Citizens' Issues
SC issues notice to Salman Khan in accident case
New Delhi : The Supreme court on Friday issued notice to filmstar Salman Khan on the Maharashtra government's petition challenging a Bombay High Court verdict acquitting him in a 2002 accident case.
 
Issuing notice returnable in six weeks, an apex court bench comprising Justice Jagjit Singh Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan told Salman Khan that "it would be much, much better if he gets acquittal from this court as it will save him from all the repercussions".
 
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Salman Khan, took the court through the proceedings of the trial court, contending that his conviction was based on the testimony of one person, which cannot be relied upon.
 
He said besides that there was no other evidence before the trial court to convict Salman Khan in the case.
 
However, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that besides the sole witness being pointed to by Sibal, there were scores of other witnesses at the accident spot who saw Salman Khan in the driver's seat of the vehicle that ran over a group of people sleeeping on a pavement, killing one of them.
 
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Now household pets are delivering blows to my self-esteem (The Funny Side)
A dog has learned to read. Fernie, a two-year-old labrador from the UK, can read four words and is working on another 20, says his owner, a teacher.
 
I was impressed, as I well remember the difficulty I once had trying to teach a two-year-old human not to throw herself off a balcony.
 
All parents know that children get furiously angry if we stop them doing things like climbing into lion enclosures, drinking poison, eating mystery brown objects off the forest floor and the like. The basic toddler philosophy is: "I wonder what (insert lethal activity here) feels like? Let's find out."
 
(I suspect there's also a subconscious undercurrent of "Time for a quick round of Make Dad Panic.")
 
Parenting books say "they grow out of it". They don't say that they grow right back into it as teenagers, who have the exact same philosophy, but with more expensive dangers. ("I wonder what would happen if we mixed every chemical in the school lab?")
 
The obvious solution is to teach children the way we teach dogs. "Sit." (Child sits.) "Who's a good boy?" (Adult pats head and presents tiny morsel of food.) "Study! Pass exams! (Child studies and passes exams.) "Who's a good boy?" (Adult pats head and presents another tiny morsel of food.) and so on and so forth.
 
What if your child can't talk yet? You can still teach it, thanks to scientists in Taiwan who have just invented an Infant Cries Translator app. You download the app and stick your phone near your baby's mouth. Wah wah waahhhhh is translated on the screen into clear, adult-readable terms such as: "I wish to have an additional beverage, carer."
 
This reminded me of my first daughter, who had advanced verbal skills and actually spoke like that from about 18 months old: "Convey me to the potty immediately, carer, or you and your so-called Persian rug will live to regret it."
 
Happy memories. But I was brought back on topic by a colleague from the US who says TV shows in her home country feature a dog called Willow who can read. Clearly this is the trend.
 
I'm sorry, but I'm not convinced that teaching animals to read is a good thing. Life is grim enough without coming home to be greeted by my dog saying things like: "What do you think of Schopenhauer's second volume of essays? Good grief, you haven't read it, have you?"
 
The fact is reading gives humans an evolutionary advantage that we should not share with less-evolved creatures such as dogs, cats, amoeba, Donald Trump fans and the like.
 
But I must admit I was curious. So I handed my newspaper to my dog. She stared at the front page picture (a politician of course) and then tilted her head to one side, apparently having the same gyroscopic thing in her brain that smartphones have. Then she took a step forwards and peed on it. That was probably a rather insightful thing to do. I wish I'd thought of it.
 
If dogs do learn to read, let's limit them to books about their kind: White Fang, 101 Dalmatians, and Marley and Me are probably the three most famous. Do NOT give them Cujo.
 
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SC transfers Kanhaiya Kumar's bail plea to HC
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday transferred to the Delhi High Court JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar's petition seeking bail and security.
 
An apex court bench of Justice J.Chelameswar and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, while transferring Kanhaiya's petition, asked the high court to hear it expeditiously.
 
The court also recorded the statement of Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar that the lawyers representing Kanhaiya Kumar before the high court and media personnel be provided with full security.
 
The court directed its secretary general to forthwith transfer Kanhaiya's writ petition and related papers to the high court.
 
Kanhaiya Kumar's lawyers are likely to mention it for an early hearing before the high court on Friday afternoon.
 
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COMMENTS

Ogeppa S Kempawad

10 months ago

Wish all anti-nationals get capital punishment.

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shadi katyal

In Reply to Ogeppa S Kempawad 10 months ago

Could you kindly define NATIONALISM as one liner has no value

shadi katyal

10 months ago

One wonder if SC jdges are already sold out and being dictated by ruling party.
Where is the question by SC about the anarchy by Lawyers inside the court room and in its compound.
Evidentlty it is well planned and excuted agena of RSS to bring such goondaism and then claim being immune.
Why the attoney like Chuhan has defied rule of Law and has shown that he is iommune to the Law.
The fake video or doctored one shows that RSS has planned this well and police and Judges have gioven up their authorities.
So who is responsbile for this.
We are ashamed of it but is the BJP leaders

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