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Another terror attack in New Delhi
Report dated 08/09/2011 @ 9:02 PM
Over ten people were killed and over 60 injured in a powerful blast outside a Delhi High Court gate at 10.15am (Sept 7). The explosives were packed in a briefcase left at the high court reception area.
The government is investigating an email allegedly sent by the Pakistan-based terrorist group Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, claiming responsibility for the medium-intensity bomb blast.
Police have cordoned off the area that is not far from Parliament and the Prime Minister's Office.
The blast was the second explosion at the high court this year. On May 25, a small explosion that appeared to be a failed car bomb hit the court parking lot.
Over a million rupees siphoned off by net banking
Report dated 08/09/2011 @ 8:57 PM
Rs.10.5 lakh has been siphoned from the Mahal branch of State Bank of India, Nagpur. The account belonged to MSEB deputy executive engineer Prashant Buradkar, and money was transferred to various accounts via net banking.
Buradkar of Nagpur now posted in Mumbai recently sold his home in Mahal and deposited Rs.10.5 lakh into his account in SBI's Mahal branch. On checking his balance in July he found he had a balance of just Rs.769. He alerted the bank whose records showed the money was siphoned in 27 transactions in three days and diverted to the accounts of 14 unknown persons.
Buradkar said he and the bank were the only ones privy to his password. He has accused the bank officials of being negligent and are therefore answerable.
The SBI branch manager said the bank is not liable for damages but will help him get justice. He denied the bank knew the password, but confirmed they will try to get to the truth.
Post 9/11 impact on Sikh Americans gets a hearing
Report dated 08/09/2011 @ 6:01 PM
At an event in Mountain View, California in August, held to mark the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, entitled "Unheard Voices of 9/11", harrowing stories were told about bullying in schools, workplace harassment, hate crimes based on religious affiliations and persecution by law enforcement agencies.
The three hour long hearing presented the decade long impact after 9/11, on Arab, Muslim and Sikh American communities.
Sarah O'Neal a young hijab wearing Muslim, who spoke on the panel said most of the school bullying she faced happened in middle school.
'Guidelines on NRI Marriages' booklet by Overseas Affairs Ministry
Report dated 08/09/2011 @ 6:00 PM
In a comunication presented to the Lok Sabha, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs confirmed it had introduced a booklet in 2007, entitled "Marriages to Overseas Indians". The guidebook contains information on safeguards available to deserted wives of NRIs, legal remedies, authorities accessible for redressals, etc.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) also introduced a pamphlet entitled "Problems Relating to NRI Marriages - Dos and Donts" that described possible problems and precautionary steps for Indian women considering marriage to an NRI or PIO.
Minister Vayalar Ravi confirmed that no proposal exists at the present time, to publish any fresh guidelines on the subject.
Assange to Mayawati - "Send your private jet to bring me to India!"
Report dated 07/09/2011 @ 5:56 PM
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder responded to UP CM Mayawati's outburst that he should be put in a mental asylum, for the leaked US diplomatic cables that told of her private jet being sent to Mumbai to fetch her a pair of sandals, and called her an "egomaniac". She offered him the Agra mental asylum if his own country had no place for him.
Assange responded and rejected Mayawati's allegations that the documents were fake, saying they are official papers from the US embassy, made by US diplomats in their private communications to Hillary Clinton. He asked that Mayawati admit her error and apologise.
He added that asylum, political asylum, in India, is very welcome and she could send her private jet to England where he is detained under house arrest to collect him. He would be happy to accept asylum in India - "a nation I love".