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Pak keen to have comprehensive dialogue with India, Nawaz -

Asserting that people had given him the mandate to improve ties with neighbours, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan is keen to have a comprehensive dialogue with India for the resolution of all issues including Kashmir. Sharif said he is committed to a "serious sustained and constructive engagement" with India that must include the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Describing the recent tension at the LoC as matter of concern, he said Pakistan will respond to the...

Police threatened while taking statement: Sreesanth -

The tainted cricketer, S Sreesanth, in his letter to BCCI has revealed that Police threatend him while taking his statement in IPL spot-fixing scandal. In his letter, Sreesanth denounced the police report, saying that it was prepared based on guesses and hearsays and he expressed his keen interest to play for the country in future. He also wrote that he hadn't done anything offensive to cricket and had undergone six surgeries so far to come out of injuiries.

KSRTC cancels 2,225 services -

In order to resolve the dilemma caused by supreme court's verdict insisting to stop diesel subsidy by oil companies, the KSRTC cut down 2,-225 schedules from Tuesday. As part of this, services which generate revenue below 7000 rupees per day will be stopped. However, it will not affect the  Jantam services of KSRTC.   On Monday, the apex court ruled that no subsidy be provided to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) from Monday onwards. In...

RBI tightens norms for lending against gold jewellery -

Seeking to keep demand of gold under check, the Reserve Bank of India has tightened norms for loans against pledge of gold jewellery. "In order to standardise the valuation and make it more transparent to the borrower, it has been decided that gold jewellery accepted as collateral will have to be valued at the average of the closing price of 22 carat gold for the preceding 30 days as quoted by the Bombay Bullion Association (BBA)," RBI said in a notification. Currently,...

Bangladesh SC hands down death penalty to top Jamaat leader -

Bangladesh Supreme Court on Tuesday handed down death penalty to fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart Abdul Quader Mollah for 1971 war crimes, revising a special tribunal verdict which had sentenced him to life imprisonment. "He is being handed down the capital punishment," said Chief Justice M Muzammel Hossain, as the apex court reviewed the first ever case of the "crimes against humanity" during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. Mollah, 65, the...

Shooting spree at Washington naval base leaves 13 dead -

A US naval reservist launched out a shooting rampage on a base in the heart of Washington on Monday, killing 13 people and exchanging fire with police before losing his own life. Police identified the alleged shooter as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, of Forth Worth, Texas, who served full-time in the Navy from 2007 to 2011, the the FBI and Pentagon said. The FBI appealed to the public for information on the suspect, who reportedly had once been arrested but not charged in Texas for...

Sreesanth gets support from KCA -

Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) treasurer T R Balakrishnan has said that KCA will help cricketer Sreesanth to overcome his life ban. "BCCI will have to re evaluate its decision. Sreesanth will get justice from court," he said here on Monday. Rebecca John, lawyer of the tainted pacer had challenged the BCCI's decision in court and said that it was "completely against the principles of natural justice". Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI after...

Kerala celebrates Onam -

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 16 (IANS) Kerala Monday celebrated Onam with the traditional 'Onam Sadhya', a rich and delicious platter of 26 food items. Monday also marks Thiru Onam, the most important day in the Onam week. The practise of making the traditional Onam Sadhya has virtually vanished in many homes. Many preferred to enjoy the holiday visiting places. Hotels and catering establishments had a roaring business, and said they were finding it difficult to meet orders for...

Now LK Advani lauds Narendra Modi -

 Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani Monday showered praise on the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi - along with the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh chief ministers. "Modi was the first leader who has taken development into rural areas of Gujarat. He played a big role in developing Gujarat from where I have been elected an MP," Advani said here to wild clapping. Advani was speaking after dedicating a 500 MW thermal power plant in the Bharatiya Janata...

Muzaffarnagar killers must be punished: PM -

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday described the recent communal riots in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar as a “big tragedy” and promised “strictest punishment” to the perpetrators of the conflagration. “I am here to share your pain,” a grim-faced Singh told people displaced by the violence, during his visit to a refugee camp in Bassi Kalan village, 30 km from here. Singh, who reached Muzaffarnagar along with Congress president Sonia...

