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July 16, 2014

22:00  'INS Vikrant can be developed into museum':  Retired Vice Admiral I C Rao,who was posted on INS Vikrant in 1975 for more than a year as chief engineer, today said that companies in Vishakapatnam are ready to convert the ship into a museum.

Rao, however, said it should be kept in Mumbai, where it "originally belongs to". "Companies in Vishakapatnam are ready to take care of the ship and and make it into a museum.

Moving the ship is a very difficult task, but can be done. But Mumbaikars should come forward and support," Rao told reporters.

The ship was due to be scrapped after it was sold by the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy for Rs 60 crore through an e-auction to the Mumbai-based IB Commercials Pvt Ltd.
21:37  Aftter Jaya's threat to cancel licence, TN club to lift dhoti ban :  After Tamil Nadu Chief minister promised to revoke licences of clubs that enforce a dhoti-less dress code, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club in Chennai said that the it was open to re-examining its dress code, NDTV reports. 

The club has earned massive criticism for refusing entry to dhoti-clad Madras high Court judge Justice Hariparanthaman last week.

"Ready to lift dhoti ban at Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club," its president N Srinivasan said.
21:31  Modi meets Brazilian President, both call for UNSC reforms:  India and Brazil today called for urgent progress in reforms of the United Nations Security Council, as they agreed to scale up bilateral ties and deepen cooperation in the international fora.   

The decision to raise the level of bilateral cooperation came at a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Dilma Rousseff.  The two countries strengthened their bilateral relations by agreeing to expand and diversify trade and investment flows  as they signed three agreements including in the field of environment protection and cooperation in space.   

In a special gesture, the host rolled out the red carpet and received Modi, who is not on a bilateral visit, with full military honours at the Presidential Palace before their meeting over breakfast.
20:40   INS Kolkata to be inducted in Indian Navy by August :  After dedicating aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to induct country's largest indigenously-built warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai in the last week of August.

The PM has already been invited to induct the largest indigenously-built warship, which is constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited and has been designed by Navy's design bureau, defence officials said.

The 6,800 tonne warship, which is over three years behind schedule, is a technology demonstrator and will showcase a giant leap in shipbuilding technology in the country, they said.
19:53  SC notice to states, UTs on plea for mother's name on documents:  he Supreme Court today sought responses from all states and union territories on a petition seeking that a child be identified by the name of his/her mother in all official documents and affidavits.

"This is towards women rights. This is a good subject and good for the day," a bench headed by Justice H L Dattu said while taking up the matter.

The apex court issued notices to all states and UTs on a petition filed by Madhav Kant Mishra, a journalist-turned- spiritual activist, which said the mandatory practice of filling up father's name in official documents should be made optional as "a mother's identity is certain and definite."
19:50  DU denies possibility of delay in commencing academic session:  Refuting reports that the restructuring of courses for last year's batch of students enrolled under four-year undergraduate programme might lead to delay in commencing the new academic session, Delhi University today reaffirmed that the session will begin on July 21 as per schedule.

"The colleges will reopen as per the schedule and the courses are being taken care of. The University is working in close tandem with the college principals and the time table as well as the courses will be ready prior to the commencement of the session," said DU's media coordinator Malay Neerav.

Last week, the varsity had asked heads of various departments to expedite the restructuring of undergraduate courses in the three-year format days after it had scrapped the controversial FYUP.
19:07  NCW chairperson supports govt's stand on juvenile rapist:  Even though the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has opposed the Women and Child Development ministry's proposal about trying juveniles involved in heinous crimes as adults, the National Commission for Women today backed the government's move.

"There is almost 45 per cent of cases of rapes in which juveniles above 16 years of age are involved, so just saying that they should not be punished as they are juveniles and sending them to reform homes further strengthens their morale," said NCW Chairperson, Mamta Sharma.
19:03  Is something brewing, Mr Kamal Nath? :  Has senior Congress leader Kamal Nath been sidelined by the leadership? The former Parliamentary Affairs minister looks tense in the Lok Sabha and barely registers his presence.

