he goes ahead with dharna:  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is about to lead an Aam Aadmi Party dharna outside the Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's office seeking suspension of five Delhi Police personnel, could be detained under Delhi Police Act if he goes ahead with the dharna, CNN IBN reports.
09:24  Under-fire Cook to reconsider England captaincy:  

AFP: England captain Alastair Cook has admitted for the first time that he will reconsider his leadership role after eight successive defeats to Australia.


The hosts emphatically beat England last night by seven wickets with 10 overs to spare to seal the one-day series 3-0 and leave two dead matches still to play.     


Coming on top of a 5-0 Ashes whitewash, Cook said he would review his position as skipper once the tour is over. "I think I am going to have to make a decision on that stuff after we take stock after the next two games," Cook told reporters.    


"We are going to have to sit down and talk about a lot of things. "I think there will be some changes, I think English cricket needs a little bit of a change as well."     


"Obviously in the last few months we haven't played the cricket we are capable of and we have to look at the reasons why but this is not really the time and place to discuss that."    


After the final Test in Sydney two weeks ago, the England and Wales Cricket Board backed Cook to remain as skipper and he strongly declared his own wish to remain in the job.

09:18  Three opposition leaders:  

Rahul, Modi, Kejriwal are yet to show commitment on institutional regeneration.


Read Pratap Bhanu Mehta's opinion piece on The Indian Express

08:38  China's former PM denies role in family's 'hidden riches':  

Wen Jiabao, the former Chinese premier whose relatives were accused of amassing a $2.7 billion fortune in 2012, tells Hong Kong columnist: "I want to leave this world clean."


Read the full report on The Telegraph

08:35  AAP to protest outside Home Minister's office demanding action against Delhi cops:  

The Aam Aadmi Party, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, will begin a 'dharna' today outside Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's office if his government's demand seeking the suspension of three Delhi Police personnel is not met by 10 am.


Mr Kejriwal has demanded action against the three cops for alleged dereliction of duty.But the Chief Minister has urged people against joining the sit-in protest. "I alongwid all ministers and MLAs, will sit on dharna outside home min office for the sake of women security... In view of republic day preps, i urge supporters and public not to come for dharna. Only MLAs will sit. No one else shud come pl," he tweeted last evening.


Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh had, on Sunday, made it clear that the party would go ahead with its planned protest if action isn't taken against the three policemen despite prohibitory orders being in place in and around the New Delhi district.


Read more on NDTV

08:31  Live! Congress to protest demanding Somnath Bharti's arrest:  

Women workers from the Congress will protest in Delhi today demanding state Law Minister Somnath Bharti's arrest for his midnight raid. The women workers have planned to assemble at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee's office in Rajiv Bhawan at 11 am and stage a march towards the Delhi Police headquarters.


The Delhi Police yesterday registered a First Information Report (FIR) against unknown people, following a complaint by a Ugandan woman after Aam Aadmi Party's 'midnight raid' at her house on Wednesday night. Mr Bharti, however, has not been named in the FIR.


The woman, in her complaint filed in the Saket court on Saturday, has alleged that a group of people from a political party forcibly entered her house in south Delhi and molested her. She also alleged that the accused threatened her to leave the premises where she has been residing in.


While she didn't name any individual or a political party, she told the court that she could identify the men. The court then ordered the police to lodge an FIR and report back to it on the matter on February 14.Mr Bharti had, aided by some residents and supporters, accosted four women from Uganda during the raid on a building in Khirki Extension, which is in his constituency in south Delhi.


At least two were allegedly forced to go to hospital and undergo drug tests. The minister justified raid saying drugs and sex were allegedly being trafficked there.


Read more on NDTV

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