High-speed Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore rail corridor in five years


The proposed high-speed rail corridor project, connecting Thiruvananthapuram, Kasaragod and Mangalore, is expected to be completed in five years.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


BJP leader Shanta Kumar urges action against Yeddyurappa


Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar today demanded action against Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in the light of his reported indictment by Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde in his report on illegal mining of iron ore in the state.

In a letter to BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani and BJP President Nitin Gadkari, Mr Shanta Kumar is understood to have demanded action against Mr Yeddyurappa to improve the image of the party, sources said.

The BJP's inability to act when the allegations were flying has adversely affected the party's image and it is high time that the party acted now, Mr Kumar wrote, the sources added.


3 killed in explosion at crude oil storage cavern at Mangalore

At least three people were killed and five others injured in a powerful blast at a major crude oil storage project being set up by the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited (ISRPL) at Kalavarpadavu near Bajpe on the outskirts of the city tonight.

Officials confimed three deaths in the incident.

Preliminary report said the blast occurred following a fire, which broke out at the project site, in the Mangalore Special Economic Zone, when some construction work was being carried out on the underground caverns.

Police and fire fighters rushed to the spot and have launched rescue operations, the officials said.

Four of the injured, who have been admitted to Mangala Hospital in the city here, were identified as Sheikh Abdul Gani (31), who is a safety engineer; Shivanath Chavan (35), Vikram Das and Lawrence Pereira (32). Another injured has been admitted to AJ Hospital.

The 1.5 MMT capacity project, which is being implemented in an 83 acre area, is expected to be completed by next year.

ISPRL is a subsidiary of the Oil Industry Development Board of India.


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