The State government had to suffer a loss of around Rs. 1.5 crore as the notarised registration of documents was stopped due to the now 55-day-old agitation of advocates. According to Kolhapur Notary Association president Advocate Shivram Joshi, there were 52 notaries in Kolhapur district and on an average daily 20 notarised documents were being registered, for which the government received fees. Both the State government and the High Court should expedite to settle the demands of the agitating advocates, said Mr. Joshi.

Private moneylender arrested in Sangli

Manohar Lipare, 28, a private moneylender at Vita in Sangli district was arrested by the police on Sunday. The complainant Dilip Kottalagi, 23, took a loan of Rs. 55,000 for medical treatment from Mr. Lipare, the police said. Mr. Lipare had taken blank cheques of Bank of Baroda and recorded an interest of Rs. 11,000 per month at 20 per cent interest and despite receiving Rs. 1.21 lakh, was threatening to recover the principal amount.

‘Beware of BSNL’s privatisation’

Speaking at a rally of employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), Raju Shetty M.P. warned the employees to beware of an attempt to privatise BSNL as some private companies were eyeing the telecom giant. If BSNL was privatised, both the consumers and the employees would suffer from high service cost and insecurity of employment, said Mr. Shetty. He appealed for the unity of the workers to prevent the privatisation.