- No Decision on Kanda’s Anticipatory Bail Plea yet
- No Independence Day for Google in India
- Five points Pranab Mukherjee highlighted in his First Independence Day Address to Nation
- India seduces me says Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck
- Tiranga to Fly Half Mast to condole Vilasrao Deshmukh
- Mary Kom Slams Olympic Boxing Referee
- BJP MP to donate Constituency Development Fund for Assam Victims
- Aarushi was not Sexually abused says Court
- Gaurang Shah wins best Designer Award at Lakme Fashion Week
- Assam Violence incites Pain in President Pranab Mukherjee
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 06:30 PM PDT
The Delhi High Court has reserved its order on the anticipatory bail plea of former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda, wanted in connection with the suicide of his ex-employee and former flight attendant Geetika Sharma.
Justice P.K. Bhasin reserved the order after counsel appearing for Kanda and Delhi Police concluded their arguments.
Geetika, 23, was found hanging from the ceiling of her house here on the night of Aug 4-5. She left behind two suicide notes, blaming Kanda and Aruna Chaddha, senior executive in Kanda’s group now under arrest.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sidharth Luthra, appearing for police, sought Kanda’s custodial interrogation to find out the conspiracy between him and Chaddha.
The ASG submitted the disclosure report of Chaddha and after going through certain documents, the court asked the ASG about the medical documents. Luthra informed the court that Chaddha had taken Geetika to a private clinic for abortion, and they would investigate this aspect also.
Kanda along with Chaddha visited Dubai to force Geetika to quit her job with a leading airlines there, police told the court.
Police added that when Geetika returned to India and started work for Kanda’s company, there was an unusual condition in her contract that required her to meet Kanda daily after work.
While seeking Kanda’s custodial interrogation, Luthra said: “According to us there is prima facie evidence that he (Kanda) is an offender. Today he is absconding, we have evidence against him. We request this court for his custodial interrogation.”
Senior advocate K.T.S. Tusli, who represented Kanda, sought anticipatory bail for him and said suicide notes left behind by Geetika could not be taken as gospel truth.
“Suicide letters are written in anger and so any allegations can be levelled out of anger and same cannot be taken as gospel truth,” he said.
Luthra said Kanda’s questioning was needed to access computers and laptops of Kanda, Chaddha and Geetika which were missing from his office.
Opposing Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea, the ASG said: “The conduct of not joining the investigation, removal of all electronic items, including his laptop and his computers from office, is a case for refusal of anticipatory bail.”
“We have a problem in investigation. When we went to Kanda’s office, there were no computers,” police told the court.
The ASG urged the court to dismiss the anticipatory bail plea of Kanda as he had been absconding despite a notice served upon him to join the investigation.
He said that the investigation was at a preliminary stage and custodial interrogation was necessary.
It was also submitted by police that Geetika desired to move away from Kanda, but he mounted pressure on her which led to the death of young lady.
Seeking anticipatory bail for Kanda, Tulsi said that some other evidence was required to hold Kanda responsible for Geetika’s suicide.
He said that no offences under offence of abetment to suicide under section 306 of IPC (Indian Penal Code) was made out against him.
“I may be fond of her, she may be fond of me but that does not mean I incite her to commit suicide. The incitement was of signing the documents, not of committing suicide,” Kanda’s counsel said.
“The reasons given by the trial court while dismissing anticipatory bail were that there was misuse of power by me, I have given preferential treatment to Geetika and I exploited her, but these are not offences under offence of abetment for commission of suicide,” Tulsi said.
Tulsi also expressed his displeasure on the way investigation was being conducted.
“The investigating agency has revealed the identity of persons. Suicide notes are confidential.”
He complained that a photocopy of the suicide note was published in a newspaper, alleging that it seemed to be an attempt to create an atmosphere against Kanda.
Tulsi said Geetika’s own family did not sense that she could commit suicide. “Even her mother and father did not know she could commit suicide, how could I know.”
Kanda’s anticipatory bail plea was dismissed Aug 9 by a sessions court that said allegations against him were grave and serious and his bail plea had no merit.
The former Haryana minister was booked for abetment to Geetika’s suicide and criminal intimidation. He is yet to appear before Delhi Police for questioning.
Geetika joined Kanda-owned MDLR Airlines in 2006. The airlines became defunct in 2009 and she went to Dubai to work for an international airlines in October 2010. Within five months she came back to Delhi and started working for another company owned by Kanda.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 06:20 PM PDT
For Google it is no Independence Day in India.Unlike past 9 years Google didnot post a special doodle to mark India’s Independence Day on August 15. Interestingly it did celebrate Pakistan Independence Day by posting a special doodle on its homepage.
On Pakistan’s Independence Day, Google posted a doodle, imitating the style of Pakistan’s famous truck art. This was the second time that Google doodled Pakistan’s Independence Day. The first was in 2011.
Was this due to recent India’s Goverment’s attempt to put a control over its operations filter Social Media ?
