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Chishti relief

New Delhi, Dec. 12 (PTI): Pakistani virologist Mohammed Khalil Chishti was today acquitted by the Supreme Court in a 20-year-old murder case and allowed to return home.

The court, however, declined to interfere with his conviction for voluntarily causing hurt and served him with the jail term he has already undergone. It also directed the authorities to return him all his documents.

HDFC fined

New Delhi (PTI): A consumer forum has directed HDFC Bank to pay Rs 3 lakh to a taxi owner for seizing his vehicle because of a loan default. The forum said it was clear that the car was intercepted on the road and seized. No notice was given to the owner.

Zee probe

New Delhi (PTI): Zee Group chairman Subhash Chandra has agreed to undergo a lie detector test while his two editors have refused. The editors had allegedly asked for Rs 100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal’s firm to not broadcast reports that linked it to a coal scandal.

Web curbs

New Delhi (PTI): Union minister Kapil Sibal has informed the Lok Sabha that the government in the past three years had directed intermediaries to block 690 webpages for carrying anti-social, anti-national and hateful contents. Out of this, 663 webpages were blocked in 2012.

Aussie college

New Delhi (PTI): More than 500 Indian students will be affected by the closure of three Australian vocational colleges, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. The issue has been taken up with the Australian government at the appropriate levels, junior minister Shashi Tharoor said.

Girl set ablaze

Kathmandu (PTI): A 16-year-old Nepalese girl, who had suffered 90 per cent burns after being allegedly set on fire by her Indian boyfriend, has died in hospital. Babu Khan, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, had set the girl ablaze after she refused to elope with him, police said.