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New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by two teenage boys here in Bindapur area after offering her lift in a car, police said on Thursday.
Police has apprehended one of the accused, while the victim has been admitted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.
“The incident took place on Wednesday at around 8:30 p.m. when the victim, a student of class 10th and a resident of Uttam Nagar, was offered lift in a car by one of her friends,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Surender Kumar said.
“He then took her for a joy ride to Bindapur area where they were joined by one of his friend, co-accused in the crime,” Kumar added.
They duo offered her a drink laced with seductive and allegedly gang-raped her.
They girl was later thrown out of the car near her house.
“The police has apprehended one of the juvenile, while his friend is still at large. A manhunt is on to nab him,” Kumar said.
Panaji, March 2 (IANS) Five policemen, including two sub-inspectors were injured after a 40-year-old man attacked them with a knife at Guirim village, near Panaji, an official said on Wednesday.
According to the police, the accused hails from Maharashtra and is “mentally unstable”.
The incident occurred late on Wednesday, after Miranda’s wife called 100 claiming Miranda was beating her up. When a five-man police team reached the site, Miranda attacked them with a knife.
After assaulting the police, Jovelle Miranda was overpowered and beaten up by local residents from the village. Miranda, as well as the five police personnel have been admitted to the government-run Asilo hospital in Mapusa town, located around 15 km from Panaji.
“We have detained the accused and he is currently undergoing treatment. Our police personnel have also been hospitalised on account of stab injuries,” Police Inspector Rajendra Prabhudessai told reporters here.
Police sources also said that Miranda would be taken to the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour in Panaji, after he is discharged from the hospital.
No First Information Report (FIR) has been filed, till late on Wednesday night.
New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Congress on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the steep hike in LPG cylinder prices, saying the government was betraying its promises to people.
“Ordinary Indian is being ripped apart by Modiji by midnight extortion as LPG cylinders hiked by Rs 86 and small cylinder by Rs 30.50. Acche Din?” tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
The “whopping rise” in prices “tells us that this Suit Boot ki Sarkar’s promises to the common man were all gas and betrayal”, he added.
State-run oil marketers raised the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG), which customers buy after exhausting their subsidised quota of 12 cylinders in a year, by a steep Rs 86 per cylinder effective from Wednesday.
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) State-run oil marketers raised the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) by a steep Rs 86 per cylinder effective from Wednesday.
“With effect from March 1, 2017, non-subsidised price of LPG cylinder has increased by Rs 86. This is in line with the rise in global LPG product prices,” a Petroleum Ministry statement here said.
Non-subsidised LPG, which customers buy after exhausting their subsidised quota of 12 cylinders in a year, will now cost Rs 737.50 in Delhi for a 14.2 kg cylinder.
Oil companies also raised price of subsidised cooking gas by a marginal 13 paisa to Rs 434.93 per 14.2 kg cylinder in Delhi.
The rates of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), or jet fuel, were also raised by Rs 214 per kilolitre to Rs 54,293.38 per kl in Delhi. Rates vary at airports as per local taxes.
Oil marketers revise rates of ATF and cooking gas on the 1st of every month based on oil price and foreign exchange rate in the preceding month.
Mumbai, March 1 (IANS) Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, whose “Sarkar 3”, the third installment of his political thriller series, is all set to release, says that the film is full of grey characters, none of which can be called as a hero or a villain.
Asked about if Yami Gautam’s character is of a vamp, Varma told media at the trailer launch here: “There is no hero or villain in the film. All the characters are quite grey and strong believer of their own convictions. So it would be wrong to point out any character as a positive or negative one.”
The upcoming film has some new faces like Yami, Amit Sadh, Jackie Shroff, and Manoj Bajpayee among others apart from Amitabh Bachchan as Subhash Nagre.
The star cast of the film, including Amitabh and Jackie, as well as producer Rahul Mittra, and Nandu Ahuja of Eros International were also present.
