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Questions being asked as Sanjay Dutt granted extension to surrender
Report dated 18/04/2013 @ 2:08 PM
The Supreme Court has decided to grant Sanjay Dutt another four weeks to wrap up work before he surrenders to complete the remaining 42 months of his sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. He will not be entitled to any further extension of time hereafter.
Dutt's fans came out in his support seeking a pardon for him. The Chairman of the Press Council of India also wrote to various authorities seeking a pardon for the star as several political bigwigs threw their weight behind the actor, and Congress leader Digvijay Singh went as far as saying the actor is not a criminal or terrorist, but an immature child.
The Court's decision was made on humanitarian grounds, and begs the question is a person's social status more important than the law? Many people took to Twitter to voice their thoughts and disillusionment with the double standards that prevail in the legal system of the country.
One newspaper editor said "70 year-old Zaibunnisa Anwar Kazi, who suffers with kidney cancer made a similar plea that was rejected by the Supreme Court as were three others, making a nonsense of phrases like 'no one is above the law' and all are equal in the eyes of the law'.
Iran earthquake tremors felt in large parts of north India
Report dated 17/04/2013 @ 2:19 PM
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the Pakistan-Iran border rocked large parts of India, including Delhi and its adjoining areas. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The tremors lasted several seconds leading to panic in many places, and people rushed out of their offices and homes in Delhi. Similar reports came in from Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Tremors also shook Ahmedabad and other parts of Kutch and south Gujarat.
Mild tremors were felt in parts of Rajasthan.
Software techies not so soft on demands of marriage !
Report dated 13/04/2013 @ 1:01 PM
Chennai police believe a large number of computer savvy young people who look to their special cell for marital counselling, are in fact software engineers, most of whom end up divorcing. Oddly in most cases the husband and wife were in the same profession.
One lawyer says 'ego is the main reason, with spouses earning equally well and neither willing to compromise on the hiccups that intersperse every marriage.
One psychologist says work stress and long working hours too contribute to the breakup factors. Other influences are parents who sometimes counsel their children but others take sides, worsening the divide.
2014 elections likely to be influenced by social media users
Report dated 13/04/2013 @ 12:54 PM
A study called 'Social Media and Lok Sabha Elections' jointly conducted by the RIS Knowledge Foundation and the Internet and Mobile Association of India, says that of the total of 543 constituencies in the 2014 general elections, 160 high impact constituencies are likely to be influenced by social media.
These high impact constituencies are those where Facebook users account for over 10 percent of the voters.
Maharashtra has the most number of high impact constituencies at 21, followed by Gujarat with 17.
Parents of missing children in Pune form self-help group
Report dated 13/04/2013 @ 12:52 PM
Parents who have no news about their missing children have decided to form a group called Tera Bachcha Mera Bachcha. With the help of social activists, police and software specialists, updated information on their missing children and persons from the city and state, parents and relatives, they are more confident about getting some news on their relatives who have not been traced even after an FIR was filed several months earlier.
Social activist Vinod Jain and Satyasheel Jagdale were instrumental in bringing the group together. They ask that a) people make a list of missing girls and boys available to observation homes in the city b) a separate listing of senior citizens be made available to old age homes across the city and c) a comprehensive list of missing persons of all ages and genders be given to beggar's dwellings in the city.
4630 people went missing from Pune in 2012