Ismail Bhai ki shadi me Dancer ka Hangama !

Two groups clashed in Mumbra town over alleged video shooting of a woman dancing at a marriage function, police said today.

The incident occurred at Kausa area last night when a woman was dancing at the marriage of one Shaheen Ismail Khan, PSI S G Babar said.

According to police, a group of six persons allegedly started filming the complainant following which she raised an objection. However, they threatened her of posting the video on social networking sites.

Police said the complainant alleged that one of the accused, Sajid Ansari attacked her and tore her clothes and

VHP will declare Gujarat a Hindu state by 2015: Togadia

VHP will declare Gujarat a “Hindu state” by 2015 besides having its presence in all 18,000 villages of the state in the next two years, the outfit’s leader Pravin Togadia claimed today.

In two years, the VHP will have a presence in all 18,000 villages of Gujarat and by 2015, we will declare
Gujarat a Hindu state,” VHP’s international working president Pravin Togadia told VHP followers who gathered here for a ‘Hindu Sangam’ event.

The event was organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to launch a new movement called ‘Hindu Ahead, for Hindu

Amitabh Bachchan to be honoured at Melbourne Film festival

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured at the upcoming Melbourne International Film festival (MIFF).

The festival will also see a retrospective of the 70-year-old actor, who is currently shooting for Prakash Jha’s “Satyagraha” in Bhopal.

“There is the Melbourne Film festival, where they do a retrospective of mine and give me honour


Sanjay Dutt should face sentence gracefully: Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s kin

Abhitej Singh Sandhu, grand-nephew of ‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ Bhagat Singh, has opposed granting pardon to Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, saying the demand for clemency to the Bollywood actor tantamount to an “affront” to judiciary.

“What these political leaders, actors and others are doing by raising their voice requesting reprieve for Sanjay Dutt are in fact insulting the judicial system of the country”, Sandhu told reporters yesterday after taking darshan of Saibaba at the famous shrine here.

BJP wilts, promotes ‘murder tainted’ Amit Shah as Narendra Modi flexes muscles

Despite the murder taint hanging fire over Gujarat strongman Amit Shah, BJP has appointed him the new general secretary and thereby given him an important position on the national stage.

This has been possible despite many in BJP voicing concern about Shah’s controversial image and the message that will be sent to public that will impact both allies and voters negatively. But muscle-flexing by Narendra Modi has forced top party-men to fall in line.

House fire in France kills five children

Authorities say five young siblings have died after a fire erupted in a home in northern France.

Rescue team official Thierry Oberlin told France-2 TV today that the children’s father escaped the inferno late yesterday in the town of Saint Quentin, about 150 kilometres north of Paris.

Oberlin says the father, who reportedly sustained light burns, contacted a neighbour who alerted authorities.

French media, citing unidentified local authorities, reported that the children were aged 2 to 10. A top local government official did not immediately respond to messages.

Exam candidates fall off train, station vandalised in WB

Sporadic violence broke out in several parts of South 24-Parganas district on Sunday after some candidates for the examination to recruit primary school teachers fell off a jam-packed local train at Baruipur station.

The incident took place this morning when thousands of aspirants for the Primary Teachers Eligibility Test gathered at the Baruipur station platform to travel to their respective examination venues.

When a train entered the station, a jostle ensued among the passengers to get into the train and in the melee, three candidates tumbled off the train.

MCA ban on SRK stays, say officials

Mumbai Cricket Association`s five-year ban imposed on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) owner Shah Rukh Khan last year stands and he will not be able to attend his team`s IPL match against hosts Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on May 7.

“There is a clause in the agreement we are to sign with Mumbai Indians tomorrow that any person who has been debarred by the association cannot enter our premises. It`s not specific to any single person,” MCA Joint Secretary Nitin Dalal told PTI today.

H1B visas may be decided through lottery this year

The much sought H-1B work visas could be decided through lottery this year, industry experts and officials feel, based on initial feedback from companies, as the US starts accepting applications from tomorrow.

If it happens it would be for the first time since 2008 that the fate of thousands of applications for H-1B visas would be decided by a computerised draw of lots.

Even Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it expects the cap for H-1B visas to be filled in the first five days itself.

RSS chief calls for ‘glorious Ram Mandir’

At a day when Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was inducted into BJP’s Parliamentary Board, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat raked up the issue of Ram Mandir in the state capital, expressing the desire for a glorious “Shree Ram Mandir”.

“We will have to build good, honest and true Hindus in Bharat, because, now the whole world will be following Hindus.


Hyderabad: mother throws kids into well, attempts suicide

Three children died after their mother allegedly threw them into a village well before she jumped into it herself in the Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh this evening, the police said.

The woman, who is in a critical condition did the act allegedly in an inebriated condition, the police said.

The incident occured in Rekulachoudapur of Nawabpet mandal at around 4 pm, when the woman took her three children including two boys and a girl near a well and threw them in, an investigating officer told PTI.

Youth suspected in theft case ends life

Unable to bear the insult of being suspected in a theft case and harassment by the police, a youth ended his life in the town.

