Wed, 16 November 2011
After 6 yrs in jail 7 out of 9 Malegaon accused walk free

Timeline  Refresh

18:11   So, what is the Loya Jirga that everyone's talking about
On Wednesday, more than 2000 Afghan representatives will meet in Kabul for a "Traditional Loya Jirga" at the request of President Hamid Karzai. The ostensible purpose of the meeting is to gain popular consensus on a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the United States on security cooperation and to reconfirm a commitment by the Afghan people to a peace process with the Taliban. The Foreign Policy magazine has more
18:08   It's official: Mario Monti is Italy's new PM
Mario Monti has officially been appointed prime minister of Italy, replacing the flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi, who was forced to resign as the country fights to bring its huge debts under control.
17:59   After 6 yrs in jail 7 out of 9 Malegaon accused walk free

After spending six years in prison, seven of the nine accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts walked out of jail in Mumbai today. The men are expected to head home to Malegaon, in Maharashtra. The accused were granted bail after Swami Aseemanand's confession, a prime accused in the case. The blasts killed 31.

17:40   Hunt begins for Mayawati govt's baby-a-week mom

On the Telegraph, Calcutta:


If you deliver one child every week for a year, all mere mortals can do is marvel at the magnificence of creation and leave the mother alone. So, in the fitness of things, a caring Uttar Pradesh government left Durgavati undisturbed since 2009, the year in which she delivered 52 babies. The mother and the 52 children would have lived happily ever after had a spoilsport called Rahul Gandhi not come along and killed them off in one fell blow.



The Election Commission's recently-released guidelines brings TV stations owned by political parties under its guidelines.


17:35   What Obama said on Australia's uranium U-turn
US President Barack Obama today virtually backed Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's plans to sell uranium to India saying it "seemed to be compatible with international law and the NPT". "India is a big player and the Australia-India relationship is one that should be cultivated," Obama said in his apparent support to Gillard's u-turn yesterday in which she expressed the country's interest to sell uranium to India.
17:10   Titan to acquire Swiss watch brand Favre Leuba for Rs 13 cr
Titan Industries today said it is set to acquire Swiss watch brand Favre Leuba for up over Rs 13 crore as a part of its strategic business plan to expand product portfolio. Read the report on
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala tweets: Only in this country will a Guy who shot an innocent woman and violated his parole already get parole AGAIN. Well done Manu Sharma
17:03   Neo-Nazi terror scandal grows in Germany
Further evidence emerges of German security service failures that let far-right terrorists commit 10 murders. Read
Sai sends us another update from the pre-departure press briefings being held at Delhi to say the PM will unveil Pt Jawaharlal Nehru's bust on Sunday in Singapore, in what is being referred to as a marker in India's relationship with the city state.
16:48   Asean summit: PM makes Friday date with Obama, Wen

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will leave for Bali, Indonesia tomorrow to participate in the ninth India-ASEAN Summit and sixth East Asia Summit. ASEAN Summit to be held in Bali and Singapore from November 17 to 19. India is a dialogue partner with the Association of 10 South East Asian Nations, ASEAN. The Leaders from 10 ASEAN member countries will begin their deliberations tomorrow.

At the press briefing today, it was announced that the PM will meet US president Barack Obama at 9.30 am on Friday and China's Wen Jiabao at 12:15 pm in Cambodia at the hotels where the leaders are staying.'s Saisuresh Sivaswamy, travelling with the PM on Air India One will give us the news as it happens. Stay tuned.  

Shah Rukh Khan on Twitter: Is the day dull....or am I feeling so. Seems less sunlit today...seemingly languid & one of those feelings that today should just pass by...
16:29   Chinese incursions in India routine: Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama today said that "incursions" by Chinese troops along the Sino-Indian border were a "routine" as Beijing does not accept
the existing border in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir. 

"The Chinese government, you see, never wants to accept that this is the existing sort of borderline (between India and China in Ladakh sector) and also in Arunachal Pradesh", he said in J-K's Akhnoor belt.

16:25   Grenade hurled at NC worker's residence

Quick takes

  • Unidentified militants lobbed a grenade towards the residence of a ruling National Conference worker in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district but there was no report of any damage.


