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Gujarat bandh: Scores of Cong leaders, supporters detained -

More than 600 people, including Congress leaders and workers, were detained on Friday (Sep 6) during bandh call given by the party demanding resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over IPS officer D G Vanzara's letter. Tight security is being maintained across the state to prevent any untoward incidence, police said. Congress workers were out on the streets to enforce the shut down, which has evoked a mixed response in the state. The party workers and supporters...

Nothing to conceal on issue of Chinese incursion: Govt -

The government Friday said it has nothing to conceal on the issue of Chinese incursion even as BJP accused it of "weak response". "Defence Minister (A K Antony) will be making a statement in the House on the press reports about Chinese intrusion, occupation of Indian territories. In Lok Sabha he will do it at 1 PM and in Rajya Sabha at 3 PM," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters outside Parliament House. "The government has nothing to hide,...

Startups rise and shine in Bangalore -

Pallav Nadhani, who founded the charting company FusionCharts in Kolkata in 2002, shifted to Bangalore in June 2011. He found the work ethic in Kolkata poor: people were not aggressive; at the stroke of 5 employees would leave work; very few took initiatives; most had to be told what to do. "In contrast, in Bangalore people learn things on their own," says Nadhani, whose solutions are used by 21,000 customers — including Google, HP, Dell, Nasa, Intel, Microsoft,...

Australian teen leaks new iPhone pictures -

An Australian teenager who has built an online following by leaking pictures of upcoming Apple Inc products has done it again, showing off the purported fingerprint scanner of the latest iPhone ahead of its expected launch next week. Sonny Dickson, who lives with his parents in suburban Melbourne, attracted attention in August after he released detailed pictures and videos of the new grey and champagne casing on the upcoming iPhone. On Thursday, Dickson leaked what he says are the...

Google says has right to read your emails -

SAN JOSE: Google's attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people's Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice. In court records filed in advance of a federal hearing scheduled for Thursday in San Jose, Google argues that "all users of email must necessarily expect that their emails will be subject to automated...

Android in Aug 2013: Donut and Eclair no longer in the charts -

Google has stopped delivering distribution information on Android versions 1.6 Donut and 2.1 Eclair as the two don't support the Google Play store app. Since developers mostly care about the phones that do support that, Google will no longer be posting those allegedly irrelevant numbers. Last month the two Android iterations accounted for a mere 1.3% of the entire platform customer base so it's not a big loss anyway. Also Google now shows devices that have pinged the...

I would have done better than Modi post-Godhra, says Parrikar -

Parikar said this in an interview to New York Times' India blog 'India Ink' which was uploaded Wednesday. Speaking about the riots of 2002, Parrikar said: "It should not have happened. The administration should have clamped down on any violence. (If I were in his place) I would have ensured (that) but Modi was new to the job as chief minister." Parrikar, considered close to Modi, also conceded that the Gujarat violence was a blot on Modi's career but...

Narendra Modi says he wants to be Gujarat CM till 2017 -

Widely seen as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Chief Minister Narendra Modi declared Thursday that he wants to "serve" Gujarat until 2017. Re-elected the chief minister in 2012 for five years, Modi, 62, told a group of school students here on Teacher's Day in response to a question: "I will serve my people till 2017." He said in life "one should always dream of doing something". Modi was made this year the Bharatiya Janata...

VS calls for murder charges against police officer -

Opposition leader V S Achuthananadan has called  for pressing murder charges against police officers who had critically assaulted a CPM activist, who protested against the CM here. The incident happened when the chief minister reached Anayara World Market for inaugurating the horticorp district centre . Police assaulted   DYFI activist Jaya Prasad who gatecrashed into the venue.   Vijaya Das, Poonthura grade SI, was arrested on Wednesday night for the...

Lok Sabha passes amended Land Bill, Judicial Bill gets Rajya Sabha's nod -

The Land Acquisition Bill, which seeks to provide just and fair compensation to farmers while ensuring that no land can be aquired forcibly, has been passed by the Lok Sabha with amendments while the Rajya Sabha passed the Judicial Appointment Bill. The Upper House passed Constitutional Amendment Bill that paves way for setting up of Judicial Appointments Commission amid BJP walkout. The Land Bill legislation was on Wednesday passed by the Rajya Sabha. The bill was later taken up...

