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India angry after Sarabjit Singh attacked in Pakistan jail
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:23 PM
Indian spy Sarabjit Singh who has been on death row for over 21 years, was attacked by inmates armed with bricks in a Lahore jail. He suffered severe head injuries and is in a coma.
PM Manmohan Singh called the attack 'very sad' and a former foreign minister said a strong protest should be lodged with Pakistan.
Protests erupted in Jammu, with one protester saying it was a conspiracy to kill Singh and was devised by Pakistan.
Singh was convicted of spying for India and involvement in a series of bomb blasts in 1990 in which 14 people died. family say he is innocent and strayed across the border by accident.
A doctor at Lahore's hospital said Singh is in critical condition and has been put on a ventilator. Singh's family have been granted visas by Pakistan to go there to see him. Meanwhile two prisoners have been charged with attempted murder.
W Bengal wants Centre to pay back chit fund investors
Report dated 27/04/2013 @ 2:20 PM
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is demanding Rs.500 crore from the Centre to pay back the thousands of defrauded investors of the Saradha chit fund, claiming SEBI and RBI did not do their duty and check companies like Saradha Group. She also blamed the earlier Left Front government and casual approach of the Centre.
Referring to a new bill that provides for seizure and attachment of properties of scamsters, she said she will not be satisfied till the Centre is able to return the money to investors.
Supreme Court asks : Have Delhi police gone berserk?
Report dated 27/04/2013 @ 2:20 PM
As the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of a police officer slapping a young woman who was protesting the rape of a five-year-old so hard that she bled from her ear, it asked if the Delhi Police have gone berserk.
The Court ordered the Delhi Police Commissioner to file an affidavit and explain the deployment of the force against people who were protesting the rape of the child. The apex court also referred to other cases of police brutality and was angered by the lack of respect or fear of the law among police.
The Bench then directed chief secretaries of UP, Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Goa to file affidavits detailing the implementation of the court's 2006 judgment mandating the setting up of the State Security Commissions by adopting one of the three models suggested by the National Human Rights Commission, Julio Ribeiro Committee and Soli Sorabjee panel.
Delhi wants government to find root cause of rise in rapes
Report dated 26/04/2013 @ 1:37 PM
The Delhi high court voiced concern over the alarming increase in rape cases in the capital, and has asked the Centre and city police to find the 'root cause' of these incidents.
The bench said what is happening in Delhi is surprising and there is something amiss somewhere with Delhi such as people who have become mad and other aspects are present which are beyond understanding.
The bench observed that most of the accused are from nearby states and there is a need to find out how to prevent these outrageous occurrences, including the piteous case of the five year old rape victim.
The Court also asked Delhi Police to file a report on the training given to its officials, after some police officials behaved in an insensitive way during the investigation of the recent rape of the minor.
In pursuance of the High Court order, government and city police have issued separate directions that victims of criminal offences have to be taken to a nearby hospital which is not permitted to turn them away.
3-year old chess prodigy from Bihar steals the thunder
Report dated 26/04/2013 @ 1:29 PM
Her name is Pari (which means fairy) and she is now the undisputed world champion of child prodigies. She made her debut in a state-level chess competition and scored a podium finish by checkmating opponents twice her age.
Pari is the daughter of businessman Jay Prakash Sinha and is the youngest player at the state open championships held in Kishanganj. 3 year old Pari finished third in the under-7 category, a record for state chess, whose performance is to be ratified as a national record by the All Bihar Chess Association.
Her father is an accomplished state-level player and her uncle Ved Prakash Sinha, a reputed national player, believes she will one day beat him in a tournament.
Now Pari trains under coach Subendu Chakraborty.