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Sattu deaths

Jehanabad, May 14 (PTI): Eight persons died after having contaminated sattu (mixed cereal flour) today at Rajabazar locality in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, police said.

The eight, mostly daily wage labourers, bought the sattu from a road-side shop and fell ill soon after eating it, the police said, suggesting it was a case of food poisoning. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

Four others took ill and have been admitted to hospital. A probe has been ordered.

RTI call centre

New Delhi (PTI): The Centre has decided to set up a call centre and an interactive website to facilitate exchange of information related to the implementation of the Right to Information Act.

ATM cash loot

Bangalore (PTI): A 15-member gang has allegedly robbed about Rs 1 crore from a private agency vehicle that was transporting cash to ATMs. The culprits, who had come in two cars, overpowered the gunman and two cash loaders. The victims have been hospitalised, police said.

NHRC session

Ahmedabad (PTI): The National Human Rights Commission on Monday began its two-day open hearing session in Gujarat on issues related to alleged atrocities against Scheduled Castes and the problems they face in seeking justice.

US ship

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant controversial US ship Oriental Nicety, earlier known as Exxon Valdez and involved in one of the worst oil spills off Alaska in 1986, an immediate permission to anchor off the Gujarat coast. The jury said it would await the response of the ministry of shipping before passing orders.

PM bereaved

Ludhiana (PTI): Dhanantar Kaur, the elder sister of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur, died in a hospital here on Monday at the age of 82. She was suffering from cancer and is survived by two daughters and a son.