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Victoria stamp

London, Jan. 21 (PTI): A rare 159-year-old four-anna Indian stamp with the image of Queen Victoria’s head printed upside down because of an error is expected to fetch 50,000 to 70,000 at an auction on January 23.

The mistake occurred during the first printing of the stamp at Calcutta’s survey office in 1854. Several such stamp were sold in India, the Daily Mail said. Only about 25 such stamps are now available, auctioneers Spink, London, said.

Uddhav post

Mumbai (PTI): Uddhav Thackeray will be formally elected the Shiv Sena president in the national executive meeting to be held on Wednesday, party sources said. Even after Uddhav, currently the executive president, is elected, Bal Thackeray will continue to be the Shiv Sena “pramukh”.

Harass stick

Dehradun (PTI): Six men have been arrested for passing lewd comments at and misbehaving with a woman councillor in Mussoorie, police said. The men, travelling in a Bolero, had even tried to pull her into the vehicle on Sunday before her family and tourists intervened.

Airport Metro

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi Metro’s airport line will open on Tuesday but trains will run at a reduced speed of 50km per hour. However, check-in and baggage facilities will not be available for the time being. The line had been shut for six months because of repairs in the civil structure.

Willow death

Nashik (PTI): A woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her husband by hitting him with a cricket bat, police said. Sandhya hit her cancer-stricken husband following which he collapsed and died on the spot. The couple frequently quarrelled over domestic issues, the police added.

UP ministers

Dehradun (PTI): Uttar Pradesh ministers of state Moolchand Chauhan and Manoj Paras have been booked along with 26 others for allegedly kidnapping a panchayat leader and 27 of his associates, police said. The police suspect Pawan Kumar was abducted on January 17 in view of Bijnore zilla panchayat poll.

Women helpline

New Delhi, Jan. 21 (PTI): The government will make available the women helpline number 181 to all states of the country, telecom minister Kapil Sibal said today.

The three-digit emergency number was released a month ago only for women in Delhi. After the allocation of the number, the state governments are required to set up call centres so that the number becomes operational across the country, sources said.

Delhi LPG sop

New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi government has decided to increase the number of subsidised LPG cylinders from nine to 12 for BPL families and other marginalised sections. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting as part of the Sheila Dikshit government’s “kerosene-free Delhi scheme”.

Owaisi case

Hyderabad (PTI): Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, against whom a non-bailable warrant was pending in a 2005 case, was remanded in judicial custody till February 2. Asaduddin with his brother Akbaruddin were booked for obstructing the then Medak collector A.K. Singhal from discharging his duties.

Israel talks

Jerusalem (PTI): Indian Air Force chief N.A.K. Browne has held strategic talks with his Israeli counterpart Amir Eshel and will meet defence top brass, furthering the ongoing bilateral military ties.

Flash strike

Lucknow (PTI): Uttar Pradesh government employees, who are opposing reservation in promotions, went on a flash strike on Monday. The move came after they were allegedly beaten up by BJP workers at Lucknow airport in the presence of the BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, state president Laxmi Kant Bajpai and senior leader Kalraj Mishra.

Goa rape

Panaji (PTI): A local court on Monday sent the headmistress of a Goa school, where a seven-year-old girl was raped on January 14, to police custody for seven days. Headmistress Sharlet Furtado was arrested for negligence on Sunday.