Padma Shree for wrestler Sushil Kumar, actors Kajol and Irfan Khan.
Shashi Kapoor is critically ill, hospitalised at the Lilavati Hospital inMumbai.Good to know he won't receive the awardposthumously.
This is how the awards are graded, starting from top: First comes the Bharat Ratna (awarded to one person per year only), then the Padma Vibhushan, followed by the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shree.
Former planning commission chairman LC Jain also gets the Padma Vibhushan.
BJP youth wing president Anurag Thakur also courts arrest and has been detained.
Arun Jaitley speaks: We are determined to enter Jammu and Kashmir. This is a panic reaction by the J-K government and a total surrender to separatists.
Sushama Swaraj: We are very angry at the way we have been arrested. We have been arrested only because we want to unfurl the tricolour, what's wrong with that? Our march has been peaceful, so why have been arrested? The tricolour will definitely be unfurled at Srinagar. We are prepared to deal with the threat, but not allowing us to unfurl the tricolour is impinging on our rights.
BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Anant Kumar have courted arrest and been taken into custody. Sushma, Jaitley entered Lakhanpur on foot after their car was stopped and were arrested.
Wonder why Sushma's tweets have stopped.
Have to butt in with this quotable quote from our favourite scam hero, Suresh Kalmadi.
In a letter written to new sports minister Ajay Maken, Kalmadi says, "... I have also organised various National Games and been dedicated to the development of sports in India. Having spent several decades in public life, I would not be unjustified in expecting at least the courtesy of being heard and a decision being taken in accordance with the principles of natural justice. I would like to say that if I was asked by the Sports Ministry, I would have consulted my colleagues and resigned voluntarily."
We draw your attention to the words bold-faced, only to highlight how amazingly thick-skinned Mr K is.
Two busloads of BJP workers court arrest at Lakhanpur,even as the contingentfinally crosses the bridge at Lakhanpur at the Jammu border.
The government has imposed CrPc section 144, making the assembly of more than four people, unlawful. This means that Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Anant Kumar will not cross over to Jammu, provided they can, as it will assure their arrest.
High tension at the Lakhanpur bridge that connects Punjab to Jammu. The police are now removing barricades, allowing the BJP brigade to crossover to prevent any undue situation. The situation seems under control.
BJP activists are adamant over unfurling the tricolour at Srinagar's Lal Chowk.
Our vote for Sushma Swarajto win the tweet award.
Here she goes from the Lakhanpur bridge...
We are moving in groups of 500 people each. We are holding tricolor. Bharat mata ki Jai - Vande maatram.
Huge police presence on the other side of the bridge.
It is a long bridge. We are just 200 metres from J&K side of the bridge.
Back at the Lakhanpur r bridge at the Punjab-Jammu border, the scene on the bridge resembles the Allahabad Kumbh Mela. Thousands and thousands of BJP workers holding aloft the Tricolour are walking across the bridge that will take them into Jammu.
Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj tweets: We're 200 mtrs from Jammu border.
She had earlier said that the BJP will have a sit-in at Lakhanpur till the evening of January 26, if they are not allowed to unfurl the Tricolour at Lal Chowk at Srinagar.
Just in: The Sri Lankan government has said that its Navy will not fire at Indian fishermen even if they cross the International Maritime Boundary.
More than 200 Indian fishermen have been allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan navy in the last three decades
Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa has confirmed that cricketer VVS Laxman has been bestowed the Padma Shri for his services to the game.
The Hyderabad batsman, who has played significant turns in securing many memorable wins for Team India in Tests, follows teammate Virender Sehwag in the list -- the swashbuckling opener was conferred the honour last year.
Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian honour in the country after Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar is the favourite to win the Bharat Ratna though concerns remain that he is too young to receive the award.
Sources had also suggested that composer Khayyam and legendary actress Waheeda Rehman would be conferred the Padma Bhushan, but it remains as yet unconfirmed.
Just in: High tension at the Jammu border. BJP workers begin their attempt to cross into Jammu from Lakhanpur in Punjab. The J-K government has warned them that they will be arrested if they cross over to Jammu across the bridge.
On the other side of the bridge, awaiting the workers are a posse of 7,000 security personnel deployed at the JK-Punjab border to prevent the BJP rally from entering the state.
Access to Indian mangoes is a long pending demand of Australia and Australians may soon be able to get an overdue bite, which would of course, hike the pricesfor domestic consumption.
The two nations are fine tuning the modalities for the export of the fruit, expected to sign on the dotted line soon.
The shameless Mr Suresh Kalmadi has said that his sacking as the CWG OCchairman was illegal. He said he would hand over charge to the new CEO only under protest.
Kalmadi who, along with CWG secretary general was sacked by the new sports minister Ajay Maken, yesterday, to clear the way for the probe in the CWG scam.
