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‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement activists detained

MUMBAI: Activists of the CPI, its students wing All India youth federation and the All India Bank employees federation were detained by police after they staged protest on Friday outside the Bombay Stock exchange in South Mumbai against the capitalist model of development. The protest was part of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement that started in New York’s Wall street last september against corporate greed. The protestors, including Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, were found sloganeering and also unfurled banners on their stance against corporate greed. The West has been reeling under an extended period of financial turbulences since the fall of Wall Street titans in September 2008. (UNI)

Four of family commit suicide

DHANBAD: Driven by poverty, four members of a family including husband, wife and two children on Friday allegedly committed sucide in Guliadih under Kalumathan OP in this district. Police said Krishna Mandal (36) along with his wife Sushma and two year old daughter and a year old son committed sucide following acute poverty. All the four bodies have been recovered and sent for postmortem at Sadar Hospital, sources added. (UNI)

Centre flayed for petrol price hike

PATNA: Strongly opposing the hike in prices of petrol, CPI on Friday said it was another example of the anti-people policy of the Centre. “It is yet another live example of anti-people policy pursued by the UPA government at the Centre,” CPI general secretary A B Bardhan told reporters here. This had been done despite the trends of fluctuations of prices of petroleum products in the international market, he said, claiming the price of petrol in India was much higher than other countries. “Though the oil companies are gradually earning profit, the prices are going up… it is a matter of serious concern,” he said. (PTI)

Man remanded for kidnapping girl

CHANDIGARH: A local court on Friday remanded a man to three days’ police custody for allegedly kidnapping a teenage girl belonging to a royal family from Himachal Pradesh. Police had arrested Inderjit Singh Malik and rescued the girl from a village in Bathinda late last evening. The girl, a class XI student at a convent school here, had gone missing on October 11 and her parents complained that she had been kidnapped, the police said. The girl, who has been handed over to the family, is a princess of Kutlaher province in Himachal Pradesh, they said. Malik, an unemployed youth, hails from Zirakpur in Punjab. The duo was traced after the arrest of Kamal Singh, a co-accused in the case, the police said. An FIR was registered against Malik’s mother, father and a doctor of PGIMER here, the police said, adding that they were absconding. (PTI)

Software engineer commits suicide

BANGALORE: A 23-year-old software engineer on Friday allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the terrace on the ninth floor of his office building near here, police said. The deceased, identified as Tushar Bhatia, a native of Kanpur, was working for a software major in Electronic city phase-II, they said. According to the firm’s team leader, Badri Vittal, Tushar, who had joined the company in February, was suffering from some health problem and had reported for duty after availing 15 days medical leave. However, the reason behind the suicide is yet to be ascertained and some of Tushar’s friends are being questioned, they said. (PTI)

Farmer commits suicide

KALPETTA (KERALA): A debt-burdened farmer allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at Seethamount in Wayanad district today, police said.

Asokan (46) was the second farmer to commit suicide due to financial woes this week. According to neighbours, Asokan had cultivated ginger in a leased land in the neighbouring Karnataka state. He was said to have raised about Rs 2 lakh as loan for cultivation from various sources but fall in ginger prices drove him into trouble, they said. Asokan was the sole breadwinner of the family comprising his wife and two children. Three days back, Sasidharan (56), a marginal farmer, had died under similar circumstances at Vellamunda in the district. (PTI)

Two minors held for stone pelting

SRINAGAR: Two 12-year-old boys were granted bail by a local court here on Friday while another was remanded to a juvenile home after they were detained by J&K police last month on the charge of stone-pelting.. Mohsin Majeed Shah and Burhan Nazir, both born in 1999, were lodged in the Maharaj Gunj police station here before being shifted to Juvenile home earlier this week. “Mohsin and Burhan have been granted the bail,” Mohsin’s counsel said. “Burhan was booked under section 152, which deals with the Special Offences and only the Principal Sessions Judge could deal with these cases. The judge granted interim bail keeping in view the age of the detainee. Burhan is only 12,” advocate Nazir Ahmad Ronga, who pleaded Burhan’s case, said. (PTI)

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