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Man burnt to death over property dispute in Mumbai

A 36-year-old Bollywood lightman, resident of Sundar Wadi in Versova in the western suburbs, was set ablaze outside his home by three people over a property dispute.


The deceased, identified as Rehmat Shah, was burnt alive late Monday night, police said.


According to Shah's family, his seven-year-old son Rizwan came out at night looking for his father when he saw him up in flames. "I saw my father burning and got frightened. I ran to my uncle Ahmed and told him," said Rizwan.


Shah's wife, Mumtaz, was away at her village along with their five-year-old son Rihan at the time of the incident.


Shah's brother, Ahmed, who called up the police control room, said that after Rizwan told him of the incident, he rushed out to see a burning figure, screaming and scrambling around in the open ground.


"Nobody came forward to douse the fire or help him. By the time I intervened to help, it was too late," said Ahmed. The victim was rushed to the Cooper Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.


A local goon and two of his accomplices ran away from the spot after torching Shah and a complaint has been lodged against the three, he said.


The Versova police have filed an FIR against the trio under sections 302 (murder) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.


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Former US President George Bush in Mumbai on private visit

Former United States President George W Bush arrived in the metropolis on a private visit last night.
 
He is accompanied by a 30-member delegation. Soon after his arrival at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, his motorcade left for the Taj Mahal Palace hotel at Colaba, US Consulate sources said.
 
Tight security was seen outside the hotel where he will be staying. He is due to attend ICICI Lombard's 10th anniversary celebrations.
 
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Gold, cash stolen from Congress MP's home in Bhiwandi

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Two burglars allegedly broke into the Bhiwandi bungalow of Congress MP Suresh Taware and made away with two kg gold worth over Rs 50 lakh, and Rs 2 lakh in cash, police said.

They also allegedly assaulted the MP's neighbour, who was staying in the bungalow in Thane district in his absence.
 
Kamlakar Taware, the MP's elder brother, currently lives in the bungalow along with his family. On Saturday, Kamlakar left for Mahabaleshwar with his family and instructed his neighbour Shreenivas (60) to stay in the bungalow till they returned. 
 
Around 2030 hrs, Shreeniwas went to the bungalow, but when he tried to open the door, the two burglars, who were hiding inside, hit him with a rod, police said.
 
The thieves then dragged Shreeniwas into the bathroom, where they tied his hands and mouth and warned him not to raise an alarm. After ransacking the house, the duo fled early yesterday. The neighbour has been hospitalised, police said.
 
Kamlakar was informed about the incident yesterday morning. Police has mounted a search for the thieves, the sources added.
 
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Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust signs MoU with Venice Port Authority

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The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai and Venice Port Authority of Italy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Chennai today as part of efforts for greater cooperation between the two countries in the area of trade, especially maritime activities.

The MoU was signed by Mr L.Radhakrishnan, Chairman, JNPT and Capt Antonio Revedin of the Venice Port Authority was represented by Capt. Antonio Revedin in the presence of Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan.
 
Mr Vasan said JNPT was the largest port in India for solids handling and it had a 55 per cent market share in containers among the major ports of India. Venice is one of the most important European ports for break bulk and project cargo traffic.
 
He said JNPT expected to strengthen its relationship with Venice and enhance direct shipping to and from that port.
 
He said this was bound to be a mutually advantageous relationship for not only the to ports but also for the manufacturing and trade sectors of both countries, he said.
 
"With over 2 million passengers per year, Venice is the first home port for cruise ships in the Mediterranean Sea. The expertise of Port of Venice in cruise shipping could also be shared with JNPT in order that this expanding segment of tourism can develop faster in India," he said.
 
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Singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika passes away in Mumbai

Bhupen Hazarika
Bhupen Hazarika

Noted singer and composer Bhupen Hazarika, a doyen of the film industry and regarded as one of the greatest ballad singers, passed away at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here today of multi-organ failure.

