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Mumbai airport runway suffers damage, shut for repairs

By IANS,

Mumbai : Several flights were affected at the Mumbai airport Monday when it was shut for some time for repairs after the main runway suffered surface damage due to heavy rains in the city.

Two Kingfisher airlines flights IT-306 and 512, Go Air flight 105 and Indian Airlines IC-865 were diverted to Ahmedabad and several departures were delayed by 30-45 minutes, said an airport official requesting anonymity.

Since the main runway was undergoing repair work, airport authorities decided to use the secondary runaway.

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US soldiers amazed by Indian anti-terror training

By Syed Zarir Hussain, IANS,

Vairengte (Mizoram) : Last week when Captain Greg Adams and Staff Sergeant Cote along with 28 US Special Forces commandos arrived at this hilltop village in India's northeastern state of Mizoram, they were far from thrilled.

But after a week at the Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) here, the 30 US soldiers of the Special Forces or Green Berets were simply stunned.

Rains claim 78 lives, but allay drought fears in Maharashtra

By IANS,

Hyderabad/Mumbai : Heavy rains since last week have claimed 78 lives and wreaked havoc in several parts of the country, especially Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, but they brought cheer to farmers in Maharashtra by ending the drought-like situation the state was facing.

In Andhra Pradesh, heavy monsoon rains since Tuesday have triggered flash floods in the state capital and nine other districts. The death toll rose to 74 Monday, with the recovery of the body of one of at least 35 people who were washed away with their truck in floodwaters.

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12 Uttar Pradesh headmasters face probe for mid-day meal scam

By IANS,

Lucknow : An inquiry has been instituted against 12 headmasters of government schools in Uttar Pradesh for irregularities in providing food to their students under the Mid-day Meal (MDM) scheme sponsored by the central government, officials said Monday.

"Till the completion of the inquiry, the headmasters of the 12 schools in Pratapgarh district have been prohibited from executing or undertaking any official work," Pratapgarh Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Ashok Nath Tiwari told IANS.

Pratapgarh is about 80 km from here.

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Specialised burn units to be set up in Uttar Pradesh hospitals

By IANS,

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh government will set up specialised cells with Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at government-run hospitals in various districts exclusively for treating burn patients, officials said Monday.

At present, there are no government hospitals in the state having a burn unit with ICU facilities, officials added.

The upcoming burn units will be set up in various districts, including Lucknow, Kanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Chandauli, Sitapur, Ferozabad, Muzzafarnagar and Gorakhpur, officials said.

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Mystery fever claims two more kids in Kanpur village

By IANS,

Kanpur : Two more children have died of an unidentified disease marked by high fever in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur rural district, taking the toll to four in the past three days, officials said Monday.

Two children died Saturday in Muktapur village of Gajner block and two more have succumbed to the "mysterious" disease Sunday in Mangolpur village of the same block, a district official said. Kanpur dehat (rural) district is about 100 km from here.

Govt to release 5 lakh tonne sugar to contain rising prices

By NNN-PTI,

New Delhi : To contain rising sugar prices, the government has decided to release an five lakh tonnes of sugar for August- September and said it would consider additional supplies in the market if prices continue to rise.

"In the last few days prices of non-levy sugar in the open market have increased in spite of much higher availability of sugar in the September quarter, compared to last year," said a statement by the Department of Food and Public Distribution.(One Lakh:100,000)

Japan looking at lucrative nuke business in India

By NNN-PTI,

New Delhi : Even though it says it is yet to firm up its position with regard to NSG waiver for India, Japan is eyeing the business potential in the lucrative nuclear energy sector in this country if exemptions are granted to New Delhi.

A top official of Japan's Foreign Ministry said Japanese industries have "cutting edge technologies" in the nuclear power sector and would be interested in the Indian market if the Indo-US nuclear deal goes through.

Andhra flood toll rises to 74

By IANS,

Hyderabad : The toll in the floods that have wreaked havoc in Andhra Pradesh since last week rose to 74 Monday, with the recovery of the body of one of at least 35 people who were washed away with their in floodwaters.

The police said the body was fished out from an overflowing rivulet in Guntur district. While 10 people were rescued immediately after the truck got washed away Sunday, 10 bodies were found later. Search was still continuing for the other missing persons.

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In death, soldier's mother gives life to five

By IANS,

New Delhi : In death, she gave life to five people. Usha Tanwar died of a brain haemorrhage two days ago but leaves behind a lasting legacy in five people who will get a fresh lease of life -- through the organs donated to them by her soldier son.

The mother of Lt. Col. Dinesh Tanwar died at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here Aug 9. Her son Dinesh, who is posted in Kashmir, took the decision to donate her organs, the hospital administration said Monday.

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