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Italian marines

Rome, Dec. 14 (Reuters): Italy has summoned the Indian ambassador to urge that the Supreme Court reach a decision before the Christmas holiday to settle a dispute over where two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen should be tried.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone had allegedly shot the fishermen off Kerala coast in February mistaking them for pirates.

Molest cuffs

Mumbai (PTI): Two professors of University of Mumbai, physical training department head Bapu Chougule and assistant professor Nilesh Lohar, were arrested on Friday for allegedly molesting three colleagues, including a lecturer, at the institution’s Kalina campus in Santacruz, police said.

Indian groper

Washington (PTI): An Indian software consultant has been convicted by a US court of groping a woman who was sitting next to him during a flight. Srinivasa S. Erramilli faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a fine of $250,000. He has been convicted twice previously for identical crimes.

LIC damages

New Delhi (PTI): A consumer commission has ordered LIC to pay Rs 1 lakh to a woman’s kin after the insurance firm failed to issue a policy to her in her lifetime despite receiving a premium of Rs 3,385 and retaining it for nearly three years.

Mumbai dirt

Washington (PTI): Mumbai has been named among the world’s “dirtiest” cities, ranking last in the “cleanest streets” category, a global survey of 40 key tourist cities has found. Tokyo ranked first in the “cleanest streets” category, according to TripAdvisor’s Cities Survey.

Varsity blow

New Delhi (PTI): The UGC has inspected 53 private varsities, over a third of the 145 private universities in the country, and found only five of them in order, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Friday. Union minister M.M. Pallam Raju did not specify if irregularities or shortcomings were found in the others.

Rape verdict

New Delhi, Dec. 14 (PTI): Penetration is not necessary for establishing the offence of rape, the Supreme Court has said. It upheld the conviction of a man for raping an 11-year-old girl in 1997 despite there being no evidence of penetration.

“Penetration itself proves the offence of rape, but the contrary is not true that is even if there is no penetration, it does not necessarily mean that there is no rape,” a bench said.

Cell network

New Delhi (PTI): About 57,271 villages are yet to be connected with mobile phone services, minister of state for communications Milind Deora told the Rajya Sabha on Friday. BSNL will provide connectivity to technically feasible uncovered villages with basic telephone facility by March, 2013, he said.

Train death

Kanpur (PTI): A 23-year-old student was crushed to death by a train at the Kalyanpur station on Friday, after which a mob damaged railway property. Pavan Kumar was run over when he slipped while trying to board a train, police said. The mob alleged such accidents occurred because of faulty platforms.

Fake texts

Madurai (PTI): A petition seeking police action against senders of “fake and fraudulent” text messages from unknown numbers informing recipients about winning lottery and awards was filed in Madras High Court on Friday.

Alagiri son

Madurai (PTI): Union minister M.K. Alagiri’s son Durai Dayanidhi, on the run for four months in an alleged illegal granite quarrying scam, surrendered before a court in Tamil Nadu on Friday. He was granted anticipatory bail by Madras High Court on December 10.

Aged convicts

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court, hearing petitions by two women aged 80 and 90 and for premature release on health grounds, has asked Kolhapur prison’s superintendent to take them to hospital and get them examined. The court directed the authorities to submit a report on December 18.