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British visas to come cheaper

New Delhi (PTI): People applying for a British visa will pay Rs 200 to Rs 400 less under various categories from Monday.

While fees for the standard visa have been fixed at Rs 2,700, the one-year multiple entry visa will cost Rs 4,500, a British high commission release said.

For the two-year multiple entry visa, the fees will now be Rs 5,250, for five years Rs 6,600 and for a decade Rs 11,250, all of which fall under the categories of visitors, students, passengers in transit and returning residents.

Fees for a settlement and marriage visa will be Rs 19,500, the release said, while the certificate and entitlement visa will cost Rs 8,250. All other long-term entry visas will cost Rs 5,650. Fees for direct airside transit will be Rs 2,000.

Cheating clean chit for Govinda

Indore (PTI): A district court has “discharged” Bollywood actor Govinda from a cheating case filed against him, a firm called Ad Labs and another person by a local financier.

Additional district judge Manohar Mamtani discharged the actor from the case on August 30, Govinda’s advocate Dipesh Joshi said on Monday.

The financier, Suresh Garg, had filed the complaint against the actor, Prakash Jaju and Ad Labs, claiming that the trio had failed to return Rs 10 lakh taken from him for producing a film, Dil Laga Ke Dekho, starring Govinda.

The court gave its decision on a revision petition filed by Govinda’s counsel against a lower court order directing trial against them in the case, the counsel said.

When the trio failed to return the money after the film was shelved, Garg filed a cheating case against the actor and the others, he said.

He said the actor had pleaded that since he had nothing to do with the dealings between Garg, Jaju and Ad Labs, he should be discharged from the case. The court upheld this and discharged Govinda, the counsel said.

However, trial against Jaju and the firm will continue.

Gangaajal plea in Patna HC

Patna (PTI): A RJD worker has filed a petition in Patna High Court seeking an immediate ban on the screening of filmmaker Prakash Jha’s Gangaajal for allegedly tarnishing the image of chief minister Rabri Devi's legislator brother Sadhu Yadav.

Petitioner Dev Jyoti contended that he had seen the film and had found that a deliberate effort had been made to make Sadhu Yadav, a character in the movie, match and identify with the MLA.

The petition said that to match the real and the reel Sadhu Yadav, the filmmaker has put a beacon light on the vehicle of the film villain.

Maran to return

Villupuram (PTI): Union minister Murasoli Maran is being flown back to Chennai from the US on September 6 and will be admitted to a hospital there for further treatment, DMK president M. Karunanidhi said. Maran was flown to the US for treatment last November.

Tehri dam cleared

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has said there is no material to show that statutory environmental conditions had not been complied with for construction of the Tehri hydel dam project in Uttaranchal. .D. Jayal had petitioned the court alleging that construction of the project in an active seismic zone had rendered the dam unsafe.

Curfew in Bareilly

Bareilly (PTI): Gunmen shot dead a BJP corporator triggering arson and violence in the area. A mob burnt shops and houses and indulged in stone-pelting prompting imposition of curfew in parts of the city after Jitendra Saxena was shot when he was returning home, inspector-general of police P.C. Sabbarwal said.

Vadodara clash

Ahmedabad (PTI): A woman was killed, 10 people injured and several shops vandalised as violence marred Ganesh Chaturthi festivities in Vadodara and Junagadh districts on Sunday night, police said. Ramilaben Chauhan was killed when police opened fire to disperse stone-pelting mobs from two communities in Vadodara, the police commissioner said.


A chadar on behalf of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was offered at the tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer on the annual Urs of Dargah Sharief, an official spokesman said. The Prime Minister’s special envoy offered the chadar.

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