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50% of air force equipment obsolete, says IAF chief

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force (IAF), the world’s fourth largest, that turns 78 on Friday, is grappling with a shortage of officers and 50 per cent of its equipment is obsolete, a top military commander said on Monday.

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SC expresses concern over declining tiger population

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed concern over the declining population of tigers and lashed out at notorious poacher Sansar Chand, who has been convicted for trading animals’ body parts, saying a day would come soon when human skin will be traded for commercial purposes.

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Regional parties to meet in Delhi for new states

AGARTALA:  As many as a 100 regional political parties and community-led organisations will hold a two-day conference and massive rally in New Delhi on October 28-29 to press for the demand for creation of autonomous states in various parts of the country. 

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Rabri to contest from 2 seats in Bihar polls

PATNA:  Nominating his wife Ms Rabri Devi from two assembly seats, the RJD chief, Mr Lalu Prasad on Monday released the second list of candidates for the third and fourth phase of polls in Bihar.

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Commonwealth Games open today

NEW DELHI:  A cleaner and spruced up Indian capital is all set to host the 19th Commonwealth Games with a gala opening on Sunday with a display of music and dance involving thousands of young and experienced artists.

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CIA chief meets Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: The CIA chief, Mr Leon Panetta was in India for nearly a week during which he met the Union Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram and senior officials ahead of the visit of the President, Mr Barack Obama beginning next month,

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Raza Academy to move SC against Ayodhya verdict

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI:  A Mumbai-based social organisation on Saturday announced that it will file an intervention petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict pronounced by the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court in the Ayodhya title suit.

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Security cover in place as countdown for CWG begins

NEW DELHI: From helicopters to snipers and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the national capital will witness unprecedented security arrangements for any sports event ever in the country as the 19th Commonwealth Games starts rolling out on Sunday.

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