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June 09, 2014

23:15  AP court summons KCR over remarks on Brahmins:  

A local court in Machilipatanam today issued summons to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for allegedly making objectionable remarks against Brahmins.        


Krishna District Second Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate's Court asked Rao to appear before it in person on July 12.        


The court's direction came on a complaint filed by the local unit of Brahmana Yuvajana Sangham   In April 2011, BYS Machilipatnam Secretary V Phani Kumar had filed a complaint against Rao over his reported remarks comparing Brahmins of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana over their rituals and lifestyle.        


The BYS had alleged that the TRS chief's remarks were an attempt to divide the Brahmins and belittle the members of the community residing in Seemandhra.

22:27  8 men 'gang-raped' married woman in Gujarat:  

A 26-year-old married woman was allegedly gang-raped by eight men at Bharuch district three times over a period of two months, police said.        


The woman, a resident of Halod village in Jhagadia taluka, lodged a complaint at the Jhagadia police station of Bharuch district today against the eight men.        


She said that two months ago, a person named Iqbal Tractorwala offered her lift on her bike when she was walking towards a nearby village. Since she knew him, she accepted his offer. The man, however, took her to a secluded place near Rajpardi village and raped her, and threatened her of dire consequences if she narrated the incident to anybody.        


Two weeks ago, the man's brother and five of his friends took advantage of her silence and allegedly gang-raped her outside her village. In her complaint, she claimed that all of them threatened her to keep silent, or else they would kill her children.       


Six accused and one more person gang-raped her once again one week ago near Rajpardi village.        


"Finally, she narrated the incident to her husband and approached us today. After primary investigation, we found substance in what she alleged. So we lodged a complaint of rape and criminal intimidation against these eight men and launched a probe into the matter," Jhagadia police inspector B R Baria said.

22:07  Massive fire breaks out in Pahalgam:  

A massive fire has broken out in Jammu and Kashmir's Pahalgam, engulfing a major part of a market. No casualties have been reported yet, says NDTV. Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Fire has broken out in Pahalgam & has engulfed the Tourist Reception Centre & Hotel Poornima. I've been told both buildings evacuated."


In another tweet, he added, "Fire brigade on the scene but strong winds have increased the risk of the fire spreading. The situation is being monitored & tackled."
21:02  Legal hurdle to appoint Mishra as PM's principal secy removed:  An ordinance which removed legal hurdles in the appointment of former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India chairman Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday. A copy of the TRAI (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014 was tabled in the House by Minister of State or Parliamentary Affairs Santosh Gangwar. Before the Ordinance was promulgated, the TRAI Act prohibited its chairman and members from taking up any other job in the central or state governments after demitting office
20:19  Nothing can be done, says CM Chavan on Campa Cola:  Nothing can be done, the law will take its own course, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on the Campa Cola housing row, reports NDTV. The Supreme Court had, earlier this month, upheld its earlier order for demolition of parts of the society which were illegal. 
19:44  Ranjit Kumar assumes charge as Solicitor General:  Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar on Monday assumed charge as the Solicitor General of India. The government has also appointed six additional Solicitor Generals -- senior advocates Maninder Singh, L Nageshwar Rao, Tushar Mehta, P S Patwalia, Neeraj K Kaul and P S Narasimha.
19:09  Maharashtra toll booths closed:  Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar announces that 44 of the state toll booths will be shut down. The move will be welcomed by the parties in the opposition, who have been against toll collection. 
18:45  AIADMK, BJD eye Leader of Opposition status:  A correspondent from New Delhi reports: J Jayalalithaa and Naveen Patnaik are trying to form a post-poll alliance to get the 'Leader of Opposition' status in the Lok Sabha. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Biju Janata Dal have 37 seats and 20 seats, respectively. They are trying to scuttle the chances of the Congress, which is trying to impress upon the incoming Speaker to recognise its nominee as the Leader of the Opposition as it is the largest opposition party in the House. However, the issue is controversial and if the AIADMK-BJD bid really gets serious then the matter will go to court.
18:33  Bangladesh to be Sushma's first foreign visit:  Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will be visiting Bangladesh on June 25. This will be Sushma's first visit as India's Foreign Minister. 
18:16  China's Wang Yi meets Prime Minister Modi:  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi ended his two-day visit to the Indian capital to build relations with the newly-elected Indian government on Monday.

