Fri, 05 June 2015
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23:11   Quake kills 2 climbers, injures 11 others on Malaysian peak
A magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck near Southeast Asia's highest mountain today, killing two climbers, injuring 11 others, and stranding more than a hundred people on the peak, Malaysian officials said. 

The quake was centered northwest of Ranau district in Sabah state on Borneo at a depth of 54 kilometers (34 miles), Malaysia's meteorological department said. Local media said rescuers recovered two bodies from 4,095-meter Mount Kinabalu believed to be of a local guide and a 12-year-old female Singaporean student.
21:57   Mamata Banerjee arrives in Dhaka ahead of Modi's visit
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived here today, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day maiden visit to Bangladesh.

State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam received her at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the evening. Foreign Ministry officials said the West Bengal Chief Minister would witness the signing of documents on Land Boundary Agreement to be exchanged between the two countries after talks between Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina tomorrow.

Bangladesh media prominently reported her Dhaka visit. Chief ministers of other Indian states bordering Bangladesh are expected to accompany Modi during the tour.

Foreign Ministry officials earlier said she preferred to stay in a separate hotel, though the Pan Pacific Sonargoan Hotel is booked for the Indian premier's entourage.
21:42   Manjhi alleges threat to life after beer bottle found at his residence
Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi today alleged threat to his life after a liquor bottle was found under a plant at his heavily guarded residence here.

Some media persons, who had assembled at his residence to meet Hindustani Awam Morcha leaders, noticed a liquor bottle under a plant in the open. Manjhi, who continues to live at 1, Anne Marg - the official residence of Bihar Chief Minister even after his replacement, said it was a huge security failure.

"If a person could enter the campus with a liquor bottle then bombs could also be brought in. I am facing a threat to my life and I have said this earlier also," he said. Manjhi alleged that it could be a conspiracy of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to give him a bad name.

"The place where the bottle was found is frequented by us. At times we also sit there. It is a mystery that the bottle suddenly appeared there," he added. Manjhi on several occasions has asked people, especially those belonging to Scheduled Castes, to refrain from consuming liquor.
21:24   Israel, Saudi hold secret meetings over Iran's nuke programme
Israel and Saudi Arabia have been holding secret meetings including in India to address the "common threat" posed by the Iranian nuclear programme, signalling the emergence of a new alignment between the Jewish state and the Arab world.

An extremely unusual public meeting of high-ranking Israeli and Saudi officials took place in Washington yesterday when the incoming director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry,

Dore Gold, shared a stage and shook hands, with a retired Saudi General, Anwar Eshki, who is also a former top advisor to the Saudi government, the Times of Israel reported today. The two senior officials in their back-to-back addresses to the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations think tank also espoused Israeli-Saudi peace and identified Iran as the chief threat to regional stability, the website said.

Much of the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia, does not recognise Israel but reports of such clandestine meetings have been abuzz recently in view of the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear programme which is seen by many Arab countries as an effort to establish its hegemony in the region.
20:40   Modi introduces Yoga postures through his Weibo account
After calling Chinese enthusiasts to take part in UN's International Yoga Day in a big way on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been tweeting daily in Chinese social media on Yoga postures and their importance.

In his tweets on Chinese social media Sina Weibo -- akin to Twitter in China -- Modi detailed the intricacies of various Yoga Asanas (postures) like Tadasana, Vrikshasana and Padahastasana and their health benefits. 

The Indian embassy and the consulates in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou are holding a series of events to commemorate June 21st as International Yoga Day.

Besides holding a number of Yoga events in Beijing and all top cities with local Yoga organisations in China, the mission is organising a five-day International Yoga meet from June 17 to 21 in Chengdu.
20:27   Ganga can't be cleaned in 50 years: Murali Manohar Joshi
Toeing a line different from his party-led government on ambitious 'Namami Gange' programme, senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi today said Ganga can't be cleaned even in next 50 years they way the project to clean the river was being carried out.

Expressing his reservations on clean Ganga project, Joshi said cleaning Ganga would be a far-fetched dream till there was uninterrupted water flow in the river.

"Cleaning Ganga would be a far fetched dream till there was an uninterrupted flow of water in the river. The river cannot be cleaned even in next 50 years, they way river was being cleaned by dividing it into small parts, converting it into small ponds," Joshi said, adding that Ganga was our lifeline, and any threat to Ganga was a threat to our culture and tradition.

The senior BJP leader advocated for an uninterrupted flow of water in Ganga and questioned Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's Inland waterways project of running cruises and large ships in Ganga river for transportation of heavy goods.
20:00   Kejriwal says Modi taking 'revenge' for losing Delhi
Locked in a bitter standoff with the Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of being"revengeful" towards his government and the people of Delhi after the BJP's staggering defeat in Delhi polls.   

Kejriwal was even more strident in attacking Delhi's Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, calling him as BJP's "polling agent" who had turned his official residence into "BJP headquarters".   

