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Judge orders Joanne Dennehy, who murdered 3 men, to die in jail - 3/1/2014


London: Joanne Dennehy has become the first woman ordered to die behind bars by a judge, who told the murderer of three men she was a cruel, calculating, selfish and manipulative serial killer.

Justice Spencer decided on Friday that Dennehy’s crimes were so exceptionally serious, that he became the first judge to sentence a woman to serve a whole life term, following a dramatic hearing at the Old Bailey in central London.

But during the hearing Dennehy smiled and chatted to some of the three accomplices sitting in the dock with her who were also sentenced.

The judge revealed the 31-year-old had told a psychiatrist that she killed to see if I was as cold as I thought I was. Then it got moreish and I got a taste for it.

The mother of two was driven by a sadistic lust for blood, stabbing three men she knew to death within 10 days in Peterborough last March, before travelling to Hereford where she knifed two men at random in broad daylight within nine minutes of one another as they walked their dogs .

Dennehy, from Peterborough, had pleaded guilty to the three murders and two attempted murders.

Her first victim was a Polish man, Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, who was lured to a property in Peterborough via suggestive texts and then stabbed through the heart. He had come to believe Dennehy was his girlfriend, which led him to send a text to a friend that read: life is beautiful.

His body was dumped in a wheelie bin after he was stabbed through the heart, with Dennehy at one point opening the lid to show a 14-year-old girl the corpse.

Within ten days Dennehy used a pocket knife to kill her housemate, John Chapman, 56, stabbing him once in the neck, twice in the heart and three times in the chest. Afterwards she told an accomplice: Oops, I've done it again.

The third victim was her landlord and boss, Kevin Lee, 48, who Dennehy lured with the promise of sexual favours.

Lee was found in a ditch dressed in a black sequinned dress with his backside exposed. The judge, who said he had studied pictures of the corpse, said the body had been posed in this position in a ditch in a final humiliation and added: The way in which his body was dumped was part of the playing out of your sexual and sadistic motivation.

The judge said Dennehy had written him a letter showing no remorse for the murders but claiming some for the attempted murders, which she blamed on drunken cruelty and lack of respect for human life.

In Hereford on April 2 at 3.42pm she stabbed Robin Bereza from behind, who condemned her as evil after she was caught.

Nine minutes later she stabbed John Rogers, leaving him for dead and stealing his dog.

The court also heard that Dennehy became excited at reports that police were hunting for her.

She is only the third woman in English criminal history to be assessed to be so dangerous she can never be released.

The other two were condemned to die in jail by a home secretary, Jack Straw, rather than a judge. The first was Moors murderer Myra Hindley, who is now deceased. The second was Rosemary West, for her part in a campaign of at least 10 murders with her husband Fred.

The judge on Friday said the whole life term was merited because each of the three murders involved substantial degrees of premeditation or planning.

Spencer said Dennehy had a personality disorder and had been diagnosed as suffering from paraphilia sadomasochism, a condition in which sexual excitement is derived from pain and humiliation. He said she also lacked the normal range of human emotions.

Her accomplice Gary Stretch was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 19 years, for helping Dennehy dump all three bodies and for his role in the two attempted murders. He drove Dennehy as she scoured Hereford looking for men to attack.

Leslie Layton was sentenced to 14 years, and a third accomplice, Robert Moore, 55, who admitted assisting an offender, received three years.

Lee's wife Christina said: We feel Joanne Dennehy brainwashed Kevin, causing him to make a bad decision, and he has paid for that with his life.

Bereza said he had been left a changed man by Dennehy’s random attack. The retired firefighter said: I'm not as confident as I used to be I'm quieter and not my normal self.

Dennehy is the second person to receive a whole life term this week, and the second since the court of appeal cleared any doubt that ordering people to be jailed until they die is lawful.

On Wednesday Michael Adebolajo, the ringleader of the terrorist attack in which the soldier Lee Rigby was murdered, was ordered never to be released. That case was also heard in court two at the OldBailey.

SC orders arrest of Sahara chief Subrata Roy, says 'arms of court very long' - 2/26/2014

Indian Express After the court's order, police may detain Roy and produce him in the court on the next date of hearing. (AP)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sahara chief Subrata Roy for his production in court on March 4 over the group’s failure to refund investors’ money.

“We issue non-bailable warrant of arrest qua Mr Subrata Roy Sahara, alleged contemnor No. 5. He shall be arrested and produced before this court on March 4, 2014 at 2 pm,” said a Bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar.

