Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu Man Throws Acid At Widow, Commits Suicide After She Rejects Marriage Proposal


Kanyakumari: 

A 29-year-old man allegedly threw acid on a young widow for refusing to marry him and later committed suicide at a village, police said Friday.

The woman, who had rejected the proposal since she wanted to remained focused on bringing up her two daughters, was injured in the face, chest and stomach in the attack on Tuesday night at Etttrakodu, they said.

Neighbours rushed to her rescue and got her admitted to the government hospital.

Even as a search was on for the man, a labourer, he consumed poison and died at a hospital Friday, police said.

Incidentally, police had registered a case against the man earlier on a harassment complaint by the woman. But he had continued to pester her.





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After UK Parliament Rejects Brexit Deal, What Next? 3 Main Scenarios


UK PM Theresa May has warned another vote “would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics”.

London: 

What next? After British MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday, triggering a no-confidence vote in the government, that is the question on everyone’s lips.

Here are the three main scenarios facing Britain while the clock ticks down to March 29, 2019 — the day it is scheduled to depart the European Union after 46 years:

Try Again

The British government and EU leaders say their agreement is the best compromise available, and despite her historic defeat, May said Tuesday it remained the only option.

Members of her Conservative party say the deal keeps Britain too close to the EU, while opposition parties say fails to protect economic ties with the bloc.

Both sides also hate a plan to keep open the Irish border, the so-called backstop, which could see Britain indefinitely follow European rules on trade.

May has already sought concessions on the backstop from EU leaders but they refused to alter the deal itself, and her critics were not convinced.

On Tuesday, she warned there was no “alternative deal” on offer from the EU but she said she was open to discussing ideas with MPs that were “genuinely negotiable” and could “explore them with the European Union”.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox earlier told MPs that the Brexit deal “will have to return in much the same form and with much the same content”.

There is nothing to stop the government bringing back the same deal again and again to the House of Commons until either MPs accept it, or seek to oust May, who faces a no confidence vote on Wednesday called by the opposition Labour Party.

No Deal

This is billed as the doomsday scenario that threatens to trigger a recession in Britain and markedly slow the European Union’s economic growth.

It is the default option if the British parliament votes against the deal and there are no other solutions before March 29.

May’s agreement was meant to keep trade rules between the world’s fifth-biggest economy and its largest export market almost unchanged for a transition period running to the end of 2020.

A sudden shift to different standards would impact almost every economic sector — and possibly see the costs of everyday products in Britain rise as well as create disruption at logistical hubs such as ports.

The government has conducted visible displays of its ramped-up no-deal preparations over the past few weeks.

There is growing speculation in London and Brussels that she could seek to delay Brexit to avoid a no deal scenario.

Second Referendum

EU supporters have been calling for another vote ever since the Leave campaign won by 52 to 48 percent in the 2016 referendum, and demands have stepped up in recent months.

There is no law keeping Britain from doing it all over again, but many question whether this would be democratic.

It also threatens to be just as divisive, with opinion polls showing the country is still split over the issue.

May has warned another vote “would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics”.

The first step would be to extend Britain’s departure date, although EU diplomats warn this would only be for a few months.





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UK Parliament Rejects Brexit Deal, Theresa May To Face No Confidence Vote


Pro-EU demonstrators handed out anti-Brexit stickers in Parliament Square.

London: 

With just 73 days to go until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union, lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected – by a vote of 432 to 202 – the withdrawal deal that had been painstakingly negotiated between Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union.

The landslide vote was pure humiliation for a British leader who has spent the past two years trying to sell her vision of Brexit to a skeptical public, and her failure increased doubts about how or whether Britain will leave the E.U. on March 29.

May stood almost alone in the House of Commons on Tuesday as many in her own party abandoned their leader.

Historians had to go as far back as the 19th century to find a comparable party split and parliamentary defeat – to Prime Minister William Gladstone’s support for Irish home rule in 1886, which cut the Liberal Party in two.

“The events in Parliament today are really quite remarkable,” said Cambridge University political historian Luke Blaxill. “This doesn’t happen.” Meaning, usually British parties fight with one another in Parliament – but members don’t tear their own parties apart.

Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition Labour Party leader, called the loss historic and said May’s “delay and denial” had led to disaster. “She cannot seriously believe after two years of failure she is capable of negotiating a good deal,” Corbyn said.

He then introduced a motion of no-confidence, to be debated and voted upon on Wednesday.

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Theresa May called Tuesday’s vote in Parliament the most important in a generation

Afterward, leaders of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which props up May’s minority government, announced that they would support the prime minister, thereby making her ouster unlikely.

