Probe to dig out bigger drug racket involving Goa cops: CBI

A day after arresting five Goa Police Constables for allegedly planting drugs on an Israeli national during his arrest in 2010, the Central agency plans to dig deeper into the racket.

The Constables, then attached to Anti-Narcotics Cell, were arrested yesterday for planting drugs on Israeli national David Driham alias Dudu. Sub-Inspector Sunil Guddlar was arrested in connection with the same offence a few days back.

Iran denies hand in attack on Israel diplomat’s wife

Iran today refuted that it had a hand in the alleged attack on Israeli diplomat’s wife a few months ago and said being an ancient civilisation it would follow its own ethics and not indulge in such activities.

Reacting to the allegations of Israel that Iran was behind the attack, visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Salehi said it was Israel which had claimed that they would introduce computer virus in Iranian industry.

International community should view the allegations in a detached and dispassionate manner, he said.

No further appeal against Bhagvad Gita translation

Russian prosecutors have decided against taking forward their case seeking a ban on a translation of Bhagvad Gita, bringing to end an issue that had enraged Hindus worldwide and even threatened to strain Russia’s ties with India.

State prosecutors in the Siberian city of Tomsk will not challenge a lower court decision to refuse to declare the translation of the Hindu scripture as “extremist”, RAPSI news agency reported.

The Tomsk Region Prosecutor’s Office had initiated the case in June 2011 following its inspection of the Tomsk Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Court adjourns Mopidevi’s bail petition to Jun 4

Principal Special CBI Court at Nampally today adjourned futher hearing on the bail petition of former Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister Mopidevi Venkataramana to June 4.

e was arrested in the illegal assets case of YSR Congress Party President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Mr Mopidevi was arrested on May 24 when the court had also granted five-days CBI custody after sending him to judicial remand till June 7.

After the custody ended, the CBI court had lodged him in Chanchalguda Jail yesterday and permitted special class prisoner status.

Arabs urge China to apply more pressure on Syria

Senior Arab officials pressed China today to use its influence to help stop the violence in Syria.

China, along with Russia, has blocked efforts to take more robust action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the United Nations Security Council, but pressure for a firm response has grown since the massacre last week of over 100 people in the town of Houla.

‘We greatly respect the efforts of China to find a solution in Syria,’ Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah
Khaled al-Sabah said on the sidelines of an Arab-China cooperation forum in the Tunisian town of Hammamet.

Bangladesh recall Ashraful for Zimbabwe tour

Bangladesh recalled former captain Mohammad Ashraful to a 15-man squad for the hastily arranged tri-series Twenty20 tournament in Zimbabwe next month.

The tournament, which also includes South Africa and Zimbabwe, will be held from June 17 to 24 at Harare Sports

Bangladesh were added as the third team at the last minute to what was originally a five-match series between
Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Batsman Zunaed Siddique was also recalled to a squad which includes uncapped Ziaur Rahman and Abul Hasan.

“Ashraful and Zunaed were always under consideration.

New British Deputy High Commission in Hyderabad

Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the British Diplomatic Service Mr Simon Fraser opened a new British Deputy High Commission in the state capital here today.

Mr Fraser, who visited the city with the British High Commissioner to India, Mr James Bevan, called on Andhra
Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan and the Chief Minister N Kirankumar Reddy.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Fraser said “British diplomacy is engaged in a significant shift towards the powers of Asia, with India as a centerpiece.”

Army Chief’s veiled attack on Lt Gen Suhag

In his parting shot, outgoing Army Chief Gen V K Singh today made a veiled attack on Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is tipped to head the force in 2014, saying he was “alarmed” that allegations of fake encounter were not investigated.

Gen V K Singh, who has already put Lt Gen Suhag’s promotion on hold in connection with a failed intelligence
operation in Assam last year, referred to the alleged fake encounter of March 2010 in his last interaction with media.

US pressure won’t impact India’s legitimate trade with Iran:Krishna

India today made it clear that the US pressure to reduce oil imports from Iran will not impact its “legitimate” trade ties with the “key country” for meeting its energy needs.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, after talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, said while India
abided by the UNSC resolutions on Iran, unilateral or regional sanctions tend to impact on the market in a globalised world.

“As far as other sanctions, those decided either unilaterally or regionally, we are aware of such measures. In

Egypt finally bids adieu to emergency law

Days after holding its first free and fair presidential election, Egypt today did away with a three decade old state of emergency, with the ruling military council stating that it would not be further extended.

The state of emergency in Egypt was imposed after former president Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981 and the country has almost always been under such a law since then.

An extension was in place until midnight today and the ruling military council, that had first extended the law to

Pak’s stand delayed signing of liveralized visa regime: India

India today attributed the failure to sign a liberalised visa agreement with Pakistan last week to pending internal consultations in Islamabad and that country’s Interior Minister’s desire for political participation in the exercise.

Home Secretary R K Singh said that during the Indo-Pak Home Secretary level talks in Islamabad on May 24-25 that the new visa pact could not be signed as Pakistani side conveyed that some internal discussions were still pending.

Manmohan should retire from politics: Uma

Attacking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the coal block allocation controversy, BJP leader Uma Bharti has said he should retire from politics.

“The Prime Minister should not wait till corruption charges levelled against him are proved. He should immediately
quit public life,” Bharti told media here yesterday.

The BJP leader was here to participate in a function.

The Prime Minister had said that he will quit public life if Team Anna’s charges of irregularities in allocation of coal blocks when he held the portfolio are proved.


N D Tiwari admitted to AIIMS

Veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari was today admitted in All India Institute of Medical Sciences after he complained of uneasiness.

Admitted in the old private ward of the hospital, the 86 rpt 86-year-old politician is under the supervision of Dr M
Suneja, a doctor in the department of Medicine at AIIMS.