"Delhi people have voted for us and the rest of the country supported Modi. So please let us run Delhi and you (Modi) run the country. Don't create trouble for us every day through the LG. This is not being a good prime minister. Taking revenge for losing Delhi from people and AAP is not right," he said, sending out a message to Modi.   

Slamming Jung, Kejriwal said he does not give time even to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia or other Delhi ministers for a meeting or take his calls. "But if the 'chowkidar'(watchman) of (BJP President) Amit Shah calls him (LG), he will crawl and go."   

Alleging that the "LG house has become another BJP headquarter," Kejriwal said, "He (LG) is acting like a poll agent of the BJP."
19:22   Delhi court records evidence in case against Irom Sharmila
A Delhi court today recorded statements of three police officials as prosecution witnesses in a case in which rights activist Irom Sharmila is facing trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide during her fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar in 2006.       

Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain recorded testimonies of Inspector Subhash, Assistant Sub Inspector Pal Singh, who was head constable at Parliament Street Police Station at the time of the incident, and constable Kapil.       

The court fixed the case for tomorrow for recording evidence of other witnesses. Sharmila, who is on a fast for over 14 years in Manipur demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, was also present in the court during the hearing.       

42-year-old Sharmila is currently under judicial custodyin another case lodged against her in Manipur. The court had earlier recorded statements of four prosecution witnesses, including retired Assistant Commissioner of Police G L Mehta, Dr Prashant Sinha, whohad medically examined Sharmila after she was admitted toAIIMS, and two other officials of the Delhi police in the case.       

Sharmila had earlier told the court that she was very mucheager to eat if she got the assurance that the "draconian" actwill be revoked.
President Pranab Mukherjee planted a Rudraksh sapling in the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan today to mark World Environment Day.
18:40   Maggi noodles passes lead test in Mumbai
Maggi noodle samples collected from Mumbai and Thane find lead levels within the limits specified by food regulations, reports ANI.

Nestle has withdrawn Maggi noodles from sale in India due to "an environment of confusion for consumers", following a food scare sparked by reports of excess lead in some packets of the popular instant snack.

Nestle reiterated the noodles were safe, but after coming under fire in local media for reacting too little and too late, the group said it would recall the product regardless.

At least six states have banned Maggi noodles after tests revealed some packets contained excess amounts of lead. On Thursday, Tamil Nadu became the first state to ban several brands of instant noodles, including Nestle.
18:32   PM Modi's Bangladesh visit historic: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day official visit to Bangladesh as 'historic' and said that the centrepiece of the visit is the conclusion of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA).

"With the settlement of the land boundary, there was earlier a settlement of our maritime boundary, we actually have completely settled our boundary with Bangladesh, and that is, for a neighbour, an extremely important development, and I cannot overstate the confidence in goodwill that is generated by this act," Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said at a press conference.

"There are two concepts at play in this visit. At one level, it is once again an affirmation of our neighbourhood first policy. But is also a part of our Act East policy. The consequences, the possibilities of cooperation that would be opened up as a result of these developments really have a very profound impact on our North-East and our policies further east," he added.

18:03   Cop stabbed by sikh protesters in Jammu, weapon snatched
A constable was stabbed allegedly by some sikh youth protesters who also fled away with his AK-47 rifle here, police said today.

The constable, identified as Joginder Pal of Mirpur in Kathua district and posted as Personal Security Officer with DSP (Jammu East) Mohammad Rafiq, was stabbed late last night by some miscreants from among the group of sikh youths staging a protest on Jammu-Pathankote Highway in Digiana area, a police officer said.

The incident took place a day after Sub-inspector Arun Kumar was critically wounded when he was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by some sikh youths.

Pal has been shifted to the GMC hospital, where his condition has improved, the officer said. "We have recovered the AK-rifle from some people this afternoon and a case has been registered. Arrest will also take place," he said.
17:41   Kejriwal: Narendra Modi should realise I'm not Rahul Gandhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal speaks to NDTV's Barkha Dutt. Highlights of the interview:  

-- We have worked very hard. We are delivering on what we promised.I am not angry with the media, I have been voted to do work.

-- People have voted for us so that we work, not to talk to the media.

-- In 100 days we have done a lot of work, we have worked day and night.

-- Our good work in just 49 days won us 67 seats in Delhi.

-- We would have worked better had Delhi got full statehood.

-- When we (Lieutenant Governor and I) meet, we hug each other. It is not a personal fight.

-- I get a 'love letter' from the LG every 2-3 hours. He has no time to meet our ministers but if Amit Shah's chowkidaar (security guard) calls the Lieutenant Governor , he will go crawling.

-- The union government targetting the AAP government via the Lieutenant Governor.

-- The LG says he wants to make all appointments, wants to control us.

-- Is the Lt Governor or the home minister our headmaster? Are we children? Narendra Modi should realise that I'm not Rahul Gandhi.
17:04   'Moron' Isis fighter's selfie gives away location, US air force destroys base
Inappropriate selfies might land you in trouble, but chances are not as much trouble as one hapless Isis recruit in Syria, the Independent reports.

