Briefly Nation: 5-yr-old killed for ransom by cousin

5-yr-old killed for ransom by cousin

KOTA (Rajasthan): A five-year-old boy has been allegedly abducted and murdered by his cousin here, police have said. On Sunday, Makebra police arrested Ishiteyak Ahmed alias Manjur and his aide Giraj Sharma, who have reportedly admitted to the crime. Ashif was abducted on November 6 from his residence in Chandraghata by his cousin Manjur in order to arrange money to pay his debt, police said. After sensing some threat, he murdered the boy and threw the body into a canal near Gumanpura area.

US envoy supports FDI in multi-brand retail

NEW DELHi: The US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell on Monday said FDI in multi-brand retail will benefit consumers and farmers besides improving the supply chain. "Multi-brand retail is something which has been very controversial in my part of the US. When Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. came, we saw some very familiar debates which I now read in the Indian newspapers... As we worked at the impact of multi-brand retail on consumers, we found it provides them more selections of goods and services to choose from and at lower prices and fresher products," Powell said.

Media remarks: INS accepts Katju regret

NEW DELHI: The executive committee of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has accepted the regret expressed by Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju over his remarks that "majority of media people are of poor intellectual level". Katju had written a letter to the INS on September 21.

Veteran actor Pran admitted to hospital

MUMBAI: Veteran Bollywood actor Pran has been admitted to Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra, hospital sources said on Monday. "He was admitted to Lilavati Hospital last Friday. He had come for a check-up which turned out to be a respiratory problem. He is doing fine and still in hospital. Nothing to worry," hospital spokesperson Dr Sudhir Dagaokar told PTI.

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