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Radia tapes

New Delhi, Jan. 8: The I-T department today placed before the Supreme Court transcripts of over 5,800 tapped telephone conversations of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia with prominent politicians and corporate leaders, including Ratan Tata.

ch of Justices G.S. Singhvi and S.J. Mukhopadhya, which took the transcripts in a sealed cover, said it would examine the material before issuing orders. The matter has been posted for further hearing on January 22.

MLA gives up

Chandigarh (PTI): A Congress MLA, absconding after a 24-year-old woman was found dead, has been sent to six days’ police custody after he surrendered before a Panchkula court on Tuesday.

Mall death

Noida (PTI): A BTech student died on Monday after falling from the third floor of Noida’s GIP mall, police said. Shashank had come to the mall with three friends. While returning, he fell from the railing. The body has been sent for post-mortem. Foul play has not been ruled out.

Cheat cuffs

Thane (PTI): Three persons have been arrested for allegedly duping several prospective house buyers of Rs 1.50 crore, police said. The trio — Anand Maladkar, Anand Kamble and Sunita Salvi — cheated people promising them houses under the state housing scheme.

Crash claim

New Delhi (PTI): A claims tribunal has awarded damages worth Rs 7.71 lakh to a child who lost his left eye in a road accident when he was two. The tribunal said though visual disability was 30 per cent, it would be considered 50 per cent as Piyush Jain won’t be eligible for armed forces and paramilitary services.

Shirdi wealth

Nagpur (PTI): The Shirdi Sai Baba temple has ornaments and jewellery worth over Rs 50 crore and fixed deposits, including Kisan Vikas Patra, for nearly Rs 627 crore as on March 31, 2012. The ornaments and jewellery worth has increased by around Rs 11 crore compared to March 31, 2011 figures.

Jagan assets

Hyderabad, Jan. 8: Jaganmohan Reddy’s attempts at release from jail in the assets case suffered a setback today after attachment of another batch of properties that could scupper his eighth shot at bail on January 22.

The assets included land of a firm that invested in Jagan’s businesses, allegedly in return for plot allotments when his father Y.S.R. Reddy was the chief minister.

Health call

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has summoned the health secretaries of seven states, including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, for their dismal performance in taking action under the PNDT Act, which prohibits pre-natal sex determination. The court has sought the states’ response over drastic drop in girl child ratio.

Smriti case

New Delhi (PTI): A Delhi court has taken cognisance of a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP MP Smriti Irani against Sanjay Nirupam for allegedly making derogatory comments about her on a news channel. During a debate on the Gujarat election results on, Nirupam had questioned Smriti’s credentials to analyse the poll outcome given her background as a TV actress.

Actress death

Bangalore (PTI): The husband of Kannada TV actress Hemashri and his driver have been chargesheeted for murdering her last year. Hemashri was going to Hyderabad with husband Surender Babu when she felt sick and died in hospital.

J&K strike

Jammu (PTI): Jammu and Kashmir government employees on Tuesday began a three-day “Kaam Chor Hartal” demanding enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years and a policy on regularisation of daily wagers.

Dolphinariums

New Delhi (PTI): An environment ministry panel has asked state governments not to give permission for dolphinariums after animal rights body voiced concern. Dolphinariums are commercial captive facilities that house wild dolphins captured “through cruel methods”, an animal rights body said.

VK phone bugging

Mumbai, Jan. 8 (PTI): Former army chief General V K Singh today said that he would not blame the officer involved in the alleged phone-bugging attempt at his residence on January 5, but those who ordered it.

“I will not blame the officer or the army for which I worked for 42 years. I blame those who directed them to do that,” Singh said. The officer had entered Singh’s Delhi home to apparently remove a telephone exchange, which the family thought was a snooping bid.

Scavenging

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has pulled up the Centre for its failure to enact a law to ban manual scavenging. The bill is pending before a standing panel despite the Centre’s pledge to amend the existing act.

Aamir role

Bilaspur (PTI): Aamir Khan has been offered the role of the brand ambassador of Chhattisgarh to promote agriculture in the state, agriculture minister Chandrashekhar Sahu said. Talks are being held with the actor who will take the final decision by March.

Tax-free films

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Two Malayalam films that focus on atrocities on women have been given a tax waiver by the Kerala government. Lisammayute Veedu and Ente help create awareness about crimes against women and children, minister D.M.K. Muneer said.

Robbery term

New Delhi (PTI): A youth was sentenced to seven years on Tuesday for robbing a man of Rs 700 at knife point. The court rejected pleas for his release on probation saying ‘proper punishment’ is needed to retain faith in the judiciary.

MLA warrant

Hatras/Aligarh (PTI): A court in Aligarh has issued bailable warrants against a BSP MLA and his brother after they failed to appear in a nine-year-old case. Ramvir Upadhaya and his brother Mukul, who had lodged the case after their cavalcade was attacked during an election campaign in 2004. They have to appear in court on February 6.