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Delhi breaks all crime rate records
Report dated 14/04/2014 @ 11:40 AM
Delhi has recorded two to four times more criminal activities till March this year compared to the corresponding period last year.
On an average 17 kidnappings, 55 vehicle thefts, 26 burglaries, 11 reported cases of robbery and 25 cases of snatching are committed every day, according to Delhi Police data. The increase in incidents of chain snatching indicates slack beat policing on the city streets, possibly because nearly 70 percent of the city police strength is engaged in court cases.
Commissioner of Delhi Police, B S Bassi assured people he would put all his efforts into curbing heinous and street crimes, and several dedicated teams were formed by the Special Cell and Crime Branch of Delhi Police to nab notorious criminals and curb street crime.
Sandhu wins gold at ISSF Shotgun World Cup
Report dated 13/04/2014 @ 1:47 PM
Manavjit Singh Sandhu bagged the gold in the trap event at the ISSF World Cup in Tucson beating out Australia's two-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond.
Sandhu ranked third in the qualifying round and in the final round he shot 13 to win, whereas his rival Diamond shot just 9.
Sandhu also won the 2006 World Championships and gold at the 2010 World Cup in Mexico, as well as golds at the 2012 Asian Championships, and second place at the Asian Shotgun Championships in Patiala. Sandhu is a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award winner.
This is the first of the four World Cups of shotgun events held in a year.
Court orders demolition of Supertech's 40-floor Noida towers
Report dated 13/04/2014 @ 1:45 PM
The Allahabad High Court has ordered the demolition of two 40-storey residential towers of Supertech's Emerald Court in Noida's Sector 93A for flouting building norms. The Court has specified that the demolition must be done within four months, and ordered the builder to refund the money with 14% interest compounded annually. The builder and officials of Noida Authority who allowed the construction must also be prosecuted.
The towers were allegedly being constructed as an extension of a larger 70,000 square metre project costing around Rs.750 crore. The project was initiated in 2006 when permission was granted for 15 towers with just 11 storeys each. The two towers Apex and Ceyane revised plans that were submitted to the Noida Authority in 2009 by purchasing additional floor area ratio, were approved.
When contacted R K Arora, CMD Supertech Ltd said they have not yet received the court order and if they do and it is against them, they will appeal in the Supreme Court.
According to the Residents' Welfare Association of Emerald Court Group Housing Society, the petitioners in the case, the construction of the two towers is in complete violation of provisions of the UP Apartments Act of 2010 that says a builder must acquire no objection certificates from existing buyers before additional construction. The Association also alleged the builder has constructed shops in the basements of both towers, which is illegal.
Women should be hanged for sex outside marriage : Abu Azmi
Report dated 12/04/2014 @ 2:55 PM
Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has made the appalling statement that women who have sex outside marriage should be hanged, including rape victims.
He went on to say - in Islam rape is punishable by hanging, but here nothing happens to women, only to men, even if the woman in question is guilty.
He then added that in India if one has consensual sex it's fine, but if the person complains, it's a problem. These days a number of such cases are seen, where girls complain when they are touched and even when they are not touched, in which case the man's honour is ruined, whereas in Islam rape with or without consent is punishable.
When asked for a solution to the problem Azmi propounded that the solution is - if any woman, married or unmarried goes with a man with or without her consent, she should be hanged. In effect both should be hanged.
Azmi compounded his boss Mulayam Singh Yadav's recent comment at a rally in Moradabad, that the death penalty for rape is unfair as men do make mistakes.
Azmi's son Farhan's wife, Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia tweeted that she and Farhan are deeply embarrassed and ashamed at her father-in-law's statements that are disrespectful to women and neither she nor her husband share his mindset.
Farhan the Samajwadi Party's candidate for the Lok Sabha Mumbai North-Central seat also tweeted that he had a talk with his father about his comments.
Ratan Tata receives KC rank from Queen of England
Report dated 11/04/2014 @ 3:19 PM
Former chairman of the Tata group Ratan Tata has been conferred the rank of Knight Commander (KBE) from Queen Elizabeth II, one of the highest honours given by Her Majesty to civilians. The rank commonly appears on the Diplomatic Service and Overseas but can also be bestowed on Britons based abroad or in an honorary capacity to foreign nationals.
Ratan Tata was honoured for his 'services to UK/India relations, inward investment to the UK and philanthropy'.
Tata successfully guided one of India's oldest business empires, which grew to Rs.475,721 crore in 2011-12 from Rs.10,000 crore in 1991. He retired in December 2012 after 50-years at the helm.
The Tata Group is popular in UK after iconic British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover became part of the Tata group in 2008. The company employs over 16,000 people at its manufacturing facilities in the UK. In 1907 Tata Limited was established in London to be Tata Group's Europe representative as the Tata companies have operations and a 60,000 strong workforce across Europe.
Tata's association with UK academia also dates back to the establishment of the Sir Ratan Tata Department at the London School of Economics, which in 2010 joined hands with the Tata International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme to enable its students to be part of a programme that has 2-month social internship programmes for international students from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and the University of Cambridge, UK, as well as enabling students to be selected for a summer internship at different Tata community initiatives in India.