Intelligence agents based in the US were able to destroy his units headquarters less than a day after he uploaded a selfie - complete with selfie stick - to the internet.

US Air Force general Hawk Carlisle, speaking at a news conference in Florida on Monday, said:

"The [airmen are] combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command And in some social media, open forum, bragging about command and control capabilities for Daesh, Isil, And these guys go: ah, we got an in.

"So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAMS [joint direct attack munitions] take that entire building out. Through social media. It was a post on social media. Bombs on target in 22 hours."

Carlise did not give any additional details about the strike, which is maybe for the best if the US-led coalition wants Isis militants to keep accidently giving away their positions.

According to Reuters, the US-led coalition has staged 17 airstrikes on Isis targets in Syria and northern Iraq in the last 24 hours.
16:41   Nestle strikes back: Challenges Uttarakhand Maggi ban in court
Just in: Nestle strikes back. After a press conference by Nestle group CEO this afternoon, the multinational plagued by the ban on its Maggi noodles has challenged the Uttarakhand government's three-month ban on their products in court.

Uttarakhand has banned the sale of the noodles after their tests detected the presence of monosodium glutamate, which was not listed in the ingredients. While India doesn't prohibit MSG, it requires manufacturers to label products that have it.

Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have banned Maggi. With state after state banning Maggi over the presence of lead and 'MSG', Nestle today said it is withdrawing the product from Indian market due to "unfounded confusions" that has affected the consumer trust, but maintained that its noodles are safe for consumption.
16:21   Manipur ambush: Post-mortem of soldiers likely to be completed by evening
Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh has arrived in Imphal to review the situation on the ground a day after militants ambushed and killed 18 soldiers and injured 11 others who were part of an army convoy that was passing through Manipur's Chandel District.

Though the army and the state civil administration are tightlipped about giving out information on the tragic incident and its aftermath, as per informed sources, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, the post-mortem of seven of the 18 soldiers has been completed. The post-mortem of the remaining 11 will be completed by this evening.

As per the information received so far, senior Indian Army officers will take part in a formal wreath-laying ceremony early on Saturday at the Imphal International Airport.

The media and the general public is also not being allowed access to the ambush site or to the institutions where the injured are being treated and where the coffins of the dead soldiers have been kept for their onward journey to their respective hometowns.

Meanwhile, the Naga insurgent outfit Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-A (NSCN) along with Manipuri outfit Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) has claimed responsibility for the attack on an Indian Army convoy in which at least 18 soldiers were killed in Manipur on Thursday.

The attack on the 6 Dogra Infantry Regiment took place as it was was being de-inducted from the area.

According to sources, the attackers came from Myanmar and more than one insurgent group could be involved.
16:01   Bangladesh rolls out red carpet for Modi visit
Bangladesh is all set to roll out a red carpet welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on his maiden visit to the country, amid expectations on both sides to take bilateral ties to a new level and unleash the potential of economic and trade ties.

Ahead of Modi's two-day visit, the capital city Dhaka is having a festive look with streets adorned with life-size cutouts of Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Banerjee will arrive in Dhaka tonight and will take part in the flag off ceremony of Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service and signing of the LBA agreement.

Large cutouts of Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi were also seen on the streets as a token of an age old relationship between both the two countries and India's role in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

"We are really overwhelmed by Prime Minister Modi's visit. We believe that the signing of LBA and Kolkata-Dhaka- Agartala bus service will open new avenues and strengthen the bilateral ties," Awami League MP Md Monirul Islam told PTI.

Islam said strong bilateral ties will also help in fighting the menace of terrorism and fundamentalism. "We can never forget the role that India had played during our liberation war. We, the Awami League government, always want friendly relations with the Indian government. India is the biggest friend of Bangladesh. The Friendship between Narendra Modi government and Sheikh Hasina Government along with our Mamatdi will help us to evolve as power," another Awami League MP Sk Afil Udin said.
No objectionable material found in Maggi noodles in West Bengal after laboratory test: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
15:23   Barnyard buddies curl up together
People watching American Pharoah take his exercise at Belmont Park on Thursday morning could not help noticing that he had a friend with him. It happened to be a 6-year-old gelding named Smokey, who has been serving as general companion and calmer of nerves for American Pharoah during the horse's potentially stress-filled attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Read
Reliance Retail removes all 11 instant noodle brands from its 2,621 stores in over 200 cities.
BJP senior leader Subramanian Swamy on the issue surrounding the compulsory attendance to schools on World Yoga Day on June 21, which has Muslim groups protesting. Swamy said that the yoga curriculum does not have suryanamaskar. Sun is a natural phenomenon, not religious.
14:51   Govt to give farmers power, seeds subsidy in case rains fail
The government today announced it will offer subsidy on diesel, power and seeds to farmers in case of deficient monsoon affecting crops. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today held a meeting with senior officials of India Meteorological Department (IMD), which earlier in the week had revised monsoon forecast to "deficient", triggering drought fears.