Rob Ford, a professor of politics at Manchester University, stressed that these were strange times. “Normally, if you were looking at a defeat of 50-plus votes on the No. 1 item on the government’s agenda, then that would be it. Game over. The prime minister would be gone and the government would probably fall immediately. But that’s clearly not going to happen,” Ford said.

May called Tuesday’s vote in Parliament the most important in a generation. She told lawmakers that the choice was plain: support her imperfect compromise deal – and the only one that Europe will abide, she stressed – or face the cliff edge of a no-deal Brexit.

Staring directly at Corbyn, May said that everyone who thought they could go to Brussels and get a better deal was deluding themselves.

But the vote against her deal was decisive.

Moments after the result came in, she said, “The government has heard what the House has said tonight.”

She has until Monday to return with a plan B. Her office has been tight-lipped about what alternatives she might offer. May said she would reach out to members of Parliament to find out which Brexit deal, if any, they would endorse.

“What Theresa May does now will become less and less relevant to what outcome we get. The key thing to be watching is what Parliament does next and what Labour does next,” Ford said.

Leaders in Brussels, who expected the deal to fail, were still stunned by the scale.

“The risk of a disorderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom has increased with this evening’s vote,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement. “While we do not want this to happen, the European Commission will continue its contingency work to help ensure the EU is fully prepared.”

A chaotic no-deal departure could have harsh economic and humanitarian consequences for both sides. Some countries’ legislatures are halting ordinary business to pick up emergency laws to prepare.

E.U. policymakers and negotiators said they saw little they could do to try to ease any deal through the British Parliament. And at least one prominent voice suggested Britain might reconsider its divorce effort altogether.

“If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?” European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted.

The movement for a second Brexit referendum has been gaining strength in Britain. But the path to getting there remains long and complicated.

In any event, Britain may be forced to ask for extra time to work out its problems, and the March 29 departure date may no longer be realistic. An extension would require unanimous consent from the remaining E.U. countries.

“While there is no point in reopening negations, we need to do everything else to avoid a hard #Brexit,” tweeted the head of German Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Norbert Rottgen. “If vote is given back to people, UK should get more time.”

In the chamber at Westminster, the debate before the votes were cast on Tuesday was impassioned. As members hooted and jeered, the speaker gaveled them to be quiet, complaining of the “noisy and unseemly atmosphere.”

“The House must calm itself. Zen!” John Bercow shouted.

Rising Labour Party star David Lammy recalled how he had confronted his constituents who sympathized with the violence carried out by rioters in London in 2011. Now he said he felt the same duty to confront his neighbors over Brexit.

“Why? Because we have a duty to tell our constituents the truth, even when they passionately disagree,” Lammy said. “Brexit is a con, a trick, a swindle, a fraud.”

In another emotional speech, Geoffrey Cox, a Conservative lawmaker and the attorney general, urged the chamber to back May’s deal. “You are not children in the playground, you are legislators – we are playing with people’s lives,” Cox said.

Outside Parliament, the scene was raucous. Thousands of protesters, many in costumes, gathered to shout at one another – illustrating how unsettled and divisive Brexit remains more than two years after voters opted in a 2016 June referendum to leave the European Union.

Brexiteers banged drums and rang a “liberty” bell, while pro-EU demonstrators handed out anti-Brexit stickers in Parliament Square beside two huge video screens set up for the live broadcast of the final speeches and the vote.

Jeff Wyatt, 54, a pro-Brexit voter, held aloft a placard that accused May of treason. Another man in the crowd suggested that the prime minister should face the executioner’s ax.

“For the first time in the history of my country, we’ve got Parliament against the people,” Wyatt said, gesturing at the Palace of Westminster.

Monika Wolf, 57, was clutching an EU flag and a Union Jack. She moved to Britain from Germany in 1981, and she studied and raised her children here. In an ideal world, she said, Brexit would be stopped. She hoped to see “more statesmanship from the big parties – they both talk about bringing the country together, but so far they haven’t done anything at all to make that happen.”

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Bangladesh Government Rejects Report Claiming “Irregularities” In Polls


The poll that gave PM Sheikh Hasina a third straight term was marred by allegations of vote rigging.

Dhaka: 

Anti-corruption group Transparency International said on Tuesday it found “irregularities” in 47 of 50 constituencies it surveyed during last month’s general election in Bangladesh, which was marred by allegations of vote rigging.

The poll that gave Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third straight term was undermined by ballot stuffing, voter intimidation and the occupation of polling booths among other malpractices, the group’s Bangladesh chapter said.

