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Father gets eight years jail for repeatedly raping daughter

New Delhi–A Delhi court sentenced a man to jail for eight years for repeatedly raping his 17-year-old daughter and threatening her not to tell anyone.

Pronouncing the sentence, Additional Sessions Judge T.R. Naval said the one who was supposed to protect his daughter, had repeatedly committed the crime when her mother, who later died, was admitted in a hospital.

The court in the order said: “Keeping in view the submissions and all relevant factors and circumstances in which the accused committed crime, it would be just and appropriate if deterrent view in sentence is taken as the father, who is supposed to protect his daughter, has committed sexual assault on her repeatedly particularly when the mother of the victim was seriously ill and lying in a hospital.”

It added: “Accordingly, the convict is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for eight years for the offence under section 376 (rape) of the IPC.”

A fine of Rs.7,000 ($130) was also imposed on the convict, the court said, adding that if realised, Rs 5,000 ($90) be given to the girl as compensation.

“Besides this compensation, she will also be entitled to get other compensation, if available to her under other laws,” the judge said.

The incidents took place when the girl’s mother, who was suffering from tuberculosis, was admitted to hospital and the victim, after taking care of her mother, used to return home at night in June 2011, as per the prosecution.

The victim had told the court that on the night of June 17, 2011, her 38-year-old father raped her and threatened to kill her if she disclosed the incident to anyone.

According to the prosecution, the victim said that the accused, father of two other children, continued to rape her nightly for about a month. Following her mother’s death, the victim disclosed her ordeal to her aunt.

When the accused found out, he fled.

On Aug. 8, 2011, the aunt called the accused to her house on the pretext of meeting him and he was then arrested by Gokulpuri police, the police said.

The court rejected the plea of the accused that he was falsely implicated by his daughter at the instance of his sister-in-law as there was a delay in lodging a police report.–IANS

Uttar Pradesh woman the first to scale Mount Everest with prosthetic legs

Jamshedpur-In a stellar show of indomitable spirit, Arunima Sinha became the first woman in the world to conquer Mount Everest with prosthetic legs, when she successfully climbed the world’s highest peak Tuesday.

The 26-year-old scaled the peak at 10.55 a.m. carrying the tri-colour. The achievement coincides with the 60th anniversary of the first conquest of the Mt Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay May 29, 1953.

Groomed by the first Indian woman to scale Mt. Everest, Bachendri Pal, at the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) in Uttar Kashi, Sinha completed her expedition journey from Kathmandu to the top of the peak in 52 days.

She followed Susen Mahato, another climber of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, who summited Mt. Everest May 19.

Sinha, born at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh July 20, 1986, is an ex-volleyball player at the national level. She lost both her legs in a railway accident in 2011.

Tata Steel has sponsored the expedition and provided all necessary training and mentorship for the challenging journey.

Congratulating Sinha, Pal said: “Her spirit, mental strength and willpower have been exemplary. She has defied all odds and will be an inspiration for millions throughout the world.”–IANS

Sahara pulls out of IPL, not to renew BCCI sponsorship

NEW DELHI: Pune Warriors India, owned by Sahara India Pariwar, pulled out of the already scandal-hit Indian Premier League (IPL) and announced that they will not renew their sponsorship of the Indian cricket team after the present contract expires in December 2013.

The decision comes after the Lucknow-based firm’s demand to bring down the franchisee fee was not agreed upon by the Board of Control forCricket in India (BCCI). Sahara failed to pay the full franchisee fee of the Warriors for the current year which resulted in BCCI encashing the bank guarantee — and this further led to the Pune-based franchise pulling out.

“It is firm and final decision of Sahara to withdraw from IPL,” said a Sahara Statement.

This is the second time that Sahara have pulled the plug. The first time it happened was in 2012 owing to similar reasons but they bridged their differences with BCCI and returned to the fold.

Sahara bought the franchise for Rs.1,702 crore in 2011 for 10 years, making Pune Warriors the costliest team in the IPL.

Sahara have now said that they will not return to IPL “even if the entire fee was waived”.

The group also said it was tempted to withdraw from the Indian cricket team’s sponsorship but refrained in the interest of the players.

Pune Warriors India finished eighth in the sixth season of the IPL, winning four of the 16 matches played.

Indian lorry driver jailed in Singapore

Singapore–An Indian lorry driver has been jailed by a court in Singapore for causing the death of one person and injuring 14 others due to negligence while driving.

Periyasamy Jayaprakash, 25, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mathialagu Kathiravan, 19, when his lorry collided head-on with another lorry on the Tanah Merah Coast Road here in the morning of July 3 last year, the Straits Times reported Tuesday.

An Indian national, Jayaprakash has been sentenced to eight weeks in jail and banned from driving for five years.

He also admitted to causing grievous injuries to the driver of the other lorry and 13 passengers, all Indians, through his negligence.–IANS

Indian university lecturer arrested in UAE

Dubai–An Indian university lecturer who had come to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a short visit has been arrested by police here for blogging against a Dubai-based university.

Though a report in the Gulf Times did not name either the lecturer or the university in India he works in, it said that he had finished his term in the private university at Dubai’s Academic City a year ago, but his contract was terminated without any reason.

A Dubai court later ruled in his favour and he got his end-of-service benefits.

After returning to India, he started blogging against the university and revealed the reason why his contract was terminated.—IANS

Indian jailed in Singapore for prostitution

Singapore–A 24-year-old Indian man has been jailed by a court in Singapore for managing a prostitution ring.

