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Dec 16 rapist interview telecast stopped: Home minister

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the government had taken necessary steps to stop the telecast of a documentary based on an interview with a convict in the December 16 Delhi gang-rape case.

In statements in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, the home minister said the government condemns the December 16, 2012, incident and will not allow anyone to leverage such incidents for commercial use.

The minister said it came to their notice that the documentary was to be telecast on BBC 4 channel on March 8.

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Amartya Sen group to prepare Tripura's vision plan

Agartala : Pratichi Trust, founded and headed by Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, will prepare a roadmap of Tripura's future development to make the northeastern state a model, an official said here on Wednesday.

The Tripura government has handed the task of preparing a roadmap for Tripura's future plans to Pratichi Trust and Pratichi Institute, a Tripura planning and coordination department official said.

Swine flu toll in Uttar Pradesh touches 14

Lucknow : With the death of a contract worker at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), the toll due to the H1N1 virus rose to 14 in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said.

The 35-year-old was working at the premier medical facility on a contractual basis and had become infected a few days back, officials said.

With this, the number of people who have died due to swine flu here has risen to 8. Since Tuesday, 35 more cases of H1N1 infections have also been reported from across the state capital.

Loans could become cheaper as India's central bank cuts keys rates

Mumbai : Housing, auto and commercial loans could become cheaper with the Reserve Bank of India cutting key lending rates by 25 basis points in an unexpected move on Wednesday as it expected inflation to soften further, sending stock indices soaring during the bulk of the day.

Getting some positive cues from the national budget tabled last week, and sensing an sustained economic recovery, the repurchase (repo) rate has been cut to 7.5 percent from 7.75 percent and the reverse repo rate has been adjusted to 6.5 percent from 6.75 percent.

Andhra forms women's empowerment corporation

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday constituted a women's empowerment corporation as part of its efforts to eliminate poverty and improve the human development index of the state.

The Andhra Pradesh Mahila Sadhikara Samithi (APMSS), as the corporation will be known, will work on programmes, schemes and activities for poverty elimination in both rural and urban areas.

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Swine flu toll in Rajasthan now 286

Jaipur : The toll due to swine flu in Rajasthan touched 286 on Tuesday, health officials said.

"The number of positive cases have started to slow down. The total positive cases as of today (March 3) was 5,782 from January 1. Only 67 new positive cases were reported from across the state today (Tuesday)," a health department official said.

Nine deaths were reported on Tuesday, taking the total due to H1N1 virus to 286, he said.

The highest number of deaths at 57 has been reported from Jaipur, followed by Ajmer at 32 and Jodhpur at 30.

Mukherjee to inaugurate 'Festival of Innovations' on Saturday

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a week-long 'Festival of Innovations' at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday.

The festival is being organised by the president's secretariat in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation, a release said.

On the first day of the festival, Mukherjee will give away national biennial awards for grassroots innovations.

The president will also interact with a new batch of innovation scholars in-residence and writers in-residence, it said.

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Hang the convict: Family of December 16 rape victim

New Delhi : Demanding the "immediate" hanging of the December 16, 2012 gang rape convict for justifying the ghastly crime, the father of the victim blamed the "judicial system" and said such remarks will embolden other rapists.

"The person who can do such kind of disgusting act... can say anything. He should be hanged immediately. I appeal to the court to hang him as soon as possible," the victim's father said when asked about his reaction to the BBC documentary "India's Daughter".

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'Defence cooperation important pillar of India-US ties'

New Delhi : Defence cooperation is one of the pillars of the India-US partnership that "greatly benefits the security and prosperity of both countries", a US official said Tuesday.

Admiral Harry Harris, junior commander of the US Pacific Fleet, in a statement issued by the US embassy here said that he was enthusiastic about a "shared future" based on the strategic view of US President Barack Obama that the relationship between India and the US can be one of the "defining partnerships of this century".

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Women activists oppose airing of December 16 convict interview

New Delhi : Women's rights activists came out strongly on Tuesday against the airing of an interview of one of those convicted in the December 16 gang rape, terming it "totally unacceptable" and "very disturbing".

"This is very, very disturbing. The case is still pending," Akhila Shivdas of the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) told IANS.

Women's rights activist Ranjana Kumari told the media: "This is totally unacceptable. We have to draw an ethical boundary. I do not understand why they are doing it (airing the interview)."

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