Fri, 02 October 2015
Islamic State targeted in 28 air strikes by US, allies

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21:45   Islamic State targeted in 28 air strikes by US, allies
The US-led coalition conducted 28 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq, a joint statement said. Twenty of the attacks were in Iraq with six of them concentrated near the city of Al Huwayjah. 

Air strikes also were carried out near eight other Iraqi cities, hitting tactical units, vehicles, fighting positions and other Islamic State assets, according to the statement from the Combined Joint Task Force. The eight strikes in Syria included six near the city of Al Hasakah, hitting tactical units, vehicles and equipment, the statement said.
JUST IN: Meeting of I&B officials, FTII students has been rescheduled to October 7 in Mumbai
21:02   Indrani unconscious; doctors suspect she consumed tablets
Indrani Mukerjea, who was brought to JJ Hospital in Mumbai after complaining of chest pain, is in a serious condition, said Dr TP Lahane, the dean of the hospital. He said that she was unconscious since 2 pm and that they suspect she had overdosed on pills. "We will take 24 hours to assess and then she what her response is," said the doctor. 

Indrani has been named as an accused in the FIR filed by the CBI in the Sheena Bora murder case. The CBI also named her ex-husband Sanjay Khanna and driver in the FIR as co-accused. 
20:52   Taliban confirms they shot down US plane in Afghanistan
The Taliban claimed Friday to have shot down a US military transport plane in eastern Afghanistan in a crash that killed 11 people, as the battle for Kunduz raged after the emboldened militants briefly seized the city.The Taliban's stunning success in Kunduz, their biggest tactical success since 2001, marks a blow for Afghanistan's NATO-trained forces, which have largely been fighting on their own since December.NATO has not yet confirmed the cause of Friday's crash. The Taliban regularly claim to have shot down military aircraft."Our mujahideen have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad,'' Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
20:37   Another gunman reported at US University campus
An armed person has been reported on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth Universityin Richmond, US, according to multiple media reports. Police are responding and are urging students and staffers to avoid the area. Police have described the suspect as a male, wearing a square military-style hat and backpack. He was last seen going east on Grace Street from Belvidere Street.

News of the active shooting comes just one day after a gunman opened fire at Umqua Community College in Oregon, killing nine and injuring nine more before being shot dead by police. 
19:48   Transgenders will now be a part of Kolkata Police force
The West Bengal government has a reputation of being proactive in their efforts to support the transgender community. From setting up helplines for the transgenders to appointing a Manabi Bandopadhya, a transgender, as the principal of an institution, they have gone that extra mile in upgrading their status in the society. 

The Mamata Banerjee government has now requested the Kolkata Police to recruit transgenders into the Civic Police Volunteer Force. The CPVC, also known as the 'Green Police', primarily assists the Kolkata Police force in traffic management and monitoring pedestrian movement.
19:31   India's low cost sanitary pad machines to debut in Jordan for refugees
Syrian woman refugees in Jordan's relief camp might never wrap their heads around 'Arunachalam Muruganantham,' but the sanitary pads, which the Coimbatore-based inventor pioneered at the turn of the century, may be a different matter.An American non-governmental organisation, Loving Humanity, that works with the UN in relief camps in Jordan is all set to replicate the low-cost sanitary napkin manufacturing model of Sakhi enterprise, founded by Vadodara's Swati Bedekar, who works for menstrual hygiene in rural India. Bedekar's NGO, Vatsalya Foundation, draws on the machine and business practices first conceived by Muruganantham.

19:13   Indrani Mukerjea rushed to hospital with chest pain
Indrani Mukerjea, the accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, which rocked the media, has been rushed to JJ Hospital in Mumbai. She was taken to the hospital after she complained of chest pains. 

