May 31, 2011'Kashmiri planned to kill CEO of US drone company'
The Mumbai attack trial in a United States court resumed on Tuesday with co-accused David Headley testifying that Al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri had a plan to kill CEO of Lockheed Martin in frustration over drone attacks along the Af-Pak border.
In PHOTOS: Jagan's Rs 80 crore luxury bungalow
Late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's son, Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is still riding high on the the recent bypoll success, is making news once again.
Missing Pak journo who 'dared ISI' found dead
A prominent Pakistani journalist who went missing over the weekend, was found dead in Punjab province on Tuesday and his body bore marks of torture, police said.
In Pakistan, tobacco death trap bigger than terror
The number of deaths in Pakistan due to tobacco consumption is much higher than those caused by suicide attacks, terrorism, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other fatal diseases in the country.
5 new MiG-29K carrier-borne jets join Indian Navy
Indian naval aviation has acquired new teeth with induction of nine MiG-29K carrier-borne fighter jets from Russia with an extended range of 3,000 kms and capable of firing air-to-air and air-to-sea missiles.
THIS is what the Taliban wanted in Pak naval base
US supplied surveillance jets were the "prime targets" of Taliban militants who possibly received "inside support and help" for their Rambo-style attack on Mehran naval airbase in the Pakistani port city of Karachi
Pix: Marriage party's bus rolls off bridge; 31 die
The accident took place when a bus carrying a marriage party fell into a 40-feet deep pond in Kamrup (rural) district after the wooden bridge it was crossing gave in.
'Netaji's life was a thrilling adventure'
Sugata Bose, author of revolutionary freedom-fighter Subhas Chandra Bose's biography His Majesty's Opponent, talks to
about his grand uncle, one of the freedom movement's enigmatic figures. The first of a four-part interview.
Pak pays for Osama's death: 153 killed in 30 days
At least 153 people have been killed and 200 others injured in the seven bomb blasts that have taken place in different parts of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province since Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden's killing in Abbottabad on May 2.
Siachen talks with Pak: Generals watch and hope
For the Indian Army, Siachen symbolises a superhuman feat of arms, sustained over decades. All that Indian Army generals are hoping is that all their effort is not undone by the latest round of Indo-Pak talks on Siachen, reports
'Why rename Dadar station as Chaityabhoomi?'
As the battle for Dalit votes ahead of the civic elections in Maharashtra got interesting amid reports that the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party is mulling a resolution on renaming Dadar railway station in Mumbai as 'Chaityabhoomi' station, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray said he was opposed to any such move.
May 30, 2011Why Anna Hazare may have to hit the streets again
The Lokpal bill drafting committee on Monday appeared to be headed for a collision course with the government opposing demands to bring the prime minister, higher judiciary and MPs' corrupt acts inside Parliament under its purview, provoking a civil society threat to take to the streets again.
India, Pak discuss demilitarisation of Siachen
India and Pakistan on Monday discussed demilitarisation of Siachen, a mountainous region where borderline is not demarcated, in a "constructive framework", picking up the threads of the issue after a gap of three years.
Video: Can you hear me?
Can you hear me tells the story of these women who are in the middle of a community radio revolution.
Tribute: The misunderstood genius of Badal Sircar
May 13 will be etched in the history of Bengal for two reasons: it brought to an end the 34-year-old Left Front regime in the state and it also marked the demise of the legendary playwright and theatre director Badal Sircar
Mumbai: 4500 families protest against Medha Patkar
Social activist Medha Patkar's interference in a slum redevelopment scheme at Golibar slum in Mumbai's Khar (West) suburb on Monday evoked protests from the nearly 4500 families residing in 45 cooperative housing societies scheduled for redevelopment in the area.
Revealed: Why Sushma disowned Reddy bros
When the powerful Reddy brothers of Karnataka staged a coup against B S Yeddyurappa a couple of months back, they had said something very important, "Our final decision would depend on what Sushma amma says."
PHOTOS of the month: May
We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the month gone by.
What Angela Merkel's India trip is all about
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will have a packed programme when she arrives in New Delhi on a one-day visit on May 31 accompanied by a high-powered delegation.
Osama raid forgotten; US, Pakistan are pals again
B Raman decodes the complicated chain of accusations, denials and public avowals of friendship that characterises the relationship between the United States and Pakistan
India is facing a dangerous situation: Binayak Sen
In this interview with rediff.com's Sahim Salim, Sen, who has just returned from South Korea where he was awarded the prestigious Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, says that the sedition laws, for which he was charged and found guilty by the state, in this country need to be repealed as they "impede the progress of democracy in this country."
May 29, 2011Cong responsible for farmers' stir: Mayawati
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Sunday accused the Congress of fuelling farmers' protests on the issue of land acquisition and said her political opponents were hatching a conspiracy to weaken her party.
Yeddy's 3 years in office: Down but NEVER out
Battling challenges and threats of being toppled, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, heading the first-ever Bharatiya Janata Party government in the south, is all set to complete three years in office on Monday.
Why Bengal police are unhappy with Mamata
West Bengal's new Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has Z-plus security, is giving sleepless nights to the Kolkata police with her penchant for making unscheduled visits on her way to office.
May 28, 2011Sushma Vs Jaitley: BJP chief Gadkari joins in
With her remarks on Arun Jaitley regarding Reddy brothers threatening to snowball into a major row, Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari on Saturday stepped in to virtually snub Sushma Swaraj, saying any debate on the choice of ministers in Karnataka in the media is "totally unnecessary".
Pakistan's leadership should now wake up: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday sent out a strong message to Pakistan, urging the neighbouring nation to recognise the "monster of terrorism" which it had unleashed at one time.
'BJP's reality: Money talks, Yeddy, Reddy walk'
The Congress on Saturday stepped up an attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party over party leader Sushma Swaraj washing her hands of the induction of Bellary brothers as ministers.
No plans to attack Pakistani nukes, says Taliban
The Taliban has said they have no plans to attack Pakistan's nuclear arsenal as their stepped-up violent campaign to avenge Osama bin Laden's death has renewed fears that the country's warheads could be vulnerable.
Communal Violence Bill: The Congress gameplan
In a regime dominated by scams, scandals and corruption, the Congress has zeroed in on the Communal Violence Bill as the piece de resistance of UPA II in a bid to shift the focus from its own corruption to taking on the BJP and in the process isolating it from its own allies.
The latest indication of deteriorating US-Pak ties
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a cool welcome in Pakistan on her recent trip, mainstream American media reported on Saturday adding this is reflection of the low-ebb in relationship between the two countries.
IN PHOTOS: Five terrorists US wants from Pakistan
The United States has drawn up a list of five terrorists, including Ilyas Kashmiri who has been linked to the Mumbai attacks, it expects Pakistan to provide intelligence about immediately and possibly target in joint operations, according to a media report on Saturday.
Video:Kat without make-up; Shane Warne in Bollywoo
Video:Kat without make-up; Shane Warne in Bollywood
May 27, 2011Audio: Sushma washes hands of Bellary brothers
Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj has refuted charges that she is a protector of the mining barons Bellary brothers and played a role in their induction into the Karnataka cabinet.
Revealed: A ruthless, bloodier plan than 26/11
Working on a plot more sinister than the Mumbai attack, David Headley and his Pakistani handlers, Illyas Kashmiri in particular, were to behead the heads of the hostages and throw the heads out of the window for their planned terrorist strike in Copenhagen.
'TN politicians used LTTE to achieve their goals'
Now under the custody of the Sri Lankan Army, the former LTTE weapons procurer spoke to VK Shashikumar about the mistakes the outfit made in the past and the need to bridge the gap between the Tamil and the Sinhalese races.
America cannot solve Pakistan's problems: Clinton
The United States on Friday asked Pakistan to take "decisive steps" to flush out Al Qaeda elements and to act against militants waging war in Afghanistan from Pakistani soil, as top leaders of the two countries held talks aimed at easing tensions that have affected their ties.
Reject Afzal Guru's mercy petition: BJP
With President Pratibha Patil rejecting the mercy petition of two convicts on death row, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday raised the pitch for the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and said the government was not bound to go by sequence while dealing with pending pleas.
ISI stands exposed, says former NIA chief
speaks to Radha Vinod Raju, the NIA's first head, about the David Headley revelations in a Canada court
MUST SEE: Odd images from across the globe
Rediff.com presents a collection of truly amazing, crazy pictures from around the world.
