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India test fires nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile
Report dated 08/10/2013 @ 2:28 PM
India test fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a mobile launcher at launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range.
Prithvi-II was randomly chosen from the production stock and the launch was carried out by the specially formed SFC and monitored by scientists of DRDO, as part of a practice drill.
The downrange teams aboard the ship deployed near the designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal will monitor the terminal events and splashdown.
The launch was part of a regular training exercise, which indicates India's operational readiness to meet any eventuality and also establishes the reliability of this deterrent component of India's strategic arsenal.
More sexual assault complaints against Asaram Bapu and son
Report dated 07/10/2013 @ 3:35 PM
Surat police have registered two more complaints of sexual assault and illegal confinement, one against Asaram Bapu the self-styled godman, and another against his son Narayan Sai.
The victims in these complaints are two sisters who accused the pair of abusing them. The older sister accused Asaram of sexual assault, while the younger one filed a complaint against his son, for incidents that happened between 2001 and 2006.
Asaram who was arrested in August on charges of sexually assaulting a minor girl has been in prison at Jodhpur, Rajasthan since then.
Sachin and Dravid conclude their T20 journeys
Report dated 07/10/2013 @ 3:34 PM
Fans packed the stadium to get a last glimpse of their cricket heroes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in action during the Champions League T20 final between the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.
"One final time is nice" said Dravid, remembering that Sachin is seven years senior to him as a player, and remarked that he couldn't have asked for anything more.
Tendulkar who will be in action again after the T20 final, but never again in a T20 match, focused on Dravid's dependability saying he captained Rahul for the first time in whites back in 1993 or '94, and marvelled at his love for a challenge.
Would Nina have won the beauty pageant in India?
Report dated 06/10/2013 @ 7:21 PM
Nina Davuluri's triumphant win of the Miss America title has raised the debate on colour consciousness in India, with the question would Nina have won even the first round of a beauty contest in India because of her colour!
India has an obsession with fair skin which is traditionally seen as an essential element of the most beautiful. An obsession fed by products such as the 40-year-old skin cream Fair & Lovely, and more recently L'Oreal's White Perfect, products that racked up sales of around $500 million in 2008. Other offerings in the quest for fair skin include Germany's Beiersford Nivea deo that lightens the underarms and other numerous fairness solutions for teenagers, even shower gels and vaginal whitening creams.
Signs of a backlash are now emerging with Women of Worth a group in Chennai, that launched a social media campaign called Dark is Beautiful, with actress Nandita Das, who is often described as dusky, being the face of the campaign that says it aims to destroy the 'toxic' belief that a person's worth can be judged by the colour of their skin.
The new Miss America is giving fresh momentum to the fight, she says she intends to visit her ancestral home to work with the Dark is Beautiful campaign.
NRI student hospitalised after hazing on Kolkata college campus
Report dated 06/10/2013 @ 7:19 PM
Ricky Das from Birmingham, UK who was in Kolkata to study at a hotel management institute has filed a complaint with police saying he was hazed by seniors on the college campus. He sustained multiple injuries including a cut on the head that needed five stitches. He was rescued by his classmates who took him to a nearby hospital, where doctors say he is suffering from trauma and will need psychiatric help.
Das said 12 students cornered him and beat him up since he had complained to authorities about hazing incidents in the hostel. Speaking from his hospital bed he says he does not want to return to the institute, he wants to return home immediately.
The International Institute of Hotel Management that runs 7 centres all over the country refused to admit the incident took place and called it propaganda by their rivals.
The state government wants the situation investigated and plans to set up a body to monitor incidents at private institutions.