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NATION BRIEFS

House RTI rule

New Delhi, Dec. 29 (PTI): The records of a parliamentary committee’s proceedings can be provided to an RTI applicant once the report is tabled on the floor of the House, the chief information commissioner(CIC) said today.

However the CIC has exempted cases where documents are declared confidential. An applicant had sought from the Rajya Sabha a certified copy of a rule of the central secretariat services furnished to a parliamentary standing committee on home affairs by the department of personnel and training. The Rajya Sabha gave some information but did not allow inspection of record saying these were considered confidential.

Spill scare

Bangalore (PTI): A chemical spill in the city triggered a scare after some residents complained of a burning sensation in their eyes. The chemical, yet to be identified, was kept in seven barrels that police have seized.

Maid abuse

Bangalore (PTI): A software engineer and his wife were arrested for allegedly physically abusing their 15-year-old domestic help. A case has been registered against Pallav Chakravarthy and his wife Sinchita. The girl, who has been admitted to hospital, told police that the duo had poured hot oil on her back.

UK post

London (PTI): A barrister of Indian origin has been appointed recorder by Queen Elizabeth. Kalyani Kaul, 49, has been practising law in Britain for the past 26 years. As a recorder, she will prepare cases for trial and preside over hearings in county courts.

Pak soldier

Srinagar (PTI): A Pakistan army regular who sneaked into India was arrested by security forces in Kupwara on Tuesday. The soldier belongs to the Mujahideen brigade.

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