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July 22, 2016

23:42  Munich police asks people not to post photos/videos of operations:  The Munich Police has asked people not to post photos or video of police operation against the shooting at a city shopping centre.

As the attackers are still at large, the cops don't want them to get details of police response.

'Don't support the attackers!',the Munich police tweeted.

The BBC reported that taxi drivers were earlier told not to pick up passengers from the area near the Stachus, also known as Karlsplatz.

Reports of a second shooting in this area have now been described as a false alarm, German newspaper Die Welt said.

Police say they do not know where the shooters are: 'Look after yourselves and continue to avoid public places,' another tweet from German police said.

A Munich police spokeswoman said multiple people were killed or wounded, Reuters news agency reported.

'We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage,' the spokeswoman said.

Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper says city's transit system has shut down following the shooting.
23:16  JUST IN: Shootings reported at multiple locations in Munich, says CNN News 18.
23:10  Turkey orders arrest of 300 presidential guards:   Turkey issued arrest warrants today for 300 members of the presidential guard after last week's attempted coup, a Turkish official said.

At least 283 had already been detained, according to broadcaster CNN-Turk.

Meanwhile, the Turkish government has cancelled 10,856 passports 'due to flight risk -- including close to 10,000 green/grey (official) passports', with the holders either in custody or on the run, the official said.
22:56   JUST IN: Munich police spokeswoman says multiple people injured and killed in shooting at Munich shopping centre.

She said they believe more than one shooter involved in the incident; no one has been taken into custody yet.
22:47  Missing IAF plane: Parrikar likely to visit Chennai tomorrow:  Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to visit Tambaram airbase near Chennai tomorrow after an AN 32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force went missing with 29 personnel on board.

Parrikar, who was briefed by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, will get a detailed briefing on the search and rescue operations being undertaken by the Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard, official sources said.

The aircraft went missing over the Bay of Bengal on its way from near Chennai to Port Blair, raising concern over its fate. The massive search operation has been launched for tracking the upgraded plane which made the last radio contact at 0846 hours, 16 minutes after take off from Tambaram airbase. Photograph:Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
22:36  Several dead in shooting at Munich shopping centre:   Shots have been fired in a Munich shopping centre and a major police operation is under way, German media is reporting.

Reuters quoted Muencher Abendzeitung newspaper as saying that about 15 people have died in the shooting, while German television NTV says possibly 10 dead.

Reports say the area round the shopping centre in the district of Moosach has been sealed off, but details of the incident are sketchy, said the BBC.

The security forces have been on alert after a migrant stabbed five people on a train in Bavaria on Monday.

The authorities had warned of the danger of further attacks.

CNN, however, reported that the shooting is over and police is asking people to avoid the area.

21:49  1.96 lakh pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath:  More than 1.96 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir as the pilgrimage entered 21st days today. "On the 21st day of Amarnath Yatra, 2,910 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave. Till date, 1,96,382 yatris have paid obeisance," an official spokesman said today. 

A fresh batch of 1,207 pilgrims today left for twin base camps of Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir amidst tight security. A total of 1,207 pilgrims -- 884 men, 276 women and 47 sadhus -- left in a 39 vehicles from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for the two base camps of Pahalgam and Baltal in Kashmir, a police officer said. 

Meanwhile, the district administration has commenced 'spot registration' of Amarnath pilgrims at Vaishnavi and Saraswati Dhams in Jammu, dispensing with the token system. 

The Jammu district administration took this decision in view of sufficient availability of quota for spot registration of Amarnath yatris, an official spokesman said.
21:35  Hafiz Saeed says will come to help of his 'sister' Asiya Andrabi:   Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Lashkar-e-Toiba leader Hafiz Saeed on Friday said he had received a call from Asiya Andrabi, the founder of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat, seeking his help to resolve what she called the crisis on the Indian side of Kashmir.

Addressing a rally here, Saeed said, "The way Indian security forces are engaged in bloodshed in Kashmir; my sister Asiya Andrabi cried for 15 minutes and told me over phone that my brothers where are you?"

"I am telling my sister Asiya that 'my sister, we are coming'. This act of violence will come to end and nobody can stop Kashmir from becoming independent," he added
21:32  Kohli scores maiden double century:  Virat Kohli completes his maiden double century in Test cricket. Kohli's previous best was 169 runs. 

Kohli becomes the first Indian captain to score a double hundred away from home. Kohli and Ashwin have guided India past 400 runs in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua.
20:53  Jilted lover throws acid at girl for rejecting marriage offer in Delhi:  A 22-year-old woman got burnt badly and was unable to open her eyes after a man and his sister allegedly hurled acid at her for refusing his marriage proposal in east Delhi's Gandhinagar area, police said today. 

The girl has been admitted to GTB hospital with 30 per cent burn injuries and is recuperating. Radhe and sister Anita, residents of Ghaziabad, are known to the victim. He befriended the girl in Haridwar last year during a visit, said a police officer. 

Radhe developed a one-sided affection for the girl and proposed to her. The proposal was, however, reportedly turned down, police said. Infuriated by the rejection, the accused with the help of his sister, allegedly threw acid on the victim at around 9.30 pm yesterday, said the officer.

The Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal visited the victim. "Maliwal met the Medical Superintendent to access the status of the victim and found shockingly that her care had been neglected. It was learnt that her bandages had not been changed since 10 PM last night," said a senior DCW officer.
20:38  Sena MLA claims over 100 Muslim youths from Marathwada missing :  Over 100 Muslim youths from Marathwada region of Maharashtra have gone missing and they may have joined terrorist group ISIS, Shiv Sena MLA Rahul Patil said in the Assembly today.

Patil alleged the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM supports ISIS and demanded the party be de-recognised. He referred to the recent arrest of a youth from Parbhani in Marathwada for alleged ISIS links and said even police feel the missing youths may be on way to joining the terror outfit. 

AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan rubbished Patil's allegation that his party supports ISIS, calling it "baseless". "We have always opposed outfits like ISIS," Pathan told reporters.
20:32  Kohli eyes maiden 200, India set for mammoth score :   Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin have scored a 100-run partnership for the 5th wicket to power India past 350 runs against West Indies in the first test at Antigua.

Kohli also completed his 150 runs for only the second time in his Test career. India's Test captain Kohli looks all set to score his maiden double century in Test cricket.
19:59  Mumbai Police likely to submit report on Zakir Naik next week:  
The Mumbai police is likely to submit its report to the state government on controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is facing multiple probes over his alleged provocative speeches, by next week.
"The report is in the final stages of preparation and it is likely to be submitted by next week," the police official said.
According to him, police were planning to submit the report a couple of days back but the arrest of Arshi Qureshi, associated with Naik's Islamic Research Foundation,  prompted them to wait for additional inputs, if any.
Qureshi was arrested from Navi Mumbai yesterday by a joint team of Maharashtra ATS and the Kerala Police for allegedly radicalising a Kochi-based woman.
"This arrest delayed the process. We are waiting for the ATS report. The information they provide to us will be incorporated in our probe report," he said.
The official added although they are yet to get in touch with Naik, the tele-evangelist has not been given a clean cheat yet.
"Police haven't given a clean cheat to Naik yet," he said.
19:39  Don't trust them: Gujarat CM on Rahul, Arvind's visits:  
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today accused the leaders of various political parties, who were making a beeline to meet the victims of Una Dalit flogging incident, of trying to gain a political mileage ahead
of next year's elections, and said they should not be trusted.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and NCP leader Praful Patel have met the victims and their families at Mota Samadhiyala village in Gir Somnath district in the last couple of days.
"They came, spoke and went away, but the state government is doing what needs to be done...don't trust them. Have faith in our government," Patel said, speaking to reporters in Gandhinagar. Her government had acted promptly to ensure justice for victims, she said.
"Political parties are trying to get a mileage out of the issue and creating a political controversy because of the (assembly) elections due next year," she said.
"But Dalits and suppressed classes of Gujarat know what our government has done for them in last fifteen years. There is not a single community that has not benefited from government largesse... We do not discriminate among members of various communities and will never do."
The chief minister said police had arrested sixteen persons immediately after the incident. The case would be tried in a designated court for which notification had been issued. CID had taken over the probe and Government had paid compensation to the victims, she said.
On July 11, some Dalit youths from Mota Samadhiyala who were skinning a dead cow were flogged by 'cow protection' vigilantes, alleging that they had killed the cow.
After a video of the incident went viral, it sparked off violent protests across Gujarat.
19:26  Go 'Trump yourself': Clinton camp launches 'Donald insult app':  
If you want to get insulted by Donald Trump, here's your chance with rival Hillary Clinton's campaign launching a 'Trump Yourself' app that superimposes his "memorable quotes" onto your Facebook profile picture.
The Trump-Clinton rivalry reached new levels as the former secretary of state launched a 'Trump Yourself' app on her website on the same day the billionaire business tycoon accepted the Republican party's presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
"Introducing #TrumpYourself: Discover what real Donald Trump thinks about people like you," posted Clinton on her Twitter account, encouraging people to visit the new app.
The app grabs shared photos from your Facebook and superimposes Trump quotes and photos, the Boston Globe reported.
For example, a woman might get the words 'Fat pig!' (what Trump called American actress Rosie O'Donnell in the past) overlayed on her photo, whereas others might see Trump's 'Loser!' or 'Goofy' placed on theirs.
The 'Trump Yourself' app lets you plug in a profile picture and "discover what @realDonaldTrump thinks about you." It's hosted through Clinton's website and is available to use with a donation to her campaign.
"Now we know what Trump really thinks about us," Clinton tweeted after the app was released. "Sad!" 

18:56  Rapes have been committed since world was created: BJP leader :  Amid outrage over a gang-rape survivor in Haryana being raped a second time, allegedly by the same men, a BJP leader assigned to protect women's rights in the state has said, "Rapes have been committed since this world was created."

Nirmal Bairagi, who heads the BJP's State Women's cell, said, "Our government is doing its job, but it will take time to find and arrest rapists."

Last week, a 20-year-old Dalit college student in Rohtak was abducted from outside her college, drugged and raped by five men before being dumped on a highway.

Prosecutors say two of them had been arrested for raping her in 2013 and were out on bail."I will have to spend my entire life in constant fear of being raped again or killed," said the woman in an interview to news agency AFP.

