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HC rejects bail plea of Dara Singh

Cuttack: Orissa High Court on Tuesday rejected an interim bail petition by Ravindra Pal alias Dara Singh, who is serving a life term for the 1999 murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons. ara had sought interim bail to attend his mother’s last rites at his native Kakora village in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh. His mother Rajarani had died on June 18.

Minor killed

Bhubaneswar: A 14-year-old labourer was killed while three others were left critically injured following electrocution in Balangir on Tuesday. The labourers were engaged in some construction activities when the mishap took place. The contractor, who had engaged the labourers, is absconding following the incident.

Train stops

Bhubaneswar: To provide better service to its passengers, the Indian Railways have decided to provide additional stoppages of Howrah-Sambalpur-Howrah Express via Angul at Bhadrak. The Digha-Puri-Digha Express, Chennai-New Jalpaiguri-Chennai Express, Howrah-Satya Sai Prashanti Nilayam-Howrah Express and Howrah-Puduchery-Howrah Express trains will also stop at Khurda Road station from July 1, 2012, on an experimental basis for a period of six months.

Flag dishonour

Bhubaneswar: Crewmembers of the fishing vessels anchored at Tinimuhani Ghat jetty near Paradip are in the dock for dishonouring the national flag. The country’s tri-colour has taken a beating with torn and disfigured flags adorning the vessels. Aware of the incident, coastal security agencies have begun a probe into the credentials of the fishing vessels and its crews. We have received reports of torn up and tattered national flags flying atop the vessels. This is an illegal act. The marine police station officials have been directed to look into it,” said police superintendent Narasingha Bhol.

Village award

Bhubaneswar: To make villages litigation-free, the state government has decided to launch a social harmony award from the current financial year. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat. The initiative envisages award of Rs 1 lakh each to two litigation-free villages to be given every year.

Niser degree

Bhubaneswar: The National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar, will confer degrees to its first batch of students on Wednesday. The institute, which is currently operating from a transit campus at the Institute of Physics, had admitted 39 students into its five years integrated MSc programme in basic sciences.

One detained

Bhubaneswar: Kharavela Nagar police have detained one person in connection with an incident of firing on a youth behind Keshari talkies at Unit-III on Saturday night. P.K. Harshvardhan, 22, was injured after a group of criminals attacked him with sharp weapons and then fired at him.

Shot dead

Bhubaneswar: One person was shot dead at Adakasar near Dunguriplai in Sonepur district on Tuesday. The deceased is yet to be identified. Local police have started an inquiry to nab the culprits. Unidentified persons had shot four rounds of bullets at the deceased.