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Bodies of two boys found in shack

Bodies of two boys found in shack

The father of dead boys aged 14 and 15 works as a labourer

Decomposed bodies of two teenaged brothers with head injuries was found in a shack in Chikkanayakanahalli in HSR Layout on Saturday afternoon.

The dead children were identified as Venu (15) and Pavan (14), sons of Gopal and Bharatamma, residents of Jannasandra.

According to the police, there were injuries on the heads of the two boys and they are yet to ascertain the weapon used by the assailants.

The murder came to light in the afternoon when a passerby observed that a foul stench was emanating from the shack. He opened the door only to find the two bodies in a highly decomposed state after which he alerted the police. But the police said they have no clue who gave them the information as he had called them from a coin booth. The police suspect the boys may have been murdered four days ago. The shack was built for a security guard posted on a site owned by one Gopal Reddy.

The police said that the father of the dead boys, Gopal, was a manual labourer, and their mother, Bharatamma, worked as a domestic help at an apartment complex.

Gopal filed a complaint with the police.

The parents of the boys were not in town for nearly a month, and they were clueless why the boys were killed, the police said.

A case of murder was registered.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/bodies-of-two-boys-found-in-shack/article5932676.ece

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BWSSB asked to compensate for ‘harassing’ man

BWSSB asked to compensate for ‘harassing’ man

BWSSB asked to pay Rs. 25,000 compensation to a Rajajinagar resident

Issuing notice to a citizen repeatedly demanding payment of arrears for a non-domestic water supply connection that had been disconnected over two decades ago proved costly for Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB).

Negligence

The Bangalore Urban III Additional District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum described the action of BWSSB as “negligent attitude” that amounts to deficiency of service besides amounting to “harassment”, and has directed BWSSB to pay Rs. 25,000 as compensation to the complainant, P. Nataraj, resident of Rajajinagar 2nd Block.

The history

The complainant’s father, late Puttanna, had obtained a non-domestic water connection. In 1991, BWSSB had disconnected water supply due to non-payment of Rs. 143. However, complainant’s father had paid Rs. 143 on December 5, 1991. Later, water supply was permanently disconnected and meter also ceased to exist.

However, BWSSB repeatedly issued several notices to the complainant from October 2010 demanding payment of arrears with interest. BWSSB issued yet another notice in April 2013 demanding payment of “arrears” totalling Rs. 83,427.

Besides that, BWSSB threatened to disconnect the water connection given to the complainant’s residential building if arrears for the “non-existing” connection were not paid.

Besides replying in writing, the complainant participated in a water adalat organised by BWSSB for redressal of grievances of consumers, but to no avail.

BWSSB did not even respond to the notice issued by the consumer forum after Mr. Nataraj lodged a complaint under the Consumer Protection Act in August 2013.

The forum, comprising its president T. Rajashekaraiah and member Subhashini observed that “in spite of appearing before the water adalat and explaining the facts, BWSSB blindly issued notices, which caused mental harassment to the complainant.”

Taking note of “negligent” attitude of BWSSB, the consumer forum said it was necessary to award higher compensation for subjecting the complainant to mental harassment as “it will also be a lesson to BWSSB that it should not commit such mistakes.”

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/bwssb-asked-to-compensate-for-harassing-man/article5932674.ece

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Bangladesh HC bans male doctors from examining rape victims

Bangladesh HC bans male doctors from examining rape victims

 

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s High Court on Sunday banned male doctors from examining rape victims to save them from embarrassment. 

“You must ensure no male doctors take part in examining the victims of rape,” a two-judge bench said summoning the director general of health services. 

The bench comprising judges Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and ABM Altaf Hossain issued the ruling while director general Deen Mohd Noorul Haque informed the court that the female doctors were already appointed in government facilities in compliance with a previous order by the same court. 

The same bench passed the order in June last year ordering recruitment female doctors, nurses and staff at government hospitals for checking up rape victims. 

It was responding to a newspaper report that women rape victims were subject to embarrassment as male doctors conduct their medical examinations. 

The court at that time also directed the health services chief to inform the compliance report in subsequent three months but since no such report reached the bench, the court ordered the director general’s personal appearance. 

The lawyer for the health services chief, however, attributed the delay on procedural reasons within the High Court’s Registrar office saying his client had submitted the report to the court through the registrar.


