CBI probe sought into Vadra's land deal

New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a CBI probe into licences granted to several real estate developers, including the one with which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's Skylight Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. is associated, for developing colonies in Haryana.

Advocate M.L. Sharma moved the high court, saying several licences were issued to developers and builders for turning 21,366 acres of land into colonies.

Two guerrillas arrested in Kashmir's Sopore

Srinagar: Two guerrillas were arrested from Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore town Saturday and an AK-47 assault rifle seized from them, police said Saturday.

A police statement here said that police in Sopore received information that some unknown gunmen entered the house of Ghulam Mohiudin War, son of Mohammad Akbar War, resident of Nowpora Kalan (Sopore) with the intention to commit an offence, and a joint party of police, CRPF and the army went to the spot.

Yaseen Bhatkal chargesheeted in Jama Masjid attack case

New Delhi: Delhi Police Saturday filed a chargesheet against alleged Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his accomplice Asadullah Akhtar in connection with the 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack case.

The fresh set of charges was filed before Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash against the duo alleging that Bhatkal was instructed by Pakistan-based handlers to carry out attacks just before the beginning of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Senior Pakistani journalist injured in attack

Islamabad: Pakistan's Geo News' senior anchorperson Hamid Mir who was injured in an attack by gunmen in Karachi Saturday, is now reported to have regained consciousness and is out of danger, a media report said.

The incident took place when four gunmen riding on two motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir's vehicle as he was on his way from the airport to his Geo News office, Dawn online reported.

Mir received two gunshots and was immediately taken to hospital in an unconscious state.

French journalists abducted in Syria freed

London: Four French journalists kidnapped in Syria almost a year ago have been freed, French President Francois Hollande said Saturday.

Edouard Elias, Didier François, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were held captive since June 2013, BBC reported.

The journalists were found by Turkish soldiers on the Syria-Turkey border with their hands and eyes bound.

The four journalists went missing in two separate incidents.

Four killed in a blast in Syria

Damascus: At least four people were killed and nine others were injured Saturday when a car bomb exploded near an aid convoy in the Syria's central province of Hama, medias reported.

The blast targeted four truckloads of humanitarian aid of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) near a government-subsidised bakery in the town of Salamiyeh in Hama, Xinhua reported citing SANA news agency.

The wounded people have been taken to nearby hospitals.

The explosion also damaged shops, cars and other properties, according to the report.

US drone kills 21 in Yemen

Sanaa: A US drone raid Saturday killed 16 Al Qaeda fighters and five civilians in Yemen, an army officer said.

The drone hit a pickup that was carrying 16 suspected Al Qaeda fighters in Hazmiah area of al-Bayda, about 268 km southeast of the capital Sanaa. Five civilians passing by in a car were also killed, Xinhua reported.

Six other civilians travelling in another car on the highway of Hazmiah area were injured, witnesses said.

It was the seventh drone strike in the past two months.

Bihar leader's abducted son killed

Patna: The abducted son of a JD-U leader was killed in Bihar's Nawada district and four people have been arrested, police said Saturday.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Renu Kushwaha's son Vipin Kumar, in his mid 20s, was abducted April 13. The abductors demanded Rs.50 lakh as ransom for his release and they killed him after it was not paid.

This was revealed by four people, including a woman, who were arrested from Rajauli area in this connection, a district police official said.

Three teenagers gunned down in Ranchi

Ranchi: Suspected Maoist guerrillas shot dead three teenagers on the outskirts of Ranchi, police said Saturday.

According to police, the guerrillas killed the three aged between 15 and 17 at Masu village, situated on outskirts of Ranchi, Friday night.

Police was informed Saturday morning. When police personnel reached the village Saturday, they faced the villagers' ire.

The villagers did not allow the police to take the bodies for postmortem examination.

The angry villagers also blocked the Ranchi-Lohardagga highway to protest the killing.

Two UN employees abducted in Karachi

Islamabad: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped two local employees of the UN in Pakistan's port city of Karachi late Friday, police said.

The gunmen abducted the employees from their car, reported Xinhua citing Geo News. The local employees were identified as Sami Nawaz and Farukh Salim.

No contact with the two employees could be established, as their cell phones were switched off, police sources said, adding the security forces have also started a search operation in an area after they received signal of their mobile phones.