• I would have been satisfied had he died: Nirbhaya's mother on Vinay's suicide bid

    New Delhi, Aug. 25 (ANI): Reacting to one of the six accused in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case Vinay Sharma’s alleged attempt to commit suicide at Tihar Jail late last night, victim Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi on Thursday said she would have satisfied had he died, but the incident indicated negligence on the part of our law enforcement agencies, which failed to punish the guilty despite their brutal act. “The government and our law enforcing agencies should take a lesson from it that such a big incident took place, where a girl was killed brutally, but they failed to punish the guilty,” Nirbhaya’s mother told ANI.

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  • Karnataka: Girl accuses Facebook friend of raping on pretext of marriage

    A Mangaluru-based girl accuses Facebook friend of raping her under the pretext of marrying.

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  • Sri Lanka's Perera charged, Australian Starc reprimanded by ICC

    Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera has been fined 15 percent of his match fee and Australian Mitchell Starc was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for their behaviour during the second one-day international in Colombo. After dismissing David Warner during Australia's unsuccessful run chase, all-rounder Perera used language and displayed actions which could have provoked a reaction from the Australia opener, the ICC said in a statement on Thursday.

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  • Malicious campaign using forged images against Malabar Gold & Diamonds, one held in Dubai

    Dubai (UAE), Aug.24 (ANI-Businesswire India): An Indian citizen has been arrested by Dubai Police for engaging in an ill-motivated social media campaign against Malabar Gold & Diamonds using forged images. Malabar Gold & Diamonds had filed a complaint with Dubai Police regarding a forged image being circulated in social media. The cyber wing of the Dubai Police uncovered that it was Bineesh who first shared the forged image through Facebook in Dubai.

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  • The dirty picture: NGOs fear trafficking of girls ahead of UP polls

    Fearing a rise in illegal trafficking to meet the demands of dance girls in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, NGOs are requesting the Election Commission for a ban on such polls activities.

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  • BJP's Zafar Islam plays safe on fatwa on cow urine items

    New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): Not completely declining the fatwa issued by Islamic seminary against products with cow urine, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Zafar Islam on Wednesday said the scientific use of cow urine is not known, adding there are many things which are permitted even though the Islamic faith doesn't allow those things in normal course of action. Talking to ANI, Islam said the consumption of cow urine and the products, which have cow urine, is prohibited as far as Islamic faith is concerned.

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  • While launching women safety app, Nirbhaya parents question PM Modi

    The free download app works across India on all mobile networks and sends near real-time updates about the location of the mobile user.

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  • Rahul must come clean on how Gandhiji's assassin was affiliated to RSS: Vaidya

    Nagpur, Aug. 25 (ANI): As the Congress vice president told the Supreme Court yesterday that he had never blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as an institution for killing Mahatma Gandhi, but persons associated with it were behind the assassination, RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya on Thursday said rather twisting it, Rahul Gandhi must come clean on in what sense they were associated with the Hindu nationalist organisation and what was their position and credential. "If he now says the RSS was not involved, but the people who were involved in Gandhiji's murder were RSS-affiliate, then he must come clean on his statement that in what sense they were associated with the RSS and what was their position and credential in the organisation," said the RSS patriarch, seeking explanation from the Congress vice president as to how the assassin was affiliated to the organisation.

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  • Lord Krishna's life emphasizes importance of performing one's duty: Prez

    New Delhi, Aug. 24 (ANI): On the eve of Janmashtami, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday conveyed his warm greetings and good wishes to the nation and said Lord Krishna's life and teachings emphasize the importance of performing one's duty without thought of reward. "Lord Krishna's life and teachings emphasize the importance of performing one's duty without thought of reward, of different paths leading to the same goal and of the importance of ethical and moral values to society," President Mukherjee said in his message. "On this auspicious day celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, let us commit ourselves to following the path of virtue and righteousness in thought, word and deed," he added.

