Evening digest: If law permits, I will feel proud to shoot rapists: BS Bassi

GN Bureau | January 4, 2016

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Monday said that women safety is a key concern for Delhi Police and extra security personnel have been deployed in this regard."A total of 13,548 women personnel have been deployed in the city to address complaints and safety concerns of women," Bassi said. He was addressing the Delhi Police’s Annual Press Conference here and said, "There is a need to change our mindsets to maximise safety of women in the society."Talking about increasing number of rapes in the city, the top cop said that if law permits Delhi Police, they won't consider twice before shooting rapists. "We are always worried about safety of women. It will be our pleasure to shoot or hang accused in cases of crime against women if law permits us," said Bassi. He added further, "90 percent of our cases went unattended because policemen used to hide truth. I have ensured that no police officer hides any truth in this regard."

One of the terrorists holed up in the air base killed
One of the terrorists holed up in the Pathankot air base and was engaging the security forces is believed to have been killed. Top government sources said the neutralised terrorist was one of the two who were hiding in a two-storey building, a living accommodation for the personnel.Still there is no clarity on the exact number of terrorists involved in the attack and whether the terrorist eliminated today was the fifth or the sixth terrorist to be neutralised since Saturday when the terror attack began.

Supreme Court to hear plea on ban of diesel-run vehicles tomorrow
The Supreme Court will hear a plea on Tuesday by automobile manufacturers seeking modification of its order prohibiting the sale and registration of diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2000 cc and above.An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice T. S. Thakur on Monday said the matter would be heard on Tuesday after senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibal and Gopal Subramaniam appearing for the automobile manufacturers Mahindra & Mahindra, Mercedes and Toyota sought modification of its December 16, 2015 order prohibiting the sale and registration of diesel vehicles above a 2000 cc engine capacity.The court has imposed the ban in the wake of alarming air pollution during the winter season.

Manufacturing sector contracts for first time in over 2 years
Manufacturing activity contracted in December for the first time in more than two years, hurt by softening domestic demand, adding pressure on the central bank to ease policy, a business survey showed on Monday.Nikkei's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by Markit, fell to a 28-month low of 49.1 in December from November's 50.3.It was also the first reading below the 50 threshold that separates growth from contraction since October 2013.Severe rainfall and flooding caused widespread destruction in late November and early December, constraining output to its lowest since the global financial crisis.The output sub-index fell to 46.8 from 50.4 the previous month, its lowest since early 2009, as new orders fell for the first time in more than two years.

Weak growth will likely harden expectations that the Reserve Bank of India will ease policy further by June, provided inflation is under control.Inflation has remained within the RBI's January target range of 2-6 per cent, giving room for the central bank to shave 125 basis points from rates in 2015. After four moves, the benchmark rate currently sits at 6.75 per cent.But the survey showed output prices continued to rise, driven by higher input costs.

Ajit Doval's China visit put off in wake Of Pathankot attack
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's visit to China from tomorrow for talks with top Chinese leaders has been put off in the wake of the attack by Pakistani militants on the key Air Force base in Pathankot.The visit has been put off due to scheduling problems, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry official today.Indian officials saidDoval's visit will be rescheduled as he is preoccupied with the handling of the Pathankot incident. Doval, who is also the Special Representative for Sino-India boundary talks, was due to arrive in Beijing tomorrow on a two-day visit during which he was scheduled to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on key bilateral issues, including the border dispute.He was also due to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.Both Doval and Yang are Special Representatives for holding talks on the boundary issue.

So far, the two countries held 18 rounds of border talks.Indian Ambassador to China Ashok Kantha had said  Doval was due to have "strategic consultations" with the Chinese leaders. The visit is not for the Special Representative-level talks, Kantha said.Referring to Doval's visit, Wang Dehua, director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies told state-run Global Times that "frequent talks between the two countries will accelerate solving a dispute on the long border, including its western section with Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and eastern part with Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region".Doval's visit to China was to follow the frequent interactions between the two countries' top leaders in 2015.

