Live: Shibu Soren's daughter-in-law surrenders in court

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 25, 2014 10:57 hrs

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Shibu Soren's daughter-in-law surrenders in court

Sita Soren, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator and daughter-in-law of party chief Shibu Soren, surrendered in a Ranchi court Tuesday following which she was sent to 14 days' judicial custody.

Sita Soren surrendered in a CBI court as her anticipatory bail in a 2012 horse-trading case was rejected by the Jharkhand High Court last week. The court had directed her to surrender within one week.

CBI had raided houses of more than 23 legislators of different parties in connection with the 2010 and 2012 horse-trading cases.

The Jharkhand unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has, however, charged that the CBI is shielding many JMM, Congress and other legislators involved in the 2012 horse-trading case.

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SC refers euthanasia plea to constitution bench

The Supreme court Tuesday referred to the constitiution bench a plea for voluntary passive euthanasia in the case of a person who is terminally ill and in medical opinion there is little hope of revival and recovery.

Referring the matter to the constitution bench, the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam said an earlier judgement of the court on voluntary passive euthanasia in Aruna Shanbaug's case did lay down a certain procedure but it was not clear.

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Jaya releases party manifesto for LS polls

 A day after declaring the list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today released the party's manifesto for the elections, promising development of the state and in the country.

"In the election manifesto of AIADMK, we have spelt out many policies and promises to implement schemes aimed at not only the development and growth of Tamil Nadu but the development and growth of Indian nation," she said.

Jayalalithaa released the manifesto here at AIADMK headquarters a day after she announced candidates for all 39 Lok Sabha Seats in her state besides the lone Puduchery constituency.

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SC rejects Subrata Roy's plea, directs him to appear tomorrow

The Supreme Court today refused the plea of Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy seeking exemption from personal appearance before it in connection with the failure of his companies to refund Rs 20,000 to investors.

Roy's plea was mentioned before a bench comprising justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar which said he has to appear tomorrow.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Roy, submitted that he will make the payment and he may be distanced with personal appearance in the court tomorrow.

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TRS chief meets prime minister

TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking an early creation of Telangana state.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader thanked the prime minister for his support in passing Telangana bill in parliament and urged him to ensure that appointed day or formation day of the new state is fixed at the earliest.

The MP, who was accompanied by other TRS leader, also submitted a memorandum, demanding some sops for the accelerated development of the new state.

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IPL scandal a fight between Modi, Srinivasan, Vindu Dara Singh claims

Vindu Dara Singh made a series of unverifiable claims while speaking to a Zee News reporter, in what was apparently a sting operation for the Zee News channel. Dara Singh was one of the accused arrested in the 2013 IPL betting scandal.

Among other claims, Singh said that the entire scandal was actually a vast scheme by Lalit Modi to get N. Srinivasan. While admitting to the betting itself, Singh claimed he was used to trap Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who made and lost a huge bet.

Singh also claimed that Sharad Pawar was also pulling strings from the background.

While claiming that the IPL was '100% fixed', Singh however, cleared all the owners, expect RCB's Vijay Mallya, who he said made huge bets.

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Suspended top cop shoots wife, children before killing self

A police officer, who was suspended yesterday after a verbal spat with a local court judge, allegedly shot dead his wife and left two of his children injured before committing suicide by shooting himself in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh today.

Jagdalpur City Superintendent of Police Devnarayan Patel (40) shot himself with his service weapon after gunning down his wife Pratima (35) at his official residence in Shaket Colony in Jagdalpur in the wee hours.

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More new voters in TN since 2011; Electorate crosses 5 crore

The electorate in Tamil Nadu has crossed the five crore mark with the addition of over 66 lakh voters since 2011 and 34 lakh among them are women.

Though men voters outnumber the fairer sex in the overall tally of 5.38 crore, women forged ahead in terms of new voters.

Only about 31 lakh men enrolled themselves since the 2011 assembly elections, whereas over 34 lakh more women have become eligible to cast their ballots in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

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Indian doctor loses latest bid to stay in Australia

An India-born doctor, convicted of sexually assaulting a patient while working at an Australian hospital, has lost his bid to stay in the country.

A Federal Courtjudge dismissed Suhail Durani's plea yesterday, but his defence lawyer Shahid Shakur said they intend to take the case to the full bench of the court.

Durani, 36, has been fighting to stay in Perth since he was released from jail after serving more than 18 months for sexually abusing a 19-year-old girl at Royal Perth Hospital in 2010.

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Two more Gujarat Congress MLAs quit to join BJP, five in one month

Two more Gujarat Congress MLAs today resigned from the party and extended their support to BJP, taking the number of Congress MLAs who have quit to join the saffron party in the last one month to five.

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WhatsApp to introduce voice calls in second quarter

World's biggest mobile messaging service WhatsApp intends to add voice calling feature to its free messaging service in the second quarter of 2014, it was announced on Monday. The move is aimed at enabling WhatsApp users to be able to make calls, just as they can now text messages.

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Minor Dalit girl gangraped by two youths

A minor Dalit girl was allegedly gangraped by two youths at her village in Jind, police said today. According to police, the girl was raped by the two accused, identified as Monu and Dilbag, at Devrar village.

The youths allegedly kidnapped the girl when she had stepped out of her room to relieve herself at night and then raped her, police added. A medical test on the victim has confirmed rape, police said.

A case was registered in the matter following a complaint by the girl's father, police said, adding that no arrests have, however, been made yet.

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Bharti's name crops up in another controversy

Former Delhi Law minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Somnath Bharti was linked to a fresh controversy after some people in New Delhi alleged to be AAP workers thrashed an municipalty official near the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office of South zone in Green Park.

According to the police, the victim was identified as Ashok Kumar, who is an executive engineer with the south municipal corporation.

"He was allegedly beaten up by some people who were protesting against the demolition of a house in Hauz Khas area in South Delhi," said a police official.

The incident took place minutes before Bharti along with some of his supporters reached the spot to protest against the MCD and its demolition drive.

Bharti, however, claimed that those involved with the incident were not AAP workers and he had nothing to do with them.

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