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Camera penalty

New Delhi, Nov. 14 (PTI): Mumbai-based TVC Skyshop, which runs an online shopping network, has been directed by a Delhi consumer forum to pay Rs 6,140 to a customer for selling him a defective camera.

The forum held that the camera bought by Delhi resident Sher Singh was defective and despite repeated complaints, the online store had done nothing.

US students

Washington (PTI): The number of Indian students in the US has dropped for the second consecutive year even as the count of international students hit a record high with the maximum enrolments from China, a study has said.

Smoke study

New Delhi (PTI): A 50 per cent rise in cigarette prices would help avoid over 40 lakh tobacco related deaths in India, a report released by the Asian Development Bank has said. It added that China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are among the top five of the 15 countries that account for two-third of the world’s tobacco consumption.

Tharoor trial nod

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov. 14: Kerala High Court today said Union minister Shashi Tharoor should be prosecuted for allegedly disrespecting the national anthem.

A NGO owner had filed the complaint claiming he interrupted the anthem after a 2008 lecture and asked those present to sing it the American way by placing their right palm over their heart.

Tharoor had appealed a magistrate’s order for prosecution under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

Coal plea

New Delhi: A second PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of all coal blocks allotted since 1993 and a court-monitored probe by the CBI or a special team.

Cane protest

Mumbai: A farmer was injured after police allegedly opened fire to disperse protesters demanding higher sugarcane prices in Sangli on Wednesday as the agitation spread to other parts of western Maharashtra, a stronghold of Sharad Pawar's NCP. Police claimed they fired to stop the mob from torching an oil tanker.

Lady helpline

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister will on Thursday inaugurate a helpline for women to help check rising crimes against them. The number 1090 will be the state's first-ever such facility run entirely by women police officers.

Brokers dead

Mumbai: Four property agents were found dead at a farmhouse in Panvel on Mumbai’s outskirts on Wednesday, three crushed with a stone and the fourth bearing guns-shot wounds. A pistol was recovered, giving the impression the fourth man had shot the others, but police suspect someone else.

Property row

New Delhi (PTI): A Delhi court has settled a 16-year-old property dispute among three brothers by ordering auctioning of the land as they failed to arrive at a “mutually acceptable” solution. The amount will be divided equally among the trio.