Officials from power, water resource, rural development, food and fertiliser ministries, among others were also present in the meet. "We will offer subsidy on diesel, power and seeds to farmers like last year to deal with drought-like-situation," Singh said after the meeting.
14:49   Modi jostles for space with Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh
Bangladesh gears up for PM Narendra Modi's two-day maiden visit tomorrow.

On the agenda is: enhancing rail, road and water connectivity, boosting economic engagement and expanding security cooperation.

The visit is expected to bring a new momentum in overall bilateral ties as it follows Parliament's approval to a Constitution amendment bill that provides for implementation of the 1974 land boundary agreement between the two neighbours to settle the 41-year-old border issue.
14:15   Jaya files bypoll nomination
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has filed her nomination papers to contest a by-election from Chennai's RK Nagar seat, to be held on June 27. She is required to get elected as MLA within six months.
14:13   Singapore suspends sale of Maggi noodles imported from India
Singapore authorities have ordered local importers to temporarily suspend of the sale of Nestle's Maggi noodles imported from India amid reports that high lead content was found in the popular instant snack in India.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority's decision comes after India banned the sale of the noodles for 15 days in Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu after high levels of lead were discovered in batches tested in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

"A small amount" of Maggi brand instant noodles from India have been imported into Singapore, but Maggi oat products manufactured there have not been brought in here, The Straits Times reported.
13:59   Insurgent ambush: Army Chief rushes to Manipur
Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag today rushed to Imphal as security forces intensified their operations in the state following the deadly ambush by insurgents that killed 18 soldiers and injured 11 others yesterday.

Suhag is being briefed by the 3 Corps commanders and top police officials, army sources said.

They said that a detailed operation plan is being worked out for sustained and targeted operations against the insurgents. The focus currently is to send back bodies of the martyred soldiers and sanitise the area completely, the sources said.

In the worst such attack in two decades, insurgents had yesterday ambushed a military convoy in Manipur's Chandel district killing at least 18 army personnel and injuring 11 others.
13:43   It's official: Monsoon hits India, Kerala drenched
Just in: Indian weather bureau says monsoon has kept its date with Kerala today. The monsoon, which was initially expected to arrive in Kerala on May 30, was delayed by about five days.

Monsoon hitting Kerala marks the official onset of the rainy season in the country. The normal onset date of monsoon in India is June 1. The MeT department has initially said that monsoon would hit the southern state on May 30, but later revised it to June 5, blaming its sluggish pace.

The Centre has already warned states to formulate contingency plans to deal with the situation as the country stares at its first drought in six years after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) lowered its monsoon forecast for this year to deficient.
13:36   Irom Sharmila on Manipur ambush: Attack happened because of AFSPA
Manipur activist Irom Sharmila, who will appear in a Delhi court today for attempting suicide during her fast-unto-death in 2006 speaks out on the ambush in her state that led to the deaths of 18 army men. She said, "I don't approve such lunatic killings. The attack happened because of AFSPA."

Sharmila has been on a fast for about 12 years, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
13:29   Delhi Metro gets first driver-less train
Delhi Metro has received its first driver-less train from Korea equipped with several advanced features and is expected to be operational by the year end of next year.

According to reports, these new trains have undergone significant technological and eco-friendly upgrades. To increase the comfort of passengers, many features have been added.

The trains will be more energy efficient than the earlier trains because of improved design features such as better regeneration of energy during braking, energy efficient sub systems like LED lighting and air conditioning systems. 
Bihar bans sale of Maggi for one month: state Food Safety Commissioner Anand Kishore.
13:21   'Nestle launched Maggi oats noodles without approval'
Yet more trouble Nestle. India's Central food safety regulator FSSAI orders Nestle to recall nine variants of Maggi instant noodles from the market. The FSSAI says Nestle launched 'Maggi Oats Masala Noodles' without product approval and without undertaking risk, safety assessment; orders recall immediately. FSSAI says Nestle violated labelling regulations on taste enhancer 'MSG', asks Nestle to submit compliance report on its orders within three days. It also violated labelling norms on the taste enhancer.

In any case, Nestle India on Thursday night decided to take Maggi off the shelves after a controversy erupted over its contents, prompting several states to ban the 'two-minute' noodles.
13:02   It's time Modi tells his 'Mann Ki Baat' on Ram temple issue: Sena
The Shiv Sena today said it was time Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed his Mann Ki Baat on the contentious issue of Ram temple in Ayodhya even as it remarked BJP MP Vinay Katiyar's comments in this context as a "bomb" which can explode in future.

 Rajya Sabha MP Katiyar, who was the face of the Ayodhya movement in the 1990s, had on Wednesday said the Modi government should resolve the issue through legislation or dialogue and not wait for the Supreme Court's verdict.

