Nation news in brief
Modi returns from two-nation visit
New Delhi, July 9 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Sunday morning after concluding his two-nation visit. He left Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday evening at 7.30 p.m., following the completion of the two-day G20 summit. At the summit, Modi presented a 10-point agenda on fighting terrorism which was endorsed by the G20 leaders. The first leg of the two nation tour was a historic visit to Israel. Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Modi raised the countries’ bilateral relations to a strategic partnership.
Fake currency seized from Bihar
Patna, July 9 (PTI): Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials have seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a face value of Rs 78,000 from a person in West Champaran district in Bihar, official sources said here today. The FICN of Rs 2000 denomination was recovered from Station Chowk of Bettiah, district headquarter town of West Champaran, yesterday. The arrested person from whom the seizure was made is a resident of Malda district of West Bengal. Malda is a major node in international fake currency racket. The arrested man revealed that those 39 pieces of FICN have been smuggled from Bangladesh into India, the sources said.
Bedi directs municipal officials to revive crematorium
Puducherry, July 9(PTI): Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today paid a surprise visit to the electric crematorium that has been lying dysfunctional at neighbouring Karuvadikuppam for months now and ordered the officials concerned to take immediate steps to restore it. It was also found that there was no annual maintenance contract to ensure regular working of the power operated crematorium, it said. Bedi then directed the Local Administration Department Director and the commissioner of Uzharvarkarai Municipality to draw up an action plan to restore the equipment at the crematorium.
Woman & her new-born baby succumb to dengue
Coimbatore, July 9 (PTI): A woman and her two-day old baby died of dengue at the government hospital here today, police said. They said Lourd Mary of Pollachi, who was pregnant, was undergoing treatment for high fever in the Pollachi government hospital for the last few days. Since she did not respond to treatment, she was shifted to a private hospital here, where she delivered a male baby two days ago. As the fever didn’t subside and as the child also contracted it, a diagnosis revealed that both were suffering from dengue. After the baby died early today, the woman was shifted to the government hospital. However, six hours later, the 24-year-old woman succumbed to dengue, police said. Already nine persons are undergoing treatment for dengue in the government hospital, they said.
Three siblings die due to mysterious illness
Nawada, July 9 (PTI): Three siblings died and another was taken ill in Bihar’s Nawada district, a medical officer said today. District Medical Officer in-charge Dr Ravindra Kumar said that three children died of a mysterious illness since yesterday at Dharamur village in the Hisua police station area. Another child was taken critically ill at the same village, Dr Kumar said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, he said. A special medical team, led by the district malaria officer, has gone to the village to investigate te deaths.
2 held with 515 kg marijuana worth Rs 1.65 cr in Patna
Patna, July 9 (PTI): Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials today arrested two persons along with 515 kg ganja (marijuana) worth Rs 1.65 crore in the international market in the wee hours of the day in Patna district. Acting on a tip off, DRI officials said a truck was intercepted in Mokama town in the wee hours and the consignment of ganja was found kept hidden in the hood of the truck, which was coming from Tripura. The value of the seized contraband is estimated to be around Rs 35 lakh in domestic market, while its value in international market will be around Rs 1.65 crore, the officials said. The two arrested in this connection have been identified as Tuntun Kumar and Ajeet Kumar, both residents of Bihar, officials said adding, the truck has been seized.
Lightning strike kills 3 in UP’s Ballia
Ballia (UP), July 9 (PTI): At least three persons were killed and four others injured when lightning struck them here today, police said. The deceased have been identified as Mohan Kannaujia (40), a resident of Kurha Tetra village, Radhika Devi (50), a resident of Muriyaari village, and Sonu (18) of Kirtupur village, they said. The four persons who suffered injuries were undergoing medical treatment, police said.
Sex toys, drones among hundreds of parcels detained by customs
New Delhi, July 9 (PTI): From drones and remote controlled helicopters to sex toys and porn, a bewildering variety of objects being illegally brought into the country from abroad are detained regularly by the customs department. It has put on hold the delivery of at least 1,000 such parcels, some of them containing restricted and prohibited items, at the Foreign Post Office (FPO) in Delhi alone, according to official data. The customs department has asked the Department of Posts to completely computerise FPOs across the country to check smuggling through FPOs, another senior official said.
E-commerce firms to necessarily mention expiry date along with MRP
New Delhi, July 9 (PTI): To protect online consumers, the government has made it mandatory for e-commerce companies from January 2018 to print not only the MRP on goods, but also information like expiry date and customer care details. An amendment in this regard has been made to the Legal Metrology (Packaged commodities) Rules, 2011 by the consumer affairs ministry last month. A six-month deadline has been given to the companies to comply with the new rule. Enough time has been given to the companies for complying with the new norms. From January 2018, it is must that goods sold via e-commerce platform should have all these declarations else the companies will face stringent action, the official said. The companies have to make these declarations in bigger font size so that consumers can easily read the same.