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Australia visa check

Melbourne, Aug. 20 (PTI): The Australian government today said it will strengthen checks on visa applications to ensure only “genuine students” enroll in the country.

Minister for immigration and citizenship Chris Evans said Australia would not tolerate fraud in the student visa programme. He said visa applications had increased by 20 per cent but nearly 28,000 visas were refused.

Boy death

Kannur (PTI): A one-and-a-half-year-old boy died after he accidentally fell into a washing machine filled with water in Kannur in Kerala on Thursday. The boy, who was staying with his grandparents, was trying to look inside standing on a stool placed near it.

Nitish aide

Patna: A friend of chief minister Nitish Kumar and a leader of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) was today arrested over the murder of an aide by his son. Vijay Krishna was picked up from a house in Faridabad by a Bihar police team aided by a special cell of Delhi police.

Hindalco men

Ranchi: All 10 Hindalco employees, kidnapped 48 hours ago from the Kujam mines in Gumla district of Jharkhand, have been freed. Deputy superintendent of police Naveen Kumar Sinha led a squad of Jharkhand Jaguar, the elite assault force of the state police, and carried out a 20-minute gun battle.

Welfare fund

New Delhi: The cabinet on Thursday approved a fund to help Indian missions run welfare plans for overseas Indians in distress. The Indian Community Welfare Fund will be in place in 17 countries. The fund will be used for providing lodging, medical care, air tickets for stranded Indians and initial legal aid.

Pollution rap

Durgapur: Officials of Durgapur Projects Limited have been summoned to court for running a power unit for over a year without the state pollution control board’s clearance. They have been told to appear before the Durgapur additional chief judicial magistrate on September 15.

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