We are wondering whether he is sending some sort of signal to the Congress leadershp or is it merely internal politics of the Madhya Pradesh Congress.

MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has been vocal in the Lok Sabha and has often been summoned by Sonia Gandhi from the second row to the first row for discussion even when the House is in session.  
18:39  VIF denies link with Vaidik:   Vivekananda International Foundation, a think-tank, today rubbished reports linking it with Ved Pratap Vaidik whose meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafeez Saeed in Pakistan triggered a row.

"For the last two days, there have been various reports in the media linking Vivekananda International Foundation with Ved Pratap Vaidik. We wish to categorically state that VIF has no association whatsoever with Ved Pratap Vaidik," Editor at the Foundation K G Suresh said in a statement.

He said Vaidik was never associated with the Foundation even in the past. Vaidik, a journalist who is considered close to yoga guru Ramdev, has come under attack for his meeting with Saeed in Lahore on July 2 while touring Pakistan.

With Congress mounting a strong attack on it, the government yesterday condemned the meeting Vaidik had with Saeed and sought a report from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad about whether they were aware of it.
18:16  BRICS' bank presidency: India, Brazil and then Russia:   India's presidency in the BRICS bank will be followed by Brazil and Russia who will have five years term each under an agreement reached after intense negotiations among the five country-grouping BRICS -Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
18:05  BRICS bank to get going in 2 yrs; India to head for 6 yrs:  India will have the Presidency of the BRICS' USD 100 billion New Development Bank for six years with headquarters in China that will become operational in about two years, a major step for reshaping the international financial system dominated by the West.

India's presidency will be followed by Brazil and Russia who will have five years term each under an agreement reached after intense negotiations among the five country-grouping BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
17:57  Dr Kumar Vishwas, AAP, tweets: They may lose or win, but BJP should fight polls in Delhi, why are they scared of it?
17:46  LIVE! Sedition case against Vaidik for meeting JuD terrorist Hafeez Saeed:  Just in: A sedition case has been filed against journalist Dr Ved Vaidik for meeting JuD terrorist Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan. Vaidak said he had met Hafiz Saeed on July 2 in Lahore and had a one-on-one chat with him. Vaidak said he was on a 20-day-long trip to Pakistan and met Saeed in the capacity of a journalist and nothing more should be read into the meeting.

A case has been filed against him in the Varanasi Court.
17:23  LIVE! Please monitor mid-day meal schemes, Smriti tells MPs :  HRD Minister Smriti Irani has written to all MPs asking them to be part of committees set up to monitor the mid-day meal scheme which has seen complaints of poor quality of food and corruption.

Irani told the Lok Sabha that she has written to all MPs requesting them to be part of their respective district- level committees set up to monitor the mid-day meal scheme.

"A district-level committee under the chairmanship of the senior most Member of Parliament (of the district) can monitor the mid-day meal scheme quarterly. The team shall comprise all MPs, MLAs and members of zila parishad and the district magistrate will be member-secretary," she said.

To a question on construction of kitchens for mid-day meal in schools, Irani said the cost is shared in the ratio of 75:25 with the states, and in the North East the cost is shared in the ratio of 90:10.

 She said cooks get an honorarium of Rs 1,000 per month from the Centre and the states were free to raise it.
17:15  Jagdish Mukhi: Delhi Lt Gov has to take decision of forming govt :   BJP senior leader Jagdish Mukhi, who is pipped to be the next Delhi CM says the Lt Governor has to take the initiative/decision on the matter of government formation. Only after that can we decide on something.

