- It may not even sound as news anymore, but the BJP continued its protests demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s resignation, resulting in both houses of Parliament getting adjourned. Finance Minister P Chidambaram categorically ruled out the possibility of giving in to any of the Opposition’s demands and said that seeking the Prime Minister’s resignation was an outrageous demand. We have a detailed report in the bulletin.
- After being slammed for the use of excessive force during an earlier protest, the police refused to arrest IAC leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan and Gopal Rai who courted arrest this morning. Kejriwal also urged former IPS officer Kiran Bedi to join his agitaion, but Bedi reiterated her stance saying that she is apolitical.
- More news including Finance Minister P Chidambaram: he has said that India will have a tax regime with non-adversarial approach. He also expressed confidence that the direct tax target for the current financial year will be met despite the negative impact a slower GDP growth is likely to have on tax mop-up.
We have his quotes in the bulletin.
- In world news, a car filled with explosives rammed into a US government vehicle in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing two people and wounding five others. The vehicle was attacked after it left the US Consulate in Peshawar and was traveling through an area of the city that hosts various international organizations, including the United Nations, said Khan. The US Embassy in Islamabad said it was investigating the matter as well.
- Over to Sport and India have won the Test series 2-0 against New Zealand. The hosts were in a spot of bother as Sachin Tendulkar ans Suresh Raina were dismissed in quick succession. But Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni forged a brilliant partnership to see of the threat and reach the target of 261 runs. Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match as R Ashwin was given the Man of the series award. More sports features, images and reports on the website.
- And finally… according to reports, Samsung flew down two Indian bloggers to be a part of a consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, and then threatened to leave them there unless they agreed to actively promote Samsung products.The two bloggers had refused to promote the products and had been promptly been told that they could then find their own way home, because Samsung would cancel the tickets it booked for them. At the time of writing it has been reported that Nokia has come to the rescue of the bloggers, who have offered to foot the price of their tickets back home, as well as their hotel stay. Samsung have made a statement but have not addressed the issue.