The government rejected the report, saying the group had “lost its neutrality” and should be investigated for any “secret link” to the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

In its report, Transparency International said the BNP-led opposition could not effectively campaign for votes, opposition workers were threatened by government agencies, and the Election Commission could not ensure a level-playing field for all parties.

The ruling Awami League-led coalition won 46 of the 50 constituency races surveyed by the organisation.

There are 300 elected seats in parliament, and another 50 members are nominated.

“The Election Commission did not perform its role properly,” Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of Transparency International’s Bangladesh chapter, told reporters in Dhaka.

“We recommend an investigation by a judicial enquiry committee, because such an election is not positive for democracy,” he added.

An Election Commission spokesman said it would examine the group’s report.

H.T. Imam, a political adviser to Hasina and co-chairman of Awami League’s election conducting committee, said the anti-corruption group was “a puppet of the BNP”.

“Now it’s time to investigate the group to bring to light whether it has any secret link with the BNP,” Imam told Reuters.

At least 19 people, including workers of the Awami League, were killed in political violence on election day, according to police.

Opposition leaders have so far boycotted parliament after rejecting the vote result.

All eight opposition MPs, including six from the BNP whose chairwoman is in jail on what the party calls trumped-up corruption charges, have yet to be sworn in.

The United Nations this month called for an independent and impartial investigation into the December 30 election, while Western governments, including the United States and the European Union, have condemned the election-day violence and called for a probe into a range of irregularities.

 

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Minister Rejects Report On Plan To Make Hindi Compulsory Till Class 8


Prakash Javadekar clarified that no language was being given compulsory status. (File)

New Delhi: 

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday countered media reports on government’s intention of making Hindi compulsory, saying that no language is being given a compulsory status in the new National Education Policy (NEP).

“The Committee on New Education Policy in its draft report has not recommended making any language compulsory. This clarification is necessitated in the wake of mischievous and misleading report in a section of the media,” Mr Javadekar tweeted.

A media report had said that the government will make Hindi compulsory for students till Class 8, in its upcoming education policy.

 

 





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Delhi High Court Rejects British National’s Plea Against Extradition


New Delhi: 

The Delhi High Court Tuesday dismissed a plea of a 74-year-old British national, who is wanted in a child abuse and trafficking case in the Philippines, against the proceedings in a trial court here to extradite him to that country.

The order was passed by a bench of justices Vipin Sanghi and I S Mehta on the petition of Lennox James Ellis, who was arrested in Goa on June 9, 2016 on the basis of a Red Corner Notice issued by the Interpol at the behest of the Philippines government.

Ellis has been lodged in the Tihar Jail since July 11, 2016, where he was sent after being incarcerated in a Goa jail for over a month.

He had entered India on January 15, 2016 on a valid tourist visa and was arrested at the Goa airport when he was about to board a flight to Bangkok.

In his plea through advocate Sumeet Verma, Ellis had contended that he could not be extradited to the Philippines as the extradition treaty of India with that country was published in the Official Gazette on August 23, 2016, much after his arrest.

Therefore, the Extradition Act cannot be applied to him retrospectively, he had contended.

He argued that he had been incarcerated in India for nearly 17 months “arbitrarily and illegally and without any legal basis whatsoever”.

Ellis also claimed in his plea that the issue of his extradition is between the UK and the Philippines, and “India has no nexus whatsoever in this case”.

The petitioner had alleged that the case was one of “political persecution and political vendetta by the highest authority of the Philippines”.

He further claimed that if extradited to that country, “he will be summarily executed and killed by the brutal regime” there.

Ellis had sought quashing of the notification of the treaty with Philippines, the extradition request sent by that country and proceedings going on in the trial court here to extradite him.

Apart from that, the petition had also sought his immediate discharge and release from prison.





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US Court Rejects Goldman Sachs Ex-Director Rajat Gupta’s Bid To Overturn Conviction


India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta. (File)

New York: 

A court in New York has rejected former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta’s bid to throw out his 2012 insider-trading conviction, affirming a lower court’s ruling in the case.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in an order issued on Monday, said: “We have considered all of Gupta’s arguments on this appeal and have found them to be without merit. The judgment of the district court is affirmed.”

Mr Gupta, 70, completed a prison term in 2016 on insider trading charges but has been fighting to overturn his conviction, arguing that he served two years in jail for conduct that is not criminal even though the government lacked evidence to show he “received even a penny” for passing confidential boardroom information to now jailed hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam.