Sensex plunges over 500 points as China share crash spooks global markets
The Sensex plunged 538 points or 2 per cent as a crash in China markets spooked global stocks on Monday. It ended the day at 25623.35 points. This was the biggest single-day loss for the Sensex in over 3 months. The Nifty closed below the psychologically important level of 7,800. It ended at 7791.30 points.Trading was suspended in China markets earlier than scheduled after the benchmark Shanghai Composite index sank about 7 per cent, leading to a selloff across the globe.  In other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei 225 tumbled more than 3 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng retreated about 2.7 per cent. In Europe, Germany's DAX slumped over 3 per cent while France's CAC fell over 2 per cent. The Wall Street is also set to open sharply open with Dow futures trading nearly 1.5 per cent lower.

Lodha committee proposes sweeping reforms for BCCI
From the recomposition of the BCCI’s core council to cleaving the IPL from the Indian cricket body, the recommendations announced by the RM Lodha Committee on Monday were aimed at a better functioning and streamlined cricketing governance.Announcing its recommendations on Monday, the Supreme-Court appointed panel dictated that ministers and government officials be barred from holding office in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which will have only one full member per state with voting rights – the others will be affiliate units. Announcing sweeping measures, it said only cricketers will handle matters related to the game like selection and coaching. The measures on governance include replacing the 14-member BCCI working committee by a nine member apex council, with one-third independent members.

The committee comprising two other former udges Ashok Bhan and R V Raveendran, interacted with several players as well as those associated with the management before drafting proposals to guarantee “players’ interests are protected in all situations.”The other significant recommendation made public was that officials give up their posts in state associations when elected to the BCCI, ensuring that no BCCI official holds two posts simultaneously.This was the second and final report of the panel, which focused on the role of former Indian Premier League (IPL) COO, Sundar Raman, in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal and recommended steps to reform the BCCI administration as a more transparent body. The report also addressed the issue of conflict of interest that has dogged the cash-rich body.

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Four soldiers killed after being hit by avalanche in Ladkah
Four soldiers of 3 Ladakh Scouts died when their patrol party was hit by a massive avalanche in Ladkah region of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesman said on Monday.“Four jawans of 3 Ladakh Scouts were killed when their patrol party was hit by a snow avalanche at the Southern Glacier in Ladkah at 4:30 PM on Sunday,” Udhampur-based defence spokesman Col SD Goswami said.Soon after the avalanche, a rescue operation was launched but the lives of four soldiers could not be saved.The bodies of four soldiers were retrieved from the avalanche site and were sent for postmortem at Hundar Hospital, Col Goswami added.The four deceased have been identified as Havaldar Tsewang Nurbu, Havaldar Dorjay Gyaltsan, Rifleman Mohammad Yousuf and Rifleman Jigmaid Chosdup.

Internet services snap for 3 hrs in Kashmir due to snowfall
Internet services in Kashmir were on Monday snapped for nearly three hours due to snowfall across the Valley. Both broadband internet services on landlines and mobile internet services were affected this morning as moderate to heavy snowfall was reported from almost all parts of Kashmir, officials said.However, the internet services were restored after remaining down for three hours.

Wipro names Abidali Neemuchwala as its new CEO
ndia's third largest software exporter WIPROBSE 0.28 % has named former TCS veteran and current chief operating officer Abidali Neemuchwala as its new chief executive. Current CEO TK Kurien, who completes five years as CEO later in January, will become executive vice chairman effective February 1, Wipro said. Neemuchwala who has also been appointed as a board member will take over his new role on the same day.Wipro said Kurien would continue to report to Premji and remain on the board till March 31, 2017.

Spectrum price recommendations for auction this month
Sectoral regulator Trai will come out with recommendations on the reserve price of various spectrum bands for the next round of auction by January 15.The Authority conducted an open house discussion today to deliberate upon questions regarding reserve price and other modalities of the auction.Trai had sought public views on price of spectrum in 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300 and 2500 MHz Bands.The Department of Telecom (DoT) will commence the process of auction after getting recommendations from Trai.



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