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2 Pawan Hans Pilots Suspended For Improper Landing By Aviation Watchdog

Improper landing by the pilots had caused damage to the helicopter, officials said.

New Delhi: Two pilots of state-run Pawan Hans Limited were suspended for three months by aviation regulator DGCA on Wednesday for not extending the ''landing gear'' of a helicopter while landing at Guwahati airport, causing damage to its belly, officials said.
“The incident had happened on July 24. Capt Bhanu Johri was the examiner and Capt Nikhilesh Bharat Gupta was undergoing the check. It was a training flight,” said a senior DGCA official.
During the landing at runway 2 of the Guwahati airport, the pilots landed the Dauphin SA 365 N3 helicopter without extending the landing gear, causing damage to the belly of the helicopter, the official said.
“Johri did not supervise Gupta properly. It was Gupta''s responsibility to lower the landing gear. Both of them have been suspended for a period of three months,” the official from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) sa..

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“To Appease US”: Congress On Centre’s Decision To Ban E-Cigarettes

Ajay Maken said the Centre announced its decision only after Trump said e-cigarettes should be banned.

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday welcomed the Centre's move to ban e-cigarettes but claimed the decision was taken to appease the United States.
Asking if the government will prohibit the production and use of traditional cigarettes containing tobacco, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said: “The ban on electronic cigarettes is a good decision. We welcome it. But we would like to ask the government if it will ban other cigarettes and Pan Masala?
Claiming that the Centre took the decision to appease US President Donald Trump, Mr Maken said, “Two days ago, Trump said e-cigarettes should be banned. Had the government taken the step before his comments, we could have thought that the move was not aimed at appeasing Trump.”
The Congress' response came hours after Cabinet approved an ordinance for a comprehensive ban on e-cigarettes, which covers their production, manufacture,..

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“Howdy Economy Doin’, Mr Modi?”: Rahul Gandhi, Sister Priyanka Target PM

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took shots at PM Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paired up on Wednesday to take aim at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mega event in the United States that will be attended by US President Donald Trump, saying all the spectacle in the world was not enough to cover up the economic crisis at home.
Titled “Howdy, Modi”, the event is set to be PM Modi's big address to the Indian community in Texas on Sunday during his visit to the United States.
Playing on the name of the event, Rahul Gandhi took a dig at the Prime Minister by raising the issue of the state of the economy and said it did not seem to be in good shape.
“Howdy” economy doin',
Mr Modi?
Ain't too good it seems. #HowdyEconomyhttps://t.co/p2NTW3fLZo
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 18, 2019He also cited a report that said shares worth $45 billion have been sold by international investors since June because of erodin..

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To Pak Media’s Questions On Kashmir, UN Gives “Clear Opinion”

Pakistan has been unsuccessfully flagging the Centre's Kashmir move.

New Delhi: The United Nations today indicated its acknowledgement of the Indian stance that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral issue and said dialogue between India and Pakistan is an “absolute essential element for the solution”. India had reiterated its stand on Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Human Rights Council last week and accused Pakistan of attempting to “politicise” the forum with “hysterical statements with false narratives”.
On Wednesday, asked by the Pakistani media about a “solution to this crisis”, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “Our capacity is related to good offices, and good office can only be implemented when good offices is accepted, and on the other hand it is related to advocacy and the advocacy was expressed and advocacy will be maintained”.
“I will go on with the clear opinion that human rights must be fully respected in the territory and I go on with a clear opinion ..

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Pragya Thakur Targets Journalists In Madhya Pradesh, Calls Them Dishonest

Pragya Thakur has been a firm fixture in the headlines when it has come to unfiltered comments

Bhopal: BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur, known for making controversial comments, on Wednesday called journalists in Madhya Pradesh's Sehore district dishonest.
In a video, the first-time parliamentarian who defeated former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh in the general elections, can be seen telling journalists, laughing, “Listen to what I have to say in your praise. The entire media of Sehore is dishonest.”
Another video of Pragya Thakur, who is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast, handing Rs 500 notes to people is being circulated as well.
Both the videos are from Sehore district, some part of which is a constituent of the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.
Reacting sharply to Pragya Thakur's remarks, state Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said, “Her repeated remarks suggest that she has lost mental balance.”
The BJP too distanced itself from Pragya Thakur's latest comments. “I do..