He called on both India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday evening.

Talks between China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj have done much to boost ties between Beijing and the new government in New Delhi.India's Foreign Ministry said it was a "productive and substantive" step towards stronger relations, with all bilateral issues being discussed.
18:05  Lata Mangeshkar tweets support for Campa Cola residents:  Lata Mangeshkar has appealed the Maharashtra government not to punish the Campa Cola residents, who are facing eviction after the Supreme Court dismissed their plea against an earlier order asking them to vacate their premises. 

The melody queen, 84, today tweeted, "I just want to say one thing to Maharashtra government about Campa Cola case. Many people, including children and elderly people, will become homeless if the houses are razed. Three people have died because of the stress. It is injustice that the residents are facing trouble because of mistakes made by builders," Mangeshkar said in a tweet today.
17:50  Survivors in deep shock, allege there was no warning:  For the ill-fated group of students of a city-based engineering college merrily taking photos on the banks of Beas river in Himachal Pradesh, tragedy struck in a matter of couple of minutes as they were washed away in the swirling waters which suddenly rose several feet. 

The gush of water turned out to be a tide of death, recounted surviving students. Many of them, particularly girls, were seen in a state of panic in Himachal Pradesh, where they are accommodated in lodges.
17:38  IAF plans to engage Russia for joint air exercises: Arup Raha:  The Indian Air Force is planning to engage Russia for joint air exercises like the ones it has been conducting with other nations, IAF chief Arup Raha said today. 

Raha said this while holding a joint press conference with French Air Force chief General Denis Mercier at the Jodhpur air base here. The two were here to participate in the ongoing fifth Indo-French air exercise 'Garuda-5'.
17:31  Saradha agents earned 35 per cent commission on deals: ED:  Marketing agents who promoted investment schemes of the controversial Saradha group of companies among investors in various states were earning a high commission of 35 per cent till the time the alleged scam became public, says an Enforcement Directorate probe report. 

ED, which has been probing the alleged financial irregularities and cheating by Saradha group of companies, has also detected that a high interest rate of 18 per cent was assured to investors if they invested in the groups' schemes for a period of 3-5 years, the probe report said.
17:29  Will break vicious cycle of high inflation-interest rate: Jaitley:  
Committing to break the vicious cycle of high inflation and high interest rate, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today made a case for putting in place strict measures and special courts to stop hoarding and black marketing, in addition to reviewing the commodity laws. 

"Long inflationary trends have adversely impacted the food and nutritional security of the common man. We are committed to breaking this vicious cycle of high inflation and high interest rates," he said during a pre-Budget meeting with state finance ministers.
17:26  Top cops review security arrangements at Vaishno Devi shrine:  Security arrangements at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district have been reviewed by senior police officials to ensure safety and security of pilgrims. 

Director General of Police K Rajendra, accompanied by IGP (Jammu) Rajesh Kumar, yesterday reviewed security arrangements at the shrine in Trikuta Hills and en route, inspected police station located at the Bhawan and also interacted with the personnel there, a police spokesperson said today.
17:14  Kerala seeks Centre's mediation on Mullaperiyar dam issue:  In the wake of the Supreme Court rejecting Kerala's contention in the dispute with Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar dam, the state today sought Centre's mediation and a presidential reference to the apex court to address its anxiety over the issue.
16:56  UK PM announces no-notice raids in British schools:  British Prime Minister David Cameron today authorised a no-notice raids in UK schools to tackle threats of extremism, saying protecting children is one of the first duties of his government. 

The move follows a report from the country's schools inspectorate, The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), into allegations of a plot by Islamist extremists to take over the running of some schools across Birmingham under a so-called 'Operation Trojan Horse'.
16:54  Monsoon covers all of Kerala :  South West Monsoon, which hit Kerala shores three days ago, has further advanced covering the entire state today. Heavy rainfall, exceeding 7 cm, has been predicted in isolated places in Kerala and Lakshadweep till June 12, a bulletin isssued by the Meterological Centre here said.
16:30  No arrests yet! Facebook photos case cracked: Maha govt:  NDTV reports: The Maharashtra government today said it has identified those responsible for posting morphed photos of iconic leaders on Facebook, and has promised arrests.

Last week, a 24-year-old Muslim IT worker was beaten to death by a mob after offensive images of Maratha warrior king Shivaji and Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray were circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp.

Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil today said that the "Facebook case" has been cracked and that all the incendiary images are being posted by the same group. He also said that the Centre has not sought a report on the violence from the state government.
Mr Patil also alleged that a deliberate attempt was being made to create trouble in the city and in others parts of Maharashtra.
16:20  Big jolt for Congress as veteran Datta Meghe joins BJP:  Veteran Congress leader Datta Meghe has quit the party. He has joined the BJP along with his two sons, reports CNN-IBN
15:40  JD-U red-faced after rebels pitch own candidate against chief Sharad Yadav:   The Janata Dal-United has nominated party chief Sharad Yadav to the Rajya Sabha. But in what comes as an embarrassment for the JD-U, rebels have fielded their own candidates against the party's official nominees -- Sharad Yadav and Pawan Vermna.    
15:14  Aaditya Thackeray's birthday appeal: No hoardings, no food please:  Aaditya Thackeray, chief of Yuva Sena and heir apparent in the Shiv Sena, has appealed to party workers ahead of his birthday this week, not to put up banners wishing him or distribute food.

'To me birthday wishes are personal, I will be home from 10 am to 6 pm to accept your love and blessings,' he has said. 'Also, please do not distribute any kind of food (sweets, fruits or anything else). However noble the intentions might be and the thought behind it, food poisoning is something that can happen to anyone, especially during the monsoons.'   

Now to see if the Shiv Sainiks actually obey his appeal.
15:08  Bonhomie in Central Hall; Modi, Rahul exchange greetings:  It was a spectacle of bonhomie in the Central Hall of Parliament as Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his political adversary Rahul Gandhi warmly grabbing his hand, while Congress President Sonia Gandhi chatted intermittently with BJP veteran L K Advani.   

The occasion was the joint sitting of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee, that saw political rivals from Left, Right and Centre exchanging pleasantries.   

The exchange of greetings between Modi and the Congress Vice-President caught the attention of everybody. The prime minister was seen warmly grabbing Rahul's hand.   

Modi greeted the Congress Vice-President who was seated in the eighth row along with senior Congress leaders Motilal Vora and Jairam Ramesh.
15:04  Karachi airport to be operational by 4 pm local time :  Latest update for Karachi: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's adviser on civil aviation Shujaat Azeem said the airport will be operational at 4 pm.

The prime minister has directed aviation and airport authorities to facilitate passengers by providing them all possible facilities.

15:00  Centre did not seek report on Pune techie's murder: R R Patil :  Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil today claimed that the Centre did not seek a report from the state government on the murder of a Pune techie.

A probe, however, is underway in the case.

Meanwhile, two more persons have been arrested in connection with last week's killing of an IT professional at suburban Hadapsar in Pune which witnessed violence in the wake of Facebook posts denigrating warrior king Shivaji and Shiv Sena supremo late Bal Thackeray, the police said.

Both the accused arrested on Sunday night are affiliated to self-styled outfit Hindu Rashtra Sena, suspected of involvement in the murder of 28-year-old Mohsin Shaikh, who was bludgeoned to death by a mob that went on a rampage following the detection on May 31 of controversial photographs on Facebook posted by unknown persons, an official from Hadapsar police station said.
14:54  Sena MLA protesting toll tax suspended :  It is a day of high drama in the Maharashtra assembly. Two Shiv Sena MLAs from Kolhapur were suspended for creating ruckus over the issue to toll.

The suspended MLAs were opposing the implementation of toll tax in Kolhapur
14:37  In a first, China to join US-led naval drill:  In an intresting development, China has confirmed it will participate in a major US-organised naval drill, the official media said today amid heightened distrust between the two military powers.

The Chinese navy will participate in the Rim of the Pacific multinational naval exercises, the military's official People's Liberation Army Daily reported.

The PLA Daily report quoted navy spokesman Liang Yang as saying it was the first time that China would participate in the joint maritime exercise.
14:32  India test-fires 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile :  India successfully test-fires 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile off the coast of Karwar, Karnataka.
14:17  All aiports in India on high alert after Karachi terror attack:  The ministry of home affairs has issued an advisory to airports across the country following a terror attack at Karachi airport in Pakistan. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed states to set up security at all airports.

