Live: Parliament passes new anti-Rape Bill

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 14:33 hrs

7.30 pm: 

Parliament passes new anti-Rape Bill

The Lok Sabha Tuesday passed the anti-rape bill which keeps the age for consensual sex at 18 years and makes voyeurism and stalking punishable offences.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, was tabled in the house by union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde a day after the cabinet approved its draft. The house debated it during the day.

The anti-rape bill will replace the ordinance promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee Feb 3. The legislation had to be passed by parliament before April 4, when it would have lapsed.

The issue has been in focus after the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi Dec 16 last year. She died of grievous injuries 13 days later.

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British tourist jumps from hotel room in Agra to avoid sexual assault

A British tourist jumped from her hotel room here on Tuesday allegedly to avoid a sexual assault.

The lady jumped from the balcony on the first floor after the hotel owner forced his way into her room.

The British woman, who is currently under the protection of the Uttar Pradesh Police, is undergoing treatment at a hospital here. The girl has head injuries and both her legs are fractured.

The hotel owner, who allegedly tried to molest her, has been arrested and is being sent to the jail.

"This incident is of Agra Mahal Hotel, which falls under Rakabganj Police Station. A lady from U.K. has given a written complaint in the police station that the owner of Agra Mahal Hotel, Sachin Chauhan, knocked at her room at around 3: 45 last night and talked about free oil message scheme. The lady told him that she was not interested about the scheme, but he kept on insisting. And later the guy called on the security guard and kept on knocking the door. The lady then jumped down from the balcony," Agra SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey said.

Dubey further informed that the hotel owner has claimed innocence in connection with this case, and said that he had gone to the lady's room to wake her up.

5.40 pm:

Read to handover Bhandara rape case to CBI: RR Patil

Maharashtra Government is ready to hand over the probe into the deaths of the three minor sisters at Murmadi village in Bhandara district to the CBI if the family wishes so, the Legislative Council was informed in Mumbai today. This was announced by Home Minister RR Patil, while replying to a discussion.

"Even if the victim's family sends a post card to the government demanding CBI investigation...the government is ready to hand over the case to CBI," the minister said.

5.25 pm:

Karunanidhi scared of Jayalalithaa, says Subramanian Swamy

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy said that the DMK supremo M Karunanidhi is "scared" of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and he does not "want to be left behind", which is why he pulled out of the United Progressive Alliance government, CNN-IBN reported.

"I am not surprised, this is all drama. What is the meaning of withdrawing your support and all your ministers? If they (DMK) are serious, they should write to the President that they are withdrawing support," Swamy said. "This way tomorrow or after one month, they will come back saying it's a new circumstance."

"These are useless symbols. I think Karunanidhi is scared of Jayalalitha and therefore he doesn't want to be left behind," the Janata Party president was quoted as saying.

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2G case: Court summons Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal, others

A Delhi court summoned Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh and Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia in a case relating to alleged irregularities in allocation of excess spectrum during the NDA regime.

Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge O.P. Saini issued summons for April 11 after taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed against mobile firms Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Sterling Cellular for alleged irregularities.

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4.10 pm:

MLAs assault cop in Maharashtra assembly premises

In an unprecedented development, at least half a dozen legislators from various parties allegedly assaulted a police official inside the Maharashtra assembly complex here Tuesday, officials said.

The victim, Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Suryawanshi was taken to the St. George Hospital where his condition is reported to be "stable".

According to official sources, the legislators belonging to various political parties allegedly pounced on Suryawanshi inside the legislature premises and punched, kicked and slapped him.

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3.15 pm:

Jaya says DMK pullout is drama, TMC to back DMK on Lanka issue

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa calls DMK pullout from UPA "a drama".

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress (TMC) says it will back DMK on Sri Lanka Tamil issue.

"The UPA has no moral right to govern, it is a minority government. TMC will back parliamentary resolution if it comes. TMC won't object to the word genocide either. If there's a race for PM, Mamata is our PM candidate. No NDA, no UPA, we will go alone in the polls," says TMC MP Sultan Ahmed.

2.50 pm:

DMK executive council to meet March 25

The DMK has convened an emergency meeting of its executive council here March 25. It will be chaired by party president M. Karunanidhi.

The meeting follows the DMK's decision to quit the central government and the United Progressive Alliance Tuesday over the Sri Lanka issue.

