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Judge dismissed for paying less fare

The Supreme Court has admitted a petition filed by P N Bavishi who was dismissed as Chief Judicial Magistrate in 1988 for paying Rs. 65 less towards the taxi fare while on a private visit with his family. The petition has been admitted before the Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices J M Panchal and C K Prasad.
Mr. Bavishi had joined the judicial service in 1963 and was posted as Chief Judicial Magistrate at Junagadh in 1981. During this time, he took his family on a visit to different places in the city and the taxi bill came to Rs. 120. However, the taxi operator complained to the High Court that Mr. Bavishi had paid only Rs. 55 towards the fare.

BU gets windfall from ex-student

Mr. Asit Koticha, Chairman and founder promoter of the ASK Group, who graduated from Podar College of Bombay University, has donated a whopping Rs. 32 crores to the university to set up an international convention centre and a school of philosophy.
Although this is the largest private donation received by the university, it falls short of the estimated Rs. 100 crore required for the international convention centre, but Mr. Koticha has promised to rope in some other philanthropists to achieve the target.

Judge’s sons get plots without bidding

Some controversial orders of the Delhi High Court with regard to the 2.70 acre property at Sikandra road in Lutyen’s Delhi, helped the two sons of a former Chief Justice of India, along with their partner to purchase the property estimated to be worth around Rs. 122 crores.
The company BPTP that purchased the property belongs to Chetan and Nitin Sabharwal, sons of former Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal, along with their partner Kabul Chawla.

Indian kids guinea pigs for US drugs?

A report reveals that more than a third of the published trials for drugs meant for children from United States were performed in developing countries like Uganda and India where these drugs might never be marketed.
“The trend that we describe brings up some scientific and ethical problems,” said Dr Sara Pasquali, a pediatrician at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, whose findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.

Jet Crashes in China

43 people were killed and 53 others injured when a jet crash landed in China on a fog shrouded runway and burst into flames. The Henan Airlines’ jet with 91 passengers and five member crew crashed near the Lindu airport on the outskirts of  Yichun city, reported Xinhua News Agency.
China Central Television showed firefighters dousing the burning plane with hoses and later digging through the wreckage of the jet.

150 Congo women raped

Two armed groups raped more than 150 women in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo over a period of four days last month said United Nations officials.
“Victims of the attack, which occurred on 30 July in the village of Bunangiri are receiving medical treatment and have also been provided psycho-social care,” the U.N. officials said in a statement.

Indian Arrested in US with Jehadi Material

An activist from Mumbai landed in trouble at George Bush International Airport, Houston, USA after authorities found jehadi literature along with brass knuckles in his bag. The Indian has been identified as Vijay Kumar a 40 year old documentary maker from India.
Although Mr. Kumar’s explanation for the jihadist material and a manual for a handgun as part of his educational aides for the lectures he conducts was acceptable, there was no explanation for the brass knuckles, which is a prohibited item.

Madani Confesses, Says Police

Police revealed that Abdul Nasser Madani, the PDP leader suspected to be involved in the 2008 Bangalore explosion just before the IPL match on April 17, has confessed his involvement...

Sibal Apologises to Anand

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal had to step in and apologise to chess wizard Viswanathan Anand over the controversy regarding his nationality in the wake of the honorary doctorate that was to be conferred upon Mr. Anand.
The University of Hyderabad was scheduled to confer an honorary doctorate to Mr. Anand  along with Prof. David Mumford of Harvard University coinciding with the International Congress of Mathematicians currently on at Hyderabad.

Govt. Attempting to Gag Media?

Even though Director of Information & Publicity Menino Peres assured that local television news channels were not sought to be targeted, the recent move by the State government to force cable operators in the State to comply with Central Government’s laws and rules is seen as an attempt to target the local news channels.
In an order issued by Mr. Peres, all cable operators in the State have been ordered “not to carry or include in their cable service any television broadcast or channel, which has not been registered by the Central Government for being viewed within the territory of India”.