On rumours of his name being bandied as Delhi's next CM, Mukhi said, "I think that there is a misunderstanding."
17:11  Syed Akbaruddin @MEAIndia Another Special Flight coming from Iraq! Approximately 175 Indians to depart Najaf late tonight; will reach Delhi early tomorrow.
17:09  PC goes back to law :  Former finance minister P Chidambaram is back to being a lawyer. Now, that PC has time on his hands, he has been meeting clients at Delhi's well-known Gymkhana Club. And as for the rest of the day, PC reads epics in Tamil bought from Chennai and takes a walk in the evening, every day. 
17:05  Horsetrading in Delhi? :  Harun Yoosuf, Congress leader on reports of the BJP forming the government in Delhi: Cong will never support a party like the BJP. All this is an attempt to grab attention.

AAP's Mayank Gandhi tweets: @mayankgandhi04 If BJP trusts democracy, then instead of horse trading with Cong, it shud ask the will of the people.
16:47   An army man has been critically injured in an exchange of fire with militants in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. 
16:46   Satish Upadhyay, Delhi BJP President, says of the likelihood of forming govt in Delhi: If a situation like that arises (to form Govt), then we will think about it. 
16:36  Will BJP form govt in Delhi?:  The BJP is reportedly making attempts to stake claim to form government in Delhi, which has been under President's Rule for the last six months. Sources said if the BJP does stake claim, senior city leader Jagdish Mukhi will be its candidate for chief minister.

While officially the party has denied any such move, sources said the Delhi unit is attempting to make a last ditch effort to form government. In elections held last December the BJP had won 31 seats and its ally, the Akali Dal, had won one. At 32, they were four short of a majority.

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16:29  Senior AAP leader Mayank Gandhi tweets: @mayankgandhi04  BJP successful in buying Cong MLAs in Delhi! Will form govt. Is this healthy for country?
16:27  Is BJP set to form govt in Delhi?:  Six of eight Congress MLAs willing to join the BJP. A few BJP MLAs met the the Delhi chief Satish Upadhayay.  A large section of BJP MLAs don't want to face elections, it is believed.
16:24   Arvind Kejriwal says BJP is trying to buy its MLAs, BJP says show us proof. 
16:12  Tapas Pal MIA from Parliament :  Senior Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi told party colleague Tapas Pal to attend Lok Sabha at least during the Question Hour and sign the attendance register. Pal who has been making news for all the wrong reasons after his remarks of sending men to rape families of opposition party members has been avoiding attending Parliament.

From what we have heard, Pal has refused to listen to Trivedi -- the fear of being embarrassed by the BJP -- remains large. 
15:58  Cong MP praises Smriti :  Sonia Gandhi was taken aback in Parliament today when party MP from Assam, Sushmita Dev, complimented Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani and said she deserved her elevation as a Union Minister. Sonia, was apparently embarassed, when Smriti thanked Sushmita for  her words. Sushmita also disapproved of Trinamool Congress MP Sultan Ahmed taunting Smriti Irani when he told Lok Sabha today that he used to regularly watch Saas Bahu serials. Irani was the face of the extremely popular soap, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. 
15:52  LIVE! Will this man be Delhi's next CM?:   Former Delhi finance minister Jagdish Mukhi, has reportedly emerged as a frontrunner for the post of the chief minister. Some Congress MLAs were reportedly planning to form a new front to extend outside support to the BJP in government formation. There are indications that some AAP MLAs, including its two former ministers, have also expressed their willingness to support a BJP government. 
15:36  Is BJP doing a U-turn on its stand on Kashmir? asks Digvijay:   Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has questioned the BJP's stand on Kashmir, in the backdrop of the recent meeting between journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

In a series of tweets last evening, Digvijay said that after a meeting between Hafiz Saeed and Kashmiri politician Yasin Malik, BJP wanted to impound the latter's passport and arrest him, but the party was now going soft on Vaidik.

"Hafiz Saeed visits Yasin Malik BJP wanted to impound his passport and arrest him. But now soft pedals Vedik's conduct. Double standard?" he said in the tweet.