On Tuesday, the CBI registered a case against her, her former husband Sanjay Khanna and her driver Shyam Rai for hatching a conspiracy to kill Sheena Bora. The CBI filed the case under various sections of Indian Penal Code including criminal conspiracy, murder, abduction, destruction of evidence, causing hurt by giving poison and Arms Act.
18:57   Mayawati questioned by CBI in connection with NRHM scam
Former UP Chief Minister Mayawati has been questioned by the CBI in connection with the NRHM scam earlier this week. The NRHM scam surfaced in 2010 when the UP government was accused of bungling funds of around Rs 10,000 crore from the NRHM scheme. Mayawati was the chief minister at the time. 
18:42   Oppn parties attack PM over his "silence" on Dadri killing
Opposition parties hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "silence" on the killing of a man in Dadri over rumours of his family having eaten beef, saying he should have condemned the incident or at least offered his condolences. Questioning Modi's "silence" on the lynching incident that has sparked an outrage, the Trinamool Congress said he should make a statement on communal incidents in the country in order to stop RSS and other outfits from "disrupting" communal harmony. "We want to know why is Narendra Modi silent on the recent killing of a person only over rumours of consuming beef. This is nothing but spreading communal poison in the society and disrupting the fabric of the country," TMC MP Sultan Ahmed said.
17:56   Nepal PM Sushil Koirala announces his resignation
Nepal PM Sushil Koirala announces his resignation in Parliament, will submit his resignation to the President shortly. Koirala, a Nepali Congress leader, was elected as the prime minister of Nepal on February 10, 2014. Reports state that Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), will become the next PMof the Himalayan nation.
17:34   In an emergency? Dial 112 for help of any kind
India will soon get a single emergency contact number -- 112 -- similar to 911 in the United States. The Department of Telecommunications has approved the proposal of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for a single emergency number across the country. The existing emergency numbers -- 100, 101, 102 and 108 -- will continue to exist as secondary numbers. If you dial any of them, you will be re-routed to 112. "These numbers will be closed in a phased manner (following a public awareness campaign),' the DoT said in its response to the telecom regulator.
16:44   Anandiben inaugurates mobile-museum on Gandhi at Porbandar
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel  inaugurated a mobile museum on Mahatma Gandhi's life and times at his birthplace Porbandar from where the museum-on-wheels will start its journey for Delhi from tomorrow. The mobile museum has been built on a mini truck by ministry of external affairs for the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit to be held in New Delhi between October 26 and October 29, said Joint Secretary in MEA Sanjiv Ranjan, who is in Porbandar today.
16:12   Pansare, Dabholkar, Kalburgi murders linked?
Documents seized from an accused under arrest for the murder of social activist Govind Pansare indicate a link to the killings of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and eminent scholar MM Kalburgi, reports said Friday. 

The Hindu reported that investigating agencies are working on several mobile numbers seen in diaries seized from Samir Gaikwad, a full-time member of the rightwing organisation Sanatan Sanstha. 

"We have shared all information. Gaikwad had noted down many mobile numbers in his diaries, which we traced. Many of the numbers were already on our radar and we are working on it," the report quoted an unnamed officer as saying. The report further quoted the officer as saying that the mobile numbers were in serial order -- indicating that they were purchased together -- and that the users switched numbers often to mislead trackers on cell tower locations.
16:02   Kashmir separatist Yasin Malik, others arrested
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, along with several party leaders and activists in Srinagar was arrested today ahead of a rally. The police arrested Muhammad Yasin Malik, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi, Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, Bashir Ahmed Kashmiri, Muhammad Ameen Mugloo and others from Zakoora area of Srinagar when they were on their way to address a public gathering in Kangan area of Gandarbal district. They are now lodged in Zakoora police station.
15:47   Merkel to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel could win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the influential Bild newspaper said, as the leader is lauded worldwide for her courage in opening her country's doors to refugees fleeing war and persecution. 

"Chancellor Angela Merkel has a good chance of winning the Nobel Peace Prize," said the newspaper. "Reasons: her actions in the Ukraine crisis and the refugee policies," it added. 

The report came a day after the director of Norway's Peace Research Institute, Kristian Berg Harpviken, a leading peace prize analyst and one of the few to publish a shortlist predicted that Merkel, 61, will be this year's laureate.
15:39   Indian, Chinese troops hold meet on Arunachal border
A ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting between India and China was held near Bumla in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Chinese National Day, weeks after a face-off between the two along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. 

The Indian delegation was led by Brigadier D S Kushwah, Commander of Tawang Brigade while Colonel Tang Fu Cheng, Commander of Tsona Dzong Garrison represented the Chinese delegation, a defence communique informed. 

