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DNA report says Badaun girls were not raped

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 10:09 PM

In a new twist in the Badaun killings case, the Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) has ruled out sexual assault on the teenage girls whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in May.

CBI sources said it is crucial information from one of the most reputed government labs which has cleared a lot of doubts about the theory of the cousins being sexually assaulted before being killed and the needle of suspicion is now on the family members.

The sources said they are not ruling out honour killing angle.

The sources said the report has ruled out sexual assault on the victims and it will now be sent to a three-member medical panel for forming an opinion on the mysterious killings.

They said with sexual assault being ruled out, the accused clearing the lie-detection test and inconsistencies in the statements of eye-witness, the suspicion is now on the family members. The sources said they are not ruling out honour killing angle in the matter but have not concluded anything so far.

Sources in the CBI said that the agency will not exhume the bodies now as the report from CDFD has given them enough forensic evidence which could help them crack the case.
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Irom Sharmila freed but continue fast

Irom Sharmila walked out as a free person from the security ward of J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal at 5. 47 p.m. on Wednesday.
Ms. Sharmila, who has set a world record of having been on fast since November 4, 2000, was released on the orders of A. Guneswor Sharma, district and sessions court judge who ruled on Tuesday that she did not attempt to commit suicide and that the prosecution had failed to prove otherwise.
All along she has been maintaining that she never tried to commit suicide but used fasting as a weapon for her struggle to demand the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.
The State government, her supporters from India and abroad and family members were disappointed, though not surprised, when she told reporters at an improvised shed near JNIMS shortly after her release that she will continue her fast.
In the past she had continued her fast soon after her releases. Section 309 IPC under which she is detained empowers the authority to detain her for one year at one go. At the end of each year she would be ritually released, but only to be rearrested her within hours as she would continue her fast at the improvised shed.
Activists welcomed her when she came out of the security ward, which was declared as a sub jail, without police escorts. They walked the short distance from the hospital to the shed. She talked briefly to the reporters. In view of her physical condition following years of fasting reporters refrained from talking to her for long.
Ms. Sharmila said that she welcomed the ruling of Judge Sharma and it was proved that she did not try to commit suicide. However, she said that she will continue her fast till the repeal of AFSPA.
Police are on the standby near the shed, besides medical and paramedical teams. Police sources toldThe Hindu that they will arrest her at the early hours of Thursday.
As a result of long years of fasting her health is fragile and the government is not taking any chances. The government spends about Rs. 50,000 a month in nose feeding her
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Rahul skips LS debate

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, August 15, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Rahul Gandhi shied away from the debate on communal violence that he forced by leading a protest in Lok Sabha, defying enormous pressure from within that he speak on the party's top concern and raising eyebrows in friendly quarters.

The Congress vice-president sat quietly during the second day of the debate which saw Congress and BJP spar with claims and counterclaims. The same happened on Thursday when Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge opened the discussion to slam the BJP, only to find saffronite Yogi Adityanath resort to strident Hindutva rhetoric.

Sources said there was considerable push from party managers that Rahul lend his face to the allegation that communal incidents were on the rise since the advent of the Narendra Modi government.

More so, when Rahul last week found it serious enough an issue to lead the party contingent in Lok Sabha into the well with sloganeer.
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PM asks to question your sons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the country’s head hangs in shame whenever there is news about rape.

“Our heads hang in shame when we hear news about rape,” Mr. Modi said while delivering his maiden address from the Red Fort on India’s 68th Independence Day.

He also asked parents to question their sons about the malaise.

“After all, a person raping is someone’s son. As parents, has anyone asked our sons, where is he going? Why not put the same yardstick for sons too,” he added.
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Indian-origin wins 'Nobel Prize' of Mathematics

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 12:28 PM

The award going to Princeton University's Manjul Bhargava, a Canadian-American maths wizard was no surprise; although he is the first person of Indian origin, he was the hot favorite in pre-award polls among peers.

The sensational co-winner is Maryam Mirzakhani, a female Iranian mathematician who teaches at Stanford University. It is the first time a female mathematician has won the Fields medal; all 52 previous winners have been men in a field traditionally dominated by the male of the species.

Expectedly, it created a ripple in the rarefied maths world.

Mirzakhani's success was "hugely symbolic and I hope it will encourage more women to get into mathematics because we need more women. I am very happy that now we can put to rest that particular 'it has never happened before'," Ingrid Daubechies, herself the first female president of the International mathematical Union (IMU), said while announcing the award.

The two other winners this year are Artur Avila from Brazil and Martin Hairer from Austria. Avila is also the first Brazilian and Latin American to win the medal.
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Congress at an all-time low says Sonia

She accused the Modi government of imitating UPA schemes and following a policy of minimum governance.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that the party will fight with full might to revive itself.

“Congress will attack the government over incidents of communal violence,” Sonia Gandhi said at the Congress Parliamentary Party meet in New Delhi.

“It has been a challenging time for us. We have been reduced to an all-time low number in Lok Sabha,” she said.

The party has also given adjournment notice in the Lok Sabha to discuss communal violence, the official
twitter handle of Indian National Congress said.
Ms. Gandhi also accused the Modi government of imitating UPA schemes and following a policy of minimum governance.
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At least 33 MPs have less than 50% attendance

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, August 11, 2014 | 8:34 AM

At least 33 MPs have less than 50% attendance
The attendance record of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and actor Rekha might have raised questions about the role and relevance of celebrity MPs in the Rajya Sabha, but many of their elected counterparts do no better.

At least 33 MPs across both Houses of Parliament currently have less than 50 per cent attendance. That is, they are absent more often than they are present. Only three of those 33 are nominated members, an analysis of the parliamentary attendance records, compiled by PRS Legislative Research,shows.

