Etah, Feb. 27 (PTI): Two police officers were injured yesterday when they intervened between two groups which clashed over the marriage of a couple from different communities in Uttar Pradesh’s Miraichi.
Gulzar married Meena two days ago. However, Meena’s family is against the marriage as they claim she is a minor. The girl’s relatives stoned the home of a boy’s family member, alleging she had helped the couple get married. The couple are in police custody.
Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and the Nashik Municipal Corporation to check pollution in the Godavari. The court was hearing a PIL contending that garbage and effluents are released into the river.
Mumbai (PTI): A rape convict undergoing sentence in Pune’s Yerawada jail has moved Bombay High Court seeking temporary bail to undergo bariatric surgery as he is “obese” and “overweight”. The court has asked the prison superintendent to examine and submit Atmaram Dengle’s medical reports within two weeks.
New Delhi (PTI): A Delhi court has chargesheeted a youth and his cousin for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl after befriending her on Facebook in 2011. The court has fixed March 18 for scrutiny of the documents.
Muzaffarnagar (PTI): A deer was shot dead by a group of hunters at a village in Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday, police said. The hunters left behind the animal and fled when chased by villagers. A case has been registered against five persons.
Aligarh (PTI): A fire broke out at a meat export plant in Aligarh destroying property worth an estimated Rs 100 crore but there was no report of any casualty. The fire was triggered by a short circuit on Tuesday night in the unit’s packaging department, police said.
IAS exam recast
New Delhi, Feb. 27 (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved changes in the civil services exam pattern. The decision came on the recommendation of a committee constituted by the Union Public Service Commission, which conducts the exam annually.
At present, the civil services (main) examination has general studies paper I and II of 300 marks each, including compulsory and optional subjects. After the changes, both general studies papers will have more weightage.
Rapist let off
New Delhi (PTI): A court has let off a man held guilty of raping a girl after he spent a year in jail as the victim said she has married him and that they had an affair earlier. Dheeraj, 22, was also fined Rs 2,500.
Poonch (PTI): A leopard attacked residents of Bedar village close to the Mandi forest in Jammu and Kashmir injuring five persons on Tuesday evening, officials said. Villagers, armed with rods and stones, killed the leopard, they said. Two of the seriously injured were shifted to district hospital. The villagers protested demanding barbed wire fencing in the forest area.
Fine on Airtel
New Delhi, Feb. 27 (PTI): Telecom regulator Trai has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on Bharti Airtel for violating regulations to check telemarketing calls and text messages in 2012-13, minister of state for communications Milind Deora said in the Lok Sabha today.
Trai had imposed financial disincentives on various service providers for violating the regulations, Deora said.
Chennai (PTI): Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa has sacked three ministers and inducted an equal number, all first-time MLAs, in the eighth shuffle of her 22-month-old cabinet. The reason for the dismissals is not known.
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state government to maintain status quo on land leased to Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth. The government had cancelled the lease on Friday. The trust had sought a stay order. The court asked the government to reply within four weeks.
New Delhi, Feb. 27 (PTI): Delhi High Court today ordered the Centre to respond to a PIL on framing a uniform procedure for courts to follow while determining the accused’s juvenility.
Issuing a notice to the ministries of home affairs and law and justice, the court sought their responses by April 3 on the PIL challenging the rules under the Juvenile Justice Act. The plea wanted a section of the care and protection of children rules and the Delhi juvenile law be declared unconstitutional.
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has asked the city police to respond to a plea of the December 16 gang-rape accused that they be allowed to use as evidence the CD of the interview of the victim’s friend given to a news channel.
Bhopal (PTI):The Madhya Pradesh government has earmarked 1,000 acres in Neemuch to set up the country’s biggest solar power plant, which will generate 130MW, renewable energy minister Ajay Vishnoi has said. Renewable energy accounts for 5 per cent of the total energy generated in the state.
New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi government has said the national capital stands at 16th-17th place compared with other Indian cities and noted that women have become more “confident” in registering complaints at police stations.
Hit and run
Ahmedabad (PTI): A 27-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday in a hit-and-run case, in which two persons have died, a senior police officer said. Vismay Shah, the owner of the BMW that hit a motorcycle on which the duo were travelling on Monday, surrendered to police. Shah has been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
New Delhi (PTI): An-hour-long film highlighting the deplorable state of Yamuna is set to be screened at India International Centre. Take me to the river filmmaker Chitvan Gill said people of Delhi and India remain indifferent to the plight of the river.
Lady cop suicide bid
Mumbai, Feb. 27: A woman police constable, who had alleged sexual harassment against senior policemen, drank poison inside the Maharashtra state legislature premises on Wednesday evening.
gabad native Amruta Akolkar, 30, has been hospitalised and her condition is stable. In August last year, Akolkar had lodged a sexual harassment complaint against three assistant commissioners. An inquiry was set up and Akolkar was suspended on disciplinary grounds.
Mumbai: MNS workers on Wednesday attacked several NCP offices across Maharashtra after MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s car was pelted with stones by alleged NCP supporters on Tuesday night.
New Delhi: The standing committee on home affairs examining the Criminal Law (amendment) bill is believed to have approved most of the provisions of ordinance promulgated on February 3. The panel expressed its reservations on letting rape and murder accused make mercy pleas.
Bareilly (PTI): BJP MP Varun Gandhi has been acquitted by a court in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit in cases of hate speech lodged against him during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Two alleged hate speech cases were filed against Varun during the polls.
Mangaldoi (PTI): The carcass of a tiger, suspected to have been poisoned, was found in Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park in Assam. Park officials claim that the tiger died a few days ago and the exact cause of the death could be ascertained only after a post-mortem.
New Delhi (PTI): Asha Singh, wife of senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, died in a hospital after battling an advanced form of cancer for several years. Asha, 58, died around 7pm at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Vasant Kunj, where she was admitted a few days ago.