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Ten countries scour sea for Malaysia jet lost in unprecedented mystery'
The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an "unprecedented mystery", the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board. Rescue helicopters and ships searching for the jet rushed to investigate a yellow object that looked like a life raft. It turned out to be moss-covered trash floating in the ocean, once again dashing hopes.
Conclude trial of lawmakers in a year, directs SC
The Supreme Court Monday directed that the trial in all the criminal offences involving sitting members of Parliament and legislatures should be concluded within one year by holding it on a day to day basis. The apex court bench headed by justice RM Lodha said the offences for which trial has to conclude within one year are those mentioned under Sections 8 (1), 8 (2) and 8 (3) of the Representation of People Act.
AAP releases fourth list of Lok Sabha candidates
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday released its fourth list of 61 Lok Sabha candidates, fielding journalist Ashish Khetan from the New Delhi constituency and satirist Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur in Punjab. The party announced two candidates from Delhi, four from Haryana, three from Punjab, 13 from Karnataka and 39 from Uttar Pradesh.
DMK denies ticket to Alagiri; Raja, Maran get renomination
Former Union telecommunications minister A Raja, who spent 15 months in jail for his alleged involvement in 2G scam, was on Monday named as DMK's Lok Sabha candidate from Nilgiris in western Tamil Nadu. Justifying Raja's candidature, DMK supremo M Karunanidhi said the cases against the former minister were already tottering and would eventually collapse.
Coal scam: CBI files first chargesheet
The CBI on Monday filed its first chargesheet in a Delhi court in coal blocks allocation case against Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd and its two directors accusing them of conspiring and cheating by allegedly misrepresenting facts to "embellish" its applications to get allotments between 2006 and 2009. This is the first chargesheet filed by CBI out of 16 FIRs lodged by it till date in the multi-crore scam against various firms and top corporates, also including industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and Congress MP Naveen Jindal.
Amar Singh, Jayaprada join RLD
Former Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Amar Singh and Jayaprada Monday joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). Singh, who was once close to Mulayam Singh Yadav and was the deal maker for the SP, was expelled from the party in 2010. Actor-turned-politician Jayaprada followed him in quitting the party.
Sensex breaches 22,000-mark for first time, rupee on 7-month high
The benchmark Sensex on Monday briefly breached the 22,000 mark for the first time and then managed to end at a new record close with modest gains of 15 points, extending the rally to the fifth session, on the back of continued overseas investor interest linked to upcoming polls. The rupee rallied to its highest level in seven months on Monday as foreign investors continued to buy into both equities and debt, even as most other Asian currencies fell after surprisingly weak Chinese trade data.
Nitish's PM ambitions led to alliance break-up: Modi
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's ambition to become prime minister led to the break-up of the alliance between the Janata Dal-United and the Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Monday. "Now we know why he (Nitish Kumar) broke the alliance. The dream of becoming prime minister was not letting him sleep," the Gujarat chief minister said.
First Trailer: Rajinikanth returns with Kochadaiiyaan
The first trailer of KS Ravikumar's Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend, is out. Kochadaiiyaan marks the return of Rajinikanth to the silver screen after three years; he last appeared in Robot, the Hindi version of Tamil blockbuster Endhiran. The superstar will be seen in a double role in the film. Deepika Padukone plays Princess Vadhana in Kochadaiiyaan. Going by the trailer, the film promises to be a grand affair.
Fletcher is a 1.5/10, appoint Dravid as chief coach: Gavaskar
Former captain Sunil Gavaskartoday lashed out at chief coach Duncan Fletcher and called for his immediate ouster while suggesting the name of Rahul Dravid as the next coach of the Indian cricket team. "For me, Duncan Fletcher would get 1.5 in a scale of 10 as far as his success is concerned. I believe a younger guy should be appointed as the coach of the Indian team," Gavaskar said.
North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un enjoys 100% 'poll' win
North Korea's state media confirmed Monday what was never in doubt — a 100%, no-abstention poll victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election. Every single vote cast on Sunday in Kim's constituency was for the man who can now add MP to his many titles that include Supreme Commander of the armed forces and chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission.
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