The meeting was marked by unfurling the national flags of India and China, followed by ceremonial address by both the delegation leaders. Thereafter a function showcasing vibrant cultures took place, the statement said. The proceedings reflected a mutual desire of maintaining and improving relations at the border. Both delegations interacted with each other in a congenial and cordial environment.
15:17   Two dead in Sydney shooting
Two people have been shot dead near NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta with one witness reporting a man in a black gown and wielding a gun among those killed.There are reports one victim of the shooting was a public servant working for NSW Police.He was shot before the shooter was killed reportedly by special constables guarding the building.Police have confirmed a major operation is underway between Hassall Street and Charles Street and the public is being told to avoid the space.
15:11   BJP leader showers money at cultural function, images go viral
Images have emerged of a local BJP leader in Gujarat showering bucket-full of currency notes on a famous Gujarati singer at a function held in outskirts of Vadodara recently. 

However, the leader says it was for a good cause, to be used for the protection of cows BJP leaders were special guests at the cultural programme organised by a local youth organisation. 

The images, which are being widely shared on WhatsApp, show Vadodara district's BJP president, Satish Patel, holding a plastic bucket full of currency notes that he showers on singer Kirtidan Gadhvi as he sings sitting with his legs crossed on a stage at the programme.
14:47   Let's celebrate Gandhi by purging manual scavenging
Mahatma Gandhi championed the issue of sanitation by voicing his strongest opposition to the employment of manual scavengers from select scheduled castes in 1917. Yet, almost a century later, the practice of manual scavenging is still going on.

Read more HERE
FYI: The toss coin for the India-South Africa cricket series, starting today, will have the images of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
13:55   11 killed in US plane crash claimed by Taliban in Afghanistan
Eleven people, including six American servicemen, were today killed when a US transport plane was reportedly shot down by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan as the hostility between NATO forces and militants escalated over the control of a key northern Afghan city. An Air Force C-130 J assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, crashed at Jalalabad Airfield, the Pentagon said. Six US service members and five civilians on board died in the crash, it said.
13:52   Lalu attacks Modi, says RSS and BJP worship Gandhi's killer Godse
Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on the 146th birth anniversary, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and indirectly held him responsible for the assassination of the Father of the Nation. In a tweet posted on Friday, Lalu said, "Question: Who follows Godse? Answer: RSS; Question: Who follows RSS? Answer: BJP; Question: Who is running the BJP? Answer: Modi. So, who's Gandhi's killer?"
13:31   India unveils climate target to cut emissions intensity by 2030
Submitting its 'climate action plan', India has pledged to cut its carbon emission intensity by 33-35 percent and increase the share of renewable energy by a massive 40 percent in its total energy mix by 2030. The announcement was made by India in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution  submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn for a global climate pact ahead of the climate change summit in Paris later this year. India described its INDC as "fair and ambitious".
13:12   Teen kills self after 'humiliation' in school
A 15-year-old boy committed suicide in Telangana's Karimnagar district after he was allegedly punished in school for not paying fees. The teen also left behind a chilling video message detailing the 'humiliation' that led to him taking the drastic step. 

The incident happened in Peddapalli area on Wednesday when the boy jumped in front of a train. Earlier that day, the teen was allegedly asked to stand outside the classroom along with six other boys for not paying fees. 

In a video shot on a cellphone that he had borrowed from a cousin after returning from school that day, the teen, son of farmers, claimed that he had already paid Rs. 5,000 and that his family could afford no more. He said he felt 'humiliated' after he was punished and was ending his life.
12:51   Why the death in Dadri affects the national project under PM Modi
Lynching a person merely on suspicion is absolutely wrong, the antithesis of all that India stands for and all that Hinduism preaches. Violence of this kind in a state like UP affects national goals. India is on the path to rediscovering itself through an all-inclusive development mission, whose success depends on how fairly we can make every Indian feel the confidence of being a co-traveller. 

Read more HERE
12:07   Rahul returns! Congress VP returns to Delhi from US visit
The Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has returned from United States where he had gone to attend the Aspen conference. The Gandhi scion reached his residence here today morning.The Congress vice president's latest visit to the US had led to an intense war of words between Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress. In a bid to end all speculations about his whereabouts, Rahul, Monday, tweeted a picture of his attending the Aspen conference in the US.

