Wednesday, 8 August 2012

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Will Gopal Kanda be arrested by Police ?

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 02:05 PM PDT

Gopal Kanda Goyal, the prime accused in Geetika Sharma Suicide Case has applied for anticipatory bail. His counsel  moved a District and Sessions court in Rohini court complex seeking anticipatory bail. The application will come up for hearing tomorrow.

Kanda's counsel, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, said one of the grounds for seeking anticipatory bail is that the FIR registered in the case does not disclose the commission of offence under section 306 IPC pertaining to abetment of suicide.

He also said “it is only under media pressure that the police are acting in the way they are.” Geetika Sharma (23), a former air hostess with Kanda’s now defunct MDLR airline, alleged in her suicide note that she was ending her life due to harassment by Kanda and MDLR official Aruna Chaddha. Kanda and Chaddha had denied the allegations.

Earlier, speaking to IBN7, former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, who also owns the MDLR group, claimed he had nothing to with Geetika’s suicide and that he does not have any relations with her family.

He told the channel that he simply helped Geetika do her MBA by funding the course.

Kanda added, “Even my daughter who is 19 years of age is the director of a company, so why would I object to Geetika when she was made the director at 23 years of age?”

“A legal advisor of MDLR group, Ankit Ahluwalia, was called for questioning on Tuesday and Kanda is expected to join the probe on Wednesday.

Sources said that after the interrogation of Ahluwalia, the section of criminal intimidation was added in the FIR as call details confirmed that they were calling Geetika.

“Family members were claiming that Geetika had received a call from Ahluwalia, hours before she committed suicide. It has been established that they were threatening the family,” the officer added.

Geetika was found hanging in her flat in north west Delhi on August 5. Kanda, an Independent MLA who held Home, Urban Bodies and Industry and Commerce portfolios, resigned the following day.

Mars Rover Curiosity sends back first 3D images of Red Planet

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 09:11 AM PDT

Mars Rover Curiosity has  sent back the first 3D images of the martian surface as mission controllers began testing out its camera systems.

The rover also sent back the first “clear” pictures of its new home in the Gale crater after a dust cover was successfully jettisoned from one of its main cameras, the Daily Mail reported.

NASA also Wednesday released new images of the surface of the red planet showing the rover and the discarded landing casing and parachute on the red planet’s surface.

It is the first of dozens of images set to be released over the coming days as NASA begins testing out the scientific instruments that will let the car sized rover search for the ingredients of life, the daily said.

Curiosity’s journey to Mars spanned eight months and 566 million km. The rover gently touched down Sunday night after executing an elaborate and untested landing routine.

The nuclear-powered, six-wheel Curiosity will spend the next two years chiselling into rocks and scooping up soil at Gale Crater to determine whether the environment ever had the right conditions for microbes to thrive.

Why Mary Kom was never recognized earlier ?

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 08:54 AM PDT

In a country where world champions are a rarity, five-time boxing world champion M.C. Mary Kom always had to shout for recognition. But all that will hopefully change now after she has added another feather to her cap – an Olympic medal, nonetheless a bronze.

Mary Kom’s journey to the top of women’s world boxing has been an arduous one. With all she has done for the sport, very few people have acknowledged her feats.

The diminutive 29-year-old from Manipur created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in boxing.

A woman boxer from India would seem like fiction to many. However, Mary Kom transcended the gender boundary by becoming the best at what she does.

Inspired by famous Manipuri boxer Dingko Singh, a Asian Games gold medallist, Mary Kom gave up books for boxing gloves. But she had to hide her interests from her family. All that changed after her victory in the Manipur state women’s boxing championship in 000.

If growing up in the strife-torn state of Manipur was hard, the road to the London Games was harder. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

In the inaugural 2001 World Championship, she won the silver and her golden run started in 2002. In 2003, Mary Kom was awarded the Arjuna Award.

Mary Kom became a legend in women’s boxing as she bagged a hat-trick of World Championship titles here in 2006. Calls for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sports honour, became louder but Mary Kom was ignored repeatedly.

The Manipuri fighter vented out her anger after she was ignored despite winning the world title for the record fourth consecutive time in 2008.

