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IMD forecasts normal monsoon this year

The country is likely to see normal monsoon rains, though there’s a threat from an anomalous warming in the Indian Ocean, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. The country is likely to get 97% of the 89 cm it normally gets between June and September. Last year, it got 95%. The IMD has…

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Kathua accused plead not guilty, ask for narco test

The eight persons accused of raping and killing an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday pleaded not guilty and asked the District and Sessions Judge for a narco test. The judge asked the State Crime Branch to give copies of the charge sheet to the accused and fixed April 28 as the…

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All 5 acquitted in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court at Nampally in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted five accused, including Swami Aseemanand, in the case of attack on the Mecca Masjid 11 years ago. The NIA had originally charged 10 persons with plotting and carrying out the attack using an improvised explosive device on May 18, 2007. One…

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Infosys shares down in early trade

Shares of Infosys were down nearly 3% in the morning trade on Monday. And, it is top loser on benchmark Sensex in the wake of the IT major pruning its guidance on the margin for FY19. Infosys management cut its EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) margin guidance by 100 basis points to 22-24% from…

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Retired civil servants write to PM on Unnao, Kathua cases

Several retired civil servants have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to uphold the values enshrined in the Constitution. ‘Agenda of hate’ Referring to the Kathua and Unnao rape cases as the “darkest hours” post Independence, the former officials accused the government of failing to perform the “most basic responsibilities”…

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