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Women’s panel to probe Panna sati

Bhopal (PTI): The Madhya Pradesh Women’s Commission will probe the “alleged” sati by a woman at Patna Tamoli village in Panna district.

The commission, which would submit its report in a month, would go into the circumstances that led to the death of 65-year-old Kuttu Bai on August 6, an official release said.

The Digvijay Singh government has set the terms of reference for the inquiry.

The commission would ascertain whether the woman had announced her intention to burn herself on her husband’s pyre.

It would look into whether the incident was pre-planned or the result of the excitement generated by the atmosphere and prevailing circumstances. The women’s panel will also probe the district administration’s role during and after the incident.

The commission would make suggestions to prevent recurrence of such incidents and inquire into other incidental and related issues.

No Taj view at night till SC order

Agra (PTI): The Taj Mahal will not be open for night viewing as long as the issue is pending with the Supreme Court, Union tourism minister Jagmohan has said.

Steps could be taken to make the environs of the Taj more attractive, Jagmohan said here on Saturday night. The entrance from the eastern gate could have a green belt and a shopping centre, he said.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the Taj Mahal and the Mehtab Bagh across the Yamuna, the minister said a pontoon bridge across the river would attract more tourists.

Jagmohan said he would like a documentation and interpretation centre to be set up at the Taj on the lines of the one near the Ajanta caves.

The Taj museum could be improved and an information centre set up for the benefit of tourists.

250 youths converted

New Delhi (PTI): Two hundred and fifty Scheduled Caste youths from the southern districts of Tamil Nadu were converted to Christianity here on Saturday, Seventh Day Adventist Church sources said.

The church had shot into limelight in 2001 when it converted more than 1,500 Dalits. The youths, all in their 20s, were baptised at the end of a south Tamil Christian conference. The website of the church claims that more than 10,000 people have been converted in the state and Andhra Pradesh.

CS results

New Delhi (PTI): Results of the company secretaries examination held in June were declared on Sunday. They will be available at the regional and chapter offices of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and superintendents of examination centres throughout the country.

Nadeem damages

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court will hear on Wednesday a public interest litigation praying for a direction to top police officials to pay from their account the Rs 7 crore awarded to music composer Nadeem Akhtar Saifee as costs in the extradition case filed by the Centre in the Gulshan Kumar murder trial. Chief Justice G.D. Patil and Justice Vijaya Tahilramani will sit for the final hearing of the PIL that alleges that the Indian government lost the case because of the “careless and negligent attitude” of then city police commissioner R.H. Mendonca and joint commissioner D. Sivanandan. The deputy secretary of the state home department, however, refuted the allegation that compensation was paid to the London-based Nadeem. He was awarded costs of litigation and that was borne by the UK government as per practice, he said in an affidavit.

Land dispute row

Jaipur (PTI): Vehicles were torched in riots triggered by a dispute over a grazing land in Sindhari town of Barmer district. Three buses and 12 jeeps were damaged. The situation is tense but under control, police said.

Children flee home

Sonepat (PTI): Four juvenile prisoners fled the Bal Sudhar Greh here on Saturday. A case was registered against Updesh, Krishan, Vinay and Kamlesh. The inmates raised hue and cry when one of them fell ill. But as warden Balram entered the home to see what was happening, he was attacked and the keys snatched.

A pictorial biography of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bapi — The Love of My Life, by his daughter Anoushka was released in Delhi on Saturday. The book shows “all aspects of my life, childhood, passion for music... and the darkest part of my being”, the maestro said.

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