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Gang–rape accused to be tried for murder from Tuesday

New Delhi, Feb 2: A fast–track court here here has paved the way for the trial from Tuesday of five men accused of gang–raping a young woman in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, by framing charges against them.

Additional Sessions Judge Yogendra Khanna on Saturday framed the charges of murder, gang–rape and kidnapping, among others, under various sections of the India...

 
Gang–rape victim’s family welcomes court’s decision

New Delhi, Feb 2: The Delhi gang–rape victim’s family welcomed a court’s decision for accepting 13 charges by Delhi Police against the five accused on Saturday.

When an correspondent informed the victim’s family of the fast–track court’s decision, the father of the 23–year–old woman said that he was happy about the decision. “I feel ...

 
Women activists urge President not to sign sexual crime ordinance

New Delhi, Feb 2: Some women’s organizations on Saturday urged the president not to sign the ordinance on criminal law amendments passed by the union cabinet to deal with sexual crimes.

“The ordinance is a complete betrayal of the people’s faith. We are alarmed at the complete lack of transparency displayed by the government in proposing an ordinance as an emergency me...

 
Unfair to boycott Shinde: Khurshid

New Delhi, Feb 2: With the BJP deciding to boycott Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over his “Hindu terrorism” remarks, the Congress on Saturday said the party can disagree with his comments but it is unfair to reduce everything to confrontation.

“It is a bit unfair. Sushilkumar Shinde is the home minister. He obviously has information and he is very seasoned. We shoul...

 
Other States should imitate Surajkund fair: President

New Delhi, Feb 2: President Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurating the annual Surajkund Crafts Mela on Saturday, hoped the success of the fair would spur other States to organize similar ones. In his inaugural address at the 27th edition of the fair at Surajkund in Haryana, bordering the national capital, the president congratulated the Haryana government for organizing the 15–day extravaganza. He s...

 
Indian lawmakers support Tibet cause

New Delhi, Feb 2: Parliament members from different parties voiced their concern over the human rights situation in Tibet and extended support to the cause of Tibet here on Saturday. Speaking at a function of Central Tibetan Administration, the elected government of Tibetans–in–exile, BJP MP Yashwant Sinha said he would invite Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to address the parl...

 
’Government responsible for plight of Pakistani Hindus’

New Delhi, Feb 2: BJP president Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the Indian government was responsible for the plight of Hindus in Pakistan as it never expressed its resentment against the exploitation of the community by fanatics in that country. “It is our government which is responsible for the deplorable plight of Pakistani Hindus. It should react strongly to the injustice and cruelty infl...

 
’Delhi gang–rape could have been prevented’

New Delhi, Feb 2: The Delhi gang–rape proved the “failure of the leadership” of Delhi Police and the heinous incident could have been prevented, former police officer Kiran Bedi said on Saturday. “Delhi has the best equipped police force in the country and it has adequate powers, but it has incommunicative leadership. The gang–rape was the failure of the leadership. I...

 
Stop targeting Kurian in Suryanelli case: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 2: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Saturday urged the media to refrain from linking Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to the Suryanelli sex scandal, saying he has been “exonerated by two previous State governments and the Supreme Court” from the charges.

“It’s most unfortunate that the media has targeted Kurian in the Suryanelli...

 
Rahul Gandhi to vist Amethi

Lucknow, Feb 2: Rahul Gandhi will visit Amethi on February 5, his first trip to his constituency after being elevated as Congress vice president, an official said on Saturday. During the two–day trip, he will meet local party workers and State Congress leaders and would hold a “feedback session with youth wing leaders”, party sources said. The Congress vice president has been foc...

 
Former Puducherry chief minister Shanmugam dead

Chennai, Feb 2: Veteran Congress leader and former Puducherry chief minister P Shanmugam passed away in Karaikal on Saturday after a fall at his house, party officials said. He was 85. Shanmugam fell down the stairs and sustained head injuries. He was taken to the hospital where he passed away. A bachelor, Shanmugam was the chief minister of Puducherry from March 22, 2000 to October 27, 2001 and r...

