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Police approach CERT-In to block BBC documentary from internet

New Delhi : Delhi Police Thursday approached the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) - a nodal agency which deals with cyber security of the Indian internet domain - to block the documentary made by BBC on the December 16, 2012 rape incident from running on internet.

"We have approached the CERT-In to take the BBC documentary out from internet portals and video sharing website like YouTube," said a senior police official.

The documentary will soon be blocked, he added.

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YouTube blocks access to BBC documentary

New Delhi : YouTube Thursday blocked access to the controversial BBC documentary on the December 16, 2012 gang rape, citing court orders.

The documentary "India's Daughter", by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin, carrying an interview with Mukesh Singh, one of the six men who brutally raped the young woman, has kicked up a storm in India.

A court had issued a restraining order on airing of the documentary.

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University of Mumbai VC asked to resume work

Mumbai : Exactly two weeks after asking University of Mumbai Vice-Chancellor Rajan Welukar to "abstain" from duties, Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao Thursday asked him to resume work.

The governor's decision follows a ruling by the Supreme Court on February 27, an official said.

On February 19, Welukar had been relieved of his charge pursuant to a bunch of petitions filed in the Bombay High Court challenging his eligibility for the post.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Naresh Chandra was directed to officiate till further orders.

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Odisha to convert all thatched houses to concrete by 2019

Bhubaneswar : Odisha was working on a mission to implement the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojona and all thatched houses will be converted to concrete ones by the end of 2019, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Thursday.

At an event held on Thursday, Patnaik urged the elected members of the three-tier panchayati raj institutions and officials to work for the development of villages.

He said the representatives should look forward to implement various rural development programmes in an effective manner and work unitedly to achieve rural prosperity.

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Key points of judgment in Haryana teachers recruitment scam

The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail term for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the illegal teacher recruitment case dating to 2000. It also upheld the conviction of other accused.

Following are the key points of the judgment:

*The man (O.P. Chautala) was the chief minister of Haryana, capable of much hope and an inspiration to the youth of the state. Cheating them of their future deserves punishment of the highest kind.

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Uber rape victim 'traumatised' due to delay in trial

New Delhi : The 25-year-old woman executive who was allegedly raped by a driver of the Uber cab company is "traumatised" due to the undue delay in court proceedings, a close associate said Thursday.

The associate said she was traumatised by recalling the same incident again and again.

The woman -- who appeared in court wearing a black burqa -- had to face a tough time again on Thursday while being quizzed by the defence counsel of the accused driver in court, the associate said. Her cross examination will continue on Saturday.

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President to inaugurate 'Festival of Innovations'

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a week-long 'Festival of Innovations' at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday as part of his efforts to create an ecosystem to boost innovations in India.

The festival, the first-of-its-kind being held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, is being organised by the president's secretariat in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation.

Anil Gupta, executive vice-president of the National Innovation Foundation, told reporters here that the festival will send a message that the country cares for its innovators.

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Activists oppose ban on 'India's Daughter'

New Delhi : Women activists on Thursday strongly opposed the blanket ban on a BBC documentary titled "India's Daughter" on the December 16, 2012 gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, arguing that the "knee-jerk" reaction constitutes an attack on freedom of expression.

"I have seen the documentary. It is powerful and moving. It does not sensationalize anything," CPI-M politburo member and women's rights activist Brinda Karat told IANS.

"This is the fourth time that the government has banned a documentary without viewing it," she said.

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Government serves legal notice to BBC over documentary

New Delhi : The government on Thursday served legal notice to BBC for the controversial documentary on the December 16, 2012 gang rape, saying the broadcaster "violated the contract on various fronts".

"A legal notice has been served to the BBC. The notice says that they (BBC) had violated the contract on various fronts," a home ministry official told IANS.

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Documents leak: Three corporate executives move bail plea

New Delhi : Three corporate executives, accused in the petroleum ministry documents leak case, moved bail applications in a court here on Thursday.

The three accused -- RIL corporate affairs manager Shailesh Saxena, Jubilant Energy senior executive Subash Chandra, and Essar DGM Vinay Kumar -- moved their bail pleas before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal, who fixed it for March 11 for further hearing.

Meanwhile, the court extended the judicial custody of three accused along with two more corporate executives and a defence ministry staffer till March 19.

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