Thu, 27 November 2014
Kabul suicide attack on UK diplomats leaves six dead

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23:16   Modi returns home, says 'Thank You, Kathmandu'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight returned home after a three-day visit to Nepal where he attended the SAARC summit and held bilateral talks with leaders of a host of neighboring countries.

"Thank you, Kathmandu," the Prime Minister said at the end of his visit.

Yesterday, Modi had delivered his maiden address at the SAARC Summit and announced a number of measures, including issuance of 3-5 years business visa and immediate medical visa for patients coming to India for treatment.

Modi held bilateral meetings with top leaders of all SAARC countries except Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 

However, the frosty Indo-Pak ties briefly gave way to some warmth today when a smiling Modi and Sharif today shook hands and exchanged pleasantries at the concluding session of the Summit but India cautioned against reading too much into such "courtesies". 
23:15   Kabul suicide attack on UK diplomats leaves six dead
At least six people including a British citizen were killed when the Taliban launched a devastating suicide attack on a British diplomatic convoy on the outskirts of Kabul.

The convoy was travelling on the road between Jalalabad and Kabul about three miles (4km) east of the heavily fortified British embassy -- when a suicide bomber struck. 

The bombers Toyota Corolla vehicle exploded -- hurling a British embassy SUV across the road and blowing off its roof. 
Debris was flung across a packed area including a crowded mosque.

Later on Thursday there was a second explosion in Kabul and reports of gunfire. 

A military commander told Reuters that a car bomb targeted a guesthouse for foreigners in the Wazir Akbar Khan area, where many embassies and international organisations are located. 

The Taliban claimed responsibility.
23:09   Pele in 'special care' as condition worsens
Brazil great Pele, 74, was on Thursday taken into a "special care" unit in a Sao Paulo hospital after his health worsened, three days after being admitted with a urinary infection, the hospital confirmed.

"Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) remains in hospital. To receive the best care he was transferred in order to be monitored in a special care unit," read a statement released by the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.

Pele underwent surgery for kidney stones on November 13 before being released two days later.

The unit to which the three-time World Cup winner has been admitted is strictly speaking a step before intensive care and will allow him to be monitored more closely than in a regular ward.

"The patient has been transferred to a room where he will be more closely monitored, but it is not intensive care, it is an intermediate stage," a hospital spokesman explained to AFP. 

After confirming that he had been taken in on Monday, the hospital had said that Pele remained in hospital with tests showing the presence of a urinary infection. 

Two years ago, on November 15, 2012, he underwent a hip operation in the same hospital.
21:49   British detective writer P D James dies aged 94
British detective writer P D James, the creator of the best-selling series featuring poetry-writing sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, died today at the age of 94. 

Faber and Faber, which published James since her first book in 1962, said she died peacefully at home in Oxford, and paid tribute to "one of the world's great writers". 

James sold millions of novels and won numerous international awards for crime writing, drawing on three decades of work in the civil service including in forensics work.  

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was saddened to hear of the death of "one of the UK's greatest crime writers, who thrilled and inspired generations of readers".
21:45   Mumbai Ko Haath Lagana Mushkil Hi Nahin Namumkin Hain: ATS Chief
Six years after ten Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai and killed 166 people in 60 hours of mayhem, the chief of Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad Himanshu Roy has reassured the city that it is much safer now.

He quoted Bollywood movie 'Don' to tell Mumbaikars that it impossible for anyone to hurt it again. "Mumbai ko haath lagana mushkil hi nahin namumkin hai," Roy said.

Read full story here
20:49   ISIS kills 39 Indians in Iraq: Reports
Thirty nine out of forty Indian workers who went missing in Iraq this June have reportedly been killed by the Islamic State militants, claim two Bangladeshi workers whom ABP News spoke exclusively in Kurdistan's capital Erbil. The Indian Government is yet to verify these reports.

The two Bangladeshi nationals working for a construction company in Iraq mentioned about one Indian worker Harjeet who miraculously escaped from the clutches of the militants. 

