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After SC scrapped 66 A, Sec 67 lands an IT prof in prison March 28, 2015 14:49

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of Information Technology Act saying the clause struck at the root of liberty and freedom of expression. It, however, does not mean that sending abusive messages through a computer or communication device will exempt an offender from conviction. A cyber culprit can still be sentenced under similar provisions of the IT Act, IPC and state-enacted provisions that criminalize harassment.A software engineer learned this the hard way. Srinath Nambudri of Karnataka will now cool his heels in prison for one year on the charge of harassing a woman colleague after she spurned his advances. The cyber cell of the CB-CID, in December 2011, had registered a case against Nambudri under various provisions including Section 66A of IT Act (sending offensive and menacing electronic mail.On Tuesday, even as the Supreme Court said Section 66A of the IT Act was unconstitutional and struck it down, a city court, perhaps following the dictum, absolved him from conviction under the section. But he was found guilty of charges under Section 67 (punishment for publishing or obscene material in electronic form) of the IT Act, 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation, if threat be to cause death or grievous hurt) and 509 (uttering any word or making any gesture to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC, along with Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, 1998.According to police, Nambduri was working as a software engineer at TCS, Siruseri. He was attracted to a colleague, and expressed his love to her. When she spurned his advances, an infuriated Nambudri started sending several obscene and derogatory emails to her from April 2011. On one occasion, when the woman went to the US on an official visit, he emailed malicious contents about her to the company's head. Nambudri also sent a morphed nude picture of the woman to her brother. "He continued to stalk and eve-tease the woman electronically for several months," said special public prosecutor Mary Jayanthi.After returning to Chennai, she lodged a complaint with cyber wing of CBCID. It was only then did the police register a case against Nambudri.During the proceedings on Tuesday, Nambudri offered suitable compensation to the victim. Prosecutor Jayanthi opposed his contention stating it was a serious charge of harassment. Despite getting married after lodging the complaint, the victim-woman had pursued the case, and wanted the ends of justice to be met, said Jayanthi.   - Manohar

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Sureshbhai Patel assault, US cop indicted March 28, 2015 13:11

US police officer, accused of using excessive force against a 57-year-old Indian leaving him partially paralysed, has been indicted on federal civil rights violation charges. "A federal grand jury indicted Eric Parker, the police officer who threw Sureshbhai Patel to the ground resulting in him getting partially paralyzed, for deprivation of rights under color of law," said Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and US Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama Joyce Vance. "Police officers are sworn to uphold the law and protect the public. The public must be able to trust the police. Law enforcement officers who violate their oath to protect and use excessive force must be brought to justice," Vance said.Parker's actions deprived the victim of his right under the US Constitution to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures, which includes the right to be free from unreasonable force by someone acting under color of law, the indictment said. The case was investigated by the FBI. Parker was suspended by the Madison Police days after the brutal assault on Patel. The Madison Police last month recommended that he be sacked. Patel's attorney Hank Sherrod said Patel and his family were very pleased by the "prompt and decisive action".By Premji

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Mysterious Pigeon was seen with a chip and Arabic script March 28, 2015 11:25

A pigeon carrying suspicious electronic chip and a ring with code was seen by a guard in Gujarat near Indo-Pak border. The incident, apparently linked to terrorist or anti-social activists, troubled the police, forest, coast guard, and intelligence departments.After catching the mysterious pigeon, the local administration informed the matter to the Union home ministry. Then the coast guard, forest department, forensic experts and the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad were directed to pitch in to examine the matter. The mysterious pigeon was first seen on March 20 about five nautical miles away from the shore of Salaya Essar jetty, which is under construction, in Gujarat's Devbhumi Dwarka district.According to the reports, a security guard noticed the suspicious pigeon carrying a chip (had 'Benjing Dual' on it) on one of its legs and a number '28733' written in a ring in the other leg. The pigeon wing was written with a word 'Rasul-Ul-Allah' (in Arabic language).The jetty guards handed over the pigeon to coast guards. They have informed the local police and registered a preliminary report. The district police removed the ring and the chip from the pigeon's legs and sent the two items to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar for examination.At present we cannot attribute that pigeon and its goods to terrorist groups, the pigeon might have come for drinking water after escaping from a ship or a house. However, the detailed report which is yet to come may address all the issues. -Kannamsai

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Katrina's wax statue at Madame Tussauds March 28, 2015 11:13

