Bar association stir after lawyer is held for eve-teasing cop

A Madhya Pradesh High Court (Indore bench) lawyer was arrested today for allegedly teasing a woman sub-inspector in Vijaynangar area late last night, the police said. The accused lawyer Amit Purohit was first detained at Vijay Nagar police station and an FIR was lodged against him under Sections 354(A) and 509 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police said. Irked by the lawyer’s arrest, the bar association of the district court called a day-long strike paralysing legal work, its spokesperson said.

AP Govt should file review petition on Babhali verdict: Naidu

Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu today said the Andhra Pradesh Government should file a review petition with regard to the Supreme Court verdict on the Babhali barrage construction. The apex court today declined the plea of Andhra Pradesh Government against the construction of Babhali barrage by Maharashtra in Nanded district for utilising the water of Godavari river. Naidu said the State Government should file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict.

Kashmir MP’s facebook page hacked

The Facebook page of Rajya Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri was allegedly hacked today. The hackers, calling themselves ZCompany Hacking Crew, posted several anti-national and secessionist messages on Ratanpuri’s page on the social networking site. Ratanpuri was in the news after he interrupted the President’s address to the two houses of the Parliament on the first day of the Budget Session demanding body of Afzal Guru. PTI

Two men detained in Hyderabad, foreign currency found

City police today detained two persons after recovering 30,500 Saudi riyals (around Rs 4.4 lakh) which they could not account for during a vehicle checking at MJ Market here. M Chari and Saifuddin, the two men, claimed they were employees of a local foreign exchange company and the cash belonged to the company. But they were unable to produce documents to substantiate their claim, police said. Further probe is on. PTI

Pak issues list of 109 “most wanted” terrorists

Pakistani authorities today issued a list of 109 “most wanted” terrorists, including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi member Mati-ur-Rehman who was accused of involvement in a suicide attack on former premier Shaukat Aziz. The list, made public on the website of Punjab Police, includes 28 members of the banned LeJ, which claimed responsibility for two recent attacks on Shias in Quetta city that killed nearly 200 people, and 34 members of various factions of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Series of explosions in Iraq kill 22

A series of bombings struck Baghdad and towns south of the Iraqi capital today, killing at least 22 and wounding dozens in areas that are home to mostly Muslim Shiites, the latest evidence of rising sectarian discord in Iraq. The attackers struck a day before tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims are expected to take to the streets in what have become weekly protests against the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The deadliest attack occurred around sunset when a pair of bombs exploded nearly simultaneously in Shula in northwestern Baghdad.

HLP demands probe by SIT into phone tapping

Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) today asked Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into alleged phone tapping during previous BJP regime in Himachal Pradesh. “A probe by High Court judge as demanded by the BJP or former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal may not serve the purpose and the criminal aspect of the sordid act may not be investigated and only a SIT can bare the truth and expose the political dimensions of phone tapping,” HLP President Maheshwar Singh said.

Benedict becomes 1st pope in 600 years to resign

Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign today, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world. As bells tolled, the Swiss Guards standing at attention in Castel Gandolfo shut the doors of the palazzo shortly after 8 p.m. today (2 p.m. EST), symbolically closing out a papacy whose legacy will be most marked by the way it ended – a resignation instead of a death.

Pope Benedict’s decision to resign must be realistic, says Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday expressed hope that Pope Benedict XVI will continue to be available for the benefit of the people despite his resignation.

“Firstly little bit sad. I know him, he is intelligent one. But then naturally he is a religious practitioner and in the meantime very intelligent. So his decision must be I think realistic, some sort of greater benefit to concerned people. So I pray his remaining life still will be very useful and successful for all,” the 14th Dalai Lama said.

Delhi Police constable arrested for raping a widow

A 28-year-old Delhi Police constable has been arrested for allegedly raping a widow, police said on Thursday.

Mithun, who hails from Bihar, was arrested on Thursday morning after the woman lodged a complaint against him at Sultanpuri police station in north Delhi. The woman complained to police that the constable would often pass lewd comments and misbehave with her. She also claimed that the constable had molested her on several occasions.

NHRC to submit report to CM on Bhandara rape-murder case

A fact-finding team of National Human Rights Commission, led by commission member Nirmala Sawant-Prabhawalkar, on Thursday visited Murwadi village in Lakhani taluka where three minor sisters were found to have been killed after sexual abuse in February, 2013.

The girls were aged 6, 9 and 11 years respectively. They went missing from home on February 14, and bodies were found in a well in a field later.

Indian child back home from US protection custody

Nearly six months after being taken into custody by the US Child Protection Services in New Jersey for alleged neglect by parents, the toddler son of an Indian couple in the USA has returned to an emotional reunion here.

One-and-a-half-year-old Indrashish, the son of Debashish and Pamela Saha, arrived here yesterday and met by relatives and grandparents with toys and balloons.

They took the child to their home at Baguihati in North 24 Parganas district.

Indrasish was accompanied by his uncle Bhaskar on an Emirates flight from Newark.

Bangladesh sentences Islamic party leader to death for war crimes

A special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Thursday sentenced the leader of an Islamic political party to death for crimes stemming from the nation’s 1971 fight for independence, a politically charged decision that sparked violent protests.

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee was found guilty of eight counts out of 20 involving mass killings, rape and atrocities during the nine-month war against Pakistan, prosecutor Syed Haider Ali said. The verdict was announced by presiding tribunal judge ATM Fazle Kabir in a packed courtroom.

‘Pinaka’ rockets successfully test-fired in Odisha

Indigenously developed ‘Pinaka’ rockets were today successfully test-fired from a multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) by an armament establishment from a base at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from here.

“Three rounds of Pinaka rockets were successfully tested today,” defence sources said, adding some more trials were expected to be conducted tomorrow.

On January 30 and 31, this year, seven rounds of “Pinaka” rockets were tested from the same base.

‘Pinaka’, which has undergone several tough tests since 1995, has already been inducted into the armed forces.

Hyderabad blast: NIA gets custody of two IM suspects

Two alleged operatives of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) were on Thursday remanded by a Delhi court in five-day NIA custody for their interrogation in connection with the February 21 twin blasts in Hyderabad which claimed 16 lives.

Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan, who are currently lodged in Tihar Jail here following their arrest by the Delhi police in the August 2012 Pune blast case, were handed over to NIA for their custodial interrogation after the agency alleged they had in July last year recced Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar area where the blasts occurred.

I am not obsessed with brands: Sridevi

Sridevi flaunted saris in her comeback movie “English Vinglish” and looked pretty. The actress says in real life too she prefers Indian clothes, especially six yards, and she is not a brand person.

“Well, definitely I love good brands, but at the same time I am not obsessed with them. I go for anything as long as it looks good on me. I am definitely someone who prefers Indian clothes especially saris,” the 49-year-old told IANS.

Violence grips Bangladesh after war crimes verdict, 32 killed

Bangladesh was on the boil today as at least 32 people, including three policemen, were killed and scores injured in violence after a top leader of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami was sentenced to death for “crimes against humanity” during the 1971 liberation war.

The violence followed the verdict of the special Bangladeshi tribunal that handed down death penalty to Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice-president of the party, amid a nationwide shutdown called by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).