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       HEADLINES: Boy dies after tree falls on shed                                              One held for vandalizing hotel                                              Flights land safely in Nedumbassery after bomb threat                                              Murder in train: Malappuram native in custody                                              Tharoor leads sanitation drive in his constituency                                              Cong Minister resigns from Omar Abdullah ministry                                              Gadkari, Fadnavis meet RSS chief ahead of Modi's arrival in Mumbai                                              Netaji deputy and Nehru's old friend was a Soviet spy, British documents reveal                                              India likely to strike deal with Vietnam for oil exploration                                              Gadkari courts controversy by riding scooter without helmet                                              16 killed in China coal mine collapse                                              Two killed, four injured in US school shooting                                              Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign                                              Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space                                              Arsenic linked to lung cancer in Bangladesh                                              Dhoni new owner of HHIL's Ranchi franchise                                              Saina ousted from French Open quarters                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Gadkari courts controversy by riding scooter without helmet    
NAGPUR: Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today rode into a controversy when he was caught on camera entering RSS headquarters here on his scooter without wearing a helmet in violation of traffic rules.

         India likely to strike deal with Vietnam for oil exploration    
NEW DELHI: Looking to deepen its economic ties with Vietnam, India is likely to strike a deal for exploration and production of oil and gas during the visit of South East Asian nation's Prime Miniter Nguyen Tan Dung on October 27.

         Netaji deputy and Nehru's old friend was a Soviet spy, British documents reveal    
LONDON: A deputy of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, an "old friend" of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and a former Indian ambassador, A C N Nambiar, has been described as a Soviet spy.

         Five-phase polls in Jammu, Jharkhand from Nov 25 to Dec 20    
NEW DELHI: Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand will be held in five phases between November 25 and December 20 and counting of votes will take place on December 23, the Election Commission announced Saturday. Polling in both states will take place on November 25, December 2, 9, 14 and 20, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said at a press conference here.

         Sailor's wife complaints against Navy    
KOCHI: Wife of a Naval sailor belonging to the Eastern Naval Command, who had raised allegations of financial irregularities against his senior officers, alleged her husband was being illegally kept in a hospital here and efforts were being made to establish that he was suffering from mental illness.

         Gadkari, Fadnavis meet RSS chief ahead of Modi's arrival in Mumbai    
NAGPUR: Fuelling fresh speculation in political circles, union Minister for Shipping and Transport Nitin Gadkari called on Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat here Saturday.

         Fire breaks out at popular restaurant    
CHENNAI: Fire broke out at a popular restaurant in busy Pondy Bazar here Saturday. However, no one was injured in the incident. Police sources said the fire broke out at decade-old hotel, Geeta Cafe, after one of the air conditioners had a short circuit.

         Doctor killed in mishap on Yamuna Expressway    
GREATER NOIDA: A doctor working with Delhi's Safdarjung hospital was killed when his car overturned and rammed into a road divider on Yamuna Expressway. Vivek Kumar (29) was returning from Agra to Delhi when the mishap took place near Chuharpur village in Kasna area yesterday, police said today.

         TN govt hikes milk prices by Rs 10 a litre    
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government today announced a rise in milk prices by Rs 10 a litre, following demands from milk producers to increase the procurement price. The state government had increased milk prices three years ago.

         Two cops suspended, Six held in triple murder case in UP    
SAMBHAL (UP): Two policemen were suspended and six persons arrested in connection with the triple murder case at Mumthal village in Banither area here, police said today. "Sub-Inspector of the area Prithvi Raj Singh and constable Pitambar Singh were suspended for laxity. Six persons named in the FIR filed by the son of one of the deceased were arrested last night," Superintendent of Police (SP), Atai Saxena said.

         Woman commits suicide over dowry harassment    
MUZAFFARNAGAR: A woman allegedly committed suicide over dowry harassment by her husband and in-laws in neighbouring Shamli district, police said on Saturday. The woman was found hanging from the ceiling at her house yesterday, they said.

         Modi reaches out to media, promises direct interaction    
NEW DELHI: Reaching out to the media with which he has had a lukewarm relationship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some good words for the press Saturday, promising to find a way to interact with it directly. The occasion was provided by a 'Diwali milan' (get-together) organised by the BJP at its headquarters here at which some 400 journalists, including top editors, were present.

         Cong Minister resigns from Omar Abdullah ministry    
JAMMU: Ahead of announcement of elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress Minister Sham Lal Sharma, who has been facing criticism over handling of recent floods, has tendered his resignation from the Omar Abdullah ministry.

