Tue, 08 November 2011
Mamata and her many men meet Pranab, PM over fuel hike

Timeline  Refresh

The meeting with PM Manmohan Singh and the Trinamool MPs end. Of the 18 MPs, seven will go back to Kolkata to brief Mamata. The meet lasted for an hour.
18:13   Berlo's coalition partner urges him to quit
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's key coalition partner has urged him to step aside ahead of a crucial budget vote. Northern League leader Umberto Bossi said he should be replaced by former Justice Minister Angelino Alfano. Mr Berlusconi's majority has crumbled ahead of the vote, with several MPs defecting or saying they will rebel. Read the story on
17:49   Haridwar stampede: PM sanctions Rs 1 lakh for kin of dead
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed grief over the loss of lives in a stampede in Haridwar in Uttarakhand and sanctioned Rs one lakh for the kin
of those killed. He also sanctioned Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured,
a PMO spokesman said.
17:45   Mumbai to cut ticket prices for Test

The Mumbai Cricket Association has decided to slash ticket prices for the third Test between India and West Indies to try and draw larger crowds to the Wankhede Stadium.

The decision comes after the low attendances during the recent India-England ODI series - 13,000 tickets were sold at the Wankhede Stadium, which seats 33,000. On

17:32   Govt has no info about foreign tours of Sonia Gandhi

A story that illustrates, yet again, how important an RTI application is. No government department seems to have any information about the tours and travels undertaken by the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi as an RTI  application kept moving to different ministries without any substantial response.

The case relates to an RTI application filed by one Kailash Kanwar of Bhilwara in Rajasthan who sought to know about the foreign visits undertaken by the UPA and National Advisory Council Chairperson during the last two years.


Recently, Pranab Mukherjee had said that the Finance Ministry letter to the Prime Minister's Secretariat on P Chidambaram's 'involvement' in the 2G scam is out in the open only due to the Right to Information Act.

17:25   In Kolkata, Mamata, Pranab meet over price hike
In Kolkata, even as 18 TMC MPs meet the PM, Mamata Banerjee is in a meeting with finance minister Pranab Mukherjee over the petrol price hike. Also attending the meeting is West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra. So, who will blink first? Wait and watch... 
17:15   By March 2012, UPA's options, electoral fortunes will shrink
Mamata Banerjee's tantrums over the petrol price hike are unlikely to pose any serious threat to the longevity of the Manmohan Singh government, but UPA-2 has more or less run out of easy options. Read the report on
17:12   Tendulkar completes 15,000 runs in Test cricket

Sachin Tendulkar today achieved another milestone as he became the first cricketer in the history of the game to cross 15,000-run mark in Test cricket.

Playing in his 182nd match, Tendulkar reached the mark on the third day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies when he scored his 28th run in India's second innings with a single off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

After crossing the coveted milestone, the batting maestro looked up at the heavens and acknowledged the standing ovation given by his teammates from the dressing room as his partner Rahul Dravid congratulated him.

17:09   Trinamool MPs in closed-door meet with PM on fuel hike
Right now: The Trinamool Congress MPs are meeting PM Manmohan Singh for a rollback in prices of petrol. TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has accused the UPA of poor coordination with its allies, and said that on crucial decisions they are never taken on board after the petrol prices were hiked by Rs 1.80 overnight last week. Mamata's 18 MPs will carry this message to the Prime Minister today.
16:51   Media can cover Aishwarya's delivery: Amitabh
After some leading newspapers reported that Amitabh Bachchan has requested Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry to issue guidelines to the media regarding the coverage of Aishwarya's delivery, Big B on his Twitter page slammed these reports calling them, "ridiculous, malicious and completely false allegations." Read the report on the Hindustan Times.
16:47   Carlos the Jackal was 'worthy heir' of struggles: Chavez

President Hugo Chavez described leftist Venezuelan militant Carlos the Jackal, on trial for deadly attacks in 1980s France, a "worthy heir of the greatest
(leftist) struggles." 

"Independently of what he has been accused of, 'Carlos' during that era was a worthy heir of the greatest struggles that emerged from here on behalf of the people, and popular justice," Chavez, a socialist ex-paratrooper, alluding to
Venezuelan support for the Palestinian cause said yesterday.