"My life will never be the same. I am worried about my family's safety," she said.Her family has said that the men had warned that they would rape her again as "punishment" for not agreeing to an out-of-court settlement.  Her father has also said she is determined to get justice though the state has failed to support her. The BJP won Haryana two years ago and displaced the Congress. 

It was in Haryana last year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a new campaign to improve India's child sex ratio - the number of girls born for every 1,000 boys - and gender equality through access to education. 

Infamous for its selective abortion of female fetuses after illegal sex determination tests, Haryana marked an improvement in January, registering, for the first time in over a decade, over 900 girl births for every 1,000 boys. -- NDTV
18:31  Kohinoor retunrs to India? Not yet, but talks are on...:  The issue of bringing back the famed Kohinoor diamond from Britain was today discussed at a meeting attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.

The meeting lasted for over 45 minutes and issues relating to the 108-carat diamond which is currently set in a crown on display in the Tower of London were discussed, a source said. In April, the government had made a submission in the Supreme Court that the diamond was neither "forcibly taken nor stolen" by the British, but given as a "gift" to the East India Company by the rulers of Punjab. Bringing back of the diamond faces legal and technical hurdles as it dates back to pre-Independence period and thus did not fall under the purview of Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972. However, after receiving flak for its stand, the government had said all efforts would be made to get back the diamond estimated to cost over USD 200 million.

Kohinoor, meaning mountain of light, is a large, colourless diamond that was found in southern India in early 14th century.
18:10  Kashmir death toll climbs to 45, Rajnath on 2-day visit tomorrow:   A man has been killed in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in Pulwama district of Kashmir, says the police. The toll has gone up to 45.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Kashmir for two days from tomorrow in a bid to calm down tension that erupted following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, with clashes between protesters and security forces in the Valley leaving 45 dead.

Singh, who will reach Srinagar around 11 am, will first interact with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior officials and review the law and order situation in Kashmir Valley. After that, he will meet representatives of political parties, social organisations and leading citizens to get their feedback about the Kashmir situation as well as future roadmap, official sources said.

Singh will stay at Nehru guest house in Srinagar, where he will meet the public representatives.

Image: Protesters carrying the body of a man who died in clashes with security personnel in Anantnag. Pic: Umar Ganie
17:57  Saudi mouthpiece assails Turkeys Erdogan:  The influential Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat, which belongs to Prince Faisal bin Salman (son of King Salman), Governor of Madinah, tore into Turkish President Recep Erdogan with a series of vicious attacks that brings to the fore the cracks in the politics of the Muslim Middle East following the failed coup in Turkey last Friday.

On successive days, three Op-Eds have appeared, authored by two of the most authoritative establishment talkers in the Saudi media '" Abdulrahman Al-Rashed (currently general manager of Al-Arabiya television and formerly editor-in-chief of the daily) and Eyad Abu Shakra (incumbent managing editor of the daily).

Read MK Bhadrakumar's column here.
17:47  IMF chief to stand trial :  Just in: IMF head Christine Lagarde must stand trial over a payment of 400 million euros to tycoon Bernard Tapie, a French appeals court has ruled. France's top appeals court will rule on Lagarde's challenge to a December court ruling that she be tried for negligence in the affair, which ended with Tapie walking away with 404 million euros (USD 445 million) in taxpayer money.

The 60-year-old will go before a special tribunal that hears cases against government ministers accused of wrongdoing in the discharge of their duties.
17:24  Left, JD-U leaders to visit Una tomorrow:  Leaders of CPI, CPI-M and JD-U would visit Una tomorrow to meet members of the Dalit community who have been protesting the brutal assault on four youths for allegedly skinning a cow in the town in Gir-Somnath district 11 days ago. 

Senior JD-U leader Sharad Yadav, CPI's D Raja and CPI-M Lok Sabha member P K Biju will reach Una tomorrow and meet the family members of the youths who were allegedly beaten up by a group of right-wing 'gau rakshaks' (cow vigilantes). 

"The situation in Gujarat is worsening. We are going there to express solidarity with the Dalit community as well as understand the ground situation," Raja said, adding the government should take steps to protect members of the downtrodden and minority communities. 

He said the delegation would spend a night at Una to hold interactions with the protesting members of the community. 

Their visit follows those by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
17:22  JUST IN: Youth killed in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in Pulwama district of Kashmir. 
17:08  Mann ki baat: MHA mulls tightening Parliament security :  Just in: The Home ministry is likely to suggest the upgradation of Under Vehicle Surveillance System & Radio Frequency Identification Tags in the Parliament complex. The MHA is also likely to suggest the upgrading of electronic security system for vehicles and individuals, including MPs in view of Bhagwant Mann's video.

Amid an uproar, Aam aadmi Party Member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann today gave an unconditional apology over his video filming of the Parliament security as he was summoned by Lok Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who will consult political parties for "appropriate action" into the "too serious" matter.

Mann was pulled up by the speaker when he appeared before her at 11.10 am, sources in her office said.

As the issue rocked both Houses of Parliament with MPs demanding strong action against him, the Lok Sabha member from Sangrur said he had made the "mistake inadvertently" and that he had no intention of compromising the security of Parliament.

In his apology letter submitted to the speaker, Mann said when he was coming to the House to attend Zero Hour, he had made the video by mistake as "I did not know that it is against the rules".

