Live: Punjabi cops caught on camera beating a woman

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 04, 2013 14:02 hrs

7.30 pm: 

Punjabi cops caught on camera beating a woman 

NDTV reports that four Punjabi policemen have been caught on camera beating a woman. Some witnesses on the scene recorded the footage. 

The woman claimed that she was trying to report a case of harassment against a truck driver while returning from a wedding. She alleged that the cops took a bribe from the driver and assaulted her instead. 

NDTV spoke to the local police station head, who stated that the cops were actually trying to "stop the fight between the two."

7.15 pm: 

Tata cars to get cheaper 

Tata Motors said it has cut prices of its hatchbacks and sedans by Rs 29000-50000, in a bid to lure customers to a market that is on course in the current fiscal year to post the first decline in annual sales in a decade.

Tata Motors, however, raised prices of its sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) - the only bright spot in the Indian car market in recent months - by up to Rs 11000, the spokeswoman, who declined to be identified by name, said.

The increase in prices of SUVs, after factory-gate taxes, will be as much as Rs 35000, she added.

6.30 pm: 

More cancellations in the Wharton Forum 

Following the cancellation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's keynote address at the Wharton India Economic Forum, it transpires that main sponsor Gautam Adani, chairman of Gujarat-headquartered Adani group, opted out of the event some time ago.

"Mr Adani had conveyed his inability to join Wharton India Economic Forum long back as he has other pressing commitments," a group spokesperson said here today.

"Our participation at the event is just by way of sponsorship," he said.

The prestigious Wharton School yesterday cancelled the keynote address of Gujarat Chief Minister following uproar from a section of university professors and students.

The Forum, an annual India-centric conference, is hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Modi had been invited to deliver the keynote address at the Forum to be held in Philadelphia on March 22-23 via video-conference, and Adani group was the platinum sponsor of the event.

6.00 pm:

Pranab 'emotional' while receiving degree in Dhaka

President Pranab Mukherjee turned out to be an instant hit among the top academicians and students as he struck a emotional chord while receiving an honorary law degree from the prestigious Dhaka University.

On his maiden overseas trip to Dhaka, Mukherjee received a standing ovation by an estimated 10,000 plus audience as he took centre stage to receive an honorary law degree from Dhaka University at a convocation in the campus.

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5.30 pm:

UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav reaches Deoria to meet the family of the slain deputy superintendent of police. His wife has said that her husband will not be buried till the CM meets the family and assures them that the accused in the murder, SP minister Raja Bhaiiya is arrested.

5. 00 pm

Resigned as I didn't want govt's image tarnished, says Raja Bhaiya

Raja Bhaiya tells CNN-IBN that he resigned because he did not want the government's image to be tarnished.

He adds that accused Guddu Singh is known to him and says, "so are 95 per cent of the people in the constituency". He also says that he doesn't have a licensed revolver.

4. 20 pm

Kejriwal to fast starting March 23 against 'inflated' power bills

 Taking on the Delhi government on the issue of hike in power and water tariff ahead of Assembly polls, AAP's Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced an indefinite fast from March 23 and urged residents to launch a civil disobedience movement by not paying electricity bills.

Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal, AAP National Convenor, said that people are troubled by steep hike in their water and power bills but even opposition BJP was not taking up the issue.

He also alleged that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her government were in collusion with the private discoms.

"I will go on an indefinite fast from March 23. I will have just water. This is not a hunger strike to demand some thing. This is a fast meant to awaken people, to help them remove their fears. I urge them not to pay bills."

3. 30 pm

After Modi snub, Sena leader cancels Wharton visit

 Shiv Sena leader Suresh Prabhu on Monday said he has cancelled his visit to Wharton "as a mark of protest" against the cancellation of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's keynote address at the Wharton India Economic Forum.

"It was Wharton which invited him. Modi did not ask that he be invited. And if you are calling off the invite, I think it is not only an insult of the Gujarat chief minister but of the entire country," Prabhu said.

On the reason for cancelling the Wharton visit, Prabhu said, "I have been a regular speaker at colleges and universities all over the world, be it in the US, Japan, Singapore or the Middle East.

"I find this (Wharton snub to Modi) a ridiculous decision. Modi did not ask that he be invited. He is a democratically elected leader, a three-term CM. Modi is not someone who has been hoisted on somebody. He has been elected as representative of people in fairly conducted polls by the Election Commission," he said.