16:42   So what does MFN for India really mean?
Meanwhile, Pakistan's foreign secretary said that the Most Favoured Nation status for India has been issued in principle, but there is still a need to work on the implementation. On the Dawn, read what the MFN really means.
16:35   Zardari and Zen politics
Never before has a political figure had such scorn heaped on him, never before has the occupant of the office of the President been the theme of so many jokes and never before has a President been subjected to such verbal assaults. The Dawn on Pak President Asif Ali Zardari. Read
Salem is a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and India had already challenged the Lisbon High Court's order in the Supreme Court of Portugal.
16:29   Gangster Abu Salem's trial to continue, no extradition
The TADA court has rejected Abu Salem's plea to halt the trial. The court says the Lisbon High Court order on the termination of Salem's extradition is not final. A special Mumbai court gave the order on underworld don Abu Salem's application to halt the trials against him in India on Tuesday. This comes after the Lisbon High Court had cancelled Salem's extradition plea in September for having breached extradition terms..

While on films, read the Open magazine on Ra.One: SRK's big Diwali release is a damp cracker, and an offensive one at that...

16:09   Coming soon on the big screen: Unseen Steve Jobs interview
If the best-selling biography hasn't satiated your need for Steve Jobs info, good news: previously missing footage from a 1996 interview is heading to the big screen. The Los Angeles Times reports that film from the PBS miniseries "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires' is to become a documentary titled "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview.' Read
16:07   Gaddafi 'spent last days scavenging for food'

Former Libyan dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi scavenged for food and fled from one abandoned house to another during his desperate final days in his hometown of Sirte, one of his top security officials has revealed. 

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Mansour Dao, Gaddafi's security chief, has said that the Libyan dictator, who had enjoyed great riches and luxurious palaces during his reign, lived without electricity or TV as the rebels advanced.

16:03   White House: there is no evidence that aliens exist

The White House has said it has no evidence that extraterrestrial creatures exist. Barack Obama's administration made the declaration on Monday in response to feedback on its website, which allows people to submit petitions to which officials must respond if enough people sign.


Imagine our President Pratibha Patil issuing a similar statement. Obsession with UFOs is an US phenomena, it seems.


15:57   'Indians are no more spiritual than anyone else'
Priya Shetty on the Guardian writes: Every year, Britons head to India in search of inner peace and spa retreats. But this holistic hogwash does nobody any favours. Read
15:53   Chappell: Ganguly believed in 'you scratch my back...'

Their soured relationship was no secret but the attack launched by former India cricket coach Greg Chappell on Sourav Ganguly in his just-published
autobiography reveals the Australian's much deeper bitterness towards the ex-Indian skipper.

There was "no bigger panicker" than Ganguly, writes Chappell about the elegant left-hander who is till now India's most successful captain. 

Chappell acknowledges that Ganguly's support was one of the reasons he got the coach's job in 2005. But states that the Indian's idea probably was 'you scratch my back, I scratch yours'.


Full story on shortly.

Also on the Guardian: Social entrepreneurs and regulation: how the UK influences India. Read 
15:44   At G20 Sarkozy called Israeli prez Netanyahu a liar
G20 gossip: French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" in remarks to US President Barack Obama overheard by journalists. "I can't see him anymore, he's a liar," Sarkozy said in French. "You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day," Obama replied. More on
Point to ponder: Computers have saved us all time, but what have we done with it? asks Jonathan Wolff on the Guardian. Read
15:36   When true stories and fiction meet: KBC
The reporting of India's 'real-life Slumdog Millionaire' proves the appeal of making the truth fit the familiar fiction. Read the story on the Guardian. Read
15:33   What you can do at 11:11:11 on 11/11/11
Get married, make a movie, or just pause for reflection: the many ways you can mark Friday morning's magical mathematical moment. Read the report on the Guardian.
15:30   India's best hotels according to the Guardian
Holidaying in the New Year? Read this piece from the Guardian: India has plenty of great hotels to suit all budgets, according to readers, from a tea planters' villa to a Raj-era mini palace in Mysore.
Also see on Who gave Saif Ali Khan the right to be a Nawab? Read
Also on Firstpost: The corruption gene: Are Indians culturally wired to be corrupt? Read
On Five reasons why Italy's $2.5 tn debt is scaring the world. Read
Historian Ramchandra Guha on meaningful and enduring bilingualism -- the  embracing of both English and the mother tongue --  remains out of reach of the vast majority of citizens. Read it on
15:22   Pak cricket scandal: all too easy the descent into hell
The outcome of the trial of the three Pakistani cricketers is an occasion for deep sadness. There is first the sadness at the humiliation and disgrace attaching to colleagues; fellow professionals, members of that small group of players lucky enough to have played international cricket. Read the report on the Guardian.
Canadian writer, Michael Ondaatje muses on memory, fiction. On the Vancouversun.
15:09   Advani gets teary-eyed on his birthday