 
Worrisome, this claim of right to be offended: Tharoor

Kolkata, Feb 2: Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said he was worried that segments of society claimed the “right to be offended” and pointed out that the expression of heretical views was often necessary for an “evolution of culture”.

“This is an era when segments of society claim the right to be offended and... it is for the ...

 
Sharmila Tagore feels death sentence not deterrent for rape

Kolkata, Feb 2: Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore on Friday opposed capital punishment for rape saying death is neither the ultimate punishment nor a deterrent.

“I don’t think death the ultimate punishment. It is not a deterrent because when the person is committing the crime, he thinks that he is not going to be caught. In southern States of America where death penalty exists...

 
Storm music fest spreads wings, may go abroad

Coorg (Karnataka), Feb 2: After two successful editions in the misty landscape of Napoklu here, the Storm Music Festival might become a bi–annual affair, and one edition each year may even take place in international shores, says one of the festival directors.

The event could happen in Coorg itself, but at a different location here, said Lavin Uthappa, managing director of Liquids...

 
’Happy with response to Vishwaroop’

Chennai, Feb 2: Actor–filmmaker Kamal Haasan said on Saturday he is pleased with the response to the Hindi version of his controversial film Vishwaroop in north India.

The Hindi version released in over 1,000 screens on Friday.

“I am extremely happy with the response my film has received in north India,” Kamal Haasan said upon his return to Chennai on Saturday....

 
Deepa is best taskmaster an actor can have: Shahana Goswami

Mumbai, Feb 2: Actress Shahana Goswami, who features in Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, says the filmmaker is quite a taskmaster on the sets, but a great one to work with.
“Deepa is a task master but in the best possible way. I find her to be really good and hardworking with her actors and in every other aspect which she looks into before coming on the sets,” Shahan...

 
Artist performs against rape at Delhi art fest

New Delhi, Feb 2: Nagpur–based sculptor and performance artist Surbhi Bhattad began her month–long performance art here on Saturday to protest gender abuse and rape.

She is performing at Dilli Haat in south Delhi and at Great India Place Mall at Noida with an act “Does the Glorious Movie Scenes Inspire You To Rape?”

The performance is a body act featuring...

 
Race 2 collects Rs 79.6 crore in first week

New Delhi, Feb 2: Abbas–Mustan’s action thriller Race 2 has raked in Rs 79.6 crore net in its opening week at the domestic box–office. The film is also minting money in the overseas market. Co–produced by UTV Motion Pictures and Ramesh Taurani of Tips Films, Race 2 had earned Rs 51.35 crore over first weekend. In the following days, film earned Rs 7.5 crore on Monday, Rs 6....

 
Healthy competition for kids important, feels Sonali

New Delhi, Feb 2: Actress Sonali Bendre, who will judge new children’s reality show India’s Best Dramebaaz, feels competition among kids is important as it helps to bring out the best in an individual. But she says it has to be healthy in nature. “I feel very strongly about overt competitiveness. The word competition has a narrow frame... it has to be healthy. The line is very th...

 
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 Northeast News
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 Cachar News
SUCI (C) celebrates its 66th foundation day
 National News
Poll tales from Mumbai of celebs, power cuts and ambulance
Time to focus on commonalities, strengthen bonds: Pakistani designer
SC entrusts Padmanabhaswamy temple to five–member committee
German scholars revived Indian culture: Merck–Tagore awardee
 International News
Aspirin may cut down colon cancer risks too
Modi, Kejriwal, Arundhati Roy among Time’s 100 influential people
US ’disappointed’ by Palestinian reconciliation deal
US state’s new law allows guns in bars, churches
 State-1
Allahabad bank branches celebrate sesquicentenary
Two persons arrested for murder
AAMSU burns effigy of Power Minister in Sivasagar
Peaceful polling in Dhupdhara with 83.14 per cent
 State-2
90 per cent turn out in peaceful poll in Darrang
Sixth phase election remained peaceful in Bongaigaon
Poll in Nagaon HPC passed off with 70 per cent votes
78 per cent cast vote in Nalbari
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 Op-Ed (Sunday)
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