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September 10, 2013

23:34  Apple takes wraps off cheaper, multi-hued iPhone 5C:  

Apple Inc introduced two new iPhones on Tuesday including the "iPhone 5C" that comes in five colours and starts at $99 (62.89 pounds) with a contract, priced to bring one of the industry's costliest smartphones within reach of the masses in poorer emerging markets.


Chief Executive Tim Cook kicked off the event at the company's Cupertino headquarters which also ushered in the pricier iPhone 5S. Shares in Apple, which had been in negative territory most of the morning, briefly went positive and were down just 0.5 percent at $503.48.

Read more on Reuters

23:24  Read the WSJ live blog on Apple's new iPhone launch event
22:34  Syria conflict: US issues warning on chemicals plan:  

BBC: The US has warned that a Russian plan on Syrian chemical weapons must not be an excuse for "delays and avoidance". US Secretary of State John Kerry said the plan must be "swift and verifiable" and warned its implementation would be "exceedingly difficult".


Syria earlier said it accepted the Russian plan to put the chemical weapons under international control. The US, UK and France are to table a UN Security Council resolution but Russia has already indicated opposition.

22:24  The forgotten jawan:  

The army counts for little on the electoral battlefield. On the eve of yet another general election, it is but natural for observers to crystal-gaze into what the future portends by looking towards those strategizing in political war-rooms towards formulating party battle-lines.

Read Brijesh D Jayal's column on The Telegraph

21:33  386 Pakistanis in Indian prisons:  Around 8,000 Pakistani nationals are being held in the jails of different countries, including 386 in neighbouring India, officials said today.

Briefing the Senate's Standing Committee on the Interior Ministry, officials of the Foreign Ministry said the charges against the Pakistanis ranged from terrorism, murder, illegal stay, rape, smuggling to theft and visa violations.

Saudi Arabia topped the list of countries holding Pakistanis, with 1,920 prisoners. It is followed by the United Arab Emirates, where 800 Pakistanis have been incarcerated.

The number of Pakistanis in India jails is 386, the officials said. Most of them have been charged with violation of visa and immigration laws.
20:58  Talwars' London-based witness to depose on Sept 16:  A special CBI court hearing the Aarushi Talwar murder case today fixed September 16 for recording of statement of a London-based DNA expert, who is a defence witness.

Andre Semikhodski, a London-based DNA expert, will give his opinion on forensic documents provided by the CBI to the defence.

The doctor has also written a letter to the court stating that he would be in Ukraine from September 10 to September 11 and was ready to depose before the court.

"Accepting our application, the court has fixed September 16 for recording Dr Semikhodsi's statements," said Manoj Sisodia, counsel for Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. The Talwars are standing trial for the murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic aid Hemraj in the Ghaziabad CBI court.
20:20  British deputy speaker re-arrested over sex abuse laims:  A deputy speaker in Britain's lower house of Parliament was re-arrested today on suspicion of indecent assault and sexually touching two alleged victims, police said.        

Nigel Evans, 55, was previously arrested in May on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.        

Evans, a lawmaker in Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, was re-arrested in June over further three counts of indecent assault, some dating back to 2002.
20:19  Cultural ministry takes on CAG's missing monuments report :  From a correspondent in Delhi: After Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, who took on the Comptroller and Auditor General in the 2G case, now it seems to be the turn of Union Minister for Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch, to rebut the CAG's report on missing monuments.

In a stunning blow to the findings of the CAG, the ministry of culture issued an official statement on Tuesday saying that the auditor was wrong in saying that 92 monuments/sites were missing or untraceable.The ministry said that 39 monuments listed by the missing category do exist.

The ministry claimed that 65 of the 92 monuments cannot be treated in the missing category. 

The ministry said that it ordered a detailed verification by its field officers after the CAG's report that was tabled in Parliament on August 23.

The CAG claimed that it did so after undertaking the performance audit of the Archaeological Survey of India, Katoch stated that necessary information has been received from the field offices of the ASI and it is revealed that out of 92 monuments, 65 monuments cannot be treated as missing or untraceable.
20:08  Jagan DA case: BCCI chief charge-sheeted among others :  BCCI Chief N Srinivasan was today named as one of the accused in the three charge-sheets filed by the CBI in connection with the case of alleged disproportionate assets acquired by Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy.     

