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Bhopal virus scare

New Delhi, April 4: The alarm bell on the pneumonia virus went off for the first time in India today with a case of suspected Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) being reported in Bhopal. But the Union health ministry dubbed it a “false alarm”, saying the symptoms did not match those of the disease that has so far claimed 80 lives worldwide, reports our special correspondent.

“A team from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases is leaving for Bhopal tonight” and will collect samples, said S.P. Aggarwal, director general of health services. Aggarwal stressed that the symptoms of 18-year-old Purushottam, who is suffering from fever, cough and has breathing difficulty, are different.

SC Cup ruling

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed Delhi High Court to decide on foreign exchange remittance between sponsors of the 2003 cricket World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the players, reports our legal correspondent. The apex court observed that the sponsors, M/S L.G. Electronics India Pvt Ltd, should approach the high court now that the World Cup is over.

Cops in net

New Delhi: After Delhi Development Authority officials and the income-tax commissioner, it was the turn of two Delhi police officials to fall in a CBI bribe trap, reports our special correspondent. It started when cops came to a resident in Uttam Nagar in west Delhi and falsely claimed that they had recovered a polythene packet from him containing contraband. When the man pleaded innocence, the officials said they would release him only if he coughed up Rs 5 lakh, the CBI alleged. The deal was, however, struck at Rs 2 lakh, but the cops insisted that the man should immediately pay Rs 60,000 for his release. The Uttam Nagar resident then lodged a complaint with the CBI.

Hizb duo held

New Delhi: Two suspected terrorists of the Pakistan-backed Hizb-ul Mujahideen have been arrested on charges of planning to target policemen. The police claim that the two — Feroz Ahmed Sheikh (34) and Mehboob Jaan (30) — were also involved in a recent attack on Kashmiri journalist Zaffar Iqbal Sheikh. A Chinese pistol, a .455 bore English revolver and ammunition have been recovered from the duo.

Public holiday

New Delhi (PTI): The Centre has declared April 14, the birthday of B.R. Ambedkar, a public holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act.

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