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Jaya Bachchan and Rekha put distance between their Parliament seats
Report dated 05/05/2012 @ 1:18 PM
State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla, had to dig deep to negotiate the Rajya Sabha minefield, by reassigning seats for two special members, namely Jaya Bachchan and Rekha.
He deftly worked out a solution after some careful permutations he has swapped Mrs Bachchan's seat with another party colleague and seated her far away from Rekha. The two yester-year stars are 'rumoured' to be love rivals of Amitabh Bachchan !
It is normally customary for all Rajya Sabha members nominated by the president to be seated together. However Minister Shukla has won this round of not-so-musical chairs, but given the rumour that Sachin Tendulkar will be in the company of Javed Akhtar, one wonders if the game is actually over.
‘Assaulted’ Parliamentarian Prabha Taviad weeps in parliament
Report dated 03/05/2012 @ 7:36 PM
MP Prabha Taviad broke down and wept in parliament alleging she was assaulted by police when she went to attend a function to be attended by Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. Police say they detained her because she was trying to hold a demonstration there.
Girija Vyas, former chief of the National Commission for Women came to Taviad's rescue and narrated the incident while Taviad tearfully displayed the bruises on her arms.
Ms Taviad is an MP from the Congress party, which in Gujarat is opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
MPs from several parties expressed concern at the incident and the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj said Taviad should take up the issue with Gujarat's chief minister.
Man kills father in the hope of taking over his government job
Report dated 30/04/2012 @ 7:34 PM
E Murugan 30, of Tiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu, with the help of his friend P Vaikundavasan strangled his father G Ezhumalai 58, a forest guard because Murugan believed there were chances of him getting into government service if his father died while in service.
The two men went to Ezhumalai's farm and strangled him with an electric wire. His wife found his body and complained to the police.
Investigations found that Ezhumalai did not trust Murugan who is an alcoholic and kept him away from all financial matters.
Realising the police were after them Murugan and Vaikundavasan surrendered to the village administrative officer who handed them over to police. Murugan confessed to murdering his father with the help of his friend.
Two teenage sisters married off to same man simultaneously
Report dated 27/04/2012 @ 3:14 PM
Giribabu 30, a labourer from Nalgonda district married a 15-year-old sixth grade schoolgirl and her 18-year-old fifth grade sister, both of whom belong to a poor family.
The girls' mother Lakshmi 60, who is a daily wager, said her older daughter Jyothi is mentally unstable, so she wanted to marry off her second daughter Maheswari to Giribabu, hoping he would take care of both of them. Plans changed when Giribabu agreed he would marry both the sisters.
The police have detained Giribabu and plan to invoke sections of the Child Marriages Act of 2006. Both the girls are being counselled.
Failed students lock authorities inside school in Bengal
Report dated 27/04/2012 @ 3:11 PM
Ninety Grade XI students of the Nayabasan Janakalyan Vidyapeeth school failed the annual examination set by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education. The angry students held a meeting with the authorities but when the issue was not resolved and the school was closed for the day, they locked the outside gates keeping 52 teaching and non-teaching staff inside the premises, saying they would not open the gates till they were all promoted to grade XII.
School secretary Ashok Pattanaik said the school could not do anything in this situation as the norms are set by the Council.
The local police station was informed but were hesitant to take any action given that students were involved.