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HindustanTimes Sat,12 Jul 2014

India

Agusta supplied choppers that did not undergo flight evaluation trials

AgustaWestland AW101 chopper
The firm’s two representative choppers, with their mock-up passenger cabins, had attended the exercise and not the actual contracted chopper in violation of the norms, found Central Bureau of Investigation’s probe.

Social media played key role in Lok Sabha polls: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh
'There was an important role of social media in 2014 elections. It will continue to do so in future too. We have to accept this fact,' Rajnath Singh said addressing a seminar on media's role in 2014 general elections in Delhi.

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Iraq-return nurses to get salary arrears: Chandy

Oommen Chandy
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday assured that the 46 nurses from Kerala, who were evacuated from violence-hit Iraq recently, would get their salary arrears amount shortly.

Bhiwandi court summons Rahul Gandhi over RSS defamation charge

 Rahul Gandhi
A magisterial court in Bhiwandi inMaharashtra's Thane district on Friday ordered issuing summons to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi asking him to appear before it on October 7 in connection with his allegedly defamatory speech against RSS made during Lok Sabha elections.

Puducherry L-G removed, Nagaland governor resigns

Change of Guard ceremony
Amid demand from his removal by the ruling All India NR Congress government in Puducherry, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday replaced Lt Governor Virendra Kataria.

From trial court to SC, woman judge may go all the way

Supreme Court thumb
It rarely happens that a trial court judge makes it to the Supreme Court, much less a woman. But the SC collegium headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha has recommended elevation of Jharkhand high court chief justice R Banumathi to the top court.

Ministers to cut foreign travel spend by 10%

North Block
The ministry of finance recently issued revised norms for the approval of deputation or tour abroad to all ministries asking them to spell out the budget provision for foreign tours expenditure after taking a 10% cut.

Dr Gupta indulging in publicity gimmick: AIIMS

AIIMS
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences told  a service tribunal that Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta, head of its Forensic Medicine Department, was indulging in 'publicity gimmick' by levelling charges of being pressurised over Sunanda Pushkar's autopsy.

Expanding Indo-Japanese ties may make China uneasy

Defence Land Systems India
India and Japan are taking steps to deepen defence cooperation, a move likely to add to China's unease at a time of rising tensions between Tokyo and Beijing over a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Not just a pipe dream, India to set up gas line to Pakistan

A gas pipeline. (agencies)
In his maiden Budget presented in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, finance minister Arun Jaitley exempted LNG imports from customs duty if it is meant for onward sale to the neighbouring nation.

Patchy rains leave India staring at its first drought in 5 years

Agartala
A sluggish monsoon could be hurtling India towards its first drought in five years, as summer rains stand 43% below average overall, barring the Northeast and Mumbai.

MNS chief, Chavan say Modi wave receding in state

MNS chief Raj Thackeray
Thackeray who was always seen praising Modi, the Gujarat development model, and also extended his support to him in the Lok Sabha polls, was seen criticising his social media stints.
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