Live: Wing Commander dismissed for allegedly taking bribe

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 16, 2013 12:19 hrs

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Wing Commander dismissed for allegedly taking bribe

IAF has dismissed a Wing Commander who was allegedly caught demanding a bribe of Rs 20,000 from officials of a French defence firm at the Aero India show in Bangalore in 2011.

Wing Commander A K Thakur was dismissed after a General Court Martial found him guilty of seeking bribe from French defence firm Dassault Aviation during the show in February 2011, IAF sources said here today.

Thakur was accused of demanding bribe for allotting a 'more advantageous position' for its Rafale aircraft in the 'static' aircraft display section at the biennial airshow, the sources said.

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CBI tells SC it accepts govt suggestions on independence

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday conveyed to the Supreme Court its broad acceptance of government suggestions on making it independent and free from political interferences.

The CBI in an affidavit filed before the apex court accepted the government suggestion that the appointment of the CBI director should be done by a committee comprising the prime minister, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India.

On the suggestion that the CBI director should have experience in investigating corruption cases, the probe agency said the person to be appointed as director should have experience of working in the CBI at supervisory level.

The investigating agency also said the proposed two-year tenure for the CBI director was too short and it should be made a minimum of three years.

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Murder bid on Bengal Congress leader

Congress leader and union minister Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury Tuesday escaped unhurt after several bullets were fired and a crude bomb was hurled at him during a party campaign in West Bengal's Malda district, the party alleged.

An officer of the Kalichak police station, under which the incident allegedly occurred, said they have received a complaint and were looking into it.

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Economy to grow at six percent: Chidambaram

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday said the economy was likely to grow at six percent or slightly more in the current fiscal year.

"This year, by all estimates, the growth rate will be six percent or slightly above. This is not a satisfactory level of growth," he said.

He attributed the low increase in growth to slowdown in advanced economies.

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One arrested for 'bribing' Jharkhand BJP leader

A man was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Baijnath Ram, police said Tuesday.

Police said Harshit alias Suman Chaudhary was arrested from the residence of Jharkhand's former education minister and suspended BJP legislator Baijnath Ram Monday night.

Baijnath Ram alleged that Chaudhary offered him money to vote in favour of Hemant Soren's government, which will seek a trust vote in the assembly July 18.

"The accused is not linked to JMM (Jharkhand Mukti Morha). The BJP is hatching a conspiracy against our party," JMM legislator Haji Hussain Ansari said.

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Prisoner escapes in explosion at Bihar court

An under-trial prisoner has reportedly escaped after a blast took place at a court in Hajipur in Bihar, NDTV reported.

No casualties have been reported yet. More details are awaited.

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Dance bars can re-open in Mumbai, rules Supreme Court

Bar dancers can get back to work in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra after getting licenses from the government, the Supreme Court ruled today.

In 2005, the Mumbai Police had banned dance performances in Maharashtra in bars but cleared them for "elite establishments" and hotels that were of three-star standard or higher.

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Snowden to leave Russia when opportunity emerges: Putin

American whistleblower Edward Snowden will leave Russia when the opportunity emerges, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

"He has arrived in our territory without invitation, he didn't fly to us, he arrived as a transit passenger to other countries," Xinhua quoted Putin as saying during a meeting with students in Leningrad region.

The president said Snowden was blocked from further travel after Washington revoked the 29-year-old whistleblower's passport.

"They (the US authorities) scared off all other countries, so no one wants to accept him (Snowden). So, in effect, they've blocked him on our territory themselves," Putin said.

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West Indies aim to level series

In the wake of a thumping 126-run series-opening victory, Pakistan will again seek to capitalise on the struggles of the West Indies batting line-up for the second One-Day International at the Guyana National Stadium on Tuesday.

Sunday's capitulation for just 98 represented a continuation of the declining performances of the Caribbean side's batsmen.

At the preceding Tri-Nations Series also involving Sri Lanka and eventual winners India, West Indies won their first two matches in Jamaica but were eliminated from the final on the back of heavy defeats in their remaining encounters in Trinidad with the team managing totals of 171 and 190 for nine.

"It's about a lack of confidence among the batters," West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo lamented following the humiliating loss in front of a full house on Sunday.

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1984 riots: Court order on Sajjan Kumar's plea today

Zeenews: The Delhi High Court will pronounce its judgement on Tuesday on Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's plea challenging a trial court order to frame charges against him in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case relating to the killing of six people in Sultanpuri area here.

Justice Suresh Kait had reserved the order after hearing all the parties in the case. The court, which was to pronounce its order April 29, had deferred it saying further hearing is required in the case.

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Sikh rights groups to serve US court summons to Badal

Rediff: A Sikh rights body in the US has said that it will use provisions of the Hague Service Treaty to serve the summons of a US court to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in a case accusing him of human rights violation.

The Hague Service Treaty, of which India is a signatory allows service of judicial papers between the signatory countries without diplomatic involvement.

The Sikhs For Justice, which earlier filed a human rights violation case against Badal along with the Akali Dal-Mann, took this decision after it failed to serve summons to Badal recently.

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Juror: Zimmerman had right to defend himself

A juror in the George Zimmerman trial said Monday that the actions of the neighborhood watch volunteer and Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager's fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn't actually break the law.

The woman known as Juror B37 told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Zimmerman made some poor decisions leading up to the shooting, but that Martin wasn't innocent either.

"I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into," said the juror, who is planning to write a book about the trial. "I think they both could have walked away."

The juror said Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino made a big impression on her, because he would have been accustomed to dealing with murders and similar cases. He would have known how to spot a liar, and yet he testified that he believed Zimmerman, the juror said.

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Modi to meet RSS chief today

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will meet Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat here tomorrow when they are likely to discuss the political situation in the country and BJP's strategy in coming Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

The meeting between Modi, who reaches here tomorrow evening, and Bhagwat will take place ten days after senior BJP leader L K Advani had met the RSS chief here discussing the coming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

Bhagwat had played a significant role in persuading Advani to withdraw his resignation from key posts of BJP in June in protest against the elevation of Modi as BJP's 2014 poll panel chief.

It was also RSS that was believed to have insisted that Modi's elevation must be announced at the BJP's meeting in Goa, despite Advani's absence.

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