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July 24, 2009

Sanjay Malik wanted to take plane to Pakistan

Hijacker Sanjay Malik who had claimed that he had a bomb onboard the Indigo Airlines flight and wanted to take the plane to Pakistan has been booked for bomb scare.

Malik, 28, had boarded the Delhi-Mumbai flight on Thursday. Just when the plane was about to reach Mumbai, 15 minutes before landing, Malik announced that he had a bomb and asked for diverting the flight.

He was told that there was no way the plane could be taken to Pakistan, as it was about to land at Mumbai. He was holding a packet, which he claimed contained a deadly bomb.

Shocked passengers had frightful moments following the threat. But as it became apparent that he was holding just a fruit juice pack, Malik was caught by fellow passengers who suspected that he was mentally unstable.

The airport authorities had been informed about the bomb scare. He was later caught and booked for the hoax. Apparently, Malik, who holds an MBA degree, is mentally unstable and is undergoing treatment.

TIH Bureau

July 20, 2009

England beat Australia at Lord's after 75 years

England defeated Australia on the final day of the second test match at Lord's. The victory comes after 75 years at the ground, which is termed as the Mecca of cricket.

For English cricket team it was a historic moment, as they had not beaten Australia at Lord's since 1934. Australia had been given a tough target of 509 in the final innings to win the match.

On the fifth day the team had five wickets in hand with 209 to score but they lost the match by 116 runs. Andrew Flintoff led from the front and took a five wicket haul, only the third of his career to send Australia packing.

His 5-92 set the stage for the victory of England. He was adjudged the man of the match. In the first innings England had scored 425 runs thanks to a century by Andrew Strauss (161) and Cook's 95.

In reply Australia could manage just 215 with Hussey and Katich scoring 51 and 48 respectively. In the second innings England again batted well and declared at 311-6. However, Australia faltered and lost the match despite scoring 406.

A capacity crowed watched Australia making every effort to save the match. However, despite Michael Clarke's century and strong resistance by Haddin and Johnson, they lost the second Ashes test.
TIH Bureau

July 16, 2009

Rita Bahuguna Joshi jailed for insulting Mayawati

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chairperson Rita Bahuguna Joshi was sent to judicial custody for two weeks for her derogatory remarks against Mayawati.

Commenting on the law-and-order situation in UP where rapes keep happening and Mayawati is handing over cash as relief to rape victims, Joshi had reportedly questioned if she (Mayawati) was willing to be raped for a compensation of Rs 1 crore.

After the comments were showsn on television channels, Joshi was booked under the Atrocities on SC/ST (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Act. She was soon arrested, produced before a magistrate and was then sent to prison.

She is charged of insulting the Chief Minister. Her house was also set afire by suspected BSP activists. But BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said that the Congress workers had themselves set the house ablaze.

TIH Bureau

India sees real Naxal threat after 38 cops killed

Home Minister P Chidambaram has accepted that Naxalism and the threat it poses to the country was under-estimated for a long time. He was speaking in Rajya Sabha.

Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, the Union minister said that for years the real threat from Naxalites wasn't assessed. He went on to say that left-wing extremism has consolidated over the years.

Recently, 38 policemen including the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Rajnandgaon district was killed in a Naxal ambush. Initial figures said that the figure was dead was 24 but it went up to 38.

The dead included Vinod Kumar Chaubey, the SP of Rajnandgaon. Three attacks were planned by Maoists in a day on July 12 in the same district. Lately massacres of policemen in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Orissa and Jharkhand have alarmed the centre.

Chidambaram is however not in favour of Salwa Judam like experiment of Chhattisgarh and said that he didn't want the involvement of non-state players in fighting the red terrorism. The Centre is drawing up a plan in consultation with the state governments to fight the Naxal menace, he said.

TIH Bureau

July 8, 2009

Former Shahi Imam Abdullah Bukhari dies

The former Shahi Imam of Delhi's historic Jama Masjid, Abdullah Bukhari passed away in a hospital on Wednesday. His son Ahmad Bukhari is the present Shahi Imam.

Bukhari was ill for a long time and was undergoing treatment. The news of his death was confirmed by the office of the Shahi Imam today. The last rites were scheduled to be performed in the afternoon.

Bukhari was 87. He is survived by four sons and two daughters. He was the 12th Shahi Imam of the mosque. His family hails from the historic city of Bukhara and had settled in Delhi during the Mughal rule.

TIH Burea

July 3, 2009

Three killed in communal riot in Mysore

A communal clash has led to three deaths in the historic town of Mysore in Karnataka after a mosque was desecrated by suspected Hindu fundamentalists.

The trouble began when the carcass of a pig was thrown in a mosque in Mysore. This angered the Muslims who came out on the streets to protest the act. Tempers soared in Udayagiri as groups of Hindus and Muslims had a violent confrontation.

The police fired at the protesters and lobbed tear gas shells. In the subsequent rioting, three persons were killed. The dead include a teenager, Junaid Khan, a youth Mubarak and a labourer Tirupathi.

The city is situated nearly 145 km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Mysore, a historic town, was once seat of the brave Indian king Tippu Sultan who had battled the British forces and kept them at bay until he was defeated in the fourth war.

The state has seen a sudden rise in communal incidents in the last decade. Attacks on Churches were widely reported from the state last year. Another major town of the state, Mangalore, has also seen a sharp polarisation on communal lines.

The growth of fundamentalist outfits like Sri Ram Sene and the off-shoots of RSS and BJP is termed as responsible for the polarisation in this South Indian state. However, the other three South Indian states are seen as relatively free from communal tensions compared to Karnataka.

TIH Bureau

July 2, 2009

Consensual gay sex not a punishable offence: Indian court

In a landmark judgment, the Delhi High Court said that sexual relations between consenting adults were not illegal and not punishable under section 377 of IPC.

The court's verdict comes as a big relief to gay activists who were for a long time demanding repeal of the Victorian law that gave police powers to harass even consenting adults.

The court however maintained that cases of sex involving non-consenting adults and minors would however still be punishable under the section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) that defines unnatural sex against the order of nature as a punishable act.

The Centre had recently hinted that it could review the allegedly draconian provision but later backtracked. However, the judgment is all set to give a fillip to the nascent gay movement in the country.

In a nutshell, the court's decision is a major victory for gays and lesbians, as same-sex relationship between consenting persons is no longer illegal or criminal. Though the government may go in for an appeal or approach the higher court, the decision is also a victory for the NGOs fighting for the rights of sexual minorities.

TIH Bureau

Update: Later the Supreme court reversed the order. Gay sex again stands a criminal act in India.

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