Headlines Of The Day!

Justice Delivered After Twenty Years: The Supreme Court today delivered the final verdict on the convicts for the 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts (March 12, 1993) case. It upheld the death penalty for the main accused Yakub Memon, converted death into life for a few others and sentenced Bollywood actor of Munnabhai fame Sanjay Dutt to five years of imprisonment. Mumbai reacted in a mixed way--a sense of sadness combined with a feeling of assurance that everybody is equal before the law. Fondly called Sanju Baba, Dutt is to spend about three and half years in prison as he had already served 18 months of imprisonment and will have to surrender withing a month. After twenty long years final justice has been done for a brutal terror act that killed 257 people and changed Mumbai forever transforming it into a permanent terror target.

Anti-Rape Bill Becomes A Law: The upper house of the Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha today passed the anti-rape Bill and as it was already passed by the Lok Sabha the Bill has become a criminal Law replacing the Ordinance. The Government of India kept its promise and the elected members voted for the much needed change though in poor attendance. Anyway, a new chapter opens today for women safety. 

CBI Raids On DMK Leader: As a huge embarrassment for the ruling coalition the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today raided the residence of a prominent leader of the DMK, the party in the Southern state of Tamil Nadu that withdrew support from the Government on March 19. The timing of the raid raised a political storm with DMK alleging that CBI was being used to 'punish' the party for deserting the coalition. The Prime Minister expressed his unhappiness over the incident and vowed to find out who was behind it. Finance Minister P Chidamabaram too expressed his total disapproval of the raid. 

Elected Representatives In Police Custody: Two of the the 15 elected members of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly who beat up a police officer inside the Assembly on March 19 surrendered to Mumbai Police today. They were put in police custody for a day and are likely to be produced before a court tomorrow. 

India Vs Australia Fourth Test Starts In Delhi: The fourth and the last Test match between India and Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starts in Delhi tomorrow. India already pocketing the Trophy with a historic 3-0 lead looks to wrap up a brown-wash of 4-0. While it would be a toss between troubled Clarke and returning Watson for the Australian captaincy India would be without the services of the Mohali hero, Shikhar Dhawan.


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