Harjeet informed Shafi and Hasan that he witnessed the killings of all his Indian co-workers.
20:39   Gunfire in diplomatic quarter of Afghan capital
Reuters reports of explosion, gunfire in diplomatic quarter of Afghan capital.
20:02   ISI spy Zahir Hussain pleads guilty to charges
Alleged ISI operative Mohammed Zahir Hussain today pleaded guilty in an NIA court here to the charges against him including waging war against India by conspiring to carry out terror acts at the behest of his handlers in Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

Zahir, a Sri Lankan Tamil, pleaded guilty to various offences under the IPC and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act before designated NIA court Judge M Moni when charges were framed against him and two other accused. 

 However, the other accused -- Siva Balan, also a Sri Lankan national, and Mohammed Saleem -- denied the charges against them which were similar to that of Hussain. Besides conspiracy to stage terror attacks at locations, including American and Israeli consulates, Hussain also pleaded guilty to charges of circulating "high-quality" fake currency to destabilise the Indian economy. 

 Hussain, arrested on April 29 last here, also said he worked at the behest of his handlers, Amir Zubair Siddique and "Boss" alias Shah, officials at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.
19:34   Issue of black money serious both inside and outside India: Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today in the ongoing winter session of the Lok Sabha that the issue of black money was a serious one both inside and outside India.

"In last few years, India has gotten a bad name from investing community that we are not a tax friendly regime," said Jaitley while adding that the Govt was taking steps to make tax structure friendly to tax payers, procedurally and otherwise.
19:30   Wrong to blame Pak for hurdles in SAARC eco integration: Foreign Office
Pakistan today said it is wrong to blame it for creating hurdles in economic integration of the SAARC region, saying it was not the only country which had not completed internal procedures for the inking of connectivity agreements during the Summit in Nepal. 

"Two of these (agreements) have not been finalised as yet. Pakistan is not the only country that has not completed its internal procedures with regard to the two agreements. There are other SAARC members as well," Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said.
19:13   Final hearing begins in 2002 Gulberg society riot case
The special trial court for the 2002 Gulberg Society riot case, in which 68 people including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri were killed,commenced hearing today on a day-to-day basis. Advocates of both the sides appeared before the special trial court judge P B Desai today.

On behalf of the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT), Special Public Prosecutor R C Kodekar submitted details of the initial part of the investigation in the case.

The SIT lawyer said before the court that the case was investigated earlier by seven to eight police officers after which it was transferred to the SIT.

Tomorrow, the SIT is set to place details of the accused and the chargesheets made against them, Kodekar said. There were eight chargesheets made in the case, which were later consolidated after a Supreme Court order, he said.
18:39   CBI chief Ranjit Sinha will be replaced soon
Parliament nod to amendment bill on appointment of CBI chief. So, CBI chief Ranjit Sinha will be replaced soon. 
18:24   Amit Shah not allowed to hold meet in Kolkata
Amit Shah, the President of the BJP, cannot hold a rally in the heart of Kolkata on Sunday, the Kolkata corporation decided today.
18:19   24 Indian fishermen currently in detention in Sri Lanka: govt
At least 24 Indian fishermen are currently under detention or arrest in Sri Lankan jails on the charge of alleged fishery related violation, the government said today. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs Gen (retd) V K Singh gave this information.
18:00   We go back very satisfied with the outcome of SAARC: India
MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on The Handshake: "In the retreat, the atmosphere was very comfortable, pleasant courtesies were exchanged.

"India is for peaceful and co-operative relations with Pakistan. If today's interaction leads to that we will welcome it. We go back very satisfied with the outcome of this summit.

"SAARC is not just about India and Pakistan, but about all the neighbours in South Asia. No proposal on expansion of SAARC membership, proposal on table was to consider the observers as dialogue partners," he said. 
17:43   Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, English... multi-lingual Smriti charms MPs
HRD minister Smriti Irani charmed MPs across parties in Parliament today. The multi-lingual MP spoke to Trinamool Congress MPs in Bengali, and her party MPs in Gujarat. Irani is one quarter Punjabi, Maharashtrian, Bengali and Assamese.

When she met Shiv Sena MPs, it was Marathi she used, since she has lived in Mumbai before moving to Delhi as an MP.

Then came AIADMK MPs, to whom Smriti spoke with in English, except for Dr V Maitreyan with whom she speaks in Marathi. Maitreyan, an MBBS from Nagpur, is fluent in Hindi and speaks a little Marathi.