The agency has also filed charge sheets against cement companies -- India Cements owned by Srinivasan, Panna Cement and Bharathi Cement, now named as Raghuram Cements, for allegedly investing money in Jagathi publications, owned by Jagan, and in return got favours from the then Andhra Pradesh government led by Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, CBI sources said.
20:06  Will wait for outcome of Afghan police probe: India :  India today said it will wait for the final outcome of the investigations into Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, who was killed by Taliban in eastern Paktika province of Afghanistan last week, and was ready to help if her Afghan husband wants to send back her belongings.        

"Our initial impression was that there was some family issue but we will wait for the final outcome as the local police would be in the best position to provide that information to us," the spokesperson in the external affairs ministry said.        

He was asked about the MEA's views on reports of conspiracy in the killing of the Indian author and demand for probe by her family and friends.
19:59  Pakistan to release Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar:  Pakistan today said it has decided "in principle" to free Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the former deputy commander of the Afghan Taliban, to facilitate the peace process in war-torn Afghanistan.        

Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Baradar's release is part of efforts to "help promote the Afghan peace process".        

Baradar will be released at an "appropriate time," Chaudhry was quoted as saying by state-run Radio Pakistan.
19:58  57 missing defence personnel lodged in Pak jails: Govt:  As many as 57 defence personnel, who are listed as having gone missing during the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971, are believed to be languishing in Pakistani jails, the defence ministry has stated.        

Of these, 12 are said to be from the two states of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.        

While Punjab was home to six of the missing personnel, five belonged to Haryana, with the remaining one hailing from Chandigarh.
19:56  Pak interior minister orders seven-day work week :  In a first, Pakistan's interior minister today issued an order saying his ministry would work seven days a week, in view of the volatile security situation prevalent in the country.        

Although since Chaudhry Nisar Khan took over as minister, the interior ministry has already been working for seven days a week, formal orders to the effect have been issued only now.        

The senior officers and their subordinates are required to work on a rotational basis to prevent wear-out and fatigue, an official statement said.
19:55  Nepal to freeze assets of Dawood, Al Qaeda linked suspects:  The Nepal government today directed authorities to freeze the assets of over 200 individuals, including India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, on charges of having links with Al Qaeda.        

Authorities have been directed to freeze the assets of 224 individuals and 64 groups, said home ministry spokesperson Shanker Prasad Koirala.
19:54  Fault lines in society threaten unity: Ansari:  Vice President Hamid Ansari today said the fault lines in society based on religion, caste and language seem to have deepened with the potential to threaten the unity of the country and retard progress.     

"In recent times, the fault lines in our society based on religion, caste, language, region, ethnicity and even economic status seem to have deepened, creating tensions that have the potential to threaten our unity and retard our progress," he said.
18:48  LIVE! Cong dares SP: Akhilesh must quit, don't care about support at Centre:   Union minister for human resources, Jitin Prasada says UP CM Akhilesh Yadav must quit. Daring the SP, Prasada said, the Congress was "not bothered about SP support at the centre. They can make Durga Nagpal an issue, but they can't control the situation (Muzaffarnagar riots)."
18:40  App that keeps track of your spouse:  A new app to keep track or rather spy on your spouse, children or employees. It's called MobiCID and works on Android, iphones and Blackberry. "The app detects, investigates and thus improve the conduct of your children, spouse and employees by recording calls, text messages, whatsapp, Facebook posts, websites visited, audio, video files etc." Visit 
18:16  The 23-year-old photojournalist was sexually assaulted at a deserted Shakti Mills compound in Mahalaxmi area on the evening of August 22 when she had gone there on an assignment with the male colleague.

During the identification parade, a group of persons, including the minor accused, were queued up when the victim and her male friend identified him, the official said adding -- the process was conducted under the supervision of a magistrate."

Among the five accused in the case, the minor was the first to be arrested. The other four arrested accused in the case are Shiraz Rehman Khan, Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Salim Ansari who will be in police custody till Thursday.
18:14  LIVE! Mumbai gang rape: Chargesheet in seven days, says RR Patil:  On the back of the verdict of the Delhi gang rape, the Maharashtra home minister RR Patil has said that the chargesheet in the Mumbai gang rape at Shakti Mills will be filed in the next seven days. He said every effort will be made to ensure a quick but fair trial. 
18:01  Delhi gang rape: Public prosecutor speaks :  Rajiv Mohan, a senior public prosecutor in Delhi with long experience handling the city's most serious criminal trials, led the state's case against the defendants in the December gang rape of a 23-year-old student.

