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Jayalalithaa IT case: Panel to look into compounding applications Open in new window
The Hindu
The Central Government has constituted a committee to go into the 'compounding applications' filed by the AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa and her close friend Sasikala in the cases related to their al...

Cairn gets environment clearance to hike output from Rajasthan block Open in new window
The Hindu
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has given environment clearance to Cairn India to raise crude oil production from its prolific Rajasthan block by 50 per cent to 300,000 barrels per...

Even case diaries missing in Salman's case, cops tell court Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Expressing unhappiness over the failure of police to trace original documents in the 2001 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan, a sessions court today gave them a last chance to locate the papers by September 12.Police informed the court for the first time today that even the case diaries were missing. Earlier, they had stated that only 7 of the 63 original statements of witnesses were traceable, although true copies were available.Salmans lawyer Srikant Shivade argued that as per law the original papers were required to be produced before the trial court, while the police argued that as per practice in Mumbai courts the trial can go on with the true copies.Judge D W Deshpande asked police to inform their line of action on the next occasion. The court would then verify what documents they have and what are in the possession of the accused to decide whether it will be appropriate to carry on with the trial.According to police, the original papers were kept in a Magistrates court where the trial was held since 2001. However, when the trial was recently shifted from Magistrates court to sessions court after the charge of culpable homicide was added in this case, the original papers and case diaries were not traceable.The judge also asked the then Investigating officer Kishan Shengal, who is now retired from service, to appear in person on September 12 and throw light on the missing papers.Shivade said that the case was very sensitive and involved a serious offence. Hence, they wanted the original documents to be placed before the court as per the law. True copies would not suffice, he argued.The court had on July 25 asked the Bandra police to also produce the case diaries today, but the police informed that even the case diaries are missing. The trial in the case is being conducted afresh by a sessions court.On December 5 last year, the sessions court had ordered a fresh trial on the ground that witnesses had not been examined in the context of aggravated charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which was invoked against the actor by a magisterial court midway through the hearing.The charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder attracts a 10-year sentence. The actor had earlier been tried by a magistrate for a lesser offence of causing death by negligence, which entailed an imprisonment of two years.The case, dragging on for over a decade, had taken a twist when the magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses, held that the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was made out against Salman and referred the matter to a sessions court, as cases under this offence can only be tried by a higher court.On September 28, 2002, the actors car had allegedly rammed into a bakery, killing one person and injuring four others sleeping on the pavement outside.

Moderate polling in Karnataka Assembly by-polls Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Moderate voter turnout of about 30 per cent was reported till 1 pm in the by-polls to three Assembly constituencies in Karnataka today, where the ruling Congress and BJP are locked in a prestigious tussle.Officials said about 30 per cent voting was reported from Chikkodi-Sadalga and Shikaripura and 38 per cent in Bellary Rural, with the polling process being peaceful. The three constituencies have a total electorate of over 5.57 lakh.Todays elections are a litmus test for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and BJP national Vice-President and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa as this is the first electoral showdown after the recent Lok Sabha polls.After its humiliating defeat in the 2013 Assembly polls that saw exit of BJPs first-ever government in the South, it staged a comeback in Lok Sabha polls, winning 17 of the 28 seats, leaving only nine to Congress and two to JDS.The Congress has gone all out not only to retain Chikkodi-Sadalga but also wrest from the BJP Bellary Rural and Shikaripura seat, where Yeddyurappas son B Y Raghavendra is a candidate.Yeddyurappa had vacated the Shikaripura seat after his election to the Lok Sabha from Shimoga, which Raghavendra had earlier represented.JDS, dogged by rumblings of discontent within over the leadership of its supremo Gowda and his son and former Chief Minster H D Kumaraswamy, has not fielded any candidates.Twenty two candidates are in the fray. Counting of votes will take place on August 25.

Billiards Premier League is good for the sport: Advani Open in new window
The Hindu
Cue sports ace Pankaj Advani says tournaments like the Billiards Premier League need to be encouraged and conducted at the national level to make the game popular.Advani, who recently won h...

US book chain Barnes and Noble announces custom made Samsung Nook tablet Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
The US book chain Barnes and Noble has announced a Samsung made Nook tablet which is said to be the first-ever full-featured Android tablet optimised for reading. However, its screen is lower resolution than Kobo's Android-powered Arc 7HD. Analysts believe that selling the device would be an 'uphill struggle' for the company. Although there is the Nook angle on this, it goes into the melting pot with numerous other tablets that will appear in this price point as we run up to Christmas, report said.     #453861868 /      #453862252 / ReportSci/TechANILondonandroidSamsungtabletGadgetThursday, 21 August 2014 - 1:56pm

15 killed as bus falls into gorge Open in new window
Deccan Herald
At least 15 people were today killed and another 17 injured when a private bus rolled 400 feet down into a gorge in Rohtrung village in Himachal Pradeshs Kinnaur district, 250 km from here.The bus carrying about 35 passengers was on its way from Sangla valley to Kalpa when the mishap took place.The driver and conductor were among the dead while all seventeen injured persons have been rescued and rushed to a local hospital.The bodies of the deceased have been retrieved and would be handed over to the family members after an on the spot postmortem, Deputy Commissioner D D Sharma said.The toll could rise as four injured persons are in a critical condition, he said. Most of the deceased are from surrounding villages of Sangla and yet to be identified.In another incident, two persons were buried alive when a huge mound of earth fell on their vehicle on Chulling-Tapri diversion road via landslide-prone Urni village.One body has been recovered while a search is own to recover the other body as the vehicle is completely buried under huge rocks.

