Minaret of landmark mosque in Syria destroyed

Syrian state media and anti-government activists say the minaret of the famed Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo has been destroyed.

But the two sides offered different explanations for what brought it down today.

The state news agency says rebels from the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group blew it up.

Aleppo-based activist Mohammed al-Khatib says a Syrian army tank fired a shell that “totally destroyed” the minaret.


Don’t put me in Ajmal Kasab’s cell, pleads Abu Jundal

Abu Jundal, an alleged operative of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and a key handler during the Mumbai attack (26/11), has approached Bombay High Court seeking that he should not be kept in solitary confinement in the same cell where Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab once stayed.

Jundal has been lodged in Arthur Road prison in central Mumbai. His cell was earlier occupied by Kasab, the lone arrested terrorist of 26/11 attacks, before he was executed at Pune’s Yerawada jail.

Fire in books godown in Abids

Fire broke out in a four-storeyed building in the Boggulakunta area of Abids in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
As there is a books godown in the building it took over four hours for the fire services personnel to bring the fire into control. Fire spread to four floors of the building.

Though fire is extinguished, authorities are fearing that the building might collapse.


Kishen Reddy to fast on Home guards problems

State BJP chief and state Home Guards welfare Association President G Kishan Reddy said he would sit in fast for one day along with the family members of home guards at Indira Park at 9 am on April 26.

In a statement here on Wednesday, he said though home guards were working day and night on par with the police, they were poorly paid. He lamented that the home guards organization was created 50 years ago, their conditions had not improved. He said though they were working day and night, their families were living in abject poverty.

Jagan and Vijaya Sai Reddy,two sides of same coin:CBI

The CBI informed the special court on Wednesday that it had also included the names of ministers in the illegal assets case against the YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Both Jagan and his auditor Vijaya Sai Reddy filed memos in the court separately. Arguments were concluded on the memos on Wednesday. The court posted its decision to April 27.

Saina to get this year’s prestigious Yudhvir Award

Badminton star Saina Nehwal will be given the 22nd Yudhvir Memorial Foundation Award.

Yudhvir Foundation, founded in 1991 to commemorate late Shri Yudhvir, eminent freedom fighter, journalist and founder of Daily Hindi Milap, in a press release on Wednesday, made this announcement. Every year the Foundation honours individuals who excel in some field of human endeavor. This year’s award will be presented to Saina Nehwal on April 30th, the birthday of late Shri Yudhvir.

Woman Naxal carrying Rs 5 lakh reward surrenders in Andhra

A woman Naxal commander, carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head, turned herself in before senior police officers here on Tuesday.

“Shanigarapu Uma alias Anitha, who was carrying reward of Rs 5 lakh, surrendered voluntarily this evening. She has nearly 35 offences registered against her in Warangal district”, said SP A Venkateshwar Rao.

Anitha is the wife of Gajerla Ashok, alias Janardhan, who is the Maharashtra state incharge of military wing in Gadchiroli division (Maoist), he said.

Banned Al Ummah activists arrested in Bangalore blast case

In a joint operation conducted by the Bangalore and Tamil Nadu police show that three persons of the banned terror outfit Al-Ummah were involved in Bangalore blasts.

Their motive was to avenge the arrest of Abdul Nasar Madani lodged in a Bangalore jail for his alleged involvement in the Bangalore serial blasts case.suspects Peer Mohideen and Basheer were nabbed on Monday night, while the third accused, Kitchen Buhari, was arrested on Tuesday morning.

YSRCP: Convene assembly session to discuss rape incidents

YSR Congress Party on Tuesday demanded the Government to convene the assembly session immediately to discuss the atrocities on women and take steps to prevent them.

Addressing a media conference here, YSR Congress spokesperson Roja questioned Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy why he has been maintaining silence over the increasing number of rape incidents in the state.

TRS Prez polls on April 27

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi has announced notification for the biennial election of TRS President here today.

According to the schedule, the nominations will be accepted on April 24 and the scrutiny will take place on April 25. The election, if necessary will take place on April 27. If there are two or more candidates in the fray, the election will take place at Armoor in Nizamabad.

Nayani Narsimha Reddy will serve as the Returning Officer.


APIIC officials depose before CBI

State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) officials today appeared before the CBI in connection with the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

Earlier, Revenue Department officials were called to give statements as the case involves land allotments to industrialists.

