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Fog hits flights, train services
Over 100 flights disrupted n Govt steps in, eases norms to push air traffic
New Delhi, December 26
Five persons died as chilly winds and freezing temperatures continued in North India even as thick fog disrupted over 100 flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport today. As thousands of passengers were put to inconvenience, the government stepped in with new measures like relaxing visibility criteria to mitigate the problem.

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An aircraft taxies on the IGIA runway. Dense fog over Delhi on Sunday morning disrupted flight schedules.
An aircraft taxies on the IGIA runway. Dense fog over Delhi on Sunday morning disrupted flight schedules. — PTI

Bhakra dam to get CISF cover
New Delhi, December 26
One of the highest and most important dams — the Bhakra Nangal dam — will soon be guarded by more than 450 CISF personnel to thwart possible terror threat or sabotage attempt.


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Assange signs £1.1-m deal for autobiography
London, December 26
Assange: Write PlanJulian Assange, the founder of whistle-blower WikiLeaks website has bagged a £1.1 million deal for his autobiography. Assange whose site has enraged the American government by releasing hundreds of secret embassy cables, said the money would help him defend himself against allegations of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden.

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India's UN bid gaining support: Rao
Kochi, December 26
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao today said India's claim for permanent membership in the UN Security council was gaining support. Indian economy and the country's foreign relations have taken good strides and based upon this many countries were coming forward to support India's claim for permanent membership in the council, Rao told reporters here.

Onion prices dip a bit
New Delhi, December 26
Onion prices fell further by about Rs 10 in retail markets of major metros to Rs 40-50 per kg today even as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee exuded confidence that the situation would be in control soon. “Export of onions has been banned and the import duty has been made zero. Besides, some imported onions are reaching the market. The prices have come down,” he told reporters at his residence in Kolkata.

Ship detained, Iraqis, Pakistanis being quizzed
New Delhi, December 26
Security agencies continued to grill 16 Pakistani and three Iraqi nationals who were on board an unidentified ship detained off the coast of Lakshadweep recently after the vessel illegally entered its territorial waters.
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