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Adarsh probe

Mumbai, Nov. 17: The CBI is likely to question former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan in connection with his alleged role in the Adarsh housing society scam.

CBI sources indicated today that Chavan could be questioned regarding the letter which he signed recommending inclusion of civilians in the society that was originally meant for Kargil war martyrs and their kin.

Fugitive held

Chennai (PTI): A French national, convicted in his country for raping girls in an orphanage, has been arrested here, police said on Wednesday. Eric Martin was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in 2000 on charges of rape but escaped from custody and illegally entered India through Nepal several years ago.

Swiss banks

New Delhi (PTI): The finance ministry has initiated steps to request the Swiss Federal Court of Justice to get information on specific accounts in Swiss banks. The move is expected to step up efforts to bring back black money stashed in the banks.

Ration cards

New Delhi (PTI): As many as 1.78 crore bogus ration cards across the country were cancelled in the past four years to ensure supply of subsidised foodgrains to genuine beneficiaries, a government official said. Bengal topped the list of bogus card holders with 60 lakh followed by Maharashtra with 30 lakh.

Land row

Moscow (PTI): Criminal proceedings have been launched to vacate land allocated to Indian, Chinese and Cuban embassies here after the plots were illegally sold off to construction firms owned by an ex-mayor’s wife. The issue had been taken up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he met counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow last year.

Correction

The caption for a picture with the report “Rolls Royce ride ends 37-year wait for royal bride” in Wednesday’s edition said Umaid Bhavan Palace was in Jaipur, whereas it is in Jodhpur. We apologise for the mistake.        

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