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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes, kills one pilot

California, Nov 01 (ANI): Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket crashed during a test flight at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one of the two pilots aboard and seriously injuring the other. The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 150 km north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia. Stuart Witt, chief executive of the space port, said officials were not ready to "speculate on the cause" of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending one of its "go-teams" to investigate the accident. George Whitesides, chief executive of Virgin Galactic, said he expected Branson to arrive by Saturday morning. Nov 1, 2014
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Twelve Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh

Kanker, Nov 01 (ANI): Twelve Maoists surrendered before the police and paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) in red corridor of Chhattisgarh. Under the rehabilitation policy for Maoists, the district administration will be giving the reward money to the 12 Maoists, who surrendered in Kanker district. The Maoists were carrying reward on their heads and turned themselves before the Superintendent of Police (SP) RN Dash, Inspector General (IG) of Bastar Range SRP Kalluri and IG of BSF and SS Chahar. Reportedly, among the surrendered, Somnath Darro (35), who was working as LOS (local operation squad) commander in Medhki region, was the most dreaded one who was involved in several deadly Maoist attacks. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Nov 1, 2014
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State wide shutdown in Punjab on 30th anniversary of 1984 anti-Sikh riots

New Delhi/ Ludhiana/ Amritsar, Nov 01 (ANI): A state wide shutdown has been called in Punjab on Saturday, on the 30th anniversary of 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Tainted leader of Congress party, Jagdish Tytler was accused of inciting mobs during the riots in which more than 3000 Sikhs were killed. The violence of 1984 was triggered by the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Earlier on Thursday, the government announced additional compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to the next of kin of people who died in the massacre. Seeking punishment for the perpetrators of the riots, a protester Dilbagh Singh said the compensation has been provided to the victim families in Delhi only since the elections are approaching there, but what about the 30,000 families in Punjab who equally suffered in the riots. Nov 1, 2014
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Foundation laid for world's tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Narmada, Nov 01 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel laid foundation stone of the Statue of Unity - the world's tallest statue of Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue is a part of an ambitious project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to his political idol. Patel, marking the 139th birth anniversary Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, laid the foundation of "Statue of Unity" near River Narmada in the state. Patel performed religious rituals before laying the foundation of the ambitious project. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the deputy of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as well as his home minister, but was often at odds with him. Nov 1, 2014
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Petrol price cut by Rs 2.41 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.25 per litre

New Delhi/ Lucknow/ Bhopal, Nov 01 (ANI): Petrol price have been slashed by rupees 2.41 a litre and diesel by rupees 2.25 per litre on the back of falling international oil rates. This is the sixth reduction since August 2014. The reduction in the rates of petrol and diesel came in effect from Friday (October 31) at Indian Oil Corp, nation's largest fuel retailer. Petrol will now cost rupees 64.25 per litre as previous rate being rupees 66.65 in New Delhi. However, the nation's most consumed fuel, diesel will now cost rupees 53.35 per litre in Delhi as compared to rupees 55.60 a litre earlier. BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said that the government was fulfilling its promises to the common man. Meanwhile, Congress leader Jai Parkash Aggarwal said the prices have decreased due to fall in prices in the international market. Nov 1, 2014
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One militant arrested in Uttar Pradesh

Meerut, Nov 01 (ANI): Police in Uttar Pradesh confirmed that a militant was held after a gap of 20 years. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) apprehended a militant under Khatauli police station who was involved in an attack in the state. ATS arrested Salim alias Patla on Thursday night in a joint operation with the team of Khatauli police station in Muzaffarnagar district. The arrested militant was absconding after he had killed two PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) personnel by lobbing a bomb at a PAC camp near Hapur Adda region on January 26, 1993. Nov 1, 2014
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Budding golfers of India's Kashmir eye Olympics

Srinagar, Nov 1 (ANI): Fired with the ambition of carrying the flag in the games, Kashmir trains its budding golfers for the 2020 Olympics. Authorities of this picturesque Himalayan state have come up with initiatives to train the budding golfers with proper professional techniques and special trainers from outside the state have been recruited for the purpose. Organiser of the special golf training programme, Champa Shawl, said on Friday that Kashmir, with its beautiful golf courses is the ideal state to nurture golfers. The game is attracting a large number of children in spite of the state having faced nature's fury in recent times. Nov 1, 2014

MEA clarifies on unwed mothers passport rules, says India don't stand for gender discrimination

New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): Foreign ministry denied media reports that an unwed mother would have to declare how she conceived while applying for her child's passport. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said any single parent had to furnish only two documents - birth certificate of the child and affidavit before a magistrate. Akbaruddin added the government does not stand for such discrimination. Nov 1, 2014
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Polling stations ready for Ukraine rebel vote

While insurgent leaders hope the first elections in their self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk "republics" will show they have popular support, fears for Ukraine and the West grow. Duration: 00:49 Nov 1, 2014