Dismissing his counsel Ram Jethmalani’s request for excusing Roy from personally appearing before the court in view of his mother’s ill health, the Bench said, “Since, we have already declined to grant exemption from personal presence of alleged contemnor No. 5 (Roy) on February 25, we find no reason to accede to the renewal of the request made today.”

It noted that the medical certificate adduced to show his mother’s health condition was issued by the Sahara Hospital in Lucknow. “In our view, the factual position indicated therein does not solicit the exemption sought,” said the Bench.

“The arms of this court are very long. We will get him here if he does not want to come on his own. If other directors can come, why can’t he? Yesterday only we had refused your plea for exemption from personal appearance.  All this is going on for last two years. We are issuing non-bailable warrant now,” it said.

Jethmalani protested, saying the court did not require Roy’s presence at all. “It is not a case where this court needs to do anything harsh against him. What is his fault? He is sitting by his mother’s bedside, holding her hands because she is dying,” he said.

He invoked Justice Robert H Jackson of the US, citing his description of the Supreme Court — “We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final.”

But the Bench told him that Roy was being called so that he gets to know “this is serious”. The Bench also ordered three other directors of the group, Ashok Roy Choudhary, Ravi Shankar Dubey and Vandana Bhargava, to be present on the next date of hearing.

The Bench asked if the Sahara Group had any other offer to make regarding refund of money to its investors. Jethmalani said his briefing counsel was not available so he was not in a position to make any statement.

Another counsel for the group, C A Sundaram, told the court that the third party companies, whose title deeds of various properties remained with Sebi, were willing to pass a resolution to make them saleable. The bench posted the matter for March 4.

Air India joins fare war, offers up to 30% discount - 2/26/2014

NDTV Air India joins fare war, offers up to 30% discount

Days after budget carriers led by SpiceJet lowered ticket rates by up to 75 per cent to avail early summer season bookings, Air India joined the fare war today offering discounts on select routes.

The national carrier announced up to 30 per cent discount on advance ticket purchases with an extended travel period on select flights on local routes as well as domestic leg of international flights.

The scheme covers 115 flights and offers approximately 30 per cent discount on the apex 30, 60 and 90 levels, Air India said in a release here.

The booking for tickets under the 'Short Term Promotion Sale Bonanza' will start tomorrow and would continue till March 1. The scheme covers the travel period from March 29 to September 30, it said.

Under the offer, one-way ticket for the Goa-Mumbai sector will cost Rs.1,586 (excluding taxes), while passengers will have to shell out Rs.3,470 (excluding taxes) for journey between Mumbai and Kolkata.

Similarly, a one-way journey on the Thiruvananthapuram- Mumbai will cost as low as Rs. 2,557, while the fare for a Delhi-Lucknow flight stands at Rs. 1, 889.

On Monday, SpiceJet triggered a third round of fare war in the last one month, lowering fares by up to 75 per cent. The no-frill airline had announced a 50 per cent and 30 per cent reduction in fares in quick succession in mid-January to attract customers.

The move was immediately aped by its rivals IndiGo and GoAir with almost matching discounts.

AirAsia offers 5 lakh free tickets on select routes - 2/25/2014

NDTV AirAsia offers 5 lakh free tickets on select routes

Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia, which is awaiting flying permit from the Indian aviation regulator to launch its services in the domestic market, on Tuesday said it is offering 5 lakh free seats along with 18 lakh low-fare promotional seats from Kuala Lumpur on select routes.

The bookings under the offer, which commenced yesterday, can be made till March 2 for the travel period from October 1 to April 30 next year, AirAsia said in a release here.

As part of the scheme, the airline has offered an all-inclusive fares starting from as low as Rs. 6,999 from Kochi, Kolkata, Tiruchirappalli, Chennai, Bangalore to Kuala Lumpur, the airline said adding, the fares for Chennai-Bangkok sector have been fixed at Rs. 7,999.

"This free seats promotion allows everyone to enjoy exquisite holiday destination options at very fair and
realistic prices," AirAsia group chief commercial officer Siegtraund Teh said.

Apart from domestic destinations (in Malaysia), the international destinations which are being offered under the promotion include Singapore, Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Bali, Bangkok, Hat Yai, Surat Thani, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh among others, through AirAsia's five Malaysian hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, the release said.

The promotional offer is available for booking at airline's website as well as via AirAsia's mobile apps, the release said.

