Politicos condemn grisly rape case in UP, demand strict action against culprits

New Delhi/ Lucknow, July 19 (ANI): Politicos on Saturday condemned the rape case in UP that has shocked the country again by its brutality and demanded strict action against the culprits. Police identified the Mohanlalganj gang rape and murder victim on Friday and claimed that she was subjected to cruelty as a result of extreme hate. The suspect is a person known to the woman who took her out on Wednesday night after which her body was found on Thursday morning, police said. Uttar Pradesh, infamous for the dreadful law and order situation, has come under attack for the spate of violence and sex crimes in the recent weeks, especially after two girls were gang raped and hanged from a tree in Badaun district. Jul 19, 2014

SGPC Chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Haryana SGPC issue

Ludhiana, July 19 (ANI): Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Saturday condemned the Haryana government___s decision to create an independent committee to monitor Sikh temples in the state. He said that the decision by the Haryana government was wrong and unconstitutional, and the fact that the resolution was passed as a money bill meant that the government is taking control over the Gurudwaras. He urged the central government to intervene and look into the matter. Jul 19, 2014

Congress ready for elections: Rashid Alvi

New Delhi, July 19 (ANI): Congress leader Rashid Alvi has said that the party is ready for fresh elections in Delhi. Delhi has been under President_s rule since February when Kejriwal resigned from the post of chief minister after his 49-day-old government failed to table its Jan Lokpal Bill in the state assembly. The Assembly has been under suspended animation ever since and no party has staked claim to form the government. Jul 19, 2014

AIDWA protest against grisly rape case in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, July 19 (ANI): A leading women group, All India Democratic Women___s Federation (AIDWA), protested against the gang rape, brutal torturing and killing of a woman on Friday, whose mutilated body was found at a school in Uttar Pradesh. A large number of women activists protested outside the Uttar Pradesh Secretariat demanding the arrest of those guilty of gang-raping and murdering the woman. Reportedly, the woman was stripped and stabbed several times. There were stab wounds even on her private parts, the police said after preliminary examination of the body. Meanwhile, slamming the government, a BJP leader accused the UP government for neglecting the security and safety of the women. Jul 19, 2014

Sabyasachi Panda sent to ten days of police custody

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (ANI): Court has sent India___s top Maoist leader, Sabyasachi Panda to ten days of police custody after his arrest in Odisha. Panda was produced in front of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) of Berhampur amid tight security on Friday evening where he was ordered to be sent on 10-day police custody. Acting on intelligence information, a police team nabbed the 48-year-old fugitive rebel leader after raiding a hideout at Berhampur in Odisha_s Ganjam district. Police recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from his possession. DIG of Police (Southern Range) Amitabh Thakur termed the arrest of top rebel leader as a major blow to the Maoist outfit. Police informed that Panda is accused of several heinous crimes, including the murder of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, in 2008 and abduction of two Italians in 2012. Jul 19, 2014

Indian sand artist depicts Ukraine airline crash as _shame to humanity_ through art

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (ANI): Famed sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, created a sand sculpture at Puri Beach to show that the nation condemns the shooting of an airliner at Ukraine killing all 298 passengers on board. Pattnaik created the art with six tons of sand. The Boeing 777, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, near the Russian border, on Thursday (July 17). The plane crashed about 40 km (25 miles) from the border with Russia near the regional capital of Donetsk, an area that is a stronghold of rebels who have been fighting Ukrainian government forces and have brought down military aircraft. Jul 19, 2014

Himachal Pradesh steps up security in border areas with J&K after reports of militants___ movement

Shimla, July 19 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh has stepped up security in border areas with Jammu and Kashmir after reports of militants___ movement, said police chief, Sanjay Kumar. Director General of Police (DGP), Kumar, said that the intelligence input was passed on by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) authorities in Jammu and Kashmir. Kumar added that patrolling was intensified on the roads connecting Chamba district with Jammu and Kashmir to prevent any attempt by extremists to infiltrate. Chamba district shares nearly 200 kilometers border with Jammu and Kashmir and it is easy for the militants to infiltrate due to mountainous terrain. The restive Kashmir region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. Jul 19, 2014

Public anger mounts against rape of child in a Bangalore school, police assures swift action

Bangalore, July 19 (ANI): As public anger mounts against the rape of a six- year- old girl within school premises, the Police commissioner of Bangalore told mediapersons that the probe is on and the accused will soon be nabbed. Tension erupted as two staff members allegedly raped a six-year-old girl on the premises of a prominent school. He added that no laxity in the case will be tolerated and the department was working systematically to arrest the accused. Parents assembled on the school premises and staged a protest, accusing the school authority of inaction. They alleged that school management was not addressing the issue with utmost urgency. Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister K George addressed mediapersons and said measures are being taken to ensure the safety of women in the city. Jul 19, 2014

Tea workers in Tripura imparted skill development training to boost production

Tripura, July 19 (ANI): The northeast region is one of the main producers of tea in the country. In order to give a boost to the tea industry in Tripura, a training scheme for skill development of the tea workers was launched recently. Implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation through its various training partners, it aims to provide scientific knowledge to the traditional tea growers as well as to those interested in joining this sector. The one-month long training programme imparts skills on various aspects of growing tea, including the preparation of nurseries, choosing saplings, use of fertilizers and maximizing the yield. Upon completing the training, the trainees will be awarded with a certificate from the government and National Skill Development Corporation, along with a monetary reward. The scheme is a part of Standard Training Assessment and Rewards (STAR) and was launched by the government last year to encourage people to acquire skills for different job roles. The programme is expected to benefit over 10000 small tea growers of the state. Jul 19, 2014