HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Supreme Court refuses to postpone UPSC prelim exam

The apex court on Saturday refused to postpone the UPSC preliminary exam just a day before the exams are scheduled to be held. Nine lakh students are ready to appear in the exam and it cannot be postponed, SC said.

BJP activists booked for 'celebrating' Ananthamurthy's death

Karnataka Police have registered a case against alleged BJP and Hindu Jagarana Vedike activists who burst crackers to "celebrate" the death of famed writer UR Ananthamurthy.

Ceasefire violation: Pakistan shells BSF posts, two civilians killed

Two people were killed and seven others injured early on Saturday in heavy firing by the Pakistan Rangers on the BSF posts near the international border in RS Pura sector in Jammu district, police said.

BJP-JMM cadre clash, minister's convoy blocked

300-odd stick weilding BJP workers assaulted 50-odd Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) workers, including women, who were waving black flags at union labour minister Narendra Singh Tomar's cavalcade in Ranchi on Saturday.

Heckling of CMs: Modi not responsible, says Uddhav

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot be held responsible for the booing and heckling of non-BJP chief ministers in some states, including Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said.

Chargesheet filed in Modi's Patna rally blasts case

The NIA on Friday filed a chargesheet against 10 people, including alleged activist of banned SIMI group Hyder Ali, in a court in Patna in the case relating to the serial blasts at the then BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Patna last year.

Mangalyaan to reach Mars in 33 days: ISRO

India's ambitious Mars Orbiter Mission was just nine million kilometres away from the red planet, Indian Space Research Organisation said on Saturday.

Minor dalit girl raped, murdered in Odisha

A minor dalit girl was murdered after being gang raped by some unidentified persons in Ganjam district, police said on Saturday. The incident came to light after the postmortem of her body revealed she was raped before being murdered.

Saradha scam: CBI grills WB ex-police chief

Former West Bengal police chief Rajat Majumdar on Saturday appeared before the CBI after being summoned by the agency in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam.

Liquor is part of Goa's culture: BJP leader

Goa BJP leader Dr Wilfred Mesquita has dismissed the possibility of Goa toeing the line of Kerala, which is outlining a ban on sale and consumption of alcohol in a phased manner, saying that consuming liquor is part of the culture.

How can the US crush IS jihadists?

US President Barack Obama calls the Islamic State a jihadist 'cancer' threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world but has so far backed only limited air strikes against the extremists.

Japan landslide death toll rises to 46

The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors.

LoP row: SC gives govt two weeks to find solution

The Supreme Court on Friday waded into the row over the Congress being denied the post of Leader of the Opposition, suggesting that an LoP was needed for making key appointments.

‘Soft Hindutva’ plank for 2016 polls in Kerala

The sizeable vote-share gains in the parliamentary polls have infused the BJP with optimism about its political fortunes in Kerala, a state where it is yet to open its account, both in the 140-member assembly and the 20 Lok Sabha seats.

TN: Boy's hand chopped off for 'disrespecting' elder

Police said that the main accused, Krishnan, husband of the president of the village panchayat, was incensed by the boy’s alleged disrespect by sitting crossed legged in his presence.

Maharashtra polls could be an expensive affair

According to political leaders and experts, more than Rs 2,000 crore could be spent in the contest for 288 seats. This raises the question: Where is all the money coming from? The answer is not clear.

Hamas backs International Criminal Court bid

Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.

Cholera kills at least 67 since June in Ghana

Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others in an outbreak that highlights the health and sanitation challenges facing one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.

Fate of BJP veterans hangs in balance

BJP chief Amit Shah is not inclined at making cosmetic changes in the panel and wants a major overhaul. Shah wants 'functional' leaders in the panel who would be pressed into service to rebuild the party.

High-level panel seeks overhaul of family laws

Supporting uniformity in the minimum age for marriage for boys and girls (18 years), the panel set up by the UPA government recommended the passing of a 'central enactment' for registration of marriages that is 'applicable to all religious groups'.

After 2 days, Irom Sharmila back in custody

Two days after human rights activist Irom Sharmila was released by a Manipur district court, police arrested her again on Friday, charging her with attempting to commit suicide.

US: Cop brands Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'

A police officer in Missouri was suspended Friday after he voiced his contempt via Facebook of protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

Hamas kills 18 'spies' as Israeli strikes continue

Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies on Friday in response to Israel's deadly air strikes against three top Hamas military commanders. In Israel, a four-year-old boy was killed when a mortar shell hit two cars.

Mulayam trying hard to recapture west UP

Mulayam Singh Yadav, the canny king of twists and turns, is now trying to swim to the surface, without making any waves, of course, after the drubbing his party received in the last Lok Sabha polls.

Haryana govt in rush to give licences before polls

With assembly polls likely in a couple of months, the Haryana government seems to be in a hurry to issue licences to private-sector developers before the model code of conduct kicks in.

