September, 2015


US whistleblower Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA

Paris: Former US intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden joined Twitter today, picking up more than a quarter of a million followers on the social network in just over two hours. Snowden followed a single Twitter account: the US National Security Agency, from which he stole electronic documents revealing the agency’s secret surveillance programmes. “Can you hear me now?” he asked in his first tweet, which was quickly resent by Twitter users tens of thousands of times. In his second, Snowden noted the recent news about the planet Mars andRead More

Indonesia criticizes Saudi Arabia for haj disaster response

Jakarta: Indonesia criticised Saudi Arabia yesterday for its slow response to the haj pilgrimage disaster in Mina, saying its diplomats only received full access to the dead and injured days after the crush. The criticism from Indonesia, the Muslim world’s most populous country, comes as its officials, as well as those in India and Pakistan, say that Saudi officials gave foreign diplomats some 1,100 pictures of those killed in last week’s disaster. The Saudi Health Ministry’s latest figures, released on Saturday, put the toll at 769 people killed and 934Read More

SC-appointed team seeks visitors diary of Ranjit Sinha

New Delhi: The apex court-appointed probe team led by ex-CBI Special Director M L Sharma today moved the Supreme Court seeking a copy of original visitors’ diary having names of persons who had visited the official residence of Ranjit Sinha, the then Director of CBI. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, which has been hearing matters related to coal blocks allocation scam, said, ‘we realise that this document is important.’ The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri, referred the plea of the specialRead More

7/11 train blasts: Five get death sentence; life term for 7

Mumbai: Five of the 12 convicts in the 2006 Mumbai blasts case were sentenced to death here today, nine years after a series of bomb blasts in suburban trains rattled the metropolis killing 188 people. The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court judge  Yatin D Shinde also sentenced seven other convicts to life in jail. Kamal Ahamed Ansari (37), Mohammad Faisal Shaikh (36), Ehtesham Siddiqui (30), Naveed Hussain Khan (30) and Asif Khan (38), all of them bomb planters, have been sentenced to death. The remaining seven,Read More

CM to take part in JETRO’s business seminar in Tokyo

Bhopal. On the second day of his Japan visit, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan will take part in the business seminar of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on September 30. He will hold discussions with Chairman and CEO of Soft Bank Group. He will also meet Mijho Bank’s Asia Oceanic Region MEO Shri Kastuyuukimizuma. Shri Chouhan will also hold discussions with Technology Strategy and Trade Planning Department and Trade Development Department. Later Shri Chouhan will meet Chairman of Furukawa Electric Shri Masao Yoshida and hold discussions with Deputy PrimeRead More

JICA and MP to partner Bhopal-Indore metro rail project

Bhopal. On the first day of his Japan visit, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan held extensive discussions with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Bhopal-Indore metro rail project in Kyoto. JICA has evinced interest in partnering with Madhya Pradesh in the project. Laying of railway line between Bhopal and Indore will cost Rs. 12 thousand crore. JICA will soon send a technical team to study feasibility of the project in Bhopal and Indore, which will help in preparing its detailed project report. In this way, JICA will become technicalRead More

Nawaz Sharif raises Kashmir issue with Ban Ki-moon

United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the Kashmir plebiscite issue with Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon yesterday and wanted the United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) strengthened, as media reported. However, here at the UN headquarters Ban’s Spokesman only said in a statement that during their meeting ‘the secretary-general stressed the necessity for Pakistan and India to continue their peaceful dialogue’. The statement said that they also discussed ‘the fight against terrorism and violent extremism’ and that Ban also asked Pakistan ‘to continueRead More

US welcomes diaspora role in India’s development: Obama

New York: US President Barack Obama has said they welcome the role of Indian-Americans sought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the development of India. “Prime Minister Modi has called on the Indian diaspora in the United States which is very large and very successful to contribute their talents to India’s progress. And that’s something that we welcome,” Obama said yesterday after his hour-long meeting with Modi at the UN headquarters here wherein the Prime Minister spoke about his weekend trip to Silicon Valley and how this would help theRead More

SC refuses to entertain plea against post-poll alliances

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea opposing the practice of political parties forging post-poll alliances to gain power on the ground that electors were kept in the dark about it when they exercise their franchise. “The courts cannot go into it. We cannot entertain this,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy said while dismissing an appeal filed against Delhi High Court’s decision refusing to entertain the PIL on the issue. Assailing the High Court’s decision, lawyer Mithilesh Kumar PandeyRead More

AAP MLA Somnath Bharti arrested in connection with domestic violence case

New Delhi: AAP MLA Somnath Bharti was arrested here early today, hours after he surrendered in connection with the attempt to murder and domestic violence case filed by his wife. “He was arrested around 4 am,” Dependra Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest) said. Bharti, who evaded arrest for nearly a week, had surrendered last night hours after the Supreme Court ordered him to give himself up in the domestic violence and attempt to murder case filed by his wife. The FIR against the former Delhi Law Minister was registeredRead More