24 hours later, another gangrape in Delhi Wednesday, Jun 24 2009 

A woman was allegedly gang raped in Delhi’s Shahadra area last night (June 23) by three men. The three men who raped the 22 year old woman were known to her family ad are said to be her husband’s friends.

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Lucky them: 100,000 Nano buyers selected Tuesday, Jun 23 2009 

Mumbai: Tata Motors, makers of the Nano small car, on Tuesday said it has completed random selection of the first 100,000 applicants who would buy the vehicle in the first phase and that delivery will begin next month. “Tata Motors once again places on record its gratitude to the people of India for according such a warm welcome to the Tata Nano, as also to all its preferred financiers, dealers and partner companies for their stupendous effort in helping the company launch the Tata Nano,” the company said in a statement.

The selection was made through a random computerised process after bookings closed on April 25. About two lakh bookings, which began April 9, were made across Tata Motors dealerships and State Bank of India (SBI) branches. This was, however, much lower than what was expected. The selected applicants will be contacted individually, the statement said, adding that delivery will begin next month and continue till the last quarter of 2010.

India’s third largest passenger car maker said 55,021 applicants out of the 106,703 not selected in the first phase had exercised the option to retain their booking. They will be given preferential allotment in the second phase.

Additionally, they will be entitled to an interest of 8.5 percent on the booking amount if the car is delivered within two years (June 23, 2011), and 8.75 percent after that date. The booking amounts of the unsuccessful applicants shall be returned, the statement added. The company will also be offering the unsuccessful applicants “an exciting offer on the Tata Indica range”, the statement read.

Cops accused of rape face mob wrath Tuesday, Jun 23 2009 

Violence erupted in Iderpuri, New Delhi on Tuesday (June 23) after a woman alleged that she was raped by five policemen last night. Following which, enraged mobs restored to violence demanding quick action to be taken and the accused policemen are brought to book. Fire tenders have been called for to control the situation in the area. Four companies of Delhi force too have rushed to the place to restore order.  A medical test was conducted on the victim where preliminary findings reveal no trace of sexual assault. The doctors of Ram Manohar Lohia hospital have now sent the samples to CFSL for further tests. However, there is no FIR filed against the five policemen so far.

Reports suggested that the victim was threatened by senior policemen that if a complaint was filed, she would be detained and forced to stay in the jail for 3-4 days, where other police officials would rape her. However, senior officers have vehemently denied these accusations.  Meanwhile, the Delhi Police Commissioner has transferred the case to the Crime Branch and has asked them to file a report within 24 hours. This demand came from the residents of the area after they believed that if the investigations were carried out by the district police the truth will not come out in the light.

It is now on the onus of the Crime Branch to conduct investigations in this gang rape case. The officials are expected to record statements of the victim and the accused policemen. They will also examine the results of the medical tests conducted on the victim and submit a report on the same in the next 24 hours.

‘Victim never came to the police station’

However, speaking to a bunch of reported the DCP, South West denied the charges leveled by the women. He also went on to add that no complaint was filed at the police station and that they have proof that the women never visited the police station.  The Delhi police continued to believe that no such incident has taken place and there was no need of the crime branch’s involvement in this case. However, sources told TIMES NOW that there is a CCTV installed in the police station, which will help the investigators determine whether the lady did come to the police station to file a complaint.

India, China saved developing economies from shrinking: WB Tuesday, Jun 23 2009 

The World Bank on Monday warned that developing economies would have shrunk if it were not for India and China. The developing nations are projected to grow 1.2 per cent this year and without China and India, these economies would have contracted 1.6 per cent in 2009.

Meanwhile, the World Bank forecast India’s economy to expand by 5.1 per cent this fiscal, the slowest in six years, although the country has consistently outperformed the multilateral funder’s estimates in the past. The Indian economy had grown by 6.7 per cent in 2008-09 against the World Bank’s estimate of 6.1 per cent, despite recession setting in most of the developed nations.