"There have been disturbances among the BJP's Hindutva proponents from the time (BJP President) Amit Shah started dilly-dallying on the Ram temple in Ayodhya. They do not know how to face the people of the country now. Vinay Katiyar's comments seem to suggest that he has openly challenged Shah's comments," the Sena said in its editorial mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

Shah, while speaking to reporters in New Delhi had recently said that the party needs 370 seats in the Lok Sabha to address its core ideological issues.
12:52   Fortified police stations being set-up in Chhatisgarh to combat Naxals
Gearing up for a strong offensive against left wing extremism, Chhattisgarh police have claimed to have intensified the process of setting-up 'fortified police stations' in Bastar region in order to strengthen security apparatus in the Naxal-hit area.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had visited Naxal-infested Sukma district on May 31 to inaugurate the first fortified police station (FPS) of the state erected at Dornapal, 400 kms away from the state capital.

"Apart from Dornapal, construction of FPS have been completed in Konta of Sukma district and at Bhairamgarh in Bijapur district," a senior police official said.

The Centre had in 2011 announced to fortify 400 police stations in 83 worst Maoist-hit districts in the country at a cost of Rs 2 crore each.

In Chhattisgarh, around 75 police stations were to be set-up in this line in which Bastar region accounts for the highest, around 50 police stations. "The main objective of the FPS is to plug the chances of Naxals easily storming into the police stations or carrying out a direct gunfire attack from outside.
12:41   NO lead, no MSG; Maggi is SAFE: Global CEO
Global CEO of Nestle Paul Bulcke holds a press conference over the Maggi noodles ban in some states in India.  Nestle India on Thursday night decided to take Maggi off the shelves after the controversy erupted over its unsafe contents.

Bulcke says the quality and safety of Maggi noodles is our foremost priority. Maggi noodles withdrawn from market due to confusion as consumer trust was shaken, but we can assure you that Maggi is safe for consumption.

" We have the same quality standards everywhere in the world.  Maggi noodles have been trusted in India for over 30 years.

"There is no MSG in Maggi noodles and some ingredients contain glutamate. No lead found in 1,000 Maggi batches tested internally.

"Maggi has been taken off shelves temporarily and we will ensure Maggi is back soon as possible. That is our prime objective.

"We don't have data from any of the third party tests conducted on Maggi.
We will not speculate on any conspiracy and will clarify issues with authorities."
12:20   After completing passport formalities, Geelani says: By birth I'm not Indian
Syed Ali Geelani's passport formalities are over. Speaking to reporters outside the passport office in Srinagar, Geelani says, "By birth I am not Indian."

Geelani was reacting to remarks made on his passport issue that he should first apologise for his anti-India activities and accept that he was an Indian before the home ministry should accept his application. The BJP had said that Geelani should first declare loyalty and fly out later.

The Hurriyat leader had sought a passport to visit his daughter Farhat Jabeen Geelani, who is admitted in a hospital in Saudi Arabia in a critical condition.

On May 22, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh confirmed that Geelani can fly out and the government has no objections to it.
12:13   Coal scam: Court allows Naveen Jindal to travel abroad
Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, accused in a coal block allocation scam case along with 14 others, was today allowed by a special court to travel abroad from June 14 to June 29 for business purposes.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar allowed the plea filed by Jindal seeking the court's permission to go abroad.

Jindal was earlier granted bail by the court which had imposed several conditions on him, including that he will not leave the country without the court's nod. During the hearing, the counsel appearing for Jindal told the court to clarify that no advocate had approached the judge earlier in the matter.
12:05   Goa minister calls gang-rape accused 'naive'
Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar has courted controversy after he described the accused in the gang rape of two Delhi-based women in the state as "naive" and chose to dismiss the crime as a stray incident.

"Such stray incidents are bound to take place in a busy tourist destinations like Goa,' Parulekar said reacting to the incident while speaking to reporters last night.

"The boys are 'nadaan' (naive) and they have small crimes registered against them 'this will not happen in future," he said.
11:57   Don't remember seeing Tytler at Teen Murti Bhavan: Bachchan
If you've missed this, here's the other big story on Jagdish Tytler.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday informed a local court that filmstar Amitabh Bachchan 'does not remember' having seen Congress leader Jagdish Tytler at Teen Murti Bhavan in Delhi on November 1, 1984.

This could spell trouble for the controversial leader as being at Teen Murti has been his defence against allegations of his being part of a rioting mob elsewhere during the 1984 anti- Sikh violence in Delhi.

For a refresher on Tytler, read this: Court seeks CBI reply on charges against Tytler in 1984 riots case
11:40   Hardliner Geelani reaches Srinagar passport office
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani reached the regional passport officer in Srinagar after he was given a June 5 appointment to complete formalities for a passport to be issued to him.

"The passport officer has fixed 10:15 am, June 5 appointment for Geelani. However, he (Geelani) is under house arrest and if he is set free, he will definitely visit the passport office to complete the formalities,' Ayaz Akbar, Geelani's spokesman said in a statement.

Geelani had last month applied for the passport along with his family to travel to Jeddah to meet his ailing daughter.

However, the central government had said the passport application cannot be processed in its present form, noting that it was incomplete.

Octogenarian Geelani has not yet visited the regional passport office in Srinagar to give his biometric data and clicking the photograph.

