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Nation Briefs

RBI note appeal

New Delhi, July 16 (PTI): The Reserve Bank today urged people not to write on the watermark window of banknotes, saying it bears an important security feature that differentiates it from a fake note.

The RBI said it was brought to its notice that people write names, numbers and messages on the watermark window of banknotes, defacing the currency and making it difficult to identify the features of a genuine note.

Celebrity plea

Mumbai (PTI): A woman has filed a petition in Bombay High Court objecting to appeals of celebrities, including those of Salman Khan and Shiney Ahuja, against their conviction coming up for hearing "out of turn" while many other convicts wait in jail.

Modi visit off

Varanasi (PTI): Narendra Modi on Thursday cancelled his Varanasi visit for the second time in about three weeks because of heavy rain and electrocution of a worker from Bengal at the venue of his meeting. Modi was also scheduled to inaugurate a power project scheme and a trauma centre at Banaras Hindu University.

Adoption rule

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has held that if one of the parents adopting a child is an Indian while the other a foreign national, the couple would be termed "in-country", reducing formalities to be followed by them.

Fine on DDA

New Delhi (PTI): The national consumer commission has fined Delhi Development Authority Rs 5 lakh for a "meritless and frivolous litigation" challenging the compensation awarded to an allottee who was given a dilapidated flat. The forum directed DDA to recover the punitive damages from the salaries of the delinquent officers.

Bus overturns

Perambalur (PTI): Around 60 school students had a miraculous escape when the bus they were travelling in overturned near Perambalur on Thursday. Barring a girl, who suffered a minor fracture, the others were sent home after first-aid.

$20m for US abuse

New York, July 16 (Agencies): Nearly 200 Indian workers brought to the US by an Alabama firm to repair oil rigs damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have won a $20-million (Rs 127 crore) settlement in one of the largest labour trafficking cases in US history.

Signal International will pay the sum and apologise for trafficking, fraud, racketeering and discrimination against the workers, who were promised good jobs, green cards and permanent US residency. The company was found guilty by a federal jury earlier this year. The settlement for the 200 workers involved in the suits must win the approval of a court where Signal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last Sunday.

Cop salute

Thiruvanthapuram (PTI): Additional DGP Rishi Raj Singh greeted home minister Ramesh Chennithala with folded hands at an event on Thursday, days after the officer remained seated when Chennithala arrived at a police programme.

Blood blunder

New Delhi, July 16 (PTI): The apex consumer commission has directed a government hospital in Uttar Pradesh to pay Rs 14.95 lakh to a woman for wrong blood transfusion resulting in foetal losses during four pregnancies.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission also said that public health is crippling because of "rampant unethical practices" in government hospitals and they should not be exonerated scot-free after such "gross negligence".

Neelam Gupta was transfused with B positive blood by the hospital after her first delivery in 1988, whereas her blood group was B negative. Despite becoming pregnant four times, Neelam could not become a mother.

Pachauri

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi police have sought cancellation of the anticipatory bail to R.K. Pachauri, the Teri chief accused of sexually assaulting a colleague, saying he was influencing witnesses and misusing the liberty. In its plea before Delhi High Court, the police submitted that Pachauri was evasive during interrogation.

Terror cash

Srinagar (PTI): The Enforcement Directorate has filed a chargesheet against Firdous Ahmad Shah, a member of Syed Ali Shah Geelani's Hurriyat Conference, alleging that he received funds from Italy and used it to finance terror in Kashmir.

Tennis venue

Chennai (PTI): Madras High Court has directed that disciplinary action be taken against officials who failed to stop encroachments at a tennis stadium. The stadium hosts the Chennai Open - the lone ATP tournament in South Asia. The civic authorities will have to remove the squatters within three months.

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