Contending that he had no intention of compromising the security of Parliament, he said, "I apologise unconditionally. I will not repeat it in future."

The speaker, however, was not impressed by his apology, saying it was a matter "too serious" considering that Parliament has been attacked by terrorists once.

Mahajan later told media persons that if it had been a matter concerning the proceedings inside the House, she would have taken action immediately. However, since it is a matter relating to the Parliament complex, she would consult political parties for "appropriat
16:48  Submarine joins 5 aircraft, 13 ships in IAF plane's search and rescue op:   The armed forces have pulled out all stops in the search and rescue ops for the missing Indian Air Force's AN 32 transport plane.

The Navy has sent a submarine for underwater detection of any transmission or signal of missing IAF aircraft AN-32, which has 29 on board, including six crew members.

The plane went missing on Friday while it was on its way from Chennai to Port Blair, home to the tri-service command.

The IAF, Navy and the Coast Guard, has already deployed five aircraft and 13 ships for tracking the plane which made the last radio contact at 0846 hours, 16 minutes after take off from Tambaram air base in Chennai.

The 29 people on board the Air Force's workhorse for a long period included two pilots, a navigator besides personnel from the Navy and the Army.

"The plane, which was on a routine courier service, took off at about 0830 hours from Tambaram and it was scheduled to land at Port Blair at 1130 hours but it is overdue," IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee said.

Defence sources said the plane was at about 23,000 feet when the last contact was established. While the IAF has pressed into service a C130 plane along with two AN32, the Navy has deployed two P8i maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft from the strategically important Port Blair.

The Navy has pressed into service two Dornier aircraft and 13 ships with the Eastern Fleet Commander on board for the search and rescue operation. Navy spokesperson Captain D K Sharma said, "Navy has been deployed in full force in the Bay of Bengal for the search and rescue operation".
16:35  Confessions of a killer policeman:  In a state bloodied by decades of armed rebellion, Thounaojam Herojit became one of Indias most deadly policemen killing more than a hundred people. This year, he became something rarer still: an executioner who wanted to tell the world about his centre.  Read
16:15  Just in: Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Kashmir tomorrow. He will hold talks with cross section of people. 
15:46  Abortion plea: SC asks hospital to examine pregnant rape survivor :  Just in: The Supreme Court has ordered the setting up of a medical board to examine the condition of an alleged rape surivor who wants to abort her 'abnormal fetus'. The court asked KEM medical college hospital in Mumbai to get the woman examined tomorrow by the board and file its report on Monday and see if abortion is feasible.

The court was examining a womans plea to terminate her 24-week pregnancy, which is prohibited by law, given the threat to her life.

A 26-year-old rape survivor had moved the top court seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy as her foetus suffered a birth defect that risked both their lives.

A bench headed by justice JS Khehar sought attorney general Mukul Rohatgis assistance and also called for Maharashtra state counsels presence in the matter.

The woman had challenged the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP) that prevents abortion beyond 20 weeks, even in cases of fatal risk to the mother and foetus.

The petitioner told the court that the foetus suffers from anencephaly, a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. In the womans case, the foetus has not developed an abdominal wall, due to which, the babys intestines are growing outside.

Representational picture
15:11  MH370 hopes 'fading', search suspension looms:  Hope of finding flight MH370's final resting place is "fading" and the massive three-nation search for the doomed jet will be suspended if nothing turns up in the suspected crash zone, Malaysia, Australia and China said today. With the designated search area due to be fully scanned within weeks, transport ministers from the three countries made the announcement after discussing the future of the unprecedented deep-sea hunt for the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.
15:06  The street food so good it is waved through airport checks:  Litti are char-grilled flavour bombs, especially when freighted with chokha, the spicy stew of grilled aubergine, tomato and potato that traditionally accompanies one of my absolute favourite Indian street foods.

They come originally from the state of Bihar in eastern India.Biharis absolutely love litti chokha, as - in truth - do most people who taste it.
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14:39  Have complaints about Mann's alcohol issue, says Speaker refusing apology:  AAP MP Bhagwant Mann says he has met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and apologised. Is that good enough? The Speaker says, no. Read on.

Mann, speaking to reporters outside Parliament House said, "I met Speaker Madam. I told her that I must be given an opportunity to explain, my intention wasn't to risk security of Parliament. My intention was not to put security of the parliament at threat. I promise not to make this mistake again. I don't come to Parliament drunk. BJP should worry about security of Dalits."

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says, "When he (Bhagwant Mann) met me, he said he's ready to apologise but this issue isn't something that can be resolved by mere apology. All Parliament members are agitated, issue won't be resolved by a simple apology. It's a matter of security of the Parliament. It's a serious issues. I'm talking to everyone on what action should be taken. I've got complaints about Mann's alcohol issue."
14:22  Pak model Qandeel Baloch's father wants son to be shot :  Pakistani social media sensation Qandeel Baloch's father said his son, who killed the model-actress for honour, should be "shot on sight"."I say he should be shot on sight. He suffocated my little one," Baloch's father Anwar Azeem said.

According to the News International report on Friday, Baloch's parents voiced their pain at the murder of their daughter by their younger son Waseem, who killed her for bold posts and pictures on social media sites.
"We were drugged, asleep upstairs. She must have called out to us," Azeem said.