He was 85.
 
Hazarika, who had undergone an open heart surgery about a year ago, had been admitted to the hospital in Andheri on June 29 after he complained of uneasiness and giddiness.
 
His health deteriorated on October 23 after he developed pneumonia and he was shifted the intensive care unit of the hospital.
 
He was put on ventilator support and was undergoing dialysis. Over the last few days, his kidneys were not functioning properly, sources said.
 
Hazarika had celebrated his 85th birthday in hospital on September 8.
 
He had sung in many Indian languages, including Bengali, Assamese and Hindi. He was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
 
President K.R. Narayanan presenting the Padma Bhusan Award-2001 to singer Bhupen Hazarika at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on March 21, 2001.
President K.R. Narayanan presenting the Padma Bhusan Award-2001 to singer Bhupen Hazarika at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on March 21, 2001.
Hazarika was also an acknowledged poet, actor, journalist, author and film-maker and a pioneer of the film industry in Assam.
 
As a singer, he had a huge fan following, with his deep baritone voice and crisp diction. The lyrics he wrote touched on social and political themes. His compositions made use of folk music as well as contemporary elements.
 
Born on September 8, 1926, he graduated in arts from the Banaras Hindu University in 1944 and did his M.A. in Political Science in 1946. He then spent five years in the United States, where he earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the Columbia University. 
 
He also received the Lisle Fellowship from Chicago University to study the use of educational project development through cinema.
 
Over the years, he emerged as a leading film maker and helped to place Assamese cinema on the national and international cinema map. He was elected as an independent candidate to the Assam legislative assembly in 1967.
 
Hazarika's career in films began as a child actor in 1939 in Indramali, one of the early talkies in India and only the second Assamese film. He wrote and sang his first song at the age of 10.
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He produced, directed and composed music and sang for several Assamese films, including Era Batar Sur in 1956, Shakuntala. in 1960, Pratidhwani in 1964, Lotighoti. in 1967, Chick Mick Bijuli in 1971, Mon Projapati. in 1978, Swikarokti. in 1986, and.Siraj in 1988. 
 
He produced and composed music for the award-winning Hindi feature film Ek Pal. in 1986, directed by Kalpana Lajmi and starring Shabana Azmi, Nasiruddin Shah and Faroque Shaikh. 
 
He was also the executive producer and music composer for the much-acclaimed Hindi film Rudaali, featuring Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Amjad Khan and Rakhi.
 
He won the National Award for the best film maker thrice: for Shakuntala, Pratidhwani, and Loti Ghoti in 1960, 1964 and 1967, respectively. He also won the National Award for best music composer in 1977 for the Assamese film Chameli Memsaab..
 
Among various organisations, he was associated with the Central Board of Film Certification,  the National Film Development Corporation, the Children's Film Society of India and the Film and Television Institute of India.
 
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6 Sai Baba devotees killed as car overturns in Maharashtra

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Six people, including two women, have been killed and five others injured when their car overturned after hitting a road divider at Khardi on the Mumbai-Agra Highway, near Sahapur, the district rural police said.

Police said the deceased were returning to Mumbai from a "darshan" of Sai Baha at Shirdi last evening when the accident occurred.
 
The injured, who include two children and three women, have been admitted to the Thane Civil Hospital and Sion Hospital.
 
The Disaster Control officials identified the dead as Shyamsunder A Shukla, Dinesh Tripati, Shushila K Shukla, Baroti R Tiwari, Rajmani R Tiwari, and Shuas Tiwari.
 
The Sahapur police have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating the case, police said.
 
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Keenan-Reuben murder accused in judicial custody till Nov 18

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The Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate's court today extended the remand of four persons arrested for the murder of two youths, Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez, to judicial custody till November 18.

The four - Jitendra Rane (25), Satish Dulhaj (35), Sunil Bodh (20) and Deepak Tival (18) - had been in police custody after their remand was extended till today.
 