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh quipped that Smriti Irani should now learn the German language a dig at the government's decision to replace Sanskrit with German in Kendriya Vidyalayas.
17:41   For Cong, it's opposition within the party in the Parliament
Congress MPs in the Rajya Sabha looked dejected today. There are three groups - headed by Madhusudan Mistry, Digvijaya Singh and Anand Sharma -- parallel power hubs in the house. 

Sharma is the deputy leader of Congress Party in the Rajya Sabha.

Senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao shouted at Sharma saying, "You and I are here because of Rajiv Gandhi. Who are you Anand Sharma to stop me from shouting against  the move of the BJP government to rename the Rajiv Gandhi airport in Hyderabad?

Congress MPs says Mistry instigates MPs to rush into the well of the house on each and every issue and raise slogans against Narendra Modi. Digvijaya is far too smooth and polished to join the fray. 
17:22   Piyush Goyal's a proud father today
Dhruv Goyal, the son of Union Minister Piyush Goyal, has been elected as vice chairman of the Harvard University students council, the first Indian to get to this position.

Dhruv (21) worked as an intern in 2013 at the office of Narendra Modi when he was Gujarat chief minister.

That's probably why the proud father was in such good spirits in Parliament today.
17:16   Power minister stays up till 3 am and clears files
We spotted DMK MP Trichy Siva talking for a long time with AIADMK MPs.

Joint Secretaries in the Union Ministry of Power may be popping antacids. Power minister Piyush Goyal stayed up till 3 am today in Shram Shakti Bhavan -- the headquarters of the Power Ministry -- clearing specific files.  At 11 am, Goyal was in Parliament looking bright and alive, answering questions in Lok Sabha. All work and no play make ministers bright.
17:06   Fists of fury in Parliament today
MPs from the YSR Congress and the TDP are bitter enemies inside Parliament. We hear that these MPs from Andhra Pradesh are wary of the violence they may let loose inside Parliament. Today, a few YSR Congress MPs almost came to blows, but better sense prevailed and TDP MPs quietly walked out of the house.
Army Jawan killed in Arnia encounter identified as Naik Kulwinder. His family has been informed. RIP
SAARC countries agree to give three months time for approval of regional motor vehicle and railway agreements, says Nepal PM Koirala.
16:53   Applause and cheers at SAARC hall as Modi, Sharif shake hands
Applause in the SAARC hall and Indian media centre at the handshake after three days of Arctic vibes. 
16:50   A final handshake between Modi, Sharif as SAARC ends
India PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM shake hands furiously at the end of the SAARC summit. The summit has just ended. Other than this, there has been no breakthrough, no dialogue between India and Pakistan at SAARC, which remained largely unremarkable.
16:15   What happened when Dimple met Jaya in Parliament
Not Dimple Khanna, you Bollywood watcher you, the person is Dimple Yadav, Samjawadi Party MP. She also happens to be the wife of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.

Mrs Yadav touched Jaya Bachchan's feet at the Central Hall of Parliament. She then sat next to Mrs B in the front benches and exchanged pleasantries with her. We hear Mrs B, senior SP MP, asked after the UP CM's health and Dimple's father-in-law, Mulayam Singh Yadav. They spent 15 minutes talking after which Dimple touched Jaya's feet again and left.
16:05   Three civilians, three terrorists, one jawan dead in Arnia encounter
The encounter in Arnia sector near the LoC is still on. A group of four or five terrorists are holed up in an abandoned army bunker near the border with Pakistan and are exchanging fire with the army. Seven people - three terrorists, three civilians, and an army soldier has died since the militants attacked this morning at 8 am.
15:54   Leaders that eat together stay together
Convivial atmosphere at retreat, sets the tone for concluding session of SAARC Summit. A thawing after the meal as Pakistan agrees to sign energy deal. For those of you who have joined us now, it was a 25-item meal at Dhulikhel. Burp.   
15:31   Pak relents, energy deal goes through at SAARC
Just in: The energy pact deal goes through after pressure on Pak PM Nawaz Sharif.  Pakistan has agreed to back an energy pact for SAARC nations, salvaging a summit that has been clouded by frosty ties between India and Pakistan. Pakistan's assent came at the informal retreat for SAARC leaders in Dhulikhel, where Narendra Modi and Sharif shook hands and exchanged pleasantries but did have a separate conversation. 
15:21   All vegetarian fare at SAARC retreat lunch
It was an all vegetarian fare at the SAARC retreat at Dhulikhel, with each of the eight member nations represented in the menu.

