- Sethusamudram cannot be constructed without sacrificing Ram Setu
- Bhanwari Devi Murderer Re-arrested by Rajasthan Police
- Aarushi Hemraj Murder Photographs not reliable says Defense Attorney
- Saraabjit’s Sister regrets Surjeet Singh’s Release from Pakistan
- Khan Family refuses to Compensate the Victim’s Family
- Nitish Invites Pranab Da to Bihar after being President
- Central Government offers 500 Crores for Flood Relief in Assam
- Kya Super Cool hein Hum Full with Controversial dialogues
- Corrupt Officer in Bihar asked to surrender assets worth over 4 Crores
- Ninth Batch of Amarnath Pilgrims leave for the Holy Shrine
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 09:52 AM PDT
Government has claimed in Supreme Court that it is impossible to construct an alternate alignment for building Sethusamudram channel in the Palk Strait to facilitate navigation between India and Sri Lanka in order to save the mythical Rama Setu.
An apex court bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice C.K. Prasad was told this in a report submitted by the committee headed by environmental expert Rajender Pachauri.
Pachauri gave his report after the apex court asked him to look into the possibility of an alternate alignment for Sethusamudram channel bypassing and saving the mythical Rama Sethu.
The report said that the alternate alignment “could potentially result in ecological threat that could pose a risk to the ecosystem in the surrounding areas and in particular to the biosphere reserve”.
Both in ecological as well as economic terms, it appeared questionable whether the alternate alignment represented an attractive or even an acceptable option, the report said.
The court granted the government eight weeks to respond to the report after Solicitor General Rohington Nariman told the court that the government was yet to take a view on the report and needed some time.
The need for the Sethusamudram channel was felt because ships travelling between the west and east coasts of India go around Sri Lanka because a sea channel between the two countries was blocked by the Adam’s Bridge.
The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) made a proposal for sea channel that would have cut through the Adam’s Bridge.
The report said: “It should also be emphasised that prudent adaptation strategy to deal with projected impacts of climate change should ensure that infrastructure investments are made in a way that will not pose any risk to life or property.”
“Given the doubts raised by the detailed analysis, which has been carried out, it is unlikely that the public interest would be served by pursuing the project on the basis” of the alternate alignment, the report said.
Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project proposes linking the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka by creating a shipping channel through the shallow sea sometimes called Setu Samudram, and through the chain of islands variously known as Ramar Palam, ram sethu and Adam’s Bridge.
This would provide a continuous navigable sea route in and around the Indian Peninsula. The project involves digging a 44.9 nautical mile (83 km) long deepwater channel linking the shallow water of the Palk Strait with the Gulf of Mannar. Government of India plans to break limestone shells & shores to the infinity called Ram’s Bridge or Ram sethu as part of implementation of this project.
A few organizations are opposing damage to Ramasethu on religious,environmental and economical grounds. Many of these parties or organizations support implementation of this project using one of the 5 alternative alignments considered earlier without damaging a structure considered sacred by Hindus.
Current alignment is planned as Mid-ocean channel which is unprecedented. Other famous shipping canal projects like Suez Canal and Panama Canal projects are land based channels.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 08:37 AM PDT
The accused, Kailash Jakhar was hiding in a house at a hamlet surrounded by sand dunes near Sujangarh in Churu district, some 250 km from Jaipur.
“A special team had been rushed to Sujangarh Sunday night when we got a tip-off about Jakhar’s presence there. The house in which he was hiding was surrounded by five policemen,” said Jodhpur Commissioner of Police Bhupendra Dak.
He added that Jakhar and one more man, identified as Trilok Kharada, tried to escape when they realised that the house has been surrounded.
“However they could not succeed. They have been brought to Jodhpur where they are being intensely interrogated. We are trying to know the entire conspiracy behind his escape about 18 days ago,” said the officer.
Jakhar had been brought to the district and sessions court in Jodhpur June 14 for a hearing of another case related to some fraudulent land deals when a ground of about a dozen criminals opened fire on policemen and escaped with Jakhar.
He is accused of disposing the remains of nurse Bhanwari Devi who was abducted and then murdered Sep 1 last year at the alleged behest of sacked state minister Mahipal Maderna and Congress legislator Malkhan Singh Bishnoi.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested Maderna and Bishnoi in the case. It is alleged that Maderna and Bishnoi were being blackmailed by the nurse on the basis of sex CDs showing them in a compromising position with the nurse.