As the film talks about politics, crime and differences of ideology, Varma, asked if it was a a challenge to strike a balance of reality without glorifying crime, said: “Crime is a legal term. Anyone who is doing something against the system, even it is for the good of oppressed people, it is a crime.
“Though it is illegal in the eyes of the legal system, audience gets connected to the emotion and righteousness of the character. Perhaps that is why it does not appear as a crime; rather the man becomes a leader.”
“Sarkar 3” will be releasing on April 7.
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) In a move to promote digital transactions post-demonetisation, the government on Wednesday said it has asked banks to provide mobile banking facility to all customers by the end of the current fiscal on March 31.
“What we have asked the banks to do is to enable all customers who have mobiles for mobile banking. We are asking banks to run a nationwide campaign up to March 31 to ensure that every customer who has a mobile phone is enabled for mobile banking,” IT Secretary Aruna Sundarajan told reporters here.
“The reason is earlier mobile banking wasn’t such a priority. And therefore, many customers may not have said they want mobile banking services. But today, they want it,” she said.
The Secretary also said customers who are using the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) or BHIM payment app should automatically be enabled for mobile banking.
“We have said that any customer who accesses UPI or BHIM, they should automatically be enabled for mobile banking because it means they want mobile banking. This is to ensure that whoever wants to do mobile banking but has not been enabled, should be enabled by March 31,” she said.
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Two men have been arrested for duping a person of Rs 80,000 on the pretext of getting him a job with Air India at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, a Delhi Police officer said on Wednesday.
Police said Kamal Arora and his accomplice Ansul Mishra were arrested on Tuesday night following raids at their respective residences in Gurugram and West Delhi.
Police said the incident came to light after the victim S. Suneel, a native of Andhra Pradesh, filed a complaint against Arora and Mishra.
“Arora and Mishra also took his fake interview to win Suneel’s confidence. After taking Rs 80,000 from him, they stopped answering his calls. Sensing he had beeen duped by them, Suneel filed a complaint on Tuesday,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sanjay Bhatia.
“Mishra had earlier worked with a placement consultancy catering to companies of airport and his accomplice Arora was previously employed at IGI airport. They were identified after police examined the CCTV cameras at IGI airport,” he said, adding that there may have some more victims duped by Mishra and Arora and police are investigating.
Hyderabad, March 1 (IANS) Sunayna Dumala, the wife of Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was shot dead in Kansas in a hate crime last week, has said that she will return to the US to fulfill his dream.
Sunayna, who came here with the body of Srinivas, revealed this in a heart-wrenching Facebook post, which went viral on Wednesday.
While Srinivas’s mother said she will not allow her younger son Sai Kishore to return to the US, Sunayna is determined to resume life in Kansas where the couple had moved few years ago with dreams and built their house.
“This is my Srinu’s dream, and it is the least I could do for my Srinivas – fulfill his dreams through my eyes – and it is for this I have to come back to the USA,” she wrote while thanking Congressman Kevin Yoder and Senator Jerry Moran for working on her migration status.
Srinivas was on H1B visa while Sunayna was on H4 dependent visa.
Her Facebook post assumes significance in the wake of reports that US authorities may not allow her to enter the country.
Srinivas, 32, was killed and his friend Alok Madasani was injured when Adam Purinton, a white man who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, on February 22.
Srinivas and Alok were working as aviation programme managers at Garmin, an MNC.
Recalling their meeting in 2006, long friendship and marriage in 2012, she wrote that Srinivas gave her the courage to pursue her dream of coming to the US and studying and this made her an independent, self-sufficient and strong woman.
“I started working only recently, May 2016. He’d played a major role in me attaining a job,” said Sunayna, who works at Intouch Solutions in Kansas.
She recalled that they moved from small town like Cedar Rapids, Iowa to a big city so that she could get a job and be able to pursue her dreams.
“Kansas was our instant choice, and we moved here with a lot of dreams. We built our dream home, which he painted, and installed the garage door,” she wrote.
