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Indian PM calls for calm after deadly Hyderabad blasts

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday appealed for calm as he flew to Hyderabad and visited some of the 117 people wounded in twin bombings last week, which killed 16 people. Singh also visited the blast site in Dilsukh Nagar, where two bicycle bombs exploded within a few minutes of each other outside a cinema and near a bus stand on Thursday evening. The prime minister met with […]

Azim Premji transfers 300 mn Wipro shares worth Rs 12,300 cr to trust

BANGALORE: Azim Premji, chairman of the Azim Premji Foundation, announced on Friday that he has transferred 295.5 million equity shares representing 12% of the total shares of Wipro Ltd, held by certain entities controlled by him, to an irrevocable trust. With this transfer (valued at about Rs 12,300 crore based on current market price), the trust’s shareholding in Wipro will go up to about 19.93%. This trust will utilize the […]

What David Cameron did not apologise for

By making a statement of regret over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, David Cameron has opened up a can of other questions and grievances over Britain’s colonial past. What about the British museum returning all the treasures looted from India during the Raj? What about sending back the Kohinoor diamond still embedded in Queen Elizabeth’s crown? And many commenting on this blog say it shouldn’t stop at India – what about the many casualties of […]

Supreme Court extends stay on Veerappan aides execution

Hanging of four aides of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan has been further delayed with the Supreme Court on Wednesday extending its interim order staying the execution of death sentence imposed on them for killing 22 police personnel in a landmine blast in Karnataka in 1993. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said it was keeping the matter pending since another bench, which has heard an identical plea, […]

BJP leader fails to get U.S. nod for Modi

Bureaucrat-turned-politician K J Alphons, who tried to convince U.S. lawmakers to revoke visa restrictions on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, has failed to receive any firm commitment on the issue. However, he exuded confidence that the U.S. may change its stand soon. A national executive member of the BJP, Mr. Alphons primarily came to the U.S. to attend the Annual Prayer Breakfast with U.S. President Barack Obama on February 7. In addition […]

Praveen Togadia booked for 'hate speech' in Maharashtra?

NEW DELHI: Acting on pressure from the Union home ministry, the Maharashtra Police on Thursday registered a case against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia for making an alleged hate speech in Maharashtra’s Nanded district, according to Times Now. Nanded police who listened to the speech following the row said that they didn’t find the speech “communal”. Earlier, the home ministry had asked the Prithviraj Chavan-led Maharashtra government to […]

Is Owaisi Targeting 2014 Elections With His “Hate Speech”?

There was nothing in Akbaruddin Owaisi’s demeanour to suggest that he was suffering from ill-health when he landed at Hyderabad airport from London, to a rapturous welcome early on Monday 7 January morning. On the contrary, his trademark swagger firmly in place, greeting supporters and well-wishers with a salaam, Owaisi was wearing a T-shirt with ‘4’ embossed on it. But Owaisi has not managed to get past the fielder to […]