Rajan casts a spell on markets; rupee jumps, Sensex zooms -

The markets today gave a high-five to new RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan for his steps to shore up the currency and revive growth with rupee soaring 106 paise to 66.01 and Sensex jumping 412 points to over 3-week high. Even as some sceptics suggested that Rajan -- formerly a chief economic advisor at the Finance Ministry -- will find it a challenge to reverse a slowing economy, markets appeared confident about Rajan, who famously predicted the 2008 financial crisis three years before it...

Oommen Chandy had no role in solar case - Sreedharan Nair -

Kerala High Court was on Thursday informed that Sreedharan Nair, a complainant in solar panel scam case, had told police during questioning that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had no role in the deal which he had entered with accused Saritha S Nair to set up a solar plant in Palakkad. The submission in this regard was made by Additional DGP A Hemachandran, who is heading the Special Investigating Team probing the scam, which has rocked the state. Nair had also given a...

Stand-off between government, BJP over coal files resolved -

The stand-off between the government and main Opposition BJP was resolved today after an agreement that a discussion on missing coal files issue would be taken up immediately in both Houses of Parliament. The end to the impasse came after two rounds of discussions that Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had with top BJP leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. At the meeting, the Ministers asked BJP to allow proceedings in the...

Rajya Sabha repeatedly adjourned over coal-Modi -

The Rajya Sabha Wednesday saw repeated adjournments over BJP's accusations against the government on the missing coal-block allocation files and Congress members seeking resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. As the house met after its two earlier adjournments, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members were on their feet protesting against the government response on the "missing files" relating to coal block allocations. Meanwhile, Congress members showed...

Say hello to Android 4.4 KitKat, coming next in line -

Google recently announced its latest version of Android - 4.3 Jelly Bean, which turned out to be nothing to write home about. Ever since then, the next iteration of Android OS has taken the spotlight and has been the talk of the town. Just when all of us thought that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie would be the next upcoming version of the Android OS, Google has announced that the successor of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean would be named KitKat (yeah, the brand) and it is Android 4.4, not 5.0 as...

BJP hits back at Nitish Kumar, says he is 'drunk on power' -

Sushil Kumar Modi said that by scoffing opposition leaders, the CM cannot escape answering pertinent questions like why the Bihar government dithered to claim arrest of Bhatkal for "political reasons." Nitish Kumar. Nitish Kumar. Bihar BJP on Tuesday hit back at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for scoffing opposition leaders and accused the state government for not claiming arrest of Indian Mujahidden operative Yasin Bhatkal for "political...

Raghuram Rajan to take over as RBI Governor today -

Raghuram G. Rajan will take over as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India today.  An alumnus of IIT Delhi (1985) and IIM Ahmedabad (1987), Rajan takes over from D. Subbarao whose five-year term ends today. The 50-year old economist was earlier Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, a post that he held for about a year. Earlier, he has also been Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund and Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business at the...

Monsoon session may be further extended: Kamal Nath -

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath today indicated that the monsoon session of Parliament may be further extended as crucial Bills are pending. “If need be we can extend the monsoon session of Parliament. Key legislations are pending and must be passed. I am hopeful that all political parties will recognise this and cooperate,” Nath told presspersons outside Parliament House. Sources said the Government is in touch with the BJP and other parties for extension of...

Government will take emergency steps to ensure justice for Madan-Chief Minister -

 The government will take emergency steps to ensure justice for Madani, who had been arrested in connection with the Bangalore bomb blast case, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said.. Chandy said that he could not agree to the court procedure of putting Madani behind bars without trial. He said that the government would approach Karnataka to secure Madani's release. Madani should get all human rights as any other Indian citizens, the CM said while assuring his efforts in this...

Decision to include CM in the judicial probe should be taken by the CM himself - Chennithala -

KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala said on Tuesday that the decision to include Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the judicial probe for solar scam should be taken by the Chief Minister himself. He also said that the Chief Minister's office should also be included in the judicial probe and that coalition parties are not united in taking a decision regarding the matter if the chief minister should be involved in the probe or not. The decision on terms of reference will only be...

