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File FIR against Kishtwar police chief, directs poll official

Jammu : In a significant development, a poll official in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district Sunday directed the local police to register an FIR against its district chief chief for creating misbehaving with him and thus hindering the poll process.

Additional District Magistrate, Kishtwar, Muhammad Hanief Malik, who is also the assistant returning officer (ARO) for poll duties, wrote to the station house officer (SHO) Kishtwar directing him to lodge an FIR against Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kotwal.

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Woman held for extorting Delhi bizman

New Delhi: A 30-year-old woman has been arrested from Rajasthan for trying to extort money from a Delhi businessman by threatening to trap him in a rape case using an obscene video footage, police said Sunday.

The woman had managed to extort Rs.5 lakh out of the businessman but her later demand for over Rs.1.5 crore forced the victim to approach the police.

Meenakshi, a resident of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, was arrested Saturday from Jaipur while receiving Rs.40 lakh, part of the extortion money.

BCCI names Shastri in three-member probe panel

Mumbai: The Indian cricket board Sunday named former skipper Ravi Shastri in the three-member probe panel that would be proposed to the Supreme Court to probe the betting scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

At the emergency working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) head R.K. Raghavan and former chief justice of the Calcutta High Court J.N. Patel were also named in the new probe panel, well-informed sources told IANS.

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Karnataka orders Toyota, union to restore normalcy

Bangalore : The Karnataka government has ordered Toyota India and its workers' union to restore normalcy in operations with immediate effect, after there was no let-up in the month-long standoff.

"The government of Karnataka, in order to maintain industrial peace and harmony, has issued an order asking the company and the union to restore normalcy in operations immediately," Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. said in a statement Sunday.

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Easter celebrated in Meghalaya

Shillong : Christians in Meghalaya Sunday joined their brethren the world over in celebrating Easter.

Believers throngeed Cathedrals and other churches in the Christian-majority state for the special mass and other celebratory events.

It was a day of coloured Easter eggs and buns all over the state.

Archbishop of Shillong Rev. Dominic Jala presided over the Easter mass at the Grotto Chapel in the Mary Help of Christians Cathedral here.

Pascal commemoration in many parishes was marked with candlelight processions and baptism of new-born.

Blood banks run dry in Bengal poll fever

By Anurag Dey,

Kolkata : With social clubs, organisations and political parties deeply engrossed in the poll jamboree, election fever has taken its toll on blood collection, triggering an acute shortage of supply in West Bengal's blood banks.

Bengal blood banks get more than 80 percent of their supply through voluntary collection. However, the organisation of blood donation camps has taken a hit this year as most of the people who take the initiative are busy on the campaign trail.

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Vrindavan widows to vote for social recognition

Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh) : Manu Ghosh, 85, a destitute widow residing at an ashram here, is both eager and elated at the prospect of casting her vote in this election. Ghosh is one of the 225 lucky women, out of 3,000 widows living here in miserable conditions who have a valid voter card each and can vote this time.

For these women, voting remains the only way to seek social recognition as they were compelled to move to the ashram after being shunned and ostracised by their families and then by society just because their husbands died.

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President greets nation on Easter

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday greeted the nation on the occasion of Easter and wished that the festival would inspire people to "follow the path of love, truth, sacrifice and forgiveness".

"On the joyous occasion of Easter, I extend my greetings and best wishes to my countrymen, especially to all my Christian brothers and sisters in India and abroad," Mukherjee said in a message.

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US sees dramatic surge in graduate applications from India

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: Applications from prospective Indian students to US graduate schools surged dramatically while those from China slowed down a bit in 2013, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

A 32 percent increase in applications from India, which accounts for 18 percent of all international graduate students at US institutions offset a one percent decline in applications from China, from where one third of the students come.

After eight months, Dabholkar killers elude police net

Pune (Maharashtra): The sensational murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar is yet to be solved eight months after he was was gunned down while on a morning walk here, creating a nationwide furore.

Two dozen probe teams and investigations across Maharashtra and neighbouring states are yet to yield any results.

Despite assurances by top officials, including Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Home Minister R.R. Patil, there is no progress in nabbing the culprits.

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