November 17, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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Indian maid on trial for murder
Singapore, November 16
A high court trial today resumed the case of an Indian maid accused of bashing her 67-year-old employer to death with a telephone and robbing the elderly Singapore woman of her valuables. Thamayanthi, 27, admitted to police that she bludgeoned Nagalingam Anjella on March 26 and led the authorities to various places where she pawned the jewellery and disposed of her employer’s blood-stained passport and telephone, although the items were not recovered, the court heard yesterday.
Badrinath shrine closed
Dehra Dun, November 16
Badrinath and Gangotri shrines have been closed for winter with effect from today. A spokesman for the Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee, Dr Umashankar Thapliyal, said on phone that the doors of the Badrinath temple were shut after the morning puja. The idol has been taken to Joshimath where it is worshipped during the winter.
200 women held
Chennai, November 16
More than 200 women belonging to the families of transport workers were arrested when they tried to stage a dharna here today, even as the Joint Struggle Committee (JSC) of various unions announced that it would further intensify the agitation demanding higher bonus. In a press note issued here, the JSC said it was willing to hold another round of talks with the government, but would be firm on its demand for 20 per cent bonus. More than 14,000 transport workers, including 2,500 women had been arrested since the strike was launched a week ago, the JSC claimed.
Dalits turn violent, kill cop
Chennai, November 16
A head constable was killed and an inspector sustained fractures, when a group of Dalits, staging a road blockade, turned violent and attacked a police team at Sankaralingapuram in Tuticorin district today. Police sources said the inspector, Shahjahan, and two constables went to disperse the group, which was protesting against the arrest of four Dalits from the village yesterday. On seeing the police, the group attacked them with clubs and other weapons. The head constable, Murugan, died on the spot.