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Axed to death

Hisar, Nov. 27 (PTI): A 20-year-old girl studying in Haryana’s Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology has been allegedly axed to death by a senior student, police said today.

Twenty-two-year-old Pradeep Nain was arrested on the charge of murdering Gitika Mehta last evening. Nain was produced in court and remanded in police custody for two days. Police said the students were close friends but lately Mehta had been maintaining a distance from Nain.

Rajat Gupta

New York (PTI): US prosecutors have asked a court to reject Rajat Gupta’s plea to remain free on bail pending appeal of his conviction on insider trading charges. The prosecutors called him a “flight risk” because of his strong personal and financial ties to India. Gupta is on bail after furnishing a personal bond of $10 million.

Firing range

Belgaum (PTI): The Karnataka government has directed the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment to shift its Bagdad Asmara Firing Range as it was causing problems to agriculture and mobility.

Urdu institute

Dehra Dun (PTI): The Uttarakhand government has given its nod for setting up an Urdu academy in Dehra Dun. Chief minister Vijay Bahuguna said different languages of the country were a reflection of its pluralist culture and the academy would be a step towards strengthening it.

Ramdev aide

Dehradun (PTI): Yoga televangelist Ramdev’s aide Balkrishna appeared in a CBI court on Tuesday in a fake document case. Balkrishna was arrested on July 20 for procuring a passport using fake degrees and certificates and has been out on bail since August 16.

Scribes arrested

New Delhi, Nov. 27 (PTI): Two senior journalists of Zee news channel were arrested today on charges of trying to extort Rs 100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s group for not airing reports on the coal scam linked to his firm.

The arrests came after Jindal’s firm registered a case with Delhi police’s crime branch. Sudhir Chaudhary, the head of Zee News, and Samir Ahluwalia, the head of Zee Business, have been arrested, police said.

Jindal had last month released a CD that allegedly showed footage of the Zee journalists trying to strike a deal with his company officials, telling them that the channel will not air negative stories on the group if the money was paid. Chaudhary, rubbishing the allegations as “fabrication”, had described it as “pressure tactics” to prevent the channel from doing such stories.

Hedge fund

New York (PTI): An Indian-origin hedge fund portfolio manager, charged with participating in one of the “most lucrative” insider trading schemes ever in the US, has been released on a bail of $5 million. Mathew Martoma did not enter into any plea and the judge set December 26 for the next hearing. He is accused of making $276 million by using secret data received from a doctor on the clinical trial of a drug.

Arrested spies

New Delhi (PTI): As many as 71 spies were arrested by security forces in the past four years, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

CVC glare

New Delhi (PTI): The Central Vigilance Commission has recommended action against 136 officials working in various government departments for alleged involvement in corruption. About 32 officials are working in the department of telecom, 17 in the State Bank of India, 11 in the railway ministry and nine in the Bank of India.

Pat for Tihar

New Delhi (PTI): A Chinese team led by vice-justice minister Zhang Sujun has praised the Tihar jail, saying the prison complex has “excellent management, harmonious environment and is a model for the corrections work in Asia”.