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TN House cell ban

Chennai, April 9 (PTI): Members of the Tamil Nadu Assembly have been banned from taking cellphones inside the House.

Speaker D.Jayakumar has issued a directive saying lockers have been installed for MLAs to keep their phones before entering the House. Some members in Karnataka Assembly had earlier been spotted allegedly watching pornography on their cellphones.

Cheat and kill

Chandigarh (PTI): Two youths on Saturday ran their car over a teacher who had allegedly caught their friend while cheating in an exam. Rakesh Kumar, 37, died in a hospital. One of the accused, Vikram, had been arrested. The other, Hariom, is absconding, Haryana police said.

Birth in jeep

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): A woman gave birth in a jeep after a government hospital allegedly refused to admit her on Sunday. Vikram alleged that doctors demanded bribe to treat his wife. He decided to go to another hospital when Nilam delivered the baby in the car.

Shimla tunnel

Shimla (PTI): Himachal Pradesh chief minister P.K. Dhumal inaugurated the first tunnel near Auckland on Cart Road in Shimla on Monday. The 75-metre long tunnel, connected by a bridge and built at a cost of Rs 7.30 crore, will reduce traffic congestion and the distance to Sanjauli.

CWG cases

New Delhi (PTI): The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee faces 45 cases filed by companies seeking outstanding payments, Jarnail Singh, chief executive officer of the organising committee has said. The number of cases against the body, which is facing probe for alleged financial scams, has risen from 30 in the past six months.

Kumaraswamy

Bangalore (PTI): Karnataka High Court has dismissed a petition seeking a direction to the Lok Sabha Speaker to disqualify Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Kumaraswamy for allegedly committing bigamy, on the grounds of lack of proof.