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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma break-up: The split is official now? -
8/2/2016 4:35:20 PM

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's relationship has hit choppy waters, and the break-up is apparently official now.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have reportedly broken up - and officially so, say reports. Kohli and Sharma, who have been in a relationship for about two years now, have apparently called it quits because of their disagreements over marriage.
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Reports of a tiff between Virat and Anushka first caught the eye of curious Bollywood-gossipmongers when Virat had unfollowed Anushka on photo-sharing platform Instagram. The social media fight was termed just a 'lovers' tiff' by tabloids after the Instagram un-following, but seems like it's all over between Virat and Anushka now.

A report in BollywoodLife.com has quoted sources close to Virat and Anushka as saying that the couple has actually parted ways. An official statement from either of the two is awaited.

The quarrel between Virat and Anushka is supposed to have had marriage as the reason. Kohli had supposedly proposed a 2016 marriage to Anushka, which the latter had turned down. Anushka apparently wanted to concentrate on her career instead of tying the knot with Virat.

"Yes, marriage was the point of disagreement between the couple. However, it wasn't a sudden decision. Both Anushka and Virat have been considering it for some time now. While Anushka is busy working, Virat is clearly not over her. Not as yet," the website quoted a source as saying.

If Virat and Anushka too have indeed parted ways, they will add to the already-crowded Bollywood-break-up-arena. 2016 hasn't quite been a great year for couples in B-Town in general. Last month, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif broke up, followed by Farhan Akhtar and Adhuna Bhabnani announcing their separation. Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan too were supposedly on the verge of a split, rumours of which the latter had refuted.

26/11 Mumbai attacks: 35 questions answered by David Headley -
8/2/2016 4:31:36 PM

Headley was questioned by Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

David Coleman Headley, convicted in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, today began his first deposition before a Mumbai court through video conference.

Headley was questioned by Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

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First round of questioning:

Ujjwal Nikam: Who were your colleagues?


Headley: I was dealing with Sajid Mir directly.

Q: Anyone else?

A: Sajid Mir was my main contact of LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba). I met others too. Mir has asked me to change my name from Daood Gilani to David Headley.

Q: What was Mir's reaction?

A: He approved of it. He was pleased.

Then Headley was shown Sajid Mir's photo which he identifies.

Q. Can you recognise his voice?

A: Yes.

Q: chal.chalao@yahoo.com is whose email id?

A: Sajid Mir.

Q: Is Sajid Mir also known as Wasi?

A: Yes.

Q: When did you visit Pakistan?

A: Immediately after Feb 15, 2006.

Q: What task was entrusted to you by Sajid Mir?

A: He wanted me to go to India to set up an office and a business so that I could stay there. He gave me instructions to make general videos of Mumbai.

Q: You asked him the purpose?

A: No, I didn't.

Q: You didn't ask because you were a true follower of LeT?

A: Yes, I didn't ask. I had a general idea already.

Q: How many times did you visit Mumbai with the new passport? Eight times?

A: Yes, that's correct.

Q: Seven times you arrived in Mumbai before attacks?

A: Yes

Q: From which country?

A: Most of the times I came from Pakistan, sometimes from UAE. Seven times from Pakistan, once from Abu Dhabi and Dubai in UAE.

Q: How many times after 26/11 did you come?

A: Once from Lahore. I gave incorrect information for visa to consulate general of India in Chicago to protect my cover. Everything about me was incorrect expect DoB, PoB, mothers nationality.

Q: How many attempts were made by LeT before 26/11?

A: Sajid had told me that two attempts were made before 26/ 11. September 8, 2008, was the first attempt but the boat hit a rock and the second was in October with the same set of people.

 

Second part

 

Q:  Do you know Raymond Sanders? Can you identify his signatures? Is he the attorney at law at immigration law centre in Chicago?

A: Yes.

Q: To whom did he write letter for your visa?

A: Consul General of India, Chicago.

Q: On  whose instructions?

A: I had asked my friend Tahawwur Hussain Rana who was working with him.

Q: What did Sanders write in the letter?

H: To enable me to get visa for 5 years.

*The letter is shown to him*

Q: Are the contents of this letter true?

A: Yes , I applied for multiple entry business visa.

Q: How do you know Rana and since when?

A: We studied together for five years in school. After school, Rana became a doctor in the Pakistan Army in Rawalpindi.

Q: Did Rana know the purpose of your visit to India?

A: No, he didn't. He didn't come to know till the end. After attack, yes, but he didn't know the details.

Q: Why did you apply for a business visa?

A: So that I didn't have to apply again and again.

Q: Why did you establish an office in Mumbai?

A: So that I could come to India and my real identity would not be disclosed. I cooked up a story that I am an immigration consultant.

Q : Who gave you the advice to come?

A: I discussed it with Sajid Mir.

Q: Did you discuss this with anyone from the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan)?