M.S.Gill, the then sports minister, intervened and assured her that justice would be done. Finally, Mary Kom got the Khel Ratna along with Beijing Games bronze medallists Sushil Kumar and Vijender Singh.

Being a police officer in Manipur, she had to do her job, find time and opponents to practice, and then hunt for funds to build up international experience.

After her success, Mary Kom married K. Onler Kom and had twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar. Not only does she have to lend emotional support to her young family but financially she is the main source of income.

Her husband Onler also played a crucial role in her growth and time and again Mary Kom has given him all the credit. He had to stay at home and cater to their twin sons while Mary Kom travelled the world trying to bring laurels.

After a two-year sabbatical that saw her start a family, Mary Kom came back strongly to win the World Championship twice.

After the news of inclusion of women’s boxing in the Olympics for the first time, Mary Kom had to make a huge change, going to 51kg category from the 46kg class, where she has fought for most part of her life.

Life finally came a full circle as she got the Olympic medal she so richly deserved.

End of Tunnel across Pakistan border discovered

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 08:43 AM PDT

The end point of an underground tunnel dug from Pakistan to push terrorists and weapons into Jammu and Kashmir has been found, police said Wednesday.

The discovery was made by a geological team carrying out excavation of the area in Samba district where the tunnel was stumbled upon.

Police officials told IANS that the end point of the tunnel was distinct in shape. While the tunnel is oval shaped, the end is a semi-circle.

“The semi-circle may be meant to provide space for gathering people,” an official said.

“We are still working on finding the opening. It could be at some other place.”

The oxygen pipes laid along the tunnel too end at this point.

The end of the tunnel found is about 15 metres ahead of the place where the tunnel was discovered by a farmer on July 28 when he noticed that the ground was sinking in his field near Chichwal village.

The village is close to Chilyari border post, about 55 km southwest of Jammu.

The tunnel is believed to be 500 metres long, and Pakistani’s Lambryal border post is also this distance away from where the tunnel was discovered.

The geological experts are digging out more details about the tunnel, the first of its kind discovered on the India-Pakistan border.

Police and Border Security Force officials believe the motive behind constructing the tunnel by Pakistan was to facilitate the infiltration and smuggling of arms and ammunition.

They noted that digging a tunnel at such flat plain was easier than any mountainous part of the Line of Control, which divides Jammu and Kashmir b between India and Pakistan.

Indian security agencies claim that stepped up vigil on the border and the border fencing has reduced the infiltration of militants from Pakistan to negligible levels.

Delhi High court asks Shoaib Iqbal to remove structure near Jama Masjid

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 03:30 AM PDT

Delhi Police Tuesday moved the high court seeking direction to legislator Shoaib Iqbal to remove the structure built by him in Subhash Park, near the Jama Masjid, where the ruins of a 17th century mosque were unearthed.

Showing its helplessness to provide force to the North Municipal Corporation of Delhi to remove the structure, as directed by the court, police said it is the month of Ramzan and if their application is not allowed, it might result in disturbance of peace.

“Appropriate orders/direction be issued to Shoiab Iqbal, MLA (legislator) to remove unauthorised construction/obstruction/nuisance at the site of Subhash Park under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI),” said Delhi Police in their application while seeking modification of the court’s earlier order and extension of time for its compliance.

Police also noted that the Independence Day celebrations are also approaching, for which security arrangements are to be made and police deployed in the area.

“Additionally, Baba Ramdev and his team have also booked the Ramlila ground from July 25 to Aug 30 for his ‘Anshan’ (fast) which will start on Aug 9,” the police application said.

“The applicant is bound to manage all the above throughout the month of August. Each of the aforementioned events would need massive deployment of police force for maintaining peace, law and order. As such, special efforts would have to be made to ensure peace and tranquility in the area,” the plea added.

Contending that Section 20A (2) of the Ancient Monuments and Archaelogical Sites and Remains Act, 1958, barred any person, other than archaeological Officer, from carrying out construction in any prohibited area, Delhi Police submitted that this and the court’s finding, specifically noting that Iqbal resorted to construction, made it apparent that he was in breach of the provisions.

“Discussions were held with some respectable and knowledgeable persons in this area and they had suggested that since the action of demolition of unauthorised construction might disturb communal harmony, at this time being the holy month of Ramzan, the same should be postponed,” the petition added.

