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Sexual assault on 4 year old

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 5:23 PM

 The sexual assault on a four-year-old girl at a school in Bangalore has been confirmed by doctors, as police on Wednesday intensified the probe into the horrific incident which evoked protest from parents.

The school staff were questioned and the CCTV footage was being examined by the police, as outraged parents thronged the campus of Orchid International School demanding answers from its authorities on the incident.
“The doctors (at a private hospital where the girl was taken for treatment yesterday) confirmed there was a slight bruise of a very small dimension, amounting to sexual assault,” Bangalore Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters in Bangalore.
Mr. Reddi said, “There is the statement of the child and the injury and the circumstances. At this point of time, there is no other possibility. It looks like a sexual assault.”
A criminal case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and IPC section 376 (rape) on a complaint from the father of the child, he said.
This is the third incident of a minor girl student being allegedly sexually assaulted on school campus in Bangalore in the last four months.
Mr. Reddi said the girl was crying when her mother picked her up from the school at Jalahalli on Tuesday noon and she was not behaving normal and had symptoms of fever.
While the girl initially told her mother that someone beat her up, she later said she was sexually assaulted, police said.
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Oscar to be in jail for 5 years

Written By Kvartha People on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 4:04 PM

A South African judge on Tuesday sentenced Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.
At the culmination of one of the most watched murder trials in recent history, the 27-year-old disabled sprinter was led away by police officers to holding cells beneath the courtroom in Pretoria.
Pistorius wiped his eyes as Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down the prison sentence for culpable homicide. There was no immediate reaction from members of his family, or from relatives of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model.
She died almost instantly when Pistorius fired four shots through a bathroom door at his luxury Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year, having mistaken her for an intruder.
The athlete, known as 'Blade Runner' because of his carbon-fibre prosthetics, became one of the biggest names in world athletics at the London 2012 Olympics when he reached the semifinals of the 400m against able-bodied athletes.
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Khattar to be Haryana CM

Manohar Lal Khattar was on Tuesday unanimously elected Leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for his becoming the first Chief Minister of the BJP in Haryana.
60-year-old Mr. Khattar is also the first Punjabi to become the Chief Minister of the State.
He was elected at a meeting of 47 newly elected MLAs at the Chandigarh UT Guest House, party Vice President Dinesh Sharma, who attended the meeting along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu as central observers, told reporters.
Mr. Khattar, a first-time MLA, has worked as an RSS Pracharak for 40 long years. Born in Rohtak district, he had contested the Assembly elections from Karnal. He won the Karnal seat with a margin of 63,736 votes.
Mr. Sharma said that the date of swearing-in ceremony of the party’s first government will be announced soon.
Another aspirant for the post of Chief Minister Haryana BJP President Ram Bilas Sharma told reporters that he had proposed Mr. Khattar’s name, which was seconded by several MLAs including another aspirant Abhimanyu and Prem Lata (wife of Birender Singh who joined the BJP from Congress recently).
Mr. Sharma said that they would meet Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki to stake claim for formation of the government.
BJP leader and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher was also present at the meeting.
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Modi cautions against Invisible enemy

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, October 17, 2014 | 7:36 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday saw a “rare” possibility of a full scale war but asked the armed forces to be ready for “invisible” enemy and challenges which will be “less predictable” in a changing world.

In his first interaction with top commanders of the three defence services, he emphasised that an atmosphere of peace and security was essential to enable India to achieve its goals of economic development and that his government has focused on creating a favourable external environment and on strengthening India`s security.

Outlining his strategic vision, he observed that in addition to the familiar challenges, India has to be prepared for a changing world, which demanded new thinking on our part with regard to economic, diplomatic and security policies.

“Full scale wars may become rare, but force will remain an instrument of deterrence and influencing behaviour, and the duration of conflicts will be shorter,” he said.

His observation came against the backdrop of recent escalation of cross-border firing and shelling by Pakistan on the Line of Control and International Border as well as Chinese incursions in Ladakh.

“Beyond the immediate, we are facing a future where security challenges will be less predictable; situations will evolve and change swiftly; and, technological changes will make responses more difficult to keep pace with,” Mr. Modi said, adding, “The threats may be known, but the enemy may be invisible.”

He underlined that domination of cyber space will become increasingly important and control of space may become as critical as that of land, air and sea.

Feeling the need for transforming India’s defence forces, he assured them of his commitment to provide adequate resources to ensure full defence preparedness, overcome shortages and meet modernization needs.
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Jayalalitha to be released tomorrow

AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, granted bail by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case, is expected to step out of the prison here on Saturday after completion of formalities.

“Jayalalithaa will be released... but tomorrow because we have yet to complete formalities for her release from the prison,” Ms. Jayalalithaa’s senior counsel B Kumar told said here.

Mr. Kumar said they would approach the Special Court on Saturday, which had sentenced the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to four years in jail, to furnish surety for her release after receiving copy of the Supreme Court order.

“We will get the Supreme Court order copy by today evening. Tomorrow, we will approach the special court and furnish surety to secure my client’s (Jayalalithaa) release,” he said.

DIG Prisons P M Jaisimha said the release will happen “definitely tomorrow.” He had earlier said formalities would be completed on Friday itself.

He said he had met Ms. Jayalalithaa on Thursday night to enquire about her health. Her health condition is fine, he said. “She told me she is fine, health-wise and not having any problems.”

