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Rain hits life in Tamil Nadu; holiday on Monday for schools, colleges
Steady rain in most parts of coastal Tamil Nadu due to a depression over Bay of Bengal put normal life out of gear on Sunday. As many as 15 district administrations, including Chennai, have declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Monday.
 
The weather department has forecast heavy to very heavy rains over Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry till Tuesday.
 
According to the department, the low pressure may concentrate into a depression by Monday, while the landfall time can be estimated later on Monday.
 
In many areas, fallen trees disrupted vehicular traffic.
 
Civic officials pressed into service high-powered pumps to remove water from subways and inundated residential areas.
 
Anna University has postponed all exams slated during November 16-18 due to the rain.
 
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ED files money-laundering case against Himachal CM
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday landed in fresh trouble, with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registering a money-laundering case against him.
 
Virbhadra Singh was booked by the agency on charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act after taking cognizance of a criminal case registered against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in September.
 
Sources said ED investigators were likely to question Virbhadra Singh and his associates within a couple days.
 
The investigation by the ED will be to find out how Virbhadra Singh and his family members allegedly amassed wealth amounting to Rs.6.1 crore between 2009 and 2011, disproportionate to his known sources of income, while serving as the union steel minister.
 
The CBI has already filed a first information report (FIR) against Virbhadra Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh, insurance agent Anand Chauhan and Chauhan's brother C.L. Chauhan under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
 
The CBI suspects that during 2009-11, Virbhadra Singh allegedly invested Rs.6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members' names through agent Chauhan, claiming the money to be his agricultural income.
 
The probe agency alleged that Virbhadra Singh attempted to legitimise the same as agricultural income by filing revised income tax returns in 2012.
 
"The agricultural income as claimed by him in his revised ITRs was not found to be tenable. The then union minister had allegedly accumulated other assets disproportionate to known sources of income," the CBI had alleged.
 
The CBI had also carried out searches at various premises belonging to Virbhadra Singh and his family immediately after filing the FIR.
 
Sources said the ED office in state capital Shimla will handle the case with assistance from the agency headquarters in Delhi.
 
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Engineer, two officials suspended after Rs.77-crore bill shocker
Three officials, including an engineer, were placed under suspension on Sunday in Haryana after an ordinary tyre-repair shopkeeper received a bill of Rs.77 crore.
 
"The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has suspended sub-divisional officer Vikram Singh, commercial assistant Bairam and lower divisional clerk Pritam Singh with immediate effect for issuing a inflated erroneous bill of about Rs.77 crore to a consumer of Faridabad," a DHBVN spokesman said on Sunday.
 
The DHBVN had issued clear directions that pre-audit of bills was important before issuing bill to consumers in which any error in bill could be rectified before it is issued, the spokesman said.
 
Jagpal, the owner of a small tyre repair shop in Faridabad, adjoining Delhi, received an electricity bill of over Rs.77 crore, leaving him utterly "shocked".
 
The bill, dated October 31, was issued by the DHBVN. Jagpal his family were "shocked" to see the bill and the amount of over Rs.77.89 crore mentioned in it.
 
"I run a shop from a rented premises where I repair punctured tyres. My bill has always been Rs.2,000-2,500. I only have a fan and a bulb working here. I have cleared all my earlier bills. This one came as a shocker," said the shopkeeper, whose premises is in Adarsh Nagar colony.
 
Neighbours said the shopkeeper's mother had to be taken to a doctor as she felt unwell after hearing about the huge bill.
 
This was not the first instance in Haryana that a consumer has been given a big bill.
 
A pan-seller (betel-leaf seller) in Haryana's Gohana town in Sonipat district got a bill of Rs.132 crore in October last year.
 
Earlier, an electricity consumer in Haryana's Narnaul town got a bill of Rs.234 crore in April 2007.
 
Officials of the concerned power utilities blamed the bills on technical and computer glitches.
 
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