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Man found guilty of killing British
schoolgirl in Goa
A high court in Goa has convicted
one of the two men charged with the
rape and killing of 15-year-old British
teenager Scarlett Keeling in 2008.
The court found Samson D’Souza
guilty of “culpable homicide not
amounting to murder”. It upheld the
acquittal of Placido Carvalho.
A lower court had acquitted both
men in 2016 after a prolonged trial,
but the Central Bureau of
Investigation appealed against the
verdict. D’Souza will be sentenced
today and faces the possibility of
spending decades in prison.
Scarlett’s mother Fiona MacKeown
said it has been “an absolute
nightmare for 11 years”.
Is Bihar Governor a puppet, asks
civil service exam paper
A question in a paper of the main
examination of the Bihar Public
Service Commission (BPSC) has
sparked a controversy, after it sought
to know from the civil service
aspirants if the state Governor was
“merely a puppet”.
The second question in the first part
of the General Studies Paper II, held
last Sunday, asked candidates to
“critically examine the role of the
Governor in state politics, particularly
in the context of Bihar. Is he merely a
Examination controller Amarendra
Kumar said BPSC members or its
senior officials had no idea about the
contents of the paper, but said those
who set the questions would be asked
Vistara flight makes emergency
landing with little fuel left
A Vistara flight from Mumbai to Delhi
with 163 people on board made an
emergency landing in Lucknow on
Monday after it had only a few
minutes of fuel left.
The plane hovered over Delhi for
hours due to poor weather
conditions before it was diverted to
Lucknow by air traffic controllers.
The pilot, who issued a “Mayday”
call, has been grounded by the
Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The authorities are ascertaining the
facts of the incident.
India establishes first dolphin
The foundation stone of India’s first
dolphin research centre will be laid in
Patna, Bihar, on Oct 5, after an
Mr D.K. Shukla, a senior officer
from Bihar’s Department of
Environment, Forest and Climate
Change, said the setting up of the
National Dolphin Research Centre is
good news for the conservation of the
endangered Gangetic river dolphins.
It will also help in research to save
the endangered mammal.
Bill introduced to end commercial
The Central government is planning to
ban commercial surrogacy in India to
protect the exploitation of women
with the introduction of the Surrogacy
(Regulation) Bill on Monday.
The legislation allows surrogacy
only for married couples who have
been childless for five years and only
close relatives will be permitted to act
as surrogates to infertile couples for
“ethical altruistic” reasons.
The ban closes the door for those
unmarried or divorced to become
parents. Experts felt that those who
can afford will look to the countries
where renting a womb is allowed.
India to make new bid to launch
India will make a new bid to launch a
landmark mission to the moon next
Monday, a week after aborting lift-off
at the last minute because of a fuel
leak, an official from the Indian Space
Research Organisation said.
The launch at the Satish Dhawan
Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra
Pradesh, was halted with only 56
minutes and 24 seconds left.
India is aiming to become just the
fourth nation after Russia, the United
States and China to land a spacecraft
on the moon.
Andhra Pradesh gets first
Five years after Telengana was
bifurcated from it, Andhra Pradesh got
its first full-time governor with the
appointment of Biswa Bhusan
Harichandran on Tuesday. But the
state government is scouting for a
suitable place for his official residence.
Mr Harichandran succeeds
Mr E.S.L. Narasimhan, who was
serving as the governor for a decade.
After Telangana was carved out of
Andhra Pradesh in 2014,
Mr Narasimhan was given charge of
both states. He functioned from the
Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.
Museum on Indian prime ministers
to come up next year
The Central Public Works Department
plans to complete the establishment of
a new Museum on Prime Ministers of
India in the Teen Murti Bhavan
complex in Delhi by March next year.
An official said the construction of
the museum is underway and the cost
would amount to Rs66 crores.
The iconic Teen Murti Bhavan was
the official residence of Jawaharlal
Nehru, the country’s first prime
Unique scheme feeds poor,
manages waste, builds roads
India’s first garbage cafe has been
launched in Ambikapur,
Under this scheme, the
municipal corporation will provide
food to the poor and homeless
when they collect and donate
Those who fetch 1kg of plastic
waste will be offered a full meal,
while those collecting 500gm will
get a substantial breakfast.
Ambikapur plans to use the
plastic for the construction of roads.
The first such road has been built
in the city by mixing 800,000
plastic bags with plastic granules
Rag-pickers look for recyclable objects in heaps of garbage.
P. Rajagopal surrendering at the Madras High Court.
An Indian restaurant tycoon, known
as the “Thosai King”, died in hospital
yesterday, a week after beginning a
life sentence for the murder of a love
P. Rajagopal, 71, was convicted for
the murder of his love interest’s hus-
band in 2004, but only went to jail
this month when the Supreme Court
rejected his final appeal.
Rajagopal, who turned his Saravana
Bhavan restaurant into a global chain,
died at Chennai’s Vijaya hospital
where he was taken to on Tuesday
with heart problems.
“We failed to revive him and he
passed away this morning due to
cardiac failure,” a hospital official said.
Before beginning his sentence, Ra-
jagopal had pleaded to be allowed to
remain free because of his ill-health.
When he gave himself up on July 9,
he arrived at the Madras High Court
(MHC) in an ambulance with an
oxygen mask strapped to his face.
The MHC on Tuesday allowed Ra-
jagopal to seek treatment at a private
hospital for a range of health issues. A
division bench gave the order on a
petition filed by Rajagopal’s son
R. Saravanan, reported the Hindustan
Hours after Rajagopal surrendered
on July 9, he was admitted to the
prisoner’s ward of Stanley Govern-
ment Medical College Hospital.
According to doctors who were
treating Rajagopal, his health began
deteriorating last Saturday.
“Since Rajagopal has diabetes, hy-
pertension and kidney-related issues,
he is critical now. As his kidneys are
failing, he is admitted into the Inten-
sive Care Unit and is on ventilator
support,” Dr P. Ramesh, Resident
Medical Officer at the Stanley hospi-
tal, had said on Monday.
Mr Saravanan in his petition to the
High Court said that he was not in a
position to attend to his ailing father.
“While our father was taking pre-
scribed drugs for his age-related ail-
ments, the nature of drugs and treat-
ment were changed at Stanley Govern-
ment Hospital,” said Mr Saravanan.
“So, his health has started deterio-
rating since Saturday. He suffered a
cardiac arrest on Saturday.”
He also said that the Stanley hospi-
tal lacks medical facilities which are
essential for his father’s treatment.
“Some of the tests suggested by
doctors are unavailable at Stanley
hospital. In order to improve his
health, we want to treat our father in
a private hospital where he has been
treated in the past.”
Mr Saravanan also said that keep-
ing his father in Stanley hospital was a
violation of rights under Article 21 of
The murder for which Rajagopal
was convicted dates back to 2001.
He wanted to marry his employee
Prince Santhakumar’s wife Jeevajyothi
who would have been his third wife.
However, Ms Jeevajyothi rejected
the restaurant owner’s advances. Ra-
jagopal then ordered Santhakumar’s
A Sessions Court found Rajagopal
guilty and sentenced him to 10 years
jail in 2004.
When Rajagopal appealed against
the judgment, the High Court changed
it to a life-term conviction in 2009.
Though Rajagopal sought relief
from the Supreme Court, it upheld the
High Court order in March.
While he was scheduled to surren-
der on July 7, Rajagopal petitioned
the Supreme Court to give him more
time. However, the court rejected his
plea and directed him to surrender
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