Sanjay Dutt out of jail 40% of time, Bombay HC asks why he is special - 2/25/2014

Indian Express Sanjay Dutt has been granted parole three times by the Maharashtra government.

On March 21, when Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is due to return to Yerawada Central jail, he would have spent 118 of his 305 days of imprisonment — almost 40 per cent of the time he is supposed to serve — either on furlough for the treatment of his leg pain or on parole sought citing his wife Manyata’s illness.

This apparent leniency of the state government came in for flak from the Bombay High Court on Tuesday which rapped the government for showing “extra diligence” in the case and discriminating between Dutt and other convicts.

The court also directed the state’s chief secretary to form a committee comprising senior home, law and judiciary department officials, representatives of jail administration and other competent officers to suggest amendments to the rules and procedure related to screening of parole and furlough applications.

“This type of diligence is not shown for all convicts. Why does the state government adopt a casual approach when the convict is a common man? We have seen in many cases convicts approach us stating their parole and furlough applications are not decided for months together and then we have to interfere and direct for their pleas to be processed,” a division bench of justices N H Patil and V L Achliya said while hearing a PIL against extension of parole to Dutt.

Dutt’s conviction for possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case was upheld by the Supreme Court in March last year and he was lodged in Yerawada in May to serve the rest of his five-year sentence as he had spent 18 months in custody earlier.

In the last week of September, he was granted a 14-day furlough which he had sought to treat his leg pain. This was extended for another 14 days.

In December, he was granted parole, which was extended once in January. Dutt again applied to the divisional commissioner asking for another one-month extension and this was granted a week back.

“On March 21, when Dutt comes back, he would have spent 118 days out of jail from the 305 days from May last year. He can again apply for furlough and parole from May this year, which we think he will. Of these 118 days, 14 days of the extended parole will not be counted in his sentence and he will have to serve it later,” said a senior prisons department officer.

“Several other inmates, including those serving for even very serious crimes, are granted paroles and subsequent extensions. It’s just that his case has attracted attention as he is a celebrity,” the officer said.

Bombay high court questions repeated parole extensions for Sanjay Dutt - 2/25/2014

Bombay high court questions repeated parole extensions for Sanjay Dutt

NEW DELHI: The Bombay high court on Tuesday questioned the parole extension for actor Sanjay Dutt. The court was hearing a petition which questioned the discretion used by authorities in granting parole and furlough to Dutt.

The court has asked for all papers based on which the parole was extended. The petitioner has claimed that Sanjay Dutt has got 118 days parole out of 307 days behind bars, Times Now reported.

Earlier, the Centre also sought a report from the Maharashtra government over repeated parole given to Sanjay Dutt, sentenced to six years imprisonment in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The home ministry in a communication has asked the state government to clarify why the 54-year-old Bollywood actor has been given special privilege by granting parole thrice within less than a year since he went to jail.

Dutt was convicted by the Supreme Court for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and was sentenced to six years of imprisonment.

He had earlier served 18 months of jail and had surrendered himself before a Mumbai court on May 18, 2013 to serve the remaining period of his imprisonment.

Since then, Dutt has been granted parole three times by the Maharashtra government.

Dutt has been out on parole since December 21 and was to return to the Yerawada Jail in Pune on February 21. Reports said he had again applied for parole in order to attend his ailing wife and look after his twin children and his wish was reportedly granted and his parole was again extended till March 21.

Sunanda Tharoor was given 'Russian poison', claims Subramanian Swamy - 2/24/2014


Five weeks after Sunanda Pushkar's mysterious death at a New Delhi hotel, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy are locked in a verbal war.

Pushkar's husband Tharoor has dared Swamy to furnish proof of a foul play while Swamy has hit back at him, saying there was evidence of poisoning.

Watch video: Sunanda Pushkar died due to poisoning, claims Swamy

"From belly upwards Sunanda had horrific injuries. Her nostrils were squeezed to open her mouth to administer Russian poison," Swamy tweeted on Monday.

But Tharoor said he has stopped taking Swamy seriously.

"As far as we are concerned, we had absolutely nothing to be worried about in terms of ourselves. If Subramanian Swamy has some inside information about some murder, believe me the family would be the first to want to know. I have long stopped taking Swamy seriously," Tharoor told Headlines Today.

However, Swamy said he would bring the case to its conclusion once there is a change in government at the Centre.

"I will have to file either a PIL or when there is a government that is more responsive to the public, like Narendra Modi's government, at that time I will take it up and see that it (the case) is brought to a conclusion," Swamy told Headlines Today.