“Almost two years after problems in the US mortgage market set in motion the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, global financial markets remain unsettled, and prospects for capital flows to the developing world are dim,” the Bank said in its report – ‘Global Development Finance: Charting a Global Recovery’.

Cash-strapped Air India looking at pay cuts Monday, Jun 22 2009 

NDTV has learnt that the Air India is weighing measures to reduce its employee cost by 16 per cent. This will help the airline to cut its Rs 3,000 crore wage bill by Rs 500 crore. The cost reduction measures could include pay cuts, and rejig of incentives and flying allowances. A committee will submit the cost reduction plan by July 15. Air India has approached the government for infusion of funds. Cash-strapped Air India has delayed paying the salary to its staff.
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Womens T20 World Cup:India Qualify For Semi Final Tuesday, Jun 16 2009 

India sealed a semi-final spot after defeating Sri Lanka by five wickets in a rain-affected match at Taunton. Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut took India past a modest target, but Sri Lanka stayed in the contest by picking up wickets regularly.

Sri Lanka batted first after the match was reduced to an 18-over contest, but never really got going against a tight Indian bowling unit. Deepika Rasangika top scored for Sri Lanka with 24, as her team mustered a modest total of 94 in its allotted 18 overs.

Medium pacer Rumeli Dhar led the Indian attack with miserly figures of 2 for 4 in four overs, supported by left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana, who also picked up two wickets.India did not have the best of starts in their reply, finding themselves in a spot of bother at 33 for 3. Opening batsman Poonam Raut made a cautious yet vital 30 from 41 balls before being dismissed, but Mithali Raj at the other end was more aggressive, scoring an unbeaten 32 from just 22 balls. The duo ensured the required rate hovered around at the 6-per-over mark, before Raj finished the match in the 17th over.

England play Pakistan in the final Group B league match, which will decide who tops the group. England are already through to the semi-finals, but a Pakistan win could affect England’s net run-rate, giving India an opportunity to finish in first place.

Shiney Ahuja sent to police custody till June 18 Monday, Jun 15 2009 

Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was arrested on Sunday for raping his maid, has been sent to police custody till June 18. The actor has been charged under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 376 with rape, along with wrongful restraint and intimidation. Ahuja was taken to be produced in the Andheri court in Mumbai by the police.

The actor’s domestic help had lodged a complaint on Sunday after which a medical test was conducted on her. She’s been working in his house for the last month and a half. In her police complaint, the maid has alleged, “In the afternoon when I was alone in the house, Shiney came and forced himself on me. I tried to push him away but he gagged and raped me. He also threatened me of dire consequences and told me not to inform anybody. I confided to my family only later in the evening when my private parts began hurting. My uncle took me to the police station to lodge a complaint.”

The actor who made his debut in the critically acclaimed Hazaaron khwayishe Aisi was arrested on Sunday night. Ahuja, who hails from Delhi, has worked in several successful Bollywood films such as Bhool Bhulaiya, Gangster and Life in a Metro. The case has left the Bollywood fraternity shell-shocked. Many like filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt have said that while the incident is shameful, the actor’s version should be heard. Bollywood director Mohit Suri also expressed shock over the incident. “I was clearly in shock and I wanted to know whether it was one of those cases against celebrities that come up every now and then, or was it really true. This looked a little more serious more so because he confessed to consensual sex with the maid,” said Suri.

Reacting to the incident, Shiney’s family has said that the actor has been framed. Shiney Ahuja is married to Anu Ahuja, who works in the United States and the couple has a two-year-old daughter. Reacting on the incident, Anu said Shiney is a man of character.