CIA allowed access to bin Laden compound
A team of Central Intelligence Agency forensic experts team will fly to Pakistan to search the compound where Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed. The American spy agency will use sophisticated equipment to search for possible Al-Qaeda materials hidden inside the walls at the site.
Are ties between 'best friends' Pak-China souring?
Pakistan and China are disagreeing over whether Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has given the Chinese a gift, an entire naval base at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.
Rajapaksa vows to guard SL army from intl probe
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday vowed to protect the country's military from possible international scrutiny over allegations of human rights violations during its prolonged conflict to end ethnic violence.
Not proud of Mumbai terror attack: Headley
After two failed attempts to strike Mumbai in September and October 2008, Pakistani handlers of the 26/11 accused David Headley began planning the attack on India's financial capital "more closely than ever" in early November that year.
How India should react to Headley's testimony
on how India should react to 26/11 accused David Headley's testimony in co-accused Tahawwur Hussain Rana's ongoing trial in a Chicago court.
'Rana wanted to make a movie with Rahul Bhatt'
Tahawwur Hussain Rana, Mumbai attacks co-accused, had an ambitious plan to enter Bollywood by launching Rahul Bhatt, son of film director Mahesh Bhatt, in a movie that he wanted to make.
Indian Navy's new stealth frigate launched
A new Talwar class stealth frigate built by Russia for the Indian Navy was launched at a solemn ceremony at Yantar Shipyard in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad.
May 26, 2011Hazare takes on Modi over corruption in Gujarat
Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday appealed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to enact a law empowering gram sabhas in taking decisions regarding village land.
Eyewitnesses recall Faridabad's night of horror
The Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop aircraft that crashed into a densely-populated colony in Old Faridabad, killing all seven on board and three on the ground, first swirled around the entire colony before crashing.
Rewind: Best images in the last 48 hours
Presenting some of the most scintillating pictures from around the globe in the last 48 hours.
Headley row shouldn't impact Indo-Pak talks: Omar
Expressing concern on the shocking revelations made by David Headley implicating the Inter Services Intelligence with 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has urged the Central government not to suspend the composite dialogue with Pakistan.
'26/11 men left clues despite foolproof plan'
While the Lashkar-e-Tayiba leadership made plans for fool-proof attacks in Mumbai, the ten men involved in the carnage made a number of mistakes thus leaving crucial clues behind for Indian intelligence agencies, according to court documents.
India among world's LEAST peaceful nations
The Global Peace Index 2011 notes that while several countries experienced improved levels of peacefulness, others, notably those in North Africa and the Middle East that have been swept up in the political turmoil of the "Arab Spring", have experienced sharp falls in their peacefulness.
ISI trained me in espionage against India: Headley
Mumbai attacks co-accused David Coleman Headley has testified that he received espionage training against India from Pakistan's spy agency Inter Services Intelligence.
PICS: Life-saving flight turns fatal in Faridabad
Mangled remains of an aircraft on streets, a damaged heavy metal fan of the engine, burning buildings, and people in panic. This was the scene at the accident site of the chartered plane that crashed in a residential area in Faridabad on Wednesday night, killing ten persons, including all seven onboard.
'No new expectations from Headley's testimony'
The National Investigating Agency has in its possession David Headley's 119-page interrogation report and sources say that it's clear that he has not wavered from what he had said last year.
May 25, 2011'LeT handlers watched TV, guided 26/11 terrorists'
Watching the 2008 Mumbai carnage live from Pakistan, terror outfit Lashkar-e-Tayiba handlers guided the attackers on phone and even asked them to change tactics to challenge the advancing commandos.
Taliban chief Mullah Omar in ISI custody?
Afghan Intelligence claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is in the custody of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence and that after Osama Bin Laden's killing, the wanted terrorist has been abstained from making any contact with his commanders in Afghanistan.
'LeT strike in India can destabilise S Asia'
Another major terror attack in India by Lashkar-e-Tayiba has the potential to destabilise the region, a powerful American lawmaker has said, adding that this Pakistan-based militant outfit has increased its threat potential to the United States too.
In PHOTOS: Obama's royal welcome to UK
United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle visited Buckingham Palace on Tuesday at the start of their three-day state visit to Britain.
World needs to ensure that Pak's nukes are safe
India can help the US in insulating Pakistan's nuclear establishments and arsenal from terror attacks, believes
PIX: Brit school students take on Obama, Cameron
United States President Barack Obama took a few minutes off his hectic trip of the United Kingdom to enjoy a game of table tennis with Prime Minister David Cameron.
National Defence College next target: Headley
Mumbai attacks co-accused David Headley on Wednesday testified that New Delhi-based National Defence College is on the hitlist of terrorists as 26/11 mastermind Illiyas Kashmiri believes in this way he can kill more Indian brigadiers than what the Pakistan Army could not do in four wars with India.
'Post 26/11, Danish newspaper attack postponed'
International pressure in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks led Lashkar-e-Tayiba to abandon its plan to attack a Danish newspaper in retaliation to the publication of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed, David Coleman Headley told a court on Wednesday.
Indian diplomat's daughter to sue NYC, school
An Indian diplomat's daughter is suing the New York City government for $1.5 million for what she alleges is a wrongful arrest on the suspicion of sending threatening e-mails to teachers at her school in Queens, a New York borough.
I was pleased to watch 26/11 on TV: Headley
Headley, a co-accused who has pleaded guilty, said he was watching TV from his home in Lahore during the 60-hour siege of Mumbai that began on the night of November 26, 2008.
Why Rahul's beginning to worry Congressmen
The back-to-back statements of three Indira Gandhi loyalists -- R K Dhawan, Vasant Sathe and C K Jafar Sherief (the former questioning the advisors of Rahul Gandhi and the direction of his politics and the other two wanting Priyanka Gandhi to come into the mainstream of Congress politics) -- is being seen as a reflection of the concern gripping the senior guard in the Congress over the functioning of the party as well as the fate of the upcoming UP elections.
Tamizh voter did not 'punish' the DMK. Here's why
A close analysis of the Tamil Nadu assembly election results shows that there is no marked difference in the voting pattern.
May 24, 2011On Day 2, Headley reveals plot to kill Thackeray
Giving his testimony on the second day of the trial of 26/11 co-accused Tawahhur Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani origin, Headley, a Pakistani-American, talked about the hatred against Shiv Sena among his Pakistani handlers. 166 people were killed in the November 2008 attack in Mumbai.
Why Pakistan today feels let down by its defenders
Pakistan's stubborn and equally supercilious military and intelligence establishment has a habit of not learning from its mistakes, no matter how serious they are.
PM announces $5 billion aid to Africa
Seeking to make inroads into Africa, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said at the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa that India will continue to support efforts at infrastructure development, before announcing some very handsome grants which aim at helping Africa.
Missouri tornado death toll rises to 116
The death toll from the deadly tornado that hit the Missouri town of Joplin in United States has soared to 116 on Tuesday.
Headley's 26/11 confession vindicates Indian stand
Although LeT operative David Coleman Headley says nothing new in his recent confession in a US court that Pakistani ISI helped Lashkar-e-Tayiba execute the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai, it still vindicates India's stand, reports
In PHOTOS: Ash cloud back to haunt UK airspace
A plume of ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano headed for Britain on Tuesday, forcing flight cancellations and a change in United States President Barack Obama's travel plans.
MUST SEE: Exhibits from Rana's trial in US court
Pakistan's spy agency Inter Services Intelligence helped terror group Lashkar-e-Tayiba to execute the Mumbai terror attacks, David Coleman Headley, a key 26/11 accused who pleaded guilty to laying the groundwork for the 2008 strikes, told a court in Chicago on Monday.
US secy Napolitano pays tribute to 26/11 victims
United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Tuesday paid tribute to the martyrs and victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks by laying a wreath at a police memorial in south Mumbai.
What Kani may not know: Life in 15ft x 10ft space
As uncomfortable it may be for her, what the Rajya Sabha MP should realise is that there are millions of Indians who have been spending their lifetime in the 15 ft x 10 ft configuration.
In PHOTOS: Obama's $ 300,000 'Beast'!
United States President Barack Obama's limousine is the most technologically advanced bulletproof vehicle in the world. Nicknamed 'The Beast' by Secret Service staff, the cost of the black Cadillac is $ 300,000 that can withstand attack from rocket-propelled grenades.
IN PHOTOS: Dr Mukherjee wins the Pulitzer Prize
Indian origin cancer physician and researcher Dr Sidhhartha Mukherjee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the top journalism award in America, for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, non-fiction, literature and music.
