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June 07, 2014

22:48  Modi to sail on board INS Vikramaditya:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sail on INS Vikramaditya, the largest warship of the Indian Navy, off the coast of Goa on June 14.

He will dedicate the warship, India's second aircraft carrier after INS Virat, to the nation on that day, Navy sources said today.

The warship is already in the Arabian Sea. INS Vikramaditya is the newest and largest ship to join Indian Navy on November 16, 2013. The ship was commissioned by the then Defence Minister A K Antony in Russia.
22:43  BJP workers are protesting on the shot where its leader Vijay Pandit was killed. They have set vehicles on fire.   
22:38  BJP leader Vijay Pandit shot dead in Greater Noida:  CNN-IBN reports: BJP leader Vijay Pandit shot dead by bikers in Greater Noida. Five bullets were fired at him and he died on the spot.

A political action committee has been deployed to the spot.

More details are awaited.
22:33  1 dead, 3 injured in cylinder explosion in Hyderabad :  One person has been killed and three injured as a series of small explosions took place in a private godown in Hyderabad's Nimboli Adda. The blasts took place in a godown used for filling gas cylinders, reports Times Now
22:00  Yogendra Yadav's resignation rejected by AAP:  NDTV reports: The AAP today rejected the resignation of Yogendra Yadav, hours after party chief Arvind Kejriwal reached out to him in a bid to contain the damage effected by some serious bickering by the party's seniormost leaders.

Yadav had offered to resign from the party's Political Affairs Committee on June 1, expressing unhappiness with the party's style of functioning.
21:56  Sharapova beat Halep 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.
21:51  French Open: Maria Sharapova wins fifth grand slam:  Russia's Maria Sharapova wins the French Open's women's finals. She beat Romania's fourth-seeded Simona Halep in a three-set game.   
21:35  Akhilesh writes to chief justice on setting up fast-track courts:   Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has requested the Allahabad high court to give its consent for setting up a fast-track court in every district of the state.

The chief minister has written a letter to Allahabad HC Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud in this regard, an official spokesman said today.

In his letter, Akhilesh has mentioned that women have a respectable position in society and the state government is determined to protect their honour.
21:33  Heat wave continues to grip Gujarat, three more dead:   As extreme heat-wave continued to grip many parts of Gujarat, three persons died in Ahmedabad of a heatstroke, taking the death toll to seven in last four days.

"Three persons, who suffered heat-stroke, died today in two different Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation run hospitals," in-charge health officer of the medical facility Bhavik Joshi said.
21:31  On Cong ticket, even Modi would have lost elections: Sanjay Nirupam:   In remarks that could spell controversy for Congress, All Indian Congress Committee secretary Sanjay Nirupam today said that "even Narendra Modi would have badly lost in the LokSabha elections had he contested on a Congress ticket".   

Nirupam, who lost from the Mumbai North constituency, told reporters that despite several decisions taken by it for the welfare of the people, a severe anti-incumbency wave had worked against the Congress-led United Progress Alliance coalition.
21:05  NIA thwarts major attacks, discovers live bombs near Ranchi:'s Vicky Nanjappa reports: 16 not 18 live bombs have been recovered by the NIA near Ranchi.

As per the investigations, the SIMI had plans to launch attacks in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where they would use these bombs, the NIA pointed out.  
21:05  French Open women's finals: Halep wins second set :  Simona Halep makes a come back in the French Open women's finals. She wins the second set, which went into a tie-breaker, 7-6.  
20:57  AAP rejects all resignations, says having differences is natural :  CNN-IBN reports: The Aam Aadmi Party today rejected all the resignations tendered by its members. The decision was taken on the second day of AAP's national executive meet.

Issues raised by Yogendra Yadav in his letter to the party were also taken up. Yadav had accused AAP of falling prey to personality cults. Top leaders including Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav, Manish Sisodia and Naveen Jaihind attended the national executive meet.

Yadav was among the AAP leaders who had resigned for party posts.