Minister Offers Rs42cr Crown at Tirupati Temple Friday, Jun 12 2009 

TIRUPATI: Karnataka tourism minister and Bellary mine baron Gali Janardhan Reddy will probably be better known for something else: with anoffering of a diamond-studded crown worth Rs 42 crore, he became the biggest donor to Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati since the Vijayanagara kings 400 years ago.The 20-kg stunner was a “thanksgiving” gesture, the minister said. Sources added that 32kg of `aparanji (pure)’ gold went into its making, besides 70,000 diamonds weighing 4,000 carats. The 2.5-ft crown has a huge 890-carat emerald from Africa engraved in the centre which alone costs around Rs 10 crore.The crown will be placed the Lord’s idol during Abhishekam seva on Friday morning. It was earlier kept in the Vaibhavotsava Mandapam in Tirumala and special pujas were performed. After a ritual called Sahasra Deepalankara seva, it was taken around on a procession along with the deity, Lord Malayappa Swamy. Around 7pm, the crown was taken inside the sanctum sanctorum.

8th H1N1 case detected in Hyderabad Friday, Jun 12 2009 

A six-year-old girl who hails from New York, was travelling along with her relatives and arrived at Hyderabad has been confirmed with the H1N1 virus on Friday (June 12). The girl is said to have contracted the virus from her grand parents.

This young girl came to Hyderabad to spend time with her grand parents and was on a vacation. The relatives have been summoned for a check up. The entire family is being tested for the dreaded H1N1 virus at the H1N1 detection centre in Hyderabad.

N-scientist’s disappearance baffles Karnataka cops Friday, Jun 12 2009 

Bangalore: The mysterious disappearance of 48-year-old nuclear scientist Lokanathan Mahalingam from near the Kaiga Atomic Power Station has his family, colleagues and the police baffled. Mahalingam went for his morning jog on June 8 and did not return. With his disappearance many questions are being raised like was the nuclear scientist privy to classified information?

Mahalingam was working as a lecturer in the simulated training department at Kaiga and sources say he wasn’t privy to classified information. He was not even carrying a wallet when he disappeared as he had gone jogging at the time. Initial reports suggest his family suspected he was kidnapped and so lodged a complaint with the local police on June 10.

But why did Mahalingam’s wife file a complaint two full days after he went missing?  “Police are doing their job. They are looking for him,” said Mahalingam’s brother-in-law when contacted by CNN-IBN. “He is missing. He had no enemies,” he added.

Why is Mahalingam’s family keeping a low profile? Is a family dispute at the root of this disappearance? The police are left equally baffled. “The police have registered a case of man missing and they have taken up the investigation of the case. The Superintendent of Police of Karwar district has visited the spot, he has made inquiries and he has been guiding investigations of the missing officer,” said Inspector General of Police (Western Range, Karnataka) Gopal Hosur.But why did the police take more than 24 hours to file an FIR? Police are now combing the jungles of Western Ghats surrounding his quarters for clues.

Naxals’ deadliest strike in Jharkhand Thursday, Jun 11 2009 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called the Naxals’ the most potent threat to internal security and it seems the militia is living up to that billing. On Wednesday (June 10), 11 policemen were martyred in the deadliest Naxalite attack in the West Singbhum district of Jharkhand ever. TIMES NOW has access to exclusive pictures from Jharkhand, where the attack took place.

11 policemen, including a CRPF Inspector, were killed and 6 others injured when Maoists targeted their vehicle with a landmine in naxal-hit West Singhbhum district. A joint team of CRPF and local police was returning from a 2-day long-range patrolling when the explosion took place at Chaibasa town near Jamshedpur. Yesterday’s landmine explosion was the fourth major Naxal-related incident in West Singhbhum district since 2002

Slumdog child star Azhar gets new home but with a rider Thursday, Jun 11 2009 

Mumbai: The makers of the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire have bought a new home for one of the two child stars discovered in Mumbai’s slums.

Both children lost their homes last month when authorities demolished parts of their slum. The purchase of a 250-square-foot (23-square-meter) one-bedroom apartment for the family of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, was completed Monday, said Nirja Mattoo, who helps oversee the Jai Ho trust set up by the filmmakers to help Azharuddin and his 9-year-old co-star Rubina Ali.

