Live: Mayawati defends Bansal in bribery scam

Last Updated: Mon, May 06, 2013 12:23 hrs

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Minor girl raped during armed attack on Meghalaya village

 A minor girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified armed man in Boldamgre village in Meghalaya's Garo Hills district, police said today.

A group of over 15 people armed with daggers, machetes and other weapons from Assam's Hat-Singimari area raided the village, located about 12 km from Garobadha town near here, and went from house to house attacking its inhabitants yesterday, they said.

The girl, who ran for cover, was raped by one of the attackers, police said, adding that she is currently being treated at the Tura Civil Hospital and her condition is stated to be stable.

The armed men looted Rs 7,000 and a double barrel gun from the villagers.

Police said that they were closely coordinating with their counterparts in Assam to nab the accused.

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Mayawati defends Bansal in bribery scam

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Monday defended Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal saying it would "not be appropriate" to sack him unless his guilt is proved.

"Unless an investigation report (proves his guilt), it will be unfair to seek Bansal's resignation," Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament House.

"The issue is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and it should not prolong its probe in the case and show its report to the nation as soon as possible," she said.

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The BJP has attacked the government on the coalgate scam. "Why were there no minutes of the meeting for the meeting between the CBI - law minister," asked the BJP.

The leader of the opposition on the lower house, Sushma Swaraj, has demanded the resignation of ministers who are guilty of corruption.

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India should not trust 'betraying' China, says Mulayam

India should not trust China as it is a "betraying country" and can "attack India", Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said here today.

"I appeal to the Government and the Prime Minister that they should not trust China... The Chinese troops have seen the way and what difficulties they would face in coming in. China will not stop and attack India as it is a betraying country," he said.

The SP supremo has been very vocal on the Chinese incursion issue and had recently termed Beijing as India's biggest enemy.

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The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till Tuesday. The Food security bill was tabled in the lower house amidst chaos. A voice vote has not taken place.

The term of the JPC on the 2G scam has been extended till the end of the monsoon session.

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India, China agree to status quo in Ladakh: MEA

India and China have agreed to restore status quo, as it was prior to April 15, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and flag meetings have been held to confirm the arrangements, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said Monday.

"The governments of India and China have agreed to restore status quo ante along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of the India-China boundary as it existed prior to April 15, 2013," MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

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Govt. plays safe on CBI affidavit in Supreme Court on coal scam

 Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Monday avoided commenting on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on the coal scam, saying if at all the UPA Government has anything to say, it would articulate its position through its law officers in the appropriate court.

"I do not know what the CBI has filed. And, as someone who has been trained as a lawyer and practiced as a lawyer, I do not comment on matters, which are sub-judice in court without perusing them personally," Tewari told mediapersons outside Parliament here.

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Chiranjeevi's son Ram Charan gets involved in a roadside brawl

Telugu actor Ram Charan on Sunday allegedly got manhandled by two people for not making way for him at a traffic signal here. A case has been registered against the actor at the Banjara Hills police station.

"Ram Charan was returning after shopping from Banjara Hills when the incident took place near Taj Krishna traffic signal. When a Maruti Alto car driven by Phanish, who was accompanied by Kalyan, didn't make way for Ram to take a free left, the actor lost his temper," Circle Inspector Murali of Banjara Hills police station told reporters.

"After yelling at Phanish and Kalyan, Ram made his way through the traffic and parked his car in front of their car. He then called for his entourage and six men arrived on the scene to beat up Kalyan and Phanish," he added.

Police have taken the statement of the victims.

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'Sarabjit's death will cause setback to efforts to build ties with Pak'

Nursing the "hurt" caused by the death of Sarabjit Singh, India says the incident will cause a "setback" to the efforts to build relations with Pakistan and that there will be a "pause" in the engagement with it.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said India will have to have a "calibrated" approach towards Pakistan and work to ensure that its mindset vis-a-vis this country changes for the better.

In an interview, he said the incident involving 49-year-old Sarabjit, who was brutally assaulted in a Pakistani jail, had agitated common people of India and it will take time to overcome.

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CBI director files 9-page affidavit in apex court on coal scam

CBI director today filed a 9-page affidavit in the Supreme Court on coal scam.

