Ambassador Ron Dermer says Netanyahu appreciates Kerry's efforts to bring about a cease-fire in the Gaza war.
He adds, quote, "This is not coming from the prime minister." Kerry himself brushed off the criticism Monday, saying Netanyahu had asked him if he could arrange a cease-fire. The secretary said he wouldn't have pushed so aggressively for a cease-fire if Netanyahu hadn't asked him to.
On the eve of his departure, Kerry said today, that the developmental plan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflected in his poll slogan of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas" is a great vision.
Pic: John Kerry with the US charge de affaires after he landed in Delhi this evening.
Singh, in an interview to Headlines Today, said Rahul was "totally against" Sonia becoming prime minister because he feared that she will be killed, said Singh.
Singh said he had made these revelations in his book One Life is Not Enough.
"There are portions in my book which Sonia Gandhi wouldn't like to be published," he said.
Natwar Singh also told Headlines Today, "When Sonia visited me, she told me she confided in me more than she confided in her own children."
Natwar and the Congress fell foul over the Volcker report which had named the former foreign minister and his son as beneficiaries of Saddam Hussain's 'oil-for-food' scam. His son Jagat is now a BJP MLA in Rajasthan.
Kallis today announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket. "I realised in Sri Lanka that my dream of playing in a World Cup was a bridge too far,' said Kallis in a statement.
Sonowal's reaction came in the wake of athletes' claims that they have not been paid their daily allowance which was last week increased to USD 50 from USD 25.
While squash players have not been paid at all, the table tennis squad has got half of their entitlement. "As clarified by the sports secretary (Ajit Sharan), the issue will be sorted out soon. The allowance indeed has been doubled. The ministry has done what it needed to," Sonowal said.
"The Indian Olympic Association is handling the affairs in Glasgow. Part of funds could not be transferred as IOA doesn't have an account there. We have already asked the IOA to do the needful at the earliest. Our athletes has been performing well at the Games and they must get the best of the facilities," added the minister.
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Last week, the Supreme Court had asked the Delhi government to explore a venue within the Tihar jail complex where Roy can hold negotiations with buyers of his properties by meeting them personally or through video conferencing.
A special bench headed by Justice T S Thakur asked the government to talk to jail authority to explore the venue but made it clear that the arrangement would be done only for holding negotiations and not for giving any comfort to Roy.
The bench asked the government, which said arrangement can be made in the guest house or court room inside jail, to respond by July 30.
Roy pleaded that he is committed to follow apex court's direction and sought its permission for shifting to Tihar jail guest house for a week to enable him to hold negotiations to sell his properties in India and abroad to raise Rs 10,000 crore to get regular bail.
Nearly 80 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force have already reached landslide affected Ambegaon and joined in the rescue operations, while 220 more are on their way to the spot, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
Those who have reached the site, started the rescue operations. They are also trying to restore the communication network, he said.
NDRF headquarters in New Delhi is in touch with the Pune district administration and some more NDRF personnel are expected to be sent. Nearly 170 people are feared trapped with several houses coming under the landslide triggered by heavy rains in Ambegaon in Pune.
Kodnani was MLA of Naroda at the time of the incident on February 28, 2002. She was made MoS in 2007, but had to step down after her arrest in March 2009.
Kodnani had moved the Gujarat High Court seeking bail on various grounds. Her plea contends that the 11 witnesses in the case had proffered "embellished" statements that implicated her, while their earlier statements did not. She has therefore sought discarding of their "embellished" versions.
The Indian Express reports that about 30 ambulances have been rushed from adjoining areas to extend medical help to the victims. Earth moving equipment from government and private parties were being pressed into service.
Communication difficulties and rains were affecting the operations, he said.
The helpline number is: 02026120720.
Pic: Dam water released in Khadakwasla near Pune.
Sixteen former ministers of the UPA government have got eviction notices for Government bungalows, Minister of Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu told the Lak Sabha in a written reply today.
These ministers have been staying unauthorised in Government bungalows for over a month now, reports The Hindu.
Naidu informed the House that these ministers owe damage charges of around Rs 21 lakh for one month of unauthorised stay till July 26, 2014.
Damage charges ranged from 53,250 per month in case of Type V accommodation of Lalchand Kataria to 2,43,678 for Type III accommodation of Jaipal Reddy.
Kapil Sibal, Ajit Singh, Farooq Abdullah, Beni Prasad Verma, Pallam Raju, Girija Vyas, Krishna Tirath, S.K. Jena, Sachin Pilot, Jitendra Singh, Pradip Jain Aditya, Porika Balram Naik, Killi Kriparani and Manikrao Hodya Gavit are among other former ministers who are in unauthorised possession of such bungalows.