The issue of whether he was still in the race for BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate figured today at the 85th birthday celebrations of L K Advani who
turned emotional as party colleagues praised him for his leadership.

"He is a natural choice for the PM post...," said former party president Rajnath Singh, who along with a hoard of BJP leaders, including Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley and Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, wished Advani at his residence here on his birthday.

As the senior leaders heaped praise on Advani, the octogenarian leader appeared emotional several times during the programme. He was seen wiping tears and even left the dais for a few minutes to regain his composure.

Great read: There's little sign of intelligent life on Twitter, never mind over Los Angeles. The Guardian on the reaction to Victoria Beckham's tweet about a UFO hovering above her house.
14:50   Pranab: Petrol price rollback purely PM's decision

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today declined to comment if a rollback of the petrol price hike was possible, saying that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
was meeting Trinamool Congress MPs on the issue.

"I am not making any comment, particularly when the PM is meeting representatives of Trinamool Congress. Whatever decision PM will take, will be implemented," Mukherjee told reporters when asked if a rollback was possible.
All Trinamool Congress members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are scheduled to meet the Prime Minister on the issue. 

The party had earlier threatened to withdraw support to the UPA government for the increase in petrol price while keeping its largest ally Trinamool Congress in the dark.

14:47   US extends financial sanction against Iran by one more year

In the backdrop of the growing threat of Iran's nuclear programmes, US President Barack Obama has extended by one year the financial sanctions on Iran imposed in 1979 in view of the strained relations between the two

"Because our relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated January 19, 1981, is still under way, the national emergency declared on November 14, 1979, must continue in effect beyond November 14, 2011," Obama said in a notice.

14:45   Four Hindu doctors gunned down in Pakistan
Four Hindu doctors were gunned down on Monday in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, sparking fears and panic among the minority community. Read the story on the Deccan Chronicle.
14:37   Mohd Ali on Frazier: Will remember him with respect
Muhammad Ali has led tributes from around the world for former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier, who has died aged 67 from liver cancer. Read it on
14:34   The growing threat of Iran's nuclear programme
No time for complacency on Iran It could have a bomb before we realise. Read the opinion piece on the Washington Post
Must see: In pictures: Joe Frazier, the former world heavyweight boxing champion's life and career. On the Telegraph.
14:29   Google Plus starts service for businesses, brands

Internet giant Google Inc has decided to extend its social networking service, Google Plus, for businesses and brands also, in addition to the individual
users being tapped till now.

With its latest initiative, the US-based firm is looking to bring large global brands, as also local businesses, on its Google Plus platform to promoter their products. 

To start with, about 20 businesses such as Pepsi, Toyota and Barcelona Football club have already set up special pages on the Google Plus social network, the company said.


Some more features on 'Smoking Joe' Frazier, whose death we mourn today.

On Sports Illustrated: Frazier gets his time to shine.

On the New York Times: Fire still burns inside 'Smoking Joe' Frazier

On Life magazine: The great fights: Ali vs Frazier I  

On the Guardian: Still smokin' over Ali but there's no time for hatred now

14:22   TB breakthrough as scientists get funds for 'electronic nose'
A mobile device that detects TB by 'sniffing' a person's breath will make a huge impact in villages far from health facilities. Read
14:20   India trying to stab us in the back: Musharraf

Accusing India of trying to create an "anti-Pakistan Afghanistan", ex-Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said India is seeking to increase its influence
in the war-torn country with the sole purpose of "troubling" Islamabad.

