Mon, 25 April 2011
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Big news day today with the arrest of sacked CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi and the chargesheet filed against DMK MP Kanimozhi. That said, here's what else happened today.

BJP reaction to Kalmadi's arrest: Too little, too late

Home minister P Chidambaram targets Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Wiki: Gitmo captives held on flimsy grounds

Sports minister Ajay Maken wants arrested Kalmadi out of IOA

CBI: Kanimozhi co-conspirator in 2G scam

No mention of Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Amman in chargesheet

SC to CBI: Explain u-turn in Aarushi murder

PC: Left has made Bengal into a killing field

PM. Sonia to reach Puttaparthi tomorrow

Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali weep seeing Baba

Suhel Seth on Twitter: A Raja has a bath with coconut oil and readies to welcome Kanimozhito Tihar...what a reunion this is going to be!
18:13   'India can't prove LeT-26/11 connect '

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the 26/11 attacks, today claimed India cannot prove his organisation's link to the 2008 terror strike and accused Pakistan Government of succumbing to pressure from India and the US.

Saeed, who is the founder of the banned LeT which carried out the Mumbai attack, said India had sent a 400-page report to the Pakistani government in an attempt to substantiate its claims but had failed to do so, Saeed said.

India cannot prove JuD's link to Mumbai attacks, he said. He accused the Pakistan Government of being "spineless and succumbing" to the pressure from India and the US.

Saeed also claimed his organisation had nothing to do with LeT. India calls Saeed the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks and says it has "credible evidence" to prove his involvement in the strike that claimed 166 lives.

But, Pakistan says the evidence is not enough to nail Saeed.

18:11   BJP: Kalmadi arrest too little, too late

The BJP today described as "belated" the arrest of sacked CWG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and demanded action against other culprits as well.

"Kalmadi's arrest is a right step taken belatedly," BJP national general secretary Ravi Shanker Prasad said.

"But why only Kalmadi? All those responsible and involved in the Rs 70,000 crore scam should be brought to book and punished," he said.

Prasad said while the Organising Committee was responsible for the games, there were irregularities in construction of roads, flyovers and other works as well.

"Who did all these irregularities and why an inquiry is not being conducted against them," he asked.

The BJP leader alleged that maximum funds were released by the officials in the Prime Minister's office.

"Besides, action against those responsible, we demand a chargesheet with concrete evidences be filed in the case," he said.

17:55   Kate-Wills may need umbrella on wedding day

Rain may play spoilsport on the big royal wedding on Friday.

Despite earlier predictions that the sun would shine on the royal newlyweds, the most recent forecast suggests hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets on Friday will get drenched, says the

If it does rain, it also means the public will be denied the chance to see the bride and groom in an open carriage on their way back from Westminster Abbey, as a closed-in carriage is on standby to be used in wet weather.

No wonder then, that the British love talking about the weather.

17:46   Kanimozhi to appear in court on May 6

DMK MP Kanimozhi, who was charged today with co-conspiracy in the 2G scam and Sharad Kumar (MD of Kalaignar TV) have been asked to appear in court on May 6. Kanimozhi holds a 20 per cent share in Kalaignar TV.

More on the CWG arrests: The CBI arrests two other senior officials of the CWG Organising Committee -- Surjeet Lal and A S V Prasad in the TSR award scam.
17:31   Royal wedding online buzz every 10 seconds

A new study has revealed that the royal wedding is mentioned online once every 10 seconds.

Data compiled by internet marketing agency Greenlight found that there is an average of 9000 posts a day (9001) on the subject, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of internet 'noise' about the impending nuptials.

Greenlight's study showed online media including news sites, blogs, forums, Twitter and Facebook had seen a 700 per cent rise in the mention of the royal wedding compared to March.

17:05   PC: Buddha should've quit over Junglemahal

Home minister P Chidambaram has been relentless in his attack of West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Chidambaram today blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb for failing to tackle law and order in Maoist- dominated 'Junglemahal' area and said he should have resigned as the situation was beyond his control.

"The chief minister has told me that the situation was beyond his control and that of his government. If he could do nothing about it, I would expect him to resign, making way for a new government," he told an election rally.

Chidambaram said he visited West Midnapore a year ago amid deteriorating law and order and the district was virtually under the control of Maoists. "What was worse then, a police station in the district remained locked from inside with policemen for nine months and the state government was sleeping over it," he said.

Asserting that the Centre was determined to end the Maoist menace, he said, it will require some time, however, to get an upper hand on them. "We told them to give up violence and come for talks. But they are not prepared for talks."