Ten terrorists were among the 26 killed at the Karachi airport in a siege that ended this morning after a 12-hour fight.          
14:13  Bad news folks, JLo won't perform at World Cup opener:  Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez will not perform at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. 

 The 44-year-old 'I Luh Ya Papi' hitmaker will not accompany Pitbull on the official World Cup song 'We Are One' on June 12, reported E! Online

FIFA cited unspecified 'production issues' as the reason. 

"We can confirm the accuracy of FIFA's statement. Regretfully Jennifer Lopez will not be attending this year's World Cup opening ceremonies," Lopez's representative said.
14:09  Rs 2 lakh scholarship set up in slain Pune techie's name:  Aaghaz Foundation, a Lucknow-based charity organisation, has announced the setting up of an educational scholarship for Rs 2 lakh in memory of the 24-year-old techie Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh, who was killed in an incident of hate crime in Pune last week.

The scholarship, to be called Mohsin Memorial Scholarship, will be given annually to a Muslim student pursuing a career in information technology, reports

"Mohsin came from a humble background and had ordinary dreams and aspirations. By constituting a scholarship in his name we want to keep his memory alive and brighten the life of somebody else with the same dreams," the website quoted a founding member of Aaghaz Foundation as saying.

Those who will to apply for the scholarship, or those who may wish to contribute to it, may write to, marking the mail with the subject line,  'Mohsin Memorial'. 

Established in 2004, Aaghaz is a zero-expense community initiative that has impacted the lives of thousands of children who were on the verge of dropping out of school, said.
14:06  Protests in Delhi over power crisis:  Protests break out in New Delhi over the ongoing power crisis. The office of the Delhi chief secretary was gheraoed by Congress leaders.

Delhi has been reeling under massive power cuts of two to 10 hours since a week.
13:08  Jaitley leader of Rajya Sabha, Azad is LoP:  Just In: Arun Jaitley to be Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad Leader of the Opposition, announces Chairman Hamid Ansari.
13:05  JuD chief tweets that Pak should gift exchanges with India, show spine:  The chief of Jamat ud Dawah, Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, who is on India's most-wanted list, believes that India is behind the terrorist attack on Karachi airport (for which the Tehreek eTaliban Pakistan has already claimed credit). 

He has tweeted this today, soon after the Karachi terror attack: #KarachiAirport is an attack on Pakistan. Modi's new security team is behind this act of war by India. Nation knows the real enemy. We condemn horrendous act of terrorism at #KarachiAirport in severe words. Government must end exchange of gifts with India; show spine.
12:56  In Lok Sabha, chaos over Polavaram project :  Telangana Rashtra Samithi members today stormed the well of the Lok Sabha. The members of Biju Janata Dal protested over ordinance on Polavaram project.
12:52  Pak PM directs authorities to reopen Karachi airport:  Paksitan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed airport authorities to reopen the Karachi airport for routine operations without unnecessary delay. He has directed aviation and airport authorities to facilitate passengers by providing them all possible facilities.

A 12-hour siege ended at the airport in which 26 people including 10 militants killed.
12:48  Fake encounter of MBA grad: Life Imprisonment for 17 cops :  A Delhi court today awarded life imprisonment to 17 of the 18 policemen convicted of killing a 22-year-old MBA graduate in a fake encounter in Dehradun in 2009.

The court had on Friday found seven of them guilty for murder, and 10 of them for criminal conspiracy and kidnapping to murder. Another was convicted only for destruction of evidence.
12:46  Chandigarh: Two firemen die in major fire; firefighting continues:  Bodies of two fireman were retrieved from the debris of a collapsed four-storey building in the wee hours, even as firefighting continued today after a major a fire broke out in it last night, in the Sector 17 area of the city, officials said.   

Bodies of firemen Amandeep Singh and Ravinder Kumarwere retrieved from the debris, Chief Fire Officer S K Bhatiasaid in Chandigarh.  He, however, said that the fire fighting is still continuing.   

Meanwhile, four other firemen have been hospitalised after sustaining injuries, he said, adding condition of both is stable.
11:59  Karachi airport cleared of all terrorists: Pak security forces:  Security forces just said they have cleared the Karachi airport of militants nearly 12 hours after the start of a siege that left at least 24 people dead, a paramilitary official said.

"The attack is over and we have cleared the area of all militants, and we will hand over the airport to the Civil Aviation Authority at 12.00 pm (0700 GMT),' paramilitary Rangers spokesman Sibtain Rizvi told reporters.
11:53  President Pranab Mukherjee outlines Modi's plan on global warming, and the environment.

