Delhi police arrests six for Pune, Chennai blasts

Six suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives, including a Pakistani national, were arrested on Wednesday due to their alleged involvement in several blast case, including in Delhi. With these, investigators claimed to have resolved several blast cases, including last year's February 13 German Bakery Case, April 17 Chinnawamy stadium twin blast case and the Jama Masjid blast case.

Sources said the arrest were made in the past couple of days following the investigations in Chennai.

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Teen lovers kill themselves

Fear turned into tragedy for two Lucknow families when they saw the bodies of their teenaged boy and girl child in the hospital mortuary in the capital city. The minors had allegedly run away from their home and allegedly ended their lives by jumping infront of the train at the Nizamuddin railway station.

The couple, was the classmates studying in XI standard studying at a local public school, had fled Lucknow on November 9 because their families opposed their closeness. Later on November 15, their bodies were found on railway tracks near Ashram.

An officer said that they do not know if the financial problems that arouse after they escaped from UP led them to take such a decision.

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Standing Committee on Lokpal meet ends

The Parliamentary tanding committee meeting on the Lokpal Bill ended today.

The panel was divided on the issues of inclusion of Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal Bill. Eight MP's from BJP, Left and BJD were in favour of his inclusion.

The anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare on Tuesday got angry after seeing the Centres refusal to introduce a strong Lokpal Bill in the Parliament.

Anna Hazare on Tuesday announced that he would undertake a fast unto death from December 27 at Ramlila grounds in New Delhi.

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60-year-old man arrested for raping infant

The police said that a 60-year-old man was today arrested for allegedly raping  a two-year-old child in Shant Nagar near Giaspura, Ludhiana.

According to the FIR lodged at Focal Point Police Station against Dina Nath, the small kid was playing outside her home, when he came and took her into his room and later on raped her.

The police said on hearing the cries of baby girl, her mother caught red-handed the elderly man who was allegedly raping her small girl child and handed him over to the police station this morning.

The girl has been admitted in a government hospital here.

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Delhi, one of the most unsafe cities in India, says study

According to a report by online realty portal the Capital City, Delhi, has been emerged as one of the most unsafe cities along with Patna, Kanpur and Meerut in a country.

The report, which was prepared by the global market research firm YouGov on behalf of, has reported Chandigarh to be the safest place in the country followed by Vadodara, Shimla and Udaipur in terms of crime, law enforcement and terrorism.

The survey, comprising 6,161 samples and 37 cities across the country, placed Meerut at the bottom of the safety parameters assigning 2.39 points in a scale of 0-5, while Delhi came in the 34th position with 2.8 points.

The study said thatDelhi, along with Patna, Kanpur and Meerut emerged as one of the most unsafe cities in the country.

In terms of people enjoying better human conditions, Delhi was ranked as 28th.

In the survey the most and least desirable cities to live in India, Chandigarh emerged on top of the list across most parameters that were taken into consideration while arriving at the overall desirability index.

Chandigarh was topped in the field of education, health, living conditions, safety, human rights and culture.

Meerut has been placed at the bottom of the list in the field of education, safety, human rights, culture and finance.

As far as the capital city, Delhi is concerned, it was ranked 4th in education, 3rd in health, 10th in living conditions, 6th in culture and 3rd in financial aspects.

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2G: Court grants bail to Shahid Balwa on Principle of Parity

Swan Telecom promoter  Shahid Usman Balwa was granted bail today by a Delhi Court which applied the principle of parity by taking sign from the Supreme Court and High Court orders providing relief to 10 other accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. With the release of Shahid Balwa, all corporate executives accused in the case have been granted bail and only the three public servants namely former Telecom Minister A Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura and Raja's former Private Secretary R K Chandolia are in jail. Special CBI Judge O P Saini, who has dismissed all the prior bail applications moved before him in the case and granted relief to Shahid Balwa on the same conditions imposed by the Supreme Court and High Court while granting bail to the other offenders.

