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French diplomat accused of raping minor daughter in Bangalore
Report dated 17/06/2012 @ 2:44 PM
Pascal Mazurier an official who worked with the French consulate has been accused by his wife Suja of raping his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Suja and Pascal met in Kolkata.
The wife Suja who hails from Kerala has been married to Pascal for 11 years. They have three children, aged seven, three-and-a-half and 20 months. Suja is now pregnant with a fourth child. She suspected something odd was going on between her husband and daughter and approached various NGOs for help. One day recently when she came home her maid told her Pascal was with the baby for three hours in a locked room.
Suja immediately took the infant to NGO Enfold. They approached the police and filed a complaint and an FIR was filed under the section for rape. Police have detained the father.
Medical reports have confirmed rape and confirmation of the identity of the rapist is awaited. The mother and child are being counselled by doctors.
Pascal is under police observation and an investigation is underway.
Pranab Mukherjee to be next Indian President
Report dated 16/06/2012 @ 9:26 PM
India's Congress-led coalition alliance has declared veteran politician and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee 77, as its candidate for the post of the country's president. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has appealed for cross party support for the candidate. The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi Party have announced their support for Mr Mukherjee.
Elections for India's 13th President will be held on July 19. The winner will replace Pratibha Patil, the first woman to hold India's highest constitutional post.
Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress, a government ally, is backing former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
Mr Mukherjee has previously held key portfolios in the government including foreign, home, defence and trade ministries.
The opposition alliance led by the BJP is yet to announce its candidate.
Indians hold Rs.12,740 crore officially in Swiss banks
Report dated 15/06/2012 @ 1:19 PM
The Swiss National Bank said the quantum of money held by Indians in Swiss banks stood at about Rs.12,740 crore at the end of 2011. Total funds held by Indian individuals and entities include 2,025 billion Swiss francs held directly by them and 158 million held through wealth managers.
The figures are official and disclosed by the Swiss authorities and do not indicate the quantum of the much debated alleged black money held by Indians in Switzerland. The SNB's figures do not include money that Indians or other nationals may have in Swiss banks in the names of others. Some unofficial estimates put the amounts as high as $ 20-25 billion.
The Indian government in a White Paper on black money stated that the total liabilities of Swiss banks towards Indians have been coming down during the 2006-2010 period.
4 women's lives ruined by pub raid Mumbai cop Dhoble
Report dated 15/06/2012 @ 1:18 PM
Notorious pub raiding Mumbai police official Vasant Dhoble remains unpunished after four women among many others were wrongly tagged as prostitutes and dumped in a rehabilitation centre. These women say their lives have been destroyed.
Women such as Veena Salvi who was detained when she went to celebrate finding a job with friends. She said she is now in constant fear her story will be found out by her boss as well as friends and neighbours. Her friend Jyoti Panchal was with her at the time and since her release she is ignored by her husband and is most likely to be divorced. Shabnum Shaikh went to the same venue for a friend's birthday party when she was arrested in a raid. She continues to be afraid and has contemplated committing suicide. Suhasini Tamble was also detained in the raid. She is a college student whose schedules were completely messed up and her life and plans with it.
Lawless mining industry 'out of control'
Report dated 15/06/2012 @ 1:07 PM
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) group put out a new report in which it says the Indian government has failed to enforce laws to protect human rights and the environment in the country's mining industry, leading to pervasive lawlessness and irresponsible mining operations that have damaged the health, water and livelihoods of local communities.
In its report HRW says poor policies have meant little supervision of mining operations and the government has encouraged the lawlessness by failing to enforce the laws on the books or even monitor whether mine operators are complying with it.
The report was compiled after talking to over 80 persons in the states of Goa and Karnataka - two mineral rich states.
Mining scandals have hit the headlines in India recently.
India is the largest producer of sheet mica, the third largest producer of iron ore and the fifth largest producer of bauxite in the world. It's metal and mining industry was in 2010 estimated to be $106.4 billion.