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MP gang rape

Dhar, Jan. 2 (PTI): A married woman was allegedly gang-raped on an ITI campus by three acquaintances who offered her a lift near Dhamnod town in Madhya Pradesh on December 31.

The lady was returning home from a court, where she had gone to get a copy of an order, when she was offered the lift. The three youths took turns to rape her in an isolated corner of the campus. The trio have been arrested.

Track death

Bangalore (PTI): A software engineer from Delhi was run over by a train when he was crossing the tracks near Whitefield station in Bangalore on Wednesday. Residents blocked the tracks for over two hours demanding a skywalk, holding up trains on the Chennai-Bangalore route.

Cold toll

Lucknow (PTI): Fifteen more persons have died from cold wave in Uttar Pradesh, taking the toll this season to 107. The deaths were the highest in Muzaffarnagar, where the minimum temperature was the lowest at 0.6C on Wednesday.

Wife murder

Akola (PTI): A man and his father were sentenced to life for killing the former’s wife who refused to give in to their demand for having sex with her father-in-law in Maharashtra’s Wasim. They allegedly beat her and set her on fire when she refused. The woman’s mother-in-law, also an accused in the incident, is absconding.

Damages

New Delhi (PTI): A motor accident claims tribunal has awarded Rs 20 lakh to a man who became physically challenged after a rashly driven truck ran over his both legs while he was asleep on a pavement in February 2008. Dil Bagh Singh’s legs had to be amputated.

Shelter relief

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has asked the state government not to remove till April the temporary night shelters built near railways tracks, the relief apparently prompted by the biting cold in the capital. The railways had filed an application saying that the construction of such shelters be banned near tracks.

Acid attack

Srinagar, Jan. 2: A woman schoolteacher was attacked with acid by a youth in Srinagar on Wednesday.

The victim, in her 20s, was on way to work when Riyaz Ahmad tried to molest her and threw the acid on her face, police said. She has suffered severe burn injuries and has been hospitalised. Riyaz has been arrested.

Headley trial

Chicago (PTI): A US court on Wednesday rescheduled the sentencing of Mumbai terror accused David Headley from January 17 to 24 and his associate Tahawwur Hussain Rana for a second time to January 17. Headley had entered a plea bargain with the FBI, saving him from a possible death penalty or extradition to India or Denmark. The sentencing was earlier scheduled on January 15 for Rana and January 17 for Headley.

Free tablets

Kochi (PTI): Kerala will introduce a scheme to distribute free iron tablets to students from Classes VI-XII to prevent anaemia among children, health minister V.S. Sivakumar said on Wednesday. The free generic drug programme would be extended to all government hospitals and free dialysis services will be launched in all district hospitals this year, he said.

NRI dead in Pak

Lahore, Jan. 2 (PTI): A Canadian woman of Indian origin,a distant relative of Akali leader Sukhbir Singh Badal, was killed by a man who owed her money, Pakistani police probing the case told a court today.

The police added that they had written to Interpol to arrest the main accused, a German of Pakistani origin, who has fled to Germany. The team told the court that Rajvindar Kaur Gill, who was reported missing since August, had been killed soon after she arrived in the city.

Rape probe

Tirunelveli (PTI): A patient from Kalakadu had complained that two persons had raped her in a Tamil Nadu government hospital. A probe, however, revealed that two drunken men had quarrelled with the woman, police said.

IAF airlift

Jammu (PTI): The Indian Air Force airlifted on Wednesday 75 people, including women and children, from Kargil town in the Ladakh region. However, because of bad weather conditions passengers stranded in Jammu could not be ferried to Leh, a defence PRO said. The officer added that air sorties would be conducted depending on the weather.

Leopard

Bahraich (PTI): A leopard has killed a minor girl in a forest adjacent to Uttar Pradesh’s Katarniyaghat wildlife sanctuary on Tuesday, officials said. Reena, 11, had gone to the fields when the leopard attacked her.

Bank cheat

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): A court in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday has sent a former manager of the Central Bank of India to 14-day judicial custody in connection with alleged misappropriation of funds. The prosecution had alleged that Prabhat Kumar Gupta had transferred Rs 6 lakh to a fake account.

Solar pumps

Raipur (PTI): The Chhattisgarh government has decided to use solar energy to help people in 1,722 remote settlements get drinking water. Official sources said the settlements would soon have access to piped drinking water with the help of solar power-based pumps.