Sreesanth ban 'against principles of natural justice' -

 Sreesanth's legal counsel has called the life ban imposed by the BCCI "bizarre", against the principles of natural justice and unlikely to stand legal scrutiny, and said the player would challenge the ban in court once he received a copy of the order. A day after Sreesanth was handed the ban by the BCCI's disciplinary committee, his counsel Rebecca John said the biggest flaw was the report drew heavily on the police findings in the criminal case, which itself is yet...

Pakistan violates ceasefire again -

Pakistani troops on Sunday fired at Indian positions in Mendhar sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. "Around 6.30 am, Pakistani troops fired at Pilli and Noal posts in Dari Dabsi area of the LoC in Mendhar sector," police sources told IANS. The Pakistan army used automatics and light weapons and the Indian side retaliated the fire. Pakistan violates ceasefire again Pakistan violates ceasefire again Till last reports came in,...

India successfully test fires nuclear-capable Agni V long range missile -

India on Sunday successfully test fired Agni V from Wheeler Island, the country's most potent nuclear capable ballistic missile. The long range missile can carry nuclear warheads and is capable of reaching deep into China and as far as Europe. Only the UN Security Council permanent members - China, France, Russia, the United States and Britain - have such long-range weapons. The three stage, solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the...

Shun anti-India attitude: Modi tell Pakistan -

BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Sunday told Pakistan to shun its anti-India attitude and stop backing terrorism against India. In his first rally after being chosen the prime ministerial candidate Friday, Modi told a massive rally of ex-soldiers in this Haryana town that promoting gun culture had done Pakistan no good over the last 60 years. "The rulers in Pakistan should resolve that they will not allow terrorists to (operate) in...

No one is upset, Sushma says after meeting Advani -

BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Ananth Kumar and Balbir Punj on Saturday met LK Advani,in a bid to pacify the party patriarch, who is sulking after the elevation of Narendra Modi as party's prime ministerial candidate. Irked over party's decision on Narendra Modi, Advani had on Friday written a scathing letter to BJP president Rajnath Singh expressing disappointment over his style of functioning. Sources said the issue was discussed by Swaraj, Kumar and Punj with Advani who is...

Death verdict not under political pressure: Nirbhaya's father -

The father of the Delhi gang-rape victim has taken strong exception to the defence counsel's contention that death penalty was awarded to the four convicts under political pressure and termed the statement as an insult to the judiciary. "The defence counsel is terming the death penalty awarded to those responsible for the ghastly act as taken under political pressure and it appears as if he is challenging the judiciary. This is an insult of the judiciary," the father of...

Sreesanth vows to overcome crisis, stage comeback -

Describing the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI as the biggest setback in his life, disgraced India pacer S Sreesanth on Saturday maintained he had not done any wrong and would prove his innocence in the spot-fixing scandal. Stating that he felt very sad on hearing the BCCI's decision announced on Friday, Sreesanth said, "The BCCI action is the biggest setback in my life and I am disappointed. I will try to overcome the crisis and make a strong comeback." Sreesanth...

IOC’s negligence cited for shortage of cooking gas -

The negligence of the Indian Oil Corporation plant at Parippalli following a strike there is believed to have caused the shortage of cooking gas. The IOC plant here is found to have taken no action against the truck owners who are taking part in the strike, according to sources. The plant has not bothered to taken action even after distribution of  cooking gas cylinders had been hindered. Even though the plant has been given the authority to cancel the contract in case of...

Judicial probe into Kishtwar violence begins -

A judicial probe ordered into the August 9 communal clashes in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar town is set to begin on Saturday, a source said. Justice (retired) RC Gandhi "will operate from the tourist reception centre in Kishtwar town from today (Saturday)", a source told IANS. Justice Gandhi will visit the places where violence occurred and also ascertain whether there were any administrative lapses in the handling of the violence in Kishtwar that left three dead and...

Over 3,000 Syrians fled to Italy in 40 days -

Around 3,300 Syrians have fled to Italy by boat in he past 40 days to escape the intensifying conflitct in their homeland, a UN spokesperson said. "The UN Refugee Agency is seeing a sharp increase in Syrians arriving by boat in southern Italy. Over the past 40 days, 3,300 Syrians, of whom more than 230 were unaccompanied children, have come ashore, mainly in Sicily," Xinhua quoted Farhan Haq, associate spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as...

