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Manisha, Nair seek out-of-court deal

Mumbai: After the hullabaloo in court, contempt notices and a ban, actress Manisha Koirala and director Shahsilal Nair have decided to settle out of court their dispute over deletion of certain “objectionable’’ scenes in the film Ek Chhotisi Love Story, reports our correspondent.

Koirala and Nair told Bombay High Court on Saturday that they were working on ways to reach a mutual understanding. Manisha had filed a case in court saying the release of the film should be stalled till Nair deletes certain scenes that she found objectionable.

The actress had contended that the semi-nude scenes done by her body double Jessica Choksi were included in the film despite her protests. Nair, she said, went back on his promise to show the final shots to her before the film’s release.

Nair also apologised to the court for taking the matter to a third party. Both he and Manisha had approached Balasaheb Thackeray for a resolution to the controversy while the case was pending before the court. The court has served contempt notices to Manisha and Nair for taking their fight to a third party.

Taking into account the latest development in the case, the high court has now adjourned to October 17 an appeal filed by Manisha, challenging an earlier order that had dismissed her plea to delete the scenes she had found objectionable.

Manisha, who is in hospital with a hip fracture, has been told she can file her affidavit by October 10.

Explosives found in Howrah bus

Calcutta: Police recovered four explosive devices, suspected to be land mines, from a Nandigram-bound private bus near Howrah station on Saturday morning during a routine check. A six-chamber country-made revolver was also found.

An army team and the CID bomb squad were called to the Golabari police station to examine the seized articles.

ajeev Mishra, additional superintendent of police, said: “Police personnel of the Special Operations Group were checking the buses at the terminus as usual on Saturday when they discovered the explosives hidden in a plastic bag under the seat. They were alerted when the metal detectors responded to the explosives.”

The owner of the bag could not be traced. An extensive search was carried on around the Howrah station. Police have detained several people for interrogation. After preliminary investigation, police have concluded that the explosives were being taken to East Midnapore by Naxalites.

SC on priest eligibility

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has ruled that Brahmins do not have monopoly over performing puja in a temple and said a non-Brahmin, trained and well versed with rituals, could be appointed a pujari.

As long as anyone well versed and trained and qualified to perform the puja in a manner conducive and appropriate to the worship of the particular deity is appointed as santhikaran or pujari, “no valid or legally justifiable grievance can be made in a court of law”, the court said, upholding the appointment of a non-Brahmin pujari in a Shiva temple in Ernakulam in Kerala.

Bank official duped

Kolhapur (PTI): A man fled with Rs 6 lakh by duping the manager of the Bank of India’s Jyotiba Road branch. Police said the manager received a call from one Prabhakar Rao, who claimed to be the assistant commissioner of customs, Pune. He asked him to bring Rs 6 lakh to hush up a matter regarding bank chairman K.V. Krishnamoorty. Soon, another call, this time in the name of Krishnamoorty, asked the manager to do the needful. The manager fell into the trap, and handed over the money to the man masquerading as Rao.

Accident claims 4

Kurnool (PTI): Four persons were killed and four injured, one of them seriously when a van carrying them plunged into a lake near Singalimetta in Nandyal Mandal. The van loaded with vegetables was going to Singaraya Konda in Prakasam.

Dacoity arrests

Calcutta: Police arrested Shamsur Darzi and Aftaruddiin Sheikh, residents of Nodakhali near Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas, from Midnapore. They were suspected to be involved in about 20 cases of dacoity and murder in the district.

Four killed in fire

Lucknow (PTI): Four members of a family including three women were killed and two hurt when their house caught fire in Jaani Kalan, Meerut. Leakage from an LPG cylinder was stated to be the cause of the fire in a report.

Shompen, an aboriginal tribe on the Andaman and Nicobar islands, with only 25 members is on the verge of extinction. The number came down to 25 after the death of two tribal elders. Fearing extinction living members were shifted to a safer place.

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