The couple were also planning to expand their family. “We had had a doctor’s appointment just a few weeks ago. One of the last thoughts that he shared with me were Nani (his nickname for me), we need to save money if we have to end up going for in-vitro to conceive.”
Srinivas would have turned 33 on March 9 and the couple were planning to fly to New Jersey for his cousin’s engagement. “He was excited and eagerly waiting for the event, and we had plans to shop this past weekend for the trip. Things turned out differently, I was on my way to India with him in a coffin.”
She wanted to know what the US government will do answer the questions that are in every immigrant’s mind: “Do we belong here? Is this the same country we dreamed of and is it still secure to raise our families and children here?”
Rome, March 1 (IANS/AKI) Prominent child abuse survivor Marie Collins has quit a Vatican panel set up by Pope Francis to tackle the problem of paedophile priests, citing her frustration at a lack of cooperation from the church’s most senior clerics.
In her resignation letter to Pope Francis, Collins cited her “frustration at a lack of cooperation with the commission by other offices in the Roman Curia (the Vatican government)” as a reason for stepping down, said a statement from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Her resignation is a devastating indictment of the Catholic Church’s under-resourced handling of sexual abuse under Francis, and its intense cultural resistance to efforts to tackle the problem.
Collins said one of the reasons she decided to step down was the Vatican’s failure to set up a tribunal recommended by the commission to hold negligent bishops to account when they ignored reports of abuse.
The last straw for Collins was learning that a Vatican department was failing to comply with a new recommendation that all correspondence from victims and survivors receive a reply, she said in a statement to the National Catholic Reporter newspaper.
“I find it impossible to listen to public statements about the deep concern in the church for the care of those whose lives have been blighted by abuse, yet to watch privately as a congregation in the Vatican refuses to even acknowledge their letters.
“It is a reflection of how this whole abuse crisis in the church has been handled: with fine words in public and contrary actions behind closed doors.
“It is devastating in 2017 to see that these men can still put other concerns before the safety of children and vulnerable adults,” she said.
The commission stated that Pope Francis accepted Collins’ resignation “with deep appreciation for her work” on behalf of other survivors of what he has often called the “scourge” of clerical sex abuse.
Collins agreed to continue working with the commission “in an educational role”, given her “exceptional teaching skills” and the impact of her testimony as an abuse survivor, according to the statement.
Commission head Sean O’Malley, a Boston cardinal, said he was thankful for Collins “extraordinary work” as a founding member of the commission and would pray for her and all abuse victims and survivors.
An Irish laywoman molested by a priest when she was 13, Collins was one of two clerical-sex abuse survivors appointed to the nine-member panel, alongside Briton Peter Saunders, who the panel asked to take “a leave of absence” in February 2016.
Mumbai, March 1 (IANS) IT major Tata Consultancy Services on Wednesday said that Tata Sons will participate in the company’s upcoming share buy-back.
“In terms of Sebi buyback regulations, under tender offer route, the promoters have the option to participate in the buyback,” the IT major informed the BSE in a regulatory filing.
“We would like to inform that the promoter and promoter group of the companies have communicated their intention to participate in the proposed buyback,” it said.
On February 20, 2017, the global software major announced that it will buy back up to Rs 5.61 crore equity shares of Re 1 face value for Rs 16,000 crore.
Kolkata, March 1 (IANS) Siliguri Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya on Wednesday accused West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress of laying a virtual economic blockade to control the CPI-M run civic body.
Bhattacharya, a former state minister, said the corporation was being denied its legitimate dues.
“They are not even releasing the money sanctioned by the Finance Commission,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader said at a media meet called by the Save Democracy Forum.
The CPI-M-led Left Front is running the Siliguri corporation board since 2015.
Bhattacharya said during the 34-year LF rule (1977-2011) the then opposition parties ran quite a number of civic bodies, including the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, at various times. “But they never faced any discrimination. The LF government never put any hurdle in their way,” he said.