Senior party leader Prashant Bhushan said that it was a unanimous decision. He said, "Everyone agreed on the point that none of the resignations should not be accepted. Having differences in natural."

Read the full report here
20:45  The second set of the French Open women's finals between Maria Sharapova and  Simona Halep has entered a tie-breaker.     
20:17  Akal Takht Jathedar asks SGPC to probe into Golden Temple clash:  Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh today asked Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee to initiate a probe into yesterday's violence that took place inside the Golden Temple.   

Jathedar, while talking to reporters, asked SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar to submit a report after completing the probe into the incident.   

Jathedar said some "unscrupulous elements" attacked employees of the SGPC.  

When reporters pointed out that one of the SGPC employees had brandished  swords at Golden Temple complex, Jathedar of Akal Takht said, "such aspects will not be ignored during the course of investigation."
20:15  Pune techie's murder: Minister seeks ban on Hindu Rashtra Sena :  Naseem Khan, a senior Congress minister in Maharashtra, today demanded a ban on the right-wing organisation Hindu Rashtra Sena whose members allegedly beat a 28-year-old software professional to death in Pune following tension over some images on the Facebook.    

"I met Home Minister R R Patil and demanded that the government should ban the organisation," Khan, Minister for Textiles and Minorities Development, told reporters.    

Seventeen persons have been arrested so far in connection with the murder of Shaikh Mohasin Sadiq in Bankar Colony in Hadapsar area of Pune on Monday night.
20:04  NIA recovers 18 live bombs in Ranchi :  An update on the NIA raid near Ranchi: The National Investigation Agency today recovered 18 live bombs in Ranchi at the instance of a person detained in connection with the multiple blasts at an election rally in Patna which was addressed by Narendra Modi last year.   

After a detailed interrogation of four persons of the Ranchi module, including Hyder Ali alias 'Black Beauty', having association with banned terror groups like SIMI and the Indian Mujahideen, NIA identified some more members of this module, official sources said.   

The arrest of the four people on May 20 had unraveled a conspiracy by the 'Ranchi module' to target Narendra Modi in October last year when he was addressing a political rally in Patna, NIA had claimed. 
19:51  Munde's ashes to be immersed at holy places in Maharashtra on Jun 16:  The ashes of BJP leader Gopinath Munde will be immersed at various holy places in Maharashtra on June 16, the BJP announced today.

Urns containing the ashes would leave for district places on June 14 and June 15, where they would be kept for "darshan", state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said.

On June 16, the ashes would be immersed in various rivers and holy places, including Harihareshwar, Narsobachi Wadi, at the confluence between Krishna and Koyna rivers, Pandharpur, Manjara river near Latur and at Godavari sangam at Nanded.

Munde, 64, Union rural development minister and senior BJP leader from the state, died in a road accident in Delhi on June 3 when his car was hit by another vehicle.
19:48  Maritime security tops government agenda: Jaitley:  Maintaining that maritime security was government's top priority, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today stressed the need for hastening delivery of ships to step up surveillance and secure the vast coastline.

"I am aware of the challenges faced by the ship building industry in India. The achievement of quality standards despite ongoing modernisation programme of the (Cochin) shipyard is indeed commendable. I expect more focus on shortening the delivery period by the shipyards in future," he said after commissioning two indigenously-built fast-patrol vessels ICGS Achook and ICGS Agrim of the Indian Coast Guard.
19:45  French Open: Sharapoava Wins 1st set 6-4:  Maria Sharapova wins the first set (6-4) in the French Open finals against  Simona Halep.   
19:43  Patna blasts: 6 bombs recovered from village near Ranchi:   The National Investigation Agency today raided Sithio village near Ranchi in connection to last October's Patna blasts ahead of Narendra Modi's rally.

The NIA has recovered from the village after digging out fields, according to a CNN-IBN report.

More details are awaited.
19:29   In the Frecnh Open women's finals, Maria Sharapova  leads 5-2 against  Simona Halep.   
19:17  The Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant today attained its full generation capacity and became the first nuclear plant in the country to generate 1,000 MWe of power, its Site Director R S Sundar said.