Why loss of 2 P-3 Orions is a big blow to Pakistan
The P-3, which costs $36 million per unit, is the primary maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft operated by the Pakistan Navy. Its roles include anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, drug interdiction, economic zone patrol, airborne early warning and electronic warfare.
What's Indian Air Chief PV Naik doing in Russia?
Besides the flight demonstration of one of the two prototypes of PAK-FA T-50 (FGFA) fighter, the Indian Air Chief also watched the flight of modernised MiG-29UPG of the Indian Air Force at the airfield of M M Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky town.
May 23, 2011'Indians deserved 26/11, Rana had told Headley'
During opening statements at Chicago's Dirksen Federal Building, Assistant US Attorney Sarah Streicker said that Rana, a Pakistani-Canadian, told Headley, an American of Pakistani origin, after the Mumbai carnage in which 166 persons were killed in November 2008 that the "Indians deserved it."
Deadly tornado kills 89 in US
At least 89 people have died after a massive tornado swept through the Missouri town of Joplin in United States, reports said on Monday. "The death toll is expected to rise. Its total devastation," Jay Nixon, Governor of Missouri told CNN.
'Corporates and builders are ruling India'
An exhausted-looking Patkar, into the fourth day of her fast-unto-death amid the rubble that was once home to scores of people, told rediff.com's
that Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is insensitive to the issues of the urban poor.
Karachi attack, the tip of terror iceberg?
Suspecting that the Pakistan government and the Inter-Services Intelligence have backed United States in its operation against Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, extremist organisations have decided to avenge the killing. There's no stopping the Taliban and more attacks similar to the one at the Karachi naval base are expected, fears the Pakistan media. Tahir Ali reports.
Tibet's 60 years: Liberation from what, from whom?
As China marks 60 years of Tibet's 'liberation',
lifts the veil off the propaganda surrounding the event
Taliban siege at Pak naval base ends; 13 killed
Fifteen hours after brazenly storming into Pakistan navy's key Mehran airbase in the heart of the port city of Karachi, security forces were finally able to topple a group of heavily-armed Taliban militants after they destroyed two US-made surveillance aircraft and killing 13 security personnel.
Why terrorists targeted the Pak naval base
explains the real motive behind the daring terrorist strike on a Pakistan military base in Karachi.
10 killed as terrorists attack Pak military base
Suspected militants stormed an airbase in Karachi late on Sunday night, rocking one of Pakistan's heavily guarded military installations with fiery explosions and leaving at least 10 people dead just three-weeks after the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
May 22, 2011If needed, US 'will hunt terrorists in Pak again'
United States President Barack Obama on Sunday said that he would approve an Abbottabad-like operation which killed Osama bin Laden if another militant leader was found in Pakistan.
Only President's Rule can save Karnataka: Gowda
Neerja Chowdhury spoke to former prime minister and JD-S H D Deve Gowda about the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka.
May 21, 2011Modi 4th most popular leader in India: Survey
Manmohan Singh remains the most popular leader in India, according to a survey conducted by Star News and A C Nielsen
India lives in most troubled neighbourhood: PC
India lives in the most "troubled neighbourhood" in the world, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday and asked security forces to raise the vigil along the country's borders.
In PHOTOS: Obama thanks CIA for hunting down Osama
United States President Barack Obama has visited headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency to congratulate the top spy outfit for its role in killing of the Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Indian communication satellite GSAT-8 launched
India's latest communication satellite GSAT-8 was successfully launched on Saturday by Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana to give a boost to direct-to-home services in the country.
Must Watch: Sexy Sonakshi; SRK's IPL party
Must Watch: Sexy Sonakshi; SRK's IPL party
UPA II: A series of unfortunate events?
takes a hard look the two years of the United Progressive Alliance government.
May 20, 2011Kanimozhi's arrest: A temporary setback for DMK
While the arrest of Kanimozhi in the 2G scam is a good development, there is still a long way to go for the CBI in the case.
on the repercussions of the arrest.
In PHOTOS: When Didi kept her date with history
On Friday, Mamata Banerjee took oath as Bengal's first woman chief minister. Keeping her vow of 18 years, she set foot in Writer's Building. On this historic day Indrani Roy Mitra captures the mood in Kolkata Here's a first person account.
Kalmadi main accused in CWG scam: CBI chargesheet
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed its first chargesheet in a Delhi court against sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, describing him as a "main accused" in a corruption case relating to irregularities in awarding a games-related contract to a Swiss firm.
Wanted list: After goof-ups, the blame game begins
Following the death of Osama bin Laden, India hastily sent a list of most wanted terrorists to Pakistan hoping to build up pressure on them. But much to the embarrassment of the home ministry, two accused on the list were traced in Mumbai and around. Home Minister P Chidambaram admitted that the first blunder was a lapse on the part of the Mumbai police and the Intelligence Bureau, but after the second error each one is pointing fingers at the other. Vicky Nanjappa reports.
CBI court rules immediate arrest of Kanimozhi
A Delhi court on Friday ordered the 'forthwith' arrest of Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam Member of Parliament Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar after rejecting their bail pleas in the 2G spectrum case.
Act against LeT, prevent another 26/11: US to Pak
Months after the 2008 Mumbai terror siege, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Pakistan about Lashkar-e-Tayiba strikes in India and underscored the critical importance of Pakistani cooperation in preventing further LeT attacks on Indian soil, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed.
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IMAGES: 'Didi' takes over the reins of West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee created history on Friday when she was sworn in as the first woman chief minister of West Bengal, after her party Trinamool Congress ended the Left Front government's 34-year-old rule in the state.
'US may intervene if LeT triggers Indo-Pak war'
The Lashkar-e-Tayiba and other Pakistani terror groups having links with the Al Qaeda may pose a danger to the United States with their ability to trigger a major crisis for nuclear-armed Pakistan, including a war with India, which may require US intervention.
IMAGES: The heat is on, and how!
Hot and humid conditions on Thursday threw normal life out of gear in many parts of the country, including the national capital where the day temperature stayed three degree celsius above normal.
Adarsh scam: Former CM Deshmukh in the dock again
Pinning the blame on former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, suspended state information commissioner and Adarsh Housing Society scam accused Ramanand Tiwari has told the judicial panel probing the case that it was Deshmukh who had approved all proposals pertaining to the high rise in south Mumbai.
PIX: After Everest, Delhi teen conquers Mt Lhotse
Arjun Vajpai, 17, decided to celebrate the anniversary of the most memorable day of his life, two days early. The teenager marked the first anniversary of climbing Mount Everest on May 22 last year by scaling the peak of Mount Lhotse at approximately 8.10 a.m on Friday.
What binds '2G' Raja & 'skirt-chaser' Berlusconi?
Former Telecom Minister A Raja, at the centre of the 2G spectrum allocation scam, has earned the dubious distinction of figuring in the list of Time Magazine's "an ignominious club of privileged leaders who stepped too far".
STRIKING: More award winning pictures of 2011
We bring you some more of the Reuters' award-winning pictures from last year.
May 19, 2011UP has become andher nagri: Sonia
Strongly backing Rahul Gandhi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over the "brutalities" perpetrated on farmers in Greater Noida villages, saying the state has descended into "anarchy and lawlessness".
What Osama told Muslims in his last message
Osama bin Laden extols the "winds of change" blowing in the Arab world and asks Muslims around the world to keep the present day revolutions from running out of steam in a new audio tape apparently recorded a few months before his death.
Will Cong agree on Telangana to counter Jagan?
After YSR Congress President Jagan Mohan Reddy's landslide victory in Kadapa by-polls the Congress is chalking out plans counter his growing popularity. In a recent meeting, Congress MLAs pointed out that formation of Telangana may be their only option. Vicky Nanjappa reports.
Door wide open for Dalai Lama to return: China
China on Wednesday said the "door is wide open" for the Dalai Lama to return from exile if the spiritual leader sheds the demand for an independent Tibet but ruled out any contact with the India-based Tibetan government in exile.
Shoddy database on terror may land us in trouble
Instead of minimising the implications of the faux pas and dismissing it as a human error, we must take the matter much more seriously than we seem to be doing so far, cautions
IMAGES: Jilted bride in high-voltage suicide drama
A 22-year-old woman tried to kill herself by jumping out of a seven-storey residential building in Changchun, Jilin province of China on Tuesday.
