Live: Musharraf's formal trial in Bhutto murder case begins

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 27, 2013 12:24 hrs

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Musharraf's formal trial in Bhutto murder case begins

The formal trial of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto began today.

"The trial began with the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi recording evidence of a witness," state prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar said.

He said four witnesses were summoned but only one turned up to testify. Azhar said he was unsure how long the trial would take.

Musharraf was not present in court as he was excused from personal appearances because of security reasons.

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Ban Ki-moon appoints Pakistani general as UN military advisor

A Pakistani army general has been appointed as the Military Advisor for UN peacekeeping operations.

Lt Gen Maqsood Ahmed was appointed to the post by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday and replaces Senegal's Lt Gen Babacar Gaye whose tour of duty ended on July 8.

Ahmed recently completed his duties as a Corps Commander in the Pakistan Army, an appointment that he had held since February 2013.

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Decisions taken by government in 2008 led to rupee fall, admits Chidambaram

As rupee reached a new record low of 66.07 vs US dollar on Tuesday, Finance Minister P Chidambaram admitted that the decisions taken by the government to counter the 2008 economic meltdown are among the reasons why the rupee depreciated.

Chidambaram said the stimulus programme announced by the government in 2008 led to both fiscal and current account deficit.

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Daughter dumps 90-year-old mother in goat-shed in kerala

A 90-year-old woman was kept in a dilapidated goat-shed allegedly by her daughter next to their house at Kulathupuzha in Kerala's Kollam district.

The nonagenarian, Rosily, was reportedly shifted by her daughter and family to the shed recently after she became bed-ridden. She had been staying with her son-in-law and daughter since the past few years, officials said.

The elderly woman was found by neighbours lying on a tattered mat in a dilapidated and stinking goat-shed. Though they tried to intervene, the relatives were not amused.

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Crucial CVC-CBI meeting on missing coal files next week

Amid uproar over missing coal blocks allocation files, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has convened a meeting with CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to discuss the issue which has a bearing on the multi-crore scam being probed by it.

"A meeting has been fixed with CBI Director on the matter (of missing coal blocks allocation files) with CVC," Vigilance Commissioner R Sri Kumar told PTI on the sidelines of a function here.

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Amma eateries a super hit in Chennai even as Sonia's Food Bill faces teething problems

India Today -
"Soooper," Harikrishan exclaims. This typically Chennai expression of delight is meant to convey a superlative for 'Superb'. The autorickshaw driver was using it to describe how good he feels after a hearty, and affordable, breakfast at Amma Unavagam (Amma eateries or canteens).

At a time when the UPA 2 government has finally managed to pass the ambitious Food Security Bill - aimed at providing subsidised food to 67 per cent of the population - in the Lok Sabha, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has allocated Rs.35 crore per annum to set up 200 Amma eateries in Chennai that offers meals at very discounted rates.

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Supreme Court says no compromise in rape cases

In a significant ruling, Supreme Court Tuesday held that rape cases cannot be compromised or condoned even if the victim forgives the accused for the offence.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam ruled that such compromises, if entered into, are per se illegal and the provision for lesser punishment for heinous offences in exceptional cases cannot be treated in a casual or a cavalier manner by the trial court.

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NGO puts up Navjot Singh Sidhu 'missing' posters in Amritsar

Upset with the prolonged absence of BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu from his constituency, an NGO here has put up "missing" posters promising a reward of Rs 2 lakh for anybody who would bring the parliamentarian to the city.

Raman Bakshi, President of Amritsar Sangharsh Samiti, said they were extremely upset about Sidhu's absence at a time when their representative was required to be present in the area.

Alleging that the BJP leader and former India cricketer had been "missing" from the area for a long time, a poster states that, "Sidhu had made tall promises to the people of his constituency about making Amritsar like Paris, but has betrayed them".

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Girl alleges gangrape by 4 friends; later retracts charge

Four youths were arrested after a 19-year-old girl alleged she was gangraped by them in Raipur, police said on Monday, but later she went back on her charge and claimed they were "friends" who had done no harm to her.

"The youths, aged between 19 and 21, were nabbed on the basis of a complaint lodged by the girl," Lal Umed Singh, Raipur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), told reporters. The alleged incident took place on Sunday night in Shankar Nagar area of the state capital. The "victim ", however, retracted her statement while talking to the media later, and claimed the accused were her "friends" and they were on a late night outing.

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Actor Om Puri absconding, booked for assaulting wife Nandita

Critically acclaimed Bollywood actor Om Puri has been booked for allegedly assaulting his wife at his apartment in suburban Andheri, police said.

"Om Puri's wife Nandita Puri approached us on Thursday night with a complaint against her husband. She complained that her husband Om Puri assaulted her with a wooden stick after which we registered an FIR against him," Senior Inspector Harishchandra Parmale, Versova police station, told PTI.

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Sonia Gandhi should have been taken in an ambulance: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday expressed concern over Sonia Gandhi's health, and said the UPA chairperson should have been taken to hospital in a well-equipped ambulance.

Sonia Gandhi was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the capital Monday night, after she complained of uneasiness in the Lok Sabha. Her son Rahul Gandhi and union minister Kumari Selja accompanied her in the car to the hospital.

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Mumbai gang-rape case: Accused meets mom in lockup, confesses

One of the suspects in the Shakti Mills gang-rape case has confessed to the crime in front of his mother. Qasim Shaikh (21), who was arrested outside Nair Hospital on Sunday, was visited in the police lockup by his mother, Chand Bibi, on Monday.

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Sonia Gandhi's health stable, discharged from AIIMS

Congress President Sonia Gandhi was tonight admitted to AIIMS hospital after she was taken ill in the Lok Sabha where her pet welfare legislation and UPA's ambitious Food Security Bill was in the final stages of adoption.

She spent about five hours, and was discharged from the hospital after her check-up was completed.

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Four persons of a gang, including one who was allegedly involved in the rape of a woman police constable, have been arrested, police said.

"Nagendra Oraon, Amrit Oraon, Martik Oraon and Hiralal Oraon have been arrested," Superintendent of Police Michael S Raj told reporters.

He, however, did not identify the name of the alleged rapist.

The four accused, the SP said, were among the gang of dacoits who had allegedly indulged in looting of vehicles in the wee hours of August 22 on National Highway 75 near Jagaldaga in Latehar district.

The accused belong to Jogiha village under Latehar police station, he said.

The woman had on August 23 alleged in an FIR that she had been gang-raped by a gang of dacoits when she was going to Garhwa from Ranchi by a car in the wee hours of 22 August.

According to the FIR, she was taking the body of her brother-in-law for cremation when the incident happened.

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