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Seven burnt alive as tanker overturns, explodes on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway - 3/22/2014

NDTV hane:  At least seven people were burnt alive and thirteen others injured - five of them critically - when a tanker filled with highly inflammable material caught fire after overturning near Thane on Saturday.

The mishap took place near Chaori check post on the Mumbai-Ahmedbad Highway at around 3 pm, officials in the district disaster control room said.

The tanker, said to be carrying petrol, went up in flames after overturning and exploding. Three persons travelling in the vehicle and four others walking on the road were burnt alive, control room chief Jaideep Visave said, adding the tanker was on its way to Mumbai from Ahmedabad.

Fire fighters and ambulances from nearby towns were rushed to the spot.

The explosion was so powerful that at least six vehicles - two autorickshaws, one bike, two cars and a hand cart - got damaged, police said.

The leaping flames from the burning vehicle also gutted a portion of a hotel, located nearby.

The highway was partially opened to traffic in the evening after fire brigade and highway authorities managed to extinguish the fire and tow the tanker away.

Some of the injured were admitted to a hospital in Kasa, five of them are said to be in a critical condition; other injured people have been shifted to Thane civil hospital, police said.

Most of the victims are charred beyond recognition and police are planning to conduct DNA tests to identify them, sources said.hane:  At least seven people were burnt alive and thirteen others injured - five of them critically - when a tanker filled with highly inflammable material caught fire after overturning near Thane on Saturday.

The mishap took place near Chaori check post on the Mumbai-Ahmedbad Highway at around 3 pm, officials in the district disaster control room said.

The tanker, said to be carrying petrol, went up in flames after overturning and exploding. Three persons travelling in the vehicle and four others walking on the road were burnt alive, control room chief Jaideep Visave said, adding the tanker was on its way to Mumbai from Ahmedabad.

Fire fighters and ambulances from nearby towns were rushed to the spot.

The explosion was so powerful that at least six vehicles - two autorickshaws, one bike, two cars and a hand cart - got damaged, police said.

The leaping flames from the burning vehicle also gutted a portion of a hotel, located nearby.

The highway was partially opened to traffic in the evening after fire brigade and highway authorities managed to extinguish the fire and tow the tanker away.

Some of the injured were admitted to a hospital in Kasa, five of them are said to be in a critical condition; other injured people have been shifted to Thane civil hospital, police said.

Most of the victims are charred beyond recognition and police are planning to conduct DNA tests to identify them, sources said.

Actor Sanjay Dutt to return to Pune jail today - 3/22/2014

TOI
Actor Sanjay Dutt to return to Pune jail today

Actor Sanjay Dutt (55) will head back to Yerawada jail in Pune on Saturday morning as his extended parole ends on Friday. Dutt did not seek any further extension as he has exhausted his two legally permissible 30-day extensions under the prisons rules.

The Supreme Court had upheld Dutt's conviction under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and reduced an original six-year sentence to five. After surrendering in May 2013, since he had been out on bail, Dutt was out within four months on a month-long furlough in October. He returned to jail only to be granted parole on December 6, 2013, on the grounds that his wife Manyata (37) was unwell and needed medical care. However, he furnished his Rs 5,000 surety only on December 20, 2013, when the winter state assembly session ended and walked out of prison. Manyata was hospitalized in January, after she complained of lung complications and doctors removed water from her lungs.

The actor has since sought two parole extensions, which ended on Friday. Manyata is back at their Bandra residence and though her health is stable, she continues to be under medical treatment at home, said sources close to the family.

The actor's frequent release from prison had prompted a city lawyer to file a PIL last month raising the issue of uniform application of parole and furlough rules to all prisoners and to stop its discretionary misuse. The Bombay High Court on February 25 ordered the state to set up a committee headed by Chief Secretary to suggest changes to the prison leave rules and screening process after observing that 'diligence' shown in Dutt's case could be shown to others as well.

"The PIL addresses larger issues regarding reforms in rules of furlough and parole,'' the HC said observing how in many case it had to direct grant of parole in genuine cases.