WHO, health ministry working on Ebola plan

World Health Organisation is working with health ministry to formulate a 'preparedness plan' to deal with just in case if there is an outbreak of Ebola in the country.

Govt junks Qureshi's claim of being asked to quit

The government denied on Friday claims made by Uttrakhand governor Aziz Qureshi that he had been asked to quit and said an 'appropriate response' will be filed before the Supreme Court soon.

Hush up rape, slap suspect: UP panchayat

In a bizarre decision, the family members of a rape victim were told not to register a police complaint against the accused and settle the matter by slapping him instead by a village panchayat in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnore district.

Drunk passenger tied up mid-air for creating ruckus

A drunk Indian passenger, who was tied up on board an Air India flight from Melbourne to Delhi after he created a mid-air ruckus, was arrested by police after the plane landed.

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, dealing a blow to government efforts to regain territory seized by jihadist-led militants.

Modi govt's 'clean-up' drive: no dust in offices

The cabinet secretary has asked all secretaries to improve the overall ambience of offices and ensure punctuality of officials especially in departments with major public interaction.

JD(U) MLA who proposed 'right to bribe' suspended

Rajiv Ranjan’s suspension comes exactly five days after he had told HT that corruption had pervaded public life in Bihar to such an extent that it would be best to legalise it.

Gaza mortar fire kills child in southern Israel

An Israeli child was killed by mortar fire from Gaza on Friday, the army said, bringing the number of civilians killed in Israel during the 46-day conflict with Hamas to four.

If you come after Americans, we will come after you: US to Islamic State

A top national security adviser to President Barack Obama said on Friday that if needed the US will undertake military action in Syria in pursuit of the Islamic State (IS).

Sierra Leone's Ebola deaths traced back to healer

The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma.

Teenage boy abused, assaulted in govt-run home

A 13-year-old boy was abused and assaulted in a government-run home in Bangalore for allegedly refusing to clean toilets, and police have launched a manhunt for three persons, including the head of the home, in connection with the incident.

Syria war toll tops 191,000: United Nations

The death toll from the war in Syria has topped 191,000, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said on Friday, criticising 'international paralysis' on the conflict where jihadists have established a foothold.

NIA charges 10 for blasts in Modi's Patna rally

NIA on Friday charged 10 alleged SIMI operatives for trying to physically harm Narendra Modi when he was touring the country as the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee and later carrying out serial blasts during his Hunkar rally in Patna on October 27 last year.

Govt puts on hold new CIC's appointment in absence of LoP

The government put on hold the appointment of new chief of CIC on Friday  due to the absence of the Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the selection committee leaving the transparency watchdog headless for the first time since its inception in 2005.

ISIS threat beyond anything we have seen, warns US

The US said on Thursday that to crush the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, it will have to be dealt with in Syria. And, as of now, “all options were” on the table.
What is Islamic State and what it wants

Woman takes on attackers in busy street, 1 held

In a display of courage, a woman took on a group of attackers single-handedly as they assaulted her husband after hitting the couple's bike with their car in a busy street while no one came forward to help her.

Flood situation remains grim in parts of UP, Bihar

The flood situation in some parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh continues to be grim on Friday with the rivers Ghagra and Rapti flowing in 'High Flood Situation'.

Building collapses in Srinagar, 6 rescued

An old two-storey private building which was in the process of being demolished in Parraypora area of Srinagar collapsed on Friday morning, police said.

Govt raises sugar import duty to 25% from 15%

India, the world's biggest sugar consumer, raised import duty on the sweetener to 25% from 15%, a finance ministry source said on Friday, in an attempt to support local mills struggling to make cane payments.

Russian aid trucks move in, Ukraine cries invasion

Ukraine on Friday accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into east Ukraine, warning against any attacks on the trucks.

Arvind Subramanian poised to become chief economic adviser

US-based economist Arvind Subramanian is poised to be named as chief economic adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, two sources at the finance ministry said on Friday.

Dina Nath Batra's books now travel to MP

Controversial books authored by Dina Nath Batra were distributed to students at a science fair in Ujjain by the district education department. Some of the stories in the book had raked up controversies.

Jammu: Pakistan Rangers violate ceasefire again

The Pakistan Rangers targeted the Border Security Force (BSF) posts on the international border in RS Pura sector in Jammu on Friday morning, a senior police officer told IANS in Jammu.

Maharashtra CM skips Modi's events in Nagpur

Chavan's decision came after crowds heckled Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, the third instance of public humiliation of opposition leaders.

Pak anti-govt protests continue amidst deadlock

The anti-government protests in Pakistan entered the ninth day on Friday amidst serious differences between the negotiators and the protest leaders, who are demanding nothing less than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as a pre-condition for talks.
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