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US offers to destroy Syria’s chemicals at sea: OPCW

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US offers to destroy Syria’s chemicals at sea: OPCW

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

US,(GGS NEWS) 30 NOV : The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a U.S. ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Saturday, and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been under pressure to find an alternative plan for the destruction of Syria’s poison gas arsenal after Albania backed out of hosting the work.

The OPCW said 35 firms had expressed an interest in bidding for commercial contracts by Friday’s deadline for the treatment of about 800 tonnes of bulk industrial chemicals that are safe to destroy in commercial incinerators.

But another 500 tonnes of chemicals, including nerve agents, are seen as too dangerous to import into a country or process commercially, and will be treated offshore on the U.S. ship.

The OPCW said the operation would be carried out on a U.S. vessel at sea using hydrolysis, adding a naval vessel was undergoing modifications to support the operations.

“The United States has offered to contribute a destruction technology, full operational support and financing to neutralize Syria’s priority chemicals,” an OPCW statement said.

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Tehelka case LIVE: Tarun Tejpal reaches Goa Crime Branch, bail hearing order expected shortly

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Tehelka case LIVE: Tarun Tejpal reaches Goa Crime Branch, bail hearing order expected shortly

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 30 NOV : 4.45 pm: Tarun Tejpal has reached the Goa Crime Branch office. Meanwhile, his family is present at the Sessions Court where his bail plea hearing is to take place. His case incharge Sunita Sawant is also in court.Tejpal bail hearing adjourned till 4.30 pm

A Goa court has reserved order on Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal’s anticipatory bail plea till 4.30 p.m. Saturday.

Tejpal’s interim bail period has also been extended till that time.

In her concluding remarks before reserving the order following two hours of arguments, North Goa District and Sessions Judge Anuja Prabhudessai told a packed courtroom, which included Tarun Tejpal, his sister and wife, that anticipatory bail is granted only in “extraordinary cases”.

As Tejpal and his family left the court on their way to a city hotel, an unidentified person shouted slogans against the editor and charged towards him with a black cloth but was overpowered and whisked away by police.Earlier in the morning, the defence extended the argument it made Friday that Tejpal was fully co-operating with the investigators and that custodial interrogation was not necessary.

Lead defence lawyer Geeta Luthra offered several concessions to the prosecution like Tejpal’s willingness to stay in Goa till the police requires him to, surrendering his passport and fixed deposits, among others.

“I have offered that I will stay in Goa until a chargesheet is filed. I can be in Bangalore. I can be wherever this court directs,” Luthra also said on Tejpal’s behalf.

The lawyer also assured that for the duration of the investigation, Tejpal would not visit Mumbai where the victim resides.

She said that Tejpal does not have any criminal record and therefore should be considered for anticipatory bail.

Specially appointed public prosecutor Saresh Lotlikar, who argued during the latter half of the hearing, said that Tejpal was changing colours like a chameleon and that police custody is required to complete the Tejpal end of the probe and get the real story out of him.

“Custodial interrogation is a must,” Lotlikar said.

“Your contention that your (Tejpal’s) immaculate reputation will be damaged, may we tell you that it’s already gone for a toss, and mere detention under police custody won’t do any further damage,” the prosecution argued.

Lotlikar also submitted the victim’s statement to the judge and said that CCTV footage secured by police from the hotel had “enough hints” to confirm allegations of rape made by the victim.

Lotlikar also refuted claims made by the defence that the complainant had “vested interests” and therefore delayed informing her superiors about the two alleged sexual assaults by Tejpal in a Goa resort earlier this month.

“The lady is known to accused and her father was a friend of the accused. Being the sole breadwinner, she had to make the decision of her life before writing the email,” the prosecution lawyer argued, saying that the victim had told two-three colleagues about the assault.

Lotlikar also said that Tejpal’s associates had tried to intimidate the victim’s kin in Delhi and that a First Information Report (FIR) had already been filed in that regard.

“That the accused is trying to interfere with investigation is proved in the case,” Lotlikar said.

Lotlikar also accused Tejpal of insulting the victim by questioning her integrity, adding that she had been “violated by a person who was like a father figure”.

12. 02 pm: Judge: Victim’s statement consistent while accused is changing statements again and again.
The hearing on Tarun Tejpal’s anticipatory bail petition on Saturday resumed in a District and Sessions court in Panaji.

