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Pay tribute to the legendary RK Laxman

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 29 Januari 2015 | 07.20

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Blog: When Bedi was in the dock

The objections raised by the legal fraternity over Kiran Bedi being named as BJP's Delhi CM candidate apparently belong to a bygone era, when she was in the thick of her chequered police career. But the gravity of the findings given against her 25 years ago by the Justice D P Wadhwa Committee still provides much cause for concern.

The inquiry conducted by Justice Wadhwa, who was then a judge of the Delhi high court before his elevation to the Supreme Court, was into three incidents in which Bedi, as deputy commissioner of police in charge of north Delhi district, had clashed with lawyers in early 1988. The report submitted in February 1990 faulted both sides, in varying degrees and for different reasons.

Wadhwa pulled up lawyers for going on strike after one of them, Rajesh Agnihotri, had been apprehended on January 15, 1988 allegedly in the act of stealing inside the ladies common room of St Stephen's College. The provocation for the strike was that Agnihotri had been taken to the court handcuffed. On this incident, Wadhwa said while Agnihotri's arrest was "legal and justified, his handcuffing was illegal". But he added, "Even if the ire of the lawyers was justified, they could not have gone on an indefinite strike on this issue. At the same time, it was unnecessary and even improper on the part of DCP (North) to go to the press and make misleading statements."

The second clash took place on January 21, 1988, a day after Bedi had at a press conference called Agnihotri a "thief" despite his judicial discharge. In response, a group of 100 lawyers demanded to meet Bedi in her office which was located in the same Tis Hazari court complex. This led to what Wadhwa described as a "brutal and merciless lathicharge" in which about 30 lawyers and journalists were injured.

Even as he held that the lawyers were "not justified" in going to Bedi's office "to extract an apology from her and to lodge protest against her press conference", Wadhwa said that "they certainly could not be said to have constituted an unlawful assembly." Further, even as he rejected the allegation of lawyers that Bedi herself had come out of her room and shouted "Maro Salon Ko", Wadhwa said that the lathicharge had been "ordered at the instance of Kiran Bedi… without any lawful excuse." As a corollary, the judge recommended the withdrawal of the case of rioting that had been booked against lawyers on "false evidence" after 16 of them had been "wrongly arrested" after the lathicharge.

Calling the FIR "a false document", Wadhwa said: "Lathicharge was the result of personal vendetta which Kiran Bedi was nursing against the lawyers and was without any provocation." While debunking her version of the clash, Wadhwa pointed out the contradiction between contemporaneous police records and the claims she had subsequently made before the committee.

In her deposition before the committee, "Kiran Bedi said that a group of lawyers which stormed into her office, rushed towards her making violent gestures and uttering obscenities at her and further that these lawyers made physical gestures and gave threats to the effect that they would strip her and throw
her down and used unmentionable utterances directed at the female anatomy and actually advanced towards her threatening to carry them out."

Such alleged acts constitute an offence under S 509 IPC which penalizes anybody who, intending to insult the modesty of a woman, utters any word or makes any sound or gesture in her presence. Yet, the FIR registered by one of her subordinates, sub-inspector Jinder Singh, did not allege that any of the lawyers had entered Bedi's room, let alone giving details of their alleged sexual crime. Though he recorded the statements of six witnesses on that day, Jinder Singh did not examine Bedi who would be, as the committee put it, "the complainant as to what had happened in her office".

Asked about these omissions, Bedi said to the committee, "To me Jinder Singh wrote what he saw. Therefore, I thought that he would come back and I will put my case during investigation to him. Also, the incident in my office concerned me individually."

Justice Wadhwa wrote: "I am quite intrigued by the last line of the reply. Outraging the modesty of a woman, even if that be a lady police officer, concerns the society as a whole. The offence is cognizable and is compoundable only with the permission of the court. Either Kiran Bedi failed in her duty in registering the FIR for an offence under S 509 IPC or she is not telling the truth. I would rather hold that she is not telling the truth and the lawyers never entered her office and uttered obscenities in her office at her."

As for the third incident probed by the committee, involving a mob attack on the chambers and cars of lawyers in Tis Hazari on February 17, 1988, Wadhwa's findings are entirely against Bedi and the police. He said that the mob of about 4,000 men had been brought by municipal councillor Rajesh Yadav "in connivance with Kiran Bedi". Citing errors of omission and commission on the part of the police and the discrepancies in the transcripts of their wireless messages and their testimonies, Wadhwa said that Bedi's claim to have been unaware that the mob was heading towards Tis Hazari courts and that it was shouting slogans in her favour till she herself reached there "is false; it is a lie".