As per the new rules, an applicant must visit the passport office in person to give biometric details and click the photograph.

The granting of an Indian passport to Hurriyat hawk, had sparked a divide between BJP and the Peoples Democratic Party the ruling coalition government in the state.

While the PDP maintains that passport should be issued to Geelani on 'humanitarian' grounds, BJP says he must first acknowledge that he is an Indian and apologise for his anti-national activities.

Geelani's spokesman gave enough hints that he is ready to acknowledge in passport form that he is an Indian. "Travelling on the Indian passport is a compulsion of every Kashmiri and without this compulsion the Muslims of this oppressed nation will not even be able to perform their important religious obligation of Hajj,' he said.
11:32   Focus on Manipur villages after slaughter
The Centre has asked the army to launch operations against "militant camps" without publicly specifying their locations, hours after the Manipur attack was viewed by the security establishment as a "turning point".

On either side of Mount Saramati, the highest point on the India-Myanmar border at 13,000 feet, lie villages peopled by tribes found in both countries.

It is from among these villages that New Delhi suspects the attackers who killed 18 soldiers in Manipur's Chandel district to have emerged.
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11:28   How startups are getting funds from Ratan Tata with just a mail
For Nidhi Agarwal, founder of startup Kaaryah, the decision to seek investment from Ratan Tata happened quite serendipitously. In February, Agarwal's father pointed to a newspaper report about the business doyen's financial backing for an ecommerce startup, and said: "Yours is an ecommerce startup too, so why don't you ask him?"

She did. And here's s what happened. Read
11:13   After bans in India, UK wakes up to Maggi problem
After several Indian states imposed a ban on Nestle's Maggi noodles, the UK have now exercised caution and have started investigating into Maggi packets being sold in Indian stores across the country.

According to a report in The Times of India, UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has received lab reports from India and is working with the European Commission to check if similar packets are in distribution in stores there.

The FSA, which is equivalent to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, is cautious over the high lead and MSG content. "The FSA is aware of the recent incident in India involving Maggi Noodles. We are currently working with Nestle and the European Commission to investigate a report of higher than expected levels of Lead and undeclared MSG in Maggi Noodles,' it told the newspaper in a statement.

They added that a team was investigating the matter in the UK and that they've been in touch with Nestle over the issue.

An FSA official is quoted as telling the newspaper that Nestle UK have said that they import only one flavor of Maggi from India. He added that the batch that was tested in India was not found in the UK.Nestle have said that they have tested close to 1000 batches of the product and an independent lab tested 600 too. Close to 12.5 crore packets have been reportedly tested.
11:04   Tamil Nadu to get Rs 5-cr bill from Karnataka for Jayalalithaa Case
The Karnataka government is sending over a bill of more than Rs. 5.11 crore to neighbour Tamil Nadu soon.

That is what it has spent on conducting the trial of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and three others in a corruption case over the last 12 years.

"We will claim Rs. 5.11 crore plus money from Tamil Nadu government which was spent on handling the case in Bengaluru," Law Minister TB Jayachandra of the Congress told reporters in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Jayachandra said the state government would also bill Tamil Nadu for expenditure incurred on matters related to the Home department, including security cover for Jayalalithaa, who returned as Tamil Nadu chief minister two weeks ago after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her, quashing her conviction by a Bangalore trial court in September last year.
10:55   World Environment Day today; PM Modi to plant saplings
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will plant saplings today on the occasion of World Environment Day to create awareness for environment.

Last year he urged people to protect the environment and make it clean and green.

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June throughout the world with different themes.

It is celebrated across the globe to create awareness about the importance of protecting planet Earth and mother nature.

United Nations Environment Programme calls on nations, encouraging them to do something positive for the environment on World Environment Day.

The theme for this year's WED is "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care".
10:31   NSCN-K claims responsibility for Manipur ambush
Hours after 18 soldiers of the Indian Army's 6 Dogra Regiment were killed and 11 others injured in an ambush near Myanmar border in Manipur's Chandel district, militant group Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

"An elite strike unit of Naga Army, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup and the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) carried out the ambush today (Thursday)," the NSCN-K said in a statement issued to the media.

It may be recalled that the NSCN(K) had pulled out of a ceasefire with the government in March this year.

As per reports, the Centre has asked the Army to launch 'search and destroy' operations against NSCN(K) and other insurgent groups in the Northeast.
09:52   Malala's hitmen have been secretly FREED
The Pakistani authorities have been accused of lying when they announced that 10 men had been jailed for 25 years over the attempted murder of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

In fact, eight of the suspects were secretly acquitted in a trial held behind closed doors, it was claimed last night.

'Ten men are not behind bars, as the Pakistani authorities would have us believe. That is a big lie,' a security official told the Daily Mirror.

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09:52   Over 200 killed in Ghana gas station explosion
Over 200 people were killed in an explosion at a gas station in Ghana`s capital Accra, even as torrential rains lashed the West African nation, the interior ministry said.

The Goil Filling Station at Nkrumah Circle in Accra caught fire after explosion on Wednesday (June 3) night during torrential rains.

