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18-year-old girl raped by village head in Poonch

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18-year-old girl raped by village head in Poonch

Posted on 31 March 2015 by GGS News

Poonch,31 March : (PTI) An 18-year old girl was allegedly raped by a Sarpanch in border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The girl, a class 12 student, had gone out in the night, when the Sarpanch of her village, identified as Tariq Manzoor (33), kidnapped and raped her in a nearby field last evening,” a police officer said.

He said the accused later threatened the girl of dire consequences if she told about the incident to her parents.

“The girl narrated the incident to her parents and they filed a police complaint at Police Station Mandi,” he said.

He said the medical examination of the girl confirmed that she was raped.

Police added the accused was still at large and several police teams have been formed to nab him.

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Union Cabinet recommends re-promulgation of land acquisition ordinance

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Union Cabinet recommends re-promulgation of land acquisition ordinance

Posted on 31 March 2015 by GGS News

New Delhi, 31 March : The Cabinet on Tuesday recommended re-promulgation of the Land Ordinance after it had lapsed, said sources. The move came after the Ordinance failed to pass in the Rajya Sabha in the first part of the Budget Session. The Land Ordinance required President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent who had expressed his displeasure over taking the ordinance route. The Narendra Modi government is however adamant on getting the Ordinance passed and has recommended its re-promulgation now. On March 17, the united opposition undertook a protest march against the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill and MPs from 14 opposition parties marched from Parliament to Rashtraparti Bhavan. The protest march was led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. She had said, “14 political parties met the President and presented a memorandum to him. We have come together to oppose the Land Bill. We want the President to intervene and not to allow this Bill to be cleared.” The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was passed in Lok Sabha on March 9. The ordinance makes land acquisition easy for industry. CNBC-TV18 Adds Manish Tewari, expressing his extreme displeasure over the move, said the Budget exercise may be under question due to the manner in which government has acted. It is learnt that the Congress will launch a campaign opposing the Ordinance. Speaking to the channel, CPI(M)’s  Mohd Salim said his party will oppose the move . “Most MPs are against the draconian functioning ways of the government,” he said.

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WWE WrestleMania 2015 Results: Matches That Will Join Event’s Biggest Classics

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WWE WrestleMania 2015 Results: Matches That Will Join Event’s Biggest Classics

Posted on 31 March 2015 by GGS News

GGS NEWS :  Fans may be happy about World Wrestling Entertainment’s 31st annual WrestleMania blowout, but investors are not.

WWE stock fell more than 14% on Monday morning after Seth Rollins stole the World Heavyweight Championship belt from Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. The dive probably has less to do with what happened in the ring, than how many fans were watching–and subscribing to more wrestling.

WWE announced that its “over-the-top” television network has grown to 1.3 million subscribers, up 31% from January 27, when the company passed 1 million for the first time. That’s tremendous growth for a product that costs $9.99 a month. But it clearly wasn’t enough to impress Wall Street.

“We believe that exceeding 1.3 million subscribers reflects the successful execution of our strategy and puts us on the path to transformative growth through WWE Network,” (former billionaire) WWE CEO Vince McMahon said in a statement.

WWE CFO George Barrios admitted that while the company is “pleased with our short-term results” and “confident in the long-term potential,” subscriber count may “exhibit seasonality” in which customers pay for the service in the run up to big events like WrestleMania and drop it during the slower months.

One successful tactic in February was a free promotion that attracted 201,000 trial subscribers to WWE Network. 154,000 (77%) of those converted to paying subscribers in March.

This isn’t the first time a subscriber update at WrestleMania sunk WWE’s stock. One year ago, the stock plunged 19% the day after WWE’s biggest show. WWE kept falling and hit bottom in May, losing 60% of the company’s value in a month and a half. The stock had rebounded 46% since then before Monday.