15 Killed as Bus Falls into Gorge in Himachal Pradesh Open in new window
At least 15 people were today killed and another 17 injured when a private bus rolled 400 feet down into a gorge in Rohtrung village in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district, 250 km from Shimla.

ISL: Michael Chopra picked by Kerala franchise Open in new window
The Hindu
Indian-origin English footballer Michael Chopra was the first pick, though not the costliest, in the International Players Draft of the Hero Indian Super League, signed on by the Sachin Tendulkar...

Parrikar says sorry for using 'Negro' in Goa Assembly reply Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today apologised for using the word Negro in one of the answers tabled on the floor of the House here after the alleged racist slur evoked strong reactions from the members.Negro has two meanings. One is about a river in Amazon, and second is (in a) derogatory (sense). For that purpose, if someone is hurt, I apologise for that, he told the Goa Assembly.The Chief minister blamed a clerk in the police department for the mistake in the written reply on the issue of number of foreign nationals arrested in the state.The clerk in police department does not understand how serious the particular word is, he said.In the reply tabled on the floor of the House yesterday, Parrikar had referred to an African national arrested at Calangute village on May 8 this year as unknown African negro.Later, the CM sought to replace the word unknown African Negro with unknown person with dark complexion after the reference drew flak in the House.Main Opposition Congress said that such an instance sends negative signals to international tourists.A circular needs to be sent to departments asking them to refrain from making such racist remarks. We are a tourist state and such words send negative signals to international tourists, Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat had said.On use of the word in official documentation, he said such unfortunate references create a bad image about Goa among the global tourist community.Earlier in November 2013, State Art and Culture Minister Dayanand Mandrekar has dubbed Nigerians as cancer, after a group of African nationals were involved in blocking the road at Porvorim near here.

Army giving befitting response to ceasefire violations: Jaitley Open in new window
The Hindu
Indian troops are giving appropriate response whenever Pakistan violates the ceasefire along the border, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday. ?Whenever ceasefire violat...

Jharkhand Has the Potential to Overtake Gujarat: PM Modi Open in new window
Chief Ministers must not need to make repeated requests to the Centre for work in their states, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, promising seamless Centre-State cooperation in election-bound J...

Sri Ram Sene banned in Goa at behest of mafia, alleges Muthalik Open in new window
Source Icon Oneindia
Panaji, Aug 21: Controversial right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene's chief Pramod Muthalik has alleged that the Goa government banned his organisation at the behest of drug lords and pub mafia. What was the reason for Sri Ram Sene to

India committed to boosting ties with Arab world: Sushma Swaraj Open in new window
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New Delhi, Aug 21: Emphasizing the government's unflinching commitment to expand ties with the Arab world, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday said there was no change in India's policy of extending strong support to the Palestinian cause, while maintaining good

Ram Sene banned in Goa at behest of mafia, alleges Pramod Muthalik Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
Controversial right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene's chief Pramod Muthalik has alleged that the Goa government banned his organisation at the behest of drug lords and pub mafia. What was the reason for Sri Ram Sene to be banned in Goa? We don't even have an organisation or even a single member here. Has there been any violence that we have indulged in?, he asked. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had yesterday announced on the floor of the House that the Sene had been banned from setting up a branch in the state after the police gave an adverse report about its activities. Reacting to this, Muthalik alleged: This has been done at the behest of Nigerian and pub mafia. Anti-nationals are allowed to come in the state but a patriot is banned. The Sene will approach a court to get the ban lifted so that it can start activities here, he said, adding I am sure I will get justice. Muthalik had recently expressed his intention to set up a base in Goa to curb 'the pub culture'. He had hit the headlines in 2009 after members of his organisation attacked boys and girls at a pub in Mangalore.   ReportIndiaPTIPanajichief ministerManohar ParrikarGoaRam senePramod MuthalikMafiaThursday, 21 August 2014 - 1:27pm RNA Research &

'Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai' actress Tulip Joshi to make debut on TV show 'Airlines' Open in new window
Source Icon DNA - India
In her debut TV show 'Airlines', Bollywood actress Tulip Joshi is donning the role of a pilot and she says she has finally fulfilled her childhood dream of being a part of the aviation industry. I always wanted to become a pilot. That's why I took up science in college. It was my childhood dream. So, for me it's a dream come true moment to be part of this show. I got to fulfil my childhood dream, Tulip told reporters at the launch of the show here. The Delhi-set show is the journey of First Officer Ananya Rawat, played by Joshi, who tries to find her feet in the male-dominated aviation industry. The 34-year-old actress said she did a lot of research about pilots and the aviation industry while preparing for the role. I could not do any such real-life training but I did research a lot on the internet, especially the body language because that is the most important aspect, she said. Joshi, who has starred in films like 'Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai', 'Matrubhoomi', 'Dhokha' among others, said she had no hesitations about doing a TV show because the medium does not matter to her. For me the most important thing is role and the concept... Medium is not important. It is the same camera. When I was offered the script, I found the role to be interesting and challenging. I got a very positive vibe about the show and so I took it up, the actress said, adding she has two film projects in the pipeline which she will begin shooting from next year. 'Airlines' also features VJ-turned-actor Yudhishthir, who plays the role of Captain Akash, Joshi's co-pilot on the flight. The show, which has been written and conceptualised by 'Kahaani' fame writer Advaita Kala, is a weekly and will air from August 24 on Star Plus. The production of the show is very elaborate. So we could not make it a daily, Nikhil Madhok, Sr VP of the channel said. The show has been produced by Miditech, who have previously made Air Force-based show 'Sara Akash'. We have roped in pilots to train the actors, shot in real airports in order to maintain the authenticity of the show. A special set modelled on Boeing 370 has also been created. We have also collaborated with Pixion for high-end VFX for the show, Nikhil Alva from Miditech said. ReportEntertainmentPTINew DelhiTVTulip JoshiBollywooddebutMatrubhoomiMere Yaar Ki Shaadi HaiThursday, 21 August 2014 - 2:06pm

Police fire in curfew-bound Golaghat Open in new window
The Hindu
Police fired in the air and burst tear gas shells to disperse protestors trying to block NH 39 at Numalimargh in trouble-torn Golaghat district.

Goa CM bans entry of Sri Ram Sene Open in new window
The Hindu
Mr. Parrikar said that the decision was taken after the government got a police report following various utterances of its officials, that the Sene could vitiate law and order situation in the State.

Jennifer Lopez to release first book on November 4 Open in new window
The Hindu
Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez has revealed that her first book will be hitting stores on November 4. The ?On the Floor? hitmaker took to on Twitter to announce plans to detail her life in...

Congress RS member opposes BJP?s education policy Open in new window
The Hindu
Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Goa Shantaram Naik has said that any attempts by the BJP government to safronise new education policy which is being drafted with inputs from educationist Dinanath Bat...

Haider song Bismil was challenging for Shahid Open in new window
The Hindu
Actor Shahid Kapoor, who is a trained dancer, found it challenging to move in an unusual manner to the tunes of the song ?Bismil?, which features in his forthcoming film ?Haider?.

Indian media: Tributes to BKS Iyengar Open in new window
Source Icon BBC - South Asia
Media in India remember BKS Iyengar as a global icon and the face of yoga in the world.

Now, Trinamool leader calls for burning 'real' human effigies Open in new window
Deccan Herald
Even as the controversy surrounding Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pauls rape and kill remarks is yet to subside, a party legislator has now talked about burning real human effigies.Addressing a meet organised by the Trinamool affiliated Progressive Doctors Association, its president and MLA Nirmal Majhi, Wednesday wondered if people would burn real human effigies of doctors, who earlier burnt dummies of the chief minister after three of their colleagues were suspended.Blaming them for the raging encephalitis menace that has claimed more than 200 victims, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee July had suspended several health officials, including North Bengal Medical College and Hospital principal Anup Kumar Roy, who is also a member of the CPI-M affiliated Association of Health Service Doctors (AHSD).It is ok that Roy is a leader of the CPI-Ms AHSD, but he worked for only two days a week and spent rest of the week at home. When the administration took action against him, they are now burning the chief ministers effigy. It is only to be seen if the people now burn real human effigies, Majhi said reacting to a protest meet by the suspended doctors demanding revocation of the action.Suspended for allegedly not informing the government about the encephalitis outbreak on time, a section of doctors have been calling the action against Roy and others unjust and demanding revocation claiming the government was duly informed about the menace. Majhis comments have been widely slammed by politicians and doctors.Now, we have a doctor leader who is prescribing to burn people. What more can you expect from the Trinamool which boasts the likes of Tapas Paul and other who are known more for their hate speeches, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sujon Chakraborty said.Slamming Majhi, AHSD president Gautam Mukherjee said the comments were unbecoming of a doctor.State Bharatiya Janata Party president Rahul Sinha too condemned Majhi and said unless Paul was taken to task by the law, Trinamool leaders will continue making such remarks.

Army conducts flag march in Assam's troubled district Open in new window
Source Icon Oneindia
Guwahati, Aug 21: Army Thursday conducted flag march in Assam's troubled Golaghat district near the border with Nagaland, even as a youth was injured when security forces fired rubber bullets at protestors who defied a curfew.Curfew was imposed in the district

Jharkhand Has the Potential to Overtake Gujarat, says PM Narendra Modi: Highlights Open in new window
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Jharkhand to inaugurate a power grid and transmission circuit, a gas pipeline project and reinvigorate the NTPC plant.

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