"Why is Shashi Tharoor feeling so nervous? He should be one who should be standing up and say I want a complete inquiry to be done. Why did he get rushed through the cremation of his wife within a day? This is ridiculous. There are many things which are wrong with it," Swamy said.

Reacting to the charges, Tharoor said: "Frankly, grief is a very private emotion. I don't think anybody in the BJP has any business to know what I am feeling and in fact if they did, they should immediately qualify for psychology or a psychiatry degree".

However, Swamy said sources in the Delhi Police have told him in private that it was a "gruesome murder".

"Why is Tharoor so keen to declare the case as death due to natural causes? We want to get to the bottom of the matter. What is the need to have no photos token of her body? Whatever photos were taken was destroyed. Delhi police probe is not moving forward. Police sources till me in private that it is a gruesome murder."

Swamy, however, said this was not the BJP's stand. "This is not a party issue."

Pushkar was found dead days after she was locked in a bitter Twitter tiff with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, suspecting her of having an affair with her husband. Tarar denied the allegations though.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi told Headlines Today that police was carrying out necessary inquiries. "The outcome will soon be submitted to concerned quarters," he said.

Nokia launches first Android phones - 2/24/2014


Nokia has unveiled its first family of Android phones at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

The X, X+ and XL will range in price from 89 euros (£74) to 109 euros.

Up until now Nokia's suite of smartphones has used the Windows operating system. The announcement had been widely expected despite Microsoft detailing plans to buy Nokia's mobile division at the end of 2013.

Analysts have called the announcement a "perplexing strategic move".

The entry-level X model will feature a 4in (10.2cm) screen with 512MB Ram and a three-megapixel camera. The X+ will have 768MB Ram and a 4GB MicroSD card.

X phones

The top-end XL will have a 5in screen, a front-facing two-megapixel camera and a rear five-megapixel camera.

The X will go on sale immediately in several territories including Europe and Asia Pacific. The X+ and XL will launch in April.

Users who buy one of the X models will be able to use Microsoft's free cloud-storage system, OneDrive. The software giant's email software, Outlook, will also ship as standard on all models.

'Bitter pill'

The messaging service BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be pre-installed on the phones as will social network Twitter, video app Vine and the game Plants vs. Zombies 2.

More than 1.1 million devices running Android are expected to ship this year compared with 360,000 using the Windows operating system, according to data from research analysts Gartner.

Microsoft agreed to buy Nokia's mobile phone business in a deal worth 5.4bn euros ($7.2bn; £4.6bn).

At the time, the company's then chief executive, Steve Ballmer, called the deal a "big, bold step forward", adding the company was in the process of transforming itself from one that "was known for software and PCs, to a company that focuses on devices and services".

Critics say Microsoft has been too slow to respond to the booming market for mobile devices.

X phonesNokia hopes the phones will appeal to customers in emerging markets

Nokia was once a leader in mobile phones but has struggled in recent years.

The growth area for mobile phone companies is now in emerging markets, where low-cost Android models sell particularly well.

Analysts CCS Insight head of research Ben Wood said: "Nokia was caught between a rock and a hard place.

"Non-participation‎ in the low-cost smartphone market where Android is rampant leaves a lot of money on the table but turning to Android must have been a bitter pill to swallow.

"If you stand back, for a soon-to-be Microsoft-owned company to embrace Android is a perplexing strategic move.

"I believe it was a ‎decision where Nokia felt it had few other options given Android's entry-level dominance in phones and apps, particularly in emerging markets," he added.

Lumia phonesNokia runs Windows on its Lumia range of smartphones

The deal between Microsoft and Nokia has not yet been finalised, and at a Microsoft press conference on Sunday the vice-president of operating systems for Windows, Joe Belfiore, was asked what he thought about Nokia's decision to launch an Android phone.

He replied: "Some things we're excited about, some things we're less excited about. Whatever they do, we're very supportive of them."

Mr Wood believes that despite Monday's announcement Nokia's primary focus remains its Windows phones.

"Given its looming ownership by Microsoft, it will be doing everything it can to get Microsoft to push Windows ‎Phone down to the entry-level smartphone space and will be hoping it's flirtation with Android does not dilute this," he said.