According to the affidavit, former Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval and Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati were present at the meeting with the Law Minister.

Changes in the status report were made on the suggestions given by Attorney General and PMO official, it says.

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CBI to file response on Jagan's bail plea

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to file its response before the Supreme Court on YSR Congress president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's bail plea in connection to a disproportionate assets case on Monday.

The Supreme Court on Apr 29 issued a notice to the CBI and sought its response on Jagan's bail petition.
The SC directed the CBI to file its response in the apex court by May 6.

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Italian woman minister quits after gay remarks

A woman junior equal opportunities minister in Italy has resigned after allegedly saying that gay people invited discrimination by "ghettoising" themselves, BBC reported.

Michaela Biancofiore was defending herself against accusations of homophobia made by human rights groups. But she invoked more wrath with her comments to Italian media.

Prime Minister Enrico Letta, also the Democratic Party deputy leader, has warned his ministers to work together and maintain "sobriety" when talking to the media.

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The Samajwadi Party has demanded the resignation of Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, reports NDTV.

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5 women die in limo fire in US

A coroner investigating the deaths of five women killed in a limousine fire as they were heading to a bachelorette party says their badly-burned bodies were found near the partition that separates the driver from the passengers.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault says that suggests the women tried to use the window opening to escape the fast-moving fire that began in the back of the limo.

Four other women got out of the limousine after the driver stopped on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Saturday night. Foucrault said passersby helped three women get out of a rear door, and a fourth woman managed to squeeze through the partition.

The driver was not injured.

Foucrault said the women were heading to a hotel to celebrate the recent wedding of a woman who died in the fire.

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Uncle arranging Boston bomb suspect's burial rites

The uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived in Massachusetts on Sunday to arrange for his burial, saying he understands that "no one wants to associate their names with such evil events."

Ruslan Tsarni, of Montgomery Village, Md., and three of his friends met with the Worcester funeral home director and prepared to wash and shroud Tsarnaev's body according to Muslim tradition. The 26-year-old died after a gun battle with police on April 19.

Funeral director Peter Stefan said he hasn't been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to take the body. He said he plans to ask the city of Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived, to provide a burial plot, and if Cambridge turns him down, he will seek help from state officials.

Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy said in a statement Sunday there has been no formal application for a burial permit or purchase of a cemetery plot. He said he is urging Tsarnaev's family and the funeral director who has the body not to request a burial permit for the city-owned Cambridge Cemetery.

Healy says it would not be in the best interest of the city to execute a deed for a plot at Cambridge Cemetery.

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British MP denies rape allegations

Nigel Evans, deputy speaker of the House of Commons, has denied as "completely false" allegations against him, after he was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, BBC reported.

The 55-year-old Tory MP for Ribble Valley in Lancashire has been questioned about alleged attacks on two men.

In a statement to journalists, Evans expressed his "sense of incredulity at these events".

His solicitor said he did not intend to quit as deputy speaker or as an MP.

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Boston bombings: Pro-Tsarnaev posters come up in Chechnya

 Posters expressing support for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second man charged with last month's bombings at the Boston Marathon, have been put up on walls in Chechnya's capital Grozny, BBC reported.

It was not clear who is behind the posters declaring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "not guilty".

They show pictures of Tsarnaev and his mother Zubeidat, and include an appeal for online donations.

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Syria deploys missile defence batteries towards Israel

Syria has deployed missile defence batteries towards Israel in response to an alleged Israeli attack that targeted a Syrian army facility in the capital Damascus Sunday, a media report said.

The pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV cited security sources as saying that Syria will also provide the Lebanese Hezbollah with "new qualitative weaponry".

A statement issued after an emergency cabinet meeting Sunday said that Israel's attack "opens the door widely before all eventualities", Xinhua reported.

"Syria will not accept its sovereignty to be infringed upon either at home or abroad," the statement said.

It warned that those who mess with the sovereignty of Syria must carefully study their options and shoulder the responsibility.

Sunday's air attack was the second Israeli one targeting the same military scientific research centre in the area of Jamraya, northwest of Damascus after one in January.

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