The Court, however accepted the submission of Balwa's counsel Vijay Aggarwal that the charges framed against his client were identical to that of the accused Vinod Goenka, Director of Swan Telecom, who has been granted bail by the Supreme Court. CBI also did not oppose Balwa's bail plea on the ground of parity. The court said that the ten accused referred above in the order have been granted bail by the Supreme Court as well as the High Court and the charges framed against Vinod Goenka and the applicant cum the accused Shahid Balwa are almost identical in nature and follows the principle of parity and accordingly he is admitted to bail. Shahid Balwa, who was in the jail since his arrest since February this year,  was granted the relief of furnishing a bond of Rs. 5 lakh with two sureties of the like amount.

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Infosys woman Manager found hanging at home

As per the police report an Assistant Manager of Infosys Ltd was found hanging in her apartment in a suburb here on Monday.

Smita Rao, aged 32 years, was found hanging in her flat on the third floor of Mantri Splendour apartments. She was later on rushed to a private hospital but was declared dead. Hennur police station inspector G Prabhakar told reporters that a case of unnatural death by hanging will be registered after they receive her post-mortem report from the hospital.

According to the hospital reports, Smita was brought into the hospital in an ambulance from the flat but could not be treated as doctors found her dead when took her into the emergency award.

Smita, joined the Infosys in June 2010 was handling the online content for the company's official website, providing corporate updates and writing business stories and features.

Infosys did not respond to the calls and its officials were unavailable for comment on the incident involving one of its employees.

Before joining Infosys, she was working as the Deputy City Editor at Bangalore Mirror and later on as a Senior Correspondent with the Times of India and later on joined News 9, as reporter.

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Yeddyurappa, others granted anticipatory bail in corruption cases

The Karnataka High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to him and his family members in a corruption case.

Allowing the petitions filed by Yeddyurappa, his two sons namely B Y Raghavendra, B Y Vijayendra and son-in-law, R N Sohan Kumar, Justice H Billappa directed them to furnish Rs. 2 lakh bond and two sureties each for a like sum.

The Judge said that the apprehensions if any regarding the tampering of evidence or witnesses can be taken care of by imposing certain conditions and observed the petitions were maintainable and that the accused cannot flee from justice.

The Judge on listing the conditions while granting the bail said the accused should not leave the country without the prior permission of the court and shall not visit any places where witnesses reside. They should not tamper with witnesses or evidence and shall not attend the court regularly without any failure except for vital reasons and and should not commit any offence.

The judge said that if any condition was violated, the complainant Basha can approach the court for the cancellation of bail.

The judge added that there is enough material to indicate petitioner's apprehension of arrest in a nin-bailable offence and therefore the petitions are maintainable.

The court said that all the accused including B S Yeddyurappa, had been granted bail in two corruption cases and are ready to co-operate in the investigation. Besides, the petitioners had already granted the anticipatory bail in two other such cases by the same court earlier this month.

This is the fifth and the last corruption case filed by Advocate Sirajin Basha in the Lokayukta court against Yeddyurappa and others.

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Music maestro Ustad Sultan Khan dies

The singer was always best known for his sarangi recitals, where he played Hindustani Classical music. He was honored with Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honor, in the year 2010. He has also lent his voice to many famous songs such as Albela sajan Aayo from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, along with Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shankar Mahadevan. He has also experimented in the Indi-Pop genre Piya Basanti Re, which he sang with singer Chitra, which continues to be hit even today.

He has won numerous musical awards including, twice, the Sangeet Natya Academy Award, also known as the President's Award, as well as the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra and the American Academy of Artists Award in the year 1998.

He was also one of the members of the Indian fusion group Tabla Beat Science, with Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell.

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Heart patient seeks permission for euthanasia

Driven by miserable poverty and unbearable pain, a bed ridden woman in Odisha's Ganjan district has moved an appeal petition seeking for euthanasia.

Jhunu Behera aged 38 years, a resident of K Barida Village and a mother of four children, sought a permission from the President and Odisha Governor for euthanasia.

In her letter written to the President, she said that instead of making more troubles to her family members, she wants to die.

Abhiram Pradhan, brother of the patient was quoted as saying that atleast 5 lakhs rupees they needed for the operation so as to replace the valves of her heart that was damaged. But it was impossible for her husband and for her family to meet such a huge amount, as her husband was only a daily wage earner.

Pradhan said that she dashed off the letters on October 28 to the President and Governor seeking permission for euthanasia. He later on added that, even though the Governor and President's office acknowledges the receipt of the letter, so far there has been no reply to the letter.

