The Delhi gang rape case had its first major impact on Friday as the cabinet approved the death penalty for rapists who cause grievous physical or mental damage to their victims - such as leaving them in a permanent vegetative state - among a host of changes to laws on crimes against women.
Showing unprecedented urgency by choosing not to wait for Parliament's budget session that is 20 days away, the government approved an ordinance that includes key recommendations of the Justice JS Verma panel, and went beyond it to bring in the death sentence - the demand of millions of protesters in the wake of the brutal crime.
The ordinance will become law as soon as the President signs it and requires Parliament's approval within six months, which the government plans to complete in the budget session. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened the special cabinet meeting soon after he met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the morning. A few hours later, senior Congress leaders had another round of meetings where home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde presented the broad contours of the proposed ordinance.
Though the government had kept a two-day window at the start of the budget session to consider passing bills relating to women, government sources said the Congress leadership opted for the unusual step of issuing the ordinance to placate public sentiment.
There is no end to the monsoon fury in Uttarakhand with the death toll in floods and landslides touching 40.
A Singapore-bound merchant vessel from Jeddah split into two around 840 nautical miles off the coast in Mumbai causing oil spill even as all the crew members were rescued.
Mumbai Police have named BMC officials and a shop-owner in Altaf Manzil among others in connection with the partial collapse of the four-storeyed building in Mumbai.
Mamata Banerjee questioned "yet another" cabinet reshuffle of the UPA government at the centre.
A software engineer from Bangalore was arrested by Andhra Pradesh police on the charge of sending emails containing obscene photos of his wife.
Eight people died and 15 others were taken ill after they consumed toxic illicit country liquor at Bishnupur in South 24 Parganas district, police said on Monday.
A 19-year-old was stabbed to death by four of his neighbours here over an enmity, police said on Monday.