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Space scientist gunned down

Dehra Dun (PTI): The director of the Uttaranchal Space Application Centre, Anil Kumar Tiwari, who was shot near his residence on Saturday night, has succumbed to his injuries, police said.

The scientist was returning home after a party when he was attacked.

A man, who is yet to be identified, approached Tiwari outside his Mohit Nagar house and fired a single shot at him after a brief altercation.

The bullet pierced Tiwari’s chest, the police said, adding that he was immediately rushed to a private hospital where an operation was conducted to remove the bullet. Tiwari’s condition deteriorated on Sunday.

Chief minister N.D. Tiwari said an inquiry had been ordered into the murder.

Chain-snatch trio in net

Ghaziabad (PTI): Three persons have been arrested on the charge of snatching gold chains and purses from women, police said.

Rohit, son of a local businessman, and his accomplices Gurpreet,18, a property dealer’s son, and Anil, 22, were held on Saturday by Sihani Gate police from the Patel Nagar area, senior superintendent of police Piyush Mordia said.

The trio used to target people in crowded places and use the stolen money to meet their mobile phone bills and expenses on their motorbikes, Mordia said.

Activist graft

Nasik (PTI): An anti-corruption activist has been arrested from Malegaon for allegedly extorting Rs 15,000 from a doctor of a local hospital.

Suman Madhav Rayte was arrested on Saturday after Dr Sarika Devre complained Rayte wanted the amount to cover up a complaint she had received about Devre, police said.

PM check-up

New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh underwent a routine medical check-up at AIIMS on Sunday. Sources said he is in “good health”. Singh also visited the ailing H.Y. Sharda Prasad, former information adviser to Indira Gandhi.

Karunakaran

Kochi (PTI): The Democratic Indira Congress led by K. Karunakaran has merged with the Nationalist Congress Party. The leaders of the two parties attacked the Congress but the Kerala veteran spared the state’s ruling Left front.

Tick

A 14-member Indian team will retrace the footsteps of Afanasy Nikitin, a 15th-century traveller who discovered India for Russia. The 12,000-km trip from Tver to Panaji would take 45 days.

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