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Name bloomers in Bihar I-cards

Saharsa (PTI): The Bihar state election commission has ordered the preparation of fresh photo I-cards in Saharsa district, following detection of major mistakes in names printed in the cards, official sources said.

During the distribution of the cards, it was found that the names were typed in a “funny manner”. People with Singh as their surname found to their dismay that it had been made “Lion”, a translation of the word in English.

A voter, Saryu Singh, found his name on the I-card as Saryu Lion, while Panchu (fifth) Ram has become Five Ram and Basawan Mukhiya, Basawan Headman.

Saharsa district magistrate R.L. Chongathu said a company from Bengal, which had been entrusted with the job, simply translated the names from Hindi to English.

The mistake occurred as its personnel were not familiar with the local dialect, he said. The district magistrate detected the mistakes while giving out the I-cards and withheld their distribution.

As a precaution, the district administration has appointed proof readers to read names correctly and avoid any ambiguity, he said.

Crew stabs captain at sea

Singapore (AP): A Canadian ship’s captain was stabbed to death and thrown overboard by a member of his crew between India and Singapore, but the suspect was not detained because the incident happened in international waters, according to a news report.

Vancouver resident Ma Sai Chung, 53, was killed on December 17 after a fight with a crewman from China in the Straits of Malacca, the Straits Times newspaper said. Ma’s body has not been recovered, it said.

The crewman, whose name was not given, allegedly told his shipmates that he stabbed Ma in the neck after the captain angrily grabbed him by the collar because the crewman was not maintaining the correct speed, the newspaper said.

The Panama-registered ship, MV Jin Bi, arrived in Singapore on December 20 and left on Saturday with the suspect on board, the newspaper said.

Singapore police escorted the ship into the port after crew members reported the murder, but said they could not investigate the killing because it happened in international waters, the report said.

Stanley Norbert, a Singapore police spokesman, confirmed that the ship’s crew had reported a murder but did not give more details.

Thirteen die in road mishap

Bhopal (PTI): Thirteen people were killed and three injured in a collision between a jeep and a truck in the neighbouring Sehore district on the Bhopal-Indore route, police said.

The impact of the collision was so great that the jeep, which was going to Dewas, fell into a nearby ditch, killing its 13 passengers. The injured passengers have been admitted to Hamidia Hospital here.

Constable killed

Nizamabad (PTI): A constable died when his .303 rifle discharged accidentally while he was cleaning the weapon on Sunday, police said. Gangadhar (32), on duty at the office of deputy superintendent of police, was seriously injured and died before reaching hospital.

Arms arrests

Allahabad (PTI): Three persons were arrested during a raid at an illegal arms factory and several country-made guns and live cartridges were recovered from their possession, police said. Acting on a tip-off, special task force personnel raided a house here and caught the three red-handed.

Salman hearing

Mumbai (PTI): A court will hear the plea of Salman Khan on Monday for return of his vehicle, which rammed into a bakery on September 28, killing one person and injuring four. The vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, seized by police after the mishap, was inspected by the regional transport authority. The police later found out that it was not registered in Salman’s name.

Inmates flee

Jaipur (PTI): Two murder accused escaped from a jail in Dholpur after breaking open the barrack doors in the wee hours of Sunday, police said. The prison, which houses over 200 inmates, had only three persons guarding it on Saturday night. This is the second such incident in the jail this year.

Goods train derails

Jaipur (PTI): A wagon of a goods train derailed in Rajasthan on Sunday disrupting traffic on the Ajmer-Jaipur section, official sources said. No casualty was reported.

For the first time in the history of Indian Railways, a trial run of the fastest special train with a speed of 150 kmph was conducted on Konkan Railway on Sunday. The train covered a distance of 442 km in a record time of three-and-half hours.


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