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McDonald’s pays $10m damages

Silicon Valley (PTI): Fast food giant McDonald’s will pay $10 million to 24 groups, including the International American Gita Society, as part of a settlement of lawsuits.

McDonald’s has been charged with misleading Hindus and vegetarian consumers by “wrongly describing” its French fries, containing beef additive for flavouring, as vegetarian.

McDonald’s recently informed the Gita society that it is among the groups receiving the settlement money, the US-based non-profit organisation’s spokesperson, Ramananda Prasad, said.

“We are such a small organisation, and nobody supports us, the temples are busy with their own activities,” Prasad, who founded the society in 1984, said.

The society will get $50,000 from McDonald’s. The money will be used for developing a website on the Gita, especially a “Gita for children”, Prasad said.

A US court approved the 24 groups after a Seattle lawyer, Harish Bharti, filed a class lawsuit against the company, accusing it of deception in its claims of cooking fries in 100 per cent vegetable oil.

The maximum compensation of $1.4 million, or 14 per cent of the award, goes to Vegetarian Resource Group, followed by $1 million to the North American Vegetarian Society.

Summons in bakery case

New Delhi (PTI): A Supreme Court-appointed committee, inquiring into the flip-flops of Best Bakery key witness Zahira Sheikh, has summoned Chandrakant alias Bittu Srivastava.

The Congress corporator from Vadodara, along with BJP MLA Madhu Srivastava, had allegedly paid huge bribes to Zahira to change her statement.

Chandrakant has been summoned to appear on May 26 before the high-powered committee headed by Supreme Court registrar-general B.M. Gupta, who is assisted by joint commissioner of police Kanwaljeet Deol, in the inquiry.

A recent sting operation by a TV channel showed that the duo had paid lakhs to Zahira to retract her statement.

The committee has already examined Zahira and also questioned social activist Teesta Seetalvad.

The Supreme Court had last year quashed a Gujarat High Court order acquitting all 21 accused in the case and had ordered fresh trial in Mumbai instead of Ahmedabad.

Retired major arrested

Chennai (PTI): A 71-year-old retired army major was arrested after he shot at his neighbour in a fit of anger at Virughambakkam, police said.

The incident took place on Saturday night, when Manivannan was taking his dog for a walk. Major Mathew raised an objection and after a verbal duel, he whipped out his pistol and shot at Manivannan.

Gangster killed

Mumbai (PTI): Balu Dokre, an alleged member of the Chhota Rajan gang, was shot dead in Malaysia by suspected members of rival Chhota Shakeel group, on Saturday night, police said. Dokre was wanted in the killing of Nepalese MP Mirza Dilshad Beg, who had alleged links with Dawood Ibrahim.

Rohtang pass

Shimla (PTI): Rohtang pass, the gateway to the Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh that was to be opened by May 10, will now be opened by this month-end. The pass could not be opened due to inclement weather. The opening of the Manali-Leh Highway, the second highest road in the world, will also be delayed due to snowfalls.

Salman trial

Mumbai (PTI): A local court is likely to start trial against actor Salman Khan on May 26 in a hit-and-run case. He has been charged with killing one person and injuring four. It had rejected his plea for exemption from appearance. A court had earlier framed 10 charges against him.

Five drown

Srinagar, Uttaranchal (PTI): Five persons drowned after the jeep in which they were travelling skidded off the road and fell into the Alaknanda on Sunday, police said. While four were missing, three persons were injured.

Car crash deaths

Badwah (PTI): Six persons were killed when the jeep in which they were travelling hit a tree on Indore-Aidlabad Road on Saturday, Madhya Pradesh police said. Seven persons were injured in the accident.

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Pondicherry lieutenant governor M.M. Lakhera and chief minister N. Rangasamy joined others in pulling the chariot of Sri Tirukameswarar Temple in Villianoor at the Rath festival.


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