"India-Afghan relations are bothering Pakistan. I personally feel India is trying to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan and I have tremendous intelligence from my own time to prove this. I know it," Musharraf said during a talk at American think tank 'Council on Foreign Relations' here. 

"If this is happening in our backyard, if somebody is stabbing us in the back, then we have to make some arrangements," he said.

14:18   Bhupen's son moved by people's affection for his father

Bhupen Hazarika's son Tez Bhupen today said he was moved by the outpour of affection from the people for his father. "I am moved by the tremendous outpour of love for my father by the people of Assam, the country and the world,"
Hazarika junior said.

"Thank you very much for the love and support shown to my father and the family during our hour of grief. I am very touched," Hazarika, who will be performing the last rites of his father, said.  He said that his son Akash Tez would also be arriving in a few days.

14:16   The only power world leaders have is to frustrate each other
Also read: The failure of the G20 summit has dramatically advertised the incapacity of the political elite to rise to the crisis. On the Telegraph. Read
14:14   Greek leaders struggle to agree on new PM
Greek party leaders are struggling to agree on a new prime minister, despite EU demands that the political class commit itself fast to the nation's financial salvation and end the chaos threatening the entire euro project. Read the reuters report.
14:11   Inside Rihanna's dressing room
Heads up for Rihanna fans: Take a look behind the scenes on the popstar's American leg of her 'Loud' tour. On the Telegraph.
14:02   All that you wanted to know about the Pushkar fair
The Pushkar camel fair is on till November 10. Tom Wright on the WSJ says, "If you are going to go there perhaps consider getting up early in the morning." More of that here.
13:59   Revealed: One of history's best kept secrets
Early on in the 1940 novel "Twilight in Delhi,' men in a Shahjahanabad market discuss how much money they're making thanks to the 1911 Durbar, and how much more they'll make when Delhi becomes the new capital. Read on the WSJ.
13:57   How Bollywood sees the US
What character does the US have in the fantastical lands of Bollywood? A handful of recent films have truly absorbed America into their land of dream. Read on the WSJ
On Nitish steals Modi's growth thunder, but Gujarat still miles ahead. Read
13:52   Zuckerberg: I received words of wisdom from Steve

Over a month since his death on October 5, Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs still makes news.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says he received some words of wisdom from Jobs who told the young Silicon Valley billionaire to focus on building the right team for a "high quality" company.

Zuckerberg said Jobs advised him on how to improve his company's focus and also discussed with him about "the aesthetics and kind of mission orientation of companies."

"I had a lot of questions for him," including on "how to build a team around you that's focused on building as high-quality and good things as you are," Zuckerberg said.


On the Telegraph, UK, read how the boxing world has reacted to Frazier's death. Read

Here's the one from Mohd Ali: The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration.

13:42   'Lawdy, Lawdy, He's Great!'
That's what Joe Frazier said about Muhammad Ali in this 1975 SI Classic about the Thrilla in Manila. Readthe story on Sports Illustrated.
13:36   16 dead in Haridwar ashram stampede, 10 injured
The toll figure in the Haridwar stampede has gone up to 16 from the earlier figure of six. The stampede broke out when a large number of followers tried to enter the gate of the Shantikunj Ashram to take part in a 'yagya' as part of the centenary celebrations of the ashram's founder Pandit Shreeram Sharma.
13:31   Spot-fixer Amir moved to more secure and safer rehab centre

Convicted for the spot-fixing scandal, Pakistan's tainted pacer Mohammad Amir has been moved from a notorious young offenders detention centre to a more secure and safer rehabilitation centre in the United Kingdom.

Amir, who has been sentenced to six months jail term by the crown court last week for his role in the spot-fixing scandal, has been moved from the Feltham Young Offenders Institution to a Her Majesty's Prison Portland known as
Weymouth in Dorset, England, Geo News channel reported.

Also see our 11:05 am and 11:07 posts.

13:20   Amar: I have 'full information' about cash-for-vote case

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, facing prosecution for his alleged role in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, today claimed he has "full information" about the
episode, but refused to comment as his case is sub-judice. 