A judge hearing the trial Tuesday convicted four men of gang-raping and murdering the young student. Read
17:57  Pakistan have agreed in principle to free Afghan Taliban's deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Pakistani PM's adviser tells Reuter.
17:46  Our son is innocent, says family of Delhi rapist:  When the verdict in the Delhi gang rape case was being delivered, the house of accused Akshay Thakur in Karma Leheng village in Bihar's Aurangabad district was facing a power cut. His family was hardly eager about to hear the judgment, having no expectations of relief from the court. Read
17:35  Muzaffarnagar violence: Death toll climbs to 38, curfew continues:  Curfew remained in force in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday with the army patrolling troubled places as the death toll in the clashes in the district and adjoining towns rose to 38.

Over 360 people have been arrested in connection with the violence. "A total of 38 people have died in various districts of western Uttar Pradesh with 32 deaths in Muzaffarnagar," Home Secretary Kamal Saxena said. 
17:31  LIVE! Mulayam: Administration controlled Muzaffarnagar riots in 2 days:  Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav says he smells a conspiracy in the Muzaffarnagar riots. He says the administration controlled the riots in two days and as per reports he has been given, the death toll is 36. He claimed security forces and the administration handled the situation effectively, but there were communal forces trying to create disturbances. 
17:27  BREAKING NEWS: Syria accepts Russia's proposal to surrender control over its chemical weapons, its foreign minister says. -- BBC.
Details awaited.  
17:24  At Saket Mall, Coffee and Curfews:  When 9 p.m. rolls round at the Saket Select City Walk mall in south Delhi, groups of young women start glancing at their watches; it's that time.It was 9 p.m. one evening last December when a 23-year-old woman and a male friend boarded a bus after watching the movie Life of Pi at the mall. Read
17:19  Struggle for Indias women far from over:  For India, much hard work remains to turn the world's largest democracy into a place that is not only safe for women, but where women are able to contribute fully to society and the economy. Nothing less than the country's ability to pull itself out of poverty hangs in the balance. Read
17:16  Kiran Bedi tweets: Nirbhay case has set a bench mark of public/media pressure,professional investigation,independent prosecution, swift trial=stiff punishment!
17:11   BJP has no role in Muzzafarnagar violence: Naidu:  Asserting that BJP had no role in the Muzaffarnagar violence, senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu today said people of Uttar Pradesh knew who was responsible and everything will come to light once the situation eased.

BJP had no role in the violence and it was the action of the ruling SP that led to the violence in the Muzaffarnagar, he alleged. He also did not expect Lok Sabha Elections to be advanced.
17:08  Rod was used with intention to kill: Judge:  Delhi gang rape update: In his 237-page order, the judge commented at length on the brutality of the crime that outraged the nation.

"The manner in which (iron) rods were used and the injury on the body of victims rules out the possibility that these accused brought these rods only to overpower the girl," he said.

"The act of inserting the rod and pulling out her internal organ after the gang rape cannot be seen as only to facilitate the gang-rape...rather it make the act of pulling out the internal organ of the victim to kill her an intentional act.

"Besides causing external bodily harm, they inserted the rod repeatedly and pulled out an internal vital organ by hand - all these circumstances made the act of the accused an intentional one done with sole intention of causing death.

"The girl had been violated so badly with an iron rod that her internal organs were badly damaged. Then she and her friend were thrown onto the road, naked and bleeding, an act which the judge said had been done with the intention of killing them."

18 internal injuries to several organs make these an act done with the certainty of causing death...there were no mitigating circumstances for committing this inhuman and brutal attack on the victim," said the judge. -- NDTV
16:33  Olympic medallist Rathore quits Army to join BJP:'s Harish Kotian reports: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who won a silver medal in shooting at the 2004 Olympic Games, has retired from the Indian Army and has made foray into politics by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party.

"For 23 years, I have served the nation in war and peace to the best of my abilities. I am trained to fight by the finest Army of the world and so I must not back out when the nation is faced with a different kind of threat. I know, politics and politicians are hated but I still believe in goodness of a heart that has selfless intentions. With the grace of god, I will make a difference," Rathore said on Tuesday.
16:10  RSS says choice of BJP's PM candidate is clear:  The RSS has made it clear to BJP it wants Narendra Modi to be declared as Prime Ministerial candidate, contending that he enjoys "the support and respect of people" who want "change" but said the timing of the announcement has to be decided by the party.