Yeddyurappa sets deadline for Karnataka governor
Virtually serving an ultimatum to H R Bhardwaj, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday threatened to plunge into an agitation against the governor's action, who had sought President's rule in the state, if the latter failed to give his approval by evening for convening the assembly from June 2.
Someone in Pakistan knew about Osama: US
As the clamour in the United States Congress to cut off aid to Pakistan -- or at the very least suspend the massive American economic and military largesse to Islamabad --continued to grow to a crescendo, the top civilian and military leadership at the Pentagon warned against such punitive action, saying it would be counterproductive and inimical to US's security interests.
How US mission against Osama ALMOST failed
The US Navy SEALs' raid on Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout inside Pakistan ran into trouble after their original plan for a surprise assault was ruined as one of their helicopters clipped a wall, it has been revealed.
PIX: Meet the world's MOST WANTED man
Mexico drug baron Joaquin Guzman Loera has been named the world's most wanted man following Osama bin Laden's death.
STUNNING: Award winning pictures of 2011
To say that 2010 was an eventful year would be an understatement. Last year, we witnessed events as widespread as polling in Afghanistan, to floods in Pakistan, to the anti-government protests in Thailand, just to name a few. We at rediff.com bring you 25 award-winning pictures from last year, from around the world.
May 18, 2011Boy spins a world record, on a wheelchair
For this 18-year-old boy, his handicap is just another motivating factor. Crippled by a wrong diagnosis of his polio and its subsequent medication by a village doctor when he was just one-year-old, Gulshan Kumar has come a long way.
'Pak reluctant to respond to India's friendly gest
Pakistan has been extremely reluctant to positively respond to friendly gestures from India despite the Manmohan Singh-led government doing "quite a bit" to relieve its fears of an Indian attack, a former United States national security advisor told lawmakers.
Rahul justifies his remarks, challenges Maya
Unfazed by the attack on his claims on the alleged police brutality in the villages of Greater Noida, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday appeared to justify those remarks saying people there had complained to him about the atrocities they were subjected to.
Noida farmers' stir: Rahul misquoted, says Cong
With his comments on burnt bodies and rape of women in Greater Noida villages triggering a major controversy, the Congress on Wednesday initiated a damage- control exercise saying Rahul Gandhi did not say that 74 persons have been killed there.
Haqqani network: ISI's friend, America's foe
While the United States is demanding that Pakistan launch an offensive against the Haqqani network, the Inter-Services Intelligence is instead wooing the terrorist group to join nascent Afghan peace talks, according to a newspaper report.
Mecca Masjid case: Did cops hide something?
May 18, 2011 makes it four years since a blast at Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid claimed 14 lives. However, there has been no breakthrough in case with the investigation going on at a snail's pace. Lateed Mohammad Khan, convenor of the Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee that has been fighting the case of the Muslim youth who were falsely implicated in the blast, says that the Hyderabad police protected Hindu radicals behind the bombing. Vicky Nanjappa reports.
Yeddyurappa meets Karnataka governor, parades MLAs
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is gearing up to parade his members of legislative assembly before Governor H R Bharadwaj at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.
PIX: He is the new face of global terror
A former Egyptian military officer turned Al Qaeda terrorist has been chosen to head Osama bin Laden's terror network temporarily until the slain leader's successor is officially named.
We learnt our lessons: Prakash Karat
In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, a defiant Prakash Karat speaking out for the first time after the poll debacle says he won't be stepping down and makes it clear that he alone cannot take the blame for the Left rout in the elections.
Should India be wary of developments in Pakistan?
A dangerous mix of humiliation and desperation is the prevailing mood in the Pakistani armed forces and it's Inter-Services Intelligence. This is in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden in a clandestine chopper-borne raid conducted by United States naval commandos at Abbottabad, writes security expert
May 17, 2011MoD brings home closer to women patrolling borders
The new guidelines also mandate that if a woman personnel is married, she should be stationed at the same place where her husband is posted provided he too is a government employee.
Now, Andhra Pradesh CM is in a soup
Ministers, legislators and Members of Legislative Council are understood to have raised a virtual rebellion against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, protesting his unilateral style of functioning.
12 reasons behind DMK's debacle in Tamil Nadu
A Ganesh Nadar analyses the 12 reasons that made the DMK bite the dust in the state elections
'India needs 5 nukes to harm us, Pak needs 10'
Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan has said that despite "saber rattling" between Islamabad and New Delhi, there is no chance of a nuclear war between the two neighbours.
New opening for India in Afghanistan
This is the time to show the international community that contra Pakistan, it is India that remains a major partner of Afghanistan and therefore, India's concerns should not be ignored, says
Watch out for kids in Mumbai, Beijing: Obama
Seeing it as signs of emerging of new world, US President Barack Obama has warned American students to strive hard to stay ahead as they face tough competition from youngsters in India and China.
US dumps 40 pc of Pak's 'war on terror' bills
The United States and Pakistan are engaged in a billing dispute, with Washington rejecting over 40 per cent of the claims submitted by Islamabad as expenses to fight Al Qaeda and other terrorists along the Afghanistan border, according to a report.
PIX: Rahul's proof of atrocities on farmers in UP
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had on Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and complained to him about alleged 'rape' of women and 'murder' of farmers agitating against land acquisition in Mayawati-ruled Uttar Pradesh.
Why Governor Bhardwaj stands alone today
There are many factors that are being debated about Governor Bhardwaj's latest course of action where he went ahead and recommended President's rule in Karnataka.
REWIND: Best PHOTOS in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the best photographs from around the globe in the last 24 hours
Most Pakistanis grieve for Osama: Survey
A majority of Pakistanis surveyed in a poll appeared to be aggrieved over the death of Osama bin Laden, with 51 per cent describing their emotions as "grief" though one-third said they were unconcerned by the incident.
Bengal has most criminal MLAs; TN most crorepatis
The elections for five assemblies are over and the results are out. As the new governments get ready to take their place and commence their five year term,
compiles a report on nature of the MLAs these governments will have.
May 16, 2011Kalmadi tarnished country's image, says CBI
"Suresh Kalmadi's conduct has tarnished the image of the country," was how the Central Bureau of Investigation described him while opposing the bail plea of the former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief arrested on charges of cheating, conspiracy and corruption in the award of games related contracts.
Pak army angry over Osama raid, Kayani tells Kerry
United States Senator John Kerry, on a mission to Pakistan to ease tensions in the wake of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has been told by Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani that the unilateral action had generated 'intense feelings' among his soldiers.
Bhardwaj misfit for governor's post: Gadkari
Making a scathing attack on Governor H R Bhardwaj for recommending president's rule in Karnataka, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Nitin Gadkari on Monday said he is "totally misfit" for the post and should better be made "AICC special invitee" to work as a "good assistant of Sonia Gandhi".
Exclusive: Arun Jaitley on the Karnataka muddle
Senior BJP leader
offers his views on the political crisis in Karnataka, the SC ruling and the Governor's actions
No heaven, no afterlife, says Stephen Hawking
Celebrated Cambridge-based scientist Stephen Hawking has said a belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people who are afraid of death.
BJP to parade its MLAs before President Patil
Taking on Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj for recommending president's rule, the National Democratic Alliance on Monday decided to meet Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to demand his dismissal and asked Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to parade all his supporting MLAs in front of the president.
Debate: Was K'taka Governor H R Bhardwaj right?
spoke to former state law minister M C Nanaiah and Advocate General Ashok Harnahalli about Governor H R Bhardwaj's decision.
Pakistan can build up to 20 nukes in a year!
Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme is expanding at a rapid pace and the country is expected to soon have a fourth operational reactor to ramp up the production of plutonium, according to a media report.
In PHOTOS: Endeavour ready for final space voyage
About 500,000 people are expected to gather along the Brevard County coast to watch what would be the penultimate launch in the space shuttle's 30-year, 134-mission history.
Yet another twist in IAF's mega fighter deal
Business Standard has learned that the ministry of defence (MoD) has already received letters from all four inquiring why their fighters were found unfit.
'K'taka governor has made mockery of Constitution'
The latest salvo by Governor HR Bhardwaj recommending President's rule in Karnataka has left the state Bharatiya Janata Party speechless. Although they have resolved to battle the issue out till the very end, they continue to say that they have been taken aback and the action of the governor is unbecoming.
K'taka CM to stage dharna at Raj Bhavan
The meeting, which will be headed by Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, will discuss the latest recommendation by the governor.
PHOTOS: Odd moments from around the world
We bring you a collection of some of the odd moments from around the world in recent weeks.
