Monday, 23 July 2012

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Amar Jyoti Kalita, the prime accused in Guwahati Molestation Case, arrested

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 09:53 AM PDT

Amar Jyoti KalitaAmar Jyoti Kalita aka James Bond who was the main accused in the Molestation of a School Girl jn Guwahati, has beena arrested in Varanasi UttarPradesh. He himself surrendered before the Police. He is yet to be deported to Assam.

He fled Guwahati after he was recognized in the Video of Molestation filmed by Newslive Reporters. He was hiding and couldnot be traced by Assam Police. He was seen in Odisha, Mumbai and Kolkata. Kalita was seen at the Howrah railway station only three days ago. Most of the molestors who were recognized have been arrested.

Amar Jyoti Kalita surrendered at the Banaras Hindu University Police Chowki in Varanasi . According to Varanasi DIG Satish Ganesh, a man claiming himself to be Amar Jyoti Kalita surrendered before the Police on Monday afternoon.

The video footage showed Amar wearing a red T-Shirt and beating the Girl and trying to rip her shirt while dragging.

Kalita fled Guwahati after the molestation video went viral on the Internet and was shown by news channels. He was seen in Odisha, Mumbai and Kolkata. Kalita was seen at the Howrah railway station only three days ago.Kalita is said to be a friend of the TV reporter who shot the molestation video on July 9

While the video of the incident went viral on the Internet, 12 accused were identified and their pictures were out not just in Guwahati, but throughout the Internet, asking people to inform the police wherever any of them was seen.

With Kalita’s arrest, 14 of the seventeen identified in the incident on the Guwahati-Shillong road on the night of July 9 have been taken into custody. Of the 14 arrested, seven are in judicial custody while the cameraman of a local TV who filmed the incident Gaurav Jyoti Nego has been remanded in police custody.

Kalita, a former government employee, was absconding since the incident. A team of Assam police has left for Varanasi to take custody of Kalita.


Anna not to Fast on July 25 due to ailing Health

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 09:18 AM PDT

Anna HazareThe Preparations for Team Anna’s Indefinite Fast from July 25 are  almost over.  Anna would arrive at New Delhi tomorrow  though he wont be Fasting due to ailing Health conditions. Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and other IAC Activists would lead the Fast and anti-graft agitation.


This would start at the same time of the Oath taking Ceremony of President Pranab Mukherjee. ”Anna Hazare will not fast as his health condition does not permit it, but he will share the stage with the others who are fasting,” India Against Corruption (IAC) media coordinator Aswathi Muralidharan told IANS.
“He will arrive in Delhi at 2 p.m. Tuesday,” she said. A small rally will be escorting Anna Hazare from the airport, and the team has also been circulating text messages asking people to join the rally with their vehicles.

Meanwhile, with two days to go for the fast, volunteers of India Against Corruption (IAC) here are gearing up for agitation against corruption.

“Hundreds of volunteers of India Against Corruption (IAC) are involved in the preparations for the July 25 fast, we have divided ourselves into various teams like crowd management, sanitation, health, media and guest management team and Anshankari team,”

The team has got permission to fast at Jantar Mantar till Aug 8, the day the monsoon session of parliament is expected to begin.

“We have already received about 4,000 online registration from across the country, who are willing to fast with Arvind Kejirwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai,” Muralidharan said. She also said that Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has also been invited to join the rally.

“Thousands of people are expected to attend the agitation, we don’t have any projection about the turnout. We can only say it would be huge as the fast will be at Jantar Mantar and more people can access. So the arrangements will be better than at the Ramlila agitation,” she said.

“We are working on the arrangements like setting up toilets and VIP enclosures,” she added.

Oil Companies to raise Petrol Prices by 70 Paise per litre tonight

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 09:09 AM PDT

Petrol Prices in India  would be again increased by Rs 0.7  per litre since tonight. Oil Companies attribute this hike to decline in the Value of Rupee in International Market.

Indian Oil said in a statement, ”It has been decided by Indian Oil Corporation to increase MS (motor spirit) prices by Rs.0.70 per litre (excluding state levies) with effect from midnight of July 23,” .

“The said revision has been necessitated due to increasing international oil prices and movement in INR-USD exchange rate,” it added.

The average price of Indian basket of crude for the relevant pricing period considered is $101.28 per barrel while international petrol price is $111.59 per barrel. The rupee-dollar exchange rate is around Rs.55.36 per dollar.

The company said that at these levels, it is incurring losses of about Rs.1.41 per litre on petrol sales in the domestic market.

