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Eviction order

Mumbai, Dec. 28 (PTI): Bombay High Court has ordered eviction of 66 tenants of a chawl here to pave the way for construction of a residential tower there under a redevelopment plan.

The bench, while accepting the developers and the government’s contention observed, “No prejudice is going to be caused to those hutment dwellers, if they are evicted from their present site and the hutments are demolished.”

Man-eater

Kotdwara (PTI): A leopard that had killed a seven-year-old child in Uttarakhand’s Pharasu village, was captured by forest officials. The half-eaten body of the victim was recovered in the forest on Thursday following which the enraged residents informed the forest officials about the incident.

Indians freed

Kuala Lumpur (PTI): Three Indians charged with murder three years ago were acquitted by a Malaysian court on Friday, citing inadequate evidence against them. Illayaraaja Haridas, Gobi Nath Shanmugam and Tivanesvaran Sathivelu were accused of killing 37-year-old Syed Kumar Yahya. Initially the three were charged separately but they were tried together since it involved the same person.

MLA arrest

Godhra (PTI): BJP legislator from Sahera, Jetha Bharwad, was arrested on Friday in connection with a firing incident during the recent Gujarat Assembly polls.

Bank fraud

New Delhi (PTI): CBI has filed a chargesheet against a person for allegedly duping Indian Overseas Bank of Rs 3.18 crore through over three thousand transactions in India and Australia through debit cards despite insufficient funds in his account. Tejo Bhaskar Yalavarthy was arrested by the CBI and all items he had purchased were seized from him.

Pak boat held

Kutch (PTI): A Pakistani fishing boat was captured by BSF from the Harami Nala near the disputed Sir Creek area, a BSF official said. “The fishermen were trying to cross the International Maritime Boundary towards the India,” an official said.

Kerala search

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec. 28 (PTI): Kerala, popularly known as “God’s own country”, has edged out Taj Mahal to become India’s top travel destination in the Google’s search trends for this year.

Kerala’s hill station Munnar also figured on the list of “Top 10” Indian destinations on Google’s Zeitgeist site. The trending for the year means search queries with the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period compared to the previous year.

Steam engine

Kozhikode (PTI): A 108-year old steam engine, which operated on the New Jalpaiguri route in Darjeeling from 1892-1998, is the star attraction at the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Kozhikode railway station.The engine weighs 15 tonnes.

Khadi order

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): The Kerala government has asked its employees to wear khadi or handloom on Wednesdays in a bid to promote the khadi and handloom sector. The dress code will come into effect from the New Year day.

EC vehicle

Ahmedabad (PTI): Gujarat High Court has ordered the Election Commission to pay remuneration at market value to people whose vehicles were requisitioned for poll duty during the state Assembly elections. The court also said that the EC avails driver services, it would have to pay his salary.

Ponty factory

Gurdaspur (PTI): Punjab pollution control board on Friday sealed a liquor factory of slain industrialist Ponty Chadha and a case was also registered against its management for violating norms. There have been complaints against the management that foul smell was emanating from the factory and it was releasing untreated waste into the Beas.

Tribal status

Raipur (PTI): The Chhattisgarh government has decided to provide educational facilities to five primitive tribes in the state which have not been accorded ST status. The state government had sent a proposal to the Centre seeking ST status for these tribes.