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Tagore works

New York, Sept. 4 (PTI): A handwritten poem by Rabindranath Tagore and a collection of posters commissioned by Mahatma Gandhi are among select artworks that will go under the hammer at auctioneer Christie’s New York sale this month.

A total of 81 works by Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore and Nandlal Bose, sourced from the personal collection of Bose’s nephew Supratik Bose, would be held on September 17. The highlight of the auction is a collection of posters Gandhi commissioned for the Indian National Congress meeting in Haripura, 1938. A poster titled “Bull Fighter” by Bose has been estimated to sell for $30,000 to $50,000. Tagore’s handwritten version of Where the mind is without fear, published in Gitanjali in 1910, could fetch between $100,000 to $150,000 (Rs 1.01 crore).

E-rickshaws

New Delhi (PTI): Janata Dal (United) MP Jai Narayan Nishad on Wednesday demanded that battery-operated auto-rickshaws be allowed inside Parliament complex for ferrying legislators after he was denied entry when he came in such a vehicle. He appealed to the MPs to use the vehicle “considering the prevalent fuel crisis”.

Kedarnath

Dehra Dun (PTI): The Uttarakhand government has decided to constitute a Kedarnath development authority to regulate the annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrine along the lines of the Vaishnodevi yatra after the June calamity damaged infrastructure in the Kedar valley.

Circus pets

New Delhi (PTI): People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has demanded a complete ban on animals, including elephants, in circuses. Peta officials said they found rampant and widespread abuse of various animals during an investigation of circuses across India.

Jawan dies

Srinagar (PTI): A CRPF jawan was electrocuted after he came in contact with a live wire inside a camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday, police said. Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, accidentally touched the electricity supply line and died on the spot.

Captain plight

New Delhi, Sept. 4 (PTI): The Centre has stepped up efforts to free the captain of an Indian merchant tanker, detained along with two other crew members at Togo in West Africa.

MT Ocean Centurion escaped an attack by pirates on July 16 near Lagos. When the captain, Sunil James, reported the piracy to Togo authorities, he was detained in a prison.

Fire alarm

New Delhi (PTI): Passengers in air-conditioned coaches will soon receive an early alarm in the event of a fire as the railways have begun installing a safety system which will stop trains automatically after detection of smoke and fire.

Nigerian held

New Delhi (PTI): A 28-year-old Nigerian, who allegedly duped Rs 10 lakh from a job aspirant by sending him placement offers through fake mails in the name of the British high commission and Hilton Hotel, London, has been arrested.

Rhino killed

Jorhat, Sept. 4: Kaziranga National Park lost yet another rhino, the 20th this year, to poachers last night.

A Kaziranga official said gunshots were heard late last evening near Tunikati forest camp in Bagori range. The forest guards acted immediately but had to call off the operation because of heavy rain. They launched a search early morning and recovered the carcass of a female rhino, with its horn missing.

26/11 panel

Islamabad (PTI): An eight-member Pakistani Judicial panel will travel to India on September 11 instead of September 7 to cross-examine Mumbai terror attack witnesses. The visit has been delayed by four days because of “non availability of flight”.

Hizb militants

Srinagar (PTI): Security forces have arrested a top Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander along with two associates from Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora. Talib Lali, active for about 15 years, and his associates were held after a brief gun battle, police said.

Godman held

Sehore (PTI): A self-styled godman, 65, has been arrested on charges of illegally confining and raping a woman, 24, for over four months at his ashram in Madhya Pradesh’s Neelkhand village, police said. The victim’s husband and mother-in-law were also held for assisting Tunnu Baba in the crime.

Death for trio

New Delhi (PTI): Three men have been awarded death penalty by a court for killing three of a family, including a child, with a motive to rob their house nearly a decade ago. The judge said it was a “rarest of rare” case as the murders were committed in an “extremely brutal, diabolical, revolting and dastardly” manner.

Fake tax apps

New Delhi (PTI): The income tax department has alerted people against fake mobile apps that compromise confidential financial data. The department has warned that illegal “mobile applications” have been circulating for smartphones, especially Android and BlackBerry phones.