Singh, who was undergoing treatment under judicial custody at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on October 24 on "humanitarian grounds" in view of his medical condition. 

The former Samajwadi Party leader said he has full faith in judiciary and would not comment on the scam although a section in SP was trying to "defame" him.

13:15   SC to Agnivesh: Think 10 times before speaking

The Supreme Court today rebuked Swami Agnivesh for his comments on Amarnath, saying, "You cannot take sentiments of people for granted. People in public life should weigh their words 10 times before speaking."


Here's the background: Swami Agnivesh had called the annual Amarnath Yatra, a "religious deception". A Haryana court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Agnivesh for his reported comments. He allegedly made the statement during his trip to Jammu in May. He had said: "I do not understand those who go for the Yatra. It is a religious deception. I do not believe in this type of religion. Religion is when you seek justice for the poor, for the oppressed."

Just in: The Centre, state panels meet on the Kudankulam nucelar safety row has ended, but talks remain inconclusive.
13:05   Six killed, several injured in Haridwar stampede
Just in: Six persons were killed and several others injured when a stampede broke out at aashram in Chandidweep area in Haridwar, official sources said. The stampede broke out when a large number of followers tried to enter the gate of the Shantikunj Ashram to take partin a 'yagya' as part of the centenary celebrations of theashram founder Pandit Shreeram Sharma. Senior administrative and police officials have rushed to the spot
12:41   Chinese-funded hydropower project sparks anger in Burma
After five years of cozy cooperation with Burma's ruling generals, China Power Investment Corp. got a shock in September when it sent a senior executive to Naypyidaw, this destitute Southeast Asian nation's showcase capital, a Pharaonic sprawl of empty eight-lane highways and cavernous government buildings. Read the story on the Washington Post.
12:38   The Mayawati effect on diplomacy...
In response to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin's invitation to PM Manmohan Singh, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will represent India at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of Governments meet in St. Petersburg on Monday. Read MK Bhadrakumar's blog
12:37   US empties biggest Iraq base, takes Saddam's toilet
On Reuters: The US military is vacating Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces at its war headquarters in Baghdad and will turn the property over to Iraq next month, but Saddam's prison toilet is leaving with the Americans. Read
12:34   What does it take to be a Victoria's Secret Angel?
A lot more than a pretty face. Angel Adriana Lima talks to Melissa Whitworth about her insane preparation routine ahead of her turn on the Victoria's Secret catwalk. Pictures/story on the Telegraph.
12:31   Prince Harry warned: Hands off our women

Britain's Prince Harry has been warned to curb his party-loving ways while on a 12-week helicopter training course in the US, a media report said. The 27-year-old third-in-line to the British throne is training to fly combat Apaches in sleepy Gila Bend, Arizona -- with a population of just 1,700.

But the town's mayor Ron Henry, 64, warned Harry: "We have some very pretty girls here. Some of the dads won't take too kindly to a prince fornicating the night away and drinking into the small hours."

Just in: Two people have been seriously injured in a stampede in Haridwar. Developing.
Just in: A Delhi court today directed CBI to give the certified copy of a file concerning 2G spectrum allocation to Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy, who is seeking prosecution of the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the case.
12:26   Ryanair plans to screen porn on flights
The has this story: Ryanair, the economy airlines, is planning to screen porn on its flights. Boss Michael O'Leary said he hopes to launch an in-flight web offer that mimics hotel room pay-TV services. Passengers would be able to log into a Ryanair app using their iPads or smartphones. They could then pay to gamble, play games, watch a movie -- or even view sex scenes.
Just in: The Kerala High court sentences CPI(M) leader M V Jayarajan to six months imprisonment in a contempt of court case.
12:21   ... with a cherry on top
Researchers claim a couple of daily glasses of juice made from tart  Montmorency cherries can be worth up to 25 minutes extra sleep. Read  the Guardian report.
12:18   Tiger Woods says caddie 'is no racist'
Tiger Woods has attempted to draw a line under the race row sparked by his former caddie Steve Williams. The former world No1 said he was hurt by the New Zealander's comment, made at an awards ceremony in Shanghai on Friday night, but that he was prepared to "move forward". Read the Guardian report.
12:17   Asteroid to just squeeze past Earth
Astronomers are tracking an asteroid about the size of an aircraft carrier that on Tuesday will pass by Earth, within the moon's orbit, in the closest approach of such an object in a generation. The 1,300-foot-wide asteroid, known as 2005 YU55, poses no hazard, experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said. Read the report on the WSJ
12:14   Americas troubling support for oil-rich Islamist regimes

Read Brahma Chellaney's report in the Japan Times. Chellaney is the author of Asian Juggernaut and Water: Asia's New Battleground.