"We will work closely with the global community on the issue of global warming. My govt is committed to nurturing the right environment.   

"Social media to be used as a tool in governance," he said..

"The government plans to modernise courts. It will formulate clear rules for allocation of coal, minerals and telecom."

"We will promote labour intensive manufacturing. We will revamp railways."   
11:48  "International civil nuclear agreements will be operationalised," said President in the joint session of Parliament.  
11:47  Govt to ensure house, power to every family: Pranab :  "The government will ensure pucca house and power to every family. We will take necessary steps to ensure the pristine Ganga," said Pranab as the highlighted the government's agenda in Parliament.   
11:44  Govt committed to installation of Lokpal: President :  President Pranab Mukherjee said in Parliament: "The government is committed to providing clean and efficient administration, installation of Lokpal to curb corruption. Government systems, processes will be re-visited to make them citizen-friendly, corruption-free. The government is committed to rid the country of the scourge of corruption and the menace of black money."

"Keeping in mind that the 'justice delayed is justice denied', the government will look at multi-pronged approach to tackle the high pendency of cases in the country. It will look at filling up vacancies in the judiciary. It will give emphasis to alternate methods of dispute resolution." 
11:41  Govt wlll try to end rural-urban divide: Pranab:  President spells out Modi government's plan on transport and infrastructure. 

"We will launch diamond quadrilateral project for high-speed trains. We will develop at network of freight corridors. We will develop low cost airports for connectivity to smaller towns."

"We will encourage promotion of private investment in the defence sector."  
11:37  FDI will be allowed where jobs can be cerated: Pranab:  Here are a few more highlights from Pranab's speech in Parliament, which outlines Modi government's economic roadmap:

"We will undertake reforms to ease business. We will tackle illegal immigration. Tax regime will be made investment friendly and non-adversorial."

"FDI will be allowed where jobs can be created."

We will increase investment in agriculture.

My govt will adopt a national land use policy.    
11:32  Tharoor and Aiyar. Birds of the same feather?:  'Tharoor has either been ignorant of Modi's previous record or has deliberately missed it. Like many others in New Delhi -- a classic power city, with time-serving, sycophantic instincts written into its DNA -- he now claims Modi has changed. Is it Modi who has changed or has Tharoor's gaze?

'Indeed, when Aiyar implies Tharoor is being sycophantic, he fails to notice his own CV in politics, embellished largely by supplying encomia to various generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family and harking back to an India of privilege that no longer exists.

'Aiyar and Tharoor typify the two ends of the Congress predicament. Trapped between an ostrich and a chameleon, between attributes of obduracy and fickleness, how can the party reinvent itself?'

Writing in, Ashok Malik says Shashi Tharoor and Mani Shankar Aiyar are two sides of the same coin, here.
11:31  Just In: a Delhi court awards life imprisonment to 17 Uttarakhand cops in the fake encounter case of an MBA student. Details soon.
11:28  Addressing a joint session of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee said, "There will be special emphasis on the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley. Inflitration in the northeast will be tackled on priority basis."

"All government accounts will be digitised."

"The government is committed to providing water security."   
11:25  Govt committed to 33 pc reservation for women in Parliament: Pranab:  "We will enable the education system to nurture the scheduled castes. Steps will be taken to encourage scientific practice. We will try to end the rural-urban divide," says President Pranab Mukherjee in the joint session of Parliament.

"The government will launch a Swaach Bharat mission. It will adopt a policy of zero tolerance towards violence against women. The government is committed towards 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament."           
11:20  Govt will set up IITs, IIMs in every state: Pranab:  Pranab Mukherjee's speech at the Parliament: Here are the highlights:

The government will complete long pending irrigation projects.  

Will set up online courses, virtual classrooms for students. We will set up IITs and IIMs in every state.

The country needs a holistic healthcare system. We will promote Yoga. 
11:15  How to handle problems in the north-east:  'The Modi government must send a clear and unambiguous message to its members and followers that they cannot take law into their hands over the issue of "Bangladeshis.' This could spread fear, tension, mistrust and worse in Assam. Due process must be followed '" otherwise there is acute danger of violence, tragedy and abuse of human rights just because of a person's religion. Isn't the Pune murder of the young Muslim techie by Hindu thugs a warning and wake-up call?'

