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Curb on SMS messages in Jammu and Kashmir to continue: apex court

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Monday allowed the Jammu and Kashmir government to continue curbing SMS messages in the state, on the boil for three months over the Amarnath shrine board land row.

A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan extended its Aug 5 order suspending a Jammu and Kashmir High Court ruling, which had lifted the state government's prohibitory order on SMS messages.

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CBI unearths child kidnapping racket

By IANS,

Chennai : A lucrative racket worth Rs.10 million in selling kidnapped children abroad has been discovered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), officials said Monday.

At least three such children have been traced to Queensland, Australia, and Wisconsin, in the US, they said.

Queensland family 'devastated' by Indian child trafficking claims

By Neena Bhandari, IANS,

Sydney : A Queensland family has been "absolutely devastated" by revelations that their adopted child could have been stolen from her biological parents in India and that they face the risk of the adoption being revoked.

"This is a terrible predicament for a family that loves their adopted child and for the Indian family that has lost a child and as a mother my heart goes out to them," Queensland Child Safety Minister Margaret Keech said in a statement as her department offers support to the family concerned.

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Bikers' gang leader, member shot dead by police

By IANS,

New Delhi : The leader and a member of the notorious "bikers' gang", believed to be responsible for at least four murders and a spate of armed robberies in and around the capital, were shot dead by the Delhi Police Monday morning.

The police said gang leader Om Prakash alias Bunty and his accomplice Rajesh were killed at around 5.30 a.m. in a gun battle near the Badarpur border between south Delhi and the satellite town of Faridabad in Haryana. Three policemen were injured in the incident, they added.

Chhattisgarh class 12 topper held for cheating

By IANS,

Raipur : The Chhattisgarh police have arrested a class 12 student and four teachers on charges of cheating and impersonation, a senior officer said Monday.

The arrests were made Sunday night in Janjgir district, some 200 km from here.

Porra Bai, a student of the scheduled caste community, ranked first in the class 12 exams among 190,567 candidates. The results were announced May 26.

"We have arrested the girl student and four teachers during overnight raids and they will be presented in court," P.S. Bara, district superintendent of police, told IANS.

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ATM Frauds Getting More Sophisticated, Says Experts

By Bernama,

New Delhi : Economic frauds carried out through bank Automated Teller Machines (ATM's) are now getting sophisticated and trendy with both technical and human expertise employed to siphon-off the crisped currency from their chests.

Quoting anti-fraud experts, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that India, with its huge number of ATM's coming up every other day, is witnessing wide scale effects of the ATM fraud phenomenon which was lately prevalent in foreign countries.

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Two killed in Kanpur blast, bomb ingredients found

By IANS,

Lucknow : Raw material for explosives has been seized from a spot in Kanpur where two men were killed in a bomb blast, police said Monday. Rajiv alias Piyush Mishra and Bhupinder Singh were killed while making crude bombs Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, police recovered some crude hand grenades, lead oxide, red lead, potassium nitrate, bomb pins, timers and batteries from the spot, inside a hostel in Kalyanpur area of Kanpur, about 80 km from here.

Uttar Pradesh to give free bags to schoolgirls

By IANS,

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh has found another way to attract more girls to government-run schools - by distributing school bags free of cost.

The government has earmarked Rs.130 million for the new scheme, officials said Monday.

"Initially, girls studying in Class 6 to Class 8 would be able to avail the scheme. Later, girls of Class 1 to Class 5 will also be included," Rakesh Kumar, an official in the basic education department here, told IANS.

The programme aims to increase the enrolment of girls in schools, he said.

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Man faces torture for dowry charge despite sex change

By IANS,

Patna : A Bihar court has framed a charge sheet alleging that a man tortured his wife for dowry before their divorce, officials said Monday. The accused then underwent a sex change operation and married a man.

Phul Sharief, in his 30s, is a resident of Sonepur village under Rosra police station in Samastipur district, some 100 km from here.

Sharief's sex change came to light last Friday when he appeared in a local court dressed as a woman.

Bhangra raps with law for Malaysian showman

By IANS,

Kuala Lumpur : From singing and doing the Bhangra to studying law, ethnic Indian artiste Manjit Singh Gill, popularly known as M-Ji, has proved he can do it all.

M-Ji has completed a law degree with an honours at Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia. He received his degree at the 24th convocation in Gombak Sunday, the New Straits Times reported Monday.

Manjit and his brother, Sukhjit, also known as Surj, made history when they recorded the first local bhangra album "Loaded", which was recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records recently.

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