Tejpal’s lawyer Geeta Luthra continued her arguments before judge Anuja Prabhudesai, who had on Friday given the Tehelka editor interim protection till this morning against arrest in the case of alleged sexual assault on a woman journalist in the magazine. The public prosecutor will later submit arguments.

Ahead of hearing on his bail petition, Tejpal visited the Crime Branch office here this morning and said he was cooperating in the investigation. Police sources said Tejpal was not quizzed and stayed for 10 minutes. Tarun Tejpal his wife and sister were present in the court.

Tarun Tejpal : There was need to join the investigation of Crime Branch that we have done. Whatever my lawyers feel is good we will do it, will cooperate with investigation

Kirti Azad: The first thing is that why was Tarun Tejpal running away. There is something call culture which he still maintain in India, And due to this Girls generally do not come out with this kind of complaints.

Judge to Tejpal’s lawyer: Don’t repeat what you have argued yesterday

11.09 am: Prosecution seeks 14-day custody for Tejpal.
Tarun Tejpal offers to surrender passport in Goa court.
10.35 am: Tejpal’s family and lawyer at the Panaji sessions Court.
10.30 am: Tejpal’s bail hearing underway.
Tejpal reaches Crime Branch
9.31 am: Ahead of hearing on his bail petition, Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal on Saturday visited the Crime Branch office on Saturday and said he was cooperating in the investigation.Police sources said Tejpal, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman reporter in the magazine, was not quizzed and stayed for 10 minutes.

“We have joined the investigation started by the Crime Branch yesterday. We will join today also,” Tejpal told reporters after coming out of the office.

A Sessions court is slated to hear his anticipatory bail plea at 10 am today. The judge had yesterday given him interim protection against arrest till this morning.

Tejpal landed at Dabolim airport on Friday evening and was escorted by a police team to the crime branch office in Dona Paula, Panaji, for interrogation.

Sources said the senior journalist was questioned for over 90 minutes. He will be brought to the North Goa sessions court on Saturday morning, where his bail plea will be heard again.

On Friday morning, the ex- editor of Tehelka managed to dodge a combined team of Goa and Delhi Police that visited his residence in Jangpura, his flat in Gurgaon and his sister’s house in search of him. A police officer told MAIL TODAY that the Goa police had not been able to get in touch with Tejpal since Thursday evening. This made them send a team to Delhi to check his whereabouts. The Police also raided the late Ponty Chadha’s farmhouse in Chhatarpur but had to return empty- handed.

Tejpal, along with family members and friends, arrived at the IGI Airport Terminal 1D at 1 pm. He arrived in Goa around 5.45pm and was greeted with black flags by BJP youth wing members at Dabolim. His lawyer Geeta Luthra assured the court that Tejpal was ready to cooperate with the police in the investigation. Judge Anuja Prabhdessai rejected all major arguments offered by her and censured his lawyer for naming the reporter allegedly assaulted by Tejpal.

“Are you trying to malign her image? This will not be tolerated,” the judge said.

Luthra produced the picture of the victim with Tejpal and eminent actor Robert De Niro taken two days after the alleged incident and said that the girl was seen comfortable.

“If you see the CCTV footage, you will exonerate Tejpal completely,” Luthra said. Later, the judge gave Tejpal reprieve till Saturday morning.

Tejpal, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman reporter in the magazine, was not quizzed and stayed for 10 minutes.

“We have joined the investigation started by the Crime Branch yesterday. We will join today also,” Tejpal told reporters after coming out of the office.

A Sessions court is slated to hear his anticipatory bail plea at 10 am today. The judge had yesterday given him interim protection against arrest till this morning.

Tejpal landed at Dabolim airport on Friday evening and was escorted by a police team to the crime branch office in Dona Paula, Panaji, for interrogation.

Sources said the senior journalist was questioned for over 90 minutes. He will be brought to the North Goa sessions court on Saturday morning, where his bail plea will be heard again.

On Friday morning, the ex- editor of Tehelka managed to dodge a combined team of Goa and Delhi Police that visited his residence in Jangpura, his flat in Gurgaon and his sister’s house in search of him. A police officer told MAIL TODAY that the Goa police had not been able to get in touch with Tejpal since Thursday evening. This made them send a team to Delhi to check his whereabouts. The Police also raided the late Ponty Chadha’s farmhouse in Chhatarpur but had to return empty- handed.