May 15, 2011What secrets will Rana's trial reveal?
The imminent trial of Pakistan-born Canadian citizen Tahawwur Rana, co-accused with David Headley in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, could reveal Inter Services Intelligence's links to terrorists, according to a news report.
Message for Left Front: 'Change or you are out'
Describing the drubbing of the Left in West Bengal as a "defining moment", Communist Party of India general secretary A B Bardhan has told Left Front leaders "either change or you are out".
May 14, 2011In PHOTOS: Mamata turns Bengal green
The map of West Bengal has turned green with intermittent patches of red as the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress swept to power bulldozing the CPIM-led Left Front with a success rate of over 81 per cent.
Kerala: Tough road ahead for Congress
With the United Democratic Front securing power with a thin majority of 72 seats in the 140-member assembly in Kerala, tough administrative and organisational tasks are awaiting Congress as the lead partner in the bipolar scenario.
Adarsh files go missing from Delhi!
Some more files pertaining to the controversial Mumbai's Adarsh Housing Society have gone missing, this time from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in New Delhi, a senior Central Bureau of Investigation official said on Saturday.
'Osama intel failure not ISI's fault alone'
The success of Al Qaeda chierf Osama bin Laden in evading detection and arrest by the Pakistani security agencies for nearly six years since 2005 when he lived in a house near the Pakistan Military Academy in Abbottabad was the result of a comprehensive intelligence failure by all agencies responsible for the collection of intelligence inside Pakistan and not the result of a failure by the Inter-Services Intelligence ISI alone.
Why Cong is more happy than sad after counting day
For the Congress it has turned out to be a good Friday the 13th. The party has returned to power in Assam and Kerala. In West Bengal, it's back in power after almost four decades riding piggyback on its ally the Trinamool Congress.
Video: Poonam Pandey's bikini calendar; Kat's tatt
Video: Poonam Pandey's bikini calendar; Kat's tattoo
May 13, 2011Gogoi wins for the 3rd time, Assam celebrates
The Congress stormed back to power in Assam for the third consecutive time on Friday, securing an absolute majority, bagging 69 seats in the 126-member assembly.
How Tamil Nadu BIG-SHOTS fared on counting day
Riding on an anti-incumbency wave, Jayalalithaa-led All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam front on Friday stormed to power handing a crushing defeat to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-Congress combine in Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
Videos: Mamata, Digvijay, Tharoor on poll results
Mamata, Digvijay, Tharoor on poll results
Thumping win for Jagan, mother in AP by-polls
YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has proved that he was the real heir to the political legacy of his father late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.
Bengal polls: CM, ministers bite the dust
Let's look at the major winners and losers in Bengal polls
It's red alert for CPI-M!
First the 2009 general elections and now the assembly elections -- the Communist Party of India-Marxist seems to be rolling downhill in the political spectrum. This is reflected from the drubbing the party received in West Bengal, its bastion of over three decades, as also Kerala, another stronghold.
Oommen Chandy: He crafted Congress win in Kerala
A skillful organiser and shrewd strategist with the man-next-door image, 67-year-old Oommen Chandy has been a key player in the Congress in Kerala for over four decades.
Kerala election: Major WINNERS and LOSERS
Congress-led United Democratic Front on Friday managed to wrest power from the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist-controlled Left Democratic Front in Kerala with a wafer-thin majority of two seats in the 140-member Assembly, in the closest poll battle in the state in three decades.
VS -- the tallest communist leader in India
The close assembly election results in Kerala -- where the CPM is the single largest party but won't form the government -- is thanks only to VS's line, which insists that the primary obligation of the party is not merely toward electoral politics but toward the vast segments of dispossessed, marginalised, humiliated, impoverished people, says
In PHOTOS: Chennai cheers for Jaya; DMK sulks
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief J Jayalalithaa made a spectacular comeback in Tamil Nadu on Friday with her victory is the 2011 assembly elections, crushing the corruption-hit DMK. AIADMK-led alliance was on the victory lap in 196 of the state's 234 constituencies and stunned DMK and its allies were set to get only 36 seats. Jayalalithaa and her supporters had every reason to celebrate.
'People of Bengal got the change they deserve'
History is being rewritten in West Bengal. The 34-year-old Left Front regime is coming to an end.
Jayalalithaa: Tamil Nadu's comeback queen
After suffering successive defeats in elections since 2004, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief J Jayalalithaa has made a spectacular comeback in Tamil Nadu by shedding her rigid attitude and cobbling up a formidable alliance with once-not-so friendly actor Vijayakant and the Left parties.
Soon, women leaders will rule 30 pc Indians!
Nearly one third of India's total population will soon be governed by a woman chief minister.
Assam: Gogoi makes Congress third time lucky!
Credited with bringing insurgent group United Liberation Front of Asom to the negotiating table and hauling Assam back from the brink of bankruptcy, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has combined administrative and political acumen with his simple demeanour to help Congress retain power for a record consecutive third term.
Mamata: The Bengali street-fighter
The feisty 56-year-old Banerjee, who is the founder and chairperson of the Trinamool Congress which she set up in 1998 after falling out with the Congress Party in West Bengal, can now have the satisfaction of a victorious General seeing all the war plans fall into place.
PIX: Celebrations break out outside Mamata's home
It seemed as if the entire population of Kolkata had descended on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's Harish Chatterjee Street residence on Friday morning. Trinamool Congress candidates were simply ecstatic. Rightly so. It should not be forgotten that the TMC is set to gain a majority on its own, without its election ally Congress.
Mamata on cusp of history; Jaya to be CM again
Trinamool Congress-led alliance was on the cusp of a historic victory in West Bengal while Congress appeared set to capture Kerala and retain Assam but its ally Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam was facing rout in Tamil Nadu in the elections to state assemblies.
Osama's revenge: Twin bombings in Pak kill 73
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a paramilitary force's training facility in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 73 people and injuring over 100 in the first major terrorist attack since Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was gunned down by the United States forces last week.
Assembly polls: All questions set to be answered
The six week-wait for who will rule Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Assam and West Bengal will end on Friday as counting of votes for assembly elections begins.
May 12, 2011PIX: Dr Singh reaches his 'second home'
"Welcome to your second home". This is how President Hamid Karzai welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Kabul on Thursday, with the latter responding by assuring the Afghan leader that India will stand with the country through "thick and thin".
Revealed: Secrets from Osama's handwritten diaries
Forced into deep cover by relentless pressure from the United States and his dreaded group fragmenting, slain Osama bin Laden was planning attacks on America and Europe till his last moments, the Al Qaeda chief's hand-written journals seized from his Abbottabad hideout have revealed.
For Rahul Gandhi, breaking Maya's hold is priority
narrates how Rahul Gandhi's act of defiance by not signing a personal bond for his release on Thursday morning flummoxed the Uttar Pradesh administration
We have a confusing relationship with Pak: US
United States Congressman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has said that if there's evidence of official Pakistani complicity in the harbouring of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, there's no way this can be kept a secret from the American public
Rahul's Bhatta dharna mean theatrics: Mayawati
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday accused the Congress and other opposition parties of attempting to disturb law and order by spreading rumours on land acquisition and dubbed Rahul Gandhi's dharna in Greater Noida as "mean theatrics". She said the clashes in Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida had nothing to do with the issue of land compensation.
Is the middle class moving away from Dr Singh?
The assembly elections will not be a big help for the Congress in New Delhi because even if it wins impressively, it will still be considered a local win with the help of local issues. It will not help the Congress find an apt response to the question of corruption at the national level, says
Osama raid raises disturbing questions for India
The Abbottabad raid has raised many disturbing questions and the Indian armed forces must find answers to them, says Colonel Anil Athale (retd)
UP: Security beefed up ahead of Cong chakka jams
Security was stepped up on Thursday in Gautam Budh Nagar district hit by farmers' unrest over the land acquisition issue with the administration re-clamping prohibitory orders ahead of the protests planned by Congress against the arrest of its leader Rahul Gandhi.
Baba Ramdev not as credible as Hazare: Digvijay
In an interview with Neerja Chowdhury, Digvijay Singh spoke about the recently held assembly polls in 5 states, the ongoing farmers' agitation in Uttar Pradesh, the Lokpal bill and the future of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
These countries don't have an army!
We bring you a list of countries that do not have armed forces, or have done away with them completely
Rahul Gandhi released on bail in UP; reaches Delhi
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was arrested late on Wednesday night by the Uttar Pradesh police capping a day of high drama after he slipped in unnoticed in pre-dawn hours to support the farmers agitating against the state government's land acquisition process for an expressway project.
