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Major News and Events of 17 May 2013

What Happened on 17 May 2013

Mother of Delhi Gang Rape Victim pleads for justice

The Delhi Gang rape victim’s mother requested the fast track court to provide justice to her daughter.

She was the prosecution’s witness and was cross-examined by Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Thakur’s counsels while another accused Mukesh’s counsel did not cross-examine her as he thought it would be painful for her to answer the questions after losing her daughter.

Teary-eyed she narrated the incident that happened that day and even said that she was not able to talk to her daughter after December 25.  

Out of the five accused, four are being tried by a fast-track court while the juvenile’s proceedings are done by a Juvenile Justice Board.

Ram Singh, one of the accused supposedly committed suicide in jail.




ISCE and ISC results out

Today, the results of the Class X and XII under the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) were declared.

1.5 lakh gave exams for the ICSE, while for ISC 60000 students appeared. The exams for the Class X started on February 27 while that of Class XII began on February 4.

The three toppers of Class X getting 98.4% marks hail from Maharashtra while the ISC or Class XII topper acquiring 99% marks is from Dehradun.

Anika Aggarwal and Simran Khanuja of St. Mary's in Pune and Manasi Arora of Chaturbhuj Narsee Memorial in Mumbai are the toppers of the ICSE examination.

While Bhuvanya Vijay of St. Joseph's Academy, Dehradun passed with flying colors securing 99% marks in the ISC exams.

West Bengal leads in the number of ICSE schools in a state followed by Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

Student dies after being severely beaten by teacher

A class 3 student died when he was severely beaten by his teacher and his head banged on the wall.

This incident happened in a school in Basanti at South 24 Parganas. The boy did not reveal about what had happened to his parents when he got back from school but he started vomiting and was admitted to a hospital in the district. From there he was shifted to Calcutta Medical College and then finally to SSKM.

The child’s name was Bapi Joardar, who studied at Nirdeshkhali Notunpara Sishu Siksha Kendra. The teacher Champa Mondal has been booked under the culpable homicide not amounting to murder section.

She said she didn’t want to kill him but had got a complaint from another guardian that Bapi beat another student so she wanted to stop him. She not only thrashed him but also banged his head on the wall and also banged the heads of the two students.

Negative outlook on India maintained by S&P

Standard & Poor's (S&P), the global rating agency has stated its perception on India will not change and it will stay at negative and may go down in a year. India has got 'BBB minus' long-term and 'A-3' short-term credit ratings.

This is the minimum investment grading India has got and any decline will result in its sovereign grading to deteriorate which would make overseas borrowings touch and expensive.

S&P though added that there was possibility to enhance the sovereign ratings if the government releases investments both public and private to boost economic development.

Sreesanth confessed to spot-fixing

Sreesanth, the Indian cricketer who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL league, confessed that he was involved in spot-fixing. Police said he broke down during interrogation.

Another Rajasthan Royals player Ankeet Chavan also accepted his role in spot-fixing.

On the other hand, Ajit Chandila said that he was asked by the bookies to bring in two more players who did not agree then he contacted Chavan who agreed.

BCCI suspended cricketer-turned-bookie Amit Singh.

Six bookies were arrested in Tamil Nadu.

In spot-fixing, betting was anywhere from Rs 1000 to Rs 500000 with 40% as the gain or loss. The stakes also varied while the match was on, and the payment was done via couriers.

Honey Singh booked for lewd lyrics in his song

Honey Singh has been booked by the Punjab Police after the Punjab and Haryana High Court slammed the singer for singing lewd lyrics in his song.

He was booked under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code in Nawansha, 80 km from Chandigarh.

It is to be noted here that earlier an NGO HELP (Human Empowerment League Punjab) had registered complaint regarding the song but no action was taken for that.

The NGO had specified in the complaint that the song did not project women in a good light and contained derogatory content.

Snow cover reduces at Mount Everest

Mount Everest does not have the snow it once used to have due to global warming and change in climatic patterns. This has resulted in loss of 13% of ice and receding of snowline by 590 feet in the past 50 years. The situation was aggravated by the fact that there was less snowfall in the region since 1990.

In fact, glaciers which have less than one square km of area are vanishing rapidly. The disappearance of the glaciers leads to exposure of rocks and debris and such zones have increased by 17% than what it was in the 1960s.

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