Tejpal, along with family members and friends, arrived at the IGI Airport Terminal 1D at 1 pm. He arrived in Goa around 5.45pm and was greeted with black flags by BJP youth wing members at Dabolim. His lawyer Geeta Luthra assured the court that Tejpal was ready to cooperate with the police in the investigation. Judge Anuja Prabhdessai rejected all major arguments offered by her and censured his lawyer for naming the reporter allegedly assaulted by Tejpal.

“Are you trying to malign her image? This will not be tolerated,” the judge said.

Luthra produced the picture of the victim with Tejpal and eminent actor Robert De Niro taken two days after the alleged incident and said that the girl was seen comfortable.

“If you see the CCTV footage, you will exonerate Tejpal completely,” Luthra said. Later, the judge gave Tejpal reprieve till Saturday morning.

behest are only the latest depressing indications that sections of our public discourse are unwilling to acknowledge that women are capable to make decisions about themselves.

In this past week, television commentators who should know better, have questioned my motivations and my actions during and after Mr Tejpal molested me. Some have questioned the time it took for me to file my complaint. More inquisitive commentators have questioned the use of the word ” sexual molestation” versus words like ” rape”. Perhaps the hardest part of this unrelentingly painful experience has been my struggle with taxonomy. I don’t know if I am ready to see myself as a ” rape victim”. It is not the victim that categorises crimes: it the law. And in this case, the law is clear: what Mr Tejpal did to me falls within the legal definition of rape.

Now that we have a new law that broadens the definition of rape, we should stand by what we fought for.

We have spoken, time and again, about how rape is not about lust or sex, but about power, privilege and entitlement. Thus this new law should be applicable to everybody – the wealthy, the powerful, and the well connected – and not just to faceless strangers.

Unlike Mr Tejpal, who is fighting to protect his wealth, his influence and his privilege, I am fighting to preserve nothing except for my integrity and my right to assert that my body is my own and not the plaything of my employer.

In my life, I have always urged women to speak out and break the collusive silence that surrounds sexual crime. This crisis has only confirmed the myriad difficulties faced by survivors. First, our utterances are questioned, then our motivations, and finally our strength is turned against us: a politician will issue a statement claiming that speaking out against sexual violence will hurt our professional prospects; an application filed in the Delhi High Court will question why the victim remained ” normal”. An array of men of privilege have expressed sorrow that Tehelka, the institution, has suffered in this crisis.

I remind them that this crisis was caused by the abusive violence of the magazine’s Editor- in- Chief, and not by an employee who chose to speak out.

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Plane crash in Alaska, 4 reported killed

Plane crash in Alaska, 4 reported killed

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 30 NOV : A plane crash near the remote western Alaska village of Saint Marys killed four of the 10 people aboard, including an infant boy, an Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman said Saturday.

The pilot and three passengers died in the Friday night crash, spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Peters said she had no immediate word on the six survivors’ condition but an airline spokeswoman said she understood they were injured.

The single-engine, turboprop Cessna 208 was a Hageland Aviation flight from Bethel to Mountain Village and Saint Marys, said Kathy Roser, a spokeswoman for Era Alaska airline. Hageland is part of Era Alaska, Roser said.

Jim Hickerson, president of Hageland Aviation, also told the Anchorage Daily News the six survivors were injured.

The wreckage was found about 4 miles east of Saint Marys.

Troopers and an air ambulance service responded to the scene, Peters said.

The dead were identified as pilot Terry Hansen, Rose Polty and Richard Polty and the infant, Wyatt Coffee.

The survivors included Melanie Coffee, Pauline Johnson, Kylan Johnson, Tonya Lawrence, Garrett Moses and Shannon Lawrence.

No ages or hometowns were immediately available, Peters said.

An emergency locator beacon signal helped pinpoint the crash site, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson said.

There was no immediate word on what might have cause the crash. The NTSB planned to send two investigators to the scene Saturday. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman didn’t immediately respond to an email requesting crash information.

The temperature in the area Friday night was about 18 degrees.Saint Marys, with a population of about 500, is roughly 470 miles from Anchorage.

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Pakistan PM in Kabul

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Pakistan PM in Kabul

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

Afghanistan,(GGS NEWS) 30 NOV :  — Pakistan’s prime minister arrived in Kabul on Saturday for a one-day visit to discuss efforts to start a peace process with the Taliban and energy projects to alleviate chronic power shortages in both countries.