Mr Gupta’s team of lawyers had argued in papers before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that the judgement of the Manhattan district court finding Mr Gupta guilty of insider trading “should be reversed” and his “conviction should be vacated”.

In its ruling, the appeals court said: “Gupta’s convictions of engaging in and conspiring to engage in an insider trading scheme were based on evidence that on several occasions Gupta, while serving on boards of directors of various companies, disclosed material nonpublic information about those companies to his friend and business associate Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group, a family of hedge funds that invested billions of dollars for its principals and clients.”

Mr Gupta filed the appeal based on a landmark ruling by the Manhattan appeals court that for an insider trading conviction prosecutors must show that a defendant received a personal benefit for passing illegal tips. Gupta’s lawyers have cited the ruling that led to the reversal of insider convictions of hedge-fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson in December 2014.

The appeals court noted that there is ample evidence that Mr Gupta and Mr Rajaratnam were business associates. Mr Gupta had invested several million dollars in Galleon funds.

In 2005, Mr Gupta and Mr Rajaratnam invested in another investment fund capitalised with $50 million — Mr Gupta originally contributed $5 million; he later doubled his investment with $5 million loaned to him by Mr Rajaratnam.

In early 2008, Mr Gupta was made chairman of Galleon International, which, as of April 2008, managed assets totaling around $1.1 billion and could earn performance fees. He was given a 15 per cent ownership stake in that fund.

The appeals court ruled that the jury was instructed that in order to convict Mr Gupta on any given count, it must find that he anticipated that Mr Rajaratnam or others at Galleon would trade on the basis of the non-public information provided by Mr Gupta and that he, in return for providing this information, anticipated receiving some personal benefit.

“There was ample evidence to permit the jury to find that Gupta intended Rajaratnam to trade on the basis of the confidential information Gupta passed to him and that Gupta personally benefited,” the appeals court said.

It cited the September 23, 2008 phone call Mr Gupta made to Mr Rajaratnam just minutes after getting off a Goldman board meeting during which he had learned that billionaire Warren Buffett was about to invest $5 billion in Goldman.

It also cited the call he made to Mr Rajaratnam on October 23, 2008, again just minutes after learning in a Goldman Sachs board-of-directors conference call that Goldman would report a quarterly financial loss, a first in its history as a public company.

Mr Rajaratnam traded on the basis of this confidential information, avoiding losses and making profits in the millions.

“On this evidence and the record as a whole, the jury could rationally have found that Gupta anticipated that Rajaratnam would engage in trading of Goldman shares that would benefit Gupta financially,” the appeals court said.





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BJP Rejects Akhilesh Yadav’s Centre Misusing CBI Charge


Akhilesh Yadav may face a CBI probe in an illegal land mining case.

Lucknow: 

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday rejected former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s allegation that the Centre was misusing the Central Bureau of investigation after it emerged that he may be questioned in an illegal mining case.

“I am happy that at least the BJP has shown its colours. Earlier, Congress gave us the chance to meet the CBI. This time it is the BJP which has given us this opportunity,” Mr Yadav said in Lucknow.

Speaking to reporters, Keshav Prasad Maurya said,” There is lot of difference between the cultures of the BJP and the Congress. Both state and the Union governments were working with full impartiality and transparency.”

Keshav Maurya added that it is not possible for political parties to not be probed prior to elections.





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Court Rejects Bail Plea Of Ex-Minister Named In Bihar Sex Abuse Case


Manju Verma had resigned over allegations that the Muzaffarpur case accused had links with her husband.

Patna: 

A Bihar court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of former state Minister Manju Verma, who surrendered in November last year after being on the run for nearly three months in an arms case related to the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape cases.

After hearing the bail petition of Manju Verma, the Begusarai District Court reserved its order in the first-half of the day and rejected her plea in the second-half.

Manju Verma surrendered in the court after a lower court and the Patna High Court rejected her interim bail petition. The Supreme Court had also slammed the Bihar Police for its failure to arrest her.

The police in mid-November froze the properties of Manju Verma following a court order in an arms case linked to the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape cases.

Manju Verma was arrested under the Arms Act following the recovery of 50 live cartridges from her residences in Patna and Begusarai during a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid. 

Manju Verma resigned on August 8 over allegations that Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the Muzaffarpur case, had links with her husband. 

Brajesh Thakur is currently jailed in Muzaffarpur.

Thirty-four girls of the 42 who lived at the short-stay home run by Brajesh Thakur’s NGO were found to be sexually assaulted. The sexual exploitation of the girls had come to light after a social audit conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. 





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