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Saturday, March 8, 2014, Chandigarh, India,

updated at 4:45 pm

Malaysian plane crashed off Vietnam coast
KUALA LUMPUR: A Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing with 239 people on board, including five Indians, today crashed into waters off Vietnam's southern Phu Quoc Island, Vietnamese media reported. 

Indigo plane catches fire in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU: The rear landing gear of an Indigo Airlines aircraft caught fire after landing at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport Saturday afternoon, airport officials said, adding all the passengers on board were evacuated safely.

Modi is welcome to apply for a visa: US
WASHINGTON: 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.

Saina seeded 6th at Swiss Open
BASEL: Two-time winner Saina Nehwal of India has been seeded sixth at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold which starts at St. Jakobshalle here on Tuesday.

Women journalists honoured in Singapore
SINGAPORE: Five women journalists from the Asia-Pacific, including an Indian, were honoured here for their outstanding work in support of women's empowerment issues.

Yogendra Yadav's face inked
NEW DELHI: A man smeared ink on AAP leader Yogendra Yadav's face during an event to mark Women's Day at Jantar Mantar here today. The man was wearing an AAP cap and a badge, raising slogans "Bharat Mata ki Jai."


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Cong banks on tested hands in Haryana
Clears 7 LS candidates 
Nod to 3 sitting Punjab MPs
New Delhi, March 7
Faced with the toughest elections ever, the Congress is banking on its trusted lieutenants to win back the Lok Sabha constituencies it currently holds. The party leadership, it seems, is wary of experimenting in the seats where it has sitting MPs. The party�s Central Election Committee headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi today approved the names of seven Lok Sabha candidates, including five sitting MPs, in Haryana. Haryana has 10 Lok Sabha seats of which the Congress holds nine.

Navy takes a hit again; Commander dies in gas leak aboard INS Kolkata
Mumbai/New Delhi, March 7
A Commander (Lt Col equivalent) of the Navy died in an accident on board under-trial Kolkata-class warship INS Kolkata today while four civilian employees of the Mazagon Docks Limited were injured. The mishap occurred around 12.45 pm. There was carbon dioxide leak on the warship. The gas is used as a fire retardant. There was carbon dioxide leak on the warship. The gas is used as a fire retardant.




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Smoke billows out from INS Kolkata in Mumbai on Friday
Smoke billows out from INS Kolkata in Mumbai on Friday. PTI

SC trashes Sahara�s repayment plan
New Delhi, March 7
The Supreme Court today rejected Sahara�s proposal for repayment of Rs 17,000 crore to the investors over 18 months, directing the group to come up with an �acceptable and honourable� plan.

Jeet, Birmi quit Cong to join SAD
Chandigarh/Ludhiana, March 7
Dealing a blow to the Congress in Punjab, its two senior leaders today quit the party and joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).


PUNJAB: Govt�s four-month expenditure to exceed three-quarter revenue

HARYANA: Venod may explore BSP option

J&KOver 1.5 lakh West Pak refugees can sway LS results in Jammu

HIMACHAL: HC notice to CM, wife in CD case

CHANDIGARH: Saji Mohan gets 5 years in jail

LUDHIANA: Five LIT colonies in a shambles

DELHI: NHRC indicts ministry, police in May 2006 encounter case

OPINIONS: Intolerance on campus

BUSINESS: Reining in inflation: Govt may set target for RBI

NATION: Pak chided for scholarships to Kashmiri students

SPORTS: The all-round conundrum
WORLD: Russia warns EU of retaliation on sanctions


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Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal (C) with MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu (R) and Malkiat Singh Birmi in Chandigarh.
Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal (C) with MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu (R) and Malkiat Singh Birmi in Chandigarh. Tribune photo

US envoy Nancy Powell still without airport access pass
New Delhi, March 7
India is strictly adhering to the principle of parity in the matter of privileges and immunities for American diplomats in the wake of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade arrest by US authorities in an alleged visa fraud case in December.

India moots Kargil-Skardu bus as CBM with Pak
New Delhi, March 7
India has proposed to Pakistan a bus service between Kargil and Skardu and a �multiple entry booklet� to facilitate movement of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The two countries have also resumed talks for the purchase of 500 MW of electricity by Pakistan from India.





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