"Is BJP going soft on Pakistan and Terror and doing a U Turn on its Stated Stand on Kashmir?" Digvijaya questioned in another tweet.

He said that Vaidik supports Independent Kashmir, while Union Minister Arun Jaitley calls it a diplomatic misadventure.

"Vedik supports Independent Kashmir. Arun Jaitley calls it Diplomatic Misadventure & Venkayya Naidu calls it a Non Issue. Is that BJP stand?" the Rajya Sabha member further tweeted.
15:25  Why Modi can make changes only in his second term :  In the eyes of the world, the BJP is labelled in two distinct (but not always mutually exclusive) ways. Left-liberals choose to describe it as 'Hindu nationalist', a categorisation that carries an implied note of disapproval.

At the other ideological end, the preferred term is 'conservative', a description that locates the saffron party as a loose Indian equivalent of the Republicans in the United States, the British Conservatives and German Christian Democrats.

Read Swapan Dasgupta's blog.
15:22  AAP will be reduced to a single digit in Delhi polls: BJP:  BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain predicts the fate of AAP: If elections are held in Delhi, Kejriwal will suffer a bigger defeat than what the Congress did, it will be reduced to a single digit. 
15:13  Novartis joins with Google to develop contact lens that monitors blood sugar:  Google announced on Tuesday a partnership with the European drug maker Novartis to develop a smart contact lens with the potential to monitor the wearer's blood sugar levels.

The agreement is among recent moves into the health care sector by technology giants including Apple and Samsung as they develop devices and mobile applications to track people's daily lives.
14:57  Rajdeep's farewell party cancelled :  And get this: "Sardesai was denied access to the Mumbai newsroom and he could not address the staff. Subsequently, as ties between the former editor and some of his former colleagues became strained over this episode, the farewell party, for which contributions at Rs1,300 ($22) per person were being collected, was cancelled.Sardesai declined to comment."
14:50  Reliance tells CNN IBN journalists how to cover AAP:   It's been more than a month since industrial giant Reliance Industries took over Network18 Group, which runs a suite of television channels including the CNN and CNBC affiliates in India. Everyone has wondered if the company owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani would interfere in the news-gathering operations of its new properties.

The answer appears to be yes.

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14:42  Indian govt plans DNA profiles database to find missing persons:  The Indian government has informed the Supreme Court that it intends to create a database of DNA profiles that would be used to identify unclaimed bodies and help find missing persons, reports Mail Online India. A bill to formalise this database is currently in the pipeline.
14:39  One of the four BSF jawans injured at the LoC today, being treated at the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital in Jammu. 
14:25  Pak violates ceasefire, 4 BSF personnel injured in firing:   In a major ceasefire violation, Pakistani Rangers today opened heavy fire at Indian border outposts along the International Border in Jammu district, leaving four BSF personnel injured.

Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Pittal border outpost along IB in Arnia forward area of R S Pura in Jammu district around 1115 hours, a BSF officer said.

In the heavy firing till 1130 hours, four BSF men were injured, he said, adding BSF troops, guarding the borderline took positions and effectively retaliated resulting in exchanges which are still going on in the area.

Three injured BSF soldiers have been admitted to Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital.
14:15  Bill Clinton visits school kitchen, serves food to students:   Former US President Bill Clinton today visited the kitchen run by an NGO which provides food to a large number of children at government schools as part of the mid-day meal scheme.

Clinton and his delegation were warmly received by the members of the NGO 'Akshya Patra' at their kitchen at Jagatpura area here and later given a demonstration on how the food was prepared for thousands of school students.

He later visited a government school and interacted with the students, who gave a cultural presentation to welcome him. Clinton and his delegation, who arrived here on Monday night, also served food to the school children.

