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Another case of police mishandling gang rape case
Report dated 04/01/2014 @ 12:38 PM
The parents of 16-year-old girl who died after being gang-raped and set on fire in Kolkata have vowed to fight for justice. The dead girl's father and mother said finding justice is the sole aim of their lives and the girl had asked to make sure the people who killed her are hanged.
Eight men have been arrested in connection with the case, as protesters who are outraged at the police's alleged mishandling of the case are demanding action against the alleged attackers. The family also accused the police of conducting a cover-up and wanting to keep the case quiet.
The girl was raped on two separate occasions near her hometown, once when she was returning from filing a police complaint.
The incident came a year after the gang rape of a Delhi student that triggered protests across the country.
Sadly women across India still live with the daily fear of sexual assault, and victims still often have to deal with police apathy.
62 Indians on shortlist for one-way mission to Mars
Report dated 03/01/2014 @ 1:39 PM
Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One announced the selection of 1058 candidates from the 200,000 applicants hoping to establish human life on Mars. 62 Indians are among over 1000 aspirants who have been shortlisted for the private mission that will send four men and women on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024, to establish a permanent colony on the red planet.
Applicants came from over 140 countries and over 20,000 from India had applied for the first round.
Mar One co-founder Bas Lansdorp said they are appreciative and impressed with the number of people who submitted their applications.
For those who were not selected in the round, there is still a chance they could reapply at a later date, which has not yet been determined.
Mars One plans to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years starting in 2024. The first unmanned mission will be launched in 2018.
AAP government orders audit of Delhi’s power companies
Report dated 02/01/2014 @ 4:12 PM
Fulfilling another election promise, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party rejected the contention of private power distributors and ordered a CAG audit of their finances.
The government had given time to 3 companies - BSES Yamuna Power Ltd; BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd., to present their views on why there should not be a CAG audit of their companies, but not one reason was given on why an audit should not be carried out.
Kejriwal said there had been a constant demand to audit the private power distribution companies and the previous government was 'misleading' the people, saying the matter was in court.
Kejriwal stated "what the previous government could not do in four years, his party has done in four days".
New customs forms for passengers arriving in India from Jan 1
Report dated 01/01/2014 @ 5:41 PM
According to official sources, all passengers arriving in India from Jan 1, 2014 onwards will have to fill in a new detailed customs form that will help authorities check duty frauds and under-valuations as well as keep a record of gold jewellery and bullion being brought into the country.
For the first time, travellers will be asked to specifically declare any prohibited articles including gold jewellery (over the free allowance), gold bullion and Indian currency exceeding Rs.7500. Passengers will also have to provide details of countries visited in the previous six days.
Also from Jan 1, Indian citizens will have to fill an immigration form only when they depart the country. There will not be an immigration form for Indians returning from abroad.
Kolkata to build landmark wax museum
Report dated 01/01/2014 @ 5:37 PM
India will soon have its first wax museum, to be built in Kolkata.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who laid the foundation stone for the museum and who has been trying to develop the state into a tourism hub, said this will be a landmark tourist destination where people can have themselves photographed with world famous personalities.
Unconfirmed reports say the wax personalities to be immortalised at the wax museum include Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Mother Teresa, among others.
A 480 acre eco-tourism park has also been built in Kolkata as part of the plan for a tourism infrastructure, and includes a butterfly park, floating musical fountain, bamboo garden, fruit orchard, tea garden and a mask garden.
Sources say the the government may seek help from London's Madame Tussauds for the wax museum.
Ms Banerjee's critics are not happy with the developments calling it superficial when the state needs high-end infrastructural development such as freeways, bridges and flyovers.