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17 percent of urban India lives in slums
Report dated 24/03/2013 @ 5:11 PM
According to newly released Census data, nearly one in every six urban Indian residents lives in a slum.
According to the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation, their projections were that the all-India slum population would be 27.5% by 2011, but the new data shows numbers are significantly lower they had been projected.
Over 70% of slum households get water form a tap but just half get water inside their homes. Over 90% get electricity and most use LPG to cook. 70% have a TV and 10% a computer.
More than one in five urban households in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Maharashtra lives in a slum.
Of the metros, Mumbai has the highest proportion of slum dwelling households. Kolkata is next followed by Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore.
UP cop who insulted rape victim is transferred
Report dated 24/03/2013 @ 5:08 PM
Assistant Superintendent of Police KC Goswami who made derogatory comments about a 35-year-old woman who was allegedly raped and wanted to file a police complaint, has been transferred to Kanpur. In his comment he said 'the woman's oldest child is 14 and why would anyone rape such an old woman !
Goswami has been asked to explain his comments forthwith and will he be investigated.
Authorities say they will ensure that such statements that can hurt sentiments are not made by officers in the future.
Salman Khan faces fresh charges in hunting blackbucks 14 years ago
Report dated 24/03/2013 @ 5:07 PM
A Jodhpur court pressed fresh charges against actors Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre in a case of hunting black bucks, a protected animal, in Rajasthan 14 year ago.
Salman was charged under the Wildlife Protection Act. Charges against him under the Arms Act have been dropped. The others were charged under the Act with hunting and inciting Salman to hunt, as well as unlawful assembly.
Salman who is in the US sought exemption from appearing in court on medical grounds. The actors are not required to appear in court unless required for identification by witnesses when the case is to be heard again on April 27.
The case of poaching was filed against the actors in 1998.
If convicted the actors face up to six years in jail.
Italy's decision to return naval guards for trial welcomed
Report dated 23/03/2013 @ 2:34 PM
The external affairs ministry announced that the Italian marines facing trial in India for the alleged murder of two Kerala fishermen are back in the country.
PM Manmohan Singh welcomed Italy's decision to send back its two marines saying the move would be in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court and consistent with the dignity of India's judicial process.
Odisha murderer and necrophiliac gets death sentence
Report dated 23/03/2013 @ 2:26 PM
An Odisha court has sentenced to death 22-year-old Minaketan Seth of Jharsuguda district, for murdering a minor girl and then having sex with her corpse.
Police say Seth intercepted the girl when she was returning home after delivering a lunch box to her father in a nearby crop field. He took her to a secluded place where he strangled her and violated her corpse.
The man was later arrested and charge-sheeted on the basis of information provided by eyewitnesses.