APIIC is the facilitator to industries and helps entrepreneurs set up industries. The allegation was that the Corporation has overlooked the policy matters and large extent of land was allotted to some business houses at a cheaper price.

Jagan bail case posted to April 30

The Supreme Court today adjourned to April 30, the bail petition of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Nimmagadda Prasad.

The case of cancelling the bail of Vijaysai Reddy, as sought by CBI, is also posted to April 30.

Meanwhile several MLAs from Kurnool district met YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at Chanchalguda jail. Among those who met him were Emagnur MLA Chennakesava Reddy, Mantralayam MLA Balanagi Redy, Adhoni former MLA Sai Prathap.

Jagan’s wife YS Bharathi was also among the visitors.


AP High Court extends former cop Qadeer’s parole

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday extended the parole of former constable MOhammed Abdul Qadeer till june 30. While passing an interim order Justice Naushad Ali directed the state government to extend the parole of life convict Qadeer and posted the matter for further hearing after summer vacation.

Alleging that Qadeer, who was convicted in ACP Sattiah murder case in 1992, was being illegally detained in jail, his wife Sabera Begum demanded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for violation of his rights through a writ petition.

Third front will never become a reality: Naidu

Rejecting the possibility of a third front coming to power after the next Lok Sabha polls, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu today said the very idea is a “tried and failed experiment” which will never become a reality.

He said regional parties cannot claim themselves as an alternative.

“There is no possibility of a third front in the country.

The idea of a third front is a tried and failed experiment. It will never become a reality.


3 suspects arrested in Bangalore blast case

Security agencies arrested three people in connection with the April 17 blast in front of the Karnataka BJP headquarters, which left 17 persons injured.

In joint operation of the Karnataka police, the Tamil Nadu State intelligence and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), suspects Peer Mohideen and Basheer were nabbed on Monday night, while the third accused, Kitchen Buhari, was arrested on Tuesday morning.

Indian Mujahideen involvement likely in B’lore blast: sleuths

Investigators probing the blast in Bangalore have suggested that the Indian Mujahideen (IM) was behind the April 17 terror attack in the Southern city.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the blast along with Karnataka Police, conveyed to the Home Ministry that the activists belonging to the IM were suspected to be behind the terror attack that injured 16 people, including 11 policemen.

Jundal’s discharge plea rejected by Nashik court

A local court today rejected an application filed by suspected LeT operative and 26/11 Mumbai attacks conspirator Sayad Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, seeking discharge from the Maharashtra Police Academy attack conspiracy case.

Sessions Judge K K Tantrapale rejected Jundal’s plea, special prosecutor Ajay Misar told reporters.

Bilal Shaikh, Himayat Baig and Abu Jundal have been arrested in the case. Baig was sentenced to death in Pune’s German Bakery blast case last week.


Probe complaint against Sonia on Telangana issue: Court to cops

A court in Andhra Pradesh on Monday directed the police to probe allegations brought against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a complaint which says she “cheated” the people of Telangana on the statehood issue.

Acting on a private complaint filed against Gandhi by state BJP leader Satish Agarwal in a court in January this year, the Malkajgiri court (in Ranga Reddy district) near here asked the police to investigate it and submit a report.

Indian Army to DNA profile its soldiers

Indian Army soldiers will have their DNA profile stored in a data bank under a project launched by the Armed Forces Medical Services that will facilitate identification of bodies during any operation, attack or mishap.

Defence Minister A K Antony in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today said a pilot project is in progress at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune to conduct DNA profile of soldiers and develop necessary protocol for identifying them from their body tissues. The strength of the Indian Army is around 1.1 million.

Congress MLA refutes allegations of drunken driving

Congress MLA Avanthi Srinivas on Monday refuted the allegations that he was indulged in drunken driving.

Speaking to media persons after submitting a complaint against Hyderabad Police, Srinivas alleged that the Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills police personnel crossed their limits by levelling allegations that he was driving the vehicle in an inebriated condition. He said that the police personnel created a scene to defame him by calling the media.

Congress will give Telangana:Botsa

APCC Chief Botcha Satyanarayana has said there was nothing wrong in demanding a Steel Plant for the Telangana region.
Speaking to the media here on Monday, Botcha said it is wishful thinking that the State government has allotted the Bayyaram mines to the public sector company.