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July 19, 2013

23:40  French woman's molestation: Panel takes suo motu cognisance:  West Bengal Women's Commission initiated a suo motu cognisance into the alleged molestation of French woman here last week.

"We have started a suo motu cognisance into the molestation of the French woman," said Sunanda Mukherjee, chairperson of the Commission.

The woman was allegedly molested by three youths in posh Jodhpur Park area at around 3 am on Saturday when she, along with her male companion, was returning home.

The woman's male companion was also assaulted. The two were returning from a party at Alliance Francaise where he works as a senior official. All the three accused were arrested.
21:47  Railway scam: Bansal may be probed during trial, says judge :  NDTV reports: The judge handling the investigation into the railway scam that cost Pawan Bansal his job as railways minister in May has said that she may ask for the former minister's role to be examined during the trial.

"The high and mighty should not escape the law," the judge said in a written order.

Read the full story on NDTV
21:28  Biden to visit India from July 22; trade, defence on agenda:  Joe Biden will embark on his maiden visit to India as United States Vice President on July 22 to discuss key bilateral issues, including trade, energy and defence, to make Indo-US ties the most important strategic partnership of the 21st century.   

During his four-day-long stay in India, Biden will hold meetings with top Indian leadership, including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.   

Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill would arrive in New Delhi on July 22, would focus on four key issues of economic and trade ties, energy and climate change; defense co-operation and a wide range of regional co-operation.    Biden, 70, had visited New Delhi in 2008 as a Senator.    He will also hold talks with Vice President Hamid Ansari and the Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj.
21:22  Bus services to Bangladesh suspended, trade stopped:  Agartala-Dhaka bus service was suspended and trade between Bangladesh and India through Tripura border came to a grinding halt following violence and strike in Bangladesh after the announcement of death sentence to an Islamic leader, official sources said today.

Tripura Road Transport Corporation officials said the Dhaka'"Agartala bus did not ply since Wednesday following strike and violence in the neighbouring country.
20:25  BJP unveils Team 2014 under Modi :  NDTV reports: The BJP today announced Team Modi 2014, an armada of 20 star-studded committees to manage different aspects of the BJP's election campaign under Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is the party's election campaign chief.

A 15-member central election committee will have as its members, apart from  Modi, leaders like L K Advani and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, party president Rajnath Singh, former party presidents Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari, key leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley and the BJP's chief ministers.

Senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi will head the manifesto team for the 2014 general elections; Swaraj and Jaitley will look after all publicity. Both these teams include Modi-aides -- PK Dhumal will help with the manifesto and Amit Shah is part of the publicity team.

Read the full story here

20:13  Live! BJP is communal, never praised Modi as secular: Hazare:  

Calling BJP communal, activist Anna Hazare today said he never described Narendra Modi as secular.         


"He (Modi) belongs to a party that sympathises with only one community, and is against other communities. It is also known that it is totally against one particular community," Hazare told reporters.        

"Modi represents what BJP stands for. From their statements, it appears to be communal. I don't want to talk about an individual person, because it is a matter of his political party. BJP has nominated Narendra Modi as Chairman of its Campaign Committee," he said.         


Hazare said a non-communal person, who can provide better governance, should come to power after the elections. He said that he was misquoted by a section of media which said he viewed Modi as not being communal.

19:21  Live! CBI moves HC against acquittal of Sajjan in 1984 riots case:  

CBI has filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court challenging the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case relating to the killing of five Sikhs by a mob in New Delhi.        


A lower court had on May 30 let off Kumar in the 29-year-old case saying he deserved the "benefit of doubt" as key witness Jagdish Kaur did not name him as an accused in her statement given to the Justice Ranganath Mishra panel in 1985.        


"It was a matter of fact that when eye witness and complainant Jagdish Kaur had submitted her affidavit before Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission in 1985, she had not mentioned the name of Sajjan Kumar in any manner though the other accused had been named," it had said.        


The lower court, however, had held five others guilty in the case and awarded varying jail terms for being part of the mob that killed the Sikhs.

