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Kashmir blast

Srinagar, March 22: An explosives-laden car blew up at south Kashmir’s crowded Bijbehara market today killing a suspected militant and injuring 24, including three CRPF personnel.

The blast left behind a trail of destruction with several shops and residential houses damaged. Police said the identity of the dead person could not be ascertained so far as he was blown into pieces.

Police chief Anantnag Ramesh Jala said the blast killed the driver of the Maruti car, suspected to be the militant who was ferrying the explosives. “It is too early to say whether the blast was intentional or accidental. The vehicle was blown into pieces,” Jala said. The blast caused panic in the area as several injured people lay on road crying for help.

Adarsh rap

Mumbai (PTI): Two senior bureaucrats in the government have been suspended for alleged irregularities in the Adarsh housing scam. K.L. Gidwani, promoter of the Adarsh society, has been remanded in police custody till March 26.

Agent release

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has refused to stay the screening of Agent Vinod over alleged copyright violations. An Iranian music band had filed a suit against the film alleging infringement of copyright over the prelude used in the song Pungi baja de.

Governor PIL

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking removal of Gujarat governor Kamla Beniwal as “frivolous” and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the advocate for filing the “misconceived” and “misleading” PIL.