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Manish Sisodia Nat1New Delhi, March 31, 2015 (Agency) 

The AAP government on Tuesday said it would work towards the regularisation of the national capital's unauthorised colonies by initiating steps like boundary fixation and asking the MCD to prepare layout plans for such colonies.


Addressing a press conference here, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: "We are dedicated towards regularising the irregular colonies by fixing their boundaries and asking the MCDs (municipal corporations of delhi) to prepare a layout plan for such colonies."


Sisodia added that registry of such colonies would begin after the process of boundary fixation is completed.

Kalki Koechlin Smiling BolMumbai, March 31, 2015 (Agency) 

Actress Kalki Koechlin is happy that actor Aamir Khan and his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao are supporting her forthcoming film "Margarita With A Straw" and says that more than box office collection, support to such films matters.


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"We made such a beautiful film in a small budget. There is a huge buzz about the film already and we have the support of Aamir, Kiran and others from the film industry," the actress said here on Monday during the promotion of the film at a radio station.


"So neither am I seeing this film from the collections point of view nor as a hit or a flop. I am excited about the film," she added.


In the film, directed by Shonali Bose, Kalki plays a cerebral palsy-affected girl. The film has been appreciated on the international platform as well.


It is slated to release April 17.

Jail  PunNew Delhi, March 31, 2015 (Agency) 

The Delhi High Court has refused any leniency in the punishment awarded to a man for raping his minor step-daughter and making her pregnant.


Justice S.P. Garg denied any relief to Kishan Lal, who was sentenced to seven years' jail for the crime, saying he stood in a "fiduciary capacity and was duty bound to protect her".


Lal has challenged the July 2013 conviction and sentencing orders of trial court.


"The appellant (Lal) being the step-father of the victim is not imagined to have sexual relations even with her consent. He stood in a fiduciary capacity and was duty bound to protect her. Beside this, she (victim) was about 14 years old on the date of lodging the report; she was aged about 12 years when for the first time she was subjected to rape," said the court.


As per the prosecution, the girl used to live with her mother and step-father at Sangam Vihar. On May 3, 2011, the mother reported the incident to police disclosing that her husband used to repeatedly rape her daughter for the last two years after threatening her.


A medical examination confirmed the rape while the victim was also found to be pregnant. She underwent an abortion but the foetus was preserved and the DNA report confirmed Lal to be responsible.


The court said: "The victim aged 12 years was too innocent to understand the consequences of his act. She was scared to inform her mother and continued to be tormented by him for about two years. Under these circumstances, sentence order needs no modification...."


Lal, however, had contended that he was falsely implicated and later said the physical relationship was consensual. The court, however, refused to accept his contentions and relied upon the testimony of the victim.


"No ulterior motive was assigned to her for falsely implicating her step-father upon whom she was dependent for her livelihood. She was abused for about two years but was scared to lodge any complaint against him. 


"Only when symptoms of pregnancy surfaced and she could not further conceal the nefarious act of the accused, she divulged the incident to her mother and grandmother. The medical evidence confirmed her version in its entirety," the court said.

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