Police claimed to have recovered the second knife used in the murder after the four accused had confessed.
 
On the night of October 20, Keenan and Reuben and five of their friends came out for a "paan" after having dinner in Amboli Restaraunt in suburban Andheri. They got into an argument with main accused Jeetendra after he allegedly started harassing Keenan's girlfriend. Rana retreated only to return with 20 friends and stabbed Keenan and Reuben.
 
"Since he (Keenan) was first, they grabbed hold of him and started beating him mercilessly," Keenan's brother said.
 
Keenan died on the same day while Reuben succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.
 
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Sadhvi Pragya's lawyer alleges she was manhandled in jail by fellow prisoners

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The 2008 Malegaon bomb blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has sought police protection inside the Byculla District Jail here after she was allegedly manhandled by some African women prisoners, her lawyer said.

Advocate Ganesh Sovani, while talking to mediapersons, confirmed this and said he would be moving an application before Special Judge, Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court, tomorrow morning in this connection since her life could be in danger.
 
Recounting the incident, Mr Sovani said that, on November 1, Bhagwan Jha, the Sadhvi’s brother-in-law, happened to meet her in the jail when she recounted the incident which happened on October 27.

Major fire in Naval Dock building in Mumbai

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A major fire broke out in an administrative building of the Naval Dockyard here today.
 
The fire brigade said around 13 fire tenders rushed to the spot and were fighting the raging blaze.
 
An official said the building was a heritage strcture and located near the Lion's Gate in Colaba area in South Mumbai.
 
The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added.
 
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Composer Bhupen Hazarika's condition is critical, say doctors

Bhupen Hazarika
Bhupen Hazarika
Noted singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika's condition continues to be critical at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in suburban Andheri, doctors said today.
 
Hazarika's health deteriorated on October 23 after he developed pneumonia and was shifted to the intensive care unit of the hospital.
 
"He is on ventilator support and is undergoing dialysis. Over the last few days, his kidneys were not functioning properly and he was not passing adequate urine," doctors said.
 
The music director was hospitalised in June last after complaining of breathlessness, owing to a chest infection.    
 
Hazarika celebrated his 86th birthday in hospital on September 8.
 
He has sung in many Indian languages, including Bengali, Assamese and Hindi. He is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
 
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Air India defers training schedule of pilots for new Boeing

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Air India informed the Bombay High Court today that the training schedule of pilots for the new Boeing 787, slated to commence from tomorrow, has been deferred till the month-end as negotiations were on with the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) over the issue.
 
A division bench of Justices Roshan Dalvi and Amjad Sayed adjourned the hearing till November 14 after advocate Sudhir Talsania, appearing on behalf of Air India gave an assurance to this effect to the court.
 
The court was hearing a petition filed by IPG, which challenged the decision of the airline management to draw equal number of pilots from the erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines to train them for the new Boeing 787.

BSE Sensex ends at 17,464.85, down by 15.98 pts

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The Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) registered a modest loss of 15.98 points to 17,464.85 at the end of the session today on selling pressure from local operators amid mixed trend in Asian markets.
 
However, the Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) finished at a steady level at 5258.45.
 
Volatility was at the forefront as key benchmark indices reversed direction and slipped into the red once again in late trade as European stocks and US index reversed initial gains.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan turns 46

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

Popular Bollywood's actor Shah Rukh Khan, who turned 46 today, was greeted by fans and well-wishers gathered outside his landmark "Mannat" bungalow in suburban Bandra here.

Many of them sang "Happy Birthday" to him and his residence was flooded with top filmdom personalities, waiting to wish him many happy returns of the day.

The actor, who has excelled in romantic and negative roles, has become Hindi cinema's most loved personality after his debut in the TV serial Fauji.

His long list of hits include Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jahenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hain. Mohabbatein, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Baazigar and Darr, films which propelled him to dizzy heights of success.

