Live: Rapes happen because men and women interact freely, says Mamata

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 14:40 hrs

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Rapes happen because men and women interact freely, says Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has come up with her own reason for the increasing number of rape cases in the country.

Mamata said that rapes happen because men and women interact with each other more freely now.

“Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. It’s like an open market with open options,” she said as quoted by IBNlive.

“Everyday rape incidents are being highlighted as if the entire state has become the land of rapists. Rape is sought to be glorified by these people. This will not be tolerated by people. I would like to say that negative journalism only destroys and it is time to champion positive journalism,” she said.

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Russell Crowe and wife call it quits

The Academy Award-winning actor, famous for roles in movies like 'Gladiator' and 'A Beautiful Mind', has reportedly split-up from his wife Danielle Spencer after nine years.

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Police arrest Rani Mukerji's brother

According to reports, the police have arrested Rani Mukerji's brother, Raja, for allegedly molesting a scriptwriter.

Reportedly, the victim Priya Mishra - who is also a model and TV actress - had approached Raja to show him her script, when he tried to attack her in his car. 

Raja was immediately taken into custody, and he was also sent for a medical test.

The police have registered a case against Raja under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code.


Alvin Roth, Lloyd Shapley win 2012 Nobel Prize for Economics - Committee


The Madras High Court has rejected Durai Dayanidhi's anticipatory bail in the illegal granites scam.  Durai Dayanidhi is the grandson of DMK leader Karunanidhi.


Salman Khurshid is set to file multiple cases against the India Today group.  He will sue the group for Rs 200 crore.

Meanwhile Arvind Kejriwal has said that he will reveal evidence against more people on October 17th.


Shekhar Kapur to make film on Armenian genocide?

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur says he might be tempted to make a movie on the 1915 Armenian genocide.

"Going to Yeravan (capital of Armenia). Is there an Armenian community in India? Going to Armenia to study massacre of Armenians in 1915 and perhaps make a film on it later," tweeted Kapur.

The Armenian genocide (1915-23) saw the Ottoman regime systematically exterminating its minority Armenian subjects from their traditional homeland in the territory constituting the present-day Turkey.


HDFC Bank Q2 net jumps over 30%

Private sector lender HDFC Bank today posted 30.06 per cent jump in net profit at Rs 1,559.98 crore in the July-September quarter.

It had posted post tax profit of Rs 1,199.35 crore in the corresponding period last year.

The bank's net interest income was up 26.7 per cent at Rs 3,731.7 crore. The non-interest income increased marginally to Rs 1,345.1 crore from Rs 1,211.7 crore during the second quarter this fiscal, it said in a filing to the BSE.


Watson may be asked to come home from CLT20

Prolific Australian all-rounder Shane Watson could be ordered to return midway through the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 by the country's Cricket Board, which wants him to take a break after his stellar performance in the recent World Twenty20.

"Cricket Australia is demanding all-rounder Shane Watson return home from the Champions League Twenty20 by the end of the week," reported The Daily Telegraph.


Reliance Industries gains ahead of Q2 results

Reuters Market Eye - Shares in Reliance Industries(RELI.NS) gain 0.6 percent ahead of July-September earnings due later in the day.

Analysts expect the Indian conglomerate to post net profit of 53.9 billion rupees for the quarter ended September 30, with net sales expected at 933.4 billion rupees, according to a Reuters survey of analysts.

Dealers expect Reliance's gross refining margins above $9.5 per barrel versus $7.6 per barrel in the quarter ended June.


Alagiri's son opposes police plea seeking warrant against him

Union Minister M K Alagiri's son, Durai Dayanidhi, today opposed in the Madras High Court bench the police plea in the illegal granite quarrying case that arrest warrant should be issued against him, saying he had filed another anticipatory bail in view of the "changed situation" in the matter.

He said dismissal of his earlier anticipatory bail did not mean that he should surrender himself before police. "That is not legally correct.It also amounted to infringement of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution," he said.

He cannot be termed as absconding or evading arrest just because his advance bail plea had been dismissed.

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Cash-for-votes case: Court permits further probe

A court hearing the 2008 case on the alleged bribing of MPs by the UPA government to survive a confidence vote in parliament Monday allowed a plea by an accused seeking further investigations into the money trail.

Special Judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal allowed former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Faggan Singh Kulaste's plea seeking a direction to police for tracing the source of the money involved in the case.


A helicopter crashed at the Dabolim airport in Goa on Monday morning. Three people including two pilots have been killed in the crash. The crash occurred on the civilian flight's runway.


Kejriwal challenges Khurshid's claim, provides fresh proof

RTI crusader and Indian Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal on Monday produced the testimonies of people to counter Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid's defence over embezzlement of funds by the trust run by the latter and his wife.

Kejriwal, who produced the testimony of people to prove his claim, alleged that Khurshid is trying to cover misappropriation of funds.

"Khurshid has proven nothing. Salman Khurshid played fraud by showing wrong pictures. Khurshid showed 2010-11 pictures, but the fund embezzlement took place in 2009," said Khurshid while addressing his supporters at the Jantar Mantar here.

