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Stay on Thackeray defamation suit

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday stayed defamation proceedings initiated against Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for an article that appeared in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna in 1994.

A bench of Justices . Santosh Hegde and B.P. Singh issued notice to complainant Wamanrao Deshpande Charthankar while staying the criminal defamation proceedings initiated by the magistrate at Sallu in Parbani district.

The court also issued notice to the state of Maharashtra.

Thackeray had challenged an order of the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court, dismissing his petition seeking quashing of the defamation proceedings.

Appearing for the Sena chief, advocate Uday Umesh Lalit said Thackeray was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and had no role in the selection of the article published in it.

Lalit added that the magistrate had quashed defamation proceedings against three reporters who had written the allegedly defamatory article, but ignored the fact that Thackeray had nothing to do with its publication.

Carnatic great dies at 95

chennai: Semmangudi R. Sreenivasa Iyer, the grand old man of Carnatic music, passed away on Friday at 95, reports our special correspondent.

Popularly known as Semmangudi, he was the father figure to many generations of Carnatic musicians. He had been unwell for some time and was bedridden in his last week. He is survived by three sons and two daughters.

In a musical career spanning over eight decades, Semmangudi was a vital link with an earlier generation of towering Carnatic musicians. M.S. Subbulakshmi learnt music from him.

Born in a Brahmin family to Radhakrishna Iyer and Dharmasamvardhini Ammal on July 25, 1908, at Thirukodikaval in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district, he had his elementary education at Semmangudi village, his father’s native place. As a schoolboy, he showed keen enthusiasm for music.

Semmangudi’s musical training, which began in 1917, saw many ups and downs. He learnt classical music under four teachers. At 16, a “change in his voice” came as a serious setback. But it made him more resolute to become a singer.

After he began performing in concerts in 1926 at Kumbakonam, Semmangudi developed his own style. He was the youngest artist to be conferred the prestigious Sangeetha Kalanidhi title by the Madras Music Academy in 1947.

Kanishka diary ‘altered’

Vancouver (PTI): A star prosecution witness in the Kanishka bombing trial had altered and burned some pages of her personal journal after her husband accused her of “setting up” the main accused, Ripudaman Singh Malik, the Canadian police told the Supreme Court.

The woman, a former confidante and employee of Malik whose name was not revealed under a direction from the court, had destroyed a portion of her journal as her husband got angry when police subjected her to a lie detector test and “felt she should not cooperate with police further”, the court was told.

Illegals freed

london (PTI): British police have released 16 Indians arrested for trying to sneak into Britain in a lorry near Hull in early October, a Hampshire police spokesperson said. “The immigration service asked us to release the 16 and accordingly they have been released on the condition that they will report at the immigration office at Croydon,” she said. Police had arrested the 16, including two unaccompanied children, near the port city.        The illegal immigrants were detected through X-ray equipment in the back of the truck.

Drunk examiner

Madurai (PTI): Three persons, including a travelling ticket examiner (TTE), were arrested by the railway police for being drunk while travelling in the Pearl City Express on Thursday. On a complaint by the Madurai chief ticket examiner, the TTE and the two others were taken into custody.


ottawa (PTI): Indians and Chinese form the largest number of immigrants in Canada, making up for more than 27 per cent of foreign nationals migrating to the country. Out of 229,091 who were granted permanent residential status last year, Indians made up 12.58 per cent.

Camp for elephants

Udhagamandalam (PTI): A camp for “rejuvenating elephants” would begin at Maravankandy dam near Masinagudy on November 15. The month-long camp is a brain child of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa.


About 3,000 students of a women’s college in Madurai formed a 3-km-long human chain on Friday championing national integration. The chain was formed to mark Indira Gandhi Memorial Day.

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