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SC bench split over Yakub Memon's plea, refers it to CJI
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Judges disagree on Yakub Memon's plea to stop his hanging

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court today delivered a split verdict on a plea by Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the lone death convict in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, seeking stay of his scheduled execution on July 30 and referred the matter to the Chief Justice to take call on it. While Justice A R Dave dismissed his plea, Justice Kurian Joseph stayed the death warrant issued on April 30 for his execution on July 30. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and other senior advocates, including Raju ... Rediff.com, 2 minutes ago
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Birthday Special: Just how well do you know Dhanush?

In a special series, we will put YOU to the test everyday! As Tamil actor Dhanush turns 32 on July 28, we test your knowledge on him!  
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IOC expects US 2024 bid despite Boston pullout

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia on Friday. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters The International Olympic Committee remains confident the United States will deliver a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games despite Boston's withdrawal from the race on Monday. "For the IOC this was always about an American bid put forward by the United States Olympic Committee," IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters on the opening ...
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The rise of India's most non-political President

APJ Abdul Kalam was passionate about everything he did. He was perfect, says Aditi Phadnis APJ Abdul Kalam's elevation as president was the brainchild of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Photograph: PTI Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, this country's 11th president, 83, died a satisfied man. He oversaw India test its nuclear bomb twice, developed India's missile system, rose to czar of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and scientific advisor to the defence minister. He became ...
 Rediff.com11 minutes ago Parliament pays rich tributes to India's 'true son' Abdul Kalam  Rediff.com26 minutes ago Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam  Rediff.com44 minutes ago Kalam with Dr Sarabhai  Rediff.com3 hours ago
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Family of slain Punjab SP Baljit Singh refuses to cremate his body, demands job

In other news, the family of police officer Baljit Singh, who was killed fighting terrorists in Dinanagar, on Tuesday refused to cremate him till the state government hands over appointment letters of SP rank to his son and post of tehsildar to his daughters. Kulwant Kaur, wife of the slain SP (Detective), said the family had suffered a lot at the time of the death of her father-in-law, police inspector Achhar Singh, to get appointment for her husband and he had to wait for two years to get the ...
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When President Kalam doubled up as an IAF pilot

On June 8, 2006, President A P J Abdul Kalam became the first Head of State to fly a fighter plane, when he flew the Sukhoi-30 MKI at the Lohegaon Air Force Base in Pune. President Kalam, then 74, revealed that he had always wanted to be an IAF pilot, but was rejected in 1958, after which he became a scientist. Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf and Rajesh Karkera had then reported on the President's historic flight. WATCH THE VIDEO OF PRESIDENT KALAM FLYING THE SUKHOI-30! Video: Rajesh ...
 Rediff.com14 minutes ago India truly has lost its very own superhero  Rediff.com38 minutes ago PM Modi says Kalam a rare gem, recalls his vision for India  Rediff.com45 minutes ago Kalam, best exemplar of the idea of India: BJP  Rediff.com5 hours ago
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'Become the captain of the problem and defeat it'

Former Indian President, late Dr Abdul Kalam was a leader who inspired a generation of people, both young and old to follow their dreams and serve society. A lot of this wisdom stems from his own life and experiences -- the people he's met and how they influenced him. Here, we reproduce an old interview from our archives for you to read and be inspired from... Paresh Gandhi PIO and NRI Community of Greater New York honoured former Indian President Abdul Kalam at Hindu Temple Auditorium, ...
 Rediff.com28 minutes ago Rameswaram mourns Dr Kalam, fishermen won't go out to sea  Rediff.com1 hour ago Kalam's Twitter account to remain alive in new form  Rediff.com1 hour ago President, PM pay homage to Dr Kalam as the Last Post plays  Rediff.com2 hours ago
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Anushka tweets condolences for 'ABJ Kalam Azad'

Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma just learnt the importance of Google the hard way. As the world mourned former President APJ Kalam's death, Anushka, much like everyone else, tweeted her condolences, but unlike everyone else, made a major boo boo. She tweeted:  Very sad to hear about the passing of ABJ kalam Azad. Loss of an inspiring visionary and a wonderful soul. May his soul RIP. Twitteratti tore into her for getting the name wrong. So Anushka deleted the tweet and made posted another ...
 Rediff.com37 minutes ago Cabinet special session may be adjourned over Kalam demise  Rediff.com6 hours ago Deepest condolences over 'Missile Man' Kalam's death, salute his spirit: Congress  Sify14 hours ago President Mukherjee condoles Kalam's demise, says 'nation will always remember his contributions'  Sify14 hours ago
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Former PCB chief accuses BCCI of 'abetting' Hafeez's suspension

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf has alleged that BCCI has been hatching a conspiracy by getting Pakistan’s key bowlers suspended. He also adding that the 'pleasing BCCI' policy adopted by the current Pakistan cricket regime is not getting them anything in return. - Pakistan spinner Hafeez gets one-year ban for chucking Ashraf said that PCB should have appealed to the International Cricket Council in the Mohammad Hafeez bowling action case and termed the incidents a ...
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'He made the youth dream about a better India'

'His simple lifestyle, his optimism, his hard work and his genuine humility made him an authentic role model to millions of children, many of them growing up in challenging circumstances.' Indian-origin professors in California fondly share with Ritu Jha/Rediff.com memories of their encounters with a President like no other, A P J Abdul Kalam. IMAGE: A P J Abdul Kalam at the 39th Jnanpith Award ceremony in New Delhi, August 10, 2006. Photograph: B Mathur/Reuters "India has lost one of its most ...
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