  • CBI will constitute a medical board to re-examine the circumstances leading to the death of Swami Nigamanand, who was on hunger strike against illegal
    mining, as forensic reports show that he was not poisoned as initially suspected by the agency. 


  • Noting that eleven people have been arrested in connection with the killing of three Hindu doctors, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has promised those absconding would be apprehended soon.
15:36   Why is Vivek sharing space with Baby B?
Baby B, Ash, Aish, T-561 (Bachchan's tweet) trending on Twitter is understandable, but why is Vivek Oberoi sharing that space and not Abhishek Bachchan?
15:27   Why did ex-porn star read to elementary school students
Officials of a California school system plan to meet with the agent who schedules celebrity guests to read to children after some parents complained that having a former adult film star as a participant was inappropriate. On Huffington Post.
Ram Gopal Varma tweets: I just hope that she has more Aishwarya than Abhishek
15:23   Time up for Lalu in fodder scam?

Patna High Court today asked Bihar government to file its reply with regard to notification for appointment of a special CBI judge for trying the fodder scamcase involving former chief ministers Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra.

The case related to fradulent withdrawals of more than Rs 47 lakh from Banka and Bhagalpur treasuries through forged and fake bills was registered by CBI in 1996.

Former chief ministers Lalu Prasad, Jagannath Mishra, ex-BJP MLA Dhruv Bhagat, JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma, besides former state Animal Husbandry Minister V S Nishadh are among 33 people named accused in the case.


Shah Rukh Khan tweets: All love & health & happiness...this is Masha Allah absolutely beautiful. Bless u Sir. This calls for a dance!!!


How beautiful is this feeling. Allah bless u and Aish. Dying to come & see the three of u...YAY!!!! Now u really r PA lov u

14:59   Roebuck's family speaks of devastation at loss
The family of iconic cricket journalist Peter Roebuck has spoken of the devastation of losing him and the pride they feel in the legacy he left to the world.


Roebucks 83-year-old mother, Elizabeth, and five siblings - James, Rosalie, Margaret, Beatrice and Paul - said he was a much cherished son and brother whose adventurous spirit and insightful thinking brought much enjoyment to all his family and the wider cricketing world.


Peter has left an important legacy of support and encouragement of cricket and the values of cricket in young underprivileged people from all backgrounds, a legacy of which we are immensely proud, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted a statement released by the family.


Sushma Swaraj reacts to the bail order for the cash-for-votes accused on Twitter: I am happy S/shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Bhagora and Sudheendra Kulkarni have been directed to be released on bail.

They have done no wrong. They only exposed corruption.

We will not rest only with this. We will fight till they are honourably exonerated by the Court.

14:54   Times Now case: Katju says SC order 'incorrect'

The much-maligned Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju today termed as "incorrect" orders of both the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court in the Times Now channel case and urged for their reconsideration.

"I have a statement to make regarding the orders of the Bombay High Court  and the Supreme Court in the case of the Times Now channel.  With great respect to these orders, I am of the view that they are incorrect and require to be reconsidered," he said in his address at a seminar on the occasion of the National Press Day. 

The Supreme Court on Monday had refused to interfere with the Bombay High Court order in the case. Under the Bombay High Court's recent order,  Times Now news channel has been asked to deposit Rs. 20 crore in cash and bank guarantee of Rs 80 crore before its appeal against a trial court award of damages of Rs 100 crore to former apex court judge P B Sawant could be heard.

He said the channel made a mistake of showingthe photograph of Justice P B Sawant instead of Justice P K Samanta in connection with the Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam.

Brahma Chellaney on Twitter (and no, it's not on Ash's baby): China trained India's first insurgent groups -- the Nagas and the Mizos -- and now comes the report that it is sheltering ULFA chief Paresh Barua
Javed Akhtar tweets: Congratulations Abhishek !! Now onwards looking at you every one will say... " baap re baap"
14:44   Ash, baby doing great, taking much-needed rest: Abhishek

Back to baby B news with tweets from Abhishek Bachchan:


Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. Both Aishwarya and the baby are doing great and taking some much needed rest...


And I'm trying my level best to get rid of this caffeine high and get some sleep too. Don't think it'll work. TOO EXCITED!!!!