12:11   Why Obama was playing golf minutes before Laden raid

Minutes before the operation to hunt down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan began, US President Barack Obama was playing golf so that he could "distance
himself" in case the raid went wrong, claims a new book. 

Chuck Pfarrer, a former SEAL, in his latest book "Seal Target Geronimo" that hit the stands today, claims. 

Only then did he down his clubs and return to the White House to watch what he later trumpeted as a great success of his presidency, the Daily Mail reported quoting the book. The book claims that the official account was riddled with errors and that bin Laden was referred to as 'Bert' and not just 'Geronimo'.

12:07   Congress urges political heir Rahul to take up top role
On the Wall Street Journal: Rahul Gandhi keeps out of the limelight, as his backers raise calls for him to lead the Congress party. Read 
12:02   Agnivesh to use Bigg Boss to address social issues

Incidentally, Swami Agnivesh, is the latest entrant in the reality show 'Bigg Boss'. The former Anna Hazare aide says he will use this opportunity to promote and create awareness on social issues including corruption.

"Ido feel the show can provide me a platform to talk discuss and create awareness on several social issues like corruption, casteism, gender inequality, women development and others. I feel the urban youth of this country can make a difference..and they must be tapped. Hence I want to spread mymessage to I am on this show," Agnivesh said.

'I went from 32C to 32D in one month': New 'miracle' serum is latest alternative to breast surgery.  Read on the Daily Mail.
Dr Conrad Murray: The sleazy lothario who made a perfect fall-guy. Read the Daily Mail story.
Revealed: Conrad Murray's secret double life as a deadbeat dad and a compulsive womaniser turned doctor to the stars. Read the Daily Mail story.
Family of Al Qaeda terrorist set to be evicted from the home they own because 'he used it as a base to recruit jihadists'. Read

Coming up, a rush of stories from the Daily Mail.  


Read: The anorexic mother who weighs less than her daughter, 7.

11:50   In Vancouver, Occupy movement turns sinister!
In world news: In Vancouver, where the Occupy movement began, a young homeless woman is dead of a suspected heroin overdose, the camp has become an unsanitary eyesore strewn with refuse and drug paraphernalia -- and the mayor says he's shutting the protest down. Read the story on the Daily Beast
11:47   After 23 days in jail, Yeddyurappa gets bail
On Thursday, the Karnataka high court had granted conditional bail to Yeddyurappa in a corruption case relating to alleged irregularities in denotifying lands. Today, the high court, granted him bail in the other land denotification case. This in effect means, Yeddyurappa, who has been in judicial custody since October 15, can walk free. Point to be noted is that though there are five cases against Yeddy, he is jail for just two cases.  
11:38   Yeddyurappa gets bail, will walk free today
Just in: The Karnataka high court today granted bail to former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa in a corruption case relating to alleged irregularities in denotifying lands.
11:36   Kudankulam row: Govt appoints panel to allay fears

The Centre and the Tamil Nadu government have appointed a 15-member expert committee to allay fears of locals about the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. The committee will meet today to discuss the ways of carrying out their mandate, reports's Ganesh Nadar.

The members of the two committees will be meeting for the first time. The central government has formed a 15-member committee and the Tamil Nadu government has formed a six-member committee.


Also read: What Kalam suggests for Kudankulam. On

11:29   Michael Jackson's doctor placed on suicide watch in jail

The LA Times has this: Dr Conrad Murray was placed on suicide watch at the L.A. County Jail on Monday, hours after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death and being taken into custody. Immediately after the verdict, Murray was placed in handcuffs at the direction of the judge, to remain behind bars pending his Nov. 29 sentencing. Read


And this: Much of the evidence that convicted him was left behind by Dr. Conrad Murray himself. On the Daily Beast.


