Trial by video-conferencing not fair: Abu Salem

NEW DELHI - Extradited gangster Abu Salem, facing charges of extortion, Wednesday told a city court that conducting his trial by video-conferencing was not fair and it would violate his extradition conditions.

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Hanging of man who raped, killed his daughter stayed

NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court Wednesday stayed the scheduled hanging of a man, convicted of raping and killing his four-year-old daughter, at the Ambala Central jail in Haryana Friday.

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Centre wants quotas in civil service postings

NEW DELHI - Dalit and backward category students competing in the civil services exams on merit should be allowed to avail quota benefits to secure higher services and better cadres, the central government said in the Supreme Court Wednesday, opposing the Madras High Court’s March 2008 ruling, which had held to the contrary.

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High time India reformed its policing: Experts

NEW DELHI - India needs urgent reforms in policing to free it from the shackles of politicians and bureaucrats and make it more effective and trustful for common citizens, says former police chiefs and experts. Most states have been dragging their feet over the reforms fearing loss of political control over its forces.

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Texas judge accused of misconduct says closing court before death-row appeal wasn’t a decision

Judge: Closing court before appeal wasn’t a ruling

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas judge on trial for closing her court despite knowing that a death-row inmate’s final appeal was running late testified Tuesday that denying a request to stay open was no judicial ruling on her part.

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Texas judge accused of misconduct for closing court ahead of death-row appeal takes stand

Texas judge on trial over death-row case on stand

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas judge on trial for misconduct says denying a request to keep her court open late didn’t amount to any decision on her part about a death-row inmate scheduled to be executed that night.

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With judge on trial for misconduct, lawyer for executed man defends efforts to file appeal

Lawyers spar in trial of judge over death-row case

SAN ANTONIO — An attorney for a death-row inmate defended the efforts he made to file a last-minute appeal as he testified Tuesday in the trial of a judge accused of misconduct for closing her court before the condemned man’s request was received.

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Man gets 10-year imprisonment for raping minor

NEW DELHI - A man convicted for “brutally” raping a minor in 2008 was Tuesday awarded an imprisonment for 10 years.

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Ohio executes triggerman who killed woman, injured woman’s son in 1995 murder-for-hire scheme

Ohio executes triggerman in murder-for-hire scheme

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — Ohio on Tuesday executed a murder-for-hire triggerman for killing the mother of his intended target, who lay severely wounded nearby as his mother died.

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Apex court refuses to halt probe into Prasar Bharati ‘irregularities’

NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to suspend a Delhi High Court order for a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) probe into alleged financial and administrative irregularities in the functioning of the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati.

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