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Acid attack leaves woman critically injured

A senior police official said that a woman was critically injured when four persons threw acid upon her when she resisted to enter into their Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

DIG Rajesh Rai said that the men first tried to drag the 27-year-old woman into the SUV in Barra area last evening. When she refused to enter, they threw acid at her hands and legs.

He added that then they threw the woman on the road following which she was admitted to a hospital, where her condition was claimed to be in a critical stage.

The DIG said that further a medical examination will be held so as to ascertain whether she has undergone any kind of sexual assault or not.

He again added that so far one person has been arrested in connection with this ad he is being interrogated.

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Supreme Court notice to UP government on plea for CBI probe into missing lady doctor

The Supreme Court has sought the Uttar Pradesh government's  response on a doctor's plea for CBI probe into the alleged kidnapping of his wife, also a physician and no sigh of her whereabouts for the past five months.

A bench comprising of Justices A K Ganguly and J S Khehar asked the advocates on record Sirish Mishra to take notice on behalf of the state after Brijesh Tyagi through his counsel Ajay Agarwal alleged that the local police was in conspiracy with the kidnappers, hence, a CBI probe was needed which could help in tracking his wife Suman, who is in her 40's.

The family claimed that it had made representations to the Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Union Home  Minister, NHRC and several other top functionaries, but the disappearance of the woman still continues to be a mystery.

According to a local BJP councillor, Brijesh, Suman who owns a clinic 25 km away from their home at Meerut, was apparently kidnapped on June 27, while travelling in a tempo near Macchhra village.

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Spurned lover repeatedly stabs girl before public in West Bengal

Another incident of violence has come up, wherein a 17-year-old student was allegedly stabbed by a youth on Saturday after she rejected his repeated marriage proposals. The girl has now been admitted to a hospital suffering from serious injuries while the police serach is going on so as to catch the 22-year-old youth.

The incident took place around 6:30 am near Kankinara Baazar in North 24 parganas. The girl had gone to fetch water from a roadside tap. She was standing in the queu when Chottu, the youth, allegedly teased her. She shouted at him and told him to behave himself, but Chottu prolonged. Several others were standing in the queu, but none of them spoke up.

This boosted Chottu's courage and he allegedly proposed marriage to the girl. Thinking she had had enough, she asked Chottu to leave at once, but at that Chottu allegedly took out a knife and stabbed her repeatedly. As the knife stuck her in the shoulder, her back and hands, the girl started screaming for help.

As more people rushed into the spot, Chottu fled away. The girl was taken to Bhatpara state General Hospital, where her body was sealed with nine stiches. Her condition is still critical. The girl, is reported to be a class XI student, who had an examination at school on Saturday.

Locals alleged that the youth, who lives two houses away from the girls house, had been teasing her for the past two weeks. He had been repeatedly proposing her for marriage, which she consistently turned down. Later on, a complaint was lodged at Jagaddal police station, but Chottu has gone into hiding.

The girl's mother said that her father, a school teacher, has been out of station for some days.  The girl's mother added that, she came to know only by Friday that the youth used to tease her daughter, and soon after she came to know about it, she went into the youth's home and complained about it and asked his family to ensure that he didn't tease her in future. According to her, this seemed to be the sole reason for provoking him to kill her daughter.

The girl said from her hospital bed that the youth would tease her whenever she was on her way to school. She said that, she had warned him several times, but he did not pay any heed. Rather he continued to tease her, whenever he saw her on the streets. Later on Saturday morning, whe she went to fetch water from the roadside tap, he started teasing him. She shouted at him, but before she could do anything, he suddenly took out the knife and stabbed her with the knife.

Police said they have received a complaint and are conducting raids to catch the youth. Prima facie, they said, the youth scorred back after the girl rejected his marriage proposals.

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Delhi police registers case against Kiran Bedi

The Delhi Police on Sunday registered a case against Team Anna member Kiran Bedi for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for her NGO's following a local court order. Crime branch DCP, Ashok Chand said a case under Sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 120b (criminal conspiracy) of IPC has been slashed against Kiran Bedi.

The action comes a day after a local court passed an order to this effect.

The court had ordered registering an FIR against Kiran Bedi after taking note of a complaint filed by a Delhi lawyer Devinder Singh Chauhan who alleges that she looted various paramilitary forces and police organisations in the name of imparting free computer education under the banner of her NGOs.

