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Bank fined

New Delhi, Dec. 16 (PTI): A Delhi consumer forum has directed HDFC Bank to pay Rs 40,000 as damages to a former customer for issuing a demand notice for credit card dues that he had settled in full.

The order came on a complaint by Anurodh Tanwar who said he had settled his outstanding credit card dues in 2006 by paying Rs 17,400, according to a mutual settlement. But he started receiving fresh demands though he had not used the card after the settlement.

Dhaba firing

New Delhi (PTI): A man opened fire at a waiter who refused to eat the leftovers after he and his friends had finished eating at a dhaba in Connaught Place on Sunday. The victim escaped without injury. The accused has been arrested.

Antony order

New Delhi (PTI): Defence minister A.K. Antony has ordered a study to check stress levels among army officers. He has asked the Defence Research and Development Organisation to develop methods to mitigate stress. He has asked for the study to be submitted next month.

China ‘UFO’

Leh/New Delhi (PTI): A team of scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation will arrive in Leh to investigate if the luminous objects seen on the horizon over Pangong lake in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh are “Chinese lanterns” as has been claimed.

Faulty seeds

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has asked a seed manufacturing company to pay a compensation of Rs 45 lakh to 164 farmers in Maharashtra for supplying them defective seeds. The court upheld an order of the controller and director of agriculture asking the company to pay compensation.

Fishermen

Rameswaram (PTI): Sri Lankan naval personnel allegedly attacked some fishermen from Rameswaram and prevented them from fishing near the International Maritime Boundary on Sunday. The personnel asked them to stop fishing and go back at gunpoint, officials said.

Gandhi letter

New Delhi, Dec. 16 (PTI): An anonymous bidder bought the letter written by Mahatma Gandhi in 1922 to Rabindranath Tagore’s eldest brother Dwijendranath at seven times its price at an auction at Sotheby’s in London.

A private collector bought a first edition of the Indian Constitution, signed by President Rajendra Prasad and Jawaharlal Nehru, for nearly eight times its price. The letter to Dwijendranath fetched 49,250 and the statute fetched 39,650.

Amarnath

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has ruled that there will be no metalled or motorable road constructed on the route of the 30-day Amarnath Yatra. The apex court order is to ensure there are no casualties during the annual pilgrimage in the Kashmir valley.

Maoist killings

New Delhi (PTI): The home ministry has said the number of casualties in Maoist violence has declined in the past one year compared to 2010 and 2011. According to official statistics, Maoist violence has claimed the lives of 287 civilians and 113 security force personnel till November 30, while the figures were 611 in 2011 and 1,005 in 2010.

Mercy petition

New Delhi, Dec 16 (PTI): The special public prosecutor in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case has made a strong pitch for a three-month deadline for the President to decide on any mercy petition, amid demands for early execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

“A provision should be made in law that if the President does not give his decision on a mercy petition, it would stand automatically rejected,” Ujjwal Nikam said at an event in Delhi.

Central plans

New Delhi (PTI): Twenty-seven out of 58 central institutions and schemes are named after former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, the ministry of planning said in response to an RTI query. Mahatma Gandhi’s name figures in just four of these.

Driver sacked

New Delhi (PTI): An industrial tribunal has permitted the Delhi Transport Corporation to sack one of its drivers for his unauthorised absence from work for 151 days.