Actors Hema Malini and Tapas Pal, who are both elected members of the Lok Sabha, have not attended even a single day of the ongoing budget session. Others with a poor attendance record include Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife, Dimple Yadav, deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant Singh.

In the Rajya Sabha, absenteeism is a trait seen even among seasoned politicians such as Amar Singh (40%) and Abhishek Manu Singhvi (47%).

Thus, repeated absence from parliamentary proceedings doesn’t seem to be the sole prerogative of nominated members. If there is one indicator for the likelihood of poor attendance, it is not celebrity but past performance.

For example, in the recently concluded 15th Lok Sabha (2009-2014), the TMC’s Suvendu Adhikari, JMM’s Shibu Soren, Samajwadi Party’s Dimple Yadav and the BJP’s MP from Porbandar Vitthalbhai Hansrajbhai Radadiya were all absent for more than two-third of the sessions. Their poor attendance record continues in the 16th Lok Sabha.
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Rajan says risk-averse industry keeping investment down

 Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has said that demand for bank loans for industrial investments has not picked up even after two back-to-back cuts in the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) since the change of government at the Centre.

“The industrial sector’s demand for credit from banks is not picking up … growth remains muted,” Dr. Rajan told presspersons after a meeting of the RBI’s central board here on Sunday.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at the joint press conference that the RBI’s policy regime was being geared for higher growth, apart from lower inflation. Dr. Rajan, on the other hand, said any change in the policy regime, which has been anti-inflation so far, would be contingent on fresh data coming in. The Minister’s statements indicate that the government is of the view that lowering the cost of capital can spur investment growth. Dr. Rajan, however, seems to suggest that the major obstacle to investment climate might be risk appetite rather than the cost of capital.

The Governor’s statement on no pick-up in the credit growth for industrial investments assumes significance as the expectation was that after the formation of the Modi government the investment sentiment in the economy would revive swiftly.

Monetary policy could not simultaneously achieve lower inflation and higher growth. For lower inflation, growth must be sacrificed. To attack inflation, the RBI had in the last two monetary policy reviews kept interest rates unchanged, but lowered the SLR from 23 per cent to 22 per cent.
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Smriti Irani says have a degree from Yale university

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, August 10, 2014 | 10:23 PM

The controversy over HRD minister Smriti Irani's educational qualifications has taken a new turn with her assertion that she also has a degree from the prestigious Yale University in the US.

Irani (38) made the remark when pressed by a questioner at the India Today Woman Summit 2014 here to clear the "mystery" over her educational degrees.

Soon after the Lok Sabha results were announced on May 16, Irani was at the centre of a raging controversy over her educational qualifications after it emerged that she had made contradictory declarations when she contested the parliamentary elections in 2004 and 2014.

"In that kitty of mine where people call me 'anpad' (illiterate) I do have a degree from Yale University as well which I can bring out and show how Yale celebrated my leadership capacities. Extraneous circumstances are being created so that I deviate my concentration from what my goals are," she said at the event on Saturday.

The BJP leader said she should be judged from what she delivers as a minister.

Irani did not explain what the Yale degree was but she was part of a group of Indian MPs which underwent a crash course at the Yale University, during which topics such as the elections in India, the prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan after the US military withdrawal in 2014, the implications of political and economic transitions in China dominated.

11 Indian MPs went to the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut on June 19 last year to complete a six-day leadership programme with Yale faculty.

The 2013 participants were drawn from five different national and regional political parties in India, and included Irani, who was BJP vice-president at that time, and her TDP counterpart C Ramesh.
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Gaza: 72 hours ceasefire accepted

Palestinian negotiators on Sunday said they had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour truce with Israel, clearing the way for a possible resumption of talks on a long-term ceasefire arrangement in the Gaza Strip.

Israel had walked away from ceasefire talks over the weekend, after militants resumed their rocket fire on southern Israel with the expiration of an earlier three-day truce. Sunday’s decision was aimed at bringing the Israelis back to the negotiations. There was no immediate Israeli response.

“We are here to look for an agreement. We cannot have an agreement without talks, so we accepted an Egyptian proposal to have a ceasefire for 72 hours in order to resume the talks,” said a Palestinian negotiator.

In nearly a month of fighting, more than 1,900 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians, nearly 10,000 were wounded and thousands of homes destroyed. Sixty-seven people were killed on the Israeli side, including three civilians.

The fighting ended in a temporary 72-hour ceasefire last Tuesday, during which Egypt had hoped to mediate a longer-term agreement. But when the three-day window expired, militants resumed their rocket fire, sparking new Israeli reprisals. The violence has continued throughout the weekend, albeit not as strong as at the height of the fighting.
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Only in India a tea seller can become a PM,U.S defence secretary says

Written By Kvartha People on Saturday, August 9, 2014 | 9:07 PM

"There are few places in the world other than India and the US where the son of a tea-seller in a small-time town can rise to be the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) or the child of a Kenyan father can rise to be the President (Barack Obama)," he said while talking about the opportunities available in the two countries.
The American defence secretary was speaking at the silver jubilee function of the Observer's Research Foundation (ORF).Before joining politics and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Modi used to sell tea in trains and help his father run a small tea stall in Gujarat.

Obama's father was of Kenyan origin and his mother an American citizen.
US defence secretary Chuck Hagel suggested that India and America should expand their defence ties and include Japan in their security cooperation partnership.
"Just like the US need not choose between its Asian alliances and its constructive relationship with China, similarly India need not choose between its closer relationship with America and improved ties with China. In our relations with Beijing, both Delhi and Washington, should see a healthy competition and we should avoid the traps of rivalry," he said at an Observer Research Foundation function here.
Hagel said the US wants to work for a peaceful global order in which "China was also a trustee" and both India and America should continue to work with it in the future.
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