Dubai : Ex-Dubai woman gets 20 years for setting husband on fire in bathtub in US - 3/20/2014

MN

Dubai : March 20, 2014: An Indian woman from Dubai has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a US court after being convicted of arson leading to her husband’s death.
Shriya Patel, 27, earlier faced the death sentence for allegedly dousing her husband Bimal Patel, 29, with gasoline and setting him on fire after luring him to a hot oil massage in the bathtub of their apartment in Austin, Texas, in April 2012.

Western media reported that although Shriya’s family was not present in the courtroom on March 10, her 23-year-old brother, based in Dubai, was Skyped in on a television screen.
They said the brother contested the state’s depiction of Shriya as an upper-class young woman, saying she hadn’t studied in London and had been raised in a middle-class family in Dubai.

“Her father worked in a factory and her mother was a housewife,” one report said.
When XPRESS contacted the brother in Dubai on March 13, he declined to comment.
Reports quoted an investigator telling the US court that Shriya was not happy with her arranged marriage with Bimal and had been in the US for only a week before the incident.
They said she poured gasoline over Bimal as he lay in the bathtub and set him on fire with two candles in the bathroom. They said Shriya planned her husband’s murder by purchasing a gas tank, gasoline and candles.

Coma before death

Reports quoted officials as saying Bimal, who suffered severe burns, was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital after police responded to emergency calls from neighbours.
He remained in hospital in a coma until he died from his wounds five months later.
Prosecutors were quoted as saying Shriya was upset because Bimal, a budding screenwriter, had been laid off and did not live up to her expectations.
Reports said Shriya, found guilty of the lesser first-degree felony of arson causing death, has already served two years of incarceration and is likely to be eligible for parole in three years.


Kuwait : Coastal NRIs to intensify fight for direct flight - 3/20/2014

daijiworld Kuwait, Mar 20:  Presidents and office bearers of various Karnataka State Associations in Kuwait yesterday met visiting congress leader Ivan DSouza, Secretary of Karnataka State Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and discussed the issue of deliberate or planned cancellation of Air India Express flights to Kuwait-Mangalore sector throwing away the travel plans of thousands of NRIs from Coastal Karnataka and Northern parts of  Kerala in Kuwait. The meeting was arranged by United Associations of Karnataka (UAKK) convened by well known Social activist Elias Sanctis. The meeting was held on March 19, 2014 in Salmiya Play School in Rumaithiya, Kuwait.


































Elias Sanctis briefed about the difficulties faced  by the Coastal Karnataka community with the cancellation of flight services to the said route by Air IIndia Express Management.

Hasan Yusuf, Chief Coordinator of United associations of Karnataka (UAKK)  gave  details of the UAKK efforts and follow ups with various  concerned authorities.

Fr. Francis  D’Almeida SJ,  Vice Principal of St. Aloysius College, Mangalore was also present during the meeting, he expressed the concerns on issues faced by the community during their travel due to the discontinuation of flights in this route. He also said that all the Associations and general public affected must come together and  address the issue to our Government in Karnataka and to all the elected representatives from the region.
Mr. Ivan D’souza President of Rachana- Catholic chamber of commerce & Industry Mangalore and a Lawyer in profession is also dissatisfied with the decision made by Indian Carrier. He shared his experience of his journey on his way to Kuwait  via Mumbai which was a 6 hour ordeal at Mumbai airport alone!. He insisted to take the matter  with higher authorities and the Government and all the elected leaders regardless of political parties so that the Coastal Karnataka NRIs  living in Kuwait get their cancelled sector reinstated.

Speaking on the occasion, Ivan D’Souza said that retaining the direct flight services to Kuwait-Mangalore sector is a social obligation of Indian Government as more than 130,000 Coastal NRIs work here.   He assured to the leaders of UAKK member associations that he would help to intensify the Campaign and take up the issue with Central Govt. and the concerned Aviation Ministry authorities.  He said that Mangalore is an International airport and is having all the facilities to receive international flights 24 hours either from National Carriers or other interested International airline companies. Looking at the aggravated situation of travelling to this sector, he said that Aviation Ministry can grant the landing permission to private airlines such as JET AIRWAYS, Etihad airlines or any other interested airline companies.

