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Hyderabad: Minor girl raped, impregnated; accused lawyer, his son absconding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-year-old girl, who worked as domestic help for six months, was allegedly raped and impregnated by a lawyer and his son reported Deccan Chronicle.According to the report, the victim was working at Advocate M Sudhakar Reddy’s office and home at Chaitanyapuri in Green Hills Colony. The victim, who hails from Suryapet, alleged that she was beaten up several times by the rapists and the family when she tried to resist their sexual assault. She was rescued by child rights activists.“I was sodomised by the father often and his son repeatedly raped me. When I tried to complain, other members of the family beat me up,” the girl said.A case has been registered under Section 376 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, Chaitanyapuri inspector G Guru Raghavendra informed. Reddy and his son Bharath Kumar are both absconding and the police have launched a manhunt to find and arrest them. Child rights group Balala Hakkula Sangham has demanded that the girl’s pregnancy be medically terminated to save her future.

Senior journalist Girish Nikam dies of heart attack

Mon, 7 Nov 2016-09:23pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior journalist and TV anchor Girish Nikam died in Delhi on Monday following a massive heart attack. Nikam, 59, complained of uneasiness after a programme shoot in the studios and was taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where he breathed his last, according to his associates.Nikam started his journalistic career with “Star of Mysore” in Mysuru and later shifted to Indian Express, Bengaluru. He had worked in other media organisations including India Today, Deccan Chronicle and News Today before doing programmes for Rajya Sabha TV.Nikam’s body is being taken to Bengaluru on Tuesday for the last rites. Prasar Bharati Chairman A Suryaprakash was among others who condoled the death of Nikam. Suryaprakash said Nikam was an extremely versatile mediaperson who traversed the worlds of print, television and social media.

Bengaluru’s Walter White? Three arrested for cooking amphetamine at home; 231 kg seized

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday seized 231 kg of the banned narcotic drug amphetamine, worth about Rs 45 crore, from Hyderabad and Bengaluru and arrested three persons including a research scientist and his wife.

Representative image. AFP

Representative image. AFP

A joint team of NCB Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai officials conducted the operation, reported Deccan Chronicle.

Venkat Rama Rao, a research scientist working in a reputed private chemical firm of Bengaluru, had come to Hyderabad to collect the contraband from Ravi Shankar Rao, NCB said.

After Venkat and Ravi Shankar were arrested, 30 grams of amphetamine and Rs 1.23 crore in cash were seized from a house rented by Venkat near Electronic City in Bengaluru, and his wife was also arrested.

NCB first seized 221 kg of amphetamine from two persons at Miyapur area on 30 September.

Further, 10 kg of amphetamine was seized from a manufacturing lab in Bollaurm area on 1 October.

Amphetamine, a psychotropic substance which works as a powerful stimulant, is banned in India under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, reported The Times of India.

More members of this network were under the scanner.

“They were part of a gang that was illegally manufacturing amphetamine at a lab called Trident Lab near Miyapur. We have raided the premises and will be making more arrests in the coming days,” an official involved in the operation told Bangalore Mirror.

With inputs from PTI.

Kairana ‘exodus’: Hukum Singh’s U-turn only confirms the actual problem in UP

Kairana is a small town in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh.

It is known for being the birthplace of the Kiran Gharana, an established school of Indian classical music.

More importantly, Kairana has always had communal harmony, even at a time when parts of UP witnessed a lot of violence and communal hatred during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, according to Deccan Chronicle. The report also said that with a population comprising nearly 80 percent Muslims and 18 percent Hindus, Kairana has seen no trace of communal tension.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Enter BJP MP Hukum Singh.

After his claim that 346 Hindu families have been forced to flee Kairana due to “threats and extortion by criminal elements belonging to a particular community”, fear of communal tension has clearly spread in UP, where Assembly elections will take place in 2017.

The BJP leader had also released a list of the Hindus who had apparently left Kairana because of communal hatred.

After Hukum Singh’s allegations, National Human Rights Commission issued a notice to the UP government in connection with the alleged exodus, while the UP government itself ordered a probe into the issue.

But just as authorities in UP were getting anxious about communal tension in Kairana, Hukum Singh took a massive U-turn.

On Tuesday, the BJP leader — who was also one of the accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots — said that the exodus of Hindus from Kairana was “not communal” in nature but was rather connected with the poor law and order situation in the region, according to the Deccan Chronicle report.

