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AI Hyderabad flight makes emergency landing, all passengers safe
Mumbai : An Air India flight from Hyderabad made an emergency landing after smoke was detected emanating from its undercarriage here on Monday morning, official sources said.
 
The flight AI-620 had 120 passengers on board who were immediately evacuated by deploying chutes from the aircraft.
 
The prompt measures by the concerned authorities prevented a potential disaster and the plane was towed away for repairs.
 
Airport officials said around 7.30 a.m. when the flight was preparing to land, smoke was detected and it made an emergency landing as a precautionary step.
 
The cause of the smoke could not be immediately known, though officials denied there was a tyre burst.
 
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Politicians amuse with gaffes on social media
New Delhi : Political leaders find instant social networking sites a convenient platform to instantly propagate their views or share their thoughts. But their over-enthusiasm often leads to gaffes that often acquire a life of their own, embarrassing them and their parties.
 
Very recently, some ministers in the Narendra Modi government made a fool of themselves by tweeting 'good wishes' on Good Friday - a day that marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The distinguished group included Suresh Prabhu, Najma Heptulla, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mahesh Sharma. As Prabhu and Sharma tweeted "Happy Good Friday", Heptulla and Pradhan tweeted "warm greetings".
 
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shahnawaz Hussain also followed with "warm greetings".
 
Only after the prime minister tweeted "Good Friday is a day of prayer and a day to remember the noble, pious and compassionate thoughts of Jesus Christ", the ministers realised the gaffe.
 
They immediately deleted their tweets. A few posted posted revised ones. Prabhu's new tweet read: "Today we commemorate the passion, suffering, death on the cross of the Jesus Christ. May this day of prayer enlighten our mind and bring peace."
 
Sharma wrote: "I wish you all blessings of Good Friday as a dedication to the sacrifice of Lord Jesus Christ and to remember his noble and pious thoughts."
 
The revised tweet of Heptulla was: "Good Friday a day for prayers and Jesus laid his life for mankind, and then he was resurrected."
 
Pradhan chose to remain silent. Hussian retweeted PM's tweet.
 
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju's Facebook post earlier this month about supposed links between French seer Nostradamus' prediction 450 years ago and Modi's rule went viral on the social media.
 
Rijiju wrote that the much-quoted author of prophecies had predicted that between 2014 and 2026, "a man will lead India, whom initially, people will hate but after that people will love him so much that he will be engaged in changing the country's plight and direction".
 
His post added: "This was predicted in 1555. A middle aged superpower administrator will bring golden age not only in India but on the entire world. Under his leadership India will not only just become the Global Master, but many countries will also come into the shelter of India."
 
Rijiju's post also had a picture of Modi with German chancellor Angela Merkel along with others. Rijiju also talked about how the 2014 Lok Sabha election seat share of "BJP (2+8+3), NDA (3+3+7), UPA (5+8) and others (1+4+8)" added up to the prophetic number '13'. The minister had got the numbers horribly wrong. 
 
The BJP won 282 seats, not 283. NDA bagged 336, not 337, UPA got 60 and others got 147. The Facebook post was later removed. 
 
Tech-savvy Modi often greets his counterparts and other important personalities on their birthdays on Twitter. 
 
In one tweet, he erroneously wished Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani three months in advance.
 
"Happy birthday ashrafghani. Praying for your long life and exceptional health and a joyful journey ahead," Modi said on February 12.
 
Ghani, making light of the situation, replied: "Greetings from Munich, Mr. PM. Although, my birthday is on 19th May, I'd still like to thank you for your gracious words:)"
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too committed a faux pas as she did not seem to remember that the legendary Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh had passed away in 2011.
 
"Birthday greetings to Jagjit Singh, Zakir Hussain, Md Azharuddin. And if it is also your birthday today, let me wish you too," Banerjee posted last month.
 
Realizing the error, she deleted the tweet and replaced it with: "Birthday greetings Zakir Hussain, Md Azharuddin. Birthday remembrance Jagjit Singh. And if it is also your birthday today, let me wish u too."
 
Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu slipped while praising the longest serving Bishop in India, Philipose Mar Chrysostom. 
 
"At age 98, he still inspires with his 'diabolical' methods of sermons. His life and message denote many meaning in life...." Naidu wrote.
 
Among the dictionary meanings of diabolical is "characteristic of the devil, or so evil as to recall the devil". The tweet was deleted. Naidu later said he was honoured to received the Bishop at his residence.
 
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Jewellers protesting excise duty levy not to withdraw strike
New Delhi : The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and All India Bullion Jewellers and Swarnkar Federation (AIBJSF) said on Sunday that they will not withdraw their strike, which entered its 26th day, till the time the government withdraws the proposed one percent excise duty on non-silver jewellery.
 
In the wake of indefinite strike by jewellery trade in the country since March 2 against imposition of excise duty, the CAIT, in a a statement, said: "The basic fundamental of levying excise on jewellery trade is untenable since the finance minister in his budget speech has announced imposition of excise on manufacturing of gold & diamond whereas jewellery traders are merely the sellers and not the manufacturers." 
 
It noted that under the Central Excise Act, there is no term like 'principal manufacturer' and as such, crafting this new term into the ambit of excise is against the provisions of the act and "a case of stretching powers to an unreasonable extent".
 
CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal told reporters that the government should keep the decision in abeyance till the issue is resolved.
 
"Government should take traders into confidence and open the door for discussion on the matter. Traders are not running from paying taxes. The profit of traders are very low and one percent levy is very high," he said.
 
"We have been on strike for last 26 days and will continue to do so for indefinite period till the time government rolls back its decision," AIBJSF president Praveen Goel told reporters here.
 
He said that the worst-affected with this proposal are daily wage artisans.
 
Although the AIBJSF is continuing with the strike, three other associations - GJF, ABJA and GJEPC - called off the strike on March 19 following the government's assurance that there would be no harassment of traders by tax officials.
 
A three-member committee, headed by former chief economic adviser to the finance ministry, Ashok Lahiri, has been constituted to look into issues related to excise duty on jewellery and find a solution.
 
Over 300,000 jewellery shops owing allegiance to more than 300 associations across India went on strike since the excise duty announcement in the budget presented on February 29.
 
They have also been opposing the government rule making permanent account number (PAN) card as a mandatory proof on purchases of Rs.2 lakh and above.
 
The size of the gems and jewellery industry, that is still an unorganised sector, is estimated to be in the range of between Rs.2.5-3 lakh crore.
 
The government move was prompted by the aim to bring the growing sector into the mainstream of economic activity by levying a tax.
 
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