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Stop-sale notice to Pepsi and Coke

New Delhi: Pepsi and Coca-Cola were on Friday served a legal notice, asking them to stop sales in India immediately or prepare for a $10-billion (Rs 457.1 billion) suit for having endangered people’s health, reports our correspondent.

The notice was served on Coca-Cola at its Atlanta office and on Pepsico in New York on behalf of Lok Sabha MP and joint parliamentary committee member Avtar Singh Bhadana.

Bhadana’s solicitor Surat Singh said the notice has been issued by the Congress MP on August 14 in his personal capacity.

The 15-member committee was set up a week later, on August 22, to probe reports of high levels of pesticide residue in a dozen soft drink brands marketed by the two cola majors.

Singh said his client claims the support of at least 12 more MPs.

Bhadana’s notice says the cola companies should refrain from distributing or selling their drinks and recall products already in the market by September 15. The parliamentary committee’s probe starts from Tuesday.

Singh said if Coke and Pepsi do not stop the sale of their drinks, Bhadana could slap a class action suit demanding $10 billion as compensation to the Indian people for endangering their health.

Medical admissions stayed

Mumbai (PTI): The Maharashtra government today stayed admissions to medical colleges following a students’ protest over exorbitant fees in private educational institutions.

“We have also requested Bombay High Court to grant us seven days to sort out the fee issue,” joint director of medical education Dr Wasudev Tayade said.

Admissions to Mumbai’s medical colleges had begun on September 11 following a directive from Bombay High Court on September 8.

The court had ordered the authorities to accept only 60 per cent fees from the students.

However, students continued to protest against the high fees, ranging from Rs 3.40 lakh to Rs 3.80 lakh per annum as against the previous year’s Rs 1.46 lakh.

About 30 Students’ Federation of India members were arrested on Thursday after a lathicharge at St George’s Hospital, where students had staged a demonstration.

Ants found in Bisleri water

Mumbai: The operations of a Bisleri plant here were suspended following an order from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of

Maharashtra, reports our correspondent.

“We found the presence of a cluster of ants in a 5-litre jar of Bisleri following a complaint. We have asked the plant to suspend its operations till it can rectify the lapses from the manufacturing process,” said Uttam Khobargade, director, FDA.

DD news channel

Hyderabad: Prasar Bharati, the country’s public broadcaster, is all set to launch its exclusive news channel from November 1, reports our special correspondent. K.S. Sharma, its CEO, said the channel will be on Delhi Metro.

Cyber crime alert

New Delhi:The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday said investigation agencies should be pro-active in tackling cyber crime, especially after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that showed how technologically savvy terrorists had become. John T. Dwyer, FBI’s acting legal adviser posted at the US embassy here, told police officers from several states on the last day of the five-day US-sponsored cyber crime course in Ghaziabad that law-enforcement agencies are generally not pro-active, but it was time they acted as fast as cyber criminals. “Cyber crime can be over in a matter of seconds,” he said.

Uphaar release

New Delhi(PTI): Delhi High Court on Friday ordered the release of Uphaar cinema hall to the Ansals within one month of the conclusion of defence evidence in the criminal case pending trial at Patiala House. Justice Kapoor issued the order on Ansal brothers’ plea for releasing the hall, where 59 people were killed in a fire during the screening of Border in 1997.

Ragging death

Gorakhpur (PTI): Acute depression, allegedly over ragging by seniors, drove a 22-year student to commit suicide in an engineering college here. The first-year student of B.Tech in Madan Mohan Engineering College hanged himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room.


The hill shrine of Venkateswara near Tirupati has earned a record amount of Rs 58.3 million in e-collections during the last 17 months. Three services under the system — E-seva, E-hundi and E-accommodation — were introduced in April 2002.

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