Govt. to seek death penalty for Kopardi rapists Mr. Nikam had argued that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by the three accused, Jitendra alias ‘Pappu’ Shinde, Santosh Bhaval and Nitin Bhailume for the rape and murder of the minor. He said Shinde (accused no. 1) attempted to molest the girl five days before the actual crime that took place on July 13.The Kopardi crime spurred a wave of ‘muk morchas’ (silent rallies) from the Maratha community across the State and buttressed the community’s claim for Maratha reservation and a curb on the misuse of the Atrocity Act.Also Read The Ahmednagar police first arrested Shinde (25) from Shrigonda, Bhaval (36) from Karjat.Bhailume (26 from Pune. All three were contractual workers in private companies or construction sites.The incident was likened to the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case in the extent of its brutality, with medical reports suggesting that violence of a particularly feral nature was inflicted on the 15-year-old girl, who belonged to the Maratha community.Reports stated that the victim’s limbs were broken, her arms dislocated from her shoulders, and her skin shorn from her body. After the crime, the accused, who belong to a lower caste, allegedly threatened the parents of the victim that they would file an atrocity case against them if they dared to lodge a case of rape and murder. The Ahmednagar district and sessions court in Maharashtra on Monday rejected a petition of the defence counsel for one of the accused in the Kopardi rape and murder case seeking the summoning of Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam as one of the witnesses.Last month, Balasaheb Khopade, lawyer for Santosh Baval, one of the accused in the rape and murder of a minor in Kopardi village last July, submitted the unusual petition in the court.The reason the defence counsel gave in the petition for naming Mr. Nikam as one of the witnesses was that he was ostensibly ‘biased’. Advocate Khopade, along with his daughter, advocate Vijaylaxmi Khopade, had accused Mr. Nikam of ‘coaching’ witnesses in his home and maintained that fabricated documents were submitted as evidence by the prosecution.Following the quashing of his petition, Mr. Khopade said he would move the Bombay High Court on the same. He said the Ahmednagar court had given time till July 24 to review the state of the appeal on his petition (summoning Mr. Nikam) in the High Court.In his petition, Mr. Khopade pointed to the big time lag between the appointment of Mr. Nikam as Special Public Prosecutor (barely 10 days after the rape incident) and the filing of the charge sheet naming 70 witnesses on October 7 last year (86 days after the crime).The 350-page charge sheet that was filed by the Ahmednagar police under sections 302 and 376 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) set forth testimonies of the 70 witnesses, including the girl’s kith and kin.Also Read Ahmednagar tense after brutal murder of minor girl
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Khursheed Alam was released on a parole for just three hours on Wednesday to attend the last rites of his younger brother Shahnawaz Alam, who died of lung cancer on Tuesday evening.An official said the former employees union leader who joined the PDP a few years ago, was shifted from the Centaur Lake View hotel, a designated sub-jail, on Wednesday morning to attend the last rites here.“Mr. Alam was escorted by a posse of security personnel to Khanyar and was again whisked away after the burial. We expected the State government to release him for at least four days so that he could participate in all the congregational prayers to be offered,” a relative said on the condition of anonymity.A police official said the agencies were “weighing the options to release him again to attend the congregational prayers”.Mr. Alam was among 179 political leaders arrested in the crackdown launched on the mainstream leaders in J&K before the Centre revoked J&K’s special status.