Gorgeous Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is the latest star to join the Bollywood line-up at Madame Tussauds, London. Katrina, born to a British mother and Kashmiri father, was picked after she went head to head with competitors Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone to win a poll last year via Madame Tussauds official website and in collaboration with Panjab Radio, with more than 225,000 votes were cast."It's an amazing honour to be asked and to be featured alongside icons of the Indian film industry is humbling," the actress said. After coming face-to-face with her wax model, Kaif said, "This is amazing it does look really like me." Katrina's figure was created by a team of 20 sculptors and artists over a four-month period, using hundreds of precise measurements taken at a sitting in Mumbai and cost 150,000 pounds to create. Over 500 precise body measurements are referenced, real head hairs are inserted one by one, and countless layers of paints and tints are applied to build up skin tones to achieve a kind of astonishing realism that visitors flock to see from around the world. The 31-year-old British-Indian actress has become the seventh Bollywood actor to be honoured with a figure at Madame Tussauds London and joins Amitabh Bachchan (2000), Aishwarya Rai (2004), Shah Rukh Khan (2007), Salman Khan (2008), Hrithik Roshan (2011) and Madhuri Dixit-Nene (2012).AW: Lizitha

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Students in UK worked in sex trade March 28, 2015 10:36

According to a new study, one in 20 students in the UK has worked in the sex industry while studying at the university to make ends meet. Men were more likely to be involved than women, and the sex work ranged from prostitution and escorting to stripping and internet work. Students had worked in the sex industry while they pursued a degree, researchers from Wales- based Swansea University's Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology who carried out the online study said. Tracey Sagar, who led the study, said, "We now have firm evidence that students are engaged in the sex industry across the UK. The majority of these students keep their occupations secret and this is because of social stigma and fears of being judged by family and friends. And we have to keep in mind that not all students engaged in the industry are safe or feel safe. It is vital now that universities arm themselves with knowledge to better understand student sex work issues and that university services are able to support students where support is needed."Study involved 6,750 students, of which 5 per cent of men and 3.5 per cent of women said they had worked in the sex industry, while nearly 22 per cent overall said they had considered doing so.By Premji

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Ram Navami Celebrations all over the nation March 27, 2015 19:31

People, especially from Southern part of India has started Ram Navami celebrations at their towns and villages.In South India, the Ram Navami festival carries on for nine days consisting of several elements of ceremony and rituals. Since the day coincides with the wedding of Rama and Sita, the mood on this day is extremely jubilant. The programs of kirtans, chantings and recitals lend a greatly inspiring and instructive tone to the Ram Navami celebration. In Andhra Pradesh, temples re-enact the marriage of Lord Rama and Sita on the final day of Ram Navami.Sri Rama Navami The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna incarnated Himself as Sri Rama in the month of Chaitra (Mar-Apr), on the ninth day of the growing moon (Chaitra Masa Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi).The Supreme Lord appeared as the son of Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya. Dasharatha was a king in the dynasty of Maharaja Ikshvaku (also known as Raghu vamsha). He had three wives: Kaushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra, but had no children. On the advice of Maharishi Vashishtha, the king performed Putra Kameshti Yajna and as a result the three wives conceived sons. Kaushalya gave birth to Rama and Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata. Sumitra gave birth to the twins: Lakshmana and Shatrugna.The life and activities of Rama are explained in detail by the great sage Valmiki in the book Ramayana. A summarized version of the Ramayana as narrated by Shukadeva Goswami to Parikshit Maharaja is included in the ninth canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana). Excerpts from the same can be downloaded here.Sri Rama Navami CelebrationsAt ISKCON Bangalore, the festival starts at 6:00 PM. Watch this video to see the glimpses of the festival. Sri Rama Navami is one of the important festivals celebrated at ISKCON Bangalore. Devotees fast throughout the day till sunset and remember Sri Rama, by chanting His holy names or hearing from the Ramayana. They break the fast at sunset.The Deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama is decorated as Rama and Lakshmana. This special alankara happens only once in a year. Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, the cowherd boys of Vrindavana, accept royal robes and appear as the princes of Ayodhya holding bows and arrows in their hands.Sri Sri Krishna Balarama in Rama Lakshmana AlankaraIn the evening the utsava vigrahas of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra are decorated as Sita Rama and taken in a procession around the temple. Devotees sing the glories of Lord Rama and chant His names.Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra decorated as Sita RamaAfter the procession, devotees perform Rama Taraka Homa by chanting the Sri Rama Ashtottara Shata Nama.Rama Taraka HomaAfter the homa, a special shayana arati is performed. Devotees sing Nama Ramayana - a song which narrates the entire Ramayana. The shayana arati is followed by a pallaki utsava.On this day panakam and kosambari are distributed as prasadam to the visitors of the temple.   - Manohar

