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Kumbh order

New Delhi, Jan. 11 (PTI): The Prime Minister’s office has given directions to control pollution levels in the Ganga and the Yamuna ahead of the Maha Kumbh mela and warned of action against industries dirtying the rivers.

A PMO statement said Manmohan Singh was monitoring availability of adequate water in the Ganga from the Tehri Dam during the mela.

Goa casinos

Panaji (PTI): The Goa government has made it mandatory for casinos to carry out special checks on politically exposed persons and keeping certain people under scanner so that they do not indulge in illegal money transactions. Also, it has been mandatory for casino operators to know the identity of its customers.

Owaisi protest

Hyderabad (PTI): Five policemen were injured near Charminar on Friday after suspected MIM supporters protesting the arrest of Akbaruddin Owaisi for his hate speech pelted stones at police. The police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

Village diktat

Udaipur (PTI): An Udaipur panchayat has asked families of a minority community to ban girls from carrying mobiles and prohibit them from dancing at wedding processions. It said girls could use mobiles in parents’ presence and dance or sing inside homes. The move came after some intercaste marriages.

Mom locked

Salem (PTI): A doctor’s son locked up his mother and grandmother in his bungalow for 10 days after an argument before police rescued them. The police said the 33-year-old man locked the duo on January 1 and left with his father who runs a clinic. The police found the clinic closed and have launched a search.

Spitting bill

Dehradun (PTI): The Uttarakhand government plans to introduce a bill banning littering and spitting on roads and public places. Chief secretary Alok Kumar Jain has directed officials to identify tourist places on a priority basis to make proper arrangement for solid waste management.

Maran inquiry

New Delhi, Jan. 11: The Supreme Court today sought the CBI’s response into the alleged illegal use of high speed BSNL lines by former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran to help brother Kalanidhi, thereby causing a loss of Rs 442 crore to the exchequer.

The CBI has been given four weeks to respond after petitioner S. Gurumurthy submitted that the agency was not acting against Dayanidhi despite a preliminary inquiry indicting him.

33 deer dead

Mandla (PTI): Thirty-three spotted deer have been found dead in Kanha tiger reserve since last week, Madhya Pradesh forest officials said on Friday. The cause of death appears to be malnutrition, infection and severe cold but the exact reason will be known only after post-mortem.

Bail PIL

Mumbai (PTI): A PIL has urged Bombay High Court to strike down a 2010 notification, which spells out rules for granting bail. Petitioner Anjali Waghmare said the conditions were “harsh”. The court has asked Waghmare to get statistics regarding the number of accused affected by it.

Stalk suicide

Nashik (PTI): A 43-year-old widow committed suicide on Thursday after being stalked by two unidentified persons for two months. Nirmala Bhaskar Shinde had lodged a complaint with police that she was being stalked and harassed. Her family alleged police inaction claimed her life.

Drink-driving

Beijing (PTI): An Indian businessman has been charged with drink driving in China’s Yiwu after he hit a billboard and trees with his car. Police caught Abdul Ajees Mohamed Mustafa on November 8, Global Times reported, and sent him to hospital where he tested positive for drink driving. This is the first case of a foreigner being handled by local procuratorate.

Lokayukta

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has quashed the appointment of Justice (retd) Chandrashekaraiah as Karnataka Upa Lokayukta as the consultation process with the state high court chief justice was not held as mandated under the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984.