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Arunachal Pradesh CM Khandu still missing
The Pawan Hans Helicopter flying from Tawang to Itanagar with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is still missing. ANI

Agitating Air India pilots intensify stir, blame Arvind Jadhav for financial losses
The simmering row between the pilots and the management of Air India boiled over on Sunday after the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) blamed the carrier's chairman, Arvind Jadhav, for the heavy financial losses incurred by the organization. ANI

Jammu and Kashmir govt. planning to start rehabilitation policy for militants
In a landmark move, the Jammu and Kashmir government has said that it is planning to start a policy for the rehabilitation of militants who wish to join the mainstream. ANI

Cultural festival of specially-abled children organized in Imphal
A cultural festival was organized at the Government Deaf and Mute School in Manipur's Imphal district on Sunday. ANI

Pilots' strike: BJP says Centre may be 'covering up big loot'
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday alleged that the Central government may be trying to cover up a big scam in national carrier Air India by targeting pilots. ANI

Arvind Kejriwal appeals for complete transparency in drafting of Lokpal Bill
Social activist and member of Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday appealed for complete transparency in the Bill drafting. ANI

Indian construction company to build Afghanistan's Parliament building
India-based C andC Constructions Limited has won a Rs.635-crore order to build Afghanistan's Parliament building as well as an Indian chancery complex in the Afghan capital city of Kabul. ANI

Centre restructures Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme
The Central government has restructured the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) - the flagship scheme of Union Textiles Ministry for upgradation of technology in the textile and jute sectors. ANI

Vice President to deliver UPSC Foundation Day lecture on Tuesday
Vice President Hamid Ansari will be the main speaker at the UPSC Foundation Day lecture on governance, which will be held at Vigyan Bhawan here on May 3. ANI

Eyewitnesses in Bhutan say they saw chopper trying to land
Official sources in the Arunachal Pradesh Government have said they are attempting to get in touch with some witnesses in Bhutan who have claimed seeing a chopper descending in their area, and then taking off in a north easterly direction. ANI

Elite World Records' launched in Tamil Nadu
'Elite World Records', a body certifying unusual records along the lines of the Guinness Book of World Records and the Limca Book of Records, has been launched in Tamil Nadu. ANI

Orissa tribals prepare special soup to counter heat
With the mercury rising, tribes in Orissa's Koraput District prepare Mandia Pej, a particular type of soup to beat the heat. ANI

Modi promises accelerated growth rate in Gujarat
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured the satate's citizens that the growth rate would accelerate. ANI

Tibetan Buddhist monks protest against China in Delhi
Condemning the alleged lockdown of the Kirti Monastery in Tibet by Chinese forces, hundreds of Buddhist monks, along with Tibetan activists, undertook a peace rally here today ANI

Speaker Meira Kumar approves Joshi's reappointment as PAC chairperson
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has approved the reappointment of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi as chairperson of the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC). ANI

Pawan Hans says missing chopper was in perfect condition
Even as bad weather is hampering search operations for a missing chopper that was carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others, Pawan Hans has defended itself by saying that the helicopter was four-months old and in perfect condition technically. ANI

Endosulfan pesticide affects numerous families in Kerala
While the agitation for a ban on endosulfan gaining momentum, locals in the Malabar region of Kerala have till now been forced to endure its harmful affects. ANI

Srinagar-Leh highway to open tomorrow
The 434-km long Srinagar-Leh National highway will be thrown open to vehicular traffic on Monday after five months closure owing to heavy snowfall. ANI

Vastanvi demands reservation in educational institutions in Gujarat
Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, Vice-Chancellor of the Darul Uloom, has demanded reservation for Muslims in all educational institutions in Gujarat. ANI

Locals demand rail service to be resumed in Baramulla
Locals in Baramulla region of Kashmir valley demanded rail services to be resumed after it was suspended for months during last year's unrest in the region. ANI

Two Sukhoi jets, 30 other aircraft searching for missing Arunachal CM
Two Sukhoi aircraft and about 30 other Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft have been deployed to search for missing Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. ANI

ISRO deploys satellites to search for missing Arunachal Pradesh CM
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has deployed two satellites to search for the missing chopper of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu. ANI

Campaign for the fourth phase of W. Bengal poll ends today
Campaigning for the fourth phase of elections in West Bengal will come to an end on Sunday. ANI

Pilots' strike: Air India to operate only 40 flights
With the Air India pilots' strike entering its fifth day on Sunday, the national carrier is operating only 40 flights as against its regular 165. ANI

Over 1000 villagers search for missing Arunachal CM
Over one thousand villagers living along the Arunachal Pradesh-Bhutan border fanned out early on Sunday morning in search of a missing helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four other people. ANI

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