Three other countries share August 15 as their Independence Day – Bahrain, South Korea and Republic of the Congo. Google has posted an Independence Day doodle on its South Korean home page.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 05:25 PM PDT
Below are the Five points Pranab Mukherjee highlighted in his First Independence Day Address to Nation
My fellow citizens:
1) It is a great privilege to address, for the first time, my fellow Indians living within our country and in a hundred corners across the globe, on the 65th anniversary of our independence. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to the people and their representatives for the honour of this high office, even as I am deeply conscious of the fact that the highest honour in our democracy does not lie in any office, but in being a citizen of India, our motherland. We are all equal children before our mother; and India asks each one of us, in whatsoever role we play in the complex drama of nation-building, to do our duty with integrity, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the values enshrined in our Constitution.
2) It is important to remember, on Independence Day, that in the age of empires freedom was never given; it was taken. It was won by a generation of giants, led by a mighty man of destiny, Mahatma Gandhi, who fought with selfless, unflinching conviction against the mightiest power in history, with a moral force that transformed political thought and whose reverberations echo in great events all around us today. If the rise of European colonisation began in 18th century India, then the rallying cry of “Jai Hind!” also signalled its end in 1947. The final call to victory, “Jai Hind!” was given by Subhas Chandra Bose, fondly known to every Indian as “Netaji”. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Sarojini Naidu and many others charted the roadmap of independent India. These extraordinary men and women sacrificed their todays for our tomorrows. That tomorrow has come, and there is a question we must ask ourselves: have we honoured the great vision of these stalwarts, as a nation and as a society?
3) I was a toddler when Netaji, as Rashtrapati of the 51st Session of Indian National Congress in Haripura, on the banks of the river Tapti, reminded us that “our chief national problems are eradication of poverty, illiteracy and disease”. His speech echoed through my home, as it did through millions of others. My father was a freedom fighter and through those long years when freedom seemed an illusion, we were sustained by faith in ourselves, in our leaders, in the strength of non-violence, in the courage of Indians liberated from fear. But we knew then, as we do now, that freedom must mean both bread and dreams.
4) Netaji and Nehruji believed that India could seize the future by an application of synthesis, samyavada, of what might seem on surface to be implacable opposites. They believed that free India would become, by example, an alternative model for a post-colonial world through economic equity and a social revolution inspired by harmony between communities that had been misled into hostility. Propelled by freedom of faith, gender equality and economic justice for all, India will become a modern nation. Minor blemishes cannot cloak the fact that India is becoming such a modern nation: no faith is in danger in our country, and the continuing commitment to gender equality is one of the great narratives of our times.
My fellow citizens:
5) I am not a pessimist; for me, the glass is always half full, rather than half empty. I would go to the extent of saying that the glass of modern India is more than half full. Our productive working class; our inspiring farmers, who have lifted a famine-wrecked land to food-surplus status, our imaginative industrialist entrepreneurs, whether in the private or public sector; our intellectuals, our academics and our political class have knit together a modern nation that has leapt, within mere decades, across many centuries in economic growth and progressive social legislation.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 04:45 PM PDT
India is a festive happy place and it is easy to be seduced by it, Canada’s High Commissioner Stewart Beck said here Tuesday at a function to celebrate Indo-Canadian Friendship Day.
“India and Canada share many things in common like democracy. India is a festive happy place and it is very easy to be seduced by it,” he said
The function, held on the eve of Independence Day at the Canadian High Commission, saw guests dressed in colours of India’s national flag.
Beck was dressed in red and white kurta, churidar and stole. “I am wearing red and white coloured Indian outfit to symbolise India and Canada friendship,” he said.
The high commission was decked with “rangoli” made of yellow, dark pink and white flower petals. The cakes had flag colours of the two countries.
A spirit of gaiety pervaded the function that had events such as kite-flying, canvas painting and a dress competition.
Monica Bharadwaj, an employee at the high commission, said it was amazing to see people enjoying with zeal and fervour.
“It is the first time that we have organised a function on a large scale and I hope it continues,” she said.
Simon Cridland, counsellor and head, advocacy programme, was enthralled by the enthusiasm of the people. “More than friendship, it is cooperation between India and Canada. This event symbolizes our work of building relationships,” he said.
Apart from employees of the high commission, children from Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO working for street children, were present.
“I have come here to fly kite. I am loving the crowd and loud music,” said Suraj Shah, an 18-year-old boy from the trust.
The national anthems of the two countries were also sung at the gathering.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 03:30 PM PDT
The flag will, however, fly full mast Wednesday in view of India’s 66th Independence Day celebrations, a statement issued by the home ministry said.
“The government announces with profound sorrow the death of Vilasrao Deshmukh, union cabinet minister on Tuesday, at 13.40 hrs at Chennai,” said the statement.
“It has been decided that as a mark of respect to the departed leader, the National Flag will be flown at half mast today in Delhi and in the capitals of all states and union territories on all buildings where it is regularly flown,” it added.
