Monday, March 4, 2013

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Raja has no automatic right to depose, JPC to decide on plea: Chacko

Noting that no member of Parliament has an automatic right to appear before the JPC, the parliamentary panel probing the 2G spectrum issue will decide on former telecom minister A Raja's plea to depose before it, its chairman PC Chacko said on Monday.

Crude bomb explosion outside Pranab Mukherjee's hotel in Dhaka

Police officials said that a crude homemade explosive was thrown near Sonargaon Pan Pacific hotel around 2 pm about 20 minutes after the President's cavalcade passed from the route.

Over 24,000 rape, sexual harassment cases in SC, high courts

Over 24,000 cases related to rape and sexual harassment are pending in the Supreme Court and various high courts of the country, with Uttar Pradesh leading the tally with 8,215, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Suriyanelli gang rape case posted to March 15

The Kerala high court on Monday adjourned to March 15 the Suriyanelli gang rape case, allegedly involving Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien.

Tibetan PM-in-exile allowed red beacon atop vehicle

The Himachal Pradesh government has allowed Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay to use a red beacon atop his official car, an official said on Monday.

Monsoon forecasts accurate for 12 years: Govt

India's weather office had forecast monsoon accurately for 12 years between 1988 and 2012, earth sciences minister S Jaipal Reddy said today.

Armed forces' modernization not to be hit by budget cut: Government

Defence minister AK Antony said that an increase of 9 per cent is proposed in the capital budget for 2013-14 as compared to Budget Estimates of 2012-13.

Armed forces' modernisation not to be hit by budget cut: Government

Defence minister A K Antony said that an increase of 9 per cent is proposed in the capital budget for 2013-14 as compared to Budget Estimates of 2012-13.

Govt is aware of China's military modernization: Antony

The government is aware of China's military modernization and infrastructure development along the Sino-India border and it regularly reviews the threats to national security, defence minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha today.

Opposition disrupts Parliament on fuel price issue

Parliament failed to transact any business today as the Opposition members created uproar over hike in fuel prices and demanded immediate rollback.

Changes likely in Publications Bill to check paid news

Information and broadcasting ministry is considering including provisions in the Press and Registration of Books and Publications Bill, 2011 to check incidents of paid news.

DSP killing: Akhilesh Yadav recommends CBI inquiry after Raja Bhaiya's resignation

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has asked the Centre to order a CBI inquiry into the killing of a DSP in Pratapgarh.

Raja Bhaiya demands CBI inquiry into DSP killing

Controversial MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, who resigned from UP Cabinet over the killing of a DSP in Pratapgarh, today demanded a CBI probe into the incident, saying he had no reason to harm the officer and would have easily got him transferred if he had a problem.

Jayalalithaa urges PM to ensure release of TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of 16 fishermen, who were arrested by the Lankan navy recently in mid-sea.

Man attempts self-immolation to press Centre to vote against Sri Lanka in UNHR

With heat on the Sri Lanka issue picking up, a 45-year-old man attempted self-immolation to press the Union government to vote against Sri Lanka United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for war crimes.

Abandoning of injured policeman in Chhattisgarh: Court of Inquiry ordered by IAF

Antony told the Lok Sabha that standard operation procedures have been formulated for operations of IAF in support of police and central paramilitary in logistics support for anti-Naxal operations.

Priyanka Gandhi undergoes minor surgery

Priyanka Gandhi underwent a minor surgery in a private hospital here on Monday.

188 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2010-2012 period

There have been 188 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir between 2010 to 2012 and three Indian Army personnel were killed in these, defence minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha today.

After Modi snub, Sena leader Prabhu cancels Wharton visit; businessman Gautam Adani too pulls out

"I find this (Wharton snub to Modi) a ridiculous decision. Modi did not ask that he be invited. He is a democratically elected leader," Sena leader Suresh Prabhu said.

Arvind Kejriwal to begin indefinite fast over rising power, water bills in Delhi

Aam Admi Party founder Arvind Kejriwal Monday announced to sit on an indefinite fast later this month as part of his ongoing "civil disobedience movement" over rising electricity and water prices in Delhi.

Home ministry official questioned in Rajasthan spy case

An official of the Union home ministry has been questioned by the police and other agencies in connection with an espionage case in Rajasthan.

Ruckus as J&K assembly debates Afzal Guru hanging

Mehbooba Mufti blamed Omar Abdullah for his failure to protect the life of Afzal Guru.In reply, the J&K CM said, "PDP makes it appear like I was the one responsible."

Crude bomb hurled outside Pranab Mukherjee's hotel in Dhaka

A crude bomb of low intensity was hurled on Monday outside the hotel in Dhaka where Pranab Mukherjee is staying. No one was injured in the blast.

VVIP chopper scam effect: Defence procurement policy to be changed

In the wake of chopper scam, the government on Monday announced it would change its defence procurement policy, which will be unveiled in a few months.

President Pranab makes strong case to Bangladesh for granting of transit to India

Pranab Mukherjee today made out a strong case for Bangladesh granting transit and connectivity to India, contending that this can pave the way for greater integration in South and South East Asia.

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