“They can move in,” Mattoo told The Associated Press on Wednesday.”I’m just waiting for their consent.” Ownership of the tiny apartment, which cost about 25 lakh Indian rupees ($50,000), will be transferred from the trust to Azharuddin when he turns 18, provided he completes school, Mattoo said.

“He has to complete an education. We are very clear about that,” she said. She declined to say what would happen to the property if he does not finish school. The apartment is located in Santa Cruz West, a suburb of Mumbai just north of the slum where the two children now live.Mattoo said the trust is actively looking for a new home for Rubina.

The government has also started the process of giving both children apartments, and the family of Azharuddin, known as Azhar, hopes to get both, his mother said. “After Azhar is grown up, he can stay in one,” said Shameem Ismail. “Me and my husband can stay in the other. Both houses are small.”

On Tuesday, Azhar’s family toured the apartment the government has offered them in Malvani, on the northern outskirts of Mumbai. Ismail described the flat as “small but good.””The only problem is it’s far away from Azhar’s school,” she said.

Azhar said he likes both houses. “I’ll take my friends to visit,” he said, squatting with two friends in front of his shanty roasting jackfruit seeds in a fire built from old newspapers and sticks. The boys said they’d miss him.

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Wreckage of AN-32 aircraft found Wednesday, Jun 10 2009 

The wreckage of the IAF AN-32 transport aircraft, carrying 13 defence personnel, was found on Wednesday (June 10) at a village in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, a day after it went missing, police said. The defence personnel were feared to have died when the aircraft crashed over Rinchi hill above Heyo village, 60 km from Mechuka in the district, located closed to China border, they said.

Though a wireless message, received at the SP’s office at district headquarters Aalo, confirmed the recovery of the wreckage, there was no word about any recovery of human remains. The aircraft was on a routine food supply sortie and was carrying seven IAF personnel and six army personnel, an IAF spokesman said.

The message, sent by the officer in-charge of Mechuka police station, said two search parties of the Army and the border guarding paramilitary force, ITBP, left for the village this morning. The police quoted some local people saying that they saw smoke billowing after a very loud sound from the distant hills.

Among the IAF men on board were two wing commanders, two squadron leaders and a flight lieutenant. The plane had taken off from the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh to Jorhat in Assam at around 2 pm yesterday after which it went missing.

The AN-32, belonging to Rowriah air base in Jorhat, had started its sortie from Mohanbari in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district and had carried essential commodities to the army base near Mecheka. Bad weather had hampered the search operations as an IAF helicopter — MI 17 — had to return from the Mechuka-Jorhat route and the operation was suspended for sometime.

This afternoon, another helicopter left for the area, Defence spokesperson Wing Commander Ranjib Sahoo said at the IAF Eastern Command Headquarters in Shillong. The aircraft was scheduled to reach Jorhat at about 3.30 PM, but it did not respond to Air Traffic Control, Sahoo said. The Indian Air Force conducted an air reconnaissance yesterday afternoon in the Arunachal hills, but could not locate it nor found any wreckage, the spokesman said.

Google founder’s mentor dead Monday, Jun 8 2009 

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The celebrated Stanford professor, Rajeev Motwani, known worldwide for mentoring and advising founders of the companies like Google and PayPal, has died in a freak drowning incident.

The news of his death has sent shock waves throughout the Silicon Valley and the tech world globally, as he was known to be the master brain behind several of the key advancement in the world of internet including Google and PayPal.

Another Indian student attacked in Australia Friday, May 29 2009 

In a fresh incident of racial attack on Indians in Australia, a 25-year old student was stabbed in Melbourne, even as another youth from Andhra Pradesh was battling for life after an assault by local teenagers. Baljinder Singh, 25 was attacked on Monday night when two men carrying weapons approached, the ‘Herald Sun’ reported.

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