166 passengers of Jet Airways Mumbai-Jaipur flight might not have been aware about this incident

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More than 13 years ago, a Boeing aircraft crashed in a hilly terrain in Greece snuffing out 121 lives. A year later, investigators concluded that omissions in controlling cabin pressure was a key reason for the crash. On Thursday morning, the 166 passengers on board a Jet Airways flight might not have been aware about the incident that happened in …

Maharashtra farmer producer firms tap retail route to sell onion

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Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) in Maharashtra have increasingly begun to strengthen market linkages and are now using the retail route to reach out to consumers. Maharashtra Farmer Producers Company (Maha FPC) Amir Chicken has some 400 points of sale spread across Pune city. According to Yogesh Thorat, MD, MahaFPC, onion is price volatile commodity and therefore producers are usually hit …

Parliament panel asks government to set up expert group to revive HMT

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A Parliamentary panel has asked the government to constitute an Expert Group consisting of renowned technocrats to examine the prospects of reviving all the ailing units of HMT Limited. In its report presented to the Lok Sabha, the Committee on Petitions suggested to the Centre to chalk out a detailed strategy of allocating a Special Financial Package to all PSUs, …

Pilots’ error to blame for near-crash of Rahul Gandhi’s plane, says DGCA

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Aviation regulator DGCA has blamed error on part of the pilots for the near-crash of Congress president Rahul Gandhis chartered plane at Hubli in North Karnataka earlier four months back. On April 26, the 10-seater plane carrying Gandhi suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dipped steeply with violent shuddering of the aircraft body before landing at …

India needs a leader like West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, say Trinamool Congress leaders

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Giving a call to oust the BJP, Trinamool Congress leaders today said the people of India needed a leader like Mamata Banerjee who worked for all, including farmers and women. They reiterated the BJP hatao, desh bachao slogan given by Banerjee during the martyrs day rally in Kolkata last week and said that a pledge needed to be taken to …

DMK’s demand for allotting space on the Marina beach: Controversy erupts over burial site for Karunanidhi

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A controversy erupted tonight after the Tamil Nadu government rejected the opposition DMKs DMK working president M K Stalin, recalling the long A government statement said it was unable to allot Some reports said the government was reluctant about Both were bitter foes of Karunanidhis predecessor Annadurai was also in office

EC appoints Anand Kumar as Rajasthan CEO

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) today nominated senior IAS officer Anand Kumar as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Rajasthan replacing Ashwini Bhagat. The ECI in consultation with the government of Rajasthan nominated Kumar on the post with effect from the date he takes charge and until further orders, an ECI notification said. The decision comes a barely months …

In a first, government to collect data on OBCs in Census 2021

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has announced that the Census 2021 will collect the data on Other Backwards Castes (OBCs), the first time since the VP Singh government had in 1990 announced 27% reservation for OBCs based on the Mandal Commission recommendation in 1980 that was prepared on the basis of 1931 Census. A report in The Indian Express said …

5 men, 4 juveniles nabbed in connection with Kanwariya vandalism

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Five men and four juveniles have been arrested in 24 hours for allegedly vandalising a car last week in west Delhis Moti Nagar area after the vehicle brushed past one of their Kanwariya friends, police said today. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Kumar said the operation to nab the accused lasted till 5 am today. The accused were identified …

Opposition leaders to attend ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan’

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The Congress party along with leaders from 17 Opposition parties will converge in New Delhis Talkatora stadium on Thursday for the sixth edition of Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan (Save composite culture convention). Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be present in the meet. The invitations for the convention were also sent to Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister …

Delhi government schools facing a shortage of teachers will get about 9,000 guest teachers by mid-August

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Delhi government schools facing a shortage of teachers will get about 9,000 guest teachers by mid-August, Education Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday. By August 14, additional 9,000 guest teachers will join the schools which will ensure that all schools have teachers as per their requirement, Sisodia said in a meeting with citys education department. During the meeting, Sisodia, along …

Free! Urban UP households to get smart electronic meters from Yogi Adityanath government – Electricity theft to end?

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The Uttar Pradesh government will install smart electronic meters in the urban areas of the state for free, Energy Minister Srikant Sharma said today. The meters will ensure error-free electricity bills and will allow consumers to keep a track of their power usage via a smartphone application. The meters will also curb power theft, he said. We are going to …

Rafale fight reaches Supreme Court: CJI Ranjan Gogoi admits plea seeking disclosure of pricing details, hearing on October 10

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The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a plea seeking directions to the Centre to reveal the price and other details of the much-debated Rafale deal with France. The apex court said that it will hear the plea on October 10. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the plea filed by law practitioner Vineet Dhanda. The …

Mehbooba Mufti’s uncle Sartaj Madni quits PDP vice-president post

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Madni, an uncle of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, resigned as the vice-president of the Peoples Democratic Party today. The resignation comes three weeks after several PDP MLAs, including senior leader Imran Ansari and his uncle Abdi Ansari, had accused Mufti of nepotism and questioned her decision to surround herself with her relatives and friends in the …

UK minister James Brokenshire leads Midlands region trade delegation on his three-day visit to India

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Britains Communities Secretary James Brokenshire embarked on a three-day visit to India on Thursday to promote business and technology ties of the country with the Midlands region of England. The UK Cabinet minister, who is also the British governments The Midlands-Maharashtra Technology Partnership has been described by the UK government as the regional element of the UK-India Technology Partnership announced …

Giving back to society: The joy of giving is now being celebrated as a week-long festival

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Would you like to own an outfit from Bollywood star Alia Bhatt An annual event, the 10th edition of Daan Utsav will focus on activities that will bring together people from all walks of life to help them give back to society. The festival, to be celebrated from October 2 to 8, will be marked by a week of activities …

BJP working for ‘making India’, Congress for ‘breaking India’; will win 2019 with bigger majority: Amit Shah

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The Narendra Modi government is working for making India whereas the Congress is working for breaking India, BJP president Amit Shah said Saturday, asserting that his party will return to power in 2019 with a majority bigger than what it got in 2014. Launching a blistering attack on the Opposition in his inaugural address at the partys two-day national executive …

Ola driver, his two associates arrested for robbing passengers

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A 24-year-old Ola driver and his two associates were arrested for allegedly robbing passengers of their valuables midway after offering them lift at night, police said today. The accused were identified as Pritam (24), Dinesh (24) and Anuj Kumar (22), they said. Yesterday, the police laid a trap near a Metro Pillar in Kakrola at 8:30 pm. When a Wagon …

Himachal Pradesh for CBI probe into scholarship disbursal frauds: CM Jai Ram Thakur

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The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to recommend a CBI probe into the alleged frauds in disbursal of scholarship to students in the state, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said. The government decided to go in for a CBI probe into the alleged frauds and irregularities in disbursal of the scholarships, being investigated by the state agencies since 2013-14. The …

Domestic political, electoral compulsions behind India’s reluctance to talk, says Pakistan’s minister

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Pakistans Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has alleged that Indias domestic political and electoral compulsions were behind New Delhis reluctance to talk to the new government in Islamabad. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Qureshi were slated to meet on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly session in New York. However, India called off the meeting last week, …