Rape inside taxi: Delhi HC slams law enforcers

NEW DELHI: The sexual assault of a 23 year old woman in a cab minus the mandatory global positioning system (GPS), came in the eye of the Delhi High Court, which ultimately came down heavily on the agencies for not properly enforcing the law.

Acting Chief Justice, Gita Mittal, along with the bench took cognisance of the incident that took place on September 12, where a driver of a yellow-black taxi offered lift to a woman near the railway station and then forced himself on her. C Hari Shankar, also a part of the bench was quoted “It points out that enforcement agencies, Delhi Police and traffic police are unable to check gross violation of law by taxi drivers in Delhi, resulting in serious crimes including sexual violence against passengers, It needs to be checked.”

The bench has asked the Delhi government, Centre, transport department and the city police to file responses of the laws that are being violated by the cab drivers in Delhi. The responses for the same have been ordered by September 20. The court in addition has ordered that the victim should be given compensation and be provided with immediate legal aid.

News Sources- NDTV, India Today

Manipur-Mayanmar border at Red Alert over Rohingyas

As the Home Ministry changed its decision once again regarding the deporting of Rohingya Muslims from India, the main focus is now on India-Myanmar border. The BJP- governed Manipur that shares a border with Mayanmar spread across 3000 kilometres is on red alert and orders have been passed to stop any attempt by the Rohingya to enter India.

In addition to the Assam Rifles that generally guard the border in the north east, to intensify the security, the Manipur police has also increased its search operations. The police in Myanmar are very carefully scanning the movements of people for trade purposes, not giving any chance to Rohingyas.

As the Rohingyas have already been declared a threat to the country’s internal security, N Biren Singh, Manipur Chief Minister has stated that though as of now no Rohingya has been arrested but the state government won’t take any chances.

This decision of India to treat all 40,000 Rohingya Muslims that are trying to escape the violence in the western region of Rakhine as illegal immigrants has triggered criticism. The United Nation’s human rights agency chief said “I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country.” To this India responded by saying “Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenge. Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion.”

New Source: NDTV, Outlook

Image Source: Indian Express

Government School teacher suspended for open defecating

BHOPAL: A government school teacher has been suspended by the education authorities in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly defecating in the open. The suspension order was issued on Monday by the education officer of Ashok Nagar district, stating that open defecation results in violation and misconduct of the directives of the government.

The teacher in question was posted in Budera Village’s government primary school in Ashok Nagar.

Aditya Narayan Mishra, the district education minister of Ashok Nagar told PTI, ” He was found violating the government’s ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, he added, “Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the teachers are entrusted with the task of keeping a watch on people who defecate in the open but, on the contrary, this teacher was himself found defecating in the open despite having a toilet at his home.”

In the recent past, the panchayat officials in Madhya Pradesh’s Virpur village had imposed a fine on nearly 13 families for open defecation resulting in a sum of almost 4 lakh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘The Swachh Bharat Mission’ on October 2, 2014 with the aim of making India free from open defecation by 2019.

Sources: NDTVIndia Today

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Protests by parents continue at Ryan International School

GURGAON: A huge number of flustered parents could be seen protesting outside Ryan International School in Gurgaon, where a bus conductor allegedly killed a Class 2 student on Friday. The acting Principle along with the security agency that used to provide security to the school have been suspended. Parents have been protesting outside the school since Thursday morning where the student was found in the school bathroom with his throat slit.


Sept 09, 2017 at 20:35

Parents protesting outside Ryan International School, Gurgaon with candle lights.

Sept 09, 2017 at 18:52

The accused Ashok Kumar has been sent to three day police remand by Gurgaon Court.

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:54

Haryana CM quoted: Directed authorities to complete formalities within 7 days.

Manohar Lal Khatar, Harayana Chief Minister referred to the incident as “sad incident and heinous crime.”

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:33

Haryana PWD Minister said: State government will take strict action against the culprits and tried reassuring the family that they should not worry. Whoever has committed the crime will not be forgiven.

Sept 09, 2017 at 16:29

School Principle suspended.

Sept 08, 2017

Late evening, the accused bus driver, Ashok Kumar was arrested. After questioning the staff at Ryan International School, the driver was taken into police custody.