It said that as per the Flag Code, if the intimation of the death of any dignitary is received in the afternoon, the flag is to be flown half mast on the following day as well. However, in the event of the next day coinciding with Independence Day or Republic Day or Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the flag shall not be flown at half mast on that day, the statement said.
But, the flag will fly half mast on the building where the body is lying till it is removed, it added.
Deshmukh, 67, who was union science and technology minister and a former Maharashtra chief minister, was rushed to Chennai from Mumbai on Aug 6. He had been in the intensive care unit in a critical condition ever since till his death Tuesday.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 02:30 PM PDT
Mary Kom said the decision making not only affected India boxers and there were protests from boxers across the participating nations.
While Mary Kom achieved a first for India in the sport by winning the bronze in the 51kg class, the men’s team surprisingly failed to win a medal.
Controversial decisions were made during bouts of Sumit Sangwan, Manoj Kumar and Vikas Krishan, who lost his fight in the pre-quarterfinals after being declared the winner.
Mary Kom was disappointed with the men’s team result and said she expected at least medals from the team comprising Beijing bronze medallist Vijender Singh.
“The boys could not win and I don’t feel good about. We were expecting two three medals. There was a lot of politics this time around. A lot of protest was happening. It was not only us, the other countries also objected to decisions. Things like these should not happen in the Olympics. Some of judges and referees did not have the experience,” she said during a felicitation ceremony after her arrival here Tuesday.
Referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazovwas of Turkmenistan was expelled from the London Olympics for the decisions he made during fight in which the outcome was overturned.
The sport’s governing body, AIBA, had also suspended Germany’s Frank Scharmach for five days.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 01:30 PM PDT
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs will donate a part of their constituency development funds for the relief of victims of Assam violence and cloud burst in Uttarakhand, a party leader said Tuesday.
The decision was taken in the meeting of BJP’s parliamentary party. The party MPs offered to contribute Rs.50,000 each from their constituency funds.
Rajya Sabha MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari raised the issue of the situation after landslides in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, while the issue of black money and Baba Ramdev’s agitation was also discussed, the party leader said.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 12:30 PM PDT
A forensic expert told a special court here that sexual assault of teen Aarushi could not be established on the basis of samples provide by CBI.
Prosecution witness B.K. Mahapatra, a scientist from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, told Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge S. Lal that he conducted tests on 27 articles submitted by the probe agency.
He said sexual assault could not be established on the basis of the vaginal swab of Aarushi sent for test.
The court also rejected the defence plea to summon on priority 13 witnesses whose names were mentioned by the CBI in the Supreme Court during Nupur Talwar’s bail plea hearing Monday.
The court would next hear the case Aug 16.
Aarushi, 14, was found murdered at her parents’ Noida residence May 16, 2008. The body of her domestic help Hemraj was found the next day on the terrace of the house.
Nupur Talwar, Aarushi’s mother and accused, was taken into custody April 30. She challenged the May 31 Allahabad High Court order rejecting her plea for bail. She is lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad. The teen’s father and co-accused, Rajesh Talwar, is out on bail.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 11:20 AM PDT
Hyderabad-based fashion designer has won the best designer award for utilization of Indian weaves and craftsmanship at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.
The designer presented his kanjeevarams with kalamkari – ‘Ardhangini’ creations on India Textile Day Aug 5.
The 23 dresses he presented were a mix of beautiful saris, anarkalis and ghagras, appealing to the modern bride with prominent colors of saffron, yellow, orange, red and pink.
Inspired by the Panchantantra stories, the beauty of 1950 and 1960s Kanjeevarams, Kalamkari and Zardosi, his creations highlighted the intricate Korvai weaving known for its grace and elegance.
“I am delighted to have won this award, which highlights the excellence of Indian handloom and Indian tradition in fashion. I would like to dedicate this award to my family for their support and to the 450 weavers who bring life to my creativity,” Gaurang said.
The jury panel included fashion experts Krishna Mehta, Jaya Jaitly, Anjana Sharma and Maximiliano Modesti. Gaurang will get a prize of Rs.1 lakh to support and encourage his talent.
Posted: 14 Aug 2012 10:30 AM PDT
President Pranab Mukherkee has said he was “pained” after witnessing the violence in Assam and added that minorities needed solace, understanding and protection from aggression.
“It is particularly painful for me to witness the violence in Assam. Our minorities need solace, understanding an protection from aggression,” he said in his Independence Day-eve speech.
“Violence is not an option; violence is an invitation to greater violence. Concrete attempts have been made to heal the wounds of Assam, including the Assam accord conceived by our young and beloved prime minister Rajiv Gandhi,” he said.
“We should revisit them, and adapt them to present conditions in the spirit of justice and national interest,” he added.
“We need peace for a new economic surge that eliminates the competitive causes of violence,” he added.
Last month’s outbreak of violence between indigenous Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslims in Assam led to the death of 73 people in the northeastern state.
The ethnic violence rendered hundreds of thousands of people homeless.
According to officials, 400,000 people have been displaced from almost 400 villages, who are now taking shelter in relief camps set-up by the state government.
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