CPI-M leader accuses Trinamool of attempting to kill him

Kolkata : Senior CPI-M leader and Siliguri Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya on Saturday accused the state's ruling Trinamool Congress of attempting to kill him when he had gone to attend a meeting in the town in northern West Bengal.

"My car was attacked with sticks, bamboo poles and flag stands. It was a conspiracy to kill me," Bhattacharya, who served as minister during the Left Front rule, told the media.

Body of Assam student leader's brother found

Guwahati : The body of the brother of a student leader was found in Assam's Goalpara district on Saturday, police said.

Tension gripped Matia in Goalpara following the recovery of the body of Mrinank Nath, brother of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) president Dipank Nath, from Nandeswar area in the district.

Sources close to the family said Mrinank, an accountant with the state irrigation department, was missing since Friday night.

"He had gone to office on Friday and did not return since then," said a relative.

US calls for restraint on n-arms, NSA to visit Pakistan

Washington : As tensions between India and Pakistan continue to escalate, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice is expected to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday, media reported on Saturday.

The US, earlier, called for restraint in developing nuclear weapons and expressed concern over recent developments as well as rising tensions between the neighbouring countries.

During the visit, Rice is also expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and her counterpart Sartaj Aziz.

Kashmiri prisoner in Delhi goes on indefinite hunger strike; demands shifting of his case from Delhi to Srinagar

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

New Delhi : Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, an accused in case National Investigation Agency v. Syed Salahuddin & Ors. (RC-11/2011/NIA-DLI) presently lodged in Central Tihar Jail in the national capital, has resorted to an indefinite hunger strike since August 25 demanding the transfer of his case from the NIA Court in Delhi to the NIA Court in Srinagar.

Army kills 7 NSCN-K cadres in Nagaland

Kohima/Dimapur: The Indian Army on Friday killed six militants and an 'overground' worker of the NSCN-K in Nagaland, officials said. The dead include a woman cadre.

According to the army, three 'overground' workers of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang group and a security force personnel were also injured in the operation in Tuensang district.

The operation took place early morning at Pangsha area in Tuensang located close to the India-Mynamar border in the state, defence spokesman Lt. Col. Suneet Newton said.

Tell how you can stop rape video circulation: SC to IT ministry

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the information technology ministry on how it (ministry) can assist in the reporting and blocking of videos of rapes on social network websites under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The social justice bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit sought the response from the ministry after social activist Sunitha Krishnan told the court that there has to be a defined place where one could report about such rape videos and seek their blocking.

Union health secretary, AIIMS, Delhi Police get NHRC notices

New Delhi : The NHRC has issued notice to the union health secretary, director of AIIMS and the commissioner of Delhi Police over reports that an injured girl died after failing to receive timely treatment, an official said on Friday.

The eight-year-old girl was injured in a road accident on August 12 and her uncle was made to run from one hospital to the other, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), resulting in her death, the commission said citing media reports.

Three killed in Pakistan shelling in Jammu

Jammu: In the worst such incident in two weeks, three civilians were killed and nine injured when Pakistani military resorted to indiscriminate shelling on the Jammu and Kashmir border, police said.

The Pakistan Rangers went on the offensive in R.S. Pura sector of the international border in Jammu district around 1 a.m., an officer told IANS here.

The shelling left Subhash Chander, 45, and Bimla Devi, 42, both residents of Sai Khurd village, and Pawan Kumar, 55, who lived in Abdullian village, dead besides causing widespread panic.

Notice to Himachal over caste discrimination in temple

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued notice to the state over caste discrimination in the ancient Maheshwari Devi Temple in Shimla district.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice P.S. Rana passed these orders on Thursday while hearing a writ petition by Mathu Ram.

He alleged that the temple management committee of Maheshwari Devi near Matiana, some 55 km from the state capital, made unconstitutional changes in the temple constitution, baring the entry of scheduled castes in the temple to perform prayers.

Haryana man kills wife, 3 kids; commits suicide

Chandigarh : A man gunned down his wife and three minor daughters before committing suicide by hanging himself in a Haryana village, police said on Friday.

The bodies of five members of the family were recovered by the police on Friday in Rally village near Sector 12 of Panchkula town in Haryana, 15 km from here.

Police officials said that the man shot dead his wife and three minor daughters before committing suicide by hanging himself.