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Boeing 787 transponder failure causes Air India return to London NEW DELHI: A Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner operated by Air India Ltd this week returned to London due to a communications problem, but has since been operational, the Indian state-run carrier said on Wednesday.The aircraft's transponder failed during the flight on Sunday from London to New Delhi, Air India spokesman G.P. Rao said, adding there was no immediate safety concern. The plane was back in operation on Monday after engineers fixed the transponder, he said.The 787 has suffered a series of glitches since its launch two years ago. Overheating batteries in some planes forced the grounding of its worldwide fleet last year. Flights resumed in April 2013.Discount airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA said on Tuesday that a fuel leak on a 787 Dreamliner caused a flight from Bangkok to Oslo to be delayed by 19 hours.Air India, which is the only Indian carrier to operate the Dreamliner, has seen glitches ...

India top court commutes 15 death sentences due to delays NEW DELHI: India's Supreme Court commuted the sentences of 15 death row convicts on Tuesday, ruling that delays in their execution were grounds to change their sentences to life imprisonment."Delay is a grounds for commuting death penalty to life sentence," read a ruling from the court, which said mental illness and solitary confinement could also be reasons for commuting sentences.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Sonia Gandhi stalls son Rahul PM candidacy push NEW DELHI: India's ruling party was putting on a united front Friday at a mass rally after its leader Sonia Gandhi stalled a push to name her son Rahul as prime ministerial candidate at looming elections.Thousands of Congress party members have gathered in the capital New Delhi for a conclave which is being billed as an opportunity to plot a way to avoid humiliation when the country goes to the polls in May. After a ...
Rahul Gandhi set to be announced as PM candidate NEW DELHI: India's ruling Congress party is expected to name the unproven 43-year-old Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate on Friday as it turns once again to the country's top political dynasty to revive its fortunes.The Nehru-Gandhi family have dominated India's post-independence history and Rahul's mother Sonia, current party president, is credited with engineering a surprise victory in 2004.But after two terms in power and with Prime Minister Manmohan Sihgh retiring, Congress is widely ...
India asks US embassy to stop 'commercial' activities NEW DELHI: India has asked the US embassy to close down commercial activities at its sports and leisure centre in New Delhi in the latest development in a diplomatic row, a source told AFP Wednesday.The foreign ministry has given the embassy a January 16 deadline to stop non-diplomatic staff using its sprawling American Community Support Association facilities. Commercial members pay thousands of dollars a year to use the swimming pool, gym and and bowling alley, ...
Indian police arrest govt worker over building collapse PANAJI: Indian police said Tuesday they had arrested a government officer over the collapse of a partly-constructed building in the state of Goa at the weekend which killed 17 people.Deputy town planner Prakash Bandodkar, who was responsible for handing out building licences, was arrested late Monday in the southwestern tourism state, police superintendent Shekhar Prabhudesai said.The building came crashing down on Saturday afternoon while more than 40 poorly-paid daily-wage labourers were on the site -- ...
'Village of Widows' determined to rebuild in India flood disaster DEOLI: Cradling her newborn daughter at her home in a remote valley in the Indian Himalayas, Dhanita Devi tells of her determination to fight for her family's survival.Devi's husband was killed, along with thousands of others, when flash floods and landslides tore through the mountains of northern Uttarakhand state in June.Devi, 22, was left alone, with no income and few savings, to provide for her three children and elderly mother-in-law. But Devi says she will ...


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