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Dhaula Kuan gang-rape: Five 'psychopaths' get life term

New Delhi : A Delhi court Monday awarded life imprisonment to five men convicted in the Dhaula Kuan gang-rape, calling them "psychopaths" with no regard for the honour of women and a "threat to society".

"It is the demand of justice that they (convicts) should be kept from the society as long as possible," said Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat.

The judge also held that the crime committed by them is "intensively grave, serious and odious in nature".

Over 140 fake examinees arrested in Bihar

Patna : More than 140 people have been arrested in Bihar for impersonation in a statewide written examination for the recruitment of police constables, officials said Monday.

"We have arrested 23 impersonators, including a woman, on Sunday from examination centres in Patna. The arrested people were hired by constable-aspirants to write their exam paper," said Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana.


SBI's 209 of 225 branches operational in storm-hit AP

Mumbai : The State Bank of India announced here Monday that it has restored normal operations in almost all the 225 branches hit by the cyclone Hudhud in Andhra Pradesh.

Of the 225 branches, 209 are fully operational and 190 of 502 ATMs are also functional in the worst-hit Vishakhapatnam, Vijayanagram and Srikakulam districts, the SBI said in a statement.

Besides, the SBI has started a mobile ATM and around half a dozen such ATMs would be operational soon to enable people withdraw money in areas were the the bank branches are still out of service.

Falling oil prices may spur Modi for more reforms

By Saroj Mohanty,

One single international development that has not received the kind of play it deserves in the Indian media but is keenly watched in policy-making and strategic circles is the falling prices of oil - despite the geopolitical uncertainties in the Middle East and Nigeria - whose impact could be felt in government finances, business, trade and consumer spending, if the trend continues.

Presidential visit helps India establish presence in key Arctic region

By Ranjana Narayan,

New Delhi : With the resource-rich Arctic region becoming the focus of heightened attention, President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the two Nordic countries of Norway and Finland last week was a crucial step by India to assert its "willingness to have a strong presence in the Arctic Council and to work closely with" the eight countries of the region.


No ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu : There has been no ceasefire violation on the border in Jammu and Kashmir for the past one day, an official said Monday.

"There has been no violation of ceasefire on the border...for the past one day," a senior official of the provincial administration told IANS in Jammu.

The Pakistan Rangers had fired at Indian positions in Pargwal area of R.S. Pura sector Sunday at 10.30 a.m. without any provocation, he said.

"Despite the firing, the BSF (Border Security Force) had maintained restraint by not responding to it," the officer said.


India lagging behind in medical research: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and more work should be done.

"India is lagging behind in the field of medical research and much more needs to be done... We should focus on research, particularly on case history. This can be a big contribution to humankind," Modi said while addressing the 42nd annual convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

He also suggested a tradition be introduced of having special guests at convocation ceremonies.


Acid attack victims open cafe in Agra

Agra : Acid attack victims opened a coffee shop-cum-hangout area Sunday for activists, supporters and civil society members on Fatehabad Road, close to the Taj Mahal.

Named the 'She-ros Cafe', it is run by survivors of acid attacks, Chanchal, Ritu, Rupa and Geeta, on a 'pay what you wish' basis.

"The initiative is part of the 'Stop Acid Attack' campaign," said Alok Dixit, the founder of the coffee shop.

Similar cafes are to be shortly opened in Kanpur and Delhi.

The Agra hangout is supported by local NGO Chaanv.


Major turbine problem at Kundankulam n-plant

Chennai : A major problem in the first atomic power unit's turbine at Kudankulam has caused uncertainty on its early commissioning, said a source.

"The turbine of the first unit has developed some problem. It seems some component inside the turbine turned loose and damaged the turbine blades," the source told IANS preferring anonymity Monday.

According to him, discussions are on with the experts whether to replace the faulty equipment from the turbine of the second unit so that the first unit could be run at the earliest.


Andhra police to check Maoists-villagers clash report

Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh Police sent teams to a tribal area in Visakhapatnam district Monday following reports that three Maoists were killed by the villagers after the extremists eliminated a tribal on suspicion that he was acting as a police informer.

Maoists had to reportedly face people's ire in Korukonda village of Chintapalli mandal of Visakhapatnam district when they gunned down a youth after branding him a police informer.

Police have not yet confirmed the reports of the clash between the Maoists and villagers.