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NATION BRIEFS

Maya sop to IT

Lucknow, Nov. 9 (PTI): The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to waive stamp duty on land for IT units and call centres.

“In the wake of the global meltdown, the government has also decided to extend the time limit of completion of IT projects by two years,” the principal secretary, IT, Chandra Prakash, said today.

Killer mother

Dubai (PTI): A Dubai court has increased from 10 years to 15 years the jail term of a 24-year-old Indian woman who stabbed both her daughters before turning the knife on herself. The elder child died but paramedics were able to save her sister. The 22-month-old, however, has suffered 35 per cent permanent disability.

Song fatwa

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): The Dar-ul Uloom has said it will not withdraw its 2006 fatwa against Vande Mataram. The organisation has said the recitation of the song is anti-Islamic. However, the Dar-ul Uloom said it had no objection to non-Muslims singing the song.

Jail shift

Ghazipur (PTI): Two contract killers, allegedly involved in the murder of a BJP MLA, have been shifted to Varanasi central jail after a clash between inmates and guards of the Ghazipur prison where they had been lodged. Angad Rai and Gora Rai, accused of murdering Mukhtar Ansari, were also involved in the clash.

Robbers held

Nashik (PTI): A three-member gang has been arrested for allegedly robbing a jeweller at gunpoint, police said on Monday. The gang had snatched gold ornaments and cash from Manish Lodha on November 4. Police have recovered three pistols from the accused.

Graft find

Gwalior (PTI): Madhya Pradesh economic offence wing sleuths have stumbled upon seven engineers associated with a canal project who have amassed property worth over Rs 15 crore which is disproportionate to their known sources of income. The engineers have been booked on cheating charges.


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