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SC rejects Jat students’ petition for reservation in medical, dental colleges

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SC rejects Jat students’ petition for reservation in medical, dental colleges

Posted on 31 March 2015 by GGS News

New Delhi, 21 March  (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea of students belonging to the Jat community seeking reservation in admission to post graduate medical and dental courses.
As per reports, the apex court said that at the time of All India counselling, these Jat students were treated as OBCs.
The Supreme Court had earlier stated that caste cannot be the sole ground for reservation and quashed the Jat notification of the reservation bill.
The former UPA Government had announced reservation for Jats in 2014 by including them in the OBC category on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections.
However, a group of petitioners claimed that Jats were ‘politically and socially’ advanced and that the decision to extend reservation to them was electorally motivated. (ANI)

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J&K floods LIVE: Death toll at 10; Rajnath assures full support to Mufti Sayeed

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J&K floods LIVE: Death toll at 10; Rajnath assures full support to Mufti Sayeed

Posted on 30 March 2015 by GGS News

SRINAGAR, 30 March : J&K government on Monday declared a flood situation in Kashmir Valley as Jhelum river crossed the danger mark in Srinagar following incessant rains.
According to the chief engineer irrigation and flood control Kashmir, river Jhelum crossed the danger mark of 18 feet and 22 feet at Ram Munshibagh and Sangam respectively at 7am.

Accordingly the authorities have declared that Kashmir is facing a flood situation and people living in low lying areas, especially in and around Jhelum, have been advised to move to safer areas.

The government has put forth men and machinery into service to help the people affected by the floods, an official spokesman said.

Elderly persons and children have also been asked to shift to specially set up camps.

He said all the employees deployed for flood control have been asked to report for duty immediately.

The heavy rains and flooding have paralysed normal life in the Valley, which was devastated by the worst-ever floods in its history in September last year.

“The government today decided to shut all schools up to class 12 for today and tomorrow in the wake of flood alert,” Director Education, Kashmir, Showkat Beigh, told PTI.

Beigh said the government had first announced closure of schools up to class eight only, but the decision to extend it to high and higher secondary schools was taken this morning after assessing the situation.

He said all Board of School Examinations scheduled for today and tomorrow have also been postponed.

Meanwhile, University of Kashmir has also postponed its annual examinations for two days.

“The university examinations scheduled for today and tomorrow have been postponed. The new dates for these papers will be notified separately,” a University official said.

Two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) comprising 100 personnel have been rushed as part of contingency measures in J&K,

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2002 hit-and-run case: I was driving the car, says Salman Khan’s driver in court

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2002 hit-and-run case: I was driving the car, says Salman Khan’s driver in court

Posted on 30 March 2015 by GGS News

Mumbai, 30 March   (PTI) A new twist might bring good news for Salman Khan. While recording statement in a court in Mumbai, driver of the Bollywood actor, claimed that he was driving the car on Sept 28, 2002. During cross-examination of witness in the court on Monday, March 30, Salman’s driver Ashok Singh said, “I was driving the car when the mishap occurred in 2002.”

Earlier on March 27, the 49-year-old actor recorded his statement and he too said, “My driver, Ashok Singh, was driving the car at the time of the accident in which one person was killed and four were injured.”

The actor also rejected allegation of having alcohol prior to the accident. He also claimed that the entire evidence placed in the court against him was “false”. The actor denied having taken drinks at a bar where he had gone with his friends and brother Sohail Khan just before the mishap occurred. Khan’s car had rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra in the wee hours of Sept 28, 2002. Salman may face 10-year jail: This is a fresh trial being held in a sessions court after a Magistrate added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which lays down punishment up to ten years.
The prosecution has alleged that the actor was under the influence of liquor 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

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New instrument to hunt for aliens using infrared light

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New instrument to hunt for aliens using infrared light

Posted on 29 March 2015 by GGS News

WASHINGTON, 29 March : (PTI) Could aliens be transmitting infrared beacons? If so a new instrument can detect them!

Astronomers have developed a new instrument that will scan the sky for pulses of infrared light to speed up the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

“Infrared light would be an excellent means of interstellar communication,” said Shelley Wright, an assistant professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego.

Pulses from a powerful infrared laser could outshine a star, if only for a billionth of a second. Interstellar gas and dust is almost transparent to near infrared, so these signals can be seen from greater distances.

It also takes less energy to send the same amount of information using infrared signals than it would with visible light, researchers said.

Three years ago while at the University of Toronto’s Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Wright purchased newly available detectors and found they worked well enough to deploy to a telescope.

Jerome Maire, a fellow at the Dunlap played a key role in the hands-on effort to develop the new instrument, called NIROSETI for near-infrared optical SETI.

NIROSETI will also gather more information than previous optical detectors by recording levels of light over time so that patterns can be analysed for potential signs of other civilisations, a record that could be revisited as new ideas about what signals extraterrestrials might send emerge.

Because infrared light penetrates farther through gas and dust than visible light, this new search will extend to stars thousands rather than merely hundreds of light years away.