Bhanwari Devi was a 36 year old auxiliary nurse and midwife in the Jaliwada village in the Bilara tehsil of Jodhpur district, Rajasthan, India who went missing after blackmailing Indian political figures for inappropriate sexual conduct. Suspects in her disappearance were arrested by December 3, 2011 and Devi’s body location was known three days later.
Bhanwari Devi had allegedly been kidnapped by three men – Shahabuddin, Baldev Jat alias Balia and Sohan Lal. As per the CBI charge sheet filed in a court, the trio murdered the nurse and then handed over her body to Bishna Ram Bishnoi and Jakhar who burnt her to ashes and dumped her remains in a canal in Jodhpur.
The CBI teams had sent some bones collected from the canal to the forensic examination at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ascertain whether they were of the nurse. FBI is reported to have confirmed that the bones are of Bhanwari Devi.
Bhanwari Devi went missing on 1 September 2011. Her husband Amarchand alleged that she was abducted on orders of Mahipal Maderna. It was alleged that Bhanwari Devi was blackmailing Maderna and Congress legislator Malkhan Singh for multi-crore (millions) based upon a CD in which Maderna and others were seen in a compromising position with Devi.
The two politicians allegedly brought in a person named Sahiram Bishnoi, who hired Sohan Lal, Balia and Shahabuddin to kidnap the nurse.In November 2011, Rehana, the girlfriend of the key suspect Shahabuddin, leaked an audio clip of the CD to the reporters.
Her discussion with Shahabuddin in the Jodhpur Central Jail was recorded. During the discussion Shahabuddin told Rehana that Bhanwari Devi was handed over to the gang of Pradeep Godara, a criminal wanted by the Rajasthan police in several cases. He also said that he had been falsely implicated in the case, and did not know what happened to Devi.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 08:13 AM PDT
Bringing another twist in Aarushi Hemraj Double Murder Case, the Defense of Talwars has claimed that there is a mismatch between several of the 23 crime scene photographs and their negatives submitted by the prosecution.
The photographs were taken by Uttar Pradesh Police photographer Chunni Lal Gautam, who also lifted the finger prints from the crime scene soon after the crime.
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found murdered in her parents’ Noida flat on the morning of May 16, 2008, with her throat slit, while her domestic help Hemraj was found killed a day later on the terrace of the house.
Aarushi’s parents are being tried for the crime.
Defence counsel G.P. Thareja claimed that the prosecution submitted 23 photographs along with negatives but eight photographs did not match their negatives.
Out of the four negatives presented by the probe agency, four did not seem to have been printed as photographs, he said.
We have submitted the court to order the prosecution to file the complete set of 23 photographs along with their respective negatives, he said.
The court adjourned the hearing for Tuesday and to decide on our prayer, defence lawyer Manoj Shishodia.
Earlier, the photographer failed to explain the technique with which he lifted the finger prints from the crime scene.
The court charged Aarushi’s parents, Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar, with murder read with common intention. Rajesh Talwar was additionally accused of misleading thepolice.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 06:17 AM PDT
Dalbir Kaur, sister of Indian prisoner in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh, Monday said she regretted the day Surjeet Singh got released from a Pakistani prison.
“Surjeet Singh has created a problem not only for Sarabjit, but all Indian prisoners who are stuck in Pakistani jails. I am still regretting his release,” Kaur said at a press conference held here Monday.
Pakistan released Surjeet Singh last Thursday. Though reports had earlier said that Sarabjit Singh would be released, Pakistan later clarified that it was Surjeet who was to be released, and not Sarabjit Singh.
“The talk of his release never got ahead. I spoke to his family and told Sarabjit’s lawyer that we should also appeal in the high court for his release. Sarabjit’s lawyer kept fighting for his release. Yet, he is so ungrateful. He didn’t even thank him once,” she said.
Dalbir Kaur is also angered by Surjeet Singh’s statement about Pakistani prisons.
“I want to ask all those prisoners who are in Pakistani prisons as to how it feels. If there is no problem, then why has my brother gone mad? If it was so nice, then why did Surjeet Singh want to get out?” she said.
Dalbir said that advocates and police constables in Pakistan were supporting Sarabjit’s release. “I have stayed in Pakistan and spoken to the leadership, advocates and judges. I have spoken to jail superintendents, prisoners and constables. They said that Sarabjit is a very nice person and he must be released soon,” she said.