Rights groups have long been alleging that under the age old system the traumatised rape victims faced miseries during the examination by male investigators who quiz them about the incident

http://zeenews.india.com/news/south-asia/bangladesh-hc-bans-male-doctors-from-examining-rape-victims_925959.html

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Custody death victim’s father to file writ in high court

Custody death victim’s father to file writ in high court

MUMBAI: The family of Agnelo Valdaris (25), who died in the railway police’s custody on Friday, has alleged that he may have been thrashed by the cops as they did not cough up money for a bribe. Agnelo’s father, Leonard, plans to file a writ in the Bombay high court and approach the state human rights commission as well.

The Wadala GRP has been maintaining that Agnelo, a Reay Road resident, was knocked down by a train as he tried to flee from the custody of two police escorts, who were taking him to a hospital for a medical examination.

But Leonard said that his son was picked up from a relative’s home early on Wednesday and detained illegally for 48 hours without being produced at a court.

Leonard alleged that a cop from Wadala GRP had told another man who had been hauled up in the same case that the Vadaris family was going to pay Rs 2 lakh to secure Agnelo’s release. “We knew nothing about this monetary demand. On Thursday morning, that man’s brother called me up to ask why I had agreed to pay such a huge bribe when other families couldn’t afford it. I was taken aback by this,” said Leonard.

“At 11.30am, another cop from Wadala GRP called me up and asked me to come to the police outpost immediately. But I didn’t go anywhere as I was waiting for my son to be produced at the railway court. I removed the SIM card from my handset, so that I would not get any calls in the court,” he said.

But when Agnelo wasn’t brought to the court that day, Leonard inquired with the Wadala GRP court clerk and accompanied him to the police station. After reaching the police station, Leonard came to know that his son had been hospitalized with injuries to his wrist. “Agnelo had told me a day earlier he was scared of being killed by the cops, but I consoled him. I had no inkling that I would lose him the very next day,” said Leonard. “In hindsight, I wonder if I was being called to the police outpost by the cop to ask for a bribe.” The probe in the case was handed over to the CID on Thursday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Mumbai/Custody-death-victims-father-to-file-writ-in-high-court/articleshow/34015464.cms

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How NDA Government facilitated the flow of Black Money

How NDA Government facilitated the flow of Black Money

A small island nation like Mauritius perhaps generates more black money than all the SEZs put together because of the two-decade-old bilateral agreement between India and Mauritius, the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC). Indian and Foreign companies masquerading as Mauritian companies have invested in India. Taking advantage of the DTAC, they avoid paying taxes not only in Mauritius which is a tax haven but also in India. The probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the 2001 stock market scam in which Ketan Parekh was among the kingpins, had revealed large-scale corruption by Mauritius-based companies.

In 2001, a controversy had arisen when Income Tax authorities started investigating the real identities of the investors who were investing in India through Companies registered in Mauritius. As there was a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement(DTAA) between India and Mauritius, investors were making black money by investing through pseudo Companies in Mauritius which had the benefit of zero tax – a tax haven. To help the black money hoarders, Atal Behari Vajpayee led Central Government (CBDT) issued a circular in 2002 asking I.T. officers to accept at face value the “certificate of residence” provided by the Mauritian authorities, effectively preventing the IT Officers from investigating whether they were really residents of Mauritius or not.

A case was filed in the Delhi high court against the misuse of DTAC way back in 2002. THE CBDT circular was challenged in the Delhi High Court by public interest petitions filed by the Azadi Bachao Andolan (represented by Prashant Bhushan). Delhi high court had quashed NDA Government’s circular and had nullified the central government’s order regarding the convention with Mauritius.However, in October 2002, the NDA government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court order.

A consortium of international investors, represented by the Global Business Institute (GBI), joined the government in filing the appeal. In February 2003, Arun Jaitley, who was the Law Minister in NDA Government, had appeared on behalf of Global Business Institute (GBI) in the Supreme Court. Arun Jaitley, while appearing for GBI, had pointed out that the circular prevented officers from discharging their duties by “investigating the matrix of facts to determine whether a company seeking benefits under the convention was really a Mauritian resident”.Arun Jaitley was successful in getting the Delhi High Court order overturned, thus reopening the doors for black money hoarders.

The irony is that the same Arun Jaitley who appeared for the GBI to argue for the continuation of DTAC goes and sits at Rajghat demanding that black money should be brought back to India! Such is the hypocrisy of our times.


–Read More At:http://www.truthofgujarat.com/nda-government-facilitated-flow-black-money/