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Five arrested for assaulting Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru
Bengaluru : Five people suspected of assaulting a Tanzanian woman were arrested early on Thursday, Police Commissioner N.S. Megharik said.
 
"We have arrested the five accused after interrogating them on Wednesday night under detention in the case registered on the victim's statement in a road rage incident," Megharik told IANS here.
 
The commissioner, however, did not disclose names and age of the five accused.
 
In a case of mistaken identity, a mob assaulted the victim, Lina Martin, 21, suspecting her to be a friend of a Sudanese student, Mohammad Ahad, whose car ran over a woman pedestrian (Shabana Taz) fatally while driving drunk on the same (Sunday) night.
 
"Arrest of the accused has been made on the basis of eye witnesses' account and from the video footage from closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) in the area. We will produce them in a local court for custody and further interrogation," Megharik said.
 
Denying reports in a section of media that the victim was stripped and paraded, Megharik said in her statement that she was only assaulted and molested in which her T-shirt was torn off.
 
"Though the car mishap was 30 minutes before the victim reached the spot in the other car, the mob thought she was Ahad's friend and assaulted her," deputy police commissioner T.R. Suresh told reporters on Wednesday night.
 
Ahad was also arrested on Sunday night for the fatal mishap involving his car and drunken driving.
 
Police did not register the case soon after the road mishap and the mob attack, as the victim was not in city for two days since Sunday to record her statement.
 
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SC declines to intervene in Delhi civic employees' strike
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to entertain a plea seeking direction to three civic bodies in the capital to take steps to resolve the strike by their employees that has resulted garbage piling up in the city.
 
"Go to the high court," the apex court bench headed by the Chief Justice T.S. Thakur said as the counsel for the petitioner Rahul Birla told the court that the Delhi High Court has adjourned the hearing without passing any directions to the civic body.
 
Dismissing the plea as withdraw, Chief Justice Thakur told the petitioner's counsel: "Why do you file such petitions. Go to the high court."
 
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Service sector activity hits 19-month high in January: PMI
New Delhi : Services sector expansion propelled economic activity in India during January, touching a 19-month high driven by firming up of underlying demand, a key macro-economic data showed on Wednesday.
 
The Nikkei Business Activity index climbed to a 19-month high of 54.3 last month from 53.6 in December, pointing to a marked expansion of activity across the sector.
 
An index reading of above 50 indicates an overall increase in the economic activity, below 50 an overall decrease.
 
The overall increase in services output was mainly driven by a seventh successive monthly expansion of new business orders.
 
"The services sector gained traction and posted its strongest monthly gain in activity for over one and a half years," said Pollyanna De Lima, economist at Markit, which compiles the survey.
 
Instead, the Nikkei India Composite PMI Output index, which tracks both manufacturing and services sectors, rose from 51.6 in December to an 11-month high of 53.3 in January.
 
"The Indian economy shifted into a higher gear in January, supported by a quick rebound in manufacturing production following last month's floods," De Lima said.
 
She said a strong upturn in new business as seen from the January survey underpins hopes for further near-term growth of activity in India's private sector.
 
Amid forecasts of further improvement in demand and favourable government policies, survey respondents expected output to continue to increase over the course of next year.
 
"This upswing in demand may boost the labour market and help end the long run of subdued employment trends," De Lima added.
 
Higher workloads in January provoked service providers to hire additional staff, following a stagnation in the previous month, while anufacturing jobs also rose at a marginal rate, the survey showed.
 
Meanwhile, awaiting the federal budget for the next fiscal and a better picture on inflation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday kept its key lending rates unchanged during its sixth and the fiscal's final bi-monthly monetary policy review.
 
"The Reserve Bank continues to be accomodative even as it leaves the policy rate unchanged in this review, while awaiting further data on inflation," RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said in his policy statement.
 
"Structural reforms in the forthcoming union budget that boost growth while controlling spending, will create more space for monetary policy to support growth, while also ensuring that inflation remains on the projected path of 5 percent by 2016-17," he added.
 
India's CPI, or retail, inflation has been rising. As per data released last month, annual retail inflation moved up further to 5.61 percent in December, from 5.41 percent during the month before.
 
With food items, notably pulses and onions, continuing to remain dear, India's annual wholesale inflation rate moved up for the fourth straight month to minus 0.73 percent for December, against minus 1.99 percent for the month before.
 
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