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CAS pushback under scanner

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has sought a reply from the government on an allegation by Zee-promoted Siticable Network that it deferred the implementation of the conditional access system (CAS) indefinitely in the capital for extraneous reasons.

A bench of Chief Justice B.C. Patel and Justice A.K. Sikri fixed September 24 for hearing the petition after additional solicitor-general K.K. Sud said he has to seek instruction from the government on this.

Siticable has challenged the August 29 notification deferring the implementation of CAS indefinitely, contending that it was unconstitutional, illegal, arbitrary and contrary to public interest.

Senior advocates Harsh Salve and Pratibha Singh, appearing for Siticable, contended that the deferment was for extraneous reasons as the information and broadcasting minister had said CAS would be implemented in the capital only after the Assembly elections.

The counsel quoted the statement where the minister had said CAS has unfortunately become an unnecessary political issue in Delhi and did not want any consumer- friendly initiative to become an issue for “competing politics”.

Banned injections seized

Chandigarh (PTI): As many as 91,000 banned injections of Oxytocin have been seized from Batala in Punjab.

The director, health and family welfare, D.P.S. Sandhu, said the injections were seized on Tuesday by district drug inspector, Gurdaspur, Bhag Singh from an “unlicensed” godown of one Ajay Kumar of Batala.

A case has been registered under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.

Sandhu also said 69,589 spurious tablets and capsules, 5,395 injections and cough syrups were seized from various chemists’ shops in Amritsar in August.

He said that raids had been carried out at different places in Punjab during August and action had been initiated against the defaulters.

Nine cases have been filed in different courts of Punjab under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, he added.

Jawan killed in shootout

New Delhi (PTI): Driven by stress, two Central Industrial Security Force jawans on duty at the residence of Delhi High Court judge .P. Dwivedi on Purana Qila Road were involved in a shootout on Wednesday night that left one dead and the other seriously injured.

There were conflicting reports about the incident. While Delhi police sources said constable Suresh Kumar shot at colleague Kartar San climaxing an altercation over duty hours, CISF IGP Shafi Alam said Kumar first fired on San, ran some distance before turning the gun on himself.

Plane crashes

Bikaner (PTI): A pilotless reconnaissance plane, on a training flight crashed near Naal air base here, official sources said. The 14-feet plane crashed outside the air base campus, apparently due to malfunctioning, sources said. No one was hurt in the accident, they said.

Slur on Maneka

New Delhi (PTI): A city-based advocate has filed a PIL in high court, alleging misuse of grants of crores by “fake” NGOs “in connivance with” Maneka Gandhi and some public servants when she was social justice and empowerment minister. A division bench issued notices to the Centre, the CBI, the CVC, the CAG and the government-funded Maulana Azad Education Foundation and gave them four weeks to file replies.

Bangla envoy

Dhaka (PTI): Bangladesh appointed Hemayetuddin as its new high commissioner to India on Wednesday. An official announcement made here said Hemayetuddin, Bangladesh’s ambassador to Thailand, will be the next high commissioner to India, succeeding Tofail K. Haider, who retires in December. Hemayetuddin joined the Bangladesh information service in 1974 and was absorbed into the foreign service next year.

College fund racket

Hoshiarpur (PTI): A couple working as clerks in a college was booked for alleged embezzlement of over Rs 25 lakh from the college funds. On a complaint by DAV College principal Janmit Singh that the duo collected Rs 25.10 lakh as fee, but did not deposit the money with the college, police registered a case against them.

Nearly 400 doctors belonging to various specialities will discuss possible solutions to “emerging epidemics” like tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS at a three-day annual conference of the International Medical Sciences Academy, in Kochi on September 26.


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