Three people were killed and 24 were injured in riots that broke out in the district on July 26. An uneasy calm has since prevailed in Saharanpur where 38 people were arrested as a political blame game erupted with the BJP accusing the SP of indulging in "vote-bank politics" and the Congress blasting the Uttar Pradesh government for "lapses".
"There is no change in policy and the minister's (Sudin Dhavalikar) opinion about banning bikinis on the beaches is his personal view," Parrikar told the State Legislative Assembly.
The CM was responding to the question tabled by Congress Legislator Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco who had asked whether the government had any plans to disallow bikinis on beaches.
Principal District and Sessions Judge Mohammed Ali pronounced the verdict in the packed court hall amid tight security as parents and relatives of the deceased children assembled outside the court.
Of the convicted, five persons were held guilty under various IPC sections including 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter), and provisions of Tamil Nadu Recognised Private Schools (Regulation) Act, 1973.
Those found guilty under these sections were Palanisamy, owner and founder of the School, his wife and correspondent Saraswathi, headmistress Santhalakshmi, noon meal organiser Vijayalakshmi and cook Vasanthi.
On July 16, 2004, a fire broke out from the makeshift noon meal kitchen and spread to a thatched roof hut in the first floor killing 94 children and causing burns to 18 others.
The heart-wrenching incident that occurred in Sri Krishna Aided Private School, Saraswathi Nursery and Primary School and Sri Krishna Girls High School located on Kasiraman Street in a narrow building brought to fore the utter negligence of authorities over safety norms.
About 700 students were studying in these schools.
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Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan's office confirmed the incident and tweeted, "Landslide in Malin Village in Ambegaon tq Dist Pune. Ambulances, JCB's, 2 NDRF teams rushed to the venue. CM personally monitoring situation."
"Keeping in view the peaceful situation, curfew has been relaxed for five hours today. If the situation remains stable, then we will relax curfew in the entire district from 10 am to 5 pm tomorrow," Saharanpur District Magistrate Sandhya Tiwari said.
"Today curfew has been relaxed from 8:30 am till 1:30 pm in the new city. People are shopping for daily needs as normalcy was returning to the city," she said. However, in the old town curfew will be relaxed from 2 pm to 7 pm, she said.
Tiwari said the situation in the district is fast approaching normalcy. Curfew was clamped on Saturday in the wake of clashes between two communities over a land dispute in which three persons were killed and 34 injured.
165 shops and handcarts and 42 vehicles were set ablaze in the violence. A total of 22 FIRs have been registered and 76 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence.
Two teams of NDRF comprising 100 people are on their way. The District collector, medical teams and police have reached the spot. Connectivity is poor as it is a remote area.
And in a fresh twist to the rape of the 6-year-old, also in Bangalore, the police has decided to let off Mustafa, the skating instructor, but have arrested two gymnastics teachers -- Lal Giri and Wasim Pasha. The police, which had earlier extracted a confession out of Mustafa and had claimed that he had confessed, however realised that he had no role to play on further probe. However investigations show that Pasha and Giri could be behind the incident. The police say that they have not come to a conclusion, but said that the arrests were made on the basis of circumstantial evidence.
There have been, no doubt, some interesting administrative decisions coming out of this government.
But when even some of its own core supporters start using the "blame-the-bureaucrats' alibi, you know the government has lost a sense of credible control.
It is admittedly early days. But for a government that promised a new narrative, the adjustment to old ways is striking.
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Of the total of 501 witnesses, 230 were examined during the trial, which included survivors (children) and parents of the 94 children, who lost their lives.
The tragic incident which brought to light poor safety conditions for children in schools across the country occurred on July 14, 2004 in Kumbakonam, when a fire sparked from the make-shift noon meal kitchen spread to the thatched hut in the first floor and killed 94 children.
At the time of the incident, over 200 children were in the thatched roof class room. The narrow building on Kasiraman Street, which housed three schools together Sri Krishna Aided Private School, Saraswathi Nursery and Primary School and Sri Krishna Girls High School with the students' strength exceeding 700 did not have necessary fire safety equipment.
Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "I want to make it clear that media reports about snooping on Nitin Gadkari's residence are completely unfounded and untrue. Nitin Gadkari himself has denied the bugging claims, so there is no need for further discussion on the issue."
Sources in India said the latest developments in Italy will not impact the CBI's investigation into allegations that bribes were paid by the manufacturers to land the deal, reportedly by ensuring that technical criteria were changed to ensure that Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland qualified for the contract.
India cancelled the Rs. 3,600-crore order with AgustaWestland for 12 top-end helicopters in January, citing a breach of integrity relating to alleged corruption. Read more