RSS leader Ram Madhav told reporters that the Sangh members have felt during their programmes across the nation that people want "change".
15:57  Monkey rips off baby's testicle and eats it in China :  In a horrific attack, a monkey ripped off an eight-month-old baby's testicles at a Chinese zoo before running off and eating it as the boy's helpless mother watched in horror.

The toddler was reportedly having his diaper changed by his mother at Qianling Wildlife Park, Guiyang, in south west China, when the monkey brutally attacked him.

Chinese media reported that the monkey pounced on the youngster and hacked off a chunk of his genitals. An old man reportedly tried to retrieve the testicle from the animal, but it was chewed beyond repair. 
15:32  Absconding accused in law student gangrape case held:   The absconding seventh accused in the law student gang-rape case has been arrested, some 11 months after the incident at the Bangalore University campus.

Six of his accomplices were sentenced to life on September 6 by a Fast Track court here in a record 13 sittings with the Judge K B Sangannavar observing that offences like gang-rape causes "disfigurement of a human soul." The eighth accused is a minor whose trial is going on at a Juvenile court in Bangalore.
15:27  Judge thanks Delhi police, prosecution, defence lawyers :  Before pronouncing the over 230-page judgement, the judge thanked the Delhi Police, the prosecution team and the defence counsel for bringing the case to its conclusion. After pronouncement of judgement, the girl's family members, who were present in the court, said, "The day they (convicts) will be awarded death penalty, justice will said to be done."
15:25  Chronology of the Delhi gang rape:  *Jan 5: Court takes cognizance of the charge sheet.
*Jan 7: Court orders in-camera proceedings.
*Jan 17: FTC starts proceedings against five adult accused.
*Jan 28: JJB says minority of juvenile accused is proved.
*Feb 2: FTC frames charges against five adult accused.
*Feb 28: JJB frames charges against the minor.
*Mar 11: Ram Singh commits suicide in Tihar jail.
*Mar 22: Delhi HC allows national media to report trial court's proceedings.
*Jul 5: Inquiry (trial) in JJB against juvenile in gangrape-cum-murder case and robbery matter concludes. JJB reserves verdict for July 11.
*Jul 8: FTC completes recording of testimonies of prosecution witnesses.
*Jul 11: JJB holds minor guilty of illegally confining and robbing a carpenter on December 16 night before allegedly taking part in the gangrape. Delhi High Court allows three international news agencies to cover the trial of the case.
*Aug 22: FTC begins hearing final arguments in trial against four adult accused.
*Aug 31, 2013: JJB convicts the minor for gangrape and murder and awards three years term at a probation home.
*Sep 3: FTC concludes trial. Reserves verdict.
*Sep 10: Court convicts Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh of 13 offences including gangrape, unnatural offence and murder of the girl and attempt to murder her male friend. Court to hear arguments on quantum of sentence tomorrow.
15:14  Ukhand flood:Police seek DNA samples of kin of missing persons:  In other news: The Uttarakhand Police have sought DNA samples of relatives of those who went missing in the heavy floods that left the hill state devastated in June this year. 
14:55  Ram Singh, who committed suicide, 'convicted of same offences' :  While pronouncing the verdict on the Delhi gang rape, the judge said, even though the proceedings against accused Ram Singh (34), who was found dead in his prison cell after he committed suicide on March 11, were abated, "he is also convicted under same sections (gang rape, murder and other offences)".
14:51  BJP leader Sushma Swaraj seeks death for the rapists.
14:27  1984 Sikh riots: US judge orders hospital staff to deliver summons to Sonia :  A Sikh rights group has obtained an order from a US federal judge for delivery of summons to Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, who is in New York for medical treatment, through hospital staff or security personnel assigned to her, including special agents of the US Secret Service and FBI. Read
14:21   List of missing files to be given to CBI in day or two:Jaiswal:  In other news: Amid furore over missing files with regard to mine allocations, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said the list of documents which could not be located would be given to CBI in a day or two.
14:17  Court extends NIA custody of Bhatkal & Akhtar till Sept 17:  In other news: A Delhi court today extended till September 17 the NIA custody of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his close associate Asadullah Akhtar after the agency claimed they were involved in a deep rooted conspiracy and had executed various blasts in India.