According to information, someone robbed properties worth Rs. Four lakh in the house of one Giridhar Reddy, living in the two town police station area. Police suspected Sai, working in the house and called him to the police station. Perturbed by the insult, the youth consumed pesticide. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died on Sunday morning.

Two held for arms smuggling

A father-son duo was arrested for arms smuggling and two pistols were recovered from them in Bihar’s East Champaran district, police said today.

Acting on a tip-off, the 13th battalion SSB jawans arrested Mahendra Ram and his son Mukesh Ram at Mortia near the Indo-Nepal border and recovered two pistols, including one made in Japan, Commandant Arvind Kumar said.


Karzai meets Qatar emir during visit on Taliban office

Afghan President Hamid Karzai held talks today with the emir of Qatar during a visit to discuss opening a Taliban office in the Gulf state, as a prelude to possible peace negotiations with the militants.

Karzai discussed “issues of mutual interest” with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, state news agency QNA said, without giving details of the meeting in Doha city.


Congress MPs blame CM for power tariff hike

Besides opposition parties, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy came under heavy criticism by his own partymen for the hike in power tariff proposed by the Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Addressing separate press conferences, Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao, Peddapalli MP G Vivek and other leaders blamed the Chief Minister for the proposed hike. Hanumantha Rao alleged that the Chief Minister was taking unilateral decisions even in the matters like increasing the power tariff. He warned that such decisions would damage the Congress party in near future.

Naidu asks cadre to protest against power tariff hike

Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday directed his party’s cadre to launch massive protests against the proposed hike in power tariff.

Talking to reporters here during his Vastunna Mee Kosam padayatra, Naidu announced that the TDP would launch a signature campaign over the power tariff hike and power cuts from April 2. He also sought the support of general public in organising protests agianst the government.


Venkaiah blames CM for power crisis

BJP senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday held Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy responsible for the ongoing power crisis in the State.

Addressing a press conference here, Venkaiah Naidu said that the energy crisis have been deteriorating due to short-sightedness of the Chief Minister. He said that the government failed to realise that there would be shortage of water and gas for power generation and adopted a careless attitude to address the problem.

Kuwaiti opposition tweeter jailed for emir insult

Kuwait’s lower court today sentenced opposition tweeter Hamed al-Khaledi to two years in jail on charges of insulting the Gulf state’s ruler, a rights activist said.

Khaledi has been sentenced to two years in jail with immediate effect,” the director of the Kuwait Society for
Human Rights, Mohammad al-Humaidi, said on his Twitter account.

Khaledi was charged with writing remarks on his Twitter account deemed offensive to Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad
al-Sabah. The verdict is not final, but his jailing was immediate pending the appeals process.

North Korea calls nukes country’s ‘life’ at big meeting

One of North Korea’s top decision-making bodies is setting guidelines that call nuclear weapons “the nation’s life” that won’t be traded even for “billions of dollars.”

The statement today came after a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party attended by
leader Kim Jong Un and other officials.

It says nuclear weapons aren’t “goods for getting US dollars” or a “political bargaining chip.” Outside analysts
have said Pyongyang raises worries over its nuclear ambitions to spur nuclear-disarmament-for-aid talks.

Hindus in Bangladesh demand more security

Amid nationwide violence in Bangladesh over 1971 war crimes trial of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, the country’s human rights body has criticised the government for inadequate steps to protect Hindus from recent
attacks as the minority community demanded more security.

The government must answer why the people of religious minorities were living in insecurity in Bangladesh,” Mizanur
Rahman, the chairman of Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), said at a seminar yesterday.

“Fairy circles” in African desert caused by termites

The mysterious “fairy circles” – the reddish barren spots up to 15 metres across – in African desert are actually drawn by the tiny termites, according to a new study.

The Namib Desert’s strange circular patches of grass with bare centers are the result of termites establishing
reservoirs, researchers said.

The study, published in the journal Science, uncovers the origin of fairy circles, circular patches of perennial grasses with a barren center that grow in the desert on the southwest coast of Africa.

I am a spectacular judge on ‘American Idol’: Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj feels she is spectacular as a judge on ‘American Idol’.

Minaj, 30, who is judging the singing reality show along with Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, said she
never has a worst moment on the show, reported Radar online.

My best and worst Idol moments? I don’t have a worst Idol moment. I’ve been spectacular. Yes, I am going to toot my
own horn. And then my best moment is every single moment. I’ll toot it again!,” she said.

Minaj also said that she was a little fearful initially while sitting on the judging panel of the Fox reality TV hit.

Liyaqat’s role will be clear only after investigation: DGP

Days after it sparred with the Delhi Police over the arrest of Liyaqat Shah, Jammu and Kashmir Police today said he cannot be labelled as a “terrorist or innocent” until the investigation is complete.

This is to be decided in the investigation, you cannot label a person a terrorist or innocent until the investigation process is complete,” Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad said in response to a question on Liyaqat.

The DGP said they were waiting for the probe to be over and only then a call on Liyaqat’s status could be made.