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Lame-duck UPA govt taking its last breath, says BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday lashed out at the UPA Government after the M. Karunanidhi-led DMK withdrew its support over the Lankan Tamils issue, saying the ruling Congress Party at the Centre has almost been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is taking its last breath.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the latest political development is nothing very amusing, and added that the credibility of the DMK has always been doubtful because they were one of the strongest supporters of the UPA Government.

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1.40 pm:

Attacks across Baghdad kill at least 34

Insurgents unleashed deadly attacks Tuesday against Shiite areas in Baghdad, killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens, highlighting increasing sectarian tensions in Iraq a decade after the war began.

The morning attacks, mostly by car bombs, targeted mainly small restaurants, daily laborers and bus stops in the Iraqi capital within a one-hour period.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attacks bore hallmarks of al-Qaida in Iraq.

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1.33 pm:

DMK wants 'genocide, eelam' in UN resolution

The DMK says that it has no intention of destabilising the government. It plans to call for a high-level meeting. The DMK wants the words 'genocide' and 'eelam' in the UN resolution.

1.15 pm:

BJP unlikely to call confidence motion in parliamant

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unlikely to call a confidence motion in parliament after the ruling coalition lost support of a key ally, party leaders said today.

BJP spokesman Prakash Javedka said the party viewed the pullout of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)as a negotiating ploy to extract concessions from the the Congress-led coalition.

1.10 pm:

Delhi Metro plans smartphone app; invites applications

Reaching out to commuters who use smartphones, Delhi Metro will soon launch a mobile application which will provide information regarding fares and stations including new ones coming up in Phase III.

The application is expected to work offline without Internet/GPRS (one time download) which means that users will incur no running cost on it. Users will also be able to download latest version of application.

DMRC has floated a tender for developing the application, for which final date of submission is March 28.

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Lanka issue forces repeated adjournments in Parliament

Parliament today witnessed repeated adjournments during Question Hour as DMK and AIADMK disrupted proceedings in both the Houses on the issues of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.

In the Lok Sabha, soon after Speaker Meira Kumar read out obituary references DMK, AIADMK and BJD members trooped into the Well raising slogans. BJD was protesting disinvestment of Nalco.

AIADMK, DMK, VCK and CPI members waved placards which read 'Try war criminal Rajabakse in International Court' and 'We condemn the betrayal of India against Tamils in UNHRC'.

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12.05 pm:

UPA is stable despite DMK pullout, says Chidambaram

P Chidambaram reacting to the pullout said the DMK demands are under consideration and the government will consult other political parties.

Chidambaram said there is no threat to the government and it will stay in power.

“Let me assure everyone that the government is absolutely stable and enjoys a majority in the Lok Sabha," he said in a brief press meet in Delhi, minutes after DMK Chief Karunanidhi announced that he would withdraw support.

The consultation process with other parties has begun to find a resolution to the problem, he said. "Karunanidhi is a senior leader and the government has taken note of his concerns," Chidambaram added.

12.00 pm:

DMK pulls out of UPA: Here's what people are saying on twitter

Anant Rangaswami
Next, N Srinivasan and Chennai Super Kings should pull out of IPL in support of Karunanidhi.

Mirchi Dentist™
RT@rameshsrivats: Karunanidhi pulls out of the UPA, thereby greatly reducing the UPA's average age as well as the average wives per person

With the general election around the corner, DMK wants to present itself as the messiah of Sri Lankan Tamils! Utter nonsense! #DMK #UPA

Being Cynical™
Pullout->High level crooks meeting->Thret of letting loose CBI->Karuna falls in line->CBI gives clean chit to many in #DMK ->Back to looting

The #DMK has quit the UPA. Regret to inform that dosa will not be available in the parliament canteen until further notice.

11.52 am:

Subramanian Swamy on DMK pullout: This is all drama. After a month, they'll come back.

11.45 am:

Won't pull out if resolution slams Lanka: Karuna

During the press conference, Karunanidhi said the DMK is pulling out of the UPA completely, and added that the DMK did not see any point in giving outside support.

He said that the party had reiterated its demand to the Central Government yesterday also.

However, he added that DMK is willing to reconsider its decision if the government passes a resolution in Parliament before Friday (March 21) condemning the Sri Lankan government.

"The DMK ministers will resign today or tomorrow. The Centre is not doing enough for the Tamil cause," he said.