“However, as the price movement is quite volatile, it has been decided that an increase of Rs.0.70 per litre may be effected at this juncture and the situation watched for some time depending upon which a further view will be taken at an appropriate time,” IOC said

During current financial year, the corporation has already accumulated losses of Rs.1,053 crore on petrol sales during the first two months due to high international oil prices, deterioration in rupee-dollar exchange rate and inability of oil marketing companies to revise petrol selling prices to desired level.

In addition, IOC said HSD (high speed diesel), SKO (kerosene) and LPG (cooking gas) selling prices remain unchanged since June 2011 resulting in current level of under recovery of Rs.10.01 per litre on diesel, Rs.27.20 per litre on kerosene and Rs.319 per cylinder on cooking gas.

“At these levels, projected under recovery of IOC during 2012-13 for these three products is Rs.86,000 crore. In these circumstances, the corporation is unable to bear burden of any further losses,” it added.

Increase in petrol price shall vary from 70 paise per litre to 91 paise per litre (including state levies) depending upon state taxes.

In Delhi, the price increase will be 70 paise per litre. The impact of state tax shall be nil on the increase as per Delhi government’s June 16 value added tax exemption order.

While in Delhi, the revised price would be Rs.68.48, it would be Rs.74.23 in Mumbai. In Chennai it will be Rs.73.16, while in Kolkata it will be Rs.73.61.

The revised prices in Hyderabad and Bangalore would be Rs.75.80 and Rs.77.30, respectively.

No Home to Retire for President Pratibha Patil

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 07:30 AM PDT

With her earlier choice of post-retirement home mired in controversy, President Pratibha Patil, whose term ends July 24, will now settle down in a consideably smaller bungalow in this city, popularly known as Maharashtra’s pensioners’ paradise.

The house is however not yet ready and she will temporarily move to a bungalow at 2 Tughlaq Lane in New Delhi before shifting to Pune.

Raigad, a bungalow on the busy Pashan Road located between a school and a law college, is currently occupied by the Superindent of Police (Pune Wireless Division) P.P. Sharma, who retired earlier this year. Pune Collector Vikas Deshmukh said that although the state government had given the go ahead to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), which will refurbish the bungalow, the department is yet to revert.

“We had received a request from the CPWD regarding “Raigad” as Patil’s post-retirement residence. We had given a go ahead from our side but have not heard back from the CPWD,” Deshmukh told IANS.

“Sharma will soon vacate the bungalow, following which it will be handed over to the CPWD,” Deshmukh said.

The bungalow is built over 2,500 sq ft on a one-acre plot. Patil had earlier selected a five-acre plot belonging to the defence forces but gave it up following a controversy.

This had broken in April, when Suresh Patil, a retired lieutenant colonel of the Pune-based “Justice for Jawan”, a part of the NGO “Green Thumb” group, released details of plans to house Patil on a 260,000 square foot plot, saying it belonged to war widows.

The house allotted to her now is reportedly within the specifications of the President’s Emoluments and Pensions Act.

Earlier this month, a central government official had confirmed that the “Raigad” bungalow had been requested for Patil’s retirement home. He had also said that once the house was handed over to the Directorate of Estates, which comes under the central urban development ministry, it would be refurbished by the CPWD.

Patil has previously held various positions starting from being a member of the Maharashtra assembly from the Jalgaon constituency in 1962 to becoming a Rajya Sabha member between 1985 and 1990. In 1991, she was elected to the Lok Sabha from Amravati. She is well versed with most districts in Maharashtra.

She had stayed in Jalgaon and Amravati during most parts of her stint as a parliamentarian and now it will be the calm and relaxed city of Pune that will become her home.

India fearing drain to its Intelligence Officials to CIA

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Fearing that the CIA might use counter-terrorism meetings to recruit Indian intelligence operatives, New Delhi has restricted agency-to-agency contacts with Washington.

Scholar Prem Mahadevan says that unlike the 1970s when India was a virtual socialist state, the hunger for government jobs has fallen considerably since the Indian economy opened up in 1991.

“Today, middle-ranking IB (Intelligence Bureau) and RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) officers are vulnerable to enticement by well-funded foreign intelligence agencies – a factor which has constrained counter-terrorism cooperation post 9/11.”

Mahadevan’s book, “The Politics of Counterterrorism in India” (I.B. Tauris), says the fears are not altogether unfounded.
It reveals that since 2001, there have been at least two cases of penetration of RAW by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“Also, at least nine RAW officers have gone abroad without leave since the agency’s creation in 1968. Most defected while posted in Western Europe or North America, in pursuit of a more comfortable lifestyle.

“Subsequent investigations revealed that they had been recruited by Western intelligence agencies prior to their defection and had functioned as agents in place for some time.”