Additional Solicitor General (ASJ) Sidhartha Luthra, appearing for Delhi Police, urged the court to hear the matter on Aug 9 but the court posted the matter for Aug 17.

A special bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice Rajiv Shakdher earlier asked the ASI to implement its order dated July 19 in which it directed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to remove the unauthorised construction within 15 days.

People in areas close to Jama Masjid started the construction of a mosque at the Subhash Park after a building’s remains were discovered in early July during excavation for Delhi Metro work.

The area people claimed that the remains were those of the 17th century Mughal-era Akbarabadi mosque.

According to the ASI, Subhash Park fell within the restricted zone of two protected heritage sites — Sunehri Masjid and Red Fort — and any construction in the area required permission from the National Monuments Authority.

It also said that construction at the excavated site was illegal under the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act.

CBI to probe into Assam Violence and Riots

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 02:30 AM PDT

Hinting that some “external forces” were behind the communal clashes in three districts, the Assam government Tuesday said it has decided for a CBI probe in the violence, which left 73 people dead and over four lakh people displaced.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told media persons here that there were external and internal forces behind the violence between Bodo tribals and Muslim settlers.

The clashes started in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) and later spread to contiguous Dhubri district.

“Some external forces have always been active in Assam to create some sort of disturbances in the state,” said Gogoi and added that the government has already started the process to hand over the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The chief minister said that the situation has improved in the violence-affected areas but he also expressed concern over the recent fresh incidents of violence in Kokrajhar district.

“We are worried over the recent incidents of violence. I have instructed the chief secretary and other officials to deal with the situation strictly,” said Gogoi.

“We have to deal with the situation strictly. Police have already arrested 170 people for indulging in the violence. I have also instructed the police in BTAD to seize all the illegal arms and ammunition, if found in possession with civilians and other anti-social elements,” he said. Police have also been instructed to go for preventive arrests if required, he added.

Gogoi said that the deaths in the violence have gone up to 73, including 15 killed in relief camps and four in police firing. Of the 15 killed in relief camp, seven were children, he said.

The chief minister said that 65 companies of para-military forces were deployed in the affected districts at present and that a total of 1.17 lakh people have already returned to their houses from the relief camps.

Gogoi also said that 95 police pickets have already been set up in all the sensitive areas of the districts and that the remaining pickets will be set up soon.

Huma Qureshi sizzles in Black Dress at Lakme Fashion Week

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 01:30 AM PDT

Huma Qureshi Lakme Fashion weekIf she wowed movie buffs with her performance in “Gangs of Wasseypur” (GOW), actress Huma Qureshi impressed fashionistas when she walked the ramp Tuesday in a black dress as showstopper for Atithi Gupta at the fifth and final day of Lakme Fashion Week 2012.

For Huma, Gupta created a black dress with uneven drape hemline and teamed it up with golden zardosi sleeveless shrug.

“I work on detailing. My garments look simple but there is lot of texturing and gathering. I wanted to keep it minimalistic, stylish and different,” Gupta told IANS.

When asked why she chose Huma as her showstopper, the designer explained: “In her forthcoming movie ‘Gangs of Wasseypur 2′, Huma plays the love interest of a gangster. There is lot of drama to her character in the film, she tries to imitate Madhuri Dixit. I thought this would add drama to my garments and that she would do justice.”

The music of “Gangs Of…” played in the background when the actress sashayed down the ramp and it was a perfect promotion for part two of the film, releasing Wednesday. Director Anurag Kashyap, who showed up a little late, was there to cheer for Huma.

Gupta’s collection offered dresses, pleated skirts, draped outfits, jumpsuits and she also experimented with unique jackets and fluid pants.

She used a mix of fabrics like georgette, wrinkled crepe, chiffons and cotton silks to give a feminine and classy feel to her garments. A wide range of colors including blue, pastel purples, black and grey was used.

The final day also saw collections by other new designers – Nupur Kanol and Ruchika Sachdeva.

Sunny Leone to work opposite to Aamir Khan

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 01:10 AM PDT

Indo-Canadian adult film actress Sunny Leone, is on cloud nine! Her debut Bollywood film Jism 2, is creating waves at the box office and the starlet has also managed to grab a few new films. Now, Sunny has revealed that she would love to work with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan.