Bedi, in reaction to th court order said that she was not surprised by this order, as she was already expecting this to happen sooner or later.

She said that she was informed about the fact that an FIR had been lodged against her and for her none of this act was a surprise and morover it was strengthening her determination to do more.

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Minor delivers baby, alleges rape

A youth in his twenties was charged with rape after a 15 year-old girl delivered a baby girl. The mother alleged that the youth had rapped her, leading to the pregnancy.

The complaint was lodged after the girl gave birth to a child at Mayo Hospital on Tuesday. According to the complaint lodged by the girl, the accused named Shidhtu had once lured her to drive in an autorickshaw. He later on took her to a deserted place near Waddhamma, where he first raped her around nine months ago. The girl claimed that the youth, who the girl claimed was a resident of  Ambedkar Nagar in Wadi, even threatened her.

Police said that later on the accused became a regular visitor  to her residence. Wadi police said that from the past many years, the victim and her younger broher had been living with their grandparents, since their father left them and their mother married for the second time.

Cops suspect that the girl is a bit mentally disturbed. The police where informed by the police authorities and neighbours when the girl complained of labour pains on Tuesday. Wadi police are still searching for the accused.

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No bail for Kani today, hearing adjourned till Monday

The Delhi High Court will continue the hearing of the bail plea of DMK Mp Kanimozhi and five other accused in the 2G spectrum case on Monday. Kanimozhi was hoping to get bail today but it could not materialise as the court decided to continue the hearing of the matter on Monday and so no bail was granted today.

Justice VK Shali heard the prolonging arguments on the bail applications of Kanimozhi, Kalaignar TV chief Sharad Kumar, Cineyug Film's Karim Morani, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd directors Asif Balwa, Rajiv B Agarwal and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and added that he will hear the remaining arguments on Monday.

The six co-accused moved the court on Wednesday for early hearing of their bail applications after the Supreme Court granted bail to five accused in the case – Sanjay Chandra of Unitech Wireless, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecoms and Reliance Group's Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair.

Subsequently, the pleas of the MP and five others which were scheduled to be held on December 1st in the Delhi High Court were brought forward to Friday.

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Justice Soumitra Sen's impeachment proceedings not unconstitutional: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today refused to declare the impeachment proceedings that was initiated against former Calcutta High Court Judge Soumitra Sen as unconstitutional.
A bench headed by Justice Aftab Aslam dismissed a PIL filed by an advocate who was junior to Sen when he was a practicing lawyer.
The bench while refusing to entertain the petition filed by Subhasish Chakraborthy said that it cannot interfere with the Parliament's proceedings.
The impeachment process, however, could not be concluded as the high court judge resigned before 5 days the matter was to be taken up in the Lok Sabha.
The petitioner however alleged that the proceedings against Sen were arbitrary and unconstitutional in nature and they should be quashed.
The bench, however, was not satisfied with his submissins and therefore dismissed the petition.
Impeachment proceedings against Sen were initiated for his alleged irregularities and misconduct. An Inquiry Committee, set up by the Rajya Sabha Chairman, had held Sen guilty of misconduct.
Rajya Sabha had passed a motion against Sen,the first Judge who had been impeached by the Upper House of the Parliament for misconduct.
Sen, however, had faxed his resignation letter to the President Pratibha Patil on September 1, five days before the process was to be taken up in the Lok Sabha.
Sen was found guilty of misappropriating Rs.33.23 lakh under his custody as a court-appointed receiver in the capacity as a lawyer and misrepresenting facts before a Calcutta court in a 1983 case.
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Parliament logjam costs Rs. 12 crore in 4 days

