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Rape trials

New Delhi, June 16 (PTI): A Delhi court has deprecated the hue and cry over acquittals in rape cases, saying that judiciary cannot be swayed by emotions or media reports, must limit itself to the ambit of the law and testimonies of witnesses in such cases.

“No man, accused of rape, can be convicted if the witnesses do not support the prosecution case .... as in the present case where the prosecutrix is hostile,” the court said while acquitting two youths of the charges of rape, abduction and intimidation.

Airbus deal

New Delhi (PTI): A former secretary in the civil aviation department has been examined by the CBI in connection with the alleged irregularities in the supply of 43 aircraft to the erstwhile Indian Airlines by Airbus.

Affidavit rule

Lucknow (PTI): Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to abolish the system of submitting affidavits for government schemes and admission in academic institutions. The decision follows reports that the Centre may discontinue the practice of having documents attested by gazetted officers.

Burundi youth

Patiala (PTI): Burundi national Yannick Nihangaza was on Monday flown to his country in an air ambulance more than two years after the computer science student went into coma following an attack on him in Jalandhar.

Kerala airport

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): The Congress-led UDF government in Kerala will not “cooperate” in the proposed private international airport project at Aranmula, the work on which had been stopped by the National Green Tribunal. The government will not appeal against the tribunal’s decision, a minister said.

Steel plant deaths

Visakhapatnam, June 16 (PTI): Two engineers of a private company collapsed and died while inspecting a container laboratory at the expansion site of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) today, official sources said.

ush Bhaskar and Rajneesh Singh worked for M/s SMS Seimag India Ltd which was in-charge of the unit where the accident occurred. Gas lines and all connected valves were in a closed condition and fully intact when the incident occurred, a VSP official said.

Munde probe

New Delhi (PTI): The CBI has taken over the probe into Union minister Gopinath Munde’s death in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.

Judge recusal

New Delhi (PTI): A Supreme Court judge has recused himself from hearing a plea by real estate baron Gopal Ansal, convicted in the Uphaar fire tragedy case. Ansal has sought permission to visit London and New York on a business trip.

Correction

The picture on Page 5 in Monday’s edition was that of a frigate and not the INS Vikramaditya as mentioned in the caption. We apologise for the mistake.

Airport alert

Mangalore, June 16 (PTI): The Mangalore International Airport has been put on alert as part of stepped-up security across airports in the country after the terror attack in Karachi.

The CISF at the airport has formed a team to prevent and counter any attack, police said. Sixty additional CISF personnel have been deployed and a bomb detection team with four sniffer dogs is keeping vigil. A separate team has been deployed at the entrance of the airport to check passengers and visitors.

Gir sanctuary

Vadodara (PTI): The Gir National Park will be closed from Monday for the next three months because of monsoon, officials said. The season is considered the best time for mating of animals and birds, the officials said.

Power rap on Omar

Srinagar, June 16: BJP legislators complaining over alleged power crisis in Jammu today booed chief minister Omar Abdullah at an event that led to a heated exchange of words between them.

Omar, who had gone to Jammu to inaugurate a scheme for power development, faced the hostile legislators led by Ashok Khajuria, the BJP leader in the Assembly. They raised slogans and blamed Omar for “stealing” the electricity share of Jammu for Kashmir.

Khajuria said power cuts amid scorching heat in Jammu had made people’s life miserable.

Omar blamed the BJP leaders of staging the “drama” for the cameras. “I am sure if there were no cameras here, they would have never done this. Not one of them comes to our offices to fight for Jammu. They do it in the Assembly in front of cameras,” he said.

Campa Cola

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Monday extended the deadline for eviction of Campa Cola Compound residents by two days following the death of one of the residents of the housing society. Vinod Kothari, 88, passed away on Sunday after a heart attack. The corporation had earlier set a June 17 deadline.

LoC arrests

Jammu (PTI): Two Pakistanis have been arrested along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Poonch districts. Mohmmad Faryab and Ghulam Mohammad Hussain are being questioned.

Airport woe

Chennai (PTI): Passengers at the international terminal here had a tough time because of a power failure that occurred around 11pm on Sunday. A Hong Kong bound Cathay Pacific flight was delayed by 65 minutes, a Frankfurt bound Lufthansa by 28 minutes and a Dubai bound Emirates by 45 minutes. Normality was restored around 7.30am.

IPL fraud

Kochi (PTI): A woman has been arrested for allegedly conducting selection trials for boys by falsely promising them IPL berths. Nazarath Shahabuddhin, 43, had advertised in newspapers claiming to be the state coordinator of India T20 federation at Jaipur.