Two killed, three injured in group clash in UP

Two persons were beaten to death while three others injured on Tuesday when two groups clashed over a petty issue in Bankata area of Deoria district.

The tiff started after Deo Prasad Rai entered into an argument with Shrikant Rai over seat sharing in a vehicle in Jaitpura village yesterday, police said.

This morning, Dev Prasad, Rajan Rai, Pinku Rai, Ashok and Santosh were attacked allegedly by Shrikant and two others with sticks and rod.

Sarabjit ‘clinically dead’; family to return on Wednesday

The distraught family of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was brutally assaulted in a Lahore jail last week, is likely to return home on Wednesday after doctors have reportedly indicated that he was “clinically dead”.

Raj Kumar Verka, vice chairman of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes, said in Amritsar Tuesday that he spoke to Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur who told him that doctors have told her that Sarabjit was “brain dead”.

Obama defends FBI, praises Russia after Boston bombings

US President Barack Obama Tuesday defended the performance of law enforcement authorities including the FBI and praised the Russian side’s cooperation following the Boston bombings, reported Xinhua.

Speaking at a White House news conference, Obama told reporters that all the US law enforcement officials had performed in “an exemplary fashion” after the Boston bombings took place on April 15.

He moved on to defend the country’s national security team over reports about the alleged lack of enough intelligence sharing prior to the Boston bombings.

India, China hold 3rd flag meeting, no headway

The meeting between Brigadier-level officers from the two sides began at 1100 hours and continued for more than three hours but failed to end the stand-off, sources said.

India and China today held their third flag meeting in Chushul in Ladakh to resolve the issue of incursion by Chinese troops 19 km inside in Daulat Beg Oldi but the stand-off between the two sides continues.

The meeting between Brigadier-level officers from the two sides began at 1100 hours and continued for more than three hours but failed to end the stand-off, sources said here.

Petrol prices cut by Rs3 per litre, effective from midnight

Petrol price was today slashed by Rs 3 per litre, the steepest reduction in rates in over five years.

The fourth reduction in rates since March means that petrol in Delhi will cost Rs 63.09 a litre with effect from midnight tonight as against Rs 66.09 per litre currently.

Rates will vary from city to city depending on local sales tax or VAT.

In Mumbai, petrol price has been cut by Rs 3.15 to Rs 69.73 per litre, while the fuel in Kolkata will cost Rs 70.35 from tomorrow as against Rs 73.48 per litre. The reduction in rates in Chennai would be Rs 3.18 per litre to Rs 65.90.

CAT from Oct 16 to Nov 11, four new testing locations

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013 for admission to the prestigious IIMs and other B-schools will be conducted from October 16 to November 11 with four new testing locations.

Four new testing locations — Surat, Udaipur, Trivandrum and Vijayawada — will be added for CAT 2013, increasing the number of locations to 40, said Soumitra Roy, the managing director of Prometric India, which will be partnering with IIMs for conducting the test.

Congress trashes Sushma Swaraj’s charge against Sonia Gandhi

The Congress spokesperson said each individual has to take accountability and responsibility and conduct oneself within those pararmeters in Parliamentary democracy.

Congress today rejected BJP’s accusation against Sonia Gandhi of not allowing opposition to air their views in Parliament, saying it was an “excuse” to disrupt the House and hit out at Sushma Swaraj for her decision to boycott meetings called by Lok Sabha Speaker.

Militiamen besiege Libya’s Justice Ministry

Dozens of Libyan militiamen with trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns have surrounded the Justice Ministry building in Tripoli in the third consecutive day of escalating tensions in the Libyan capital.

The militiamen sealed off the roads to the ministry with their trucks Tuesday and a standoff is underway.

On Sunday, about 200 armed men surrounded the Foreign Ministry. On Monday, armed men stormed the Interior Ministry
and a state-owned television station.

6 British Muslims plead guilty to terror charges

Six Al Qaeda-inspired British Muslims today admitted plotting an attack on a rally of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) with homemade bombs, guns and knives.

The gang from Birmingham pleaded guilty to terror charges at Woolwich Crown Court in relation to plotting the attack on the march in the West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury last June.

They will be sentenced on June 6.

“Their capability was clear. They created devices that would have certainly maimed and possibly killed people
depending on how close they were.

India’s total population is now 1.21 billion

India’s total population stands at 1.21 billion, which is 17.7 per cent more than the last decade, and growth of females was higher than that of males.

According to the final census released by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today, India’s total population as on March 1, 2011 is 1,210,726,932 or 1.21 billion — an increase of 181.96 million persons in absolute number of population during 2001-11.

There was an increase of 90.97 million males and increase of 90.99 million females. The growth rate of females was 18.3 per cent which is higher than males — 17.1 per cent.

Synthetic virus may cure heart failure

Human trials of a pioneering gene therapy involving injections of a synthetic virus that can boost heartbeat are set to kick off in Britain within weeks.

Two new studies hope to offer hope to those with heart failure struggling to lead a normal life.

Our goal is to fight back against heart failure by targeting and reversing some of the critical molecular changes
arising in the heart when it fails,” said Alexander Lyon, a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and lead investigator for the two studies.

20 years on, world’s first web page to be reborn

The world’s first web page will be dragged out of cyberspace and restored for today’s Internet browsers as part of a project to celebrate 20 years of the Web, organisers said today.

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said it had begun recreating the website that launched that
World Wide Web, as well as the hardware that made the groundbreaking technology possible.