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  • This Heroic Sportsman Worked all his Life Helping Others and Died Trying to Save Three Children

    Bablu Martin was a cricket and football player. He dedicated his entire life to sports and to helping people. On Saturday, he lost his life trying to save three children from being buried under the debris of a building that collapsed in Maihar. At around 10:30 am on August 20, Benedict (Bablu) Martin, a 40-year-old sportsman from Maihar in Madhya Pradesh, was going back home after conducting his routine coaching classes. On the way, he stopped in front of the Madhya Pradesh Housing Board building to have tea with his friends at a roadside stall. All of a sudden, he saw the three-storey structure of the Housing Board building tilting dangerously. [caption id="attachment_66018" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Benedict (Bablu) Martin[/caption] As soon as he spotted a 12-year-old girl standing under the building, Babloo made a dash to save her from being buried under the debris of the now collapsing edifice. He managed to rescue her and another child too, before going back to try and save another. Unfortunately, while the child was saved, Bablu himself never found his way back to safety. [caption id="attachment_66023" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] The collapsed building under which Bablu was trapped.[/caption] Bablu was trapped inside the debris, buried up to his neck. It took one-and-a-half hours for the people gathered around to pull him out. Other than the efforts of these locals, no other medical help reached the accident spot. Finally, the people rushed him to the nearest hospital where his wounds were quickly stitched in a haphazard manner and he was referred to a hospital in Satna. Bablu was still alive at this point. The ambulance in which Bablu was being transported to Satna had no medical staff. A temporary oxygen mask was placed over his mouth – it kept falling according to his older brother and a friend who accompanied Bablu in the ambulance. Due to heavy rainfall over the previous days, the road to Satna was closed. So the ambulance changed course and headed to a hospital in Katni, where the doctors declared Bablu ‘brought dead’. “My brother did his job. The people who pulled him out from under the debris also did their job. But the authorities and the system did not! One can reach Maihar from Bhopal in 1.5 hours by air. But no doctor from Maihar reached him in those 1.5 hours. He could have survived if he was given first aid immediately when he was trapped. He saved three lives. He would have saved 30 if he was alive! As there were no medical staff in the ambulance, we didn’t even know when our brother left us,” said Bablu’s brother Rabert (Raju) Martin. Bablu was a member of the Chattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS). He had represented Satna in cricket and soccer tournaments across the state. He also ran his own cricket coaching centre, known as Sharada Cricket Coaching Centre, where he used to teach cricket to kids for free. A dedicated sportsman, Bablu was not only good at cricket but also played football. He taught football to kids at the Maihar Sporting Club. It was Bablu who first encouraged girls to play football and cricket in Maihar. About 35-40 girls played football regularly at the Maihar Sporting Club under Martin’s guidance. One of them will be representing the district in the state level football championship soon. “Martin was a gem of a person. I knew him since childhood and he was the one who taught me wicket keeping and batting. He was a big fan of cricketer Azharuddin. He followed Azhar’s style in fielding and batting and Kapil Dev’s in bowling. You would think it was Azhar who was fielding if you saw Bablu on the cricket field from afar,” said Islam Ahmed Mansuri, a close family friend of the Martins. Bablu had no interest in academics from early on in life. His parents sent him to five different schools and even a boarding school in Allahabad. But all he wanted to do was to play cricket and other sports. Finally, Bablu left his studies altogether after Class 8 and became a full time sportsman. He started coaching children in cricket and football. He was so crazy about sports that if no one helped him financially, he would spend his own money to buy sports equipment for his students and arrange for their transport to matches outside Maihar. In a country where academic achievement is highly prized, Bablu did his best to encourage children to play sports. “Once, Bablu was suffering from malaria and had been put on a drip. But when he heard that there was a tournament taking place in town, he removed the drip himself and took off from the hospital without telling anyone,” recalled Raju fondly. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has announced that the government will pay Rs 5 lakh to Bablu’s family and give a government job to one family member. He has also promised to fulfil the family’s wish of naming a sports complex in Bablu’s honour in Satna, as encouraging sports as a career for the coming generations was Bablu’s only dream. Bablu’s mother and wife are still in shock and could not speak a word. His two sons, 6-year-old Vaibhav and 4-year-old Ahem still feel their father has gone for another tournament and will be back soon. [caption id="attachment_66011" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Bablu Martin's sons- Vaibhav and Ahem[/caption]  “Up until 4 days ago we were all upset with my brother – that he doesn’t take any responsibilities at home, does nothing to help financially, that he just keeps playing and helping others. But we didn’t know what great things he was doing. We came to know after his death that he helped people so much. All his students, including the 40 girls who he taught football and cricket to, came to the graveyard for his funeral. We are all proud of him for helping so many people all his life, for encouraging children to take up sports and finally, for giving up his life to save three children. Not just me, any brother would be proud to have such a brother who left the world helping someone and became immortal,” says Rabert Martin. You can write to Rabert Martin at rabertrtpl@rediffmail.com .