May 11, 2011Exclusive! THE Mamata Banerjee interview!
From almost being politically wiped out after the West Bengal assembly polls in 2006 to being touted as the woman who will single-handedly usher in the winds of change in the state, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has come a long way. She opens up in a rare interview
In PHOTOS: India's 50 most wanted terrorists
The top 50 list remains the same as it was the previous year, but the order has changed. The new inclusions in the list are the Pakistan Army Majors who had aided David Coleman Headley in his assignment in Mumbai.
The BIG spat: US 'scolds' China on human rights
The United States on Wednesday sharpened its criticism of China's human rights record, citing handling of restive Tibet region, triggering a strong retort from Beijing.
Why has Mumbai ceased to attract migrants?
Is Mumbai hostile enough to migrants that they prefer other destinations for living -- different, of course, from a livelihood -- and if so, what is perceived to be the real threat? Could it be the nativist rhetoric and some violence to substantiate it? Or is it mere housing as an issue?
throws some light on Mumbai's changing demographic pattern
'Women gangsters are far more dangerous, complex'
In an interview to rediff.com's
, journalist-author Hussain Zaidi speaks about his new book 'Mafia Queens of Mumbai' and the crime scenario in Mumbai city.
The questions that NIA will ask Tawwahur Rana
NIA sources say that the questionnaire for Rana would be more on the lines of the one prepared for American terror operative David Coleman Headley, but there would be more additions to it once his testimony before the US court is complete
PIX: In Lalgarh, no one has ever met a Maoist
The lines between reality, facts and opinions are blurred in Lalgarh, which remains trapped in a vicious circle of oppression and retribution, finds Sanchari Bhattacharya
Pak may let China 'examine' wrecked US helicopter
The US has already asked the Pakistanis to return the helicopter wreckage, but one Pakistani official told ABC News that the Chinese were also 'very interested' in seeing the remains.
IMAGES: A day in the life of Osama's neighbours
America's Operation Geronimo that killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, put Abbottabad under scrutiny. After being under intense media glare for over 10 days now, residents of this garrison town, located 80 km from Islamabad, hope that normalcy returns soon. Here's a sneak peak into Abbottabad.
SC dumps CBI plea to re-open Bhopal gas leak case
The bench headed by the Chief Justice SH Kapadia will pass its verdict over the petition seeking to recall the apex court's 14-year-old judgment that had diluted the charges against the accused who were prosecuted just for the offence of being negligent.
Dawood Ibrahim is NOT hiding here: Pakistan
In an interview with CNN-IBN, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik claims that India's most wanted man, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, is not hiding in Pakistan
REWIND: Top images in the last 48 hours
Here we present some of the most scintillating images from across the globe in the last 48 hours.
'Indian' jumps off world's tallest tower
In an apparent case of suicide, a 30-year-old man -- believed to be an Indian -- jumped to death off the 147th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, Dubai Police have said.
May 10, 2011PIX: Noida villagers armed, ready for land battle
Kidnapping, armed clashes and accusations fuel the feud between Noida villagers and the local policemen, finds Sahim Salim
Exit poll: DMK routed, Left loses Kerala, Bengal
Exit Poll conducted by TeamcVoter throws up interesting results in the four states of Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Kerala
'No two set of rules for dealing with 26/11, 9/11'
United States Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer on Tuesday asserted that America was not adopting double standards while dealing with 26/11 and 9/11, and said that both the countries have come closer since the attack. "I respectfully and strongly disagree with you," Roemer told mediapersons at the Gandhi ashram in Ahmedabad while answering a query on whether the US was adopting double standards on the issue.
PICS: Osama's dead. Now back to the active warzone
The war on terror may have got a shot in the arm following the hunting down of Al Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden, yet the war against terrorists conitnues in Afghanistan.
Khandu cremated with state honours
Thousands of people bid a tearful adieu to former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu whose mortal remains were consigned to flames today, 10 days after his death in a chopper crash.
Rebellion within the ISI? Horror Pak doesn't want
For Pakistan, it's a Catch-22 situation. Under pressure from the United States, it may have to chop and change the ISI set-up. But if it tinkers too much with the elite agency, Islamabad risks a more horrifying repurcussion.
Farmers' stir: UP tense, BJP calls for bandh
The situation was tense but under control on Tuesday in parts of western Uttar Pradesh hit by farmers' unrest over land acquisition as police released sketches of 24 troublemakers who incited violence in Agra and maintained a strict vigil.
Why can't generals just stay in their barracks?
Why have Indian Service chiefs inserted themselves into an ongoing battle between the people and the civilian leadership, on one side, and the Pakistani Army, intelligence agencies and extremists on the other?
Did Musharraf-Bush agree on secret Osama op?
In a secret deal struck a decade ago, the United States and Pakistan agreed that Washington will carry out a unilateral operation against Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil if he was found there following which Islamabad would vociferously protest the incursion, a media report said on Tuesday.
Column: Rules for Regime Change?
"What are the rules for change of a regime?" asked my co-passenger. "Well, it is a bit complicated and there are no rules," I started...
Still in the lantern age: Bihar
If you live outside Patna, you ought to have a lantern in your house. Large parts of Bihar go without electricity for days, thanks to the massive power shortage the state faces. With power generation options looking bleak in the distant future, Bihar continues to live in the dark on sundown.
The BEST elite military units world has witnessed
The clinical precision with which the US Navy SEALs organised the 'kill Osama bin Laden' operation inside Pakistan has once again brought to fore the capabilities of this highly trained special military unit. But they, despite being one of the best, are not the only ones.
Delhi-based outfit helped Al Qaeda men get visas
Some Al Qaeda operatives used New Delhi-based global missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat to get visas and fund their travel to Pakistan and lived for a while in and around New Delhi, secret US documents released by WikiLeaks say.
Strange PHOTOS from around the World
Photographers often capture moments that are strange and offbeat. Here's a recent sampling
Four Andhra students killed in road mishap in US
A fatal accident on highway 42 in Missouri claimed the lives of four Indian students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and critically injured the fifth student who was driving. All the students hailed from Andhra Pradesh.
May 09, 2011'Where is the evidence on Pak support to Osama?'
Jason Burke, the Guardian newspaper's South Asia correspondent, tells rediff.com's
that there is no need to go hammer and tongs at Pakistan unless there's sufficient evidence to back up claims about its complicity in harbouring Osama bin Laden.
We did not invite Osama to Pak: Gilani
Exposed by the United States action that eliminated Osama bin Laden in the heart of the country, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday sought to turn tables on its ally asking who was responsible for the rise of Al Qaeda chief.
ISRO, arms deals also under Jan Lokpal ambit?
"We propose to cover organisations like ISRO and arms deals under the purview of Jan Lokpal as they are important from internal security angle, besides the Prime Minister above all who will come under its jurisdiction," Karnataka Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde, part of the 10-member Joint Drafting Committee on Lokpal Bill, told media persons in Bengaluru.
PHOTOS: Kashmir darbar shifts to summer capital
State government offices opened in the summer capital of Srinagar on Monday after the annual Darbar Move, the annual shifting of Jammu and Kashmir's Civil Secretariat from Jammu to Srinagar, amidst tight security arrangements on Monday. The offices have shut in the winter capital Jammu on April 29.
'Post-Osama, India won't change policy on strikes'
The killing of Osama bin Laden has raised one primary question -- will India, which is one of the biggest victims of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism, be able to undertake an operation of this magnitude and bring to justice the likes of Lashkar-e-Tayiba founder and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim?
SC raps Allahabad HC, stays Ayodhya order
Criticising the high court verdict on partition of disputed land at Ayodhya and terming it 'strange', the apex court said that the partition of disputed land had "opened a litany of litigation.".
Can you spot any loophole in the Lokpal draft?
Take a look at the highlights of the draft Lokpal Bill and let us know if you can spot any loopholes in the draft and suggest corrective measures
I gave judo lessons to Osama: Taiwanese coach
Did dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden take judo lesson when he was young? Jimmy Wu, a Taiwanese judo coach, has claimed that he gave lessons to Osama in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.
