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Rape accused godman Asaram finally arrested
Report dated 01/09/2013 @ 1:52 PM
Self-styled godman Asaram who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl was arrested from an ashram in Indore.
Earlier, his son Narayan Sai held a press conference and said his father suffered from a neurological disorder and as soon as his health improved he would fly to Jodhpur where he is wanted for the crime. This even as Indore police have been denying his presence in the ashram. Simultaneously the Indore police's role has been under the scanner because they have been denying Asaram was at the ashram.
Meanwhile some 4000 of Asaram's supporters kept pouring in from many places including Maharashtra and Gujarat, but they have been stopped from entering the city and police have been deployed at all entry points.
India successfully launches first military satellite
Report dated 31/08/2013 @ 11:44 AM
India's first military satellite GSAT-7 or 'Rukmini' was successfully launched from Kourou Island in French Guiana.
GSAT-7 was injected into the geosynchronous transfer orbit by European space consortium Arianespace's launch rocket, and it promptly deployed its solar panels to generate 2900 watts as the control facility in Karnataka began acquiring its signals.
Once positioned in its orbital slot its UHF, S, Ku and C-band transponders will begin beaming signals. It will then become a potent force-multiplier, networking all Indian warships, submarines and aircraft with operational centres ashore through encrypted data links.
As one official expressed, India may not want militarisation of space, but use of this frontier for reconnaissance and communication missions to keep tabs on enemy troop movements, missile silos, airbases etc across land and maritime borders is important, as satellites can also help in missile early-warnings, delivery of precision-guided munitions and jamming enemy networks.
270 million Indians live below poverty line : Minister
Report dated 30/08/2013 @ 1:38 PM
Rajeev Shukla, Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs, informed the Rajya Sabha that 27 crore (270 million) people in India live below the poverty line. The population on March 1, 2012 was an estimated 123 crore (1,230 million).
The Rajya Sabha was also informed that per the Tendulkar Committee's methodology for 2012-13, the percentage of people living below the poverty line was estimated at 21.9 percent.
Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal finally arrested
Report dated 30/08/2013 @ 1:29 PM
Indian Mujahideen founder/mastermind and a key suspect in several terror blasts since 2008, has been traced and detained at the India-Nepal border in Bihar, in a joint operation by the central intelligence agencies and the Bihar Police. Yasin's arrest is seen as a major breakthrough in the agencies' efforts to break the back of the Indian Mujahideen, the Lashkar-e-Taiba backed jihadi group behind the bomb blasts in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune and Jaipur.
He hails from Bhatkal district, Karnataka.
The National Investigation Agency who put out a Rs.1 million reward for his capture, is expected to seek Yasin's custody.
Idli sambhar rated as most nutritious breakfast
Report dated 30/08/2013 @ 1:07 PM
According to a survey conducted by college of home science, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, and funded by Kellogg, Chennai's traditional breakfast of idli and sambhar is the most nutritious morning meal, compared to those in other metros.
The survey 'India breakfast habits' was conducted also in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata on a sample size of 3600 subjects across an 8 to 40 age group.
The nutrition scale was assessed based upon the adequacy of carbohydrates, energy, proteins, fats and calcium. The idli sambhar was described as a 'complete meal'.