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Veteran Actor Om Puri Passes Away January 06, 2017 10:23

Veteran actor Om Puri has passed away after a massive heart attack early on Friday morning. The actor was 66. Confirming the news to Indianexpress, filmmaker Ashok Pandit and a close friend of Puri said, ”Omji suffered from a massive heart attack today morning and we have just reached his residence.” Ashok Pandit also tweeted, “Sad & shocked to know that versatile actor Om Puri ji has expired due to heart attack early morning today. #RIP.” Karan Johar : Solid actor…..Solid filmography…immense talent….#RIPOmPuri..cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist Anupam Kher : Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can’t believe that one of our  greatest actors #OmPuri is no more.

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ISRO to launch record 83 satellites in one go! December 28, 2016 13:00

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) announced that, it is all set to launch a record 83 satellites in one go using its workhorse PSLV-C37 in January, next year. ISRO's chairman A S Kiran Kumar, said that, "We are working for a January launch. It will be toward the end of January. The date has to be fixed." 80 satellites out of 83 belongs to United States, Kazakhstan, Israel, Netherlands and Switzerland. The three Indian satellites are INS-IA and INS-1B, weighing 30 kg and Cartosat-2 series, weighing 730 kg as primary payload. Calling 2016 a "good" year, Kumar said ISRO would launch at least five communication satellites in 2017. "It (launches) will be more next year, we are actually looking at almost something like five communication satellites, then many more others. Some earth observation also," he said. "In the year we are primarily trying to do our GSLV Mark III, then Mark II one more launch we are trying to do," Kumar added. Agni-V successfully test-fired! Nandini

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SpiceJet, IndiGO flights come face-to-face at IGI airport! December 27, 2016 11:15

A major tragedy was averted when two planes, one IndiGO and another SpiceJet came face-to-face at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in Delhi, triggering scare among authorities and the passengers. Hindustan times reported, the sources said that, the IndiGO plane with 176 passengers on board was coming from Lucknow. While taxing, the pilot suddenly saw a SpiceJet aircraft within metres and applied the brakes. The IndiGO flight 6E 769 had switched off the lights. Details of the SpiceJet flight were not immediately available. A probe into the incident has been ordered by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Jet Airways flight deflect from runway! Nandini

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Jet Airways flight deflect from runway! December 27, 2016 09:25

A Jet Airways flight 9W 2374 from Goa to Mumbai deflected from the runway while aligning for take off at Dabolim airport in Goa. There were 161 people including 7 crew members on board the flight, in which 15 passengers suffered minor injuries during evacuation. The incident happened at about 5 a.m. The plane had arrived from Dubai and was bound for Mumbai. The airlines said in a statement, that, “Few guests have sustained minor injuries during the evacuation process and medical assistance is being coordinated by the Jet Airways team and the airport authorities.” The Hindu reported,  a passenger said at the Chicalim cottage hospital in Vasco, that, “When people were getting down the plane, it suddenly tilted forward triggering panic and chaos.” Sex Abuse on Flight from Mumbai to New Jersey! Nandini

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Actor-turned politician Rupa Ganguly hospitalised! December 23, 2016 18:39

BJP MP Roopa Ganguly has been admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata with “blood clots” in the brain tissues on December 23. Joyprakash Majumdar, State BJP vice president told The Hindu, “She had been admitted to the AMRI hospital in Salt Lake at around 4 pm on Friday, after complaining of severe headache and partial loss of vision” . He said that doctors attending to Ms. Ganguly have advised her to take rest and presently she has been kept under observation. PM Narendra Modi brought his own Tiffin for Lunch He stated that the date of release has not been decided yet and “Her condition is stable now”. Ms. Ganguly who joined BJP in January last year has been known for her role as Draupadi in B.R.Chopra’s Mahabharat in the 1980’s. She had nominated to the Rajya Sabha in October following the resignation of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu. She is also the president of BJP's women's wing in the State.

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Libyan plane hijacked, 82 men, 28 women, 1 infant onboard December 23, 2016 18:25

A Libyan plane has been reported hijacked by two people and has landed in the Mediterranean island of Malta. Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has tweeted that he had already been alerted of a "potential hijack" of a Libyan plane which reported to be headed for Malta. The plane, had been carrying 118 people, including seven crew members. The had  landed in Malta at 11.32 AM local time, according to the Malta Times. Maltese media had reported that the hijacked plane, flight number 8U209, left Sabha in South West Libya and was scheduled to arrive in Tripoli at 11.20 AM. But it had been diverted to the tiny island of Malta. The flight has been operated by Afriqiyah Airways. Juno to make third Jupiter flyby! According to the local reports, the hijackers have threatened to blow up the plane. Malta Times added that all emergency teams have already been dispatched to the site. Libya has been in a unstable situation since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gadhafi left warring militias battling for control of different parts of the country. Forces loyal to a fledgling national unity government has recently taken control of the coastal city of Sirte, which had been a bastion for the Islamic State group since June 2015. By Prakriti Neogi

