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Keenan-Reuben murder case: All 4 accused get life term

All four accused in the Keenan-Reuben murder case were pronounced guilty of murder by Mumbai sessions court on Thursday. They have been sentenced to life imprisonment. The four accused, Jitendra Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulhaj and Dipak Tival, were arrested a day after the incident took place and a fast-track court had in October 2011 framed charges against them for murder, conspiracy and molestation.

Keenan Santos, 24, and Reuben Fernandez, 29, were repeatedly stabbed outside an eatery at Mumbai's Amboli on 20 October, 2011, when they tried to protect their women friends from a group of men. Keenan succumbed to his injuries on the same day, while Reuben died 10 days later, on 31 October.

West Bengal Assembly polls: 61.88% voting recorded till 1 pm

61.88% voting was recorded till 1 pm in the sixth and final phase of West Bengal assembly elections.

Voting for the sixth and final phase of West Bengal assembly elections commenced on 5 May amid tight security. Under this phase, 25 seats including 16 in Purba Medinipur and 9 in Coochbehar districts will go to polls.

In all, 67 candidates are in the fray for nine seats in Coochbehar, 12 of them independents. In Purba Medinipur, a total of 103 candidates are vying for 16 seats including 12 independents. In today's polling, over 58 lakh voters will decide the political future of 170 candidates, including 18 women. 6,774 polling stations have been setup for the purpose.

Uttarakhand chief justice transferred to Andhra Pradesh

Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand high court KM Joseph who recently quashed President's Rule in the state has been transferred to the Andhra Pradesh high court as chief justice.

Justice Joseph has been chief justice of the Uttarakhand HC since 31 July, 2014.

His observations during the hearing of the case against President's Rule in the state made headlines, according to the Hindustan Times.

After his 99-page judgment that quashed President's Rule in the state, Justice Joseph was attacked by the RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya, which alleged his family was close to the Congress.

Goa MLA arrested for rape of minor girl

Babush Monserrate, the former education minister but now unattached Goa legislator, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a minor girl.

In her complaint filed at Panaji police station, the minor girl accused Monserrate of raping her on several occasions, after he employed her at his lifestyle store, according to The Indian Express.

"The complaint has been filed under 375 of the Indian Penal Code today," said a police official.

Monserrate said: "...she stole some money from the store cash counter and I had sacked her. This complaint is false."

Agusta deal: ED asks for property details of 10 IAF and Def Min officers

The Enforcement Directorate has written to the Ministry of Defence, asking for the property details of 10 officers of the ministry and the Indian Air Force in connection with the Agusta Westland helicopter scam.

The list of names came from a handwritten note apparently prepared by middleman Christian Michel.

Michel has since disowned the note. In a letter to the Prime Minister on 8 November, 2015, he claimed the note was a fake prepared by Guido Haschke, another suspected middleman, to stymie investigations, according to The Indian Express.

Apple to open retail stores but can't sell refurbished phones in India

Apple's iPhone sales in India may have grown by a whopping 56% and its plans to open retail stores may have gotten a nod from the Indian government but one aspect of its plans are failing in the country. The companies plans to sell refurbished iPhones are hitting a roadblock with resistance from the Mobile and Communications Council, a newly formed industry body comprising smartphone rivals Samsung, Micromax and Intex, among others. The government has rejected Apple plans to import "certified pre-owned" iPhones and sell them in the country according to a report from Bloomberg.

Surgery has ritual roots?

Between around 6,000 and 4,000 years ago, skilled surgeons in southwestern Russia cut holes the size of silver dollars, or larger, out of the backs of people's skulls. But the risky procedure wasn't performed for medical reasons: These skull surgeries fulfilled purely ritual needs.

Skulls of 13 people previously excavated at seven ancient sites in this region contain surgical holes in the same spot, in the middle of the back of the head, scientists reported in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Carving a center hole in the back of peoples' heads was a potentially fatal procedure. Yet 11 of 13 skull openings show signs of healing and bone regrowth, reads a report in Science News.