Melbourne, Dec. 19 (PTI): An Indian-origin physiotherapist found guilty of raping a woman patient last year was today spared jail with the judge citing his remorse.
Barath Devadas, 35, had allegedly raped the woman at a physiotherapy clinic in Adelaide in January 2011. The judge had imposed a sentence of over two years but later suspended it with a two-year good behaviour bond of US$ 5,000 (Rs 2.75 lakh) saying Devdas, the father of one, was “remorseful and unlikely to reoffend.”
Srinagar (PTI): Two army personnel were injured in a gun-battle on Wednesday with militants holed up in the debris of a Sopore house where five Lashkar operatives were killed in an encounter on Tuesday.
New Delhi (PTI): The CVC has received 8,805 complaints of alleged graft against railway employees last year followed by bank staff (8,430), according to the commission’s annual report that was tabled in Parliament recently. The CVC also noted delays and deficiencies while processing corruption-related cases.
Jammu (PTI): Over 4,000 militants, have surrendered in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 22 years of insurgency, a state report has said. The highest,655, was in 1996. But only one militant has surrendered so far this year.
Indore (PTI): A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death, allegedly by his two drunk friends, on Tuesday after he refused to indulge in unnatural sex. Police said the mutilated body of the boy was spotted by some passers-by this morning. The friends, both 14 years old, have been arrested.
Beed (PTI): A court on Wednesday awarded a year’s rigorous imprisonment to a sub-inspector for accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from the owner of an eatery in Maharashtra’s Beed in 2008. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the policemen for threatening to implicate the eatery’s owner in false cases.
Abuja, Dec. 19 (PTI): Five Indian sailors on board a German oil tanker were kidnapped by armed pirates who attacked the ship in the waters off Nigeria’s southern coast, the ship’s operator Medallion Marine said today.
“The pirates ransacked the vessel for personal belongings and took five crew members with them on their departure,” the operator said. The vessel, SP Brussels, later sailed to a Lagos port. The Nigerian Navy and police were not immediately available for comments but Medallion Marine said they are working with authorities to get the abducted men released.
New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi Airport Express Metro line will soon resume services at a reduced speed of 80kmph against the permissible limit of 120 kmph, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. The service was suspended in July 2012 because of damaged clips in the corridor.
Kochi (PTI): Kerala High Court will pass orders on Thursday on the pleas of Italian Marines Massimiliano Latore and Salvatore Girone to visit their country for Christmas. They are accused of killing two Indian fishermen. Italian defence minister Giampaolo Di Paolo had recently approached chief minister Oommen Chandy on the issue.
New Delhi, Dec. 19 (PTI): Over 1,300 cases of mobile phone identification number cloning have been reported between 2009-12, Parliament was informed today.
ternational mobile equipment identity (IMEI) is a serial number used for identifying a particular handset. Junior minister Milind Deora said the number of cases where same IMEIs have been used in more than 100 cellphones during 2009-11 was 749 while 569 cases have been reported in 2012.
Bhopal (PTI): The forest cover in the country has decreased by 367sqkm, according to the India State of Forest Report-2011. The forest cover has decreased in 14 states while it has increased in Bihar, Goa, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Andaman and Nicobar.
Rail live updates
New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI): The railways will provide nationwide live status of fog-affected trains on its portal, trainenquiry.com/fog. “The initiative enables passengers to make smart decisions with updated information on trains as well as routes affected by fog,” said a statement on the website.
It categorises information like “fog reporting on routes in the last 24 hours”, “currently running fog affected trains”, “cancellations and diversions” and “trains rescheduled from origination”.
Hyderabad (PTI): The three-member committee set up by the Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday began its probe into Monday’s fire at the Begumpet airport in which seven aircraft were destroyed.
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a constitutional amendment bill to extend special privileges to six backward districts of Karnataka. The Lok Sabha also passed the bill, which will benefit Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Kopal, Yadgir and Bellary.
New Delhi: A three-member Indian team has left for Islamabad to set the terms for the visit of a Pakistani judicial commission to cross-examine four persons in India over the 26/11 trial. The members will also discuss a visit by a National Investigation Agency team to Pakistan.
PIL on Sachin
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has dismissed a PIL challenging Sachin Tendulkar’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha. Additional solicitor-general Rajeev Mehra had earlier said Sachin’s nomination was in tune with constitutional provisions, which allow induction of experts from sports.
Dehradun (PTI): A two-year-old leopard was killed on Wednesday after being hit by a motorcycle, police said. The incident occurred around 9 this morning when two students suddenly encountered the animal on the road. The students also received minor injuries.