Dumplings infused with spinach, seasonal vegetables and home-made cottage cheese. It was served with Himalayan spicy tomato pickle. The main course included Nepali thali, cauliflower curry, cottage cheese curry, zuccini curry, spiced mushroom curry, lentil kofta, sauted palung greens, organic rice and chapatis.

The salad served at the launch comprised cucumber rolls filled with avocado, cheese and mizuna greens topped with fenugreek, fruit and edible flower and molasses. Nettle and fenugreek soup was served with home-made assorted breads.

Desert: Picked up from all the eight member countries included -- from India it was Gujrati Basundi with Jalebis while Baklava from Afghanistan was also laid out. The desert from Bangladesh was Rasbari while Shahi Tukra from Pakistan was also served. The Maldives' Pirni, Nepal's Sikarni and Bhutanese desert Daisee and Waterlappan from Sri Lanka comprised the desert. 
15:13   India@SAARC: What happened at Dhulikhel
From traditional Nepali thali to Gujrati Basundi with Jalebi, it was a lavish vegetarian spread of cuisines laid out for the SAARC leaders as they met in the cooler climes of exotic Dhulikhel resort for a retreat session.

The leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arrived at the resort, around 30 kilometres from Kathmandu in the morning and held talks in informal settings with most leaders seen in a relaxed mood.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina could not join her counterparts at the retreat as she was unwell.

Foreign Ministers of SAARC countries, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, were also present at the retreat.
15:08   A country boy who chased his Baggy Green dreams
Phillip Hughes never lost the grounding of a rural upbringing on his journey to Test cricket. Read this moving obit. 
14:51   Please, don't eat me!
Hundreds of thousands of Swiss people eat cat and dog meat say activists, who want the practice to be made illegal. A petition with 16,000 signatures has been handed to the Swiss parliament, calling for the government to stop people eating "domestic animals". Read
14:43   Rehman Malik claims to have proof of ISIS presence in Pakistan
Pakistan's former interior minister Rehman Malik has claimed that he had documentary evidence about the presence of the dreaded Islamic State terror group in the country. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should sensitise the world community about the rapid penetration of IS into several countries and use the forum of SAARC for setting up of an international desk for sharing information about the group's activities.
Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien today raised the issue of SBI loan to Adani group, saying it was an example of crony capitalism.
14:39   BJP, Sena feel they should govern together in Maharashtra: Fadnavis
After weeks of negotiations, the BJP and the Shiv Sena are close to reaching an understanding. And the understanding is this -- the Sena is likely to join the Maharashtra government headed by Devendra Fadnavis.

The Maharashtra CM said today that the Sena was part of the NDA at the Centre. "We have decided the Shiv Sena should also be a part of the Maharashtra government. Both the BJP and the Shiv Sena have a feeling that they should govern together in Maharashtra," Fadnavis said.

Fadnavis is all set to carry out the cabinet expansion ahead of the crucial winter session beginning in Nagpur on December 8.
14:29   Why was 26/11 chosen for Saarc summit, Modi wants to know
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has triggered a discreet and informal investigation into how November 26 was chosen for the inauguration of the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

The choice of the sixth anniversary of the Pakistan-linked terrorist attacks on Mumbai made it impossible for Modi to meet his counterpart from Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif, on the opening day of the summit even if their relations with each other had been at their best. Read more
14:19   India@SAARC: Dhulikhel retreat ends, talks with Pak remain frozen
MEA spokes Syed Akbaruddin tweets: Goodbye Dhulikhel. PM @narendramodi leaving SAARC retreat.
14:16   Adelaide match cancelled after Hughes death
India's two-day Adelaide tour match has been cancelled as a mark of respect to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. Hughes died in hospital today, two days after the batsman was struck on the head by a bouncer during a domestic match. 
Nepal journalist Yubaraj Ghimire says that Nepal PM Koirala has asked Narendra Modi to have a meeting with Nawaz Sharif.  
13:58   So, I was saying, Mr Ghani
SAARC retreats are ideally organised outside the summit venue in resorts and hotels where the leaders can relax and discuss the bilateral and multilateral agendas. It also provides an opportunity to quell disagreements on unresolved issues.