16:58   Honest UK taxi driver returns $50K to passenger

What would you do?

A cabbie in the UK, Nigel Lipscombe, 54, discovered bundles of cash - worth 30,000 pounds -- stuffed inside a rucksack abandoned on the backseat after dropping off a Middle Eastern businessman in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

But instead of pocketing the cash, he drove his taxi straight to the city''s police station.

The businessman, who was there to report to police that he had lost the cash, was overjoyed to get his fortune back. Lipscombe handed back the money, then gave the Arab businessman a lift to a local pub to celebrate - and even pocketed a 500-dollars tip.

"I wouldn't have kept it. I''ve always been an honest man. I wouldn''t do it if it was a million pounds,' said Lipscombe.

And you?

Suresh Kalmadi will be produced in the Patiala House Court, New Delhi tomorrow.
16:35   Kate-Wills to have baby in a year, say bookies

Prince Williams and Kate Middleton are yet to wed, but bookies have already started betting on the birth of their first child.

They have reckoned that Williams and Kate's first child will be born next year and offer a 1,000-1 odd that a baby boy goes on to play Premier League football.

While a 33-1 odd says that a baby girl grows up to be a Vogue cover model before she is 18.

16:27   Body in bag found at Churchgate station, Mumbai

Amazing regularity with which bodies are being found trussed up in bags.

A young woman's body, bundled in a bag, was found at the busy Churchgate station in south Mumbai today.

The woman -- aged between 20 to 25 years -- was suspected to have been strangulated, police said, adding that the body did not appear to be decomposed and the woman might have been killed just a few hours earlier.

According to the Government Railway Police, a bag which contained clothes was found abandoned on platform number 3 of Churchgate station at 6.30 am. It was suspected to have been dumped from the luggage compartment of one of the three suburban trains which had arrived then.

When the police were informed about the bag at around 7.30 am, they opened to find the body.

As there were bruises on her neck and back, police suspect she was strangulated.

The other cases:

16:03   Wiki: Gitmo captives held on flimsy grounds

Indictment for the 'Land of the Free'.

Around 700 leaked US classified military documents have revealed that some suspects were detained for years in the Guantnamo Bay prison on 'flimsy grounds'.

According to The New York Times, the dossiers show that some men had spent precious years of their lives despite being 'innocent' because they were held on mistaken identity or simple misfortune.

In May 2003, Afghan forces had captured Prisoner 1051, including an Afghan named Sharbat, near the scene of a roadside bomb explosion, but the man denied any wrongdoing by repeatedly saying that he was just a shepherd.

Guantnamo analysts accepted his claims after discovering his immense knowledge of herding animals and his ignorance of "simple military and political concepts," the documents revealed.

However, a military tribunal declared him an "enemy combatant", and he was not released until 2006.

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A tweet from Dalai Lama:I am saddened by the passing away of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I offer my condolences and prayers to all his followers, devotees and admirers.'s Vicky Nanjappa says Sonia Gandhi will accompany Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Puttaparthi tomorow.

15:25   Maken wants arrested Kalmadi out of IOA

Impact of the other big news story today: Suresh Kalmadi's arrest.

Sports Minister Ajay Maken today said the Indian Olympic Association would be asked to elect a new president in case incumbent Suresh Kalmadi is arrested by the CBI and threatened intervention by the Ministry if the IOA fails to act.

The former CWG OC chairman, Kalmadi, was arrested by the CBI today for irregularities in the conduct of the event last year and in the Queen's Baton Relay held in London in 2009.

"The person who is in jail or who has been charge-sheeted, it would not be in the national interest that he should represent the country anymore. As soon as official confirmation of his arrest comes, we are going to request the IOA to elect someone," Maken said.

15:21   CBI: Raja took bribes, Kanimozhi conspirator

Kanimozhi's chargesheet must have shaken the old man, who said this morning he had no idea whether his family was being named in the 2G chargesheet. In fact, Kanimozhi has always maintained that the allegations were based on perceptions and her only involvement in Kalaignar TV was asa stakeholder. She had said that Sharad Kumar, who is the MD, headed the channel.

15:13   CBI: Kanimozhi co-conspirator in 2G scam

While it is still to be what the extremely seriouschargesheet against Kanimozhi really means, remember almost everyone associated with the 2G scam has been spending their nights in Tihar jail.

What the CBI means when it says she is a co-conspirator is that she acted with former telecom minister A Raja to act as a conduit to transfer Rs 214 crore as kickbacks to Kalaignar TV. Kanimozhi and Dayalu Amman together own a 80 per cent stake in Kailagnar TV. Raja was charged with taking bribes.

