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Feb 11, 2018 09:09 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

News highlights of the day: Saratov Airlines plane crashes near Moscow, killing 71

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  • Feb 11, 08:10 PM (IST)

    Plane crashes near Moscow, killing 71 people

    A plane operated by Russia’s Saratov Airlines crashed near Moscow on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, news agencies said. There were 65 passengers and six crew members onboard the plane which went missing from radars less than 10 minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, TASS reported.

    The plane - a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 - was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan. Russian state TV channel Rossiya-24 showed footage of fragments of the plane in a snow-covered field.

    “Debris has been found, there are no survivors,” TASS quoted a source as saying. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. The Russian Transport Ministry was considering various possible reasons, including weather conditions and pilot error, Interfax said.

  • Feb 11, 09:09 PM (IST)

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  • Feb 11, 09:08 PM (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi continues his temple run in Karnataka

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi hit the temple trail for the second day of his election campaign in Karnataka on Sunday, reports PTI. He stopped in the heart of Kanakagiri in Koppal district and visited Kanakachala Laxmi-Narasimha temple to pay obeisance to the dieties.

    The temple, built by a local chieftain, has a history of 500 years of existence. After spending 15 minutes there, Gandhi boarded the bus and hit the campaign trail again. As the bus passed by several villages, he waved at the waiting people.

    After launching the party's campaign at Ballari on Saturday, Gandhi had visited Goddess Huligamma temple in Koppal district, a famous temple in the region. He also had visited Gavi Siddheshwara Mutt in Koppal, a mutt of the majority Lingayat community.

    On the third day of his four-day visit on Monday, Gandhi would visit Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah in Kalaburagi district.

  • Feb 11, 09:05 PM (IST)

    Three dead, crops damaged as hailstorm hits parts of Maharashtra

    Hailstorm over the central parts of Maharashtra, Marathwada and parts of Vidarbha region claimed three lives, with state government officials saying that an assessment of the damage caused has been ordered, reports PTI. A senior revenue official said the hailstorm started around 7.30 am and continued for the next 30 minutes.

    According to officials, two men from Jalna and a woman from Washim died in the hailstorm. "The hailstorm has severely damaged crops including grapes, cotton, green gram and wheat among others. A sizeable loss of cattle and poultry has been reported. The damage assessment report will be finalised in the next couple of days," said a revenue official from Aurangabad divisional commissionerate.

  • Feb 11, 08:22 PM (IST)

    In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of an AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 km from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, on Sunday. Russia's Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. AP

       In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of an AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 km from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, on Sunday. Russia's Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. AP
  • Feb 11, 08:07 PM (IST)

    Cleric who said shifting of mosque possible 'quits' as AIMPLB executive member

    The AIMPLB approved Maulana Syed Salman Husain Nadvi's "decision to quit" as its executive member, days after he met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over the Ayodhya dispute and said at the board's meeting that shifting of a mosque is possible according to the Sharia, reports PTI.

    "Moulana Salman Nadwi is no longer a board member. Sub-committee of the board accepts Nadwi's (sic) decision to quit the organisation," the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said in its official Twitter account. However, AIMPLB member Qasim Rasool Ilyas said "action" was taken against Nadvi after he disagreed with the board's views on the matter.

  • Feb 11, 08:04 PM (IST)

    Babri Masjid will remain mosque till eternity: AIMPLB

    Babri Masjid will remain a mosque till eternity and Muslims can never exchange land for the masjid, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said. In a statement issued on the concluding day of its 26th plenary, the board said Babri Masjid is an essential part of faith in Islam and Muslims can never "abdicate" the Masjid.

    "Babri Masjid is an essential part of faith in Islam and Muslims can never abdicate the Masjid nor can they exchange land for Masjid or gift the Masjid land. Babri Masjid is a Masjid and it shall remain a Masjid till eternity. By demolishing Babri Masjid, it never loses its identity as a masjid. And according to Shariah, it always remains a Masjid," the statement said.

  • Feb 11, 07:47 PM (IST)

    Actor Akshay Kumar at the pavilion of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt at Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida on Sunday. PTI

       Actor Akshay Kumar at the pavilion of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt at Auto Expo 2018 in Greater Noida on Sunday. PTI
  • Feb 11, 07:47 PM (IST)

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during a rally marking the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran on Sunday. Iranians are on the streets marking the anniversary, just weeks after anti-government protests rocked cities across the country. AP

       Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during a rally marking the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran on Sunday. Iranians are on the streets marking the anniversary, just weeks after anti-government protests rocked cities across the country. AP
  • Feb 11, 07:23 PM (IST)

    Aadhaar not compulsory for treatment: Haryana govt to hospitals

    The Haryana government has directed hospitals across the state not to deny or delay treatment to any patient without Aadhaar card or any other identity card, reports PTI. The directive assumes significance as it comes after a case of reported denial to a pregnant woman into the labour ward of a hospital in Gurugram, allegedly for not holding Aadhaar card, after which she had to deliver her baby outside the emergency ward.

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