         Govt submission on black money in SC 'ill-advised': Jethmalani    
NEW DELHI: Slamming the NDA government for stating that it cannot disclose details of the data shared by it with foreign countries regarding black money, Rajya Sabha MP and senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani today said that its recent submission in Supreme Court in the matter was "ill-advised".

         Photo used on Modi's facebook page was publicly available: PMO    
NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister's Office today suggested that a 'Dhanteras' photo used on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's facebook page was publicly available and there was no need to take permission of the photographer.

         Govt announces 54 new posts, Rs 175 cr infra package on China border    
GREATER NOIDA: Unfazed by China's objections to development of border areas, Government today announced setting up of 54 new border outposts and a Rs 175 crore package for beefing up the infrastructure along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.

         'Paan' seller in Haryana gets Rs 132 cr electricity bill    
GOHANA: A 'paan' seller here got the shock of his life when he received an electricity bill of Rs 132.29 crore from a state power utility this festival season. The electricity bill for the month of October was sent to Rajesh Chautala by Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN).

         NIA files chargesheet in ISI spy case    
CHENNAI: A preliminary charge sheet was filed by the National Investigation Agency in a court here in a case of alleged attempts to spy for Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, and carry out sabotage activities in South India.

         Shorter TB treatment falls short of effectiveness    
NEW YORK: There is bad news for patients suffering from tuberculosis (TB) as researchers have found that a shortened (four months) treatment could not be considered as an alternative to the current six-month standard treatment.

         Haryana paanwala gets Rs 132 crore power bill    
CHANDIGARH: A paan or betel-leaf seller in Haryana has got a shocker of an electricity bill this Diwali. His bill is a whopping over Rs 132 crore. Rajesh, who runs a shop in Gohana town in Sonipat district, has got the electricity bill of Rs 132.29 crore for the month of October.

         S S Rajendran dies at the age of 86    
CHENNAI: Veteran yesteryear actor S S Rajendran, who was the first cinema artiste to be elected to a state Assembly in post-independent India, died here Friday.

         Pak troops violate ceasefire    
JAMMU: Pakistan Rangers opened fire on border outposts in Jammu last night but the Indian forces showed restraint and did not retaliate. Throughout Diwali on Thursday, Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire several times and resorted to firing on border outposts (BoPs) along the international border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

         Woman, two sons killed as speeding tractor hits bike    
BAGHPAT (UP): A woman and her two sons were killed when the bike they were travelling on was hit by a speeding tractor in Singhawali Ahir area here today, police said. The tractor coming from the opposite direction hit the bike, killing Sunita (45), her son Dheeraj (20) and Neeraj (18) on the spot, they said.

         Website curates travel experiences across India    
NEW DELHI: Lazing around on a private beach in Goa or engaging in organic farming in a remote Karnataka village or being close to the divine at an 11th century monastery in Prague, comprise a few out-of-the-box travel experiences that seem to be popular with vacationeers.

         Obama nominates Indian-American as Ambassador to Sweden    
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has nominated a major fundraiser for his presidential campaign Indian-American Azita Raji as the US Ambassador to Sweden. A former investment banker, California-based Raji served as national vice-chair of finance for Obama's presidential campaign in 2012. Considered as a top bundler, Raji had helped raise more than USD 500,000 for Obama's 2012 campaign.

         220 fire-related incidents in Delhi on Diwali    
NEW DELHI: Fire fighters in the national capital had a hectic time on Diwali as they received 220 calls related to minor fire incidents. “220 fire-related incidents were reported on Diwali. However, all incidents were minor. We had made elaborate arrangements to tackle such situations,” an official of the fire department said on Friday.

         AAP greets Modi's gesture of Diwali with soldiers    
NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party today came out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gesture of celebrating Diwali with soldiers at Siachen. Senior AAP leaders and founder members Kumar Vishwas and Yogendra Yadav said the “gesture” by the Prime Minister should be welcomed by all parties. “PM spending Diwali with jawans at Siachen is a good gesture.

         Narendra Modi lauds ITBP on raising day    
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tributes to ITBP personnel on the raising day of the force and saluted them for their bravery. "On the raising day of ITBP, I salute our brave ITBP personnel. We are proud of their valour, determination and service to the nation," the Prime Minister said.

         India’s first fish hospital to come up in Kolkata    
KOLKATA: The country’s first hospital to treat abnormalities and diseases in fish is set to come up in Kolkata by mid-2015, a senior scientist said. Senior scientist T J Abraham, who is spearheading the project told reporters that the work has already started on the project.

         PM announces Rs 745-crore package for flood-hit J&K    
SRINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a Rs 745-crore package for renovation of houses and six major hospitals damaged by the recent unprecedented floods in Jammu and Kashmir.

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