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Panakam or Panagam recipe March 27, 2015 19:25

Panakam reminds me of the drink that is served in temples. It is so tasty with perfect blending of Jaggery, lemon, dry ginger powder and cardamom powder. It is perfect thirst quencher that can be taken in summer season and don’t forget that this is healthy too. It is usually prepared as a traditional drink made during festivals like Sri Rama Navami, Navarathri, Pongal etc. As tomorrow is Sri Rama Navami, prepare this tasty and divine Panakam at your home by following simple preparation steps. Cuisine: Indian Category: DrinkPrep Time: 10 mins    Serves: 2Ingredients:Jaggery, powdered/ Palm Sugar: 1/2 cup Lemon: 1 Elachi/cardamom : 2 Dry ginger powder/sukku: 1/4 tsp Pachai karpooram/edible camphor: A generous pinch Salt: A pinch Water: 2 cups Thulasi/holy basil leaves: few Nutmeg powder(optional): A pinchPreparation: 1. Keep all the ingredients ready.2. Take jaggery in a bowl, add in some water and leave it aside till it is melted. 3. Now strain this and add in more water.4. To the above mixture squeeze lemon, add powdered elachi, dry ginger powder, edible camphor, salt and nutmeg powder.5. Filter it using a strainer, add the thulasi leaves if desired and you can also add the skin of the elachi without discarding it, as it adds more flavor.6. Adjust Jaggery and lemon according to your taste. Serve chilled though tastes great as such!!AW: Lizitha

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NITI Aayog to set up working group March 27, 2015 18:23

Newly formed NITI Aayog which has replaced the planning commission will set up a working group to prepare a draft report on how to make implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) more effectively by taking into account suggestions made at the first meeting of the sub-group of Chief Ministers. "We have decided to set up a working group under NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar to prepare a draft report on the suggestions made by various Chief Ministers in the meeting," said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, convener of the sub-group comprising 11 Chief Ministers.The sub-group will discuss the draft report at its meeting next month and then move towards making recommendations said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He will be meeting officials of central departments running various schemes on April 16 to know their experience and suggestions. The sub-group has been constituted to deliberate on funding pattern on CSS as the states' share in central taxes has been increased to 42% from 32%, as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission. Among others, the meeting was attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das.By Premji

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Radicalisation in Pakistan a big concern March 27, 2015 17:56

Indian National Security Advisor said that increasing radicalisation in Pakistan is a major concern. “The threat is real and the threat is imminent. There is change in Pakistan and Afghanistan, particularly in Pakistan. The radicalisation of Pakistan’s society is a matter of added concern,” Doval said. We are skeptical about the abilities or the competence and the will and desire of the Pakistan government to take on and control the situation, though we would like them very much to do so,” he said.“We want to deal with Pakistan in a way which is fair, correct, transparent,” he said, adding that India would not bend to “pressure tactics or blackmailing, or the thinking that the nuclear threshold will leave India with no option but to accept the covert war as a reality to which they don’t have any response.” “I don’t say there is an imminent threat from China or Pakistan. When I say we should be prepared, I am not talking about any immediate war. Preparedness does not mean war, it is a deterrent,” he said.By Premji

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Salman Khan records his statement over 'hit and run case' March 27, 2015 16:28

Bollywood super star Salman Khan revealed what exactly happened on Sept 28, 2002. The actor was charged for driving his car on to the people sleeping on pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra in Mumbai. In this incident, one person was killed and four were injured by ramming his car into a shop. Judge DW Deshpande has summoned Salman Khan to appear today to give his statement under section 313 of Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPc). Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told that, under this act, the actor many be questioned to clarify any ambiguity that many have cropped up during the trial. Even after recording his statement, the actor may also get an opportunity to examine defence witnesses upon his interest. The court would then give its verdict by hearing the arguments from both sides.The prosecution has alleged that the actor was under the influence of liquor and and examined witnesses to prove that before the mishap he had gone along with his friends to a bar in a hotel in the late hours on the ill-fated day. He also alleged that the actor was not having driving licence but drove his Land Cruiser SUV in rash and careless manner. The statement of the Salman Khan Bodyguard Ravindra Patil was crucial who said that he informed driver not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an accident but he did not pay heed to his advice. Mr Patil passed away during the trial but the court will decide its evidence value later. AW: Lizitha

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