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Govt on baby row

New Delhi, Jan. 24 (PTI): External affairs minister Salman Khurshid today assured a delegation led by Brinda Karat that India would take up with the US the need to immediately expatriate a one-year-old Indian baby who is in foster care since last September.

drashish was taken to hospital last year after falling from a bed. A court found the parents negligent. The child was then taken away by child protection authorities, who accused the parents from South Dinajpur of negligence.

Child sex ratio

New Delhi (PTI): The government has said it would come up with a national plan of action to address the “serious problem” of declining child sex ratio. According to the 2011 census, there are 914 girls for 1,000 boys.

UK craft aid

Rameswaram (PTI): A UK-built hovercraft is expected to join the Indian Coast Guard station at Mandapam on Friday. The 21m craft can achieve a speed of 45 knots per hour and hover at a height of about 1.5m. The vehicle is capable of surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue.

Navy gesture

Rameswaram (PTI): The Sri Lankan navy personnel on Thursday offered refreshments to a group of 50 Indian fishermen when they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The navy personnel warned the fishermen to fish in Indian waters and not come deep into their territorial waters.

Molest father

Indore (PTI): A teenaged boy on Thursday axed his father to death for allegedly molesting his 14-year-old sister, police said. The boy, his maternal grandfather and uncle killed Hukumchand Balai before handing themselves over to the police. The body has been sent for post-mortem.

Veena GI tag

Madurai (PTI): The Thanjavur Veena, one of the most ancient and revered musical instruments of south India, is set to receive the geographical indication (GI) tag within two months. The GI Registry has specified that such goods must have special qualities unique to the geographical place.

Film ban upheld

New Delhi, Jan. 24: The Supreme Court today upheld the ban imposed by the Tamil Nadu government on the release of English movie DAM 999, which allegedly portrayed the imminent threat to the people of Kerala from the Mullaperiyar dam.

“The court cannot ignore the apprehension raised by the state and consider only individual rights,” the apex court said while dismissing the petition filed by the film’s producer.

Rail lockers

New Delhi (PTI): The railways have decided to raise cloak room and locker charges from February 1. Passengers will have to pay Rs 20 for using the lockers for 24 hours instead of Rs 5 earlier, said a senior official. The charge for every subsequent 24 hours will be Rs 30. The cloak room charge has been revised from Rs 10 to Rs 15 and for each subsequent 24 hours, it will be Rs 20. The charges had not been revised since 2001.

Zanjeer remake

Mumbai, Jan. 24 (PTI): Salim Khan has demanded Rs 6 crore as compensation, since the makers did not take his permission before going ahead with the remake of the 1973 Amitabh Bachchan starrer Zanjeer.

Salim Khan had co-written the script for the original film. Khan has taken up the case with the scriptwriters association. The remake is produced by Amit Mehra, son of Prakash Mehra, the producer and director of the original film.

Sex tests

Jaipur (PTI): Two diagnostic centres have been closed after they were found performing illegal sex determination tests, officials said on Thursday. An official said that the centres were using unregistered ultra-sonography machines.

Owaisi bail

Sangareddy (PTI): A court has granted bail to MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi for a 2005 case against him for allegedly obstructing the then Medak district officials from discharging duties. Asaduddin had to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and two sureties of like amount.

Jail suicide

Coimbatore (PTI): A murder convict serving a life term has allegedly committed suicide by hanging and burning his legs in his cell. Officials found a note that stated nobody was responsible for his death and he performed his own last rites, as he had no parents.

Heavy Kochi

Kochi (PTI): Kochi has topped the chart for having the largest number of obese population in a national survey conducted by Nielsen. Almost half of the Kochi population was overweight and 46 per cent of the people in the city were above their ideal weight, 13 per cent were obese and 7 per cent morbidly obese.

Killer tusker

Raipur (PTI): Two elderly women were trampled to death by an elephant in Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur on Thursday, forest officials said. The incident took place when 75-year old Iliriya and Martina Minj, 80, went to jungle to collect leaves, the forest officials said.

Telangana meet

New Delhi, Jan. 24: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today held a meeting to discuss the Telangana issue but the final decision on forming a separate state could not be taken because of differences of opinion among senior leaders, including top cabinet ministers.

The Congress leadership has come under pressure to decide either way after Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde promised to resolve the tangle within a month, a self-imposed deadline that ends on January 28. Sources said the party had not been able to harmonise the varying positions among top leaders and the deadline might have to be extended.

Indications are there has been a change in the Congress’s position from the earlier stance of not dividing Andhra Pradesh, though the dominant view is still in favour of an autonomous council for Telangana.

Lioness dies

Bhopal (PTI): A lioness, housed at a rescue centre at Bhopal’s Van Vihar national park, died because of respiratory disorder on Wednesday. Fifteen-year-old Jamuna was not keeping well for the past two weeks and was being treated for various age-related disorders at the centre.

Aircraft gift

Kanpur (PTI): Defence minister A.K. Antony will gift a Dornier DO-228 aircraft to Seychelles President James Michel on January 31 to carry out surveillance against
sea-borne terrorism and anti-piracy missions.

Lawyer arrest

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): A Delhi lawyer has been arrested for harassing a woman passenger on a bus in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, police said. Brij Bhushan Tyagi, 28, who was allegedly drunk beat up the woman’s husband when he protested against the harassment. The accused was later released on bail.