Azeem said that his daughter was his "best friend" but claimed that his son Waseem had been "crazed".Baloch's mother said she used to share all her secrets with her."We were mother and daughter, sharing all our sorrows and secrets. She used to tell me 'Your daughter is working hard, she'll go far'," she said.

Baloch's mother said she and Azeem were also drugged the night Baloch was first sedated and then strangled to death."My husband and I fell deep asleep. We had drunk milk, it had been mixed with sedatives," she said.

"In the morning, I called Qandeel for breakfast... but she didn't get up."Her mother, describing Baloch's corpse, said: "Her whole face was covered in bruises, her tongue was black, her lips were black."

Baloch was killed on the night of July 14 by Waseem. He confessed to drugging her and then strangling her to death, for family honour.
13:59  India launches massive search ops over Bay of Bengal for missing IAF plane :   Indian Air Force AN-32 plane with over 29 on board goes missing over the Bay of Bengal. The plane took off from Chennai at around 8:30 am and was headed to Port Blair in the Andamans.

The aircraft had 29 personnel, including six crew, on board.

A full scale search and rescue operation has been launched with the Indian Navy diverting four ships to look for the missing aircraft. One IAF plane has also joined the search ops.

TV reports say that the last contact with the plane was around 15 minutes after take-off. The defence ministry says it was a courier aircraft.

The Navy has launched surveillance aircraft to look for the missing plane in the Bay of Bengal. A Dornier aircraft has also been sent and four ships,  Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti and Kuthar have been diverted to the region at full speed.

Image:  Representational picture of an AN32 plane
13:28  Mehbooba breaks down at all-party meet in Srinagar :  Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti broke down today while discussing the situation in Kashmir during the all-party meeting in Srinagar, reports NDTV.

She told the leaders present, "I request all of you, please use your good offices... we have to address this issue. We should talk...about opening routes, talks with Pakistan. Also other issues with the government of India," she said tearing up while chalking out the path ahead.

Opposition National Conference boycotted the meeting.

The meeting which last for nearly five hours came after the chief minister visited south Kashmir's Anantnag, the epicentre of deadly clashes between demonstrators and security forces amid protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani earlier this month. Forty-four people have died and over 2000 have been injured in over two weeks of unrest.

This is Mufti's first public outreach since the protests and clashes began.

During the all-party meeting the CM also detailed her tour and also talked about the many people, including young children, who have lost their eyesight because of injuries from pellets fired by security forces.

Image: TV grab of the moment J-K CM Mehbooba Mufti broke down while speaking at the all-party meet in Srinagar.
13:07  D-Day for IMF chief today:   IMF chief Christine Lagarde is to find out today whether she will stand trial in France over a massive state payout to tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was French economy minister nearly a decade ago.

France's top appeals court will rule on Lagarde's challenge to a December court ruling that she be tried for negligence in the affair, which ended with Tapie walking away with 404 million euros (USD 445 million) in taxpayer money.

If the court orders a trial, the 60-year-old will go before a special tribunal that hears cases against government ministers accused of wrongdoing in the discharge of their duties.
12:56  Adarsh WON'T be demolished, rules SC handing over society to Centre :   Adarsh Housing society case: The Supreme court directs the Centre to take over the society within one week. The court directs the Centre to ensure that no demolition takes place while securing building.

The Army has instituted a Court of Inquiry to probe alleged lapses by former General Officers Commanding of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area (MG&G Area) in not filing a writ petition in the Bombay High Court "at the earliest available opportunity". It will also inquire whether they compromised security of the Colaba military station in lieu of flats in the society building.

The Adarsh scandal first surfaced in 2003 when it was reported that a highrise building was coming up in Colaba, close to military installations, overriding objections. The society promoting the venture had a large number of senior military officers, politicians and bureaucrats as its members though it was meant to be for war heroes and next of kin of those killed in the Kargil war.

Subsequent probes revealed the involvement of then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, who had to resign when it was found that he accorded approval to the project as Revenue Minister and his relatives had flats in the society building.
12:51  SC to hear plea for Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir:  The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a plea seeking imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir, under a provision of J&K Constitution, due to the prevailing law and order situation in the state.

A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur directed that the petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) be listed next week.

The plea was mentioned before the bench by the counsel for JKNPP who said that Jammu and Kashmir has been "under siege of the security forces and the police for the past two weeks resulting in a total chaos, anarchy and disorder in the entire valley of Kashmir".

The counsel said that Governor's rule under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir should be imposed. The petition sought a direction to the Governor to dissolve the Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir "which has failed to discharge its duties and functions".
12:18  Will apologise, do not want to compromise Parliament security: Mann:   Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12:32 pm after uproar over Bhagwant Mann's security breach video. LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says on the issue: "13 people have laid down their lives for security of Parliament once, I know matter is serious, I'll see to it."

A chastised Bhagwant Mann now says he will make a statement in the House and apologise. He says he did not want to compromise Parliament security.

Yesterday, Mann had said defiantly: "There are so many big cameras around here. I will post a video again tomorrow (Friday), let me be served a notice."

The Congress wants a panel to be formed to look into the issue. Says the video will damage Parliament democracy. The party wants "strict action to be taken against Mann."