She urged both the nations to come together on humanitarian grounds and address such issues. “If other nations can come together and release prisoners, then why not India and Pakistan?” she asked.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 06:11 AM PDT
The Khan family was not paying any compensation to the 70-year-old woman who was killed by a Land Cruiser owned by Arbaaz Khan as she had been disowned by her family, the filmmaker’s brother and Bollywood star Salman Khan said Monday.
“The accident happened by mistake. I spoke to my driver and he said when he was driving, he saw something like a black polythene bag on the road, but it was the lady who was completely in black. I would request everyone not to sleep on the road,” Salman told reporters at their Galaxy apartment home in Bandra here.
“We are not paying any compensation to the family members of the victim as we got to know that her family had disowned her,” he added.
The incident occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday near St. Andrew’s Church when the vehicle was headed towards the home of the Khans at Bandstand.
The woman has been identified as Chandra Bala, police said. She was rushed to the Bhabha Hospital by a police constable and some autorickshaw drivers in the vicinity but died from her injuries.
Salman’s sibling Sohail Khan said that he was “shocked” when he came to know about the accident.
“I was at home. I did not know what was happening. Only driver was there in the car. The car was coming home and they did not know who the family was,” he told reporters.
Sohail also said that “the news has been hyped a lot”.
“Instead of focusing on who was in the car, people should focus on the fact that a women died. I got to know about this incident after an hour. This accident happened by mistake,” he added.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 04:31 AM PDT
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday said he has requested United Progressive Alliance (UPA) presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee to visit Bihar first after getting elected as the President of India.
“I have requested and invited UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee to visit Bihar first after getting elected as the president,” Kumar told reporters.
“Bihar is the land of the first president of the country, so Pranab Mukherjee will visit Bihar first,” he said.
“Our party Janata Dal (United) is supporting Pranab Mukherjee as an individual leader and a politician with the longest experience. We are not supporting the UPA,” Kumar said.
“We also supporting him because he will be the first president from Bengal,” Kumar said and added that Bihar and Bengal share a strong and close relationship.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 04:29 AM PDT
“The Rs.500 crore is sanctioned for immediate relief of the state. A central team has reached the state today (Monday) and will start assessing the total damage of the floods in the state and all the required financial assistance will be extended to the state government based on the assessment of the central team,” said the prime minister, while reading out a statement before the media at LGBI International Airport near Guwahati.
According to the state Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), the floods, affecting all 27 districts of the state, killed at least 65 people till Sunday. Another 16 people were killed in the past two weeks due to landslides, caused by heavy flooding and incessant rainfall.
The prime minister, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Assam, also assured the state of efforts to restore the railway line in the Lumding-Badarpur Hill section of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).
The railway ministry has already been instructed to take up immediate steps to restore the railway line as it is a lifeline for the people in Assam’s Barak Valley, as well as neighbouring Mizoram and Tripura.
With the flood waters receding at some places, Manmohan Singh said the primary focus now would be on rescuing people who have been left marooned in flood-hit areas and providing relief to them.
The prime minister had earlier announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs.1 lakh each to the relatives of those killed in floods and landslides. Besides, the state government will also pay Rs.2.5 lakh each to the relatives of the victims.
He also noted that over 700 army personnel, and 16 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising over 600 personnel and 71 boats, have been pressed into service for carrying out relief and rescue operations across the state.
“So far, a total of 4,000 people have been rescued across the state and 20 tonnes of relief material has been airlifted by the Air Force to help the marooned people,” the prime minister added.
“A total of 4.84 lakh people, who have been rendered homeless by floods, have taken shelter in the 768 relief across the state. All the required help was given to the inmates of the relief camps,” he said.
Manmohan Singh said that the state government has adequate stock of food grain but the central government will provide additional supplies of grain and other materials as and when required.
Meanwhile, Assam’s opposition parties, including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and others, have expressed their dissatisfaction with the package announced by the prime minister.
AIUDF leader and Leader of Opposition Sirajuddin Ajmal said that Rs.500 crore is not sufficient as immediate relief as there has been huge devastation and loss of human lives and property in the floods.
BJP state unit spokesman Santanu Bharali also echoed similar sentiments, and also criticised the response of the state government.