18:53  And a superb read for the weekend. An essay by Bengali author, playwright and poet Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay better known as Banaphool, translated into English. And what a translation it is. Read  
Bengali author, playwright and poet Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay. - See more at:
18:47  Tribal Affairs minister says FRA violations in Mahan will be investigated:   The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, V Kishore Chandra Deo, has promised complete support from his ministry to ensure that the Forest Rights Act is upheld in Mahan, Madhya Pradesh.

The minister addressed a joint press conference with Mahan Sangharsh Samiti and Greenpeace in Delhi. Community members from five villages in the Mahan forests (Ammelia, Budher, Suhira, Bandhaura and Barwantola) have come together to form the MSS to assert their forest rights over the Mahan forests.
18:44  Wipro campus bomb threat confirmed hoax, letter being probed:   Update on the bomb threat to the Wipro campus in Bangalore. Even as the police continue to probe the handwritten letter they received today regarding the bomb threat to the campus, investigations show that it was a hoax.'s Vicky Nanjappa reports that Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradhkar informed the media that they are verifying the letter.

"I cannot explain everything in the letter to you as investigations are still on. The police have checked the entire campus and said that it was a hoax as nothing was found," he said.

An anonymous letter threatening to blow up the campus of software major Wipro here with 19 bombs sent police into a tizzy today. The letter claimed Wipro's corporate and training block would be blown up at 11 am today and 1 pm tomorrow, police said.

HSR Layout police, under whose jurisdiction Wipro office is situated, have reached the spot.

Wipro in a statement today said that a security check has been conducted and said there was no problem and business continues as usual.

This is the second time in nearly two weeks that such a letter threatening terror strikes have been sent to the police. The police are ascertaining if there is a pattern involved.
18:35  Re bounces back by 32 p to 59.35 vs USD after 2-days of losses:  The rupee snapped two days of losses and appreciated by 32 paise today to close at 59.35 against the dollar as the US currency weakened overseas and traders wound up positions at the end of the week.
17:52  Mid-day meal cooked on top of septic tank near toilet in Chennai:  And the mid-day meal horrors continue. At a government school at Vyasarpadi in Chennai, a mid-day meal was being cooked next to students' toilets, on top of a septic tank lid. Shockingly, this meal is part of the state's much-praised noon meal scheme for schools.

A vessel of cooked rice was kept on the septic tank which even had an open outlet.

The makeshift kitchen was near a toilet block lined by filth and garbage. The cooks thought nothing of sitting on the septic tank slab to peel boiled eggs.  Read the horror story here.

Yet, Tamil Nadu is a case study for mid-day meals' success.  Read

17:25  Children demanding better mid-day meal in Bihar clash with teachers:  A protest by more than 100 students against what they believe to be a mid-day meal of poor quality turned violent in Bihar today. Three teachers were beaten up in Bhikhampur Middle School, said local officials in the Nawada district, over 120 kilometres from Patna. The children who were demanding better meals in today's protest were between the ages of 10 and 16. 
17:15  Chhapra mid-day meal tragedy: WHERE are principal, grocer husband?:  The principal and her grocer husband of the Chhapra school, where 23 children died after eating a mid-day meal, are still absconding even as police today contacted their relatives to know the whereabouts of the duo.

"Police are conducting searches and have also spoken to relatives of the absconding principal, Meena Devi, and her grocer husband Arjun Rai but they are yet to be arrested," Saran SP Sujit Kumar said.

Police personnel have also been deployed at Meena Devi's house, the SP said.

An FIR has been lodged against the principal in connection with the mid-day meal tragedy on Tuesday in which 23 students, most of them under 10 years of age, lost their lives after eating mid-day meal served to them in the school.

The principal and her husband, from whose shop she had purchased the cooking oil suspected to be laced with insecticide, have fled after the incident. Their house in Dharmasati Gandaman village in Mashrakh block, about 50 km from Chhapra, is also locked.
17:07  Delhi gang-rape case: Juvenile accused convicted of robbery:   The teenager being tried for December's gang rape on a moving bus in  Delhi has been convicted of dacoity by a juveniles court.

