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Activist Arvind Kejriwal dethrones powerful Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit
Report dated 09/12/2013 @ 5:55 PM
Engineer turned civil servant Arvind Kejriwal kicked off his political debut and his Aad Aadmi Party when he swept Sheikh Dikshit out of office and also out of her constituency. Kejriwal was largely instrumental in ending the 15-year rule of the incumbent chief minister who was defeated on her own turf by a huge margin of 25,864 votes.
Kejriwal who is a Ramon Magsaysay award winner was part of Team Anna Hazare. He was a member of the committee constituted by the Government to draft the Jan Lokpal bill, the draft of which was rejected by Congress who challenged them to join politics and fight the system from within, to get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed.
Kejriwal took the plunge into politics and formed the "Aam Aadmi Party, (AAP) with an emphasis on fielding only candidates with a 'clean' image for all the 70 assembly constituencies. The support the AAP received was outstanding and included NRIs from abroad.
Kejriwal was born in August 1968 in Hisar, Haryana, and is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He joined Tata Steel in 1989 and left in 1992 after which he joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1995.
Kejriwal is married to Sunita, also an IRS officer and his batch mate from the National Academy of Administration in Mussorie. The couple have a daughter and a son.
Bride becomes latest victim of acid attack
Report dated 08/12/2013 @ 5:39 PM
A bride from Barnala, who was about to marry a boy from Doraha, had gone to the beauty parlour to get ready for her wedding when some unidentified people threw acid on her and two beauticians.
Police have registered a case and have begun a hunt for the accused. There is however, some confusion over the exact number of attackers.
The acid attack came just days after the Supreme Court told the state to regulate acid sales by March 31, 2014.
Five-day state mourning in India to respect Nelson Mandela
Report dated 07/12/2013 @ 4:59 PM
At a special meeting of the Union Cabinet, who condoled the death of Nelson Mandela, the government of India announced a five-day state mourning as a mark of respect to the great anti-apartheid icon.
Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said the entire nation is one with the South African people in condoling Mandela's sad demise.
A widely loved global symbol of resistance who liberated South Africa from much-despised apartheid, and served as its first black president, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95, at his home in Johannesburg after battling a protracted illness.
Mandela was a recipient of India's highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna, in 1990.
Police ‘rehabilitate’ child beggars by beating them up !
Report dated 07/12/2013 @ 4:46 PM
Police who were assigned to assist the women and child welfare department in a campaign to reform and rehabilitate child beggars, instead beat up children begging at a temple, as well as their mothers in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.
Eyewitnesses said the child and women empowerment officer and police officers went to the temple complex to remove the child beggars, but instead the police began thrashing the at least nine children as they forced them into a single car. When the mothers protested, the cops assaulted them as well.
The welfare department official and devotees at the temple also protested against the brutal treatment of the children by the police officers.
Police authorities are now looking into the matter and say action will be taken against the high-handed cops.
India to host 2017 U-17 World Cup
Report dated 07/12/2013 @ 4:43 PM
India has won the hosting rights to the 2017 U-17 Football World Cup.
The decision was taken at the FIFA executive committee meeting held in Brazil. India beat out Ireland, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and South Africa.
An elated All India Football Federation president Praful Patel called it historic and thanked the FIFA committee for their trust in India to host the event. He also thanked the Indian government for their support and providing the necessary guarantees to make it possible for India to bid for the event.
The tournament in which 24 teams will take part will be held in six venues to be selected from eight prospective cities - Delhi, Goa, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi and Guwahati.
The last edition of the tournament was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. The next edition will take place in Chile in 2015.