Saturday, July 09, 2005

Compensation for woman kept in custody

Staff Reporter


KOCHI: The Kerala High Court, on Wednesday, directed the State Government to
pay P.E. Arifa of Perumbavoor a compensation of Rs.50,000, with 8 per cent
interest from May 24, 1997, for being kept in police custody illegally for
80 hours.

Justice A.K. Basheer issued the directive while allowing a writ petition
filed by Ms. Arifa. According to her, her husband, a wholesale dealer in
fabrics, had given her brother a certain quantity of fabric on credit.
Later, the latter refused to pay the money, and a criminal case was filed
against him.

When she came to her parental house to participate in a ceremony organised
in connection with the death of her father, her brother threatened her and
demanded that the case be withdrawn. He called the police who took her to
the Ernakulam Vanitha Police Station as she refused to accede to the demand.


New York Times journalist jailed

Gary Younge

NEW YORK: The New York Times reporter Judith Miller was on Wednesday night
sent to jail for refusing to reveal her source in an investigation into the
leak of an undercover CIA agent's name.

But in a dramatic conclusion to a two-year saga, her fellow defendant, the
Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper, avoided the same fate when he agreed
to testify in an 11th-hour volte-face.

Mr. Cooper told a federal judge that the source had released him from his
commitment to keep his identity secret.

``Last night I hugged my son goodbye and told him it might be a long time
before I see him again,'' Mr. Cooper told the district court judge, Thomas


`Medical visa' for foreigners soon

Special Correspondent

Available to all seeking treatment in specialty hospitals

NEW DELHI: Recognising the rapid growth and changes in the health care, the
Government has decided to introduce a `medical visa' for foreigners who come
to India for medical treatment and are here for an extended period.

The medical visa" would be admissible to all foreigners seeking medicare in
recognised specialty hospitals or treatment centres. The initial period of
such a visa will be one year or for the period of treatment whichever is
less. Unlike the tourist visa, this can be extended and the State
Governments and FRROs have been given the powers to extend such a visa.


The Word of the Day for July 08 is:

fete \FAYT\ noun
1 : festival
2 a : a lavish often outdoor entertainment *b : a large elaborate party
Example sentence:
Nigel's 50th birthday was celebrated with an impressive fete, featuring an
abundance of delicious food, an open bar, and endless music and dancing.
Did you know?
"Fete" is a word worth celebrating. It's been around since Middle English,
when it was used in a manuscript to refer to "fetes, spectacles and other
worldly vanytees." Since the 19th century, it has been doing double duty,
serving both as a noun (as we've used it here) and as a verb meaning "to
honor or commemorate with a fete." You can honor "fete" by remembering that
it entered English from Middle French, and that it derives ultimately from
the Old French "feste," meaning "festival" - a root that, not surprisingly,
also gave English the word "feast." (Because of its French ties, you will
sometimes see "fete" spelled with a circumflex ( ^ ) above the first "e," as
that's how it appears in that language.)

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