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Fog hits flights

New Delhi, Jan. 7 (PTI): Dense fog affected the schedules of over 30 domestic and international flights at Delhi’s international airport today.

flights were cancelled because of operational reasons. The fog started to envelop the airport around midnight. The runway visibility hovered between 50 metres and 125 metres at the third and the main runway. Airport operations had been normal for the past two days because of shallow fog.

Smoking fine

Srinagar (PTI): An anti-tobacco squad on Monday fined 10 persons, including employees of the state government, for allegedly smoking in public places. “A fine of Rs 1,900 was recovered from them,” a spokesperson for the divisional administration of Kashmir said.

Cops held

Port Blair (PTI): Two constables in the Andamans have been arrested for misbehaving and insulting a lady computer instructor, official sources said. The police department has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the duo.

Tiwari case

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has ordered the paternity suit against N.D. Tiwari to be heard on a daily basis. The directive came after the veteran leader’s counsel refused to settle the issue through mediation, saying a DNA report, which said Tiwari was the father, may not be accurate.

Food storage

Thanjavur (PTI): The Centre plans to set up cold storage facilities at 79 locations across the country to avoid wastage of perishable foods, food processing and industries secretary Rajesh Kakkar said.

Tiger carcass

Chandrapur (PTI): A decomposed tiger carcass was found on Sunday in the forests of Ekara (Bhujruk) in Maharashtra by environmentalists.

Kasab’s last plea

New Delhi, Jan. 7 (PTI): Ajmal Kasab had begged for “daya” (mercy) from the President through a four-line clemency plea written in elementary Urdu.

ote, full of language errors, was translated by the authorities as: “Sir, I have been sentenced… for capital punishment. It is most humbly and respectfully pleaded to spare me from death sentence and also get me released from the gallows. It is my humble request.” The application has been provided under the RTI Act to a Lucknow activist.

Tax protest

Chennai (PTI): The Tamil film industry came to a halt on Monday following a one-day fast against the Centre’s 12.3 per cent service tax on artistes. Several stars including Rajnikanth joined the protest.

Collector row

Bhopal (PTI): Two sons of an IAS officer have been accused of attacking a man and opening fire at his house. Datia collector G.B. Kabirpanthi has, however, alleged that his sons have been “framed”. But police suspect an old rivalry.

Gandhi items

New Delhi (PTI): Anna Hazare and former army chief Gen (retd) V.K. Singh will on Tuesday receive 29 items from the Mahatma Gandhi memorabilia purchased by an Indian businessman. Kamal Morarka, also a former Union minister, had acquired the items at an auction in the UK last year.

Priest cuffs

Rameswaram (PTI): A Christian priest in Tamil Nadu has been arrested on charges of threatening a woman sub-inspector who had visited his church in connection with a theft case. He has been booked under various sections of IPC, police said.

Lottery luck

Dubai (PTI): An Indian aircraft technician working in Qatar has won $ 1-million (Rs 5.5 cr) in a lottery in Doha. Satheesa Babu, a 50-year-old father of two from Kerala, won the draw conducted inside the Doha international airport. Babu, in Qatar for 15 years, bought his ticket in April.

Maya salvo

Lucknow, Jan. 7: Mayawati today demanded President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh, attacking the Akhilesh Yadav-led government days after an alleged police attempt to cover up a Noida rape and murder.

“Under the dismal law-and-order situation, I would request the governor (B.L. Joshi) to take cognisance as per the constitutional provisions and recommend President’s rule in the state,” the Bahujan Samaj Party chief said.

She alleged the crime graph in the state had started rising since she resigned after losing power in the polls in March last year.

Freak death

Salem (PTI): A four-year-old girl died after slipping and falling into a huge vat of boiling rasam at a temple at Edapadi, Tamil Nadu. The temple was hosting a public feast on a festival, police said.

Visa counters

Amritsar (PTI): Arrangements are being made to set up special counters at the Attari-Wagah border to grant visas to senior citizens from January 15, official sources said. The effort is to bring the new liberalised visa agreement between India and Pakistan into effect.

Cancer vaccine

New Delhi, Jan. 7 (PTI): The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre on a PIL seeking to quash clearances for two vaccines to treat cervical cancer on the ground that they had been approved without adequate research on safety.

The petitioner alleged the drugs controller issued the licences violating the directions of a House panel on health and family welfare in 2010.

Airline fined

New Delhi (PTI): Lufthansa has been directed by a consumer forum to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to a Delhi resident for delivering her baggage late and in a damaged condition. The forum held the airline deficient in service and “solely responsible” for the loss caused to the woman.

School ‘rape’

Raipur (PTI): A watchman and a contractual teacher have been arrested for allegedly raping minor students of a government-run residential school for tribal girls in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district. Tests have so far confirmed rape on nine out of the 40 students, police said.

Cold deaths

Lucknow (PTI): Extreme cold weather has claimed 20 more lives in Uttar Pradesh with Muzaffarnagar recording the lowest temperature of minus 0.7°C. Six persons have died in Ghazipur alone. The deaths have pushed this winter’s toll to 175.

Riot probe

Mumbai/Dhule: Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has ordered a probe into Sunday’s riots in Dhule in which four persons, including a teenager, were killed in police firing. The probe will be conducted by a magistrate and a report will be submitted in two months.

Malaysia con

Kuala Lumpur (PTI): Thirty-six workers, including Indians, have alleged that their Malaysian employer took Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh for work permit fees but never got them issued. A complaint has been lodged against the maritime logistics firm, which claimed that an agent had absconded with the money.