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Friday, December 24, 2010

Rights activist Binayak Sen, two others sentenced to life in CG

PTI, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), 24 December : Rights activist Binayak Sen, Maoist ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha were on Friday convicted for sedition and sentenced to life imprisonment for colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the state.
Additional District and Sessions Judge B.P. Verma held the trio, who were present in the jam-packed courtroom, guilty under provisions of section 124A (sedition)and 120 B (conspiracy) of IPC and Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act. The 58-year-old Dr. Sen, a paediatrician by training and vice-president of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties, had been accused by the prosecution of acting as courier for Sanyal, who was in jail, by carrying his messages and letters to the underground Maoists. Dr. Sen was arrested on 14 May, 2007 from Bilaspur and was in jail for two years before being granted bail by the Supreme Court in May last year.
All the three were sentenced to life imprisonment under sections 124A and 120(B) of IPC. The trio were also found guilty under Section 8(1) of Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and awarded two years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1,000.
They were sentenced to one year imprisonment and Rs. 1000 fine under section 8(2) of the state Act, to three years prison term and a fine of Rs. 1000 under section 8(3) of that Act and to five years imprisonment and fine of Rs. 1000 under its Section 8(5), Mr. Dubey said.

Christmas to be celebrated tomorrow; President, PM greet
Dhaka, 24 December : Christmas, the biggest religious festival of Christians, will be celebrated tomorrow in Bangladesh like elsewhere in the world.
The Christians across the country will observe the day, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, with pledges to work for peace and upholding humanity. Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted all, including members of Christian community, on the occasion.

Finance Min Pranab not worried about high capital inflows
PTI, New Delhi, 24 December : Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said he would not press the panic button due to high capital inflows, including an over USD 38 billion by FII’s till November, though a higher level could be a constrain for the economy to absorb.
“We have the capacity to absorb these levels (of capital inflows). If this goes beyond a point, definitely that would be a matter of concern but that may be in a near future but not right now and therefore I am not pressing a panic button right now,” he said.
Mukherjee who was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of industry body PHD said he is not unduly perturbed about the FIIs inflows while FDI inflows have moderated.