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Police officers accused of another custodial death
Report dated 31/03/2013 @ 1:42 PM
Four Punjab police personnel were booked on murder charges after a Dalit man, Gurmel Chand, 38, died while in custody at a police station in Hoshiarpur district.
Gurmel was taken into police custody after a complaint was made by a father and son saying he had not returned money he had borrowed from them. Police did not register an FIR against the man at the time.
A case was only registered after Gurmel's village people protested and the Hoshiarpur DC ordered a judicial probe into the death while in custody.
Police eventually registered a case against one Balkar Singh and three unidentified police personnel responsible for jailing Gurmel as well as the father and son complainants.
Tata Consultancy Services top employer in Europe
Report dated 30/03/2013 @ 2:13 PM
According to CRF Institute, an independent organisation that identifies leading performers in the field of human resources worldwide, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the number one employer in Europe for 2013.
TCS was first among 20 companies participating at a continental level, which requires each company to have been previously certified as a top employer in at least five individual countries in Europe. The final group of 20 companies participated at a national level in 26 European countries with their 129 certified subsidiaries.
TCS has been adjudged top employer for the first time in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Its UK unit secured the certification for a third year in a row.
David Plink CEO of CFI, that was founded in 1991, said TCS is not only a great employer for their staff but they also set an example for other employers around the world.
Dine in style on a Double Decker bus on Mumbai’s Marine Drive
Report dated 29/03/2013 @ 2:12 PM
A private company has launched a luxury drive atop an open-air bus that includes a mobile restaurant where visitors can dine on a 12 course meal while they enjoy the sights of the 'Queen's Necklace' on Marine Drive's four km seaside stretch.
Launched by Chennai based 'The Moving Cart' the drive will include a 90 minute ride along the Arabian Sea coast, that is offered three times day. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian 12 course meals are offered. Permission to serve alcohol is soon expected
The topless bus can accommodate 20 passengers on each deck, the lower of which is air-conditioned. Hardik Shah the co-founder of Moving Cart said one such luxury ride is already operational in Chennai. Cost of the meals range from Rs.1200 to Rs.1400.
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will assist the company market the idea.
“India is world's youngest nation”
Report dated 29/03/2013 @ 2:11 PM
The UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) has found that India is the world's youngest nation in terms of population of people 90 years and over. China is next.
ONS compared the UK's 90 and over population and found that while nearly 800 per 100,000 population were 90 and above, the number stood at just 75 for India and 150 for China, making India the youngest nation. China and India have younger age profiles but also have a lower life expectancy than developed nations.
Japan had by far the highest number of persons aged 90 and over. Sweden and Italy had above average numbers aged 90 and over per 100,000 population.
Africa is the least aged region of the world owing to both higher fertility and much lower life expectancy than other world regions.
Sanjay Dutt: I will surrender, have not appealed for pardon
Report dated 28/03/2013 @ 3:42 PM
Sanjay Dutt, who has been ordered by the Supreme Court to return to jail to complete a five-year sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, on Thursday said he has not sought any pardon and will surrender in time.
Amid a growing clamour for his clemency, the 53-year-old Bollywood actor said, "All I can tell you is I have not applied for pardon.
"There are many other people who deserve pardon. I want to tell with folded hands to the media, the honourable citizens of the country that when I am not going for pardon then there can be no debate about it," said Dutt, who broke down during his interaction with the press.
The actor, who has been handed down five years imprisonment by the Supreme Court in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, said he had the highest respect for the apex court and will abide by all terms and conditions put forth by it.
"The honourable Supreme Court has given me time to surrender and I will surrender in that time," he said as sister and MP Priya Dutt comforted him.
As Dutt has already served 18 months in jail, he would have to undergo the imprisonment for three-and-a-half-years. The apex court has given him four-week time to surrender.
"I am shattered and this is the tough time in my life. With folded hands I request the media and citizens let me be at peace," he said.
Several noted personalities including Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju and actor-turned-politicians Jaya Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha had sought pardon for Sanjay Dutt.
When pointed out that Dutt will not seek clemency, Katju, however, said he will go ahead and apply for his pardon.
Katju had said Dutt should be pardoned under Article 161 of the Constitution as he had not been found guilty of having played a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.
Asked about Dutt's stand, Congress Spokesperson Rashid Alvi said that the party does not comment on judicial matters.
Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Rampur Lok Sabha MP Jayaprada had on March 26 met Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan and sought clemency for the actor.
"There are very, very tough times in my life and in our lives. I want to thank everybody who supported us and me. I just want to tell everyone from the media that I have got very few days left and I want to finish all my work. I also have to spend time with my family," Dutt said.
Today is the first time that Dutt has ventured out of his house in suburban Bandra since the Supreme Court verdict. He made the remarks before leaving for a shoot.
"I love my country and its citizens. I love India," he said.
Dutt has to finish shooting for T P Agarwal's film 'Policegiri' and is said to have finished dubbing for remake of 'Zanjeer' in which he is playing Sher Khan, the character epitomised by legendary actor Pran.
Dutt is said to have finished shooting few portions for Karan Johar's home production 'Ungli' that also stars Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda and Neha Dhupia and of Rajkumar Hirani's 'PK'.
His sister Priya, who is a Congress MP from Mumbai North Central, was by his side during the press interaction. She consoled him and he embraced her after making his remarks.
The Supreme Court had on March 21 upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a key conspirator with Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, and ordered that Dutt return to jail to serve three-and-a-half years sentence for possessing illegal arms.
In its verdict in the 20-year-long case, the apex court said 33 others will serve rigorous jail term "for their whole life" and termed as "devastating" the role played by Pakistan and its spy agency ISI in training and supporting conspirators in hatching the plot for the blasts in the financial capital claiming 257 lives.
Dutt, who is out on bail, will also have to surrender within four weeks to serve a jail term of 42 months as the apex court reduced to five years the six year jail term awarded to him by a designated TADA court in 2007 and he had already spent 18 months behind the bar.
Dutt, son of famous Bollywood couple late Sunil Dutt and Nargis, was convicted by the TADA court for illegal possession of a 9 mm Pistol and an AK-56 rifle which was part of the consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for the coordinated serial blasts.