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CBI says Gujarat CM Modi knew of plot to kill Ishrat Jahan
Report dated 28/06/2013 @ 10:11 AM
According to an anonymous CBI official, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and his aide Amit Shah new in advance of the conspiracy to kill Ishrat Jahan and three others in a fake encounter.
The crime branch of the Gujarat police who carried out the encounter killings in 2004 described Ishrat and the three others as Laskhar-e-Taiba operatives who wanted to assassinate Modi.
The BJP Party maintains the encounter was not fake and accused the Congress led government at the Centre of manipulating the CBI to frame the BJP leaders.
Notwithstanding, the CBI's stand is likely to turn the heat on Modi, widely perceived as the Prime Ministerial face for the elections due next year.
Geologist says Uttarakhand tragedy man-made
Report dated 27/06/2013 @ 2:08 PM
Padma Shri awardee and respected Himalayan geologist K S Valdiya who has been studying the region for close to 50 years, said while the heavy rain and cloudbursts were natural, the Uttarakhand catastrophe that followed was entirely man-made.
Honorary professor at Bangalore's Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research, Valdiya who comes from the state, said the loss of life and property was a result of the authorities' criminal oversights over the decade, of the state's geological features and water channels. The geological features are well-mapped and documented, but engineers and builders choose to overlook them.
Seismic fault lines of the earthquake prone state were not kept in mind when building roads, and the tectonic fault lines have been cut in many places by roads. Drainage was another reason, as the road engineers provisioning for draining rain water were insufficient and inadequate and filled with debris.
Roads were also built over the debris of past landslides because it is costlier to build paths higher up in the hills. Uttarakhand lost not just money, the state paid in human lives and property losses.
10 year old Mumbai gang rape victim has died
Report dated 27/06/2013 @ 2:07 PM
A 10-year-old girl died in a Mumbai hospital some ten days after being raped multiple times by four teenagers.
Authorities say the girl was taken to a secluded location in Hanuman Nagar by the accused on the pretext they had some work for her to do for which they would pay her Rs.10 and raped her. The accused are in the 13 - 16 age group. Two are brothers and one of the four had raped her on a previous occasion. They all knew one another and the victim and raped her repeatedly.
When the child went home and told her parents of her ordeal they admitted her to a nearby hospital, where she died.
The four rapists have been arrested and a case of rape has been filed.
19 dead in IAF rescue helicopter crash in Uttarakhand
Report dated 26/06/2013 @ 12:38 PM
An Mi-17 V5 IAF helicopter crashed during rescue operations in flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand killing 19 people on board. Eight bodies have been recovered and chances of any survivors among the 19 on board were remote. The cause of the crash was the extreme bad weather including rains and fog.
The chopper was on a rescue mission to Guptkashi and Kedernath and crashed on its return leg. The 5 IAF personnel killed were a Wing Commander, 2 Flight Lieutenants, a Junior Warrant Officer and a Sergeant.
A court of inquiry has been ordered, as rescue operations continue.
The IAF has mounted its largest airlift operation in history to rescue people and ferry supplies, with 45 aircraft and choppers undertaking over 1300 sorties since June 17.
IAF chief Air Marshal NAK Browne has asked people not to lose heart as the forces will continue flying till everyone is rescued.
Retired Army doctor hacks wife to pieces in Bhubaneswar
Report dated 23/06/2013 @ 12:09 PM
Somnath Parida, 71, a retired army doctor murdered his wife, hacked her body into pieces then dipped them into chemicals to finally dispose of them.
Parida a one time colonel and his wife Usharani, 62, lived alone in Bhubaneswar. Their son lives in the US and daughter in Dubai. When the children did not hear from their mother for several days they asked their relatives to check on her. When a relative went to the house he was denied entry in an odd manner and turned suspicious, so called other relatives who thought they discovered a foul smell emanating from the house and complained to the police who arrested Parida.
Police are conducting investigations in an attempt to ascertain the motive behind the violent murder.