On his return, he wrote on Twitter, "Remembering Bapu on #GandhiJayanti. May his message of compassion, tolerance and harmony guides us as a people and a nation."
11:53   90-year-old Dalit burnt alive for trying to enter temple in UP
A 90-year-old Dalit man died after he was brutally attacked with an axe and set on fire for trying to enter a temple at Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Friday.The victim, identified as Chimma, had gone to the Maidani Baba temple with his wife, son Durjan and brother on Wednesday evening. He was stopped from entering the temple by a man named Sanjay Tiwari.When Chimma did not relent, Tiwari allegedly attacked him with an axe and then set him on fire.
11:24   Dadri lynching: Owaisi meets family of man killed, slams BJP and SP for 'inaction'
All India Itthadul Majlis-e-Itthadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi met the family of Mohammed Ikhlaq who was lynched over rumours of eating beef.  Criticising the state and the central government for 'inaction', Owaisi claimed that the incident was a pre-planned murder. "The killing was not an accident but was pre-planned. You cannot barge into a house and assault people there," he said. "This is the mind-set that is against the concept of secularism in India." 

Owaisi demanded that immediate action must be taken against those acccused of carrying out the heinous crime. "Whoever is resonsible for this must be punished. I demand that all those identified as accused should be arrested immediately and should get strict punishment," he said. 
11:10   Delhi CM Kejriwal tweets questioning PM's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
On the first anniversary of one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project -- the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan -- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, asking, "One year of swachh Bharat. Which streets got cleaned as a result of "this campaign"? How much budget spent on it? Time to question symbolism?"

Kejriwal and Modi have been at loggerheads for quite some time with the Delhi CM saying that the Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung was a good man, but being run by bad political leaders and that the PMO should stop interfering in state matters. 
02:51   Is a new superstorm heading for U.S.?
It's October. A powerful hurricane is lashing the Bahamas. The whole system is threatening to head straight north to the United States.

You can't blame the people along the East Coast if they're having a Superstorm Sandy flashback when it comes to Hurricane Joaquin.

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02:01   Paris climate deal should be comprehensive, equitable: India
Calling for a comprehensive and equitable climate change agreement at Paris summit later this year, India today said developing countries can do more if they are enabled in their efforts with the provision of finance, technology transfer and capacity building support from developed countries.

"As we prepare to meet in two months time in Paris, the world expects us to deliver an ambitious and credible agreement on climate change. We have a duty for common action but in doing so we must keep in mind the larger historical contribution of some and the differentiated responsibility of others," she said in her address to the annual debate of the UN General Assembly .

She said the agreement in Paris needs to be comprehensive and equitable, while delivering concrete action.
01:45   Man shoots self at Rajiv Chowk Metro station, rushed to hospital
In a major security breach, a 22-year-old man allegedly shot himself with a country-made gun at the crowded Rajiv Chowk Metro station in New Delhi tonight.

The person, identified as Sridesh Adhikari, a native of a village in Uttar Pradesh, was rushed RML Hospital, where he was being operated upon, officials said. The incident, which took place around 9.45 pm, raised serious concern over security in the Delhi Metro network.

Both the Delhi police and the CISF, which secures Metro premises, have initiated separate probe into the incident. It is being looked into how he could manage to enter the metro station with a gun, a police officer said. 

According to the police, Sridesh boarded a train from Chandni Chowk station (on Yellow Line) and was on his way to Noida (on Blue Line). While changing train at Rajiv Chowk, he went to a secluded corner and allegedly tried to shoot himself on his head but he missed the target and the bullet grazed past his shoulder.
CNN reports:Earlier, authorities told had said they were responding to reports of an active shooter at the Roseburg college campus.

"We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralised," Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler told CNN.

Roseburg is a city of about 22,000 people located about 70 miles south of Eugene, Oregon, and some 180 miles south of Portland.
00:37   10 reportedly klled in Oregon college shooting
At least 15 people were reportedly killed after an active shooter was spotted at Oregon's Umpqua Community College.Preliminary information indicated 10 people were killed and more than 20 were injured, Oregon state police spokesman Bill Fugate told CNN.TV station KATU later reported 15 people were killed, according to state police.

Read this developing story HERE
00:17   Naxals kill police constable in Chhattisgarh
A police constable was killed today allegedly by Maoists in the insurgency-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.

Constable Manaru Ram Banjam was shot dead by Naxals this evening while he was attending prayer rituals in a temple at Burgum village under Kodenar police station limits, a senior police official told PTI. 

According to the police, Banjam, presently posted with the newly set-up Burgum police outpost, was on leave for three days. Armed cadres stormed into the premises and killed him. The body has been recovered by the police, the officer said.

A case has been registered in this connection, he said, adding that a hunt has been launched to nab the assailants.