In a region like the North-east, where few groups actually constitute a numerical majority, the State has been involved in unending and fatiguing efforts to deal with a cycle of demands and counter-demands, writes Sanjoy Hazarika, in The Hinduhere.
11:13  Corruption will have no place in India: Pranab:  Addressing a joint session of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee, said, "Minimum government, maximum governance is our goal. Corruption will have no place in emergent India. Containing food inflation and elimination of poverty will be the government's topmost priority."

He said that the government will take action against black money. 
11:08  President in Parliament: Country needs a stable and strong govt :  President Pranab Mukherjee addresses a joint session of Parliament. He started after congratulating the Election Commission a successful polls. "This has been an election of hope," he said.

"I hope this session will be productive and useful. The country needs a strong and stable government," said Pranab.     
10:57  President reaches Parliament :  President Pranab Mukherjee reaches Parliament where he will address a joint session. 
10:51  3 more rocket launchers, five suicide jackets recovered from Karachi airport:  Dawn reports: Three more rocket launchers, five suicide jackets, 15 petrol bombs and five submachine guns recovered from the airport.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge for the army's air strikes in areas along the Afghan border where the insurgents are based.

We carried out this attack on the Karachi airport and it is a message to the Pakistani government that we are still alive to react over the killings of innocent people in bomb attacks on their villages, TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.
10:44  President Pranab leaves for Parliament :  President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Parliament where he will address a joint session at 11 am. 
10:31  President to address joint sitting of Parliament today:  President Pranab Mukherjee will address a joint sitting of Parliament on Monday, laying the roadmap of the new government headed by Narendra Modi.

In his address beginning at 11 am in the Central Hall of Parliament, the President will list the priorities of the National Democratic Alliance government which include ushering the economy on the path of fast and all-round growth besides tackling price rise and inflation.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will have separate sittings 30 minutes after the conclusion of the address and the secretaries general of both the Houses will table a copy of the speech.
10:28  Pak govt policy towards tackling terror has failed: Imran Khan :  Paksitan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan strongly condemned the attack on the airport. He has summoned a report of the incident from IG Sindh police, Dawn reports.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf  chairman Imran Khan said the attack on the airport was a matter of grave concern. Khan said government's policy towards tackling terrorism has failed.

10:20  HRD Minister Smriti Irani leaves for Mandi :  Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has left from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh.

"Spoke to Minister of Education Himachal Pradesh Shri Bali re the tragic incident of 24 engineering students feared washed away near Mandi," Irani tweeted.

"Also contacted the faculty member who was at the accident site. Was assured by Tehsildar Sadar Mandi that medical aid has been provided. I have also spoken to the Principal of the college and assured him of cooperation. Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she said.    
09:40  Loud explosion at Karachi airport:  A Rangers personnel has been injured as fresh firing was reported as the Karachi, DawnNews reported.

According to security forces, a loud explosion was also heard across the airport, however the intensity of the blast is still uncertain.

Image: Smoke billows from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. Photograph: Reuters 
09:33  Security forces relaunch operation at Karachi airport as gunfire resumes, a Paramilitary spokesman said.

There is fresh firing from inside the airport. Some terrorists could still be holed up inside.       
09:20  Some terrorists could still be inside:  An hour after the Pakistan army said that the siege has ended, fresh firing has been reported from Karachi airport. Some terrorists could still be inside. 
08:54  Operations at Karachi airport to resume by mid-day:   All operations at the terminal remain suspended and all flights are being diverted to other airports. Staff and passengers were evacuated.

The army says that the operations will resume by mid-day.
08:54  Siege ends at Pakistan's Karachi airport :   The siege ends at Pakistan's Karachi airport. 10 gunmen infiltrated Pakistan's largest international airport in Karachi, waging an extended firefight against security forces and shaking the country's already fragile sense of security.

They were among 23 others killed.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.
08:53   More on the deadly attack on the Karachi airport: Three suicide bombers blew themselves up.

08:53   Top headlines in the last 24 hours:  
Chandrababu Naidu takes oath as first CM of new Andhra Pradesh

AAP to restructure party, says Kejriwal

Budaun gang rapes: Victims' families say they are not safe

BJP leader's killing: 4 detained, family demands CBI probe

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