Nawaz Sharif was on his first visit to Afghanistan since being elected. He’s planning to hold talks with President Hamid Karzai, who has been pushing Pakistan for help in talking to the Taliban and for access to a Taliban leader recently released by Pakistan. Many Taliban leaders are thought to be based in Pakistan, and Kabul has sought Islamabad’s help to bring the militant group to the table.They will also discuss a plan to expand an electricity distribution network to ship surplus power from the Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through Afghanistan and into Pakistan, which suffers massive power shortages that threaten its industrial production and economy.

Another project is a planned natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan that will pass through Afghanistan to Pakistan and end up in India.

Relations between the two countries have been testy and Afghanistan has often accused Pakistan of aiding Taliban leaders sheltering across the border. Sharif has nonetheless made improving ties with Afghanistan a priority.

Karzai was in Pakistan last August and the two leaders again met in October, where they agreed during a London meeting for Islamabad to allow an Afghan peace delegation to meet with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

The Taliban’s former No. 2 was released by Pakistan in September after years in detention. Some officials hope he can help jumpstart the peace process, while others have their doubts. The Afghan delegation met with him last week, officials said.

Pakistan has released around four dozen Taliban prisoners over the last year in an attempt to help peace talks, but there is no sign they have made any difference.

The Taliban have refused to talk directly with Karzai, his government or its representatives. U.S.-backed talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban failed in June after Karzai accused the militants of setting up a government in exile. The Taliban have since closed their office in the Gulf state of Qatar.

Pakistan has a complicated relationship with the Taliban. Pakistan helped the group seize control of Afghanistan in 1996, and Kabul has repeatedly accused Islamabad of providing the insurgents sanctuary on its territory following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

The peace talks have also been the focus of recent tensions with the United States.

Karzai has demanded that America do more to get them started, and said he will not sign a security agreement allowing thousands of American troops to remain in Afghanistan past 2014 if they do not. Karzai has partially blamed the collapse of the Qatar talks on the United States.

The deal may fall apart because of Karzai’s demands and his refusal to meet an American request that he sign by the end of next month. Karzai’s demands, all of which are new, also include an end to all American military operations in Afghanistan that could harm civilians.

Although he endorsed the deal, and a national assembly of Afghan dignitaries approved it, Karzai refuses to sign by year’s end — deferring that to his successor after presidential elections in April.

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Detained US tourist accused of ‘spying’ apologises: North Korea

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Detained US tourist accused of ‘spying’ apologises: North Korea

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 30 NOV : An 85-year-old American man detained in North Korea has apologized for his actions, including for killing troops and civilians during the Korean War, North Korea’s state-run news agency reported Saturday.
KCNA released a statement it claimed was from Merrill Newman — a Palo Alto, California man who, his family says, has been held in North Korea for more than 30 days.
“After I killed so many civilians and (North Korean) soldiers and destroyed strategic objects in the DPRK during the Korean War, I committed indelible offensive acts against the DPRK government and Korean people,” Newman said, according to the “apology” reported by KCNA.His statement ends: “If I go back to (the) USA, I will tell the true features of the DPRK and the life the Korean people are leading.”
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In addition to this statement, KCNA ran a story alleging Newman came to North Korea with a tourist group in October and afterward “perpetrated acts of infringing upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and slandering its socialist system.”
Searching for spies
This story claimed that Newman tried to “look for spies and terrorists who conducted espionage and subversive activities against the DPRK.” Investigators determined that, as a member of the U.S. military, he “masterminded espionage and subversive activities … and, in this course, he was involved in the killings of service personnel of the Korean People’s Army and innocent civilians.”
“The investigation clearly proved Newman’s hostile acts against the DPRK, and they were backed by evidence,” the KCNA story added. “He admitted all his crimes and made an apology for them.”
Until now, Pyongyang had not explained why it was holding Newman.
READ: Family beg for his release
There was no apparent immediate response from the U.S. government to the reported apology or the accompanying North Korean official news report.
Washington does not have diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, and it has been working through Sweden — the U.S. protecting power in North Korea — to obtain information about the American.
The retired financial consultant was last seen aboard a flight from Pyongyang to Beijing. Just minutes before the plane was to depart, he was removed from the flight by North Korean authorities.
According to his family, he had been on a 10-day organized private tour of North Korea. From phone calls and postcards he sent, the trip was going well and there was no indication of any kind of problem, his son said.
Family begged for his return
Newman’s family could not be immediately reached for comment about the North Korean claims or the reported apology. But in recent days, they had voiced their concern about him.
In an interview with CNN on Monday, his wife said they hoped he’d be home for Thanksgiving.
“We need to have Merrill back at the head of the table for the holidays. And we ask — respectfully — for them to release him and let him come home,” Lee Newman told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
She said Newman has a heart condition and only packed enough medicine for the trip. She has sent packages of medication, but said she does not know whether he has received them.
Newman is one of two American citizens being held in North Korea.
The other one, Kenneth Bae, was arrested in November 2012 and sentenced in May to 15 years of hard labor. The North Korean government has said he was found guilty of “hostile acts” and attempts to topple the government.

