BJP ministry faces survival test in Karnataka
The Karnataka legislature begins the last session of its five-year term Monday with the survival of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in doubt following large-scale desertions from the party.
The 10-day session has been called to enable Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar present his maiden budget on Feb 8. He took office six months ago to become BJP's third chief minister in its first rule in the state.
President Pranab Mukherjee has signed the sexual assault ordinance brought in by the government. Women's rights groups had asked the President not to sign the ordinance as they were not satisfied with it.
'Vishwaroopam' controversy: CBFC condemns allegations against board
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Sunday condemned the allegations made by Tamil Nadu Advocate General Navaneetha Krishnan in connection with the certification of Kamal Hasan's film "Vishwaroopam".
"The Central Board of Film Certification would like to put it on record for all concerned that every action taken/procedure followed by CBFC for certifying 'Vishwaroopam' or any other film has been done in accordance with the Act and Rules framed by Parliament," the board said in a statement.
Ban by District Collectors on Vishwaroopam removed
A day after actor-director Kamal Haasan arrived at an agreement with Muslim groups opposing his Tamil film "Vishwaroopam", the ban imposed by District Collectors was removed, paving the way for screening of the movie across the state.
The prohibitory orders issued earlier by District Collectors has been removed, government sources said but did not elaborate.
Hectic parleys were held between Haasan and Muslim groups protesting against the film over an alleged negative depiction of Islam, in the presence of Home Secretary R Rajagopal on Saturday, at the end of which the actor-producer agreed to some cuts, including muting some dialogues.
20-year-old shot dead in Delhi
A 20-year-old man was found shot dead near his house in Delhi on Sunday, apparently a victim of personal enmity, police said.
Jitendra Tomar was found dead around 8 a.m. with a bullet injury in the abdomen. A group of children spotted him in Chauhanpur area in east Delhi.
Police suspect personal enmity led to his murder. The family denied this could be the reason.
20-year-old raped for months by stepfather in UP
A 20-year-old girl was allegedly raped repeatedly by her stepfather for several months in the Mall area here, police said today.
The accused had threatened the girl with dire consequences if she told anyone about the matter and raped her several times over the past four to five months, police said.
The girl's mother, also the wife of the accused, registered a complaint with the police, following which he was arrested yesterday, they said.
The victim's mother had married the accused after her first marriage had broken up. She had two daughters from her first husband, police said.
The matter is being probed, they said.
Another paedophile strikes in Goa, arrested
Less than three weeks after a paedophile lured a seven-year-old girl to a Goa school toilet and raped her, another paedophile has been arrested for molesting over several months four minor girls from Margao, police said Sunday.
Vangappa Yallapa Kundri, a 33-year-old labourer from Gokak in Karnataka, was arrested late Saturday. The Goa Police are also probing whether he had been involved in other molestation incidents in the state.
600 official files go missing in Islamabad
Around 600 documents related to state and public property have been lost by the Pakistani capital's civic authority in the last four years, a media report said.
The files of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) were from different departments like planning, administration, engineering and the estate office, Dawn News reported.
Some missing files were related to new plans and approval for projects, an official said.
The CDA management is now in a fix and unable to decide whom to approach for recovery of the records, he said.
The report said some files carried "disagreement notes" of senior officials relating to commercial buildings.
Malaysian Home Ministry seeking amicable resolution of Vishwaroopam row
Malaysia's Home Ministry will be meeting film distributor, Lotus Fivestar AV, next week over the banned Tamil film Vishwaroopam.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that the Ministry needed time to review the problem and find a proper solution to the matter.
He said that the owner of the distribution company is a close friend and he has no doubt they will be able to come up with an amicable solution.
According to the Star, the film, produced by popular Tamil actor Kamal Hassan who also starred in it, dealt with international terrorism.
Industry opinion to form input in media policy: Tewari
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has assured the media and advertising fraternity that industry views would be taken into consideration while framing policies relating to the sector.
Speaking at the International Advertising Association (IAA)'s first Leadership Awards function in Mumbai late Saturday, Tewari listed out paradoxes associated with the media and entertainment industry - self regulation, skewed revenue model and imperfect audience measurement models, among others.
Puma asked to pay Rs 12,999 for selling defective shoes
Puma Sports India Ltd has been directed by a consumer forum in New Delhi to pay Rs 12,999 to one of its customers for selling her a pair of defective shoes and taking over a month to address her grievance.
68,000 rape cases in 2009-11; only 16,000 convicted
Nearly 68,000 rape cases were registered across the country during 2009-11 but only 16,000 rapists were sentenced to prison, presenting a dismal picture of conviction of sexual offenders. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 24,206 rape cases were registered in India in 2011 but only 5,724 people were convicted for the crime.
Similarly, in 2010, 22,172 rape cases were registered while the number of convicted persons for the crime was 5,632.
A total of 21,397 rape cases were registered in 2009 but only 5,316 persons could be convicted.
HC upholds man's life sentence for killing step-daughter
The Delhi High Court has upheld the life sentence awarded to a man for killing his step- daughter seven years ago, saying his motive was "to sexually exploit" the victim.
Accepting the statement of victim's mother and sister that the convict's motive was "to sexually exploit" her, the bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Siddharth Mridul dismissed the appeal of Mehboob Ahmed.
Black cabs of London get a bailout from China
For more than six decades, black cabs have been as much a part of London's street scene as gray rainy days.
Now the troubled maker of a vehicle that is as British as the double-decker bus is getting a lifeline from a Chinese automaker whose last big acquisition was paying $1.3 billion for Volvo in 2010. The Chinese company, the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, said on Friday that it had agreed to pay $17 million for the assets of Manganese Bronze, whose London Taxi Company unit produces the taxis.
“I am delighted that Geely has successfully secured the future of the London Taxi Company, ensuring the continuing manufacture of a world famous, fully accessible and instantly recognizable vehicle synonymous with London,” Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said in a statement.
Coming soon on Facebook: More action and battle games
When nWay began a trial of its dark, sci-fi combat game ChronoBlade’ on Facebook last year, the San Francisco-based startup felt sure it had a hit on its hands.
"First of all, what comes is, 'Wow, I had no idea you could actually do a game of this quality on Facebook’," said Dave Jones, Chief Creative Officer of nWay, who has worked on “Grand Theft Auto.”
Then came some resistance: Jones admits some potential investors and partners questioned how an action-focused game with slick graphics can play to a Facebook audience more accustomed to Farmville’ and other less time-consuming casual games. Others wondered how the game —which launches this spring — would gain significant users and revenue on the social network.
10 billion dollar defence deal to be signed during Hollande's 2-day visit
With an eye on large business deals, French President Francois Hollande is expected to arrive on a two-day visit to India on February 14. This would be his first visit to India since he took charge as president last year.
During his visit, Hollande would visit New Delhi and Mumbai. He plans to call on President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. To boost economic ties between both countries, he would also meet industry leaders.
Hollande would lead a high-powered delegation comprising senior French Cabinet ministers and business leaders from leading French companies. Among the highlights of his visit would be the signing of the $10-billion deal relating to the purchase of 126 French Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) manufactured by Dassault Aviation.