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Two teachers held for rape of 8 year-old in Delhi school
Report dated 02/03/2013 @ 3:24 PM
Three people including two teachers and a watchman have been detained by police for questioning in connection with the abuse of an 8 year-old girl who was raped on the grounds of her government school.
The girl who was hospitalised has been sent home after treatment.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has also begun an inquiry into the incident.
India first country to put smartphone in space
Report dated 28/02/2013 @ 4:58 PM
India has launched a smartphone into space loaded with a number of experimental 'Apps' some serious and some for fun. This is the world's first 'phonesat' to go into orbit as well as the first UK CubeSat to be launched.
The British built Strand-1 spacecraft, developed by scientists in Surrey was sent into a 785 km sun-synchronous orbit on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO's) PSLV launcher from Sriharikota, India to test capabilities of smartphone components for a space environment.
It was developed by a team from the University of Surrey's Surrey Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited. The Strand-1 is a training and demonstration mission designed to test commercial off-the-shelf technologies in space.
During the second phase the Strand-1 team plans to switch many of the satellite's in-orbit operations to the smartphone, Google Nexus One that uses the Android operating system.
Twenty years later lost son reunites with parents
Report dated 27/02/2013 @ 8:42 PM
Damraji Patel or Damru Khan as he is known left his village of Aarkhi as a 10 year-old with a merchant to see Mumbai, but he boarded the wrong train and landed up in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh.
The helpless lost boy was taken by co-travelers to Shevjipur Village where he was adopted by a Muslim, Shabbir Khan, who brought him up as his own child.
During his life with Shabbir, Damru learned lessons of humanity, saying he is both a Hindu and a Muslim, and a human being. His genetic father is called Raghaji but he regarded Shabbir as no less. He was kind and affectionate and even gave him a piece of agricultural land.
Two decades later Damru has been reunited with his birth parents Raghaji and Meena. He is married to Hamirabanu and has a 3-year-old son Isub. His reunion with them was also extraordinary, as he went with a brick merchant to Unava near Unjha and he mentioned that his native village was Aarkhi. The brick merchant took him to another who contacted his parents who identified him by a missing finger he had lost as a child.
The stuff Bollywood yarns are made of…
“India second most economically confident country”
Report dated 26/02/2013 @ 10:03 PM
According to the "Ipsos economic pulse of the world" study, India's economic confidence is second only to Saudi Arabia in the world.
India's economic confidence was boosted by a declining inflation rate for the fourth consecutive month, as well as positive investor confidence. That, as well as the Reserve Bank of India's move to slash key interests, eased policy rates and provided additional liquidity into the system.
Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. The economic pulse of the world survey was conducted in December 2012 among 18,008 people in 24 countries.
Malayalam to receive classical language status
Report dated 25/02/2013 @ 5:12 PM
The Federal Ministry of Culture has cleared a proposal to accord Malayalam, a language believed to be more then 2300 years old, the classical status.
Malayalam belongs to the family of Dravidian languages and is the only south Indian language not accorded the classical status. Tamil, Kannada and Telugu were given the status a few years ago.
According to the expert panel Malayalam developed as a separate language out of the west coast dialect of Old Tamil during the eighth or ninth century.
Malayalam is spoken by over 30 million people, 3 million of whom live in different states across India and overseas.