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Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray critical, doctors say he’s on life support

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray critical, doctors say he's on life support
Mumbai: 10:00 am: Amidst reports that Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray was critical, the leaves of all the policemen in Mumbai were cancelled as heavy security was deployed outside Thackeray's residence Matoshree. 9:05 am: Rapid Action Force has been deployed outside Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's residence Matoshree. Bal Thackeray continues to be critical. Bharatiya ... Full story

Encephalitis outbreak kills 390 in India’s Gorakhpur

Encephalitis outbreak kills 390 in India's Gorakhpur
At least 390 people, mostly children, have died in an outbreak of viral encephalitis in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials say. More than 2,500 patients were admitted to government hospitals in Gorakhpur city this year, Press Trust of India quoted a health official as saying. At least 270 patients were still being treated at ... Full story

India strike over supermarket reforms

India strike over supermarket reforms
Opposition parties and trade unions in India are staging a day-long strike over plans to open the country's retail sector to global supermarket chains. Workers blocked railway tracks in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states, and the opposition strongholds of Calcutta and Bangalore were virtually shut down. The reforms are essential to revive India's slowing economy, ministers ... Full story

CBI seeks 14-day custody of Jagan, protest in AP peaceful

CBI seeks 14-day custody of Jagan, protest in AP peaceful
The CBI on Monday sought 14-day judicial custody of YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in connection with the alleged disproportionate assets case. The Nampally court complex is under police siege. CCTV cameras have also been installed around the complex to keep vigil on the, A bandh call given by the YSR Congress ... Full story

Amazon to set up first giant warehouse in Mumbai

Amazon to set up first giant warehouse in Mumbai
San Francisco: Amazon.com Inc is setting up its first “fulfillment centre” in India as the world’s largest Internet retailer tries to break into the world’s second most-populous nation. Fulfillment centres are giant warehouses that help Amazon and other online retailers store many products, ship them and handle returns quickly. Amazon.com Inc ... Full story

Rushdie cancels visit, literary world outraged, Deoband happy

The cancellation of Salman Rushdie's India visit over security concerns fuelled an outrage today in the literary community which said his absence is 'a stain' on the country's international reputation while a leading Islamic seminary dubbed it a 'victory of democracy'. Ruling out any Government role behind Rushdie calling off his visit to the Jaipur Literary festival amid protest threats, Congress said ... Full story

Salman Rushdie may make a quiet entry, after all

Salman Rushdie, the author of the controversial novel Satanic Verses is expected to pay a quiet visit to the five-day Jaipur Literary Festival that begins on January 20. Organisers of the festival, which has become popular for being a gathering of celebrated writers, have apparently conveyed the concerns of the Centre and the state government to Rushdie who is understood to have agreed ... Full story

Top 10 India stories of 2011

Top 10 India stories of 2011
1. The world’s largest family The extraordinary story of 66-year-old Ziona Chana who has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren in the year when the world’s population hit 7 billion. 2. Gandhi’s sexuality questioned A book by Pulitzer prize-winning author Joseph Lelyveld caused anger in India after ... Full story

Anuj Bidve murder: UK police offer £50,000 reward to trace killer

Anuj Bidve murder: UK police offer £50,000 reward to trace killer
London: British police investigating the "horrific" murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve have offered a £50,000 reward to trace the killer and apologised to the victim's family for delay in informing about the incident, after it emerged that they learnt of his death from Facebook. Bidve, 23, was shot in the ... Full story

Govt committed to a strong Lokpal: PM’s New Year message

Govt committed to a strong Lokpal: PM's New Year message
New Delhi: In a New Year message to the nation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that he will personally work to provide an honest and a more efficient government. The PM also said that the government is committed to a strong Lokpal and that it was unfortunate that the bill ... Full story

Cyclone Thane: Relief operations on in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry; heavy rains lash Kerala

CUDDALORE, PUDUCHERRY, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Relief operations were in full swing in cyclone Thane battered Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry where life started limping back to normalcy on Saturday. The severe cyclonic storm that crossed Tamil Nadu coast yesterday leaving a trail of destruction and claiming 33 lives in rain-related incidents has left about 20,000 people in relief ... Full story

REVEALED: `Bigg Boss` game plan

REVEALED: `Bigg Boss` game plan
Mumbai: Well, the fifth season of `Bigg Boss` has stumped one and all by going overboard with its shrewd tactics and sleazy antics. In a startling revelation, what comes forth is that Mahek Chahal’s eviction and consequent re-entry into the house was a planned one. Talking to a popular website, a source ... Full story

‘Jana Gana Mana’ turns 100!

‘Jana Gana Mana’ turns 100!
Mumbai: December 27, 2011 will not only be remembered as the day when Anna Hazare took Mumbai by storm with his fast against corruption. This is also the day when India’s national anthem – ‘Jana Gana Mana’ turned 100 years old. Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was first performed on December 27, ... Full story

Anna ridicules Digvijaya’s allegation on RSS links

Anna ridicules Digvijaya's allegation on RSS links
Dismissing Digvijaya Singh's statement that he had links with late RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh, Anna Hazare on Sunday said that such allegations were being levelled against him by "supporters of corruption" as they had no other issue to raise. "The allegations prove that supporters of The Gandhian said social leaders like Deshmukh ... Full story

Read Anna’s open letter to PM and MPs

Read Anna's open letter to PM and MPs
New Delhi: Just 48 hours before he begins his fast at the MMRA Ground in Mumbai, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has again called upon the government to allow for the Lokpal to have separate investigative powers. In an open letter sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Members of Parliament, ... Full story

Elections announced in five states, UP set for 7-phase polling

Elections announced in five states, UP set for 7-phase polling
New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) has formally sounded the poll bugle thus, setting the stage for a high-powered political contest in five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. The poll schedule for the states was announced by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) S Y Quraishi, ... Full story

Pakistan to Boost Trade With India

Pakistan to Boost Trade With India
NEW DELHI—Pakistan agreed to normalize trading relations with India, a move that may give a boost to moribund talks aimed at improving relations between the hostile South Asian neighbors. Pakistan's Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan told a news conference Wednesday that Pakistan's cabinet decided to grant India "Most Favored Nation" status, a ... Full story

New Delhi Kanimozhi’s bail hearing today

The special CBI court on Thursday is likely to pronounce its decision on the bail pleas moved by DMK MP Kanimozhi and seven other persons accused in the 2G spectrum case. Additional sessions judge OP Saini had on September 24 reserved his verdict on the applications. The others include Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, former telecom minister A Raja's ex-private secretary RK Chandolia, ... Full story

AIADMK sweeps Tamil Nadu civic polls

Chennai, Oct 21 (IANS) Six months after it won the assembly elections, the AIADMK Friday swept the two-phased Tamil Nadu civic polls by winning all the 10 mayoral posts in the state. The 10 major cities in the state - Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Tirunelvelli, Tiruchirapalli, Tuticorin and Vellore -- would have AIADMK mayors. The party was also set to win a ... Full story

Karnataka minister faces land grab probe, won’t quit

Bangalore, Oct 21 (IANS) The Karnataka Police Friday began probing land grab charges against Home Minister R. Ashoka. He, however, remained defiant and said he will not quit but cooperate with police. The police attached to the Lokayukta (ombudsman) late Friday registered an FIR that marks the formal beginning of the investigation. Besides Ashoka, the FIR names arrested former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and ... Full story
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