Justice M L Mehta of the Delhi High Court had reserved the order on the pleas of the six accused till November 16. Sudheendra Kulkarni and two former BJP MPs Mahavir Singh Bhagora and Faggan Singh Kulaste - were arrested in September in the case related to the alleged attempt to bribe MPs ahead of the 2008 trust vote in Lok Sabha.
14:35   It's bail for all accused in cash-for-votes scam
Just in: The Delhi High court grants bail to all the accused in the cash-for-votes scam. The five jailed accused -- former BJP law makers Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahabir Singh Bhagora, Kulkarni, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh's former aide Sanjeev Saxena and alleged BJP activist Suhail Hindustani-- approached the high court challenging the trial court's order denying them bail.
14:31   How to look like Freida Pinto
On the Daily Mail: Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto makes the most of her beautiful colouring with this stunning magenta dress. She kept her accessories simple and gold, accentuating her tiny waist. See
14:19   Family friend Amar Singh visits new-mom Ash in hospital
Our sources say that former SP leader and Bachchan family loyalist Amar Singh visited the Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai to meet new mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The Bachchans and Amar Singh had fallen out after he broke ranks with the Samajwadi Party but Amitabh's visit to AIIMS to meet the ailing MP, last month, seems to have mended fences.
14:15   Saudi prince: Riyadh against military strike on Iran

Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief yesterday said his country opposes any military strike on Iran, amid rising tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear program.

"Such an act, I think, would be foolish. And to undertake it... would be tragic," said Prince Turki al-Faisal, his country's former intelligence chief and a former ambassador to Washington, speaking at a National Press Club briefing. A military strike would rally Iranians around their government, the prince argued.



14:11   Soon, peoples noses to tell their Alzheimers risk

Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the form of a test for diagnosing Alzheimer's years before symptoms of the killer disease appear, by simply looking at the patient's nose.  

The new test discovered by Professor Boris Schmidt and his team from the Technische Universitat Darmstadt in Germany aims to find protein deposits that cause Alzheimer's before the killer disease shows any physical signs of having struck.  

Chemists discovered that deposits of a toxic protein, called tau, found in the brain cells of people with Alzheimer's, are also found on mucous nasal membranes years before dementia starts.

14:02   Rajasthan in a state of drift

Also read the Indian Express column by Pratap Bhanu Mehta on Rajasthan politics.

The Bhanwari Devi scandal is clearly about the deeds of one minister. But it has also, again, highlighted a protracted pattern of indecision, indifference and ineptitude of Ashok Gehlot's government on issues of governance.  Read

14:01   Oil prices: UPA misses yet another chance to fix things
In one of those famous lines from Wikileaks, a US embassy cable to headquarters in Washington criticisedSonia Gandhi's poor leadership during the nuclear deal crisis and concluded: "Mrs Gandhi never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.' The same can be said about UPA-2, where missing political opportunities has become the norm. See R Jagannathan's report on
13:57   Yeddy, family get bail
In further relief to former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, the High Court today granted anticipatory bail to him and his family members in two
complaints relating to alleged irregularities in denotification of government lands. Yeddyurappa had earlier secured bail in two of the five private complaints regarding alleged illegal denotification of government lands.
13:46   Moderate beer drinking same heart health benefits as wine

Good news for beer guzzlers: Moderate and regular consumption of beer, like wine, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, Italian researchers say.   The study confirmed what was already known about wine: a moderate consumption (approximately two glasses per day for men and one for women) can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, up to 31 percent less when comparing to non drinkers.

One glass can pair with healthy foods, eaten at proper time, maybe together with family of friends. There is no place for binge drinking or any other form of heavy consumption.

13:37   The Indian view on Australia's uranium exports
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to overturn the Australian ban on exporting uranium is aimed at re-balancing our relationship with the world's largest democracy and a rising economic power in the region. Read Amitabh Mattoo's piece.
13:26   Read: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Miracle

As part of our series of the Guardian's specially commissioned short stories, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells of a girl growing up amid the corruption of contemporary Lagos. Read


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer, based in Nigeria and the US. She won the Commonwealth writers' prize for best first book with Purple Hibiscus (2003) and the Orange prize for fiction in 2007 for Half of a Yellow Sun. The Thing Around Your Neck, an anthology of short stories, was published in 2009

