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Malaysia Airlines plane returns safely after landing gear scare KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 166 people on board landed safely at Kuala Lumpur airport early on Monday after being forced to abandon a flight to Bangalore because of problems with its landing gear, the airline said.Defence Minister and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a tweet: 'All landed safely going there now!!"Malaysia Airlines had said earlier that the Boeing 737-800, carrying 159 passengers and seven crew had suffered a malfunction of its right-hand landing gear upon takeoff, and would be forced to attempt an emergency landing.The website which displays live air traffic, showed Flight MH192 repeatedly circling Kuala Lumpur airport before the eventual landing. Fire rescue services had been placed on standby, according to the airline.Last month a Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in unexplained circumstances with 239 people on board, and the search for its presumed ...

India's election commission lifts ban on top Modi aide NEW DELHI:India's election commission has lifted a ban on a top aide of Hindu nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi that had threatened to hobble his efforts to win votes in the country's most populous state.Amit Shah, Modi's campaign manager in the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh, was banned from election rallies and meetings this month after making speeches deemed to have stirred tensions with minority Muslims.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has named Modi as ...
IT czar Nilekani issues warning as India votes BANGALORE: IT billionaire turned political hopeful Nandan Nilekani said Thursday the "idea of India" was at stake as millions of voters headed to the ballot box in the latest phase of the mammoth elections. Nilekani, co-founder of Indian outsourcing giant Infosys, is battling for a seat for the ruling Congress party in the southern city of Bangalore, the country's IT hub for giants such as Microsoft and Google."It is a very important election, as it ...
China and India face huge cancer burden: Experts ISLAMABAD: China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems, experts said on Friday.In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia's big two emerging giants are facing huge economic and human costs from the disease.In China, cancer now accounts for one in every five deaths, ranking second only to cardiovascular disease as the most common ...
Gandhi mocks Modi over wedlock confession NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, vice president of the ruling Congress party, Friday accused opposition election frontrunner Narendra Modi of hypocrisy over his belated disclosure that he is married.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) premier candidate Modi, 63, is routinely described as a bachelor and is thought to have lived alone in his adult life, having risen through the ranks of a grassroots Hindu nationalist organisation in which celibacy is expected.But on Wednesday, Modi acknowledged he had a ...
More 'risky' Bangladesh garment factories shut DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities have closed four garment factories and partially shut down two others after engineers hired by Western retailers detected major structural flaws in the plants, an official said Wednesday.The move came amid increased inspections from retailers who are checking 1,500 factories in an effort to prevent a repeat of the disasters that have killed thousands of workers in recent years. A top government official told AFP that a government panel ordered the closure ...
Iran's Zarif says legal experts advising nuclear negotiators TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Tehran's negotiators were being assisted by experts in international law during the "difficult" nuclear talks being held in Vienna.The Vienna meeting, which began on Tuesday, is aimed at reaching a lasting accord to end a decade-long standoff over Iran's nuclear programme."In the next round, we will start writing the text of a final agreement which will be a complicated, difficult and slow task," Zarif, ...


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