With the DMK pullout in the Lok Sabha, the strength of the UPA government drops from 295 to 277.

The DMK has 18 MPs.

11.25 am:

Musharraf's party to accord him 'historic' welcome upon return to Pakistan

The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has said it would accord a 'historic' welcome to its Dubai-based chief, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, upon his return to Pakistan after almost five years of self-imposed exile.

Musharraf announced earlier that he would be returning to Pakistan on March 24, reports The Express Tribune.

11.16 am:

DMK pulls out of UPA

Karunanidhi withdraws support to the UPA over the Lankan issue.

Addressing a press conference at Chennai, DMK patriarch said that the DMK has always worked for the Tamils, and has been demanding a tough stance against the Sri Lankan government over war crimes against Tamils.

Five ministers will be submitting their resignations shortly, announced Karunanidhi.

11.15 am:

UNSG expects India, Italy to resolve marine standoff

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expects India and Italy to resolve their standoff over the marine issues constructively and in compliance with their international obligations.

"The Secretary-General hopes and expects Italy and India to resolve this matter constructively, and in compliance with their international obligations," Eduardo del Buey, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN chief, told reporters yesterday.

11.03 am:

CNN-IBN: Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma skipped the Congress parliamentary party meeting amid speculations that he may be leave the Congress and join the BSP. Sources say Beni is in touch with BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra, but he is yet to meet the party chief Mayawati.

10.29 am:

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has slammed the Italy government over the marines issue. "No country should take India for granted. The matter is in Supreme Court, we will abide by it," said Sonia.

She also commented on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. She said an independent probe into the human rights violations will be sought. 'We strongly stand for human rights of the people of Sri Lanka,' said  Sonia.

10.21 am:

Obama's approval dips, Republicans are 'stuffy old men': Poll

For the first time since September, President Barack Obama's approval rating has dipped below 50 percent even as a majority of Americans views opposition Republicans as an "out of touch" party of "stuffy old men."

Half of the people surveyed in a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday said they disapprove of the job Obama's doing in the White House.

The president's stand on the issues and the glaring spotlight in recent months on fiscal and budget issues are contributing to the drop in his overall numbers, the poll found.

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10.05 am:

Aasaram will be fined for wasting water: RR Patil

Expressing surprise over the wastage of water during a pre-Holi celebrations at Asaram Bapu's ashram, Maharashtra's Home Minister RR Patil said this was shocking since the state is suffering its worst drought in over four decades, a report on CNN-IBN said.

"The drought situation in the state is worrying. We will define our policy and collect a fine at the earliest," Patil added.

9.15 am:

Gurgaon traffic cop shot at by bikers

A traffic policeman in Gurgaon was shot at on Monday after pulling over three men riding a motorcycle.

The incident happened at around 7:30 pm near Signature Tower on the Delhi Gurgaon highway, media reports said.

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8.40 am:

NDTV reports that 36 people have been killed when a Mumbai-bound private luxury bus plunged into a river in Ratnagiri district. 10 people have been injured.

8.15 am:

20 feared killed as bus falls into river

At least twenty persons were fear killed when a Mumbai-bound private luxury bus plunged into a river in Ratnagiri district of coastal Konkan area, early today.

The bus fell into the Jagbudi river near Khed in Ratnagiri district at around 3.30 AM, police said.

The bus was on its way to Mumbai on the Goa-Mumbai highway when it fell off the bridge, police said.

8.00 am:

India cancels Sri Lanka defence dialogue

The Indian government has called off its annual defence dialogue with Sri Lanka amid heightened outcry by Tamil political outfits calling for diplomatic action against Sri Lanka.

No reason was given for the cancellation of the three-day Secretary-level talks which were scheduled to begin from March 23 in New Delhi, media reports said.

The decision comes amid a threat by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) to pull out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition at the Centre if the government did not heed its demands against Sri Lanka.

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7.30 am:

Priyanka Chopra-starrer 'Barfi' may have won accolades at almost all the film awards, but it failed to garner any appreciation at the national awards, which has left the actress disappointed.

"I am feeling bad that 'Barfi' did not win a national award. But then it is up to the jury why they did not give the award," Priyanka told reporters at the launch of her first item song 'Babli Badmaash' here.

Priyanka, however, said that she is happy that her cousin actress Parineeti Chopra, who won a special mention at the National Awards today for her role in 'Ishaqzaadez'.

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