NIROSETI has been installed at the University of California’s Lick Observatory on Mt Hamilton east of San Jose and saw first light on March 15.

The instrument could uncover new information about the physical universe as well, researchers said.

“This is the first time Earthlings have looked at the universe at infrared wavelengths with nanosecond time scales,” said Dan Werthimer of UC Berkeley.

“The instrument could discover new astrophysical phenomena, or perhaps answer the question of whether we are alone,” said Werthimer.

Frank Drake of the SETI Institute pointed out several additional advantages to a search in this new realm.

“The signals are so strong that we only need a small telescope to receive them. Smaller telescopes can offer more observational time, and that is good because we need to search many stars for a chance of success,” he said.

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2 Pakistan intruders shot dead by BSF; 12-kg heroin, rifle seized

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2 Pakistan intruders shot dead by BSF; 12-kg heroin, rifle seized

Posted on 29 March 2015 by GGS News

AMRITSAR, 29 March : (PTI)  Two suspected Pakistani intruders were shot dead here by security personnel in the early hours today as they were trying to smuggle in heroin worth Rs 60 crore into India, a day after 24-kg of the contraband was seized following a similar operation near the border.

Confirming the killing of two intruders at border outpost Rattan Khurd, Border Security Force (BSF) DIG RPS Jaswal said that an AK-47 assault rifle, too, was recovered from the intruders along with 12-kg of heroin.

Jaswal said that the duo were challenged by BSF personnel and were repeatedly asked to surrender, but they ignored the warnings and kept marching towards Indian territory while firing at the troops. That invited retaliation from the jawans and, during the exchange, the intruders were shot dead, he said.

Thereafter, after undertaking a comprehensive search at the spot, BSF recovered the drugs and the weapon from near the bodies of the two intruders, who are yet to be identified.

BSF said it may investigate who the Indian contacts were for whom the intruders had brought the drug consignment and the rifle.

A Pakistani smuggler carrying 24-kg heroin was yesterday shot dead by BSF troops near Ajnala village on the Indo- Pakistan border in Amritsar.

The intruder had tried to enter Indian territory near a border outpost at Majhmian, Jaswal had said, adding that 24-kg heroin with a street value of Rs 120 crore was recovered from near his body.

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Delhi’s Aditi Arya crowned fbb Femina Miss India World 2015

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Delhi’s Aditi Arya crowned fbb Femina Miss India World 2015

Posted on 29 March 2015 by GGS News

A Photo Delhi’s Aditi Arya crowned fbb Femina Miss India World 2015.

Mumbai, 29 March : (PTI) Delhi girl Aditi Arya was crowned fbb Femina Miss India World 2015 at a glittering ceremony at Yashraj Studios here.

Afreen Racheal Vaz was adjudged first runner-up while Vartika Singh second runner up at the grand finale of 52nd year of fbb Femina Miss India, which took place late tonight. Aditi will represent the country at Miss World pageant and the runners-up. Afreen and Vartika will compete for various international titles.

The event was judged by eminent personalities from the industry like John Abraham, Manisha Koirala, Sonu Nigam, Anil Kapoor, Firoz Nadiadwala, Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, Shilpa Shetty, Sonali Bendre, Shiamak Davar and Chitrangada Singh.

John Abraham said, “We judge the personality. It is not just about the looks, it is about the character, because a Miss India represents our country at Miss World. It is more about personality, more than just plain looks.” While Sonu Nigam said, “This is my third year judging Miss India. It is great because you see so many aspirants who want to make it big in life.” Anil Kapoor said that every girl has something special.

The red carpet saw celebs like Rocky S, Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal. The show was hosted by Manish Paul, who entertained the audience along with Neha Dhupia.

The 2015 edition saw electrifying performances by Bollywood stars– Kareena Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandes, Shahid Kapoor and famous singers like Kanika Kapoor, Meet Brothers, and Shalmali Kholgade. The stunning 21 finalists were introduced in gorgeous saree gowns by ace designer Mandira Wirk.

They were then seen in the special collection of fbb created by Sailex that featured the finalists draped in luxuriously elegant styles of the house, crafted as per the fbb Spring Summer 2015. The Top 5 finalists Afreen Racheal Vaz, Tanya Hope, Vartika Singh, Aditi Arya and Deeksha Kaushal, were escorted on the ramp by popular TV actors including Gautam Gulati, Karan Tacker amongst others.

