Burnt alive after rape slur

Hyderabad, June 01: An alleged rapist was beaten unconscious, dragged out of a police van and burnt alive in a bonfire by 200 villagers who later dared cops to arrest the entire hamlet.

All that was left of 20-year-old Babu by the time a larger team of cops arrived at the spot in Andhra’s Warangal were his charred limbs.

Prabhakar Rao, the SP (rural), said the villagers of Raghunathpalli had told him that they had meted out “true justice”.

Rapist burnt alive by angry mob

Warangal, June 01: In an act of mob justice, a youth was burnt alive by angry villagers right in the presence of cops after he allegedly raped a girl.

The girl, who initially resisted the attempts of the accused, is battling for her life after the youth hit her with a hammer on her head. This macabre incident took place in Raghunathapally in Zaffargadh mandal of Warangal district on Tuesday.

‘NATO war on Libya is unacceptable’

Tripoli, June 01: An Iranian official has criticized the West’s double-standard approach to the issue of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa and condemned the NATO-led war in Libya as “unacceptable.”

“Politically motivated and instrumental approaches to the honorable issue of human rights are by no means acceptable and will yield no result,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ali Ahani said in a meeting with the director general of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Swedish Foreign Ministry, Robert Rydberg, in Tehran on Tuesday.

Pranab Mukherjee seeks views on Lokpal bill

New Delhi, June 01: Chairman of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill Pranab Mukherjee wrote to political parties and chief ministers seeking their views on contentious issues in the proposed legislation, including inclusion of prime minister and higher judiciary.

The government, which released Mukherjee’s letter Tuesday, asserted that the discussions of the joint drafting committee on the anti-graft Lokpal Bill were constructive.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the government was hopeful of preparing a draft of the law by June 30.

20,000 fined for smoking in public

New Delhi, June 01: A total of 20,405 people and 3,200 vendors were fined for smoking in public places and selling tobacco in restricted areas in the capital from April 2010 to March 2011.

They were fined Rs.1.8 million by the government, Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia said Tuesday.

Speaking on the World Tobacco Day, Walia said: “The Delhi government is committed to the cause of protecting people from tobacco that continues to be the second major cause of death, disease and disability.”

Mladic taken to UN prison in the Hague

London, June 01: Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army chief, has arrived in the Netherlands to be tried for genocide after Serbia’s war crimes court rejected his extradition appeal against his transfer to a UN tribunal in The Hague.

A Republic of Serbia plane landed at Rotterdam airport at 1745 GMT on Tuesday, and a Dutch police helicopter took Mladic to the UN detention unit in The Hague, the seat of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), AFP reported.

Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Kabul, June 01: Three US soldiers have been killed in eastern Afghanistan in an improvised explosive device attack, the US military says.

The US military announced the deaths on Tuesday, saying the incident happened over the weekend but provided no additional information about the victim’s identities or where the attack had taken place, AFP reported.

Attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan have increased since the Taliban started the spring season offensive. Militants carry out more attacks during spring and summer.

NDA ready to support bill for T-State: Sushma Swaraj

Hyderabad, June 01: Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Tuesday urged the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to bring a bill for formation of separate Telangana state in the next parliament session, assuring support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Addressing a public meeting at Karimnagar Tuesday night, she said if the government brings a bill in the parliament session beginning in July, she would ensure that it is passed with two-third majority.

Israel plans Mubarak’s escape

Cairo, June 01: Egyptian Minister of Justice Mohammad Abdul Aziz al-Jundi has said that Israel plans to pave the way for the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to escape from the African country.

In an interview with the Egyptian newspaper al-Wafd, Jundi also accused Israel of making efforts to spark a civil war in the North African state, noting that Tel Aviv is seeking to destroy the Egyptian revolution.

Indian cricket team leaves for West Indies

Mumbai, June 01: In the absence of several senior cricketers, a second string Indian team, led by Suresh Raina, left for the West Indies today to participate in a lone T20, five one-day internationals and three Test matches.

The Indian team boarded a connecting flight to Barbados via London at 0230 hours from the Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport here.

India will play one T20 at Trinidad (June 4) and five-ODIs on June 6 (Trinidad), June 8 (Trinidad), June 11 (Antigua), June 13 (Antigua) and June 16 (Jamaica).

SRK: ‘RA.One’ might have some parts in 3D

Mumbai, June 01: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is highly ambitious about his superhero flick “RA.One” directed by Anubhav Sinha, said he might have certain stunts in 3D to woo his younger audience but would certainly not compromise on the acting part.

“Some part of the film we are trying to do in 3D and Primefocus is doing that for us. They have a technology with which after you have shot the film, it could be converted into 3D,” Shah Rukh told reporters at the theatrical release of the the first trailer at IMAX Wadala here Tuesday.

Headley may write book about role in 26/11

Chicago, June 01: Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley testified Tuesday that he has talked to relatives about writing a book or movie script about his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

As Headley took the stand for the fifth day in his best friend Pakistani Canadian Tahawwur Rana’s trial here, defence attorneys tried to paint him as an opportunistic charlatan who deceived close friends and family, Chicago Sun Times reported.