The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha has once again been a witness to slogan shouting and ruckus over Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail, price rise and black money issues. The commotion forced the adjournment of both the houses till Monday resulting in a loss of Rs. 12 crore to the nation.
On day 4 of the Parliament's Winter Session several MP's belonging to the BJP party, the Trinamool Congress and the Left Front stormed into the well of the house protesting and shouting slogans against the Cabinet nod to FDI in retail. Both the houseswere adjourned till noon and later on till Monday after the opposition MP's continued their protest.
The BJP has threatened to protest against the cabinet decision both inside and outside the Parliament. The decision has also opposed the congress ally TMC.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that they will continue to protest against the cabinet decision on FDI, both inside and outside the Parliament.
The TMC has inturn demanded a larger debate on the issue and has claimed that small traders and farmers has not been taken into confidence before the taking of cabinet decision.
TMC MP  and Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said that their stand is very clear and there rise a need to have a larger debate on the same issue. Also added that they have spoken to the people who will be benifted out of this, but not to small farmers, traders etc.
The stand by the TMC indicates that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance will face resistance from within the government on the move. However, the Congress was optimistic in nature while saying that all the constituents of UPA were consulted before taking the cabinet decision.
Union Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid said that he didn't get the impression that the allies are against it. It was merely a policy decision and does not want to implement it as they can choose not to. It is a move ahead and the Commerce Minister consulted all.
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Kishenji's mother to move to High Court over his killing

The mother of Kishenji, the Maoist who was killed on Thursday by joint forces in the outskirts of Jhargram, will file a petition in Calcutta High Court, demanding a judicial inquiry into the killing.
The Magisterial examination of the body has been conducted. As per the sources report, Kishenji's mother will file a plea demanding a judicial inquiry into the killing. Kishenji's body will be sent to Jhargram for a post-mortem.
The Maoist movement has been dealt a body blow after the death of the top Naxal leader Kishenji in a gunbattle on Thursday. His body was reportedly found inside the Jhargram forests in West Midnapore, West Bengal.
Security forces claims that 2 AK-47 rifles has been found lying next to his corpse, one of them is believed to belong to Kishenji. The other reportedly belongs to Suchitra Mahato, who is believed to have been injured in the encounter.
Security forces are set to launch combing operations to find more of the injured and those killed in the encounter.
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J Dey Murder case: Mumbai police arrest woman journalist

The Mumbai police today arrested a senior woman journalist, Jigan Vora, in connection with the murder of senior investigative journalist Jyotirmoy Dey.
Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said that Jigan Vora, the deputy bureau chief of English Daily Asian Age, has been arrested today as she played a role in the conspiracy which led to the murder of J Dey.
Vora was allegedly in touch with fugitive gangster Chhota Rajan, an accused in the case, and gave him the registration number of  Dey's bike along with his office and residence addresses. The crime branch alleges that this information is suspected to be used by the alleged killers to survey and lay the groundwork for the murder.
Vora, who was questioned by the crime branch in connection with the case several times, will be produced before a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOAC) court later in the day.
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Former DMK Minister's house raided in Tamil Nadu

Former Law Minister of Tamil Nadu D Duraimurugan became the sixth former minister from the DMK party to come under the vigilance scanner with the investigation agency raiding his residence and office on Thursday morning.
Along with him, the residence of his close relatives were also raided by the officers of the Vigilance department.
He is under the scanner for allegations of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) conducted the raids at 9 premises across the state.
Previously, the DVAC had raided the residences and office premises of former mnister K N Nehru, T M Anbarasan, K Ponmudi, N Suresh Rajan and MRK Panneerselvam.
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Pakistani woman kills and tries to cook her hubby

Pakistan police today arrested a woman who had killed her husband and was attempting to cook his body parts after he planned to marry another woman  without her permission.
The police chief of the area Nadeem Baig said that the police arrested Zainab Bibi, aged 32 years, and her nephew Zaheer, aged 22 years, in the Shah Faisal colony of Karachi and recovered the bowl of flesh she planned to cook.
He told the reporters that they killed Ahmad Abbas, Zainab's husband, and chopped his body into pieces and were about to cook his flesh in a bowl. He also added that the knife which was used for killing him has now been recovered.
Television networks showed gruesome footage of the human flesh ready to be cooked in a bowl.
Baig said that the neighbour had alerted the police about this incident and investigations are going on.
He said that there could be two factors behind her intention to cook her husband, firstly, to destroy the evidence and secondly, her immense hatred towards him over his plan to marry another woman.
According to the family law in the Islamic country, a man has to obtain permission from his first wife before his second marriage, but this law is rarely observed.
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Honour Killing: Student bludgeoned to death

