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Mumbai-Jeddah Flight grounded Airport since Monday

A Mumbai-Jeddah Saudi Arabia Airlines flight has been grounded here since Monday morning due to a technical fault, airport sources said Tuesday. Flight SV-744, scheduled to depart Monday around 8 a.m., is yet to leave from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, they said. Around 300 passengers on the flight have been shifted to nearby hotels, an airline official said. Though ...

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Zambia expects to earn over $400 mn from tourism

Zambia, home to the spectacular Victoria Falls, expects to earn about $412 million this year from tourism, President Rupiah Banda has said. Banda said the prospect for growth of the tourism industry was immensely high and the country would meet the target of four million international tourists every year by 2015, the Zambia Daily Mail reported. “This country has a ...

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Reddy brothers’ rise: Riding cycles to rattling BJP leadership

From struggling businessmen who could once afford only bicycles to now owning choppers and almost bringing down Karnataka’s chief minister, the Reddy brothers have had a meteoric rise in both riches and political clout. And the three brothers continue to cast a large, dark shadow over both Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national leadership. Their ...

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Dust storms likely in Delhi

Tuesday started on a sunny note, but dust storms and light rains are likely towards the evening in some parts of Delhi. The maximum temperature is forecast to take a slight dip and be around 39 degrees Celsius, against 40 degrees recorded Monday. “The sky will be mainly clear in the morning, likely to become partly cloudy towards the evening ...

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Turkmenistan sets up National Space Agency

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has signed a decree authorising the creation of a National Space Agency. The document, signed Monday, stipulates that the agency is being set up “to ensure the implementation of scientific achievements in the national economy and to supervise future space exploration”. Berdymukhamedov had said the presence of own national satellite would boost the development of the ...

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Heavy storms leave 100,000 people without electricity in Michigan

More than 100,000 people in Michigan went without electricity Monday due to a series of storms. The storms, with winds in excess of 130 km per hour, mainly affected the city of Battle Creek, which has 50,000 residents. Numerous trees fell onto houses and automobiles, a large part of the city was without power and many businesses had been damaged, ...

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Zimbabwe’s ugliest man Austin – crowned by women

Zimbabwe’s Austin Mbewe has been crowned the country’s ugliest man after he beat eight other hopefuls in a nationwide contest for the Mr. Ugly title this year. The judges were all women. Mbewe, 30, who hails from Zimbabwe’s second largest city of Bulawayo, was crowned Saturday at a fun filled event in the Pagomo Heights Leisure Centre in Beitbridge. Hundreds ...

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35 people, including 22 foreigners hurt in Haryana accident

Around 35 people, including 22 foreigners, were injured Tuesday morning in Haryana after their tourist bus collided with a truck, said the police. The accident occurred at around 5.30 a.m. on the national highway. The tourist bus was coming from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh and going towards Delhi. “Thirtyfive people, including 22 foreigners, were injured and they were taken to ...

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Foreign policy props up Obama approval

US President Barack Obama’s performance on national security and international affairs and his image as a strong leader appear to be behind his rising approval rating, according to a new poll. Obama’s approval rating among Americans stands at 54 percent, with 45 percent saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing as president. Obama’s approval rating appears to have steadily ...

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Four young children drown in Colombian pond

Four siblings, aged between four and 13 years, drowned while playing in a pond near the town of Susa in the central Colombian province of Cundinamarca, an official said Monday. Susa mayor Jimmy Oswaldo Caro told the media that the three girls and a boy, who had accompanied their mother to do some farm chores, died Sunday afternoon while they ...

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Agra varsity’s private exams cancelled

The Uttar Pradesh government has cancelled the private examinations being conducted by Agra University on grounds of irregularities, sources said Tuesday. More than a lakh students, whose exams were to end June 18, have been impacted. “The university is stunned and no one is around to clarify what is going on here,” said a student leader.

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Bollywood music – cruising on the wings of change!

With bold numbers like “The mutton song”, “Karma is a bitch” and now “Bhaag D K Bose”, Bollywood music has turned a new leaf. The popularity of the numbers, replete with punchy, unconventional and slang-laden lyrics laced with pacy tunes, has elbowed out sugary romantic numbers from youngsters’ playlists. “Songs signify what we like. The young feel for the songs ...

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US court sets Sep 21 for pre-trial in 1984 riots case

A US Federal Court has set Sep 21 for pre-trial oral arguments in a case against Indian Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath and India’s Congress party for their alleged role in the November 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Judge Robert W. Sweet of US Federal Court of the Southern District of New York ordered serving of all motion papers in accordance with ...

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Russia joins NATO in submarine rescue drills

A task force from the Russian Black Sea Fleet, led by diesel submarine Alrosa, is taking part in NATO naval drills off the coast of Spain, the Russian Defence Ministry said. Bold Monarch is the world’s largest submarine rescue exercise held every three years. This year’s exercise is being conducted between May 30-June 10 near the Spanish port of Cartagena, ...

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