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Rahul car report

Alappuzha, Jan. 15 (PTI): A local court today asked police to submit a report by January 29 on the action it has taken on the complaint against Rahul Gandhi for climbing atop a moving vehicle to greet supporters during the Yuva Kerala Yatra organised by the youth Congress.

Local NCP leader Mijib Rahman filed the complaint alleging Rahul’s action led to violation of the Motor Vehicle Act. The police held Rahul had climbed atop the vehicle as there was a surge of party workers.

German visa

New Delhi (PTI): Germany has announced the opening of Visa Application Centres across India and one in Bhutan after a surge in visitors from these countries. Indian and Bhutanese travellers can file applications at the 16 VACs instead of the German missions.

Tigress prey

Bijnore (PTI): A woman was killed by a tigress near the Corbett National Park on Tuesday. Anandhi was collecting grass from the forest when she was attacked. Forest officials are not sure if it is the same maneater, that had strayed into human settlements in Moradabad and killed six persons in the past few days.

26/11 case

Mumbai (PTI): A court trying Lashkar operative and key 26/11 handler Abu Jundal on Wednesday issued non-bailable warrant against 12 more accused in the Mumbai attack case. All the suspects are allegedly based in Pakistan.

Society chief

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi police has told a court that it cannot register a case on a plea seeking criminal proceedings against the head of a charitable society as no cognisable offence could be made out of the complaint. The court had on December 18 directed the police to file an action taken report on a petition alleging that Gurinder Singh Dhillon was “spreading superstition among masses”.

Ghats panel

New Delhi (PTI): The Centre has ruled appointing any more panel to study the Western Ghats in an attempt to address concerns of the six states through which the ecologically-sensitive hills traverse.

Cop kills himself

Raisen, Jan. 15 (PTI): An assistant sub-inspector, dejected at being marked “absent” for reporting late on duty, committed suicide yesterday, allegedly by shooting himself with his service revolver.

K.S. Rajput, 52, was posted at Sanchi police station in Madhya Pradesh. He had an argument with the duty officer and told the senior that he was marked absent for the first time in his 26-year-old career.

Old varsity

Patna (PTI): Archaeologists have traced the remains of another ancient university at Telhara, 40km from the Nalanda University, a reference to which was found in the account of Chinese travellers Hiuen Tsang and Ithsing. The remains were found during an excavation, an official said.

Sadhvi trial

Kanpur (PTI): Bombay High Court has posted the bail plea of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, prime accused in Malegaon 2008 bomb blast case, for final hearing on January 29. Thakur is accused of hatching the conspiracy with others which led to the September 29, 2008 blasts in which six persons were killed. She was arrested on October 23, 2008.

Migrant birds

Kendrapara (PTI): Odisha’s Bhitarkanika National Park hosted 68,514 winter migrant birds from trans-Himalayan regions this year, according to a forest department report released on Wednesday. The number has come down by 15 per cent from the year before.

Museum

Port Blair (PTI): The Andaman and Nicobar Islands will soon have a museum, which will showcase artefacts and weapons used by the different tribes. Officials of the Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Research Institute, which was inaugurated by the President last week, are meeting various tribal groups in this regard.

Medical test stick

Bhopal, Jan. 15 (PTI): Over 150 students have been suspended at three Madhya Pradesh medical colleges for having allegedly used “unfair means” to clear tests between 2006 and 2012 to secure MBBS admissions.

Police have registered FIRs against them, the state’s medical education director, S.S. Khushwaha, said. Some of the accused students have already passed out while some are still studying.

Riot victims

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): The Uttar Pradesh government has launched a medical drive for Muzaffarnagar riot victims, with priority to pregnant women and children. Tests of over 160 pregnant women and 4,000 kids have been carried out till now, Muzaffarnagar district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said.

Clash kills 3

Jaipur (PTI): Three men were killed and six injured when a clash broke out on Tuesday night between two communities in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh, prompting officials to clamp curfew. The trouble started when one group hurled abuses on the other. Soon, it led to exchange of fire and stone throwing from both the sides.

Cold deaths

New Delhi (PTI): The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi government seeking a report on the death of two homeless persons near a shelter on January 1.

Fisherman

Vadodara (PTI): Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani has written to Manmohan Singh requesting him to take up with the Pakistan government the issue of bringing back the body of a Gujarat fisherman who died in Karachi jail last month. The cause of the death of Bhikha Lakha Shiyal, 35, is not yet known.

Army gesture

Srinagar (PTI): The army on Wednesday donated several equipment for rehabilitation of differently abled children on the 66th Army Day. The items, including wheelchairs and furniture, were given on behalf of the general officer commanding, Chinar corps, General Gurmeet Singh.