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June 08, 2014

21:06  Two dozen tourists missing after river surge in HP:  

CNN IBN reports: Two dozen tourists are missing after a river surge near Manali in Himachal Pradesh.  


The channel reports that extra water from Larji Dam was released into the Beas river. Rescue operations are underway.  


Report also states that angry protestors have blocked the highway.

19:57  Two LeT militants killed in encounter in Pulwama:  Mukhtar Ahmad reports from Srinagar: Two militants of Lashkar-e-Tayiba outfit have been killed in a fierce encounter with security personnel in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Sunday evening.
19:36  Chandrababu Naidu takes oath as Andhra Pradesh CM:  

TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu has taken oath as the first chief minister of new Andhra Pradesh following the bifurcation of Telangana. His oath was administred by Governor E Narasimhan.


The grand event is being held at the Nagarjuna University between Vijayawada and Guntur, where lakhs of supporters and also dignitaries including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, film stars as well members of the NTR family.


Naidu has decided to induct only 19 cabinet ministers on Sunday.

18:12  Azad appointed Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha:  Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has been appointed the Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha, party spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi said.   Former Union Minister Anand Sharma made the deputy leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha, Dwivedi added.
17:21  Time has come to reorganise AAP: Kejriwal:  

Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal lauded his party's performance in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections, and stated that the newly-formed party did exceptionally well in such a short span of time, despite a wave in favour of a 'particular leader' (read Narendra Modi).    


Kejriwal also said that AAP is launching a year-long 'Mission Vistaar' to expand the base of the party and consolidate public support right till every booth.    


"Time has come to reorganise the party now,' Kejriwal said, announcing that a new political affairs committee will be made.

17:06  Monsoon gains momentum over Kerala:  

After remaining weak for two days following its sluggish onset over Kerala, south west monsoon gained momentum bringing rains to most parts of the state today.    "Rain occurred at most places in Kerala and at a few places in Lakshadweep," the Meteorological Centre said in a bulletin in Thiruvananthapuram.    


Heavy rainfall, exceeding 7 cm, has been predicted at isolated places in Kerala and Lakshadweep till June 10. Kottayam received the highest amount of rainfall of 7 cm.

17:04  Karuna wants all party meet on Cauvery water issue:  

A day after Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister Ananth Kumar said there was no proposal to set up the Cauvery Management Board, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today urged the Tamil Nadu government to call an all-party meeting over the issue.       


"It is very very necessary that Jayalalithaa calls for an all-party meeting over setting up the Cauvery Management Board, at a time when the future of kuruvai (short-term) crops has a question mark," Karunanidhi said in a statement.         He also referred to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's statement that he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 10 along with a delegation drawn from all parties in the state.        


Jayalalithaa had strongly pitched for the Cauvery Management Board during her meeting with Modi last week, but Siddaramaiah has opposed it.  

16:23  BJP leader's killing: Guilty will not be spared, says Akhilesh:  

Promising swift action in the murder of BJP leader Vijay Pandit in Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said the culprits will not be spared.  


The CM said that anyone found guilty in the incident would not be spared.   Akhilesh directed senior officials to reach the spot and thoroughly investigate all aspects of the case, a home department spokesman in Lucknow said.        


"Last night till 3am, we were monitoring. Very senior officials, IG (Noida Zone) Alok, DIG, DM have gone there", Deepak Singhal, Principal Secretary in the Uttar Pradesh Home Department, said.        


"It's a saddening incident but the administration and our CM has decided to firstly take the law and order situation under control and secondly to arrest those responsible as soon as possible and take strict action", Singhal added.        

15:30  Modi greets Naidu; promises Centre's help to Andhra:  

PTI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted Chandrababu Naidu who will be sworn in as Andhra Pradesh chief minister at 7:27 pm on Sunday. Modi has also promised Centre's support to the state.

15:08  No power for malls after 10 pm: Delhi lieutenant governor:  

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung today held a meeting to review the power situation in the national capital and ordered some strict measures to meet the growing demand during the peak summer season.


After the meeting, Mr Jung ordered that the power supply to shopping malls in Delhi will not be made available after 10 pm. He has also ordered all government offices, including Delhi Secretariat, and universities and colleges to switch off the air conditioners between 3:30 and 4 pm.


"Peak load conditions occur in the city between 3 pm to 5 pm and then again from 10 pm to 1 am during night. So, these measures will be adopted with immediate effect," an advisory from the Lieutenant Governor's office said.


The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Power), senior officers of Delhi Transco Limited and Chief Executive Officers of all the power distribution companies.Delhi registered its highest ever power consumption of 109.206 million units on May 7, leading to load shedding of around 400 MW in several parts of the city during peak hours.


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14:44  Abdul Fattah al-Sisi sworn in as Egypt's president:  

Former army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has been sworn in as Egypt's new president after winning elections in May by a landslide.


Security forces were deployed at key locations around the capital Cairo ahead of the ceremony at the Supreme Constitutional Court. The retired field marshal overthrew President Mohammed Morsi last July.