Another Indian Express report also pointed out that on the same day, Hukum Singh released a second list of names, this time from Kandhla. While the title of his first list was ‘Kairana se palayan karne wale Hindu pariwaron ki soochi (List of Hindu families who migrated from Kairana)’, his second list had the word ‘Hindu’ missing from the title, which was ‘Kandhla se palayan karne wale pariwaron ki soochi (List of families who migrated from Kandhla)’.

We really wonder what brought about this sudden change in Hukum Singh’s views. Maybe it was because he thought that the strategy of polarisation and divisive politics for poll-bound UP would be overpowered by the truth about Kairana.

But what is the truth about the situation in Kairana?

According to reports, the truth is actually what Hukum Singh said after his U-turn. It is indeed true that there has been an exodus of people from Kairana. But the reason behind it is the poor law and order situation, not any sentiment of communal hatred.

According to The Wire, while it is true that most of the Hindu families had left Kairana over a long period of time, it is also true that around 150 Muslim families had also moved out to safer places because of rampant crime and negligence by police in Kairana, something which Hukum Singh conveniently forgot to mention in his ‘list’.

The report added that the few active gangs in Kairana extort not only from Hindus abut also from Muslims. Two of these gangs are led by Mukim Kala and Furqan, both of whom are in jail.

Thus, Hukum Singh was actually trying to twist the truth and disguise a law and order problem as a communal problem.

Moreover, there have been major inconsistencies reported in both of his lists.

In the Kairana list, an earlier Indian Express report had said that five people had actually died, four had moved out of Kairana looking for better opportunities, 10 had left more than 10 years ago and three had moved fearing “local criminals”.

Out of 118 names submitted by the UP police and the Shamli district administration, who are checking on names in Hukum Singh’s list, similar patterns were found. Five were dead, 12 were still present, 46 had moved out since 2011 and 55 had moved out at least 6-11 years ago.

Similar inconsistencies were also found in Hukum Singh’s Kandhla list.

As the nine-member BJP delegation arrives in Kairana to probe the exodus issue, they should keep in mind that the actual problem plaguing Kairana seems to be very different from the one projected by Hukum Singh.

With inputs from PTI

Chennai: Four arrested for gangrape of young woman

A 21-year-old girl has been rescued after she was allegedly held overnight by four men who gangraped her.A report in Deccan Chronicle states that she was held and raped at Guduvancherry in Kancheepuram district. The four accused have been identified as Kannan (21), Chandrasekhar (18), Jayachandran (21) and Ganapathy (24). On Monday evening, the police arrested the four men who are from Tirunelveli. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The girl was reportedly working in a plastic manufacturing company and lived with her widowed mother. The men are said to have been known to her and lured her saying they should celebrate her birthday on Sunday night. According to the police, the girl was taken to a local market first where they bought her a gift. They then took her to a place in Vallanchery where the other two men joined them, forced her to drink liquor and took turns to rape her. On Monday morning around 2:30 am, the girl managed to escape and people heard her shouting and came to her rescue. The police told the daily that her mother did not want to file a police complaint at first as it would ‘shame’ the family. It was reported that the men took videos of her as well and told her that they would post them on WhatsApp if she filed a complaint. The mother finally filed a complaint after friends and neighbours insisted. The four men were arrested on Monday evening and the victim was sent for a medical test.

BJP hoping to persuade Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK to join NDA alliance in upcoming meeting

While AIADMK will be busy trying to get financial assistance for several of the projects in the state during Jayalalithaa’s visit to New Delhi, BJP is expected to talk only politics and strengthen NDA alliance. According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, June 14 will be the most likely date for the meeting between Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi. With 49 MPs from AIADMK, BJP will be trying to convince Jayalalithaa to join the National Democratic Alliance. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jayalalithaa will be on a two-day visit to Delhi, said the report quoting sources. Issues such as a financial package for Tamil Nadu, water issues with neighbouring states, and fishermen being arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy are likely to figure in the discussions. The Chief Minister will be seeking ‘generous’ financial assistance from the Central government for the state. Quoting a senior BJP leader, the report said “The Jayalalithaa-Modi meeting is being keenly watched by all parties. BJP wants to formalise the relationship with AIADMK. AIADMK has been on BJP’s side as far as Parliament is concerned and now the time has come for the Dravidian party to be in the alliance.”BJP will be using the cordial relationships of central ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Ravi Shankar Prasad with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to persuade her to join in the fold of NDA. Mr Venkaiah Naidu had represented PM Modi at Jayalalithaa’s swearing-in as Chief Minister on May 23. The DC report also said that the TDP, one of NDA alliance partners from Andhra Pradesh will also be happy if AIADMK comes on board.

