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Major News and Events of 23 November 2013

What Happened on 23 November 2013

Verdict in Aarushi murder case on Monday

One of the most awaited criminal trials ‘Aarushi Murder case’ would come to an end on Monday. A dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar from Noida are the main accused of the case, charged with murder of their only 14 years daughter Aarushi and 45-year old servant Hemraj. Murder was done by slitting their throats. According to Federal police Aarushi was killed by her parents when they saw their daughter and domestic worker in an objectionable situation. According to the couple it is nothing but a faulty investigation of the police. As per the prosecutor R.K. Saini the case is based on the "last-seen theory" and there is no material or evidence against the couple. Five years ago, in the month of May, Aarushi was found dead in her room on bed. Initially the missing Nepalese servant was blamed but next day his body was also found in a decomposed state on the roof. His throat was cut and he also had a head wound.  After this Rajesh Talwar's Nepalese dental assistant was arrested. Along with him two local servants were also arrested. They were freed as there were no hard proofs against them. The police even shut the case in 2010 as no evidence was found. But Talwar insisted to reopen the case. The police is saying that a surgical instrument was used to slice of the throats of Aarushi and Hemraj, pointing a finger towards Talwar’s who are doctor by profession. They further added that a golf club at home was used to beat the victim. But defence medical experts are saying that throats might have been cut by khukri and fracture due to golf club should be depressed one but these are hairline fractures. Now let us see what is going to happen on Monday.

Indian Companies are now working on 'go rural' strategies

For most of the big companies in India ‘go rural’ is part of their strategy because it has been estimated that economic growth in rural India will happen at a much faster pace than urban India. The big giants include companies from automobile, consumer goods, banking and food processing sector. In near about 2 lakh villages, Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services has their presence and now the focus of the company is to expand the number by opening more branches. This has been said by the executives at The Economic Times Rural Strategy Summit on Friday. They also said that they will also have business and collection centers at village level.  A Knowledge-based consulting firm, MART said that rural India combines 7,800 small towns and 6.4 lakh villages. Country’s 75% purchasing power lives in villages. They pointed out that in 2010-12, consumer spending in rural India was about 3.7 lakh crores whereas in cities it was 2.98 lakh crores. Rural network by the Gujarat cooperative milk marketing federation (selling popular Amul brand) has also been widened. Other dignitaries who attended the event were Ashish Rai, head - rural business and alliances, Hindustan Unilever; Atrayee Sarkar, chief of marketing, Tata Steel.

Case of molestation filed by Shruti Haasan against a stalker

A case of molestation and house trespassing has been registered by Bollywood actress Shruti Haasan against an unknown stalker. She is the daughter of a veteran actor Kamal Haasan. An unknown person supposedly tried to enter her residence in the suburban Bandra West on Tuesday morning. But no one has been arrested so far. The incident took place at about 9.30 am when Shruti Huaasan came to open the door of her house after hearing a door bell.  She lives on the sixth floor apartment in a building at Bandra West. But an unknown person was standing at the door who asked her that why she had not recognized him. According to the police officer, the man put his hand on the actress’s shoulder but she managed to push him away and then locked the door. Last night she lodged a complaint. Assistant Police Commissioner Shivaji Kolekar said that accused was booked under Section 354 and Section 452. Actress also said that she had spotted the accused on the set of her films earlier. He was also seen at Mehboob Studio and Film City studio where she was shooting earlier. The police officer also said that CCTV footage of the residential building is showing the accused and it will help them to find him.

FIR against Tejpal by Goa police for rape of colleague

Tarun Tejpal, the founder of Tehelka has been charged for sexually assaulting a woman colleague in a hotel elevator at Goa. The FIR has been filed by the crime branch of Goa police on a direction by the National Women's Commission, New Delhi against Tejpal for assaulting his woman colleague at hotel in Bambolim, 5km from Panaji. DIG O P Mishra said that the team of police for investigation will leave for Delhi on Saturday. The three member team is headed by deputy SP (crime branch) Sammy Tavares. On the other hand Tejpal said that the encounter was consensual and occurred for less than a minute in the lift. The complaint had shocked him. According to Goa police chief Kishan Kumar, police gathered some material and case had been filed on the basis of those materials. Cops had also asked the hotel management to provide CCTV footage from the lift and the hotel lobby. Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury had also been questioned. She told that the magazine had also formed a committee to probe the case. Streets to Tejpal’s house in Delhi were choked by TV and print journalists and also by the police from Jangpura police post. Police came to provide security in case any protest. Demonstration by 50 protestors from ABVP was held outside the Tehelka office in the Greater Kailash-II M block market. They were demanding Tejpal’s arrest. The Goa police is likely to visit Tehelka office on Saturday. The team will also record a statement of the woman journalist and then interrogate Tejpal. Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that the case will be interrogated and no person irrespective of his or her position will be spared.

Carlsen is the new chess champion

Norwegian Magnus Carlsen is the new champion of chess. He defeated the five-time title-holder Viswanathan Anand at the World Chess Championship in Chennai. Carlsen’s win came after a draw in the 10th game of the World Chess Championship match. Anand had won the world championship title five times i.e. in 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012. According to Anand game 5 was the turning point of the match and he was not able to recover after that game. On the other hand Carlsen said that in game 5 and 6 he sensed that Anand is weak. Anand initiated his career in Chess in 1991 and it is only this time that he failed to win a single game in a world championship match. Anand also said that he made mistakes in this match. He also added that Carlsen had played very well in the game. He may play candidate tournament again and hasn’t thought about retirement yet.

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