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Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 10:55 hrs

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Fire engulfs Indian Oil plant in Surat, no causalities reported

A major fire broke out at a plant of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in Surat on Saturday.

No causalities are reported and no one was injured in the fire.

Talking to reporters, Assistant Commissioner of Police, A. R. Munshi said that the situation was brought under control as fire tenders rushed to site to douse the raging inferno.

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Court takes cognisance of charge sheet in gang-rape case

A Delhi court today took cognisance of the charge sheet filed by police in the case of December 16 gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student who died in a Singapore hospital 13 days later.

Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Aggarwal took cognisance of the charge-sheet saying a case of various offences including those of murder and gangrape are made out against the accused.

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Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni doubtful for third ODI against Pakistan because of sore back.

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A major earthquake measuring 7.7 shook an area in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the US state of Alaska early Saturday, US government researchers said.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 0858 GMT, was located 102 kilometers (63 miles) west of Craig, Alaska, according to the US Geological Survey.

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The Delhi police has shot down the allegations made by the male friend of the 23 year old girl gang-rape victim who died last week. The police claim prompt action was taken and that there was no argument over jurisdiction as claimed by the friend.

The police also said that this was not the time to make a point by point rebuttal.

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Mumbai housewife bags Rs 5 crore on Kaun Banega Crorepati

Finally, Kaun Banega Crorepati has another winner for the jackpot! And this time, it is a woman.

Surmeet Kaur Sawhney, a 37-year-old housewife from Mumbai, is the second contestant to win the big five on KBC.

Surmeet has taken home a cheque for Rs 5 crore on the latest season of the popular game show, which is hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.

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Paswan targets Nitish, kicks off 'Bihar Bachao' yatra

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who kicked off his 'Bihar Bachao' (Save Bihar) yatra from here on Saturday, lashed out at the Nitish Kumar-led state government accusing it of large-scale corruption, embezzlement of fund and rising crime graph.

"Lok Janshakti Party spent the year 2012 in Jan Sampark Yatra. We worked on all issues, be it Rs. 82,000 crores large-scale corruption or 6,000 MNREGA scandal or people dying after consuming illicit liquor. We conducted the Jan Sampark Yatra on all these issues in 2012 and we announced that we would take out a yatra in 2013. It is after intense thinking that we named this yatra as Bihar Bachao yatra," Paswan told mediapersons here.

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Yet to take a view on diesel hike,says Moily

On the proposal to hike diesel prices in phased manner as one of the suggestions of Kelkar committee, the ministry is yet to take a view on it, said Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily.

While addressing The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) conference on Oil & Gas in India in New Delhi, Moily said that the road map is being drawn to secure energy independence by the year 2030.

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Call centre woman employee found murdered in Noida

A 21-year-old girl, who was missing since last night while returning from a call centre where she worked, was found murdered near her house in Sector 63 area today, with police suspecting that she might have been raped.

The victim was resident of Chotpur colony here and was working at a Sector 65 BPO on the outskirts of Delhi. She left the office around 9 PM for home with four other female colleagues, police said.

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NASA's Curiosity spots mystery 'flower' on Mars

NASA's rover Curiosity, which spotted a mystery shiny thing on Mars in October 2012 that turned out to be a piece of robot litter, has discovered another oddity lodged in a rock that - a flower.

While using its robotic arm-mounted Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera to take some close up photos of the surface of a rocky outcrop at a location dubbed "Yellowknife Bay" on Dec. 19 (sol 132 of the mission), a bright object could be seen in one of the raw images uploaded to the mission's website.

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BJP leader questions bikini in car ads

Another BJP leader has stressed on the importance of a "lakshman Rekha" for both men and women following the comments by Madhya Pradesh minister Kailash Vijayvargiya and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks on rape and questioned the role of bikini-clad women in car advertisements.

Speaking on a show on CNN IBN news channel, BJP's Sheshadri Chari said both men and women needed to observe the "lakshman rekha".

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Jaya sets up high-level panel to assess crop damage

Assuring relief to farmers hit by failure of monsoon and Cauvery water crisis, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced setting up of a high-level committee to look into the extent of damage to crops.

The committee will assess the extent of damage to crops and drought and make recommendations to the government regarding areas that should be declared as drought-hit, she said in an official statement.

