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Pakistani Taliban chief Mehsud killed in US drone attack?
Press Trust of India, Thursday January 14, 2010, Peshawar
 
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A massive US missile strike in Pakistan’s lawless Waziristan tribal region on Thursday killed at least 15 militants and triggered speculation that new Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud could be among the dead.

The intense speculation by Pakistani media came as Mehsud, according to Taliban, was in Basalkot village, 70 km south of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan agency, which was hit by four missile fired by US drones.

Military authorities neither confirmed nor ruled out the possibility that Mehsud was among the dead. Several other key commanders were also reported to have been killed in the strike, the seventh this month in the area said to be infested with fighters of Haqqani network of the Taliban.

At least four missiles were fired early this morning at a house and the compound of a seminary in Basalkot village, which is located in an area along the boundary between North and South Waziristan.

Reports said some key militant commanders and foreigners were among the 15 dead. Several others were also injured.

A security official, who said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media, said there were reports about Mehsud’s presence in the area targeted in today’s drone attack.

However, Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq claimed Mehsud, who became the chief of the outfit after the killing of his predecessor Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone attack in August last year, was safe and had left the area minutes before the missile strike

3 Idiots, are in news again for wrong reasons. this time it is ragging.

The controversy over whether it gave enough credit where it’s due saw Aamir Khan’s movie 3 Idiots making waves. And it was not a proud moment for Bollywood when the film’s producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, yelled  “shut up” at the press. Chopra lost his cool while discussing whether author Chetan Bhagat, on whose book the film is based, has been sidelined.

Now, the film’s producers may have another unenviable drama on their hands.  Did the film inspire college students who were found guilty of ragging their juniors? The Maharashtra Education Minister, Vijay Kumar Gavit, intends to find out.

“It is being said the ragging incident was inspired by a film. If that’s the case we’ll look into it. We’ll watch the film to see if the students were inspired by the film,” he says.

On Sunday, 18 students from the physiotherapy programme at King Edward Memorial Hospital’s medical college were arrested for ragging 10 juniors on New Year’s Eve. The senior students have been expelled from their hostel.

@  SRK on Twitter.

 “Being extremely shy, I never thought I would be here (on Twitter). But my friend Karan Johar insisted that I should learn to share my life,” Shah Rukh posted on his Twitter page.

“Thanks everyone, this is really sweet I didn’t expect such a warm welcome. Love to you all,” he added.

 The SRK was hardly seen on big screen in 2009 except in Billu, and explaining the reason behind his absence, he wrote “Injury has kept me away from making more films. Will work my back off to be around more the shoulder feels strong and so do I.”

He is now gearing up for the release of his much-talked about film My Name Is Khan which also stars Kajol.Releasing February 12, the film’s story revolves around Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh) who suffers from Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. Rizwan falls in love with a single mother Mandira (Kajol) who lives in San Francisco. Rizwan is detained by authorities at Los Angeles International Airport,

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