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Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung resigns! December 22, 2016 17:31

The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung submit his resignation to the centre in a sudden and surprise move, citing he wants to return to his "first love, academics". He thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all the cooperation and help he received during his tenure as the Lt. Governor of Delhi. He also thanked the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his association in the last two years. Mr Jung thanked "the people of Delhi for all their support and affection, especially during the one year's President Rule in Delhi, when he got unstinted support from them and which in turn helped run the administration in Delhi smoothly and effortlessly." The last two years of Mr Jung's in office were dogged by his constant battle with the  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Ban Ki-moon asked India, Pakistan to resolve differences through dialogue Nandini

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Dilsukhnagar blast - Yasin Bhatkal, 4 Others Sentenced To Death December 19, 2016 17:39

For the twin blasts in Hyderabad's Dilsukhnagar in 2013, Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and four others are sentenced to death by the trial court. This is the first time top leaders of the Indian Mujahideen, including Yasin Bhatkal, were convicted in a terror attack in the country. Eighteen people died and 130 were injured in two blasts in February 2013 at a packed shopping area in Dilsukhnagar. "It's the first time that IM cadres have been convicted. They had plans to strike all over India." Sharad Kumar, chief of the country's main counter-terror body or National Investigation Agency (NIA), had said. By Premji

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Constitution Bench to hear pleas against demonetisation December 16, 2016 17:31

A five-judge Constitution Bench is all set to be established to hear the pleas against the November 8, 2016 demonetisation. The Supreme Court ordered the formation of the bench to judge the constitutionality of the demonetisation notification and the legality of the implementation of the policy. According to the Supreme Court, it trusted the government to be the best judge of its own economic and fiscal policies. The three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, noted that “no other directions is possible at this stage.” The Bench, also including Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and A.M. Khanwilkar stayed the pending proceedings instituted against the demonetisation policy of the demonetisation in various High Courts nationwide. The Supreme Court said that, the issue of demonetisation is of public importance and has far-reaching consequence, requiring a Constitution Bench to hear the petitions challenging the policy. Demonetization: UK minister praised Modi! Nandini

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CBI arrested Ex-Air Chief SP Tyagi in VVIP chopper scam! December 09, 2016 18:17

The CBI arrested the former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi in connection with alleged bribery in the VVIP chopper deal. The ex-air chief has been repeatedly questioned on the deal with AgustaWestland, in which kickbacks were allegedly paid to Indian politicians and officials to influence the contract for a dozen VVIP choppers. The investigators in Italy and India accused the retired Air Marshal Tyagi of helping AgustaWestland win the Rs. 3,600 crore chopper deal by altering specifications at the instance of his cousins. The CBI said that, “They were arrested on the allegations of who accepted illegal gratification for exercising influence through corrupt or illegal means.”    Investigations revealed that, in 2004, the Tyagis entered into a consultancy deal with middlemen, when Air Marshal Tyagi's cousins were certain that SP Tyagi would be the next air force chief and thus in a position to influence the deal. Also Read: Bhagwant Mann suspended for Parliament videography! Nandini

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Bhagwant Mann suspended for Parliament videography! December 09, 2016 16:45

AAP member Bhagwant Mann was suspended from the Lok Sabha for the remainder of the Winter Session after he found guilty by a parliamentary panel of putting the security of Parliament House at risk. The motion was approved by the house put byKirit Somaiya who chaired the 9-member committee probing the videography issue. The motion reads that, “That the House having taken note of the report of the committee to inquire into the improper conduct of a member of the Lok Sabha accepts the findings and recommendations of the committee that Bhagwant Mann has committed a highly objectionable act which is unbecoming of a member of the House and that he may be suspended from the membership of the House for the remaining period of the current session.” Also Read: Demonetisation helps to bring back Indian family values - Vijnana Bharati Nandini

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Pakistan plane with 47 on board crashed! December 07, 2016 18:26

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane PK 116 reportedly crashed near the city of Abbottabad in the country’s north. According to initial reports, there were 47 people on board the ATR plane from Chitral to Islamabad. PIA spokesperson Daniyal Gilani earlier said to the media that, flight PK-661 had disappeared from air control radar while flying from Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to Islamabad. PIA spokesman Daniyal Gilani tweeted, "PIA's ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago." "All resources are being mobilized to locate the aircraft." Also Read: Flight, transporting Brazilian football team, crashed! Nandini

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