Tamil Nadu to implement 50% reservation for women in local bodies

Local bodies across Tamil Nadu will soon have more women representatives. Come October, a special bill that was introduced in February 2016, by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will be implemented.The Deccan Chronicle reported that the state development ministry and rural authorities have intimated all the district collectors to implement delimitation and increase the number of wards in the civic bodies.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK councillor Kalaichelvi Jothikumar told the daily, “The wards in civic bodies were classified 25 years back. Since then no efforts were taken to delimit the ward boundaries and this is a good move as it will decentralise the public and their civic issues.” A village panchayat should have only 500 voters but, currently, there are several wards in the state where there are more than 1500 voters. After the new delimitation, civic polls will be held in the state. Congress councillor Sheela Prabhakaran of Tambaram municipality welcomed the move as more women will have representation in the council halls.

Hyderabad: Popular dosa carts feel the heat from cops

Police in Hyderabad have started to impose time restrictions on carts that sell dosas during the night.A report in Deccan Chronicle states that dosa carts will now have to shut by midnight and can reopen only at 4 am. This restriction is said to have been issued under the City Police Act to maintain law and order in the city.South Zone additional DCP K. Babu Rao told the daily that they found that most youths involved in crimes were gathering near these dosa carts. “In the fist fight case which claimed a life last year, all the nine youths apprehended said they used to gather near dosa carts before fist fights,” he was quoted as saying. According to Babu Rao, the youths rush to violent spots when they come to know about minor incidents and end up causing a bigger issue. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cops in Hyderabad had conducted numerous raids across the city under ‘Operation Roaming Youth,’ ‘Mission Chabutra,’ and ‘Cordon & Search’. Post these, they decided to impose restrictions on dosa carts as well as wine bars and restaurants. However, since hospitals also make use of dosa carts and food carts, only those in their vicinity will be allowed to function.

Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: Most eating joints to remain shut on May 16, voting day

May 16 is when Tamil Nadu goes to the polls and dry days have been declared on May 14, 15, 16. But the Election Commission has also instructed the state government to ensure that restaurants are shut on May 16. This is so that people working at eating joints can also go out and vote.A report in Deccan Chronicle states that most restaurants will comply with this order. While hotel owners would have been happier had they been allowed to operate, they have decided that they will adhere to the orders. R Srinivasan, secretary, Tamil Nadu Hotels’ Association was quoted by the daily as saying, “The Election Commission is serious about the order this year, as opposed to previous elections. The notice was issued ahead of time and restaurants that fail to comply will face serious consequences.” <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The order states that restaurants should remain shut till 7 pm. The restaurants plan to open after 7 pm, adds the report.

IAS officer Rekha Rani lands in trouble for marrying actress’ husband

On Tuesday, the SR Nagar police filed a case against actress Poojitha’s husband for marrying Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh managing director G. Rekha Rani, an IAS officer. The Deccan Chronicle reports that former journalist P. Vijay Gopal, who is currently the PA to Araku MP Kothapalli Geetha, cheated actress Poojitha whom he was married to.Police have filed a case against him including IPC Section 496 (marriage ceremony fraudulently gone through without lawful marriage) in the FIR. Poojitha has given police evidence of their marriage including a letter from the priest who allegedly performed their marriage in 1994. She has also submitted the ration card, Voter’s ID card, her delivery records, family photos, her son’s birth certificate and school admission records, adds the daily. She doesn’t have a marriage certificate. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Poojitha has told the daily that the wedding took place 15 years ago at the Birla Temple at the sanctorum of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. She has now alleged that Vijay Gopal has cheated her and other women and asked that the police take action. She states that they have a child too and that the couple is not divorced. IAS officer G Rekha Rani is well-known thanks to getting Sachin Tendulkar to adopt a village in Nellore, when she was joint collector there in 2014. She has denied the allegations and stated that Poojitha and Vijay Gopal were not married but only in a live-in relationship. Vijay Gopal also states the same.

Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: Vijayakanth says TN opinion polls fake

On Sunday, the DMDK leader campaigned for his alliance partner CPI(M)’s G Bhimrao. He also lashed out at the DMK and AIADMK, accusing them of manipulating opinion polls which have been widely publicised. One opinion poll showed the DMK faction winning while the other showed the AIADMK was ahead in the race.The Deccan Chronicle reports that Vijayakanth stated that if the pre-poll surveys were valid and accurate, both results should have been the same. “But the results of the two surveys are contradictory. Hence, it is not an opinion poll but an attempt to impose their opinion,” he said, adding that people were not fools to believe these polls.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vijayakanth also took on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s statement that he and MK Stalin were like ‘double-barrelled guns fighting corruption’. He accused the DMK of being the root cause of corruption in Tamil Nadu and responsible for the 2G scam and Congress for the coal scam.The Captain said that to end corruption, Tamil Nadu needs a change in government. He added that he was confident that his six-party alliance would win, defeating both the corrupt parties.

Letter to Juliet: ‘Romeo’ Peter Mukherjea sends Indrani hugs and kisses on her birthday

Expressing hope to see an end to the ‘nightmare’ they are going through, former media executive Peter Mukherjea wrote a letter to his wife and co-accused in Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukerjea, on her birthday in January, media reports said.

Peter, in the one-page letter dated 3 January, reported Zee News, compared himself and his wife (another prime accused in the murder case) to Romeo and Juliet.

According to Mid-Day, which got access to the letter through sources, Peter wrote, “Mumu, my dearest. Today is a special day in your life and mine too therefore. Your birthday is a day we have always spent together since we met and this is the first year we’re so close and yet so far.”

Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea in a file photo. News18Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea in a file photo. News18

Peter Mukerjea and Indrani Mukerjea in a file photo. News18

Peter wrote that he would pray that Indrani could prove her innocence, “get clear of this nightmare in good time”, said a report by The Times of India.

He further wrote, according to The Asian Age, “God is great and will see an end to this, and like Romeo & Juliet we will hopefully see each other soon — in court or at home one day.”

Peter signed off the letter with a hug and a kiss.

It was just a day after the letter, reported NDTV, that Peter’s lawyers filed his first bail application, stating that only Indrani was responsible for her daughter Sheena’s death, and she had played Peter for a fool.

The letter comes after Peter, in his second bail application to the court, alleged that his wife was ‘highly ambitious and willing to sacrifice and give up her children to achieve her ambitions,” according to Deccan Chronicle.

Peter was arrested on 19 November, 2015. He is lodged at the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.

Other co-accused, Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai, are in the same jail, while Indrani is in the Byculla women’s jail.

The trio allegedly strangled Bora (24), Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, in a car and then her body burnt and dumped in a forest in Raigad in April 2012.

The crime came to light last August.

With inputs from PTI

Indian guru mocked for ‘refusing Nobel’

Indians ridicule spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Twitter after he reportedly claimed that he once turned down the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tamil Nadu: Met Department issues 48 hour heatwave warning

A heatwave warning has been issued to Tamil Nadu by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). According to the IMD, parts of the state will see a heatwave and temperatures will remain between 37 and 41 degrees Celsius. The IMD weather forecast showed that on Friday the temperature in the state in certain areas hit 37.2 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.The heatwave warning by IMD applies particularly to Chennai, Nagapatiinam, Tiruvallur,Vellore, Kancheepuram, and Ramanadu. The Deccan Chronicle reports that Ramanadu district collector has said that the public has been warned about this and told to take precautions.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meteorologist S Ramachandran has told the daily that the heatwave will continue till May 11 in the state with some light drizzles in some parts of the state. Southern parts of Tamil Nadu are expected to receive some rain during this period. Sea breeze will provide some respite in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
ALSO READ Here is how you can protect yourself from heat related ailmentsRamachandran told the daily that between May 11 and June 28, the state will remain hot and humid.

Hyderabad: Cop booked for sending obscene photos, texts to woman

On Saturday, a CID inspector from Hyderabad, was booked for allegedly harassing a woman working in the agriculture department by her sending abusive messages and obscene photos over WhatsApp and making objectionable calls.The Deccan Chronicle reported that the accused, Inspector K Dayakar Reddy, 55, was the officer investigating the illegal financial business of Asst SI B Mohan Reddy. The woman employee is a sister-in-law of Mohan Reddy. The 41-year-old had lost her husband.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the daily’s report, a case was registered against him under Sections 354 A and D and 506 of the IPC. The complainant, Dayakar Reddy allegedly kept harassing her after he had got her number as part of the investigation he was conducting. She has alleged that he sent her obscene texts and photos. He also reportedly told her he loved her and said, “I have a property in Hyderabad” and “you get transferred here so that we can live together (sic).”The woman alleged that he threatened her with dire consequences if she went to the police. She said that he had asked her to prepare “something special for him” when he arrives in Karimnagar to investigate case.The daily reported that the CID is probing the illegal financing business of Mohan Reddy, an ASI of Choppandi who has been accused of accumulating property worth hundreds of crores by lending money to employees, merchants and farmers at exorbitant rates of interest. Mohan Reddy’s scam was discovered when a school manager committed suicide on October 29, 2015.