Kalmadi said his ouster as the OC head was not just illegal, but also uncalled for. He said only the Indian Olympic Association had the right to remove him as chairman CWG OC.
Yesterday, Kalmadi struck a defiant note saying he would not resign as as president of the Indian Olympic Association.
News comes in that Additional District Collector Sonawane was allegedly beaten up and then burnt alive. He was not accompanied by a police posse since he was not on an officialraid. He was on his way to another district on an official tour when he noticed something suspicious, (details not in) got off his car and was then beaten up andset on fire.
Just in: Malegaon Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane has been burnt alive during raids to curb petrol black marketeers near Manmad in Nashik district. The incident is believed to have occured this afternoon.
His body is still lying at the crime spot. Assailants are absconding after the crime.
Sonawane was conducting a spot raid with his personal assistant. The incident is believed to have occured when Sonawane spotted something amis and stopped to find out. He was then burnt alive.
We told you early this morning that CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat was meeting upwith AIADMK's Jayalalitha at 2.30 pm today. Here's the outcome of that meeting.
The CPI-M today formally decided to forge an alliance with AIADMK to fight the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, saying the need of the hour was to bring all secular and left democratic forces under one umbrella to defeat the DMK-Congress combine.
The decision was taken on the concluding day of the two-day meet here of the party's Tamil Nadu state committee meeting, which was also attended by CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat.
A resolution adopted at the meeting alleged that the family of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had "spread like octopus" in all spheres including politics, media and film world and only the defeat of the DMK at the hustings could save the state.
Read from former diplomat M Bhadrakumar blog.
The mystery of the death of 'Colonel Imam' has been removed. After all,he died a natural death, following a heart attack, while in apparent captivity in the lawless tribal regions of Pakistan. Earlier speculations that he was executed have been laid to rest. Correctly so. It was almost unthinkable that the Taliban would allow their mentor to be killed in cold blood. That would have gone against the grain of Afghan traditions.
Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra whose premises were searched by the Income Tax department had only last year starred in a short promotional film aimed to spread the message of tax compliance.
Chopra along with Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar had featured in a 20-minute documentary by the I-T department which was unveiled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on July 24 in New Delhi to mark the first ever 'Income Tax Day'.
The actors in the film had appealed to the public to pay their taxes diligently and honestly.
In an interesting twist of fate, I-T sleuths swooped upon Chopra's apartment in suburban Versova while the residence of her father, Ashok Chopra, in suburban Lokhandwala, was also raided besides the premises of the actor's secretary Chand Mishra.
First the news from Lakhanpur. BJP workers have been lathicharged at Lakhanpur; 400 detained.
So what is Lakhanpur? The place is popularly known as the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir, but has now been converted into a virtual cantonment to thwart the BJP's attempt to enter the state to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar tomorrow.
Over 7,000 security personnel have been deployed at the JK-Punjab border terminal to prevent the BJP rally from entering the state.
Two women platoons have also been deployed in view of the presence of women activists.
Led by senior saffron leaders including Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, BJYM's 'Rastriya Ekta rally' has started its flag hoisting rally from Pathankot in Punjab.
A day ahead of the BJP's promised end to the tricolour yatra at Lal Chowk, Srinagar, here's the situation.
-- Authorities have sealed the border with Punjab with heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces.
-- Barbed wire has been put up along the Ravi bridge at Madhopur to prevent any movement of people from Punjab side into Lakhanpur.
-- Prohibitory orders in Lakhanpur.
--The Yatra will proceed from Madhopur in Pathankot, which is located close to the Lakhanpur border. Jammu is about 90 kms from Lakhanpur, while Lal Chowk is nearly 390 kms from there.
-- Senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar and Shanta Kumar are camping at Pathankot.
More on the Padma awards: The government has also received nominations for Satyendra Dubey and Manjunath Sanmugham, who were murdered for fighting against corruption.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, fashion designer Ritu Beri and shooter Tejaswami Sawant, Bollywood stars Jaya Prada, Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan, also figure in the list.
The awards are expected to be announced today.
In a story of unbelievable cruelty, authorities have charged an US woman with felony andanimal cruelty, saying she hanged her nephew's pit bull from a tree with an electrical cord and burned its body because the dog chewed on her Bible.
The independent.co.uk reports that animal control officers said that 65-year-old Miriam Smith told them she killed a female dog named Diamond because it was a "devil dog" and she worried it could harm neighbourhood children.
She faces 180 days to five years in prison if convicted.
The BJP today demanded an "unconditional apology" from the UPA government for its attempts to stop the 'Tiranga yatra' and termed its actions as "atrocious, heinous and undemocratic". Senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu said the yatra would continue, adding, some BJP workers have already reached Jammu and others are trying to be there.
