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Cop watching home annoys governor

Dehra Dun (PTI): Uttaranchal governor Sudershan Agarwal sought an explanation from the state government on Tuesday after a local intelligence unit constable was suspended for keeping surveillance on Raj Bhavan.

Describing the surveillance as “inappropriate”, Agarwal said he has written to the government calling for an explanation over the episode following which constable Shyam Nautiyal was suspended. The policeman was caught keeping a watch on activities in the governor’s official residence.

“I have written a letter on the issue to the government,” the governor said when asked about the episode that may have soured his relations with chief minister .D. Tiwari.

India 83rd in corruption chart

Singapore (AFP): India fares relatively better than other Asian nations in a global anti-graft body’s annual report, but still ranks no higher than 83rd in the survey.

India recorded a score of 2.8 in the annual survey of Transparency International, ranking an equal 83rd with Malawi and Romania.

The survey is a compilation of polls reflecting the perceptions of academicians, risk analysts and captains of industry. The index this year is based on 17 surveys by 13 independent institutions.

This year, 133 countries have been listed, with only those nations who featured in at least three surveys making it to the list.

Singapore ranks the least corrupt of Asian nations and at fifth worldwide, is one of only six countries with a score of more than nine. Transparency International said this score indicated “very low levels” of perceived corruption.

Finland, Iceland, Denmark and New Zealand top the rankings.

Most Asian countries figure at the bottom of the list, indicating high levels of corruption. The higher the score, the cleaner the country, with zero equating to “highly corrupt”.

29 killed in boat capsize

Machilipatnam (PTI): At least 29 persons were killed when a packed country boat capsized in the Krishna river in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. Nineteen persons were reported missing.

The boat carrying 50 people, including schoolchildren and labourers, sank in Krishna district, about 80 km from here. Police recovered 16 bodies and 21 people swam to safety.

Air Canada back

New Delhi (PTI): After four years, Air Canada announced on Tuesday the resumption of services with the launch of a non-stop daily flight between Delhi and Toronto from October 18. The 15-hour flight will do away with the inconvenience of five-hour stopovers and change of planes at European airports, an airline official said.

Graft trial put off

Chandigarh (PTI): A court here adjourned hearing in a case of alleged misappropriation of Rs 20 lakh by former Punjab chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal during her tenure in 1997. The hearing was put off as Bhattal’s counsel was not present in the court though the former chief minister was.

Cylinder blast

Kolhapur (PTI): Five persons were killed in an explosion of petrol and gas cylinders here. One person was seriously injured. Police said the illegally-stored cylinders burst at 8.30 am. The dead are yet to be identified.

Kanishka trial

Vancouver (PTI): The Kanishka trial was put on hold for the third time in recent weeks as lawyers for one of the chief accused, Ripudaman Singh Malik, asked for more time for negotiations over how his legal fees were to be paid. Proceedings were put off till October 14. Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri are being tried for the bombing of the Air-India plane in 1985, which killed all 329 passengers.

Phone tap probe

Dehra Dun (PTI): The ruling Congress in Uttaranchal sought an inquiry on Tuesday into a complaint by the state industrial development minister that his phones were being tapped.

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India’s ambassador in Moscow Krishnan Raghunath has gifted 100 volumes of works and speeches of Mahatma Gandhi to the State Library of Foreign Literature there. Indologist Yevgeny Chelyshev said Gandhi plays a colossal role in this terror-swept world.

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