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3 held for running maid service racket

New Delhi, February 14 (PTI):
Three persons, including a couple, were arrested for allegedly running a maid service racket in the national capital and cheating over 50 people to the tune of around Rs 7 lakh, police said here today. Vasudev, his wife Beena and their associate Moni -- all hailing from Assam -- were arrested yesterday from Rithala Metro Station. According to police, their modus operandi was that they would initially distribute pamphlets in residential areas that they run a maid placement agency. "The pamphlet contained their mobile phone numbers and when the prospective employers contacted them, they informed that Rs 10,000-25,000 would have to be paid by the employer as commission," DCP (Crime and Railways) Ashok Chand said. Beena or Moni used to join as a maid in the household but used to run away from there the next morning on some pretext or other. The arrests came on a complaint by a resident of Ashok Vihar area that Bulbuli Maid Service has cheated him on pretext of providing a maid after taking a commission of Rs 18,000. According to the complainant, the maid only worked with them for a day and then ran away on the pretext of getting milk. Police said Vasudev came to Delhi about four years ago and had worked in a number of maid placement agencies and married Beena. "Till date they have cheated over 50 prospective employers and fraudulently earned Rs 6-7 lakh," Chand said.

414 donate blood on V day

Aizawl, February 14 (PTI):
At least 414 people, including prominent citizens and singers, donated blood to show their love towards other human beings on the Valentines day, said to be the largest number of blood donors in the history of Mizoram. Zikpuii, a local television presenter, who organised blood donations for three successive years on the day, told PTI that today's programme was a great success as it was the largest number of blood donated in a day in the history of Mizoram. The donation drive was supported by the Mizoram State AIDS Control Society and the Aizawl-based Association for Voluntary Blood Donation. Zikpuii said the responses from the general public was tremendous and the turnout of celebrities at the Civil Hospital here was remarkable.

Arunachal Industries dept for solving unemployment graph

Itanagar, February 14 (PTI):
The Industries Department can contribute in mitigating the growing unemployment problem in the state, Arunachal Pradesh Industries, Textile, Handloom & Handicrafts Minister Tapang Taloh said today. Speaking at the annual review meeting held at Udyog Sadan here today, the minister said that the state government was mulling to implement various innovative schemes in the sector. Pointing out that spiraling unemployment among the youth remained a matter of serious concern, Taloh said the state government would initiate several pro-active steps to produce more skilled human resources and create ample employment avenues for the unemployed youths. "We are in touch with Union Minister for Industries Anand Sharma and Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Vir Bhadra Singh, who have promised to sympathetically consider for the state in allocating adequate resources and incentives," he disclosed.

PPA formally expels 4 MLAs after they join Cong

Itanagar, February 14 (PTI):
Over a month after they joined ruling Congress, the People’s Party of Arunacha (PPA) on Tuesday announced having expelled all the four MLAs from the party for a period of six years. MLAs Phurpa Tsering of Dirang constituency, Kumsi Sidisow (Thrizino-Buragaon), Takam Pario (Palin) and Markio Tado (Tali) have been expelled due to anti-party activities and breach of party discipline, a PPA release said here on Tuesday. All the four legislators quit en-bloc on Dec 27 last year to join the Congress, thus taking the strength of the Congress in the state to 46 in the 60-member assembly. The joining of PPA MLAs had been officially announced by Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong under the provisions of the Tenth Schedule of Constitution and Members of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on Ground Defection) Rules, 1987.

Suspected ultra held

Aizawl, February 14 (PTI):
A suspected insurgent was arrested near Laki hamlet in southernmost Saiha district of Mizoram last evening and arms and ammunition seized from his possession. Police said the newly-formed 'Mara People's Army' (MPA) activist was apprhended in a jungle near Laki hamlet. The police seized one US-made M-16 rifle, 156 rounds of ammunition, two magazines and two walkie-talkies from the arrested person.

Man arrested for impersonating as tax officer

Gangtok, February 14 (PTI):
One person of Kalimpong in neighbouring West Bengal was arrested for duping businessmen in Rhenock and Rongli towns of Sikkim by posing as an official of commercial taxes division. Fifty-five-year-old Passang Norbu Sherpa, a resident of Tirpai Bazaar in Kalimpong was arrested when he collected money from traders at Rhenock bazar describing as a tax officer, sources said. Rs 6000 was found from him at the time of arrest, the police said.

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