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Mumbai fire

Mumbai, June 27: A fire broke out in a building adjoining platform number one of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on Friday. However, no casualty was reported.

Fire brigade officials said the fire was reported on the fifth floor of the administrative building of Central Railway. The building houses the office of the Container Corporation of India, which handles railway cargo and provides warehouse services. Fire brigade officials helped evacuate around 35 people from the building.

E-court voice

Dehradun (PTI): ustice B. Lokur of the Supreme Court has cited high pendency of cases across the country and batted for setting up of e-courts, saying it is high time the obsolete and outdated systems are done away with.

Water alert

Mumbai: Mumbai residents may soon have to face water-cuts up to 15 per cent, civic officials have said, with rains playing truant and depleting water levels. “We have received only three per cent of rainfall in June till now, whereas we should have ideally received at least 15 per cent,” an official said.

Cycle scheme

Chennai (PTI): Around 6.44 lakh Class XI students of government and aided schools in Tamil Nadu will get free bicycles this year under a government scheme involving Rs 230.72 crore. Marking the inauguration of the scheme, chief minister Jayalalithaa gave away seven cycles on Friday.

Tortoises

Indore (PTI): Forest officials seized 45 tortoises from a bus stand in Indore on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off that the tortoises would be smuggled, the officials raided the stand and found a bag stuffed with the tortoises. However, no one was found near the bag.

Pak firing

Jammu (PTI): Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and targeted Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The Indian troops retaliated and the firing continued for nearly an hour. There were no casualties on the Indian side, an official said.

Petition for veg food

Madurai, June 27 (PTI): A petition seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to issue a circular to all departments regarding a policy that only vegetarian food could be served at government functions has been filed before a Madras High Court bench here.

The petitioner, E. Ramalakshmi, submitted that a senior official had informed her in March last year that her representation to serve only vegetarian food at state functions had been accepted. However, she came to know that non-vegetarian food was served during a conference in Chennai in December last year.

Teen rescued

New Delhi (PTI): A 13-year-old girl, allegedly kidnapped and forced into prostitution by a woman with whom she worked as a maid in Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, has been rescued, police said on Friday. The accused woman has been arrested and sent to judicial custody.

Dog menace

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): The Kerala government, alarmed by the growing menace of street dogs, has worked out a pilot project to rehabilitate them in a special compound, state minister for urban affairs Manjalamkuzhi Ali told the Assembly on Friday. Last year, nearly 28,000 people had been treated for dog bite in government hospitals in the state.

Tejpal relief

New Delhi, June 27 (PTI): The Supreme Court today extended the interim bail of Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a junior colleague, till July 1.

The Goa government had opposed the relief saying the victim and her boyfriend were getting threatening emails and seemed to be under surveillance. The court, however, extended the relief saying Tejpal’s regular bail plea was coming up for hearing just after three days.

Amarnath

Jammu (PTI): The Amarnath Yatra kicked off on Friday with the first batch of 1,160 pilgrims leaving for the holy shrine from Jammu base camp. State tourism minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir flagged off the batch, police said.

Slap charge

Thrissur (PTI): A school principal has been booked for allegedly slapping a Class VI student, police said. According to the student’s father, the boy was made to stand outside the classroom at Al Azhar Higher Secondary School for not bringing his textbook. Principal T.H. Abbas noticed the boy and after questioning him, slapped him.

Crash kills 7

Jaisalmer (PTI): Seven persons were killed when a jeep they were travelling in collided head on with a truck on Friday, police said. The truck has been impounded but the driver and his helper are still absconding.

Aamir plea

Ahmedabad (PTI): The final hearing of a petition filed by Aamir Khan seeking quashing of proceedings for using shots of a chinkara in Lagaan has started. Under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, commercial filming of chinkara without permission is illegal. The forest department had filed the case against Aamir on a complaint filed by slain RTI activist Amit Jethwa.

Insurance rap

New Delhi (PTI): A consumer forum has directed an insurance firm to pay Rs 3 lakh to a couple for harassment and delay in addressing their plea for cancellation of policies sold to them fraudulently by the company’s agent.