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Ireland abortion row: friend confirms abortion was denied

Ireland abortion row: friend confirms abortion was denied

London: A friend of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar, who died after being denied an abortion in Ireland, testified during an inquest on Tuesday that medical staff at Galway University Hospital refused to carry out the termination of her pregnancy.  During the second day of hearings at the Galway Courthouse in Ireland, Mrudula Vasepalli, told the inquest […]

WikiLeaks: Defence Minister Bansi Lal pledged loyalty to Indira Gandhi, not her office

WikiLeaks: Defence Minister Bansi Lal pledged loyalty to Indira Gandhi, not her office

New Delhi: During the Emergency that was declared by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975, many of her ministers and party-men were competing to display total loyalty to her.  Congress President Dev Kant Baruah’s assertion, “Indira is India”, is famous.  A cable sent by US diplomats in India to their home office in Washington illustrates the […]

Italian PM calls up Manmohan Singh, even as NIA drops death charge on marines

Italian PM calls up Manmohan Singh, even as NIA drops death charge on marines

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today told his Italian counterpart Mario Monti that a view on specific aspects of the case involving two marines facing murder charges in the country cannot be taken pending investigations.  However, Singh, who received a call from Monti, recalled the clarification given by the Ministry of External Affairs to Italy prior […]

CBI to question Ramdev in connection with his missing Guru

CBI to question Ramdev in connection with his missing Guru

CBI is expected to question Yoga Guru Ramdev soon in connection with alleged kidnapping of his guru Swami Shankar Dev who mysteriously went missing six years ago while taking a morning walk in Haridwar.  CBI sources said today that an agency team had already visited Haridwar to pick clues and is likely to visit the […]

IPL 2013: Imperious Virat Kohli powers Royal Challengers to win

IPL 2013: Imperious Virat Kohli powers Royal Challengers to win

After a super over loss in their previous encounter, Virat Kohli-led RCB avenged defeat in convincing fashion in Bangalore.  Virat was a man on a mission as the Delhi boy stroked the ball to all parts of the park. His 47-ball 93 was laced by eleven boundaries and four hits over the fence.  It was […]

Narendra Modi mocks PM, says UPA government ‘most hated’ since Independence

Narendra Modi mocks PM, says UPA government ‘most hated’ since Independence

Kolkata: Terming the UPA government at the centre as the “most hated since Independence”, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday mocked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking how he can lead the nation when his own party “did not accept” him as a leader.  “Probably UPA is the most hated government since Independence. I have never […]

Go Goa Gone: Goa govt to take action against the film

Go Goa Gone: Goa govt to take action against the film

The Goa government decided to take action against Saif Ali Khan’s Go Goa Gone for violating the Cigarette Smoking Act and for allegedly ‘defaming’ the coastal state in the movie.  The violations were brought to the notice of the State Legislative Assembly by BJP Legislator Pramod Sawant, who claimed that the film defamed the state.  “This is […]

After confronting violent protests, Mamata Banerjee cancels meeting with PM

After confronting violent protests, Mamata Banerjee cancels meeting with PM

New Delhi: Hours after shouting protesters surrounded Mamata Banerjee and attacked her minister, Amit Mitra, the West Bengal chief minister has cancelled her meeting with the Prime Minister. Her party says she is  unwell with fever. Mr Mitra has been hospitalised.  Ms Banerjee is in Delhi to seek financial assistance for her state, which owes nearly […]

Apple’s chief apologises to China over warranty policy

Apple’s chief apologises to China over warranty policy

Shangai: Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, took the unusual step on Monday of apologising to Chinese customers over the company’s warranty policy and said he would improve customer service in the country. Apple’s apology Monday was the latest twist in a strange spectacle that has unfolded in recent weeks in China over Apple’s warranty policies and […]

Manoj Kumar files defamation lawsuit against Shah Rukh, Farah Khan

Manoj Kumar files defamation lawsuit against Shah Rukh, Farah Khan

Yesteryears actor Manoj Kumar on Tuesday filed a criminal case against Shahrukh Khan and choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan in a local court for allegedly defaming him in their film ‘Om Shanti Om’.Kumar sought registration of FIR against the duo for alleged offences such as criminal breach of trust, cheating, defamation and conspiracy.  The case dates back […]

Indians are creative, says Sunita Williams

Indians are creative, says Sunita Williams

Calling Indians creative and innovative, US astronaut Sunita Williams Tuesday said that an international space programme was the “right way to go”.  “What I see when I come to India is that there are a lot of creative and innovative people who are ready and willing to jump ahead and be entrepreneurial and add to […]

US starts receiving applications for H1B visas

US starts receiving applications for H1B visas

The US has started accepting petition for the much sought H-1B work visas, amidst fear from industry experts and officials that the Congressional mandated quota of 65,000 might get filled up in the first week itself.  Officials said the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would not issue daily update on number of applications received, but […]

Delhi gang-rape: Witness denies coffin didn’t contain girl’s body

Delhi gang-rape: Witness denies coffin didn’t contain girl’s body

An Air India official today denied before a special court here the claim of December 16 gangrape accused that the coffin in which the body of the victim was flown back to India did not contain “human remains” and was loaded with “other things”.  “It is wrong to suggest that instead of human remains some […]

Katju to take up cases of those unjustly languishing in jails

Katju to take up cases of those unjustly languishing in jails

Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice (retd) Markandey Katju has teamed up with eminent citizens and launched an organisation to fight for those who are unjustly languishing in jails.  In a statement released here, the former Supreme Court judge said many such persons in jail belong to minorities who have been accused only on […]

‘Vijender’s car planted where drugs found’

‘Vijender’s car planted where drugs found’

The drug scandal surrounding Vijender Singh on Tuesday took a new twist with one of his fellow pugilists Dinesh Kumar disputing the claims of Punjab Police even as the sports ministry explored ways to subject the star boxer to a heroin test despite NADA’s refusal to do so.  Almost a month after the scandal broke […]

Musharraf Greeted in Pakistan by Threats and Small Crowds

Musharraf Greeted in Pakistan by Threats and Small Crowds

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s onetime military ruler, Gen.Pervez Musharraf, ended four years of self-imposed exile on Sunday in hopes of carving out a political future, but he received an unremarkable welcome as he landed at the airport in Karachi.  General Musharraf, who resigned as president in August 2008 under threat of impeachment and left the country the following April, […]

Indian Car Ad Goes Viral, Not in a Good Way

Indian Car Ad Goes Viral, Not in a Good Way

Perhaps putting the maxim that there is no such thing as bad publicity to a new test, Ford Motor Company was forced to apologize Monday for an ad posted online last week promoting its Indian hatchback with a cartoon showing three bound and gagged women in the rear of a vehicle driven by Silvio Berlusconi, the former […]

Bill on Crime Against Women Passes in India

Bill on Crime Against Women Passes in India

NEW DELHI — India’s Parliament passed a comprehensive bill on Thursday to impose stronger penalties on men who attack women and to criminalize offenses like stalking and voyeurism. The bill passed quickly in the upper house of Parliament on Thursday; the debate in the lower house on Tuesday was longer, lasting seven hours. President Pranab Mukherjee […]