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Car bomb kills four in Iraq’s capital

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Car bomb kills four in Iraq’s capital

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

BAGHDAD,(GGS NEWS) 30 NOV :  – Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has killed four people near a bus stop in a town just south of Baghdad.

Police officials say the blast happened Saturday morning as commuters waited for a ride in Mahmoudiya, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital. They say seven were wounded.

Medics in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Violence has spiked in Iraq over the last seven months. Saturday’s attack brings the total death toll so far this month to 485, according to an Associated Press count. Many attacks may go unreported.

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BJP held 231 poll meetings in Rajasthan

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BJP held 231 poll meetings in Rajasthan

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 30 NOV : BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has addressed 20 public meetings to woo voters in various districts of Rajasthan which is going to poll tomorrow. Whereas party president Rajnath Singh attended 17 meetings, chief ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje addressed 83 gatherings and party state vice president Onkar Singh Lakhawat said.

He informed today that as many as 231 public meetings were organised all over the state in which senior leaders raised issues of high inflation, corruption, and issues of farmers and the common man.

“Downfall in growth rate, deteriorating law and order, lack of teachers in government schools, death of women in government hospitals, poor state of road construction, atrocities on women and dalits were other issues our leaders highlighted in the meetings,” he said.

Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, MP CM Shivraj Singh, BJP National Spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain, former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh, former UP CM Uma Bharti, actor Hema Malini also campaigned in various constituencies in support of the party candidates, he said.

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‘Zombie’ comet ISON may be back from the dead

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‘Zombie’ comet ISON may be back from the dead

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 30 NOV : A smaller, paler version of Comet ISON may have survived incineration in the sun’s corona and may be brightening, scientists said on Friday.

Since its discovery in September 2012, Comet ISON has been full of surprises. It started off extremely bright, considering its great distance from the sun at the time, beyond Jupiter’s orbit.

As it drew closer, it did not brighten as much as expected, raising doubts about its size and the amount of water it contained. Ice in a comet’s body vaporizes from solar heating, causing a bright stream of particles to trail the body in a distinctive tail.

Conflicting pictures of the comet’s future continued until Thursday when ISON apparently flew too close to the sun. Its long tail and nucleus seemingly vaporized in the solar furnace, dashing hopes of a naked-eye comet visible in Earth’s skies in December.

But late on Thursday, ISON surprised again.

“A bright streak of material streaming away from the sun appeared in the European Space Agency and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory later in the evening,” NASA wrote on its website on Friday.

“The question remains whether it is merely debris from the comet, or if some portion of the comet’s nucleus survived,” the U.S. space agency said.

Preliminary analysis suggests that at least a small nucleus is intact.

“One could almost be forgiven for thinking that there’s a comet in the images,” astrophysicist Karl Battams, with the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, wrote in a blog posted Thursday night.

“Right now it does appear that a least some small fraction of ISON has remained in one piece and is actively releasing material,” Battams wrote.

“If there is a nucleus, it is still too soon to tell how long it will survive. If it does survive for more than a few days, it is too soon to tell if the comet will be visible in the night sky. If it is visible in the night sky, it is too soon to say how bright it will be … I think you get the picture, yes?” he added.

The comet was discovered last year by two amateur astronomers using Russia’s International Scientific Optical Network, or ISON.

Comets are believed to be frozen remains left over from the formation of the solar system some 4.5 billion years ago.

The family of comets that ISON is from resides in the Oort Cloud, which is about 10,000 times farther away from the sun than Earth, halfway to the next star.

Computer models show it left the outer edge of the solar system about 5.5 million years ago and began journeying toward the sun.

At its closest approach on Thursday, it passed just 730,000 miles (1.2 million km) from the sun’s surface and experienced temperatures reaching 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 degrees Celsius.)

“This has unquestionably been the most extraordinary comet that … I, and many other astronomers, have ever witnessed,” Battams wrote. “This story isn’t over yet.”