13:24   Liz Taylor magic to go under the hammer
Some 950 of the star's more affordable personal belongings are to be sold over the internet in an online auction between December 3 and 17. They include an art deco bracelet expected to go for around 63 and a white and gold diamond necklace which will fetch 9,000. Read the Daily Mail story.
13:17   Muslim father who killed daughters: I would do it a 100 times!
A Muslim father charged with murdering his three daughters in apparent honour killings has said he would do it again - even if they came back to life 100 times. Mohammad Shafia, 58, cursed his daughters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, saying they were 'treacherous' as he likened them to prostitutes during a conversation that was recorded by police. Read the story on the Daily Mail.
13:14   Victoria Beckham takes posh little daughter to toy shop

Update on another celebrity baby girl in the news: Victoria Beckham's little daughter Harper.

The night before she left her little angel to go and speak at a fashion conference. But Victoria Beckham isn't a mother who can be parted from her baby girl for too long and today she was back by her side as she and Harper enjoyed a day out in New York, just the two of them.


Celebrating the art of competitive beard and mustache grooming or a lament for patience by way of Garibaldi, or what partial beards have to do with instant gratification. Read, or rather, see the pictures on
12:56   2G case: HC notice to CBI on ex-telecom secy's bail plea

The Delhi High Court today sought CBI's response on the bail plea of former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, arrested for his alleged role in the 2G
spectrum case. 

Issuing notice to CBI, Justice Shali also asked the probe agency to file a status report by December 1, the date on which the bail pleas of other five accused including DMK MP Kanimozhi are also slated for hearing. 

Behura approached the high court, through senior counsel Aman Lekhi,  challenging denial of bail to him by the special CBI court which had refused him the relief saying the charges against him and other accused were of "very serious nature".

12:36   International flyers out of Delhi to spend Rs 1,300 more
Passengers flying out of Delhi Airport would now have to shell out an additional Rs 200 for domestic travel and Rs 1,300 for international travel from December 1. Airports regulator, the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA), has notified the levy of Airport Development Fee (ADF) at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport by Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL) -- the private airport operator. Read the HT report.
12:34   It's the end for Italy
Why should we be surprised Italy is falling apart? With dozens of languages and a hastily made union, it was barely a real country to begin with. On the Foreign Policy magazine. Read
12:31   Porn shock for Facebook users
Facebook Inc said that it is investigating a rash of unsolicited graphic images that hit some users' accounts this week. The images, internet links and videos depicting pornography and violence have hit some people's Facebook newsfeeds in recent days. Read the report on the Hindustan Times.
12:28   Lokpal: 5-step mechanism to separate probe & prosecution
The parliamentary panel examining the Lokpal Bill is learnt to have formulated a five-stage mechanism that separates investigation from prosecution, and maintains "equilibrium in the holy trinity' of CBI, CVC and the proposed Lokpal. Read the Indian Express report.
12:26   Bengal dips into tested quiver: CM rebuilds Operation Lalgarh
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is stitching together the same team of police officers that had spearheaded Operation Lalgarh in June 2009 to tackle the fresh challenge posed by Maoists in Jungle Mahal. Read the Telegraph, Calcutta, report.
12:24   Prince William in the Falklands is a reminder to Argentina
Prince William is to be sent to the Falkland Islands as part of his service. The Army insists it's just routine, but it's hard to ignore the political undertones. Read the story on the Daily Beast.  
12:22   Military faces mounting pressure to crack down on rape
On the Daily Beast: This week, a landmark hearing will decide whether 28 women and men have a case against the military for alleged inaction on rape. If not, hundreds of plaintiffs are lining up for the next one. Read
12:14   Lack of soap means illness, death for millions of children

It's something all of us take for granted, but still makes Fatoma Dia's (a Hilton hotel cleaning worker) eyes widen whenever sees a bar of barely used soap on a bathroom counter. "This," she says, picking it up with a gloved hand and dropping it in a brown bucket, "is valuable where I come from." Read the story on

12:08   Cricket journalist Roebuck's laptop holds vital clues

South African police investigating the suicide of iconic cricket journalist Peter Roebuck have reportedly found vital clues on his laptop. Roebuck had plunged six storeys to his death from a Cape Town hotel room on Saturday.  

