Cricket should head in the right direction: Tendulkar

New Delhi, August 31: Senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar today said that people bringing disgrace to the game makes him sad as it leaves a bad impression on cricket, which should always head in the right direction.

“Yes. It doesn’t leave a good impression about cricket and cricketers. It is something one would like to erase and make sure cricket heads in the right direction so that it helps cricket to grow across the globe,” Tendulkar said.

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Exemption limit for wealth tax to go up to Rs 1 cr

New Delhi, August 31: The Direct Taxes Code (DTC) Bill proposes to raise the exemption limit for imposing wealth tax to Rs 1 crore from Rs 15 lakh at present, a move that will help a lot of taxpayers avoid the levy.

The Rs 1 crore limit proposed in the Direct Taxes Code Bill, however, is much less that the exemption of Rs 50 crore proposed in the original draft.

China’s intentions being closely monitored: India

New Delhi, August 31: India today said China has been showing “more than the normal interest” in the Indian Ocean affairs and its “intentions” are being closely monitored.

“The Government of India has come to realise that China has been showing more than the normal interest in the Indian Ocean affairs. So we are closely monitoring the Chinese intentions”, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in the Lok Sabha.

Indian economy grows by 8.8 pc in April-June

New Delhi, August 31: Economy grew by an impressive 8.8 per cent during the quarter ended June on the back of robust manufacturing growth.

However, certain sectors like financial services restrained the growth in economy, which had recorded 6 per cent growth rate in April-June 2009-10.

Agriculture and allied activities grew by 2.8 per cent, higher than 1.9 per cent in the year-ago period, but it is nowhere between the target of four per cent pegged by the government in the medium term.

Agitating HC lawyers rough up scribes

Jaipur, August 31: Rajasthan High Court lawyers, who are agitating over alleged irregularities in the selection of additional district and sessions judges, today roughed up journalists and cameramen invited by the HC administration for a press conference here.

The lawyers, who were forcing journalists not to publish the view of the high court on the issue, had a heated argument with them before manhandling them.

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Madrasa teacher freed from Pak jail reaches home

Howrah (WB), August 31: Freed after spending seven years in a Pakistani jail, Abdul Karim, the prisoner recently released said there were seven others Indian prisoners behind bars in the neighbouring country.

Karim, caught by Pakistani Rangers after he strayed into no man’s land across the Punjab border in 2003, arrived here today from Amritsar via bus.

“To my knowledge seven other prisoners are still in jail there,” the madrasa teacher said.

I-T officer sentenced in graft case

Chennai, August 31: A CBI court here today sentenced an Income Tax officer to one year of rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 20,000 in connection with a graft case.

Additional Special Judge K Jayabalan pronounced the verdict against D Kandavel in connection with the 2007 graft case, where the officer was charged with demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from an individual for “closing” a non-existent case against him.

US pushing Pak to take steps against terrorism: Official

Hyderabad, August 31: The United States continues to prevail upon Pakistan to take effective steps for combating terror emanating from its soil, a senior official of the American Embassy in India said today.

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Congress legislators lash out at Modi’s functioning

Gandhinagar, August 31: Congress legislators in Gujarat Tuesday lashed out against the “autocratic style” of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, noting it is “high time that the government maintains the standards of parliamentary democracy rather than acting as a platform for the fads and whims of an individual”.

CWG waste management to cost Rs 21 crore

New Delhi, August 31: The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) today spelled out its elaborate plan for managing large quantities of waste that would be produced at all the venues during the mega-sporting event.

“Our teams are already in place at the venues doing their job,” OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot said.

According to the proposed plan, the responsibility of cleanliness and waste management would be jointly shared by cleaning vendors hired by the OC and the concerned civic agencies like MCD, NDMC etc.

Amit Shah hospitalised

Gandhinagar, August 31: Former Gujarat minister Amit Shah, a key accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout, was admitted to a government hospital in Ahmedabad Tuesday evening following medical complications.

Shah, who is in Sabarmati prison, had undergone a minor incision in the jail hospital Monday following an abscess.

According to jail officials, a decision was taken to move him to the hospital following some complications since he is also a diabetic.

Ramjanmabhoomi verdict: Uttar Pradesh seeks central support

Lucknow, August 31: The Uttar Pradesh government has sought 35,000 paramilitary personnel as part of its contingency planning ahead of the much-awaited verdict in the volatile 125-year-old Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

A three-judge special bench of the Allahabad High Court, which concluded its hearing in the long pending case last month, will announce its verdict Sep 17.

Younis Sends Legal Notice To News Of The World

Karachi, August 31: Former captain Younis Khan has sent a legal notice to British tabloid ‘News of the World’, which claimed in a report that he like like several Pakistani cricketers had signed Mazhar and Azhar Majeed as his agents in the United Kingdom.

