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Old woman killed in row over seat

Chennai (PTI): A 62-year-old woman died after falling from a train during a quarrel with three co-passengers on Wednesday night.

The incident took place between Melmarvathur and Accharapakkam, about 100 km from Chennai.

The three persons boarded the Madurai-bound Pandian Express from Chennai in an inebriated state and had an altercation with co-passengers over seating space, police said.

The woman and one of the three fell down from the train in the melee. The man, who sustained serious injuries in the accident, has been arrested.

Youth plans friendís kidnap

Indore (PTI): One of the two youths rescued on Wednesday after being kidnapped has confessed to his involvement in the abduction of his friend Nitesh Nagori.

Dhruv Maheshwari, rescued from Guna town of Madhya Pradesh, has admitted his involvement in the entire episode of getting himself and Nagori kidnapped by one Ismail, an Indian contact of an international gang led by Aftab Alam, on August 17, police said.

He was promised a job at a hotel in Dubai and a commission for his role in abducting the cement manufacturerís son. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 4 crore from Nagoriís father.

Dhruv and his friend Gaurav Shivhare, who joined him in planning the kidnap, have been arrested.

Aftab Alam, who has been absconding from Mumbai since 1997 and is currently based in the Gulf, has been operating from Saudi Arabia and Riyadh.

Army shuffle

New Delhi (PTI): Lt Gen. S. Pattabhiraman has been named the new vice-chief of army staff.

Pattabhiraman, currently the western army commander, will take over on October 1. Lt Gen. Deepak Kapur, the GOC-in-C army training command, will be the new northern army commander and Lt Gen. Daljit Singh will be the western army commander.

Doctor strike off

Mumbai (PTI): Resident doctors in government hospitals here have called off their indefinite strike after 50 homeguards were brought in to enhance the security of JJ Hospital. The strike was on since August 30 following alleged manhandling of doctors by the relatives of a patient.

Varsity cell ban

Chennai: Indiaís biggest university of technology, Anna University, has banned cellphones on campus, including 227 affiliated engineering colleges spread across Tamil Nadu, reports our special correspondent. Also coming into effect on Thursday was a dress code barring women students from wearing jeans, T-shirts and sleeveless tops.

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A crematorium has been set up in Ahmedabad with Internet facility to enable relatives of the deceased to view the last rites. It has AC halls and a modern furnace with an automatic trolley.


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