Some of the details of the connivance established by the inquiry were that the mob had been organized and transported with the "help" of officials from Samepur Badli and Shalimar Bagh police stations, that "intentionally no steps were taken to stop the mob en route or even at the gates of Tis Hazari courts", that "the crowd was allowed to indulge in vandalism without any check", that "even the assembly was not declared as unlawful", that Bedi sent a report "which was dishonest". Holding that Bedi and her subordinates had hatched a "conspiracy" with Yadav, Wadhwa said that "object was to take out a demonstration … so that mounting pressure of the lawyers for seeking action against Bedi and her consequent suspension be eased by showing that public opinion was in her favour."

Her advocate, K T S Tulsi, was quoted as saying that she was "a high profile officer and throughout had a brilliant academic career and outstanding record of service." Wadhwa brushed him aside saying, "I have nothing to say if the record of service of Kiran Bedi has been exemplary or her academic career excellent. But her role in the three incidents, which I am inquiring into, does not commend to me."

"She certainly had a great deal of influence on her subordinates. They fell all too easily under her spell and filed affidavits in these proceedings which were not true and they did so in order to bail her out. She, on her part, shifted responsibilities for the illegalities committed by her on her colleagues and subordinates though claiming only moral responsibility. I find this conduct of her deplorable. Because of the popularity which Kiran Bedi was enjoying on account of the good deal of publicity in the newspapers and TV media and the influence which she had with the powers that be, even the senior officers in the police headquarters just caved in and adopted an attitude of see nothing, hear nothing and do nothing, even when it was so obvious that grave illegalities had been committed," Wadhwa observed.

In an "action taken note" tabled along with the Wadhwa report in Parliament on April 19, 1990, the then home minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, announced that it had been decided "to initiate departmental action against the officials concerned". Nobody could have imagined then that 25 years later, Sayeed and Bedi, in their respective states, would both be CM candidates. More importantly, in keeping with the general culture of impunity, little is known though of whether the first woman IPS officer in India was ever held to account for the "grave illegalities" she had been indicted for by a judicial inquiry.

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Pay tribute to Colonel M N Rai

Pay tribute to India's braveheart Colonel M N Rai, VSM - The Times of India

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SC bans Google from showing sex determination ad

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday ordered Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to stop showing ads related to pre-natal sex determination in the country.

The country's top court ruled that such advertisements violate the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act of 1994.

The three companies have also been asked to update their 'terms of service' to include this order.

Further hearings about this issue will be held in February.

In December, the Supreme Court had made its displeasure known over the central government's inability to restrict online content that violates the nation's rules.

Sex determination, though illegal, is still practised in India, which is grappling with a severe male-female ratio. According to UN data, India's sex ratio has been on a steady decline: from 976 girls to every 1,000 boys in 1961, the figure for the girls has come down to 918.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken on this issue several times, most recently during a rally in Haryana. US president Barack Obama, during his 3-day visit to India, also said that the growth of a nation depends on the growth of the female population.

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Xiaomi Mi 4 vs OnePlus One: Which one to buy

Xiaomi Mi 4 runs MIUI 6, a new version of the company's operating system, based on Android 4.4 KitKat. The OnePlus One comes with CyanogenMod 11S, a custom after-market version of Android 4.4 KitKat developed by Cyanogen. While OnePlus One's interface is extremely close to Stock Android, MIUI resembles Apple's iOS in design and navigation and doesn't come with a separate app drawer.

CyanogenMod is known for its customisability, enhanced security and additional features, while MIUI focuses on ease of use in addition to offering enhanced native apps, better notifications and things like call recording and call blocking.

Both operating systems support themes and let users customize all UI elements. Of the two, Xiaomi's MIUI content store has richer themes and wallpapers. It's worth pointing out that there's an ongoing dispute between OnePlus and Cyanogen due to which OnePlus One will not receive any software updates in the future.

However, OnePlus is working on its own Android ROM (based on Android Lollipop) which is expected to release in February. The new software may be devoid of some CyanogenMod features.


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Facebook, Instagram back after 40 minute outage

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 28 Januari 2015 | 07.20

TOI Tech | Jan 27, 2015, 01.03PM IST

Facebook, appeared to be down on Tuesday morning (Indian time), and the social media site acknowledged there was an issue without getting into the details.

