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India court sends 13 men to jail over gang-rape of tribal woman KOLKATA: An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a tribal woman as a punishment for "dishonouring" her community.The 20-year-old woman was gang-raped on orders from tribal village elders who objected to her relationship with a man from a different community.The attack took place in January in a remote village in eastern West Bengal state, where the unmarried woman from the Santhal group, one of India's largest tribes, was suspected of having a relationship with a man from another village.All the 13 accused were found guilty on charges of gang-rape, wrongful confinement and voluntarily causing hurt, lawyers said. "The case ended within eight months. The accused were found guilty on the basis of medical reports and statements of 31 witnesses," prosecution lawyer Mohammed Samsul Zoha told AFF by telephone from the city of Bolpur where the court hearing was ...

Lizard in food sends 300 school children in India to hospital NEW DELHI: About 300 pupils at an Indian school were rushed to a hospital after consuming government-provided lunches, evoking memories of 23 children who died last year after eating food from the same welfare scheme.A dead lizard was found in one of the seven food containers provided under India's midday meal scheme at a government school in southern city of Bangalore, a teacher told Reuters.That led to a panic situation as food had already been ...
France drops case against Iranian dissidents after 11-year probe PARIS: Prosecuting judges in Paris on Wednesday dropped all charges of money laundering and fraud against nine people close to an exiled Iranian opposition group more than 10 years after they were arrested on terrorism charges. The five women and four men were among 167 sympathisers of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) who were rounded up in 2003 during a police raid on the ouskirts of Paris for questionning over possible links to ...
China's Xi to launch $1.4bn port city development in Sri Lanka COLOMBO: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday to launch construction of a Beijing-funded $1.4 billion port city and seek closer defence ties that could provoke unease in neighbouring India.China is increasingly asserting its influence in the Indian Ocean, with Sri Lanka a midway point on one of the world's busiest international shipping lanes.It is already the largest investor in Sri Lanka, having financed the construction of a deep-sea port elsewhere and an ...
Large blast rocks central Kabul: AFP KABUL: A large blast ripped through central Kabul on Tuesday, shaking buildings and setting off the siren alert at the US embassy as emergency vehicles raced through the streets to assess the damage.The explosion occurred in the Afghan capital as the two candidates in the presidential election hold talks on ending a prolonged stalemate over who won the vote on June 14.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
China's Xi wins Maldives backing for 'maritime silk route' MALE: China's President Xi Jinping secured Maldivian support Monday for a "21st century maritime silk road" as he began a South Asian tour in the strategically located Indian Ocean atoll nation.The Maldives is best known for its tourist industry but also straddles major international shipping lanes, and Chinese investment there has grown significantly as Beijing tries to secure vital trade routes.In a joint statement, the two countries also said they agreed to cooperate on security ...
India considers closing some loss-making state firms NEW DELHI: Indian government officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shut down some loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with powerful trade unions.After two decades of halting privatisations, the central government still owns about 260 firms and thousands more at the state level, involved in activities ranging from generating nuclear power to making condoms.Some of them, including Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Steel Authority of India are successful, but there are ...

 



 
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