Pramanik released from jail
New Delhi: Asian
Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik, accused of raping a woman, was
released from Dum Dum Central Correctional Home in Kolkata on
After spending 25
days in prison, Pramanik was finally granted bail on Tuesday. However,
she could not walk free as the bail papers could not be processed at
Dumdum Central jail where she is lodged.
determination test report of the athlete was also produced in the
court by the SSKM Hospital authorities on the same day.
arrested on June 14 on charges of raping her live-in partner, who
accused her of being a man. The athlete’s incarceration threw the
country in turmoil over debates over gender discrimination and ethics
of treating those who did not conform to traditional definitive gender
boundaries. Dignity stripped
The Barasat chief
judicial magistrate granted bail to Pramanik noting that she had lived
with the woman who had filed a rape charge against her for more than
The court also said that it was necessary for Pramanik to be kept in prison on account of the various medical tests that she had to undergo. But now that the final report has come in, it is no longer required to keep her in prison.
to be sworn in CM tomorrow
Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar is set to take oath as Karnataka’s
new chief minister on Thursday after his formal election as leader of
the BJP legislature party amid high drama over demands from warring
factions before the change of guard.
minister Sadananada Gowda will resign formally as chief minister today
and after that Shettar will meet Governor HR Bhardwaj to inform him
about his election as legislature party leader and stake his claim to
form the government.
As per sources,
Shettar will be sworn in as Karnataka's third chief minister in four
years on July 12. However, no deputy chief minister has been named
yet, which is one of the demands made by the Gowda camp.
At the meeting,
Shettar's name for leader of the BJP legislature party was proposed by
Gowda and seconded by state party president KS Eshwarappa, who too is
a Gowda supporter. Shettar, in his thanksgiving, noted that all 121
MLAs had unanimously elected him.
The election of the
56-year-old Lingayat leader yesterday, which defused yet another
crisis that gripped BJP's first government in south India, came after
some last minute muscle flexing by the outgoing Chief Minister’s
camp that delayed the legislature party meeting by at least five
Ahead of the legislative party meeting, Gowda and his loyalists demanded an assurance from the leadership that the state unit party presidentship would be given to him and deputy Chief Ministership to Eshwarappa.
to approve Rs 60,000 cr bonanza for UP
It seems the Samajwadi Party’s backing of UPA nominee Pranab
Mukherjee for Presidential polls has started yielding benefits for
The Centre is
reported to have made up its mind on increasing its yearly assistance
package to the state by over 20% to nearly Rs 60,000 crore. So far,
the average hike in annual assistance had been about 10% over the last
five financial years.
As reported in a
leading daily, the Centre will also provide financial assistance for
Akhilesh Yadav’s free laptop scheme for Class 12 passouts.
Also, the Union
government will extend the Bundelkhand financial package by another
three years, apart from providing funds for several other state
schemes including homes for the rural poor, piped water supply and
laying of rural roads.