Most of the dead bodies has been deposited at the 37 military hospital where 35 survivors are undergoing treatment, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

It is still not clear what triggered the fire at the gas station.

Eyewitnesses said that the blast was a result of petrol spillage on the surface of the flooding water, which sparked fire from a nearby trading centre.
09:07   Manipur ambush: Chandel has been a breeding ground for militants
The New Samtal area in Manipur's Chandel district, where a militant attack on Thursday killed 18 personnel of 6 Dogra Regiment, has for decades been the epicentre of operation of various insurgent groups in the state.

Located close to the Indo-Myanmar border, the district has witnessed numerous turf wars between the Indian Army and militants and among the insurgent groups themselves.

A hilly area, Chandel district peters off into the border town of Moreh before descending into the hot and humid plains of Myanmar.

Currently, there are 20 Kuki groups in Manipur, but all of them are under Suspension of Operation Agreements with the government. Apart from Kuki groups, most insurgent groups (the Meitei underground groups) were based in Chandel before being expunged by the Army. 

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08:53   Manipur ambush: Army seals Myanmar border to nab 'Lieutenant' Tamba
India Today reports: Intelligence intercepts indicate Thursday's ambush was carried out by a self-styled 'Lieutenant' Tamba who is now headed for a village south of Tamu in Myanmar after the ambush. 

Army sources indicate the guerillas were equipped with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and M79 grenade launcher colloquially called a 'Lathode gun'. 

The army has rushed forces to Chandel district to seal the border and cut off the escape of the guerillas who plan to cross Libung and head into Myanmar.

The KYKL is closely aligned to the NSCN-K that broke off a 14-year ceasefire with the government this April. 

Since then, it has begun activating its cadres and rebel factions aligned to it. On May 3, eight Assam Rifles soldiers were ambushed and killed by NSCN-K rebels in Nagaland.
08:44   After Ramdev meeting, Haryana panel wants Sanskrit compulsory from Class 6
Following a meeting chaired by Baba Ramdev, the State Council of Educational Research and Training, Haryana, has recommended that Sanskrit should be made compulsory in all schools under the state board from Class VI to XII.

The meeting was held at Ramdevs ashram in Hardwar on May 14. The recommendations have been forwarded to the state education department.

While the SCERT oversees textbooks for Classes I to V, the officials discussed how yoga, moral education and the teachings of the Gita could be incorporated in the syllabus for all classes. 

According to the minutes of the meeting, the participants recommended that "Sanskrit Vigyan" should include the study of the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagwad Gita, yoga, ayurveda, literature and grammar.

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08:35   Delhi University offline admissions to begin today
The offline application process for admissions in Delhi University's undergraduate courses is set to begin from Friday, with over two lakh candidates having already registered online for the same.

The eight registration centres where offline forms will be accepted are Atma Ram Sanatan Dharm College, Dyal Singh College, Gargi College, Maharaja Agrasen College, PG DAV College, Rajdhani College, Shyam Singh College and SGTB Khalsa College.

"All the centres have been instructed to set up at least four windows for sale and acceptance of forms. In case of unexpected rush, more counters will be set up. Help desks have also been established to guide the admission seekers in case of doubts regarding filling of forms," DU spokesperson and Joint Dean of Students' Welfare, Malay Neerav said.

"Special desks have been set up for facilitation of students from North East. Since, the form doesn't need any photograph or signature of the candidate, it is not necessary for the admission seeker to visit the centre. The application can be made by someone else on his or her behalf," he added.
03:55   Feds investigate massive data breach within US government
The FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other US authorities are investigating a massive hack into federal systems that may have compromised the personal information of up to 4 million current and former government employees, federal agencies announced late today.

"The FBI is working with our interagency partners to investigate this matter,' an FBI spokesman said in a statement. "We take all potential threats to public and private sector systems seriously, and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.'
03:41   Air India crew member detained in Jeddah
A cabin crew member of an Air India flight was detained by the Jeddah Airport authorities on charges of smuggling out gold. The detained cabin crew was to board the flight bound for Kochi, along with 11 other crew members, sources said tonight. 

The incident which happened this morning forced Air India to operate the flight with 11 cabin crew members instead of mandatory 12, the sources added.
03:40   Colombia limits presidents to single term
Colombia's Congress has voted to bar presidents from seeking re-election, a move backed by President Juan Manuel Santos that undoes a law passed by his predecessor and rival Alvaro Uribe. 

The move reinstates the presidential term limit in place before 2005, when Colombia adopted a constitutional reform backed by Uribe that enabled him to seek a second four-year term the following year.
03:40   Colombia limits presidents to single term
Colombia's Congress has voted to bar presidents from seeking re-election, a move backed by President Juan Manuel Santos that undoes a law passed by his predecessor and rival Alvaro Uribe. 

