The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has demanded police protection for Nana Patekar, apprehending a possible threat to the life of the actor who portrays a police officer in the Bollywood film "The Attacks of 26/11".
"Nana Patekar is an asset to the country. He is a brilliant actor and the role played by him in the movie based on the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai is worth appreciating. Therefore, we demand that protection be provided to him," MNS MLA Ram Kadam told PTI.
He said terror organisations may dislike Patekar's role in the movie and therefore the MNS perceives a threat to his life. "I have demanded police protection to Patekar from Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and state Home Minister R R Patil," he said.
Kumar's move is reportedly being made to assuage the feelings of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a key ally of the UPA, which protested inside and outside the House on Tuesday on the issue, wearing black shirts.
Expressing solidarity with agitating members, DMK representative in the Government, Minister of State for Finance S S Palanimackam also wore a black shirt though he did not participate in the protest.
Omar said the issue of AFSPA is not on the "backburner", and if Irom Sharmila can fast in protest against AFSPA for 12 long years why can't he just speak against it.
"The areas where we don't need Army, AFSPA can be revoked from those places. Our discussion with the Centre on this issue is on and we have not put it on any backburner. I believe that we are right on this issue and we will continue to support our demand," Omar said while addressing the Legislative Council.
"A lady is on fast since last 12 years, only for the removal of AFSPA. In her comparison I have done nothing, I am just talking about its revocation. I never said to remove it entirely, I am not that much senseless and even if would have said that my colleagues would have stopped me from doing that. I am just saying that remove it from the parts where it is not needed," Omar said.
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One person was killed and four were injured allegedly in firing by security forces during protests in Baramulla town in north Kashmir today. Hundreds of residents of Baramulla town took to streets to protest what they alleged ransacking of their houses by the army in the area.
The protestors pelted stones at the army personnel who allegedly opened fire to disperse the mob, official sources said. An army spokesman said he was collecting details about the incident.
A village girl, who was brutally assaulted by police in Punjab's Tarn Taran District, recalled her trauma on Tuesday and demanded the dismissal of all officials who had thrashed her on the roadside.
Harvinder Kaur told journalists in Tarn Taran that some truck drivers had harassed her, and when she and her father went to the police to file a complaint, they refused to help, and instead, started beating her up.
"While I was returning from a wedding, some truck drivers harassed me. I told my father and brother about it, they went to speak to those taxi drivers, who attacked them with swords and iron rods. My father, brother and I went to the police, but they refused to lodge a complaint, they didn't even ask me what had happened. They told my father that she is mad and brutally beat me,' said Kaur.
News channels showed evidence of policemen beating the girl who had complained of sexual harassment by taxi drivers in Tarn Taran.
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The Indian news broadcaster has decided to appeal against this verdict. NDTV said that the lower court's decision is based on "several misconceptions, legal and factual errors", and "this would be outlined in the appeal." More
The warrant has also been issued against nine other Indian Mujahideen suspects in connection with the blasts. Others against whom warrants have been issued include Iqbaal Bhatkal, Mosin Chaudhary, Ariz Khan, Md Khalid, Mirza Shadaab Beg and Yasin Bhatkal.
The NIA is now going to seek custody of Obaid, an alleged terrorist lodged in Bangalore jail. This comes after the Andhra Pradesh government handed over the Hyderabad twin blasts case to the NIA.
Neha Ramu, daughter of an Indian doctor couple, achieved a score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test - the highest score possible for her age. The score puts the tween in the top one per cent of brightest people in the UK and means she is more intelligent than physicist Hawking, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and scientist Albert Einstein, who are all thought to have an IQ of 160.
"Neha scored 162 on the Cattell IIIB test, putting her within the top one per cent of people in the country," a spokesman for British Mensa said. Neha's parents lived in India before moving to Britain when their daughter was seven, 'The Telegraph' reported.
Neha had always performed well at school, but it was only when she took an entrance exam for her school, achieving a perfect score of 280/280, that they realised her potential. She took the test for Mensa, a society for people with high IQs, two years later, and achieved the maximum possible score for someone aged under 18.
A third FIR was lodged on March 28, 2009 when Varun's supporters attacked police after the court remanded him in judicial custody. On February 28, the court acquitted the Pilibhit MP in the second case on the basis of eyewitness accounts and a report of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Chandigarh, which concluded that video CD of the alleged 'hate speech' had been 'doctored'. The court said 51 of the 53 eye-witnesses testified in favour of the BJP leader.
The BJP leader faced charges under IPC and Representation of People Act for promoting enmity among people and supporting acts prejudicial to communal harmony while making allegedly inflammatory speeches.Varun Gandhi has already been acquitted for the first case on February 28.
