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Female tourists in Delhi, India

The number of female tourists visiting India was down 35% in the first three months of 2013, according to Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India.

The number of foreign tourists arriving in India dropped by 25% during the first three months of this year, largely because of fears about the risk of sexual assault, according to an industry survey.

The number of female tourists fell by 35% compared with the same period last year, with Indian tour operators reporting many cancellations from January to March following the fatal gang rape of a physiotherapist on a Delhi bus last December.


Actor Sunjay Dutt Has Been ordered by Supreme Court to return to jail to complete a five year sentence in the 1993…..


Actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been ordered by the Supreme Court to return to jail to complete a five year sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, today said he has not sought any pardon and will surrender in time.

The actor, who has already spent 18 months in jail, will have to complete three and half years in jail now.

Amid a growing clamour for his clemency, the 53-year-old Bollywood actor said, “All I can tell you is I have not applied for pardon.

The very emotional Sanjay Dutt, who was accompanied by his sister and Congress MP Priya Dutt, added that he will surrender in time.

“There are many other people who deserve pardon. I want to tell with folded hands to the media, the honourable citizens of the country that when I am not going for pardon then there can be no debate about it,” said Sanjay Dutt, who broke down while addressing reporters in Mumbai.

Sanjay Dutt said he had the highest respect for the apex court and will abide by all terms and conditions put forth by it.

“The honourable Supreme Court has given me time to surrender and I will surrender in that time,” he said as sister Priya Dutt comforted him.

“Thank you for supporting me, I have the highest respect for the Supreme Court. I will abide by the conditions that has been put on me by Supreme Court. I will surrender on time,” said Sanjay Dutt.

Sanjay Dutt further said there are many other people who need pardon.

The actor, who will finish the shoot of his movies on floors before going to jail, said he wants to spend time with his family and children.

“Right now I am a shattered man. My family is shattered, I only have a few days left, I want to finish my work and spend these days with my family. I have not asked for pardon. Thank you for supporting me, Leave me in Peace,” he added.

Several noted personalities including Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju and actor-turned-politicians Jaya Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha had sought pardon for Sanjay Dutt.

When pointed out that Dutt will not seek clemency, Katju, however, said he will go ahead and apply for his pardon.

Katju had said Dutt should be pardoned under Article 161 of the Constitution as he had not been found guilty of having played a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.

Asked about Dutt’s stand, Congress Spokesperson Rashid Alvi said that the party does not comment on judicial matters.

Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Rampur Lok Sabha MP Jayaprada had on March 26 met Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan here and sought clemency for the actor.

“There are very, very tough times in my life and in our lives. I want to thank everybody who supported us and me. I just want to tell everyone from the media that I have got very few days left and I want to finish all my work. I also have to spend time with my family,” Dutt said.

Today is the first time that Dutt has ventured out of his house in suburban Bandra since the Supreme Court verdict. He made the remarks before leaving for a shoot.

“I love my country and its citizens. I love India,” he said.

His sister Priya, who is a Congress MP from Mumbai North Central, was by his side during the press interaction. She consoled him and he embraced her after making his remarks.

The Supreme Court had on March 21 upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a key conspirator with Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, and ordered that Dutt return to jail to serve three-and-a-half years sentence for possessing illegal arms.

In its verdict in the 20-year-long case, the apex court said 33 others will serve rigorous jail term “for their whole life” and termed as “devastating” the role played by Pakistan and its spy agency ISI in training and supporting conspirators in hatching the plot for the blasts in the financial capital claiming 257 lives.

Dutt, who is out on bail, will also have to surrender within four weeks to serve a jail term of 42 months as the apex court reduced to five years the six year jail term awarded to him by a designated TADA court in 2007 and he had already spent 18 months behind the bar.

Dutt, son of famous Bollywood couple late Sunil Dutt and Nargis, was convicted by the TADA court for illegal possession of a 9 mm Pistol and an AK-56 rifle which was part of the consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for the coordinated serial blasts.

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Consistent performances with the bat have helped Cheteshwar Pujara move into the top 10 of the ICC rankings for Test batsmen for the first-time in his career.

Pujara’s unbeaten 82 helped India script a six-wicket win in the fourth Test against Australia in New Delhi, thereby

registering a historic 4-0 series sweep. As a result, Pujara jumped five places, in the rankings released Wednesday, to a best seventh position with 777 ratings points.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla continues to lead the batting table.

Another South African, Dale Steyn, leads the bowlers’ table.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is now at his best sixth after jumping two places while man of the match in the New Delhi Test, Ravindra Jadeja, made a whopping leap of eight places to 27th.

Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma also climbed in the rankings by three places to 31st.