Modi is BJP's PM nominee, says Shiv Sena leader -

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's name has been finalised as the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 general elections, a top Shiv Sena functionary indicated here on Friday. "BJP chief Rajnath Singh spoke to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray this afternoon and has conveyed the decision in the matter," a top party official told the news agency, declining to be named. Rajnath Singh also sought the support of Thackeray and the...

Vithura case: victim has turned hostile -

The Special Court here ruled on Friday that the victim in the Vithura sex scandal case has turned hostile. The victim could not identify the accused in all the seven cases which came up before the court on Friday. Following, this the court observed that the girl has tuned hostile. Though all the accused in the  seven cases appeared before the court, the victim failed to recognise any one of them. A total of 23 cases have been registered in the scandal which took...

IPL spot-fixing: BCCI bans Sreesanth, Chavan for life -

Cracking the whip on corrupt players, the BCCI slapped life bans on Indian Test pacer S Sreesanth and spinner Ankeet Chavan for being involved in the IPL spot-fixing scam while handing out lesser punishments to some others in the scandal which rocked the Twenty20 league this year. Amit Singh, a former Rajasthan Royals player, was handed a five-year ban while another RR cricketer Siddharth Trivedi got away with a lighter one-year suspension after the BCCI disciplinary committee met to...

Delhi gangrape: All four accused sentenced to death -

Four convicts in the December 16 gangrape-cum-murder case were on Friday awarded death penalty by a Delhi court which said the gravity of the offence cannot be tolerated. “Death to all,” Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna said while delivering the verdict in the case that had evoked nationwide outrage and led the government to bring in a stringent anti-rape law. “Besides discussing others offences, I straightaway come to section 302 (murder) of IPC. This falls...

SC seeks clarifications from Centre on Coal block allocations -

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought several clarifications from the Centre relating to the policy and guidelines adopted in coal block allocations which was extended to private sector in the post-liberalisation era. A bench headed by justice R M Lodha is hearing PILs seeking cancellation of the coal block allocations in which the CBI has undertaken probe against each and every company allocated coal block since 1993 and "in particular during the period 2006 to 2008." The bench...

Kochi Metro to get financial assistance from France -

Kochi Metro is to get  financial assistance worth about Rs 1500 crores from France. The 'no-strings' financial help has to be repaid in 25 years and carries a low interest rate of 2.5 per cent. A team from France is to visit the state on September 17 to discuss the terms of the loan. There would be no pre-conditions for the loan and Kochi Metro would not be obliged to use technology from French companies in lieu of the loan. Once the project is completed, there...

Bus owners given time till Oct 2 -

The state government has on Wednesday categorically maintained that there would be no relaxation in its directive to install speed governors in all buses. It was informed during a meeting with the bus owners' association here Wednesday. The government has allotted time till October 2 for the bus owners to install speed governors. The decision was taken after State transport minister, Aryadan Muhammed had held a meeting with bus owners in the state Wednesday. The government has...

Rahul Gandhi slams opposition over food security bill -

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday accused the opposition of creating hurdles for the food security bill till it was eventually passed by parliament. Addressing a tribal and farmers rally here in Rajasthan, Gandhi said the opposition was creating obstacles whenever the Congress-led UPA government tried to bring welfare measures. The rally at Salumber came a day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressed a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Jaipur. Gandhi...

Apple introduces 2 new iPhone models -

The iPhone 5S— revealed alongside a low-cost iPhone model, the iPhone 5C — keeps the same overall physical design as the previous-generation iPhone 5 but it also has a number of upgrades. Image: AP Apple's latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, a cheaper one made of plastic and another that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" and reads your fingerprint. Apple unveiled the latest iPhone models, available on...

Dec 16 gang rape: Police want death, convicts beg for mercy -

Arguing that the December 16 gang rape and murder was "the rarest of rare" case, the police on Wednesday demanded death for the four convicts on the ground that there is no chance of their reformation as their behaviour was barbaric. But lawyers for the convicts Mukesh, 26, Vinay Sharma, 20, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Akshay Thakur, 28, pleaded before the fast track court which held them guilty on Tuesday for leniency citing Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote that "Only God can...