Intensify the Follow Up with Ministry of CIVIL AVIATION

UAKK has decided to intensify the struggle until we get direct flight sevices to Kuwait-Mangalore sector.  Various aspects of way forward actions were discussed by the heads of Associations and the following  Task Force Committee has been formed to follow up on the issue with the Aviation Ministry of India.

1) Ivan D’Souza – Secretary, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee
2) Elyas Sanctis – Prominent NRI & Well known Social Activist
3) Fr Francis D’Almeida SJ – Vice Principal, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
4) Hasan Yusuf – Chief Coordinator, UAKK
5) Satishchandra Shetty – Prominent NRI & Entrepreneur
6) Pascal Pinto – Prominent NRI and well known Social activist
7) Lawrence Pinto – Prominent NRI and well known social activist
8) Archie Menezes – Well known Social activist

The task force committee has decided to form a core delegation in Mangalore in the near future comprising of Central Ministers and MPs,  State Ministers & MLAs from Coastal Karnataka including other VIPs and personally go to Delhi and pressurize the concerned Aviation Ministry authorities until they retain the flight services to KUWAIT – MANGALORE sector immediately.


Harassed by teachers, schoolgirls end lives - 3/19/2014

UT

Bangalore, 19 March 2014: Two tenth-standard girl students of a private high school allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the Sankey Tank on Tuesday after they were reportedly punished by their teacher.

 

The 15-year-old girls were studying at the Mary Immaculate High School in Lakkasandra Extension near Wilson Garden. The police gave their names as Sonali, a resident of Tavarekere and Priyanka, a resident of Jayanagar.

 

J Priyanka, one of the victims.

 

According to the police, the two girls, along with seven other students, were made to stand outside the classroom on Tuesday morning as they were not performing well.The teacher is alleged to have threatened them that they would be denied admission ticket for the final examinations.

 

The two students who were reportedly upset and felt insulted, ran away from the school. Around noon, teachers realised that Priyanka and Sonali were missing and informed their parents, who immediately rushed to the school. The search for their wards went in vain.

 

The two girls left their school bags with suicide notes in it on the bench near Sankey tank in Bangalore on Tuesday.

 

The police said the girls had written a one-page note, which was found in the school bag of one of the victims, alleging that their teachers Philomena Emanuel and Maria Laina were harassing them for quite some time over their below-par academic performance. The girls also sought forgiveness from their parents for taking the extreme step and wished their classmates luck for their exams, said a senior police officer.

 

The two girls, according to police, took a bus to Sankey Tank from near the school. Police suspect that the girls removed their shoes, left their bags on a bench and tied their hands with the school tie before jumping into the water. Around 4 pm, a passerby noticed the bodies floating in the tank. Fire personnel and police fished out the bodies and sent them to M S Ramaiah Hospital for postmortem. The Sadashivanagar police have registered a case. School authorities were not available for comment as the incident came to light after school hours.


Bangalore: Will redeem dad's legacy: Geetha Shivarajkumar - 3/19/2014

MN

Bangalore, Mar 19 2014:  Setting her apart from your typical neta, Geetha Shivarajkumar, trying her luck these Lok Sabha elections as a JD(S) candidate in Shimoga, refuses to talk ill of her opponents in the constituency and claims her only agenda is to complete her father, the late S Bangarappa's unfinished work.At a Meet the Press programme organised by the Press Club of Bangalore and the Bangalore Reporters’ Guild here on Tuesday, Mrs Geetha, who was accompanied by her star husband, refused to go to town on the corruption charges against her main opponent and former chief minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, or take on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, or even her brother, Kumar Bangarappa.