"At 13.20 hours today, Unit I of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant started generating its full capacity of 1,000 MWe of power. We will run it for some more time before we stop the unit for conducting some tests as mandated by AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board)," he told PTI over phone. He also said that of all the sources of power available in the country, units of KNPP had the capacity to produce large amounts of power from a single unit.

"If you take other plants, they can produce only around 540 MWe of power. In the case of thermal plants it could go up to 660 or 680 MWe. Another 700 MWe unit is presently under construction. So KNPP is the first unit in the country to produce 1,000 MWe of power," he said.
19:09  French Open women's finals: Halep leads 2-1 in first set against Sharapova:  Seventh seed Maria Sharapova of Russia takes on Romania's fourth-seeded Simona Halep in the French Open 2014 women's singles final at the French Open in Paris.

Halep is leading 2-1 in the first set.
19:07  '30 Rock' actor Tracy Morgan critical after road accident:  'Saturday Night Live' star Tracy Morgan is reportedly in critical condition following a multi-vehicle collision in New Jersey early today that killed one person and injured seven others.

The 45-year-old '30 Rock' star was returning from a concert in a limo bus when the accident occurred in Mercer County, CNN reported quoting Sgt Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police.

The limo bus overturned after it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Two tractor-trailers, two cars, an SUV and the limo bus were involved in the accident.

"The limo bus is the only vehicle that overturned. Looks like one of the tractor-trailers may have rear-ended that limo bus, but that's preliminary at this time," Williams said. One person was killed and seven others hospitalised with injuries, authorities said.
18:41  Tariff dispute over Mumbai Metro service set to start tomorrow :  he much-awaited Mumbai metro has got embroiled in a legal dispute over tariff, a day before commencement of its operations, with the state-run Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority moving the court against the operator over fare hike.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said he would inaugurate the service, which is expected to ease traffic congestion on the city's roads and provide much-needed relief to commuters using the overburdened suburban railway, only if the operator -- Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd agrees to stick to the "original" tariff quoted in the tender.

Debashish Mohanty, a director of MMOPL, however, said they would go ahead with the launch of the service tomorrow even if the Chief Minister does not come for the inauguration.
18:11  UP top cop: Arrested in Badaun rape case can be innocent :  As the probe in the Badaun sisters' rape and murder progresses, Utttar Pradesh AL Banerjee made a rather shocking observation."Rape case hasn't been confirmed on one of the victims in the Badaun case. It can be a case of honour killing and the arrested people can be innocent."   
17:54  Badaun rape: Narco and lie detector tests on 5 accused :  The UP police will conduct narco and lie detector tests of all the five accused in Badaun gang rape and murder case, the DGP said today.
17:52  Badaun SSP, district magistrate suspended; 42 cops transferred :   In a major reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh following the crumbling law and order situation, top names in the machinery including the Senior Superintendent of Police Atul Saxena and District Magistrate Chandra Prakash of Badaun have been suspended. 

Forty two top police officials have also been transferred.

There has been a major outrage after two Dalit sisters were gang-raped and hanged in Badaun. The girls went missing on May 27 and their bodies were found the next day. Badaun is 300 km from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.The UP government has been under fire for increase in number of rape cases in the state.    
17:50  9 children die in hospital in Malda, West Bengal:   With one more child dying today, the toll in children death from an unidentified illness at Malda Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal rose to nine, health department official said.

One child died today while 20 others are undergoing treatment in the hospital, he said. Earlier, the Superintendent-cum-Vice Principal of the Malda Medical College Hospital M A Rashid had said, "The children, aged between one to six years, were admitted with high fever, vomiting and convulsion on Thursday night. Eight of the children died in the past couple of days."
17:48  Monsoon remains weak over Kerala:  A day after it hit the Kerala coast, southwest monsoon remained weak today though parts of the state received rains and isolated heavy rainfall has been predicted till June 10.

