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RBI currency rap on Bihar police

Patna (PTI): The Reserve Bank of India has accused Bihar police of not registering cases in connection with the circulation of fake high-denomination currency notes.

RBI regional director M.D. Jha said here that police had refused to register 6,000 cases relating to forged notes during the last five months citing shortage of investigating officers to tackle such a large number of cases.

Jha said the police had also not completed investigations into over 5,000 FIRs lodged by the RBI in the last four years. He said the RBI had received about 6,000 fake notes through remittances from various banks. The RBI, he said, detected about 10 cases of fake currency at its counters on an average every day in Bihar.

A neighbouring country is engaged in supplying fake currency notes to different parts of India through Nepal, he added.

Jha said the RBI was providing training to bank personnel to detect fake currencies. It has also given instructions to all banks not to harass innocent people cheated by anti-social elements circulating the fake currency.

The RBI has also installed a currency verification and processing system that can process 60,000 currency notes per hour, besides detecting fake ones, Jha said.

HC transfer salvo at fire brigade

Allahabad (PTI): Does growing long hair and beard amount to indiscipline and warrant transfer of people in the fire department'

The question came up in Allahabad High Court when judges rapped the Uttar Pradesh fire brigade director-general for rejecting the representation of an employee against an order transferring him on the ground that he had long beard and hair.

The transfer order was quashed by a division bench of Chief Justice S.K. Sen and Justice R.K. Agarwal with a directive to the official to consider the representation on merit.

The order was passed on a special appeal filed by S.P. Srivastava, an employee of the Allahabad fire brigade.

Court directive in Bofors case

New Delhi (PTI): A court has directed the CBI to hand over certain documents received from Sweden to the Hindujas to enable them to prepare their defence in the Rs 64 crore Bofors case.

pecial judge Prem Kumar, who had asked the CBI to spell out its stand on the documents yet to be translated from Swedish into English, said: You (CBI) give it to them (Hindujas). They will get it translated and see if it could help them in any way.

Malabar exercises

Kochi (PTI): The largest-ever Indo-US naval wargames have commenced in the Arabian Sea off Kochi with more than 750 US personnel and state of art warships participating. It is the fourth in the Malabar series of bilateral exercises, sources said.

Amber fort alert

Jaipur (PTI): The Khalsa-ki-Bavri pond at the Amber fort, 20 km from here, is under threat as private parties are attempting to take over the area for construction of a five-star hotel. The convener of the Amber trust has alleged that it has been pressured to surrender the land and added that two state government officials are involved.

Army benefit order

Allahabad (PTI): Allahabad High Court has quashed an order of the army headquarters, New Delhi, rejecting an application by Hawaldar J.S. Bansal for retirement benefits on the ground that he had been declared a deserter. Ordering the authorities to pay all retirement benefits to the petitioner, the court said the army should have been sympathetic to a member who had lost his memory.

School recognition

Lucknow (PTI): The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to de-recognise 1,702 high schools and inter-colleges which register a pass percentage of below 20 per cent. The government has also decided to transfer teachers of such government secondary schools.

Brothers drown

Nashik (PTI): Two cousins drowned in a percolation tank while returning from school. They failed to judge its depth, police said.

The fourth India international aerospace exposition, Aero-India 2003, will be held in Bangalore from February 5 to 9. The exhibition will, for the first time, display the entire range of missiles, aircraft, warship models and other weapons for export enquires.


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