Shahrukh has also portrayed meaningful and memorable roles in films like Swades, Chak De India and Paheli.

He fulfilled his long-cherished dream of playing a superhero through Ra.One, released on Diwali day.

"I will celebrate the birthday with a well deserved many hours of sleep...thanx for ur wishes. Don't feel older or wiser..," Shahrukh wrote on his Twitter page.

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NCP puts off meet after Maharashtra unit chief's son dies in mishap

 

The Nationalist Congress party (NCP) has postponed its two-day meeting of party ministers, leaders and office bearers, scheduled from today, following the accidental death of the son of state party president Madhukar Pichad in Ahmednagar.
 
According to party sources, Pichad's 30-year-old son Jeetendra was electrocuted after he came in contact with a live wire in his home town Akola in Ahmednagar district yesterday.
 
The meeting was convened by NCP supremo and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to discuss the party's strategy for the coming local bodies and municipal elections.
 
Mr Pawar has cancelled all his political meetings for today and tomorrow, sources said.


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Women, 3 children killed in accident in South Mumbai

 

A woman and her three children were killed after a truck-trailer mowed them down at Sai Nagar in Raey Road in South Mumbai early today.
 
All the four were asleep on the footpath when the vehicle rammed into them, police said.
 
The victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were declared brought dead, police said.
 
Police is investigating the incident.
 
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Security lapse exposed with arrest of oil mafia for stealing diesel

 

A major security lapse has been exposed with the recent arrest of a "diesel don" and his two close aides for allegedly stealing diesel from the confiscated barge "MT Al Vashila".
 
Since the theft took place while the barge was anchored under the custody of the Yellow Gate police station, it has become a matter of concern and great embarrassment for the police. 
 
The incident, on the one hand, highlights the vulnerability of police in keeping a vigil on confiscated items in their own custody and, on the other, fuels speculation about police officials being hand-in-glove with dock thieves.
 
MT Al Vashila, confiscated on May 15 by sleuths of Mumbai police’s special squad, was anchored at Malet Bunder near Bhau-cha-Dhakka in Mazgaon area of south Mumbai. The barge contained about 50,000 litres of diesel, out of which nearly 30,000 to 35,000 litres were stolen.
 
Commenting on the security lapse, senior inspector Pandurang Dhoke of the Yellow Gate police station said, "After the incident came to light, we have increased vigil at Malet Bunder."
 
When asked whether the fishermen’s barges anchored close to the confiscated barge often created problems for the police, Mr Dhoke said, "We don’t have any other option but to anchor the barge at Malet Bunder while it is in police custody."
 
The problem that there is no other place to anchor a confiscated vessel becomes one of the major reasons why dock thieves are able to strike with immunity, pointed out an officer from Yellow Gate police station.
 
Also, local fishermen, whose barges are parked near the confiscated barge, are completely aware about the access and egress points of the barges, which makes it easier for them to steal. With this also being a possibility, the role of local fishermen is still being probed by the police, said the officer.
 
Given these circumstances, the chances of such incidents occurring in future cannot be ruled out, said an officer.
 
"The probe is still on and more arrests may take place in future," Assistant Commissioner of Police (Dongri division) Ravi Thakur said.
 
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Deepti Naval's book launched by Amitabh Bachchan

Actor Amitabh Bachchan launching actor-author Deepti Naval's book
Actor Amitabh Bachchan launching actor-author Deepti Naval's book "The Mad Tibetan: Stories from Then & Now" in Mumbai on Octobr 30, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Bollywood thespian Amitabh Bachchan launched the book "The Mad Tibetan: Stories from Then and Now" by poet-author and actress Deepti Naval in the city last night.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Bachchan said, "I am more than honoured to be present here to launch this book. I am an avid reader, all thanks to my father. His writing was and is beautiful, and I am sure that this book is going to be an excellent read for me and everyone else."
 