According to a bulletin issued by the meteorological centre in Thiruvananthapuram, the monsoon was weak over the state. "Southwest monsoon is weak over Kerala. Rain occurred at many places in the state. Mainly dry weather prevailed over Lakshadweep," the bulletin said. Heavy rainfall has been predicted in isolated places in Kerala and Lakshadweep till June 10.
17:13  Heatstroke kills 12 in Maharashtra's Vidarbha :  At least 12 people have been killed in a heatstroke in Vidarbha in Maharashtra.
The heat wave conditions continue in the region with Nagpur registering its highest temperature of the season at 46.7 degree Celsius.

Temperature in Wardha and Chandrapur touched 47 degrees.
16:07  Cabinet Secretary meets top government secretaries:  The Cabinet Secretary met with top government secretaries on Saturday. Sources say they discussed ways to control the rising inflation and poor monsoon that was contributing to the rise in inflation.
15:54  Militants strike in Shopian, 4 cops and 2 civilians injured:  Mukhtar Ahmed from Kashmir reports that four cops and two civilians were injured when militants shooting in Shopian in Kashmir on Saturday afternoon. A senior police official said that the militants fired bullets indiscriminately at a passing police vehicle, injuring the officials. All the injured have been rushed to a hospital, said police, adding that one of the cops was in a serious condition.  
15:30  Militants storms Iraqi university, take many hostages:  Militants in Iraq have stormed a university campus in the western city of Ramadi, taking dozens of students and staff hostage, according to the BBC. One report said some guards had been killed at the Anbar University campus. Police said militants had infiltrated the campus from the neighbouring al-Tasha district, blowing up a bridge that connects to the university's main gate. Security forces have sealed off the campus.

For full report, click here
15:03  On the tourist being raped in Jaipur, the police have revealed that the 30-year-old accused had laced the victim's drink's with sedatives. 
14:34  Petro Poroshenko sworn in as new Ukraine president:  Petro Poroshenko, who was sworn in as Ukraine's fifth post-Soviet president on Saturday, vowed to maintain the unity of his country amid a continuing crisis with Russia. He promised he would decentralise power and guarantee the free use of the Russian language. But he also said that there would be no compromise with Russia on his pro-European stance and the status of the Crimean peninsula.  "Crimea has been and will remain Ukrainian," he said. .
14:22  CBI summons Kalainagar TV MD:  The Central Bureau of Investigation has called in Sharad Kumar, the managing director of Kalainagar TV, in the Dayanidhi Maran case. According to a Times of India report the agency was found that by drawing 323 high speed BSNL lines to Maran's house, the BSNL had incurred a loss of Rs 440 crore. 

13:52  21-year-old tourist raped in Jaipur hotel:  A 21-year-old Malaysian tourist who was visiting Jaipur was raped by her tour guide. The accused has been arrested by the police. 
13:43  Rock band's Facebook page now accessible in Pakistan:  The Facebook page of a popular rock band in Pakistan that was banned by the social media website on government's request is now accessible to internet users in Pakistan.  The members of the band said, "We won. Yes it's true. We were banned. We fought back. And we won. We want to thank all our supporters who supported us on social media and the mainstream media. This was your victory." The band was blocked on Facebook after officials said that some of their statements had been blasphemous and they were trying to spread hate.
13:04  4 cops who abandoned SP during Assam encounter suspended:  Four police personnel from the Hamren police station in Assam have been suspended after they were found to have abandoned Superintendent of Police Nityananda Goswami and his personal security officer who died during an encounter with tribal militants on Thursday night. 
12:55  Yogendra a dear friend, says Kejriwal:  After holding a separate meeting with Yogendra Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Yogendra is a dear friend of his and a valued colleague." He further tweeted, "Yogendra has raised some imp issues. All of us will work on it." The AAP head also added that he would try to get Shazia back into the party.
11:56  Arun Jaitley arrives to take stock of Western Naval Command:  Defence Minister Arun Jaitley arrived in Mumbai today to review the preparedness of the Western Naval Command. Taking stock, Jaitley visited the aircraft carrier, the INS Virat. During his visit, he said he would commission two fast patrol vessels. The Defence Minister was accompanied by Chief of Naval Staff Robin Dhowan. 
11:38  Full state honours conferred on Assam cop:  Superintendent of police of Assam's Hamren police district, who was killed by tribal militants on Thursday night, was awarded full state honours. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju attended the funeral this morning. SP Nityananda Goswami and his personal security officer and 18 other officers were leading them in an operation against tribal militants from the Karbi People's Liberation Tigers when they were shot down. 
11:27  Congress, BJP mock AAP over internal rifts :  The Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party slammed the Aam Aadmi Party over its infighting. While the Congress said that the AAP should focus on introspection rather than bickering, the BJP added that the AAP was reaping the consequences of not following democratic institutions and procedures. 
10:48  Amid infighting, crucial AAP meeting begins:  Even as the Aam Aadmi Party implodes with top leaders sparring and others quitting the party, the AAP's National Executive Meet has begun in New Delhi. According to sources, resignations of leaders will be discussed at the meet and they will also try to convince Shazia Ilmi to rejoin the party.