According to the Sun, data found on Roebuck's laptop was helping cops piece together the sequence of events which led to the tragedy.  

They are also focusing on websites visited by Roebuck and a Facebook account.

According to reports, Roebuck had earlier been spoken to by Cape Town police, who were investigating claims of sexual assault, but the circumstances surrounding the death will not be officially released by South African police authorities for at least a month.

12:04   Gillard's move on uranium exports to India angers minister

Trouble brewing in Australia over the uranium U-turn for India. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has been angered by Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to lift a ban on uranium exports to India and hermove threatens to divide the ruling Labor Party. 

Rudd was in India when Gillard announced her decision yesterday that she would raise the issue of lifting thelong-standing ban on uranium sale during the National Labor conference next month. 

According to media reports here, Rudd was not consulted on the decision, leaving him angry.

11:52   When Tagore met Einstein

A blog on the Jewish Daily Forward of the time Rabindranath Tagore and Albert Einstein met in New York.


It was a media sensation. "They were two celebrities,' artist and scholar Andor Carius said. "It was wisdom from the east meeting philosopher of the west. They were staged together as icons by the media even earlier." Read

11:47   Occupy Wall Street's next move
Update on the Occupy Wall Street protests in NYC from Last night, police raided and evicted protesters from the Occupy Wall Street site. This comes on the heels of recent police crackdowns on Occupy encampments all across the country. But if you think that's the end of the 99% movement, guess again. It's still just getting started. Read
11:46   Obama in Australia: Military ties on agenda
US President Barack Obama has arrived in Australia for a visit expected to focus on strengthening military ties. During an address to parliament on Thursday, he is expected to outline plans for the US to gain greater access to Australian military bases. Read the bbc report.
11:44   Rajasthan CM drops six ministers in midnight reshuffle

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot last night carried out a reshuffle of his ministerial team, dropping six ministers including Education Minister Bharosilal Jatav facing illegal mining charge. 

However, Minister of State Amin Khan, who had caused considerable embarrassment by saying that President Pratibha Patil got the top post due to her proximity with Sonia Gandhi, has been rewarded with independent charge in the same status. 

Among the six shown the doors last night were Ramlal Jat, who had resigned as Minister of State for Forest and Environment following allegation of being involved with a woman, Education Minister Bhanwarlal Meghawal who had made allegedly adverse comments about women and Motor Garage Minister Bharosilal Jatav.

The resignation of Jat, who had put in his papers on Saturday last, was accepted by Gehlot, official sources said. The others sacked in the reshuffle exercise are Golma Devi and Pramod Jain Bhaya.

Shobhaa De tweets: Little Miss World has arrived! Jai ho!Big B over the moon about Baby B.Someone sign up Ash as Ambassador for Girl Child, please?Worthy cause.
11:36   India can thank US for Australia's uranium U-turn
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's dramatic decision to open the door to uranium exports to India came after talks with the Obama administration, which viewed the ban as a "fly in the ointment' to greater engagement between Washington, New Delhi and Australia in the Indian Ocean region. Read the opinion piece on
11:23   Occupy Wall Street: Court upholds eviction
In New York, a court has ruled that a pre-dawn clearance of the Occupy Wall Street camp at Zuccotti Park was legal. Hundreds of protesters returned to the park as night fell on Tuesday, but they will not be allowed to pitch tents or use generators in the plaza. Read
FYI: Manu Sharma's parole begins on November 21 and ends on November 25.
11:20   Vinod Mehta memoir a rare and salacious Indian tell-all

A review of Vinod Mehta's autobiography on the

An excerpt: For a country obsessed with people's life stories, Indians don't write absorbing autobiographies or biographies. Most of them turn out to be long-winded hagiographies or self-absorbed and pedagogic narratives. India remains a deeply hierarchical society where criticism is often taken as a personal affront. Vinod Mehta's newly-published memoirs, Lucknow Boy (Penguin Viking), are a welcome exception.


11:14   Manu Sharma returns to Tihar, probe ordered into parole

Here's the report on Manu Sharma's 2009 parole.

