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Merc crash

Pune, Sept. 15 (PTI): A young interior-designing student lost control of her Mercedes and dashed it against a dozen vehicles, injuring eight persons, including a woman pedestrian.

Aditi, 22, daughter of known cardiologist Dr Ranjit Jagtap, was booked under various sections of the Motor Vehicle Act and 279 of the IPC for reckless driving. However, she was not found to be under the influence of alcohol, police said. She was produced in court today which granted her bail on a surety of Rs 15,000.

Arms transfer

Washington (PTI): India has ranked second in arms transfer agreements with the US during 2006-09, while Saudi Arabia has been the leading arms purchaser in the developing world from 2002-09, an independent congressional report has said.

Indian held

London (PTI): A London-based Indian citizen has been jailed for 10 years after admitting to charges of fraud, money laundering and illegally providing immigration advice. He faces deportation after completing his sentence.

Water project

Colombo (PTI): India has handed over a water-harvesting project to Sri Lanka hoping that it will popularise the process for recharging underground aquifers in the neighbouring country. The project had been initiated by India following discussions during the 14th Saarc summit on water security within the region.

Free convicts

Coimbatore (PTI): Two murder convicts serving life terms were released on Wednesday following the state government’s decision to set free those who have served over five years of their sentences and are above 70 years. Chief minister M. Karunanidhi had ordered the release of 13 such prisoners.

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