"The beneficiaries don't exist on given addresses. One of the beneficiaries was not handicapped. Khurshid's trust doled out funds to non-existent beneficiaries. The listed beneficiaries deny attending camps, availing benefits," he added.


Kejriwal gives more evidence against Khurshid

Arvind Kejriwal gives more evidence against Khurshid's trust. "Most people on the list have never received any equipment," said Kejriwal.

He also said that deceased people who don't need equipment are also on the list of Khurshid's trust.


3 people including 2 officers have died in a navy helicopter crash. The helicopter was on its way to Mangalore from Mumbai. It has reportedly stopped for refueling in Goa where it crashed on the runway.


Opposition backed shutdown hits Bihar

Trains were blocked and trucks and buses were off the roads in Bihar as a daylong shutdown called by opposition parties to protest the killing of three people in police firing last week came into effect Monday.

Workers of opposition parties blocked railway tracks and forcibly stopped trains at various stations to enforce the shutdown against the firing in Madhubani Monday that also injured over a dozen people. Trucks and buses too remained off the road in the state, police said.


The CBI has registered two new cases in the coal allocation scam against two companies. The agency was also carrying out searches in 16 locations across six cities.


Homeless Indian worker in Oman threatens to end life

A homeless Indian worker in Oman has threatened to end his life until and unless he gets help to return to his home land.

Mohammad Rafiq, in a letter to M. Bheem Reddy, Vice-President of the Migrants Rights' Council (MRC), pleaded for help to return to India, as he has no job and home in Oman.

"I am living in a farmhouse, suffering with hernia, kidney pain, and joint pains," Rafiq wrote to the MRC, which is based in Hyderabad.


Today's Highlight in History

On Oct. 15, 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris.

In 1858, the seventh and final debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place in Alton, Ill.

In 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.

In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic.

In 1937, the Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have and Have Not" was first published by Charles Scribner's Sons.

In 1951, the classic sitcom "I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS with the episode "The Girls Want to Go to the Nightclub."

In 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country as part of a "moratorium" against the Vietnam War.

In 1997, British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green twice drove a jet-powered car in the Nevada desert faster than the speed of sound, officially shattering the world's land-speed record. NASA's plutonium-powered Cassini spacecraft rocketed flawlessly toward Saturn.

Ten years ago: ImClone Systems founder Sam Waksal pleaded guilty in New York to charges stemming from the biotech company's insider trading scandal. (He was later sentenced to more than seven years in prison.) Iraqis turned out for a national referendum on whether Saddam Hussein should remain their president for another seven years; Saddam won with a reported 100 percent of the votes cast. Five Japanese kidnapping victims who'd been abducted in their youth by North Korean spies finally returned home, tearfully hugging their aging parents for the first time in nearly a-quarter century.


Viswaroopam audio launch on Kamal’s b’day

Kamal Haasan’s eagerly awaited Vishwaroopam will have its audio launch on November 7, the stars 58th birthday. 

It will have a three city launch in Tamil Nadu- Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai by late evening.
Kamal will be chartering an aircraft to make it possible to attend all the three launches in different parts of Tamil Nadu on the same day. 

Vishwaroopam is a trilingual spy thriller in Tamil, Telugu & Hindi.

Viswaroopam is directed and co-produced by Kamal Haasan who plays the hero and has Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah and Jaideep Ahlawat in supporting roles. The soundtrack is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, with lyrics by Vairamuthu for the Tamil and Javed Akhtar for the Hindi versions respectively.


Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai will be taken to Britain for further treatment. She was shot by the Taliban last Tuesday.


Firms, policymakers struggle amid Western defence cuts

Whether or not America's politicians can find a way to sidestep the brutal automatic military cuts of sequestration, the era of rising Western spending on weapons and wars is over.

That reality increasingly is challenging major arms manufacturers, spurring them to look for new markets, cost cuts and mergers. It is also confronting policymakers with difficult political and strategic choices as new rivals, particularly China, spend more on their armed forces.

US military spending still dwarfs that of other countries — the equivalent of the next 13 nations' spending by some estimates — but the global military balance is clearly shifting. With European states already cutting, the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies this year reported that Asian military spending outstripped Europe's for the first time in several centuries.

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More proof against Khurshid today: Kejriwal

Activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday dismissed the purported proofs produced by Salman Khurshid and said he will produce more evidence on Monday that bolster embezzlement charges against the Union Law Minister.

"He (Salman Khurshid) must have conducted a few camps but the majority of them didn't take place... I question all the proof he put out," Kejriwal said, alleging that the photographs shown by Khurshid were from 2010-11 fiscal.

"The photos he showed today do not come under the time frame. The allegations are about 2009-10. He has been caught," he said.

Kejriwal also asked why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi are silent on the issue.

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The trial against Wasim Akram Malik, arrested by NIA for his alleged role in the Delhi High Court attack last year, will commence in a court in New Delhi on Monday.

District judge H S Sharma, who had framed charges against Malik under the provisions of the stringent anti-terror law and the IPC, will start recording the evidence in the case.

Key strategic issues, including those on trade and scientific matters, is also expected to be discussed between India and Russia during the Inter-Governmental Commission meeting today.The two sides are also expected to talk on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant 3 and 4.

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