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SC allows NDMC to e-auction Taj Mansingh hotel

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New Delhi, April 20, 2017: The Supreme Court today allowed New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to E-auction Taj Mansingh hotel, thereby rejecting Tata’s plea to stall the auction, presently run by Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL).

A bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman allowed the plea of NDMC that the Tata Group firm cannot have the right to refusal in the auctioning of the hotel.

However, the bench asked the civic body to grant six months time to the company in vacating the hotel if it fails to bid in the e-auction.

The court also said that the “blemish-free” record of Tata Group firm IHCL may be taken into account by NDMC while auctioning the iconic property.

Earlier on March 3, the civic body had told the apex court that it wanted to e-auction the hotel.

IHCL, which runs the Taj Mansingh Hotel, on November 8, 2016, approached the apex court against the Delhi High Court order, which had paved the way for auctioning off the historic property.

The firm had challenged the October 27 judgement delivered by a division bench of the Delhi High Court, which had dismissed IHCL’s petition challenging the move by the NDMC to auction the property.

The Delhi HC had earlier dismissed the Tata Group’s appeal for retaining management rights over the Taj Mansingh Hotel, and in all practicality, told the business conglomerate that it would have to participate in the auction process.

The High Court, however, gave a green signal to the NDMC to go ahead with the public auction of the hotel.

Read More: SC to decide auction of Taj Mansingh Hotel

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Eight Maoists killed in Telangana encounter

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Hyderabad, Dec: Eight maoists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an encounter in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place in Tekulapalli forests of the district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, news agency IANS reported.

The slain extremists belonged to CPI-MLs’ Chandr Pullareddy Baata group, which was established in July this year by some Maoist earlier associated with CPI-ML Jana Shakti group.

The encounter triggered during a combing operation by police in the forests.

A police officer said the combing operations were launched following the information about the presence of extremists.

“The group was indulging in extortions from contractors and local businessmen”, Bhadradri Kothagudem’s Superintendent of Police Amber Kishore Jha, IANS quoted.

The extremists opened fire when asked to surrender. The police had to return fire, killing eight extremists. No policeman was injured in the incident”, he added.

The police seized five arms including an SLR and two 8 mm rifles.

This was the first major encounter between police and Maoists since formation of Telangana in 2014.

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One killed as roof of Tiruchendur temple collapses in Tamil Nadu

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The roof of Giri Prahara Mandapam of Tiruchendur Subramania Swamy temple came crashing down on Thursday. (PC- The New Indian Express)

Chennai, Dec 14: A woman was killed and two men were injured when a portion of the roof fell on Thursday around 9.45 am. at the Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy temple in Thiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, police said.

The roof suddenly caved in, killing Peechiammal and injuring Kandaswamy and Senthil Arumugham. All were devotees. Thiruchendur is around 640 km from here in Tuticorin district.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 500,000 to the woman’s family and Rs 100,000 each to the injured. It would be paid out of temple funds.

The 2000-year-old Thiruchendur temple, located in southern Tamil Nadu, is considered as one of the important pilgrimage places in the state and draws devotees throughout the year. It was patronaged by the Pandiya and Chera kings.

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Jammu & Kashmir: Gang of fraudsters busted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Dec 14: A gang of fraudsters has been busted here, that cheated over 30 business establishments in the Kashmir Valley, police said on Thursday. 

Two persons, identified as Tahir Amin and Waheed Bhat, have been arrested. The duo, along with a woman, have been cheating people for the last six months, news agency IANS quoted, a police officer was saying.

The gang used social media applications and websites like OLX.com to cheat gullible customers. They used to buy electronic articles like cell phones, LED TVs and ovens against fake bank cheques, he added.

“Similarly, they used to purchase items such as electric wires, bath fittings, clothing from renowned showrooms in the valley using bank cheques to make the payments.

“On the complaint of a businessman, an FIR was lodged in Ram Munshibagh after which the arrests were made. More arrests are likely,” he stated.

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