• Dinesh Mongia, Indian middle man, prostitute in Lou Vincent’s testimony

    Former New Zealand opener Lou Vincent admitted he was involved in match-fixing under direct orders from Chris Cairns. Giving evidence at Southwark Crown Court in London where Cairns is on trial for perjury, Vincent said: “I was under direct orders from Chris Cairns to get involved in fixing in India.” Vincent, 36, said his descent to corruption began when he was dropped from the New Zealand team in 2007, and subsequently he suffered a meltdown. Shortly after arriving in Chandigarh,Vincent said he received a call from an Indian named Varun Gandhi. ‘He told me he was involved in a cricket bat company,’ Vincent told the court. ‘We met in his hotel room but there was no equipment in the room.’ He said that there was a woman seated on the bed, and that after 20 minutes he asked if he could use the toilet and Gandhi followed him there, and told him that the woman ‘was available for sex’ and was ‘a present from our company’.

    The Indian Express 46 mins ago
  • Box Office: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Jazbaa First Weekend Collection

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s comeback film ‘Jazbaa‘ has completed its first weekend at the box office with a moderate run. The film collected a low business of Rs. 14.35 crores net approx (143.5 million) on its first weekend. ‘Jazbaa’ experienced a slow start on Friday, but the film picked up the pace on Saturday. On its first day, ‘Jazbaa‘ collected Rs. 3.85 crores net approx (38.5 million), whereas on Saturday the business rose up to Rs. 5 crores net approx (50 million).

    Business of Cinema
  • Godhra to bar Muslims, garba banners say: Daughter before my eyes

    To keep young women and girls “safe” from Muslim youth and ‘love jihad’ during the Navratri festivities, the BJP and RSS affiliates are urging Godhra residents to organise the traditional or sheri garba to restrict entry and “maintain the purity of the event”. Ashish Bhatt, former VHP member who now heads the cultural cell of the Panchmahals district unit of the BJP, said: “Last year, we tried to keep out Muslims from venues of large, professional garba events to prevent love jihad. An estimated 40 per cent of Godhra’s population — the epicentre of the 2002 Gujarat riots — is Muslim. Last year, a little-known Hindu organisation, Hindu Asmita Hit Rakshak Samiti, decided to stop Muslim youths from entering garba venues to “avoid instances of love jihad”.

    The Indian Express
  • New recruits to Hindu cause hear anti-Muslim message

    By Rupam Jain Nair KOLKATA (Reuters) - As a teenager, Uttam Shaha says he used to watch scornfully from his bedroom window as men in brown shorts performed martial exercises in a car park below. Like many Indians then, he viewed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a fringe group. Now 43, Shaha is a recent RSS recruit in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.

    Reuters 25 mins ago
  • Rape accused known, bought food for kids: Victim’s grandfather

    The prime suspect who has been arrested in the Keshav Puram rape case was known to the four-year-old girl and her family, said police. “We have arrested the prime suspect, Rahul (alias Lalla), though we are questioning others in the case. Police said they were verifying whether Rahul was involved in previous cases of sexual assault.

    The Indian Express
  • Taj Falaknuma declared best palace hotel in the world

    Hyderabad, Oct 12 (IANS) The Taj Falaknuma here has been awarded number one position among the best palace hotels in the world category for 2015 by the world's leading travel and tourism website - Trip Advisor. The coveted award is given to hospitality industry's best that have attained outstanding reviews from discerning travelers across the world, according to a statement by Taj Falaknuma. After 10 years of sensitive restoration, the Taj Group of Hotels presented opened this 60 room private palace in 2010 to offer its guests a glimpse of the imperial lifestyle of the Nizams, the rulers of erstwhile Hyderabad state.

  • Talvar | Namrata Joshi | Oct 12,2015

    Starring: Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, Prakash Belawade, Atul Kumar, Sohum Shah, Gajraj Rao Directed by Meghna Gulzar Rating: *** There is a scene tow­ards the end of Talvar where two sets of CDI (a fictional CBI) officials defend their own line of investigation into the double murder case, while trashing the other’s account. It’s a long, riveting scene, sailing smoothly on some crackling writing by Vishal Bhardwaj (a smart dig at the BJP and Congress, a cheeky reference to the missionary position and merry quoting of popular Bollywood songs) and compelling performances by Irrfan Khan and Prakash Belawade on the one side and Atul Kumar and Sohum Shah on the other. It’s the solid

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  • Infosys CFO Rajiv Bansal quits

    Bengaluru, Oct 12 (IANS) Infosys chief financial officer (CFO) Rajiv Bansal has resigned, the global software major said on Monday. "Bansal has informed the company of his intention to resign. Bansal, who has also been the executive vice-president, however, will continue as an advisor to the company's chief executive Vishal Sikka and the board of directors till December 31 for a smooth transition.

  • Who’ll finish after finisher finishes?

    It’s fashionable to go after MS Dhoni’s head these days. Is there anyone whose spot Dhoni is supposedly blocking who can come in and be the finisher? With Dhoni, India is at least reaching the final over of the contests, without him who knows what will happen.

