Thursday, February 7, 2013

Arunachal secular to the core: Muslim cleric

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh's secular character is evident from the fact that no communal riot was reported from this state, a senior Muslim cleric said today.New Delhi-based chief Imam of the All India Imam Organisation Umer Ahmed Ilyasi said that education is the indicator of development and sports and it has contributed to the picturesque state earning global recognition.

Calling the state as 'mini India', he said that people from all parts of the country have been living here in absolute harmony.

Terming Ilyasi's visit to the most strategically located state of India as historic, Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy said, "We may be tribals with unique cultures and traditions, but are staunch patriots and secular, and have made the state a 'mini India'.

Sonia Gandhi to visit Nagaland today

Kohima: Congress President Sonia Gandhi will visit Nagaland on Thursday to campaign for the February 23 Assembly Elections in the state.She will address two public meetings at Mokokchung and Dimapur districts respectively tomorrow, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) General Secretary (Admn) Medokul Sophie told reporters.

As part of the campaigning, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi will also address public rallies in Kohima, Mon and Tuensang districts tentatively on February 9 and 14, he said.

Other central leaders, including Sushil Kumar Shinde and AK Anthony, are also likely to address rallies in the state in the coming days, he said.

The Congress has been in opposition in Nagaland since 2003.

Meanwhile, Naga Students' Federation (NSF), the apex students body in the state, said in a memorandum Wednesday that it looks forward for humanely answer for the interest of the Nagas and not in the interest of any political parties.

Cross-examination of key eyewitness in Delhi gangrape case begins

New Delhi, Feb. 6 (ANI): Defence lawyers in the Delhi gangrape case on Wednesday began cross- examination of the key eyewitness and co-victim of the incident at the fast-track court in the Saket Court Complex here.

The cross-examination came after the male friend of the deceased victim, who is the chief prosecution witness, had on Tuesday identified the bus on which the gruesome crime took place on December 16, and also the five accused.

"During the cross-examination, we highlight those points, which the police have not revealed. We bring it to the fore, whatever the police hide, and that is our defence. The star witness, who is also the complainant in the case, mentioned and admitted to certain things during his interviews and we will see what he says over here," said A. P. Singh, a defence lawyer.

"The court has been adjourned till tomorrow, so that we can respond to the application. After the reply, there will be an argument, then the prosecution will provide evidences," he added.

The sixth accused in the case is being tried separately as a juvenile.

The 23-year-old medical student died in a Singapore hospital on December 29 from massive internal injuries she sustained during the gangrape and torture on December 16 in South Delhi area. (ANI)