Point to ponder is why the CBI chargesheet came after Tamil Nadu went to the polls. Awaiting J Jayalalitha's comments.

15:06   Kanimozhi charged with conspiracy in 2G scam

Alright, here it comes.

DMK chief Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, who is also a party MP, has been charged with conspiracy in the 2G scam. She has been named co-conspirator in the multi-crore scam. However, the chargesheet does not name Dayalu Amman, Karunanidhi's first wife. The CBI says legal opinion does not favour her being named.

Kalaignar TV's Sharad Kumar has also been named in the chargesheet. Kanimozhi holds a 20 per cent stake in Kalaignar TV, which is believed to be the company where one of the accused in the scam, DB Realty's Shahid Balwa, had invested money in lieu of spectrum allocation.

Kusegaon Realty, Cineyug Films and Kaliagnar TV have also been chargesheeted.

14:54   IOA chief Kalmadi arrest embarassing: Maken

Sports minister Ajay Maken says it's embarassing for Indian that Indian Olympic Association chief has been arrested.

Does this mean Suresh Kalmadi will lose the job before he hopefully heads to the jamboree at Tihar?

14:34   Why Liz Hurley loves Shane Warne

Liz Hurley, cricketer Shane Warne's new on-and-off squeeze,says she, "loves Australians." "They're very outdoorsy. They make me laugh, their accents amuse me," the actress said.

On being asked whether she and Warne were in a relationship, the actress said, "Well, I certainly wasn't into cricket before."

The couple has been on and off in their relationship since December 2010. She's being seen on TVads saying "Halla Bol" for Shilpa Shetty's IPL team Rajasthan Royals.

14:26   Free-for-all after computer glitch at NZ store

This isn't really news, but after reading it, ask yourself what you would do...

About 24 shoppers helped themselves to free groceries on Good Friday morning after a computer glitch at a New Zealand supermarketincorrectly opened the doors at 8am without a checkout person in sight.

About half paid for their groceries using the self-scan service, but that stopped working when someone scanned alcohol, which requires a staff member to check a customer''s age before the system is unlocked.

Police were alerted at 9.20am by a report of people leaving with "truckloads of groceries".


Must see. Really cute.

14:17   SC to CBI: Explain u-turn in Aarushi murder

The Supreme Court today questioned the CBI as to how it suddenly woke up to detect fresh evidence against dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar after claiming there was no evidence against them in the murder case of their teenage daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj.

"Where from (sic) the CBI has become active? Pages after pages you have filed in the trial court submitting that there is nothing against them. Now how could you assume that there is evidence against them? Is it merely because the trial court has taken cognisance," the apex court asked Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam.


The Special Investigative Team has submitted the final report on the Godhra riots in the Supreme Court. The SC will hear the case on Wednesday.

13:58   Taslima tells Sachin not to pray for Sai Baba

If you haven't read this, do.

The Times of India story of Bangladeshi writer Taslmima Nasreen, known more for controversies than her literary skills, has been retweeting comments poking fun at Sai Baba.

She retweeted a comment: "why shud somebody be sad abt his death. he was 86, shud b allowed to die. i was so dissappointd with sachin praying. crazy!"

Nasreen also tweeted a cheeky remark: "Satya Saibaba died. He said he would die in 2022. But he died too early."

Remarkable poor taste, irrespective of whether you are a believer. But then, she's crawled back into the news. Read the story in the TOI

13:47   Nuclear holocaust if Laden killed: Al Qaeda

Away from Kalmadi, Kanimozhi and the rest, here's news that Al-Qaeda terrorists have threatened to unleash a "nuclear hellstorm" on the West if their leader and world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden is nabbed.

A senior al-Qaeda commander has claimed that the terror group has stashed away a nuclear bomb in Europe, which will be detonated if bin Laden is ever caught or assassinated, according to new top secret files made public by internet whistleblower WikiLeaks.

The documents are secret details of the background to the capture of each of the 780 people held at or have passed through the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, along with their medical condition and the information they have provided during interrogations.

The documents have been released to select European and US news outlets and reveal that the day 9/11 terror killings took place in United States, the core of al-Qaeda was concentrated in a single city of Karachi in Pakistan.

Just to clear up any confusion on Kalmadi's arrest. It is confirmed that the sacked CWG OC has been arrested, but a formal announcement will be made by the CBI this afternoon.
13:29   PC: Left has made Bengal into killing fields

Ahead of the crucial third phase of Assembly polls in West Bengal, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said that West Bengal was the "worst-governed" state in the country and blamed the CPI-M and its cadres for spreading violence and turning the state into a "killing field".