“He was brought to the hospital at 2pm and was wheel chair-bound. Though he is well now, since he has diabetes,
Parkinson’s diseases, hypo-thryrodism and ischemic heart disease, he has been asked to undergo multiple tests.

Nigerian arrested for black dollar fraud

A 38-year-old Nigerian has been arrested here for allegedly cheating people by promising to make them rich.

Ifeanyi Okeke was apprehended from RK Puram recently on a tip off, Sanjay Kumar Jain, Deputy Commissioner of Police
(Crime), said.

He is accused of being involved in, what is being called, black dollars fraud.

“The gang used to offer online jobs to aspiring clients and the clients would be asked to deposit some amount as
security. Once the client deposit the amount in the bank account provided by the syndicate, they would demand more

Bihar MLA’s husband arrested

The husband of ruling JD(U) MLA Bima Bhrati was arrested for allegedly beating up a government employee of Bhawanipur bloc in the district today.

Awadhesh Mandal was arrested for allegedly beating up the government employee attached to the revenue department
Ramsevak Mandal and obstructing government work, Superintendent of Police Amit Lodha said.
He was arrested after an FIR was filed against him by Mandal, he said.


Flesh trade racket busted, four arrested

Police today busted a sex racket being run by a family in their house and arrested four persons, including three women.

Acting on a tip-off that the flesh trade was being carried out at a house in Mohalla Muftiwara here, a police team
conducted a raid this morning after sending a decoy customer and arrested the house owner’s wife, her son, daughter and a 22-year old woman from Rohtak.

The house owner, however, managed to flee.

The 22-year-old woman revealed that the family had brought her from Rohtak.


Rekha-starrer Umrao Jaan sequel in the offing

Rekha-starrer 1981 film Umrao Jaan may get a sequel as the producers are keen to bring the second part of the movie.

Umrao Jaan, based on the Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada (1905) by Mirza Hadi Ruswa, was directed by Muzaffar Ali.

The film was based on the life of famous Lucknow courtesan. Rekha’s performance as the central character in the film had won her first National Award.

Now, director Muzaffar Ali and one of the writers of the film Javed Siddiqui say they are working on two different stories, set in the same period.

I-Diplomat car bombing: Iran to consider India’s probe plan

Iran Thursday strongly refuted Israel’s allegations about its involvement in the bombing of an Israeli diplomat’s car here in February, but agreed to consider India’s proposal to send a team of investigators to that country.

“We have been accused of so many things so many times. We totally refute allegations of this sort,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters here after talks with India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.

He accused the “Zionist regime of Israel” of assassinating Iranian scientists and publicly admitting it.

US economic growth down to 1.9 percent

US economic growth slowed to an annualised rate of 1.9 percent in the first quarter of the year, down from an initial estimate of 2.2 percent.

The level was in line with economists’ expectations, but lower than 3-percent growth in the fourth quarter last year, the revised commerce department figures showed Thursday.

The deceleration reflected a slowdown in private inventory investment, an increase in imports, and a drop in non-residential fixed investment that were partly offset by accelerations in exports and in personal consumption expenditures, the department said.

Plant that suck up pollutants from soil

Chinese experts have successfully used a plant to clean arsenic pollution from the soil.

The Chinese fern, whose scientific name is Pteris vittata L, has a “strong capacity” to extract arsenic from the soil, a researcher said.

A team led by Chen Tongbin of the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources is currently running a similar project in Guangxi Zhuang region.

Chen said they cultivated the plant, also called “hyper-accumulators”, to extract arsenic from the soil. He said the method is cost effective, the Global Times reported Thursday.

Man’s best friend follows cyclists 1,800 km

A stray dog in China has followed a group of cyclists 1,800 km to their destination in a heart-wrenching 20-day trip.

The dog, nicknamed Xiaosa, followed the cyclists on the Sichuan-Tibet Highway, giving them encouragement all the way to Lhasa.

The cyclists are now planning to bring her to their hometown in central Hubei province.

Xiaosa ran 50 to 60 km every day and never fell behind, the People’s Daily reported Monday.

The cyclists began their journey May 4. They threw her a drumstick and to their surprise, the homeless dog held on to them and would not let go.

Iran not to pursue n-bomb productioni

Affirming that Iran was not after nuclear weapons, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said enriching uranium to 20 percent was his country’s right.

Ahmadinejad said related countries should explain why Tehran is not allowed to enrich uranium to 20 percent and how they will reciprocate if Iran stops uranium enrichment to that purity, Xinhua reported citing IRNA news agency.

Speaking during an interview with France 24 television, Ahmadinejad said enriching uranium to 20 percent is Iran’s right and Tehran is not after nuclear weapons.

Pakistani-origin man charged with murdering Thai lover

A man of Pakistani origin has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend in a subway in Britain’s Berkshire city. She was a trained kick-boxer from Thailand.

Thai-born Tuanjai Sprengel, 43, was dating Muhammad Shafi, 28, who is now accused of killing her. She was battered on the head from behind and suffered a deep puncture wound to her throat, The Sun reported.

The victim was found Sunday morning in Bracknell town and Shafi was arrested six hours later in the couple’s one-bed flat a few hundred yards from the scene.

Facebook selects Kerala IT firm for programme

Kreata Global, an IT company headquartered at Kerala’s Kochi Infopark campus, has been selected as a Facebook preferred marketing developer (PMD), said an infopark official.

The PMD programme aims to better represent the various technologies in the Facebook ecosystem and to recognise companies that develop holistic solutions.

Kreata is just the second Indian company to be picked for the programme. It has qualified for the PMD badge in the apps category for building socially enabled integrations.