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A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew crashed in the South China Sea on Saturday, Vietnamese state media said, quoting a senior naval official. The Boeing 777-200ER flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing had been missing for hours when Vietnam's Tuoi Tre news quoted Admiral Ngo Van Phat as saying he had asked boats from an island off south Vietnam to rush to the crash site. Malaysia Airlines had yet to confirm that the aircraft had crashed. Flight MH370, operating a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, Malaysia Airlines chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said in a statement read to a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Narendra Modi, who leads opinion polls ahead of next month's general election, faces pressure from anti-graft Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) attacking his economic model on his home turf, the thriving state of Gujarat. The pro-business leader has presided over rapid economic growth during more than 12 years as the chief minister of Gujarat, and slashed red tape to attract companies such as Ford , Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors . Now, Modi promises to replicate his state's development model nationwide if he becomes prime minister. But Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, on Friday said small businesses in the state were being shuttered, public schools and health services were in poor shape and claims of regular supplies of electricity were not true.
Even as a visiting US official indicated the country's willingness to work with India's new leader post elections whoever it may be, Washington insisted there is no change in its visa policy in respect of Narendra Modi.
Malaysia Airlines , operator of Flight MH370 that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, has established a record as one of the Asia-Pacific's best full-service carriers in terms of safety and service despite some recent financial problems. The Kuala Lumpur-based carrier competes with AirAsia domestically, and with the likes of AirAsia X , Emirates , Singapore Airlines , Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific on international routes. The airline, part of the Oneworld alliance that includes British Airways and Qantas, has 88 aircraft in its fleet, including Airbus A330s and A380s, and Boeing 777-200s and 737s, according to its website. These aircraft are deployed on its long-range services within the Asia-Pacific and to Europe.
67 Kashmiri students were suspended and slapped with sedition charges by Uttar Pradesh for supporting Pakistan’s cricket team.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal exited the $400,000 All England Open Badminton Championships when she lost her women's singles quarter-final match against China's Shixian Wang at the National Indoor Arena here.
There have been 11 accidents involving Indian Navy ships and submarines since last August. * INS Sindhurakshak (August 14, 2013) - Eighteen crew members on board -- three officers and 15 sailors -- were killed when blasts ripped through the torpedo compartment of the INS Sindhurakshak while the submarine was berthed in Mumbai harbour. * INS Viraat (September 2013) - Fire broke out near the officer's mess of the aircraft carrier off the Mumbai coast. * INS Konkan (December 4, 2013) - A minesweeper of the Eastern Naval Command, the vessel caught fire at the naval dockyard at Visakhapatnam while undergoing repairs.
Kejriwal said that he plans to visit the Gujarat chief minister at his home with a list of 16 questions.
Gas leakage on board the INS Kolkata led to the officer's death, which is one of many mishaps that the Navy has suffered in recent times.
The Sahara Group had earlier offered to pay the entire amount to SEBI in cash installments of Rs 2,500 crore each at regular intervals of three months.
Two officers - Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal of Najafgarh, Delhi, and Lt. Commander Manoranjan Kumar of Jharkhand - lost their lives while seven naval personnel were injured in the incident.
These residents of Muzaffarnagar were caught red-handed by the custom officials when they were alighting from the Samjhauta Express.
Filmmaker Prakash Jha will contest the Lok Sabha election from Bettiah parliamentary constituency in Bihar on a Janata Dal-United ticket, state JD-U president Vashisht Narain Singh said Friday. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Jha's candidature for the polls Thursday during his Sankalp Yatra in East Champaran district, Singh said. The party has decided to field Jha, a native of a village near Bettiah, keeping in view the caste equation on the ground. Jha contested and lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election, but is hopeful of wooing voters of all sections, particularly Muslims, this time.
The BSE Sensex and Nifty rose to hit a record high, after foreign investors' buying of shares in the previous day was the biggest so far this year. Overseas investors bought Indian shares worth 12.73 billion rupees on Thursday, their biggest daily purchase since December 19, extended their buying streak to a 15th straight day. Among blue chips, Larsen & Toubro Ltd surged 6.1 percent. The Nifty rose 0.8 percent to a record high of 6,459.25 points as of 9.36 a.m. The BSE Sensex rose 0.9 percent to a record high of 21,710. ...
Anti-India rants ring again even as UP govt drops charges against Kashmiri students.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh was meanwhile taken to a police station after police announced earlier they were looking for him and party colleague Shazia Ilmi for taking part in the Wednesday protest.
Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. The sudden acceleration of moves to formally bring the Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, under Moscow's rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to seek ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation. The Crimean parliament voted unanimously "to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation", the RIA news agency reported. The announcements, which diplomats said could not have been made without Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval, raised the stakes in the most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War.
The Election Commission in Delhi Thursday issued a notice to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following clashes outside the BJP headquarters here Wednesday. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders meanwhile lodged a complaint with the Election Commission over the protest the AAP staged outside the BJP office a day earlier, triggering clashes. Ankur Garg, Chief Nodal Officer of the Delhi Election Commission, told IANS that the notice was issued for holding the street protest without permission. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: "AAP members are trying to hijack democracy and through anarchy want to harm the democratic structure of the country.
A Japanese American man thought to be the reclusive multi-millionaire father of Bitcoin emerged from a modest Southern California home and denied involvement with the digital currency before leading reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press. Satoshi Nakamoto, a name known to legions of bitcoin traders, practitioners and boosters around the world, appeared to lose his anonymity on Thursday after Newsweek published a story that said he lived in Temple City, California, just east of Los Angeles. Newsweek included a photograph and a described a short interview, in which Nakamoto said he was no longer associated with Bitcoin and that it had been turned over to other people. The magazine concluded that the man was the same Nakamoto who founded Bitcoin.