Make salwar kameez the school uniform for girls to prevent sexual harassment, says TRS MLA

A Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLA called for a strict dress code in order to curb sexual harassment in schools. MLA Konda Surekha said that school uniforms needed to be changed to salwar kameez, the Deccan Chronicle reported.LIVE INDIA vs WEST INDIES 2nd semi final T20, ICC World T20In the state assembly, Surekha proposed a solution to the problem of sexual harassment in schools. According to the report, she said that school uniforms should no longer be dresses, but should be changed to salwar kameez.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Konda Surekha, the legislator from the Warangal East constituency, was quoted as saying, “Salwar kameez should be replaced with short dresses as school uniform because it covers the entire body and also upkeeps modesty.” Surekha was the Minister for Women Development and Child Welfare of undivided Andhra Pradesh in the YS Rajasekhara Reddy government.She said that harassers should be debarred from attending school and strict action should be taken against them. She also called for penalising government employees accused of harassment.

Tamil Nadu: Father arrested for stoning 11-month-old son to death

In Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, a 32-year-old farmer was arrested for torturing and stoning his 11-month-old son to death and burying the body in his farm at Jameen Ilampillai village. According to the Deccan Chronicle, Tamizhselvan believed that the child was born out of an illicit affair. The police stated that he hit the head of his son against the floor and pounded the child’s head with stones to kill him.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, the body of the child was exhumed from the farm and a post-mortem conducted on the spot by government doctors. Tamizhselvan was arrested by the police for killing his child. The daily reported that P Tamizhselvan was arrested in December 2015 for torturing his wife Revathi and pushing her to commit suicide. Tamizhselvan had suspected that his wife was having an affair and used to torture her. She consumed poison and committed suicide in December 2015. The police had arrested him for abetting his wife’s suicide. Police told the daily that Tamizhselvan had a four-year-old girl, Mallika, and a 11-month-old son with his wife. In his absence, Tamizhselvan’s sister has been looking after the two children. He was released on bail on March 18.The daily reports that upon his release he went to his sister’s house and forcibly took the two children back to his house. When his father found the grandson missing he filed a police complaint. Tamizhselvan had disappeared and the police were hunting for him.On Wednesday, he surrendered to the village administrative officer Jameen Illampillai. He reportedly confessed to having killed his son with stones and burying the child on the farm.

Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh may get Cabinet berth

It looks like there will be some reshuffling in the Telugu Desam party soon. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was keen that his son Nara Lokesh be inducted into the Union Cabinet so that centre can focus a bit on Andhra Pradesh.The Deccan Chronicle has reported that a senior TDP party leader has told them that Chandrababu Naidu has now dropped this idea since he was not happy with the Centre’s attitude towards Andhra Pradesh. Reportedly Chandrababu Naidu is concerned with this fact though the TDP is an ally at the Centre.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The daily reports that Chandrababu Naidu now is likely to induct his son Nara Lokesh into the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet in the next reshuffle. Nara Lokesh had been appointed as general secretary of the Telugu Desam Central Committee in 2015. Suggestions have come from senior TDP leaders to the CM to induct Lokesh into the Cabinet to give the party the ‘face of the youth’. They have asked that he be given the industrial and IT infrastructure development portfolio. It looks like Naidu is contemplating this and might go through with it. If Nara Lokesh is to be inducted into the AP Cabinet that a nominated MLW would have to step aside to may way for him. There have no Cabinet reshuffles since it was formed in 2014 and party sources have told the daily that a reshuffle might take place in June since Telugu Desam would have completed two years in office.

