4. 35 pm The chief minister, who arrived at the victim's native Medawar Kala village here, spent about half an hour with the family speaking to male members outside the house and later went inside to meet her mother and express his condolences. The chief minister also presented a cheque of Rs 20 lakhs to the parents of the girl.
Delhi gang-rape victim wrote names of rapists
Even through the trauma of a brutal gang-rape and murderous assault, the Delhi rape victim remembered the names of her rapists. As she lay in great agony in hospital, unable to speak, the 23-year-old correctly wrote down the names of four of the assaulters — Ram Singh, Mukesh, Vinay and Akshay.
She had heard the names during the assault. She scribbled these in presence of the magistrate while her statement was being recorded under section 164 of CrPC. Other words she wrote on the paper were 'rod se, lohe/wood' and 'kuch logon ko dekha, sources said.
The Election Commission has announced the poll schedule for the Assembly Elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland. Nagaland and Meghalaya will go to polls on the February 23rd and Tripura on February 14th. Counting of votes will be held on February 28th.
Akhilesh Yadav meets Delhi rape victim's family
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday met the family of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim here and promised them all possible help from the state government.
India told to adhere to 2003 LoC ceasefire
Indian envoy Sharat Sabharwal was summoned by Pakistan to lodge a protest over "unprovoked Indian firing" on the Jammu and Kashmir border, Radio Pakistan reported.
Sabharwal was told that New Delhi should adhere to the 2003 ceasefire in place along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between the two countries, the state-run radio said.
Pakistan summons Indian envoy over second killing
Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador to Islamabad on Friday to protest against the death of another Pakistani soldier in what it said was a second cross-border attack from Indian troops in Kashmir.
Pakistan said the soldier was killed on Thursday. It was the third deadly incident and fourth death reported in five days.
Girls should not dance at weddings, use mobiles: panchayat
A panchayat in Udaipur district has asked families of the minority community not to allow girls to carry cellphones and prohibit them from dancing at wedding processions in public view.
Anjuman Muslim Panchayat in Salumbur town, 70 kms from Udaipur, issued the diktat at a meeting held a few days ago after cases of intercaste love marriages were reported.
"We have asked the community families to not allow their girls to carry mobile phones outside homes. They can use it in front of their parents but not in schools or colleges so that they do not get involved with boys," Habiburrehman, Secretary of the community panchayat, said on Friday.
Sony told not to air rape episode
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has advised entertainment channel Sony TV to refrain from telecasting the Jan 11 episode of its "Crime Patrol-Dastak" featuring the Delhi bus gangrape and brutalization.
The channel had widely beamed its promos of the episode on Delhi gangrape and the entire incident would have been reconstructed in the episode.
The Ministry has issued an advisory for Sony as well as other channels on telecast of the incident with dramatization owing to the sensitivity of the incident.
"There is no safety in Delhi," says Supreme Court.
'We are more concerned about providing a safe environment for women to live with dignity', the apex court said.
Cross-fire, a cause of serious concern: Antony
During a press conference in Delhi, Defence Minister AK Antony said that the ceasefire violations are a cause of serious concern. However, he said there were enough troops in Jammu and Kashmir. He added that the border was being closely monitored.
Anil Ambani compares Modi to Gandhi
Anil Ambani refers to the Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi, lord among lords, a leader of men and compares him with Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and his own father, Dhirubhai Ambani at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Ahmedabad.
His brother, Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, asaid "We have a leader with a grand vision in Narendrabhai. We began from Gujarat and we come back here again and again to invest. I announce a Rs 500-crore university that will be set up in collaboration with the Gujarat government. "
Teach Pakistan a lesson: Anna
With India expressing outrage over the beheading of a soldier and killing of another along the Kashmir border by Pakistan, social activist Anna Hazare, who once fought a war against the difficult neighbour, said India should teach Pakistan a lesson.
