Sonia back in Lok Sabha after illness
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who had taken ill on Monday, was back in the Lok Sabha on Thursday to attend proceedings when the House was considering Land Acquisition Bill, a legislation being pushed by National Advisory Council she heads.
Gandhi looked energetic when she walked in to the House around 3.55 PM amid thumping of desks by Congress members.
BJP President Rajnath Singh and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj were seen greeting her with smiles.
India hopes Pakistan will hand over wanted terrorists
Against the backdrop of Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal's arrest, India today hoped that the thinking in Pakistan will change as per the assurances given by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and also voiced expectation that all those wanted here would be handed over.
The days when those who indulged in terror activities managed to find "safe havens" in other parts of world are over as the thinking of the people is changing, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters outside Parliament.Read more
Builder shot five times outside mall, survives
NDTV: Three unidentified miscreants fired five shots at a Borivli-based builder in broad daylight outside the Infiniti Mall, Malad (West), Mumbai while he was on his way out from the mall at 4 pm on Wednesday.
The victim identified as Ajay Gosalia alias Ganda has received gunshot wounds to his shoulder, stomach, leg and hand, while the fifth bullet missed him.
Gosalia was rushed to the nearby Zenith hospital, where he is recuperating and reportedly out of danger. Bangur Nagar police said the shooters were aware that Gosalia was inside the mall and waited for him on the other side of the mall entrance in a vehicle.
Hostel warden who raped girls for 3 years gets police remand
The hostel warden-cum-teacher, who allegedly raped 14 minor girls of a private school, was on Thursday remanded to police custody while IGP Garima Gupta rushed to Likabali area in West Siang district following mounting tension in the area.
Vipin Wisvan, who allegedly raped the girls for the past three years, was produced before a local court and remanded to police custody for 14 days.
Meanwhile, IGP Garima Gupta rushed to Likabali area this morning following mounting tension in the area, official sources said.
Why America cannot live without wars
TOI: On a day marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I-Have-A-Dream" civil rights speech, the United States is poised to unleash another nightmare some 10,000km away in the Middle-East. Washington's war machine is geared up for limited strikes against Syria because Damascus ostensibly crossed a red line by using chemical weapons against its own population, never mind that many regimes worldwide inflict atrocities against their own people by other means.
Asaram promises Rs.5-lakh reward to anyone who can prove him guilty
India Today: Dodging arrest on charges of sexually assaulting a teenager, self-syled godman Asaram Bapu has now promised a bounty of Rs.5 lakh if anyone can prove him guilty of the crime.
Daughter gang-raped, wife killed; man moves SC seeking protection
TOI: The gruesome gang-rape of Nirbhaya and a Mumbai photographer shook the nation's conscience but equally disturbing is the suffering of a dalit family residing in a Haryana village just 150 km from Delhi.
Reports of arrest of Yasin Bhatkal, founder of Indian Mujahideen
NDTV: One of India's most-wanted men, Yasin Bhatkal, head of the terror group Indian Mujahideen, has reportedly been arrested near the border with Nepal.
The National Investigating Agency or NIA believes that in 2010, Bhatkal planted the bomb that exploded at the German Bakery in Pune, killing 17 people.
50 paramilitary personnel quit daily, 35,000 have left in last 2 years
TOI: A whopping 35513 personnel of the central armed police forces comprising central reserve police force, border security force, central industrial security force, Indo-Tibetan border police, SSB and Assam rifles have opted for voluntary retirement in last two years for personal and domestic reasons. Significantly, highest number of personnel to seek VRS are from BSF (15990), followed by CRPF (11406), CISF (3225), AR (2198), ITBP (1333) and SSB (1321).
Ace microblogger held for prostitution in China
IANS: Police in Beijing have detained 27 people, including a prolific microblogger, after they were found to have been involved in prostitution, Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said Wednesday.
Chinese-American Xue Charles Bi-Chuen (60), an investor and prolific microblogger with more than 12 million followers, was arrested in Chaoyang district of Beijing last Friday, Xinhua reported citing police.
He has been accused of group licentiousness for participating in group sex parties, according to police. Among the detainees 18 are women, who were captured earlier this month.
Police reported the detaining of Xue to the US embassy in China Aug 24.
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After passing the Food Bill, Lok Sabha will take up today another landmark legislation of the UPA - the Land Acquisition Bill - that seeks to provide "just and fair" compensation to families whose land has been acquired for industrial purposes.
The much-talked about bill proposes payment of compensation that is up to four times the market value in rural areas and two times the market value in urban areas.
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh will move the Bill, which aims at making affected persons partners in development, leading to an improvement in their post- acquisition social and economic status.
Ramesh said the Bill, renamed as "The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2012" conveys government's determination to address "widespread and historical injustices".
This has been done by establishing strong legal prerequisites that need to be discharged first while acquiring land.
The Bill will replace over a century-old Land Acquisition Act, 1894, which suffers from various shortcomings, including silence on the issue of resettlement and rehabilitation of those displaced by the acquisition of land.