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17 police officers convicted of killing man in custody
Report dated 08/06/2014 @ 3:05 PM
Ranbir Singh, 22, went to Dehradun to look for a job when he was arrested by police for allegedly committing a robbery. He died while in police custody in 2009.
Seventeen police officers have been convicted for kidnapping and killing the man and could face the death penalty, and the judge also convicted them of criminal conspiracy to kill the young man.
The case was moved to Delhi after the victim's father Ravindra Singh filed a petition saying he did not expect justice from the state police as their officers were involved in the crime.
The officers have denied the charges and can appeal their conviction in a higher court.
Rights groups often accuse Indian security forces of torturing and killing people in custody in an attempt to force them to confess.
Vocalist Shubha Mudgal threatened by NRI in US
Report dated 08/06/2014 @ 3:01 PM
Shubha Mudgal who is currently touring in the USA, was preparing to entertain her audience when a board member of the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple in San Francisco started criticising her for her anti-Narendra Modi, anti-Hindu stand and threatened her with consequences if she continued to maintain her position on the issue.
Organisers of the show who are members of the Kalalaya and Bay Area Telugu Association apparently silently stood by as the man continued his verbal attack, till tabla maestro Aneesh Pradhan, Shubha's husband, intercepted to rescue his wife from the man who was out of control. One source says only after all the artistes protested was security called in to control the situation.
Photographer Ashima Yadav who was at the venue said the man objected to Shubha Mudgal performing at the temple which he seemingly treats as his fiefdom, and his behavior is an indication of how bold the right-wing thugs have become since the recent elections. This in no way represents the Bay Area community that welcomes and honours artistes from India regardless of their political persuasions.
Shubha later emailed that she is safe but did face a problem, however she is currently in transit and will detail her experience when she returns to India.
The unpleasant incident is believed to refer to the fact that Shubha and other artistes had signed an appeal to fellow Indians to choose secular candidates during the recent general elections.
Sword wielding Sikhs clash in Golden Temple complex
Report dated 07/06/2014 @ 7:50 PM
12 people have been injured in a clash between task force volunteers of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and radical Sikh activists on the 30th anniversary of the army's Operation Blue Star, at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.
Scores of men from both sides clashed with swords and sticks outside the complex that is home to the holiest of Sikh shrines. Many people were seen running for cover to save themselves.
According to eyewitnesses the clash happened when activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal were stopped by the SGPC volunteers from brandishing swords and other traditional weapons and shouting pro-Khalistan slogans inside the complex just after the religious commemoration ceremony ended.
Leading SGPC functionaries including its president were present inside the complex when the disturbance took place.
Senior police officials in plain clothes have now been deployed in the complex.
Indian airports now among world's best service providers
Report dated 05/06/2014 @ 4:05 PM
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Mumbai's Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIS) are now on the top five list of the best service quality providers in the world.
IGIA was judged second best in the 25-40 million passengers per annum category in the world, in the Airports Council International's airport service quality, while CSIS is fifth on the list.
Delhi International Airport Limited, (DIAL) the company that manages the IGIA said the award was presented by the Council at a ceremony in Seoul this May. This is the third time in a row IGIA has won the award for airport service quality from the Airports Council.
The mosquito fish could keep malaria at bay
Report dated 05/06/2014 @ 3:57 PM
Experts at the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources believe that the menace of malaria can be effectively tackled by using mosquito fish, that primarily feed on mosquito larvae.
Aquarist Indramani Raja says the tiny mosquito larvae eating fish (Gambusia affins) that is between 1.25 inch and 2 inches in size has curbed the growth of mosquitoes and if it is integrated into the malaria control programme, then the disease could be completely eradicated. The fishes can be easily reared in a home at an affordable cost of Rs.5 per fish.
Raja clarified doubts on varieties and says certain guppy varieties are confused with mosquito fish, but the basic difference is that the mosquito fish is colourless, while the guppy (Poecilia reticulata) is an ornamental coloured fish.
Raja is now identifying areas that are prone to the mosquito menace and will seek the support of leaders to obtain the public's support and distribute the young fishes to local residents who would eventually release them into stagnated pools of water.
The mosquito fish was first brought in to the Mumbai seaport by foreigners and it was also used in Russia and nations bordering the Black Sea.