Pic: Narendra Modi in conversation with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani at Dhulikhel.
13:47   Why the retreat at Dhulikhel is important for SAARC
Pakistan has blocked key proposals to integrate energy grids and free up road and rail movement. Sources say SAARC nations are pushing for at least an energy pact to avoid a total collapse of the summit. The retreat at Dhulikhel today was seen as an opportunity for other SAARC leaders to persuade Nawaz Sharif to change his mind on the agreements he opposed, forcing the cancellation of a signing ceremony.
13:43   India@ SAARC: Modi, Sharif exchange pleasantries at Dhulikhel
JUST IN: The silence ends. PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif exchange pleasantries at the SAARC retreat in Nepal.

"Yes, they have met and shook hands at the retreat,' Nepal Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey told IANS over phone from Dhulikhel, where the retreat is being held on the second day of the two-day Saarc Summit.

Both the prime ministers have taken a tour in and around the resort which is famous for a stunning view of the Himalayas.

The leaders will spend almost five hours at the retreat.

Yesterday, they shared the dais but other than a formal handshake, there was no exchange of courtesies between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan during the nearly three-hour South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, who were sitting two seats away from each other, did not look at each other even when Sharif went across both before and after delivering his speech at the 18th meeting of the eight-member regional bloc.

The leaders of Maldives and Nepal were seated between Modi and Sharif.

Pic: SAARC leaders pose at Dhulikhel, a retreat near Kathmandu, where they will spend five hours.
13:36   Distraught Abbott being monitored after Hughes death
The cricketing community has rallied behind New South Wales all-rounder Sean Abbott whose bouncer struck Phillip Hughes. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being hit on the head during a Sheffield Shield game. Abbott was distraught when Hughes staggered after being hit. He was one of the first players to rush to help the injured batsman. The Australian Cricketers Association said it is monitoring Abbott closely. All players involved in the match are receiving counselling and psychological support.
PM Narendra Modi and Nepal PM Sushil Koirala share a quiet moment at Dhulikhel. 
13:10   Unceremonious removal of SPG chief linked to RTI by Modi's wife?
Special Protection Group (SPG) chief K Durga Prasad's unceremonious removal from his post has led to speculation about the reasons for his sudden exit from the force mandated to provide security to the Prime Minister, former prime ministers and their families.  Read
12:58   Infiltration bid at LoC foiled, terrorist nabbed
Mukhtar Ahmad/ reports: In the second encounter today, the army has foiled an infiltration bid on the Line of Control (LoC) in the frontier Poonch district of Jammu region this morning and arrested a militant.

"The infiltration bid was foiled near the Leharan Company Operating Base in Lam Battalion area at around 06:30 hours. Our alert troops noticed suspicious movement near LoC," a defence spokesman said in a statement.

"The troops responded immediately and in the ensuring cordon and search caught an individual with one AK 47 with 30 rounds, one Pakistan-made pistol and Rs 8100 Pakistan currency. The individual is Adul Qayoomi alias Punjabi resident of Leheran. Detailed search is in progress,' the spokesman said.
MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweets: Tender care. Minister @SushmaSwaraj waters a sapling planted by PM @narendramodi at Dhulikhel.
12:38   Cricketing world heartbroken at Hughes' death
Australian cricketing circle also took to the twitter to express their shock and sadness on Hughes' death.

"RIP you little champ, we are all going to miss you ! Love, prayers to all the Hughes family xxxx," Australia coach Darren Lehnman wrote.

"No no no no no. RIP Phillip Hughes," was how former captain and wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist reacted on hearing the news.

Australia pace great Glenn McGrath and former opener Matthew Hayden also exprssed their sympathies for the bereaved cricketer's family. "Such terrible news with the passing of Phil Hughes. Our deepest sympathies to his family," McGrath wrote.

"Rest peacefully our little brother...may God hold you in the palm of his hand forever. Deepest sympathies to the Hughes Family and friends," Hayden tweeted.