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NEW DELHI: After an outage of more than 40 minutes, social networking website Facebook and its photo sharing service Instagram are back online.

Facebook, appeared to be down on Tuesday morning (Indian time), and the social media site acknowledged there was an issue without getting into the details. The company's photo sharing website Instagram too was down with users experiencing issues logging in.

"Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can," Facebook returned this error when users tried to login.

Users from the United States and India reported that they were unable to log on to the website.

According to a Reuters report, Facebook executives were not immediately available for comment. Some users also reported that dating app Tinder was also down.

Interestingly, a number of users responded with hilarious tweets about the outage on Twitter, tagging their tweets with the hashtag #SocialMeltdown2015.

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Live: Obama speaks at Siri Fort Auditorium

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Central message of President Obama's speech was that India's diversity should be respected

Manish Tewari, Congress leader

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President Obama shares a moment with the audience following his thanking note

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Even as we live in a world of inequality, a tea-seller can become PM: Obama

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We welcome India's ambitious targets to combat climate change: Obama

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US wants to be India's partnership in healthcare: Obama

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We believe in the people of India: President Obama

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President Obama ends his speech to the strains of the song Mitwa from Aamir Khan's Lagaan.

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And we are proud to be your friend and partner as you build the country of your dreams. Jai Hind !

US President Barack Obama

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As Americans, we believe in the promise of India. We believe in the people of India

Barack Obama

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We believe the circumstances of our birth need not dictate the arc of our lives: Obama

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We're home to glittering sky scrapers but also to poverty. We keep striving to the ideals of our constitution put to paper years ago: Obama

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As India wants to build better infrastructure we want to be first in line: Obama

11:33 AM

Obama: Indians and Americans are some of the hardest working people on earth

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You're not just going to define this nation, you're going to shape the world

Barack Obama

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Obama: I was more youthful when I first started this office.... I'm getting grey hair now

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Our nations are strongest when we empower our young people. You have to break down stereotypes, prejudices

Obama

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India will succeed so long as it is not splintered on religious lines. The peace we seek in the world begins in the human heart

Obama

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Want to give you carbon free energy that will help combat climate change: Obama

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Every Indian can take pride in courage of humanitarian who liberates boys & girls from forced labor & exploitation—Kailash Satyarthi: Obama

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'Bahut dhanyavad' for bringing us back to India: Obama

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President Obama talks about world peace

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No society is immune by the darkest impulses of man. More often, religion has been used to tap into it. Every person has the right to practice their religion how they choose. Free of persecution

Barack Obama

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In our lives, Michelle and myself have been strengthened by our Christian faith: Obama

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We remember the wisdom of Gandhi. Diff religions are branches of same majestic tree. Your article 25 says people are free to practice their own religion: Obama

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Relationship between US-India can be one of the defining partnerships of the century: Obama

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Obama: Across our two great countries we have Hindus & Muslims, Christians & Sikhs, Jews & Buddhists & Jains and so many faiths in India

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Every woman should be able to go about her day...& be safe & be treated with the respect & dignity that she deserves: Obama

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Every girl's life matters. Every daughter deserves the same chance as our sons.

Obama

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When women are able to work, families are healthier, communities are wealthier & entire countries are more prosperous India

Barack Obama

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We know from experience that nations are more successful when their women are successful India: Obama

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Young women today are part of new generation making your voice heard, standing up, determined to play your part in India's progress

Obama

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Michelle is not afraid to speak her mind or tell me when I'm wrong. In the US we're still working to make sure women and girls have all the opportunities they deserve, and that they're treated equally. Here in India, it's the wives and mothers who so often hold families and communities together. Indian women have shown that they can succeed in every field: Obama

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India is defined by diverse cultures, creed, languages. When we were born, people who looked like us couldn't even vote in our country. There were times when I was treated differently because of the colour of my skin. My grandfather was a cook in the British army. Branches of Michelle's family were slaves as well as slave owners. A young boy delivering lunch on a bicycle, a young girl hauling a bucket of water. Even as we live in a world of inequality, a tea-seller can become Prime Minister. Everyone has a chance: President Barack Obama

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It's your generation and children that will be affected. I'll be gone by the time global warming hits us

Barack Obama

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America's carbon pollution is lowest than in two decades. We welcome India's ambitious targets to combat climate change. You don't have to bear it alone

