Live: Asaram Bapu booked for sexual assault on minor

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 21, 2013 07:27 hrs

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Asaram Bapu booked for sexual assault on minor

Spiritual leader Asaram Bapu has been booked for sexual assault following a complaint from a minor girl, Delhi Police said Wednesday.

According to police, the minor submitted a written complaint against Asaram Bapu at Kamala Market police station in central Delhi Tuesday evening.

"We registered the complaint, but the girl said the incident occurred in Rajasthan, so the case will be forwarded to Rajasthan," a police officer told IANS.

Asaram Bapu, who has a large following, was earlier in the news after Gujarat Police filed a case of attempted murder against him and two others. He was also accused of illegal land-grabbing in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

After the Dec 16, 2012 gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in a Delhi bus, Asaram Bapu attracted much attention for his remark that the victim could have escaped rape if she had called her attackers brothers, and pleaded to be let off.


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Obama to meet Manmohan on Sept 27

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 27, during which they will chart a course to enhance bilateral ties and defence cooperation.

The announcement came after National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon met his US counterpart Susan Rice and US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday to prepare for the "working visit" of Singh.

"It's a working visit. It's a short visit. But I think, in terms of the substance, it is going to be a good visit," Menon said.

Rest of the logistics of the trip is still being worked out, he said, adding the meeting will be followed by lunch.

"It (defence ties) could be (path breaking). It is still a work in progress. But it is significant. Because the basic idea behind it is to move from a buyer-seller situation to actually co-developing, co-producing various defence acquisitions.

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8-year-old raped, murdered in Bhubaneswar

A 22-year-old man was arrested for raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, police said Wednesday.

Ashok Sahu approached the parents of the victim Tuesday to locate the address of a resident in the city's Salia Sahi slum.

The family sent the Class 4 student to lead him to the house, Anup Kumar Kanungo, inspector in charge of the Nayapalli police station in the area, told IANS.

Instead of locating the house, Sahu allegedly took the girl to a secluded area of the slum and raped her.

He strangulated her to death in an attempt to destroy evidence, Sahu said.

The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon, but came to light after the victim's family and other residents looked for the girl when she did not return.

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US sanctions Pakistani madrassa for aiding LeT

The US has sanctioned a top Al Qaeda official and a madrassa in Peshawar, serving as a terrorist training centre supporting Lashkar-e-Taeba, the Pakistan based terrorist group behind the Mumbai attack, and the Taliban.

Targetting Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, also known as the Ganj Madrassa, the Treasury department Tuesday said the Peshawar based religious school "serves as a training centre and facilitates funding for Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taeba, and the Taliban."

The action freezes any assets the sanctioned persons or entities may have under US jurisdiction and prohibits US persons from doing business with them.

"The activities of the Ganj Madrassa exemplify how terrorist groups, such as Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taeba, and the Taliban, subvert seemingly legitimate institutions, such as religious schools, to divert charitable donations meant for education to support violent acts," the announcement said.

"Today's action strikes at the heart of the financial and logistical support network that abuses charitable donations and provides essential services for various terrorist groups including Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taeba, and the Taliban."

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Rupee could touch 70/USD in a month or so

The rupee could touch 70 against the U.S. dollar in a month or so, although some revival is expected in the currency by the end of the year, Deutsche Bank said in a report on Wednesday.

"We continue to believe that fundamentally the rupee is undervalued and has overshot its equilibrium level substantially, but as numerous episodes of past currency crises have amply demonstrated, under a scenario of deep pessimism, currencies can overshoot substantially and remain so for a long time," economists at the bank wrote in the report.

"India, we fear, is entering such a zone".

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Let rupee sink to save the economy


India's failing defence of the rupee is doing more harm than good. It's time New Delhi left the plunging currency to market forces and shifted its focus to boosting exports and investment.

A country that decides to defend its exchange rate has only two options: impose capital controls, or surrender independence over monetary policy. The Indian authorities have tried a bit of both. They have put restrictions on resident individuals and companies looking to invest overseas and in gold. The central bank has also raised short-term interest rates, thereby giving up its ability to use monetary policy to lift GDP growth from its 10-year low.

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Obama to meet PM in September

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House next month, where the two leaders will chart a course seeking enhanced bilateral ties and defence cooperation between the two countries, US officials have said.

Singh will visit the White House on September 27.

The announcement of his visit came as renewed tensions along the Kashmir border threaten to sabotage efforts by India and Pakistan to improve bilateral ties.

National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon yesterday met his US counterpart Susan Rice, and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel to prepare for the "working visit" of the Prime Minister.

Singh will visit the White House on September 27.

The announcement of his visit came as renewed tensions along the Kashmir border threaten to sabotage efforts by India and Pakistan to improve bilateral ties.

National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon yesterday met his US counterpart Susan Rice, and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel to prepare for the "working visit" of the Prime Minister.

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US aid to Egypt still under review: White House

President Barack Obama and his national security team would discuss whether the country should continue or curtail the annual aid worth $1.5 billion to Egypt, the White House said Tuesday.

The White House spokesperson Josh Earnest, during a daily briefing, also termed the media reports suggesting the US assistance to Egypt had been cut off as "not accurate", Xinhua reported.

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India dares China, lands Super Hercules plane in Ladakh

The air force on Tuesday landed a C-130J ‘Super Hercules’ aircraft -- configured for special operations and airborne assault -- at the world’s highest airstrip in north-eastern Ladakh, barely eight km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), signalling India’s aggressive stance towards China following a spurt in incursions in that sensitive sector.

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Four Italian marines, who were witness to the killing of fishermen off Kerala coast allegedly by two of their colleagues, have refused to come to India for deposing as witness, which will further delay the case.

The four marines, who were summoned by the National Investigation Agency, were onboard Italian vessel 'Enrica Lexie' and were present at the spot when their colleagues Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone allegedly shot dead two fishermen on February 15, 2012.

The four witnesses conveyed that they were not ready to come to India for deposition as witness following summons from the NIA, which is probing the case, official sources said.

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