Manu Sharma, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of model Jessica Lal, returned to Tihar Jail on Tuesday on his own, 12 days before his parole expired, after a controversy raged over alleged parole violation by him. More

Here's why the court has imposed the 'no discotheque' condition on Manu Sharma. Watch
11:07   Jessica Lal killer gets 5-day parole for brother's wedding

Manu Sharma, the killer of model Jessica Lal, has been granted conditional parole to attend his brother's wedding. The conditions of the five-day parole are:

  • He has to pay a personal bond of Rs 50,000,
  • He cannot go to a discotheque'
  • And cannot leave Karnal and Ambala

Though the Delhi police had filed an affidavit opposing the parole, the standing counsel for the police, Pawan Sharma, told the Delhi high court during Monday's hearing that if the court deems it fit, Sharma may be permitted to participate in the wedding, provided he gives an undertaking that he won't leave Karnal and Ambala, where two ceremonies of the function are slated to be held.

10:57   Bookies had bet Rs 1.5 billion on 11/11/11 baby

And Ash-Abhi's baby makes it to the BBC.

The report: Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has given birth to a baby girl, husband actor Abhishek Bachchan has tweeted.

Father-in-law Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan also tweeted: "I am Dada (grandfather) to the cutest baby girl".

The pregnancy has been keenly watched since June when Bachchan announced the pregnancy of his daughter-in-law. "News news news!! I am going to become a grandfather. Aishwarya expecting. So happy and thrilled," he tweeted.

According to reports, bookies had bet 1.5 billion rupees (around $30m) on whether Aishwarya would deliver on 11 November.

10:53   Panic as strong earthquake hits Indonesia's Papua

In other news...

A strong earthquake hit Indonesia's eastern province of Papua today, causing panic among residents, but there were no immediate reports of damage orcasualties. 

The earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2,  struck at 8:42 a.m. local time, said Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency. The agency said the quake was centered about 34 kilometers southwest of the mountainous town of Oksibil at a depth of 57 kilometers.

And a tweet from Amitabh Bachchan: I AM DADA to the cutest baby girl !!
10:48   Congratulatory tweets greet Aishwarya-Abhishek's baby

Biggest news this morning, is of course, Aishwarya Rai delivering a baby girl this morning. Twitter, of course, is alive with congratulatory messages. Here are some...

Karan Johar  Congratulations!! Baby B had a baby girl!! @juniorbachchan!!! All the love and sure she will be the prettiest girl ever!!  


Celina Jaitly  Very happy for the Bachchan family .. They have a little angel fairy amidst them .. She is gonna be gorgeous :)  


Ramesh Srivats  Ash's baby'll find it damn difficult to learn the alphabet. Whenever she says "A, B,...", her mother, father & grandpa will go, "Yes, what?"  


Boman Irani  @  @SrBachchan Dadaji!!!!!! All of us here are delirious with joy! Bless you all!  


Bipasha Basu  OMG! So excited Baby B is Daddy to a lil Angel! Congrats Ash n@juniorbachchan n to d entire family!Welcome sweet baby girl:)    

10:39   Headlines this morning

Petrol price slashed by Rs 2.22 in Delhi, Rs 2.34 in Mumbai (Hindustan Times)
Egged on by political compulsions, in a long-awaited relief to the common man, the government finally cut the prices of petrol on Tuesday, even as oil marketing companies continue to be under financial strain. Read


Reliance denies Kingfisher stake-buy talks report (Hindustan Times)
A spokesman for Reliance Industries denied today a newspaper report that the Indian energy major was in talks to buy a stake in cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines. Read


With China in mind, India tests new Agni missile (The Times of India)
India on Tuesday successfully tested a new-generation Agni missile with a strike range of 3,500 km and souped-up "kill efficiency". Read


Aishwarya blessed with a baby girl, tweets Amitabh Bachchan (The Times of India)
Aishwarya was admitted to SevenHills Hospital in Marol, Andheri, late on Monday night for the birth of her first child. Read


Maya splits U.P. poll scene wide open (The Hindu)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati announced that the State Cabinet has approved a resolution for creation of Purvanchal (eastern region) , Bundelkhand, Avadh Pradesh (central region) and Pashchim Pradesh (western region. Read


DMK MP arrested in land grabbing case (The Hindu)

The complainant alleged that Ramanathapuram MP Ritheesh Kumar grabbed his land using forged documents. Read