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Journalist dead

n Thane, July 17 (PTI): A journalist, who was questioned in connection with an attack on three reporters covering a raid on an alleged dance bar, was found dead near a lodge in Thane today.

The body of Raghavendra Dubey, who worked for a local weekly, was found in a pool of blood with head injuries, hours after he left for home from a police station around 4am. "We are investigating... possible involvement of some local politicians and goons," a senior police officer said.

Teesta shield

n Mumbai (PTI): Teesta Setalvad and her husband were on Friday granted interim protection from arrest after they filed an anticipatory bail plea in connection with a case of alleged violation of foreign funding norms by her publishing company.

Kumbh bar

n Mumbai (PTI): The Maharashtra government has said there will be "no VIP or VVIP movement" at the Kumbh Mela in Nashik during the "royal bath" on August 29, September 13, 18 and 25. The decision comes in the wake of the Rajahmundry stampede in which 27 people died.

Teacher stick

n Madurai (PTI): Madras High Court has slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 each on two teachers for submitting false information to a bench. "Litigants must know that the court is a temple of justice and justice is beyond temple," Justice S. Vaidyanathan said.

CBI raids

n Mumbai (PTI): The CBI on Friday carried out surprise checks at Indian Naval Hospital in Mumbai's Colaba and Armed Forces Medical Stores Depot in Kandivali after receiving inputs about irregularities in the sale of medicines.

Rail call drive

n New Delhi (PTI): The railways have launched an initiative to call passengers on trains to collect feedback about the amenities. The passengers are asked about cleanliness of platforms and trains, quality of catering and air conditioning, among others. "Efforts are on to make approximately one lakh successful calls per day," an official statement said.

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