Taliban spread terror in Karachi: report

The Taliban wield control over large stretches of Pashtun neighbourhoods in five districts of Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi after chasing out workers of political parties and creating fear among law enforcement personnel, according to a media report today. The latest players in land grabbing in Karachi are elements of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan “who have been putting down their roots in various parts of the city over the past couple of years”, the influential Dawn newspaper reported.

Ryder’s absence will put additional responsibility: Chand

Delhi Daredevils batsman Unmukt Chand said today the absence of New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder, who is recovering in a hospital after being attacked outside a Christchurch bar, would put additional responsibility on the team in the IPL. “Jesse’s incident was unfortunate. We really feel sad for it. His absence would mean additional responsibility. We have to rise to the occasion,” the 20-year-old Delhi youngster said. Ryder went into medically-induced coma after being attacked twice.

Tata Memorial Centre, Hyderabad hospital to research on cancer

The Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) and the city-based Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (BIACH&RI) today said they intend to promote joint research on cancer. They aim at creating a ‘Cancer Collaboration Network’ to facilitate sharing clinical experiences and expertise, training and education, research and development and spreading cancer awareness to the public, TMC Director Rajendra Badwe and BIACH&RI trustee Nori Dattatreyudu said in a statement.

AP CM writes to Centre for extension of set-top box deadline

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy requested the Centre today to extend by one month the deadline for digitisation in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. Reddy, who wrote a letter to the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said that an estimated 50 lakh viewers in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam cities are yet to get the set-top boxes installed.

Farmer mowed down by a gang of fleeing thieves

A gang of thieves, fleeing in a vehicle after stealing sheep of a 45-year-old farmer, allegedly ran him over after he tried to stop them in Shamsabad area in Hyderabad on Sunday. M Malaiah, who tried to stop the thieves from escaping in their vehicle, was dragged to some distance after being run over, they said.

Dialogue best way to solve Ayodhya dispute: Uma Bharti

BJP leader Uma Bharti, who was appointed party vice president on Sunday, said the best way to find a solution to the Ayodhya dispute was through talks.

Uma Bharti, who has been associated with the Ramjanambhoomi movement, said in Bhopal that the solution to the “land dispute” in Ayodhya can be found through legislation, court verdict or through talks but the best way was through talks.

Aamir willing to work with Salman if right script found

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan says he would love to do a film with Salman Khan, if they find the right script.

The two were seen in popular comedy “Andaz Apna Apna”.

“I would love to work with Salman. ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ is one of my favourite films as well. He is a great person to work with. If we come across a script then we will be happy to do it,” Aamir told reporters at an event to felicitate the winners of “Talaash” contest here Saturday.

Kajol Happy my personal life took priority over film career

Actress Kajol, who played lead roles in some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters in 1990s and early 2000s, may not be seen in too many films now a days but she is happy that her personal life has taken precedence over professional matters.

The versatile screen performer, who has two kids, says she is a strict mother and her husband, Bollywood star Ajay Devgn, does not like when she scolds her children.

Cricketers win but Ranbir Kapoor steals the show

It was a different ball game altogether when the Indian cricketers took on movie stars at the floodlit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in a maiden charity football match here.

The cricketers emerged victorious by a scoreline of 4-3 last night but they were given a run for their money by the All Star team led by Abhishek Bachchan.

The funds raised from the match went to the Magic Bus Organisation, which works for charity for underprivileged children. Virat Kohli launched the team for his foundation ‘All Heart Football Club’ against the All Stars Football Club.

Manipur’s HIV-affected women suffer for husband’s sins

For Rachel, 34, the journey from being an abandoned child to a widow, whose emaciated body battles HIV and cancer, has been a painful one. Rachel’s only fault was that she unknowingly fell in love with a man who was an injecting drug user (IDU), contracted AIDS and infected her too with the incurable condition.

Very excited to be back in IPL, says Ricky Ponting

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is very keen to put his best foot forward both as skipper and player for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, a tournament in which he took part only for a while in its inaugural edition in 2008.

Pope Francis prays for peace in Syria, Korea on first Easter

Pope Francis prayed for a “political solution” in Syria and for “reconciliation” on the Korean peninsula in his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter’s Square.

Latin America’s first pontiff also issued an appeal for hostages held by militants in Nigeria and condemned human trafficking as “the most extensive form of slavery in this 21st century”.

The pope delivered his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing to Rome and the world from the same balcony of St Peter’s Basilica where he made his first appearance after his momentous election to the papacy this month.

Chennai auto engineers develop lingerie with GPS to fight sexual assaults

Three automobile engineers from Chennai have come out with what they claim can check sexual offences in India — a lingerie laced with modules of GPS and capable of sending alerts to the girl’s parents and police.

“The lingerie, laced with modules of global positioning system (GPS), global system for mobile communications (GSM) and also pressure sensors, is capable of sending shock waves of 3,800 kV as well as alerts to the girl’s parents and police,” says Manisha Mohan, co-developer of the innovative product named Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE).

Felt insulted, humiliated standing in court for first time, reveals Pervez Musharraf

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, who returned to the country after four years of self-imposed exile in Dubai and London, has said that he felt “a little insulted and humiliated” standing before a judge in a Karachi court, where he appeared to seek extension of his pre-arrest bail in a series of cases.

Musharraf, 69, who ruled the country for about a decade, following a military coup in which he overthrew Nawaz Sharif, appeared in a court in Karachi for the first time in his life, reports CNN.