The book says that particularly damaging was the defection of Sikander Lal Malik, a personal aide to RAW chief Rameshwar Nath Kao.

“Malik defected during the 1970s while posted to the US and is alleged to have taken extremely sensitive information with him.”

Although Indian intelligence agencies have committed blunders, the book says, they are also responsible for some spectacular successes.

Despite official sympathy for the Palestinian cause, the agencies prevented anti-Israeli attacks on Indian soil that became common in Europe in the 1970s.

And in the years after the Iranian revolution of 1979, the IB and RAW together rounded up and deported dozens of Iranian and Iraqi terrorists intent on killing each other in India.

The IB, it says, “deserves credit for its successes in neturalising the threat from foreign intelligence agencies”.

It says RAW once tapped the telephone of then Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto “but the agency could only hear his end of the conversation and had to guess what the other party was saying”.

The book, however, says infiltrating into jehadi networks has become nearly impossible because of the very low number of Muslims in the Indian intelligence.

“The RAW does not have a single Muslim in its 10,000-strong manpower pool while the IB has a small number of Muslims.

“These operatives did a sterling job of raising new informer networks in Jammu and Kashmir during the 1990s… Despite their performance, the IB and RAW remain averse to employing Muslims, preferring to invest in technical collection.”

Contrary to public knowledge, Indian intelligence agencies have faced budget cuts, the book says.

The RAW budget was slashed by 10 percent when P.V. Narasimha Rao was prime minister, denying it two badly needed reconnaissance aircraft. Also during Rao’s term, a further 20 percent cut hit intelligence operations.

The book accuses then prime minister Morarji Desai of seriously damaging RAW because of his allergy to his predecessor Indira Gandhi, who founded the agency. Desai, it says, forced some of RAW’s “most distinguished officers” into retirement, forced it to stop hiring new recruits, cut its strength by a third, and shut down its offices in Jaipur and Chandigarh.

Because of Desai, RAW’s agent networks inside Pakistan, including those in Pakistani Kashmir, were deactivated “and were never rebuilt”.

“During a conversation with the Pakistani president in 1978, he let slip that RAW had penetrated the Pakistani nuclear plant at Kahuta. The Indian agent on-site was identified and eliminated.”

Pakistan Train breaks down Seven times in Journey

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 05:30 AM PDT

The ill-health of Pakistan Railways was highlighted when a train broke down seven times and reached its destination a staggering 35 hours late.

Jaafar Express, which began its journey from Rawalpindi, the twin city of capital Islamabad, reached Quetta at least 35 hours after its scheduled arrival time, Geo News reported. Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan, is 947 km to the southwest of Rawalpindi, the garrison city.

The train’s locomotive broke down about seven times on the way, holding up train traffic.

The Pakistan Railways, which is not financially healthy, operates 228 mail, express and passenger trains every day, carrying a total of 178,000 people daily.

Viraat Kohli to debut in Prabhu Deva’s next Films

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 04:30 AM PDT

Virat KohliSuperstars in their respective fields, cricketer Virat Kohli and actor-director Prabhu Deva got along like a house on fire in Bangkok while they were shooting for an ad together. Chances are they might even join hands for a movie.

Kohli, who was initially reluctant to dance, was coaxed by Prabhu Deva to try out some intricate steps for an ad for a shoe brand. The results were so impressive that somewhere down the fun zone the duo established during their two-day shoot, the idea of a movie launch for the star-cricketer came up.

And if a source is to be believed, Kohli is not averse to the idea.

Once Prabhu Deva, who according to Ram Gopal Varma is one of the three most successful Bollywood directors today after Rohit Shetty and Sajid Khan, wraps ups his current commitments, he may plan a launch for Kohli.

Prabhu Deva is currently busy with the launch of Kumar Taurani’s son Girish. He is working with him for a remake of his 2005 Telugu hit “Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana”. The original film featured Siddharth and Trisha Krishnan.

Supreme Court asks Kerala to allow TN Officials to maintain Mullaperiyar

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 03:30 AM PDT

Supreme court has  directed the Kerala government to permit Tamil Nadu to undertake maintenance and cleaning work at the Mullaperiyar dam.

The five-judge bench headed by Justice D.K. Jain said that the maintenance and the cleaning work at the dam would be undertaken under the supervision of a three-member committee.

The three-member committee will comprise of a superintending engineer each from Tamil Nadu and Kerala and an independent representative nominated by the chairman of Central Works Commission.

The court’s order came in pursuance of an application by Tamil Nadu government, seeking directions to Kerala to permit maintenance and cleaning of the dam by it.

