Live: PJ Kurien suspends 2 TDP MPs protesting against Telangana in RS

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 26, 2013 14:00 hrs

7. 30 pm

Asaram: Jodhpur Police serve summons

The Jodhpur Police on Monday reached the ashram of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and served summons in a case of sexual assault of a minor.

The Jodhpur Police on Saturday said they will soon interrogate Asaram Bapu in the case.

"As of now, we have established that the accused and the victim were physically present at the location," Jodhpur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph told NDTV.

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PJ Kurien suspends 2 TDP MPs protesting against Telangana in RS

Cracking the whip, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien suspended two TDP members from Andhra Pradesh on Monday for a day for continuously disrupting the House by protesting against the decision to form Telangana.

C M Ramesh and Y R Chowdhary were suspended under Rule 255 which states that "the Chairman may direct any member whose conduct is in his opinion grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the Council and any member so ordered to withdraw shall do so forthwith and shall absent himself during the remainder of the day's meeting."

3:54 pm:

Food Security scheme is India's chance to make history, says Sonia

NDTV: In a rare speech to Parliament, Congress president Sonia Gandhi urged that lawmakers clear her party's flagship welfare scheme to provide cheap food to nearly 70% of India.  

Speaking in Hindi, she described the opportunity to clear the scheme as a historic moment, and said her party is delivering on an important and earlier promise made to the country.

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SC dismisses contempt plea challenging suspension of Durga Nagpal

The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against the Uttar Pradesh government for suspending IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.

Nagpal was suspended last month ostensibly for demolishing the wall of a mosque in Gautam Budh Nagar, an action the state government said could have triggered communal tension. She was placed under suspension July 27 and issued a charge-sheet on Aug 4.

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1.5 pm:

Married woman raped at gunpoint by neighbour in UP

A 32-year-old married woman was allegedly raped at gunpoint by her neighbour near Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, police said today.

The incident occurred Sunday evening when the victim, a mother of three, had gone to mow grass in the field. The accused came there and raped the woman at gun point.

"After raping her, the accused also threatened her of killing her children if she revealed her ordeal to anyone," a senior police officer said.

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12.15 pm:

Lawyers to lay siege to Taj Mahal today demanding new HC bench in Agra

Lawyers demanding a bench of the Allahabad High Court in Agra will hold a protest march and lay siege to the Taj Mahal today, an organiser said, adding that tourists inconvenienced by the stir would be presented roses and explained the reasons.

After the daylong siege, the lawyers from Mathura, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah and Aligarh districts, will also stop traffic on the national highway to Delhi and later march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to present a memorandum to the president.

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Live: Four coaches of passenger train get derailed near Jaipur, no casualties

Four coaches of a passenger train derailed near Jaipur in Rajasthan on Monday, disrupting rail movement on the Churu-Jaipur route. However, no passenger was injured in the incident as the speed of the train was slow, railway officials said.

The reason for the derailment of  Churu-Jaipur Holiday Special is yet to be ascertained. A relief train has been rushed to the spot and work to restore the track has started. Some of the trains have been partially cancelled due to the derailment.

10.20 am:

Missing journalist's body found in a gunny bag on roadside

The body of a local scribe who was missing since Friday, was found in a gunny bag on roadside in Chola area of Kotwali Dehat in Bulandshahr, police said on Sunday.

The deceased, Zakaullah (28) of Khurja town, about 20 kms from Bulandshahr, had been missing since Friday evening, said Khurja Circle officer Lal Sahab Yadav.

The body bore sign of injuries, he said, adding, it had been sent for postmortem.

9.55 am:

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire again, fires at Balakot sector

CNN-IBN: In yet another ceasefire violations, Pakistan on Sunday open fired at Balakot sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The firing took place around 2 am in the morning.

According to reports, the heavy firing from Pakistan's side targetted eight Indian posts. The firing is still on.

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9.00 am:

Consensual sex with minor not crime, Delhi court says

A city court has observed that consensual sex with a girl aged below 18 years does not constitute an offence under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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8.20 am:

Mumbai gang rape accused says gang has done it before

Even as the remaining two of five suspects in the Shakti Mills gang rape case were arrested on Sunday in Mumbai and Delhi, one of the accused, Vijay Jadhav, nabbed on Saturday allegedly told police that the five had committed similar crimes earlier too and got away with it.

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UN mission to probe Syrian chemical incident

The UN chemical investigation team in Syria will start a probe in the Ghouta area on the latest incident of the alleged use of chemical weapons, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement Sunday.

The Syrian government has agreed to cooperate for an on-site investigation that begins Monday. The probe will include the observance of the cessation of hostilities at related locations of the chemical weapon incident, Xinhua reported citing the statement issued by the spokesperson for UN secretary general.

Ban Ki-moon has instructed the investigation team, led by Swedish expert Ake Sellstrom, to focus its attention "on ascertaining the facts of the Aug 21 incident as its highest priority".

He also stressed that "all relevant parties equally share the responsibility of cooperating in urgently generating a safe environment for the mission to do its job efficiently and providing all necessary information," the statement said.

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