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January 20, 2013

22:40  Teen gang-raped in Haryana; act filmed, circulated:  Police today arrested five men for allegedly raping a teenage girl in the district and preparing her obscene video on a mobile phone.

The arrest was made under Sections 376 (rape), 292 (sale etc of obscene video), 506 (criminal intimidation) and some other Sections of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

The girl, a class tenth student, yesterday made a complaint to Barwala police that about two months back while returning from an agriculture field the men Pradeep, Baru and Golia of her village raped her at knife-point and made a video-clip on a mobile phone.
21:11  BJP presidential poll on Jan 23:  Election to the post of the BJP President will be held in New Delhi on January 23. In a notification, the party said nomination papers will be filed on the same day (January 23) from 10 am to 11.30 am and scrutiny will be held from 11.30 am to 12 noon.

A date for election will be declared, in case of contest, after withdrawal of nomination between 12 noon and 12.30 pm, the party said in a release.

In the absence of any contest, the elected candidate will be declared at 12.30 pm on January 23 itself. Sources said incumbent Nitin Gadkari is likely to file his nomination papers on January 23 and get elected unopposed if no other nomination is received.
17:27  Pak commerce minister cancels India visit:   Pakistan Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim has called off a scheduled visit to India to attend a business meet later in January, against the backdrop of tensions between the two countries over ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

Fahim told the media that he had decided against travelling to India as the business meet would clash with an upcoming meeting between a government team and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who had led a massive protest against the ruling Pakistan People's Party last week.

He said that as one of the signatories of the agreement between the government and Qadri, he had to attend the meeting to be held in Lahore on January 27 to discuss the cleric's demands.

However, official sources said Fahim's decision was linked to the spike in tensions between India and Pakistan over a string of clashes along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir that left two Indian soldiers dead, while Pakistan claimed that three of its soldiers were killed.
16:52  My mother came to me, cried, says emotional Rahul :  An emotional Rahul Gandhi spoke to the Congress workers about hope and power. Here is what he said.

This morning I woke up and went to the balcony. It was dark and cold and I decided not to tell you only not what you want to hear, but what I want to say. 

As a boy I loved to play badminton, I was taught how to play by the policemen who guarded my grandmother; they were my friends. Then they killed my grandmother. They killed her and took the balance away from my life. I felt pain like never before.

My father returned from Bengal. This was the first time I saw my father cry. I saw he was broken.

Then our country was not what it is today. Everyone said we were poor country. That evening I saw my father on TV and I knew he was terrified. But as he spoke I saw a small glimmer of hope.

I still remember what I felt.

Today as I look back I can see that it was that small ray of hope that has changed India. Without hope you cannot change anything.

On power: Last night everyone congratulated me. But last night, my mother came to my room and she sat with me and she cried. She cried cause she can see that the power can be poison. She can see it because she is not attached to it. Don't chase power for the attribute of power but use it to empower the world. 

It is my mother's experience and my experience in eight years. We must not forget the negative aspects of power.

Rahul makes a little gaffe. He says, "We are no longer worthless". But corrects himself immediately and says, "Sorry no longer seen as worthless. I am standing here because the Congress is seen as a symbol of hope."

For me, the Congress party is now my life. The people of India are my life and I will fight for the people of India and this party. I will fight with everything I have. I invite you to stand up and take on this fight, he says.             
16:31  Congress is not a party, it's a family: Rahul:  As Rahul spoke in Hindi he said, "The Congress is called the party, but it is actually a family. In fact, it is the world's biggest family."

"Does this family need change? Yes, but by taking the views of you all," he said.

Emphasisng on the need of leadership development, Rahul said, "Five years from now, we need to prepare 40 to 50 politicians, who will be in a position to run the country. If someone asks us what does the Congress do our reply should be that we prepare leaders who will take care of India's future."   
16:25  We will champion the voice of every Indian: Rahul:  Here are the highlights of Rahul Gandhi's first speech as the Congress vice president.

In 1947, India was liberated not by arms but by non-violence and through the voice of the people. The Congress said we will use non-violence and sent the British home. Gandhiji's successors ensured democracy was the bedrock of our Constitution. Every Indian is going to be supported by the Congress, no matter what caste, religion. The Green Revolution restored the voice of the farmer; the IT revolution literally gave people the voice. Manmohan Singhji unleased the voice of thousands by giving entrepreneurial rights.

Voices of thousands are telling us that India's governmental system is stuck in the past and is a system that dis-empowers. Why is our youth angry? Because they are alienated as the powerful drive around in cars with red beacons.

The corrupt stand up and talk about eradicating corruption. Those who disrespect women every day talk about women's rights.

We will champion the voice of every single Indian.

We need to respond immediately to the need to create more jobs.   
16:20  Rahul's 1st speech as Cong VP: It's a huge honour:  Rahul Gandhi in his address to the party workers at the Chintan Shivir in Jaipur thanked them  for his elevation to the post of Congress vice president. "This is a huge honour for me. I am thankful to everyone," he said.

He started saying that he will first speak in English and then in Hindi at the Congress meet.  
16:09  Rahul's 1st speech as Cong VP: It's a huge honour:  Rahul Gandhi in his address to the party workers at the Chintan Shivir in Jaipur thanked them  for his elevation to the post of Congress vice president. "This is a huge honour for me. I am thankful to everyone," he said.