The BJP wants Mann to be suspended temporarily.

NDA wants a Privilege Motion to be passed against Mann.
11:56  LS Speaker summons AAP MP over 'security breach' Parliament video:   Just in: AAP MP Bhagwant Mann summoned by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan after his security breach video.

Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker Bhagwant Mann on Thursday filmed a video entering Parliament by crossing several security layers and posted it on social media, inviting attack from MPs across party line, who termed his act as a security breach.

In the video, which went viral, Mann was seen showing entry gate through which MPs enter Parliament House and saying how strong is the security.

"The car is registered with the Lok Sabha. It has a censor, which has the vehicle details. As soon as so you come near the gate, the censor identifies the car and announces the name and number of the car," Mann says in the video with him crossing several layers of the security.

Justifying the act, Mann said he intended to show people how does the Zero Hour questions are submitted and MPs wanting to raise their issues chosen through a lucky draw.

In Parliament House, while Mann is explaining how the process works, he is also requested by a staff not to film anything.

"Has my video put the Parliament in danger? How is this illegal. I will again make a video and put it. Let the notice come," a defiant Mann said in response to reporters query whether his act was a security breach or not.

The MPs also demanded that the matter be investigated.

Today, the Lok Sabha was adjourned following the ruckus in Parliament over the video.

JD-U's Sharad Yadav says it was immature of Mann to post the video.

BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says the video will expose the security measures in the House and help terrorists.

Congress leader Anand Sharma asks why the video has not been blocked as yet.

The Akali Dal wants an FIR to be filed against Mann.
The Rajya Sabha chair says the government can take action on the video. 

Both the Houses have adjourned over the issue and another day wasted.

IMAGE: A screenshot from the video uploaded by AAP MP Bhagwant Mann on social media. Photograph: @BhagwantMann1/Facebook
11:20  J-K: Death toll rises to 44, tight security ahead of Friday prayers:   The death toll in the unrest in Kashmir rose to 44 with a youth, injured in clashes a few days ago, succumbing today, even as curfew remained in force in all 10 districts of the Valley due to apprehension of law and order problems in view of large gatherings for Friday prayers.

Ishtiyaq Ahmad, injured in clashes at Kokernag area of Anantnag district, died at SKIMS hospital, Soura this morning. The death toll in the clashes between protesters and security, which erupted following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8, has climbed to 44.

Although no incident of violence was reported yesterday, authorities clamped curfew in all 10 districts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure today, a police official said. "Large gatherings are expected during Friday prayers which usually turn into violent protests," the official said.

Authorities had eased curfew in four districts -- Baramulla, Bandipora, Budgam and Ganderbal -- yesterday to facilitate reopening of schools. However, most of the schools in these districts remained closed as parents chose not to send their wards due to security apprehensions.

Mobile telephony and mobile internet services remained suspended for the 14th day today. Normal life remains paralysed for two weeks now due to curfew and a separatist-sponsored strike.

Image: J-K Mehbooba Mufti meets the family of a man who died during the clashes in Anantnagar. Pic: Umar Ganie
10:15  Another day, same story: Kashmir Valley ramains under curfew:  
Curfew and separatists-called protest shutdown marred life across the Valley for the 14th day running on Friday.

Authorities imposed curfew in all the 10 districts of the Valley on Friday making announcements on loudspeaker mounted on police vehicles and asked people to remain indoors.

"People are asked to remain indoors," said one such loudspeaker mounted on a police vehicle in north Kashmir's Ganderbal district.

Sources in the state administration said curfew will be strictly enforced to prevent post Friday prayer violence in the Valley.

Separatists have already extended their protest shutdown call up to Monday.
10:12  Rajya Sabha to vote on bill seeking 'special status' for AP today:  
A bill moved by Congress MP KVP Ramachandra Rao seeking special category status to the reorganised state of Andhra Pradesh is expected to come up for voting in the Upper House on Friday.

The Congress high command, which is trying to revive the party from the moribund state in the reorganised State by repeatedly raising the special status issue, had issued a three-line whip asking all its 60 members in the 243-member Upper House to be present and vote for the bill.

Congress appears confident that the bill would be passed as the party is able to gather support from more than 100 members. 

We are confident that the Rajya Sabha will adopt the bill as majority members of the House are likely to back the bill.
09:58  Centre, Maharashtra to respond to plea challenging validity of abortion laws:  
The Centre and the Maharashtra government will on Friday respond to a plea challenging the validity of India's abortion laws.

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to both the Centre and state government on the petition filed by a woman, who is presently in the 24th week of her pregnancy.

In her petition, the woman claimed that the foetus inside her has abnormalities, adding once the baby is born it will cause enormous mental distress to the mother.

The petition argued by senior advocate Colin Gonsalves said that the current laws dont permit an abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy.

The petition argues the current laws deny women the right to abort in case of extraordinary medical complications.

The constitutional validity of Section 3(2) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, prescribing a ceiling of 20 weeks has been challenged before the Supreme Court.

