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Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan condemn Hyderabad gruesome gang rape-murder



New Delhi: The Indian cricket fraternity has expressed shock and disappointment over the gruesome gang rape and murder of a woman veterinary doctor in Shamshabad by four men on November 27.

According to the police, the four accused of raping the 27-year-old, had first punctured the rear wheel of her scooter, creating to a situation to offer her help and then had dragged her to a secluded spot close to a toll plaza and gang raped her.

Expressing anger, India skipper Virat Kohli took to Twitter and said: “What happened in Hyderabad is absolutely shameful. It’s high time we as a society take charge and put an end to these inhumane tragedies.”

His teammate Shikhar Dhawan said: “This is an extremely painful news…, shocked and disgusted on hearing this. The offenders must be punished! My deepest condolences to her family and friends.”

His former teammate, Harbhajan Singh, sought Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention and said: “Shame on all of us we keep letting these things happens again nd again but nothing changes.

“Why can’t we make strict policy against such criminals ad hang them in front of whole town to set the examples 4 others #Need ur attention Narendra Modi Sir.”

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra also expressed grief over the tragic incident and tweeted: “I’m very disturbed and shocked with what has happened. The murderers and rapists should be given severe punishment for this heinous.”

Former India cricketer V.V.S. Laxman, who also hails from Hyderabad, said: “It’s time to punish and give no respite to the culprits who perform such inhuman and horrendous crime. Hoping for a swift action from Narendra Modi Ji and the Indian Govt.”

After the rape, the accused brought petrol from a nearby village and burned her body on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway.

Later, all the four accused were nabbed from their houses on November 29 by the Cyberabad Police. They have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.


15th G20 Summit: India exceeding Paris Agreement targets, says PM Modi



Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the virtual G20 summit Climate Change event highlighted that India is “exceeding” its Paris Agreement targets.

PM Modi also said that India is taking a number of “concrete actions” such as making LED lights popular which is saving 38 million tons of Carbon Dioxide Emissions per year and smoke-free kitchens being provided to 80 million households.

“Climate change must be fought not in silos but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way. Inspired by our traditional ethos of living in harmony with the environment, and the commitment of my Government, India has adopted low-carbon and climate-resilient development practices,” he said.

India has taken several measures such as elimination of single-use plastics, expansion of forest cover, restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, achieve 175 giga watt of renewable energy aimed at reducing carbon footprint and prevent climate change.

PM Modi batted for the International Solar Alliance, pointing out how it is “among the fastest growing International Organizations, with 88 signatories” and has plans to mobilise billions of dollars train thousands of stake-holders, and promote research and development in renewable energy, the ISA will contribute to reducing carbon foot-print”.

The Gurugram headquartered alliance is an India initiated project aimed at using solar energy to reduce dependency on fossil fuel.

He said, “This is the best time for further increasing research and innovation in new and sustainable technologies. We should do so with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”

The side event saw the participation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud who is the host of G20, along with Italy’s PM Giuseppe Conte, Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga, Australia’s PM Scott Morrison, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump.

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