As per the police report, recently another case of honour killing has come up wherein a 22 year-old engineering student in Haryana was beaten to death allegedly by the family of a girl with whom he had an affair.
As per their report the incident took place yesterday at Sanghi Village, about 25 kms from Rohtak, when Deepak Sharma went to meet the girl.
The police said that the girl's family members, who were opposed to this relationship, came to know about it and slammed him to death.
Acting on a complaint lodged by Deepak's uncle, police registered a murder case against five members of the girl's family, including her two brothers and mother.
All the accused are absconding and police have launched a hunt to nab them.
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Maoist leader Kishenji killed in West Bengal

The top Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji has been killed in an encounter with security forces at Burishol village in Junglemahal area of West Bengal.
The CRPF has confirmed that 207 Cobra Battalion, 184 CRPF Battalion along with Bengal state police killed the Maoist leader in a joint operation.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh said that their officers claims that Kishenji has been killed by their hands and it's a huge setback for Maoists.
A top counter-insurgency official said that the body of a 58-year-old  Molajula Koteswar Rao, better known as Kishenji, was found and identified after the junglemahal encounter.
The official said that after receiving specific information that he and some of his associates and Suchitra Mahato, the wife of a slain leader he was living with, were hiding in the Kushboni jungle.
It was from this forest that the Maoist politburo member, the second-in-command of the outfit and in charge of the military operations in junglemahal since 2009, and Suchitra had escaped the joint forces on Wednesday.
The encounter began today morning at Burisole jungle in Jumboni police station area was close to Kushboni near the Jharkhand border.
Suchitra and others fled.
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Documentations of consultations between Chidambaram and Raja on 2G issue

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy released documents at a press conference in Chennai on November 22, 2011 that throws light on the consultations between the then Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Communications Minister A. Raja on the pricing of 2G spectrum case. While one of them was a note titled 'Spectrum Issues Update' from the Department of Economic Affairs of the Finance Ministry, the other was a letter from Mr. Chidambaram to Mr. Raja suggesting that they meet and discuss the issues and later on to present their conclusions to the Prime Minister.
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Sukh Ram challenges conviction, sentence in graft case

Jailed former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram approached the Delhi High Court on Wednesday challenging his conviction and five years rigorous imprisonment awarded by a trial court in Delhi for misusing his official position when he was in the PV Narismha Rao cabinet. This was his third conviction on graft charges.
A lawyer stated that the former minister approached the court seeking relief on the ground that he was suffering from health problems and added that the trial court's order should be set aside.
Eighty-six year old Sukh Ram, who held the telecom party in the PV Narasimha Rao led Congress Government, was convicted on November 19 for taking Rs. 3 lakh as bribe to award a cable contract to a telecom firm in the year 1996.
The Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge RP Pandey handed down a five year jail term and sent him to jail. The court also imposed Rs. 4 lakh fine on him.
A lawyer was quoted saying that a petition on behalf of Sukh Ram against his conviction and sentencing was filed in the High Court's Registry.
Sukh Ram was earlier convicted in two separate corruption cases filed in the years 2002 and 2009 but remained out of jail.
The trial court order delivered on Nov 19 said that the convict has already reaped a dividend of long-drawn process of law and despite have been convicted in two other corruption cases, he is enjoying freedom, which is passing a wrong message to the public at large and strengthens the popular belief that one can earn money by corrupt means and enjoys its fruits by spending some portion of it.
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2G accused can't be jailed indefinitely: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday while granting bail to five corporate executives in the 2G spectrum scam case said that the offences that were charged against him were serious in nature because of the huge losses caused by the exchequer but could not be kept in jail indefinitely. The bench comprising of Justices G.S. Singhvi and H.L. Dattu said that they are conscious of the fact that the offences alleged, if proved, may jeopardize the economy of the country.
It added that, it is not in the interest of justice that the accused should be in jail for an indefinite period.
 The CBI has already completed its investigation and filed the charge sheet where the court said that their presence is not necessary so as to complete the investigation and thus they are entitled to the grant of bail pending the trial on stringent conditions in order to support the apprehensions expressed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The five executives namely Sanjay Chandra of Unitech Wireless, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom as well as Reliance Group's Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair are among the 14 individual accused in the case, led by the Former Minister A. Raja.
The earlier judges had challenged the earlier judgment and common order of the Delhi High Court, rejecting their bail pleas due to the magnitude of the offence and gravity of the accusations laid down against them.
While pronouncing the judgment, Justice Dattu said that there is no doubt that the offences alleged against the appellants is a serious one in terms of the alleged huge loss to the exchequer, and that by itself, should not deter us from enlarging the appellants on bail when there is no serious contention of the respondents (CBI) that the accused if released on bail, would interfere with the trial or alter the evidence.
The court added that when the undertrial prisoners are detained in custody to an indefinite period, Art 21 of the Indian Constitution is violated.
The judgment said that the trial may take considerable time and it looks to us that the appellants, who are in jail, have to remain in jail no longer than the detention period, had they been convicted.
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Man charged with trying to assasinate Obama