The ceiling of twenty weeks has been termed as unreasonable, arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violative to the Right to Life and Equality.
09:48  Enforcement Directorate registers case against former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda & Associated Journal Ltd under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
09:45  'Hooligans' behind Una Dalit attack 'shot the video for fun': Gujarat chief secy:  
Gujarat's Chief Secretary G R Aloria has said that the accused who had assaulted Dalit men in Una on July 11 in the name of cow protection had video recorded the incident for fun and uploaded it as a show of bravado.

The Indian Express reported that Aloria also admitted there is hooliganism going on in the name of self-proclaimed gau raksha samitis.

"The accused were so brazen that they shot the video for fun and uploaded it as a show of bravado. They were making an example of it. The car of the accused had a board of the Shiv Sena and the accused had a visiting card that suggested they belonged to the Gau Raksha Samiti, Rajkot," Aloria told the newspaper.

"The police are still investigating it. The victims have made a few allegations against the local sarpanch of Mota Samadhiyala. The victims are saying that the sarpanch was objecting to construction activity by the family on land allotted for a common water well, that he called these hooligans to the village under the excuse of gau raksha to beat them up. We are checking this allegation," he added.

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09:23  Kejriwal vists Dalits injured in Una attack; seeks quick action:  
A day after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi toured Una, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal visited this violence-hit town in Gujarat on Friday.

Dalit community members have been protesting the brutal assault on some community members on July 11 for allegedly skinning a cow at Una in Gir-Somnath district. 

Speaking to media persons after meeting the victims, Kejriwal said culprits must be booked to justice.

"Why should you commit suicide? We will fight, we will win, then why kill yourself? If we all come together, then unity is strength. All community members should come together. We will win. The entire country is with you," Kejriwal had told the Dalits in a short video message on the eve of his trip.
09:01  PM to today fulfill poll promises made to Gorakhpur :  
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Gorakhpur on Friday where he will fulfil two promises made by him during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls -- setting up an AIIMS hospital and second revival of the fertilizer unit.

During his around four-hour long visit to Gorakhpur, the centrepoint of the backward eastern Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi would address a conference and unveil the statue of Mahant Avaidnath at the Gorakshnath temple.

The PM will also address a mammoth public rally at the Fertilizer ground after laying the foundation of AIIMs and the revival of the fertilizer unit where Union Health Minister J P Nadda, Union MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra, Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister Anant Kumar, Union Energy Minister Piyush Goel and Gorakhpur BJP MP Yogi Adityanath will be present. 
08:54  Mayawati slur: Dayashankar Singh may surrender today:  
Dayashankar Singh, the Uttar Peadesh BJP leader, who was expelled for making highly derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati, is likely to surrender before the state police any time soon, said sources on Friday.

Singh is said to have consulted his lawyers in connection with FIR the lodged against him over abusive remarks against Mayawati.

Police on Thursday detained Singhs brother Dharmendra for questioning about the former's whereabouts.

Meanwhile, the BJP leader's wife Swati Singh has alleged harassment by BSP goons. 

"BSP people are publicly making statements saying 'Unki patni, beti ko pesh karo'. My daughter is in trauma," Dayashankar's wife said.

"What BSP people are saying, is it not condemnable? Shouldn't such people be also removed from the party," she asked.
08:50  Haryana: Khattar cabinet reshuffle today:  
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will carry out reshuffle of his Cabinet today. 

Khattar is likely to induct Faridabad and Rohtak MLAs Vipul Goel and Manish Grover in his Ministry, official sources said.

The sources indicated that Khattar may also drop two ministers from his Cabinet.

Dr Banwari Lal, MLA from Bawal, is likely to be made Chief Parliamentary Secretary.

The departments of some Ministers may also be changed on the basis of their performance, the sources said. 

Notably, nine months after becoming Haryana's chief minister in October 2014, Khattar had a year back expanded his cabinet for the first time inducting three new ministers. 

After their induction, BJP government led by Khattar has 13 ministers, including the chief minister.
08:40  I accept presidential nomination, says Donald Trump:  
Donald Trump has accepted the Republican nomination for the US presidential polls.

In remarks at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Trump said: "I humbly accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. Together, we will lead our party back to the White House and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity and peace. We will be a country of generosity and wealth. But we will also be a country of law and order."

"Beginning on January 20 of 2017, safety will be restored. I will present the fact plainly and honestly. We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore. So, if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies and the media myths, the Democrats are holding their convention next week. Go there."

"The most important difference between our (foreign policy) plan and that of our opponents is that our plan will put America first. The American people will come first once again beginning at home.There can be no prosperity without law and order. My message is that things have to change. And they have to change right now."

"Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders -- he never had a chance."
04:15  Fox News boss Roger Ailes quits amid sexual harassment charges:  Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a popular and politically powerful cable network that help redefine United States television news, has resigned under the cloud of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

He was replaced by Rupert Murdoch, head of parent company 21st Century Fox and founder of the empire that includes Fox.

The company said in a statement that the resignation was effective immediately and that Murdoch, 85, would take over the roles of chairman and acting chief executive of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

The news comes two weeks after Ailes was named in a lawsuit by the popular Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who claimed she was fired for rejecting his sexual advances.

The company statement made no mention of the lawsuit or its review of the allegations. The move represents tremendous turmoil at Fox, built by Ailes and Murdoch two decades ago into the leading cable news channel, drawing praise especially from conservatives and criticism from the political left.

