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Jawan kills five colleagues, himself in J&K
In yet another case of fratricidal killing in the troubled Kashmir valley, a soldier shot dead five of his colleagues in their sleep and then killed himself on early Wednesday morning.
"A soldier of a Rashtriya Rifles unit ran amok in the wee hours, killing five soldier before killing himself," said Lt Col NN Joshi, public relations officer of the army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps.
"The deaths of the jawans took place inside the army camp of 13 Rashtriya Rifles at Safapora," Joshi added.
Officers missing after INS Sindhuratna mishap declared dead
The Indian Navy on Thursday confirmed that the two officers who were "unaccounted for" after a fire on Russian-built submarine INS Sindhuratna have been found dead.
The two officers who perished in the accident are Lt Cdr Kapish Muwal and Lt Manoranjan Kumar.
Hours after the the mishap, navy chief admiral DK Joshi had resigned on Wednesday. Joshi's resignation has been accepted by the government.
Rahul criticises Khurshid's 'Modi impotent' remark
Congress vice-president on Thursday criticised Union minister of external affairs Salman Khurshid for calling BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi "impotent" over the Gujarat chief minister's handling of the post-Godhra riots in 2002.
"I do not appreciate this kind of comment...the kind of language," Gandhi said disapproving Khurshid's remark.
The Congress leader was talking to reporters at the AICC headquarters after a meeting of the campaign committee of the party.
Khurshid had on Tuesday described Modi as "impotent" while speaking at a rally in Farrukhabad.
AAP releases second list of LS candidates
The Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Mahatma Gandhi's grandson and academic Rajmohan Gandhi from the East Delhi parliamentary seat against Sandeep Dikshit, the son of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
Rajmohan's name figures in the AAP's second list comprising 30 candidates who will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
The 78-year-old Rajmohan, a former Rajya Sabha member, had joined the party last Friday and expressed willingness to contest polls. Son of Devdas Gandhi and maternal grandson of C Rajagopalchari, he had unsuccessfully contested against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi from Amethi as a Janata Dal candidate in 1989 and against BJP's Arvind Trivedi from Sabarkantha in 1991.
JD-U expels five MPs for anti-party activities
Faced with rebellions, Janta Dal(United) on Thursday expelled Rajya Sabha MP and senior leader Shivanand Tiwari and four Lok Sabha MPs on the charges of indulging in anti-party activities.
The expelled Lok Sabha members are Captain Jainarain Nishad (from Muzaffarpur), Purnmasi Ram (Gopalganj), Sushil Kumar Singh (Aurangabad) and Mangani Lal Mandal (Jhanjharpur). Three of them -- Nishad, Ram and Mandal -- were suspended earlier.
While chief minister Nitish Kumar announced the expulsion of Aurangabad MP Sushil Kumar Singh, the dismissal of four others was announced by national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi in New Delhi.
UP police don't find Subrata Roy at his Lucknow residence
Sahara chief Subrata Roy on Thursday moved to Supreme Court seeking cancellation of non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him and undertook to appear before it on March 4. The Uttar Pradesh police, meanwhile, visited his residence in Lucknow but could not take action as Roy was not present there.
The order to arrest Roy was issued Wednesday for his failure to appear before the apex court in a contempt case arising out of non refund of Rs. 20,000 crore to investors by two of his companies.
The Sahara chief has offered unconditional apology to the apex court for his non-appearance. Roy also sought recall of the apex court's Wednesday order in which non bailable warrant was issued against him and police was ordered to arrest and produce him before it on March 4.
India lost a decade under UPA govt rule: Modi
Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of pushing back the country by a decade, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he would endeavour to provide effective governance as it was more important than good policies.
"We need direction, determination and dedication. We need good governance. Bad governance is like diabetes which invites all kinds of ailments", he said while unveiling his vision for development at a seminar on 'A New Growth Paradigm for India'.
Modi further said: "We have reached a stage where the country is slipping back. We have lost a decade, we have to start afresh. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee left, the growth was 8.4%, now the growth has come down to 4.8%."
Six killed in fireworks factory blast in Maharashtra
Six persons, mostly workers, were killed on Thursday and 20 others injured - one seriously - when crackers exploded in a fireworks factory in Raigad district of Maharashtra, police said. The explosion took place around 4.30 pm at the Bhaimala village factory, 10 kms from Alibaug town, they said.
Bodies of six persons, mostly workers, were pulled out from the rubble of the crackers unit, which caught fire due to the explosion. Six fire tenders were rushed to the factory after the blast following which flames were brought under control.
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Finding the meaning of Shiva's spiritualism on Maha Shivaratri
Today is the day of Maha Shivaratri. The whole day we will hear invocations to Lord Shiva. Chants, mantras, pujas, offerings, meditations, every possible means to propitiate the Lord will be in evidence today, ahead of the grand culmination of the aarti and jagrata.
But what could possibly be the esoteric significance of the whole process? What is it about Shiva, literally? Or rather, energetically?
In the Indian trinity, Shiva is portrayed as the weilder of power. Brahma creates, Vishnu protects, and Shiva destroys. He is the agent of power, the lord of Shakti, and the tamer of the Ganga, the one with the terrifying third eye. Today is his day, multiplying the power quotient manifold for all activities undertaken in his name. But in pranic healing Shiva's role as "creative destruction". What does that mean?
Simply put, it means that the destruction is for a purpose. It is not annihilation, but transformation. Daksha was killed, but transformed into a devotee. Ganesha was killed, but transformed into the repository of wisdom. Asuras were killed, and transformed into his ganas, or worshippers.
India finish fifth in under-19 cricket World Cup
India overcame T Chanderpaul's century to beat the West Indies by 46 runs at Sharjah in a play-off match for the fifth-sixth positions at the ICC Under-19 World Cup on Thursday.
Chanderpaul scored 112 as the West Indies, chasing India's mammoth 340/8, finished at 294/8.
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