Live: Two accused in Delhi gang-rape want to become state witnesses

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 06, 2013 13:35 hrs

7. 00 pm

Indira Gandhi's assassins honoured by Akal Takht

The two killers of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi were today honoured by Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion, on their 24th death anniversary amid presence of a local Akali leader.

Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh were hanged on January 6, 1989 after a trial for killing Gandhi in 1984.

Jathedar Gaini Gurbachan Singh presented a 'siropa' (robe of honour) to Tirlok Singh, father of Satwant Singh at a function organised by SGPC.

The 'Jathedar' also accorded them the status of 'martyrs of faith'.

SAD Amritsar president and former MP Simranjit Singh Mann and Dal Khalsa (Sikh radical outfit) leader Kanwar Pal Singh were present at the occasion.

6. 20 pm

Sachin Tendulkar scores ton in Ranji quarterfinal

Sachin Tendulkar, who has quit One-Day International (ODI) cricket, scored his 80th first class century for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Baroda at the Wankhede Stadium Sunday.

The 39-year-old nudged one to long leg for a couple to bring up his 18th Ranji hundred.

He is now one short of the Indian record held by Sunil Gavaskar, who scored 81 first class hundreds. In Ranji Trophy, Gavaskar hit 20 hundreds.

Teammate Wasim Jaffer is batting on 130 while Tendulkar is at 102. Mumbai were 257/2 on the first day.

4.55 pm:

2 year old raped in Bengal

A two-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an 18-year-old youth at Minapara village in North Dinajpur district, police said today.

An FIR lodged by the victim's father said that the baby was raped when her mother went to wash clothes in a pond leaving her sleeping on the side of the pond on Saturday.

The accused was arrested and the baby was admitted to Raiganj District Hospital, police said.

A local court today sent the accused to 14 days judicial custody, sources said.

4.00 pm:

Gang-rape case: Two accused want to become state witnesses

In a desperate bid to escape punishment, two of the six accused in the Delhi gangrape case today told a court that they want to become witnesses on behalf of the state while two others pleaded for legal aid.

Out of four accused, who were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Jyoti Kler inside her chamber after expiry of their 14-days of judicial remand, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma refused to take the service of legal aid counsel and expressed their willingness to become witnesses in the gangrape-cum-murder case.

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3.30 pm:

Body of five-year-old missing boy found from neighbour's house

The decomposed body of a five-year old boy who was missing since December 23 was recovered from the house of his neighbour from Bankumari area near here, police said today.

The body of Shibam Das was found from the house of Pritam Dey after he was arrested yesterday, they said.

Police said Shibam was allegedly abducted and killed by Dey after he had a quarrel with his father.

After the body was recovered, local people burnt down the house of Pritam and beat up his mother.

3.00 pm:

Sit up and take notice of women, says Big B

Amitabh Bachchan says Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney, who has won Rs.5 crore in a sixth season game of "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC) and become the first female contestant to take home the mega prize, has proved that women are strong and no less than men.

"Sunmeet Kaur of Mumbai, Maharashtra, a housewife that gave tuitions... was impeccable in the HotSeat. She never hesitated on any question, or did any kind of guesswork. At the Rs.1 crore mark, she had the option of two life lines, but refused them because she said she was somewhat sure of the answer," Amitabh wrote on his blog

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2.30 pm:

Pakistani officials say US drones kill 9 militants

Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected American drones have fired several missiles into three militant hideouts near Afghan border, killing at least nine fighters.

Three officials said the Sunday morning strikes targeted Pakistani Taliban's hideouts in the South Waziristan tribal region.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

They say identity of the killed militants is not known yet, but two important commanders of the Pakistani Taliban may be among them.

A suspected U.S. missile strike on Thursday killed a top Pakistani militant commander, Maulvi Nazir, whose fighters focus on attacks against U.S. and allied NATO troops in Afghanistan.

2.00 pm:

IAF to deploy helicopter squadron near Indo-Pak border

IAF Chief Air Marshal N A K Browne will inaugurate the medium-lift helicopter complex for the new squadron of its latest Mi-17 V5 helicopters at Phalodi airbase near the Indo-Pak border here tomorrow.

This may be seen as Indian Air Force strengthening its presence along the Pakistan border by deploying the squadron, comprising about 15 aircraft.

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1.20 pm:

Four minor girls raped in West Bengal

Four minor girls, aged between five and ten, have been raped by a 40-year old man in West Bengal's Bankura district, police said today.

The incident occurred at Rathtala area in Belatore on January 3 and the accused, identified as Rabi Lochan Dey, a grocery shop owner, was arrested last night, Superintendent of Police, Bankura, Mukesh Kumar said.

An FIR lodged with the police under Belatore police station by the guardians of the victims yesterday said the four girls, aged 5, 7, 8 and 10, had gone to the grocery shop at around 3 pm to purchase a cake.

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12.35 pm:

Rise in cases of cruelty by husbands against women in Delhi

Women in the national capital seem to be as unsafe in their homes as they are outside with close to 1,500 cases of cruelty against them by their husbands or relatives registered during 2011.