He also said that the states finances were in a "precarious" condition. "For too long we had a government that had neglected governance. West Bengal is the worst-governed state in the country and our immediate concern is law and order", he said.

Chidambarm, who was in Kolkata to campaign for the Congress-Trinamool Congress combine, said, "For the last two to four months I have been bringing to the notice of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his colleagues that law and order is deteriorating."

However, the chief minister was in a state of denial and the 'bubble' burst when Netai (where nine people were killed) occurred, he said.

"I squarely blame the CPI-M and its cadres for procuring arms and spreading violence and turning the state into a killing field," he said. Chidamabaram said,

"I sincerely hope that after the change of government, the Centre and the state government will work together to stop the killings." Seventy-five constituencies will go to polls on Wednesday in the state in the third phase of assembly election which is crucial for the Congress-Trinamool alliance.

Chidambaram said that since 2004 revenues of all states had increased and no state had to resort to overdraft for the last four to five years, the only exception being West Bengal.

13:25   Lawyer says Kalmadi has not been arrested
Suresh Kalmadi's lawyer has denied reports of his arrest in connection with his role in the AM Films and TSR scams.

"Suresh Kalmadi has not been arrested. I''ve spoken to him and he has not been arrested," said Kalmadi''s lawyer, Hitesh Jain.

13:10   Reactions to Kalmadi's arrest

Reactions on Suresh Kalmadi's arrest for criminal conspiracy and cheating in the 2G scam.

BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman says Kalmadi is a small fry, others must be brought to book.

BJP: We have asked for followup action on the Shunglu report.

D Raja (CPI-M): The law is finally taking its course.

And a number you can chew on: The two-member high level committee, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu (the Shunglu panel), in its fresh report, also upbraided several government agencies for causing losses of over Rs 1,600 crore in executing projects.

12:44   What the Shunglu committee had said on Kalmadi

If you remember, the Shunglu Committee had faulted Suresh Kalmadi and his aides over the award of contracts saying there was "extreme concentration of powers at the top" and "conflict of interest" among the organising committee officials.

And the other telling statement: The OC was synonymous with the chairman (Suresh Kalmadi). Extreme concentration of power at the top ensured that decision making remained concentrated in the hands of the Chairman and his coterie of loyal senior management.

12:35   Karuna: Family members not named in 2G scam

The other big story: DMK chief M Karunanidhi parries questions on reports about his party quitting UPA if DMK's first family members (daughter Kanimozhi and wife Dayalu Amman) are named in the 2G scam.

Karunanidhi says he is not aware of any member of his family being possibly named in the 2G spectrum scam.

CNN IBN says the CBI got crucial leads in time scoring equipment scam against Kalmadi -- video recordings of an OC meet in the capital where Kalamdi and his associate, VK Verma announced the awarding of time scoring equipment contract to Swiss timing.
12:22   Finally! Suresh Kalmadi arrested in CWG scam

Former CWG OC boss Suresh Kalmadi has been arrested for irregularities in the time scoring contract in the CWG case. This is biggest arrest in the case. He was questioned for the fourth time today by the CBI.

The arrest comes in the aftermath of a scrutiny of official documents relating to the TSR (timing, scoring, result) scam, in which CBI has already filed an FIR, and arrested former OC secretary-general Lalit Bhanot and director-general VK Verma for "criminal conspiracy with Switzerland-based Swiss Timing and other unknown persons to cheat the Government of India".

12:09   PM to reach Puttaparthi tomorrow

Poor Sachin Tendulkar can't even mourn in peace with cameras beaming close-ups of every tear drop.He and his wife are atPuttaparthi paying homage toSathya Sai Baba's mortal remains.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Puttaparthi tomorrow to pay his respects. He will leave in the morning and return the same day. The Prime Minister had yesterday said that he was a spiritual leader who inspired millions to lead a moral and meaningful life even as they followed the religion of their choice.

12:02   Five people who may be charged in 2G

The five people likely to be chargesheeted today in the 2G scam include: Rajeev Agarwal (Kusegaon Realty), Kanimozhi (DMK MP),Karim Morani (film producer, event organiser). Asif Balwa (DB Realty) and Sharad Kumar (Kalaignar TV).

Kusegaon Realty, Cineyug Films and Kaliagnar TV are the three firms which may be chargesheet.

11:56   CWG scam: CBI questions Kalmadi for 4th time

Suresh Kalmadi is being questioned by the CBI over alleged irregularities in Queen's Baton Relay.