Reliable sources close to Younis told PTI, that Younis instructed his lawyer Ahmed Qayyum to issue the notice to the tabloid for publishing the report.

Students misusing Telangana issue to pass in exams: Osmania report

Hyderabad, August 31: Students from Telangana are arm-twisting colleges and universities to engage only teachers and lecturers from Telangana to evaluate their answer-sheets as they expect them to be lenient.

Pro-Telangana students on Saturday even chased away teachers and lecturers hailing from Andhra and Rayalaseema who had come to evaluate answer-sheets of BEd and BA.

Katrina Kaif Twist Over Romantic

Mumbai, August 31: Katrina Kaif Twist Over Romantic: Generally guys are averse to Rakhi as they fear of girls tying Rakhis to their wrists.

Likewise no guy likes the charming diva of Bollywood, Katrina Kaif to tie Rakhi to his wrist. Yet Katrina found a God-brother of her own and tied the Raksha Bandhan. He is none other than producer Sajid Nadiadwala.

He is well known as the friend of Salman Khan. This emotional episode occured during the shooting of the film ‘Tees Maar Khan’ directed by Farah Khan. Even Farah followed Katrina and tied Rakhi to Sajid who found no chance to escape.

11-yr-old shot dead in police firing

Srinagar, August 31: A stray bullet aimed at dispersing a stone-throwing mob of Kashmiris killed an 11-year-old boy sparking violent protests across the city.

Over 20 people were injured in the violent protests following the death of the young boy.

Nearly 60 people have died in violent demonstrations and clashes between security forces and protesters in region since June this year.

Rizvi says ‘Peepli Live’ her tribute to Premchand

New Delhi, August 31: When director Anusha Rizvi started developing the characters in her debut film ‘Peepli Live’, her thoughts kept going back to Premchand and the hero of his 1936 novel ‘Godaan’.

Rizvi says she could not resist the temptation of using the novel as a metaphor in her film and decided to include Hori Mehto’s character to convey the helplessness of a farmer.

Dr. Zakaria of Bhopal elected as member of Central Homeopathic Council

Bhopal, August 31(Pervez Bari): Young and dynamic Dr. Mohammad Zakaria of Bhopal has been elected as the member of the Central Homeopathic Council, (CHC), New Delhi. The result of the election was announced for the lone representation from Madhya Pradesh on Monday. The elections were held in 2008 but the result was withheld due to anomalies in the election process.

Dr. Zakaria secured total 1754 votes and defeated his nearest rival Dr. Dinanath Mishra, who secured 1739 votes. Homeopathy fraternity of the State has congratulated Dr Zakaria on his election.

Afridi quit over match fixing?

Karachi, August 31: It is learnt that the team management which Afridi was a key member of, did not want players to be dealing with Azhar and Mazhar Majeed, the two men, who were paid to fix no-balls in yesterday’s Lord’s Test by News of the World newspaper.

It can be recalled that Afridi gave up the Test captaincy after the Lord’s Test against Australia in July. On July 27, this correspondent reported that players were discouraged from dealing with outsiders.

Obama slaps more sanctions on North Korea

Washington, August 31: US President Barack Obama has slapped additional sanctions on North Korea aimed at choking off the regimes arms trade and illicit business taken by the government.

The sanctions are specifically targeted against Office 39 – a secretive branch of the North Korean government that manages slush funds and raises money for the leadership, including by trafficking drugs.

Portion of Charminar minaret falls

Hyderabad, August 31: Following heavy rains, a portion of a minaret of Hyderabad’s iconic Charminar fell off on Sunday, but the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) dismissed it as “insignificant”.

K Veerbhadra Rao, superintendent archaeologist of ASI, Hyderabad said the chipping off of the trefoil design on the southeast minaret was a minor damage. This is bound to happen to a monument more than 400 years old. “We will fix it after the rains are over,” said Rao.

US launches women’s rights programme in Pak

Islamabad, August 31: The US is launching a new $40 million programme to stress on women’s human rights in Pakistan and support existing government policies to combat gender inequality.

“The US and Pakistan are focused on empowering women and advancing women’s rights – an issue of great importance to both our countries,” US ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson said in a statement.

No special treatment for Hilton: Police

Chicago, August 31: A Las Vegas police spokesman has insisted socialite Paris Hilton received “no special treatment” after she was arrested on cocaine possession charges Friday night.

The spoilt rich kid and her boyfriend Cy Waits were driving along Sin City’s famous strip when their car was pulled over by cops. While Waits was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under Influence (DUI), Hilton was booked for alleged felony drug possession after a police officer found a suspicious-looking white powder in her purse.