According to Home Ministry data, there has been a surge in instances of violence against women by someone from the family as 1,498 such cases were registered in the capital during 2011 as against 1,273 in 2010 and 1,177 in 2009.

The data, based on cases of crime against women in six metro cities, also revealed that there were 1,355 such cases registered in Hyderabad, 557 in Kolkata, 458 in Bangalore, 393 in Mumbai and 229 in Chennai from January-December 2011.

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12.00 pm:

Aamir Khan to do 'Sukrutham' in Hindi?

Sukrutham, directed by Harikumar in 1994 with Mammootty as the hero, is all set to be made in Hindi and Bengali.

The film's script by M T Vasudevan Nair is regarded as one of the best ever in Malayalam.

The film narrates the sad story of a journalist, who is diagnosed with cancer. He loses all hope and when he recovers miraculously, he is shocked to learn that everyone around him was actually waiting for his death.

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11.20 am:

Pakistan accuses India of deadly cross-border raid

The Pakistani military is accusing forces from neighboring India of crossing the boundary between the two sides' forces in Kashmir and attacking a Pakistani border post, killing a soldier.

The military's public relations office said in a statement Sunday that another Pakistani soldier was critically wounded in the incident early Sunday.

They said troops are still exchanging gunfire in the area.

They said the raid crossed the "line of control" dividing the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir, a flashpoint of violence between these two neighbors for decades.

Both claim the region as their own.

A 2003 cease-fire ended the most recent round of fighting.

Each side occasionally accuses the other of violating it by lobbing mortars or shooting across the LOC, but accusations of cross-border raids are rare.

11.00 am:

2 people have died due to the fire that is raging on at the Indian Oil depot in Surat. The fire started at 12.30 pm on Saturday. Oil Minister Veerappa Moily is set to visit the depot shortly.

10.15 am:

Coldest day of the season in Delhi

Delhiites today shivered as mercury fell to the season's lowest of 1.9 degree Celsius and icy winds blew across the city.

Today's minimum was five degrees below normal and down from yesterday's 2.9 degree celsius.

This is the lowest minimum for January in the past five years. In 2008, the minimum had plummeted to 1.9 degree Celsius.

The maximum also witnessed a significant dip yesterday as it plummeted to 12.6 deg C, which is eight degrees below normal for this time of the season.

Icy winds blew over the capital throughout the day.

On Wednesday, the city witnessed the coldest day in 44 years when the maximum plummeted to 9.8 deg C.

9.55 am:

Pakistani troops violate ceasefire

Pakistani troops today violated ceasefire by firing mortar shells towards Indian army posts in Uri sector near the Line of Control.

"They (Pakistan army) started firing mortar shells towards our posts at Churunda village in Uri sector around 3.15 AM," an army spokesman said.

He said some of the shells landed close to civilian habitation but there was no damage done.

The spokesman said the army retaliated the Pakistani shelling briefly after which there has been quiet from both sides.

9.25 am:

Confess? Armstrong may not have much to gain

Lance Armstrong may be considering a change in course, dropping his years of denials and admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs — though whether such a move would help him is uncertain.

The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported late Friday that Armstrong has told associates he is thinking about the move.

However, Armstrong attorney Tim Herman says that the cyclist hasn't reached out to USADA chief executive Travis Tygart and David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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8.40 am:

China officials take blame in deadly shelter fire

A local Chinese government on Saturday admitted it had tolerated the existence of an illegally run orphanage where six children and one young adult died in a house fire.

The Lankao county government in central China's Henan province said Yuan Lihai, operator of the shelter, illegally took in and cared for 18 abandoned children and young adults at her home but that the government turned a blind eye to it in consideration of her "kind-hearted acts," reported, the official website of the party-run People's Daily.

"There is a direct relationship between today's situation and the fact that some related government departments failed to enforce supervision and loosened management on purpose," deputy county governor Wu Changsheng said at a Saturday press conference as quoted by the news report. "They should shoulder responsibility, and that's a loophole in our work."

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8.10 am:

Society yet to reform itself over caste: Chidambaram

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said the society was yet to reform itself over caste, which had divided people since hundreds of years. "Though division among people by means of caste was present 1,400 years ago, it is regrettable that the practice is still present among us. Society is yet to reform itself in this subject," he said.

The minister said the prevalence of the caste system even after all these years and during a period graced by several cultural and spiritual leaders, was not a good sign. Pointing out that literature has not reformed society, he said his belief that people could be changed through politics "is decreasing every day."

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7.30 am:

India faces Pakistan for the last ODI of this series and fans and possibly the Indian cricket is heaving a sigh of relief.

Continuing their incredibly bad form, the Indian cricket has been completely outmatched by Pakistan so far. This has led to some rearrangement and loud cries for Dhoni's retirement. Dhoni himself has blamed his batsmen and the 'seniors', some of who might be on the way out.

All in all, we have to watch the match to see if a face-saving victory is on the cards or a clean pak-wash.

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