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Australia to send troops to MH17 crash site in Ukraine: Tony Abbott

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 25 Juli 2014 | 08.21

SYDNEY: Australian troops plan to join a police contingent in helping secure the Flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, while stressing that the mission would be humanitarian in nature.

Abbott has been highly critical of the response on the ground to the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane, which was carrying 298 people when it was apparently shot down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Some 90 Australian Federal Police have already been deployed to Europe for a planned international mission to help secure the wreckage and retrieve bodies.

A further 100 will leave on Friday to participate in the operation and "do the right thing by the grieving families", Abbott said, adding that Canberra was close to finalizing an agreement with Ukraine for deployment of the Australian officers.

"Many of the (police) deployed won't be armed, some of them could be armed," Abbott told reporters.

"And, yes, there will be some ADF (Australian Defence Force personnel) as part of this deployment, should it go ahead," he added, without putting a figure on how many.

Abbott's office later confirmed the defence personnel were troops. The majority of those on MH17 were Dutch, but 28 Australians and nine permanent residents were also on the plane.

"This is a humanitarian mission with a clear and simple objective, to bring them home," Abbott said. "All we want to do is to claim our dead and to bring them home."

He added that given human remains were still be recovered, it was "more important than ever that the site be properly secured".

"I expect the operation on the ground in Ukraine, should the deployment go ahead, to last no longer than a few weeks."

The prime minister said he had spoken twice to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the incident since it happened last week.

"President Putin has been full of sympathy, as you would expect from another human being, for what's happened to 37 families in Australia," Abbott said.

"And he certainly has been publicly and privately supportive of securing the site so that the full impartial investigation ... can be completed and all of the bodies can be brought home."

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RBI fines 12 banks Rs 1.5 crore for Deccan Chronicle default

MUMBAI: Reserve Bank of India has fined 12 banks Rs 1.5 crore ​​for not following proper guidelines in advancing loans to the Deccan Chronicle group which has defaulted to the extent of Rs ​4000 crore.

​The Reserve Bank had carried out a scrutiny of the loan and current accounts of Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd., in certain branches of these banks in late 2013. Based on the findings of the scrutiny, the Reserve Bank issued show cause notices to these banks in March 2014, to which the individual banks submitted written replies. " After considering the facts of each case and the individual bank's reply, as also, the personal submissions etc., by some of the banks before its Committee of Executive Directors, the Reserve Bank came to the conclusion that some of the violations were substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty," said RBI in a statement.

The 12 banks that have been fined are Andhra Bank (Rs 10 lakh), Axis Bank (Rs 15 lakh), Canara bank (Rs 10 lakh), Corporation Bank (Rs 10 lakh), HDFC Bank (Rs 5 lakh), ICICI Bank (Rs 40 lakh), IDBI Bank (Rs 15 lakh), IndusInd Bank (Rs 10 lakh), Kotak Mahindra Bank (Rs 10 lakh), Ratnakar Bank (Rs 5 lakh), State Bank of Hyderabad (Rs 10 lakh), and Yes Bank (Rs 10 lakh)as determined above.

What was unusual about the loans was that these advances were not backed by enough security. The mortgaged assets are expected to fetch a third of the loan exposure. Secondly, most of the lenders were unaware of the extent of leverage by the company and the exposure of other lenders to the group. Sources said that RBI was shocked that advances were made by lenders without speaking to each other.

​T​his action is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into between the concerned bank and the borrower the central bank said.​

​In July, Canara Bank, which has an exposure of Rs 350 crore to Deccan Chronicle, said that the company's promoters had approached the bank for restructuring. However the bank had asked for a one-time settlement as the promoters might not be in a position to meet the huge funding requirement.

Last year the Central Bureau of Investigation had filed a case of cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy against Deccan Chronicle Holdings chairman T Venkattram Reddy, vice-chairman and managing director T Vinayak Ravi Reddy , vice chairman PK Iyer as well as the company's auditors CB Mouli & Associates.