Pic tweeted by CNN IBN.
14:14  ATS arrests suspect in 2011 Mumbai blasts:  Just in: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a suspect in 2011 Mumbai serial blasts. The suspect reportedly passed on hawala money to IM founder Yasin Bhatkal. Twenty-six people were killed in blasts which occurred at Opera House, Zaveri Bazaar and at Dadar West localities, leaving 130 injured.
14:10  Allow dhotis or club licences will be cancelled: Jaya's new diktat:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said the government would enact a new law in the current session to curb the dress code entry in clubs.

While coming down heavily on the July 11 incident in which sitting Madras High Court Judge Justice D Hariparanthaman was barred from entering Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for wearing a dhoti, she warned such organisations of stringent action including cancellation of their licences.

Making a suo motu statement on the issue in the Assembly, which evoked widespread condemnation and protests across the state, she said a show cause notice would be issued to the club seeking explanation. "This is an act of insult to Tamil civilisation and culture. This is a denigrating act. I strongly condemn this act,' Jayalalithaa said.
13:53  Chidambaram welcomes setting up of USD 100 bn BRICS Bank:  Welcoming the setting up of the BRICS Bank, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the work initiated by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government last year has led to its culmination in Brazil yesterday.

"I am delighted that the work begun by the UPA government at the BRICS Summit in South Africa has culminated in an agreement to set up the New Development Bank," he said in a statement.

Finance Minister of the BRICS countries had also worked on the idea at various deliberations on the sidelines of the Fund-Bank and G-20 meetings, he said.

Yesterday, the member countries of BRICS nations - Brazil,Russia, India, China and South Africa - agreed to set up the USD 100 billion bank to help development of member nations and developing countries.

"I am especially happy that all outstanding issues have been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the five countries. All five countries will contribute equal amount to the equity capital of the bank and will have equal voice and equal voting rights as founder members of the bank," he said.
13:45  LIVE! The Hindu responds: Sainath, Swami did not fit into their roles :  The Hindu responds to allegations:  Sainath and Praveen Swami did not fit into their roles. Read

The Hindu's senior editors P Sainath and Praveen Swami have resigned. Swami has joined the Indian Express as National Editor, Strategic & International Affairs reporting to Chief Editor Raj Kamal Jha. Sainath, winner of of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2007, will be working on a few rural projects before taking up any regular assignment.

Both Sainath and Swami hinted they found it difficult to work under the new system which emerged after the shift in power structure in Kasturi and Sons Ltd, the publishers of The Hindu newspaper, in October last year.

Read the report here.
13:39  Shashi Tharoor tweets: Strong debate starts in @16th_Loksabha on Budget. I expect to speak some time this afternoon, probably around 5pm. Good2c Parliament at work
13:39  Govt will have to give detailed statement in Parl: Cong on Vaidik-Saeed:  Govt will have to give a detailed statement in Parliament on Vaidik-Saeed meet, it's a very serious issue, says former Parliamentary Affairs minister Kamal Nath. 
13:11  50 most underrated films of all time:  The 50 most underrated films of all time: Some bombed, some were panned, and some sank without trace, but they all deserve a second chance. And FYI, Kagaaz ke Phool and Lagaan feature on the list. Read
13:06  BRICS create $100bn bank, first president to be from India :  The BRICS group of emerging powers on Tuesday created a Shanghai-based development bank and a reserve fund seen as alternatives to Western-led institutions.

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed to launch the institutions to finance infrastructure projects and head off future economic crises.

"We took the historic decision to create the BRICS bank and the reserve agreement '" an important contribution to reconfigure the system of international economic governance," Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said at a summit in the northeastern seaside city of Fortaleza.
12:49  Cong: Govt is kneeling before China and Pakistan:   Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari on the BRICS summit: Going by the initial steps it seems this Govt is kneeling down in front of both Pakistan and China. Earlier BJP used to mention biryani on every issue of Pakistan, but now they themselves seem to be laying out a 20 course meal."

Pitching for 'zero tolerance" against terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told leaders of the five-nation grouping BRICS that the "choices" they make now will shape the future of the world at large.

