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Nation at a Glance

32 Indians in US spelling contest

Houston (PTI): A total of 32 Indian-American students are ready to display their orthographic chops at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, the word spelling contest in the US, which begins on Wednesday with the greatest number of 275 spellers in its 79-year history.

Owing to its ever increasing popularity, the Bee is going live for the first time on ABC prime time for the final rounds on Thursday, while preliminary rounds will be live as usual on ESPN.

“ABC’s decision to move the Scripps National Spelling Bee to prime time affirms for us how deeply this unique event is ingrained in the American psyche,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, president and chief executive officer for the E.W. Scripps Company.

“We are proud to bring the Scripps National Spelling Bee to ABC for the first time in its 79-year history,” said Andrea Wong, ABC’s executive vice president, alternative series. “It’s exciting for us as a network to bring this competition of some of America’s brightest young minds to a broader audience.”

Court relief for Priyanka

Mumbai (PTI): A sessions court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Prakash Jaju, former secretary of actress Priyanka Chopra, who is fearing arrest in a complaint filed by Chopra’s father saying Jaju was threatening them over a dispute regarding his fees.

Jaju had sought anticipatory bail last week.

Judge A.C. Vaidya observed that prima facie it appeared that Jaju had sent threatening messages and made telephone calls to the actress and her father.

The judge agreed with prosecutor Dilip Shah that Jaju’s custodial interrogation was necessary to dig out information in this regard.

Valley families

Jammu (PTI): Sixty-eight members of divided Kashmiri families crossed over via Roshi Point along the Line of Control in Mendhar sector of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, sources said.

While 39 civilians came to India from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), 29 crossed over to PoK from Poonch, the sources added.

Ship hits rocks

Panaji (PTI): A Singapore-registered Panama flagship, MV Ocean Saraya, dashed against rocks due to rough sea conditions off Karwar coast in Karnataka early on Tuesday, coast guard officials said. Fourteen of the 22-member crew of the merchant navy vessel have been rescued.

Explosion deaths

Mumbai (PTI): Two workers of the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Company were killed in an explosion in one of its plants at Chembur on Tuesday. The cause of the explosion was not yet known.


As many as 327 stations across India will be developed as model ones equipped with modern facilities for passengers as part of railway minister Lalu Prasad’s drive to upgrade stations.

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