The court has permitted 40 reports commissioned by an empowered committee be given to both Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The empowered committee headed by the former chief justice of India, Justice A.S. Anand, was set up by the Supreme Court to look into the safety of the dam.

The Biography of Captain Lakshmi Sehgal

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 02:32 AM PDT

Captain Lakshmi Sehgal   was a Former Freedom Fighter and the Captain of Rani Jhansi Regiment of  Azad Hind Fauj or Indian National Army founded by Subhash Chandra Bose. She was the First Woman Leader of the Army.

Lakshmi Sehgal died of Cardiac Arrest on July 23 , 2012 at Kanpur.

Sahgal was born on 24 October 1914  as Lakshmi Swaminathan in Chennai, Madras Presidency, British India. Her father was Dr. S. Swaminathan, a lawyer who practiced criminal law at Madras High Court. Her mother was A.V. Ammukutty, better known as Ammu Swaminathan, a social worker and independence activist from the prominent Vadakkath family of Anakkara in Palghat, Kerala.

Sahgal chose to study medicine because of her desire to be of service to the poor, especially poor women.She received an MBBS degree fromMadras Medical College in 1938. A year later, she received her diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics.

In 1940, she left for Singapore, where she established a clinic for the poor, most of whom were migrant laborers from India. It was at this time that she began to play an active role in the India Independence League.


n 1942, during the surrender of Singapore by the British to the Japanese, Sahgal aided wounded prisoners of war, many of whom who were interested in forming an Indian liberation army.

Indian revolutionary Subhas Chandra Bose arrived in Singapore on July 2, 1943. In the next few days, at all his public meetings, “Netaji” spoke of his determination to raise a women’s regiment which would “fight for Indian Independence and make it complete”. Sahgal joined the new regiment, called the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, and was given the rank of colonel. This women’s army unit was the first of its kind in Asia. The army fought on the side of the Axis powers against the British.


Sahgal married Colonel Prem Kumar Sahgal in March 1947 in Lahore, British India. After their marriage, they settled in Kanpur, where she continued with her medical practice and aided the refugees who were arriving in large numbers following the Partition of India.

The Sahgals’ daughter, Subhashini Ali, is a prominent Communist politician and labor activist. According to Ali, Sahgal is an atheist.

Supreme Court asks to provide more Medical Assistance to Amarnath Pilgrims

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 02:30 AM PDT

Supreme Court Monday expressed shock over the death of ten people in past three days during their pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath and directed the central government to provide immediate medical aid to the Jammu and Kashmir government.

“It is a very sad thing. Within three days, the toll has gone up from 87 to 97. We are worried that more people should not die,” the court observed.

The apex court bench of Justice V.S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar said that the medical facilities at Baltal should be augmented and made three times of what was available at present.

Expressing concern over high mortality rates, the court said: “At least in this session no more deaths should take place.”

The court directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to take help from other states, including Chandigarh, to increase medical facilities for pilgrims.

The court said that the high-power committee that was set up July 20, will visit the shrine when the yatra is on.

The Supreme Court Friday set up a high-powered committee, headed by the Jammu and Kashmir governor, to study reasons for the growing number of deaths of pilgrims during the annual Amarnath Yatra.

Taking suo motu cognisance of reports of the deaths of pilgrims who make the trek to the high-altitude cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar had said that the panel would visit the place to have a first hand account of the situation.

The court asked Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman to assist it in the matter.

“Every day we hear someone dies. The high rate of mortality is undisputed,” the court had said.

According to the latest count, 86 people have died since the pilgrimage started June 25.

Reiterating that it was a delicate matter, the court said that lakhs undertake the pilgrimage every year and there was a tremendous increase in deaths.

The court noticed that the approach path leading to the shrine, located at 12,756 feet altitude, was very narrow with pilgrims moving either on foot, horse-backs or in palanquins.

“Due to the lack of space, pilgrims skid and fall thousands of feet below and die,” Justice Kumar had said.

“It is a glacier. There is ice below and sky above,” he added.

The court blamed the lack of facilities for the growing number of deaths of devotees.

Pointing to the lack of public amenities, the court said that there were two poles that held up a polythene sheet to serve as the public convenience for women.

Justice Kumar also noted that people sometimes waited an entire day to pay obeisance at the shrine.

The panel, which has been told to suggest ways to ease problems faced by Amarnath pilgrims, was told to submit a preliminary report before Aug 13.

The court said that the high-powered committee would make suggestions to the apex court, which in turn would issue directions to the government.

In another direction, the court said that the iron guilds at the shrine should be replaced either by glass or any other transparent material.

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