The grand finale also saw the crowning of two sub-titles- fbb Miss Beauty with a purpose, Vartika Sing and Reliance Digital Miss Multimedia, Rewati Chetri. This year the pageant featured 13 city auditions, 3 regional auditions and 2 pageants.

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Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

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Gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria during tense election

Posted on 29 March 2015 by GGS News

Abuja, 29 March : (Reuters) – Gunmen killed at least 15 people including an opposition politician near polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, casting an ominous shadow over the closest electoral contest since the end of military rule in 1999.

The tense race pits President Goodluck Jonathan against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari for the favour of an electorate divided along a complex mix of ethnic, regional and in some cases religious lines.

The poll is seen as the first election in Africa’s most populous nation in which an opposition candidate has a serious chance of unseating the incumbent, and widespread fears it could trigger violence are already becoming reality.

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents launched several attacks on voters in the northeast, killing three in Yobe state and three more in Gombe state, police said.

Shortly afterwards, at least eight people, including the opposition parliamentary candidate for Dukku in Gombe, were killed by unidentified gunmen, a spokesman for Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) said.

The militants, who are trying to revive a medieval Islamic caliphate in religiously mixed Nigeria, reject democracy and their leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened to kill those who go to vote.

A string of military victories by troops from Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger has reclaimed much of the territory the Islamists controlled earlier this year, but they retain the ability to mount deadly attacks on civilians.

The governor of Borno state in the northeast said 25 people had been killed in an assault on the remote village of Buratai on Friday night.

“EXTRAORDINARILY PATIENT”

Voting at the 120,000 stations nationwide was beset with problems as officials turned up late and high-tech biometric card readers, introduced to prevent the vote-rigging that has marred previous polls, failed to work.

Even Jonathan suffered a 40-minute delay as officials vainly tried to get four different machines to recognise the president’s fingerprint.

“I’m very hopeful,” he said of his chances after voting.

With up to 56.7 million voters to process, the election commission said it would extend voting into Sunday in districts that had suffered technical problems. It was not clear what impact this would have on the timing of the result.

A credible and relatively calm poll would open a new chapter in the chequered history of Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer, whose five decades of independence have been tarnished by military coups and secessionist movements.

Voters queued for hours just to get accredited.

“They are extraordinarily patient,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield told Reuters TV at a polling station in central Abuja. “We have to commend the Nigerian people for being so patient.”

The vote is seen as a referendum on the record of Jonathan, a former zoology professor whose time in office has been blighted by massive corruption scandals and the Boko Haram insurgency in which thousands have died.

“These elections are a defining moment for Nigeria. … People have a real choice,” former Malawian president Bakili Muluzi, who is leading a Commonwealth observer mission, said.

“The danger is post-election. We’ve been assured by the peace accord between the leaders but how that trickles down is the danger,” he told Reuters, referring to a second pact signed between Jonathan and Buhari on Friday not to whip up violence.

Yet the poisonous rhetoric emanating from both sides during the campaign, as well as some scuffles and shootings, have raised doubts over whether such agreements will be respected.

When Buhari, a northern Muslim, lost to Jonathan, a southern Christian, in 2011, it triggered rioting in the mostly Muslim north that killed 800 people and destroyed the homes of 65,000.

Before voting started, two bombs exploded at polling stations in the east, causing no deaths, while police destroyed a third. Hackers also shut the electoral commission website.

“DEVILISH MOVES”

On Friday Jonathan told anyone planning violence to think again, yet many Nigerians queued up en masse to withdraw cash, buy fuel supplies and stock up at supermarkets.

In a climate of mutual suspicion, Buhari’s APC also warned against any “devilish moves”.

Buhari’s top selling point is a belief he never stole during his 1983-85 rule, a rare feat for a top Nigerian politician, while his reputation as a military leader plays well with voters critical of the government’s failure to quell Boko Haram.

However, his 18 months in charge, during which opponents were jailed and drug dealers executed, are not fondly remembered by all.

And as always in the nation of 170 million people, ethnic and regional sentiments remain paramount — Buhari is hugely popular in the north, Jonathan, in the south and east.

That could leave the southwest as the king makers. The region, which centres around the commercial capital Lagos, is mostly ethnic Yoruba but religiously mixed. They voted for Jonathan last time but since then Yoruba elites have rallied decisively around Buhari.

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