Anna Hazare on a Facebook post on his India Against Corruption account has demanded that India should "teach Pakistan a lesson" like it did in 1965 for the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir.
"What they have done is simply unacceptable. How can they mutilate and take away the head of our soldier? This cannot be tolerated by any person," Hazare told reporters.
Infosys Q3 profit beats market expectations, shares jump
Infosys Ltd, India's second-largest software services provider, posted a flat third-quarter net profit, beating analyst expectations, despite spending cuts by major clients in the United States, the firm's No.1 market.
Infosys, whose customers include Bank of America Corp and BT Group Plc , said profit for the three months ended December 31 was 23.69 billion rupees compared with 23.7 billion rupees a year earlier. That compares with the average estimate of 21 billion rupees in a poll of 16 analysts, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Infosys said revenue rose 12 percent in October-December to 104.24 billion rupees from 93 billion a year earlier. That compares with analyst estimates of 96.8 billion rupees.
UN chief condemns Pakistan bombings
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned what he described as "terrorist violence" in Pakistan, reaffirming the world body's support for the country in countering terrorism.
"The secretary-general is deeply concerned about ongoing terrorist violence in Pakistan," Xinhua quoted Ban's spokesperson as saying in a statement.
"He strongly condemns the multiple attacks today in Quetta and the Swat Valley."
US troops could help secure Syrian weapons
The U.S. has largely ruled out sending in ground troops to secure Syrian chemical weapons under hostile circumstances, but the Pentagon could provide some forces if the Assad regime ever agrees to a peaceful transition, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.
Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Panetta says his biggest concern is how the U.S. and allies would secure the chemical and biological weapons sites scattered across Syria and ensure the components don't end up in the wrong hands if the regime falls, particularly under violent conditions. He said the U.S. is preparing no options for having U.S. ground troops in that country if the regime falls while under attack.
But, he added, "you always have to keep the possibility that, if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved, that they might ask for assistance in that situation."
About 40,000 expected for Obama's inaugural balls
Inaugural revelers hoping to get close to President Barack Obama at a ball are going to have a lot of competition, with around 40,000 expected to pack the pair of parties.
While Obama has cut the number of inauguration night balls lower than any president since Dwight Eisenhower was first sworn into office in 1953, the two celebrations the night of Jan. 21 will be elaborate. The Inaugural Ball is expected to draw more than 35,000.
That's a lot of elbows around the cheese plate. And to think how that increases the chances of someone else wearing the same dress.
Take revenge on Pakistan: Uddhav Thackeray
In the wake of the recent killings of two Indian Army jawans by the Pakistani soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said India should take revenge on Pakistan.
"Send the Indian military inside Pakistan and take revenge for the incident," Thackeray said in a statement in party mouthpiece Saamana on Thursday.
"Only then will it be a tribute to the martyrdom of the soldiers," he said.
India takes on England today
India begins a new round of cricket today with a match against England. The English are confident, understandable considering the performance of the Indians recently.
The team is mostly intact, with only Sehwag 'rested'. However this will be another chance for Dhoni and his boys in blue to prove something. However if they don’t will the BCCI actually crack the whip?
Pakistan says soldier killed amid worsening Kashmir violence
Indian troops killed a Pakistani soldier on Thursday in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Pakistani army said, extending the worst outbreak of violence in the area since the nuclear-armed neighbours agreed a ceasefire nearly a decade ago.
In the third fatal attack in five days, the Pakistani was killed by "unprovoked" Indian fire while manning a post in the Battal sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two sides by a heavily fortified border known as the Line of Control (LoC), the army spokesman said.
A Pakistani soldier was killed Sunday, and two Indian soldiers were killed and mutilated on Tuesday, their respective armies said. The two sides have lodged diplomatic protests.
The chief minister, who arrived at the victim's native Medawar Kala village here, spent about half an hour with the family speaking to male members outside the house and later went inside to meet her mother and express his condolences.
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