Kothandan Vinod has pleaded guilty to managing three Indian women after promising each of them a salary of Rs.30,000 (S$684) to work as prostitutes in Singapore, the Straits Times reported Monday.

Vinod was in Singapore on business for less than a week when he was caught.

Two of the women – Kasthuri Ramasamy, 21, and Fathimal Ali Srinivasan, 42 – had flown in from Chennai in India April 1 and started soliciting for clients at Lorong 22 Geylang area here.

The third, Padma Kadiya, 35, joined them April 6, the report said.—IANS

Hindu Immigration To The US Doubles; 70,000 Admitted In 2012

NEW YORK: The number of Hindus becoming permanent residents in the US has more than doubled over the last two decades.

While in 1992, the Hindus accounted for 3 percent of all immigrants to the US, the figure jumped to 7 percent in 2012, says a study by the non-partisan Pew Research Center in Washington.

In terms of numbers, about 30,000 Hindu immigrants were admitted into the US each year in the 1990s. But their numbers jumped to 70,000 in 2012.

According to the study, nearly 1 million Hindu migrants have been admitted into the US during the past 20 years.

As of 2010, there were about 1.8 million Hindus in the US.

The great majority of Hindu immigrants to the US come from India, Nepal and Bhutan. But the share coming from the Caribbean (West Indies) has decreased significantly, dropping from an estimated 16 percent of all Hindu immigrants to the US in 1992 to 5 percent in 2012, says the study.

The number of immigrants from Sikh, Jain and Jewish (mostly from the former Soviet Union) faiths as well as other folk or traditional religions from China, Hong Kong and sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be 30,000 each year.

Over 68 percent of the one million new immigrants that the US admits each year are Christians. From 1992 to 2012, the US admitted 12.7 million Christian immigrants.

Muslim immigration to the US has also doubled from 5 percent in 1992 to 10 percent in 2012.

The number of Muslims immigrants has increased from 50,000 in 1992 to 100,000 in 2012. From 1992 to 2012, 1.7 million Muslims entered the US as immigrants.

Indian American Girl Esha Khare Invents Device That Charges Cellphone In 20 Seconds

NEW YORK: Google and other tech giants are wooing 18-year-old Indian-American whizkid Esha Khare who has revolutionized cellphone technology by creating a device that can charge a cellphone super fast in 20 seconds.

Called super-capacitor, the device can do up to 10,000 cycles, as against 1,000 that conventional battery chargers do.

Khare, who is from Saratoga in Santa Clara in California, has been conferred this year’s Young Scientist Award from the Intel Foundation for her invention. The award carries a cash of $50,000.
In an interview with NBC, she said she is ready to “set the world on fire” as she gets ready to study at Harvard.

Khare said she invented the device after she was frustrated by her cellphone battery dying quickly.

She said she started working on the energy-storage technology as a solution. Her specialization in nanochemistry, she said , helped her scale down the size of the device.

“It is also flexible, so it can be used in roll-up displays and clothing and fabric. It has a lot of different advantages over batteries in that sense,’’ the 19-year-old said. (News East West)

Indian-origin men in New Zealand face gang-rape charges

A woman has given evidence in a court in New Zealand implicating four men of Indian origin of raping her in turns in April 2011.

Amir Chand, 25, Harvinder Singh, 22, Kamaljeet Singh, 27, and Sumit Vermani, 26, are defending the charges in the high court in Hamilton, Fairfax NZ News reported Tuesday.

The woman has claimed that the four men raped her in the course of an evening during the Hamilton 400 weekend, the V8 supercar racing event that took place on the streets of that New Zealand city.

While Amir Chand, Harvinder and Sumit are from Hamilton, Kamaljeet is from Kaitkati town in New Zealand’s North Island.

Prosecutor Philip Crayton said the woman, who was aged 19 at the time of the incident, was drinking with a friend near the Waikato Stadium near Hamilton where the ZZ Top group was performing.

The two then went to a Pak N Save shop on Mill Street where they met a 16-year-old girl from the US.

The duo then asked the 16-year-old to accompany them to the city and the three started walking across the Pak N Save parking space.

It was then that a car driven by Chand with Vermani in the passenger seat pulled up beside the trio.

The men then asked the trio to get in the car.

Giving evidence via video link from another room in the court premises, the victim said that she had initially declined to get in but since their 16-year-old friend knew the men, they eventually got in.

However, she said she got worried when the car, instead of heading towards the city, started taking the road to Lake Rotoroa.

She said she and her friends were taken to a house on Lake Road where she alleged she was raped first by Chand and then by the other three men.

She also stated that she initially tried to resist but eventually gave up “hoping that it would be over sooner” and later suffered an asthma attack.

When the prosecutor asked her about the ethnicity of the perpetrators, she said, “Indian”.—IANS

Gandhi blood sample fails to sell at UK auction of Indian leader’s personal items

LONDON — Dozens of Mohandas Gandhi’s personal items have been sold at an auction, but a sample of blood purportedly from the Indian independence leader didn’t draw high enough bids, according to Associated Press.

The memorabilia offered by British auction house Mullock’s in Ludlow, England, included a handwritten will, a shawl, a pair of worn leather sandals and a rice bowl said to come from the house in India where Gandhi lived from 1917 to 1934.

One item was described as a bit of Gandhi’s blood on two glass microscope slides, said to be provided by the leader when he was recovering from an operation for appendicitis in 1924.
Spokesman Richard Westwood-Brookes said bidding for the blood didn’t meet the 10,000-pound ($15,155) reserve price. He said about 50 other items took in 287,000 pounds ($435,000) Tuesday.