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Power order

Patna: The high court, paving the way for appointment and selection of power distribution franchisee in four cities, including Patna, has dismissed a petition filed by Essar Power Ltd challenging the decision of Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Ltd to cancel its letter of intent. bench of Justice Shailesh Kumar Sinha said: In the result, for the reasons and discussions above, the action of the board according to its letter dated September 20, 2012 (Annexure 15), cannot be faulted. The writ application being devoid of merit is dismissed.

Cop dead

Gopalganj: An assistant sub-inspector of police, Birendra Kumar Singh, died on Monday when a truck hit his bike near Dunariaghat on NH-28. He was posted with Muhammadpur police station for three years.

Arrest

Muzaffarpur: A criminal, Pawan Kumar Rai, was arrested at Majholiya village in the Bochahan area on Sunday night for being allegedly involved in the loot of Rs 47 lakh from the Benipatti branch of Punjab National Bank last year.

Fire death

Bettiah: A woman, Chhatho Devi (37), died when a fire engulfed her residence and 11 other houses at Matiariya village on Sunday night.