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Child crusader's story to inspire the world

By Anurag Dey,

Kolkata : Her defiance against an age-old custom developed into a campaign that caught the imagination of the nation. And now anti-child marriage crusader Rekha Kalindi will rub shoulders with Malala Yousafzai and Anne Frank in a book that tells the tales of how they changed the world.

India eases norms to blacklist weapons firms

New Delhi: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said that in view of India's security preparedness, the norms relating to blacklisting weapons manufacturing firms facing corruption charges have been eased partially.


Three arrested in Visva Bharati sexual assault case

Kolkata: Three Visva Bharati University students were Saturday arrested in connection with the alleged sexual harassment of a female student from the northeast, West Bengal police said.

"We have arrested three students named in the first information report (FIR). We have pressed charges of criminal intimidation and outraging the modesty of a woman among others," Birbhum district police superintendent Alok Rajoria told IANS over phone.


Petrol cut by Rs.1.51 a litre, diesel hiked 50 paise

New Delhi: With international crude oil rates dropping to around $100 a barrel, petrol prices were cut Saturday by Rs.1.51 a litre excluding local taxes, effective midnight, state-run oil marketers announced.

"The current levels of international oil prices and INR-USD exchange rate warrants a decrease in selling price of petrol in the domestic market," Indian Oil said in a statement.


Raped by tutor, minor girl attempts suicide

New Delhi: A girl studying in a private school attempted suicide by drinking an antiseptic liquid after her family learnt she was being raped by her tutor, police said Saturday.

The victim, 13, attempted suicide Thursday when her parents, residents of Mandawali in east Delhi, came across lewd text messages sent on WhatsApp -- a mobile messaging application -- by her tutor.


CBI made to walk the wrong path: Trinamool minister

Kolkata:Said to be under the CBI's scanner following the grilling of his former aide in the Saradha scam, West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra Saturday claimed the agency was "being made to walk the wrong path".

The Trinamool Congress leader also rejected all the claims reportedly made by his former confidential assistant Bapi Karim who has been repeatedly interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the multi-crore rupee scam.


Cases against Ram Gopal Varma for tweets on Ganesha

Pune: Political and social activists Saturday filed police complaints against Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for his series of objectionable tweets on Ganesha, officials said.

Sumit Khambekar, chief of the Mumbai unit of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and social activist Shahzaad Poonawala filed separate complaints against Varma in police stations in the city.

Khambekar told media persons that Varma's tweets "hurt the sentiments of a large number of Hindus, especially devotees of Ganesha".


Two Indian Airlines officials held guilty of cheating, jailed

New Delhi: Two officials of then Indian Airlines were convicted for cheating the airline by making bogus bills under contributory family medical scheme (CFMS) and causing loss to the company, a lawyer said Saturday.

Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge Brijesh Kumar Garg has sentenced Ashok Kumar Sehgal, who was working as a senior accounts assistant here, to four years in jail while N. Bhattacharjee, a former assistant manager, engineering was sentenced to one year in jail in the case dating to 1989-90.


Two held for kidnapping, selling child in Delhi

New Delhi: A man and a woman have been arrested in the capital for kidnapping a one-year-old boy and selling him for Rs.50,000, police said Saturday.

Guljar Singh, 33, and his 37-year-old woman associate Surender Kaur, both residents of Delhi, were arrested from near the Janakpuri Metro station Aug 27.

Surender Kaur, who hails from Punjab, came in contact with property dealer Guljar Singh through a common friend.


Indian Bank opens 7.58 lakh Jan Dhan Yojana accounts

Chennai: Public sector lender Indian Bank Saturday said it has opened 758,000 basic savings bank deposit (BSBD) accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.

The bank said three regional rural banks sponsored by it - Sapthagiri Grameena Bank, Pallavan Grama Bank and Puduvai Bharthiar Grama Bank - have together opened 120,000 accounts.

The bank's 1,814 branches across India held a savings account opening campaign while mega campaigns were held in Puducherry and Tirupathi, a statement said.