Road and rail traffic was affected due to heavy showers in Mumbai June 10. Water logging in many
parts of the city led to massive traffic jams on roads.
India among least peaceful nations
The Global Peace Index 2013, released
June 11, has ranked India among the 25
least peaceful nations to live in. The
country was placed 141 among 162
nations, having lost more than two lives a
day or a staggering 799 people to internal
conflicts in 2012.
Special Parliament session for food security bill
India’s federal cabinet last week deferred a
decision on a proposal to promulgate an
ordinance on the food security bill. Instead,
it opted to form a team of ministers who
would consult opposition leaders to elicit
their support for a special session of
Parliament to pass the legislation.
The bill — tabled in the budget session of
Parliament — could not be taken up for discussion due to ruckus in the Lok Sabha over
various scams. It seeks to provide food security to 75 percent people in rural areas and
50 percent in urban areas by providing subsidized rice at Rs 3 (51 cents) per 2lb and
wheat at Rs 2 (24 cents) per 2lb.
Peaceful anti-rape protesters detained in Kolkata
The Kolkata police detained a group of
peaceful protesters who had turned up in
front of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s
residence to seek action on the deteriorating
safety conditions for women in the state. A
20-year-old and a 12-year-old girl were
raped and brutally killed in the state last
week. The National Crime Records Bureau
said in its report recently that Bengal continued to top the list in crime against
women for two years in a row.
Jiah Khan suicide: Boyfriend arrested
Bollywood starlet Jiah Khan’s boyfriend
Suraj Pancholi was arrested June 11 for
abetment of suicide. The arrest came after
Jiah’s mother Rabiya Amin submitted a six-page letter, purportedly written by the
actress, detailing her ‘difficult relationship’
Rabiya said the letter also stated that Jiah
was beaten up and forced into an abortion
The actress, 25, who hung herself from a
ceiling fan at her apartment June 3, had
spoken to Suraj before committing suicide.
At the end of his police custody June 12,
Suraj was remanded in judicial custody till
Intelligence officer may be booked in Ishrat Jahan case
Ranjit Sinha, director, Central Bureau of
Investigation, claimed the agency had sufficient evidence against Intelligence Bureau
special director Rajendra Kumar for his
alleged involvement in the 2004 staged
killing of college student Ishrat Jahan and
According to the CBI, Kumar, then an IB
joint director, colluded with the then
Gujarat director general of police K R
Kaushik to generate the ‘intelligence input’
that led to the murders.
Dalai Lama: My successor may be a woman
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama
waded into Australia’s bitter gender debate
raging around Premier Julia Gillard by stating that his successor might be a woman.
‘If the circumstances are such that a
female Dalai Lama is more useful, then
automatically a female Dalai Lama will
come,’ he told reporters ahead of a 10-day
His comments came in the aftermath of a
controversy sparked by Australia’s
Opposition leader Tony Abbott, who used
‘grossly sexist and offensive’ words to
describe Gillard at a party fundraiser.
West Bengal boat tragedy
At least four people including a woman
drowned, and over 40 others were missing
at press time after a boat capsized in the
Ganga in West Bengal’s Malda district, June
Action against errant cops
Policemen refusing to register a complaint
will face up to one year in jail with India’s
federal government issuing strict instructions to states to prosecute errant cops.
The home ministry told the states to
instruct all police stations that failure to
register first information reports on receipt
of information about any cognizable offence
would invite prosecution.
Virginity tests for brides-to-be
Over 350 women were allegedly put
through virginity and pregnancy tests during a mass marriage program organized by
the Madhya Pradesh government in the
tribal-dominated district of Betul, June 7.
The district administration has ordered a
magisterial probe into the complaints
regarding the tests conducted on the would-be-brides, including 90 tribal women.
Parents kill baby, blame costly treatment
Unable to afford costly treatment for their
six-month-old daughter, a daily-wage laborer and his wife strangled her to death and
dumped her body in a ditch near their home
in Tripura, June 11. According to the police,
the father said the baby had tetanus and
also suffered a hemorrhage. Doctors had
prescribed medicines that cost $26 each
India’s oil minister’s shocker
India’s Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily
said June 14 that import lobbies had ‘
threatened’ petroleum ministers to not take decisions against India's $160 billion oil
'I am telling you with all sense of responsibility, we are floating in oil and gas in this
country,' he said. 'And we don't explore it.
Legislators protest on the Andhra Pradesh assembly premises.
Telangana protest heats up againSNAPSINDIA
Two Telangana Rashtra Samiti legislators climbed on the Andhra Pradesh
Legislative Assembly building and threatened to jump off if a separate state of
Telangana was not created immediately. Waving black flags, the two also sought
the release of pro-Telangana protesters who had been arrested before the Chalo
Assembly rally, in which thousands of protesters were to march toward the state
assembly June 14.