Akbar attack: Sleuths send 100 samples to FSL

Hyderabad, June 01: Central Crime Station (CCS) sleuths investigating the Akbaruddin Owaisi attack case have sent about 100 samples, including six firearms, to the AP Forensic Science Laboratory. Once the laboratory submits its report, police are planning to file the chargesheet.

The investigating agency has sent six firearms, daggers, live rounds, shells, and parts of bullets found at the crime spot in Barkas, bullets removed from Akbaruddin’s body and blood-soaked clothes of the assailants to the FSL.

Rumblings by Muslim leaders in Congress grow louder

Hyderabad, June 01: If only Pradesh Congress Committee president D Srinivas had stayed longer at a function to felicitate newly nominated MLC Farooq Hussain at the Gandhi Bhavan on Tuesday, he would have heard the rumblings of discontent among the Muslim leaders of the party.

If only he had stayed longer, he would have heard and been alarmed to find out that the rumblings of discontent have been growing at an alarming pace.

US prosecutors file fresh charges against 9/11 suspects

Washington, June 01: US prosecutors have filed new charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, and four alleged co-conspirators detained at Guantanamo Bay, Xinhua reported.

The charges allege that the five accused were responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks on New York, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pa. that occurred Sep 11, 2001, the Pentagon said in a statement Tuesday.

Sai Trust fails to decide to unlock Baba’s residence

Puttaparthi, June 01: The Satya Sai Central Trust Board members failed to arrive at a decision to unlock the Yajurveda Mandir, the residence of late spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba, at their meeting held on Tuesday.
The Central Board had met to discuss the models of the proposed Mahasamadhi for the godman. Work on the Mahasamadhi has already begun on May 27 in Puttaparthy.

No Governor’s post for me: Rosaiah

New Delhi, June 01: Dismissing the talk that he would be named the Governor of a neighbouring state, former chief minister K Rosaiah on Tuesday said that the rumours were mere media speculation and the issue did not even figure in his meeting with All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi.

Talking to media persons after emerging out of the meeting at Ms Sonia Gandhi’s residence at 10 Janpath in New Delhi, Mr Rosaiah clarified that Ms Sonia Gandhi had never promised him a Governor’s post in the past.

Anam lashes out at Babu, Jagan for issuing veiled threats

Hyderabad, June 01: Stating that there was no threat to the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government, Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy on Tuesday lashed out at both Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy for issuing veiled threats.
Mr Ramnarayan Reddy added that he was confident that all the Congress MLAs would support the Congress if a Trust Vote is introduced.

Talking to media persons at the Congress Legislature Party Office, the

Gaddafi ready to accept ceasefire plan

Tripoli, June 01: South African President Jacob Zuma held talks with Muammar Gaddafi Tuesday and said the Libyan leader was ready to accept an African Union plan for a ceasefire, CNN reported.

Zuma emerged from a meeting with the long-time Libyan leader, convinced that Gaddafi was ready for an end to hostilities, including air strikes and the fight with the Benghazi-based opposition.

The South African president, however, gave no indication that Gaddafi was prepared to step aside, the report said.

Ilyas Kashmiri targeted Lockheed CEO

Chicago, June 01:Al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri had once targeted the CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp in apparent retaliation for drone attacks in Pakistan, Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley testified Tuesday.Testifying at the trial of his long-time friend, Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana for helping Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), blamed for 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Headley said Kashmiri targeted the boss of the US weapons-maker as he was frustrated over drone attacks, Chicago Tribune reported.

RSS threatens stir over attack on Nagpur

Nagpur, June 01: The Nagpur unit of RSS threatened to launch a stir if the assailants who stabbed a party functionary last night are not arrested within 48 hours.

RSS city joint secretary Mohan Agnihotri(40) was assaulted by two motorcycle-borne persons with knives at Hasanbagh in Nandanwan area of eastern part of the city yesterday.

A delegation of the local unit of RSS, led by city chief Dilip Gupta, today met Commissioner of Police Ankush Dhanvijay and submitted a memorandum demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

Salman gets fine notice for smoking

Patiala, June 01: Bollywood star Salman Khan, who is in this Punjab town for shooting his film “Bodyguard”, landed in trouble Tuesday with the local administration penalising him for smoking in public place at a hotel.

Taking cognizance of his photograph published in a daily, the Patiala district administration issued a notice (challan) to Salman Khan late Tuesday, which was coincidentally observed as World No Tobacco Day.

TRS will support ‘no confidence motion’

Hyderabad, June 01: The TRS leader and Siricilla MLA, K Taraka Rama Rao made it clear that his party would support ‘no confidence motion’ against Kiran Kumar Reddy Government whenever it was introduced in the Legislative Assembly.

Mr K taraka rama rao (KTR) on Tuesday met the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy and presented a representation on the issues of his own constituency Siricilla.

Poonam Pandey reiterates her ‘resolve’ to go nude

Indore, June 01: Denying reports of any publicity stunt, model Poonam Pandey, who recently grabbed headlines for promising to bare it all if India won the cricket World Cup, today reiterated her resolve to go ‘nude’ for her fans and cricketers.

“Cricket World Cup ke dauran maine bahoot soch samaj kar, apni marji se kaha tha ki main nude scene doongi… par hua nahin vaisa (During World Cup, I took a conscious decision to go nude before Indian cricketers if they won the Cup… but that did not happen),” Pandey who came here for promoting a television reality show told reporters.