Motor vehicle workers have started their strike -

Trade unions of motor vehicle workers have started their strike to protest the recent hike in the cost of petroleum products. The strike would cover private buses, taxis. autorickshaws and transport trucks. The KSRTC would continue with its services in the state. CITU State General Secretary Elamaram Karim and INTUC State President, R Chandrasekharan, said that private vehicles would not be prevented from plying. The KSRTC is expected to increase its services in order to help...

Oommen Chandy is ready to face probe -

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, under attack from the Opposition over the solar panel scam, has expressed readiness to include himself and his office under the ambit of the judicial probe announced by the government into the issue. Chandy conveyed this to leaders of the ruling United Democratic Front constituents, Front sources said Tuesday. The Chief Minister, however, made it clear to the Front partners that he was not going to resign holding that the campaign against him by...

Israel Fires Test Missile in Mediterranean Sea -

Israel says it has carried out a joint missile test with the U.S. in the Mediterranean Sea amid heightened tensions as Washington weighs sea-launched strikes against Syria. The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it, together with the U.S. Defense Department, had carried out a "successful test" in the Mediterranean and on an air force base in central Israel. Russian state-owned news agencies earlier said Russian radar systems had detected two "ballistic objects"...

Sensex down over 651 pts as Re falls past 68 -

Indian stocks today dropped for the first time in five days with S&P BSE benchmark Sensex plunging over 651 points, its biggest fall in over a fortnight, on massive selling as the rupee breached 68-mark versus the US dollar on fresh signs of trouble in Syria. Brokers said the across-the-board selling was also triggered by reports that Standard & Poor's sees chances of a credit rating downgrade for India higher than for Indonesia. The bloodbath in stock markets saw...

Motor vehicle strike tomorrow -

Motor transport workers will go on a dawn-to-dusk strike on Wednesday in protest against the increase in the prices of petroleum products. The Joint Action Committee of the Trade Unions of Motor Transport Workers, which met in Kochi on Monday, called the strike. The strike, which will begin at 6 a.m., is in response to an appeal given by the All India Road Transport Workers Federation to organise nation-wide protests against the increase in prices. The motor workers affiliated to...

Supreme Court rejects petitions of corporate honchos in 2G case -

The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked a batch of petitions by corporate honchos seeking the recall of its April 11, 2011, order that barred Delhi High Court from entertaining any plea against the orders of Special CBI court hearing 2G cases. While rejecting the pleas by five corporate honchos -- Shahid Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Rajiv Agarwal, Asif Balwa and Ravinder Kumar Chandolia, a former aide of ex-telecom minister A. Raja -- the apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice K.S....

Manmohan Singh says government has nothing to hide in coal scam -

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Parliament on Tuesday that his government had nothing to hide on the coal scam, but this only triggered more opposition protests. Manmohan Singh said it would be wrong to conclude that official papers sought by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks were indeed missing. "Let me assure this august house that the government has nothing to hide," the prime...

Congress demands Narendra Modi's resignation -

The Congress Tuesday demanded the resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi till the investigation is over in the 2006 killing of a witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case. Tulsiram Prajapati was killed in an alleged staged shootout Dec 28, 2006, in which then minister of state for home Amit Shah is the main accused. Prajapati was the only witness to the December 2005 police shootout in which Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauserbi were killed. "How can...

Wipro to impart soft skills to under-graduates -

Indian IT bellwether Wipro Ltd Monday unveiled a novel initiative to impart soft skills to undergraduate students across the country to improve their employability in back-office operations and other services sectors. "The Wipro integrated skill enhanced (WISE) programme is currently offered to undergraduates at Techno India group in Kolkata on a pilot basis and will be extended nationwide to train about 5,000 students by this fiscal-end (2013-14) in cities and towns," the...

Food Security Bill a 'half-hearted' attempt : BJP -

After the Rajya Sabha gave its nod to the Food Security Bill, the BJP attacked the government, saying it has made a "half-hearted" attempt and the shortcomings will be rectified if it comes to power. "It is a half-hearted move by the government...They had made the promise in 2009 and it took them four and a half years to fulfil it. This is a clear example of their intention. Elections are around that is why they have brought this Bill at this time," said BJP leader...