You can’t sport a beard in school, says SC ‘We Can’t Have Taliban’

You can’t sport a beard in school, says SC ‘We Can’t Have Taliban’

Rejecting the appeal of a Muslim student that he be permitted to sport a beard in his convent school, the Supreme Court on Monday observed that secularism cannot be overstretched and that ‘Talibanization’ of the country cannot be permitted.
“We don’t want to have Taliban in the country. Tomorrow, a girl student may come and say that she wants to wear a burqa? Can we allow it?” Justice Markandeya Katju, speaking for a Bench headed by Justice Raveendran, observed.

Lahore done, it’s US capital now: Taliban’s Mehsud

Lahore done, it’s US capital now: Taliban’s Mehsud

Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud claimed responsibality for the attack on police acadamy and claimed to attack US.

Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, for whom the United States has posted a five-million-dollar reward, said there would be more attacks after Monday’s raid on the Lahore police training school that left 12 people dead.

“We claim responsibility for the attack,” Mehsud, blamed for the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, said by telephone from an undisclosed location.

One killed, 15 wounded in Guwahati blast

One killed, 15 wounded in Guwahati blast

The explosion in Lal Ganesh area occurred when senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee was addressing reporters, just three kilometres away from the blast site. He expressed fears about terrorist strikes.

According to the police, the bomb was planted on a parked motor cycle and went off in the area which was packed with evening shoppers and vendors.

Mukherjee, who was addressing a press conference at a city hotel in Pan Bazar, said terrorists might strike during the election time.

BJP says to push reforms, FDI

BJP says to push reforms, FDI

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will speed up foreign investment projects in India if it wins a general election, with business hit by red tape, land protests and lack of government help, party president Rajnath Singh said.

The measure is part of the BJP’s election manifesto to be unveiled this week as the party and its allies battle against a left-of-centre Congress government weeks before an April/May general election.

Some of India’s biggest investments projects, including a $12-billion steel plant by South Korea’s POSCO and an alumina refinery by Britain’s Vedanta Resources Plc, have been held up for years due to land protests and legal wrangles.

Indian companies have also suffered. Tata Motors Ltd was forced to move its factory to build the Nano car, hailed as the world’s cheapest, after land protests.

“We will push for heavy investments in mega projects, so that we can save India from the effects of recession,” Singh, said in an interview, referring to these projects in eastern India.

BrahMos ready for induction: Army

BrahMos ready for induction: Army

The Army on Monday gave the green signal for the induction of the new version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which has been
developed to act as a precision-strike weapon in a “clustered urban environment”.

Army vice-chief Lt-Gen Noble Thamburaj said the third test of the 290-km-range BrahMos Block-II missile, the first test of which had failed on January 20, at Pokhran on Sunday had been analyzed to be “extremely successful”.

“Accuracy was the watchword. We had wanted them (BrahMos Aerospace) to include a new sensor in the missile. That is what these last three trials were all about. Because more than the naval version, in Army, we wanted the missile to distinguish between similar kind of targets in urban areas,” he said.