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NHRC asks Delhi to explain fire deaths at old age home

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission Tuesday asked the Delhi government to explain what caused a fire at a old age home leaving two inmates dead.

Delhi's chief secretary and commissioner of police have been asked for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks, said a NHRC official.

The centre, being run by a NGO, was housed in makeshift tents where fire broke out, killing Ramesh Chand, 60, and 27-year-old Poonam who was dumb, the comission said citing media reports.

The incident was reported late on April 3 at Vasant Kunj in south Delhi.

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Assamese student beaten up by Delhi college mates

New Delhi : A 21-year-old Delhi University undergraduate hailing from Assam was Tuesday beaten up by his fellow students inside the college canteen over a petty issue, police said. The main accused has been arrested.

B.A. final year student Pran Saikia, who studies in PGDAV College in the south campus, was attacked around 12.30 p.m.

"Saikia suffered injuries after some of his college mates beat him up. The incident occurred after a plate of eatables of one of the accused fell after it hit the victim's hand," a police officer said.

Indian woman jailed in Oman for husband's murder to be freed, deported

Muscat : An Indian woman, who was jailed last year for killing her drunk husband, will be released from jail on compassionate grounds and deported from Oman.

The 40-year-old woman, who worked as a teacher in a school in Sur city in northeastern Oman, was arrested after her 49-year-old husband's unnatural death Oct 25 last year, the Times of Oman reported Tuesday.

Her two daughters also study in the same school.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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