Bhatkal and Akhtar were produced before District Judge I S Mehta amid tight security after expiry of their 12 days of custodial interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The court, meanwhile, allowed NIA's separate plea for taking Bhatkal and Akhtar's DNA samples and specimen handwritings for further probe, preservation and comparison with various seized articles.
14:15  LIVE! Delhi rapist, murderer's mother throws herself at lawyer's feet :   The parents of Mukesh Singh, one of the four men convicted in the Delhi gang rape, left the crowded court in tears. His mother threw herself at the feet of one of the lawyers, sobbing.

His lawyer VK Anand, told reporters: "My client was simply driving the bus. He confessed fairly that he was driving the bus but he did not know what went on inside." -- NDTV. 
14:07  Parents of accused hope their sons will escape the gallows:  On the eve of the judgment in the December 16 gang-rape case, parents of three of the accused -- Ram Singh (deceased), his brother Mukesh and their neighbour Vinay -- appeared resigned to the fate that the three would be held guilty for the "mistake they made'. However, they are hoping that their sons escape the gallows. Read
13:55  LIVE! Delhi gang rape: They murdered a helpless victim, says judge:  Pronouncing the four men guilty of raping and murder the 23-year-old physiotherapy trainee on December 16, 2012, the judge today said they had murdered a "helpless victim".

"I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence and for committing the murder of the helpless victim," said the judge to a crowded courtroom, as a larger crowd of national and international media waited outside the fast track court in Saket, south Delhi.

The judge also praised the police for their swift and thorough probe. "The police should do similar work in other cases as well," he said.

The men will be sentenced tomorrow. -- NDTV.

The defence lawyers will argue for  mitigating circumstances to demand lesser sentence for the convicts, but the aggravating circumstances are likely to be more than mitigating circumstances.  
13:51  Silent protests continue outside the Saket Court in Delhi where the verdict was delivered today. Read: These protestors continue to demand the death sentence in the Delhi gang rape case every single day since December 16. 
13:38  'They committed a crime, which was grotesque to say the least':  Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan had pressed the prosecution's version -- that the accused were out on the road on the night of December 16 in pursuance of a plan and targeted the victims, including the girl -- in their "quest for sexual satisfaction and loot" and they committed a crime which was "grotesque to say the least".
13:31  Reporters say their was a 'sigh of relief' on braveheart's brother's face after the verdict, says CNN-IBN. 
13:22  Defence lawyer: Court should be lenient towards Mukesh Singh :  VK Anand, who is convict Mukesh Singh's lawyer says his client has accepted he was driving the bus, but wasn't involved in the rape or murder and therefore should be granted leniency while the court decides on the sentencing tomorrow. Arguments on the sentencing will begin at 11 am tomorrow.
13:15  Shinde: All four convicts will be given death sentence :  Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde says the anti-rape laws have been made stricter and believes that the four convicts will be given the death penalty.

The maximum punishment in the case is the death penalty.
13:04  Braveheart's parents happy with guilty verdict but want death sentence tomorrow :  The family of the Delhi gang rape victim tells CNN IBN that they are happy with the verdict -- all four guilty on all charges -- but want the death sentence to be handed out to them tomorrow.

It may be recalled that in the case of the juvenile rapist, while he was convicted for rape and murder, the Juvenile Justice Board gave him a three-year sentence in a remand home.

The parents have demanded the death penalty for all the five convicts.
12:59  Arguments on sentencing at 11 am tomorrow :   Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi says the four men should be given the death penalty because what they did was bestial and cannot be pardoned. She says the Delhi police did a fantastic job accumulating forensic evidence against the convicts. The men were convicted on the basis of forensic evidence and the victim's dying declaration.

Arguments on sentencing to take place at 11 am tomorrow.  
12:52  LIVE! Defence lawyers: Four convicted under ALL 13 sections :  As expected Defence lawyer AP Singh, who is representing Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, says he will appeal to the higher court.
Singh says all the four men have been found guilty under all the 13 charges.  