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Fire in Mumbai slum destroys hundreds of houses

Fire broke in the suburbs of Mumbai on Saturday, destroying more than hundred one-room shacks, rendering the families homeless.

No causalities are reported and no one was injured in the fire.

The fire broke out in the early hours in one of the houses of Sewri suburb, which later swept through other houses early morning on Saturday.

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Delhi shivers at 2.9 degrees

The capital got no respite from the bitter cold as the minimum temperature Saturday settled at 2.9 degrees Celsius - four notches below average. The Met office has forecast a clear day ahead.

"The city was enveloped by the fog in the morning, but the day will be clear. The maximum temperature would hover around 15 degree Celsius," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

Visibility at 8.30 a.m. was 600 metres and humidity was 94 percent, the IMD official said.

Friday's maximum temperature was five notches below average at 15.7 degree, while the minimum temperature saw the season's lowest at 2.7 degrees Celsius - four notches below average.

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Winning Oscar is like having sex, says Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman, who is already the proud owner of two Oscars, has likened winning the award to having sex.

The legendary actor, who turned his hand to directing last year with comedy drama 'Quartet', insists the novelty wouldn't wear off if he wins a third accolade during this awards season, the Telegraph reported.

He told Total Film that he would be happy if he won, adding that it's like sex

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Sergeant in Saudi military accused of child rape in Las Vegas

A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force was jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a boy into a hotel room and sexually assaulted him the morning of Sin City's big New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza.

Mazen Alotaibi, 23, faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion that could get him decades in state prison, according to police and charging documents obtained Friday.

The boy, who is younger than 14, told police the man forced him into a room at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and raped him. Police arrested Alotaibi after being called to the hotel before 9:30 a.m. Dec. 31.

"There was a kidnapping and sexual assault with force," Las Vegas police Lt. Dan McGrath said. "The victim said he was forced into the room and sexually assaulted. We have a strong case based on the evidence."

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Lens maker Cooke Optics to receive technical Oscar

The first Oscar recipients of the new year were announced Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Lens makers Cooke Optics Limited will receive an Award of Merit Oscar at the academy's Scientific and Technical Awards banquet Feb. 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The academy says Cooke Optics is receiving the award "for their continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of advanced camera lenses that have helped define the look of motion pictures over the last century."

The academy announced nine recipients of awards honoring various other technical movie-making achievements. Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards presentations will be included in the Academy Awards broadcast on Feb. 24.

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Cashier booked for fraud of Rs 31 lakh in Ghaziabad

A cashier of a nationalised bank has been booked for an alleged bungling of over Rs 30 lakh in Loni area of Ghaziabad  district.

According to Station In-charge of Loni police station, senior manager of Punjab National Bank's Baghpat Road branch has filed a complaint against cashier Tara Singh accusing him of cheating the bank of Rs 31 lakh.

"Tara Singh gave cash receipt to customers between September 19 to 27, but did not deposit Rs 31 lakh in the bank that he got from the receipts," the senior manager alleged.

A case has been registered and efforts were on to nab the accused.

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Sangma to launch his own party today

P A Sangma, who broke ranks with the NCP to fight Presidential election against Pranab Mukherjee, will launch his own party today.

Sangma's National People's Party (NPP) will be formally launched at a function in the capital. His daughter Agatha, an NCP MP, may not join the new outfit as of now.

"Tomorrow, we will have our first central executive committee meeting and then our party will be launched by Sangma. We will make several important announcements tomorrow," Alok Kumar Goel, National Secretary of the new party, told PTI.

'Book' will be the election symbol the party will seek from the Election Commission, a party press release said.

Sangma along with Pawar and Tariq Anwar had quit Congress in 1999 and formed NCP questioning the right of Sonia Gandhi to lead the party due to her foreign origin.

The nine-time MP and former Lok Sabha Speaker was expelled from NCP in the run up to the Presidential election in July when he refused to quit the race and lost the fight. NCP is a constituent of the Congress-led UPA and Mukherjee was its candidate.

Queried whether Sangma's daughter and NCP MP Agatha will join the outfit, Goel said, "Agatha is with the party. She will fully support and campaign for the party. But as there is anti-defection law in place, we can't say anything as of now whether she will officially join us or not."

Agatha, who was junior minister in UPA government lost her job after she campaigned for her father in the presidential polls.

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