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Pakistan lady plea

Mumbai, Feb. 19 (PTI): A Pakistani woman has moved Bombay High Court challenging a decision by authorities to deny her permission to return to her country.

Rashida Tinwalla, acquitted in a case for possessing fake Indian currency after spending 30 months in jail, said she was “penniless”. Her lawyer said she could leave India only after paying a Rs 4 lakh fine slapped by the customs. The court has asked the Centre to reply in three weeks.

Audi number

Chandigarh (PTI): Mahant Chotu Nath, a sect head, has paid Rs 10.5 lakh to procure a registration number for an Audi at an auction held by the registration and licensing authority on Monday. The reserve price for the vanity number, CH 01 AR 0001, was Rs 25,000, officials said.

Dabangg relief

Mumbai (PTI): Mark Samuel, the assistant director of Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 2, and friend Vidushi Sood have been granted bail by Bombay High Court in a case of rash and drink driving. The duo were held on February 15 after a chase in Oshiwara. Earlier, a magistrate had remanded them in custody till February 21.

IAF exercise

Jaipur (PTI): The IAF will conduct its first day-night exercise “Iron Fist” to demonstrate combat and fire prowess at Rajasthan’s Pokharan firing range on February 22. Tejas Light Combat Aircraft will make a debut at the exercise.

Police panel

Jammu (PTI): The Jammu and Kashmir government will set up a state police complaints authority within six months of the Jammu and Kashmir Police Act coming into force to inquire into complaints of misconduct against police officers. The authority will deal with complaints of human rights violation, custodial killings and other grave crimes.

Customs cuff

New Delhi (PTI): Customs officials have seized high quality print heads worth Rs 1.11 crore from a man at Delhi’s international airport. Punjab resident Vinay Jain, who had arrived from Hong Kong, was arrested on February 10 and later granted bail.

2G files scan plea

New Delhi, Feb. 19: The Centre for Public Interest Litigation has urged the Supreme Court to direct the CVC to examine records of the 2G scam in the wake of a sting that allegedly exposed a CBI-appointed public prosecutor purportedly conspiring with an accused.

an application, the NGO also urged the court to direct the CBI to register an FIR against A.K. Singh, who has since been removed from the post.

River project

New Delhi (PTI): An international court of arbitration on Indo-Pak dispute on Kishenganga hydro project has upheld India’s right to divert water for the power plant. It, however, said New Delhi is duty-bound to maintain minimum flow of water to Pakistan to protect agricultural interests.

Kamal film

Kuala Lumpur (PTI): Malaysian authorities on Tuesday lifted a ban on Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam. Malaysian Film Censor Board had initially cleared the film and it was shown in theatres on January 24. However, the approval was withdrawn a day later after the home ministry issued a directive.

Cong trouble

Jammu (PTI): One of Congress’s sitting MLC has filed nomination against the party’s official candidate for election to the state legislative council. Mohammad Amin Bhat filed his papers despite his candidature being rejected during scrutiny of papers.

Lender killed

Indore (PTI): A moneylender was allegedly beaten to death with a baseball bat and stones over some dispute on Tuesday, police said. The deceased has been identified as Durgesh Dubey. A person has been detained and a search launched to nab two others. Articles belonging to Dubey, 28, have been recovered from the spot.

Harass FIR

Bareilly (PTI): A clerk posted with the NCC Group Headquarters has been booked for allegedly sexually exploiting a colleague, police said. The woman registered an FIR against Jagatpal Singh Bhati on Monday. Bhati is absconding, superintendent of police Akash Kulhari said.

Sukhoi 30 crashes

Jaipur, Feb. 19 (PTI): A Sukhoi 30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force today crashed in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district but both the pilots bailed out safely.

There was no loss of life or damage to property on the ground, a defence spokesperson said. The aircraft was to participate in the IAF’s day-night exercise “Iron Fist” on February 22, he said. This is the second IAF crash since January this year and the fifth since April 2012.

Electrocution

Itanagar (PTI): Two power department employees working on a power line were electrocuted when power was switched on at Ganga Market.

Badal trial

New York (PTI): A US federal court will hold an evidentiary hearing on February 21 against Parkash Singh Badal in an alleged human rights violation case.

Girl birth fee waiver

Pune, Feb. 19 (PTI): A private hospital has been waiving off the entire maternity charges whenever a girl child is born, in a bid to prevent female foeticide.

Dr Ganesh Rak, who runs the Medicare hospital in Pune’s Hadapsar, celebrates the birth of a girl child. His staff distribute sweets to the relatives of the mother. Rak, who has waived all charges in 144 such cases since last year, said he was “pained by the apathy shown to the mother” when a girl is born.

Voyeur arrest

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): An electrician has been arrested for allegedly installing a camera in a water heater in his neighbour’s bathroom. The 44-year-old electrician, Reghunath, had been viewing the images for the past eight months, police said.

Lok adalat

Nagpur (PTI): The Maharashtra government will organise a session of lok adalat on March 3, as part of its efforts to clear the backlog of cases. Four previous sessions of the lok adalat had helped resolve 7.95 lakh cases. The lok adalats is conducted simultaneously at 32 districts of the state.

Fishermen

Rameswaram (PTI): Twenty fishermen from Tamil Nadu were allegedly assaulted by Sri Lankan navy personnel while fishing near Katchathivu islet on Tuesday, officials said. The fishermen were beaten,their nets cut and their GPS devices were taken.

Peddlers held

Dehra Dun (PTI): Two suspected members of a gang of drug peddlers were arrested with 15kg of charas worth Rs 1 crore. Bishan Singh and Jagdish Chandra, both from Shimla, were arrested on Monday when they were coming to Dehra Dun with the contraband, police said.

Graft term

New Delhi (PTI): A court has sentenced a former director of Centre-owned State Trading Corporation to three years for amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 24.03 lakh and ordered confiscation of his property. Ishwardeen Chaudhury, 72, was held guilty under the Prevention of Corruption Act.