India vs Australia 1st ODI (Full scorecard): Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs to take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Rohit Sharma (133), MS Dhoni (51), Richardson (4/26)Jhye Richardson, playing just his fourth one day international on Saturday, was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his effort of 26 for four in the first ODI between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.The 23-year-old Western Australian took the important wickets of Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Dniesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja to achieve his career-best figures.At the post match presentation, Richardson said that the wicket of Kohli is one that he will be treasuring for sometime.”They [India] are a quality side. Credit to India as they gave us a run for our money in those middle overs. For a period they had the game under control. When you have a team three down early, it becomes difficult to bounce back,” Richardson said after accepting his man-of-the-match award.Exciting quick Jhye Richardson is the @GilletteAU Player of the Match with his 4-26 from 10 overs! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/EtQ3heBrsAcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019″I am very happy to get [Kohli’s] wicket, I’ll treasure it for a while but more than that, I’m happy with the win.”As a bowling unit, we are clear about our plans, doing our homework and research, being professional out there. I think it was about assessing the conditions more than anything else. I didn’t need to bowl the slower balls earlier but felt like bashing the wicket was quite difficult to score off. In the end, it became easier to bowl the slower deliveries as the ball got softer,” Richardson added.advertisementThis is how he picked up the wickets -3.3 Overs, Kohli – OUT! GONE! Look at the way the Aussies are celebrating, that will tell you how big a wicket this is. The chase master, Virat Kohli is out of here. He has hit that right off the middle but straight to the fielder at square leg who is positioned a little shorter than a normal square leg. Not the best of deliveries that by Jhye, it is on his pads, Kohli flicks it nicely but straight to the man at square leg. Stoinis there takes it on the second attempt.3.5 Overs, Rayudu – OUT! Three reds and India lose their third. Rayudu is the man taking the long walk back and takes the review with him. It pitches around middle and off and comes back in. Rayudu tries to defend but is done in by the movement. It hits the front pad. A huge appeal then follows, the umpire gives it a thought and then raises his finger. After a chat with Rohit, Rayudu reviews. Replays show the on-field call is the right one.39.2 Overs, Karthik – OUT! Richardson it is once again, his third wicket. It is slightly short and it skids through. Karthik comes down the track and he looks to pull. He though ends up getting a bottom edge as the ball does not bounce as much as he expects it to. The ball deflects onto the stumps. Rohit is disappointed at the other end, Karthik too walks back disgusted.44.1 overs, Jadeja – OUT! In the air… taken! Four-fer for Jhye. The men from Perth Scorchers are doing it for Australia. It is bowled short and outside off, Jadeja goes for the upper cut and also hits it well. It though does not go as fine as he wanted it to. Shaun Marsh at deep point, settles under it and takes an easy one. Rohit continues losing partners at one end. 76 from 35.Chasing Australia’s 288 for four, India stumbled to 254 for 9 to concede the match by 34 runs. The Asutralians, fitted in their retro canary jersies became the first team in the history if the sport to win 1000 matches.Also Read | Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record for 22 ODI hundredsAlso Read | MS Dhoni hits 1st ODI fifty since December 2017Also Read | Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsAlso Read | Rayudu comes on to bowl, questions raised on the legality of his action
zoom Croatian investment corporation KERMAS Group intends to buy Arctech Helsinki Shipyard (AHS) in Finland from Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC confirmed to World Maritime News.KERMAS plans to acquire a 55 percent stake from USC, becoming a majority shareholder of the Finnish shipyard, the group told World Maritime News separately.“Our intention is to make a remarkable investment in AHS by directed share issue which, if realized, will entail the KERMAS Group holding 55 percent of AHS. The amount of investment is currently discussed and cannot be disclosed before closure of the deal,” KERMAS said.As informed, the share issue will be carried out in 2018 immediately after the parties finalize all corporate approvals.Arctech, fully owned by USC, specializes in Arctic shipbuilding technology, building icebreakers and offshore vessels. With this acquisition, AHS and Croatian Brodotrogir Shipyard Trogir (HBT), part of KERMAS, “are joining forces to gain a larger market share of the international shipbuilding market.”“As a natural extension of current joint active cooperation, AHS and HBT have decided to join forces to gain a larger market share of the international shipbuilding market. The primary objective of the cooperation is to be able to better meet the future needs of the growing market for cruisers and multipurpose vessels, such as tanker-icebreakers, floating docks, and chemical tankers,” KERMAS explained.The group added that the building and co-design cooperation between AHS and HBT started in February 2017. The shipyards are currently jointly building an “innovative” gas-condensate tanker-icebreaker newbuilding.Only two months ago, KERMAS expressed its interest in joining the ownership structure of another shipyard, Uljanik. The financially-troubled shipyard is to undergo a restructuring process after the European Commission approved the loan provided by the country’s government. The shipyard needs to find a new strategic partner in the following six months. Apart from KERMAS, Italian Palumbo Group is also interested in Uljanik.The acquisition of both shipyards would bring KERMAS “a big synergy”, Danko Koncar, owner of KERMAS, was cited by Slobodna Dalmacija as saying.Kermas has investments in renewable energy, real estate, marina development, agriculture and shipbuilding. The corporation entered the shipbuilding business in 2013 when it acquired the Croatian state-owned Brodotrogir shipyard.World Maritime News Staff