The world’s first website was about the technology itself, according to CERN, allowing early browsers to learn
about the new system and create their own web pages.

Talwars seek deposition of former CBI jt director as witness

Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar today approached a special CBI court here and sought deposition as court witness of former CBI Joint Director Arun Kumar, whose investigation had claimed that their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were murdered by servants.

The Talwars’ counsel moved an application before special judge Shyam Lal requesting for summoning of Kumar as court witness. A separate request for summoning 12 others was also made.

Posted at present as Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Kumar, a 1985 batch IPS officer of

Maha govt failed to increase power generation capacity: BJP

BJP today alleged that the Maharashtra Government had failed to increase the power generation capacity by even one MW since 2004, despite spending Rs 19,672 crore for setting up new units at the existing thermal power plants.

New units were set up at Parli, Paras, Khaparkheda, Bhusawal, Chandrapur and Koradi thermal power stations between 2004 and 2009 and these units were expected to generate additional power of 5,730 MW,” Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, Vinod Tawde, told a press conference.

NASA gets close-up views of large hurricane on Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole.

In high-resolution pictures and video, scientists see the hurricane’s eye is about 2,000 kilometres wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth.
Thin, bright clouds at the outer edge of the hurricane are travelling 150 meters per second. The hurricane swirls inside a large, mysterious, six-sided weather pattern known as the hexagon.

Attack on Sarabjit: India’s diplomatic “failure”: BJP

In the wake of the attack on Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in a Lahore jail, BJP today charged India has failed to deal firmly with Pakistan.

Expressing concern over the attack on Sarabjit, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said the firmness with which India should deal with Pakistan has not been there since the UPA government was formed.

Indian-origin woman short-listed for ‘best job in world’

One for the taste buds! An Indian-origin woman in the UK has been shortlisted out of 600,000 applicants for the post of Western Australia taste master, described as one of the “best jobs in the world”.

Asha Patel, who grew up in Rushey Mead, Leicester, has been shortlisted along with 24 other people for the job that involves “eating your way round the state, foraging out the finest produce and uncovering the best bars and restaurants”.

The Australian state’s tourism website has described it as “one of the best jobs in the world”.

RTI activist accuses minister of encroaching land

A local RTI activist has accused Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh of encroaching on a land in his hometown Alwar, a charge rejected by the minister as a “politically motivated” allegation.

Activist Ashok Pathak alleged that approximately an eight-bigha of land in Kushalgarh area is registered as a
government land in revenue record, which originally was with the minister’s grandfather Tej Singh.

Tej Singh, who died in 2009, had surrendered the surplus land, which also included Kushalgarh, to the

Girl student dies of burns while cooking food

A ninth standard girl student died of burns while cooking food on a kerosene stove at Pillaiyarkulam village in the district, police said.

The girl, who also used to work part time in a mill, was cooking food when her dress accidentally caught fire.

She sustained severe burns and was rushed to Srivilliputtur Government hospital where she was administered first aid.

She was later taken to the government hospital at Sivakasi, where she died without responding to treatment.


Andhra govt misleading Cong high command on T-issue

Five Congress MPs from Telangana,agitating inside the Parliament complex since yesterday,alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government is misleading the party high command on the Telangana issue.

High command is being misled by the Chief Minister and the leaders from Seemandhra. They are telling the high command that there is no agitation going on in Telangana.

“Unfortunately these leaders are misguiding them,” party MP G Vivekananda said as the MPs continued their 48-hour
sit-in at Parliament House gate on the Telangana issue.

The agitation began yesterday at 11 AM.

Recipe: Mutton Dopiaza

Relish the delicious and juicy mutton dopiaza.


• 1 kg Goat meat
• 3 Large onions, finely chopped
• 3 tsp Coriander powder
• 2 tsp Cumin powder
• 2 tsp Garam masala
• 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
• 2 tbsp Garlic paste
• 2 tbsp Ginger paste
• Salt to taste
• 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
• 1-1/2 cups water
• Coriander leaves, for garnishingProcedure:

• Separate chopped onions into 2 portions – roughly 2/3 and 1/3 of the whole.
• Heat oil in a large pan, on medium flame, and add the first lot of onions – the 2/3 portion.

I may do TV again: Karisma Kapoor

Karisma Kapoor, who has worked in a fiction show on TV and even judged reality shows, says if she will find anything interesting, she may return to the small screen.

“Maybe I will do TV again. I like to pick and choose what I do. So maybe I will, if something interesting comes up,” Karisma said here after a promotional event for a new beverage – Rasna Ju-C.

The 38-year-old actress made her TV debut in 2003 with ‘Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny’, and then judged reality shows like ‘Nach Baliye 4’ and ‘Aaja Mahi Vay’.

Supreme Court ‘rap’ on government well deserved: BJP

The rap that the government had received from the Supreme Court was well deserved, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley said Tuesday while reiterating the demand that the CBI be included under the proposed Lokpal.

“The UPA Government has denigrated the institution of the Law Officers. It is this failing institution that has today embarrassed the UPA government,” Jaitley said in an article released by the BJP office.

India to create knowledge based society: Pranab

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said India is aiming at creating a knowledge-based society by providing skill development training and opportunities to its youth.

Mukherjee, who is on a two-day tour to the state, was speaking while inaugurating a host of development projects in the Santhal Parganas area of Jharkhand.

The projects for which he laid the foundation include a 1,320 MW thermal power plant, a mega textile cluster and a model college and polytechnic college for the area.