Friday, 25 May 2012

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Jailed Italian Marine Guards shifted to Borstal School in Kochi

Posted: 25 May 2012 06:59 PM PDT

Jailed Italian Marine Guards have been shifted to Borstal School in Kochi from Trivandrum Central Prison.

Italian Marines Latorre Massimillano and Salvatore Girone were first sentenced by a court in Kollam to 14 days’ custody Feb 20 after they shot dead two Indian fishermen, Ajesh Binki, 25, and Gelastine, 45, allegedly mistaking them as pirates. The two Marines were serving as the security crew on cargo vessel Enrica Lexie Feb 15, when the shooting took place off Alappuzha in Kerala.

The decision to shift the two Marines from the jail to the Borstal School in Kochi came after they moved the apex court early this month. The court asked the state government to address their demand for rights and privileges accorded to serving defence personnel of foreign countries if convicted in an alien country, officials said.

A Borstal is a reformatory for juveniles. Before moving to Kochi, the two marines were presented before the chief judicial magistrate’s court here Friday as their judicial custody period was ending.

The magistrate extended the judicial custody of the two and directed the case be posted to the district sessions court for the trial that is expected to commence shortly, as the police last week submitted a 196-page charge sheet.

The court also directed the two Marines to appear before the trial court when the trial starts.

From here, the Marines were taken to the recently renovated Borstal School.

Indo-American Rahul Nagvekar wins National Geographic Bee Championship

Posted: 25 May 2012 06:56 PM PDT

An Indian-American boy Rahul Nagvekar has won the National Geographic Bee Championship with an educated guess about the Bavarian city that was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806.

The 14-year-old from Sugarland, Texas, correctly answered the geography stumper by naming the city Regensburg on the Danube River to vanquish another Indian-American geography bee veteran, Vansh Jain of Minocqua of Wisconsin, who was making his third appearance in the finals here Thursday.

Indian Americans swept all the top three positions. As champion, Nagvekar won a $25,000 scholarship and an all expense-paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Second place finisher Jain won $15,000 in scholarship, and the third place winner, Varun Mahadevan from Fremont, California, won a $10,000 scholarship.

Approximately four million students from across the US participated in the competition this year.

Newcomer Nagvekar later admitted to ABC News that it was just an educated guess in what the host Alex Trebek described as either the “year of the rookie or the year of the veteran” finals.

Nagvekar, who said he fell in love with geography when his parents gave him a globe at the age of three, said he didn’t expect to win the competition on his first try, but stuck to a plan throughout the contest.

“Truthfully, no. I was not necessarily expecting to win. But at the same time I knew that if I was calm and I focused on everything and I listened to all of the questions then I would be able to get a good number right and I knew I could do well if I executed the plan properly,” Nagvekar told ABC News.

Nagvekar celebrated his 14th birthday Tuesday during the start of the preliminary competition, making his win Thursday an extra special birthday gift.

“It was a wonderful present. I don’t think I can ask for more,” he said.

President Barack Obama joined in on the competition, taping a video message congratulating the participants and asking them to answer what city hosted the Nuclear Security Summit he attended this March. Nine out of 10 contestants in the finals answered correctly with Seoul.

Bilawal Bhutto terms Musharraf as his Mother’s Killer

Posted: 25 May 2012 05:54 PM PDT

Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed because the government of then president Parvez Musharraf did not provide her adequate security, her son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has alleged.

Bilawal, who is chairman of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said Musharraf was aware of the threats when Al Qaeda had instructed the Taliban to kill her.

Musharraf “sabotaged the security” when he knew about the impending attack, Bilawal said.

He said when Musharraf imposed a state of emergency in Pakistan, it was clear he was not interested in return of democracy in the country.

“My mother started to speak out more against him, and the security was decreased,” he said in an interview to CNN during his visit to Washington.

“In fact, Osama bin Laden tried five times to kill my mother and the final attack on Dec 27, 2007 was successful,” the official APP news agency quoted him as saying.

Shilpa and Raj Kundra take the newborn to home

Posted: 25 May 2012 05:08 PM PDT

shilpa shetty baby picBollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her businessman husband Raj Kundra on Friday took their newborn son home from the Hinduja Hospital here.

Shilpa, who delivered the baby boy Monday morning, looked casual and fresh as she walked out of the hospital around 12:30 p.m. She was accompanied by Kundra, who held the well-covered baby closely.

The 36-year-old was wearing a buttoned-down blue and black coloured tunic with leggings, while her husband was seen in a blue shirt with denim.

Shilpa looked healthy and happy and thanked the media for being there. She even blew a flying kiss, but refused to pose for shutterbugs when the media asked her to hold her first child.

The newborn is yet to get a name. It will be decided once his maternal grandmother, Sunanda Shetty decides an alphabet.

Shilpa and Kundra tied the knot in 2009. This is Kundra’s second child – he has a daughter Deleena from ex-wife Kavita.