With the change, Rupert Murdoch returns to a bigger role a year after handing over more control of operations to his two sons.

'Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country,' Murdoch said in the statement. 'Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organisation and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years.'

Murdoch said he and Ailes created a network that stands 'in stark contrast to the self-serving elitism that characterises far too much of the media.' 'I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice,' he added. 'Our nation needs a robust Fox News to resonate from every corner of the country.'

Murdoch, who cut short a vacation on the French Riviera to return to New York, according to the Guardian newspaper, said he was taking the reins at Fox 'to ensure continuity of all that is best about Fox News and what it stands for.' IMAGE: Roger Ailes. Photograph: Reuters
03:12  US seeks extradition of Kickass Torrents boss:  The United States confirmed on Thursday that it was seeking the extradition of the alleged boss of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, on charges of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content.

A day earlier, the US Justice Department unveiled a criminal complaint against Ukrainian national Artem Vaulin, 30, who was arrested in Poland and is wanted by American authorities for copyright infringement, money laundering and other charges.

Vaulin is alleged to own Kickass Torrents or KAT, which in recent years has eclipsed Pirate Bay and others to become the world's biggest source of pirated media. Stephen Dreikorn, a spokesman for the US embassy in Warsaw, told AFP via email: 'We can confirm the United States government is seeking extradition of Artem Vaulin.'

The US criminal complaint said the website offers 'a sophisticated and user-friendly environment in which its users are able to search for and locate content' which is protected by copyright.

KAT -- which distributes pirated films, video games, television programmes and music -- is estimated to be the 69th most frequently visited website on the internet, according to a Justice Department statement.
02:24  Anti-Trump march kicks off final day of Republican convention:  About 150 protesters carrying signs saying 'Ban All Trumps Not Muslims' and chanting 'Love Trumps Hate' marched across a Cleveland bridge on Thursday afternoon as the four-day GOP convention neared its prime-time finale.

The protest by a group called Stand Together Against Trump drew little notice outside a heavy police presence. Officers on rooftops watched through binoculars, while police on bicycles pedaled along the streets with no other traffic.

The anti-Donald Trump forces scheduled an evening rally in downtown's Public Square that was expected to draw a bigger crowd. Trump was set to accept his party's nomination on Thursday night.

The demonstrators, in sweltering heat pushing above 90 degrees, dutifully followed the city's designated route for protest marches.

"Trump is trying to use the moment to divide us. He's trying to use the moment to gain personal power," said march organiser Bryan Hambley, a Cleveland doctor.

Officers got between the marchers and a few conservative religious counter-protesters to make sure no skirmishes broke out.
01:25  INS Viraat to set sail for the last time this week:  After nearly six decades in service, Indias majestic aircraft carrier INS Viraat will set sail for the last time from Mumbai to Kochi this week, powered by its own boilers before it is decommissioned.

Once the ship berths itself with the Southern Naval Command on July 27 after sailing out from Mumbai on July 23, all valuable equipment on board like engines, radars, guns will be dismantled to prepare it for the decommissioning.

The ship will then be towed back to Mumbai where it will be decommissioned.

However, it is still not clear what will happen to the ship, which was India's sole aircraft carrier for over a decade once it is decommissioned.

Though there is a proposal to develop it into an adventure tourism centre or a museum, no decision has so far been taken by the Defence Ministry.

Military experts and enthusiasts hope that Viraat will not go the way INS Vikrant did. The ship, which took part the 1971 war, was sold as a scrap and disposed of shocking many.

01:07  2016 on track to be hottest year on record!:  The first six months of this year have continued to shatter global heat records, putting 2016 on track to be the Earths hottest year on record, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Thursday.

The United Nations-linked body said in a report that June 2016 was the 14th consecutive month of record heat around the planet and the 378th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th Century average.

The organisation said that global warming causing carbon dioxide concentrations, so far this year, have surpassed the symbolic milestone of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere.

Another month, another record. And another. And another. Decades-long trends of climate change are reaching new climaxes, fuelled by the strong 2015/2016 El Niņo, said World Meteorological Organisation Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement.

This underlines more starkly than ever the need to approve and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The report found that heat has resulted in very early onset of seasonal melting of major ice sheets with Arctic Sea ice now covering about 40 per cent less area during the summer melt season than it did in the 1970s.

00:27  Youth associated with Zakir Naik's foundation arrested:  A joint team of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and Kerala Police on Thursday arrested a youth allegedly associated with controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naiks foundation in connection with a case registered in Kochi.

A senior police official said Arshid Qureshi, who was associated with Islamic Research Foundation of Zakir Naik, was nabbed from Navi Mumbai.

A case under Indian Penal Code Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 153A (promoting enmity between groups) as well as under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act was registered in Kochi.

He was produced before the Belapur court in Navi Mumbai which granted Kerala Police his transit remand till July 25.

Kerala Police will now produce him in a court in Kochi.

00:02  Top headlines at this hour:  Bhagwant Mann draws flak for uploading Parliament security video on Internet

Opposition corners BJP over growing attacks on Dalits

Qazigund firing: J&K government orders magisterial probe

China refuses to relent on India's NSG bid

Vacate PoK: India lashes out at Pak over Kashmir issue

Bihar: Three arrested for hoisting Pakistan flag

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