No poll promises for these forgotten villages
As West Bengal readies for its sixth and final phase of the assembly election, rediff.com's Sanchari Bhattacharya visits the Maoist-affected districts West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, to find that talk about poriborton is the last thing on the villagers minds as they struggle each day to make ends meet
Cousins of Osama hunter to sniff out Naxals
Cousins of the special breed canines, which assisted the elite US Navy SEALs in sniffing out Osama bin Laden from his safe haven in Pakistan, will now help Indian security forces in 'find and fix' anti-Naxal operations in dense forests and difficult terrains.
Pak Army selected Indian targets, ISI did the rest
Pakistan's Inter-Services intelligence facilitated terrorists to cross the border to carry out strikes on Indian targets chosen by the Pakistan Army, several detainees at the Guantanamo Bay facility told US interrogators, according to a fresh set of American diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
Osama had support network in Pakistan: Obama
Sitting on a chair along with his top national security advisors in the Situation Room, located in the basement of the White House last Sunday afternoon, it was one of the longest 40 minutes of United States President Barack Obama's life.
Shocking! Just 1 helicopter for 70000 troops
Top sources in the air wing said that while two 'Dhruvs' are gathering dust at the Raipur airbase for the last two months as their spare parts are unavailable, the third is with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, as it had clocked 500 flying hours after which it needs servicing.
IN PHOTOS: It's an odd world out there!
We bring you a collection of some of the odd, crazy moments from around the world in recent weeks.
May 08, 2011Supreme Court set to hear Ayodhya dispute pleas
Expressing dissatisfaction over the high court's verdict of dividing the 2.77 acre disputed site into three parts among Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara, different religious groups have approached the apex court.
VIDEOS: Osama tapes from the Abbottabad compound
Authorities removed the audio from the footage because it would be inappropriate to spread the words of terrorists and their propaganda messages, especially bin Laden's, a senior US intelligence official explained.
May 07, 2011US releases five home videos of Osama
The United States on Saturday made public several videos seized during last week's raid, including one showing a bearded Osama bin Laden watching himself on television.
The Osama aftermath: Where is ISI chief Pasha?
Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha has embarked on a foreign trip to an undisclosed location against the backdrop of reports that he may step down over the debacle of the Pakistani military's failure to detect Al Qaeda head Osama bin Laden's presence in the country.
Did US kill Osama? Most Pakistanis don't think so
A majority of urban Pakistanis believe that the person killed by US special forces during a raid in the garrison city of Abbottabad on Monday was not Osama bin Laden, according to a survey.
PIX: Obama salutes US troops for Laden operation
United States President Barack Obama has met some of the American special forces commandos, who killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in an operation in Pakistan and saluted them on behalf of the US and people all over the world for a "job well done".
May 06, 2011US happiness will turn to sadness, vows Al Qaeda
Al Qaeda on Friday confirmed the death of its chief Osama bin Laden, five days after the dreaded terrorist was killed by American commandos in Pakistan's Abbottabad town, warning that his blood would not be "wasted" and attacks against the US and it allies would continue.
Is Jagan on his way to a thumping win?
The political fate of former Kadapa member of Parliament Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother Vijayalakshmi will be decided with the counting of votes on May 13.
takes stock of the situation at ground zero.
Geelani leads funeral prayers for Osama in Kashmir
Funeral prayers in absentia were offered for slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in various mosques in Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar and other towns after the congregational Friday prayers.
Kayani against no-first-use of nuclear weapons
Pakistan's powerful army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani does not support President Asif Ali Zardari's "no-first-use" nuclear policy, according to US diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.
Super-dog helped kill Osama bin Laden
The elite unit of US Navy SEALs, which killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan, had a specially-trained explosives-sniffing dog for the surgical strike.
More on Osama: How a brave pilot saved raid
Short takes surrounding the daring US raid that eliminated Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden
Osama's death brings some sense of closure: Obama
Osama bin Laden's killing by American special forces shows the US' unfailing commitment to bring terrorists to justice, President Barack Obama said during an emotional visit to the Ground Zero in New York to provide some closure to families of the victims of 9/11 attacks.
Being a woman I deserve bail, says Kanimozhi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Kanimozhi on Friday appeared before a special court, responding to summons for her alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum scam and sought bail on grounds of being a woman.
Osama episode: That incompetent feeling in Pak
The dominant sentiment appeared to be one of helpless and depressive acceptance of their own government's, and even Army's incompetence in this whole affair.
'US and Pakistan can't afford a third divorce'
Experts comment of the ignominy Pakistan will have to face in the days to come in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's killing
Indo-Pak confrontation won't tackle terror: Aiyar
The mercurial Mani Shankar Aiyar, erstwhile diplomat and former Cabinet minister in the Manmohan Singh government -- not known to mince words -- has asserted that terrorism in South Asia can only be tackled if India cooperates with Pakistan in addressing this scourge jointly and not in confrontation with Islamabad.
How CIA spied on Osama's mansion for months
America's Central Intelligence Agency maintained a safe house near Abbottabad town for a small team of spies who conducted extensive surveillance on slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's compound for months before President Barack Obama signed an order to kill the most wanted terrorist on April 29.
'If Pak doesn't change, US tolerance may dry up'
In the wake of the United States covert operation by an elite squad of the Navy SEALs that killed Al Qaeda lynchpin Osama bin Laden, Richard N Haass, president of the influential Council on Foreign Relations, said it's d
A day in the life of Kalmadi, Raja in Tihar Jail
Contrary to common belief that celebrity inmates get 'special treatment', jail authorities say that they are not treated any different from other criminals.
takes a look.
May 05, 2011'Osama-like op by India will lead to catastrophe'
Pakistan on Thursday warned India against any Abbottabad-like operation, saying any such "misadventure" would lead to a "terrible catastrophe." Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir also accused Indian establishment and armed forces of trying to subvert the agenda of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
How Lashkar will benefit from Osama's death
Post Osama, Lashkar-e-Tayiba's clout is expected to grow with the support of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence and fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Vicky Nanjappa reports
PIX: Exclusive stealth copters used for Osama hunt
United States elite Navy SEALs team used top secret, never-before-seen stealth helicopters to swoop down on an unsuspecting Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad safe haven and shoot him dead.
I will come out clean in the 2G case: Kanimozhi
Ahead of her appearance before a Central Bureau of Investigation court in connection with the 2G spectrum scam, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Member of Parliament Kanimozhi on Thursday said that she would fight the case legally and come out of it clean.
China comes to Pak's rescue over Osama killing
With its ally Pakistan under attack for its failure to locate the hideout of Osama bin Laden near its capital Islamabad, China on Thursday strongly came to its rescue, saying the global community should "understand and support" Islamabad's anti-terrorism efforts.
'Osama not a martyr, but a mass killer of Muslims'
Slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was shot dead in his hideout by Special US forces in Pakistan, was a mass killer of Muslims and not a martyr as a few people are trying to portray, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.
From behind bars, a folk hero campaigns
In the increasingly bipolar West Bengal, Rediff.com's
encounters a different campaign rally in Jhargram -- that of jailed leader of disbanded PCPA and alleged Maoist sympathaiser, Chhatradhar Mahato.
Will Bengal's 'conspiracy land' witness change?
visits Jhargram and Jungle Mahal, one of the most volatile areas of poll-bound West Bengal, and tries to figure out whether the 'winds of change' would blow away 'the red bastions.'
These are the top 5 Al Qaeda leaders hiding in Pak
An Egyptian surgeon, who joined a jihadi cell when he was just 15. He even became the leader of a small group of student militants, who were dedicated to overthrow Gamel Abdel Nasser's regime. He met bin Laden in 1986, and made an impression on then then-younger and inexperienced Osama, and also realised that the latter was very wealthy, but ideologically malleable.
Osama's death: Danger ahead for the world
With the death of the terrorist mastermind, the emergence of a nuclear-equipped splinter group from within the Pakistani establishment looks disturbingly plausible, says Colonel Anil Athale (retd)
Rewind: Best images in the last 48 hours
Presenting some of the most scintillating pictures from around the globe in the last 48 hours.
May 04, 2011The guys who will execute Osama's last plans
With Osama bin Laden dead, the control of the Al Qaeda will now wrest with the outfit's Shura (consultation committee), which is expected to call the shots in the days to come.
Why Osama's death is not good news for India
The Indian government is unwilling to fight her own battles but will now equate 9/11 with her own 26/11 attacks on Mumbai and ask Pakistan to convict/extradite those responsible for the Mumbai attacks.