Norwegian kids face another round of Controversy

Posted: 25 May 2012 04:48 PM PDT

Within a month of their return to India, two NRI children, who were earlier taken into foster-care by the Norwegian Childcare Services, find themselves in a new controversy — their families have filed police complaints against each other alleging threats to kill.

Sagarika Chakrabarty, mother of Abhigyan (3) and Aishwarya (1), has complained to Kulti police station in Burdwan (West Bengal), alleging that her father-in-law, Ajay Bhattacharya, had sent some goons to threaten to kill her if she came near the children.

Bhattacharya, on the other hand, Friday filed a complaint in the same police station counter-alleging that Sagarika and her father Manotosh Chakrabarty had been threatening them with dire consequences if they did not return the children to their mother.

“On May 23 I was not allowed to see my children and was kept waiting for many hours. Later some goons threatened to kill me if I came near my children. I even went to police and registered a complaint but was again threatened the next day,” Sagarika told IANS, adding that her in-laws had filed the complaint against her maliciously and in retaliation.

Bhattacharya, on the other hand, accused Sagarika and her father of coming to their house with a large group, purportedly to take away the toddlers forcibly.

“Sagarika has said that she will send us to jail under the dowry laws if I did not give her the children. I fear about the safety and security of my family. They can go to any extent, which is why I approached the police,” Bhattacharya said.

The police have registered the respective complaints but are yet to act in any of them.

“We have received two complaints from Sagarika and one from Bhattacharya. Both parties have alleged receiving threats from the other and we are looking into the matter,” a spokesman for the Kulti police said.

Amid all the allegations and counter-allegations, the children remain silent sufferers, literally, as little Abhigyan has been diagnosed with “attachment disorder” which has robbed him of his ability to speak.

Traumatised by the prolonged separation from his parents and the taxing custody battle, the three-year-old son of Sagarika and Anurup Bhattacharya has stopped speaking and hides in the arms of his uncle Arunabhash Bhattacharya, to whom the Norwegian authorities granted his custody.

Supreme court stays cancellation of Jal Mahal lease at Jaipur

Posted: 25 May 2012 03:44 PM PDT

Supreme Court has stayed the Rajasthan High Court’s order cancelling a resort company’s 99-year lease to run the Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal monument in Jaipur as a tourist destination after restoring it.

A bench of Justice Deepak Verma and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya, issuing notices to the Rajasthan government, petitioner K.P. Sharma and others, allowed the Jal Mahal Resorts Private Ltd. the renovation and restoration activities in the Jal Mahal complex, but said the firm would not undertake any fresh construction in the area.

The project that was awarded to Jal Mahal Resorts Private Ltd involved the ecological restoration of Mansagar Lake and restoration and renovation of the dilapidated Jal Mahal.

The Rajasthan High Court, by its May 17 order, held as illegal the lease granted to the resort company for developing the Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal monument in Jaipur following a public interest litigation filed by Sharma, professor of botany in Rajasthan University.

Staying the operation of the high court order, the apex court said the undertaking given by the company to the high court that it would not undertake any fresh construction in the complex would continue.

Senior counsel Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the resort company, also reiterated the undertaking.

“We did give an undertaking. We will not undertake any fresh construction,” Subramanium told the court adding that the court may stay the high court judgment and record his statement.

The high court May 17 had declared as “illegal and void” the Nov 22, 2005, Mansagar Lake Precinct Lease Agreement by which 100 acres of the land in the complex was given on a 99-year lease. The court also cancelled another document named the Jal Mahal Leave and Licence Agreement.

Subramanium told the court that tenders for the project were invited in 2003 and the same was awarded in 2005 and all though the petitioner was aware of the execution of the project but it was only in 2011 that he moved the petition before the high court seeking the quashing of the lease agreement.

As senior counsel P.S. Narasimha, appearing for Sharma, opposed the stay of the high court order, Justice Mukhopadhaya observed: “If you can wait for six years for moving the court, you can wait for another six months for the disposal of the case.”

As Narasimha told the court that at least it should order the stoppage of the construction activity, the court said that it was not construction but the restoration and renovation of the dilapidated Jal Majal that was going on.

Justice Verma said: “You (client) have no right to say that every thing has to be undone. Some constructive work is also not being allowed to be done. It is highly unfair.”

Narasimha contended that it was a “classic case of destruction of environment with impunity”.

The Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal are located near Amber Fort in Jaipur.

The high court while holding the two lease agreements as illegal and void, had directed that the resort company would bear the entire cost of restoring the 100 acres of land to its original position by removing the soil filled by it and restore its possession to Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC).

Dealing with different aspects of the case, the high court noted that the decisions were taken on extraneous considerations to favour the lease holder which was against the doctrine of public interest and violative of Article 14, 21 and other provisions of the Constitution.

Vivek Oberoi slams smoking on Sets

Posted: 25 May 2012 02:38 PM PDT

Vivek OberoiVivek Oberoi not only stays away from tobacco, he also avoids passive smoking and says that when someone smokes on the movie sets, he leaves that place.

