Fire in Kolkata again: 700 shanties burnt, 1,500 homeless
Around 700 shanty huts of the poor were destroyed, leaving around 1,500 people homless in a fire that broke out in Maheshtala area's Sholo Bigha slum of South 24 Parganas district Saturday, police said.
There were no reports of any injuries.
The police have, however, detained some people who locals alleged were involved in setting the slum on fire.
Seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot.
Leader of the opposition and Communist Party of India - Marxist politburo member Surjyo Kanta Mishra went to the spot and spoke to the affected people, who alleged that it was a case of arson in which "some Trinamool Congress men" were involved.
However, the Trinamool denied the allegations.
Mishra demanded rehabilitation of the affected people.
Thirteen men were detained and questioned in connection with the attack, which occurred Friday night as the couple camped out in a forest after bicycling from the temple town of Orchha, local police officer R.K. Gurjar said.
The men beat the couple and gang-raped the woman, he said. They also stole the couple's mobile phone, a laptop computer and 10,000 rupees ($185), Gurjar said.
The woman was in a hospital Saturday in the nearby city of Gwalior. She and her husband were fine physically, Gurjar said.
Police detained 13 men and questioned them in connection with the attack, he said. Six of the men were released after questioning. No other details were immediately available.
Indian television stations showed scores of police searching the forest where the attack occurred.
India has seen outrage and widespread protests against rape and attacks on women since December's fatal gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, the capital. The crime horrified Indians and set off nationwide protests about India's treatment of women and spurred the government to hurry through a new package of laws to protect them.
Vivek Pandit, the MLA from Vasai in Thane district, said Tatkare ordered the probe after he raised the issue in Legislative Assembly yesterday.
Construction of the dam was yet to be completed but the contractor has already been paid crores of rupees by the Government. Also, there is not a drop of water in the dam located in the tribal-dominated Jawhar taluka, he said.
The MLA said around 70 tribal families, who had been affected by the irrigation project, had neither been compensated nor rehabilitated.
Pandit said tenders for the project were awarded by the Government even without acquiring land. This was done in clear violation of the existing rules.
Tatkare informed the House that a detailed report had been sought from Executive Director of Kokan Irrigation Development Corporation regarding the alleged irregularities in construction of the dam and action would be initiated after the report was received, he said.
The Minister also agreed to hold a meeting to thrash out the long pending issue of compensation to the project- affected farmers, the Shiv Sena legislator said.
The locals have opposed the dam's construction and set up a Samiti to spearhead their agitation.
In a tragic incident, a 21-year old final year engineering student died of heart attack on the premises of a college in Kinathukadavi on the outskirts of Coimbatore, where he had come for campus interview for employment today.
According to police, Murugesan, native of Sivaganga District, and studying in an Engineering College in Dindigul, had come to attend the interview this morning.
As he complained of chest pain, he was taken to the Government Hospital here, where he was brought dead, police said.3.30 pm:
Sivalakshmi, wife of Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah has been admitted to a private hospital here for a check up, official sources said.
Rosaiah had come to the city last night and admitted his wife in Gem Hospital, Coimbatore, for a general check up, doctors said.3.00 pm:
Gandhi, who was speaking after the foundation stone laying ceremony of Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology here in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said the UPA government had taken various steps for the cause of women and establishing their rights.
"The UPA government has taken several steps for the betterment of women and to make them self dependent. With a fund of around Rs 1,000 crores, we are planning to set up a Women Bank, which will be run by women and help women in their business ventures," said Gandhi, who is also the AICC president.Read more
The body of late president Hugo Chavez was moved Friday from Venezuela's Military Academy to the site of a planned Museum of the Bolivarian Revolution.
Cavalry officers in 19th-century uniforms carried the coffin into the academy's courtyard, where more than 1,000 cadets rendered honours to the one-time paratrooper.
Chavez, 58, died March 5 after a nearly two-year battle with cancer and his state funeral took place last Friday, but authorities decided to keep the glass-covered coffin at the military academy for an extra week to give as many people as possible the chance to pay their final respects.Read more
Twenty devotees were admitted to hospital following suspected food poisoning after they took palm juice and "prasadam" prepared using meat, which was offered during a temple festival in Tirumangalam, police said today.
The devotees started vomiting and showed symptoms of diarrhoea after taking the palm juice and prasadam offered to the deity at Gurunathan temple here last night, police said.
Special poojas were performed last night.
They had been admitted to government hospital.12.00 pm:
Ambani has decided not to seek another term on the company's board of directors at its 2013 annual meeting of stockholders, the Bank of America said in a statement.
He has served on the Bank of America board of directors since March 2011 and became a director prior to the establishment of the Global Advisory Council.11.30 am:
The Gilgit bound passenger bus plunged into Indus river in Kohistan Saturday morning, reported Dawn.
"All those 24 who were killed are Pakistan Army personnel and we have started the rescue operation and called the army to airlift injured and bodies to Rawalpindi," Deputy Commissioner Kohistan Aqal Badshah was quoted as saying.
He said that soldiers were on their way to Gilgit from Rawalpindi.10.40 am:
Forbes magazine ranked the 59-year-old chat show host ahead of Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, journalist Barbara Walters and financial guru Suze Orman, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Forbes said that 48 per cent of people surveyed rated Winfrey as influential, down just one point from last year.
The incident took place yesterday when the girl was at the hospital with her mother, who had been admitted there for delivery, they said.
The accused, identified as Lakhan Yogi (21) took the girl to an adjacent room and raped her there, police said.Read more
Accused Suresh Patta, a former colleague of the woman had made a marriage proposal to her but she fixed her marriage with an another person, police said.Read more