This particular scam refers to the hiring of AM Films in London in September 2009 to provide services like taxis and public-display television screens for the Queen's Baton Relay, which kickstarted the Commonwealth Games.

The rates agreed upon were exorbitantwhich Kalmadi said was because the services that AM Films provided were commissioned at a very late stage, there was no time to sign a contract with the company.

11:51   Karuna's wife may not be named in 2G chargesheet

Fivepeople and three firms to be named in the supplementary chargesheet to be filed by the CBI today in the 2G scam. While DMK MP and Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi may be named in the chargesheet, his wife, Dayalu Amman(Kanimozhi's stepmother) may not be named.

Will keep you posted.

11:44   PC: Bengal worst governed state in India

Home minister P Chidambaram has lashed out against West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya saying the state is the worst-governed in the country: He also blamed the CPI-M and its cadres for procuring arms and spreading violence in the state and said only a new government can improve law and order and finances of West Bengal.

Also read: What the PM said about Buddhadeb

11:36   Hundreds escape by tunnel from Kandahar prison

A story straight out of the movies...

More than 470 inmates at an Afghan jail have escaped through a tunnel hundreds of metres long. Officials at the jail in Kandahar city said the tunnel had been dug from the outside and many of those who escaped were Taliban insurgents.

The report also sasy that the Kandahar provincial governor's office said some escapees had since been recaptured but gave no details. A spokesman for the Taliban said it had dug the 320m (1,050ft) tunnel and that it had taken five months to construct.

11:19   Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali weep seeing Baba

More details on the Sai Baba's last journey

Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, a devotee of the late Sathya Sai Baba, today paid his last respects to the godman who died yesterday.

The 38-year-old Tendulkar skipped his birthday celebrations yesterday to mourn the death of Sai Baba, who battled multiple-organ failure before breathing his last at 85 years of age.

Also read: How Sathya Sai Baba inspired millions

Sachin was accompanied by his wife Anjali during his visit to the Sai Kulwant Hall in Prashanti Nilayam here.

The couple was moved to tears upon arriving at the hall where they sat for a while before driving off. The Baba's body has been kept here for two days for his millions of devotees to pay their last respects.

News comes in that a stampede has broken out at Puttaparthi. Will keep you updated.

11:18   CBI may nail Kanimozhi, Karuna's wife today

More work for the CBI:

The inverstigating agency is likely to file a supplementary chargesheet in the multi-crore 2G Spectrum scam today andmay name Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, wife Dayaluammal and several others for allegedly getting benefits out of the allocation of 2G spectrum to certain telecom firms.

Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal and Sharad Kumar, Managing Director of Kalaignar TV, have 20, 60 and 20 per cent shares in the channel respectively.

11:12   CWG: Kalmadi to be questioned by CBI today

Details of what's in for Kalmadi today.

The CBI will today question the former head of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Suresh Kalmadi, for the fourth time in connection with irregularities in the contract for the Queen''s Baton Relay.

On April 20, Kalmadi had skipped an interrogation session with the CBI citing health reasons and appointments related to his constituency in Maharashtra.

Sources say that the CBI has got leads from a Hyderabad-based company AKR constructions which is being suspected of being a frontal company for Kalmadi.

The CBI first questioned Kalmadi on January 5.

11:04   Kerala CM Achuthanandan begins endosulfan protest
News flash: Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan leads mass fast demanding countrywide ban on endosulfan pesticide. The CM wants a nationwide ban on endosulfan. The protest is being staged at the Martyrs' Column in Thiruvananthapuram from 10 am to 5 pm, where the CM will demand that India advocate a global ban on endosulfan at the international convention on pollutants beginning in Geneva today.

Good morning. The biggest news over the weekend is the death of Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Sunday at 7.40 am. The mortal remains of Sathya Sai Baba will be buried at Puttaparthi on Wednesday and a samadhi will be erected. His body has been kept in state at the ashram.

Lakhs of mourning devotees have been paying at the glass-enclosed coffin. Sachin (teary eyed) and Anjali Tendulkar are at Puttaparthi, in the great hall where the Sai Baba's body lies. Stay with us for updates.

Read the exclusive stories by Vicky Nanjappa:

Millions mourn as Sai Baba's mortal journey ends

Wha happens to the Rs 40,000 crore trust?

Sea of devotees at Puttaparthi

Unrelated news that's set to happen today, is that the CBI will question former CWG OC boss Suresh Kalmadi today, while DMK's Kanimozhi and her stepmother Dayaluamman will be chargesheeted today.