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Court ban on fairs at sati temples

Jaipur (pti): Rajasthan High Court on Friday disallowed holding fairs at two sati temples in the state on Saturday, but permitted prayers and offerings.

Justice k.s. Rathore said no glorification of sati would be allowed at Rani Khemi temple in Jhunjhunu district and Dholi Satiji temple at Fatehpur in Sikar district.

This was reported by R.P. Garg, the lawyer pleading on behalf of the Dholi Satiji Samaj. Any offering during worship would be handed over to the district magistrate and no chunari ceremony would be allowed by any devotee, the court order added.

The court also directed all annual ceremonies to be held inside temple premises only. On September 4, the court had passed a similar order for Rani Sati temple.

Women’s organisations here have decided to protest against the glorification of sati at Rani Sati temple, saying that the practice amounted to violation of the orders of the Supreme Court.

Iskcon dispute before trial court

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday appointed a trial court to resolve the dispute between the Iskcon’s Mumbai and Bangalore centres over the control of its Rs 39-crore property in the Karnataka capital.

Hearing a petition filed by the Bangalore centre against its Mumbai counterpart, which claimed total control over all Iskcon centres in the country, a bench of Justices V.N. Khare and Ashok Bhan refused to interfere with the interim injunction of Karnataka High Court on the issue.

The bench, however, directed the Bangalore centre not to part with its immovable and certain movable properties. It also allowed the Bangalore branch to carry on with its daily routine work, but asked it to take permission of the trial court in case of any expenditure exceeding Rs 5 lakh.

The Mumbai centre had challenged an interim order of the high court on April 19, which restrained it from interfering in the administration of Iskcon properties in Bangalore.

Since 1987, there has been a spate of litigations over the control of the Bangalore branch between the two societies.

Bus runs over 3 in Howrah

howrah: Three pedestrians were killed and a child sustained serious injuries as a Howrah-bound private bus mowed them before banging into the wall of a Calcutta State Transport Corporation building here on Friday.

Two of the three killed were identified as Sarbati Kurmi, 42, and Phalguni Mahato, 35. Seven-year-old Thaima Kurmi has been hospitalised. According to the Golabari police station, the driver of the bus on route 12D fled after the accident.

College agitation

Madurai (pti): Private college students continued their agitation for the third day on Friday to protest against the September 3 lathicharge on Melur Government College students, police said. Students boycotted classes to submit a memorandum at the district collectorate, demanding action against police officials. They also wanted the state to reconsider the decision to merge colleges with universities.

Rape victim appeal

Dehra dun (pti): Babita Joshi, who was allegedly raped by Delhi police officer Rajkumar Sharma, appealed for a government job for herself or her husband. “We have been rendered jobless. The government should either give me or my husband a job on humanitarian grounds,” she said.

Free food probe

Pondicherry (PTI): A case has been registered into Thursday’s incident of suspected food poisoning. Nearly 2,000 children were affected after they consumed bread and milk distributed under a free breakfast scheme.

Plant blast inquiry

baroda (pti): A probe has been ordered into Thursday’s explosion at the chlorine filling plant of Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited, following a leakage of monochloro-acetic acid. One more died on Friday, moving the death toll to three.

3 crushed to death

Bhilwara (pti) : Two girls and their mother were crushed to death when a tree fell on them during a squall at Borda village in Bhilwara district. The deceased were identified as Shanti Devi, Kanku and Kesar Bai.

Seventy jewellers from all over the country will take part in the fourth edition of the Jewels of India exposition in Bangalore from September 13 to 17. Jewellery worth Rs 50 crore will be on display, including kundan and meenakari work.

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