    The Indian Express
  • Deepika Padukone: 'We need to address mental illness and destigmatize it'

    Deepika Padukone, who has openly spoken about her bout with depression, has now come up with an NGO Live Love Laugh, which will help create awareness about mental illness and also help people suffering from it. At the event, the actress said that we need to address mental illness and destigmatize it. ''Most importantly, people, who like me have experienced anxiety and depression, I think it's very important for them to know that there's hope and we as a foundation are here to help you and together we need to spread awareness and destigmatize mental illness,'' she further added.

    Movie Talkies
  • Indian killer road creates village of widows

    "My husband died in a bypass road accident and so did my brother and my father. There are no men to look after us in the family," Kurra Asli, 23, told AFP, holding up a faded photograph of her husband.

  • Nuke-capable Nirbhay cruise missile to be test-fired on Thursday

    Nirbhay, India’s latest missile — equivalent of the famous American Tomahawk missile — will be test fired by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore in Odisha at 9 am on Thursday. This will be the third test of India’s indigenously developed subsonic cruise missile. The first two tests of the cruise missile were conducted on March 12, 2013 and October 17, 2014.

    The Indian Express
  • In MP small town, Ishwar Pandey is the go-to man

    For a period of five months last year, as he spent warming the bench on the tours to New Zealand and England, Ishwar Pandey seemed on the brink of making his international debut. The lanky Madhya Pradesh seamer hasn’t been part of an India squad ever since, and his dream of national colours has gone from being elusive to remote. On account of being the tiny city’s first cricketer to make it to the Indian squad, Ishwar, is used to doting fans from his district routinely lining up at his doorstep with outrageous demands.

    The Indian Express
  • Environment charges on vehicles from November 1

    The Supreme Court Monday ordered imposition of 'Environment Compensation Charge' to the tune of Rs 700 on light duty vehicles and Rs 1,300 for three-axle vehicles and above, entering Delhi from November 1. A bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu said this levy will be in addition to the toll tax and the amount will be handed over to the Delhi government by toll operators. The court order will remain in force for four months on an “experimental basis” and the Delhi government has been asked to issue a notification in this regard.

    The Indian Express
  • Development discourse in villages, with caste and Lalu thrown in

    “Nitishji talks of linking every 250-population village to roads and there are over a dozen villages with thousands of people without proper roads,” says Jaswant Singh, calling for change. Sunil Kumar Singh, a farmer, says: “Narendra Modi has given new hope and we are not sure what Nitish can do in company of Lalu. Let there be a change and we will know if the BJP is any different,” says Singh as fellow villagers Bharat Singh and Anuj Singh nod.

    The Indian Express
  • Rajkot kid cricketers line up to appeal to Hardik Patel: Don’t disrupt

    Fifty boys and girls, all dressed in cricket flannels, stood with folded hands Monday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium. This plea by the children came after the city ‘elders’ — SCA officials, past and present Ranji players and influential cricket fans — had no success in persuading PAAS to keep politics out of the game. The SCA insists that the ‘prayer for peace’ idea was floated by the young cricketers themselves.

    The Indian Express
  • Trustee of 'little India' in Jerusalem meets President Mukherjee

    Ramallah (Palestine), Oct 12 (IANS) For more than 800 years, a little enclave in Jerusalam has been the symbol of India in this part of the world and this institution's trustee, who holds an Indian passport, called on President Pranab Mukherjee with his family here on Monday. The legend goes that the revered Indian Sufi saint Wali Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar, who was born in 1173 as a direct descendant of Omar, the second caliph of Islam, came to Jerusalem as part of an 18-year journey to holy lands. Baba Farid, as he came to be known later, eventually returned to India.

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  • Five kg subsidized LPG cylinders to be sold in rural India by IOC

    New Delhi, Oct 12 (ANI): Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) plans to sell subsidized five kg LPG cylinders in rural India in an effort to increase usage of clean fuel for cooking, company's chairman B. Ashok said today. "India consumes around 18 million tonnes (mt) of LPG, of which 50 percent is imported.

  • Majority of gold from Dubai and Singapore smuggled into India - The Economic Times

    CHENNAI: With demand for gold increasing in the country, majority of gold from Dubai and Singapore are being smuggled into India due to the price differentiation, a senior Directorate of Revenue Intelligence official said. DRI authorities over the recent past have seized several kilos of gold in Southern cities and last week 31.75 kg of gold valued at Rs 8.43 crore was seized at Madurai airport in Tamil Nadu. The officials said due to the attraction towards purchase of gold in India, gold from Dubai and Singapore has become "attractive" for smugglers to buy and transport it to the country. Gold smugglers or couriers of "smuggling gang" disguise themselves as genuine passengers to escape customs

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  • Vodafone India to launch 4G services in Mumbai

    New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Vodafone India on Monday announced it will launch its 4G services in Mumbai by December. "Having launched 4G services in several countries, Vodafone has the requisite expertise and experience to ensure that its 4G service in Mumbai will be best in class," he added.