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Court adjourns hearing in 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan

MUMBAI: A sessions court on Friday adjourned the hearing in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan to August 21.

During the previous hearing earlier this month, the police had told the court that they could not trace the original documents pertaining to certain witness statements. This was repeated on Friday, after the police informed the court that out of 63 such documents, only seven originals are available with them. They sought more time to look for the documents. Even as the police insisted that the copies of these documents are available with it, the defence said that the originals were required.

The actor was not present during the hearing.

His presence was not essential as no witnesses were to identify him.

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52 priests defrocked by Catholic Church in England and Wales for sexual abuse since 2001

LONDON: As many as 52 priests have been defrocked by the Catholic Church in England and Wales for sexual abuse since 2001.

Data made public on Friday by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) has shown that 465 sexual assault claims were made against clergy members between 2003 and 2012.

Of these, 31 members of the Church were accused of having abusive images of children with an equal number accused of carrying out emotional abuse.
Around 78 Church members have been charged with physical abuse.

"There have been 52 laicisations completed since 2001," the Church announced.

CSAS director Adrian Child said the Church had made it mandatory for all allegations to be immediately reported to police.

Child said "Often there is a time lapse of 20, 30, 40 years between the abuse and people coming forward. We have no real knowledge of how many people there might be who have been hurt in some way in the past".

In the 10-year period between 2003 to 2012, 598 allegations of abuse were reported to the statutory authorities by dioceses and religious congregations in England and Wales.

Of these, 465 (77%) were allegations of sexual abuse.

The Church however admitted "while no doubt for good practical reasons, given the length of time such actions can take, this means that large numbers of outcomes simply fall out of sight, and never appear in the data (unless they eventually result in a laicisation). In each year, between 30 and 45% of all allegations are listed as 'Investigation initiated and in progress'".

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) said the Church had put in robust measures to tackle abuse but admitted it had no real knowledge of how many victims there were.

There are about 4,500 Catholic priests in England and Wales, according to the NCSC.

The Church said "Summary nature of data collection and storage means that no deep analysis of statistics is possible. We know that 70% of diocesan allegations relate to sexual abuse; that 32% happened in the 1970s; and that 51% were by a priest. But there is no way of telling what proportion of 1970s allegations concern sexual abuse by priests".

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Teachers recruitment scam: High court extends bail of Chautalas

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Friday extended the interim bail till August 1 of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his MLA-son Ajay Chautala, sentenced to ten years in prison in a teachers recruitment case.

A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul also extended the bail of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Sher Singh Badshami and Om Prakash Chautala's former officer on special duty Vidya Dhar till August 1.

The court passed the order after CBI sought more time to file its status report on their interim bail applications.

Senior advocate N Hariharan and advocate Amit Sahni appeared for the Chautalas.

On July 11, 2014, the high court had reserved its verdict on the appeals of 55 convicts, including the Chautalas, in the Junior Basic Teachers recruitment scam case.

On January 22, 2013, a special CBI court had convicted and sentenced Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay and eight others, including Vidya Dhar and Badshami, to 10 years jail term each for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in the year 2000.

Among other convicts, 44 have been sentenced to four years in jail and one to a five-year jail term.

All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under IPC and of abusing their official position under Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Elusive killer leopard caught after three months in Tamil Nadu

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 24 Juli 2014 | 08.21

ERODE: Forest officials on Thursday trapped a leopard that killed a truck driver and a forest guard on the Dhimbam ghat road in Erode district recently.

Forest department personnel had been combing the Thalamalai forest range, especially a 5km radius along the Dhimbam ghat, to trap the leopard that had partially fed on its victims. They trapped the animal in a cage with a bait.

"We trapped the leopard on Thursday morning, and it has been sent to Vandalur zoo in Chennai," said K Rajkumar, district forest officer, Sathyamangalam.

It may be recalled that Krishnan, a forest guard at a checkpost on the Dhimbam ghat road, was killed by a leopard last week. A truck driver hailing from Thalavadi in Erode district was killed by a leopard last month.