He has since been pursuing a crackdown on Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, which urged a boycott of the elections. Liberal and secular activists, including the 6 April youth movement which was prominent in the 2011 revolution that ousted long-serving President Hosni Mubarak, also shunned the 26-28 May poll in protest at the curtailing of civil rights.


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13:07  300 bank accounts, 200 firms used to commit Saradha scam: ED:  

A complicated maze of 338 bank accounts and 224 companies was used by the perpetrators of the Saradha chitfund scam which is alleged to have duped numerous investors of their hard earned monies in various states including West Bengal, Odisha and Assam.        


The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which has been probing  the Saradha scam under money laundering laws, has put together the jigsaw puzzle through which the Saradha group and its sister companies conducted the alleged dubious business transactions which came to light early last year after investors raised their voice and said they were cheated.        


In one of the most voluminous investigations being carried out by the agency involving lakhs of multi-layered transactions, it was allegedly found that "more than 90 per cent of such companies existed only on paper and only 17 companies out of the 224 companies actually had carried out some business."        


The rest, investigators claimed, were floated as "dummies" to act as cover for unleashing the alleged ponzi scheme.  


The latest ED probe report has ascertained that the laundering amount in this case amounts close to Rs 1983.02 crore and it has identified it as "proceeds of crime" as stipulated under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.  

12:13  Chinese foreign minister holds talks with Swaraj:  

In the first high-level interaction with the new dispensation in New Delhi, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today held talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in key areas including trade and investment.        


Wang, who is special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, arrived in the wee hours to establish political contacts with the new Indian government amid hopes of an upswing in bilateral ties due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's familiarity with China.        


Both Wang and Swaraj were assisted by their delegations which comprised of senior officials from the foreign ministry.        


During his two-day visit, he will call on President Pranab Mukherjee and Modi tomorrow. Wang will also be meeting leading Indian officials and will have in-depth exchanges on how to push forward bilateral relations.  


The new Chinese leadership is keen to improve relations with India in the face of serious challenges it faces over its maritime disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with Vietnam, the Philippines and other maritime neighbours in the South China Sea amid a major US military push into the Asia-Pacific.

11:31  CM inaugurates Mumbai Metro; Ambani, Mahajan among early riders:  

Metro services were thrown open to Mumbaikars with Chief Minister Prithivraj Chavan inaugurating the much-awaited project at Versova on Sunday morning. Deputy CM Ajit Pawar too was present at the historic moment.


Reliance Industries head Anil Ambani, wife Tina Ambani and BJP leaders Poonam Mahajan and Kirit Somaiya were amongst the early riders.


In much relief to the commuters in the bustling metropolis, the 11.4 km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar stretch was finally made available to the public after much criticised delay. The Versova-Ghatkopar stretch is Phase 1 of the project.


The city where the overburdened suburban railways ferries seventy lakh people every day, can now enjoy metro service at every 4 minutes. The services will start 5.30 a.m. and continue till midnight with a total of 16 rakes deployed on the sector, serving the glamour and IT centres of Versova and the business and manufacturing areas of Ghatkopar at an 80 kmph speed.


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11:29  Tibetans protest Chinese foreign minister's visit to India:  

Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to India has sparked protests amongst Tibetan community in the national capital. China's Wang Yi arrives on Sunday for a two-day visit during which he will meet Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.


The protestors are urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss Tibet with China. Tibetans are holding protests at various places in Delhi including Chanakyapuri, the hub of embassies and Majnu Ka Tila, which is home to the Tibetans.

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00:12  Protests in Greater Noida after BJP leader shot dead:   BJP leader and Dadri Nagar Panchayat Chairman Geeta Pandit's husband Vijay Pandit was shot dead by four unidentified persons in Dadri area  in Greater Noida last night, after which a mob set ablaze 16 vehicles near a police station in protest.

The assailants came on two motorcycles and held the pistol at Pandit's temple and mouth and shot him dead when he was returning home from his brother's shop at Bramhpuri at around 8.30pm, police sources said.

Thereafter, they fired several rounds and one bullet hit the victim's chest too. Pandit, a former district BJP vice president, fell down bleeding.
00:06  Yet again in UP, 2 sisters abducted, gang-raped :  A week after two teenage sisters were gang-raped and found hanging from a tree in the Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh, a chilling reminder of the case has been reported from the state again.

In the Siyapur village of the Etah district in western UP, 85 kilometres from Badaun, two sisters aged 14 and 15 have been gang-raped by three men.
00:05  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.
00:04  Top headlines in the last 24 hours :  
Badaun rape fallout: SP suspended; 66 IAS, 42 IPS officers transferred

AAP rejects Yogendra Yadav, Shazia Ilmi's resignations

Badaun: Rape of one of two cousins not confirmed, says UP top cop

Kundankulam becomes India's first N-plant to generate 1000 MW power

Jagan refuses to be part of Naidu's 'pompous' swearing-in

Assam: Four cops suspended for abandoning slain SP

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