Beyond referring to Mr Yeddyurappa as a senior leader, she had nothing more to say about him and on her brother, all she said was, He is in another political set-up and has his own way of handling issues. As for herself she said, I am going to people with Mr Bangarappa’s legacy. My father did a lot for the district and had many dreams for it, which remain unfinished. Our family will carry out those dreams and take forward his work.

Her actor husband, Shivarajkumar was equally firm that they were not here to merely run down their opponents to get ahead. But what if politics forced his wife to take some wrong decisions? If she is forced into such a situation, I will ask her to resign before she goes any further. There are thousands of ways to make money. Our family respects people as we owe them what we have. Betraying their trust is unacceptable to us, he shot back.

When reminded that as a politician, his wife would have to face her share of controversies, he remained unflappable, saying, I and my family are ready for such eventualities. It is a part and parcel of the field, we have to face this sort of thing.

Maintaining it was entirely his wifes idea to enter politics, he said she had his full backing, however. When the offer came, I asked her what she wanted and supported her in her decision. Everyone tries to see her only as Dr Rajkumar’s daughter-in-law, but the truth is she is also Mr Bangarappas daughter. Contrary to rumours that our family was opposed to Geethas entry into politics, everyone has supported her, he asserted.

Agreeing that his father , the late Kannada movie icon, Dr Rajkumar, had his reservations about politics and never wanted to enter it himself, he clarified, That does not mean he hated politics or politicians. If that was so he would not have got a daughter-in-law from a political family. As for his own political ambitions, Mr Shivarajkumar said he had none.

I am very short tempered. If I feel some injustice is being done, I may beat up somebody. I will not fit into that field , the film industry is my forte.


I will defeat Narendra Modi in Varanasi, says Arvind Kejriwal - 3/18/2014

IT

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday asserted that he was determined to defeat BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha election in Varanasi.

"I was reading in some newspapers that it will be a symbolic fight (in Varanasi) and it is Modi who will win," Kejriwal told a meting of Muslims.

"I want to tell him (Modi) that I am going (to Varanasi) not only to fight but I am going to defeat him," he said.

Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party's "success story" of Delhi would be repeated in the Lok Sabha election.

"In the Delhi (assembly) elections, nobody knew our candidates. But they defeated those who were MLAs for 20 years. I feel this will be repeated in the 2014 general election."

Kejriwal, who was repeatedly cheered, was addressing a meeting of Muslims attended by over 500 professionals and intellectuals.

There was a roaring approval when the former Delhi chief minister demanded to know who from among the audience will go to Varanasi to back him in the election.

Amid cries of "Inquilab Zindabad", scores of hands went up in the hall.

Kejriwal has said that he will hold a rally in Varanasi to decide if people want him to take on Modi, who the BJP has fielded in the Hindu holy town in Uttar Pradesh.





TV channels retrained after skipper Dhoni files Rs 100-crore defamation suit - 3/18/2014

Indian Express

The Madras High Court restrained Zee News and News Nation channels from telecasting any news linking India cricket captain M S Dhoni with the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting/fixing scam.

The interim order, effective for two weeks, was passed by Justice S Tamilvanan on a defamation suit filed by Dhoni claiming Rs 100 crore damages from the Zee Media Corporation for allegedly telecasting “malicious” news that he was involved in betting, spot and match fixing of IPL matches.

“I am of the view that there is a prima facie case and the balance of convenience is also in favour of the plaintiff. Hence interim injection granted for a period of two weeks,” the judge said in his order after perusing Dhoni’s affidavit.

He issued notice to defendants Zee Media Corporation Limited, Zee News Editor and Business Head Sudhir Chaudary, IPS officer G Sampath Kumar (who initially probed the IPL betting scam) and News Nation network private limited.

Dhoni, in his suit, submitted that the defendants had been carrying highly defamatory, scandalous and libellous false reports and statements since February 11, 2014.

The first and second defendants Zee Media Corporation Limited (Zee News) and Sudhir Chaudary, Editor and Business Head of Zee News Channel, Essel Studios, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, in collusion with the third defendant IPS officer G Sampath Kumar have been telecasting and broadcasting and posting in their websites false reports insinuating that Dhoni was involved in illegal activities of betting, match fixing and spot fixing.

