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No compromise in rape case over wedlock: SC
The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that there can be no compromise in a rape case in the name of promising wedlock.
 
An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that any compromise promising wedlock between a rape accused and the victim compromises the dignity of the woman.
 
The court said that such a compromise lacks sensitivity on the part of those promoting a settlement.
 
Holding that courts cannot take a soft approach on the issue, the bench described as a spectacular error and lack of sensitivity on the part of a lower court which had allowed a rapist to go scot free by accepting an agreement on wedlock.
 
The order came while accepting the Madhya Pradesh government's plea challenging a lower court's acquitting a man accused of rape.

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Hinduja Global Solutions to acquire major stake in Mphasis
IT services provider Mphasis on Tuesday said it has signed a definitive agreement with Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) to transfer a significant portion of its domestic business.
 
The agreement facilitating the transfer is subject to regulatory approvals.
 
"Focus and specialisation will be key to success in the new digital world. I am happy to see that with this agreement, Mphasis will further intensify our focus in Digital, Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC), Application Maintenance Services (AMS) and Infrastructure Services (IS). HGS' specialisation will bring excellent value to the in-scope domestic customers and employees in India," Mphasis CEO Ganesh Ayyar said in a statement.
 
However, the company has assured of no loss of jobs as a result of the transfer of business, stating its employees to "have found a new home in HGS and will play a pivotal role in augmenting their India footprint".
 
"A dedicated unit has been set up to ensure smooth transfer for all employees. There would be no loss of jobs or headcount reduction," said Mphasis' chief human resources officer and head, emerging geographies business unit Elango R.
 
Speaking about the agreement, HGS CEO Partha De Sarkar said: "We see an environment of bullishness in India where companies are getting back into investment mode and looking for ways to enable higher growth."
 
He said the resulting acquisition is opportunistic and fits well into his company's growth plans.
 
"It adds scale and a wider footprint even as we enhance our capabilities and gain an outstanding team of domain specialists to cater to our clientele," he said. 

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Extreme Iceland: Northern lights seekers may be left disappointed
Is a trip to Iceland to view the northern lights on your bucket list? What you see may be nothing like the photos on the travel site
 
Wisps of green and purple paint the night sky in this photo of the northern lights featured on the website for Extreme Iceland, an Icelandic travel agency that offers sightseeing tours of the aurora borealis, among other vacation packages.
 
But the awesomeness of this image may not match what you get to see with the naked eye, as the photo rendering is the result of an 8-second time exposure and not a single moment caught on camera. (An Extreme Iceland spokesperson confirmed this in response to a query by TINA.org.)
 
Others caution potential sightseers as well.
 
“The colors you see in aurora photos ARE real but exaggerated because the pictures are time exposures,” Bob King, a self-proclaimed amateur astronomer who maintains the blog “Astro Bob,” wrote in an October 2013 post titled “Technicolor Auroras? A Reality Check.”
 
“Often a curtain of green rays will be topped off by red, blue or purple emission recorded with sumptuous fidelity in the camera,” King wrote. “What does the eye see? Smoky, colorless haze with hints of pink. Maybe.”
 
The Extreme Iceland spokesperson acknowledged that observing red in person is rare. And while the travel site does note that witnessing any northern lights takes luck, it doesn’t disclose how the photographer captured the alluring photos.
 
Extreme Iceland is not the only Icelandic tourism site that uses long exposure shots of the northern lights to advertise sightseeing tours. Icelandair also displays such photography on its site. In response to a query from TINA.org, Michael Raucheisen, a spokesperson for Icelandair, wrote:
 
Although it can be difficult to photograph the northern lights, depending on the speed and intensity of them, these photographs would have been taken with a long exposure to capture the light, subtle nuances and beauty of what the photographer was actually seeing.
 
The bottom line for northern lights seekers: If you’re expecting a spectacular light show based on photos you see on a tourism website, you may end up disappointed. To avoid this, find out what isn’t guaranteed before booking your trip.
 
Find more of our coverage on summer vacations here
 

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