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India's factory output rises sharply by 9.8 percent in October
Surpassing expectations, India's factory output rose sharply by 9.8 percent in October, due mainly to a robust 10.6-percent growth in the manufacturing industry, official data showed on Friday.
 
The growth had decelerated to 3.6 percent in the month before and was placed at (-)2.7 percent in October of last fiscal year.
 
While the electricity output grew by 9 percent, that in mining was higher by 4.7 percent, according to the official numbers on the Index for Industrial Production which were released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
 
Cumulatively, the factory output growth was 4.8 percent between April and October, as against 4 percent in the first six months of this fiscal. This was more than double the figure of 2.2 percent logged during the first seven months of the previous fiscal.
 
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Doctors perform heart surgery on 29-week foetus
For the first time in Kerala, a team of doctors here performed surgery on a 29-week foetus to relieve narrowing of the exit of the unborn baby's heart chamber.
 
The heart of the unborn baby was accessed through the mother's abdomen under ultrasound guidance and a widening of its heart valve was performed. 
 
The procedure called 'aortic valvuloplasty' was performed by the doctors of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre. The 29-week foetus suffered from aortic stenosis -- which causes restricted blood flow through the heart valve -- and ran the risk of heart failure. 
 
After the surgery, the baby is expected to be born with normal circulation of blood.
 
The mother and the foetus remain stable after the procedure performed by the team of doctors led by Balu Vaidyanathan.
 
"It is expected that over the ensuing weeks till the pregnancy reaches term, the ventricular function will recover and baby will be born with a stable circulation at birth," Vaidyanathan told reporters on Friday. 
 
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Park street gangrape: Three get ten years rigorous imprisonment
All the three men convicted in the gangrape of an Anglo-Indian woman on Park Street here were sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment on Friday by a court here.
 
Pronouncing the quantum of punishment during in-camera proceedings, Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya also slapped fines of Rs.1 lakh each on the three accused - Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj.
 
"The judge after considering all aspects and hearing the accused persons on the quantum of sentence, sent them to 10 years of rigrorous imrpisonment, with fine of Rs.1 lakh each under section 376 (2)(g) (of the Indian Penal Code) dealing with gangrape. In default, they would have to serve another six months of rigorous imprisonment," said a lawyer associated with the case.
 
If the fine amount is realised, that would go to the legal heir of the woman, who died on March 13 this year.
 
On Thursday, the judge had pronounced all three guilty of gangrape.
 
While all three were found guilty of gangapre, Naser and Ruman were also convicted under various sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and common intention.
 
The woman -- then 40 years old, a divorcee and mother of two -- was beaten up and gang-raped by five men at gun-point inside a moving car and then thrown off the vehicle near a city intersection on the night of February 5, 2012, after she had come out of a night club on fashionable Park Street.
 
Prime accused Kader Khan and co-accused Mohammed Ali were still absconding.
 
Both Naser and Ruan were also sentenced to three simultaneous sentences of six months, six months and four months under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section 506 (criminal intimidation) respectively. The duo was also fined Rs.10,000, Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 respectively under the three IPC sections.
 
"The fines, if realised, would have to be paid to the victim's legal heirs," a lawyer said.
 
All the sentences would run concurrently. 
 
Relatives of each of the accused said they would move an appeal in a higher court.
 
Ten years rigorous imprisonment is the minimum punishment givne to a person convicted under section 376 (2)(g).
 
The judge earlier in the day asked each of the accused youth what they had to say about their possible quantum of punishment. All three pleaded their innocence and prayed for minimum punishment considering their age and family situation.
 
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