AIADMK supporters erupted into boisterous celebrations near the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, where Ms. Jayalalithaa is lodged since September 27, after the news broke about the apex court granting bail to her. They danced in joy and hailed their leader.
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No one to warn India says Rajnath Singh

Written By Kvartha People on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 10:04 PM

With China reacting sharply to government’s plans to construct a border road in Arunachal Pradesh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday sent a strong message, asserting that no one can warn India.

“Today, no one can give warning to India. We are a very powerful country,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Manesar.

Mr. Singh was asked about China’s strong reaction to plans to construct a road network along McMahon line from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh to match China’s infrastructure development.

“There is a dispute about the eastern part of the China-India border. Before final settlement is reached we hope that India will not take any action that may further complicate the situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lie had said in Beijing.

The Home Minister on Thursday said India and China should sit together to resolve the border dispute.

Government is taking a number of steps for improving infrastructure along the Sino-Indian border, especially in Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Forces of the two countries were locked in a stare-down at Chumur in Ladakh for a fortnight beginning September 11, which clouded the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day India visit.
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Arvind Subramanyam to be new economic advisor

U.S.-based economist Arvind Subramanian became chief economic adviser to the Indian government on Thursday, confirming the appointment of the development economist whose candidacy first emerged in August.

Mr. Subramanian, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, attended a news conference in New Delhi at which his appointment was announced.

He is a development economist who worked closely with Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan when both were at the International Monetary Fund.
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Pakisthan is proud of Malala

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, October 10, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday congratulated teenage girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, 17, was shot in the head in an attack by Pakistani Taliban militants in 2012 in Mingora town of northwest Swat region. The militant outfit was opposed to her campaign for girls’ education.

She has since become a global celebrity after winning several prizes, capping them with the prestigious 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

“She is pride of Pakistan. She has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparallelled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment,” Sharif said in his felicitation message.

Malala is the youngest person to win the prize, which she shared with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

She was also congratulated by Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed, former President Asif Ali Zardari, Opposition leader Imran Khan, TV anchor Hamid Mir and several others.

There are reports of celebration in her hometown of Mingora after local media broke the rare good news for the people of the militancy—hit region.
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Malala and Sathyarthi win Nobel prize

Kailash Satyarthi, the child rights activist from India, and Malala Yousufzai, the activist for girls’ education in Pakistan, were announced as the joint winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday. “It is an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and extremism,” said the Committee in a press release. The prize was for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Kailash Satyarthi showed “great personal courage” and “maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain”, it said.

Based in New Delhi, Mr. Sathyarthi is credited with having saved thousands of children from bonded labour in factories through his Bachpan Bachao Andolan and other organisations.

On Malala Yousufzai, the Committee said that, “Despite her youth, [she] has already fought for several years for the rights of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.”

Shot by Taliban militants two years ago in Swat, Pakistan, for her campaign against the terrorist groups violence against girls attending schools, she recovered to become a global symbol of the fight against extremism.

At the age of 17, Malala is now the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever. She and Mr. Satyarthi will share the $1.11-million prize to be awarded in Oslo on December 10.

This year there were 278 nominees for the prize, more than any other year till date. The other major contenders for the prize this year were Edward Snowden, who exposed the surveillance activities of U.S. intelligence agencies; Pope Francis, the first non-European Pope in modern times; Denis Mukwege, a Congolese leader who worked with rape victims; and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
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BJP condemns Pakistan for ceasefire violations

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, October 5, 2014 | 10:33 PM

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday condemned the firing by Pakistan at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) and said the defence forces have been tasked to give an appropriate reply.

“We condemn this. Whatever is needed to be done, it is left to the defence forces,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here when asked about the cross-border firing by Pakistan.

Violating the ceasefire for the 10th time this month, Pakistani troops on Sunday opened heavy fire on Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Army troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan effectively responded to the firing.

Noting that Pakistan has internal problems, Mr. Prasad said, “India is leading under Narendra Modi’s leadership and Pakistan is frustrated because of this. Internal problems have also frustrated Pakistan.”

Asked about former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s recent statement blaming India for ceasefire violations, he said, “Musharraf is not taken seriously in his own country, so you should not take him seriously also.”
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Modi says wont utter a word against sena

Clarifying his silence on the Shiv Sena in his election rallies so far in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he would not speak a word against the BJP's estranged ally as a "tribute" to the late Balasaheb Thackeray.

In his election rallies in Beed, Aurangabad and Mumbai on Saturday, Mr. Modi had avoided any mention of the Sena. This triggered political analysts to conclude that it was a well-calculated political tactic of the BJP as though Mr. Modi avoided the Sena, in his speeches he evoked Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji multiple times. Shivaji is considered any icon by the Sena as well as the dominant Maratha population in the State.

"This is the first election in Maharashtra to be held in the absence of Balasaheb Thackeray. So I have decided, to show my respect for him, I will not speak a word against the Sena," Mr. Modi told a rally in Tasgaon in Sangli district.

"It is my tribute to him," he said.

Expressing his adulation for the late Thackeray, Mr. Modi said he always admired and revered the late Sena supremo for his will-power.

"To show my respect for his devotion to building the Shiv Sena, which he did against all odds and criticisms, I will not speak a word against the Shiv Sena," Mr. Modi said.

Answering newspapers and political analysts, he urged them to not weigh his stance in politics but view it as a means of expressing devotion towards Balasaheb Thackeray.

"Without understanding our feelings, don't measure this with the balance of politics. Some things are above politics."

The BJP recently split with its ally of 25 years, the Shiv Sena. While the Sena, which was left embittered after the break-up has continuously attacked the BJP for orchestrating the split, the BJP has maintained silence on the issue.
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