On stopping Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar in Jammu yesterday, Naidu said, "Is it a sin to hoist a national flag on a place which is not even disputed and which is part of India," he asked. "Instead of stopping the separatists, Pakistani agents, ISI agents and terrorists, the Government of India has chosen to stop the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and also patriotic youngsters who want to take up the challenge of separatists and hoist a national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar."
Pranab Mukherjee ends his press conference with a "bhery happy niu eaar to all oph you". Cutie.
To make sense of the black money conference, go here
Hundreds of Indian students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, face the prospect of deportation from the US after authorities raided and shut down a university in the Silicon Valley on charges of a massive immigration fraud.
The Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, a major suburb in San Francisco Bay Area, has been charged by federal investigating authorities of being part of an effort to defraud, misuse visa permits and indulge in money laundering and other crimes.
The university is said to have 1,555 students and as many as 95 per cent of these students are Indian nationals.
Details on rediff.com shortly.
Pranab Mukherjee on why names cannot be given out.
-- The Swiss government has not shared information on black money with any government so far.
-- The UBS Bank shared data with the US after entering into an out-of-court settlement under which no prosecution was pursued.
--I have therefore no intention or authority to know the names of those who stashed money outside the country that have come to the government's hand.
Pranab Mukherjee's cute moment: The finance minister chortles while answering questions from the media and says, "I will have pain my neck, if I move this way and that way."
Barrage of questions at the black money press conference ensures Pranab feels like he's at a tennis match.
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee says there is a way to get information when Income Tax authorities decide to prosecute offenders. Names can't be revealed as it violates international law. Swiss banks refuse to divulge information on black money.
Pranab Mukherjee: It's necessary to find out the sources of black money so that its generation can be prevented, but ifwe start revealing the information, sovereign countries will accuse us of violating international norms.
No nation shares information on black money unless governed by law.
Pranab Mukherjee: The Indian government has nothing to hide. No information can be made available from any other soverign government unless there is a legal framework. We are not hiding behind the double taxation avoidance pacts.
The quantum of black money is on the basis of assumption and estimation.
Names of black money hoarders will be released after they are prosecuted.
Fin min Pranab Mukherjee outlines government's strategy to tackle black money.
-- Multi-disciplinary committee set up to look into black noney
No reliable estimate of black money so far, but quatum estimated between $500 bn and $1400 bn.
-- Double taxation avoidance pacts with 23 countries in place.
-- Eight more international income tax international overview units to be set up
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee begins his press meet on the issue of tackling black money. Twiddling with his pen, while reading out from a report before him, Pranab says the government has a five-pronged strategy to tackle black money.
Police claim to have tracked down the husband of a young Indian-origin woman burnt to death in New Zealand, in Fiji. This comes a day after the Interpol was alerted to trace him for his alleged involvement in the incident.
The couple's four-year-old boy has also been located in Fiji by authorities, along with the victim's husband who's "a person of considerable significance" in the investigation.
The body of Ranjeeta Sharma (28) was found half-burnt by a road in Auckland.
More news from the courts...
A Vigilance Court in Thirvananthapuram posted to February 11 the trial in the palmolein import graft case, in which Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas and former late Chief Minister K Karunakaran figure in the list of accused.
Rediff.com's ascerbic movie critic, Raja Sen, picks his list of the Academy Award nominees.
Says Sen, in a matter of hours, we'll have the official list of Academy Award nominees, but before that happens, here's my list. As always, this is a list built on optimism, not speculation. I'm not trying to second-guess the Academy, but instead picking out films and people I personally feel should be singled out for applause.
The other court case being heard in the US... Arizona shootout suspect Jared Loughner pleads not guilty. smiled broadly throughout the hearing, including the moment when his lawyer entered his plea of not guilty.
Loughner, the suspect in the shooting of Democratic CongresswomanGabrielle Giffords, pleaded not guilty in court yesterday, in his first response to the charges.
The Guardian.co.uk reports that Lougner remained silent when the charges were read out, but continued grinning, that has become his ghoulish trademark.
He is alleged to have killed six people and injured another 13, including Giffords, during a deadly shooting rampage at a public meeting at a supermarket car park in Tucson.
The Supreme Court today expunged two controversial sentences in its ruling on the killings of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons, which had upheld the life imprisonment for Bajrang Dal activist Dara Singh and his accomplice.
Expunging the second last sentence of paragraph 43 of the 76-page ruling, a bench of Justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan replaced it by saying, "After 12 years, the life imprisonment given by the high court, need not be interfered with."
The bench replaced the second sentence by saying, "It is undisputed that there is no justification for interfering in someone's belief by any means."
The original sentences, which were expunged, had alluded to the religious activities of Staines in Manoharpur area in Orissa and his conversion activities leading to provocation. The court expunged these two sentences as they were seen to be liable to misinterpretation.