The Juvenile Justice Board today found him guilty of robbing a carpenter just before a 23-year-old student and her male friend boarded the bus near a South Delhi mall and were assaulted with an iron rod, allegedly by a group of six men including the minor, who was 17 at the time.

The couple was thrown onto the road after the young woman was raped. She died in a Singapore hospital two weeks later.
16:56  Six ways to fix Indias sSchool lunch program:  India's free school meal program is one of the largest food aid initiatives in the world, guaranteeing one cooked meal a day to 12 lakh children. Here's how we can avoid the pitfalls. Read
16:49  Protests rock J-K over Ramban killings, curfew in Valley:  Protests over the killing of four people in firing by BSF personnel broke out across Jammu and Kashmir today during which two persons were injured in the Valley in clashes with security forces.

Authorities clamped curfew in all major towns of Kashmir and halted the Amarnath yatra from Jammu with no fresh batch of pilgrims being allowed to proceed to the Valley. Curfew was in force in Ramban district where the killings took place yesterday.

Three FIRs were also registered against both BSF and the state police in connection with yesterday's violence on complaints from the public. The IG of BSF (Jammu Frontier) Rajeev Krishna said they they would also file a FIR with the police over the violence by the mob that had gathered outside the BSF camp at Ramban.

Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed since midnight as a precautionary measure. Two men were injured when security forces opened fire while chasing stone-pelting protestors in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir.
16:15  Tina need not depose if Ani's statements clear: court :   Anil Ambani will start making appearances from Monday. The court has however ruled that Tina Ambani need not depose if Anil's testimony is clear. 

CBI had earlier said that Reliance ADAG officials, who were examined, have not given "clear cut answers" as to who decided on behalf of their alleged shell companies regarding the radio waves allocation and due to this it now wants to examine Anil and Tina Ambani as prosecution witnesses. CBI prosecutor had also said as Ms. Tina and Anil Ambani's statements would be on parallel grounds and if one would give clear answers, they may drop the second person.
16:10  Anil and Tina Ambani to depose in 2G case: Delhi court :   A Delhi court has allowed the CBI plea seeking to summon Reliance ADA Group Chairman Anil Ambani, his wife Tina Ambani and others as prosecution witnesses in the 2G spectrum case. Ambani's testimony needed to explain why ADAG invested in Swan Telecon.

Special public prosecutor UU Lalit said that Anil Ambani would be the person who would be able to "throw light" on the matter relating to alleged investment of over Rs 990 crore in Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, facing trial in the case, by Reliance ADA Group companies and other issues.

Regarding Tina Ambani, CBI had said she was occupying an "important position" in Reliance ADA Group and was "authorised to transact on behalf of Tiger Traders Pvt Ltd and Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd without any limit on value."
15:57  Curtain raiser to the general elections:  National elections must take place in India before May 2014 and the two main parties have already chosen the men to lead their election campaigns.

Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat and likely prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition party BJP, was in campaigning mode long before he was picked to lead the party's election campaign. Read
15:45  Hit-and-run case: Charges to be framed against Salman on July 24:  Charges to be framed against Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case on July 24. The actor was accompanied by his sisters to the court today. Khan was earlier being tried under a lesser charge of rash and negligent driving but prosecutors filed an application for the charges to be upgraded, to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
15:25  Uddhav: Not ONE, MANY credible faces for PM candidate:  There are many credible faces in the NDA who could be prime ministerial candidates, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday fuelling rumours that the party was not in favour of the BJP's Narendra Modi for the top post.

"We have not one but many such credible faces in India. We will decide on a face of NDA in due time," Thackeray said in the presence of BJP chief Rajnath Singh at an ASSOCHAM function.