2.40 pm:

Blast near Pranab's hotel in Bangladesh

A blast was reported in front of the hotel in Dhaka where President Pranab Mukherjee is staying on his official visit to Bangladesh, a report on NDTV said.

Nobody was injured. It's not clear yet if the president was in the posh Hotel Sonargaon during the blast.

2.00 pm:

Home Ministry official questioned about spying for Pakistan

An official in the Home Ministry is being questioned about sharing confidential information with Pakistan, NDTV reports.

Sources say the man was in touch with Sumaar Khan, a computer expert who was arrested last month by the Rajasthan Police for allegedly sharing important details with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) about the "Iron First" exercise conducted recently by the Indian Air Force along the border in Pokhran.

Rajasthan Police had said that Khan passed information to Islamabad "related to Indian defence installations and military activities."

1.50 pm:

Irom Sharmila supporters protest outside Delhi court

Demanding revocation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, (AFSPA) over 30 supporters of Manipur's "Iron Lady" Irom Sharmila Chanu gathered outside Patiala House Court Monday morning and raised slogans in support of her campaign. 

The renowned rights activist has been on an indefinite hunger strike since November 2, 2000 in Manipur, demanding the withdrawal of AFSPA from the state after witnessing the killing of 10 people by the army at a bus stop near her home. 

1.14 pm:

Arvind Kejriwal declares indefinite hunger strike from March 23

Media reports state Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal declared he will sit on an indefinite hunger strike from 23 March to protest against the hike in water and power tariffs in the national capital.

The activist turned politician has appealed to the city residents not to pay their water and power bills starting 23 March – the day he said he will begin a civil disobedience movement.

Mr Kejriwal has accused the Delhi government, headed by Sheila Dikshit, of conspiring with power companies to over-charge customers.

1.10 pm:

Expectant couple killed in crash, baby boy delivered 

A pregnant young woman who was feeling ill was headed to the hospital with her husband early Sunday when the car they were riding in was hit, killing them both, but their baby boy was born prematurely and survived, authorities and a relative said.

The driver of a BMW slammed into the car carrying Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, at an intersection in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, said Isaac Abraham, a neighbor of Raizy Glauber's parents who lives two blocks from the scene of the crash.

12.50 pm:

What next in LoC beheading case, asks SC to Centre

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the government on a public interest litigation (PIL) over killing of two Indian soldiers at the LoC by Pakistan army, CNN-IBN reports.

The PIL raised questions over what steps the government was taking to prevent such incidents in future.

The PIL, filed by an NGO, also questioned why the matter should not be referred to the International Court of Justice.

The Centre has four weeks to reply, CNN-IBN reports.

11.50 am

Parliament adjourned on uproar over petrol price hike

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon on uproar over petrol price hike while Rajya Sabha witnessed a10-minute pause on uproar over petrol price hike today.

Petrol price was hiked on Friday by Re 1.40 per litre, which was the second big increase in rates in as many weeks.

A rise in international oil prices and depreciation in rupee necessitated a Re 1.40 per litre increase in price of petrol with effect from midnight, a statement by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said.

The increase in price for consumers in Delhi was by Re 1.68 per litre and the new rate applicable was said to be Rs 70.74 a litre, applicable from Saturday as against Rs 69.06 a litre currently.

The reason for the hike cited by IOC was the international gasoline (petrol) prices having increased from $128.57 per barrel to $131.00 a barrel since the last revision. The fact that the rupee depreciated from Rs 53.43 to Rs 54.15 per US dollar during the period exacerbated matters.

Petrol in Mumbai now costs Rs 77.66 a litre as against Rs 75.89 per litre currently.

11.21 am

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was hospitalized Sunday over an apparent stomach infection that has ailed her for days, a rare instance of ill health sidelining the long-reigning monarch. Elizabeth will have to cancel a visit to Rome and other engagements as she recovers, and outside experts said she may have to be rehydrated intravenously.

11.17 am

China: Xi Jinping to take over as the President

China's new advisory legislative body began its annual session on Sunday commencing the once-in-a-decade power transfer to a new leadership headed by Xi Jinping from the outgoing government led by Hu Jintao.

