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Killer mother

London, Dec. 6 (PTI): A 33-year-old Indian-origin woman has been found guilty of beating her son to death at her Cardiff home in July, 2010, for not being able to memorise passages of the Quran.

Sara Ege, who had set the body on fire to hide evidence, was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice, the BBC reported.

Dubai Indian

Dubai (PTI): A 36-year-old Indian allegedly committed suicide on Dubai metro track, in the first such incident, after not being allowed to return home by his employer. The person, identified as H.U.M, was drunk and used the emergency fire exit to access the track, police said. He had asked his employer to cancel his residency visa and send him back.

Norway duo

Oslo (PTI): An Indian software professional and his wife, convicted for “serious abuse” of their seven-year-old son, have filed an appeal in a higher court in Norway. A court on Tuesday sentenced Chandrasekhar Vallabhaneni and Anupama to jail terms for 18 months and 15 months respectively.

House interns

New Delhi (PTI): The press wing of Rashtrapati Bhavan has sought proposals from graduates of national and international universities for a three-month internship programme. The interns would be given a stipend of Rs 5,000 per month.

Antique idols

New York (PTI): The US authorities, in collaboration with India, have seized five bronze statues stolen from temples in Tamil Nadu. An antique idol worth millions of dollars is one of many stolen items allegedly sold by an Indian smuggler Subhash Kapoor. He is facing criminal charges in India. He was extradited after being arrested at Frankfurt airport in 2011.

Leopard

Jaipur (PTI): A wounded leopard, possibly hit by a car, was spotted along a road in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on Thursday. Forest officials tranquillised the leopard and shifted it to Udaipur for treatment.

Mixed fortune

Kochi, Dec. 6 : Kerala High Court today quashed an FIR against former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan in a land allotment case after a judge held that framing a case against him on “false and frivolous” allegation was “unworthy of any merit”.

However, the relief for the CPM veteran was short-lived after the Congress-led UDF government challenged the order and got a stay from a division bench.

Ajit Pawar

Mumbai: NCP leader Ajit Pawar is set to return to the Prithviraj Chavan cabinet on Friday, barely 10 weeks after his sudden resignation as deputy chief minister following allegations of financial irregularities in irrigation projects, official sources said.

Pak channels

New Delhi (PTI): Security agencies have identified many foreign channels, a majority of them beamed from Pakistan, as having content that pose potential threat to the country. I&B minister Manish Tewari said that the 2011 Act would be amended to make the transmission of illegal channels a cognisable offence and increasing the fine with a view to discourage cable operators from transmitting illegal channels.