Tamil Nadu: High Court gives interim stay on triple talaq case

Nazeema who was married to M Mydeen Batcha, a railway employee from Rajapalayam, was issued a triple talaq by her husband in 2010. She had then approached the Madurai bench and filed a writ appeal. Now, the Madurai Bench of Madras HC has issued an interim stay on a lower court order which accepted the triple talaq divorce.According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, Naeema stated in her writ appeal that during the wedding in 2007, her father had given 30 sovereigns of gold jewellery and Rs 40,000 cash as dowry to the husband’s family. She has alleged that her in-laws later started demanding more dowry and mentally tortured her. She then approached the All Women Police station, Bodi in 2009 and filed a complaint. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Her husband had asked her to withdraw the complaint with the promise that their married life would be peaceful. However, in April 2010, Batcha gave her a triple talaq to end their marriage. The daily adds that Nazeema approached the lower court in Theni to declare the triple talaq as null and void and the judgement was in her favour. But Batcha then filed an appeal in the additional district court Theni at Periyakulam in 2015. Post the trial, the additional district and session judge, Theni accepted Batcha’s triple talaq as valid.Justice R Mahadevan of the Madurai Bench of Madras HC has now passed an interim order against the lower court judgement, adds the report. The judge has directed Batcha to file a counter within three weeks.

Tamil Nadu: Students vandalise and set college hostel on fire

College students at a private engineering college near Rasipuram, Namakkal have vandalised the college hostel.According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the students set their college hostel rooms on fire, threw liquor bottles and damaged cots in rooms. The report adds that those staying in the hostel of the Muthayammal Engineering College were protesting the suspension of two students. The two students had allegedly got into a fight with the college authorities over the lack of water in the hostel toilets. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The private engineering college at Kakkaveri near Rasipuram has around 4,500 students of which about 780 stay in the hostel. On March 17, Manoj Prasad from Chidambaram and M.Tharun Varshan from Bargur in Krishnagiri, had reportedly abused the hostel warden as there was no water supply in the hostels. They are both third year students. As a result, the college management suspended them.To protest the suspension, the other hostel students went on a rampage and broke cots and set mattresses in the rooms on fire. They also reportedly threw liquor bottles. The fire was quickly put out, adds the report. The college has now shut the hostel and sent the students back home. Meanwhile, the Namagiripettai revenue inspector Vijayalakshmi has conducted an inquiry into how liquor bottles were brought into the hostel rooms. He is also investigating whether basic amenities had been provided for the students. The students have alleged that drinking water was available only on the first floor of the five-floor hostel which also lacked basic amenities.

Karnataka Public Prosecutor asks how Jayalalithaa amassed Rs 66 crores on Rs 1 salary

On Wednesday, Karnataka Public Prosecutor and senior advocate BV Acharya questioned the Supreme Court as to how Jayalalithaa, who took home a salary of Rs 1 a month for 27 months from 1991 to 1996, had disproportionate assets of Rs 66 crores.A report in Deccan Chronicle states that the senior counsel argued before the Bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitav Roy that under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the burden of proving the legal means of income was on the accused, but in this case they could not do so.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the Bench had asked for a chart of the loans which had been taken from banks by the accused during the period in question. Acharya produced the chart and also showed how this money was treated as income by the trial court and High Court. Acharya also reportedly stated that the other accused had set up benami companies and acquired wealth disproportionate to income. Acharya also found fault with the acquittal of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhagaran and stated that the trial court​ had come to the conclusion that Rs 53 crores was the disproportionate assets after accounting Rs 13 crores towards expenses. But the High Court had reversed the findings. He added that the single judge committed a grave mistake in totaling 10 items of loan by arriving at a figure of Rs 24,17,31,274 when actually on proper totaling, the same was Rs 10,67,31,274. Thus, it showed that that disproportionate assets was only 8.12 per cent of the income which was wrong, he said. He explained that according to the single judge, the disproportionate assets was Rs 37,59,02,466 and income Rs 34,76,65,654 and since the DA was only Rs 2,82,32,812 which is 8.12 per cent in excess of the income, the accused were acquitted. However, if the error in totaling alone is corrected then the DA comes to Rs 16,32,36,812 which is 76.70 per cent in excess of the income, he said.

Tamil Nadu polls to be held by late April or early May 2016

The poll dates for Tamil Nadu and four other states will be announced next week by the Election Commission (EC).According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, a meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners will be held after 1 March and then the election dates will be announced. Sources have told the daily that dates for elections to the Assemblies of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry would be announced before 6 March. A senior official was quoted as saying that the Election Commission is mandated to give a gap of at least 40 to 45 days from the date of announcement of polls to the polling date and thus the dates would be announced before 6 March.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The daily also reports that elections for the Tamil Nadu Assembly would be held either in the last week of April or first week of May. Tamil Nadu is to go to polls on a single day, unlike West Bengal or Assam which will have staggered polling.

‘Garlands of shame’ for public peeing

Indian police swoop with flower garlands to embarrass people caught relieving themselves in public.

