Fees for Kasab's lawyers to be given to families of cops who died in 26/11
The Supreme Court today asked the Maharashtra government to give Rs.14.5 lakh - the fee that condemned Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab's counsel refused to collect - to the kin of security personnel killed in the Mumbai attack.
The money will be distributed in equal proportion among the families of the slain security personnel, who were among the 166 killed Nov 26, 2011 by Pakistani terrorists. Kasab was the lone attacker caught alive.
Senior counsel Raju Ramachandran and Gaurav Agarwal, who assisted Kasab in his appeal against death penalty before the court, had said that they were not inclined to accept the Rs.14.5 lakh fee for their services.
Cabinet to approve pension, insurance bills: Minister
The cabinet will approve amended bills on Thursday that seek to permit 26 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the pension sector and 49 per cent in the insurance sector, a minister told reporters today.
The bills will need parliamentary approval before becoming law.
Currently, India does not allow FDI in the pension sector, while foreign investment in insurance is capped at 26 per cent.
Petrol price may be cut by Rs 1.6 a litre
Petrol price may be cut by about Rs 1.60 per litre later this month as appreciation of rupee against the US dollar has helped state firms make profit on the fuel.
"Yes, there is about Rs 1.60 per litre profit on petrol since October 1. But we want this trend to stabilise before we think of cutting retail prices," a senior executive at one of the three state-owned fuel retailers said.
Petrol price was last revised on July 24 when it was raised by 70 paise to Rs 68.48 per litre in Delhi.
Children addicted to the internet could soon be classed as mentally ill, it has been claimed.
According to the Herald Sun, 'internet-use disorder' will be included in the DSM-IV - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - from May next year, the Daily Mail reported. The diagnosis will include those who are addicted to their smartphones as well as using tablet computers or desktop machines.
Friday afternoon Fox News was carrying a car chase which ended when the suspect shot himself. The suicide was broadcast live on TV.
The new version of India's largest selling car Alto - the Alto 800 - is evoking a lot of interest already. In a unique effort, Maruti Suzuki India has started pre-launch bookings of the car which is slated to hit the market on October 16.
The new car's website marutisuzukialto800.com has already got hits from over 10000 visitors on the first day and is counting.
According to the innovative strategy which is expected to spike consumer interest in the car, prospective buyers can book the car before launch and also without knowing the exact price of the vehicle.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday gave an ultimatum to the beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) that it must give a timeline for paying employees, apart from a “satisfactory and realistic” operational preparedness plan, before it can get permission to fly again. The airline, which declared a partial lockout yesterday, has said it will start flying again from October 5.
The ultimatum came after the airline’s CEO Sanjay Aggarwal and Executive Vice President Hitesh Patel had an hour’s meeting with DGCA chief Arun Mishra in Delhi.
More of the story here.
NYPD is watching Facebook to fight gang bloodshed
Police investigating two gangs called the Very Crispy Gangsters and the Rockstarz didn't need to spend all their time pounding the pavement for leads. Instead, they fired up their computers and followed the trash talk on Facebook.
"Rockstarz up 3-0," one suspect boasted — a reference to the body count from a bloody turf war between the Brooklyn gangs that ultimately resulted in 49 arrests last month.
Authorities in New York say a new generation of gang members is increasingly using social media to boast of their exploits and issue taunts and challenges that result in violence.
More of the story here.
Quake jolts northeastern states
A 5.1-magnitude quake jolted the northeastern states early Wednesday, authorities here said.
The quake occurred at 12.08 a.m. The epicentre was in Assam's Sonitpur district bordering Arunachal Pradesh, the regional seismological centre said.
The tremor was felt in Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
There was no immediate report of damage or casualty.
India's northeastern region is considered the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.
Samsung says iPhone5 infringes eight patents
Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that Apple's newest smartphone iPhone5 infringed eight of its patents, including two standards patents and six features patents.
Samsung added infringement claims about the iPhone 5 to the existing patent lawsuit against Apple at the US District Court of California. The original complaint was filed April 18, alleging earlier iPhone models infringed the same eight patents, Samsung said in an e-mailed statement.
In a separate patent lawsuit at the same court, the US federal court jury found Aug 24 that Samsung infringed on six of Apple's patents, ordering the Galaxy phone maker to pay $1.05 billion in damages to the iPhone maker, reported Xinhua.
Wednesday would see a high-level committee, headed by HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh, submit its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on funding of infrastructure sector, the requirement of which has been estimated to being close to $1 trillion during the 12th Plan period.
Later today, industry leaders will meet finance minister P Chidambaram to impress upon the Centre to pursue with reform measures.
And the issue of refarming of radio waves will also come up for discussion at EGoM later today when it meets to decide on one-time spectrum fee.