He started saying that he will first speak in English and then in Hindi at the Congress meet.  
15:39  Shinde clarifies, says he meant 'saffron terrorism not Hindu' :  After accusing the BJP and the RSS for promoting "Hindu terrorism", Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde clarified that he had meant "saffron terrorism".

He got the backing of several Congress leaders. "I want to make it clear that he (Shinde) meant right-wing terrorism. There is no Hindu or Muslim terrorism," said Union Minister Rajiv Shukla.   
15:29  BJP on Shinde's RSS remark: Sonia must apologise :   Onkar Singh reports: The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh has taken strong exception to the statement made by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shide at Chintan Shivar in Jaipur blaming the two parties for running camps to spread Hindu terrorism.

"The statement by the home minister at Jaipur will have serious reprecussion. Sonia Gandhi, who heads the Congress and Shinde must tender unqualified apology to people of India," BJP spokesperson, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
14:24  Rahul to deliver his first speech as Cong VP today :  Rahul Gandhi, who was elevated to the rank of the vice president on Saturday evening, will be the party's show-stopper at the Chintan Shivir in Jaipur. He will make his first political speech as the party's vice-president later in the day.
13:53  RSS, BJP spreading Hindu terrorism: Home Minister:   Sheela Bhatt reports: While speaking at the Congress Chintan Shivir in Jaipur Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said today, "The RSS and BJP are running terrorist training camp to spread Hindu terrorism." He mentioned the Samjhauta Express and Malegaon blasts to enhance his point.

He was elaborating on how the Congress should be alert about the BJP's ideas to divide the society. The BJP's "cultural nationalism" is actually a weapon to divide the country.

His speech was, disastrous, to put it mildly.
13:24  Choice of Gadkari as BJP prez final: RSS to Advani:   Despite fierce opposition from L K Advani, the Bharatiya Janata Party's ideological mentor the RSS has said that current president Nitin Gadkari must get an unprecedented second term.

Sources told NDTV that the RSS has made it clear to Advani that it will not support any other candidate for president. Advani had proposed Sushma Swaraj, currently Leader of the Opposition, for the post.

Sources say he had requested the RSS to consider Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as another option.
13:12  Peace process with Pak back on track: Khurshid:   Asserting that it will not be influenced by "jingoistic conversations" in sections of the media, the government on Sunday said peace process with Pakistan was back on track "considerably" but made it clear that "atmospherics" have to be right to move forward.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, while underlining that it is sensible not to hasten and rush into things, also denied that the government has been boxed into a corner over the ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and the beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistani troops.

"It is unfortunate that out of context debates take place in media. But the media is free. You have to take the good and bad of the media if you believe in a free society. But we are not going to be influenced necessarily by jingoistic conversations that take place on some sections of the media," Khurshid told Karan Thapar on CNN IBN's Devil's Advocate programme.
12:55  Govt committed to a strong Lokpal: PM:  At the Chintan Shivir, the PM, "The government is committed to a strong Lokpal. We are confident we will be able to pass the bill soon."

Concluding his address to the party workers, he said, "Only the Congress understands the needs of the country and knows how to solve its problems. As I see it, the Jaipur meeting has reaffirmed the commitment of the Congress to its core values: inclusive development, empowerment of women and their safety, meeting the challenges of urbanisation, improving quality of governance, curbing corruption, pursuit of foreign policy based on protecting our national interests."

"If the Congress moves ahead with this agenda, I do not see why the Congress will not capture the hearts of minds and people again. With the leadership of Soniaji and Rahulji, we shall deliver," he added.   
12:20  Want friendship with Pak, but too must try: PM:   Talking about the attack along the Line of Control, the PM said, "Pakistan committed an inhuman act on the LoC on January 8. We have told Pakistan that this could affect our bilateral relations.We want friendship with Pakistan, but they have to make an effort too. Only our efforts will not help. They too must seek peace."

On women's safety: We must create an atmosphere that will make women feel safe. We will change the laws if needed.

On price rise: Price rise has been our challenge. Some of the reasons for this are the high price of crude oil in the international market. We need to fight inflation.
12:07  We have focused on the poor and underprivileged: PM:  Talking on poverty at the Chintan Shivir in Jaipur, the PM said that poverty is a problem, but the UPA has been more successful eradicating poverty that previous governments. "We have been particularly focused on the poor and underprivileged. The rural landless farmers are the poorest of the people. Our growth has slowed down but it's still far better than in other countries."
12:02  We fulfilled promises made in 2004 and 2009: PM:   After Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the Congress conclave in Jaipur.

Talking to party workers in Hindi, he said, "I am hopeful the strategy meet will provide new direction to the party. "

"We have tried to fulfill all promises made in our 2004 and 2009 manifesto. Our government performed better than the previous governments," he said. "Our country's development under NDA was 5.5 per cent. Under UPA, the GDP grew over 8 per cent. We achieved this during global economic recession."

He added that the party should accept it's shortcomings.    
11:39  Sonia on Delhi rape: Won't let death go in vain:  Congress President Sonia Gandhi today addressed a meeting of the All India Congress Committee in Jaipur. Here's what she said.

The government has initiated a five-point programme, including drafting laws to combat corruption. The Direct Benefits Transfer scheme will eliminate corruption by middlemen.

On the Delhi gang rape: The Delhi gang rape victim is a symbol of women and children who suffer from similar fate. Safety and security is a fundamental constitutional right: The barbaric gang rape has shaken the country. She embodied the spirit of an aspirational India. We will ensure her death will not go in vain.

On the Women's Reservation Bill: I will personally press for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill.
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