Police on Friday arrested BJP lawmaker Hema Malini’s driver, a day after her Mercedes collided with a Maruti Alto in Rajasthan killing a two-year-old girl and leaving the actor and four others injured.

    He was produced in court and later granted bail. Officials said Uttar Pradesh resident Mahesh Thakur, the accused, was facing charges of culpable homicide and causing death by negligence.

    Television footage showed Mathura MP Hema Malini walking away from the spot with blood dripping down her face following the crash on National Highway 11 near Dausa district in the western state.

    The incident brought the spotlight back on India’s dangerous roads where about 200,000 people die every year in traffic accidents, according to WHO data. Last year, Hema Malini’s party colleague Gopinath Munde was killed in a car crash in Delhi nearly a week after the 64-year-old took office as the country’s rural affairs minister.

    While the infant travelling in the Maruti hatchback reportedly died on the spot, her parents, a four-year-old brother and an aunt are undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Jaipur.

    Hema Malini, who was in the back seat of the Mercedes, was admitted to a private medical centre with a nasal fracture and injuries to her forehead, cheeks and legs.

    “A surgery of debridement (removal of damaged tissues) and repair of lacerated wounds was carried out post-midnight,” said Pratim Tambole, facility director at the Fortis hospital. “It was a two-hour long process under general anaesthesia. She is now in post-operative intensive care unit.”

    The 66-year-old actor was going to Jaipur after visiting a temple in Rajasthan’s Karauli district when her car crashed into the Maruti Alto carrying the family headed to Lalsot city.

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Review: HTC 8X totally worth it

First it was BlackBerry that captured the collective conscience of Indian smartphone enthusiasts. Then it was the age of the iPhone. Currently, Android and Samsung are the flavour of the season. And there are many who feel that the next challenger in the smartphone war could be a device with a Windows operating system. And the HTC 8X is an able contender.

Pros: The top-of-the-line model from HTC offers direct competition to Nokia’s 920. With a sleeker build, and a lighter body, the design is more attractive than the 920, which is a tad bulky. This makes typing and poking or sliding a smoother affair.Another area that the phone scores is with the fact that it does not aim to do everything. It offers the user enough to feel satisfied with the price without compromising on the quality of features. The 8 MP camera is decent and the photo enhancer negates the need to download Instagram. HTC’s in-built additions, like the weather, stock market and news ticker means that you don’t need to visit the app store immediately, like an iPhone user usually does.

Cons: The apps are the biggest drawback. If you integrate your social networking profiles to the People tile, it drains the battery. The Twitter app simply isn’t on par with the iOS or Android app, and takes forever to load. Even WhatsApp runs slowly. This is one area Windows needs to work on to increase its  user base.

Verdict: Of all the recent Windows phones that have flooded the smartphone market, this is the best in terms of value for money, design and features offered. If the apps lived up to expectations, it would be a winner.


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