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Centre rules out partial lockout of Air India due to pilots' strike
Refuting media reports that Air India may be partially locked out due to pilots' strike, Union Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Saturday said that chartered flights have been arranged to ferry stranded passengers. ANI

NGO demands parliamentary bill for protection of HIV patients' rights
A Non-Government Organisation in Hyderabad has demanded a parliamentary bill for the protection of the rights of HIV positive patients. ANI

Joshi wants Lok Sabha Speaker to table draft PAC report in Parliament
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi, who submitted a copy of the controversial 2G draft report to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today, is hopeful that the report will be tabled in the Parliament. ANI

Stalemate between Air India management, striking pilots continues
Refusing to bow to the ultimatum given by the Air India management, the chief of the striking pilots' union said on Saturday that none of the pilots had resumed work. ANI

Tourism, business in Darjeeling hit by closure of National Highway 55
Ongoing repair work at National Highway 55 (NH 55), which connects West Bengal's Darjeeling district with the rest of the country, has hampered tourism and business of roadside shops. ANI

Massive search operation to locate Arunachal Pradesh CM
The Air Force, the Army and the paramilitary will launch a massive search operation to locate missing Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. ANI

Sushma Swaraj slams Congress leaders for criticizing draft PAC report
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Saturday slammed Congress leaders, including Navin Jindal and Saifuddin Soz, for criticizing the draft report of the parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that probed the multi-billion dollar 2G scam. ANI

Centre serious about Purulia arms drop incident 'from the very beginning': PMO
The Central government had taken the 1995 incident of arms dropping at West Bengal's Purulia district very seriously from the very beginning, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said on Saturday. ANI

Mystery over Arunachal Pradesh CM Khandu's whereabouts deepen
The mystery over Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu's Pawan Hans Helicopter, which went missing earlier today, has deepened after the Bhutan police chief refused to confirm reports that the chopper has landed on Bhutan soil. ANI

Jodhpur-Pali-Marwar to be the second node of DMIC in Rajasthan
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Saturday announced that Jodhpur-Pali-Marwar will be the second node of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) in Rajasthan. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee rubbishes demand for judicial probe in Purulia case
Union Finance Minister and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday set aside the demands for a judicial probe into the 1995 Purulia arms drop case. ANI

Campaigning gains momentum for fourth phase of West Bengal polls
Campaigning is in full swing in all the 63 seats spread over Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore and parts of Burdwan districts for the fourth phase of West Bengal polls, which is scheduled to be held on May 3. ANI

Murli Manohar Joshi submits draft PAC report to Lok Sabha Speaker
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi submitted a copy of the of the controversial 2G draft report to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Saturday. ANI

Kim Davy's effort to avoid extradition in Purulia arms drop case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has given a clean chit to the government in the 1995 Purulia arms drop case saying no there is no evidence linking any politician or government agency Kim Davy in his crime. ANI

Hasan Ali sent to ED custody for three days
A Mumbai sessions court on Saturday granted a three-day custody of Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali, who is alleged to have stashed away over eight billion dollars in Swiss banks, to the Enforcement Directorate (ED). ANI

Fifth phase of panchayat polls begin in Kashmir
Polling is underway for the fifth phase of the panchayat polls in four blocks of the Kashmir Valley and four blocks of Jammu division on Saturday. ANI

Arunachal Pradesh CM Khandu safe, chopper lands safely in Bhutan(Update:Arunachal Pradesh CM)
A Pawan Hans Helicopter, which was flying from Tawang to Itanagar with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, has landed safely in Bhutan after going missing since 10 am on Saturday morning. ANI

Muslim leader attacked in Hyderabad
Unidentified assailants opened fire on Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi at Chandrayanagutta here on Saturday. ANI

Arunachal Pradesh CM on board Pawan Hans chopper goes missing
A Pawan Hans Helicopter flying from Tawang to Itanagar with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has gone missing since 10 a.m. today. ANI

Mamata asks voters to elect TMC for betterment of West Bengal
Charging the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Government of committing atrocities in West Bengal, Union Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee urged the voters to elect her party for the betterment of the state. ANI

PM asks CBI to probe cases without fear
Asserting that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should set higher standards for probing cases and bring guilty to book irrespective of their positions, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday asked the probe agency to investigate corruption cases without any fear or favour in a speedy manner. ANI

ULFA facing acute financial crisis: Mrinal Hazarika
Pro-talk United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leader Mrinal Hazarika has said that the faction is facing an acute shortage of funds. ANI

AI striking pilots now question Arvind Jadhav
With the Air India pilots' strike entering its fourth day, the pilots today alleged that they had proof against the national carrier's Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav of being involved in a land scam. ANI

AMU shut down indefinitely after students scuffle
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been shut down indefinitely and the security stepped up after two students group clashed with each other inside the campus last evening. ANI

Chinese woman may reach space by 2012
China's female astronauts could fly into space as soon as the latter half of 2012. ANI

Murli Manohar Joshi to submit PAC report to Lok Sabha Speaker
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi will submit a copy of the controversial 2G report to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Saturday, with the Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) accusing him of having 'malafide intention' of destabilising the government. ANI

AI Pilots strike enters fourth day, domestic operations severely hit
The Air India pilots strike is showing no signs of ending as more pilots have joined the strike on the fourth day, hitting domestic operations severely. ANI

Reap the democratic dividend in Kashmir
Despite vocal calls by various militant groups and separatist Kashmiri leaders, the first four phases of polling in the local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir have witnessed a voter turnout of nearly 80 percent. ANI

IDFC Consolidated Net Profit Increased by 21% in FY 2011 over FY 2010
Highlights of FY 2011 --- Profit After Tax of ` 1,282 crore for FY 2011 compared to ` 1,062 crore in FY 2010 --- EPS (diluted) increased from ` 8.12 per share to ` 8.71 per share : an increase of 7% --- Dividend increased from ` 1.50 per share to ` 2 Business Wire India

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