Sourced from NDTV and Indian Express


People’s Princess still alive in their hearts

It might be a bit of an overstatement to say that Princess Diana saved the monarchy but the “People’s Princess” did buy the royal family some time. Even twenty years after her death, a pilgrimage was made at the gates of Kensington Place, her former home, by the people on a bright sunny Thursday to pay tribute.

A few of the fans dressed head-to-toe in Union Jack clothing, placed cards and flowers and lit candles outside the gates of the palace, making a shrine for the late Princess of Wales. Some of the Royal fans believe that Lady Diana did help modernise the rusty Windsors to a certain extent.

During the short life that she lived, she shook the emotionally reserved monarchy upside down. Giving people the feel that she was approachable, unlike other members of the royal family. She held hands of the AIDS patients. She was open about her soap opera of a wedding and without any shame spoke about her battle with bulimia. She was absolutely loved by the paparazzi and was one of the most famous people in the world. British public loved her, as a matter of fact they still do.

Lady Diana left this world in 1997 on Aug.31, during a car crash as the car was trying to speed away from the paparazzi. According to the reports the driver of the car, who also died during the crash had blood alcohol level three times higher than the allowed legal limit. The Princess at that time was 36. Her death led to a severe out-pour of emotion in Britain which was very new to the Country.

The fire fighter who reached first to help the Princess after her car crash in Paris in 1997 thought that she would live through it.

Sgt. Xavier Gourmelon, who administered CPR to the British royal 20 years ago, stated in his interview to the Sun, “I held her hand and told her to be calm and keep still. I said I was there to help and reassured her,” she said, ‘My God, what’s happened?’.  He added,” To be honest, I thought she would live. As far as I knew when she was in the ambulance she was alive and I expected her to live, but I found out later she had died in hospital. It was very upsetting.”

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same to you, was the motto that she followed throughout her life.

Sources: L A Times and Washington Post 

Launch of satellite by ISRO unsuccessful


A.S Kiran Kumar, ISRO chairman, today at 7:25 in the evening made the announcement, that navigation satellite IRNSS-1H mission that was launched from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota was unsuccessful. The heat shield of the spacecraft could not detach after Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched it.

It was the first ever private sector-built navigation satellite IRNSS-1H built in India carried by PSLV from Sriharikota. The countdown began a day prior at2pm, 29 hours before the launch time. The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) and Mission Readiness Review (MRR) together on August 29 cleared the countdown.

The 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C39 was equipped with six strap–ons, each containing 12 tons of propellant, along with the 1,425 kg satellite which was lifted at 7 pm from the second launch pad at the Sriharikota spaceport.

ISRO along with a group of six small and medium industries built and tested the spacecraft. The IRNSS-1H would have been a backup navigation satellite for IRNSS-1A which is a part of the seven satellite constellation, the reason being the dysfunctioning of its three rubidium atomic clocks on board.

IRNSS stands for Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, it is an independent regional system made by India. It is at par with the Glonass of Russia, US- based GPS and Galileo by Europe.

Sources: Hindustan Times and Outlook India 


350 dead and Crores lost in the Floods

Unimaginable number of lives and quantity of wealth has been lost by the floods that hit states across India. The worst hit states are Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar however, the situations in West Bengal and Assam are improving gradually.

  1. In Bihar, across 17 districts, 153 people have been declared dead, it has been amongst the worst hit states. In addition, the number of people that have been directly affected by the floods is also highest in Bihar going around 1.08 crores.
  2. 28 National Disaster Response Force teams including 1,152 people have been sent to be a part of the rescue and relief operations in Bihar. To take care of 3.44 lakh in the flood-ravaged districts, 1765 community kitchens have come to existence.
  3. Even though the situation in Assam is getting better, but the total no of lives lost because of the flood are a whooping 144, next only to Bihar. The worst affected area being Morigaon district, where 2210 villages are now under water and 1.23 lakh hectare of crop damaged.
  4. In eastern Uttar Pradesh, over 14 lakh people have been affected by the floods and 1,217 villages are under water.
  5. Though the situations in West Bengal are a little better, there has been no rain in past 24 hours but the floods took around 52 lives there.
  6. Even the railways in most of these areas have been affected by the floods which resulted into Railways incurring a loss of almost Rs.150 crore in the last week.

Sources: NDTV