Just in: DrRajesh Talwar'sattacker Utsav Sharma's father is a professor at the Benaras Hindu University and his mother is a doctor. The suspect is in fact, a 29-year-old design student at the prestigious National Institute of Design, but his parents say he is mentally unstable. The motive behind the attack is unknown, but Sharma has been detained. He had attacked molestor SPS Rathore on February 2010 at the Panchkula court, but was released on bail after his parents pushed the psychological cause.
Sharma, whodoesn't have a criminal record, apart from the attack on Rathore, pretended to be a journalist, which allowed him proximity to Rajesh Talwar.
The Ghaziabad police say the Dr Rajesh Talwar's attacker used a knife to slash him across the temple and did not stone him as suggested earlier. The attacker, Utsav Sharma,posed as a cameraman and eyewitnesses said he had been seen around the special CBI court in Ghaziabad, following journalists covering the case.
Sharma had also attacked Ruchika Girortra molestor SPS Rathore last year. He was detained and then released on bail when his parents said he was psychologically unstable, but under treatment.
Sharma is in his early twenties and attacked when Talwar was standing next to a photocopying shop after he came out of the court after filing his plea. Talwar was suspected to have been attacked by a cleaver, leaving him profusely bleeding from the left side of his head.
In the midst of the commotion, Sharma was apprehended by a bystander and taken into custody by police personnel who took him to a lock-up in the court premises.
Following the incident, the court adjourned the hearing in the case till February 8, lawyers said.
Just in: Rajesh Talwar's attacker has been identified as Utsav Sharma from Benaras, said to be mentally unstable. Eyewitnesses said he has been seen around the CBI speical court premises for the last couple of days.
TV reports suggest he was the same person who had attacked Ruchika Girotra's molestor, SPS Rathore outside the Panchkula court in Haryana last year.
BBC.com reports that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to track down and punish those behind the suicide bomb attack at Moscow's Domodedovo airport that killed 35 people and injured at least 178. He said "there were clear security breaches" at the airport. A black widow isa suspect in the bombing. Scroll down for details.
Read more on Chechen Black Widows
Rajesh Talwar, the father of slain teen Aarushi Tawlar wasattacked in the Special CBI court at Ghaziabad today. An unidentified person, who has been detained,threw stones at Talwar outside the court. Talwar, bleeeding from the forehead, was taken to hospital.
The court was to hear arguments on the closure report filed by the CBI on the Aarushi double murder case. The CBI's closure report had named Aarushi's father Dr Rajesh Talwar as the sole suspect in the case.
Earlier the court had rejected Talwar's application for copies of witness statements and the closure report.
We just told you thatat least 35 people were killed and about178 injured in a suicide attack at Moscow's largest, and Russia's busiest, airport yesterday.
Now news comes in that a suspected 'black widow' is said to be behind the suicide blast. One of the eyewitnesses questioned by the investigators said he had seen how the hand baggage of a woman dressed in black exploded. "The eyewitness declared that the young woman was dressed in black and the explosives were in the bag or suitcase on the floor next to her.
Security agencies were aware of the possible terror attacks, and were looking for 'Black Widows' of the slain militants from the Caucasus, who had carried out all suicide attacks in past, including twin blasts in Moscow metro stations in March 2010.
For all the big stories yesterday, have a look at the Live! news
Good morning and welcome to Live! news. Before we get on with what's happening in and around India, a quick take of the top stories this morning.
Senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely were today brought to Madhopur in Punjab from Jammu, where they were stopped from leaving the airport in the run-up to the party's plan to hoist the Tricolour in Srinagar on Republic Day.
This is the first step to implement the export control policy initiative announced by US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 8, 2010
Music aficionados and people from all walks of life made a beeline to Joshi's residence 'Kalashree' to pay their last respects.
Weeks after China conducted a flight test of its new J-20 stealth fighter, a US court has sentenced a former Indian American B-2 stealth bomber engineer to 32 years for selling military secrets to China.
Under attack from the Supreme Court and the Opposition over stashing of large amount of money in Swiss banks and other tax havens, the government will unveil its strategy to deal with the issue today.
Terrorist set off a powerful bomb in a crowd near a cafe in the arrival section of the Domodedovo airport at 1902 IST.
Godhra train burning judgment on Feb 19(Indian Express)
An Ahmedabad will pronounce its verdict in the 2002 Sabarmati Express carnage case on February 19.
Govt launches probe into Radia tape leakage(The Times of India)
The Centre has launched an investigation to identify the officials responsible for leaking conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.
The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman, Suresh Kalmadi, and secretary general, Lalit Bhanot, were removed from their posts by sports minister, Ajay Maken, on Monday.
The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad on Monday booked Ilina Sen, wife of jailed rights activist Binayak Sen, for not informing the police about the arrival of several foreign nationals for a convention she organised. Meanwhile, the hearing of her husband's bail plea in the Chhattisgarh high court is set to continue on Tuesday