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Delhi is world's second most populous city
Report dated 15/09/2013 @ 1:25 PM
According to the 2013 World Population Data Sheet released by the US Population Reference Bureau, Delhi with a population of 22.7 million as of 2011, is the second most populous urban sprawl in the world after Tokyo.
Mumbai houses around 19.7 million and ranks seventh in the world. Kolkata is ranked 10th most populated city in the world.
Experts point out that the phenomenon of mega-cities reflects the skewed nature of development, as people rush to move to Delhi and Mumbai, reflecting the lack of opportunities and basic amenities in smaller towns and villages. It is a fact that mega-cities in India are saturated.
All 4 accused get death sentences in Delhi gang-rape case
Report dated 14/09/2013 @ 11:14 AM
The four rapists in the December Delhi gang-rape case that caught the attention of the world, have been given the death sentence by a Delhi court.
Delivering the verdict, additional sessions judge Yogesh Khanna said 'Death to All' and described the crime as one that is of an inhuman nature and the gravity of the offence cannot be tolerated.
Rapists Mukesh, 26, Akshay Thakur, 28, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Vinay Sharma, 20 were sentenced for the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student. They were convicted for murder, gang-rape, unnatural offences, attempt to murder, destruction of evidence, conspiracy, and kidnapping or abducting in order to murder.
After the verdict was pronounced people who waited outside the court applauded, and the family of the dead girl thanked the people of India and the media.
The Defence counsel stated that if India wanted that this case be a deterrent, he will wait two months and will then move the high court only if no rape takes place because the death sentence was pronounced. If that happens he will give in writing that his clients be hanged.
Odisha, not Gujarat, leads in FDI !
Report dated 14/09/2013 @ 11:12 AM
According to data released by the Reserve Bank of India, investor interests in the so called 'prosperous' states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have declined during 2012-13, making Odisha the most popular investment destination for new projects.
The report shows that through a dozen projects funded by bank loans, Odisha convinced investors to commit to around Rs.53,000 crore investment, a 27% share of all-India investments.
The numbers are bad news for the BJP and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, who are using the bait of high economic growth and investment as a key theme ahead of the 2014 general elections.
BJP confirms Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate
Report dated 14/09/2013 @ 11:01 AM
Narendra Modi has been anointed the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections, disappointing party patriarch L K Advani.
The decision on Modi came on a day of speedy developments and meetings and urgent efforts to bring around Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Sushma Swaraj.
Modi who will have his 63rd birthday shortly, said he will work tirelessly to ensure that the BJP wins the 2014 elections.
NDA allies the Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal have extended their support to him for the PM candidacy.
Summons to be delivered to Sonia Gandhi in US hospital
Report dated 13/09/2013 @ 12:01 PM
US federal judge Brian M Cogan has ordered that a summons be delivered to Congress party president Sonia Gandhi even though she is in a New York hospital for medical treatment. The judge ruled that the summons be delivered via the Sloan Kettering Cancer hospital staff or the heavy security detail assigned to her, including agents of the US Secret Service and the FBI.
The order was obtained by US based Sikh rights group, Sikhs For Justice, as well as some victims of the November 1984 anti-Sikh massacre, under the Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victims Protection Act, for her role in shielding Congress leaders involved in inciting attacks on Sikhs at the time.
The Sikhs For Justice obtained the order by filing the motion contending that Mrs Gandhi is a foreigner and high profile political figure, therefore plaintiffs should be given permission to effect the summons delivery through these extraordinary and unusual alternate means while she is still in the US.