Addressing the summit of Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa in Fortaleza, he noted that the region stretching from Afghanistan to Africa is "experiencing turbulence and conflict" and "remaining mute spectators to countries being torn up can have grave consequences".
12:33  Just in: The Supreme Court issues notice to all states and union territories on a plea for legalising passive euthanasia.
12:30  'Sadly, so called 'Secular' India unable to bear informal meeting':  "Sadly, so called 'Secular' India is unable to bear an informal meeting of her journalist, Mr Videk; another eg of Indian narrow mindedness. We discussed how all 26/11 evidences provided by India have been rejected & asked Mr. Vaidik, why India does not respect Pakistani courts?"

Hafiz Saeed's take on the meeting with Dr Vaidik. 
12:23  Can't let off Vaidik, tomorrow people will enjoy biryani with Dawood: Sena :   Mounting pressure on the Modi government to act against journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik for meeting 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, BJP ally Shiv Sena today said the Centre cannot just shrug off its responsibility in the matter.

"Just saying that the government has nothing to do with the meeting won't suffice. Had it been a Congress government and any journalist would have met Hafiz or Dawood Ibrahim, BJP would have attacked the government," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

"But today we are in power. So just saying that the government has nothing to do with this won't do. What is needed is to go to the bottom of the issue," the Sena said.

"There should not be any Hindu-Muslim discrimination as this is a matter of national security. If the journalist is let off, tomorrow anyone will go and enjoy biryani with Dawood, Tiger Memon and Saeed," the newspaper said.

"The Modi government has begun well. It should not face problem because of misadventure of an individual. It is good that the External Affairs Minister condemned the meeting in Parliament," the Sena said.
12:19  LIVE! Hafiz Saeed tweets: Row in Indian Parl show extremism of govt:  Hafiz Muhammad Saeed tweets his take on the meeting with Indian journalist Vaidik: "Row in Indian parliament over a journalists meeting with us shows the extremism, narrow mindedness of their politicians. Utterly Shameful."
12:10  Baden-Powell's great-grandson gets life for murdering wife :  The great-grandson of Lord BadenPowell has been sentenced to life in jail for murdering his wife, after a three-week trial filled with stories of deception and adultery that gripped Australia, reports the Times, London.

The murder of Allison Baden-Clay, was described by the judge as "not premeditated, but it was definitely violent".

Gerard Baden-Clay, 43, shook in the dock after a jury pronounced a guilty verdict and a judge sentenced him to at least 15 years in jail.
12:08  Prestigious train to Katra stuck in tunnel due to engine failure:   The newly introduced direct train to Katra, the base camp of the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, was stuck in a tunnel for an hour this morning due to engine failure near the Katra Railway Station.The fully air conditioned super fast train Shri Shakti Express from New Delhi to Katra was on its second run when the incident took place about five kilometres before the station.
12:01  Mumbai crawls after heavy rains:   Traffic was crawling in several parts of Mumbai because of continuous and heavy rains. Twitter was abuzz with people complaining about hour-long traffic jams on the Western Express Highway and in different parts of Parel and Santacruz, which are low-lying areas. Central Railway train services were running late by around 15 to 20 minutes.  
10:59  Journalist who met Hafiz Saeed slams government:   Hours after some political leaders demanded that senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik be prosecuted over his meeting with terror chief and his comments on Kashmir, Vaidik has slammed the government. 

He said that the government was targeting him without actually hearing his entire interview. He said that he had never said that Kashmir should be made a separate state. He said that if his comments on Kashmir were heard in full, they would garland him instead of hitting out at him. 

