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Mahatma Gandhi's 'foldable' spinning wheel sells for 110,000 at auction
Report dated 06/11/2013 @ 3:09 PM

Mahatma Gandhi's 'foldable' spinning wheel sells for 110,000 at auction The unique 'foldable' spinning wheel or 'charkha' reinvented by Mahatma Gandhi during his time at Pune's Yerwada jail in the 1940s, has been sold for 110,000 pounds at an auction in the UK.

Under the British Raj, cotton grown in India was shipped to the UK to make up into garments, which were then shipped back to India and sold at prices people could not afford. To resist the British, Gandhi encouraged Indians to use the charkha to spin and weave their own cloth.

The Mahatma's last will was also sold for 20,000 pounds at the sale of historical documents and artefacts, by the Mullock's Auction house in Ludlow, near Birmingham. Sixty other items of memorabilia all belonging to Mahatma Gandhi will also be sold in a few weeks in a major auction.

While in the past the Indian government requested wealthy NRIs to buy such items, no such request was planned for this auction.

India's first robotic dairy plant opens in Mumbai
Report dated 05/11/2013 @ 9:26 PM

India's first robotic dairy plant opens in Mumbai Amul Dairy the largest milk and milk products brand in India, has opened the first robotic dairy plant in Virar, Mumbai.

Built with a total investment of Rs.8.1 billion the plant, with an installed capacity of 1 million litres of milk processing per day, is the first across the globe with a fully automatic traffic management system for milk packing operations such as conveying of crates, packing pouches from high-speed packing machines and filling of pouches in crates. The high-speed packing machines have been integrated with online check weighers and robotic operations to avoid human handling of products.

Amul Dairy who pioneered the cooperative movement in the country will procure milk from dairy farmers by setting up cooperative societies in Maharashtra.

Amul made India the world's largest producer of milk and milk products.

Woman surrenders after murdering husband
Report dated 04/11/2013 @ 5:54 PM

Woman surrenders after murdering husband Vimala, 50, of Noblenagar, Ahmedabad, and her husband Narsinh Vaghela, 55, got into a heated argument that turned violent in their home. Vimla at one stage took hold of a wooden crate and repeatedly hit Narsinh on the head with it, resulting in his death.

Realising what she had done, Vimala locked the house and walked out eventually going to the police station and giving herself up, and confessed to police what she had done.

Police verified her story and recovered the deceased's body from their residence. They say Vimala did not seem to have a sense of remorse after she handed herself over to police, who are investigating the case.

The couple were involved in a catering business and lived with their two sons age 30 and 25.

Court says child marriage is not void, but is voidable !
Report dated 04/11/2013 @ 5:49 PM

Court says child marriage is not void, but is voidable ! A Delhi trial court acquitted a youth of raping and kidnapping a minor because a sexual act between a man and his wife who is over 15 years old does not amount to rape.

The court said 'child marriage contracted with a female younger than 18 years or a male younger than 21 years is not a void marriage but is a voidable one. The court acquitted the man after noting that the minor had eloped and married him by choice and was over 15 years of age at the time, thus the general law would not apply in the case.

The country's law defines a child as one younger than 18 years and the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act prescribes jail for anyone, including parents, for allowing child marriage. In India however every second bride is a child, but just 400 people were arrested under this law in 2012.

Human rights activists have frequently criticised the authorities for not doing enough to ban child marriage in India.

Indian win series as Rohit Sharma blazes way to record books
Report dated 03/11/2013 @ 2:03 PM

Indian win series as Rohit Sharma blazes way to record books Rohit Sharma blazed his way into the history books with a scintillating double century and re-wrote the record for highest number of sixes by hitting the ball 16 times over the fence, eclipsing Shane Watson's 15 made against Bangladesh.

Sharma is the third batsman in the history of one-day cricket to score a double century

The 26-year-old not only tormented the Australian bowler with 16 sixes, but also hit the ball to the fence 12 times. India scored 100 runs in the last five overs as Sharma and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni added 167 runs for the fifth wicket, which is a record against Australia.

India's 383 for six is the highest ever total against Australia.

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