Singh's moment in the sun, says, it's a political conspiracy and his clients are innocent. This is what he told in interview ahead of the conviction. Read
12:44  LIVE! All four men convicted of Delhi gang rape and murder, sentencing tomorrow :   The court has delivered its verdict on the four adult convicts -- Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur. The quantum of sentencing will take place at 11 am tomorrow. The proceedings are still on, but for now the court has found all the four men guilty of gang rape and murder of the young woman. The men are being tried in a total of 13 sections, which are being heard now. 
12:38  LIVE! Delhi gang rape: All four found guilty, sentencing tomorrow :  All four adults accused in the gang rape and murder of the Delhi Braveheart have been found guilty by the Saket fast-track court in south Delhi. There are 13 charges against them including gang rape and murder. Sentencing to take place tomorrow. 
12:35  Defence lawyers blame victim, friend, government :  Defence lawyer calls Braveheart a 'loose' woman, accused a 'patriot'. Read
12:31  The verdict will be announced at room number 304 at the Saket court. 
12:28  Heavy security outside the fast-track court in Saket, Delhi, where the verdict and quantum of punishment for the four accused will be announced now. The young woman's parents are in the court as are the accused.
12:18   The verdict in the Delhi gang rape is expected any time now. 
12:12  'As long as we live, we have to live with what they did to her':  The mother of the Delhi gang-rape victim speaking to the Wall Street  Journal says:  My girl, who grew up here, I brought her up for 23 years, took care of her and educated her. And they did this to her. You must have read what they did. The four of us have been living with that for eight months. And as long as we live, we'll live with that. What would you like to say to us? Read
12:02  At the Saket Court where the verdict on the Delhi gang rape case will be delivered at 12.30 pm today, a "Full-on, soccer-hooligan-style brawling over admission to the courtroom," tweets NYT's Ellen Barry.
11:58  'They dont have any shame or regret about what they did':  The brothers of the Delhi Braveheart are shocked at the three-year sentence for the juvenile convict, but say this is not the end of their fight for justice. Read
11:50  Rape and the new rules of reporting. Read
11:43  The dying declaration of the Delhi gang-rape victim:  Dying declaration of young woman in the Delhi gang rape case:

"The conductor closed the doors of the bus. He closed the lights of the bus and came towards my friend and started abusing and beating him.

"They held his hands and held me and took me to the back of the bus. They tore my clothes and raped me in turns. They hit me with an iron rod and bit me on my entire body with their teeth.

"They took all belongings, my mobile phone, purse, credit card, debit card, watches etc. Six people raped me in turns for nearly one hour in a moving bus. The driver of the bus kept changing so that he could also rape me.

"I heard these people saying 'catch them, tear their clothes, hit them, take her bag' and using abusive language. Ram Singh, Thakkur, Raju, Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay etc were their names. We were all the time in total darkness, they were all looking black.

"By their language they were illiterate, driver-cleaner type people. Half of the time I was unconscious, but whenever I came to consciousness they beat me up. My friend tried to save me but these people beat him every time he came forward to save me. They also beat him with an iron rod and hit him in the head."
11:36  The Justice Verma Committee report on sexual assault :  The Justice Verma Committee was constituted to recommend amendments to the Criminal Law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault against women.  The Committee submitted its report on January 23, 2013. Read the full text of the report.
11:34  What the Delhi gang-rape accused have been charged with :  The charges in the Delhi gang-rape case were framed on February 2 during which the court also invoked Section 366 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) against them for abducting the girl with intention of committing "illicit intercourse".

It had in its order described the juvenile as an associate of the adult accused, who committed gang rape in furtherance of the conspiracy and "common intention".

The four have been tried for offences under section 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 365 ( kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), and 412 (dishonestly receiving property stolen in the commission of a dacoity) of the IPC.
11:28  'This is like a weeping wound which will never heal':  "She told me how those monsters pinned her down. They sat on her arms and legs, they bit her,' says her mother.  "People compare them to animals. Animals eat other animals and discard the half-eaten carcass. But this happened with a human being! Un logon ne kaise, jiteji, ek insan ko nochke kha gayen! (How could these men eat her up alive!)

"We request the government, look at what they did to her and then give your verdict. This is not only about rape,' weeps Asha, quietly.

The Delhi Braveheart's parents on their nine-month wait for justice and the desperate need for the death sentence.  Read
11:20  UP's poorest: Divided by netas, united by suffering:  As always, the riots in the prosperous sugarcane belt of western UP have hit the most vulnerable -- the poorest among the Hindus and Muslims -- the hardest. The reigning emotion among them is fear - and anger. Anger against the police and administration. The police apparently watched as Shamli burnt, alleged Hindus and Muslims. Read
11:13  Playing with fire:  The Hindu on the Muzaffarnagar riots: Uttar Pradesh has always been vulnerable to communal and caste tensions because of the sizeable presence in the State of three critical demographic segments -- Muslims, Dalits and caste Hindus. Read
11:01  LIVE! Delhi gang rape verdict at 12.30 pm today :  The Saket fast-track court in south Delhi will deliver its verdict on the December 16 Delhi gang rape at 12.30 pm today. The four adults accused in the gang rape and murder of the Delhi Braveheart are at the Saket Court now. The other charges against them include kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, robbery, and unnatural sexual offences.

