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Bhullar to hang for ‘93 Delhi blast
SC rejects mercy plea 
Says delays, his mental status no reasons to commute death penalty

New Delhi, April 12
The Supreme Court today rejected death-row convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar’s plea for saving him from the gallows, holding that terrorists had no right to seek mercy citing official delays and other reasons. A trial court in Delhi had sentenced Bhullar to death in August 2001 for his role in the 1993 bomb attack on Youth Congress president MS Bitta in which nine security personnel were killed and 17 injured, including Bitta.

After SC censure, fresh probe begins into police assault case
Shattered, Bhullar’s village not to celebrate Baisakhi
Akalis to approach PM, President for clemency (More details on Punjab page)

Save Bhullar, Akal Takht tells SGPC
Amritsar, April 12
Shocked at the Supreme Court verdict, the Akal Takht on Friday said it will make all-out efforts to save Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said it was unfortunate that the Supreme Court had rejected Bhullar’s petition. He said it was a sad moment for the Sikh community.

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Fate of 15 others on death row hangs in balance
New Delhi, April 12
The rejection of death row convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar’s mercy plea by the Supreme Court will impact 15 cases of death row convicts, including three assassins of Rajiv Gandhi and four aides of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, who had also sought relief on grounds of “inordinate delay in decision on mercy petition”.

India, Germany to finalise free trade pact with EU this year
Berlin, April 12
PM Manmohan Singh shakes hands with German President Joachim Gauck prior to a meeting in Berlin on Friday. — PTIIndia and Germany today set a target of concluding the long-awaited India-EU Free Trade Agreement this year notwithstanding a number of unresolved issued and BJP's demand for Parliamentary scrutiny this “highly controversial” move.

PM Manmohan Singh shakes hands with German President Joachim Gauck prior to a meeting in Berlin on Friday. — PTI

Varsity vandalism: Guv says sorry to Presidency students
Kolkata, April 12
West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan on Friday apologised to students and teachers of Presidency University for the recent violence on its campus, saying he had “failed” in his responsibility. 

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Naval officer dismissed for illicit affair
New Delhi, April 12
In a decision aimed at disciplining an errant Indian Navy officer, Defence Minister AK Antony has ordered his dismissal for having an illicit affair with his senior’s wife.

1993 blast: Bitta pledges to expose security lapse
New Delhi, April 12
Anti-Terrorist Front chairman MS Bitta, who had sustained injuries in the bomb attack in Delhi in 1993, said he would try to expose those who were responsible for security lapse on the day of attack.
(Details on Nation page)

3 crude bombs hurled at Indian envoy’s car in Bangladesh
Dhaka, April 12
Unidentified miscreants today hurled three crude bombs apparently targeting a parked car being used by Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh during a visit to southwestern Khulna district, injuring three people, including his driver.  (Details on World page)

Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Pran 
New Delhi, April 12
Veteran actor Pran Sikand has been selected for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award-2012. The 93-year-old actor will be the 44th recipient of the award.
The award is conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.


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