While 20,73,48 personnel were recruited by the central police forces between 2010-13, the number for women stood at 4,733, which is about two per cent of the total induction, as per figures mentioned in a written reply by Minister of State for Home RPN Singh.
The recruitments were made in various ranks in forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, CISF and Assam Rifles.
The decision by new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to ban work from home plans has set off a debate as to whether this was a wrong decision or a necessary evil. Success of working from home concept is largely dependent on three factors -- the individual's role, the individual's own approach towards work and at what stage of evolution an organisation is to explore this kind of an arrangement.
The government "should not roll out the red carpet for the Pakistani Prime Minister till he gets back the severed head of the Indian soldier killed on the LoC," senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said.
He said all political parties should oppose the visit of Ashraf to India. Ashraf is scheduled to visit India on Saturday to offer prayers at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer.
In a statement in the House, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said he was "deeply shocked at the despicable, ghastly and brutal manner" in which the three minor girls from the same family were brutally raped and murdered and then thrown into an abandoned well near Murwadi village.
"I am sure that the collective conscience of all the members of the House would be equally revolted to know about the horrendous incident," he said. Noting that the Centre has received a report from the Maharashtra government, Shinde gave the sequence of events that took place since the three girls -- aged 6, 9 and 11 -- went missing on February 14.
Addressing a press conference, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said it was "very unfortunate" that Zia's meeting with Mukherjee was cancelled by her. "It should not have happened".
She said it is a part of democratic norm that whenever foreign dignitaries visit the country, they meet both the head of government and the leader of the opposition. "In that sense, it is a departure from democratic norms," Moni said, adding however that India-Bangladesh relations would not suffer because of the incident as "our relations are on a firm footing".
She said not all parties are democratic in the same manner and not all parties practice the same level of democracy. Moni was asked if Zia's calling off her meeting with the Indian President was a breach of protocol and violated courtesy.
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Some Congress members from Punjab were seen in the Well raising slogans against the Akali Dal government in the state over the incident of police beating up a woman and her aged father who were complaining of molestation. Partap Singh Bajwa, Ravneet Singh and Santosh Chowdhary (all Cong) were in the Well waving copies of newspapers and raising slogans. Senior leader Girija Vyas was seen urging them to protest from the aisle.
Amid the din, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon.
A day after cancelling the keynote address by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, reports emerged on Tuesday that Wharton University has now invited Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal to address the Wharton India Economic Forum on March 23 in Philadelphia.
The Wharton University cancelled the Narendra Modis keynote address citing fears of "polarising reactions".
Though confusion still prevails as to who will replace Modi, the University sources said that Kejriwal should not be seen as a replacement for the Gujarat Chief Minister and the AAP convenor will address the forum via video-conferencing but not as a keynote speaker.
Already certain properties have been identified towards attachment by the bank as against loans disbursed to the airline. Allocations have been made in the bank's NPA which stood at (around) Rs 22,000 crore as of Dec 2012," A Krishnakumar, Managing Director and Group Executive (National Banking) said.
A sub-committee has also been formed, involving about four banks to examine availability of assets of the borrower and will also solicit needful legal advisors before the next stage of opting for litigation, he said.
This is likely to be Ashraf's last foreign visit before the term of his government ends on March 16. Preparations for the day-long visit on March 9 were being finalised, diplomatic and other sources told PTI. No official meetings with the Indian leadership have been finalised so far, a diplomatic source said.
But as watershed periods in the development of Europe, all three may pale in comparison to the Black Death. According to economists Nico Voigtlnder and Hans-Joachim Voth, the 14th-century plague -- which wiped out between one-third and one-half of the continent's population -- may have been the factor most responsible for producing European prosperity. Read
Kejriwal said he did not believe he was ''replacing anyone'' as he had been approached by the organisers to speak at the event much before the Modi controversy.
"It is being reported in some sections of media that I have replaced Mr. Narendra Modi for this Wharton lecture. I think this is incorrect because they have been in touch with me for more than 15 to 20 days. And, I understand from the newspapers reports that Modi''s cancellation took place one or two days back," he added.
The freight train flagged off at the Dhaka cantonment railway station comprised two locomotives, 20 broad gauge tank wagons and one brake van.
Following the programme, President Mukherjee left for Narail on a private visit to the ancestral home of his inlaws. Later in the afternoon, the President is scheduled to visit poet Rabindrantah Tagore's house at Shilaidaha before wrapping up his three-day state visit to Bangladesh, his first foreign trip since becoming the President in August last year.