There were condolence messages from cricketers of other countries as well on Hughes demise.

"May you RIP Hughesey. Words cannot explain one's feelings right now. Prayers are with his family, friends and Teammates.. #RIPPhilHughes," South African all-rounder J P Duminy wrote on twitter handle.

Former Protea skipper Graeme Smith and current captain AB de Villiers too were shaken by the news. "Totally , totally sick inside and have no words.thinking and praying for friends and family. #RIPPhilHughes," Smith tweeted.
SC asks N Srinivasan to furnish details of shareholding of India Cements and composition of its Board members.
12:30   One jawan dies in Arnia encounter

1. Encounter between militants and security forces near Pindi post in RS Pura Sector, Jammu and Kashmir. Two people have been injured

2. And in the other encounter at Arnia, a soldier injured in the firing has died. The operation against militants is still underway in the Arnia Sector, J&K, say Army sources. Two terrorists killed in operation in Arnia.

Four terrorists, who crossed the border from Pakista early this morning, got cover fire from Rangers. Area has been cordoned off by the Army and BSF. Operation in progress.  J&K. One injured
12:21   The dangers of the Gentlemen's Game
The extent of Hughes's injury may not be known for days, but there is a long list of cricketers who have suffered horrific injuries that have been career ending and sometimes fatal. Read

Pic: Indias Raman Lamba died in 1998 at the age of 38 after being struck in the temple by a cricket ball hit by a Bangladesh batsman.
Andy Murray announces engagement with Kim Sears ...and sacks coaches. Read
12:12   SAARC leaders at Dhulikhel
SAARC leaders at a retreat in Dhulikel.This is where a last ditch effort by Nepal and other SAARC countries will be made to push Nawaz Sharif to come around on the agreements he has refused to give his nod to. 
Veritas man Nitin Mangal who clobbered Indiabulls taken in custody. Read 
How to opt out of Twitter's new thing that tracks which Apps you install. Read
11:52   SC seeks to disqualify CSK
The Supreme Court asks suspended BCCI president N Srinivasan to explain how there was no conflict of interest as he was BCCI president and owned IPL team Chennai Super Kings. The top court sought to disqualify CSK.

Srinivasan has been slammed by the Supreme Court for conflict of interest. The top court has taken exception to the fact that he heads Chennai Super Kings as well as the BCCI. Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been indicted by the probe panel for betting. Meiyappan has been identified as a CSK team official. According to IPL rules, CSK can face termination.
11:48   Tendulkar: Shocked to hear about Phil, sad day for cricket
Sachin Tendulkar condoles Phillip Hughes death: Shocked to hear about Phil. Sad day for cricket. Deepest condolences to family, friends and well wishers. RIP #PhilipHughes
11:46   PM's pledge to fight terrorism falls on deaf ears
The group of heavily armed terrorists crossed over from Pakistan to the Arnia sector this morning. This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a SAARC nations meeting in Kathmandu called for a pledge to unitedly combat terror reminding them of the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
11:43   Fierce encounter at Arnia sector of Jammu even as SAARC goes on
Just in: The army has denied a report that an officer was killed in an encounter with militants in the Arnia sector of Jammu. has learnt that there have been no casualties so far.  Mukhtar Ahmad/ reporting from Srinagar says that the encounter between a group of militants and security forces is still on. Militants attacked a bunker in the Kathar area in the sector this morning.

"A gunfight is on in the area. More reinforcements have been rushed there," a senior police officer said.

Three security personnel, including a JCO, and a civilian were injured in a fierce encounter with infiltrating militants.
11:34   Omar on encounter in Arnia
J-K CM Omar Abdullah tweets: Some things will never change, SAARC summit is on, Ind & Pak PMs at the same venue and a fierce encounter breaks out in Jammu.
ABC Radio presenter Mark Colvin tweets: If you're writing about Hughes: The family have let the ABC know they prefer him to be called Phillip rather than Phil.
11:16   Ebola outbreak: Indian pharmacy worker died in Liberia
In other news: An Indian man working in Liberia died in September after contracting the deadly Ebola virus, the BBC reports. The man's family was informed after his death and he was buried in Liberia. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been worst hit by the Ebola outbreak.
@janecat60  Condolences to Phil Hughes's loved ones but thoughts really with Sean Abbott right now. What a devastating thing to live with.
11:10   'So long, Phil Hughes, see you in cricket heaven'
Condolence tweets pour in for Phillip Hughes:

@BoredCricket: So long, Phil Hughes, see you in cricket heaven, where matches aren't fixed and you don't stop playing.