Thackeray said he and Rajnath Singh were together and would decide and pick a "credible face" as the prime ministerial candidate. Read more
15:13  The Modi Mythology:  Manufacturing consent, saffron style... Open magazine on the Gujarat chief minister. Read
14:52  Heavy rainfall lashes Kumaon; landslides damage houses:  No let-up in the rainfall in Uttarakhand. Heavy rains continued to lash various parts of the state especially the Kumaon region, leading to landslides and rising water levels in several rivers. Intermittent showers were reported in the Udham Singh Nagar and Champavat districts in Kumaun region. Separate cases of landslides in two villages in the Munsyari area of Pithoragarh district caused damage to six houses. All major rivers flowing through the state registered an increase in water levels including Ganga, Yamuna, Kosi and Sharda.
14:40  19 bomb blasts in Bangalore's Wipro campus today, warns letter:  A handwritten threat letter claiming there would be 19 bomb blasts at the Wipro office in Bangalore is being scrutinised by the police. The letter was sent to the Sarjapur police station in Bangalore. The letter claims that the 19 bombs have been planted at the Wipro campus and would go off any time between 11 pm and 1 am. The letter is being scrutinised and investigations are on even as police state that it could be a hoax.
-- Vicky Nanjappa.
14:35  Smoke from burning AC wire creates panic at Patna hospital:  Update on the Patna hospital fire.

The burning of an electric wire of an air-conditioner in the paediatric ward of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), where 24 students of Chhapra midday meal tragedy are undergoing treatment, created panic with some parents running out of the ward with their children.

PMCH Superintendent Amarkant Jha Amar said that the smoke emanated due to the burning of the AC wire because of voltage fluctuation. There was no gas leak, he clarified.

The AC was immediately switched off and the wire disconnected, the PMCH Superintendent said. He said doctors and attending nurses immediately opened the windows for the smoke to go out. Twenty-four children of primary school, Dharmasati Gandaman of Saran district and a cook, Manju Devi, are admitted in the paediatric ward of PMCH since Tuesday night.
14:19  Ramban firing: Bodies buried amid tears and prayers:   The bodies of the four persons killed in the Ramban firing incident were buried today with several people gathered at the graveyards to mourn their death. Prayers were offered by families of Manzoor Ahmed Shah, Abdul Latief, Javed Ahmed and Farooq Ahmed as their bodies were buried at graveyards in Gool, Dharam and Jasmalan.

The four were killed yesterday when security personnel opened fire at a mob that had gathered at a BSF camp in Ramban district protesting against alleged manhandling of an Imam of the area by the force.

Families of the deceased had first refused to remove the bodies from the camp site to protest against the firing, but after state minister Ajaz Khan's intervention the bodies were lifted late night and allowed to be sent for post-mortem.
14:05  Omar raps media: Report responsibly, 4 dead, not 6:  Jammu and Kashmir chief minister on the curfew in parts of the state following the death of four locals, shot at by the BSF.

Here's what he tweets: "As deeply as I regret yesterday's deaths the inaccurate reporting of death tolls is unprofessional & certainly doesn't help us on the ground. We have had 4 deaths, not 6/7 as some channels/websites are insisting and all injured are stable 'n out of danger. Even 4 is 4 too many. It would certainly be expected from nationally reputed news sites that they would make an effort to report accurate news & not rumours."
13:44  Indonesian authorities investigate Nazi-themed cafe:  Complaints prompt questions about restaurant in Indonesia that has displayed swastikas and Hitler's photo for two years. Read
13:41  Dear Taliban leader, thank you for your letter to Malala Yousafzai:  You were big enough to admit that your comrades tried to kill a young girl, but I would advise against picking a fight with women. Author Mohammed Hanif for the Guardian. Read

Also readour 2012 interview with Hanif.  
13:35  All for want of a horseshoe nail:  The Uttarakhand floods exposed that logisitics, key to reaching humanitarian relief speedily to victims, is a much neglected aspect of disaster management in India. Read
13:31  'There is fear in our hearts':  A father holds his limp child in his arms, carrying her from the school he trusted to take care of her. A video camera focuses on his face locked in total anguish. Everyone around him is shouting. He goes to the back of an open van and struggles to keep the white blanket he's wrapped around his child's body from slipping as he lays the body down.