Rome, March 1 (IANS/AKI) The 0.9 percent expansion of the economy in 2016 reported by central statistics agency Istat on Wednesday signals that Italy is returning to growth, Italy’s Finance Minister Paier Carolo Padoan said.
“The data shows that growth is continuing to accelerate,” Padoan told Italy’s public broadcaster’s TG1 news bulletin.
“And the deficit is continuing to come down in an orderly way,” he added.
Istat figures released on Wednesday showed Italy’s budget deficit was 2.4 percent of GDP last year, within the European Union’s 3 percent ceiling and in line with government’s latest target.
Padoan also claimed Italy’s public debt – the highest in the euro zone after Greece’s – was “stabilising” after Istat reported it had hit a new record high last year at 132.6 percent of GDP, up from 132.0 percent in 2015.
“This good news for Italians, but more needs to be done,” he said.
The European Commission is worried about Italy’s failure to rein in its massive debt and Padoan has pledged that Rome will make 3.4 billion euros of cuts to the budget deficit before the end of April, as the EU executive has asked.
“The accuracy of the government’s forecasts and its respect of its commitments on the reduction of the deficit give Italy’s credibility,” Padoan tweeted earlier on Wednesday.
The most recent forecast by the Renzi government was for growth of 0.8 percent last year, the amount by which the Italian economy expanded in 2015.
The government is forecasting growth of 1.0 percent this year, an outlook in line with that of most independent think tanks.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni’s cabinet aims to continue with the growth strategy of the previous government headed by Matteo Renzi “based on structural reforms, public and private investment and social inclusion”, Padoan said.
The weak growth posted by the Italian economy over the past two years comes after it was mauled by the worst recession in the country’s post-war history. The country has suffered low growth for decades and remains among the most sluggish economies of the eurozone.
Mosul, March 1 (IANS/AKI) The Iraqi Army found two jails run by the Islamic State in the jihadist group’s beleaguered capital, Mosul, one of which contained 20 female prisoners, according to a local report on Wednesday.
The jails, with a total of 40 prisoners inside them, were found when soldiers recaptured Mosul’s western al-Tayyaran district, local broadcaster Rudaw said on its website.
The female prisoners were being kept in one of the jails and 20 male prisoners were being held in the other, Rudaw said.
The Iraqi army said on Wednesday it had entered the Wadi al-Hajar district of western Mosul and had captured the last major road out, preventing IS militants from fleeing, Rudaw reported.
Iraqi forces liberated Mosul’s al-Tayyaran neighbourhood on Monday, state television reported.
Government forces already control the east of Mosul and they began an assault aimed at capturing the west last month.
They have since driven militants from the international airport, a military base, a power station and several residential areas, according to the military.
Iraqi forces began and offensive to oust IS from Mosul in October last year.
IS captured Mosul in June 2014 and declared it the capital of its Islamic ‘caliphate’ stretching
across swathes of territory it seized in Iraq and Syria during a lightening offensive.
Baghdad, March 1 (IANS) Up to 26,000 civilians fled their homes from the western side of Mosul as fierce clashes continued to dislodge the Islamic State militants from their last major urban stronghold in Iraq, an official statement said on Wednesday.
The Iraqi Ministry of Migration is said to have received these civilians during the past ten days of the military operation in the western side of Mosul, said Jassim Mohammed al-Jaf, minister of displacement and migration, Xinhua reported.
The troops evacuated and transferred them to multiple camps in and near the towns of Qayyara and Hammam al-Alil and south of Mosul, where they received emergency supplies, including food and medicine, Jaf said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, announced the start of an offensive on February 19 to drive militants out of the western side of Mosul, locally known as the right bank of Tigris River, which bisects the city.
Late in January, Abadi declared the liberation of the eastern side of Mosul, or the left bank of Tigris, after more than 100 days of fighting against the IS militants.
United Nations estimated that about 750,000 to 800,000 people still live in the western side of Mosul, which could be a challenge to the Iraqi forces as the troops enter the city’s narrow streets in the densely populated neighbourhoods.
