55 people have been confirmed dead as fire broke out in the wee hours of the morning in the AMRI Hospital located in the Dhakuria area of south Kolkata. The death toll may go up as there are more people said to be trapped inside. The fire engulfed 4 floors of one of the buildings of the 161-beded hospital.
The biggest legal battle of the technology industry continues with Apple and Samsung trying to obtain injunctions against each other for preventing the sales of the respective phones. The two technology juggernauts have been involved in the legal battle to protect their respective legal rights in 10 countries and the two companies have filed as many as 30 law suits against each other.
The Supreme Court passed a stay on all ensuing proceedings arising out of the order of the Bombay High Court asking the Goa Raj Bhawan to publish the report of the Goa Governor. The report was given to the Centre regarding the political situation in the state during the July-August period in 2007.
Google, the global search engine giant is facing the heat from the Indian Telecom Ministry and the Income-Tax Department at the same time. The Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has come down with an iron hand on the regulation of content by Google and its services and in addition to this, the recent notice served by the Income –Tax Department towards giving final touches to a tax demand from Google India seems to have put the company in a tight spot.
Joe Gordon, 55 year old Thai born US citizen was sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a court in Thailand for posting excerpts of the biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej which has been banned locally. He has been detained since his arrest in May. The American pleaded guilty in October and due to this the Criminal Court reduced his sentence to two and a half years from five years.
The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre as well as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to reply to the petition filed by the NGO – Telecom Watchdog, challenging the Central Government’s move limiting the number of SMS per day per SIM to 200. The reply is to be submitted within two weeks and the matter has been posted for next hearing on January 18.
Former Illinois governor Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years for corruption
The three year long legal battle of the ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich against the criminal charges leveled against him saw an end with him being sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment. This is one of the instances where the court came down hard upon the accused and imposed severe penalties for corruption in a state. He was convicted for trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by the US President Barack Obama to raise campaign cash or to obtain a high-paying job. He is to start serving the prison term within 90 days and he was also ordered to pay a fine of $ 20,000.