The Chhapra mid-day meal tragedy revisited. Read
13:27  The anti-Congress journo who fell for Priyanka and how Narendra Modi buys media through PR. Read
13:22  Fire in Patna hospital under control:  The gas leak at the Patna hospital has turned out to be a minor fire in an air-conditioner. The fire is under control and patients who had been evacuated are being asked to return. 
13:10  Gas leak in Patna hospital where Chhapra food poisoning children admitted :  Reports just coming in say there's been a gas leak at the Patna medical college hospital. The children who had been food-poisoned in Chhapra had been admitted to this hospital, but have been evacuated.  
13:05  Delhi HC notice to CBI on bail plea of Pawan Bansal's nephew :  The Delhi High Court today issued a notice to the CBI seeking its reply on the bail pleas of former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla and three others in the Rs 10 crore cash-for-post bribery case. The counsel for Singla and three other accused told the court that the chargesheet in the matter had already been filed within 60 days of arrest and there is nothing left to be probed and therefore, the accused deserve to be granted bail.
12:58  RR Patil: Will those supporting dance bars allow them near their homes?:  Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil has made it amply clear yesterday that his fight against dance bars is far from over. He asked his detractors one question: would they allow these bars to open near their homes? Read
12:52  Superstitious man kills himself after crow sits on his head:  A 23-year-old engineering student committed suicide on Thursday after a crow perched itself twice on his head on Wednesday. Read the bizarre story here.
12:39  US veep Joe Biden in India tomorrow:  Ahead of his maiden visit to India, Vice President Joe Biden today said the US welcomes and encourages India's emergence as a force for security and growth in Southeast Asia and beyond, as he outlined America's efforts to embrace Asia and broaden global prosperity.

"One of the reasons why President (Barack) Obama called our relations with India, quote, 'a defining partnership of the century ahead' is that India is increasingly looking east as a force for security and growth in Southeast Asia and beyond," the 70-year-old Vice President said.

Biden is scheduled to leave for India and Singapore today. He will travel to New Delhi and Mumbai during which he is expected to meet the top Indian leaderships, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
12:29  Meet India's rural women who build solar panels:  As cattle roam outside in the scorching heat, Sapni Surin perches on a stool inside a sunlit workshop fixing parts onto a small circuit board. Colorful wires, tiny resistors and tools are scattered around. Surin builds solar panels. Read
12:26  Contrasts Between Floods in China and India:  It's the rainy season in many parts of Asia, and over the past month India's Uttarakhand state and China's Sichuan province have been especially hard hit by floods. The contrast between the two holds a development lesson. Read
12:22  Anatomy of a lost livelihood:  Thousands of young women, chiefly in Mumbai, made a living on bar-floors until the Maharashtra ban in 2005 shut them down. Now that the ban is off, what next for those who are still around? Read
12:03  Bihar to appoint 67,000 cooks, build 7600 kitchen sheds:  Update on the Chhapra mid-day meal incident. The forensic report on what led to the death of the 23 children in Bihar will be out today. The Bihar government, meanwhile, has appointed 67,000 cooks for all govt schools, while 7600 kitchen sheds will be built in schools. The government will also provide cooking utensils. 

The Congress yesterday disapproved of the Bihar government's conspiracy theory into the mid-day meal tragedy and reminded states of their responsibilities as more such cases came to light.

"We are not trying to cover up any state... We are not being soft on anyone... We are just waiting for the probe report. It's not good that people are making statements. Now even the state governments are making statements, their authentic representatives are making statements.

"This is not proper. Making such statements will hurt the family members of children, who died in the incident," party spokesperson Raj Babbar told said.
11:56  Niyamgiri is a done deal:   Free, prior and informed consent by communities for projects cannot be enforced by order or admonition. The Mint on the Niyamgiri bauxite story. Read
11:42  ADMK MPs will take oath for the Rajya Sabha on July 26 at 12 pm according to informed sources. DR V Maitreyan, K R Arjunan, Dr R Lakshmananand and CPI's D Raja have written to the Rajya Sabha secretariat and indicated their preference to get sworn in. 
11:36  Mr Narendra wordsmith:  "Since the art of communication, whether literary or political, is almost exclusively dependent on using the right word at the right place and employing appropriate imagery, Narendra Modi did hit bull's eye. No one who heard him that day in either Pune or on TV could have been left in any doubt of Modi's contention that 'secularism' is the Congress's equivalent of crying 'wolf'."

