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Court refuses to intervene in Ramayana book row

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Monday refused to intervene in a controversy over contents of a history textbook of Delhi University relating to Hindu epic Ramayana.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah refused to pass any order on amending the contents of the book that is part of the university's graduate-level syllabus and termed it a research matter.

“It is the university's decision to amend the syllabus, so judicial intervention is not required,” said the bench while assuring that the court will pass a detailed order sometime later.

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Ganguly is new chief justice of Madras High Court

By IANS,

Chennai ; Ashok Kumar Ganguly Monday took oath as chief justice of the Madras High Court.

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala administered the oath to Justice Ganguly at a ceremony attended by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his cabinet colleagues.

Ganguly was chief justice of the Orissa High Court. He replaced Justice A.P. Shah, who is now the chief justice of the Delhi High Court.

Born in 1947, Justice Ganguly studied law at Calcutta University in 1970 and practised as a lawyer in the Calcutta High Court.

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Apex court temporarily upholds Kerala legislator's election

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Monday temporarily restored Kerala's Left Democratic Front legislator and former state minister M.J. Jacob's election, struck down earlier this month by the Kerala High court on charges of electoral malpractices.

An apex court vacation bench of Justice C.K. Thakkar and Justice L.S. Panta restored Jacob's election by suspending the high court ruling which had invalidated his May 2006 election from Piravom assembly segment.

Coastguard to induct fifth indigenously built vessel

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Coast Guard will Tuesday induct its fifth indigenously built Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) - ICGS Sankalp - in Goa, a defence ministry official said here Monday.

"Defence minister A.K. Antony will be present at the ceremony in Goa to induct ICGS Sankalp," the official said.

Built at the Goa Shipyard Ltd, the 2,300-tonne AOPV would be equipped with the indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and five high-speed boats for search and rescue, prompt interception, and marine pollution response missions.

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Veteran Kannada lyricist, director R.N. Jayagopal dead

By IANS,

Bangalore : R.N. Jayagopal, who had written over 12,000 lyrics for Kannada films, acted in, scripted dialogues and directed a few films, died in Chennai Monday. He was 73.

His family members said in Chennai that he was being taken to hospital around 10.30 a.m. after he complained of uneasiness, but died on the way. He will be cremated Tuesday in Chennai.

The Kannada film industry reacted with shock as Jayagopal, son of late Kannada film legend R. Nagendra Rao, was a highly respected, multi-faceted personality in the Kannada film industry.

Now Allahabad lawyers want another judge out

By IANS,

Allahabad : The ongoing tussle between the judiciary and the lawyers after the custodial death of an advocate touched a new high Monday with the Allahabad High Court Bar Association (HCBA) demanding transfer of another judge, Justice A.P. Sahi.

Bar association president V.C. Mishra told IANS that the HCBA general body meeting resolved to demand the judge's transfer as, they said, he was instrumental in getting the police force deployed on the court campus.

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Pakistan may take up Sarabjit issue at larger level

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS,

Islamabad : When the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan meeting here Wednesday for talks, Pakistan is likely to take up the case of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh's release at a larger level with suggestions that both sides enter into a treaty for "transfer of offenders".

"During the foreign ministers talks in Islamabad, Pakistan will come up with a draft treaty to settle the issue of prisoners and offenders of law in each other's country," a senior government official told IANS Monday.

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Ship with three Indians missing off Somalia

By IANS,

Mumbai : The Indian Coast Guard were awaiting information about a cargo ship carrying at least three Indian sailors, which has been reported missing off the coast of Somalia since Saturday.

“Though we have heard of the incident, we are awaiting more information. However, it is beyond our jurisdiction to be involved in the matter,” a Coast Guard spokesman told IANS here Monday.

The ship, M.V. Victoria, left Mumbai around a fortnight back with 12 sailors from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tanzania apart from three Indians. It was carrying a consignment of sugar.

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Kashmir back in focus in India-Pakistan talks after Bush's remarks

By Manish Chand, IANS,

Islamabad/New Delhi : Pakistan is expected to come up with new ideas on Kashmir in talks with India Tuesday even as US President George Bush is reported here as telling Pakistani leaders that the "issue is ripe for solution".

The "Kashmir issue is ripe for solution", Bush was quoted as saying by Pakistani officials during his meeting with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum for the Middle East in Egypt.

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High court releases Ansal brothers' passports

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Monday released the passports of real estate tycoons Sushil and Gopal Ansal convicted for the Uphaar Cinema fire tragedy which claimed 59 lives.

A division bench of Justices H.R. Malhotra and Sunil Gaur released the passports of the brothers on the condition that they would inform the registrar general of the court before going abroad and if the trip lasts for more than one month, they will seek the permission from the concerned court.

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