Sunny stated that after signing to act in a language which she is not familiar with, she asked to watch some Hindi films. It was how, she got a chance to watch Aamir Khan and Salman Khan’s films. She confessed that she liked the liveliness in Aamir’s movies and action-packed entertainment in Salman’s. Since she loves action and romance a lot, she wants to work with both the actors some day.

We wish the actress’s dream to come true someday!

Har Hath Mein Phone Scheme to provide a Mobile Phone to all BPL Families

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 12:30 AM PDT

smartphoneEvery Poor man in India would get a cellphone from UPA Led Central Government if it comes to power again in 2014. A whooping 7000 crores would be spent on this.

According to a report in Times of India a scheme— Har Hath Mein Phone—expected to be announced by PM Manmohan Singh on August 15, will not only aim to give away mobiles to around six million BPL households, but also provide 200 minutes of free local talk time.

Top government managers involved in formulating the scheme want to sell it as a major empowerment initiative of the UPA 2. While the move will ensure contact with the beneficiaries of welfare programmes worth thousands of crores, there is also a view the scheme will provide an opportunity for the UPA to open a direct line of communication with a sizable population that plays an active role in polls.

The scheme may be funded from the telecom department’s universal service obligation (USO) funds. According to a source, 50% of the cost is likely to come from the bidder who gets the right to provide the service and the remaining from the USO fund. The fund is meant to be used to meet USO aims by providing access to phone services to people in rural and remote areas at affordable prices. The resources for its implementation are raised through a service levy fixed at 5% of the adjusted gross revenue of all telecom service providers except the pure value added service providers like internet, voice mail, email etc.

According to estimates, the scheme will involve a monthly expenditure of Rs 100 per cellphone. The government is also exploring the possibility of getting service charges subsidized through competitive bidding.

Why Geetika Sharma had to quit her job in Dubai based Airlines ?

Posted: 07 Aug 2012 11:37 PM PDT

Geetika SharmaGeetika Sharma, who committed suicide had to quit her job in a Dubai based Airline Company. According to her  brother Ankit,  Former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda had visited his residence and admitted to having sent a "forged letter" purportedly in the name of a Gurgaon Station House Officer to the Dubai-based Airline Company where she had joined after the MDLR Airlines stopped operations. The letter alleged that she had an outstanding loan in India.

"He apologised to my mother and then took my family for a trip to Shirdi," said Ankit Geetika’s Brother. The family alleged that it was because of the letter that Geetika had to quit her job and come back to India.

In the FIR registered under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and Sector 506 (criminal intimidation) read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code, Geetika's mother Anuradha alleged that she had called up Mr. Kanda on August 4 but he did not answer. When he later called her from another number, she enquired from him about a previous call made by Ms. Chadha, asking about the papers which Geetika was supposed to sign. To this, Mr. Kanda allegedly asked Anuradha to send her daughter to his office to sign those papers. The police are trying to ascertain the nature of those documents.

Anuradha has in the FIR said that Mr. Kanda had sponsored Geetika's MBA course which she was pursuing after she left his company in June.

Sources also say that Geetika Sharma held a top post in the management and had accompanied Kanda during his visits to Goa. “She was at the level of a director. Everyone knew of her close connection with Kanda and they travelled to Goa on a few occasions together. Initially, she was based at Mint Club Casino in a five star resort at Arpora and later was overseeing affairs at Mint Cruise Casino,” sources said. MDLR had then bought over the offshore Casino Rio owned by the Leela Group and renamed it Mint Cruise Casino.

“I’m ending myself today because I’m shattered inside. My trust has been broken. And I’m being cheated. Two people responsible for my death are Aruna Chadha and Gopal Goyal Kanda. Both of them have broken my trust and have misused me for their own benefits. They have ruined my life and now they are trying to sabotage my family members,” Geetika wrote in her suicide note.

P Karunakaran, Deputy Commissioner of Police(North-West), said they have now added Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC in the case which was registered on Sunday. Police had earlier registered a case of abetment to suicide against Kanda on the basis of the suicide note

A team from the National Commission for Women (NCW) began its probe into the incident with a visit to Geetika’s house. After a preliminary inquiry, yesterday, the NCW will further probe the matter today.

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