Read Swapan Dasgupta's piece for the Telegraph.
11:31  Etawah gang-rape victim, who was set on fire, dies in hospital:  A 20-year-old private tutor who was allegedly gang-raped by her fiance and his associates and set on fire in Etawah last week died in hospital around 12.15 am on Friday.

The young woman was battling for life with 90% burn injuries at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences at Saifai in Etawah, the home district of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. 

According to the first information report lodged by the woman's brother, her fiance Farhan and four of his associates raped her and set her on fire on July 10. The complaint also names two women as accused. -- NDTV.
11:18  Amarnath Yatra halted, curfew in parts of Valley after protests:  The annual Amarnath Yatra from Jammu has been halted, as the Kashmir Valley continues to be tense after four people were killed in firing by the Border Security Force in the Ramban area yesterday.

Almost 1,000 pilgrims have already reached Jammu from various parts of the country for the yatra. They have been lodged at various camps for now. There is curfew in major towns in the valley after widespread protests over the Ramban firing incident. Security has been ramped up. Separatists have called a three-day bandh starting today.  -- NDTV
11:12  Ex-BSP MLA shot dead :  News coming in now says former BSP MLA Sarvesh Kumar has been shot dead in Azamgarh, UP by three unknown gunmen. Law and order continues to remain a concern in UP. 
11:02  Salman to appear in court today in 2002 hit-and-run case:  Actor Salman Khan will appear before a Mumbai Sessions Court today in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The actor will face a fresh trial under the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, the punishment for which is 10 years in prison.

So far, the actor has been tried for a lesser offence of causing death by negligence, the maximum punishment for which is only two years in jail.
10:59  Live! We had targeted 6.5% growth, but looks like it will be lower :   The prime minister said exports need to be pushed and that rupee volatility is worrying. Other highlights of his speech include...

-Governments should interfere as little as possible when the economy is doing well, but step in when things are bad.
- The RBI's steps are not meant to be a signal that long term interest rates will fall.
- We have taken measures to control the demand for gold and they have had some effect.
-  We had targeted 6.5% growth, but it looks as if it will be lower.
10:46  PM: Impact of govt initiatives will be felt in second fiscal:  The Prime Minister said that the impact of initiatives taken by the government will be felt in the second half of the current fiscal, but that economic growth in the current fiscal likely to be lower than 6.5 per cent estimated at the time of budget. "But, we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that economy
rebounds. Poverty declined by 2 per cent during 2004-05 and 2011-12," he said. 
10:41  Odisha: Three Maoists killed in encounter:  Three Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in a forest area of Odisha's Rayagada district, police said today.        

The gun-battle took place during a combing operation by security personnel inside Tureighat forest near Kirambadunguri village, Rayagada Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandit said.
10:40  Justice Sathasivam sworn in as Chief Justice of India:  Justice P Sathasivam was today sworn in as the 40th Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee.        

He took over the post from Justice Altamas Kabir, who had served as the CJI for over nine months.
10:39  Curfew imposed in major towns in Kashmir:  Apprehending law and order problems, authorities today imposed curfew in all major towns of Kashmir to foil plans of separatist groups to stage protests against the Ramban firing incident that left four people dead.        

The decision to impose curfew was taken at a meeting of senior police and civil administration officials after reviewing the law and order situation, official sources said.        

Curfew has been imposed in all areas of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts and Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam,
10:36  PM addresses slowdown woes, defends RBI measures:  Dr Singh admitted that India's GDP growth rate could be lower than the estimated 6.5 per cent.

He declared that his government "will leave no stone unturned to revive the economy".

