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Sunanda Pushkar's death was unnatural: Bassi
New Delhi : The current observation of the final viscera report of Sunanda Pushkar gives a clear impression that she died an unnatural death, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said on Friday.
 
"The current investigation of the final viscera report submitted to the Delhi Police states that Sunanda Pushkar did not die a natural death... that is for certain. It was an unnatural death," Bassi told reporters here.
 
The Delhi Police is reviewing the final viscera report of Pushkar, who died here under mysterious circumstances two years ago. She was the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.
 
Calling the report longish, Bassi said: "It will take some time for us to go through the entire report as it also has several annexures. Once we go through the entire report, we will take the necessary steps."
 
The final report comes in the wake of the Delhi Police receiving the viscera report in November from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where it was sent to determine the kind of poison that killed Pushkar, after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason for her death.
 
Commenting on the FBI report, Bassi said: "None of the samples contained radio-active elements, according to the FBI." 
 
Earlier, Bassi had tweeted that Deepak Mishra, special commissioner (law and order), was reviewing the progress.
 
Asked if Tharoor will be interrogated over the issue again, Bassi said the Delhi Police will take all the necessary steps required in the case.
 
Pushkar, 52, was found dead in a south Delhi hotel room on January 17, 2014. 
 
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SC sends Arunachal imbroglio to constitution bench
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday referred, to the constitution bench, the Arunachal Pradesh assembly imbroglio involving the fate of the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government and the role of Governor J.P.Rajkhowa in the handling of the situation triggered by rebel ruling party lawmakers.
 
A bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan referred the matter to the constitution bench as senior counsel Harish Salve urged the court that the matter being dealt by it involved important issues of constitutional law and the powers of the governor and as such, be referred to the constitution bench.
 
As the bench did did so, senior counsel Fali Nariman, appearing for Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia, allegedly ousted by the rebel Congress lawmakers with the support of Bharatiya Janata Party lawmakers, mentioned the matter before the court of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur seeking an early hearing by the constitution bench.
 
Urging the Chief Justice to constitute a bench for hearing of their plea at an early date, Nariman said the hearing had to be before January 21 as there can't be a gap of more than six months between two assembly sessions.
 
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal also told the court that if the matter was not heard early, then the assembly would be convened and the government may fall. He said that the Deputy Speaker Tenzing Norbu was against Rebia. 
 
Upon the mentioning, Chief Justice Thakur said that he would take a decision only after the papers relating to the order passed by the bench of Justice Khehar and Justice Nagappan are placed before him.
 
Norbu had reversed the decision of Rebia disqualifying 14 Congress MLAs. Rebia was on December 16 ousted as the speaker at an assembly session held in a community hall in Itanagar and attended by the rebel Congress and BJP lawmakers. 
 
The apex court had on Wednesday asked Governor Rajkhowa not to convene the assembly session till January 18 as it was seized of the matter.
 
"We are satisfied, that it would be just and appropriate, if proceedings of the assembly are not held from now onwards till January 18, 2016," it said and sought its orders be placed before the governor.
 
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Videography, webcasting to help Bihar curb cheating in exams
Patna : In a major reform of the system, mass cheating in Bihar may be curbed - and even become a thing of the past - if a plan to use high-tech gadgets and deploy extra security forces at exam centres bears fruit.
 
Mass cheating has been reported in Bihar for years and had become an annual feature hitting the news in March every year when reports and visuals of guardians and friends helping their wards surface on a regular basis.
 
Ahead of the Class 10 (matric) and Class 12 (intermediate) exams in Bihar in February and March, the education department has directed officials to began preparations for cheating-free exams by installing CCTV cameras and ordering videography and live webcasting of examination centres. Additional security forces are also being deployed.
 
"We have decided not to tolerate and compromise on this any more. The Grand Alliance-led government is committed to ensure cheating-free exams," Education Minister Ashok Choudhary told IANS. 
 
Choudhary said stern measures would be taken against anyone attempting to cheat.
 
According to education department officials, nearly 14 lakh will appear for intermediate exams from the last week of February and around 15 lakh students will write the matriculation exams in March. 
 
Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, chairman of Bihar School Examination Board, said that CCTV cameras would be installed outside the exam centres and videography would be conducted inside the examination centres.
 
Thousands of security personnel would be deployed in and outside of examination centres. Officials said not more than three students would be allowed to sit on a bench during any exam to minimise the chances of cheating.
 
All district magistrates and superintendents of police have been asked to invoke Section 144 of the CrPC and ban illegal gatherings and groups at all examination centre an hour before exams begin. In addition, parents, guardians, family members and friends would be kept away from the centres.
 
At a high-level meeting chaired by chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh here on Tuesday, it was decided that if cheating is reported from any centre, exams there would be cancelled and action taken against officials and teachers.
 
Gajender Sharma, a teacher at a government school in Arwal district, termed as a positive move the efforts to curb mass cheating at exams. 
 
"It was shameful to see last year photographs going viral, nationally and internationally, showing people climbing a school wall in the state to fling answer sheets to students inside the building," Sharma said.
 
Manish Sahu, a leader of the National Students Union of India, said the state government's committment to ensure cheating free exams should be supported by all.
 
"Students,their parents and family should come forward to help concerned government agencies to conduct cheating-free exams," Sahu told IANS.
 
However, Manish Kumar Singh of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad seemed skeptical.
 
"It is big task and not possible," Singh told IANS.
 
After reports of mass cheating last year, the Patna High Court too directed the state police chief to deploy adequate security forces to ensure a check on cheating.
 
Last month the education department suspended four headmasters of government-run schools where large-scale cheating was reported in the 2015. Exam centres from where widespread cheating was reported would be blacklisted, officials said.
 
A retired school teacher, Amir Hasan, recalled how in 1996 when the Patna High Court took cognizance of rampant cheating in the state, only 12 per cent students could pass the board exam.
 
"Whenever authorities act tough in exams, the pass percentage falls drastically," he said.
 
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