Mosul, 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, has been under IS control since June 2014, when Iraqi government forces abandoned their weapons and fled, enabling IS militants to take control of parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions.
Mumbai, March 1 (IANS) Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma confirmed on Wednesday that he is not planning to make a sequel of his 1995 blockbuster, Rangeela.
At the trailer launch of his upcoming film “Sarkar 3”, when asked about “Rangeela 2”, RGV said, “No that isn’t true.”
The film that starred Urmila Matondkar, Jackie Shroff and Aamir Khan, became a commercial success and also garnered critical acclaim.
With the film, Urmila became an overnight sensation and it was also considered as a turning point in Aamir’s career. Recently, there was speculation that RGV has plans to make a sequel of the super-hit film.
RGV’s upcoming film “Sarkar 3” is the third instalment of the “Sarkar” franchise and the trailer of the film has received a positive response.
Talking about the film which has Amitabh Bachchan reprising the role of powerful leader Subhash Nagre, who is addressed as Sarkar in the film, the filmmaker said, “A person takes up the law because he believes that he is doing it for the oppressed people though it is illegal in the eyes of the system.
“But in the eyes of the audience, it is the righteous thing because they connect with the emotion that’s why ‘Sarkar’ becomes more powerful as a leader.”
“‘Sarkar 3’ is full of grey characters. There is no such hero or heroine or a villain as such. All of them strongly believe in their own convictions,” he added.
The film also stars Manoj Bajpayee, Amit Sadh, Jackie Shroff and Yami Gautam.
“Sarkar 3” is set to release on April 7.
Mumbai, March 1 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor on Wednesday said that she and her husband, actor Saif Ali Khan love watching television shows that based on adventure, history of nature and wildlife wherever they get a chance to watch TV together.
At the launch of Sony BBC Earth that will go on live on March 6 and whose brand ambassador she is, Kareena, asked what kind of TV shows that she prefers to watch, said: “I watch TV quite a lot whenever I get time, to unwind myself. I and Saif love watching adventurous shows together. Watching wildlife, the history and beauty of nature on screen make me feel alive.”
Apart from Kareena, those present at the event included Sony Pictures Networks India CEO N.P. Singh, BBC Worldwide’s President, Global Markets, Paul Dempsey, Sony Pictures Networks EVP and Business Head Saurabh Yagnik.
The channel has various shows on fun and insightful science including “How & What on Earth”, “Wild Wild Earth” on nature and wild life and “The Hunt” among many others.
To a query on the trouble many celebrities face after expressing their opinion on social media, Kareena said: ” I would rather watch TV in home and relax than express my opinion on everything and get trolled by people on social media. I am one of the actress who is neither on Twitter, nor on Instagram.”
Panaji, March 1 (IANS) Kerala’s rulling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) is in league with jihadi groups and the IS in order to prevent the growth of the RSS in the southern state, claims RSS wing Goa Janadhikar Samiti.
The charge, made in a memorandum addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee, was released to media late Wednesday by members of the Samiti led by state RSS chief Laxman Behare, who said that the Left cadre in Kerala was being “intolerant” to RSS-Bharatiya Janata Party workers, as well as members of other political outfits.
“It is not a secret that the hardcore jihadi groups are now hand in gloves with CPI-M in preventing growth of RSS. The arrest of group of militants with Islamic State connections at Kanakmala in Kannur district reveals that the safest place for their work in communist stronghold,” said the memorandum, which was formally submitted on Wednesday to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha to be on passed to the President.
“Kanakmala is a hill top surrounded by places of CPI-M stronghold. If the CPI-M were to be vigilant against terrorism, these militants would not have reached Kanakmala. It is an open secret, that the CPI-M sought help of all jihadi Groups to come to power in Kerala,” the memorandum also said, requesting the President to use his good office to “stop these politically motivated murderous attacks and establish peace and amity in the state of Kerala”.
