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Streaker on bike

Kottayam, Nov. 16 (PTI): A 30-year-old man was arrested yesterday for riding a motorcycle naked in and around the town for about an hour.

The man was first noticed around dusk by some passersby, who informed police. Unmindful of the onlookers and the police, he kept riding the bike before he was arrested and taken to a police station. The man, who has a history of depression, has been charged with obscenity.

DU suicide

New Delhi: A post-graduate student of Delhi University’s Hindu College was found hanging inside his hostel on Friday, police said. A purported suicide note found in the room of Shashi Shekhar, a 22-year-old from Bihar and a graduation topper, didn’t blame anyone. This was the second varsity suicide within a week.

Temple row

Hyderabad: At least a dozen persons were injured in violence that erupted on Friday after police restricted access to a zone near Hyderabad’s Charminar because of communal tension over a temple. One person was stabbed while several others were hit with stones by mobs that also torched vehicles.

Sugar protest

Mumbai: Raju Shetti, the Independent MP leading the Maharashtra sugarcane protests in which two farmers have died, was granted bail on Friday on the condition that he would not enter Baramati, Sharad Pawar’s pocket borough. Shetti said the agitation would continue till farmers get a “fair” price from sugar factory owners.

Nasa visit

Srinagar (PTI): Eighteen students from a private school in Kashmir have been invited to visit Nasa. The visit will be of 11 days and the students will get to interact with Nasa scientists, officials said. The pupils were selected through an astronomy olympiad held by the US space agency.

Tiff over trademark

Ahmedabad, Nov. 16 (PTI): Gujarat High Court has refused to set aside an order that cancelled Amul’s registration of its trademark TRIX, on which a US firm has claimed right.

Amul had registered TRIX in 1977, which it stopped using in 1987. In 2007, Amul planned to relaunch TRIX when the US company was foraying into India with a snack under trademark “DIP-TRIX”. This led to a legal battle between the two.

Textbook row

New Delhi (PTI): A textbook in a CBSE school has sparked a row by allegedly insinuating that non-vegetarians lie, cheat and commit crimes. The Centre has termed it “unfortunate” and asked state bodies to be alert about such content and monitor it.

Company rap

New Delhi (PTI): A forum has directed Whirlpool India Ltd to pay Rs 37, 500 to a customer for not repairing a defective timer in his washing machine. The forum refused to accept the company’s stand that the machine was discontinued in 2005 while the purchase was made in 2009.