Singer Usha Uthup turns 64 today.

Derek O'Brien on Twitter: Happy Birthday to the youngest 64 year-old in India. Love you...Usha Uthup 

11:22   Hazarika to be cremated at 7 am tomorrow

Singer, composer and legend Bhupen Hazarika will be cremated at 7 am tomorrow.

Bollywood pays tribute: Read on

11:18   What Greece needs: Longer hours, less public spending
After the big Eurozone crisis over Greece and the government barely surviving a trust vote,'s international affairs commentator says, the way ahead for Greece is longer work hours. Read
11:14   Jackson's doc spends first night in jail

Update on Michael Jackson's former doctor Dr Conrad Murray.

The man has spent his first night behind bars after a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death in 2009.  

Murray was handcuffed and taken into custody after being remanded without bail to await his sentencing on November 29.

The 58-year-old cardiologist faces up to four years behind bars after the jury's conviction. 

11:12   Bhutan's moving gold: How water is powering the country
Interesting read on Bhutan is the last of the Himalayan kingdoms. The small country is situated in the nooks and crannies of the highest mountain range on earth. It's a special place that didn't have paved roads until the 1960s, was off-limits to foreign tourists until the 1970's, and didn't have television until 1999, the last country in the world to get service. More
11:08   Watch: Moment Jackson fans heard guilty verdict
Fans outside court in Los Angeles reacted with jubilation after Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. There were emotional scenes as the news emerged, with many of those present saying that the verdict was "justice for Michael". See the video on
11:07   Pak govt will provide legal aid to tainted cricketers
And while on the spot-fixing scandal, the Pakistan government on Saturday directed the country's cricket board and its High Commission in the UK to submit a detailed report on a recent spot-fixing case in order to repatriate three jailed cricketers. Read the Dawn report.
11:05   'Spot-fix scandal will affect Pakistan-England series'
Update on the Pakistan cricket scandal last week: The spot-fixing scandal and the eventual convictions of the Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt may hang like a dark cloud over the upcoming series between Pakistan and England in the UAE, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has said. Read the story.
11:01   Shane Warne confirms return to cricket

Shane Warne's return from retirement has been confirmed after the Melbourne Stars announced the legendary leg-spinner will play for them in the inaugural Big Bash League. On the Read


Also see: Warne returns to cricket with a big bash! On

11:00   Obituary: Joe Frazier
So, who was Joe Frazier? The legend who has died of liver cancer at the age of 67, was one of the most significant players in the heavyweight division's most glorious era and one half of the most compelling rivalry in the history of boxing. Read the obit on the
10:58   PM to leave for Maldives tomorrow to attend SAARC summit
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves here tomorrow on a 4-day visit to Maldives to attend the SAARC Summit on the margins of which he will meet hisPakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani.  Singh, who is accompanied by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, will head the Indian delegation to the Summit on November 10 and 11 in Addu Islands in the Maldives. From there he will go to Male, the capital of Maldives, on a bilateral visit.
No less than the world's best basketball player salutes Smoking Joe on twitter: KingJames LeBron James: R.I.P Joe Frazier! Heavyweight Great!! One of the best!
10:51   Iran on the brink of nuclear war: UN
On the Independent, UK: An ominous new report by the UN's nuclear watchdog showing that Iran is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear weapons state will trigger fresh debate among Western governments about how to respond. But it is unlikely on its own to prompt new international sanctions, diplomats said yesterday.
10:50   Doctors faces jail for killing Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, has been found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of the star by a jury in Los Angeles, reports the Seven men and five women took two days of deliberation to reach a verdict. Michael Jackson died on 25 June 2009 from an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol . Read more
On the Daily Mail: Jubilation for Jackson family as Conrad Murray spends first night behind bars after Judge branded doctor a 'danger to society'. Read
10:47   Boxing ex-world champion Joe Frazier dies
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier has died after a brief battle with liver cancer, his family said. Frazier - also known as Smokin' Joe - had been receiving hospice care in Philadelphia after being diagnosed with cancer several weeks ago. The 67-year-old was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali in 1971, but lost his next two bouts with Ali. The report on