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday urged the World Bank to grant India $5-7 billion to meet its funding requirements.
“An increase in World Bank’s support is imperative to meet our current requirement of $5-7 billion and for a huge pipeline of projects,” said Jaitley in a statement after meeting its Chief Executive Kristalina I. Georgieva here.
India has decided to seek the aid only through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank and cease the funding from its affiliate — International Development Agency (IDA).
As the original World Bank institution, IBRD offers loans to middle-income developing countries, while IDA gives loans and grants to the world’s poorest developing countries.
Jaitley also stressed on the need for capital increase in the Bank group.
He also urged the World Bank to lower its interest rate by removing the commitment charges levied on the undisbursed loans.
“The World Bank should explore innovative financing options and relax the requirement of Sovereign Guarantee for loans to AAA rated organisations,” reiterated Jaitley.
Georgieva, who is on a two-day official visit to understand the partnership between India and the Bank, also met RBI Governor Urjit Patel and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai on Tuesday for a first-hand experience of the Bank’s projects in the country.
Beijing, March 1 (IANS) China created over 13 million urban jobs for four consecutive years, despite downward pressure and industrial restructuring in the Chinese economy, the government said.
The registered unemployment rate in Chinese cities was relatively low over the past four years, Yin Weimin, head of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, was quoted as saying by People’s Daily Online.
The stable employment situation can be attributed primarily to four factors, Yin said.
First is sustained economic development, which lays a foundation for stabilising and expanding employment.
Last year, China saw a 6.7 per cent GDP growth and a total economic volume exceeding 74 trillion RMB ($10.8 trillion), Yin pointed out.
The second reason, according to Yin, is that the industrial structure is constantly being optimised. The tertiary industry can create on average 20 per cent more jobs than the secondary industry.
Last year, the tertiary industry’s contribution to China’s GDP was as high as 51.6 per cent, 11.8 percent higher than that of the secondary industry.
Reform, the third factor, has continuously yielded large dividends over the past few years. The current government has deepened administrative reform and transformed government functions, and launched a series of business reforms in addition to cultivating mass entrepreneurship and innovation.
With the emergence of new technologies, new types of business, and new growth impetus, current forms of employment have consequently been diversified. Entrepreneurs have also created jobs.
The implementation of positive employment policies and a public employment service system at all levels of government contribute to the stable employment situation as well, Yin noted.
New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) With US President Donald Trump condemning the fatal shooting at a bar in Kansas last week that claimed the life of an Indian techie, the Indian government on Wednesday said that it will closely engage with authorities of other countries wherever the safety of Indians is concerned.
“The safety of Indians all over the world is a matter of the highest priority for the government,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay.
“You saw that the senior authorities of the United States and Kansas where this unfortunate took place, they had a very clear and categorical approach to such crimes.
“They have condemned it, they have said that they will prosecute, investigate this crime very fully… President Trump himself condemned the killing and the government will remain very closely engaged with authorities in other countries wherever the safety of Indians is concerned.”
Trump began his first address to Congress at the Capitol Hill on Tuesday by condemning the fatal attack on Srinivas Kuchibhotla, saying the country “stands united in condemning hate and evil”.
“Last week’s shooting in Kansas city reminds us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” he said.
Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and his colleague Alok Madasani was injured when US Navy veteran Adam W. Purinton fired at them at the Austin’s Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, on February 22.
Purinton reportedly got into an argument with the two and hurled racial slurs. He yelled “get out of my country” before shooting them.
Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old American, who tried to save the Indians, was hit by a bullet that pierced his hand and then lodged in his chest. He has since been hospitalised and is in fair condition.
A White House spokeswoman said the shooting appeared to be “an act of racially motivated hatred”.
“The President is keeping the family of the victim, who was senselessly killed, in his thoughts, and we’re praying for the full and speedy recovery of those wounded,” Trump’s Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander said on Tuesday.
“We want to reiterate that the President condemns these and any other racially — or religiously — motivated attacks in the strongest terms.”