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Aadhaar probe

New Delhi, Feb. 20 (PTI): The Unique Identification Authority of India has ordered an inquiry into complaints of alleged duplication of Aadhaar numbers.

The authority received two complaints in July last year on such duplication and six on alleged misuse of personal data while issuing the Aadhaar numbers, the UIDAI said in a reply to an RTI query. An operator and supervisor in Andhra Pradesh have been blacklisted for fictitious Aadhaar enrolments.

Banks fined

New Delhi (PTI): A Delhi consumer forum has directed SBI and Syndicate Bank to pay Rs 45,000 to an account holder for losing a cheque deposited by him and encashing it in favour of someone else. The SBI cheque was deposited with Syndicate Bank.

Liquor law

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Kerala has decided to raise the age limit for buying liquor in Kerala from 18 to 21. Chief minister Oommen Chandy said an ordinance to amend the Kerala excise act will be brought soon. The law will also make it mandatory for films to display the warning “Drinking is injurious to health” when actors are shown boozing on screen.

MP doctors

Bhopal (PTI): The Madhya Pradesh government has served chargesheets on 12 doctors allegedly involved in unethical drug trials, health minister Mahendra Hardia said on Tuesday.

Track deaths

Tirunelveli (PTI): Five persons died on the spot when a goods train hit two motorcycles at an unmanned level-crossing in Tazhaikulam in Tamil Nadu, police said. The bikers were thrown off their motorcycles as they were trying to cross the rail tracks. The train was ferrying oil containers from Kochi to Tirunelveli.

Lanka heat

Chennai (PTI): The Chennai office of Sri Lankan Airlines was pelted with stones in an apparent fallout of the alleged killing of the 12-year-old son of slain LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran. Nobody was injured in the incident, which comes days after a Bank of Ceylon branch was attacked.

AI pilot in video row

New Delhi, Feb. 20 (PTI): Air India is considering disciplinary action against a pilot who had uploaded a video allegedly laced with sarcasm and expletives against the management.

The video, titled Air India Rap, shows the pilot getting dressed for work only to be told that his flight had been cancelled. The pilot has, however, “unconditionally apologised and promised to withdraw the video from the Internet”, the airline chief said.

Leap out of auto

Hyderabad, Feb. 20 (PTI): A 22-year-old girl has suffered head injuries after she jumped out of a moving autorickshaw when a co-passenger allegedly tried to molest her last evening, police said today.

The girl, a software engineer, jumped out after the man seated next to her held her hand and the driver took another route. A passer-by took her to hospital and informed the police. She is stable. No arrests have been made yet.

ATS calls

Mumbai (PTI): The Maharashtra ATS, which announced Rs 10 lakh reward each on Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal and his three aides allegedly involved in terror cases, received 40 phone calls in a week’s time to provide clues but they have yielded no results so far.

Eye camps

Raipur (PTI): The Chhattisgarh government has admitted that as many as 62 people were left blind in one eye after procedures at cataract operation camps in the last two years. Investigations into one camp revealed negligence by five doctors, who have been suspended.

Uzbek woman

Panaji (PTI): Bombay High Court has asked Goa to repatriate a 25-year-old woman from Uzbekistan who was rescued in a crackdown on traffickers in Calangute beach last year.

No. 10 visit

London (PTI): A group of 30 Indian students pursuing post-graduate studies in the UK had a special tour of 10 Downing Street. The students said their visit was “amazing and unique.”

Maldives firefight

Male, Feb. 20 (PTI): A team from India arrived here today and held discussions with various stakeholders, including the Maldivian foreign minister, to resolve the situation arising out of ex-President Mohamed Nasheed taking refuge in the Indian mission for the eighth day in a row.

The team is headed by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, joint secretary in the foreign ministry, and includes officials with legal background.

Imchen bail

Kohima (PTI): A court on Wednesday granted bail to poll-bound Nagaland’s former home minister Imkong L. Imchen, arrested for carrying arms and Rs 1.10 crore in cash. Imchen, who resigned on Tuesday, was produced before a magistrate who granted him bail on “health ground”.

Jaya saplings

Chennai (PTI): Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday inaugurated an environment scheme under which 65 lakh saplings would be planted across the state, coinciding with her 65th birthday celebrations on February 24. Jayalalithaa planted a banyan sapling near Marina beach, an official release said.

Molest at 85

Thane (PTI): An 85-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly molesting an eight-year-old girl. Sitaram Bachate had lured the girl with money and sweets when she was playing outside her house in Thane, police said.

Cattle deaths

Udhagamandalam (PTI): Five buffaloes have been found poisoned to death and another four with burn injuries in Tamil Nadu’s Udhagamandalam, police said. Some miscreants might have mixed poisonous powder in the water bodies frequented by buffaloes, the police said. A probe has been ordered into the incident.

Leopard scare

Mariani (PTI): A 20-year-old worker of Dokliangi Tea Estate in Jorhat, Assam, was injured by a leopard on Wednesday. The leopard and her cub are suspected to have strayed from the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, forest officials said.