27 killed as bus falls into gorge
Twenty seven people, including 13 women, were killed
when a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation
bus fell into a ravine after colliding with a truck in the hilly
Western Ghat area of Thane district in Maharashtra.
Kolkata: Rape horror casts shadow over
A 16-year-old girl, who had been raped twice last October
in Kolkata, and allegedly set on fire by the rapists, died due
to burn injuries, December 31,2013.
The doctors treating the teenager said she was pregnant
at the time of her death.
The rape sparked outrage in India with the victim’s family, alleging that they had been threatened to leave West
Bengal by the Kolkata police.
January 1, four days after helping the police arrest one of
four people who molested her, a Kolkata woman complained to the police about being threatened by the other
three accused to retract her statement or face ‘serious consequences.’
Assam to move an hour ahead
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is campaigning to scrap India’s single time zone, which causes
problems for northeastern states, which face summer sunrise as early as 4:30 am.
‘We have an early daybreak in the northeast compared to other parts of India and if we have a separate time zone then it would undoubtedly be very
productive for all of us and would also help in saving energy,’ Gogoi said.
Mayawati aides booked in
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati’s close aide
Naseemuddin Siddiqui and former Uttar Pradesh
cabinet minister Babu Singh Kushwaha were among
19 people booked, January 1, for their alleged role in
the $220 million scam in the construction of Dalit
memorials and parks in the state.
Madhya Pradesh’s Anti
Terrorist Squad arrested four
members of the banned
Students Islamic Movement of
India from Ujjain and recovered pipe
bombs and detonators from them,
Indian Mujahideen wanted
to nuke Surat
In a chilling revelation, Indian
Mujahideen terrorist Yasin Bhatkal,
who is currently in the custody of the
Delhi police, told interrogators that
the terror group was planning to use a
small nuclear bomb while carrying
out a devastating strike in the industrial city of Surat in Gujarat.
Indian student assaulted
A 20-year-old Indian student in
India gets new Air Force chief
Australia suffered serious injuries and
went into a coma last week after being
brutally attacked with sticks and robbed by thugs in
Air Marshal Arup Raha took over as India’s Air Force
chief December 31, 2013. He succeeded Air Chief Marshal
N A K Browne.
Immediate challenges before the new chief include the
tussle between the Indian Air Force and its largest supplier
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited over the issue of indigenous and foreigner trainer aircraft, and the intense negotiations for the procurement of 126 Rafale multi-role combat
aircraft from the French firm Dassault Aviation.
Uttar Pradesh government orders relief
camps to shut
Uttar Pradesh officials visited relief camps in
Muzaffarnagar, December 31,2013, to try and convince
people to go back home so that the camps, set up to shelter
In his sharpest comments ever against
the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh asserted that
Modi would be disastrous as prime minister.
“If you measure the strength of a prime
minister by presiding over the mass massacre of innocent citizens on streets of
Ahmedabad, then I do not believe in it,” Dr
Rules out a third term
Dr Singh ruled out a third term if the
United Progressive Alliance was to return
to power post the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
“In a few months’s time, after the gener-
al election, I will hand the baton over to a
new prime minister,” he said.
He dropped hints about Congress party
Vice-President Rahul Gandhi being named
as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
Rahul Gandhi has “outstanding credentials to be nominated as the prime ministerial candidate and I hope the party will take
that that decision,” Singh said.
Credit for running a coalition
government for 10 years
“Under compulsion of coalition politics I
have served as best I could,” Dr Singh said.
“My two terms have displayed the
Congress (party’s) ability to run a coalition
government,” the prime minister said,
adding that the nuclear deal with America
was his best moment in office.
Manmohan Singh breaks his silence
Sheela Bhatt analyzes three takeaways from the prime minister’s media interaction
Huge cache of weapons recovered
In a major arms haul, alert Indian Army troops recovered 40 weapons from
near the Line of Control in the Farkian Gali area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara
district, December 28, 2013.
26 dead in train inferno
At least 26 passengers, including two children, were killed
and 15 others injured when two air-conditioned coaches of an
express train caught fire in the Anantapur district of Andhra
Pradesh, December 28, 2013.
The disaster struck near the Kothacheruvu railway station
bordering Karnataka. The train had left Bengaluru at 10.45 pm
December 27 for an overnight journey to Nanded in
Policemen inspect the burned coach of the train.
India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
during a media interaction in New Delhi, January 3.
January 10, 2014