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Tarun Tejpal taken for sexual potency test

Tarun Tejpal taken for sexual potency test
12/2/2013 6:47:50 AM
Panaji:  Tarun Tejpal, arrested for rape in Goa, was taken this morning for a sexual potency test, mandatory in cases of sexual assault.

Mr Tejpal, 50, is the founder of investigative news-magazine Tehelka. He was arrested on Saturday for allegedly raping a younger colleague last month at a five-star hotel in Goa during an annual Tehelka conference.

The Goa Police has been given his custody for six days to interrogate him. In court today, his lawyers' arguments are expected to include a request for him to be allowed a fan while in jail, reported the Press Trust of India.

He has said he is innocent and that the encounter with the young woman reporter was consensual.

The reporter, who quit Tehelka recently, accusing it of trying to engineer a cover-up to protect Mr Tejpal, has fiercely contested his version of events. She has also alleged that his family has tried to intimidate and harass her after the Goa Police filed its case against Mr Tejpal.

BMRCL to hike Metro fares

BMRCL to hike Metro fares
12/2/2013 6:50:10 AM

Travelling on the Namma Metro between MG Road and Baiyapannahalli is set to become dearer with Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) working on hiking fares.

The hike is imminent even as Reach 3 and 3A, between Swastik-Yeshwanthpur-Peenya, is yet to begin commercial operations. Incidentally, a study is underway on fare hike and its effects ahead of commissioning of the 9.9-km stretch on Reach 3 and 3 A which has 10 stations.

BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola told Deccan Herald, “We are definitely working on hiking the existing fares but so far we have not decided the quantum.”


BMRCL officials said the Fare Fixation Committee is already working on the issue for sometime now and is going to pass an order soon. BMRCL is also seeking assistance from the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) to decide the fares. 

The quantum of hike will be decided only after the ISEC completes a study on it. Nevertheless, the decision will be taken after considering various factors such as cost of operations, infrastructure creation, besides the electricity tariff.

Justifying the hike, BMRCL officials said when the stretch was first opened, it was made clear that fares would be hiked after completion of two years. The fares announced at that time were clearly termed as promotional fares, added an official.

Namma Metro completed two years of commercial operations on the 6.7-km MG Road-Baiyapannahalli stretch in October.

At present, the minimum fare on this section is Rs 10 and the maximum is Rs 15. In 2011, when the Metro first became operational, the fares were fixed approximately at Rs 2.14 per km. According to the officials, it could barely cover the electricity cost, leave alone the earnings and profit or even the operational cost.

Passport mela on Dec 30

Passport mela on Dec 30
12/2/2013 6:53:10 AM

The Regional Passport Office will organise a ‘passport mela’ on December 30 for which the list of online appointments will be released on December 9.

Over 2,400 appointments were made available to passport seekers at the passport mela held at Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) on Lalbagh Road and Marathahalli on Saturday.

The appointment slots to register for the passport mela were made available from November 25, 2013.


Applicants under general category were allowed to apply for the mela while the Tatkal-based on verification certificates/Annexure ‘F’ and walk-in applicants were not allowed.

The mela was held to expedite the application process in view of the high demand for passports.

A number of other assertive steps like elongated appointment cycle, launch of mPassport Seva App on Windows and Apple platforms and premium SMS services (optional) were also taken by the authorities to make passport application process easier for citizens.