Hyderabad to get a World Trade Centre soon

After Mumbai and Bengaluru, Hyderabad will be the third city in India to get a World Trade Centre. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that this will become another hub for international businesses in the city. There are World Trade Centres (WTC) in a 100 countries at this point.According to the report, the Telangana government is planning to set up the WTC in a public-private-partnership mode on outskirts of the city. The state government will get a licence from the World Trade Centres Association (WTCA) for the same. The headquarters of the WTCA are in New York. It was established in 1970 as a non-profit organisation to promote international trade.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Deccan Chronicle quotes industries minister Jupally Krishna Rao as saying that the WTC was part of the TRS government’s plan to transform Hyderabad into a global city. The government is planning to tie-up with Bengaluru-based real estate company Brigade Group. The Brigade Group has already secured a licence from WTCA for setting up a WTC in Hyderabad, along with Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai.Rao told the daily that the WTC project will be presented in the March budget. Around Rs 300 crore will be required for its construction and the government will work out modalities for executing the project in PPP mode, according to him. Each tower of the WTC in Hyderabad is expected to have 30 to 35 floors and state-of-the-art infrastructure.The government now has to allot the land for the WTC.

Bengaluru: Three students assaulted by residents for drinking tea on footpath

Local residents in Bengaluru allegedly assaulted three students for sitting on the footpath and drinking tea. The two girls and their male classmate were reportedly sitting on the footpath together, drinking tea. This seems to have angered the local residents who are said to have chased and assaulted them. The three students had come to Bengaluru from Kerala for their studies. A report in Deccan Chronicle states Angela Antony, Sherin and Nikhil, students of a private college, were sitting on the pavement at about 6:30 pm. A woman, who was a local resident, got into an argument with them asking why they were sitting there. Angela was quoted by the daily as saying that a crowd gathered and they started threatening the students in Kannada. The students were reportedly told that the footpath wasn’t theirs, they were foreigners and they were to drink tea only in the college premises. The woman also stated that was not the right time to sit there and drink tea. She then reportedly slapped Sherin on the shoulder. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The daily adds that the woman’s son followed Angela to her hostel. He also pushed Nikhil to the ground and then punched his face as well. He then hit Sherin in the ribs and twisted Angela’s hands and assaulted her. Some women rescued her but then told her she should behave herself. The report adds that their friend Niranjan came to their rescue. Angela was quoted as saying that Sherin’s limbs were swollen and Nikhil had a broken jaw and a sprained knee.

Bengaluru: Class nine student raped by PT teacher

A class nine student was allegedly raped by a physical education instructor at his sister’s home, reports the Deccan Chronicle.The teacher, identified as Lakshmikantha, had lured the student to his sister’s house outside the school’s premises which comes under Jalahalli police station limits. The 35-year-old had repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl between June and November last year. The girl shared the ordeal with her friends who then alerted the school management.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The management then conducted a detailed enquiry and found that the teacher was guilty. They filed a complaint with the Jalahalli police on Tuesday night. Police has filed the case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the victim has undergone a medical examination. Lakshmikantha has however quit work and gone into hiding.“The place of crime, where he allegedly sexually assaulted the girl, is outside the school premises, which is the accused sister’s house. The victim said that she was assaulted about three to four times between June and November,” said Mr TR Suresh, DCP (North Division). “But the school authorities found out only in January-end when the girl’s classmates informed a teacher, after which an inquiry was initiated by the school management,” Mr Suresh said.Jalahalli police recorded statements of victim and her parents and is on a hunt for the teacher. They have booked him under under Section 376 of IPC (for rape) and Section 6 of the POCSO Act (aggravated penetrative sexual assault).

Chennai: India’s largest railway station food court to come up at Tambaram

In six months, Chennai’s Tambaram station will have India’s largest railway station food court. There will be at least 25 brands that will dish out Indian and continental food to passengers and others at the station. The food court will be spread across three areas – the concourse, on the GST side and the Eastern side of the Tambaram railway station – according to a report in Deccan Chronicle. About 1.7 lakh commuters will benefit from this food court.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior officials of the IRCTC have told the daily that there will be everything from ‘medhu vada’ ‘appam’ and ‘parotta’ to pizzas and burgers here. It will take six months for the food court to be constructed and N Gopinathan, chief project consultant, has stated that they expect Rs 5 to Rs 7 lakh sales daily. The food court will be spread over 15000 square feet and be run and operated by JS Caterers, states the daily. JS Caterers are an Erode-based catering chain and have won the financial bid at Rs 4 crore per annum for the next 12 years.Praveen Khatri who is one of the designers of the food court told the daily that they will start with 14 counters at the basement of the main food court. The outlet will be air-conditioned and people can have coffee at the stands at the entrance.