The Dhimbam ghat road is a busy route for heavy vehicles and cars heading towards Karnataka.

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Delhi road accident victim's family gets Rs 46.4 lakh compensation

NEW DELHI: The family members of a 40-year- old man, who died in a road accident involving a negligently driven motorcycle, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 46 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.

The tribunal directed New India Insurance Company Ltd, with which the motorcycle was insured, to pay Rs 46,43,020 to the wife, minor children and mother of Hemant Verma, who died in the accident in June 2011.

"It was noted that there is nothing on record to show that the petitioners (family) had any enmity with the driver of the offending vehicle so as to falsely implicate him in the case. The issue thus stands decided in favour of petitioners holding that the accident happened as a result of negligent driving by respondent no.1 (offending motorcycle driver)," MACT Presiding Officer Ravinder Bedi said.

Verma's family said in the petition that the incident took place on the morning of June 19, 2011, when the victim along with his uncle was going on his motorcycle.

Verma, a resident of Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi, was riding the bike while his uncle was a pillion rider.

As they reached in front of Karkardooma Court in east Delhi, a motorcycle being driven at a high speed and in a rash and negligent manner by Dinesh Kumar, hit Verma's bike from behind.

Due to the impact, Verma and his uncle fell down on the road and were taken to Dr. Hedgewar Hospital where Verma died.

A criminal case was also registered at Anand Vihar Police Station.

The tribunal also relied on the testimony of Verma's uncle Madan Mohan Verma who was an eyewitness to the accident.

Verma's wife told the tribunal that her husband was engaged in the business of printing and dyeing clothes and was earning over Rs 21,000 per month.

Kumar did not appear before the tribunal.

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Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum elected Iraq's president

BAGHDAD: Kurdish politician FouadMassoum has been named the new president of Iraq following a parliamentary vote.

Massoum, 76, is one of the founders of current President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party. He is considered a soft-spoken moderate, known for keeping good relations with Sunni and Shiite Arab politicians.

The vote for president — a largely ceremonial post — was delayed for a day when the Kurdish bloc requested more time to select a candidate. They named Massoum as their pick late on Wednesday.

Under an unofficial agreement dating back to the 2003 US-led invasion, Iraq's presidency is held by a Kurd while the prime minister is Shiite and the parliamentary speaker is Sunni.

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Train-bus collision in Telangana: Railways announce ex-gratia for accident victims

NEW DELHI: Railway ministry on Thursday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of school children and others who died in the train-bus collision in Telangana.

Making a statement in both Houses of Parliament, railway minister Sadananda Gowda said 18 people, including school children and bus driver, were killed and 18 others suffered injuries when a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Masayipet village in Telangana's Medak district.

"On humantarian grounds, an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of the kin of deceased, Rs one lakh to the grievously injured and Rs 20,000 to persons who sustained simple injury has been announced," Gowda said.

When MPs from Telengana said the ex-gratia announced was too less, Gowda said "this is the usual procedure and this is an ex-gratia. Compensation and other things will be taken care of by the railways."

The minister said medical relief was immediately arranged to the injured persons by rushing the accident relief medical train to site and also about 10 road ambulances.

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Over 25,000 people in 42 villages affected in floods in Assam

GUWAHATI: Over 25,000 people have been affected in 42 villages across Assam in second round of floods this year.

According to an official release by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), flood water has affected Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Jorhat districts.

Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat and Dhubri, while Beki is flowing over the danger mark at Barpeta town.

Over 60 villages in the world's largest river island Majuli were submerged today following heavy rains and nearly 20,000 people have been shifted to higher lands, the release said.

All families have been asked to shift to higher places before the situation turns more serious, Majuli sub-divisional officer Loya Maduri said.

The Majuli island administration and Jorhat district administration have kept extra boats, medicines, tarpaulins, kerosene, salt etc ready to deal with the situation, Maduri said adding over one lakh people stay in the flood prone areas of the Jorhat district and Majuli island.

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