11.09 am

Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana's domestic help commits suicide

Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana's domestic help has committed suicide. 26-year-old Shivprasad's body was found from the actor's apartment in Mumbai's Goregaon last night, NDTV reports.

Police claim Shivprasad committed suicide three days ago. They say there was nobody at home when the domestic help killed himself.

11.00 am

One arrested in connection with Hyderabad blasts

A man has been arrested here in connection with the February 21 Hyderabad blasts, police said today.

"A man identified as Manzar Imam has been arrested," Superintendent of Police Vipul Shukla told PTI.

10.45 am

Raja Bhaiya resigns as UP minister over cop's murder

UP minister Raja Bhaiya has resigned as a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government over alleged links to a policeman's murder. A case against him of criminal conspiracy has been registered along with four men, all allegedly his associates.

10.35 am:

J&K Assembly to debate on Afzal Guru today

Under severe pressure from various political parties, including the ruling National Conference, opposition PDP and the CPI (M), and the continuous disruption of the House, the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly will on Monday hold a discussion over the execution of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru and its possible repercussions, Zeenews reports.

10.30 am:

Hyderabad blasts: Interrogation of IM operatives continues for third day

The custodial interrogation of two suspected IM operatives continued for the third day on Sunday in connection with the February 21 twin blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad that left 16 people dead, NIA officials said. 

10. 15 am

Miracle escape of woman goes viral

A woman narrowly escaped death after a speeding lorry crushed her bike on Friday in Nagpur, Maharashtra, CCTV footage has revealed.

The lorry dragged her bike for several metres after crushing it on an arterial road.

The woman, however, got on her feet and chased the truck, which kept her bike dragging forward.

Indian roads often witness terrible truck-related accidents.

9.35 am:

11 children killed in tragic accident on the outskirts of Jalandhar when their school bus collided with a tanker.

9.15 am:

Bangladesh National Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia cancelled her meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee scheduled for Monday citing security concerns.

9.02 am:

School bus collides with tanker in Jalandhar. Casualties feared. More reports awaited.

8.53 am:

Sketch of suspect made in MCD school rape case

Investigators have prepared a sketch of the suspect in connection with the rape of a seven-year-old girl in a municipal school last Thursday, police sources said.

Police, who have questioned over a dozen people on Sunday, are also trying to ascertain who all entered the school in Mongolpuri on the day of the incident after lunch hours, they said.

"The victim had told police that the offender was not a person whom she knows," a senior police official said.

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8.47 am:

UP minister 'Raja Bhaiya' booked

Controversial Uttar Pradesh Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya was on Sunday booked for an alleged conspiracy to kill Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haque in the state's Pratapgarh district, report said.

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8.40 pm:

Turkmenistan to gift women $14 on Women's Day

Women in the former Soviet state of Turkmenistan will receive 40 manats (around $14) as a gift from the state ahead of the International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8.

According to a decree signed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, all women regardless of their age and occupation will get the bonus, website reported.

8.20 am:

The Kerala High Court will hear the bail pleas of 17 accused in the Suryanelli gangrape case on Monday. A day after a local court rejected the survivor's plea for a re-investigation into the alleged involvement of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, CNN-IBN reports.

8.00 am:

Modi's keynote address at Wharton cancelled

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's keynote address at the India Economic Forum in Philadelphia later this month has been cancelled by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a top US business school. The organisers said that while they stood by the decision to invite Mr Modi, adverse reactions from multiple stakeholders had prompted the decision, NDTV reports.

"Our team felt that the potential polarising reactions from sub-segments of the alumni base, student body and our supporters might put Mr Modi in a compromising position, which we would like to avoid at all cost...We do not endorse any political views and do not support any specific ideology. Our goal as a team is only to stimulate valuable dialogue on India's growth story," the Forum said in a statement on Sunday.

7.30 am: 

Team India hopes to shut out Australia on day three

The ongoing test in Hyderabad seems all set to be either a complete walkover for India or a nail-biting thriller if Australia stages a great comeback. With nine wickets in hand and two centuries already under the belt, India however might prove difficult to unseat. 

The team is hoping to set a huge total for Australia to chase, and may bat out the entire third and most of the fourth day if possible effectively shutting out any hope for the Aussies.

While Clarke's hope to unnerve India through his sudden declaration during day one does not seem to have materialized, lets see if his bowlers have a better answer on the third day.

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