The PM made this comments while addressing the annual conference of ASSOCHAM.
10:31  PM addresses slowdown woes, defends RBI measures:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday addressed India Inc's concerns about the economic slowdown.

"I know there are concerns about the economy. I know Indian businesses are worried about the slowdown," CNN-IBN quoted Dr Singh as saying.

Admitting that the slowdown was, indeed, worrying, Dr Singh said his government was committed towards bringing the current account deficit under control.

He claimed that the basic fundamentals of India's economy were strong, adding that the RBI's recent measures were intended to stabilise the economy, not affect interest rates.

Dr Singh also stressed on the importance of pushing exports as, he said, "it will take time for the Rupee to appreciate".

The volatility of the Rupee, which has been sliding steadily, is a cause of worry, said Dr Singh.
10:23  Row over Boston bomber's 'glamour shot' gets cop fired:  The controversy over Rolling Stone magazine's 'glamorous' cover, featuring Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, continues.

The magazine has attracted tremendous flak for the cover, which features a well-lit shot of Tsarnaev looking straight ahead.

To protest against the 'glamorous' image of the suspected terrorist, Boston police photographer Sean Murphy has released a photograph of a bleeding Tsarnaev surrendering to a SWAT team.

Murphy has since been relieved of his duties as he was not authorised to release these photographs.

Read the full report here
09:51  Etawah gang-rape victim dies:  
A 20-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and then set on fire at Etawah in Uttar Pradesh last week, has succumbed to her injuries.

The main accused in the case has been arrested. The police have filed an FIR against seven others, including several members of the boy's family.
09:30  US-China ties a mix of competition & cooperation:Biden :  United States' relationship with China is a healthy mix of competition and cooperation and America does not view it in terms of any conflict, Vice President Joe Biden has said.        

"We do not view our relationship and future relations with China in terms of conflict or the talk of inevitable conflict," Biden said.
09:30  Detroit, auto capital of the world, files for bankruptcy :  Detroit, the auto capital of the world, became the largest US city ever to move for bankruptcy, with a liability running into $18 billion.       

"Today I authorised Detroit's emergency manager to seek federal bankruptcy protection for the City of Detroit. This is a difficult, painful step, and it is one I would not be authorising if I felt any other viable option remained," Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said in a video message posted on his website.        

Detroit, which at one time had a population of nearly two million, has now reduced to just 70,000 residents.
02:58  Live! Different bench to hear case on govt ban on Tamil book:   different three-judge bench of the Madras high court will hear the case relating to the government's recent ban on a Tamil book.

A bench of Justices V Dhanapalan, R Subbiah and C T Selvam referred the matter to acting Chief Justice R K Agrawal after counsel for the author said it should be heard by a bench in which a Dalit judge is not present.

The government had on May 30 banned the book "Meendezhum Pandiyar Varalaru" (Resurgence of Pandiyar history) written by K Senthil Mallar, which claimed that Pallars, a Scheduled Caste, were the original rulers of southern Tamil Nadu.

The court recorded that a letter dated July 8 had been sent to acting Chief Justice R K Agrawal to be posted before a different bench."...accordingly, the Registry is directed to place the matter before the acting Chief Justice for constitution of a different bench," the judges said.

The government had banned the book due to an apprehension that it might incite violence and promote ill-will among various communities in the state.
01:33  Live! India an important partner but still lot of work to do: Biden:  US Vice President Joe Biden today acknowledged India's decision to increase FDI in certain sectors as he stressed on the need for working on a wide range of issues, including civil nuclear co-operation, bilateral investment treaty and policies protecting innovation.

"We're engaging directly with India, as it makes some fundamental choices about its own economic future," Biden said ahead of his India trip, which is the first by an American Vice President in more than half-a-century.

Biden is scheduled to leave for India and Singapore tomorrow.

"Just this week India announced that it will relax caps on foreign direct investment in certain sectors. We still have a lot of work to do on a wide range of issues, including the civil-nuclear cooperation, bilateral investment treaty, policies protecting innovation," Biden said.
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