A 21-year-old man who called President Barack Obama the devil and anti-christ was charged on Thursday with trying to assassinate the US leader by opening fire on the White House with an assault rifle.
Obama and his wife were not in Washington at the time of the shooting on Friday night and thankfully no one was hurt.
Oscar Ortega-Hernandez of Idaho Falls, Idaho, appeared before a Federal Magisterial Judge in Pittsburgh, who ordered to transfer him to Washington. He was later on arrested on Wednesday at a hotel near Indiana, Pennsylvania.
No one was hurt in the shooting which took place on Friday night. The secret services revealed that but one bullet broke a White House window but was stopped by protective ballistic glass, and the other round struck the exterior of the building.
A witness reported seeing the occupant of a black car shooting at the White House and ran away, while another witness reported of hearing eight popping noises from a dark car that sped away.
According to the court papers a Honda Accord with Idaho license plates was found abandoned near-by with a semi-automatic rifle with a large scope as well as three loaded magazines of grenades, nine spent shell casings, an aluminium baseball bat and brass knuckles.
FBI investigators who weathered the White House grounds on Wednesday found several bullet impacts on the south side of the executive mansion on the second story or above. The President's family qaurters are on those upper floors.
Assistant US Attorney James Kitchen said at the court hearing that Ortega-Hernandez was charged with attempted assassination of the President. If convicted, he faces upto life in
He appeared in the court wearing a white jumpsuit and said nothing except 'yes maam', when asked by Judge Cynthia Eddy if he understood the charges against him.
According to the FBI affidavit, a witness who knows Ortega-Fernandez very well said he had become increasingly agitated against the government.
 The witness said that he had been preparing for something.
The affidavit also said that earlier on November 11, police in Arlington, Virginia had responded to a report of a suspicious person who identified himself as Ortega-Fernandez.
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Supreme Court denies relief to suspended IPS officer Bhatt in custodial death case

The Supreme Court today refused to quash proceedings against suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in a 21-year-old alleged custodial death case.
The bench of justices comprising of B.S. Chauhan and T.S. Thakur refused to grant any relief to the Gujarat-cadre officer against the State High Court's order, which had dismissed his plea of quashing the proceedings which was set forth against him in regard to the custodial death case.
The custodial death case dates back to 1990 when Bhatt was posted as Additional Superintendent of police in Jamnagar.
He had detained around 150 persons during a communal riot in Jam Jodhpur town. Prabhudas Vaishnani, one among the arrested persons, had died in a hospital soon after his release.
Vaishnani's brother had then lodged an FIR against Bhatt and six other police officials accusing them of killing his brother by torturing him while in detention.
The High Court later on allowed the Trial Court to frame charges against Bhatt in the case, while rejecting on October 10 his plea that challenged the Jamnagar Sessions Court order.
The court had also given permission to the State Government to withdraw its plea to drop charges related to the custodial death case.
The state government's plea to the court to withdraw the charges against Bhatt and other police officials was pending since the year 1996.
The state government, however, refused to sanction IPS officer Bhatt's prosecution.
A Magisterial Court had refused to accept the closure report in the case and the government filed a revision petition in the Sessions Court requesting that the charges framed against Bhatt and other police officials be dropped.
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Team Anna reaching out to Parliamentary Comittee on Lokpal Bill

