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India successfully test-fires new interceptor missile
Report dated 28/04/2014 @ 12:16 PM
India has successfully test-fired a new interceptor missile capable of neutralising any incoming long-range missile at a higher altitude. The interceptor was positioned at launch pad-IV of the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island a short distance from Balasore, Odisha.
Earlier the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that is the premier agency to develop the interceptor, had successfully tested six interceptor missiles both in endo-atmosphere (within 30 km altitude above sea level) and exo-atmosphere (above 30 km altitude).
Defence sources say now the target is to achieve the interception at an altitude of above 100 km of a long range missile.
Kerala Catholic priest booked for rape
Report dated 28/04/2014 @ 12:11 PM
Police have registered a rape case against Fr Raju Kokkan, 44, a priest belonging to the Trissur Catholic archdiocese, based on a complaint that he undressed a minor girl and took mobile pictures of her private parts.
Police say Fr. Kokkan invited the 10-year-old to the parsonage at St. Paul's Church, Thaikkaffusery where he is the parish priest and offered her a new set of clothes for her first Holy Communion. When her mother asked the child about the clothes the child said similar offers were made to other girls receiving their first Holy Communion.
Fr Kokkan's mobile phoned remained switched off, but Thrissur Archdiocese spokesman Fr Geo Kadavil said the Church will take action against him if the allegations are true. Kokkan is absconding.
SC entrusts administration of Padmanabhaswamy temple to Committee
Report dated 25/04/2014 @ 3:07 PM
A committee of five members headed by the district judge of Thiruvananthapura has been entrusted by the Supreme Court to administer the Sree Padmanabhaswamy in Kerala.
The Bench confirmed former comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai will undertake the audit of the temple properties, assets and accounts. A senior Indian Administrative Service officer and former administrator of the Guruvayur temple has been appointed as the executive officer of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Drugs worth Rs.731 crore seized in Punjab
Report dated 24/04/2014 @ 1:40 PM
Punjab authorities including the chief electoral officer VK Singh confirmed they have seized drugs worth Rs.731 core and 7.5 litres of illicit liquor in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls in the state. The seizure took place after the model code of conduct came into effect March 5.
Singh said cash seizures to date across Punjab totalled Rs.21.85 crore. Also, over 2.61 lakhs of licensed weapons have been deposited by people prior to the election.
Most of the recovery was made by Border Security Force troopers along the border with Pakistan.
Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats go to the polls April 30 with some 253 candidates in the fray. The biggest contest is in Amritsar between the BJP's Arun Jaitley and former chief minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh. Other significant contests are in Bathinda where Harsimrat Badal is being challenged by Manpreet Badal and in Gurdaspur where Pratap Singh Bajwa is being challenged by Vinod Khanna.
Gujarat police register FIR against Togadia for hate speech
Report dated 22/04/2014 @ 11:33 AM
Gujarat police now confirm the FIR has been registered on Pravin Togadia for the hate speech that Togadia denies making.
EC officials however are in the process of acquiring a recording of the hate statement after which they will decide their course of action going forward.
Meanwhile the ugly statement has been condemned by the JD(U), Congress as well as the Fatehpur mosque's Mufti Mukkaram and the CPM.