Pallavi Purkayastha_s killer gets life sentence

Mumbai, July 7 (ANI): Mumbai court on Monday awarded life term to a security guard for molesting and killing lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in her flat. Sajjad Mogul, the security guard of the building where Pallavi stayed, had been found guilty of all charges, including murder, molestation and trespassing. Earlier on June 30, Sessions Judge Vrushali Joshi, pronouncing 23-year-old Mogul guilty, said that _a case of murder, molestation and criminal trespass has been proved_ against him. Jul 7, 2014

Buddhist monks mark first anniversary of serial blasts at Mahabodhi Temple

Bodh Gaya, July 07 (ANI): Buddhist monks on Monday offered special prayers to mark the first anniversary of serial blasts that rocked the Mahabodhi Temple located in Bodh Gaya, one of holiest shrines in eastern India where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. A series of explosions in and around Buddhism_s holiest shrine in Bihar injured two persons early on July 07, 2013, in what the government described as a ___terror___ attack. Meanwhile, district magistrate, Sanjay Agrawal, said security has been beefed up and adequate arrangements have been made for the tourists and monks. Recalling the incident, monks from various countries gathered at the temple and prayed for world peace. Jul 7, 2014

Opposition slams Gujarat governor Kamla Beniwal_s transfer to Mizoram, BJP defends

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): In a reshuffle of governors that took place on Sunday evening, Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal was transferred off to Mizoram for the remainder of her term. The Congress and other rival party leaders have slammed this decision of the Modi government. They argued that the transfer was politically motivated and troubling governors in this manner was highly condemnable. The Modi government, however, said that alteration by a new government is a normal procedure. Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva will be discharging the duties and functions of the Gujarat Governor until a new governor is appointed. Jul 7, 2014

116 workers freed from Iraq arrive in India

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): 116 Indian workers who were till now caught up in the war torn Iraq arrived home on Monday, while many others are still being held captive by the suspected militants. Indian workers were greeted with garlands and were offered water and juices at the airport in New Delhi. Chief coordinator of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara management committee, international affairs, Puneet Singh Chadha, said adequate arrangements were being made to send the workers back to their hometowns. Meanwhile, a freed Indian worker, who was abducted in Iraq, Arjun recalling his ordeal said the Indian embassy in Iraq was of no help. Jul 7, 2014

Differentiating reactions flow in as SC declare Sharia Courts and fatwas illegal

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): As Supreme Court on Monday ruled Sharia Courts and Fatwas as illegal, differentiating reactions flow in. Kul Hind Imam Association President Sajid Rashidi said that appealing in this case is itself wrong. He further said that Sharia is like Quran for Muslims and anyone not following it, are not true Muslim. However, Former SP Leader Shahid Siddiqui said that Sharia was never a legal thing and Supreme Court_s verdict is totally positive. Jul 7, 2014

Politicos slam BJP for high inflation

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Politicos on Monday slammed ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for the high price rise. The hike in the rail fare was one of the top concerns of the politicos. Politicos complained that the BJP before coming to power had promised that it will curb high price rise but it only worsened it. Jul 7, 2014

Congress leaders stage protest against inflation and fuel price hike

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): Congress leaders and activists on Monday protested against inflation and fuel price hike under the new NDA government at the Centre. They staged protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The Congress highlighted how the spiralling inflation coupled with hike in oil prices and train fares have hit the masses. Jul 7, 2014

SC rules out Sharia Courts and fatwas, terms it illegal

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday issued a landmark judgement where it declared that the Sharia Courts and religious decrees or fatwas are illegal if they tread on the rights of an individual. The court further objected to the Sharia Courts ordering punishments against innocent people and said that no religion permits the same. The court was hearing a petition challenging the functioning of parallel courts in India. Jul 7, 2014

Politicos react over Rangarajan panel report claiming 3 out of 10 Indians poor

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday draw mixed reaction over C Rangarajan panel report claiming 3 out of 10 Indians poor. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government will work in this regard unlike the previous government and control poverty. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla also condemned the number of poor people in the country. Meanwhile, TMC leader Saugata Roy said that said that the report is not sacred and such reports keep coming in. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that Rangarajan should be given Rs 100 daily and asked to survive. BSP Chief Mayawati and CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that such reports are like making fun of poor. Jul 7, 2014