Live: BJP Minister withdraws 'Laxman Rekha' warning to women

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 13:46 hrs

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BJP Minister withdraws  'Laxman Rekha' warning to women

Madhya Pradesh Industries Minister and BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has withdrawn his misogynistic "Laxman Rekha" warning to women.

Vijayvargiya had said:"One has to abide by certain moral limits. If you cross this limit, you will be punished, just like Sita was abducted by Ravana.

But with the BJP central leadership rejecting his opinion, Vijayvargiya had to withdraw the comment.

Vijayvargiya said that he had not intended to cause offense.

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Harassed teen critical after suicide attempt

An 18-year-old girl was battling for life in a hospital in Jaipur after she set herself on fire unable to withstand the harassment of a neighbour who insisted on marrying her, police said on Friday.

The unnamed victim suffered 90 per cent burns after pouring kerosene on herself and lighting a match to her clothes in Ramnagar in Alwar, some 150 km from Jaipur, Thursday afternoon.

As her condition was described as serious, doctors shifted her Friday to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur.

A police officer said the girl's statement had been recorded. The young man accused of harassing her, Rajesh Kumar Jogi, has been arrested.

"She confirmed the allegations of her family that she was being harassed by Rajesh," the officer said.

"Rajesh had threatened to kill her father and brothers if she did not agree to marry him. She was depressed over this," he said.

The officer said Jogi used to stalk the girl and constantly telephoned her. "Her condition is very critical," said the officer.

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Delhi rape victim's brother regrets juvenile's name being left out of chargesheet

Brother of the Delhi gang-rape victim on Friday regretted that the name of one accused was left out in the charge sheet filed on the grounds that he was a minor, saying his crime cannot be taken as any lesser merely on the basis of his age.

"The person who has been left out is just four months from being a major and is well aware of what is right and wrong and he needs to be treated as a major," the victim's brother told reporters here at his native Medawar Kala village here.

He demanded that Delhi police do the needful and include his name in the charge sheet or else the family would be forced to explore legal recourse.

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Former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad has cancelled his tour of India.

Earlier, the Indian government had defended its decision to issue a visa to Miandad, saying he is not on India's "negative list".

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Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head for campaigning for girls' education, has been released from the hospital in Birmingham, England. However, reports indicated that she will be re-admitted in a few weeks for a skull surgery.

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Haryana to splash web with rapists' details

Haryana police has begun the process of putting the names of convicted rapists on an official website as also on various social networking sites, including Facebook.

The names of those convicted in cases related to crime against women, including rape, molestation and dowry deaths, will be put up on the official website of the Haryana Police Crime Record Bureau (SCRB). The process would be completed by January 10.

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2.35 pm:

Woman constable suspended for hurling shoe at senior

A woman constable, who allegedly hurled a shoe at a senior police officer, who had allegedly sent her lewd messages on her cellphone, has been suspended, officials said.

The woman constable threw the shoe at Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Naresh Meghrajani last night while alleging that he had sent her lewd messages on her cellphone.

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Infosys denies plan to lay off 5,000 workers

Infosys denies reports of laying-off employees, according to Bloomberg. The company added that they actively manage under performance.

Earlier in the day, there were reports that Infosys was looking at laying off upto 5,000 employees in a bid to cut costs.

1.15 pm:

Can't direct suspension of 'criminal' MPs, MLAs: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a plea for disqualification of MPs and MLAs charge sheeted for crime against women but agreed to go into issues of fast track trial of rape cases and implementation of laws for safety of women.

The apex court, which was hearing two PILs filed after the December 16 gangrape incident, said it can only give notice to the government on limited issues as some of the prayers made in the petitions were beyond its jurisdiction.

"The issue of disqualification of MPs and MLAs is not in our jurisdiction," a bench comprising justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said.

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12.20 pm:

Alagiri livid over Stalin succession hints

Union minister M K Alagiri reacted angrily at the Chennai airport when reporters sought his reaction to his father hinting that party treasurer M K Stalin would shoulder the party's responsibility after the DMK patriach's time.

Media reports quoted him as saracastically remarking, "The DMK is not a Mutt. Ask this question to Karunanidhi."

He was apparently referring to Stalin's remark in an interview in a Tamil journal, where he says "The DMK is not a Sankara Mutt (of Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, where a successor is chosen by the senior pontiff)." Stalin was responding to a question on who next after Karunanidhi.

12.00 pm:

Girl jumps out of auto to escape from molesters

A teenaged girl jumped out of a moving autorickshaw to save herself from the clutches of three men, who allegedly tried to molest and kidnap her in Mumbra township of neighbouring Thane district, police said on Friday.

The 17-year-old girl boarded an autorickshaw on a shared basis along with two men in Mumbra on Thursday morning.