The move reinstates the presidential term limit in place before 2005, when Colombia adopted a constitutional reform backed by Uribe that enabled him to seek a second four-year term the following year.
03:40   Death toll up to 150 in Ghana gas station explosion, floods
The death toll from a huge gas station explosion and flooding in Ghana's capital has more than doubled to 150 people, the President has said. Dozens of people had sought shelter at the gas station and in nearby shops in central Accra to escape the torrential rains at the time of Wednesday night's blast. 

Flooding swept fuel being stored at the station into a nearby fire, triggering the explosion that also set ablaze neighboring buildings, officials said.
02:16   US doctors perform world's first skull-scalp transplant
Texas doctors have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man who suffered a large head wound from cancer treatment, opening a new frontier in transplant surgery. 

Doctors from Houston Methodist Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center did the operation two weeks ago. The recipient Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer expects to leave the hospital today with a new kidney and pancreas along with the scalp and skull grafts.
02:15   Pakistan rules out sharing nukes with Saudis, anyone else
Pakistan ruled out sharing its nuclear weapons with Saudi Arabia, insisting today that the atomic arsenal would continue serving solely for Pakistan's national defense even as world powers and Iran near a possible nuclear agreement. 

Closing a wide-ranging trip to Washington, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry angrily rejected speculation that his country could sell or transfer nuclear arms or advanced technology as "unfounded and baseless."
02:15   NASA 'flying saucer' launch set for tomorrow
Bad weather led the US space agency to postpone until tomorrow the first test of the largest parachute ever deployed, with the view of one day using it to land on Mars. 

If conditions improve, the test flight of the flying saucer, known as the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, will be broadcast live on NASA's website beginning at 1:30 pm (1730 GMT) tomorrow.
02:14   Blast and flooding kills 150 in Ghana capital
The death toll from a blast at a gas station in Ghana's capital and flooding across the city due to torrential rain stands at around 150, President John Mahama said on Thursday, announcing three days of national mourning.

Earlier, a fire service spokesman said 96 people who had been sheltering from the storm died when an explosion rocked the gas station near a big intersection in downtown Accra overnight.
01:41   Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of 'full-scale' Russia invasion
President Petro Poroshenko has told MPs the military must prepare to defend against a possible "full-scale invasion" from Russia, amid a surge of violence in eastern Ukraine.

Russia has denied that its military is involved in Ukraine, but Mr Poroshenko said 9,000 of its troops were deployed.Clashes involving tanks took place in two areas west of Donetsk on Wednesday.
01:27   Nestle decides to take Maggi off the shelves after ban in five states
Nestle India has decided to take its instant noodles Maggi off the shelves a day after four states - Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu - placed temporary bans on it on Thursday. 

In a press statement, released after midnight, Nestle India said, "MAGGI Noodles are completely safe and have been trusted in India for over 30 years." "The trust of our consumers and the safety of our products is our first priority. Unfortunately, recent developments and unfounded concerns about the product have led to an environment of confusion for the consumer, to such an extent that we have decided to withdraw the product off the shelves, despite the product being safe."
01:00   One killed, 7 injured in clashes between sikh youth, JK cops
A youth was killed and seven people, including three policemen, were injured as clashes erupted today between police and a group of sikh youth who were protesting against removal of posters of slain Khalistani militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in Jammu city. 

Army tonight staged flag march in parts of the city as the situation remained tense. Authorities imposed Section 144, which bars gathering of more than four persons at a place, in various parts of the city. Some youth were taken into custody, police officials said.
01:00   Inaugural bus to Agartala via Dhaka develops snag, probe ordered
The much-awaited inaugural run of the Kolkata-Agartala via Dhaka bus, which was flagged off by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today, hit a roadblock with technical glitches preventing the journey, prompting the state government to ordered a probe. 

Mediapersons and government officials who were supposed to leave by the bus were taken to another regular Kolkata- Agartala via Dhaka bus with the scheduled plan delayed for about three hours as the technical glitches could not be removed.
01:00   Inaugural bus to Agartala via Dhaka develops snag, probe ordered
The much-awaited inaugural run of the Kolkata-Agartala via Dhaka bus, which was flagged off by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today, hit a roadblock with technical glitches preventing the journey, prompting the state government to ordered a probe. 

Mediapersons and government officials who were supposed to leave by the bus were taken to another regular Kolkata- Agartala via Dhaka bus with the scheduled plan delayed for about three hours as the technical glitches could not be removed.
01:00   First edition of 'The Hobbit' sold for 137,000
A first edition of 'The Hobbit' accompanied by a handwritten note in Elvish by British author JRR Tolkien was sold by Sotheby's at auction today for USD 2,11,000. 

The book was a gift from the author and is dedicated to Miss Katherine ("Kitty") Kilbride, one of his first students at Leeds University in the 1920s.
00:59   Obama to meet Iraq PM on G7 summit sidelines: W. House
US President Barack Obama will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the sidelines of a weekend Group of Seven summit in Germany, the White House said today. 

The meeting will allow Obama to discuss the "situation on the ground and our effort to support Iraqi forces," senior White House aide Ben Rhodes told reporters in a conference call ahead of Obama's trip.