Naval, who is acclaimed for her performance in films like "Chashm-e-Badoor", "Firaaq" and "Mirch Masala", said, "This book means a lot to me. I am very grateful to have Mr Bachchan at this launch. I hope this book makes a difference to everyone who reads it."
 
Also present at the event were film director Prakash Jha and actors Vinay Pathak, Anup Soni and Tisca Chopra.
 
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Rediffusion, Edelman form separate business unit to service Tata Group

 

Advertising agency Rediffusion-Y&R and public relations firm Edelman India today announced a strategic alliance to share clients across the public relations and public affairs portfolio and raise the bar in providing integrated communications offerings to clients in India.
 
Rediffusion is one of the largest and most renowned Indian advertising agencies which came into existence in 1973, while Edelman India is a part of Daniel J. Edelman Inc., the world’s largest independent public relations firm founded in Chicago over half a century ago.
 
A press release from Edelman said the alliance would involve the formation of a separate business unit within Edelman to operate as Rediffusion / Edelman. Among others, the Tata Group will be serviced by the new unit, it said.
 
The announcement came a day after corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, who headed Vaishnavi, whch had handled corporate communications for the Tata Group, announced that she had decided against renewing any client mandates and to exit the business of communications and consultancy.
 
Ms Radia was in the news last year after transcripts of her telephone conversations with politicians, bureaucrats, industrialists and journalists were leaked to the media.
 
She had been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in December last year in connection with the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam.
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The agency had earlier also carried out searches at the premises of Ms Radia.
 
A few months later, Ms Radia had also been examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament in connection with the 2G case.
 
"To give precedence to my personal priorities of family and health, I have decided against renewing any client mandates and to exit the business of communications consultancy," Ms Radia said in a statement yesterday. "It is a painful decision which has been taken after much consideration and consultation with my family, doctors, clients and colleagues." 
 
Apart from the Tata Group, Vaishnavi also was handling corporate communications for Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for the past three years.
 
“The complexity of the Indian market favours an integrated communications approach that needs to seamlessly combine multiple marketing disciplines,” Mr Arun Nanda, Chairman and Managing Director, Rediffusion-Y&R, said.
 
“Our partnership with Edelman allows us to partner one of the world’s finest PR companies and offer our clients the best in class thinking and capability in this area. This will enhance our already existing offerings in Advertising, Direct Marketing through Rediffusion/Wunderman, Media through TME/MPG and Digital. We will be able to add greater value to our clients across all of their marketing and communications requirements.
 
“We believe this alliance will further enable us to push the boundaries of how PR is practised in India today” said Mr Robert Holdheim, Managing Director, Edelman India.
 
“We are seeing a significant shift in strategic stakeholder communications. An integrated marketing approach is crucial in addressing today’s communications challenges.”
 
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Money laundering accused Hasan Ali hospitalised in Mumbai

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Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali, accused of stashing away $ 8 billion of unaccounted money in foreign banks, was today admitted to government-run J J Hospital here after he suffered a paralytic attack this morning.
 
His lawyer Ishwar Prasad Bagaria confirmed the news.
 
The businessman owes Rs 50,345.73 crore in taxes for assessment year 2009-10. He and his associates were booked under money laundering charges earlier this year and they will now have to pay the government Rs 89,000 crore, including penalties. 
 
Khan is being investigated by the the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department as well for tax evasion. 
 
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Israeli woman detained at Mumbai airport for carrying live cartridges

An Israeli woman was today detained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here for allegedly being in possession of live cartridges.
 
Twentythree-year-old Nurat was intercepted during a security check before she was to board a flight for Nepal this morning, airport officials said.
 
She was found to be carrying live cartridges. The woman was being interrogated by police, they said.
 
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Ronit Roy arrested for rash, negligent driving

File photo of Ronit Roy.
File photo of Ronit Roy.

Popular television actor Ronit Roy was today arrested for alleged rash and negligent driving after his Mercedes car rammed into another car at Amboli in suburban Andheri early today, leading to injuries to four of its occupants, police said.

