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Five Maharashtra priests booked for attack on woman activist

The accused five priests are -- Kedar Muneshwar, Shreesh Muneshwar, Mayur Muneshwar, Chaitanya Ashtekar and Nikhil Shanbag -- all working at the temple

 

The police charged seven people, including five priests of Shri Mahalaxmi Temple here for assaulting Bhumata Ranragini Brigade President Trupti Desai at the temple complex on April 13, an official said here on Saturday.
 
The accused five priests are -- Kedar Muneshwar, Shreesh Muneshwar, Mayur Muneshwar, Chaitanya Ashtekar and Nikhil Shanbag -- all working at the temple.
 
Besides, two local Nationalist Congress Party activists Kisan Kalyankar and Jaykumar Shinde and their unidentified supporters have also been named in the FIR lodged by Junarajwada Police Station here.
 
The incident happened on the evening of last Wednesday, April 13, when Desai and her supporters arrived at the temple attempting to enter the sanctum sanctorum where women devotees are banned.
 
"The accused and their supporters willfully and illegally attempted to stop them, pushed them around, sprayed turmeric, kumkum powder and ink on them, posing a physical threat to them," an official said.
 
The accused are also charged with attempts to prevent the police from doing their duty and roughing up the police personnel at the temple premises, a report of which has been sent to the local court.
 
Shortly after the incident, an injured Desai was shifted to a hospital and remained in ICU for over two days before being discharged on Friday.
 
Later, the temple priests denied they assaulted Desai and claimed that they were trying to reason with her on the temple traditions and dress code which she and supporters had allegedly violated.
 
On its part, the Bhumata Ranragini Brigade (BRB) said the temple priests' actions were violative of the Bombay High Court order of April 1, which ruled that under the Maharashtra Hindu Place of Worship (Entry Authorisation) Act, 1956, women could not be barred from any place of worship.
 
Following the order, on April 8, the Shani Shingnapur Temple Trust, Ahmednagar, in a historical move, threw open the temple for women devotees where they were banned since over four centuries.
 
The BRB is continuing its campaign for women's entry to the Shree Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur and the Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik.
 
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Minister YS Chowdary's son booked for rash driving in Hyderabad

Karthik and four others were found participating in car racing at KBR Park in the posh Jubilee Hills late Friday night

 

Police in Hyderabad have booked union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y.S. Chowdary's son Sai Karthik for rash driving and seized his Porsche car.
 
Karthik and four others were found participating in car racing at KBR Park in the posh Jubilee Hills late Friday night.
 
An officer of Banjara Hills traffic police station on Saturday said the youth were caught during a special drive between KBR Park gate and Jubilee Hills checkpost.
 
A case of rash driving has been registered against Karthik and others under section 184 (B) of the Motor Vehicles Act. The police also seized the Porsche car being used by the minister's son.
 
Police clarified that no one was arrested but they will be fined for various traffic violations.
 
The officer said counselling will also be held for the youth.
 
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D S Ranga Rao

8 months ago

Oh! What a good news! It happens in India too! Seems our police have come off age! If so, congratulations. Please keep it up. Will the police please publish the payment receipts of the challans paid by the culprits in this case for the 'benefit' of others? Because, as is known, our 'police nets' are very conveniently designed to facilitate escape of big and bigger fish, even after going to court!

Tata Consultancy slapped with $940-mn fine by US court
New York/Mumbai: India's top IT company Tata Consultancy Services has been slapped with a $940-million fine, including punitive damages of $700 million, by the US Federal Court in the State of Wisconsin for allegedly stealing software information.
 
Besides the punitive damages, the US Federal Court of the Western District of Wisconsin has asked the company, and its US arm, Tata America International Corp, to pay $240 million to Epic Systems Corp for "ripping off" its healthcare-related software.
 
The verdict came after the case was heard for around two weeks in Courtroom 250 of Judge William M. Conley, based on the lawsuit filed by Epic Systems of Verona -- a major company in electronic health records -- on October 31, 2014 in the US District Court at Wisconsin capital Madison.
 
The 39-page complaint alleged that Tata workers, hired as consultants to help a client, Kaiser Permanente in Oregon, to use its software, downloaded 6,477 documents accounting for 1,687 unique files from Epic's computers inappropriately, including those on its proprietary software.
 
The complainant further said a Tata employee had tipped off Epic about this activity and that the Indian company's leadership in the US and India were aware of the development that had commenced in 2012.
 
A TCS official in Mumbai said the company will respond to queries soon.
 
Epic claimed that the defendant company used the documents and related information to identify features of its software to accelerate the development of a rival product called Med Mantra. The court then asked Epic to prove in what manner Tata Consultancy would have benefited from that information.
 
The US company alleged that when confronted by Kaiser Permanente regarding the downloading of Epic data, the TCS staffer initially denied such an act. But later the said employee changed his story and admitted that he had provided his Epic access to two other colleagues.
 
The lawsuit also alleged the Indian company has engaged in an "elaborate campaign of deception to steal documents, confidential information, trade secrets, and other information and data," with the purpose of utilising technical expertise developed after years of hard work and investment. 
 
"TCS’s misconduct appears designed to allow TCS and perhaps other Tata entities to unfairly compete with Epic in the marketplace. The unlawful conduct of TCS and potentially other Tata entities must be stopped and an appropriate remedy fashioned for the benefit of Epic," the lawsuit said.
 
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