Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to ensure that there is sense of security in Delhi and all steps are taken to see that there is no recurrence of incidents of rape. Shinde briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the gang-rape issue and the ensuing protests which turned violent today.
Italian Marines: Flown out, never to return?
In the wee hours of Saturday, the two Italian marines charged with shooting dead two Indian fishermen flew out of Kochi airport in a chartered flight from Italy. The question most often asked here now is: Will they return, as promised, by Jan 10, 2013?
The two Italians were charged with killing fishermen Ajesh Binki and Gelastine Feb 15, allegedly taking them for pirates.
The marines were out on bail, staying in a Kochi hotel.
Meanwhile Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is set to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the rape protests.
The protests have turned violent again at Raisina Hill. The crowds surged towards the barricade and the police resorted to tear gas and lathicharge.
The police are trying to keep the protesters away from the Rashtrapathi Bhawan.
Reports indicate that 13 rape protesters were injured when the protests took a violent turn today. They have been sent to various hospitals across Delhi. The protestors have suffered head injuries and fractures.
BJP accuses govt of taking Delhi rape case casually
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday lashed out at the Congress-led UPA Government for using water canons and baton charging women and youth protesting over the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl, saying this act would add more fuel to the fire.
BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it is a spontaneous reaction of the people, and not a programme organised by any political party or organisation.
"This protest is against the failure of the Delhi Government and outrage over the brutal crime. And if you use tear shells and water canons and baton charge these youngsters, then I think it will only add fuel to fire. The government is treating the entire issue very casually," said Naqvi.
Direct Cash Transfer system a 'pure magic', says Chidambaram
Describing the proposed Direct Cash Transfer scheme a 'pure magic' that brings a big responsibility on banks for its implementation, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today asked bankers to work with the government to make the scheme a success.
"Through this unique benefit transfer scheme, money when it is released, will instantaneously be credited in the bank account of the beneficiary, leaving no scope for corruption and pilferage. That is why I describe it a pure magic," Chidambaram told a function here.
"We will roll out the scheme from January 1st in some districts with some schemes but by the end of the year, we hope to cover all the districts and all the schemes," he said.
The victim of the gangrape is responding well to treatment according to the doctors treating her. She has been given sips of water and apple juice. She is stable but remains on ventilator. The doctors have also said that she is optimistic and seems psychologically stable.
The 23 year old student who was brutally gangraped on December 16th has recorded her statement before a Sub-Divisional Magistrate. Her statement is admissible in the court.
While angry protesters are trying to make their point at the India Gate and Raisina Hill, the government has appealed for calm. While speaking to CNN IBN, RPN Singh the Minister for State, Home Affairs has said that the government is open for dialogue but it has to done in an orderly manner.
'We can't have protesters running into government buildings. We will recommend the harshest punishment possible for rapists,' said the minister.
Water cannons and tear gas are being used by the Delhi police at protesters who have gathered at Raisina Hill to protest the gangrape of a 23 year old girl. Huge crowds had gathered at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan and the India Gate to demand justice for the victim.
Reports indicate that the protesters tried to break through the barricades.
Protesters started raising slogans against the Delhi police and reports indicate that the police have resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowds.
Three year old girl raped in play-school in Delhi
A three-year-old girl was raped in a play-school in West Delhi, prompting the Delhi government on Friday to ask the police to take stringent action against its principal.
The child was allegedly raped by the husband of the owner of the school on Monday in west Delhi's Sagarpur area, and the incident came to light two days later, police said.
After the incident, the victim got ill and her family members admitted her in a hospital where doctors informed them that she has been raped.
Woman drugged, gangraped in Delhi
In yet another case of rape in the capital, a 40-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped on Friday in Welcome area of the capital by three persons, police said.
The incident took place at the rented accommodation of the mother of four.
One of the accused, Gaffar, 46, has been arrested while two others are missing, police said.
Police has identified one of the two accused as Aalam, also 46.
The victim was living in a rented accommodation for around a fortnight, while her family was living in New Usmanpur area.
According to police, the accused entered into her house and forced her to consume a spiked drink and later took turns to rape her.
Protesters have gathered at the India Gate to express their outrage over the gangrape of a 23 year old medical student in Delhi. The student was raped 6 days ago in a moving bus.
4 UN peacekeepers killed in Darfur shooting
A peacekeeper serving with the joint U.N.-African Union force in Darfur opened fire on fellow peacekeepers, killing four and injuring one, the United Nations said Friday.
Kieran Dwyer, spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force, said the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, is investigating the shooting.
He said there were no further details of the so-called "blue-on-blue" incident that took place Thursday at a peacekeeping site in Mukjar in West Darfur. It was unclear whether the peacekeeper who opened fire was alive, dead or injured.
More than 300,000 people have been killed in the Darfur conflict since rebels took up arms against the Sudanese government nearly 10 years ago, accusing it of discrimination and neglect. Violence has tapered off, but clashes continue.
UNAMID was established in July 2007 and given a key mandate of protecting civilians in Darfur, but it also contributes to security for those providing humanitarian aid, verifying agreements, political reconciliation efforts and promoting human rights. It currently has about 16,500 troops and military observers and over 5,000 international police.
Today marks the 125th birth anniversary of one of India's best known mathematicians, Srinivasa Ramanujan. Google has marked the event in its customary fashion with a doodle.
A gifted mathematician, Ramanujan was born in Erode, Tamil Nadu.
Ramanujan was born in a poor family but his natural mathematical abilities ensured that he would one day become a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced 2012 to be the National Mathematical Year to celebrate Ramanujan's birthday.
Special aircraft leaves with Italian Marines
The two Italian Marines currently on bail here after being charged with the killing of two Indian fishermen, and who were allowed to fly back to their country to celebrate Christmas, left here in the early hours of Saturday.
Even though the Marines had reached the Kochi international airport Friday evening, a fresh letter had to come from their embassy in New Delhi and hence their travel was delayed.
They were supposed to fly back Friday evening but the letter came only past midnight.
Good morning! (The world did not end, but at least the weekend is here!)
All six accused in the Delhi gang rape case are in jail and the victim has been taken off the ventilator. However to the credit of Delhi and people in cities across the nation, protests are still ongoing.
It is a common feeling that every one moves on after a while and then things go back to normal. Today is the fifth day and protests are still going strong, Which is a good thing. Every time the protests get stronger and stronger, so hopefully it will change things in time.
We can look forward to some more revelations on the case. And hopefully end the day with the victim getting better.
In other news, the second and final T20 match between India and England is set for today. Hopefully they can make it a clean sweep and win the second match as well.