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  • Delhi Dynamos bolster attack with Marcelo Leite signing

    New Delhi [India], Aug 25 (ANI): Delhi Dynamos Football Club strengthened their attacking option by adding the Brazilian Marcelo Leite Pereira to the team's roster for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League. The 29 year old joins the Delhi Dynamos F.C. squad from Anapolis Futebol Clube, which plays in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie D. "I am thankful to the club for this new opportunity.

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  • Atletico de Kolkata reinforce squad with signing of Spanish forward Juan Belencoso

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): The champions of inaugural edition and the semi finalist of the second season of Indian Super League, Atletico de Kolkata, announced on Thursday the signing of Spanish centre forward Juan Belencoso and added more fervor in their strong International line up of players. Known for his hard working nature and skills, Belencoso is a fan favourite with his clinical finishes and played for Kitchee FC in Hong Kong. Belencoso also played for sides like Albacete Balompie, UB Conquense, CD Lugo and Cadiz CF.

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  • Shoojit is extremely good at 'psyching out an actor': Taapsee Pannu

    By A.Kameshwari New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): After rising to fame with Neeraj Pandey's action-thriller 'Baby', Tapsee Pannu is all set with her next thriller flick 'PINK,' where she portrays a molestation-victim. "Shoojit Sircar is extremely good at psyching out an actor. Further explaining the difficulties she faced while filming 'PINK', the actress said, "Being molested was the only thing which was very difficult to digest or absorb because no matter how hard I try, I can never feel the exact way a molestation victim really feels." "But I have tried to be as real as possible and I hope have done justice to those scenes.

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  • Time is ripe to pressurise Pak for Balochistan's freedom: BJP

    New Delhi/Jammu, Aug. 25 (ANI): A day after Baloch Republican Party (BRP) activists showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dera Bugti (Balochistan) holding his pictures and Indian flags, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said it was the right time to put pressure on Pakistan to free Balochistan. BJP leader Ravinder Raina told ANI that since 1947, the Pakistani establishment and the army, including the ISI, are committing atrocities on the people of Balochistan.

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  • India attends meet on migration of workers

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh on Thursday attended the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Colombo Process, a regional meeting on labour mobility, in Sri Lanka's capital. MoS @Gen_VKSingh w/SL FM at inaugural of 5th Ministerial Consultation of Colombo Process,"External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. The ministerial consultation is a process that was started by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) with the Sri Lankan government in 2003 in Colombo to look into the issues relating to workers from south and southeast Asia migrating mostly to Gulf countries and also to North America, Europe and other Asian countries.

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  • JNU rape accused sent to 14-day judicial custody

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 25 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Thursday sent PhD student Anmol Ratan, who has been accused of raping a fellow scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), to 14-day judicial custody. Ratan, who had been missing since Sunday, surrendered at the Vasant Kunj Police Station last evening. Ratan, an activist of the All India Student Association (AISA), was expelled from the outfit after the allegations against him.

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  • Indian PM Modi's pictures waved during protests in Balochistan

    Dera Bugti (Balochistan), Aug. 24 (ANI): Days after Baloch leaders' in-exile hailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for highlighting the atrocities committed on their people by Pakistan, the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) activists showered praise on him while holding the Indian flags and his pictures in their hands and vented their ire against Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri for declaring Brahamdagh Bugti a traitor. Holding the pictures of the Indian Prime Minister, late Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and his grandson Brahumdagh Bugti, the protestors, including children, with their faces covered raised slogans against Islamabad and also burnt Pakistan's national flag.

