Live: Rajya Sabha witnesses ugly scenes

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 20, 2014 10:34 hrs

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Rajya Sabha witnesses ugly scenes

There was a major uproar in the Rajya Sabha Thursday when AIADMK member V. Maitreyan tried to approach the chairman of the house but was forcibly stopped by the staff.

The AIADMK and DMK have been demanding a discussion on the issue of Tamil fishermen being attacked by the Sri Lankan Navy and Maitreyan demanded a calling-attention motion on the issue in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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Vishwas slams Rahul Gandhi for diverting attention from core issues

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Thursday slammed Rahul Gandhi for his remark that his father Rajiv Gandhi was being denied justice, saying it was a "drama" to divert people's attention from core issues like corruption.

"Congress is in power since the past ten years at the centre and Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are running the government from 10 Janpath... if justice is not being done to the former Prime Minister who is responsible for it?" Vishwas, who will challenge the Gandhi scion from Amethi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, said.

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Radioactive water leakage detected at Japan nuke plant

Highly radioactive water has overflowed from a storage tank at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, but the operator says it did not reach the Pacific Ocean.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said Thursday that the leak involved partially treated water from early in the crisis, meaning it was more toxic than previous leaks. Three reactors melted at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, with radioactive water partially recycled and stored in more than 1,000 tanks.

TEPCO says about 100 tons of the contaminated water overflowed through a rainwater drainage pipe, where plant workers attached a garbage bag to contain the leakage. TEPCO says the leak has since stopped after workers closed the valves and did not escape into the Pacific.

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Three children kidnapped, murdered in Andhra

Distressed over not getting married, a man kidnapped and murdered three children of his relatives in Andhra Pradesh, police said.

The charred bodies of three girls aged between four and nine years were found Thursday morning on the outskirts of Nizamabad town, about 175 km from Hyderabad.

The girls were kidnapped Wednesday night allegedly by their uncle Narendra Reddy during a marriage ceremony in the town. Even as the police teams were searching for the missing girls, their bodies were found near an engineering college.

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Govt to set up Equal Opportunities Commission for minorities

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the government on Thursday cleared a proposal for setting up the much-awaited Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), a statutory body to check discrimination of minority communities in jobs and education.

The Justice Sachar Committee, which went into the socio-economic backwardness of Muslims, had recommended setting up of such a panel. The proposal got the nod of the Union Cabinet on Thursday.

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Missing Indian student in US found dead

A 19-year-old Indian-origin student of the Southern Illinois University, who had gone missing last week, has been found dead. The body of Pravin M Varughese was found yesterday in a wooded area in Carbondale, Illinois, police said.

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SC to hear Centre's plea on freeing Rajiv Gandhi killers at 12.45 pm

The Supreme Court will hear the Centre's plea against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to free the seven people convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

TV reports said that in all likelihood the apex court will stay the decision as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa, has bypassed the legalities involved.

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Centre to move Supreme Court against Jaya's decision to free Rajiv assassins

The Centre may move the Supreme Court on Thursday against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to free the seven people convicted of assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

According to TV reports, the Centre may take up a petition before the Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, arguing a legal requirement by passed by the Tamil Nadu government to arrive at such a decision.

As per the procedure, the Tamil Nadu government cannot order the release of the convicts because Rajiv's assassination was probed by the CBI under TADA, which a central law.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had on Wednesday given the Central government three days to revert back on her decision to release the convicts presently lodged in Vellore central jail.

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Two men accused of being ISI, IM agents try to meet Nitish Kumar

Two persons under the scanner of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) for their alleged links with Pakistan's ISI and the Indian Mujahideen (IM) on Thursday visited the Bihar Legislative Assembly to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and plead their innocence.

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Map areas known for 'eve teasing': HC to Delhi Police

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed Delhi Police to do a "crime mapping" in the capital where incidents of "eve teasing" were more frequent to know the reasons for the menace.

Acting Chief Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Sidharth Mridul said that they wanted to know whether the "phenomenon of sexual aggression against females was a social or a policing problem".

The bench remarked that "rape is nothing but an aggravated form of eve teasing" and said the Delhi government could also "involve sociologists to study the reasons behind such crimes."

"Give us crime maps where eve teasing cases are happening. We have to know where the problem is. You (police) have to address the problem. It is the common man who is committing the crime.

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Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion

Social networking site Facebook announced Wednesday that it has acquired mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion. The move is by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.

The world's biggest social networking company said that it is paying $12 billion in Facebook stock and $4 billion in cash for WhatsApp.

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​Abolish death penalty: DMK

DMK president M. Karunanidhi Wednesday reiterated his party's stand on the abolition of death penalty, on a day the Tamil Nadu government decided to release the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Asked about Rahul Gandhi's statement on the release of all seven convicts in the assassination case, Karunanidhi said: "World over 140 nations have abolished death penalty. We have been stressing that India should also follow that."

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Telangana Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today

After the Lok Sabha passed the bill for the creation of new state, the government is all set to pass the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The upper house could not pass the bill yesterday as the government and the opposition were unable to reach any consensus over amendments in the bill.

The meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley and BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu too failed to yield any result.

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