@3AW693 (Hughes) was a very humble kid. You never heard a bad word from him when he got dropped. He worked harder" - former mentor @ProfDeano.

@OllyNoonan Hughes' death must show sporting codes the importance of properly dealing with head injuries. Some good can and must come from this.

@SAfridiOfficial  My heartfelt condolences to the family of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes on the sad demise.  (That's a tweet from Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi)
11:01   Hughes was surrounded by family and close friends: Doc
5 takeaways from the Phillip Hughes story.

-- Phillip Hughes had been rushed to hospital after he was hit in the head in the Sheffield Shield game. He was admitted to intensive care after surgery, but was announced dead this afternoon.

-- Hughes had made 63 out of a total of 2 for 136 while batting for South Australia in the match against New South Wales.

-- He was hit in the head after misjudging a ball from Sean Abbott.

-- The 25-year-old was wearing a helmet but the ball hit him beneath its rim. He bent over before collapsing on to the ground and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

-- He had been in an induced coma at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

-- In a statement, Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said: "He was not in pain before he passed away and was surrounded by his family and close friends."
10:55   Poor ambulance response time to Phillip Hughes
Paramedics took 15 minutes to reach Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday as he lay critically injured on the field, and it took two calls to triple-0 to get them there.

NSW Ambulance Commissioner Ray Creen will be hauled before the Health Minister on Thursday to discuss the incident after the service put out two conflicting statements on Wednesday about how long it took for an ambulance to get to the SCG.  Read more
10:52   Oz PM on Hughes death: What happened has touched millions of Australians
Australian PM Tony Abbott's message on cricketer Phillip Hughes death.

"Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams.
His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family.
What happened has touched millions of Australians.
For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration.
He was loved, admired and respected by his teammates and by his legions of cricket fans.
Australians' thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes family."
Shashi Tharoor tweets: Awful news about Phillip Hughes. No young man ventures onto a sports field thinking he's risking his life. My thoughts & prayers4 his family.
10:37   Army indicts 9 soldiers for killing 2 youth in Kashmir
The Army has indicted 9 soldiers for killing 2 youth in Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. 

It has recommended court martial proceedings.

The Indian Army had admitted that it was a mistake and announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 10 lakh to the deceased and Rs 5 lakh to the injured.
10:30   Batsman dies 3 days after blow
Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies 3 days after being hit in the head by a ball bowled by Sean Abbott. 

Hughes needed emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain after being struck on the head during a domestic match on Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 
10:17   CBI files case diary in coal scam case
CBI files case diary of a coal scam case involving industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and others in sealed cover before special court.
Badaun cousins committed suicide, were not killed: CBI 

The two teenage girls found hanging in a small village in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh in May this year committed suicide, the Central Bureau of Investigation has concluded, ending speculation that the two were raped and murdered.
Army finds 9 soldiers guilty of killing 2 teenagers in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam earlier this month.

Kashmir was on edge after two youth were killed and two others were injured when the army opened fire on a passing car in the Chattergam area of central Kashmir's Budgam district.
08:59   'Vehicles older than 15 years not to ply in Delhi'
The National Green Tribunal has passed the order that all the petrol and diesel vehicles older than 15 years would not be permitted to ply on the national capital's road.

A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, passed the order saying that it is unquestionable that air pollution of the National Capital Territory is getting worse with each passing day, and it only projects the very dismayed state of affairs with clear indication that worst is likely to follow.
Hundreds protest at US embassy in London over Ferguson case: About a thousand Britons have protested outside the United States embassy in London in sympathy with demonstrations across the US over the killing of a black teenager by a white police officer. 

The decision not to prosecute the officer for shooting dead unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked anger and racially-charged unrest in cities across the United States this week.
08:47   2 abandoned fishing boats found at Daman coast
Daman Marine Police recovered two abandoned fishing boats on the Daman coast on Wednesday.

The boats were found near Kadhaiya at the Daman coast. 