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  • Minor mistakes cost a spot in Rio finals, says bronze medallist Sakshi Malik

    New Delhi, Aug.24 (ANI): Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to clinch a medal in wrestling in the prestigious quadrennial event, on Wednesday admitted that her minor mistakes cost her spot in the finals of the freestyle 58kg event. The 23-year-old suffered a major setback when she went down 2-9 against Russia's Valeriia Koblova in the quarter-finals of the event at the Rio Olympics. Sakshi, however, received another chance at a medal via repechage and made full use of the second life by outplaying Asian No. 1 Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyztan 8-5 in the bronze-medal match to end India's 11-day long agonizing wait for a medal in the Summer Games.

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  • USIBC concludes 'Agriculture Modernization Mission to India'

    New Delhi, Aug 25 (ANI): The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has concluded a Food and Agriculture Executive Mission to India with a focus on ways to increase farmer income and productivity through mechanization and modernization techniques as well as ways that industry in both the US and India can work with the central Indian and state governments to achieve mutually beneficially solutions in the food and agriculture sector. In meetings with US and Indian Government officials, USIBC members discussed ways to partner with the Indian government to advance Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent call to double farmer income by 2022.

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  • Australia captain Smith to return home from Sri Lanka to rest

    (Reuters) - Australia captain Steve Smith is to leave the tour of Sri Lanka and return home to rest ahead of their limited-overs series in South Africa before they host the Proteas at the start of a heavy home schedule. Vice-captain David Warner will lead the side for the remaining three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka. "It's obviously going to be a big summer with South Africa and then six tests at home then limited-overs matches against New Zealand," Smith told reporters after his side lost the second one-day international against Sri Lanka by 82 runs in Colombo on Wednesday.

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  • Congress hails Rajnath Singh's Kashmir visit, hopes for logical outcome

    New Delhi, Aug.25 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday hailed Home Minister Rajnath Singh's two-day visit to the violence-hit Kashmir Valley, and hoped that it is the beginning to a logical, honest and genuine effort to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir. Now, who they will talk to, how they will talk, how much time it will take, it is the responsibility of somebody in the office, and I hope that the Home Minister has made this beginning, and I hope that he takes this beginning to a logical conclusion," Congress leader Salman Khurshid told ANI here.

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  • Suicide attempt by Nirbhaya rape convict raises questions about jail security drills: Abha Singh

    Mumbai, Aug. 25 (ANI): Social activist and eminent lawyer, Abha Singh on Thursday blamed the judiciary for not providing adequate security drills to prevent Vinay Kumar, one of the accused in the Nirbhaya case, from attempting suicide in the Tihar jail. It is necessary that any person who is in jail is provided due security, but, nonetheless, this suicide attempt raises a question on the judiciary of this country that why are the cases geting delayed," said Singh. Singh stressed that a proper time frame should be allotted to the Nirbhaya case so that justice is delivered to the victims in a timely manner.

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  • Stand by every single word I said about RSS: Rahul Gandhi

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 25 (ANI): A day after Rahul Gandhi's counsel told the Supreme Court that he had never blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for killing Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress vice president on Thursday put an end to the doubts on his 'u-turn' regarding the matter and said that he will never stop fighting the hateful and divisive agenda of the RSS. Earlier, RSS ideologue MG Vaidya had said that Rahul must come clean on in what sense were those who killed Mahatma Gandhi associated with the Hindu nationalist organisation, and what was their position and credentials. "If he now says the RSS was not involved, but the people who were involved in Gandhi's murder were RSS-affiliate, then he must come clean on his statement that in what sense they were associated with the RSS and what was their position and credential in the organisation," the RSS patriarch said, seeking an explanation from the Congress vice president as to how the assassin was affiliated to the organisation.

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  • Sri Lanka level series despite Faulkner hat-trick

    Australia's James Faulkner claimed his maiden hat-trick but could not deny Sri Lanka a series-levelling 82-run victory in the second one-day international on Wednesday. Faulkner dismissed Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera to achieve the feat but ended up on the losing side as Australia, chasing 289 for win, were all out for 206 in 47.2 overs. Matthew Wade top-scored for the touring side with a fighting 76 but Sri Lanka's biggest win over Australia in terms of runs means the teams move to Dambulla for Sunday's third one-dayer with the five-match series level at 1-1.

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