When asked how he felt about Bharatiya Janata Party's Subramaniam Swamy's demand for his prosecution, Vaidik said, "Subramanian Swamy is my close friend,he is a patriotic man, I don't feel bad about what he says.'
10:05  Bharatiya Janata Party's Subramaniam Swamy joined Uddhav Thackeray in his demand of taking action against Ved Pratap Vaidik over his meeting with terror chief Hafiz Saeed. Swamy said that Vaidik, an aide of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, should be prosecuted.
09:39  Cant shrug off responsibility over Hafiz-Vaidik meet: Uddhav:  Even as the Centre continues to face the heat from all quarters over Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with dreaded terrorist and mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Uddhav Thackeray, chief of Shiv Sena, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, slammed the government. He said the government can't shrug off responsibility on this matter and that Vaidik, the journalist, should be tried for sedition. He also added that if the meeting had taken place during the Congress rule, the BJP would have sought an explanation. 
09:18  Outgoing Puducherry Lt Governor alleges state government of corruption:  Virendra Kataria, the outgoing Puducherry Lt Governor, levelled charges against the Puducherry chief minister and chief secretary of corruption and said that his anti-corruption stand was the reason for his ouster.

He said that local administration, headed by the All India NR Congress, was very corrupt and they feared that he would expose their corrupt activities. Kataria also added that he did not think that the change of the government at the Centre was responsible for his removal. 

Kataria, who was asked to step down from his post on July 11, said he planned to meet the president and seek an explanation for his removal.  
09:05  At least 1 one dead as typhoon batters Philippines:  At least one person is dead and thousands are sheltered in evacuation centres as ferocious winds from Typhoon Glenda batter down on Philippines.Wind gusts of up to 250 kilometre an hour ripped down trees, tore roofs off houses and overturned cars. Others have been injured owing to electrocution while officials said that three fishermen were missing at seas. 
08:54  On the sidelines of BRICS summit, Modi meets Putin:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Fortaleza in Brazil. The two were initially to meet on Tuesday but was later rescheduled it for today. The two will discuss the $40-billion pipeline, which will be used to transport oil and gas. 
08:10  Marvel's 'Thor' is now a woman:  Marvel Comics announces that one of their most established male characters is changing sex. It was announced that Thor will no longer be worthy enough to wield his magic hammer Mjolnir, so a new female Thor will be taking his place. The announcement came on US TV show The View when host Whoopi Goldberg said, "It's a huge day in the Marvel Universe. Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up, and he's no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his. For the first time in history, that hammer is being held by a woman. That's right. Thor is a woman!"
03:44  Extension of Iran talks deadline 'highly probable': diplomat:  An extension of Sunday's deadline to strike a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is now "highly probable," and by months not weeks, a Western diplomat said today. 

"As it's highly improbable that we will finalise in Vienna before the weekend, it is highly probable that there will be a wish to continue to negotiate in the coming months," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity on the sidelines of talks in Vienna.
03:44  Extension of Iran talks deadline 'highly probable': diplomat:  An extension of Sunday's deadline to strike a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is now "highly probable," and by months not weeks, a Western diplomat said today. 

"As it's highly improbable that we will finalise in Vienna before the weekend, it is highly probable that there will be a wish to continue to negotiate in the coming months," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity on the sidelines of talks in Vienna.
03:43  Twin car bombs kill 8 in Baghdad:  Officials say two car bombs have exploded on a commercial street in eastern Baghdad, killing at least eight people. Two police officials say the explosions took place around sundown yesterday in the Shiite neighbourhood known as Sadr City. They say at least 20 people were wounded in the attack.
03:42  A side effect of Iranian sanctions: Tehrans bad air:  Air pollution has decreased significantly since sanctions were temporarily lifted in January. As Iran and the U.S. attempt to hammer out a comprehensive nuclear deal before the July 20 deadline, the capital city's newly cleaner air hangs in the balance. 

When the United States, the United Nations and Europe implemented, in 2010, one of the harshest sanctions regimes ever seen globally to curb Iran's suspected development of a nuclear weapons program, it was widely expected that the country would soon fall to its knees. Instead, Iran absorbed the blow, and though weakened, has managed to keep its economy afloat.