Six people were arrested in the case that shook the country and the world. Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur faced trial in the Saket court, one of the five fast-track courts set up in the wake of the gang rape.

The juvenile's case was heard by the Juvenile Justice Board. On August 31, he was sentenced to three years in a remand home. The case against Ram Singh was dropped after he was found dead, hanging in his Tihar Jail cell, on March 11.

Of the four remaining adult accused, Mukesh Singh is being represented by V K Anand, Pawan Gupta by Vivek Sharma, and Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur are being represented by A P Singh. Till April, M L Sharma represented Mukesh Singh. Sharma says his client was tortured to ensure the case was transferred to Anand, who he accuses of being a police stooge.

If found guilty, Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay are likely to face the death sentence.So far, the three defence lawyers spent much of their time in court, and out of it, sniping at each other.
10:42  One in four men across Asia admit to having committed rape:  Nearly one out of four men in a United Nations study of 10,000 men in Asia admitted to having committed a rape, a report released on Tuesday shows. Marital rape was by far the most common type of rape, followed by the rape of an intimate partner. Read
10:36  The fast-track court will deliver its verdict on the Delhi gang rape case at 12.30 pm.
10:28  Delhi gang rape: 'The accused should be hung to death':  The family of the Delhi braveheart has demanded death for the four accused in the gang-rape case. The girl's parents will be present at the Saket court for the verdict.

"The way these men assaulted her I can't tell you. But the world knows. The world stood behind us and fought with us. These men should be hung till death because they don't deserve to live in our society," the mother told NDTV.
10:08  Sensex soars 401 points in early trade:  The S&P BSE benchmark Sensex today extended gains for the fourth straight session, spurting over 401 points in early trade on sustained buying by funds and retail investors, triggered by strengthening rupee and a firming trend in the Asian region, reports PTI.

The 30-share index, which had gained nearly 1,030 points in the past three sessions, rose further by 401.35 points, or 2.08 per cent, to 19,671.41 points with all the sectoral indices led by banking and capital goods trading in positive zone and rising up to 3.17 per cent. The broad-based NSE Nifty also moved up 129.85 points, or 2.29 per cent, to 5,810.25.
10:06  Delhi gang-rape accused in fast-track court:  The four accused in the Delhi gang-rape case are being brought to the Saket court. There is heavy security at the fast-track court where the verdict is expected to be delivered.   
09:35  Military intervention in Syria would be a mistake: Tulsi Gabbard:  Indian-American Congresswoman from Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, has said the possible military intervention by the United States in Syria would be a mistake, as the country does not pose a national security threat to America. Breaking ranks with her party leader and US President Barack Obama, Gabbard yesterday said military intervention in Syria would be a mistake.

Declaring that she would vote against the Syria military intervention resolution, Gabbard, who was endorsed by Obama in her election campaign, said Syria does not pose a national security threat to the US.
09:17  Curfew continues in Muzaffarnagar:  Curfew remains in place in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh and police have been given shoot-at-sight orders. The police have filed a case against 1,000 unknown people.  
09:03  Muzaffarnagar violence: Had warned Akhilesh of tense situation, says Shinde:  NDTV reports: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that hours before the violence erupted on Saturday, he had phoned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and warned him that "the situation is tense."

The minister also said that earlier alerts had been passed on as well, but said "I don't want to accuse the UP government of any failure."
08:41  Obama 'could pause Syria plans' :  BBC reports: US President Barack Obama says he will put plans for a military strike on Syria on hold if the country places its chemical weapons under international control.
08:40  Delhi gang-rape verdict expected today:   A fast track court is likely to pronounce today its verdict in the December 16 gang-rape case, in which four adult accused were tried for brutal rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus here.

The verdict in the incident, which had evoked nationwide outrage and consequent amendments to the anti-rape laws, follows a trial which was concluded in 130 hearings and was extensively covered by the media.
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