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Rape heinous crime but against blanket death penalty, Mulayam tells NCW

New Delhi : Amid a controversy over his remarks opposing death penalty for rape, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has told the NCW that he holds rape to be a heinous crime deserving stern punishment but believed that capital punishment should be used only in the rarest of rare cases.

Replying to a notice by the National Commission for Women (NCW), Mulayam Singh said he has the highest regard for women and has actively taken a number of initiatives for their upliftment.

The NCW had sent him the notice based on media reports on his remarks.


UNDP hails SC verdict on transgenders

New Delhi : The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court judgement on transgenders, saying it was an important step in ending discrimination against the community.

The bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice A.K. Sikri said transgenders should be considered as people from socially and economically backward classes, and also ordered the centre and state governments to include them for reservation in jobs and education.


CII slams Gujarat, Karnataka curbing open access in power

New Delhi : The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Tuesday voiced deep concern over the Gujarat and Karnataka governments' decision to disallow sale of electricity through the Open Access system.

"This decision could negatively impact operations of close to 200 industrial consumers," CII said in a statement here

Industrial electricity consumers of over 1 MW in Gujarat will now be required to buy power from within the state at Rs.6-7 per unit as opposed to the Rs.4-4.5 per unit charged by power exchanges.


SC recognises transgenders as 'third gender'

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday recognised transgenders as the third gender, directed the government to extend them reservations in the backward classes category in jobs and education and provide them healthcare and held that they enjoyed all the rights under the constitution.


Petrol price cut by 70 paise a litre

New Delhi : State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Tuesday announced a cut in petrol prices by 70 paise a litre, effective from midnight.

The reduction is exclusive of local taxes, and the fuel's retail price in Delhi will come down by 85 paise a litre, IOC said.

"The continued appreciation of the rupee (to the US dollar) has resulted in reduction in petrol prices warranting the proposed decrease," a statement here said.

SC says transgenders 'third category', activists term verdict revolutionary

New Delhi/Kolkata/Thiruvananthapuram : Transgenders should be treated as a third category and as a socially and economically backward class entitled to job reservation, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. Activists termed the verdict "revolutionary" but said social acceptance will take longer because of the stigma associated with them.

Recognising transgenders as a third gender, the apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice A.K. Sikri directed the central and state governments to include them for reservation in jobs and education.


Kirloskars set up centre to service irrigation systems in Egypt

New Delhi : Engineering and infrastructure major Kirloskar Brothers has set up a giant facility in the Egyptian capital Cairo to provide services like energy audits and systems analysis, the company said Tuesday.

"Kirloskar Brothers to provide energy audits and system analysis value-adds to Egypt’s irrigation and agriculture sectors. The company has set up a mammoth 10,000 sq metre facility in Cairo under its subsidiary SPP Pumps MENA LLC," a release here said.


Indian among four charged for negligence in restaurant blast

Doha : An Indian man was among four people charged with dereliction of duty that caused gas explosion in a Turkish restaurant in the Qatari capital and led to the death of 11 people, leaving 35 injured here, media reported Tuesday.

The Indian, whose name was not mentioned in the report, was working as a supervisor in a local restaurant, where the explosion occurred Feb 27 , the Gulf Times reported citing local Arabic daily Arrayah.

Bengal's third gender elated at SC verdict

Kolkata : West Bengal's transgender community was Tuesday elated over a Supreme Court ruling treating it as a third category and felt it brings the promise of social security and much-needed infrastructural support from the state and central governments.

The ruling also states that the third gender should be considered a socially and economically backward class and be entitled to job reservations.

Estimated at about 20,000, members of the third gender in the state feel this would ensure a decent livelihood, respectable source of income and a part of the national census.


NHRC demands report on Maharashtra RTI activist's suicide

Pune : The National Human Rights Commission Tuesday demanded a report from the Maharashtra government on the suicide of an RTI activist who had alleged that harassment by officials had driven him to end his life.

RTI activist, Vilas D. Baravkar, 53 was found hanging March 25 at his residence in Chakan, 33 km from Pune.

Police also recovered a suicide note on a stamp paper alleging that around four dozen prominent politicians, serving and retired bureaucrats and police officials were harassing him since long, driving him to take the extreme step.