A: Yes, with Major Iqbal from ISI.

Q: Do you know Major Iqbal? Where was he serving?

A: I met him in Lahore but I don't where was he serving.

Q: Who introduced you to him?

A: Mr. Ali.

Q: In Pakistan, how many times did you meet Mr. Ali?

A: I was arrested in Landi Kotal near the Afghan border. He came to interrogate me. I was discharged because he intervened.

Q: How were you discharged by Ali?

A: Because I was charged to be a foreigner but had Pakistani ID card.

Q: Why did Mr Ali introduce you to Major Iqbal?

A: Because he thought I could be of assistance for intelligence work in India. Iqbal was working for ISI in Landi Kotal.

Q: Who was with you when you were arrested in Pakistan?

A: Abdul Rehman Pasha, a retired Major from the Pak army.

Q: Were you and Pasha to meet the drug smuggler?

A: Yes, because the smuggler could have helped us smuggle weapons into India.

Q: Who was this smuggler?

A: Zaid Shah.

At International Fleet Review, Modi says we must use seas to build peace: Top 10 quotes -
8/2/2016 8:48:28 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged the threat of sea-borne terror and piracy as two key challenges to maritime security even as he pitched for respecting freedom of navigation against the backdrop of South China sea dispute.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged the threat of sea-borne terror and piracy as two key challenges to maritime security even as he pitched for respecting freedom of navigation against the backdrop of South China sea dispute.

Here are the top ten quotes from his speech

    India would host the first ever Global Maritime Summit in April this year.
    Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - concept of whole world as a family- is perhaps most vividly witnessed on the oceans of the planet.
    Since the days of Indus Valley Civilisation, India has maintained an extensive network of maritime links.
    Navies and maritime agencies of the world need to work together and engineer virtuous cycles of cooperation.
    Of all Indian Naval ships participating in Fleet Review, at least 37 are "Made in India" -- a number that will surely rise in coming years.
    Threat of sea borne terror, of which India has been a direct victim, continues to endanger the regional and global peace and stability.
    I see youth in the coastal areas as our true assets. They have a natural and deep understanding of the oceans.
    We must use seas to build peace, friendship and trust and curb conflict.
    Our approach is evident in our vision of Sagar which means Ocean and stands for Security And Growth for All in the Region.
    Oceans are critical for the global energy security as over 60 per cent of world's oil production moves through sea routes.

National Conference not ready to support BJP in case PDP-BJP alliance breaks: Omar Abdullah -
8/2/2016 8:46:50 AM

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today made it clear that his party is not ready to support BJP in case the BJP-PDP alliance breaks.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today made it clear that his party is not ready to support BJP in case the BJP-PDP alliance breaks.

Abdullah even said that Mehbooba Mufti should break her silence as she cannot keep the entire state guessing on government formation.

PDP leader "Mehbooba Mufti has been quiet for long and she can no longer remain silent. She must clarify her stand on two-three issues and clear the air as to what are those CBMs and how long she will wait for those Confidence Building Measures and why did the need of CBMs suddenly arise after the demise of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed," he said.

Abdullah said that although an elected government is not in place, the alliance between PDP and BJP still exists. "The agreement as far as our knowledge is concerned, the alliance (between BJP and PDP) still exists. We haven't heard either from BJP or PDP that alliance has been broken, so the alliance exists and if the alliance exists, then why not government (is formed).

"Agenda of the alliance was formed and Mufti sahab was made the chief minister. What has changed in the past ten months that today even though they have numbers in the assembly they are not ready to form the government", he said.

The National Conference chief said that the party has been telling them time and again that if they are not ready to form the government, they should be bold enough to break the alliance. "We will go back to the people, but I am unable to understand the way of their leadership. They ask for Confidence Building Measures, but I am not sure that within the party people know or not, but outside nobody knows what they have asked for," he said.

David Headley testifies in Mumbai court via video conference -
8/2/2016 8:45:35 AM

David Coleman Headley, who was convicted of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, today began his deposition before a Mumbai court through video conference.

David Coleman Headley, who was convicted of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, today began his deposition before a Mumbai court through video conference. Headley turned approver in the case in December 2015.

A day before his deposition, Headley reportedly confessed that the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were masterminded by Pakistan's terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and also had the approval of Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI).

He further confessed he was provided financial support by ISI for recce of Mumbai. Besides, he also recced Vice-President's residence, India Gate and CBI office in New Delhi before the 2008 terror attacks were executed.

"It is for the first time in the Indian legal history, one foreign terrorist would give his evidence through video link and his evidence will be recorded. And I feel his evidence is most useful because it may unfold many things behind the terror attack of 26 November," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.

Senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani is expected to appear for Headley, who is currently serving 35 years in an American prison after being convicted of being involved in the planning and execution of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, in which 166 persons were killed and 300 injured.