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PF probe rules

New Delhi, Dec. 7 (PTI): The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has imposed a time bar of seven years for initiating an inquiry against employers for lapses in maintaining accounts.

The norms seek to modify the provisions that often result in harassment of employers and establishments. Trade unions have decided to press for the withdrawal of the rule.

Brar attack

London (Reuters): Three men charged with stabbing Lt Gen. Kuldeep Singh Brar, who spearheaded Operation Bluestar in 1984, appeared in court in London on Friday. Brar was attacked near London’s Oxford Street shopping area on September 30. He was treated in a London hospital and discharged the following day.

Bhavan guide

New Delhi (PTI): The President’s secretariat has sought proposals for “scholar guides” under the “Friends of Rashtrapati Bhavan” programme to educate the public on the monument’s archaeological, historical and social significance. The candidates must be over 25 years and should be proficient in Hindi or English, a statement said. They will be paid Rs 900 per day, it said.

Ajit sworn in

Mumbai: NCP leader Ajit Pawar was sworn in as the deputy chief minister in a hurriedly organised swearing in ceremony at Raj Bhavan on Friday. Sena-BJP members boycotted the ceremony.

Luxury yacht

Mumbai (PTI): An unattended luxury yacht was found anchored off the waters of the Gateway of India around 7pm on Friday triggering panic in the area, police said. The police are keeping a watch on the yacht.

Train fire

Bahraich (PTI): A goods train carrying kerosene caught fire in Uttar Pradesh after some bogies derailed on Friday morning. Sixteen wagons went off the tracks between Jarwal and Saryu stations and 15 of them caught fire, sources said. Traffic was disrupted on the Lucknow- Gorakhpur route because of the accident.