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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

India

Air India says no to seat upgrade, more free baggage for MPs

Cash-strapped Air India hasexpressed inability to upgrade seats of MPs to business class or carry their extra baggage for free, especially in flights which have all upper class seats booked by paid passengers.

Filing online PF withdrawal claims to be a reality in December

Retirement fund body EPFO will launch the online facility for submitting provident fund withdrawal claims in December, which would quicken such settlements and benefit its over five crore subscribers.

US, Israel among 43 countries to get e-visa facility

Visitors from over 40 countries,including Germany, the US, Israel and Palestine, will soon be able to avail the much-awaited electronic visa facility which is set to be launched on November 27.

Irani rejects demand to make Sanskrit compulsory

Taking on her critics, human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Sunday dismissed charges that education was being saffronised even as she turned down demands that Sanskrit be made compulsory in the curriculum.

Pope Francis confers sainthood on two Kerala catholics

With the elevation of two, centuries-old Syro-Malabar church which traces its origin to St Thomas (one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ) will have three saints from Kerala, first being Sister Alphonsa who was made a saint in 2008.

Delhi govt bans purchase of new vehicles for officials

As part of an austerity measure,the Delhi government has imposed a ban on purchase of new vehicles for all officials, including those of civic bodies in the city, until the old ones complete their required life cycles.

Would you like to sin on a tiger skin: What is Hinduism?

Why should Hindus remain the only ones to float free to engage and disengage as they please? It's wonderful that Hindus held fast through the millennia. But now that nobody can tell a Hindu what to do, isn't it time someone did?

J-K polls: Parties yet to release manifestos

With just two days to the first phase of the assembly elections, the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir are yet to come out with their agenda for polls. The parties, including National Conference, Congress, People’s Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party, have not released their poll manifestos so far. The delay and selective leaks to the media are already giving rise to speculations.

PM Modi couldn’t break much ice with Muslims

In this communally-sensitive town, where the BJP had for the first time invested heavily, Prime Minister Narendra Modi couldn’t break much ice with the Muslim community. Even though the PM talked about development and inclusive approach, the community still sees him with suspicion.

TMC's Derek says NSA is a known sympathiser of RSS

In a counter attack against union finance minister, Arun Jaitley, Trinamool Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP, Derek O’Brien on Sunday claimed that the NSA is a known RSS sympathiser.

North Korea warns UN rights ruling supporters

North Korea's top military body on Sunday warned of 'catastrophic consequences' for supporters of the latest United Nations censure on its human rights record, as state media reported leader Kim Jong Un presided over fresh military drills.

NC heavyweight faces Modi factor

In Vijaypur assembly constituency, it is primarily a direct contest between two-time former minister of National Conference and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, who is hoping to cash in on the Modi wave.

Parrikar clears proposal to buy artillery guns

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday cleared a proposal to buy 814 artillery guns for the army at a cost of Rs. 15,750 crore, a move that will help fill gaps in India’s defence capabilities. The army has not bought a single artillery gun since the Bofors scandal exploded in the late 1980s.

MP Srinjoy Bose remanded to four days' police custody

A court here today rejected theinterim bail plea of Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose, arrested by CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case, and remanded him to four days police custody.

Race for new CBI chief enters last lap

Three senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, including ministry of home affairs’ special secretary Prakash Mishra and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s special director Anil Sinha, have emerged as front-runners for the agency’s top job as incumbent Ranjit Sinha’s stint gets over around ten days later.

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