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Saturday October 5, 2013 MYT 11:55:10 AM
by winnie yeoh, sira habibu, AND a.raman
A WIDOW was finally granted the retirement benefits of her deceased husband after a nearly three-decade wait, Tamil Nesan reported.
R. Parameshwari, 56, had earlier filed a court petition when she did not get the retirement benefits of her husband R. Rajagopal, who died in the course of his work as a driver in the excise office in Trichy.
He died on Dec 28, 1986.
On Tuesday, the Madras high court finally ordered the Trichy district authority to give her the retirement benefits within two weeks.
It was noted that when the widow had applied for retirement benefits, she was informed by the then Trichy collector through a letter dated Feb 15, 1989 that her husband had obtained a housing loan of Rs33,900 (RM1,754) from the Government.
Deduction towards the loan was not made on time and only Rs1,528 (RM79) was cut from his salary.
Hence, the remaining loan amount had to be deducted from the retirement benefits.
Subsequently, she submitted many representations to the divisional excise officer in Trichy over the years, which were forwarded to the district collector.
However, no steps were taken by the authority.
> Malaysia Nanban reported that a taxi driver in Mumbai showed exemplary behaviour when he took pains to return a package containing Rs80,000 (RM4,138) to the passengers who had left it in the vehicle.
Laxman Narula, 49, waited outside the building, where he had dropped two brothers in Mazgaon, to return the cash to them.
The brothers – software engineer Nitish Mehta, 35, and Pankaj Mehta, 37 – had not realised that they had left the package in the taxi.
It only dawned on them that their money was missing about 30 minutes after they had got off from the taxi.
They searched frantically for the money in the staircase and other areas in the building.
To their surprise, they saw Narula waiting for them outside.
Narula said he had been a taxi driver for the past 30 years.
“It would have been wrong on my part to run away with someone else’s money,” he said, citing his religious beliefs.
● Found in Translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item
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