“With the waters starting to recede, now the major problem will start in the form of diseases. However, we have not seen any alertness on the part of the government to deal with the situations that normally arises after the floods,” he said.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 02:37 AM PDT
In a scene in the film, actor Tusshar Kapoor tells Riteish Deshmukh that “Pehle ki heroines ke naam hote the Madhubala, Waheeda Rahman, aur ab dekho Penty, Fakhri” (Earlier heroines had names like Madhubala and Waheeda Rehman, but now see names are Penty, Fakhri).
Apparently, Producer Ekta Kapoor wanted this dialogue to be removed as she felt it was in bad taste, but Director Sachin Yardi did not listen to her which caused friction between them.
“Ekta insisted on not using the scene involving the names of Fakhri (Nargis) and Penty (Diana). We argued a lot and I told her that I am the director. It is my film and I will do it my way,” director Sachin Yardi said.
‘Kya Super Kool Hain Hum’ is a sequel to the 2005-hit ‘Kya Kool Hain Hum’. Directed by Sachin Yardi and features Riteish, Tusshar Kapoor, Neha Sharma and Sarah Jane Dias in the lead.
The Release Date of Kya Super Cool Hein Hum is July 27.
According to Movie Wiki, Charkavarthy (Anupam Kher), has two sons Adi (Tushar Kapoor) and Sid (Riteish Deshmukh). Adi is the younger one, who is the beach buffon and in love with his girlfriend nd cousin Anu(Neha Sharma). Sid turns into an ACP and meets his match Simi (Sarah Jane Dias). GK (Prakash Jha) is a member of the parliament, whose anti-social activities are contained by Ranjith. Also, Chakravarthy who spends 14 years in prison after falsely charged by GK in a case is released. GK plans to take revenge on the family. But, the person who comes to the rescue of the family and the people threatened by the villain's plans is Giri. The story is on how he ends as winner, by saving lives and winning respect from his father.
The Star Cast of Kya Super Cool hein Hum
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 01:34 AM PDT
Bihar has been doing some of the remarkable tasks which definitely has made a name in the Anti Corruption history of India. Earlier seizure of assets of Corrupt Babu, and now another Babu (bureaucrat) has been asked to surrender his Rs 4.2 Crores assets allegedly accumulated through Illegal Means.
A former Rajbhasa Director, D N Choudhary has been asked to surrender his assets worth Rs 4.2 crore in Patna and Muzaffarpur to Government within 30 days by Vigilance Judge, reports DailyMail
The court passed the order on an application filed by the prosecution against Choudhary under Section 13 of the Bihar Special Court Act on December 2, 2010. It observed that the district magistrates would take steps to seize the assets if Choudhary failed to surrender them within the stipulated time.
The vigilance wing had moved the court after raids on the premises of Choudhary and his family members in April and May 2008 had yielded assets worth Rs4.2 crore in their names.
The vigilance had subsequently lodged a disproportionate assets case against Choudhary, his wife Kaushalya Devi and four other family members for amassing ill-gotten wealth during his years of service between January 1, 1982, and April 27, 2008.
The special vigilance unit had seized Rs1.55 crore from a bank locker of Choudhary’s son Deepak and his wife Annu Kumari, at the Saraiyaganj branch of a nationalised bank.
Sixteen fake notes of `500 denomination had also been found during the raids. The vigilance raids on Choudhary’s residential premises in Patna and Muzaffarpur had also yielded papers related to his property worth crores.
Registration deeds of four plots of land in Muzaffarpur, a three-acre plot at Bochahan and his flats in Patna were also seized.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 01:09 AM PDT
The pilgrims comprising 2,910 men, 836 women, 197 children and 152 sadhus left in a cavalcade of 132 vehicles from Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu at around 0500 hours, police said.
The convoy has already crossed Patnitop on Jammu-Srinagar national highway towards the base camp of Pahalgam in Kashmir Valley. With today’s batch, as many as 27,772 pilgrims have left Jammu for their onward journey to the Amarnath cave shrine.
Meanwhile, 19 Devotees have died on the Way to holy Amarnath Shrine taking the death toll to 19. Megha Gupta, aged 24 years, a resident of Chandigarh, suffered a massive heart attack at Pahalgam last night while on her way to the Amarnath cave shrine, police said.
64-year-old Jagbir Singh from Haryana and Rinku (55) from Tamil Nadu died at Sonamarg on shorter Baltal route, they said.
Hailing from Madhya Pradesh, 83-year-old Babu Singh died at Baltal base camp after paying obeisance at 3,880-mt high shrine housing the naturally-formed ice lingam of Lord Shiva.
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