Team Anna is meeting out to the members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal Bill so as to ensure that their concerns are addressed in the recommendations they will be sending.
Activist Arvind Kejriwal has also held meetings with LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shailendra Kumar and S Semmalai among others in the past few days.
Sources admit that Kejriwal has been urging the members for including their demand of putting CBI's anti-corruption wing as well as all government employees under the ambit of Lokpal.
Kejriwal added that, without CBI, Lokpal would be a post office. It will be forwarding the complaints to the CBI which shall hold investigations and forward its report to the court.
Paswan, who had a meeting with the activist Kejriwal earlier in the day, told the reporters that he has told the Team Anna that he will not support any move to bring the Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal Bill.
He said that the Prime Minister cannot be exposed to competitive politics. We have a hostile neighbourhood and therefore cannot put the Prime Minister under scanner always.
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Man gets life term for killing a girl by throwing acid

A middle-aged man who is the father of four, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi High Court for killing a girl by throwing acid on her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Tiwari gave the sentence on Uttar Pradesh native Subhash Chander, noting that even if the acid attack victim had survived, she would be akin to a corpse with extensive acid burns all over her body.
Justice Rakesh Tiwari also added that even the judicial conscience is saying that it was good that the victim had expired being her a female, even if she had survived with about 62 per cent burns in her body, she would no less than a living corpse.
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Samajwadi Party to move no-confidence motion against Mayawati government

The Samajwadi Party said on Thursday that it would move a no-confidence motion against the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party government in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly during the next session from November 21.
Opposition leader Shivpal Singh Yadav told the reporters that they will bring no-confidence motion in the House against the corrupt BSP government.
He alleged that whether it is the law and order or the development, both has seen a deteriorating trend in the current regime.
He also claimed that only his party was capable of dealing with the situation.
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Several Indian women Kabbadi players

A bus carrying the Indian Women's Kabbadi team today met with an accident that claimed lives of the bus driver and a head constable. Several players were also injured. The bus and the pilot car carrying the players and coach of the Indian team directly clashed into an army canter on Bathind-Chandigarh highway near the Bathinda cantonment.
The team was on the way to village Badal in Muktsar district from Ludhiana where deputy CM Punjab Sukhbir Singh Bandal was to host a dinner party in the honour of players of all the teams participating in the Kabbadi World Cup being held in Punjab. The Indian team also had to play the semi-final matches of the WKC that was scheduled to be held in Bathinda on Friday.
According to the information, the pilot cars which was escorting the players was speeding and collided with an army truck coming from the opposite direction. It made the player's bus hit the pilot car from behind which was sandwiched between the bus and the army truck. It claimed the life of the head constable Harjeet Singh who was driving the pilot car.
The tyres of the bus started to blast one by one causing the bus to catch fire immediately. The fire was dangerous enough to burn the bus driver Varinder Sharma, who died on the spot. Players somehow managed to escape by breaking the glass of the air-conditioned bus. All players suffer from burns and other injuries and is being admitted to the nearby Adesh Medical College.

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Jessica Lall's killer gets parole

The Delhi High Court today granted 5 days parole to Manu Sharma, who is serving life term for the murder of Jessica Lall murder case. The Delhi High Court granted parole to Manu Sharma in order for him to attend his brother's wedding and related functions which is taking place this month.
While granting parole to Sharma, the police has put forth the condition wherein he is not allowed to visit nightclubs.
Justice Shali said that, the petitioner (Sharma) is allowed to be released on parole for five days but he shall not visit any nightclubs nor discotheque. Also directed Sharma to surrender before the Tihar jail Superintendent  soon after the parole period expires.
Senior counsel, Ram Jethmalani , appearing for the petitioner (Sharma), had earlier submitted before the court the schedule for the marriage ceremonies which includes pre-marriage ceremonies of "ladies sangeet" on November 21 at Chandigarh, marriage to be held at Karnal on November 22 and reception in Ambala on November 24.
The parole comes after the police on Monday softened its stand against Sharma. Though the Delhi Police opposed the parole in its affidavit, the standing counsel for the police, Pawan Sharma, told the High Court during Monday's hearing that if the court deems it fit, Sharma may be allowed to participate in the wedding, provided he gives an undertaking that he will not leave Ambala and Karnal, where the two functions related to the marriage are scheduled to be held.
Manu Sharma was previously released on parole from Tihar Jail in the year 2009 to be with his sick mother. He was in between spotted in a discotheque in New Delhi and was also involved in a scuffle on the night of November 6 after an extension of his parole.
Following the national roar, he was forced to put an early end to his parole, surrender and return to Tihar Jail four days later.
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