“There is absolutely no smoking allowed on my sets. If anyone smokes, I always leave the set and go out,” Vivek told reporters Friday at an event to celebrate the World No Tobacco Day, which is on May 31. It was organised by Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA).

When reporters asked him what does he do when his co-stars smoke, he said that he doesn’t enter their van.

The 35-year-old, who has a decade-long association with the CPAA, said: “I always try to help whatever good organisation, which is serving the cause of humanity selflessly. I have been with CPAA for 10 years now.”

Vivek, known for films like “Company”, “Saathiya” and “Yuva”, says his mother is his inspiration.

“She is my hero. She has been serving cancer patients since so many years now. She goes to hospitals, makes homemade food for the patients and talks to them,” he said.

Indian Businessman released from custody of Chinese Kidnappers

Posted: 25 May 2012 01:24 PM PDT

Indian businessman, Muhammad Danish Qureshi, who was kidnapped by local traders in China’s commodity hub Yiwu last week, has been released from illegal custody and was flown back to Mumbai today.

Officials of the Indian Embassy and the Indian Consulate at Shanghai, who took up Qureshi’s kidnapping with the Chinese foreign ministry and police, said he was released on May 23 and brought to Shanghia and flown home today. Qureshi was maltreated by his kidnappers and sustained injuries as a result, the officials said.

He is expected to undergo medical check-up in Mumbai as soon as he reached there. Unlike the previous kidnappings of Indian traders who were made to stay in China to pay the money owed to suppliers, Qureshi was allowed to leave the country by the Chinese police.

This is an indication that he did not owe any money to the local suppliers and his kidnapping appears to be due to mistaken identity, Indian officials said. He was reportedly picked up from a restaurant on May 19 by his abductors.

Two Indian businessmen, Shaym Sunder Agrawal and Deepak Raheja were kidnapped and ill-treated for about fortnight in January this year before they were released following Indian government intervention. There is a travel ban against them to leave the country.

Over four months later they are still holed up in Shanghai fighting a case. The two, who claim to be employees of a firm owned by Yamanese nationals, have paid over USD 1.42 million and fresh cases have been filed against them to pay more. Qureshi’s release was kept under wraps and the details were released late today by Indian embassy only after ensuring that he reached India

Petrol Price may be decreased in couple of Days

Posted: 25 May 2012 01:04 PM PDT

Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy Friday said the government is monitoring the situation and would take a “definitive” view in a few days.

“I will come back to you with a definitive view in a few days,” Reddy told reporters here two days after the state-run oil marketing companies announced the steepest hike so far in petrol price.

Reddy said he has discussed the issue with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and would consult state governments to explore the possibilities of lower taxes to reduce the burden on the common man.

Reddy said the decision to hike the petrol price was taken by oil marketing companies and the government was not involved in it.

However, he emphasised that the government cannot allow the image of Indian oil marketing companies to be adversely affected.

On widespread opposition to the hike in petrol price, the minister said: “We are conscious of sense of disturbance among consumers after the petrol price hike.”

Reddy blamed global developments for the problems in the oil sector. “This is a national problem created by global developments.”

He said the oil sector in India was confronting a double disaster: a sharp decline in the value of the rupee and rise in crude oil prices in the international market.

The rupee hit a record low of 56.40 against a dollar this week. It has depreciated by almost 12 percent since the beginning of this financial year.

Besides the opposition parties, the allies of the ruling United Progressive Alliance-government have also opposed the hike in petrol price.

Demanding a rollback in the price hike, Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to lead a procession of her party activists and supporters in Kolkata Saturday.

The Trinamool Congress, the second-largest partner in the ruling United Progressive Alliance, took out a large procession in Kolkata Thursday demanding withdrawal of the hike. It was led by Railway Minister Mukul Roy.

Mumbai Rave Party Accused to remain in Police Custody till May 29

Posted: 25 May 2012 12:21 PM PDT

Rave Party Hotel Oakwoods JuhuMumbai: A special courthas extended till May 29 the police custody of Vishay Handa who is the key accused and organiser of the rave party busted on May 20 by the suburban police. The prosecution argued before the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Court that they need to get the telephone details of Handa to ascertain about the people involved in organising the party.

Meanwhile, the Juhu police will be taking the help of the Cyber Cell to decode the mail invite, which was said to contain hints of the rave event, allegedly sent by Handa to the patrons. The police also said that they need to crack the passwords of Handa’s Gmail and Facebook accounts that were used to send the invites. Handa (31) was arrested on May 21 under relevant sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

As many as 100 people, including IPL players, namely Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma, and 19 foreign nationals, were detained by the police after they busted the party at suburban Juhu’s Oakwoods Hotel. The patrons were released in the wee hours next day after their blood and urine samples were taken for medical examination. Police claimed to have seized approximately 110 grams of cocaine along with MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy, and charas from the site.

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