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Goa court adjourns Tarun Tejpal’s bail plea hearing till 4.30 pm

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Goa court adjourns Tarun Tejpal’s bail plea hearing till 4.30 pm

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 30 NOV : A Goa court hearing Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal’s anticipatory bail petition was adjourned till 4.30pm on Saturday.After the defence lawyer concluded her arguments, the public prosecutor told the judge that Tejpal has changed his version like a chameleon but the complainant’s version has always been constant.

The lawyer pointed to the fact the the young woman is the sole bread earner of the family and her father is a friend of Tejpal.

Tejpal’s lawyer Geeta Luthra presented her arguments in front of judge Anuja Prabhudesai, who had on Friday given the Tehelka founder interim protection till Saturday morning against arrest in the case of alleged sexual assault.

Arguing in court on Saturday, Luthra said Tejpal was ready to stay in Goa till the time it was required by the investigating agency.

She said he will also not visit Mumbai, where the victim is currently residing.

“There should not be any fear that he (Tejpal) will tamper with witnesses or evidence,” the defence lawyer said.

Luthra also ruled out the possibility of Tejpal fleeing the country saying he has not fled before the FIR or after that.

“My client cannot tamper with the aggrieved girl as she will stand by her statement,” the lawyer said.

If Tejpal fails to secure an anticipatory bail from the court today, police are likely to arrest him immediately.

Ahead of hearing on his bail petition, Tejpal visited the crime branch office in Goa on Saturday morning and said he was cooperating in the investigation.

Police sources said Tejpal was not quizzed and stayed for 10 minutes.

“We have joined the investigation started by the crime branch yesterday (Friday). We will join today (Saturday) also,” Tejpal told reporters after coming out of the office.

Tejpal, who was grilled for two hours Friday, was called to Goa Police unit crime branch office near Panaji again Saturday for questioning.

Tejpal landed in Goa on Friday evening after dodging Goa Police for more than 24 hours, after the deadline for him to respond to police summons.

His legal team, which appeared before the court on Friday, had managed to secure interim relief until 10am on Saturday, claiming that the editor was being politically victimised and the charges levelled against him were fabricated.

The crime branch, which is investigating the case, wants custodial interrogation of Tejpal.

Shortly after his arrival from Delhi, Tejpal, accompanied by his family members and lawyers, drove to Dona Paula to appear before the police which had called him for questioning.

He brushed aside questions from journalists who mobbed him and asked him “would you confess”.

The questioning lasted 90 minutes after which Tejpal left the crime branch office.

Tejpal is not evading the law and he is fully cooperating with Goa police, his lawyer Sandeep Kapoor said.

He said Tejpal was in the crime branch from 6.30 pm to 9.15 pm.

A personal bond of Rs. 20,000 and a surety of the same amount was furnished, Kapoor said.

Tejpal on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the FIR and subsequent probe in the case and lashed out at the media accusing it of “screaming and shouting” all the time.

“… There is no complaint officially. An internal mail from the office decides a suo motu FIR?” he told a news channel in Goa at the airport.

Indicating a political conspiracy in the entire episode, Tejpal said, “It is being monitored on an hour-to-hour basis by some people in Delhi.”

The former Tehelka editor, who has been under sharp criticism from various quarters ever since the incident came to light around a week ago, said, “… And the media is just screaming and shouting all the time.”

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Schalke`s Aogo out for season with knee ligament tear

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Schalke`s Aogo out for season with knee ligament tear

Posted on 30 November 2013 by GGS News

BERLIN,(GGS NEWS) 30 Nov :  – Schalke 04 defender Dennis Aogo will miss the rest of the season after tearing his cruciate ligament in training on Friday in another injury blow for the Bundesliga club.

“A medical examination this evening showed a cruciate and interior ligament tear in the right knee,” Schalke said in a statement.

“The left-footer is expected to miss the rest of the season.”

Already without a string of key players, including striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and central defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Aogo’s injury could not have come at a worse time for sixth-placed Schalke who are looking to improve their league form.

Midfielders Jefferson Farfan (groin) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (knee) have also been forced to sit out games in recent weeks due to nagging injuries.

Schalke are hoping to book their spot in the Champions League knockout stage by beating Basel in their last group phase match on Dec. 11.

Schalke are third in Group E, a point behind the Swiss team with Chelsea in top spot.

The Germany international, who is on loan at Schalke from Hamburg SV, had also been hoping to catch the eye of national team coach Joachim Loew ahead of next year’s World Cup finals.

(Reuters)

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