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Polish embassy guard stabbed

New Delhi: A Polish embassy security officer was admitted to a private hospital due to stabbing, which occurred inside the embassy premises, reports our special correspondent.

The New Delhi police have not registered a FIR as there was no complaint from the embassy.

Police officials were also not allowed to enter the embassy when they rushed there after getting a call. It is suspected that Jacck Skipivzepa, a Polish national, had stabbed himself.

The police control room received the call at 2.52 pm on Saturday, which said a security officer had been stabbed in the embassy. But when the police reached the embassy in Chanakyapuri, they were not allowed to enter.

The police officials said an embassy doctor was attending on Jacck initially, but when his condition turned serious the embassy called an ambulance and he was taken to Aslok Hospital in Safdarjang.

The New Delhi police sources said they are not sure if the stabbing was self-inflicted, accidental or if Jacck was stabbed by someone. A senior police officer spoke to the Polish embassy first secretary, Prezemyslaw Lysowsai.

Lanka PM for land bridge

Chennai: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday said a proposed land bridge connecting India with Sri Lanka “would be a major step towards sub-regional economic integration and would offer both sides of the Palk Straits huge economic benefits”, reports our special correspondent.

The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to Chennai and was delivering a special Millennium Lecture at the Central Leather Research Institute. Missing from the audience that contained Chennai’s elite were Jayalalithaa and the entire official establishment, save a few officers from the state information department.

The Tamil Nadu chief minister had written to Atal Bihari Vajpayee last month opposing the bridge project.

Wickremesinghe launched the Virtual Academy for Food Security and Rural Prosperity. The project, substantially funded by the Mumbai-based Dorabji Tata Trust, signals a new thrust in knowledge and information networking among Saarc countries.

Shatabdi runs over three

Panipat (PTI): Two women and a child were killed when they were trapped under the Shatabdi Express under a railway over bridge near Panipat station, police said.

The victims were identified as Savitri, 55, Tripati,25, and Sonam,1, of Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Their bodies have been kept in the civil hospital’s mortuary for post mortem. The police said the victims were walking very close to the track when the Kalka-Delhi Shatabdi Express was approaching Panipat station on the same track.

Children traced

Bangalore (PTI): Seven students, six of them girls, who went missing in Bangalore, were traced in Alleppey district of Kerala. “The children are with a relative of one of the students and are in safe custody,” the deputy commissioner of police said. The students went missing since August 21 after leaving home with their school bags.

Unwed mother case

New Delhi: The blood samples of former Uttaranchal revenue minister Harak Singh Rawat, who had to resign after an Assamese woman accused him of fathering her child, was taken to Dehra Dun on Saturday. The samples will be used to conduct DNA tests for establishing the parentage of Indira Deori alias Jenni’s 2-month-old child. Rawat was forced to resign from the .D. Tiwari government on June 18 after Jenni told an Assembly committee that he had “fathered” her child.

BSF officer in net

New Delhi (PTI): The CBI has chargesheeted a BSF medical officer for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Investigations revealed that Santosh Kumar Jha, posted at the force’s academy in Gwalior, owned assets to the tune of over Rs 15 lakh during the period between August 9, 1999 and March 9, 2002, the agency alleged.

Bullet scare

Ballia (PTI): Former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar said a police official had informed him that someone had fired a bullet at the windowpanes of the airconditioned compartment of the Magadh Express in which he was travelling from New Delhi to Ballia on Friday.


A“fashion show of books” in Jaipur last year in which dresses of models suggested different themes of books has found a place in the Limca Book of Records. The show has been registered as the “first fashion show of books” in the world record category.

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