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Kasab expenses

Mumbai, Jan. 5: The Centre decided to waive today Rs 21 crore incurred by the Maharashtra government for the expenses of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) security to protect 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab at the Arthur Road jail.

“The state should spend the money for prison reforms,” said Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde while waiving off the cost of the ITBP.

Pension woes

Yavatmal (PTI): As many as 165 physically challenged and old people in Maharastra’s Yavatmal have sought permission from the President to kill themselves on January 26 if their grievances are not met by them. The have alleged that they have not their monthly pension for the past two years.

Border firing

Jammu (PTI): Pakistani troops fired 3-4 mortar rounds at posts along the border in Poonch violating the ceasefire. Officials said there was no fatality or injury in the firing. Indian troops remained calm and did not retaliate, officials said.

Badal case

New York (PTI): A US judge will hold an evidentiary hearing on January 29 in a case filed by a Sikh rights group against Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. The case has been filed against Badal on the charges of custodial torture and shielding police officers responsible for torture and extra judicial killings in Punjab.

Woman dead

Noida (PTI): A 21-year-old garment factory employee, who was missing since Friday night while returning from work, was found dead near her house in Noida’s Chotpur colony on Saturday. Police suspect that she might have been raped and murdered. She left the factory at 9pm with co-workers but didn’t reach home.

Couple killed

Mysore (PTI): Unidentified culprits have murdered an aged couple at their farmhouse, about 45 km from here, police said on Saturday. The victims have been identified as Venkatesh,74, a retired engineer of the irrigation department and his wife Kamakshamma, 65, they added.