More details are awaited. 
10:25  Putin agrees to end bloodshed in Ukraine:  Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko discussed a ceasefire and other possible steps to de-escalate the crisis between their countries in a brief but potentially significant meeting in France during ceremonies to mark D-Day. 
09:54  Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to visit India in July:  Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will travel to India in first week of July , according to a report by The Economic Times. The company confirmed that the COO would be visiting India but did not share further details about the visit. Sandberg's India visit will be the first by a member of the social networking website. 
09:40  Gopinath Munde wanted to quit party: BJP leader:  Pandurang Phundkar, a Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party leader, has sparked off a row saying that Gopinath Munde, who died on June 3, wanted to quit the party after he was humiliated by other party members. "Munde faced struggles at every step. He was (once) about to leave the BJP. I opposed it. He faced humiliation many times but dedicated his life to the party," Phundkar said
09:23  AAP says it will try to win Shazia Ilmi back:  With its top leaders sparring and the rift in the Aam Aadmi Party growing wider, the top executive said it will try to win back Shazia Ilmi, who left the party. The party's top leaders said that each party had its own issues and they would try to sort out their differences with Ilmi and welcome her back into the fold. 
09:13  Omar govt hikes retirement age :  After suffering a major drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been on a populist drive and in an attempt to win the voters, the CM has increased the retirement age from 58 to 60. 
08:45  US Assistant Secretary will arrive in india:  Obama administration's point person for central and south Asia, Nisha Biswal will be arriving in India on Saturday. She will hold talks with officials of the new government on a series of bilateral and regional issues. 

More details are awaited.
08:24  Police, protesters clash in Brazil ahead of World Cup:  Police in Brazil used tear gas to break up protesters on the second day of a metro strike that has left Sao Paulo's transport in chaos. Nearly half of the stations were closed and there was gridlock on the streets of city, which will host the opening match of the World Cup next Thursday. Police also used batons to try to control the protesting crowds. 
00:52  Facebook blocks Anti--Taliban rock band at official request in Pak:  Facebook has blocked the page of a popular Pakistani rock band and others anti-Taliban accounts at the request of the government. The Facebook page of rock band "Laal" (Red), which was set up by a group of progressive musicians in 2007, has been blocked.

Laal Facebook page has more than 400,000 likes. An official of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority confirmed that they asked Facebook to block certain accounts against which the authority had received complaints. "Taalibansarezalimans", an anti-Taliban forum and "Pakistani.meem", a secular site have been recently blocked.

The group Laal frequently performs at progressive seminars and meetings. Some of its song are highly political and anti status coup. Laal's lead member Taimur Rehman told media that they were not informed about the decision. Pakistan frequently bans social websites. YouTube was banned in 2012 and still remains out of access.
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