Monthly archives: February 2013

Did Dubai hawala money fund Hyderabad blasts?

The National Investigation Agency is probing a hawala transaction from Dubai  which they believe was used to carry out Hyderabad’s twin blasts last week. Vicky Nanjappa reports. A hawala transaction from the Al Quasis industrial area in Dubai to Hyderabad a week before the twin blasts is a subject matter of investigation today. Officials in the NIA informed rediff.com that this is a suspicious transaction and was used to carry […]

Varun Gandhi acquitted in one of two hate speech cases

Pilibhit: A court in Uttar Pradesh has acquitted BJP leader Varun Gandhi in one of two cases that accuse him of making hate speeches while campaigning in his constituency of Pilibhit in 2009 for the national elections. The second case is expected to be decided on Friday. Mr Gandhi won his parliamentary election after he spent 19 days in jail. He has denied that the speeches he delivered were designed […]

Indian media uses late MQM MPA photo for Hyderabad blasts suspect

Indian media on Sunday mistakenly used an image of the late MPA Manzar Imam for an alleged suspect involved in the recent blasts in Hyderabad, India, Express News reported. At least 18 people were killed and over 50 were wounded in multiple blasts in the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad on Thursday. Imam, a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was killed in a targeted attack on January 17, […]

Raj Thackeray's comments about Sharad Pawar spark clashes between their party workers in Maharashtra

Ahmednagar: MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s recent comments about the powerful Pawars of the Nationalist Congress Party sparked street fights in several parts of Maharashtra between workers of the two parties last evening. The NCP, headed by Sharad Pawar, rules Maharshtra in partnership with the Congress. It has accused Raj Thackeray of making unparliamentary remarks about its leaders at recent rallies in drought-hit areas of the state. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or […]

Yahoo chief bans working from home

ame chief executive of Yahoo, she has been working hard to get the Internet pioneer off its deathbed and make it an innovator once again. She started with free food and new smartphones for every employee, borrowing from the playbook of Google, her employer until last year. Now, though, Yahoo has made a surprise move abolishing its work-at-home policy and ordering everyone to work in the office. A memo explaining […]

Facebook announces partnership with Airtel and RCOM to offer free mobile messaging

Facebook has announced partnerships with mobile operators to provide free or discounted data access to Facebook messaging for their subscribers. The social networking giant has tied up with more than 18 operators in 14 countries including Airtel and Reliance in India, through which it will offer free or discounted data access on Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and Facebook for Every Phone (now optimized for chat), in the coming […]

Major fire at Kolkata market

The fire broke out at a multi-storey building in the market in central Kolkata around 5:30 am this morning. 20 fire engines have been used to bring the fire under control. The market houses many shops and several plastic and paper godowns. Many workers stay here overnight. Firefighters are facing difficulty in going inside the market because of congested roads and heavy smoke due to the fire. Cutting the window […]

Woman cop held for sending vulgar messages to bureaucrat

Patna, Bihar: A Bihar woman constable was arrested for sending vulgar SMSes and regularly calling on the mobile phone of a trainee IAS officer, police on Tuesday said. Constable Joyti Kumari, posted in Gaya district, was taken into custody on Monday from near the official residence of trainee Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Kanwal Tanuj in Kishanganj district, about 350 km from Patna. “Police acted on the complaint of Kanwal Tanuj,” […]

Maharashtra government moves to ban Abhinav Bharat

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra government has initiated proceedings to ban Abhinav Bharat, the radical Hindutva outfit accused of launching bomb attacks at Mecca Masjid, Malegaon, Samjhauta Express and Ajmer Sharief. Sources in the home ministry here told TOI that the Maharashtra government has referred the file — seeking to ban Abhinav Bharat — to the Centre for its views. The Centre has forwarded the file to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), […]

India launches seven satellites

India has put into orbit seven satellites, including one built with France to study the world’s oceans. President Pranab Mukherjee watched the rocket carrying the seven satellites take off from Sriharikota launch centre in southern Andhra Pradesh state. The six other satellites include two each from Canada and Austria and one each from Denmark and Britain. India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market. It […]