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01:56  British PM reshuffles his cabinet on Twitter:  Getting the latest news on a British government reshuffle once meant waiting outside the prime minister's Downing Street office for ministers to emerge, and judging their fate by the look on their faces. 

But in the age of social media, UK Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled a major shake-up of his cabinet today through his two official Twitter accounts, which between them boast 3.4 million followers. "I'll be reshuffling the Cabinet today. Watch this Twitter feed for the very latest. #Reshuffle," the premier announced overnight.
01:55  Israel's Peres defends airstrikes:  Israeli President Shimon Peres said today that the killing of Palestinian civilians by air raids on Gaza presents a moral dilemma, but argued there is scant alternative as long as the Islamic militants who rule the strip refuse to stop sustained rocket fire against Israel. 

"There is a moral problem, but I don't have a moral answer to it," the 1994 Nobel Peace laureate told The Associated Press. "If they are shooting at us, and don't let our mothers and their children ... have a full night's sleep, what can we do?"
01:49  At least 21 dead, 136 injured in Moscow subway derailment:  At least 21 people were killed Tuesday when a Moscow subway train derailed during the morning rush hour, sending 136 others to the hospital.

Of the 136 people hospitalized, at least 42 were in grave condition Tuesday evening, health officials said.

By late afternoon, rescuers had recovered seven bodies and were working to extract 12 more trapped in two wrecked train cars at the Park Pobedy station, said Alexander Gavrilov, deputy chief of Moscow's emergency services. One woman taken from the scene died at a Moscow hospital.
01:02  BRICS Development Bank launched, first president to be from India:  The BRICS group of emerging powers launched a $50 billion development bank on Tuesday to be based in Shanghai and a $100 billion crisis contingency fund, according to a joint declaration. 

The new development bank's first president will be from India while the board's chairman will be Brazilian, according to the declaration released at a summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. 
01:01  BRICS leaders create emergency reserve fund, development bank:  The leaders of the group of five BRICS emerging market countries signed on Tuesday a deal to create a new development bank and an emergency reserve fund, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff announced at a summit of the group in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.

The BRICS group consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
00:38  Officials: Ukraine airstrike kills civilians:  An airstrike demolished an apartment block in eastern Ukraine today, killing at least 11 civilians, regional officials said. The attack adds to the steadily growing number of civilians killed over four months in a dogged pro-Russian insurgency. 

The devastation bore signs of a strike by several missiles and left only a mountain of smoking debris. The four-story apartment block appeared to have been hit in two separate spots, causing the collapse of several tiers, and a nearby house was also destroyed.
00:37  Report on NGOs: Udayakumar moves HC against IB official:  Madras High Court today issued a notice to the Union Home Secretary on a petition by anti- nuclear activist SP Udayakumar seeking action against an Intelligence Bureau official for allegedly leaking a "secret" document on foreign funding of NGOs with a view to maligning him.
00:24  Car bomb kills more than 40 people in Afghanistan:  A car bomb exploded in a busy market in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, killing more than 40 people, officials said, in what is said to be the single worst attack in the country this year.

Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayoub Salang said 42 people were killed and more than 30 others were wounded in the attack in the Urgon district of Paktika province. 

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan had different figures, stating that at least 43 civilians, including eight children, were killed, and 67 were wounded.
00:22  Top headlines in that last 24 hours:  

PM pitches for 'zero tolerance' towards terror at BRICS Summit
Israel resumes air strikes on Gaza as ceasefire fails
Vaidik issue overshadows PM Modi's Brazil visit
PHOTOS: Bumper-to-bumper traffic as non-stop rain hits Mumbai
When India, China meet, the world watches: President Xi on meet with Modi
Tatra case: CBI files chargesheet against Lt Gen Tejinder

Uttar Pradesh: Protests turn violent after rape victim kills herself

Another absurd reason for rape: Phones and non-veg food
Shakti Mill gang rapes: Two juveniles convicted

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