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Delhi gang-rape: Four accused held guilty, sentencing tomorrow

New Delhi, Sept 10 (ANI): A fast track court on Tuesday found all the four accused guilty in the 2012 December 16 Delhi gang-rape case. The court holds Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan and Mukesh guilty of 13 offences including gang-rape, unnatural offence, murder, dacoity, conspiracy, kidnapping and destruction of evidence. The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment tomorrow, at around 11 am. Of the total six accused, the prime conspirator Ram Singh had earlier this year killed himself in jail, while a minor accused was recently sentenced to three years in a special home by the Juvenile Justice Board. Sep 10, 2013
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Muzaffarnagar violence: Akhilesh assures strict action

Lucknow, Sept 10 (ANI): Talking to mediapersons on Muzaffarnagar communal clashes after a cabinet meeting in Lucknow on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that security forces were deployed to ensure there is no more violence and promised help for the thousands of refugees who left their home. He also reiterated that those guilty of inciting communal violence would be severely punished. Sep 10, 2013
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BJP above limitations of caste, religion and area: Naqvi

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): As Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is to address people during his Jaipur rally on Tuesday, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that BJP is above limitations of caste, religion or area and that Modi is going with the agenda of "everybody's support for everybody's development". He further targeted indirectly at the opposition and said that the many political parties are playing politics on these sidelines and are betting on secularism. Sep 10, 2013
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SP govt behind inciting communal sentiments in Muzaffarnagar: RSS

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): As UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav blamed the BJP for communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar, RSS Spokesperson Ram Madhav on Tuesday turned the table and said that Samajwadi Party government is the one to be blamed for the same and that they are behind inciting communal sentiments among the people in Muzaffarnagar. Further, talking about the recent ban by the SP government on the VHP Yatra, he said that the incident was to intentionally infringe on the religious freedom of the Hindus. Sep 10, 2013
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Jaipur rally cannot clean tainted Modi: Jagdambika Pal

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): As Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is to address a rally in Jaipur on Tuesday in order to reach out to Muslim community of the state and the nation, Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said that the Jaipur rally cannot clean up the tainted Modi and that the minorities will always have a fear factor in them because of the Gujarat incident. Further, talking about the BJP-RSS meet to draw consensus on the party___s PM candidate, he said that the decision whatsoever will be of the RSS and not BJP. Sep 10, 2013
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Manipur: 155 militants surrender to join mainstream

Imphal, Sep 10 (ANI): In a remarkable achievement, at least 155 rebels belonging to four different outfits in Manipur surrendered and attained a ceasefire pact with the state Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh after a prolonged negotiation. Senior government official J Suresh Babu, who serves as principal secretary (Home), said the surrender would add to peace in Manipur. The state government signed an agreement with the rebel groups on Monday and they would be given rehabilitation package. Indian government and the Government of Manipur have been making sincere efforts for bringing peace in Manipur by urging the rebels to join mainstream. Sep 10, 2013
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Indo-Pak bus service continues amidst border tensions

Poonch, Sep 10 (ANI): Even as the ceasefire violations continue on the Indo- Pak border, people travelling across India and Pakistan by bus hoped for Peace and tranquillity to prevail on the disputed border of Jammu and Kashmir. Last month, a suspected militant hurled a grenade on a patrol party, injuring nine persons including five police personnel, in Pulwama district and three civilians were killed and another injured after militants attacked a CRPF camp in Shopian district. Passengers travelling across the border on Monday expressed amazement on the fact that despite ceasefire violations on both sides of the border the bus service was still continuing. Sep 10, 2013
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Mother of Delhi gang rape accused pleads for mercy

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Mother of Vinay Sharma, one of the accused in the Delhi gang rape case pleaded for mercy as a fast track court in New Delhi is set to pronounce its verdict in the case that triggered nationwide outrage and forced the government to overhaul women safety laws. Prosecutors have alleged that bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta, and unemployed Mukesh Singh lured the woman and a male friend onto the bus on the night of December 16 as the two were returning home from watching a movie at a shopping mall in South Delhi. Sep 10, 2013
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Akhilesh___s self bowed communal seeds eating him up: BJP

Allahabad, Sep 10 (ANI): As UP Chief Minsiter Akhilesh Yadav said a day before that the Muzaffarnagar communal clashes are strategies and a game played by the opposition, BJP Spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh said on Tuesday that Akhilesh himself bowed the seeds of communalism in the state and now those very seeds are eating him up. He further said that the UP government should take responsibility of the situation, rather than blaming the opposition for the same. Sep 10, 2013
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Defence lawyer says two Delhi gangrape accused are innocent

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Defence lawyer of the two accused in the Delhi gangrape case, A. P. Singh, on Tuesday said his clients were innocent, hours before a fast track court is set to pronounce its verdict in the case. Singh said Vinay was at a party in a park when the incident occurred, adding that Akshay Singh said he was hundreds of kilometres away in his village in eastern state of Bihar. Prosecutors allege that bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta, and unemployed Mukesh Singh lured the woman and a male friend onto the bus on the night of December 16 as the two were returning home from watching a movie at a shopping mall in South Delhi. Sep 10, 2013
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Parents of Delhi gangrape victim firm on death sentence for accused

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Parents of the 16 December Delhi gangrape victim are firm on their demand of death sentence for the accused, hours before a fast track court is set to pronounce its verdict in the case that sparked nationwide fury and forced the government to overhaul women safety laws. Father of the victim wanted the judgement to act as a deterrent in future. Last month, the juvenile accused in the case was sentenced to three years in juvenile detention. Mother of the victim is however, not satisfied with the sentence given to the juvenile and urged the court to reconsider it in light of his barbaric act. Sep 10, 2013
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Kenyan VP Ruto pleads not guilty at ICC trial

Kenya Vice President William Ruto pleaded not guilty to fomenting deadly post-election violence in Kenya five years ago, at the opening Tuesday of his high-stakes trial before the International Criminal Court. Duration: 00:55. Sep 10, 2013