US President Obama

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With rising seas, melting himalyan glaciers, cyclones getting stronger and few countries than India will be affected: Obama on Climate issue

11:18 AM

President Obama sheds a light on improved poverty condition in India

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I support a reformed UNSC with India as a permanent member. We stand united in the defence of our people

Obama

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As I said before, with power comes responsibility. India can help nations like Burma and Sri Lanka in this region. Together we can stand up against human trafficking and end the scourge of modern day slavery

US President Obama

11:13 AM

As India wants to build better infrastructure we want to be first in line : President Obama

11:12 AM

On the nuclear deal, we want to give you carbon free energy that will help combat climate change. In recent years, India has lifted more people out of poverty than any other country. We want to be partner as you help improve the health of people from backwaters of Kerala to banks of Ganga: Obama

11:11 AM

We're joining you in helping everyone have a bank account: Obama

11:11 AM

The world will be safer, more just place when our two democracies - largest and oldest - stand together

Obama

11:09 AM

America has the biggest Indian diaspora in the world. They make America stronger: Obama

11:09 AM

We look at India and see a reflection of ourselves. We are one of the few nations who have gone both to the moon & Mars. More than a hundred years ago America welcomed a son of India-Swami Vivekananda: Obama

11:08 AM

Senorita, bade bade deshon mein , chhotein chotein baatein hote rehta hain

Obama makes DDLJ reference

11:08 AM

Yesterday we saw the daredevils on their motorcycles. The secret service does not let me ride motorcycles, especially not on my head: President Obama

11:07 AM

For the first time we brought Diwali to the White House. US' relation with India can be one of the defining partnerships of this century: Obama

11:06 AM

Great honour to be the first US president to join you for Republic Day. Last time we celebrate festival of lights in Mumbai, danced with some children, unfortunately we couldn't arrange dancing this time: President Obama

11:04 AM

Relationship between US-India can be one of the defining partnerships of the century

US President Barack Obama

11:04 AM

"Bahut dhanyavad" for bringing us back to India: Obama

11:02 AM

Barack Obama starts his address with a namaste.

10:53 AM

When two peace Nobel laureates will speak, they will talk about peace and non-violence: Kailash Satyarthi on Obama meet.

10:48 AM

US President Barack Obama arrives at Siri Fort auditorium.

10:43 AM

Siri Fort is all set to welcome US President Barack Obama

10:28 AM

Barack Obama leaves for Siri Fort.

10:27 AM

Satyarthi and Yousafzai were on December 10 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering work on promoting child rights. Obama received the prize in 2009.

10:20 AM

Movement of traffic on August Kranti Marg in south Delhi is likely to remain affected on Tuesday morning as the US President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a programme at the Siri Fort auditorium.

10:17 AM

President Barack Obama, during his address at the Siri Fort auditorium on Tuesday, would speak on how to tap the energy of the people of India and the US, and to turn that into positive progress on the issues that matter in people's lives, a top official has said.

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Obama's Siri Fort address

US President Barack Obama will conclude his three-day visit to India today by addressing a select gathering at Delhi's Siri Fort Auditorium. He is expected to speak on the Indo-US relationship, and the importance of diversity as a democratic value. Stay with TOI Live Blog for latest news and updates.


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Impressed with life of Benjamin Franklin: PM Modi

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SC bans Google from showing sex determination ad

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday ordered Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to stop showing ads related to pre-natal sex determination in the country.

The country's top court ruled that such advertisements violate the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act of 1994.

The three companies have also been asked to update their 'terms of service' to include this order.

Further hearings about this issue will be held in February.

In December, the Supreme Court had made its displeasure known over the central government's inability to restrict online content that violates the nation's rules.

Sex determination, though illegal, is still practised in India, which is grappling with a severe male-female ratio. According to UN data, India's sex ratio has been on a steady decline: from 976 girls to every 1,000 boys in 1961, the figure for the girls has come down to 918.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken on this issue several times, most recently during a rally in Haryana. US president Barack Obama, during his 3-day visit to India, also said that the growth of a nation depends on the growth of the female population.

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In Pics: Kite Festival at UCSD

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 25 Januari 2015 | 07.20

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Makar Sankranti celebrated at University of California San Diego

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Makar Sankranti celebrated at University of California San Diego

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Makar Sankranti celebrated at University of California San Diego

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Makar Sankranti celebrated at University of California San Diego


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