Lessons India MUST learn from Osama's killing
Ties between the United States and Pakistan will soon be back to how they used to be before Osama bin Laden's killing. Knowing this, India should let a message radiate that we want peace with Pakistan, but we are prepared to act on our own in our own way and through our own capabilities should covert action on the ground become necessary, says security expert B Raman
Watch out! Lashkar threat growing: Experts
Pakistan based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba is spreading fast by taking in former Pakistani soldiers as recruits and may make a bid to replace Al Qaeda, post killing of its leader Osama bin Laden, US experts have warned, but said these plans are unlikely "to succeed".
Ties with Pak complicated but important: US
Terming United States' relationship with Pakistan "complicated but important", the White House has said it was "working very hard" on its ties with Islamabad which got a setback after a secretive American commando operation to kill Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
Abbottabad was Osama's hideout for 6 years!
For over six years, the world's most wanted man Osama bin Laden appeared to have been living under the very nose of the Pakistani Army in the garrison town of Abbottabad.
Beware of cyber Osama!
Osama Bin Laden's terror still looms large, even after his death. Now he seems to be creating a problem on the internet. According to Abhijit Limaye, Director, Development, Symantec, cyber criminals look to make a killing by leveraging the big news through spam, phishing and social engineering tactics.
In PHOTOS: Baba Ramdev teaches yoga in Mumbai
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev is in Mumbai these days as a part of his Bharat Swabhiman Yatra, which started from Haridwar -- the headquarters of the Pathanjali Yoga Peeth -- and will move around the country for 300 days covering all states.
May 03, 2011US official line: How Osama was shot and buried
The transcript of the US Department of Defence background briefing with senior defence officials from the Pentagon and senior Intelligence officials by telephone on US operations involving Osama bin Laden
CPI-M will win, but by a narrow margin: Biman Bose
"Meet me on the 15th (of May) and I will remind you of what I told you today: We are going to form the eighth Left Front government," Communist leader Biman Bose tells
Day after daring US op, Pak fumbles for answers
Embarrassed by the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden near a military training academy deep inside Pakistan, the country's army and intelligence set-up took refuge by dismissing it as an "intelligence failure".
All about Operation Geronimo that got Osama
'Geronimo EKIA.' That was the terse message that United States President Barack Obama was waiting to hear anxiously. It meant that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed, The New York Times reported. The code name for bin Laden was 'Geronimo' and EKIA stood for Enemy Killed In Action.
Vote! Does Osama's death make the world safer?
Rediff readers vote on topics related to Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's killing by American special forces
IMAGES: 'Anxious' Obama monitors Osama hunt live!
"We got him," United States President Barack Obama said as soon as it became clear that the special forces were able to kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's Abbottabad.
US was ready to capture Osama alive: White House
The United States troops were prepared to capture Osama bin Laden alive, but his resistance and use of a woman as shield forced them to kill the Al Qaeda leader, the White House said.
'A prince gets married, the bad guy is dead'
Happy over the death of 9/11 terror attack mastermind Osama bin Laden, surfers across the globe expressed solidarity in the fight against terrorism as India's netizens sought similar action against Mumbai underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, living in Pakistan.
Did Pak shelter Osama? US suspects 'double game'
Eminent lawmakers on Monday accused Pakistan of playing a 'double-game' with the United States on the war against terror and raised suspicion that its spy agency Inter Services Intelligence knew about Osama bin Laden's presence in the country.
Was taking out Osama a US-Pak operation?
wonders whether the operation in Abbotabad, which finally killed Osama Bin Laden was an exclusive United States operation or in collaboration with Pakistan.
Osama killing: One down, 9 more to go
Federal Bureau of Investigation's list of most wanted terrorists got shorter with the slaying of its most prominent face, Osama bin Laden and now has only nine names from the original 22 compiled after 9/11 attacks. Nine still more highly sought include Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Eyptian eye surgeon expected to replace bin Laden as the new leader of al Qaeda.
Pakistan wasn't informed about Osama raid: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari says the raid by United States special forces to kill the world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden deep inside his country was "not a joint operation."
May 02, 2011The Osama bin Laden I knew
Pakistani journalist and Rediff.com contributor Hamid Mir interviewed Osama bin Laden thrice. Mir, who works for Pakistan's Geo TV network, was the only journalist to interview bin Laden after 9/11.Hamid Mir, who is writing bin Laden's biography, reveals what the world's most wanted terrorist was really like.
'Osama's religious traditions should be respected'
Amidst the celebrations over dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden's killing, some political figures have passed statements that they really should not be making.
Meet the man who live tweeted Osama's death
A tweeter who described himself as an Information Technology consultant taking a break from the 'rat-race' by hiding in the mountains" in Abbottabad in Pakistan may have unwittingly covered United States military's dramatic attack that brought down Osama bin Laden.
Indian Muslims hail Osama's killing but doubt US
Leading Islamic clerics in Lucknow on Monday hailed the elimination of Osama Bin Laden as a "major blow to terrorism" and a sigh of relief for billions of peace loving people.
IMAGES: Osama's top-secret mansion in Pakistan
Pakistani troops laid an extensive security blanket over Abbottabad in northwest Pakistan shortly after United States forces killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, cutting off access to the compound where the world's most wanted man was gunned down.
More shame and retribution heading ISI's way
predicts embarrasing days ahead for Pakistani intelligence agency ISI in the aftermath of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's killing
The guys who put a bullet in Osama's head
The Navy SEAL programme was created by then US President John F Kennedy on January 1, 1962. The Navy realised the necessity for guerilla/counter-guerilla warfare and wanted to establish itself in the role of special warfare.
'Osama was a murderer, he received his sentence'
Former United States presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton on Monday congratulated President Barack Obama for bringing Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to justice.
Why Osama was hiding in a non-tribal area
After bin Laden's reported death near Islamabad, rediff.com revisits B Raman's June 2010 analysis
Pakistan will face the heat from both US and Qaeda
Now that it has been revealed that Osama was hiding in Pakistan, the presence of other key Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives in that nation doesn't seem such a far-fetched possibility
Osama: From a pious son to America's Enemy No 1
Osama bin Laden put Islamist 'holy' war on the global agenda and became a household name after the Saudi-born zealot masterminded the deadliest terror attacks in history before the world's most wanted terrorist was finally brought down in the largest and longest manhunt ever.
Is Osama dead more dangerous than Osama alive?
Will a dead Osama bin Laden be more dangerous than alive?
PIX: US celebrates the fall of its greatest enemy
People cheer and wave US flags outside the White House as President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the nation on the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
US is NOT at war with Islam: Obama
In an address to the nation, United States President Barack Obama announced that American forces have killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Here is the full text of the speech:
What will Al Qaeda do next?
Al Qaeda terrorists have threatened to unleash a 'nuclear hellstorm' on the West if their leader and world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden is nabbed.
Osama killed in Pak, celebrations break out in US
World's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden, known as the mastermind behind the worst-ever terror attack on US soil, has been killed and his body recovered by American authorities in Pakistan
Why democratic dividend must be reaped in Kashmir
Although the high voter turnout in the ongoing panchayat elections in Kashmir is not the end of all its problems, but if followed up with bold political steps and imaginative administrative measures, these elections can provide a platform for what an average Kashmiri needs during the summer of 2011 -- a chance to lead a regular socio-economic life, writes
May 01, 2011'What has Mayawati done to curb corruption?'
Reacting to Mayawati's objection over the absence of any Dalit on the Jan Lokpal Bill draft committee, Agnivesh said, "I do welcome her objection and thank her for raising the issue. But I would also like to ask the UP chief minister to declare whether she had taken any effective steps to curb the rampant corruption in her government.
Arunachal CM's helicopter still untraceable
Inclement weather on Sunday affected the aerial search to trace the missing helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others even as the Army, Seema Suraksha Bal, Indo-Tibetan Border Patrol and the state police launched a massive ground operations to locate it.
In PHOTOS: Hazare's army hits the streets again
On the eve of the second meeting of the joint Lokpal Bill drafting committee, social activist Anna Hazare's supporters held a rally across India on Sunday demanding early implementation of a strong Ombudsmen legislation.
PHOTOS: Young Hyderabad MLA battles for life
Akbaruddin Owaisi, younger brother of MIM President and Lok Sabha member Asauddin Owaisi, received four bullet injuries and multiple dagger injuries when a gorup of his political opponents attacked him in Barkas area under his Chandrayangutta constituency in Hyderabad.
India to equip Dhruv helicopters with missiles
Marking a major step forward in technology development, India is expected to equip indigenously-built Dhruv helicopters with missiles in two years as part of an ambitious missile-development programme
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