The two fishing boats were unmanned and empty. Preliminary investigation reveals that the registration number of the boats was fake.
Global Ebola toll rises to 5,689: WHO:  
The World Health Organization today said that the global death toll from the Ebola virus had increased to 5,689 out of a total of 15,935 cases of infection, mainly in western Africa. 

The earlier WHO toll from last Friday gave a death toll of 5,459 and 15,351 cases. The WHO believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher, given the difficulty in collecting comprehensive figures and with Ebola having a high fatality rate.
04:11   E-visa list for 43 nations to be announced today
The list of 43 countries in the first phase of tourist-visa-on-arrival, enabled by electronic travel authorisation, will be announced on Thursday.

The countries for which this facility can be extended include Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, Mauritius, the Czech Republic, Oman, Argentina, and Kazakhstan.

Currently, India gives visa-on-arrival to travellers from Finland, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Luxembourg, Japan, and New Zealand.

Subsequently, all 180 countries that host Indias diplomatic missions, apart from Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia, will be included in the list.

The proposal for the e-visa, allowing entry of foreign tourists without a physical visa, had been announced by the previous government earlier this year.
01:06   Britain unveils controversial anti-terror bill
Britain today unveiled draft legislation to ban extremist preachers from universities, increase surveillance on suspected radicals and stem the flow of jihadists joining the Islamic State group. 

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill has already come under criticism from Muslim rights campaigners and civil liberties groups who have raised concern about measures not subject to review by the courts.

"We are in the middle of a generational struggle against a deadly terrorist ideology," Britain's interior minister, Theresa May, said. 

"In an open and free society, we can never entirely eliminate the threat from terrorism. 

"But we must do everything possible in line with our shared values to reduce the risks," she said. 

One of the most contested proposals is a ban for Britons suspected of fighting in Iraq and Syria from re-entering the country for up to two years unless they agree to be subjected to strict monitoring.

Critics have said these "temporary exclusion orders" come close to making British citizens "stateless", a breach of international law that could also create a headache for transit states like Turkey.

The laws would give Britain's interior minister sweeping powers, including on deciding the definition of extremist speech, a landmark step in a country that has long prided itself on free speech.

Police will also have the power to seize passports and travel documents of people thought to be going abroad to engage in terrorism and relocate terror suspects to different parts of the country.
01:06   Near-collisions between drones, airliners surge in US
Pilots around the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nations skies to remotely controlled aircraft, according to FAA records.

Since June 1, commercial airlines, private pilots and air-traffic controllers have alerted the FAA about at least 25 episodes in which small drones came within a few seconds or a few feet of crashing into much larger aircraft, the records show.

Many of the close calls occurred during takeoffs and landings at the nations busiest airports, presenting a new threat to aviation safety after decades of steady improvement in air travel.

Many of the previously unreported incident reports -- released Wednesday by the FAA in response to long-standing public-records requests from The Washington Post and other news organizations -- occurred near New York and Washington.

The FAA data indicates that drones are posing a much greater hazard to air traffic than previously recognized.

Read more HERE
01:05   Bill Clinton caught red-handed
As the 42nd US president, Bill Clinton had a bit of a womanizing reputation.

Sixteen years later, and turns out he's apparently still at it: A photo recently posted to Reddit by user dev27 shows Bill -- totally unaware that a woman he's standing by is taking a selfie -- having a real good look. 

And it's not the first time he has been caught on camera.

Read more HERE

01:04   The Taliban's psychiatrist
In the late 1990s the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, but the fighting that brought them to power left many militants struggling with the psychological effects of war. 

One doctor recognised the problem and, although he disagreed with the Taliban's ideology, agreed to treat them.

Read about him HERE

01:04   The White Houses limited options on Ferguson
This is one problem President Barack Obama definitely cant solve with a speech.

Hes going to have to find actions -- realistic, meaningful actions -- to ease the anger in Ferguson over the grand jurys decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, civil rights groups and Ferguson community leaders say. 

As Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund put it: Remarks are helpful, but actions are much more helpful.

But as the White House continued to ponder possible responses to protests that continued across the country for a second night, Obamas aides know that he doesnt have a lot of options, and most of the biggest actions he could take are already underway.

Read more HERE