Similarly, defendant no.4, News Nation network private limited (News National channel) Noida, UP, joined the tirade against Dhoni and later on went to the extent of stating that Dhoni was summoned by the Tamil Nadu police, which was also utterly false, the affidavit stated.

He charged that actions were done with an intention to project Dhoni as an object of hate and ridicule to the general public. The general public, especially IPL fans of Chennai Superkings in Chennai, have been negatively influenced by the malicious false reports, it claimed.

The sole agenda of the defendants was somehow to malign and destroy the reputation of the plaintiff in the eyes of the millions of his fans and cricket lovers all over the world.

Plaintiff has filed the suit because his fundamental right and personal rights had been breached by the telecast and broadcast of the malicious news.

He sought a permanent injunction restraining the defendants, their associations, sister concerns, agents, officers, correspondents, employees or any other person or entity in print or electronic media or via internet or otherwise from publishing/republishing or in any other manner circulating any news insinuating or denigrating his integrity and honesty as a cricketer except the publication of the news of the exact judicial order if any passed by the court.

Damages are to be paid jointly and severally by all the defendants for an amount of Rs 100 crore, the affidavit said.


Will marry when I find the right girl, says Rahul Gandhi - 3/17/2014

IT

Rahul Gandhi's marriage plans have been a perennial topic of speculation but he  says he would tie the knot only when he finds the "right girl".

This is a question that comes all the time, all the time. Right now I am engaged in fighting the elections.

Unfortunately I have not been focused on private life," he replied when asked during an interview with PTI as to when he intended to get married.

Rahul Gandhi says he would tie the knot only when he finds the 'right girl'.

"Is it two years from now, one year from now?" he was asked.

"When I find the right girl," said the 43-year-old Gandhi scion.

Question: That means you have not found the right girl?

Rahul: When I find the right girl, I will get married.

The Congress vice president, a pet lover, was asked about his other hobbies.

He replied to say that he read quite a bit, "too much non-fiction" and "too much about things related to my work" --history, geography, political affairs...a lot about the middle east, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China.

Gandhi said he did not watch as many Hindi movies as his sister Priyanka does. But he came away disappointed often with the mainstream movies of Hollywood.

He has no favourite actors or actresses. "I appreciate a good performance."




Bangalore: Four Congress veterans ask Sonia: Why Rizwan - 3/17/2014

MN

Bangalore:Mar 17, 2014:  The Bangalore Central Lok Sabha seat continues to be a point of contention in the Congress with four prominent Muslim leaders including two former ministers, C.M. Ibrahim and Naseer Ahmed and two state ministers, Roshan Baig and Qamarul Islam, reportedly writing a letter to AICC president, Sonia Gandhi requesting her to reconsider the party decision and field a strong candidate from Bangalore Central Lok Sabha seat instead of debutant and KPYCC president, Rizwan Arshad.

The reason for this: Mr Ibrahim is said to have evinced keen interest in contesting from the seat. Rizwan Arshad had pipped veteran leader Jaffer Sharief in the race for the seat leading to an explosive situation with Sharief threatening to quit the party and the JD(S) waiting to welcome him with open hands.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, a senior leader said, Yes, they have written a letter to Mrs Gandhi, stating that Mr Arshad will be a weak candidat in Bangalore Central, which was once represented by former railway minnister, C.K. Jafer Sharief for a record number of times, when it was part of Bangalore North, prior to delimitation in 2009.

These leaders expect Mr Sharief to contest from Bangalore Central despite being denied the ticket to ensure that he can retain the seat for one of his grandsons later. Mr Sharief may not contest from elsewhere, instead he may opt to contest from Bangalore Central where the Congress has denied him the chance. So the decision to field a fresh face could prove disastrous for the party, the source added.

The leaders are hoping that Mr Siddaramaiah pitches in at the last minute to secure the ticket for his close aide, Mr Ibrahim by placating Mr Arshad.


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