Nokia's senior vice president Stephen Elop confirmed that the Lumina remains "our primary smartphone platform" and that the X range would be used as a "feeder system",

Why raw honey is good for you - 2/24/2014

NDTVWhy raw honey is good for you The medicinal properties of honey are as exciting as its breadth of flavour

Sticky, fragrant honey is nature's most interesting sweetener and always astonishing in the way its scent, taste and colour reflects the flora from which the bees collect their nectar. Honey from pine forests and heather moors tends to be more amber in colour, with a stronger, resinous flavour. Honey from orange blossom or acacia is lighter in taste and hue. Lavender honey captures that plant's distinctive herbaceous perfume, and manuka has a toffee-like quality.

Bees like buzzing around cities, too. In Liverpool, you can buy fantastic Postcode Honey that varies with hive location (L8 for Toxteth, for instance):, and see how the flavour and colour change almost from street to street.

Why is honey good for me?
Raw, cold extracted honey hasn't been heat-treated and "purified", so still contains its full complement of enzymes and antioxidants, and has antibacterial properties. Manuka honey is most effective in killing antibiotic-resistant infections, such as MRSA.

Manuka is the only honey so far that is widely acknowledged to have proven medicinal effects, but earlier this year a study at the University of Glasgow's School of Veterinary Medicine found that heather honey also killed MRSA microbes and three other strains of pathogenic bacteria.

Raw honey is increasingly used to treat hard-to-heal wounds. Several studies support the traditional use of honey as a cough soother. But like all sugars, honey should only be eaten in small amounts, which isn't that hard, because its natural intensity makes it tough to overdo anyway.

Where to buy and what to pay
Wholefood shops have the range of raw honeys, but also checkout local honeys at farmers' markets. If you are looking for a raw honey with activity strong enough to be therapeutic, go for one labeled 10+. Guide price: £5-£10 per 340g pot of raw honey, more for manuka.

• Joanna Blythman is the author of What To Eat (Fourth Estate, £9.99). To order a copy for £7.99 with free UK p&p, go to

Grilled honeyed chicken skewersThese make a tasty little party snack; but, if you don't have time to make skewers, grill the thighs whole and finish in the oven for a delicious supper with salad and rice.

Serves 4
½ tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp fennel seeds
5 tbsp flavoursome honey
Juice and zest of 1 lemon, 1 extra to serve
Juice and zest of 1 orange
4 spring onions, finely chopped
4 sprigs of thyme, leaves stripped from stalks and chopped
2 sprigs rosemary, leaves stripped from stalks and chopped
1 sprig sage, leaves stripped from stalks and chopped
8 boneless chicken thighs, skinned and cut into 4cm squares
Salt and pepper

1 Soak some wooden skewers in water. Toast the coriander and fennel seeds in a small pan until golden and then grind them in a pestle and mortar or grinder.

2 Warm the honey a little and measure it out with a hot spoon into a bowl, along with the orange and lemon juices and zest, spring onions and herbs and finally the ground spices.

3 Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Toss in the marinade and leave for as long as you can, but for at least a couple of hours.

4 When you are ready to cook the chicken, heat the grill or a ridged grill pan, lift the meat out of the marinade and set in a sieve or colander while you thread on to skewers. Grill the skewers until golden brown on each side until cooked through.

5 Transfer to a warm serving plate and serve with some wedges of lemon to squeeze on top.

Rosie Sykes is head chef of Fitzbillies ( and co-author of The Kitchen Revolution (Ebury Press, £25). To order a copy for £19.99 with free UK p&p, go to

Photo: Honey has long been prized for its medicinal properties - qualities now backed up by modern medicine. Photography: Jill Mead for the Guardia

Capital for new Andhra: Kurnool, Tirupati in fray - 2/23/2014


Following the passage of Telangana bill in Parliament, the residual state of Andhra Pradesh is now facing the task of choosing a new capital city with various leaders pitching for their regions.

T G Venkatesh, Minor Irrigation Minister in the outgoing Kiran Kumar Reddy government, said Kurnool should be the capital of the new Andhra Pradesh. Venkatesh hails from Kurnool district.

There should not be any bad blood between the Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra regions, unlike that between Telangana and Seemandhra in the undivided Andhra Pradesh, Venkatesh said.

He suggested that there could be two capitals, to satisfy both the regions.

Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy, a former TDP MLA who heads an outfit which champions the cause of Rayalaseema, also demanded that Kurnool be the new capital.

Senior Congress MP from Tirupati, Chinta Mohan, wants the famous temple town as the new capital.

Rayalaseema comprises districts of Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantapur.

The Centre has said that a committee would be set up to go into the issue of the new capital for residuary Andhra Pradesh.

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