The 41-year-old actor was arrested under sections 279 (rash and negligent driving) and 338 (causing serious injuries and endangering life or personal safety of others), police sources said.

The incident occurred at around 0700 hrs.

A 56-year-old woman sustained serious injuries and the actor himself took her and three others to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, police said.

Police are awaiting medical reports to confirm if the actor was drunk at the time of the mishap. However, his spokesperson said he was returning from a Diwali party and was not under influence of liquor.

Roy shot to fame in the serial "Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi". He has also acted in a few films, including "Udaan".

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TV actor Ronit Roy arrested on charges of negligent driving

File photo of Ronit Roy.
File photo of Ronit Roy.

Television star Ronit Roy was arrested for alleged rash and negligent driving after his car knocked down three people in Amboli area of suburban Andheri early today.

The three injured, including a 56-year-old woman, were rushed to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

The actor's spokesperson said he was on his way home from a Diwali party and was not drunk as claimed by eyewitnesses.

The police are awaiting his medical reports.

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Former Karnataka minister Katta in Mumbai for cancer treatment

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Former Karnataka Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, arrested in connection with an alleged land scam, was last night flown to Mumbai for cancer treatment.

Sources said Mr Katta, who was undergoing treatment at the state government run Victoria Hospital here, was shifted to Leelavathi Hospital, Mumbai.

Mr Katta, who was under judicial custody in connection with Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) land scam, was permitted by the Special Lokayukta Court to get treatment anywhere in India with Police in plain clothes guarding him. The court had rejected his bail plea on health grounds.

Mr Katta, his son, a corporator, and the Managing Director of a private firm, were arrested last month on charges of collecting huge compensation from KIADB by purchasing land at cheaper rates from farmers and later influencing KIADB to acquire the same land for a higher compensation under fictitious names.

It was alleged that the trio had collected more than Rs 350 crore through this means and had not even settled the payment to farmers from whom the land was acquired initially.

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Ra. One producer to desposit one crore in court

File photo of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan at the music launch of their movie 'Ra One' in Mumbai on September 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO
File photo of Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan at the music launch of their movie 'Ra One' in Mumbai on September 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Ahead of its Diwali release, Bollywood's costliest and much-awaited film Ra.One, starring superstar Shahrukh Khan, got a setback with the Bombay High court ruling prima facie that it was convinced that TV writer Yash Patnaik had copyright over the concept on which the movie was based.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi yesterday asked producer Gauri Khan to deposit Rs 1 crore in a day to ensure the film's release in theatres on October 26. The producer has agreed to abide by the court's directive.
 
Patnaik had moved the court, contending that he was the original copyright owner of the concept on which Ra.One is based. He had registered the concept with the Film Writers Association in 2006.
 
In his petition, Patnaik sought a stay on the film's release till he got due credit for the concept by way of damages. He wanted 10 per cent of the film's profit if he was not given credit for the concept.
 
When the court said it was inclined to grant an interim stay on the film's release, the counsel for Khan agreed to deposit a demand draft of Rs 1 crore in court. The bench said the amount could be deposited in a day.
 
"It is an unfortunate part of the film industry that people use concepts developed by others and then do not want to pay or give them credit," the judges observed.
 
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Nitin Gadkari says will contest next Lok Sabha elections

 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari today said that he would contest the next Lok Sabha elections due in 2014.
 
Talking to reporters here, Mr Gadkari did not specify the constituency which he would contest from. But it was clear that he would contest from his hometown Nagpur.
 
Mr Gadkari had last faced the general elections in 1985 when he contested the assembly elections of Maharashtra from Nagpur (West) unsucccessfully.
 
Later, since 1989, he has been getting elected to legislative council from the graduates' constituency of Nagpur.
 
Mr Gadkari also said that the party would announce its prime ministrial candidate as and when the time came and added that the party had many qualified persons for that post.
 
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