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Death for rape & kill

Kochi, Dec. 17 (PTI): Kerala High Court today upheld the death sentence awarded by a fast-track court to a man convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old after pushing her out of a running train in 2008.

The court said Govindachamy’s conduct and behaviour was “repulsive to the collective conscience of society”.

dachamy tried to rob Soumya, who was travelling in a deserted women’s compartment on an Ernakulam-Shornur passenger train on February 1, 2008. When she resisted, he pushed her out of the train as it left Vallathol Nagar station in north Kerala.

After she fell on the tracks, he carried her to a deserted area and raped her. Soumya died in a hospital five days later.

J&K curbs

Srinagar (PTI): The district authorities in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora have imposed restrictions on the movement of civilians around a radius of 100 metres near the upcoming Kishen Ganga Hydro Electric Project citing continuation of work, an official spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Indian held

Kuala Lumpur (PTI): An Indian is among 11 persons arrested by Malaysian authorities for alleged involvement in an international drug syndicate, officials have said. Drugs with an estimated value of 14 million ringgit (around Rs 26 crore) were recovered from them.

Illegal entry

Rameswaram (PTI): Three men have been arrested for illegally helping a Sri Lankan enter the coastal area. Roopa Santhan had arrived with four others on December 14. Police suspect the trio might have helped the others escape after their arrival. Santhan was held by the Coast Guard.

Vrindavan

New Delhi (PTI): The government is working to install solar water heating systems in Vrindavan ashrams, Union minister Farooq Abdullah has said. The minister said he had received a representation from an ashram and had asked officials to find ways to install the system.

MP held for riots

Muzaffarnagar, Dec. 17 (PTI): BSP MP Kadir Rana, wanted for his role in the Muzaffarnagar riots, surrendered before a court here today.

The court sent the MP to 14-day judicial custody. His bail application will be heard tomorrow. Rana had been booked for his alleged hate speech on August 30, when public gatherings had been banned.

Bribe cuffs

New Delhi (PTI): The CBI has arrested two I-T officials, including a joint commissioner in Odisha, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh. They had demanded the bribe from R.K. Shukla, whose house was raided by I-T sleuths for alleged tax evasion, to stop an inquiry against him.

Food security

New Delhi (PTI): The Centre has so far allocated grains to four states under the National Food Security Act, Parliament has been informed.

Aircraft snags

New Delhi, Dec. 17 (PTI): Air India’s Dreamliner fleet suffered 136 “minor” technical problems from the time it was inducted in September 2012 to November 27 this year, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

ior civil aviation minister K.C. Venugopal said the airline and Boeing fixed the issues. He added that the problems did not adversely affect the safety of the plane.

Radia tapes

New Delhi (PTI): A senior executive of a newspaper group has been examined by the CBI recently in connection with intercepted conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia. The CBI has withheld the name of the executive as he is not mentioned as suspect in the preliminary enquiries.

ATM arrests

Thane (PTI): Four persons have been arrested 48 hours after Rs 15.65 lakh were stolen from an ATM centre near Thane. Police have recovered cash worth Rs 15.07 lakh. One of those arrested was a former employee of a company that refills cash in ATMs. The thieves had opened the machine using a password at 1am on Sunday, police said.

Editor order

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has dismissed a PIL seeking to make Indian citizenship a pre-requisite for a person to be appointed editor of a publication here. It rejected the plea by Subramanian Swamy saying the matter was under consideration and pending before Parliament.

Doctor stint

New Delhi (PTI): MBBS students applying for post-graduate medical courses from 2015-16 will have to serve in mandatory rural postings for a year, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told Parliament on Tuesday. Azad said the move would help tackle the shortage of doctors in villages.

Mall AC blast

Mumbai: A technician was killed on Tuesday while repairing an airconditioner in a four-storeyed mall in Thane when the compressor of the machine exploded. The technician was thrown off the fourth floor. He fell down on the ground floor and died on the spot. Three of his colleagues were injured.