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75% Job Reservation For Locals In Private Sector Planned By Rajasthan

The Ashok Gehlot government is contemplating providing job reservations for people of Rajasthan (File)

Jaipur: After Andhra Pradesh, the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan is also planning to grant 75 per cent reservations for locals in private sector jobs.
The Gehlot government is contemplating providing job reservations for people of the state in big industries who have been given certain benefits by the state government in terms of financial package.
Also, projects running under pubic private partnership and small industries will employ the local residents under the scheme, confirmed official sources.
Speaking in this context, state Industries Minister Parsadi Lal Meena said that “when other states are doing the same, why can't we take a decision for the benefit of our youth.”
“In Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Bengal, the competitive exams have one paper in local language which benefits the local residents. Here, we never discriminate among people on basis of where they have..

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Her Good Sense Has Prevailed: Bengal BJP Chief On Mamata Banerjee-PM Meet

Mamata Banerjee met PM Modi at his official residence today in Delhi

Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh Wednesday said he is happy that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's “good sense” has prevailed and she has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi during the day.
“It is good that her (Mamata Banerjee's) good sense has at last prevailed. But I think it's too late. Her attempts to save herself and her party (TMC) from CBI will not yield any results. The law will take its own course and all those who have looted public money or have aided the culprits will have to go behind the bars,” Mr Ghosh told reporters.
CBI is probing the chit fund scam in the state in which thousands of investors have been duped of crores of rupees with promises of high returns.
Rajeev Kumar, who was part of a special investigation team set up by the state government to investigate the Saradha ponzi scheme scam, is under CBI scanner in connection with the case.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, ..

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Centre To Take Up Issue Of “Hefty” Tax On Hotel Rooms With GST Council

The official said the ministry will represent the issue of GST, brought to its notice (Representational)

Bhubaneswar: The Centre on Wednesday said it will certainly take up the issue of “hefty” GST on hotel rooms' tariff in the meeting of its council as it impacts the tourism industry.
This was stated by Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism.
“The government is sensitive to the needs of the industry and I am sure that the government will be looking at various dimensions and the fact that is impacting tourism,” Mr Brar told reporters on the sidelines of the Odisha Tourism Conclave.
The ADG's statement is significant as it came two days after the Tourism Ministers' Conclave at Kovalam in Kerala, where different states had expressed concern over the high GST rate on hotel rooms and demanded a reduction.
The Kerala conclave, in a unanimous resolution, had expressed concern over the GST Council of India imposing 28 per cent Goods and Services Tax on..

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In Jharkhand Mob Killing, Murder Charge Back Against 11 Accused

Tabrez Ansari was thrashed for hours June 18 in Jharkhand; he died a few days later

Ranchi: Eight days after murder charges against the men accused in a fatal mob attack on a 24-year-old in Jharkhand were dropped because the post-mortem report said he died of a cardiac arrest, the police have reinstated the murder charge.
The police on Wednesday filed a supplementary chargesheet, bringing back the murder charge, based on a fresh medical report. The police also filed the chargesheet against the remaining two accused charging them with murder.
Tabrez Ansari was beaten up with rods while tied to a pole for hours and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” on June 18 on suspicion of stealing a motorcycle with two other young men in Jharkhand's Seraikela Kharsawan. He died from his injuries four days later on June 22 in a hospital. The incident was filmed by witnesses.
The police had on September 10 dropped murder charges and converted it to culpable homicide not amounting to murder on the bas..

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People In PoK Will Join Us Seeing Development In Kashmir: Satya Pal Malik

Satya Pal Malik said people in PoK will join this country after seeing the development in J&K.

Srinagar: Presenting his “roadmap” for India for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said India can wrest this territory back from Pakistan without using any force, voicing confidence people there will “revolt” and join this country after seeing the planned development in the state.
Mr Malik said this at a function in Srinagar where he said that some ministers have been talking about taking back PoK from Pakistan by force. He, however, did not name anyone.
“I have been seeing for the past 10 to 15 days that many of our ministers, who do not get to talk on international matters, have been repeatedly talking about invading PoK, taking it back etc. My belief is that if PoK is the next target, we can take it on the basis on the development of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
“If we can give love and respect to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and s..

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