"The Samajwadi Party Government in Uttar Pradesh will complete an year on 15th of March. But in the one-year of rule so far, the government has failed in every aspect. There is no development and the law and order situation has deteriorated. In true sense, it is the rule of Samajwadi Party goons in Uttar Pradesh now," she told media outside the Parliament here. Mayawati said no arrests have been made so far despite the FIR being lodged in connection with the cop's killing.
This time a record 259 nominations have been received for Nobel Peace Prize, out of which fifty nominations were for organizations.
The secretive committee that awards the prize doesn't identify the nominees, but those with nomination rights sometimes announce their picks, CBS News reports.
The nomination period for 2013 ended on Feb. 1. The previous record of 241 nominatio
Barack Obama's threats to use military force to prevent Iran securing a nuclear weapon are more than idle bluffs, vice-president Joe Biden told the biggest pro-Israeli lobbying group Aipac on Monday.
Biden said that while the US preferred a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Iran, a military option remained on the table. "The president of the United States cannot, and does not, bluff. President Barack Obama is not bluffing," Biden told the audience in Washington. Israel is seeking assurances of support from the US, should it decide to launch air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.
A man dressed as the caped crusader Batman has handed over a wanted man at a Bradford police station before disappearing into the night. Police said the costumed crime-fighter marched the 27-year-old man into Trafalgar House Police Station, in the early hours of 25 February. The man was charged with handling stolen goods and fraud offences. Police said: "The person who brought the man in was dressed in a full Batman outfit. His identity remains unknown."
Despite speculation on social media the arrested man could know the mysterious crime-fighter, West Yorkshire Police said: "We do not know the identity of the man dressed as Batman and do not know if he is friends with the man who was handed in."
Image: A man dressed as Batman and a burglary suspect stand in a police station in Bradford, England, on February 25, 2013, in this handout photograph taken from video.
BBC: The security headquarters in Port Said, Egypt, is on fire amid fresh fighting between police and protesters. The blaze started on the ground floor of the building, with unconfirmed reports that it spread to the governorate building next door.
Earlier thousands of people joined a funeral procession for three civilians killed in overnight clashes, which also left two policemen dead. Port Said has been rocked by weeks of intermittent violence.
Protests, often leading to clashes, have been taking place there since January, when 21 local football fans were sentenced to death over football riots which left 74 people dead in February 2012. At least 400 people were injured in the fighting which began on Sunday morning.
BBC: Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover has been put into "safe mode" after a computer glitch caused by corrupted files. The robot, which is analysing rock samples on the Red Planet, is now running from a back-up computer.
Nasa engineers are looking into possible causes for the files on the robot's flash memory being damaged. The fault means the rover's work has been put on temporary hold while the back-up computer is reconfigured so it can take full control.
CNN: Vote counting began in Kenya Monday after largely peaceful elections in which millions of voters stood in line to choose their next president in a tightly contested general election.
The Elections Commission said some polling stations would remain open late to accommodate those still in line and to make up for having opened late. Though some people waited in the sun for more than eight hours to cast their ballots, there was "no reporting at all" of intimidation, said John Stremlau, the Carter Center vice president for peace programs.
The center, at the invitation of Kenyan authorities, placed 60 observers in all 47 counties. In Nairobi, some lines stretched for more than a kilometer (0.6 miles), he said. But the observers' initial reports were "universally complimentary to the citizens of this nation in showing their determination to have their votes counted," he said.
Al Jazeera: Unidentified armed men have ambushed a convoy carrying Syrian soldiers who had crossed into Iraq from the site of weekend fighting, killing 42 Syrians and seven Iraqis, security officers said.
The soldiers crossed into Iraq from the Yaarabiya border crossing, the scene of heavy fighting on Saturday between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, said Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Khalaf al-Dulaimi of the border protection forces on Monday.
The soldiers were first transported by Iraqi authorities from Nineveh province to Baghdad, and they were on their way back to be handed over to Syrian authorities on the border with Anbar province in western Iraq when the attack took place, Dulaimi said. Armed men attacked the convoy from two sides with mortar rounds, automatic weapons and mines, killing 42 Syrian soldiers and seven Iraqis. Eight Syrians and four Iraqis were wounded, and three vehicles in the convoy destroyed, he said.
BBC: A plane has crashed in Goma, the main city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, witnesses say. There are no confirmed casualty figures so far. However, the plane came down in a residential area, killing dozens of people, AFP news agency quotes police sources saying.
DR Congo has a poor air safety record, with 74 people killed in a crash at the airport in the central city of Kisangani two years ago.