However, when she realised that the autorickshaw driver was taking the vehicle on a different route, she raised an alarm, police sub-inspector Chihvad Shetty said.

However, the girl managed to jump out from the moving vehicle to save herself and later went to Mumbra police station and filed a complaint against three unidentified persons, including the autorickshaw driver.

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'Rapes happen only in cities not rural India'

And the controversies keep coming. This time RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat remarked that rapes happen only in cities and not in rural India.

According to a report on IBN live, Bhagwat was quoted as saying, "Such crimes hardly take place in Bharat, but they frequently occur in India." The RSS chief was apparently referring to the 'westernization' of Indian cities, which according to him, seems to be the reason behind the increasing number of rape cases.

10.40 am:

Infosys to lay off 5,000 workers

Infosys is planning to lay off up to 5,000 employees as the software services provider looks to cut costs and boost sales, The Economic Times reported on Friday.

The report came as Infosys Ltd executive co-chairman S Gopalakrishnan was quoted by other media reports as saying 2013 will be better than last year for India's IT industry.

Gopalakrishnan was quoted as saying brighter prospects for the United States and China would help the IT sector, as he addressed an event for the Infosys Science Foundation on Thursday.

Infosys was not immediately available to comment on the reports.

10.20 am:

North India shivers, temperature dips to 2.7 degrees in Delhi

Cold wave and dense fog disrupted normal life across India with plummeting temperatures and low visibility, forcing the people to stay within the confines of their houses.

Friday proved to be the coldest January morning for Delhi in last five years as mercury dropped to 2.7 degrees Celsius, 4 degrees below normal.

The maximum temperature on Thursday also rose to 12.7 degree Celsius, which is eight degrees below normal and the minimum was recorded at 4.4 degree Celsius that is three degrees below normal.

The Delhi Government has ordered all schools under it to remain closed until January 12.

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9.00 am:

Italian Marines return to Kochi

After celebrating Christmas with their families, the two Italian Marines, facing murder charges in Kerala, arrived here by special charter plane this morning, officials said.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who were allowed to go home for two weeks by the High Court, came by a special flight for Kochi at 7.50 AM, airport sources said.

They will soon leave for Kollam court to surrender their passports.

The marines were arrested on February 19 last year for shooting to death two Indian fishermen -- Ajesh Binki (25) and Jelestine (45) from onboard merchant vessel 'Enrica Lexie' off Alapuzha coast, 'mistaking' them for Somali pirates.

Stringent conditions had been laid down by the court, which had asked them to return by January 10. The Kollam sessions court had asked them to be present for the trial on January 15.

The Italians had also executed Rs six crore bank guarantee as directed by the Kerala High Court for allowing them to leave for two weeks.

Kerala Government had opposed the marines plea in the High Court by saying it was a ruse to "smuggle them out" and would "torpedo" the ongoing trial.

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More than 114 die in historic cold wave in UP

More than 100 people have died of exposure as northern India deals with historically cold temperatures.

Police spokesman Surendra Srivastava said Thursday that at least 114 people have died from the recent cold in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Many were poor people whose bodies were found on sidewalks or in parks.

The weather department said temperatures were 4 to 10 degrees Celsius (7 to 18 degrees Fahrenheit) below normal in the state.

Temperatures in New Delhi, which borders Uttar Pradesh, hit a high Wednesday of 9.8 degrees (49.6 Fahrenheit), the lowest maximum temperature in the capital since 1969.

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Indian-origin hedge fund manager pleads not guilty in insider trading case

Indian-origin hedge fund portfolio manager Mathew Martoma pleaded not guilty today to criminal charges after he was indicted last month in one of the "most lucrative" insider trading schemes ever involving USD 276 million.

Martoma, 38, was arrested in December on charges of using material, non-public information he received from a doctor on the clinical trial of an Alzheimer's disease drug to make profits and avoid losses for his hedge fund in an amount totaling USD 276 million.

"I plead not guilty, Your Honor," Martoma said at a brief arraignment hearing in Manhattan federal court.

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An agricultural product trader, from whose home in Tamil Nadu's Tirupur officials had seized $5 billion worth of US treasury bonds, said he may not appear before the Income Tax (IT) officials in Chennai today as he is ill.

"I have been asked to appear before the IT officials in Chennai tomorrow (Friday). But I am running high fever and I may not be able to travel. I don't know what the next course of action would be," T.M. Ramalingam said from Tirupur.

On Dec 31, IT officials raided Ramalingam's residence and office and seized $5 billion worth of US treasury bonds.

"The matter is still under investigation and hence I will not comment on the bond matter. The bonds were acquired legally," Ramalingam said.

According to him, the IT officials might have raided him based on his application to set up a petroleum refinery in Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu or his recent purchase of a new car.

The IT officials have sealed his bank locker and also a table drawer at his residence.

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