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Did Latur water crisis bring down Fadnavis' chopper?

Among the factors that could have led to the chief minister's helicopter's crash figures an unprecedented one: Latur's severe water shortage. On Thursday, Devendra Fadnavis had a close shave when the Sikorsky S76C helicopter crashed within minutes of take-off from a temporary helipad at Shivaji Mahavidyalaya school ground in Latur district. Even as investigations into the accident have begun, a video of the crash, circulating on social media, has raised the eyebrows of helicopter pilots ... Rediff.com, 54 seconds ago
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'BJP wants to take us back to the 19th century'

'There are no jobs, the economy is slowing down, but the BJP is more concerned with issues like triple talaq, anti-Romeo squads and the beef ban.' "Where the country is headed is a matter of concern," Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tells Amit Agnihotri. Winds of change are sweeping through the Congress.States like Goa, where the party could not form a government despite emerging as the single-largest block in the assembly polls, and in Karnataka, which will hold assembly polls next year, have ...
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Government may reduce PF contribution to increase take-home salary

The labour ministry has proposed to reduce the employers contribution to the Employees Provident Fund from 12 per cent to 10 per cent. The proposal, which will be opposed by trade unions, will come up for approval in the meeting of the Central Board of Trustees on Saturday.Around 50 million employees in the country receive provident fund contributions. The move, according to the labour ministry, will increase the take-home salary of employees. But trade unions opposing the move ...
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India dispatches relief to flood-hit Sri Lanka

With Sri Lanka being hit by floods and landslides, India has rushed naval ships with relief material to the island nation. One of the ships reached Sri Lanka on Saturday morning and another will reach on Sunday. In a series of tweets last night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that India stands by the people of the island nation and that ships are being rushed with relief material.  He also condoled the death of 90 people due to rain- triggered floods and landslides in Sri ...
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Section 295A needs to be deleted

'The existence of Section 295A on the Indian statute books sits uneasily with India's ambitions to be seen as a progressive democracy,' says Kanika Datta.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com The Indonesian politician Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, and the English actor Stephen Fry may live at opposite ends of the globe -- 12,000-odd km apart, in fact -- but they share an unlikely controversy: Accusations of blasphemy. On May 9, however, both faced very different fates on this ...
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J&K: Army foils another infiltration bid, 4 terrorists gunned down

The army on Saturday foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Rampur sector of Kashmir, killing four terrorists . Troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in Rampur sector in the early hours, an army official said. He said a firefight broke out between the infiltrators and the army, resulting in elimination of four ultras. A search operation was going on in the area, the official said. Infiltration attempts have increased in the past few weeks, no thanks to the onset ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago 4 terrorists gunned down as army foiled another infiltration bid  Rediff.com3 hours ago Army foils attack, Infiltration attempt at LoC, 2 Pak special forces men killed  Rediff.com20 hours ago
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Rahul to visit violence-hit Saharanpur despite being denied permission

Even after district authorities denied him permission, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to visit the violence-hit Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh today.Yesterday, the Uttar Pradesh ADG Law and Order Aditya Mishra had requested all political parties to steer clear of the violence-hit area until the situation returns to normal."We have requested all political parties not to visit the state until the situation is brought back to normal in Saharanpur." Mishra told ANI.Gandhi will visit Saharanpur ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago Rahul denied permission to visit strife-torn Saharanpur  Rediff.com20 hours ago
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Hurry, Hurry! Mr PM!

If Modi wants to be a man of history, he must make hard choices that will pay off down the road, says T N Ninan.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com Narendra Modi is a polarising figure on whom his critics and admirers would never agree. One set sees him as a communal-minded self-promoter who makes promises that he does not intend to keep, and then over-claims achievements. The other sees him as a man of history who is transforming the Indian economy and society, promoting the civilisational ...
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Major Gogoi's pathshala and the Wall of Heroes

At a time when nationalism is a much debated topic and the armed forces' sacrifices are being ignored, a 'Wall of Heroes', with portraits of Param Vir Chakra awardees at schools and colleges across the country to inspire the youth is a must, argues Tarun Vijay, who spearheads this initiative. IMAGE: From right, Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhambre, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, Bharatiya Janata Party ideologue Tarun Vijay present a portrait of Param Vir ...
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Delhi on high alert after inputs about possible terror strike

The Delhi Police have been put on high alert following intelligence inputs that a group of 20-21 Laskar-e-Tayiba terrorists has entered the country tocarry out attacks.The Delhi Police Special Cell has issued an advisory alerting its district, metro police and railway police units, asking them to step up security in market areas, religious places, malls and metro and railway stations.The advisory has asked various police units to maintain utmost vigil and keep a "sharp eye for suspected ...
 Rediff.com12 hours ago Delhi, Mumbai on alert after input about possible terror attack: Report  Rediff.com1 hour ago
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