Siachen Braveheart: 5 caricatures paying tribute to Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad

The 33-year-old Siachen braveheart, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, fought the odds for six days buried deep under snow. He took his last breath on Thursday morning and heart of the nation stopped for a while.People were praying for the recovery of soldier of 19th Battalion of Madras Regiment. Those same praying hands are now paying tribute.Creative minds of the country took to their canvases and poured their heartflet messages.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Manjul for dna – Satish Acharya – Subhani for Deccan Chronicle – Amul – Neelabh Banerjee –

Chennai cops to help transgenders secure jobs

The Chennai city police organised a motivational session for transgenders. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that this was an initiative by the city police commissioner TK Rajendran to help the transgender community network with employers in the city.On Tuesday, nearly 216 transgenders from the city came together. This was the first programme where there was interaction between cops and transgenders, adds the daily. Those who spoke at the event included dancers Narthaki Nataraj, Shobana Ramesh and Shakthi Bhaskar. They narrated how they came to terms with their sexuality and how they became successful. Triplicane DCP P Perumal also spoke on the occasion.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some of those present spoke about their grievances and their fear of workplace harassment, which they felt they might encounter. Being taken for granted by the community and stigma attached to their sexuality were also topics that were discussed. Resource persons from NGOs spoke about the opportunities available for transgenders. The Chennai police made a database (like a resume) with all those who attended the event so that they could be contacted for jobs.Jaya, general manager of Sagotharan, an NGO, working for transgenders, told the daily that Tamil Nadu is a “pioneer in the progress of the third gender” and that she was happy that something like this is happening to help the community.

Bengaluru: Tanzanian girl stripped, paraded naked by angry mob

A 21-year-old Tanzanian girl was allegedly stripped, assaulted and paraded naked by a mob in Bengaluru on Sunday, while local police stood as mute bystanders. The woman’s car was also torched and her four friends were beaten up too. The mob was reportedly incensed after another car driven by a Sudanese youth ran over and killed a 35-year-old local. According to a Deccan Chronicle report, the girl who arrived at the spot with four others almost half an hour after the incident, was forcefully dragged out and assaulted. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Tanzanian girl is a second year BBA student and has no relation with the man involved in the incident. The girl also tried to board a bus and escape from the location, however, the passengers threw her back into the mob.Bosco Kaweesi, Legal Adviser of All African Students Union in Bengaluru, told the daily, “She’s Tanzanian, the man who caused the accident comes from Sudan, they didn’t even know each other.”The angry mob later also burnt the car that was not involved in the incident and thrashed the bystander who had come forward to cover her with a T-Shirt. When the victim later went to the police station to lodge a complaint, the cops reportedly refused to register the case and asked her to bring the driver who ran over the 35-year-old woman.“When the girl did not even know about the accident or the spot where it happened, how can she bring in the driver of the car,” said Bosco.The report also claims that the local mob was hunting for houses where Africans stayed and harassed them.

Tamil Nadu: School student run over by train while clicking a selfie

The selfie craze among the youth has resulted in the death of one student in Tamil Nadu. A 17-year-old boy was trying to take a selfie on the railway tracks when he was run over by a train. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that the accident occurred on Sunday evening. The victim Dena Sukumar, was trying to take a selfie with friends, while walking along the railway track on the Vandalur and Ooorapakkam stretch on Sunday. He was a plus-2 student of Poonamallee Aringnar Anna government higher secondary school. While his friends managed to jump off the tracks, Dena was killed.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have stated that the victim was not able to gauge the speed of the train. This is not the first time in India that taking a selfie proved to be fatal. On 9 January, three girls fell into the Arabian Sea while clicking selfies on a rock jutting out of the sea near Bandra Fort in Mumbai. One of the girls and a man who jumped in to save them died in the incident. The incident had prompted the Mumbai Police to initiate a process of identifying and marking certain spots in the city as ‘no selfie zones’ in a bid to discourage people from putting themselves at risk while photographing themselves.Earlier, two youths had also drowned in the Narmada in Madhya Pradesh. A young man was also reported to have fallen from the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur recently, while taking a selfie.Experts say that the addiction to selfies is not healthy as youngsters try to boost their self-esteem by putting up selfies to garner likes on social media.

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