11 bodies found

Kurukshetra: The Haryana police have launched an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a family of commission agents from Pehowa town near here and the recovery of 11 unidentified, decomposed bodies from an irrigation canal near Karnal. Kurukshetra police officials said a link between the Pehowa family that disappeared earlier this month and the recovery of the bodies from the canal could not be ruled out. The post-mortem examination of the bodies would be conducted on Monday. — HNS

First woman mayor

Ranchi: Rama Khalko was elected the first woman mayor of the Ranchi Municipal Corporation on Sunday with a margin of more than 20,000 votes. The election of mayor, deputy mayor and 55 ward commissioners of RMC was conducted on March 25 and the counting began on March 27. Ranchi Mayor post was reserved for woman. Rama Khalko secured over 46,000 defeating Ashrita Kujur. — HNS

Maoists escape

Gondia: Two surrendered Maoists in Maharashtra decamped with a couple of AK-47 guns and ammunitions from a heavily guarded police sub-divisional office, police sources said Sunday. The incident occurred at Deoli police sub-divisional office in east Vidarbha Saturday night when Maoists Arjun and Korcha escaped on a police motorcycle carrying two guns, a hand-grenade and seven magazines. The Maoists had surrendered to the police last year and were supposedly under constant police surveillance, sources said. — HNS

CPI-M backing on

Coimbatore: The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Sunday said it would continue to support the government while opposing its economic and foreign policies, and will explore the possibility of a non-Congress, anti-communal political alternative. According to party sources, the CPI-M, whose leaders are meeting here for a five-day party congress from Saturday to formulate its future political strategy, has decided to keep its options open for a non-Congress, non-Bharatiya Janata Party alternative at the national level. — HNS

Protest in Kabul

KABUL: More than 2,000 mainly ethnic Hazaras, many of them livestock farmers, marched through the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday to demand authorities stop nomads from using their grazing lands. The demonstrators alleged that ethnic Pashtun nomads, are using their pastures for animals to graze on. — AFP