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23 killed in mishap

Dehradun, Aug. 1 (PTI): Twenty-three people, mostly from two Haryana villages, were killed today when a truck ferrying Kanwarias fell into a 150-metre deep gorge in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.

ty-one bodies have been fished out by the police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel and sent for post-mortem. The Haryana government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased.

Strike put off

New Delhi (PTI): Truckers have deferred their proposed indefinite strike from August 6 following an assurance from the transport ministry to consider their demands, including reduction in toll. The All India Motor Transport Congress, which had given the strike call, is seeking rationalisation of toll.

Car crash

Chandigarh (PTI): Five people were killed and three injured on Sunday when the car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a bus, police said.

Indians held

London (PTI): Two Indian citizens, who have been living in Britain “illegally” and working in a clothing factory in Leicester, have been arrested and face deportation. The factory where they worked now faces a potential fine of up to £20, 000 unless it can prove it had carried out a check on their background. The arrests come amid a nationwide crackdown on illegal workers, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration crime.

Arbitration

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court will soon have a dedicated court for arbitration, Chief Justice Mohit Shah said on Sunday. At present, arbitration matters are heard by a single judge only once a week.

Some 454 applications for arbitration are pending in the high court.

UP food drive

Lucknow (PTI): Nearly 260 people have been arrested within a fortnight in Uttar Pradesh for their alleged involvement in adulteration of vegetables, officials said on Sunday.


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